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576  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: May 02, 2014, 11:12:30 AM
Wondering is there any way of easily checking what updates are installed? (in Win7, they show you a nice list after updating/rebooting, but I dont know how to access that)

Control Panel-->System and Security then look for View Installed Updates under the Windows Update section.
577  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: State of US Nuclear Silos (60 Minutes) on: May 01, 2014, 05:25:56 PM
(Ah! The good Ol' days)
When I was a mechanic I think the customer car I test drove I wanted to own the most was a '71 Camaro LT.  That thing was nice.  Really deep bucket seats.  Sharp body styling.  Big engine.  And of course rack & pinion steering.  I didn't get to drive it very far.  But I could tell it handled flat as well as looked cool.  Just taking it around the block was fun.  smiley

All right now, don't get me started on back when I turned wrenches for the local Harley dealership ...(I did the Jap's and Britt's back then too - for a different shop)... We'll never get this thread back on topic.. Wink cheesy
578  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: State of US Nuclear Silos (60 Minutes) on: May 01, 2014, 03:31:48 PM
Where have we gone so wrong?

Oh and the E10 thing is a load of crap too. How exactly am I protecting the environment when I have to burn significantly more fuel to get from point A to point B when using E10 compared to straight gas.

Amen to that one brother. I had to replace the float needle every 3 months on my old FL because of the freaking Ethanol drying it out so it was to hard to seal. Christ I had more gas on the ground than went through the engine.

btw I used to have a '68 charger.  But it only had a 318 2 bbl.  No sub 5 second 0-60s for me.

My first car was a 74 Plymouth Satellite with the same engine, a 4 barrel, and a broken (read no) choke ... Now that was a cold blooded bitch. I bought the car off a friend for $400, but that was back in the early 80s (when I was 16 or 17). It left the ground in a drag race and went through the middle (e.g. 6' off the ground) of a security fence - backwards at 80mph - which wrinkled up the sheet metal a bit. I walked away, but the car didn't quite fair as well (Ah! The good Ol' days).
579  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a good non-Logitech keyboard on: May 01, 2014, 12:01:05 PM
I'm still using the same Saitek keyboard I bought at CircuitCity - Yeah it's that old - over 10 years ago. it's been sloshed with beer and coffee at various points, and probably still has a good bit of cigarette ash in it ... But it also still works perfectly.

...I figure I got my $60 out of it years ago.

These aren't in stock at Newegg, but it's the closest thing I could find to what I actually have http://www.newegg.com/Pro...aspx?Item=N82E16823175104
580  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: State of US Nuclear Silos (60 Minutes) on: May 01, 2014, 11:44:07 AM
There's a big difference when you build something for a purpose vs. build for a buck.

Damn Straight! That's why after 50 years of technological "advancement" the cars we have now are shit compared to what was available in the late 60s and early 70s. Yeah they're all child safe and cuddly and "Eco Friendly" and squirt butterflies out the tailpipe ... but performance???

1968 Dodge Charger (Auto)         0-60 mph 4.7   Quarter mile 13.3
2013 Dodge Charger Police Car    0-60 mph 5.1   Quarter Mile 13.7
2013 Dodge Charger SXT             0-60 mph 6.5   Quarter Mile 14.9

...What's up with ^that^
581  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 01, 2014, 11:31:14 AM


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZbqAMEwtOE" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZbqAMEwtOE</a>


greenclp cheesy greenclp

Love it! Just sent the vid to the brass. The guy being grilled did an absolutely brilliant job of staying (/appearing) just enough enough off balance to make (/sell) it credible.
582  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are your websites secure? The heartbleed bug on: May 01, 2014, 10:54:19 AM
Just ran across this code level walkthrough of the Heartbleed Bugg

Quote from: The Article

Below is what we thought as of 12:27pm UTC. To verify our belief we crowd sourced the investigation. It turns out we were wrong. While it takes effort, it is possible to extract private SSL keys. The challenge was solved by Software Engineer Fedor Indutny and Ilkka Mattila at NCSC-FI roughly 9 hours after the challenge was first published. Fedor sent 2.5 million requests over the course of the day and Ilkka sent around 100K requests. Our recommendation based on this finding is that everyone reissue and revoke their private keys. CloudFlare has accelerated this effort on behalf of the customers whose SSL keys we manage. You can read more here.

Read the rest here: Answering the Critical Question: Can You Get Private SSL Keys Using Heartbleed?
583  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) on: May 01, 2014, 07:56:59 AM
"We just issue the things, we don't track them."

^ That guy. I want to steal his stapler. (This is starting to remind me of that one fellow in "The Office".)

...If only a national stapler tracking database could have prevented that. Sad
584  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Developers and the truth (or close to it) on: April 30, 2014, 03:58:54 PM
Good Stuff Man ... Thanks for Sharing!
585  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: April 30, 2014, 12:29:51 PM
Because even grouchy network/IT types like Stoic and me can be dead wrong about the seriousness of things like this. And just because we aren't overly concerned about something doesn't mean it can't be a very serious threat. So please don't hesitate to share anything you think may be of interest here.

+.5 - Us wrong? Never... <fingers crossed> cheesy

@Crabby3 - Only reason I shredded the Forbs article -(other than being a prick because I'm not smoking)- so quickly is that I'd also been concerned about the hype surrounding the exploit and was researching the details of who exactly had found what, and what if anything could be done about it. So there is/was definite interest in the topic...it just doesn't always manifest well. smiley

So like 40 said, don't hesitate to share things of interest.
586  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 29 - soooooo similar to Chrome on: April 30, 2014, 11:25:51 AM
Shades of the tablet mindset and overall hubris that drove Win8/Metro! (And mostly into the ground AFAIC. thumb down)

Did Mozilla hire Sinofsky or something?

Well, after reading skwire's Ghacks article I'm inclined to agree with you. Here's why:
Quote from: GHacks
The Firefox button is gone. It has been replaced with what web designers call a Hamburger button

Um... Hamburger Button? Is that the new shit design excuse paradigm being used these days, to just give something a catchy sounding name to explain away why stuff just got piled together in a corner instead of putting in the time to find a right way of doing it?

Yeah, that's a finger-rific design alright ... And I know just what finger to use too.
587  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes v2.0 - Gripe on: April 29, 2014, 12:09:30 PM
Finger friendly... can't speak for everyone but I am pretty sure that most people aren't going to be touching their (desktop) screens or laptop screens, especially in enterprise/business environment (since Megabytes does cater to that market as well).

True but with the BYOD marketing stampede to the Cloud pervading the enterprise space with tablets and convertibles from home...it is becoming a popular issue.

And which finger used is up to you. Wink
588  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack on: April 29, 2014, 12:01:13 PM
It appears XP users are basically screwed.

No, just the ones that read Forbs and believe its over the top sensationalized version of the news.

Let's starts with the title:
Quote from: Forbes
Microsoft Races To Fix Massive Internet Explorer Hack: No Fix For Windows XP Leaves 1 In 4 PCs Exposed

This is simply bull shit. It's the same size hole as any other phishing scam level attack vector...and just as easy to spot.

Quote from: Forbes
FireEye also revealed a sophisticated hacker group has already been exploiting the flaw in a campaign dubbed  ‘Operation Clandestine Fox’, which targets US military and financial institutions.

...And by that I'll just assume it to mean the NSA has found an method/reason/excuse to rummage through their sister agency's knickers drawer.

Quote from: Forbes
FireEye spokesman Vitor De Souza declined to name the hackers or potential victims as the investigation is ongoing, only telling Reuters: “It’s unclear what the motives of this attack group are at this point. It appears to be broad-spectrum intel gathering.”

 undecided I'll just go with world domination by the NSA here ... It's what everybody with any sense is thinking already anyhow.

Quote from: Forbes
For its part Microsoft has confirmed the existence of the flaw in an official post. It gave limited information on the bug, but admitted “an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.”

Oh FFS They did not! The exploit give the same rights that are assigned to the current user. If the user ain't an admin then neither is the bugg. Standard security practice here folks...there are reasons for them.

Quote from: Forbes
A Temporary Fix
 While Microsoft rushes to fix the bug, FireEye gave concerned users two workarounds .

1. Use another web browser other than Internet Explorer
 2. Disable Adobe Flash. “The attack will not work without Adobe Flash,” it said. “Disabling the Flash plugin within IE will prevent the exploit from functioning.”

While not the worst advice I've seen it is still again total bullshit! Flash is the most common target but CERT maintains that other file types can be used in the same fashion. That's why it's an IE bugg, and not a Flash bugg. But hay...no reason to keep the facts straight or anything Because driving off a cliff is perfectly safe as long as you do it backwards, right? Wrong!!!

The remaining drivel is just more idiotically panic toned RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! crap directed squarely at XP users ... Even though all MS OS's are equally as vulnerable as their security is configured.

The same basic sound security practices that "work" for Windows 8.1 will still work for XP.

The MS Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit
589  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) on: April 29, 2014, 11:33:28 AM
OMFG You have GOT to be Kidding! The "Trusted Identity" positively identifies you but not by using your name...(because that's really important (...Not!))...and they pinky swear promise not to keep that correlation in a database.

 wallbash wallbash wallbash wallbash wallbash wallbash wallbash

...Hay Ren, what do you get when you cross a lemming with a sheep?
590  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ImgBurn - full of OpenCandy and other crap on: April 29, 2014, 11:09:56 AM
Maybe we should add "You can always opt out!" to the famous Three Greatest Lies in History list as the fourth?  Wink Grin

Maybe we've heard different lists, But...

 undecided ...I'm pretty sure that falls rather squarely under (I promise not to *** in your *****) lie # 3.
591  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: State of US Nuclear Silos (60 Minutes) on: April 28, 2014, 11:38:11 AM
It looks like you're trying to launch a nuclear missile, would you like to:
1. spellcheck the launch codes.
2. Specify where it lands.
3. Reboot now to increase the odds of it going where you tell it to.

592  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes v2.0 - Gripe on: April 28, 2014, 07:02:00 AM
While being a fan of the classic and strictly functional UI designs, I gotta go with Wraith on this one. They just switch to the newer style of a more finger friendly UI. It can be a bit annoying if you prone to being stuck in the old school mud (I am), but it's really not a bad thing that they've made it easier to finger through on a tablet.
593  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 26, 2014, 09:20:45 AM
On the topic, this is worth a read:The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH
594  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook: Your new botnet for DDoS attacks! on: April 26, 2014, 09:06:00 AM
Now all we need is a new meme for FaceDoS'ing
595  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ImgBurn - full of OpenCandy and other crap on: April 25, 2014, 12:54:19 PM
OC when I looked into it in depth is harmless.


You can opt out easily.

Indeed, and I don't believe that is being questioned (per se). But you article does confirm my suspicions above with this:
OpenCandy does not do that. What it does is to download a list of possible offers, then choose one of the offers and present it to a person during a software installation.

Therein lying the problem ... If the offer of the day doesn't decide to play nice with 'Let the user say no' rule then everybody else in the chain gets shit on. So we end up with a classic case of one asshole (in this case apparently Conduit Search), screwing it up for everybody (ImgBurn/OpenCandy/Us in general) because they insist on being sneaky with their shitware instead of creating a quality product that people actually want.
596  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help me overbuild my home network on: April 25, 2014, 06:40:51 AM
To ensure smooth network traffic and good throughput I'll be putting either 2 or 4 port Intel server NICs in all the machines, including the SAN.

That's not going to give you what you're after. Teaming 4 NICs won't give you a 4Gb pipe for single transfers. It will give 4 1Gb pipes to 4 different transfers. If you want maximum speed across the backbone, go either fiber or Cat6a 10Gb copper.

Now I have to figure out the SAN hardware. Ideally I'd be using 2.5 inch SAS drives but they're just too expensive. Instead I'll be going with 3.5 inch SAS, Seagate Constellation ES specifically. They're designed for storage arrays and have a 5 year warranty. I'll be using either 1TB or 2TB drives in a RAID 6 configuration and a hardware controller with at least 512MB of BBWC. It will be either 6 or 7 drives which is more than Seagate recommends (they say up to 5) but I don't see that being a problem.

RAID6? ...That's even overkill by my standards. The 2.5 drives are cheaper to run, so go with 2.5" 7,200 Nearline SAS drives to save cost and still get the 6GB transfer speeds.

I hope that's an enclosed cabinet...because rack systems do tend to be very loud ... And hot. Make plans for keeping the thing cool.
597  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ImgBurn - full of OpenCandy and other crap on: April 25, 2014, 06:15:31 AM
That would be very odd because the page and hashes must be generated according to where they are sending the download from. I definitely clicked the direct ImgBurn server link.

Just downloaded another copy this morning.

The download link was: http://download.imgburn.c.../SetupImgBurn_2.5.8.0.exe

The file hashes matched those publish but it was a different file to the two files I downloaded yesterday. They must have a script that updates the page periodically and provides a range of different downloads. Yesterday morning I was unlucky and go SearchProtect bundled which is pretty scummy!

The think I'm wondering is does OpenCandy come completely pre bundled with it's offers, or does it have a phone home on launch to see what's hot today type function? Option two would allow the size to remain consistent and the behavior to vary wildly.
598  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ImgBurn - full of OpenCandy and other crap on: April 24, 2014, 12:53:00 PM
It looks like the latest version from ImgBurn's site - with the OpenCandy EULA - is v2.5.8.0 which is 3.30MB. This has the same release date and size as the v2.5.8.0 file at MilesAhead's VideoHelp link. So it appears that v2.5.7.0 (5.83MB) from MilesAhead's VideoHelp link is the last safe version to download.
599  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Send an email when remote computer is not in use on: April 24, 2014, 07:04:59 AM
You might also consider an alternative to sending an email -- perhaps a tool that simply updated a web page somewhere with some metrics.  That would be less troublesome than sending emails in my opinion.

That was my first thought when reading this as well.

On the other hand, you would really also want to be notified when the idle time ends, or you're liable to connect up when the person is back from his snack break.

Bingo! This is really trying to solve a people problem with technology me thinks.

One thing that would help is if we knew what technology is being used for the connection RPD, or VNC. With VNC you can see the user's movements and the user can see their wallpaper change/disappear (assuming they're paying attention). RDP is an all or none which will pull the session away from the user...but they have the option of just taking it back as well.

Mitigating options are first and foremost explaining the situation to the user so they know what to look for when support logs in ... and how to signal them that now's a bad time. If the user agrees to log off when not using/needing the machine, and you use a separate support acct to log in with RDP then the system will flag you that someone else is currently logged in eliminating the guess work. I share access to a machine with several other vendors at a client using this method.

If you are using RDP and the users accounts to access the machines, then just have them take the session back and text/email you at that point with give me 20min or an hour to do X. This has worked well for me while managing several hundred machines for quite a few years now. And annoying as it may seem...people seem to appreciate the human touch afforded by a direct interaction to the hit or miss nature of assumptions required by automation.
600  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Restoring an Acronis Image on: April 19, 2014, 07:10:34 AM
One good reason to remove any drive that is unrelated to the restore is to avoid the horror story you hear too often where people restore to the wrong drive, wiping out there existing data.
Other ATA drive is empty - waiting for Ubuntu lol

All the more reason to keep the drive unplugged so Windows doesn't decide to use it while sorting itself out on a first boot attempt. The 100MB system partition isn't mandatory, it's just a strictly enforced highly recommended option.
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