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Microsoft: Macs 'Not Safe From Malware, Attacks Will Increase'

not_hylas( ) Intel Chips vs PowerPC (290 comments)

As soon as Apple went to the Intel chip rather than sticking with the PowerPC this was inevitable.
Job's excuse was the PowerPC chip's heat issue, just like the one we have now with the Xeon processors
(still waiting for that MacPro refresh Intel) so now we're stuck with a second class chip with a history of trouble, not to mention Microsoft rooting for the malware boys as well - way to go Apple ...

more than 2 years ago

Why IT Won't Like Mac OS X Lion Server

not_hylas( ) Another Sad Day For Mac IT (341 comments)

This is truly a major disappointment - right on the heels of the discontinued xServe.
I couldn't be more sad for the direction and the position Jobs & Co. has put Mac IT in. It's like a nightmare. Here we had the best stuff, server and Server OS-wise and they wreck it all within the span of a year.
I'm starting to get pissed off, and I'm a long time FANBOY. I fucking love the Macintosh. There's nowhere to run.
What the hell are they thinking?
They deserve whatever comes their way now, they've demoted us to what used to be vicious lies about what the Mac was.
This is a nightmare, God, wake me up.

more than 3 years ago

Favorite Sony Gaffe?

not_hylas( ) Re:The Build Quality Of Their Notebooks (329 comments)

dargaud said:
"Yeah, I don't know why a lot of people have Sony in high regards and consider them 'quality' products. Probably like Apple products, they mentally associate higher price with better build quality."

Except that Apple's quality isn't a false perception, some folks have had runs of bad luck with Apple (or, insert quality hardware company). Our company, which I do I.T. for, has had very little problems (software or hardware, Xserves to iPods) with them.
I've been doing this for quite a while, it's an experience thing.

But, back to Sony ...


We loved their Trinitron Monitors


and found them hard to replace, but we've stuck to our guns. Sony, as your experience well illustrates has gone dark in the brains department.

more than 3 years ago

New PS3 Firmware Contains Backdoor

not_hylas( ) We've BANNED SONY (491 comments)

Our Company, which uses many SONY-type products, banned them after the music rootkit incident, and we have never looked back. This confirms our decision was correct.

Why would you let any company in you domain that has *proven* hostile intent?
If it were Apple we would do the same, as much as we love them, we'd scale back to the least amount and then buy their products secondhand, as we are in the arts and it is a necessary thing to use some of their products.

We would love to do this with Adobe, even though they are not quite as malicious as they are pompous and lazy - but that's not really on the scale of what SONY willingly does.

We've partially banned Microsoft and are presently buying ONLY secondhand. They need to really shape up if they are to allowed back in our company.

It's called "voting with your wallet".

Open Source is what we're waiting for really and we support some projects with cash. We urge you all to do the same. It way past the time to put these companies "on notice".

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence

not_hylas( ) Re:Fucking stupid IT teachers (471 comments)

Tim Cook has been groomed for years, Steve has a first class team now - Jobs remembers his last mistake at Apple and won't repeat it. One thing Jobs is not, is stupid.

Somewhat off topic, but relevant:
I, unfortunately went to IT school in Seattle, WA, around 2000, (originally it was to be Vancouver B.C, such is the price of love at first sight - 5 years married) I was required (forced) to take Win 2k Server as part of a UNIX System Administration track. Ultimately it became useful, but more in a "backwards and in high-heels" way. Our Windows teacher was such a zealot that he equated stock price to superiority of OS platform, Apple was in the midst of rolling out OS X at this point and their stock was something like $11.00 a share, Microsoft was $33.00.

I was so poor at the time it wasn't funny, I told everyone "BUY APPLE" up and until 2003 or so, many of my more wealthy friends did. Some put their children through college with that tip (yes, me = SuperGenius).
I never would ever equate stock price with OS performance, and I often think back on my poor MS teacher and know what a hard lesson he learned.

Me? Lovin' the UNIX and the Plan 9.

New tip: buy electrical utilities and general infrastructure - long term.

about 4 years ago

Hiding Backdoors In Hardware

not_hylas( ) Subversionhack (206 comments)

From one of my previous posts:


You have to realize, as myself and (my) a team of researchers have (finally) dug up, this is not new, nor unique.
follow the link, which leads to other links - you'll see that this has gone from "you're insane", to "wow, they really can do that". in about three years.
As the details trickle out it becomes more insidious as to "the ends to which means" we're dealing with.

I'm happy people have quit discounting this hardware option, which doesn't necessarily need to be "acquired", it can be created from existing hardware, repurposed by chip-crowding, firmware "updates" and firmware / BIOS replacement code, you get it.

more than 4 years ago

Chertoff Advocates Cyber Cold War

not_hylas( ) Re:LOOK AT THIS PAPER - Addendum (115 comments)

This, previously mentioned fellow Researcher is on a hot trail - an update:

The paper was re-done in 2001.


Now, from a completely different team Researcher, same trail:

Another paper on that same line from the Navel Post Graduate School.
It makes reference to the Myers' thesis.

"A Demonstration of the Subversion Threat" by Emory A. Anderson


If you'd like to help, or know more (serious research only please):


I got nothing.

(lately) ;-)

I'm still reading the paper.

As far as Chertoff, a Cold War means nothing when you're fighting Ghosts (and your own Computer).

more than 4 years ago

Chertoff Advocates Cyber Cold War

not_hylas( ) LOOK AT THIS PAPER (115 comments)

No, really look at this:


I had a fellow Researcher send this to me this morning - it blows the lid off of what I've been speaking (LOUDLY) and writing about for years - here and other places, basically Subversionhack:



^ 2nd site has Certificate Expiration problem ^

Chertoff article:

"Chertoff told ZDNet UK at the conference that cyberattacks on critical national infrastructure could put thousands of people at risk. "I can envision attacks with catastrophic consequences, with serious loss of life," said Chertoff. "If someone took down an air-traffic control system, we would have devastating loss of life."

"Cold War" is a bit extreme, Red Teams would be a better response.
When you have a hack within the truly elite league such as (the) Subversion(hack) you really need to envision the possibilities of a thousand little fires all within the confines of your neighborhood - honestly.

This NAVY paper of 1980 should get you up to speed.
If you have a Slashdot account, review my post on this and things will become a bit more clear.

The first of my links should give you a good over all.

more than 4 years ago

What To Do With an Old G5 Tower?

not_hylas( ) Re:Three options... (417 comments)

(...) till I said, "And creating a nuisance." And they all came back, shook my hand, and we had a great time on the bench, talkin about crime, mother stabbing, father raping, all kinds of groovy things that we was talking about on the bench. And everything was fine, we was smoking cigarettes and all kinds of things, until the Sargeant came over, had some paper in his hand, held it up and said ...

more than 4 years ago

What To Do With an Old G5 Tower?

not_hylas( ) Re:Macs are to graphic artists, as are . . . (417 comments)

Funny, why DO Apple people keep their Macs?
I live with a Graphic Artist too, but I'm the one that stashes her old Macs.
Ever find a PC / WIN / Linux stasher? [there's a reason]

Didn't think so.

more than 4 years ago

What To Do With an Old G5 Tower?

not_hylas( ) Re:Three options... (417 comments)

The haters are out this morning:

"... Shrink, I want to kill. I mean, I wanna, I
wanna kill. Kill. I wanna, I wanna see, I wanna see blood and gore and
guts and veins in my teeth. Eat dead burnt bodies. I mean kill, Kill,
KILL, KILL." And I started jumpin up and down yelling, "KILL, KILL,""

http://www.arlo.net/resources/lyrics/alices.shtml :-)

RISC blows CISC away: [skip or walk]


- so much so, that they still bolt it on CISC [with some success]

[Don't bother with the subheading "Diminishing benefits", it's BS, look at IBM's POWER]



Our G5 x2 2.5 is soon to be a companion to our Xserve x2 1.33 [redundant DNS].
Just add:

Swift Data 200:


Inside your Power Mac G5:


"catastrophic coolant leak":


more than 4 years ago

Adobe Calls Out Apple With Ads In NY Times, WSJ

not_hylas( ) Re:The choice is Apple's to make (731 comments)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.

Apologies to Clarke's three laws.

more than 4 years ago


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not_hylas( ) not_hylas( ) writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Aside from the time worn tradition of not reading the articles but commenting anyway here on Slashdot. Slashdot has, as of this writing, been invaded by the clueless, it seems in these last few years. These thought challenged, part time "content editors" that, besides not reading the articles, don't bother reading comments either.
These A+ community college dropouts, two bits shy of a word, seem hellbent on spreading a particular brand of stupidity by way of the moderation features, using it as a "digg-down" tool to shape comments to their brand of quality.



The technique is to bury (as a de facto delete) using "Flamebait", "Offtopic" "Overrated", etc. thusly moderating relevant comments down below a normally visible threshold, deserved or not. This "moderation style" has been used as a censoring tool and has it's roots on Digg, where packs of dirty, uneducated "hunt and peckers" typing on the keyboards with their nose roam at will, essentially deleting comments - clearing pages of legitimate, thoughtful comments, promoting their, or their group's brand of content.
Or just being dicks.

This technique is becoming a problem here, on Slashdot. Even though there's less opportunity for abuse, it still has an impact.
Maybe you just can't fix stupid.




"Concentrate more on promoting than on demoting."

These folks don't read the articles, much less understand what facts relate to said articles - they're here for the "Funny", "First Post" and the three word comeback / post - looking for "fanboi-dom", "elevating" the discourse to a fight with the witless and the worthless content merchants whose antennas don't pick up all the channels.

These all-around lamers, 8080s in a POWER6 enviro, have overtaken the "Informative" and "Insightful" and remade it in the image of "Snappy Comeback" or, "pwned" therefor devoid of anything resembling the previous.

The new functionality of Slashdot aids them unwittingly in making comments essentially invisible, and of no interest or consequence to anyone.

At some point it damages any meaningful exchange, Slashdot has visablly suffered. I, and I'm sure others are having a difficult time giving, much less receiving relevant information on the subject at hand.
On Slashdot the first few post are usually for the "Funny", but now whole threads are being used as IM channels absent of what we come here for.


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