Re: And the next step...
Really? They just need to secure their computer. Sure, I know that can be difficult in this connected age, but it isn't impossible, just time consuming.
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You don't need a linux based machine to play Adventure. There has been a MS-DOS and/or Windows command prompt version available for many years. I seem to remember tuning the settings for a single floppy version, something like 25 years ago. It ran much better if it was installed on the C: drive of DOS 3.3, preferably in the C:\Games directory.
Well, if they still had access, that is wholly Cisco's fault, for leaving live accounts on their servers, after the services of said employees were terminated. I'm only a lowly sysadmin, but I know better than leaving defunct accounts on active servers. Ideally, they should have been removed before the people were told that they were no longer required. That way they can't go back to their desk, and leave assorted nastiness that will cause outages at some indefinite time in the future. It's not as if it takes long to get rid of the accounts.
We had to wear an apron in my 3 years of doing Metalwork at my High School, back in the mid to late 60's. It didn't matter what work we were doing, soldering, using any machinery at all, including the lathes, or the bench drill press, or the shaping machine. Personally, I think that it was a good safety measure, which was the idea behind it.
"and the guy who invented the Internet!". Now, now, no pork pies (lies). The original project that started what is now known as the Internet was invented by the US Department of Defense, with the establishment of the DARPA network, over 50 years ago. It included places like the Goddard Space Center, and many of the then most powerful known computers in the world.
I have just what you are looking for, sitting in my back shed, an old 21 inch CRT monitor, still in working order, AFAIK. I haven't used it in over a year, and it is heavy. It has a VGA connector, not sure if there is any other more recent than that. Last time that I moved it, it took a good 15 minutes to go less than 50 meters. I had to stop something like 12 times before getting it into the shed. At a guess, it would probably cost more to ship it somewhere than what it is worth??? There's also an old Dell 15 inch monitor down there, that was last used with MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.1. I think that donating them to a Museum would be better than trying to sell them.
It does take some balls. It only takes one person with the knowledge to build the computers. All that is needed is the Case, M/B, CPU, RAM, a network cable, a hard drive, and the means to install the O/S. Everything else is already available on the M/B.
Given that the prisoners were already disassembling computers, reversing the process to build them is simple. Getting access to the network switch to do the deed is about the hardest part, or it should have been. That suggests that there was a network physical security failure, and that somebody's posterior should have been very sore from the punishment inflicted.
Dangerous stuff that DDT, even to us hoomans. I'm still using Windows 7, and will until support runs out. If M$ doesn't get its act together by then, I'll use something like 7 or XP without a net connection for the one program that absolutely requires Windows, and everything else that uses an Internet connection will be moved to Linux.
You might find it easier to run something like WinXP in a VM, and access Claris Works through that. I remember using CW in NT4 Workstation, and I'm reasonably certain that it will run in XP too. All you have to do is to disable networking in the VM, so that XP cannot call home.
Speak for yourself AC. Having had an old Nissan Bluebird back in the early 90's with fuel problems, I know all about replacing the main jet caused by a filter that was clogged so badly up near the tank that the second filter in the engine compartment was getting wrecked with rubbish making its way to the carby and clogging the jet. After the authorized service and repair agents couldn't fix the problem (twice), and it happened again, and they said that the fuel tank would have to be replaced if it happened again. I barely got out of their yard when it happened again, so I idled the car home, about 3km, and started working on it myself. After I drained all the petrol out of the tank, I then removed the floor of the boot, and found the fuel line with another filter that was full of dirt. Pulled it out, and the other filter, and repaired the carby installed 2 new filters, refilled the tank, and restarted the car after allowing the electric fuel pump to fill the system properly, and all was well. I never went back to the authorized place again.
That is because there wasn't a DDOS attack. IBM and the Federal government are still using that excuse so that they can cover their collective asses. The real answer is that there was poor planning of how people would be using the census site, and so only "average" values were used, and people were told to get online on :census night" to record the information requested, which resulted in a flood of households all trying to get their information recorded. If you take an extreme view of what happened, you could call it a DDOS, but it was caused by poor planning by the government and IBM, mostly the government.
lukewarmdog wrote: "I am not sure these guys are doing it right."
I am absolutely certain that they are not doing it right. The consensus in the Technical Community (of which I am a member because of my Computer and Networking skills), is that NSA, GCHQ, etc, are already choking on the huge volume of data that they are collecting, most of which has no relationship to terrorist activity, all of which has been gathered using mass surveillance. It's become obvious that this simply doesn't work, so what will work? Working smarter will do a better job, but that means that all the intelligence organizations will have to get off their fat backsides to work out what they really need to be doing.
"BTW the standard used for a military trebuchet was to throw the heads of captured soldiers back at their mates, or to toss dead/stinking carcasses into beseiged cities. Biological warfare"
Like what was done in "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" when Sauron's orcs, etc were attacking Minas Tirith. That's not biological warfare, it's psychological warfare. Biological warfare uses things like Anthrax, Potato Blight, Fowl Pest, etc. Powl Pest can wipe out Turkey populations in a very short period after being introduced to a concentrated population, like at a show.
"They are supposed to be "in charge" No, they aren't. They are supposed to serving their constituencies, the people who voted them into office, and those that unsuccessfully voted against them too.
"Since there is nothing practical they can do, they invent plausible stuff instead." If it has been invented (in this context), it isn't plausible. It sounds plausible, and may even make a weird kind of sense, but regardless of their intent, it isn't plausible.
I have serious concerns about the Security Services calls for the insertion of a "Back Door" into security software, so that they can gain access to messages between terrorists. Completely illogical, because it will be broken into, sooner or later. Besides, what terrorist is going to use security software that has a government back door?
Your comment about Game of Thrones is one of the reason for so much piracy here in Australia, and a major one at that. Almost no one wants to pay for the base channels, because there is nothing on there that the majority of viewers want to watch.
The thing about the NZ ISP's Global Mode being shut down just means that individuals will have to set their own VPN up into the USA, or anywhere else, instead of having it done for them. A little more difficult, but still not impossible by any means, it just requires some effort, and possibly the payment of a fee to the VPN supplier, which is very small.
Once again we see consumers being ignored by the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Foxtel over here, except it's happening to your people now with some other lot, and they wonder why they aren't liked.
Those of us that voted against the LNP flaming well are incensed. Instead of having a national high speed optical fibre network, nearly the entire country is getting a hodge podge of absolute crap technology that is almost useless. All I can say is that I do have a high speed connection using fibre, so I'm one of the lucky few. I signed up for Netflix a week ago, and it's great.
> "I wouldn't trust a third party with my passwords, but I hadn't even considered availability!" <
Networking 201 (Cloud services - Password Management) - When using a cloud service for password management, ALWAYS ensure that you have a readily available local copy, so that, if for any reason you lose your Internet service, you and all of your co-workers can still continue to work.
I wonder if you do understand how economics works, particularly in relation to cloud storage. You talk about how Google has reduced their storage price by 50% and can still make a profit. They may not be making a profit immediately after such a reduction, but think about why they have done this. They are looking to attract new customers to their service, which will enable them to make a profit. Where those customers comes from doesn't matter. Some of them will be completely new to using cloud storage, who haven't even considered using it before, the next lot will be those who had previously decided to not use it because of the cost that has now become a viable proposition because of the price cut, and the remainder will have come from Amazon and other cloud service providers, jumping ship because of Google's reduction. Now, Amazon has reduced their prices, some of those considering moving to Google will stay, and others in the first two groups that I mentioned above will look at Amazon and sign with them, because they don't like Google for whatever reason, or don't want to see them richer.
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