* Posts by ExpatZ

21 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Jan 2013

If American tech is used to design or make that chip, you better not ship it to Huawei, warns Uncle Sam


Re: And it's all based on ALLEGATIONS!

Nope, the evidence is the OPCW fabricated a report that the US asked for ot say what the US wanted and not what really happened.

Do keep up.


Re: China will become self sufficient in tech

Not nearly as much of that as there is international election manipulation, illegal warfare, banned weapons use, the several million dead from both of those as well as the velvet glove style Police State that is the US these days.

Not to mentio that the US has installed and/or directly supports 73% of the worlds dictatorships.

No one in the US has any standing to point at ANY other nation at this point about pretty much anything.

We've found it... the last shred of human decency in an IT director – all for a poxy Unix engineer


Most at the Director level that I have worked with (all very very large companies) were of two types:

The clueless self promoter with side deals and things that look like CoI's but are just shy of being legally so

And the abusive stress ball that also displays less competence than the title would suggest.

To have a guy like this one at that level would be a major change for the better at most companies.

Astroboffins peeved as SpaceX's Starlink sats block meteor spotting – and could make us miss a killer asteroid


Doubt it will have any effect at all on nocturnal wildlife and it certainly will NOT interfere with NEO searches, these are moving objects that have known trajectories that can be removed from the sample data easily and quickly without a ton of extra programming required.

Yes they will upset visual observers with their transits but so do all the others as well, usually I just try to track and resolve them anyway as an amateur.

The real problem here is the orbital congestion creating a bubble around the planet that is very difficult to launch through safely.

Father of Unix Ken Thompson checkmated: Old eight-char password is finally cracked


The only correct answer here so far.

Spot on.

Pass phrases and/or hardware tokens are the way now and for the forseeable future.


8 character passwords are no longer recommended and have not been for a couple years now because of the ease with which they are compromised as the latest demonstraton shows.

Content does not matter, even special characters have negligible benefits in a hash this short these days.

Use pass phrases where your admins allow.

Pass phrases are snippets of something that you can remember that make a sentence or nearly a sentence.

A good one had I not just used it on a public forum would be something like:

Don't panic and remember to bring your towel.

That is 42 characters long and won't be crackable until quantum computers are available over the next decade or so.

It is also very easy to remember and not really all that slow to type.

And it is secure, for now.

Pass phrases people: use them, love them, be secure.

America's latest 5G drama: Spectrum row bursts into the open with special adviser fingered as agent provocateur


Re: It stupidity anyway

And be dangerous to boot, to make it useful as a handset at those frequencies it would have to emit a completely unsafe amount of RF for being so close to a human body.

FedEx fed up playing box cop, sues Uncle Sam to make it stop: 'We do transportation, not law enforcement'


This has NOTHING to do with national security and everything to do with prosecuting an illegal trade war against China and providing state support for US businesses that don't need the protection.

What the cell...? Telcos around the world were so severely pwned, they didn't notice the hackers setting up VPN points


Vault 7, all you need to know to finger the first suspect for investigation.

Out of Steam? Wine draining away? Ubuntu's 64-bit-only x86 decision is causing migraines


And that is one of the MANY reasons I don't use Ubuntu.

Halleluja! The Second Coming of Windows Subsystem For Linux blesses Insider faithful


So no localhost yet eh, I know there will be more weirdness as well but then every hypervized setup has its wierdnesses.

Better not forget as well though, it gets used more than localhost in a ton of stuff.

WhatsApp security snafu allows sneaky 'message manipulation'


Re: WhatsApp or Signal protocol?

It's WhatsApp.


Yeah, what is this, the 178,243rd major flaw in WhatsApp that allows everyone and their mom to pwn your system/phone?

Get a clue already, WhatsApp is insecure trash now and will always be insecure trash no matter how many times the "fix" it.

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey


Whatgever, cable is faster than fibre anyway.

Fibre is a sales gimmick for people who don't do computers.

He He He: Seagate's gasbag Exos spinner surges up to 14TB


Re: 1PB of capacity in a rack

At those sizes just use Ceph and you'll get to use more disk, have a safer storage setup and quicker recovery times after a disk fail.


I'm working on a 4.7PB setup running Ceph ruight now, in 3 years we've lost 5 drives.

That is because we use proper enterprise class drives from Seagate, that's 840 6GB spinners and only 5 dead.

Lesson: if you like your data stay away from large consumer grade hard drives.

Linux literally loses its Lustre – HPC filesystem ditched in new kernel


Re: Uh-oh...

Gonna make my job harder, we use Lustre on our big Beowolf/Grid Engine cluster and I am tasked with upgrading it all right now.

Epyc fail? We can defeat AMD's virtual machine encryption, say boffins


None issue.

Notice that the exploit is a hijacked HYPERVISOR, that's really not an issue.

Anyone can own a machine once they own the root or underlying architecture, having physical access is a ticket to pretty much anything given enough time.

What it doesn't allow is one pwned guest to hijack another, and THAT is the line of security that matters.

That the AMD chip makes it HARDER for BOFH to mess with your stuff is a bonus, the BOFH was never ever actually locked out as he/she has control at the root level and given enough time and skill would pwn it all anyway if they were to be bothered, which most of us really aren't.

So this is another nothing burger, although knowing for sure means I can harden my hypervisor's system down a little harder to make pwning it that much more difficult to the outsider.

We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?


So what does any of this have to do with Russia?

Oh yeah, it doesn't. It is what it always has been: a fishing expedition.

Thanks for the new cold war a55h0les.

Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief


Our leaders are morons.

No, it couldn't.

That isn't how the Internet works.

The Internet was designed to have MULTIPLE hubs destroyed before there is a loss of services. It was designed to survive a nuclear war. Just cutting the trans Atlantic cables would do nothing to our access or communications. Nothing.

This either shows how incredibly ignorant our leadership is or demonstrates how much they are willing to lie in order to demonize Russia.

Probably both.

Apple users: Only Apple can track us! Not Google



So, I see the irony of creating a Facebook page bitching about being tracked is completely lost on the fanbois.

Quite funny that is.