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326  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: May 31, 2014, 10:24:15 AM
We'll keep on this dark path until companies wake up one day and realize that 0000 (and other similar codes) is not an acceptable default access password to their product.

The problem isn't that the default passwords are simple, because most if not all of them are well documented and therefore readily available. The problem is that so many people keep using them in production environments.

The number of time I go onsite and find that the client is completely unaware of their router's (or other equipment's') password is horrifyingly close to 90%. And the number of those cases where I get into it anyway using the manufacturer's default credentials is an almost perfect score of ~98%.

It's like leaving the keys to your car sitting on the seat - so you "don't lose them" - and then setting the alarm.
327  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Search Results Removal on: May 31, 2014, 10:11:00 AM
Using their name in the search query yes. But if you search at a higher (more consumer) level for home automation or home security...they are no where to be found on Google. Bing results are different.
328  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: May 31, 2014, 09:06:43 AM
Looking to upgrade your 2013 Cadillac to a 1977 Chevy?

Damn Straight!

...And that boys and girls, is precisely why my latest project is the high-performance restoration of an antique vehicle. With all control and management input to be direct pilot access only cogs and cables.
329  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 30, 2014, 03:32:50 PM
The only problem with the warrant canary angle is we don't really know what the correct displayed state was...or if it truly existed.

This could just be a dev's hand was forced to participate in a false flag style maneuver aimed at destabilizing TC's reputation.


I really hate having to think like this.
330  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 30, 2014, 06:50:26 AM
Another problem with that scenario is that while Vista and later support BitLocker, not all editions of Windows support it. You need to have Ultimate or Enterprise (or Pro on Win8). Home, Home Premium, or Pro (on Vista or Win7)  won't cut it.  And that's putting aside the trust issues that people might have with BitLocker.

That's a really big (like $200) sticking point to contend with. Especially when coupled with the fact that BitLocker requires the existence of a system partition and a TPM chip or thumb drive "key" to implement, so it's really - a bit of a PITA - not a 2 click fix.
331  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linux Glass on: May 29, 2014, 02:41:24 PM
Sorry, I wasn't trying to be a harbinger of ill man, it's genuine concern. I worked in optical for 5 years with my wife and saw how things played out first hand then. If someone's vision started changing a bit to frequently, the doctors recommended people get their sugar checked. Some chose to have theirs checked, and some died. Now I'm out of that and into IT but the wife is a Medical Assistant for a large group of doctors, and has been for a decade or so. She sees this type of thing constantly ... If caught early it's no big deal to treat, but...

An eyeglass prescription is considered to be expired after 2 years. So in that period of time a change is highly expected. But if one's vision is changing in the 6 month or less range..(see above).

332  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linux Glass on: May 29, 2014, 01:51:43 PM
Boy, and here I was all ready to be jealous that you'd gotten a pair of the good old fashion lined bifocals. I always thought the round reading segment lenses looked cool as hell back when I was in an optical surfacing lab. But I didn't need a multifocal lens back then so I couldn't try them properly.

With progressives as the curves change you end up with a trifocal like effect regardless of what was being shot for to start with. The cheaper progressives tend to have narrower channels and more distortion of peripheral vision when you try to look to the side without moving your head. This is a bit dangerous for driving me thinks as having to wag your head back and forth constantly becomes painful rather quickly. And of course the higher my add power goes the worse the peripheral distortion gets.

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@MilesAhead - Are you diabetic by chance? Frequent changes in vision is an indicator of diabetes.
333  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: May 29, 2014, 11:59:19 AM
"...faith in the US justice system..."

Really? Seriously? Is he:

  • High
  • Mentally challenged
  • Drinking WAAAAY too much kool-aid

Or perhaps all 3?

My money is on all 3 ... Definitely all 3:
High = Shitfaced drunk on power.
Mentally challenged = The dizzying height of the ivory tower makes it impossible to see anything clearly, and the air is so thin up there he's got to be a total turnip.
Kool-Aid = Shit man I think he's bathing in it by now ... That and the blood of virgins (blood of virgins is really just an old world way of conveying innocence).
334  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Linux Glass on: May 29, 2014, 11:36:27 AM
Wow! That is cool, but can the taskbar be kept at the bottom instead of (the Mac-ish) at the top of the screen?

I can't look at it for more than 20 minutes without starting to feel some eye strain.

That's because cool new things aren't designed for old blind people. cheesy How the hell did you get bifocals? I keep getting talked into these %#$! "Progressive" lenses that just drive me nutz. I have to take them off while at the computer or I'm afraid my neck will snap while I bobble my head trying to hunt for the right spot in the channel where the screen will supposedly "clear".
335  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Capslock on: May 29, 2014, 11:26:29 AM
Obviously the deactivating itself would not be ideal... possibly for that reason, it does have a setting: press numlock key for 5 seconds to activate.

I never did figure out what was deactivating it or why, it was just constantly, suddenly not there. But hay WTH, I just enabled it now to see what'll happen this time. Perhaps it will stay on.

I was trying to remember all along what it reminds me of - do you remember that real basic tennis video game - the sounds were almost the same for hit and miss :-)

Ah, yes ... I remember Pong well. And after sitting here watching the video and playing with the keyboard for the last 5 minutes, I do believe you're right. They do indeed seem to match perfectly.
336  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 29, 2014, 11:19:38 AM
I'm really starting to like Mark Twain ^
337  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 29, 2014, 07:13:59 AM
^ So bizarre I keep thinking it's a prank.  Cool

Either that, or the real reason Vista took so long to release was due to protracted negotiations on how big of a back door to put where.
338  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Capslock on: May 29, 2014, 06:56:02 AM
Actually ToggleKeys has been around since Windows 2000. But unfortunately it makes the same noise for both enable and disable

not here - on Windows 7 -
as said, it makes a "high pitch for on, lower pitch for off"

Yeah, I caught that bit, and back to back it is noticeable. Problem is 5-10 minutes apart I got no idea which beep I'm hearing ...(I should probably mention my hearing sucks)... So I just kind of (mentally) tuned out that part of the feature years ago.

Obviously the deactivating itself would not be ideal... possibly for that reason, it does have a setting: press numlock key for 5 seconds to activate.

I never did figure out what was deactivating it or why, it was just constantly, suddenly not there. But hay WTH, I just enabled it now to see what'll happen this time. Perhaps it will stay on.
339  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: T-Clock 2010 (download) on: May 28, 2014, 10:41:48 PM
If you have been trying multiple versions to get something working there could be a configuration conflict in the registry (things have gotten moved from time to time). Try deleting the T-Clock info from the registry to get it to start clean and see if that makes a difference.

Also assuming you do have show the default windows clock enabled (it is a requirement), does the clock window totally disappear, or change size when you run T-Clock?
340  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Capslock on: May 28, 2014, 10:33:26 PM
Telephonics,
on Windows 7, you can set the Capslock and Numberlock to make a sound when changed (high pitch for on, lower pitch for off).

Could that be a solution?

Or could disabling both completely be a solution?

Actually ToggleKeys has been around since Windows 2000. But unfortunately it makes the same noise for both enable and disable, and it has a very bad habit of deactivating itself for some odd reason ... Which is why - having a habit of missing shifts and hitting capslock myself - I gave up on using it a few years back.
341  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: May 26, 2014, 09:10:31 AM
Elsewhere in the leaks department:

Quote from: ABC News
USA Today’s William Cummings: “White House blows cover of CIA chief in Afghanistan” The White House accidentally blew the cover of the top CIA officer in Afghanistan Saturday, when his name and title were released in an e-mail sent to reporters who traveled with President Obama on his surprise visit to Bagram Air Field. The CIA officer’s identity was released as part of a list of U.S. officials who were attending a military briefing with Obama at Bagram, the Washington Post reported. The individual was identified as “Chief of Station,” a term used for the top spy in a country, according to the Post

http://www.usatoday.com/s...xposes-cia-chief/9586633/

I wonder if they'll be honest enough to prosecute themselves.. undecided
342  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO - Mini-Review. on: May 24, 2014, 03:17:21 PM

Quote from: tl;dr version
But hackers increasingly use novel bugs. Symantec's senior vice president for information security estimates antivirus now catches just 45% of cyberattacks.




Fine...

But even if true, l'd still prefer to take that 45% level of protection they do provide in the absence of anything better. Sad

Sure, I still run AV software too (MSE to be specific). I just don't depend on it to do anything beyond acting as the canary in a coal mine. Given my frequent use of management/diagnostic/recovery software, there are a lot of FP's. So the icon can turn any color it wants to...but if it disappears... Then! ...I know there is a problem.
343  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO - Mini-Review. on: May 24, 2014, 11:44:40 AM
Antivirus software is dead, says security expert at Symantec:
http://www.theguardian.co...-security-expert-symantec
http://www.pcworld.com/ar...-of-norton-antivirus.html
http://www.slate.com/blog...ys_that_antivirus_is.html
http://news.sky.com/story...says-norton-software-boss
http://online.wsj.com/new...3417104579542140235850578

Quote from: tl;dr version
But hackers increasingly use novel bugs. Symantec's senior vice president for information security estimates antivirus now catches just 45% of cyberattacks.

344  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everything Is Broken on: May 24, 2014, 12:01:59 AM
Just remember they're humans too.

I fail to see why I should bother focusing on something that they themselves have obviously forgotten. They have positioned themselves as grand and glorious superhero inquisitors. With massively invasive machines that catalog everyone's waking moments. These systems just beg to be abused ... And they are already. They just had some shit on the news about the fuzz abusing the in car background checking systems in a recreationally frequent fashion. These new and incredibly sophisticated systems will pull up everything including your credit/employment history, tax records, and etc. on anyone with just a tag number. Like the tag numbers that they have a dedicated camera to automatically scan for ... At All Times ... Trolling for PC excuses..

Now at what point exactly during a routine traffic stop does a police officer have any rational need for somebody's ****ing Credit Report?? ...Or employment history for that matter.

I can't find a link to the current news report, but I did find this on google http://www.copwatch.org/databaseabuse.html ...So it's apparently not just a singular isolated incident.

And that of course is just the local yokels that haven't quite been mitliterized to the point of completely forgetting their - To Protect and Serve - purpose for employment.

I have trouble calling anybody 'vermin' until culpability is proven.

By the time we're all running around with chips in our heads that tell us when to report to the rehabilitation center for having "improper" thoughts ... I'm pretty sure it'll be too late.


And the poster child?  I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.

It ain't like we haven't had enough warning shots. Yet people still sit there like they thing it'll just all work out.


These people have had our trust for the last decade and look where that has gotten us ... Very far out into a deep lake of shit.
345  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO - Mini-Review. on: May 23, 2014, 02:31:09 PM
[/b] There is a plant, indigenous to New Zealand, which trampers (people who like roughing it, walking over the mountains) call a "Bush Lawyer", because it has hooks on it so that it clings to your legs/clothes - anything it touches - and is well-nigh impossible to shake off. You learned to avoid the thing like the plague. Norton virus software is like that - only worse. Hooks all over the place. As it was being uninstalled, it kept saying things like "Are you sure?", "Tell us why you are uninstalling this software", and so forth, all the while desperately trying to phone home (in anticipation of which, I had already disconnected the laptop from the Internet).

The Norton Removal Tool (by Symantec) is the best fix for this that I've found. Their "uninstaller" is only a quickie dust-off that assumes you will reinstall. The Removal Tool OTOH is what's called a scrubber that eradicates every last visage of the software to make sure the system is pristine enough to get a newer version installed - which of course nobody in their right mind is ever foolish enough to do once they finally escape. smiley

Most AV suites have a (scrubber level) removal tool, so they are (for me) the automatic goto for getting things cleaned up fast.

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@MilesAhead - That is interesting, as I've never seen the NRT fail. Some of the older ones were a bit finicky about exactly which version of which suite was being removed ... But orphaning a driver? Damn! That's a new one on me. any chance it could have been a bugg masquerading as an AV component?
346  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 23, 2014, 07:49:46 AM
Just got off the phone with a client that was looking for information on how to do something. While walking them through the task they stated that "they didn't want training...they just wanted to know how to do it".

O_o

...You just can't make this shit up.
347  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everything Is Broken on: May 22, 2014, 11:21:00 PM
Also, this:
Quote
The IC [Intelligence Community] are some of the most surveilled humans in history. They know everything they do is gone over with a fine-toothed comb — by their peers, their bosses, their lawyers, other agencies, the president, and sometimes Congress. They live watched, and they don’t complain about it.

In all the calls for increased oversight, the basics of human nature gets neglected. You’re not going to teach the spooks this is wrong by doing it to them more.

Touché.  Sad

Perhaps, but if the clowns in congress start getting fried by restaurant heat lamp level spotlights for some of their "perfectly innocent", "private" conversations ... The funding for the spook programs should start drying up rather quickly.

Internal oversight for the IC is less about toeing the line and more about pushing the envelop to see who find or create the stretchiest loophole without getting hung by it. It's nothing more than an orgy level CYA gangbang. Whose the pivot for this free-for-all..? We are!

We really just need a don't be that guy poster child to rally a grass roots movement behind to push these vermin out of their holes and into the sunlight where they can bloody well fry to death for all I care.
348  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a 6U rackmount atx chassis. on: May 22, 2014, 02:22:19 PM
@SJ - a gigging computer is a PC that usually packs into a 4U fiberglass flight case and is trucked around to music gigs by a musician. Most are built in a ruggedized rack mount form factor which slots very nicely into these cases.

I did start by saying I had no idea WTF I was talking about for a reason... Wink

Okay but seriously... I just got back from a client that has a 6U Dell PowerEdge 6800 server that they were thinking about putting on Ebay ...(we're about to refresh all their hardware)... Would that be good/work for the task at hand?
349  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Problem:1 cable modem 150/20 mbps & 1 fiber line 5/5mbps how to distribute best on: May 22, 2014, 02:17:23 PM
they decided to jump on that Godaddy /Microsoft combo hosted 365 exchange  !!:(
I can say this .  IF???>>> they ever get ther bugs worked out,  This is one amazing commo package.  I am not a "frills tech".  I only care a bout reliability and speed.

Can't speak for GoDaddy's offering, but I have clients that subscribed directly to the full MS Office365 package which they're accessing through a "business grade" AT&T DSL connection, and the results are exceptionally impressive. At least to my eyes.

Being that we're an MS Cloud services partner, I had to hang back and let you take point on this one. But yes, even with my unbridled hatred for all things ~Cloud~ I really like the Office365 hosted exchange ...(which is why we're an MS Cloud Partner)... And have a few quite happy clients on it as well.


In some respects. it's potentially more confusing for people who have been handling this stuff for years. Because the usual tools used to do it don't apply to Office365. You have learn (and use) the O365 admin interface. Microsoft has made it as simple as possible for a non-IT person to use. So much so that we "pros" sometimes get a little tripped up and confused because...well...it really can't be that easy, right?

Well guess what? It is. Grin

Yepper, it is that. My first trip out was a total baptism by fire because I had to pull 60 calendars from Google, 20 mail boxes from Yahoo, and 1,000+ contacts from all over hell and gone...and get it all stuffed into the remotely hosted Exchanger server straight and under/accessible to the right users. Only took a day or so to get sorted out and it's been smooth sailing from then on.
350  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Problem:1 cable modem 150/20 mbps & 1 fiber line 5/5mbps how to distribute best on: May 22, 2014, 07:08:44 AM
The COX modem supplies a full duplex signal which cannot be handled by "ANY" modern unmanaged switch.  He said the switch would only allow the single sided connection which would drop the speed to 100Mbit.  Those were HIS terms exactly.

 wallbash I can't even make words to respond to this with. wallbash


Right now, i order to give the office the speed it needs, I have the min office router running direct off the modem
I can then daisy-chain ALL the switches if i want to.  I tried out of modem to #1,oput of #1 to #2, then to #3, then to #4, THGEN finally to a system.,  Speed test:  139down+20 up.  Even with 15 other system plugged into various ports.

hub and spoke would probably be safer performance wise than a linear daisy chain to avoid cascading the traffic through a series of choke points across the switches, because the backbone speed of a switch will be faster than going port to port to port..

But - I should mention we also have Cox here (Not. My. Idea...) - my preferred configuration especially with cable companies is to bridge their device to an internal main router that can actually be controlled properly. So if that part of the configuration is working for you I'd stick with it (just make sure their box is bridged).

So our config (with Gb link all the way through) is Web-->Bridged Cox Box-->WatchGuard XTM26-->DMZ with public access servers in a CIDR /16-->WatchGuard XTM26-->LAN with users and stuff Wink


Now if you Cox box isn't bridged...that could easily be half the problem.


Did I mention bridging?

cheesy
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