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How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

ShaunC DevOps (162 comments)

Yet another buzzword invented by some CIO/CTO somewhere in an effort to consolidate multiple job roles and eliminate warm chairs. No surprise that its genesis seems to be in the startup world.

"DevOps" is a fucked up amalgam of the developers, the DBAs, the system admins, the mail admins, the storage and backup admins, and sometimes the field techs... All to extract more work from fewer people for less money.

10 hours ago

Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

ShaunC Re:Good choice (313 comments)

She's pretty sharp, well connected, and understands how the government sees these types of date & service providers.

Which is precisely why I'd like to see her go be NFL Commissioner and leave the internet the fuck alone.

5 days ago

Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

ShaunC Re:What do they think? (351 comments)

Yes, especially when we drop Coke bottles into their villages while flying overhead.

about a week ago

Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

ShaunC Normal is bad? (257 comments)

One founder didn't even realize he was depressed until glucose and blood tests came back normal

What? His tests came back normal and that was a sign of depression? Oh, I see, it was just a poor summary.

about two weeks ago

UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

ShaunC Sea Shepherd can eat my ass (188 comments)

Sea Shepherd can eat my ass. All the way up in there, rim me, baby. Tickle with your tongues and latch onto the corn and peanuts. And I guess you're cool if I shart butyric acid?

You're nothing but terrorists on the open ocean.

about two weeks ago

FTC Settles With Sites Over SSL Lies

ShaunC Re:Self-policing doesn't work (78 comments)

I have a hard time believe the FTC will follow through with reviewing and verifying the contents of these security audits.

They probably aren't planning to, and won't need to. Credit Karma will set up a new corporate entity like "Karma New Holdings LLC," transfer all assets including the domain, customers, and brand, and keep on truckin'. Hell it's probably already been done. Assuming the FTC ever does call them up two years from now, the entity which received sanctions will conveniently no longer exist.

about three weeks ago

How the FBI and Secret Service Know Your Network Has Been Breached Before You Do

ShaunC Re:bot ip addresses (72 comments)

If you infiltrate, say, Target's internal network and POS systems, you aren't going to use them for a botnet and tip your hand.

about three weeks ago

Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

ShaunC My Question (172 comments)

Hi John,

How might I find my way to a posh life on tropical islands, with young women at my beck and call? I'll deal with the locals.

Warm regards,

about three weeks ago

Did Facebook Buy Oculus To Counter Google Glass?

ShaunC Who cares (108 comments)

The bubble has burst, and "being acquired by Facebook" is no longer sexy. In fact after a long string of acquisitions this is the first one I recall having a public backlash. I figure it's all downhill (for them) from here.

I'd still take the money, sure. But advertise on deez nuts. A billion a ball for your tattoo of choice.

about three weeks ago

TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

ShaunC Re:Get rid of the TSA! (275 comments)

It's also an enormous jobs program, employing 50,000 nut-cuppers and breast-gropers alone, without even getting started on air marshals, behavioral analysts, and of course thousands more management positions. Don't expect TSA disappear anytime soon, no matter who's in the White House.

about three weeks ago

Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

ShaunC Embedded PDF? (158 comments)

What is this embedded PDF crap? Around here we have a tradition of warning people when a link goes to a PDF, and now they're being embedded right in the story? I thought I opted out of the beta shit.

about three weeks ago

L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

ShaunC Non-Disclosure Agreements (405 comments)

Apparently, all they need to do is tell the Court that they've signed an NDA with the manufacturer of these ANPR cameras. Seems to be working pretty well for police departments all across the US who are sucking up thousands? millions? of completely innocent parties' cellphone connections via "StingRay" devices.

about three weeks ago

Mute Witness: Forensic Sketches From Nothing But DNA

ShaunC Re:Is this a joke? (68 comments)

Right now DNA often comes in near the end of an investigation; you have to select people to test based on traditional detective work, and then you must legally acquire their DNA to match with your sample. If suspects don't want to give you DNA simply because you asked nicely, you have to be fairly sure of their guilt - and able to convince a judge of why you're sure - before you can get their DNA involuntarily.

So police work is hard. Boo fucking hoo. When someone's freedom (or life) hangs in the balance, it ought to be hard.

about three weeks ago

Inside NSA's Efforts To Hunt Sysadmins

ShaunC I hope the list itself is leaked (147 comments)

So many attempted lawsuits against the USG over various spying revelations have been refused because the complainant has no "standing," i.e. legal proof that they have been damaged. I imagine that if the list of targets were to leak, that would give those individuals valid standing to sue. As someone who was the DBA at a US$6-7B/yr corporation for more than 7 years I sort of suspect my name is on their list. I will say one thing, there's no fucking way any NSA ratware got into systems under my control using me as a conduit.

about three weeks ago

Jack A. Kinzler, Savior of the Skylab Mission, Dies At 94

ShaunC Re:Jack, a Kinzler? (34 comments)

This is sort of depressing. It's an obituary, for heaven's sake, the man deserves the respect of having his name properly formatted. I don't think I've ever seen an article's title changed on Slashdot, no matter how poor it was; perhaps just this once someone could go in and fix it...

about a month ago

How the NSA Plans To Infect 'Millions' of Computers With Malware

ShaunC Re:I'm sure Linus reviews everything. right? (234 comments)

Linus' father has stated that NSA approached Linus and asked, quite frankly and up-front, to put a backdoor in linux. He of course refused. Then you have Linus himself answering that question "no" aloud, while nodding his head "yes." I have absolutely zero doubt that they've since attempted to slip something in surreptitiously, I wonder whether or not they succeeded.

about a month ago

Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices

ShaunC Great for defense lawyers! (126 comments)

This will be wonderful news for criminal defense attorneys. Is your client accused of having a couple of terrorists in his phone's contact list? Did a customs official conveniently find child porn pictures on your client's phone during a border crossing? Did the prosecutor haul out telco logs "proving" that your client was sending text messages to arrange a heroin deal?

Sounds to me like it's quite plausible that someone else put that $ILLEGAL_SHIT on your client's phone. After all, the capability was built right into the phone by Samsung.

about a month ago

Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices

ShaunC Re:No contract, wifi-only (126 comments)

Two things, "Even Ham radio operators?" When did they become the retards of the RF world - I thought that title belonged to CB'ers? Honestly, hams are not interested in your phone.

He wasn't calling hams retards, quite the contrary. He was pointing out that people with absolutely no control over your cellular carrier's towers, and thus no legitimate path into your cellphone, could give you problems despite not being an "authorized" party. Those people would still need to be extremely technically adept, familiar with radio, etc. so hams was a pretty good example IMO.

about a month ago

Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

ShaunC Re:This shit is already polluting the SF Bay Area (253 comments)

This is why I use all my own equipment.

Makes me wonder how much longer this will be an option?

I use a Comcast-provided cable modem instead of buying my own. The sole reason for that is that I've had several cable modems die or otherwise fuck up in the past, and it's easier to pay the $7 a month to rent Comcast's modem and be able to swap out as often as is necessary. Modem overheats, lightning strike fries it, some shitty capacitor decides that 6 months is longer than it should ever have lived, WTF-ever, I'll just go exchange it. The rental fee is essentially insurance. Just last week I went and swapped out their old Thomson for an Arris, because the Thomson was on Comcast's EOL list and not DOCSIS 3.0 savvy. Had to figure that out on my own and go get a better model after my service started going to shit. The Arris is now giving far faster throughput for the wired PCs.

Wireless on my premises is handled by two bridged WRT54Gs (v6, patiently awaiting the revamped kickass offering that Belkin has promised since buying the Linksys line from Cisco) running dd-wrt. These of course are my own equipment and there's nothing Comcast can do to prevent me from using them. That really can never change, I can tweak their MAC addresses to whatever I want, there's ultimately no technical way for Comcast to impede me from running my own wireless routers for my own private use. The WLAN is locked down tighter than a twelve year old, ain't no guests or passers-by getting on there.

However, I wouldn't be surprised if Comcast begins issuing cable modems that come with a built-in wireless AP for their own hotspot purposes. I'm not talking about all-in-one modem/router devices, this is what they're already doing with those as per TFA, if you rely on Comcast's equipment for your home wifi network. I'm talking about the actual cable modem itself, it will have an onboard 802.11a/b/g/n radio. If they play their cards right, it won't even need an antenna, I'm sure Comcast has engineers who are well aware of the "leaky/unshielded coax, wifi, CB radio" issue and can put some decent gain enterprise grade antennae inside the service boxes at street demarcs. The majority of residential subdivisions are probably not subject to CB interference.

At some point in the future, they prohibit customers from purchasing and provisioning their own modems, and domination is complete: if you want Comcast internet, you must use a Comcast provided modem, which will act as a wifi hotspot whether you like it or not (aside from those of us who will open the box and fix that shit ourselves). To be honest, I'm surprised that "buy your own modem, call us up with its MAC, and we'll let it on the network" is an option even now, as it "robs" them of recurring revenue on the sunk expense of each modem. I presume there must be some law that forces them to allow this for the time being.

Give it a couple of years. All Comcast-provided cable modems will have a self-contained wifi AP, they'll eliminate the monthly modem rental charge "as a benefit to consumers," and if they're still required to allow customers to own CPE modems, there will be a fee for it.

about a month ago

RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

ShaunC Re:And (423 comments)


about a month and a half ago



Slashdot Beta Sucks Elephant Penis

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  about 2 months ago

ShaunC (203807) writes "Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes:

Have you even seen an elephant penis? Because I have, and the colors align to Slashdot. The beta is so bad, Roland Piquepaille is surrendering his account (as the French do). The GNAA has reorganized to post fake job offerings on Dice.com with an emphasis on affirmative action. Profane Motherfucker has come out of retirement simply to say: "fuck this shit.""

Comcast Abandons Charity After Critical Tweet

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ShaunC (203807) writes "Comcast today withdrew a charitable commitment after one of the charity's Twitter messages criticized the cable giant's recent hire of the former FCC commissioner. Said a Comcast VP, "I cannot in good conscience continue to provide you with funding." Comcast has since attempted to backpedal, saying "we sincerely apologize for the unauthorized action of our employee.""
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Popular DNSBL blackholes.us Suffers Outage?

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Bulworth (203807) writes "Late Friday, I started seeing a noticeable delay in email traffic on a server that uses several DNSBLs for spam prevention. After some investigating, I discovered that blackholes.us seems to be suffering a DNS outage, at the very least. blackholes.us operates a number of country-level DNSBLs; the idea is that if you don't receive any legitimate email from a particular country, you can safely implement [country].blackholes.us as a DNSBL, to automatically block all inbound email from hosts in that nation. They've been a reliable DNSBL for several years without presenting any problems or delays for me, but now, not even their website is resolving. Does anyone have any information about the cause of the outage?"

Alleged Botnet Controller Arrested

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ShaunC writes "In an offensive against "cybercrime," the United States Attorney's office today announced the indictment of Greg King for allegedly operating a botnet comprised of at least 7,000 PCs (PDF). Among other activities, King's purported botnet DDoSed fraud-fighting group CastleCops (it's unknown whether or not King is alleged to have participated in the recent PayPal bogus-contribution campaign against CastleCops). Although this botnet seems to pale in comparison to others, especially those being exploited for spamming purposes, perhaps we're beginning to see enforcement against individuals who commandeer innocent users' PCs for nefarious purposes."
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ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ShaunC writes "The PHP Group and Zend have released PHP 5.2.0, and upgrades are encouraged. The 5.2.0 update offers several security fixes, including patches for a couple recently announced buffer overflows in input parsing. This release also includes a number of library upgrades, bug fixes, and default bundling of the popular JSON extension to help with AJAX development. See the full changelog for more details."

ShaunC ShaunC writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ShaunC (203807) writes "Today I witnessed the most widespread spam campaign that I've ever seen, an illegal pump-and-dump stock promotion that concurrently spanned standard email, mailing lists, Usenet, and Google Groups. Every email address I own received multiple copies of the spam; reports from family, friends, and coworkers indicate similar experiences. I'm curious as to whether or not others were so inundated by this spam, how many reported it to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and who will admit to attempting to profit from the obvious hype when it became clear that the stock was rising."


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