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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

weszz Re:Does it have Cold resistance level 2 (167 comments)

Pandemic reference anyone?

In the game you can get antibiotics resistance to your deadly virus, cold or heat resistance etc...

Pretty sure that is where this one was going...

4 days ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

weszz Re:Dumb dumb dumb advice... (278 comments)

I use Dashlane https://www.dashlane.com/en/cs... (for 6 month free trial)

I have it on my computer at home, my phone and the website at work.

It's pass phrase encrypted so they claim they can't decrypt the passwords without your passphrase.

Really works well for me.

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

weszz Re:This makes sense. (278 comments)

Recently read through a penetration test we had done, and some of the things in there I didn't know... thankfully they couldn't get into our servers from the outside, but from inside the network wasn't too difficult from a system having some outdated software letting them in...

Anyway the whole deal about LANMan, kerberos and other things storing passwords in memory in a way that is very easy to decrypt was surprising... I also thought that if I told PCs to not store the LM password locally and don't use it, then it would be okay. Nope. have to do that AND have a 15 character or longer password. LM makes the hash of the password regardless of if it will ever use it, so the only defense is a password long enough to break it.

Kerberos... well there is no getting around that one. it's there and if they get admin access on the server they have the plaintext password of anyone logged in interactively. end of game.

Was surprising never being in part of a mitigation team for a test like that.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

weszz Re:We're sorry we got caught? (401 comments)

I also did tech support for Real Networks back in the day (dirty dirty company) and the way they ran cancellations wasn't much better. for every "Save" you got you earned an extra dollar. being in tech support we didn't fall into that pay scheme, but we felt it.

It went something like this, you go online to cancel the subscription you didn't know you agreed to, unless you said you have windows 95, it said you had to call in.

you call in and the person offers free tech support, a few months free etc... then eventually they get to well, how about i give you 3 months free and send you an email. if at any point you decide that you want to cancel, just reply to the email and we will cancel it, but i can only do that if you agree to the email. Thinking you are getting 3 months and canceling anyway, you agree, they get their dollar, you then have to watch for the email to cancel.

it isn't easy...

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

weszz Re:We're sorry we got caught? (401 comments)

They do... With all the cable companies now you get the base rate, then you get promotions that expire... (i just went through this with Uverse)

so promos expire and you call in, the first person offers to take something like $30 off the bill a month for 6 months or a year. you say no and talk to retention, tell them you are looking at time warner, comcast or whoever because $200 a month is ridiculous for internet and cable, and then they knock $70-80 off with a year contract, and in a year you do it again. If you don't like to press the issue, work during the time that retention is open, or for whatever reason don't call, they bend you over every month.

about two weeks ago
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Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles

weszz Re:Signals (144 comments)

For the Dr Who it was this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

The probe is intercepted by a giant spaceship heading for Earth. When the broadcast is shown, an alien face appears and identifies itself as being a Sycorax. The alien demands Earth's surrender and causes a third of the world's population to go into a hypnotic state. The Sycorax threaten to make these people commit suicide unless they are given half of the world's population as slaves. One of the scientists discovers that all of the hypnotised people share the same blood type (A-positive), the same as contained in a sample on Guinevere One.

They used blood control to control people.

On the Ansible you are probably right.

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles

weszz Re:Signals (144 comments)

Couple books/shows come to mind...

Ender's Game using the ansible for instant communication across great distances (the idea that half of it is in one place, the other half somewhere else) and didn't they do that for very short distances already? like a few feet or so?

but also Dr Who comes to mind... depending on what we send out, can they control us with it?

Could it be a very weak attack?

about three weeks ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

weszz Re:Email is expensive? (130 comments)

sure it would... the salary of the people doing the work to move money around and account for it.

A few months ago I put a request into the company I work for asking for a $20 piece of software (against policy to buy it and install it myself, gotta go through the process...)

Looking at the process, it would have cost thousands in employee time to document, review and approve the purchase of the $20 piece of software at all the different levels of management involved in it. it's insanely wasteful.

about a month ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

weszz Re:waste of time (380 comments)

numbers were way off.. but still 5 more cars per minute is impressive.

4 way stop average number of cars through in 15 minutes was 385.
Roundabout average number of cars through in 15 minutes was 460.
Improvement of about 20%.

If you don't care to watch the video they set up a 4 way stop course and then a roundabout course. They used a bunch of drivers and did two 15 minute tests of each course counting the number of cars that got through and averaged them. The roundabout was a 20 percent improvement over the 4 way stop. And even though they let the drivers practice a bit on the roundabout before the tests they were American drivers that for the most part don't have the day to day experience that European drivers do with roundabouts so I am thinking the efficiency of the roundabout is even greater.

http://webcache.googleusercont...

about a month ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

weszz Re:waste of time (380 comments)

Myth Busters took this on for a very congested test (also very controlled)

They got somewhere around 180 cars through a traditional 4 way stop, and over 300 through the same space as a roundabout. I was floored it was that great of a difference, they said because at any given time there were multiple cars in the roundabout doing their own thing. (may be off on the numbers, but the roundabout was unbelievably better in their test)

Granted the layout of the roundabout matters a TON, and most I have seen around here are cram a roundabout in a tiny space so you don't REALLY know if the car to your left is leaving the roundabout or continuing...

about a month ago
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Microsoft Releases Early IE12 Preview As Part of Its New Developer Channel

weszz Re:You want IE to be relevant? (105 comments)

Healthcare IT is also rough, we have some government mandated things saying you MUST use IE8, others that the same people use are now saying you must have 9 or 10, and I think there is still a handful that need 7.

The only option for many of these people is either versions in Citrix (MS approved way) or ThinApp, which works great, but MS doesn't like it.

about a month and a half ago
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The FBI's Jargon List: Internet Acronyms Galore

weszz Re:Urban Dictionary (124 comments)

you may be surprised... I found FML reading Sammy the Seal to my kids.

Printed back in the 60s, the page is that Sammy wishes he could spell, and has the blocks XFML in front of him. I thought it was incredibly funny, but couldn't tell my girls why... (too young for that kinda stuff)

about a month and a half ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

weszz Re:Behind the curve (1040 comments)

Wisconsin and Illinois did this with state taxes...

Illinois was then voted worst place to live by it's residents (1 out of 4 said this)
http://www.gallup.com/poll/168...

Wisconsin ended middle of the pack I think around 40-50% saying it is the best place to live (may be off on the numbers)

Wisconsin saw job growth and lower taxes, Illinois saw jobs leave, higher taxes, pension scandals etc...

about 2 months ago
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Comcast-Time Warner Deal May Hinge On Low-Cost Internet Plan

weszz Re:Actually there is a name for this behavior (114 comments)

So out of curiosity... any idea on the speeds this gives? I make too much to qualify myself, but as a foster parent we regularly have kids in the house we take care of that would qualify... We take advantage of some things the WIC checks offer like discounted museum memberships, since the food checks don't even come close to covering what kids eat.

If it is a decent speed this would be interesting to me.

about 2 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

weszz Re:Just Tack on a Fee (626 comments)

This also assumes all cars go automatic...

Collector cars aren't going to be going away, many people won't be able to afford these new fancy cars, many people will do what they can to break the auto part for whatever paranoid belief they feel like, or just the idea of not being in control.

What about the auto insurance industry? all those people will be hurting if there aren't as many accidents for people to carry insurance for.

about 2 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

weszz Re:Just Tack on a Fee (626 comments)

The normal problem here comes as you take your car across borders, are you paying the per mile to your home state, the state you drove in or the state your vehicle is registered in? When I lived in Washington, my vehicle was still registered in Wisconsin the whole time till I moved back. Who would get those tax dollars? What about trips to Canada or Mexico? You are taxed on something that didn't happen in your country?

about 2 months ago
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Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

weszz Re:What I want to know is ... (239 comments)

not like there is some sort of security force there that could... protect the integrity of the planes, the airfield and to make sure people shouldn't get where they shouldn't be...

Maybe they could come up with something... call them I don't know Transportation Security?

about 3 months ago

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