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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

Skuld-Chan Re:When I first read this (230 comments)

This particular patch has actually already been fixed and superseded. It should just fix itself automagically.

about a week ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

Skuld-Chan Such a shame :( (85 comments)

Scarce limited resource being sold off to the highest bidder and all that money will be spent in 3-4 days.

about a month ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

Skuld-Chan This has been happening for a very long time... (239 comments)

I have a friend who is a private eye who has a bunch of fake profiles and uses them to find the locations of people who are running out on their bills. If he's looking for the whereabouts of an older guy for example, he has a profile that is a 21 year old college girl - and he just friends whoever he's looking for and they usually almost always accept. Then these people tell their friends where they are going, private eye drops a gps tracking device on their car and "follows them home".

Rule 1 - if you are running from someone be weary of whoever just comes along and wants to be your friend.

The DEA's problem is they are using much more complex methods of getting people to friend them - they need to realize people are idiots and will friend whoever friends them.

about 2 months ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

Skuld-Chan Re:Well duh. (293 comments)

Maybe on paper at first, but I had a team of Indian's replace me - I was a TAM (technical account manager for a really big software company). Basically it was 7 people replacing 1 person. I don't think those 7 people were cheaper than just me.

Also - I heard they lost nearly every single account I had - which was easily 12m a year in total.

about 2 months ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

Skuld-Chan Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

With at will employment no - your employer can fire you for any reason they like.

Welcome to "right to work" :).

about 2 months ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Skuld-Chan Re:The Year of Windows on the Desktop (545 comments)

You should look into System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and User State Migration - we migrated 1200+ desktops from XP to 7 in about a month.

about 3 months ago
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Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

Skuld-Chan The way firefox manages this... (67 comments)

Firefox doesn't support the OS's built in certificate stores, which makes it a really big pain in the ass to manage certs yourself (like if your managing certs for firefox users at your company) - you basically have to compile certutil and write all kinds of fun scripts for client devices.

If firefox let me co-manage certs I could just re-add the deprecated cert :).

about 4 months ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Skuld-Chan Re:The real hack (131 comments)

I should add - people give away all kinds of important information on where they are on twitter at any given time. I mean just watch this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about 4 months ago
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Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix

Skuld-Chan Re:The real hack (131 comments)

Its pretty easy - Smeadly said he was going offline on a flight that had no wifi on twitter and that he was heading back to San Diego - he also said this on twitter. So all you have to do is figure out what convention Smeadly was at yesterday - so you know the originating city - and I'm guessing maybe there were a couple flights a day from there to SD.

Its a guess, but its a pretty educated one.

This is like first level private eye stuff here - people really assume everything they do is private, and then they give people clues publicly where they are without a second thought - and then it looks all hackerish like these guys have l33t skills.

about 4 months ago
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The Data Dome: A Server Farm In a Geodesic Dome

Skuld-Chan Re:Security (62 comments)

What he didn't say - this data center is actually in a primate research lab - the entire campus is surrounded by 20 foot high electrified fence with mesh so tight it makes it difficult to scale.

Plus the entire place is coated in surveillance cameras (like every fence pole had a cluster of several sort of thing). I suspect you could leave the doors unlocked and it would probably more secure than many data centers you read about.

No I don't work for OHSU, but I live close to this campus.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Skuld-Chan Re:Linux's Security (331 comments)

Since version 9 (they are up to version 14 if you haven't been keeping track) all code that runs in Flash is sandboxed.

Still doesn't prevent security problems though.

I think it goes without saying - if the blood is in the water (meaning your product is heavily targeted) there really is no such thing as a totally secure product.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Skuld-Chan Re:End state and private capitalism. (331 comments)

I read somewhere that the average wal-mart relies on over $420,000 dollars a month of public assistance for each store for their employees.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

Skuld-Chan Re:The suck, it burns .... (179 comments)

As someone who manages about 1500+ Mac's with JAMF Casper (and another 6000+ windows machines with System Center) - you are talking out of your arse.

In my experience - MS actually issues more patches and actually has a better track record than Apple - for example I've seen them issue firmware patches that have bricked machines (to the point where they had to be repaired) - its enough of a problem I actually now wait a month before releasing firmware patches Apple delivers to see if any issues arise. I've also seen them release patches that break core OS functionality like SMB, and printing - or release patches that seemingly munged Wifi prefs.

Last year I recall one patch MS released that could cause some machines to stop booting. So far this year is the only warning I've seen from any patch they've released.

Considering the kinds of hardware MS has to support - I think thats a pretty darn good track record.

about 4 months ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

Skuld-Chan Re:as one of the effected people (268 comments)

I'm sure there are. One thing I noticed though when they were ramping up this initiative (and I was foolishly training them) is they hated to tell anyone - "no" or "sorry thats a bug we'll fix in a patch" or "sorry thats not our issue - its a bug with the xyz driver" - they would drag these customers on for months trying various work-arounds to solve a problem - then when they did seek my advice it look me less than 15-30 minutes to deduce it was a bug - here's when we think a patch might come out.

about 4 months ago

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