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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

steveo777 Re:USPS (382 comments)

I was going to suggest using a box of 3.5" floppy disks as I wouldn't expect them to have the equipment to read them anymore, but then I realized this is the post office, so maybe just a DVD would be okay since they probably haven't gotten around to procuring any of those yet.

about a week ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

steveo777 Re:NADA is very powerful. (190 comments)

My knowledge of this comes mostly from Wikipedia and a movie I saw called Beer Wars. I took an interest some years ago when Surly Brewing had a long battle with the three tier system in MN. Mostly I just wanted to be able to buy a pint locally.

I've been trying to pay attention to the Tesla vs Dealership battle for a while. Mostly with the hopes that some day I could afford to comfortably pay $90k for a vehicle some day. Though I'd be more than happy to get the Model 3 when it becomes available. :)

about two weeks ago
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Tesla vs. Car Dealers: the Lobbyist Went Down To Georgia

steveo777 Re:NADA is very powerful. (190 comments)

Nice summary! Off topic, but this really reminds me of the way that alcohol industry is set up. Originally people felt like it was a good idea because the manufacturers had way too much power. But in the end the manufacturers are sorta getting screwed, and the public is really getting screwed.

I try to buy my beer from independent brewers (mmm... growlers...) because the distributors can make or break them, and I'd I'd leave dealerships in the dust if I could, too.

about two weeks ago
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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

steveo777 Re:No... (331 comments)

That would be interesting, indeed.

I've never seen a corporation spring for anything greater than the smallest HDD available, though, so the returns wouldn't be too substantial for anyone on a long-term refresh, though I have seen .5 and 1TB drives shipping recently (and you'd probably want to keep your hands off the SSDs for now). Assuming 100 nodes at an average of 100GB of free space allocation each is perhaps 2TB of questionably reliable storage (10TB of very volatile data). You couldn't allow heavy access to the distributed storage during the day (tanking r/w performance for users). If the licensing and maintenance are very low cost, you could slap 1TB drives everywhere and dedicate half that space for distributed storage. Per 100 users there would be roughly 10TB of relatively redundant space that could be used for, say, deep archives of encrypted backups, logs, or whatever.

Or hell, save space by dedicating a 2nd HDD in every box to distributed storage. A descent SAN will kick its ass any day, but it could potentially cost 1/10th of the price.

about two weeks ago
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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

steveo777 No... (331 comments)

It's a pretty cool idea. And the algorithm would be fun to explore, but the individual overhead alone on this systems isn't worth the time or money for the minimal payout. How much could you possibly, reasonably expect to pull in? A few bucks a year? Certainly not enough to offset your new bandwidth and power requirements.

You'd be better off building a small SAN in your basement and selling cloudiness to people you know for the maintenance costs. A while ago I helped some friends set up a small mesh of Drobos and other cheap SANs where they could deposit their photos, etc, at each other's houses. Four people had four copies of their data in four physical locations. Everything was encrypted and everyone got the same space. So long as they keep everything on and plugged in...

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

steveo777 Re:Conclusion goes too far? (159 comments)

I didn't see a reason to go into the details of this particular situation more than that which I found humorous and nerdy. I still don't. The situation was handled very professionally, as I handle all situations. But the professional part isn't as interesting in this context to me as perhaps it is to you.

If you find yourself in a situation like this and you circumvent the rules and get away with it, bully for you. If I'm your net admin and I find out about it, I'll make sure to type up a full report as to why some ass hat in accounting or something like that felt it was okay to skirt compliance and company policy so he could do whatever it is the company decided he's not supposed to do. And a week after that I'd be more than happy to submit your termination to my admins for processing. I'm more concerned about saving your company from the idiots and self righteous. Certainly DGAF about your comfort or position. You want something you ask the people that pay for it and I'd be happy to make that happen if your company decides it's something they want and can afford.

And you're right. Cisco is overpriced and over valued for the most part. But I wasn't the architect (or the owner, who had a major Cisco hard on), so it wasn't my call. Even if I was, I wouldn't be selling $60 consumer grade routers to companies with a 4 hour SLA on hardware knowing full-well that I'd have to send an agent out there 2-3 times a year to replace fried equipment and making my company look like morons. Some of them did that enough on their own...

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

steveo777 Re:Conclusion goes too far? (159 comments)

Upside-down internet is a lot of fun. And you're right. I'm not a control freak. We set up security rules and guidelines for a reason. Some of these places have stringent compliance needs for HIPPA, PCI, and other regulations that strictly forbid the behavior I mentioned. So, yeah, I'm fucking with him but I'm also not getting him fired, either. It's my ass on the line and as long as I can keep the situation under control it's not a big deal.

about two weeks ago
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Lizard Stresser DDoS-for-Hire Service Built On Hacked Home Routers

steveo777 Re:Dark side (65 comments)

This is the most relevant topic I've read all day.

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

steveo777 Re:Conclusion goes too far? (159 comments)

As I mentioned in another post, the author went out of his way to state that it was non-routable and unreachable from the outside. It sounded like he was implying there was no subnetting (as you will always need a route to get from one subnet to another). I'm a network engineer so I know perfectly well how this should be set up. There are ways to use layer 3 switches to prevent broadcasts from going where they don't likely belong.

And, in another article discussion, I mentioned that I've redone a corporate network that was using a single class B subnet for their entire corporation. No subnetting, there was around 8,000 nodes all with /16 subnets (with an internal IP scheme using a public IP they didn't own). So people do boneheaded things all the time.

I've seen people who had resources to do things right (the company I mentioned spent $100k on network equipment due to poor performance, rather than redesigning their network properly, which is what I did). I've seen people somehow manage to set up striped RAID arrays on partitions of the same disk and complain about poor performance (still baffled how that got set up). So you can perhaps see why I can believe that PDRK can do such a crazy thing as use a flat class A.

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

steveo777 Re: Competition (437 comments)

- Daily reminders to reboot the phone, with the statement that they don't recommend continuing to operate the phone without restarts

The rest of the list is powerful enough, but this point is a deal breaker for me. I don't want to have to actively manage my phone's system state.

about two weeks ago
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Glitch In OS X Search Can Expose Private Details of Apple Mail Users

steveo777 Outlook (49 comments)

I'm pretty sure MS caught hell for this about a decade ago when their preview pane would preload the entire contents of an email, including VBS scripts and links... It's not like it's the first time it happened, but it looks pretty bad for Apple having made the same mistake twice.

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

steveo777 Re:Competition (437 comments)

Thanks for the feedback. I know a few people with the original N7 waiting for that news.

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

steveo777 Re:Conclusion goes too far? (159 comments)

I've got something close to that in my past...

Years ago I worked for a managed service provider with about 100 different companies all within one managed network. Part of the consumer contracts were that companies would buy their components, but would not have the power to manage them while under the contract. Also, they could only purchase approved hardware for their infrastructure (all Cisco).

Every once in a while we would get a call that people's interwebs were going super slow, or not working. In most cases they weren't allowed to have wireless, or the company wouldn't purchase new equipment for various reasons... whatever. Anyways some dude would bring in a router he got at best buy and plug it in. Usually I was able to spot it the minute someone called in with problems, email the user (if I could ID them directly), their supervisor, and maybe the CTO of the company that an unapproved device had been installed and blah blah blah. Then shut down their port until they called us to sheepishly appologize.

Better still we would get people calling in for help with their "home" wireless router. This wasn't something we supported but the service desk usually helped out to be nice. I'd overhear conversation queues and start investigating and find out that the customer was doing this from their cube. I'd shut them down and have an evil sysadmin laugh about it.

One time, though, someone got it right. They looked up their local networking and managed to configure their home router to mimic local DHCP. If they were really thinking hard, they would have set the range higher so there wouldn't be an overlap. After overhearing some service desk calls I quickly located our rogue DHCP client, shut it down, and started pushing out MAC filtering to our switches for that company (repeat offenders) for all the well-known consumer network equipment MAC addresses. So any time a D-Link, Linksys, what have you router was detected, the port would shut down for 2 minutes. I watched this happen the day after this incident as the dude walked around his office shutting down ports left and right. His supervisor had been informed that it wasn't allowed, but the dude was relentless.

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

steveo777 Re:Conclusion goes too far? (159 comments)

I'm a network engineer, so I'm fully aware of how one should be doing this sort of thing.

From the context of TFA the author went out of the way to mention that the IP is both non-routable and unreachable from non 10.0.0.0/8 addresses. I inferred from this that the author meant to say that internally the call to 10.76.1.11 would somehow be assumed to be on the same network of each host. I didn't find it that hard to believe because it can be done, and it's entirely possible that DPRK just doesn't have enough network nodes to really bring that sort of system to its (relative) knees.

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

steveo777 Re:Conclusion goes too far? (159 comments)

I'm not too familiar with how things are run in NK. But I understand that the state controls all network equipment and is successfully able to prevent its citizens from using other OSes and equipment. So the generalization is likely very accurate.

It really wouldn't even take that much work to pull this off. The hardest part would be keeping broadcast domain separation. If that IP is non-routable it means that either the entire country is on one broadcast domain or they're pulling off some relatively complicated layer 2/3 network segregation (lots of enormous lookup tables, etc). I imagine communications would be very slow all around either way.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

steveo777 Unicorns, unicorns, unicorns (325 comments)

What you need is servers. Laptops aren't designed to work like that. You could possibly get away with custom desktop PCs with crazy cooling but if you're pushing envelopes all day every day laptops are a piss poor excuse for productivity. You could get some high end laptops for local processing, and push all the major work to a few dedicated servers or even a blade system if you really needed sustained calculations. But laptops are not and most likely won't be designed for all this. Some other posters have pointed out that "sustained" top processing throttles down periodically because turbo boost is only made to kick in when absolutely necessary. It heats up the processor and it has to throttle or it'll melt.

So unless you're willing to haul around a liquid cooling system in your enormous gaming laptop (which someone has probably done), you're barking up the wrong physics.

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

steveo777 Re:Competition (437 comments)

I think it would need to be over two years, which is generally the amount of time anyone might be expected to hold onto a phone that was sold to them. There really ought to be some more responsibility and/or accountability on the part of the carriers to support devices that know full well people will be more or less forced to carry for the next two years.

Which isn't to say that every phone within the last two years needs to get 5.0, but they should continue to receive updates and support as problems arise. My original Galaxy S (Epic on Sprint) had zero support on day one, but i think that was less about the phone and more about Sprint just sucking at knowing what to do with the recent Android explosion. Either way I still find that carriers and manufacturers all suck butt when it comes to phone support and I'll likely never buy a non-Google phone again. If they stop making them, I may just go to Windows.

Closer to the topic, I think most people who keep their eyes on the mobile industry know EXACTLY why adoption of 5.0 isn't happening. Only the Nexus line is getting the upgrade, and the upgrade runs like shit (and the G3 apparently has it). I own a Nexus 5 and 10. The 10 chokes to death on 5.0, so I leave it on 4.4.4*. My Nexus 5 had awful battery life, and busted wifi on 5.0, so I reverted to 4.4.2. Then when 5.0.1 came out I heard that wifi and battery life weren't so much of an issue. I installed the update and am pretty happy with it so far. I thought about grabbing a Nexus 6, but since they're impossible to buy unlocked without a great deal of effort and scripting I just DGAF.

So I don't know why anybody is remotely surprised by the low adoption rate.

*Some of the games I like to play just won't run on any version of Lollipop. I don't know if this is a Dalvik/ART thing or not, but the Nexus 10 just doesn't have the power for modern applications anymore, and I'll replace it within a year or so if some really great stuff comes out.

about three weeks ago
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AMD Beema and Mullins Low Power 2014 APUs Tested, Faster Than Bay Trail

steveo777 Re:Beema and Mullins (66 comments)

Well done

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

steveo777 Re:Wanna give up on these guys yet ? (575 comments)

I've been doing Windowsy stuff for a long time now, to the point where if I don't immediately recognize an error there's a 50% chance I'll need to get Microsoft on the phone and submit stack traces to figure out WTF happened. Those are always fun.

about 9 months ago

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Regulating coporate presence on the web

steveo777 steveo777 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

steveo777 (183629) writes "I work for a financial firm which doesn't have much web presence. Working with older owners who are just finding out about social networking is pretty interesting since I just explained how Facebook works to a room of people. It was brought to the owner's attention that our business has a fan page that spoofs the industry in which we work. He was fumed and demanded of our two person IT shop "Take this down, I won't put up with this!". I was secretly laughing inside until I realized he was already prepping to sick his legal department on Facebook saying "It's our company and we need to control what people say about it." While I know it's not likely that we'll even get a response, my question is this. Has anyone else out there been in this position, and what have you done to 'fix' the issue?"
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Microsoft's E3 Press Highlights

steveo777 steveo777 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

steveo777 (183629) writes "Among others, Gamasutra is reporting in on the Microsoft E3 press conference. Of note is that Final Fantasy XIII will see a simultaneous release for PS3 and 360. Also very cool will be the option to "Play from HDD". The disc must still be in the drive, but there will be a copy of the disc on the HDD for much faster loading, and reducing wear on the DVD drive."

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