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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

f3rret Re:Better go kick WSUS into a sync... (178 comments)

Scheduling an emergency patch and reboot with terminal servers among all employees is a huge PITA! "Awww, do we have too. I've got all this work to...*BEEP*." Sorry guys, finger slipped when it asked me to reboot or not. OTOH, server secure :)

Scheduling an emergency patch and reboot with terminal servers among all employees is a huge PITA! "Awww, do we have too. I've got all this work to...*BEEP*." Sorry guys, finger slipped when it asked me to reboot or not. OTOH, server secure :)

Import-module activedirectory
$ComputerNames = Get-ADcomputer -searchbase (DN of you server/workstation OU here) -filter * | Select-object -expandproperty name

ForEach($ComputerName in $ComputerNames)
{
      Restart-computer -force $ComputerName
}

Have the nightshift guy run that from a machine that the workstations/servers will accept WMI calls from and then have him feel like a wizard as every computer under the OU magically reboots.

about a week ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

f3rret Re:But the case hasn't even started! (119 comments)

I agree here. This is the actions of a police state. Its quite disturbing to see complete forfeiture of assets without a trial taking place. I know normally tycoons and other scum like Madhoff and Ken Lay deserve to be tarred and feathered and pilloried for their crimes against society and shareholders, but who exactly was DAMAGED by Silk Road? Did all of the buyers receive their goods? If so, what is the DAMAGE?

How does the government have standing to claim silk road DAMAGED all those buyers?

Why doesnt the government go after Jack Ma and Alibaba? (As in they block those transactions and forbid buying off that fraud-racket-exchange)? Alibaba sells stolen fraudulent broken junk that is masqueraded as legitimate (its basically a crime mall) but we let that go and shut down silk road and seize all assets? Doesnt make sense. Criminal rackets operate eyes wide shut but it seems the Fedzilla is only angry that they couldnt collect tax off these transactions in which case he should be sued for that money.

Total forfeiture seems out of the bounds of due process.

ere is what I see Mr. Ulbricht thinking: "Alright so I'm sitting on 20 million worth of BTC, based on what the prosecution has stated, those 20 million dollars are MI NE and do not actually belong to other people. If I let the the feds auction off those BTC and turn them into real money, then if I beat the case I will not have to go through the hassle of finding an exchange willing to handle this much money."

Basically, if Ullbrict can manage to beat the rap against him, then he's just used the US gov't as a bitcoin exchange.

about a week ago
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After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

f3rret Re:the dire equations (88 comments)

I wonder if they couldn't get Rosetta near Philae, and use the reaction jets on Rosetta to move it (i.e., by blowing on it). Philae only weighs about as much as ping-pong ball; it wouldn't take much to move it away from where it is.

That's a Kerbal solution if I ever read one.

about two weeks ago
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After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

f3rret Re:Design flaws (88 comments)

Pretty sure having working landing gear would have solved the problem

These are all Monday morning quarterbacking, but truth is that all of us should learn from the unfortunate design mistakes that ESA has made

I don't really see how saying "If the thing that did not work, had worked, everything would have been fine" constitutes "Monday morning quarterbacking". I mean, it's stating the obvious for sure, a completely useless statement for sure, but I don't think it's a hindsight/20/20 thing.

about two weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

f3rret Re:Huh (223 comments)

Isn't the whole problem that they assumed a softer (ice) surface?

Look, unless you're a friggin' rocket scientist, or believe they had additional information they didn't use ... summarizing anything as "the whole problem" is kind of childish.

Based on your vast experience of landing on comets after a 10 year journey, do you think you have a better sense of what the assumptions about the hardness of the ice should have been? Maybe you should have shared that with them.

Lots of smart people worked on this, took all they knew and could surmise, and made choices with the best available information, and using the technology and money available to them.

I'm sure as heck not going to say "well, if only they'd done this it would have worked". I know I'm not qualified to do that, and I'm quite certain most of us on Slashdot aren't either. In fact, I'm betting the people who are qualified are all thinking this was a monumentally difficult task. NASA isn't sitting around going "Ha ha!"

To me, even what they did is some pretty mind-boggling engineering. But in interviews I heard over the last few weeks, they still knew there were risks and uncertainties.

It sucks, but unless you're more qualified than the entire team who did this, you have to realize this is still an incredible feat.

I won't even claim this to be an accurate analogy: But this is kind of like hitting a target in China from New York, using a home made gun, in the dark, and while both you and the target are moving.

Me, I'll applaud the ESA and everyone involved. Success for this kind of engineering includes all of the stuff that got you there. Getting far enough to have a failed landing is still a huge undertaking.

Well, I think the whole problem was that they did not have a wizard on staff to solve every problem with magic.
Also, far as I know, their graviton phasor array had decohered somewhere along the journey.

about two weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

f3rret Re:Huh (223 comments)

Oh, wait, you don't have a probe and wouldn't know how to make one, right?

Take a Rasberry Pi, a big ass Lithium Ion battery and some solar panels, attach that stuff to each other, then attach rockets to the bundle, point it at space and ignite.

I'm the best at space.

about two weeks ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

f3rret Re:Can't trust robots (223 comments)

...I kind of doubt that anybody would physically survive 10 years in zero-G, even assuming they've survived the long-shot odds of no fatal spacecraft malfunctions in 10 years.

Oh, I think they'd survive just fine (appart from the numerous radiation induced cancers, natch), it'd be the whole 'returning to Earth' that'd cause problems.

about two weeks ago
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81% of Tor Users Can Be De-anonymized By Analysing Router Information

f3rret Re:Potential false positive issue. (136 comments)

While I haven't read the paper, the article seems to have a reasonably big "correlation for non-victim" bar. If this means false positives, it makes this technique at least a lot less useful than the "81%" deanonymization rate that they claim. It might make it useless for anything really.

Honestly, this all seems like more headline and less news. But I do still have to read the paper.

I read it as meaning "This type of attack can deanonymize a single TOR user 81% of the time" and not "This type of attack can deanonymize 81% of ALL TOR users at the same time"

about two weeks ago
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81% of Tor Users Can Be De-anonymized By Analysing Router Information

f3rret Re:Can't be true (136 comments)

Are you kidding me? Name one 'service' on TOR that has been up for long enough to get attention and not been busted?

Based on what came out about both the SR takedowns indicate that those were not taken down by sophisticated cyberattacks using high-grade NSA traffic analysis techniques.
They were taken down because the people behind those sites were bad at being criminals and operating out of the US. I'm almost sure there's several alternatives to SR that are being run out of SE Asia or the former USSR that are not being taken down because the people running them are either good at being criminals or otherwise out of the reach of their local LEA.

about two weeks ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

f3rret Re:Hire the Russians hackers to prevent police act (86 comments)

All right, maybe they aren't Russian, I don't know. But why not try to find these uber-coders that you always hear about to do some pen testing of the Tor code? It's in their best interest to make sure Tor is as secure as possible.

Fairly certain the russian and the international hacker community in general is already doing this.

Of course a true pro would not be using a publicly accessible darknet, they'd run their own.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Project Mulls How Feds Took Down Hidden Websites

f3rret Re:Yes it was (135 comments)

The methodology and the original theory was sponsored by the government, they did not write any of the software currently being used by the TOR network.

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

f3rret Re:Trackers (356 comments)

I wonder when someone realizes that they can begin to hunt the trackers.

TPB often uses the same bunch: tracker.openbittorrent.com, tracker.publicbt.com, tracker.istole.it, open.demonii.com.

Who owns and maintains these BitTorrent trackers?

Shady people living in countries hostile to the US and with no extradition policies.

Most 'cases' against those involve takedown notices sent to the their domain registars and do nothing to the server or the people running it.

The fight against privacy is a futile one.

about two weeks ago
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How Alibaba Turned November 11 Into the World's Biggest Online Shopping Day

f3rret Re:Post date (115 comments)

This post was made on November 9 about nov. 11, weird

You realize that 11.11 happens about once a year, right?

about two weeks ago
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CERN May Not Have Discovered Higgs Boson After All

f3rret Re:Higgs impostor (137 comments)

Theories are not "correct", just strongly supported by experimental evidence.

That was kind of my point. The point of these alternative theories is not to attempt to disprove the current leading theory but to offer an explanation that also could explain the data. Then new data is found that does not support the alternative theories but do support the main leading one, and you come up with new alternative ones.

If you only work with one theory you are falling victim to confirmation bias.

about two weeks ago
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CERN May Not Have Discovered Higgs Boson After All

f3rret Re:Higgs impostor (137 comments)

There are loads of Higgs impostor models where something else mimics the Higgs. Perhaps they're unlikely but it's not easy to come up with alternative explanations that are both mathematically consistent and don't contradict observations.

It's got nothing to do with those theories being 'imposters', it has everything to do with the the fact that no theory should ever be unchallenged, even if a theory is correct (as the Standard Model might very well be) it does not mean we should not try to come up with alternative explanations for the phenomena we observe in experiments.

If the Standard Model is correct it should ideally be "more" correct than those "imposter" theories.

about two weeks ago
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CERN May Not Have Discovered Higgs Boson After All

f3rret Fairly common.... (137 comments)

There's a whole community out there of theoretical phycisists that do nothing but come up with alternatative theories explaining existing data.

This is their job, they might not beleive they're right, they just came up with the theory because it was not the currently believed one.

about two weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi A+ Details Leaked

f3rret Re:Will it have the same garbage CPU? (141 comments)

Well supported? What? Seriously, what are you talking about? A bunch of random idiots on some forum that don't know jack shit about the hardware or the software does not make it well supported.

Just stop trying to pretend the Pi is awesome. It was an awesome idea before it came out, everything since then has been horrible. Production delays, lack of supply (Seriously, how the fuck can you not meet demand for years on end), bad hardware design, closed source GPU blobs that only work on specific linux distros and NOTHING ELSE.

Its crap. Wake up and smell the shit on your nose.

So cus' the thing doesn't do exactly what you want, it's bad?

It's not the holy grail of anything, but it's available and it does its just just fine.

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Breach White House Network

f3rret Re:The unclassified network? (98 comments)

I'd say breaking into the whitehouse network is a bit more worrisome than breaking into the whitehouse website. The website is indeed a poster. The network (even unclassified) is still terribly worrisome. You think all secrets we don't want other governments to know are classified?

Strictly speaking 'unclassified' is still a classification, meaning that information on an unclassified network is still classified data.

INFOSEC is weird like that.

about a month ago

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