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Hay, I'm not saying I believe it's happening. I'm just saying it's difficult to confidently discount with some of the current goings on.

FaceBook has been caught scraping information out of Emails and text messages on Android phones.

Voice activated TV's and "electronic assistants" (like Alexa etc.) have been caught recording everything and uploading "telemetry".

So the technology is there, and the necessary contemptuous attitude toward personal privacy by corporations is also available on spades.

And if the most common kneejerk reaction is like Stephen's above … Well... It wouldn't really be that hard to get away with.

Okay, so I was talking to a client, and they were telling me about some rather odd behavior they had noticed FaceBook appearing to be engaged in. That being ads appearing that were relevant to conversations that they had had while in the vicinity of their phone. Not on the phone...just near it. And these were discussions that had zero relevance to any phone or internet activity past or present. These people are non-Millennial strictly business kind of folk. Ya know... Older people (like me) that only use there phones for talking on..

And that struck my as quite odd … But not as something that I could easily dismiss considering the shenanigans going on in our current electronic world.

So when I got off the phone with client X, I casually mentioned it to the guy that works with me here in IT … And he said yeah, he's noticed it too. Conversations that he an I have had here - in the presence of his phone - have resulted in ads relevant to our discussions show up on his FaceBook page at home. He does not FaceBook here at the office.

So... Not to sound insanely paranoid - That's Renegade's job... - But this really does have me quite curious. It sounds crazy... But these days... I just don't know what to think anymore.

Anybody else notice something like this happening?

How "crashed" was the hard drive? Chkdsk [drive]: /R has been good to me in the past.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: May 10, 2018, 10:43 AM »
Two workstations both HP Z400 series, both having the latest - as of last week - BIOS firmware, and both having been updated to v1803 b17134.48.

HP Z420 took 2 hours and came out fine.
HP Z440 took less than an hour (has SSD), and is now complaining about the TPM "firmware" being out of date … Which I'd have to assume - since it is not listed separately - should have been part of last weeks BIOS update.

...And the other shoe hits the floor … Now we get to hope this thing ain't an octopus.

Christ I miss the tactile simplicity of being a mechanic - This black box crap is just a never ending battle.

Living Room / Re: Public WiFi
« on: April 25, 2018, 01:52 PM »
Best practice?  Pretend that it's all open, and don't do anything that you don't want anyone to see.

Exactly.  With the right equipment and setup, it's exceedingly easy to MitM attack an HTTPS stream.

Disclaimer: I'm a systems engineer with Fortinet, one of the world's largest cybersecurity hardware vendors.

I'm with these guys - There is no such thing as privacy in public. Or on the internet period depending on which part of the food chain is want to eyeball your knickers...

Developer's Corner / Re: The Art of ASSEMBLY LANGUAGE PROGRAMMING
« on: April 25, 2018, 06:47 AM »
Love the writing style, it makes me want to keep reading just to see what they come off with next. Hell, I might even be able to (stay awake) learn assembly from it.

Don't know... I just seems like the older I get the less patience I seem to have - Just don't seem to have the energy for it anymore. So I've actually started liking the frequency of phone spam - because I hate phones to start with - but I just know there will be that (at least...) one call every day that is fair game to vent whatever frustrations I may be having that day on the poor bastard on the other end.

Robocalls are even fine for this, because after the initial pharmaceutically perky "Hi this is an over the top spunky person that want's your money" spam call confirmation that (Pavlovian) sets of the tirade it really doesn't matter what if anything they have, or may have had to say. I'm far to focused on weaving the most incredibly profane frothing tirade I can muster at the moment … And their responses aren't really important … The fact that it's a recording that can't hang-up until one of us is done however is.

Now I have the option - on good days - to just hang-up, or not answer, or feign a practice tirade…whichever makes me feel better … And that's all that matters really ... As long as I feel better about the call, after the call, it's okay.

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Disk IO Monitor
« on: April 12, 2018, 07:07 AM »
Very interesting utility, could be handy for quick reads on a server where diskperf counters are off by default. Drive letter selection would be nice to have for that even if it's only a command line option.

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: April 11, 2018, 01:11 PM »
This Museum Will Let you Look at Nude Art While Nude

Isn't that what the internet is for??

On a very few occasions I did enter the store to find out about a tool. But that was when I still had a Windows 8.1 phone. For Windows on my computers I never saw the need to enter the MS Store. Never spent any money in there, that is certain.

Same here unless you count the Windows 8.1 upgrade that had to be done through the store.

Not quite what you asked for, But... We've used this successfully on 10 for resetting passwords: Lazesoft Recover My Password (local account is assumed).

WOW ! someone really painted this, copied from the famous cartoon series. !!

God save the cars.



+1 - Even with my dark sense of humor that's hard to laugh at. Clever yes, but damn ...(think it through much?)... Good way to get somebody killed.

Living Room / Re: RIP Bozo the Clown (AKA Frank Avruch)
« on: March 23, 2018, 07:04 AM »
He was quite popular back in the day ... RIP Bozo

Okay ... That's funny.

We are rushing towards AI to easy our daily work pressure. May be we should stop and ponder

Agreed ...(I'm totally with you and Steve)... Instead of continuously trying to find more and better ways of pushing the multitasking/information overload envelope, people really should just slow down a bit and breath. Otherwise we're just going to end up being a society full of heavily medicated 30 something burnouts.

I can't reproduce the behavior either.


Didn't work  That screen grab was from an admin account.

Yeah, they actually look pretty normal for a - that type of - permissions issue. but the change owner link should have let you (as an admin) set it to whatever you wanted/needed.

Thinking on it from tge perspective of a developer, what is the one thing you can do to always give an access is denied message- put a lock on a file.  Then no one can change the file unless you remove the locks, and I didn't think to check that.

Agreed ... And along the lines of what I was referring to as a hijack in the last post.

We really are getting into an era where the cure is worse that the disease more often than not.

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: March 08, 2018, 07:15 AM »


So... The government wants to "protect us" from the very thing that is supposed to protect us from the (fiat currency) government. o_O

Question for my fellow travelers: How much sunscreen do we need to bring?

Rough guess ... All of it.. :D

It's nice that these security programs are trying to protect us, but it's absolutely unacceptable for these programs not to be designed with the assumption that they are going to make false positive mistakes.  They should make it super easy to undo any action they might take.  Any program that doesn't do that is not ready for public use.

Agreed, especially if they're going to break basic system recovery functions in the process ... Forcing you to call them to get your files back. That's just having you files hijacked by a different entity...not protecting them.

Any administrative account on the system should be able to take ownership of a file.

You should just be able to take ownership of the file and then renable inheritance (and/or assign whatever permissions you like/need) for it.

I'm in!

Can't find it at the moment, but one of the hacking news sites had an article on hostel code that could be embedded in xlsx files, and a bunch of other types of MS Office document.

Bottom line, low-tech is best tech ...(because AV scanners miss stuff all the time)... Just contact them and ask if the file was sent intentionally.

This policy is mandatory at our office with any unsolicited attachments.

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