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176  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Weird issue with computer: Volume spontaneously going to 100% at random on: August 26, 2014, 06:38:04 PM
I have seen multimedia keyboards do that sort of thing when they get a bit of age on them (crank/drop the volume, fire app key X, or just put the computer to sleep), so if you have one it could be worth investigating.
177  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: August 25, 2014, 10:21:31 PM
And this is what happens when you completely lose you freaking mind:
 (see attachment in previous post)
The 2 S3 440 GH/s machines are turned to pull cold air out of the room, and - yes that is Dryer Vent Hose - then push the hot exhaust air out through the attic. The other S1 180 GH/s machine only has one fan and no outer housing (rather odd I thought), so it's still dumping a ton of hot air into the room ... But it's at least half assed tolerable in here now.

If these are the "Quiet Ones" (and they are), I'd hate like hell to hear the noisy ones ... Let's just say the wife is not thrilled with this latest development..

Like living on a tarmac, eh? smiley

hehe not quite that bad. Actually after the temperature stabilized with the exhaust pipes it isn't too bad in here now. A bit warm...yes. But I can turn off the two extra fans I had initially put in the room to keep the system temps down.

I brought two 1TH/s AntMiner S2's online at the office today. The boss got them on eBay for $2300, and we're splitting the take. Plan is to kit both of them with the 1.8TH/s upgrade in September when it comes out.

So now that I've got 1.2TH/s here, 2 headed for 4TH/s at the office, and that friend of mine pushing 6TH/s+ there is a whole string of little monsters you've created... cheesy

Actually I think there is a 500GH/s upgrade for the S1 we're running available.. undecided
178  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Robots could murder us out of KINDNESS unless they are taught the value of human on: August 24, 2014, 01:19:59 PM
it would be a challenge to teach them these so-called "human values." Especially since we're so bad at teaching said values to humans.

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179  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wordpress and Hackers on: August 24, 2014, 01:09:12 PM
Wordpress.com didn't let you install custom plug-ins last time I checked.

Just because they aren't "custom" doesn't mean they've been thoroughly vetted for security. It just means that they're popular enough to be on everyone's radar..
180  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wordpress and Hackers on: August 24, 2014, 12:00:35 PM
My rule of thumb here is to use only commonly used plug-ins with a record of security. I have to blindly trust them because checking is too expensive for me.

I usually try to replace plug-ins by simple functions.php snippets around twice a year. Works well. I know it sounds a bit harsh, but if you don't understand PHP, you shouldn't install WordPress. Better use the wordpress.com hosting service.

That's not going to auto-magically protect someone from installing a defectoid plugin, or guarantee security. It might get you updates a little faster...but until a need for said update is known, you're still going to be just as exposed as any other vanilla install.
181  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wordpress and Hackers on: August 23, 2014, 06:20:37 PM
...Maybe even add an automated redirector that sent anyone with more than 10 failed login attempts in a minute to the FBI's home page...

Are you kidding? I don't allow any more than 2 failed attempts in an hour before I block the IP.


No - for an environment that is actually user friendly - I'm not. The average user that forgot their password will typically try between 3 and 5 passwords a minute. The typical automated attack will try between 2 and 5 times a second. So yes, erring on the side of caution so as not to risk piss of customers/clients/visitors ... I'd say 10 tries in a minute ensures their is indeed some funny business going on.
182  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IT Resumes on: August 23, 2014, 07:17:35 AM
^This!! And as an example, the comment I made in the first post about construction experience was based on one of the interviews, and a high percentage of why the applicant that was selected, was selected. They hadn't put it on their resume...but it came out during the interview. And since I've run into several situations where an understanding of how a building was constructed had a direct impact on the requirements for a solution ... This definitely peeked my interest.
183  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: August 23, 2014, 07:02:40 AM
^^^^ Awesome!  But wtf is with the telegraph pole at 00:45?  Seems to defy the laws of physics for a moment lol.

Most likely the camera is behind the face shield of a 3/4 style helmet that is deforming in the wind as the person wearing it turns their head. If you watch carefully there are several (some rather subtle) odd distortions in the video visible any time they look to the side.
184  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wordpress and Hackers on: August 21, 2014, 05:47:06 PM
For something with that level of exposure, I'd rename the admin account to something that was meaningful only to me. Then to be a total ass I'd create a bogus (HoneyPot) account with the default admin name that triggered an event to log as much information about said visitor as a browser session allows.

...Maybe even add an automated redirector that sent anyone with more than 10 failed login attempts in a minute to the FBI's home page... cheesy
185  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / IT Resumes on: August 21, 2014, 03:23:42 PM
    So it's occurred to me as we're looking for a new body here in IT, that apparently they don't teach people how to do a resume properly in schools these days. And it seems that most people are going with the best friends interpretation of marketing tactics advice of doing as much embellishing as possible ... Which more often than not backfires horribly during the interview when the applicant goes blank after getting hit with a probing question regarding listed skillset 'X'.

    With that thought in mind - given the large cross section of talent we have here - I thought it might be nice to get a discussion started about what to and not to do when creating a resume for an IT position. I'll start by listing some of the don't I've encountered in the past few weeks:

Don't put things you are interested in learning in a list of existing skills.
Don't put certifications you are planning to get under existing skills.
Don't leave large unexplained - multi year... - gaps in you work history.
Don't get wordy trying to make limited experience sound like more than it is (Especially for an entry level position - which this is).


And on the other/do side:
Do keep in mind that the first person to see your resume is unlikely to be the guy that is in charge of IT, so lighten up on the technical jargon and just be friendly, concise, and professional (especially in the cover letter). If you come across as cocky, aloof, or arrogant...the rest of your resume won't matter.

Do research the company to find out what they do so your resume can be tailored to their needs.

Do list other skills (in short) that you have in your background that could be relevant to what the company does. Any idiot can clamp an end on an Ethernet cable, but if you have a background in construction...there's a good chance you can also handle the hard part which is to get the cable across a building and then down through a wall ... Without damaging the building. If the company systems control machinery, an mechanical background might be nice to mention (assuming you actually have one).

Anyhow, I'm running out of time. But I wanted to see what other folks thought about what makes a good IT resume.
186  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 21, 2014, 01:57:41 PM
It's a brilliant idea and she is just great!
I cant vote over this side of the water, but wish her the best of luck !

cough *Proxy Server* cough

 cheesy
187  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 21, 2014, 01:44:58 PM
The wife and I have been watching AGT, and I remember that act was cool as hell. So she's got our votes!
188  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: printer problem on: August 20, 2014, 01:55:53 PM
Transfer Belt possibly. Don't really have much to go on.

If you can scare up a manual for it and find out how to do one of the internal demo/test prints. That will tell you if it is actually something in/on the printer that is malfunctioning, or if it is a driver/software issue by taking the computer out of the equation.
189  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: High School Student Laptop Policy on: August 20, 2014, 12:01:31 PM
Their rationale is that it makes support more difficult, and that the "integrative technology" which provides for communication between the students and teacher may not work on equipment brought from home...that, and the teacher would not be able to use the same "integrative technology" to monitor whether the students were using the laptop for schoolwork, rather than social networking or games.

And they're wrong - I just spent 2 months rolling out a BYOD solution at a school that is using an internally hosted Stoneware LanSchool cloud solution that allows anything that can connect to the school's wireless network to access resources on the school network. All internet - "naughty website" - filtering is done at the border of the network. I have no idea what the cost of the system was (they bought that on their own) but from an IT perspective it's slick as hell.

If the teacher's really want to know which students are screwing off, all they need to do is walk around to the back of the classroom and look ... Just like in the good old days - Surveillance software not required - and there are no maintenance and licensing fees to contend with.
190  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: High School Student Laptop Policy on: August 20, 2014, 07:15:07 AM
Mind you, when I went to school you were still allowed to use a pen, paper,...

Hell even now when I go onsite I consistently move the tablet I carry out of the way so I can use a pad of paper under it to take notes ... It just seems faster to me.


But on topic: The local school that I've been working with for the last few months had a system that allowed any school supplied student's machine to be directly accessed and monitored in real time. I say had, because the new admin that I've been working with there had the whole system torn out by the roots because (And I quote directly) "It's just to creepy".
191  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls on: August 19, 2014, 03:13:54 PM
^ I get a sense this is leading somewhere?

Me too. *Shrug* ...The current system has been in place for x million years and somehow the species has managed to survive so... What alternating is being proposed? Or is this just one of those thought experiments designed to circuitously demonstrate just how nihilistically hosed we really in the grand scheme of things?
192  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Has someone died in that house? on: August 18, 2014, 05:33:55 PM
Someone is surely terrorised by the movie "The Shining"...  Grin

I never really liked that movie - struck me as a bit dull. But the slaughter of the predecessor(s) is a popular theme in horror movies. I'm more inclined to worry about the property value tanking due to - a more superstitious - public perception issue, causing me to get stuck with something I can't unload without turning it into a tourist attraction. Kinda like Ma Barker's House which ain't to far from here ... Then again neither is the Seven Sisters Inn, which TAPS did a piece on a few years back. And then there is the Ritz Historical Inn...once again, just up the street a bit.

...But those are the fun ones.
193  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Has someone died in that house? on: August 18, 2014, 01:21:53 PM
What do you think about this service?

http://www.diedinhouse.com/

To the best of my understanding the previous occupant of my house did indeed die in it...(I found out a few months after buying it)...of natural causes. I have absolutely no problem with this. However if the previous occupant had done a murder/suicide of the entire family - Or was torturing people to death, etc. ... Well I'd have liked to know that ahead of time so I could go buy something else.

So in that regard I would have to say that the site is providing a useful service. Especially since not everyone is so inclined to lead with that kind of info.
194  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: August 18, 2014, 07:03:20 AM
I think that's the wrong window to send the command to. Here is the part of the code that T-Clock uses to refresh itself:

Formatted for C++ with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. void RefreshUs(void) {
  2. HWND hwndBar, hwndChild;
  3. char classname[80];
  4.  
  5.  hwndBar = FindWindow("Shell_TrayWnd", NULL);
  6.  
  7. // find the clock window
  8.  hwndChild = GetWindow(hwndBar, GW_CHILD);
  9.  while(hwndChild) {
  10. GetClassName(hwndChild, classname, 80);
  11. if(lstrcmpi(classname, "TrayNotifyWnd") == 0) {
  12.   hwndChild = GetWindow(hwndChild, GW_CHILD);
  13.   while(hwndChild) {
  14. GetClassName(hwndChild, classname, 80);
  15. if(lstrcmpi(classname, "TrayClockWClass") == 0) {
  16. SendMessage(hwndChild, CLOCKM_REFRESHCLOCK, 0, 0);
  17. SendMessage(hwndChild, CLOCKM_REFRESHTASKBAR, 0, 0);
  18. break;
  19. }
  20.   } break;
  21. }
  22.  hwndChild = GetWindow(hwndChild, GW_HWNDNEXT);
  23.  }
  24. }

You have to grab the parent, and then walk into the child IIRC.
195  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: August 17, 2014, 10:39:24 AM
And this is what happens when you completely lose you freaking mind:

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The 2 S3 440 GH/s machines are turned to pull cold air out of the room, and - yes that is Dryer Vent Hose - then push the hot exhaust air out through the attic. The other S1 180 GH/s machine only has one fan and no outer housing (rather odd I thought), so it's still dumping a ton of hot air into the room ... But it's at least half assed tolerable in here now.

If these are the "Quiet Ones" (and they are), I'd hate like hell to hear the noisy ones ... Let's just say the wife is not thrilled with this latest development..
196  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What *Should* We Be Worried About? on: August 16, 2014, 01:36:08 PM
It just occurred to me that law enforcement is a lot like tech support. As long as you can clear the highest number of calls, quality is irrelevant. Just stick to the script and walk them into a - The House Wins - favorable conclusion.
197  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What *Should* We Be Worried About? on: August 16, 2014, 12:11:13 PM
But... the more dangerous thing in the article is that silence = guilt.

Ah! Yes... I neglected to close the loop on that one. So working from the above position:

The Fuzz are saying that he is guilty based on his not asking about the poor victims in the other vehicle that he hit (cue the violins..).

I OTOH wish to assert the below:
1. There was no - guilt reaction - reason for him to ask about the condition of the other driver/idiot that caused the accident.
2. He had no way of knowing there were Children-to-think-of in the scant few seconds he was afforded to react when this daffy broad came darting into his path.
3. Even if he did find out about them after, see point 1.
4. It's fairly common knowledge these days that silence is golden when the cops are involved..*

It is frankly unfathomable to me how this got so absurdly turned around. When the reality of it is that since nobody in their right mind should be maniacally careening around corners with their entire family in the car...there was no way in hell it could possible be his fault in the first place. So the fact that the system went completely full zoot into upside-down day by making silence = guilt is almost fitting (in a kangaroo court kind of way) given the backasswards manner in which they decided to attribute guilt.

*Which may actually be the endgame objective if this little shenanigan. The system wants to make people afraid to be wisely/cautiously silent in an attempt to force them to blurt out something/anything that could be usefully incrimination.
198  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What *Should* We Be Worried About? on: August 16, 2014, 09:32:43 AM
Quote from: Ren's Article Above
Tom was arrested after his Mercedes sedan plowed into a car driven by Lorraine Wong, who was turning left onto a busy street.

Prosecutors argue that Tom's car was speeding at 67 mph in a 35 mph zone when the collision occurred. He was placed in the back of a police cruiser but was not officially arrested and advised of his rights until later in the day.

In what universe is it your fault when some idiot turns in front of you?? Yeah yeah, sad story bla bla bla ... But cruising down the road close to double the posted speed limit or not...you have the right-of-way, period. Anybody crossing the flow of traffic needs to do so smartly.

Do they not teach this in California's Driver's Education classes?!? Or do they actually enforce the F'em they got brakes rule there?

Darting out into traffic without regard for how fast oncoming vehicles may be going is how squirrels get killed constantly ... And that's setting the bar for knowing better pretty friggin low..
199  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 15, 2014, 09:02:44 PM
Sadly, some people really do need to be told ^that^ kind of shit.
200  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HDMI vs Football on: August 15, 2014, 11:45:01 AM
I don't mean to interrupt your research time but if you need a break this video may answer any questions you have about football.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xus57BaY3hI

I remember that bit from years ago - It's funny as hell.
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