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White House Petition To Investigate Dodd For Bribery

cyber-dragon.net Convenient site failure (596 comments)

Wow... site will not even allow me to log in to sign it... defending their own?

more than 2 years ago
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Hidden Wi-Fi Diagnostics Application In OS X Lion

cyber-dragon.net I found it useful *shrugs* (116 comments)

Having a quick way to determine signal/noise ratios in a wifi-impacted building is a useful trick for those of us building out wifi :)

about 3 years ago
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

cyber-dragon.net Re:Seriously? (1352 comments)

I love how when I counter and opinion suddenly proof is demanded when none was provided :) You're right, hypocrisy is quite amazing.

A link... sure... how about: http://www.thedailyshow.com/

The fact John Stewart can base an entire segment of his show off showing the lies Fox told just the day before (not once and a while, daily) is pretty much proof for any rational person.

Regardless of my political leanings, that fact alone would bother me and make me question them as a source.

If you would really like a detailed analysis, feel free to commission one, I'll be happy to consult on the project for my usual fee in doing such research :)

more than 3 years ago
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

cyber-dragon.net Re:Seriously? (1352 comments)

Using the word Progressive they way you do convinces me you have not. "Progressive" and "Conservative" are just yet another in a long string of "us" and "them."

You want education, try thinking outside of the us vs them mentality. That is what you have been taught to think like and it is counter productive.

Not everyone do disagrees with you is uneducated, nor wrong.

And if you want to debate a point, don't site-step it. I asked you if you had researched the money behind Fox News, and you could not answer, which tells me you haven't. Don't point fingers without examining all sides of an issue.

You instead went off on some irrelevant tirade which didn't even make sense, or have bearing on my question.

more than 3 years ago
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

cyber-dragon.net Re:Seriously? (1352 comments)

Fox only brings on alternate viewpoints to try and discredit them.

Look up the 5-10 times they had Peter Schiff on there talking about the housing crisis and subsequent hit to the finantial markets. He turned out to be absolutely correct, but they brought him on and had the hosts actually laugh at him. Then would bring on three-four "experts" all of whom have been WRONG so many times they should have been fired refute him.

Hardly fair and balanced coverage. It was a smear campaign against what Peter was saying.

more than 3 years ago
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

cyber-dragon.net Re:Seriously? (1352 comments)

Lies are lies no matter who dolls them out, and Fox has been proven to lie far more than any of the above combined.

They may have leanings but at least they try for truth.

more than 3 years ago
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

cyber-dragon.net Re:Seriously? (1352 comments)

Have you done the same research to see where the money for Fox News comes from and who is associated? Might give you a clue as to their political adgenda.

No... of course not... that would require a level of self-awareness this sort of silly discrediting effort speaks against.

How about the fact Fox activly discredited people predicting the housing crash and associated financial system fallout? Just one tiny example of the harm they do.

more than 3 years ago
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MPAA Dismisses COICA Free Speech Concerns

cyber-dragon.net Re:This is really starting to get raw (300 comments)

essentially foreign-owned criminal cartels illegally extending their influence into our Federal Government.

The problem is they are doing it legally. It's up to the people to fight it and convince politicians it's not in their best interest to accept **AA party lines or BS, and that we don't want it.

more than 3 years ago
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Legal Threat Demands Techdirt Shut Down

cyber-dragon.net Re:So much for... (346 comments)

I would have to disagree. I grew up in Silicon Valley in California and I find I have more in common, views wise, with people who are from the same place, or other metropolitan areas where education and diversity are the norm.

Not saying those from the mid-west are illiterate hicks, just that in my personal and very limited experience (important qualifiers) people from the mid-west or south tend to have a willful ignorance about the world that colors their views on things. No matter how educated they seem to be, they tend to choose to ignore it in favor of cultural and religious views. They also tended towards fundamentalist religious views rather than moderate, more modern interpretations. To me that was the major culture shock spending time in each environment.

more than 4 years ago
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Legal Threat Demands Techdirt Shut Down

cyber-dragon.net Re:Why care? (346 comments)

In regards to point #2, many IN the US often slap our heads and exclaim "WTF" when our government does stuff. The problem is that's all they do, so the government doesn't care.

more than 4 years ago
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Legal Threat Demands Techdirt Shut Down

cyber-dragon.net Re:2004? No statute of limitations in the UK? (346 comments)

If that really is the wording and effect of the law, I actually approve of that version more than the U.S.

Things can be true but serve no relevance to the public except to damage someone.

Maybe that is why you guys have reporters who still try and print news stories :)

more than 4 years ago
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Feds Won't File Charges In School Laptop-Spy Case

cyber-dragon.net Re:criminal intent? (398 comments)

Intend does indeed play a role. It is argued in the sentencing phase of the trial once someone has been convicted.

"Your Honor I request leniency for my client as his actions were innocent, not intending harm."

more than 4 years ago
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Feds Won't File Charges In School Laptop-Spy Case

cyber-dragon.net Re:criminal intent? (398 comments)

I intentionally left it gender neutral. Under current US laws it is possible for a picture of an under-aged male with his shirt off to be considered porn depending on the context.

If they are outside at the beach for example, no, it's not. If they are in the process of undressing (likely from a laptop in a bedroom) bingo, do not pass go, go directly to jail.

more than 4 years ago
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Feds Won't File Charges In School Laptop-Spy Case

cyber-dragon.net Re:Before everyone gets outraged... (398 comments)

Tell ya what... tell me where you sister lives and I'll send her a camera... it's ok... I promise my intent is not criminal.. you can trust me!

more than 4 years ago
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Feds Won't File Charges In School Laptop-Spy Case

cyber-dragon.net Re:criminal intent? (398 comments)

It is very much illegal. It violates so many laws it isn't even funny.

If even one of those pictures caught a kid with their shirt off for example, they just created kiddy porn.

more than 4 years ago
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Feds Won't File Charges In School Laptop-Spy Case

cyber-dragon.net Re:Ho hum (398 comments)

Where does your sister live? I'll send her a camera... I promise my intentions aren't criminal.

more than 4 years ago
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San Francisco Just As Guilty In Terry Childs Case

cyber-dragon.net Re:Run (330 comments)

I completely agree.

I have been in a similar situation, asked to grant access I really did not feel comfortable with. I stated my objections in writing, offered an alternative but stated it was my boss' decision. In doing this I covered my ass and did my duty, but was not causing issues. Most of the time they accept my alternative, once I was told to do it anyway, and did.

Your job as an IT professional is to present risk analysis and ensure those making decisions understand the consequences of those decisions, not to be a brick wall preventing your higher ups from making them. If you really disagree, quit. I have done that as well when policy changed and I wasn't comfortable.

more than 4 years ago
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Online Forum Speeding Boast Leads To Conviction

cyber-dragon.net Re:Snitch (457 comments)

I love it when people say "learn your law" when they are so blatantly wrong.

If you tell me you were speeding at 160 last weekend and I tell the cops, THAT is hearsay, which is enough for them to investigate, not enough to convict for the simple reason I could claim you said anything.

If you write a letter and sign it saying you did the same and I take it to the cops, that is not hearsay, that is you stating something you did in your own words. Very different.

Learn the law before you spout off at other people for not knowing it.

more than 4 years ago
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MP Wants Official Email Address Kept Private

cyber-dragon.net Re:lemme get this straight (179 comments)

There is a site I use that does similar things, and many of the campaigns have to be very fast as congress will propose and vote on a bill in the same day. If we cannot use email how will we tell our representatives how we feel about it? By the time a letter reaches them it's way too late.

If the USPS will deliver from California to Washington on the same day... or if Congress wants to self-limit enough citizens have time to figure out what they are up to, I'd be happy to send a physical letter.

more than 4 years ago

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Where does responsibility for email delivery end?

cyber-dragon.net cyber-dragon.net writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cyber-dragon.net (899244) writes "So I have been fighting with Google for three or four months now regarding an issue my personal PAID Google Apps account is having receiving email from Yahoo! email accounts. I have no issues receiving email from anyone else, and the issue with Yahoo! is seemingly random, but occurs often enough (three to four times a week) to be severely annoying. Doubly so because the same message sent to an @gmail.com address goes through just fine. I have verified each and every email came from legitimate Yahoo! servers, and each error caused an undeliverable message to be sent to the person trying to send me email. Needless to say, being a senior sysadmin, I did quite a bit of research to verify the problem.

I reported this issue to Google and they requested headers from problem emails, which I provided. They then proceeded to inform me it was not their fault the emails weren't getting through, the legitimate Yahoo! servers sending email had somehow ended up on their blacklist. At this point I can't figure out for the life of me why this wouldn't be their fault, or more, why once they had their engineers verify it, they would steadfastly refuse to fix it. I had provided not only data, but a means to reliably reproduce the problem, yet they towed the "It's not our fault" line no matter what I said, refusing to escalate me to a higher level of support and trying to close the case several times.

As an IT guy and someone who manages email servers for a living I know missing emails happen, occasionally things just don't get delivered for whatever reason. I would like to think however when presented with evidence of an ongoing issue I would at least take ownership of it and try and resolve it.

So my question to fellow /.ers is this... at what point when you are charging money for the service of accepting and storing emails do you become actually responsible for issues in their delivery such as checking your blacklist against SPF records etc? At what point do you feel "It's not my fault" is an acceptable answer from an email service provider when emails are not coming through to your clients? Once and a while sure, but when it grows to one a week, two a week, five to ten? When does this excuse stop holding water?

Google seems to think at 3-4 legitimate emails bounced a week for a two user account this is an acceptable explanation, I'd like your thoughts as fellow IT pros and consumers."
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Identity security in social networking vs apps?

cyber-dragon.net cyber-dragon.net writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cyber-dragon.net (899244) writes "Ok so I was wasting time lately on one of those stupid facebook apps called Dragon Wars. The idea was interesting and it presented an interesting math problem a friend and I could write a python script to solve and then test our theories.

I realized something however as I played, that the game was basically designed such that if you didn't invite 20-30 of your friends to play, you lost, period. Most of the content was completely closed to you. I, like most, was not going to invite all 50 friends as I know most of them would not play. So how did some of these guys get 100s? Even the combat message said "you can use up to 501 allies" meaning friends you have invited.

Now facebook has great security by default on your personal info. I can say "only my friends can see this info" or "only friends of friends" which is the default, but these people inviting random people off a discussion board have now 100s of friends just to play this game. If one of their friends doesn't realize this, they have exposed potentially someone's home address to these 100s of people for the sake of more advertising revenue for the game developers.

Of course Facebook does not offer any sort of security from apps you ad, you HAVE to let them at ALL of your info to add the app so not relevant anyway, but I am curious what the general security conscious minds here thought of sites like Facebook and MySpace actually allowing apps that ENCOURAGE you to share your personal info among strangers?

Is there anything like linkedin for friends which doesn't have to be this huge portal conglomerate of advertising and still let you keep in touch with your friends?"
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Trouble ticket and knowledge base

cyber-dragon.net cyber-dragon.net writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cyber-dragon.net (899244) writes "I am facing a problem with my team... we have a large number of requests being sent to our lab (my team is half QA half IT) via our companies bug tracking system which is proving to be a very poor tool for handling what should amount to a trouble ticket like system.

What open source (or free as in beer) packages do people out there use for service ticket type requests? Keep in mind this is a small internal team, not a customer facing group. Ideally I would like something that incorporated a knowledge base as well since our development wiki is ill suited to the task."
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PayPal's money "protection"

cyber-dragon.net cyber-dragon.net writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cyber-dragon.net writes "So like a lot of people I have used PayPal for a while now for various transactions, mostly because it is easy and I don't have to give away my credit card info or fill in my address some times.

Anyway, I had two run-ins with PayPal in the last week which left me wondering about their whole "Safer easier way to pay" policy. The first was when I bought something online and then got an email claiming that the transaction had been deemed fraudulent and I needed to contact some third party to clear it up. I forwarded the email to PayPal asking why my "PayPal verified" account was fraudulent and that I thought they were trying to pull something with my money since the second company was in the Ukraine. The so called "investigation" was over in about and hour and consisted of forwarding my complaint email to the "merchant" and informing them they could close the matter with a refund, which they did. That is nice, what records were kept of the complaint, how many complaints has this merchant received? At what point does he get the account revoked? I could not get an answer out of them when presented with these questions.

The second came only a few days later while sending money to a friend, which somehow triggered some security audit. When this happens with my credit card they call me, ask about the transaction and that is the end of it. Not so easy with PayPal. My account was locked and I had to jump through several hoops one of which was some convoluted phone code where they call me and I have to read it back to them. To test their "security" since I was already annoyed with them I changed my address and put in a skype phone number to see if that would pass and after calling me it did. If someone HAD hacked my account it would have been trivial for someone to replicate what I did since the obviously had my password.

So my question to the internet savvy slashdot crowd is wondering if my experience is unique, and just how much protection you really expect from eBay/PayPal if you have a legitimate complaint? What makes you feel this is any safer or more secure than a credit card which these sorts of issues ARE investigated and inconvenience the customer with a phone call only?

With eBay/PayPal it took five days of mess, emails from me and the recipient etc to clear up my account and prove a transaction they had BOTH parties saying was legit. This after PayPal cleared the merchant I accused and presented good evidence of attempted fraud in a matter of a few hours by letting them refund the money, with no time for ANY sort of investigation? Wouldn't criminals love it if our justice system was like that... say you are sorry and pay for the thing you stole, on your way now."
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How to turn lots of small machines into storage?

cyber-dragon.net cyber-dragon.net writes  |  about 7 years ago

cyber-dragon.net (899244) writes "I am trying to build a storage system which will accommodate the throughput of running about 400 VMWare ESX images without the cost of a SAN or NAS. I know... insert comments about PHBs and budgets.

What I DO have access to is LOTS of appliance level machines which are Linux capable that are small enough I can put two per 1U. They have 80Gb drives or thereabouts and Celeron processors as well as gigabit nics. As I researched storage I kept running across articles about how Google uses tons of small machines for fast access and thought there was a chance this could work for me . Yes I know their requirements are different and that style of array is not what I need but something using the same concepts might work.

The main problems to overcome:
  1. Data redundancy... if I loose one box I want to be able to just plug another one in
  2. Access speed... needs to be fast enough to support 400 running virtual machines so would likely have to span the data across several since each individual HD is not fast enough to support more than one.
    Data point on this... a pair of 10k RPM SCSI drives in RAID 0 runs 12 of these just fine.
  3. Adding space... would love to be able to just plug another one in and get more space
Perhaps this is not feasible as I have not come up with a way yet... but I figured if this crowd could not find a way I should move on to begging for a real SAN budget."
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cyber-dragon.net cyber-dragon.net writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cyber-dragon.net writes "I have long been a staunch supporter of Apple and Macs, bordering on but not quite a fan boy. My recent experience with trying to bring them into my department at work has been dissapointing. We had a Mac Pro (the big quad processor monster) die after four days. Ok, it happens, everything else has worked flawlessly. I even delt with the inevitable teasing about the siny new Mac being a lemon.
Well after almost four hours dealing with Apple Care, three hours dropping off and picking up my computer at different stores as per thier instructions trying to get this done quickly... I am beginning to wonder if Apple really wants business customers to rely on these machines. Much as I may dislike Dell like the rest of you... when my Linux box died it was fixed in four hours and I spent maybe 20 mintes of my time setting up the repair. I have spent seven hours of my time so far on this Mac and it still will not power up. Is this just me or have other people lost critical business machines to the depths of Apple Care inefficiency and lack of business level support?"

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