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Google Chrome Will Block All NPAPI Plugins By Default In January

rduke15 Which plugins? (107 comments)

So, which plugins does this really affect?

about 2 months ago

Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

rduke15 Re:The measurements in question: (142 comments)

And to list these for your own drive:

$ sudo smartctl -A /dev/sda | egrep '^\s*(ID|5|1[89][78])'
    5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 100 100 036 Pre-fail Always - 0
187 Reported_Uncorrect 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
188 Command_Timeout 0x0032 100 253 000 Old_age Always - 0
197 Current_Pending_Sector 0x0012 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0010 100 100 000 etc.

(Incomplete last line to "use fewer 'junk' characters." as requested by that silly filter)

about 3 months ago

Axiom Open Source Camera Handily Tops 100,000 Euro Fundraising Goal

rduke15 Re:Well done team! (31 comments)

I guess you mean 60 GBytes per second, not Gbits.

about 4 months ago

Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

rduke15 Fortunately, it is plain-text (150 comments)

If it were encrypted, we would never have known. Adobe could have said it's just a "license check" or whatever. So I wonder if we should actually mandate all "phone home in the background" communication to be plain text.

about 4 months ago

JP Morgan Chase Breach: Shades of a Cyber Cold War?

rduke15 Loose connections? (96 comments)

appear to have at least loose connections with officials of the Russian government.

I thought any important criminal gang in Russia had much more than "loose connections with the gorvernment.

about 4 months ago

Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

rduke15 Try this in the meantime... (329 comments)

For this new vulnerabilty, there are no toy-command-checks yet I believe. But in the meantime, try the "Fun Shellshock test with curl" on the NAS boxes in your neighborhood (or anywhere else this Google search points you to).

And note that as a bonus the web server on that NAS already runs as root, so there is no need for a "privilege escalation" vulnerability. Nothing to escalate, you start from the top already.

about 4 months ago

New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

rduke15 Re:Derp (168 comments)

For Europe at least, you can get RIPE IP blocks from their web site or through their RIPEstat Text Service. I use it for one of my servers to get daily lists for one country, and feed it to ipset. Maybe others like ARIN etc. also publish lists? Or you can get GeoIP databases. Or you could try a (Perl) module like IP::Country?

about 6 months ago

Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

rduke15 Subsidies and lobbying (385 comments)

Maybe it could theoretically work (or maybe not), but it's irrelevant because almost impossible to do.

The problem is: how do you take away money (subsidies) from those who have a lot of it (partly precisely from subsidies)?

They can spend a lot for lobbying and public relations in general. The industries which would need to receive these subsidies don't have comparable means for their campaigns, and in part these industries don't even exist yet, because the money is lacking to develop them.

In social movements, many poor can force a few rich to pay more.

But industries are different. How do a few poor convince that the money of many very rich industries (which also feed many workers) should go to them?

about 7 months ago

Industrial Control System Firms In Dragonfly Attack Identified

rduke15 Why can't the Swiss company be named? (24 comments)

So the Belgian and German companies can be named, but not the Swiss one? That seems strange.

about 7 months ago

Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

rduke15 Re:How about a home brew dynamic DNS system? (495 comments)

If you already have a server with a static IP, it's pretty easy to configure bind to accept dynamic updates. See for example Set up your own Dynamic DNS.

I set it up like that, and have short scripts on my Linux and Mac notebooks to do the updates when the network comes up. On Linux, it's a short script in /etc/network/if-up.d/. On Mac, it's a script called by a LaunchDeaemon (a .plist file in /Library/LaunchDaemons).

about 7 months ago

Long-Lasting Enzyme Chews Up Cocaine

rduke15 Re:Daily lethal doses (73 comments)

Yes, "daily lethal doses" is really weird. The problem with cocaine is not lethal doses (that's a problem with heroin). It's that the people addicted to cocaine end up completely crazy after a few years. The effect on the brain can be fun, but in the long run it is really destructive.

about 7 months ago

Perl Is Undead

rduke15 Proof (with silly statistics) ... (283 comments)

Is it dead? Well, some quick scripting can tell us the truth, using Bash and of course Perl.

On my Ubuntu notebook and main machine:

sudo find /etc /bin /sbin /usr/bin /usr/sbin -type f -executable -exec file -b "{}" \; \
| perl -MData::Dumper -nle '
        next unless /script/;
        if ( /(shell|python|ruby|perl|bash)/i ) {
        else {
            warn "Other: $_\n"
        END {
            print Dumper(\%types);


Other: a /usr/bin/make -f script, ASCII text executable
Other: a nickle script, UTF-8 Unicode text executable
Other: awk script, ASCII text executable
$VAR1 = {
                    'perl' => 283,
                    'python' => 104,
                    'bash' => 1,
                    'Ruby' => 3,
                    'ruby' => 9,
                    'shell' => 602

On a server:

Other: a /bin/dash script, ASCII text executable
$VAR1 = {
                    'Python' => 36,
                    'Perl' => 139,
                    'shell' => 267

Looks very much alive. Unless of course, Perl realized what it was calculating and cheated and made it's own numbers up on the fly...

about 7 months ago

'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

rduke15 But LSD must be better (164 comments)

Because it's inventor died 14 years older at 102. :-)

And seriously, the one time I tried ecstasy, I didn't like that it seemed to interfere with my emotions.

LSD modifies percepetions and paths of thought, which can be a fantastic experience (or just great fun) if you are in the right mood for it, but I don't remember it ever modifying my emotions.

Ecstasy gave me the impression of creating out of proportion artificial emotions in me. After the fact, I really didn't like that aspect. No wonder it was all the rage during the years of techno music. I guess people dancing to that cold techno music really needed something to still feel human.

But anyway, peace to "Godfather of Ecstasy" and all chemists experimenting with psychoactive drugs. When used right, these all give valuable experiences.

about 8 months ago

Heartbleed Bug Exploited Over Extensible Authentication Protocol

rduke15 Anything interesting for a script kiddie? (44 comments)

That is all very interesting, but all I want to know is how I can use this to get a ride on my neighbours' WiFi...

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

rduke15 Start looking for another job? (185 comments)

You could waste many hours calculating how much it would cost (equipment, maintenance, support calls, unsatisfied customers, risk of legal actions, etc.). After spending a lot of time on this, you could most probably demonstrate it's a bad business idea.

But why bother? I'm sure you have more interesting things to do than writing a memo to explain in detail why a stupid idea is stupid.

It is also pretty obviously a bad idea from an "ethical" point of view. You don't have to spend hours doing boring research to explain that. You can just explain it.

Maybe most of the board will understand it straight away (if they didn't already when one of them suggested it). If not, then you don't want to work for these people.

So after explaining to them why you think it is a bad idea, just say you will not help implement it because you feel it's not ethically acceptable. If most of the board people are smart, they will appreciate your clear point of view. If not, they will show you the door, and you will be grateful for being forced to leave these idiots.

Could it be that a single idiot on the board came up with the idea, and that the rest of the board didn't want to discuss it and just asked you to "write a memo" to get rid of the subject?

about 8 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

rduke15 Who tried most of them? (611 comments)

I selected "other", because I can't compare what I have now (Unity) to the others. For the others, I have either not tried them at all, or a long time ago so they may be very different now, or not long enough to have an opinion. For example, Knoppix has some desktop which is neither KDE nor Gnome. But I only needed that Knoppix disk a couple of times, so cannot have an opinion.

But I tend to mostly use a file manager, and applications. So the Desktop environment doesn't matter so much. Windows always have minimize/maximize/close buttons. I don't care much if they are on the left or on the right side of the title bar.

I use Midnight Commander a lot in Terminal. (And on Windows, Total Commander of course).

In Ubuntu, I use Krusader a lot. I don't like it, but it's what comes closest to Total Commander (all the others are just lacking too many features).

I have tried most file managers, but if someone has tried many desktop environments and has a comparison, that would probably interesting. Especially since I need to replace my Ubuntu 12.04 laptop, and have to decide if the next one will still be Ubuntu, or Mint, or plain Debian or something else, and then decide which Desktop environment I want with that.

about 8 months ago

Perl 5.20 Released, and Mojolicious 5.0: the Very Modern Perl Web Framework

rduke15 Mod parent up (126 comments)

Someone please mod parent up...

about 8 months ago

Brazil Approves Internet Bill of Rights

rduke15 Re:The Republicans here... (132 comments)

I have actually read that "Director's Rules" pdf, and dont' see how it would prevent equipment upgrades to allow faster Internet.

What I see in the pdf, is that working on or installing equipment on public property requires a permit, and it lists what documents must be provided to get the permit (like a plan with street names, etc).

I sure hope every city in the world has similar rules. What is the problem? What did I miss? And what do republicans have to do with that? Aren't they against any rules other than those of The Market?

about 9 months ago

Mr. Schmidt Goes To Washington: A Look Inside Google's Lobbying Behemoth

rduke15 Re:Google was never (128 comments)

Indeed, it started as a two men shop at least, and definitely more than 9 years ago.

about 10 months ago



Central anti-virus for small business

rduke15 rduke15 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rduke15 writes "I'm trying to find a centrally managed anti-virus solution for a small business network, and was wondering what others may be using in similar situations, and how satisfied they are with it. In my case, it's a small network of around 20 Windows XP machines with a Linux server. It is too big to manage each client manually. However, there is no no full-time IT person on site, and no Windows Active Directory server (just Linux with Samba). And the current solution with Symantec Endpoint Protection seems too expensive, and too complex for such a simple need. On the Linux server side, email is handled by amavisd and ClamAV. But the WinXP clients still need a real-time anti-virus for the USB disks they may bring to work, or stuff they download from their personal webmail or other sites. Certainly many of you had the same problem, and now have opinions on the solutions you used."

Documenting server hard disks

rduke15 rduke15 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rduke15 writes "I manage small Linux servers in small businesses. They have various disks, partitions, shares, automounts, etc. Since they tend to not require a lot of maintenance, when time comes to change something, it is hard to remember where everything is, and how it all fits together. So I have to spend time with the output of /proc/partitions, fdisk -l, mount, Samba's testparm, the content of the /etc/auto.* files, etc. until I get a clear idea of the infrastructure.

I was thinking of writing a script which would summarize all this information into a clear page, probably in HTML. But maybe others have already done such scripts? Or they are integrated into some other tool I don't know? How do others deal with quickly getting to know a system, particularly it's disks and partitions?"


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