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North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

abirdman Re:LOL Bullshit (166 comments)

I, for one, plan to purchase every anti-virus product I can possibly put on my credit card, and then I'll send a letter to StratFor, to find out what they recommend for additional security hardening for the upcoming conflict. I expect they'll recommend I switch to Linux immediately, and to help me protect myself as well as my neighbors, I shall be following that advice.

about a month ago
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North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

abirdman Re:his name is Nayirah al-aba ? (166 comments)

How did we start from someone hacking the network of the distributor of a 3rd rate Xmas-release comedy to apocalyptic throw-downs from a child dictator? This sounds like a South Park episode.

about a month ago
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North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

abirdman Re:FUD? (166 comments)

This will surely nudge some patriots to update their Symantec license, amirite?

about a month ago
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North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

abirdman Re:Communist "loyalty" exam... (166 comments)

The parallels to this country are simply amazing!

about a month ago
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Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

abirdman Re:I was suspicious from the moment they denied it (282 comments)

1. The North Koreans have absolutely nothing to gain from the Sony hack.
2. No one who knows actual facts about this case has any interest in letting the truth be known.
3. We will never, ever know who hacked Sony, or why, until it IS in someone's interest for the truth to be known.
4. That won't happen.

about a month ago
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Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

abirdman Re:Occam's Razor - PR stunt (282 comments)

Also, there have been no reviews of the film, either positive or negative. For a movie that looked as bad as the one shown in the previews I saw, this could what saves the box office. I can see no possible advantage for NK to invest the resources into hacking Sony over a second-rate comic movie. Who would get an advantage from the Sony hack? I'll bet a lot of Symantec licenses will be renewed before the end of the year. Sorry, just free-associating here. If I had mod points you'd get an insightful.

about a month ago
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Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

abirdman Re:Motive (282 comments)

Are you implying that DPNK will cause "a million [deaths] over 20 years" with the Sony hack? Most of the estimates I've seen are much lower than that. I do believe the animosity most Americans harbor against North Korea is based on PR and not on facts. The largest threat the Un-regime poses is to their own people, for whom I feel nothing but pity.

about a month ago
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New Snowden Docs Show GCHQ Paid Telcos For Cable Taps

abirdman Bandwidth (90 comments)

It seems like a lot of the high bandwidth claims related to the NSA and other spooks indicate they want an iSCSI connection or other high speed, low-latency access to their sources to make for more efficient and cheaper connections. Why bother recording everything when that's already done by the telcos? My inner spook just wants a fast connection to data that is already on disk.

about 2 months ago
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4chan Launches '$20 Bug Bounty' After Hackers Ruin moot's Day

abirdman Re:sql injection (79 comments)

According to the description I read on a link above, the unescaped sql (and hence the injection vector) was a one-off administration page the intruder found by poking around on the disk. A mistake, but not quite as bad as leaving the error on a published page.

about 9 months ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

abirdman Re:... really 13 years to update? (341 comments)

Probably OT, but I just upgraded my ~8 y/o XP laptop with Mint Linux, and I am quite happy with it. The trackpad support is much better, and the SSD driver is much better. That said, it's not my only PC, and I did have to give up some "good-enough" windows software in the process. I gave away my old Canon camera whose software only ran on XP, I've not yet found how to make Mint talk to my very old parallel port scanner, and I still haven't gotten it to work well in the docking station (which is hooked to a KVM switch to the monitor, keyboard, mouse on my desk). I am comforted by knowing if I had $10 million, I could get Microsoft to support my XP laptop for a few more years so I could continue to use my obsolete camera, scanner, and dock.

about 10 months ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

abirdman Re:... really 13 years to update? (341 comments)

Your argument breaks down as soon as the boss buys the new, improved Hamm-R-Matic with improved Head-hitter aim control, and the exclusive Whack-Tracker (using a standard ultra-speed parallel interface), that is both manageable and scalable, and sports the new laser guided "Nail Head Finder" front-end with indestructible low-power LED success indicators. Updates are continually provided directly from the manufacturer on convenient High Density diskettes.

Within two years, no one is left on the staff who can still operate the "big iron" interface of the old "nail smashing devices" and now there's system-wide version lock-in. The boss bought in because of the blinky lights, reduced training time, highly-granular tracking, and the cost was only $15.00 more per unit than the manual version. He has already been promoted for his perspicacity. Capital equipment purchases nowadays tend to be for processes rather than actual equipment. I don't believe this is a great state of affairs, but I believe it's the true state of affairs, and people ignore it at the risk of their own irrelevance.

about 10 months ago
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NSA: Others Implicated in Making Snowden Data Leaks Possible

abirdman No hardware access tokens? (118 comments)

This is the type of government organization that hires groups like RATFOR as security consultants. Who knows what they used for security procedures? Password list in /?

about a year ago
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Security Vendors Self-Censor Target Breach Details

abirdman Re:Oh good (115 comments)

I agree 100%. The security companies who advise the likes of Target aren't talking about the whole exploit-- indeed, are pro-actively hiding the details-- because they don't want to explain how their hideously expensive security best practices were utterly pwned by some foreigners who weren't interested in any of their acronyms. These security guys are like Stratfor-- pugnacious, pistol-packing, ex-military folk who think computer security is just a variation on any other kind of security detail, and are prepared to sell the hell out of their ideas, even when they can't secure their own passwords.

1 year,5 days
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OpenBSD Moving Towards Signed Packages — Based On D. J. Bernstein Crypto

abirdman Re:Very surprised that it took this long (232 comments)

My "official" copy of WordPerfect was the last (group) of floppy disks I owned (along with a licensed copy of MASM). But do you have the function key template, without which WP is practically useless?

1 year,8 days
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Accenture Faces Mid-March Healthcare.gov Deadline Or 'Disaster'

abirdman Re:0% (215 comments)

I fail to see how placing control of health care in the hands of government is more scary than having health care in the hands of piranha-capitalist medical care organizations. Healthcare Inc. is an extremely powerful and vicious adversary, bankrupting millions every year, and basically preying on the weakest and sickest among us. I've worked in a side industry (medical malpractice insurance) for 20 years, and I know the entire medical industry is a vicious money-grab from bottom to top.

I'll take my chances with the government over any possibility of getting a fair deal from the likes of big-pharma, big-hospital, big-insurance. The logic of this choice becomes more clear the closer to retirement age we get, or the less healthy we get. A thirty year-old who contracts a leukemia that would have been fatal 30 years ago may likely be saved from the disease today, but their finances will likely never recover-- even if they're insured. By the time we're 75, we'll basically be signed over to the system, healthy or not. Would you rather petition the government or UnitedHealthcare? I'll take the former, though I respect those who choose the latter.

1 year,9 days
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What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

abirdman Re:$11K? Another sites says $14K (804 comments)

It occurs to me this is Apple's way of spreading out the "early-adopter tax" over their product life cycle. Their new graphics hardware isn't available yet, but will be soon. In three to five years, a new Mac Pro will be at least a generation behind, graphics-wise. The generic hardware that follows will benefit from manufacturing and integration efficiencies, as well as driver support. Apple customers will have underwritten all that.

about a year ago
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Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"

abirdman Re:Wagging the dog. (292 comments)

Bravo. Very well said. I wonder why using specific software is so often compared to a religious choice-- after conversion to PHP, Oracle, jquery, .NET, whatever, then no other software can be used or contemplated. Bah. Every paged email client, like Yahoo, gmail, or even Outlook's web client, is a dog for managing any more than a screenful of emails at a time.

about a year ago

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Court case in music piracy case goes awry

abirdman abirdman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

abirdman writes "In a music piracy case, the court previously held that $675,000 is too high a price for sharing 30 songs. Bad legal representation and some overreach on the part of the defendant brought on an adverse judgement and has landed the case back in district court with the same $675,000 fine, and fewer options."
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Online gamers thwart XBox thief

abirdman abirdman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

abirdman writes "From NPR, this story (with a link to the audio)

A thief who stole an X-Box game player in Philadelphia got more than he bargained for when the rightful owner blogged about the theft. Gamers tracked the thief through the Internet and spammed him into submission. The X-Box was anonymously returned.
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first posts on /.

abirdman abirdman writes  |  more than 12 years ago I posted three comments today, my first on /. and one got moderated to a 4-Insightful . Another got a two. I feel like I've matriculated. My son will be so honored to know me.

Now I've got to think of something else cool to say. That could take another fifty years.

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