* Posts by Joe 59

37 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Sep 2015

Scammers use India’s real-time payment system to siphon off money, send it to China

Joe 59

Re: Indians falling for Internet scam? Who'd have thought it!

Of course, with 1.4B people who aren't scammers, India is as much victim as the rest of the world. The only thing keeping them from rising up in rank of victims is that most of them are extremely poor and don't have digital assets to plunder.

I feel like the emphasis needs to be placed on the policing part, and any nation that firewalls off investigations into this should be shunned from international transactions, like China. They take internal victims very seriously, unless the thief is a member of the CP, but don't extend that courtesy to external victims, unless the thief isn't a member of the CP.

Police ignored the laws of datacenter climate control

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I had a 1U rack mountable case I built a server into in '96, the heat sink touched the lid. The lid got so hot, the paint came off the lid in a square around the footprint of the heat sink. And it only took a few minutes to do that, and the server was perfectly happy running during those few minutes. I wound up drilling holes into the lid in a pretty pattern over the heat sink, which improved airflow.

Joe 59

Re: One of my favorites.

sounds like a certain "hotels and resorts" chain I supported when working for a big global services provider. A pair of Slowlartus boxes, a pair of disk arrays, a UPS in a closet with a slop sink, mops, cleaning supplies etc.

They had a problem with one of the pair on a regular basis, the one closer to the floor. One day, we had the Sun guy in to fix it yet again, and we asked him to re-rack it to the top of the rack. Never had a problem with it again. He sent us pictures. It was a full rack, about 16 U consumed, all at the bottom of the rack. The room was moist, but regularly ventilated by people opening and closing the doors. No matter, it stopped complaining, so we stopped complaining.

FEMA to test emergency alert system US-wide today

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Re: My only question is WHY?

If there is a threat of imminent war, either via ICBM, bombers, land invasion or other means, the alert goes out giving the citizens a few minutes' warning and instructions, that's enough time to save millions of lives. If it's an inbound missile threat, if you are miles from a fireball, or in direct line of sight of the fireball, or can make it to shelter fast enough if you are closer, there's a good chance you can survive without injury.

Obviously, that's not what it has been used for, so far, this system has been used tens of thousands of times since the start of the first one, alerting on everything from wildfire, flood and earthquake warnings to riot/civil unrest and other events. It's an indispensable part of any nation's communication system.

You place little value in it, but millions of other people do, and if an emergency ever does strike your area, you will benefit from the advanced notice no matter your opinion of the system.

Human knocks down woman in hit-and-run. Then driverless Cruise car parks on top of her

Joe 59

Re: "Should the Cruise car have not started moving if there was a person still on the crosswalk?"

California's road test is, and has been for ages, at least the following standard checklist items:

Starting your vehicle

Merging to traffic

Following other traffic

Backing up

Parallel parking

Making a U-turn

Pulling over to the side of the road and stopping

Moving away from a parked position onto the road

And it's as much as 20 minutes long.

Sounds like you didn't get a license, but just took some classes.

FCC plans to restore net neutrality rules tossed out under Trump

Joe 59

net neutrality isn't vying for neutrality. It provided none of the things you're fighting for.

Cheaper broadband? Nope.

Less censorship? Nope.

It did eliminate competition and stifle innovation through endless regulation. So you got that going for you. But by all means, keep parroting whatever the party tells you to.

Did the apocalypse occur in the years since it was scrapped? Are you paying more to access Netflix because Comcast doesn't own them? No.

USENET, the OG social network, rises again like a text-only phoenix

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Ahhh, rec.motorcycles, my old home on the net.

Adny being a dick, but being British, just kind of half hearting the trolling

Sensory Overload, drawing ASCII art in her .sig eventually coming together in the form of a hand cranked film camera filming a dog having sex

the good old days. I still have my rec.motorcycles patch, and my membership number.

Foxconn founder Terry Gou to run for Taiwan's presidency

Joe 59

Re: Loyalty

He's clearly not interested in liberty, equality or fraternity, the hallmarks of a democracy. He's beholden to the Chinese Communist Party, like Biden is, bought and paid for, and now highly leveraged.

US Supreme Court allows 'ghost guns' to fall under federal purview

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If there is ever a serious attempt to eliminate the 2nd amendment, the result would be embarrassing for those attempting it. And by embarrassing, I mean absolutely destructive.

A direct threat against the 2nd is a direct threat against the 1st, 3rd, 4th and of course the 13th. The politicians voting for it would find themselves assuming room temperature pretty much immediately.

That's how serious those who take the 2nd amendment seriously take the second amendment. Don't underestimate their resolve, or their numbers.

Florida man accused of hoarding America's secrets faces fresh charges

Joe 59

Re: You sure are preoccupied by Trump and Musk!

I don't recall this kind of crowing over a sitting vice president being caught red-handed taking bribes, or again when he's caught again as a sitting president, or again when that same sitting vice president took documents that were above his station, or again when that man as sitting president did the same thing, only stored in four or more locations with zero checks.

It's almost like they just don't like the other guy, but this guy, despite the mountain of evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors, they don't really care about. Weird.

Maybe the west isn't founded on laws?

Slackware wasn't the first Linux distro, but it's the oldest still alive and kicking

Joe 59

Re: 1996

For me, I know it was 1994 or 5 <snip far too much information for public consumption about a telco and deregulation and a pervert of a VP who thought F:\Public was to be taken literally>

I downloaded a copy and wrote them to floppies and borrowed a dedicated 486 PC to install it on from a phone company I worked for as a junior dipshit. A previous admin had installed it on a PC to use as a router/firewall/gateway with basic IP Forwarding. For some reason, he didn't want the network team to use a router to reach the outside world, so he stuck a Linux box in front of it, internet on eth0, LAN on eth1. He got fired. I got put in the hot seat. I got fired. We all had a good laugh.

AI maybe on everyone's lips, but it's not what's driving IT spending

Joe 59

reality check

the vast majority of firms aren't prepared to do anything with AI or ML, let alone succeed using it. Few resources know how to use it, fewer know what to do with the data once they get the tools in place.

Watson's been around for how long?

Senator trying to force Uncle Sam to share everything it knows about UFOs

Joe 59

Chuck Schumer is a self-serving liar whose interests extend to the top surface of his skin.

If he's promising something, it is guaranteed to be for his personal benefit, and rife with fraud.

The question is, what's his real angle? He just wants access to the higher technology being hidden by these declarations, or access to the influence these "Revelations" produce. One thing is sure, these aren't actual aliens, and aren't extradimensional.

InfluxData apologizes for deleting cloud regions without performing 'scream test'

Joe 59

I've worked with this company and their products in the past and have found them to be useful. I've also worked with "cloud" providers and universally found them to not give a rat's ass about my data, making data integrity and disaster recovery wholly my responsibility. Yes, a scream test is always warranted, just did this myself on around a thousand servers. No one responds after multiple attempts at contact? OK, power off, but wait to destroy for a month or more. Saved my bacon more than once, and I'm pretty surprised this particular company let themselves forget that lesson.

Unfortunate bad press, certainly, but corporate suicide it ain't.

Whistleblower claims Uncle Sam is sitting on hoard of alien vehicles and tech

Joe 59

panem et circenses

I guess this is the circus of the bread and circus

craft mac-n-cheese is probably the bread part?

Feds, you'll need a warrant for that cellphone border search

Joe 59

Re: Last time I checked ...

Bolling v. Sharpe (1954)

Frontiero v. Richardson (1973)

United States v. Windsor (2013)

Obergefell v. Hodges (2015)

Loving v. Virginia (1967)

City of Cleburne v. Cleburne Living Center (1985)

United States v. Virginia (1996)

Sessions v. Morales-Santana (2017)

case law seems to disagree that the 14th doesn't apply to federal law as state law.

The FBI as advanced persistent threat – and what to do about it

Joe 59

Re: democracies still have safeguards to bring this stuff to light, and yet it keeps happening

The people perpetrating these crimes aren't being prosecuted, and there are plenty of laws on the books under which to prosecute these crimes.

The only conclusion I can draw is that since the safeguards don't function they don't exist. Abstracting that to "there is no rule of law".

Being a moderate or left-wing activist isn't some high bar in probable cause, certainly being anywhere near a violent protest, or protesting quite legally at a school board meeting is plenty reason for the FBI to become interested and lump you into a profile. How much more so purchasing a firearm or ammunition, or using a VPN?

It won't end until the people exploiting these organizations are charged with civil rights violations under color of law, and it starts right at the top, from Joe Biden, Barak Obama, Hilary Clinton down into the Senate and House before it even makes it to the FBI leadership team, who should also be charged with these crimes of course, along with any individual agents.

And before you scream I'm some MAGA Republican, and start into the whataboutism of only naming those people, those people are clearly guilty of crimes far worse than Watergate, we all know it, and they're currently in charge of the FBI. You wouldn't put up with a Republican does it, why would you put up with it when your President does it?

BOFH: Ah. Company-branded merch. So much better than a bonus

Joe 59

Re: When do people understand that cash rules?

My memory has faded somewhat, so the numbers might be shite, but around 2000, Xerox stock was plummeting, so far that it ceased trading in the exchange, and the company was close to closing doors. Employees were flooding out, threatening death from a different method, when corporate offered a choice:

$5k retention bonus

$15k worth of stock options at $22/share

Nearly everyone took the cash. They had to break their contract when too many people took the cash. The stock options expired long before the stock reached the strike price.

Because I'm an idiot, I took the options.

Always take teh cash.

AI to detect heart attacks tested in the land of the deep-fried Mars bar

Joe 59

deep fried mars bars?

So there's a land of deep fried mars bars, that isn't the USA? When is the next flight?

Biden proposes 30% tax on cryptominers' power bills

Joe 59

Re: "compared crypto's electricity usage to that of video games"

"funny money" isn't very funny. It's every bit as legitimate as state currencies. It's a traded stock, just like any other, backed by the same thing as any other. "Full Faith" of something that shouldn't be trusted in the first place.

So instead of bitcoin, we should use a dollar backed by a private bank, the "Federal Reserve"? Or the Euro, managed by the central banks?

Uncle Sam probes H-1B abuse surge: What do our vultures make of it?

Joe 59

yes, prosecute

It's rife with fraud. Prosecute any and all fraud. They're blocking legitimate skilled workers from opportunity, and allowing unknown others whose only skill is they can pay mules (or they are mules themselves), and through inaction, congress allows this to continue. I don't have hopes that good old Uncle Sucker will do anything about it though, despite the promises.

Let me X-plane: Boeing R&D unit sheds rudder, ailerons, flaps for DARPA project

Joe 59

Re: Goo goo, gah gah

That's weird that someone used a word you don't like, no one in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland uses different words for similar concepts.

What did Unix fans learn from the end of Unix workstations?

Joe 59

Allow me to apologize for recycling a Sun Enterprise 4500 with 36 GB of disk. I needed the room for a beer fridge, and it was either beer or the space heater. I did sell the power supplies and some other kit to pay for the beer.

Zuckerberg: Yes, Facebook kept Hunter Biden's laptop under wraps

Joe 59

Re: Its not a laptop, its a smoke machine

Except there's evidence that Joe benefited from Hunter being placed into ludicrously impossible positions, positions he would never attain if he didn't kick back to his father. There's evidence Joe spoke with Hunter about Hunter's business dealings on many occasions. Joe has even admitted so.

And the email server was absolutely evidence of crimes, crimes hosting that information, crimes hosting it insecurity, crimes transmitting that information and crimes deleting it when subpoenas arrived.

Joe 59

Re: Why do people ignore facts?

This isn't about Hunter Biden's crimes, it's about Joe Biden's crimes. There's far more evidence of Joe Biden running an expensive pay-for-play scheme than what was found on Hunter's laptop. Hunter's laptop has never been refuted, everything in it has so far stood the test, and in a court of law, that laptop would absolutely be allowed into evidence.

The fact remains, Joe Biden is a criminal who was disqualified from the office of the President before he was ever elected for the first time simply by what came out of his mouth. Everything he did since then was to benefit Joe Biden and he ran these schemes from the minute he made the Senate, he doubled down when he became VP.

Salesforce staff back an end to its relationship with NRA

Joe 59

Re: How do we protect our 2nd amendment & our kids at the same time?

Negative. U.S. Musket Model 1795 had an effective range from 50 to 75 yards. That's effective range, the range at which you could expect to hit center of mass, and a .69 cal bullet which had devastating effects on impact.

And you could fire it 3x a minute quite accurately.

Repeating rifles existed in the 1790s though not in mass production and common use in the US military until the Spencer in 1860, though Colt pistols entered common use before that.

And the 2nd amendment isn't about technology, it's about capability. Disarm the government, disarm the planet, make nukes and chemical and biological weapons a distant memory, and we'll talk about limiting small arms.

Joe 59

Re: "How do we protect our 2nd amendment & our kids at the same time? "

"I accept that guns have become more lethal"

There hasn't been a significant advancement in lethality of small arms since 1885. The first semiautomatic rifle was introduced back then, and little has changed since. One might argue that the final evolution of the modern rifle was the M1 Carbine, claimed to be the first magazine fed semi-automatic light rifle, developed in the 1930s and deployed in mass production in 1940, but the Garand was deployed in 1936, and one can certainly argue that rifle was the first modern autoloading rifle... But if you're going to say that, you have to admit that the Remington Model 8 was the first modern autoloading rifle, in 1905.

Pistols haven't changed much since the early 1900s either. The same caliber rounds are in use now as then, with a few exceptions, like 10mm, which is not significantly different than .45 or other rounds that are over a hundred years old.

"and possibly more available"

You used to be able to buy BAR 30 cal rifles and Thompson machine guns mail order from the Sears Catalog and they didn't keep records. Yes, you can 3d print the receiver for a more modern rifle (though designed in the 1950s), but the barrels and other components are just as available as they were since the 1800s. Mail order or in-person purchase.

In conclusion, I submit that neither the lethality nor availability have significantly changed for small arms since at least the first years of the 1900s and that these rifles are rarely used in crimes in the US.

There are more people.

There are more mind-altering drugs in use.

There are more mind-altering medications in use.

There are more other things in play that could impact one's mental state.

I accept that people will disagree with these conclusions, to that I say, go buy one and see what it takes. In no place in the US can you walk into a store and purchase small arms without a background check, except private sales which has always been true (and a black market will always exist).

The common factor in all your failed job applications: Your CV

Joe 59

Re: Add the latest to the top but don't delete anything

Your CV at 2+ pages isn't a bad thing. The AI and grep will reach into the 3rd and 5th pages just fine, and the hiring manager will flip to subsequent pages because they're curious. And if they're not curious, they'll find what they need on the first pages.

In all my time hiring engineers, the substance is what matters. I built this. I materially contributed to that. I earned this, I earned that. I contributed to this, I authored that.

It's the resumes where the applicant did the bare minimum that I toss in the trash. Oh, you wrote Web Chess in college? Big fucking deal. I'm hiring the guy who wrote a game engine in college to make his absolutely terrible top-down combat easier to make, or the woman who wrote a mobile app to track the fishing seasons and limits, not the kid who can't do more than the bare minimum.

Unfortunately, my son is now one of those kids doing the bare minimum. Drives me nuts, but he simply believes he's too good to take up the mantle fixing bugs for some random open source project. He needs his weekends, after all, minecraft isn't going to play itself.

Web prank horror: Man shot dead while pretending to rob someone at knife-point for a YouTube video

Joe 59

Re: This is why they should be banned.

It's none of your business why someone chooses to exercise a civil right. You don't get to question their motivation, just because you lack imagination, doesn't mean they have no reason to carry. The 2nd amendment is called that in the United States, but it's a civil right that all people have, even if their current government denies it.

If someone approaches you with a knife, it's entirely reasonable to assume you are going to die from stab wounds. If TWO people approach you with knives, you must assume evil intent and defend yourself and those around you who are not capable of defense or retreat. That is your moral obligation. Failing to do so, which you obviously would, is your problem to solve, or suffer the consequences. Even with a handgun, a knife is a deadly weapon, and even shooting the assailant is no guarantee against bleeding to death.

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

Joe 59

Re: Sexism too?

As expected in a comments thread in The Reg, pedantry: The Mason - Dixon line had slave states North of it, all of them north of the line were slave states until the Civil War when the last one was Delaware. While technically to the East of most of the line, it was to the North of the southern part of the line because the line was the demarcation between it and the other states around it.

That sound you hear is Splunk leaking data

Joe 59

remote access is for mainframes and minis

Name a web service that doesn't allow remote access. One that's powered off?

That said, can't tell if you're being deliberately obtuse or simply don't know what it is. Splunk is a log aggregation tool. Think the red-haired bastard step-child of syslog-ng, grep, sed, awk and rrdtool.

Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

Joe 59

well done

this entire story was one long penis joke

Uber's Movement dumps data on city planners

Joe 59
IT Angle

Re: Big city slicker.

The cities have no idea how long trips take. They can't programatically ask cops and firehighters or cabbies how long these things take. And they can't rely on word of mouth to plan or enhance service.

The only sensor data they have today is for magnetic and acoustic sensors placed at intersections, and the occasional pressure sensor traffic counter. Some have cameras, but not many. They can't use that data to determine if a cab went from Foo to Bar, only how many tires rolled over Foo and Bar or past the camera.

This data from Uber is a gold mine, couple the data from Uber to the pressure sensor data, and you have real insight on volume, origins, destinations, and travel times.

China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

Joe 59

China can suck it. Taiwan is an independent country, free and clear of the mainland. The day China removes the mass murdering psychotic sociopath Mao from it's currency and public squares is the day they can talk with any sort of authority on international politics again.

If Hitler was on the Mark, you would be saying the same thing.

We have hit peak Silicon Valley: New crazy goal to disrupt entire cities

Joe 59

Ancient Athens would like to mention they talked about this bullshit a few thousand years ago. They didn't solve the problem either.

More email misery and pillory for Hillary as FBI starts quizzery

Joe 59

Re: Safest Option?

She served as Sec State from January 21, 2009 – February 1, 2013. The 111th Congress and Senate were composed of majority of Democrats. The 112th the Republicans only had a majority in the Congress, and a powerless majority it was. The Senate was majority Democrats. Who had the power of the purse strings?

That, and she had access to perfectly acceptable government run email servers for her whole tenure, and chose not to use them, budget cuts didn't have any impact on those, nor shutdowns. And, we don't have any idea how hacked her email server actually was, my guess, entirely hacked. Completely hacked. Powned by a dozen different agencies and governments. So powned, they had to call each other to schedule CPU and IO time to download the new mail.

Confession: I was a teenage computer virus writer

Joe 59

My older sister worked for Xerox in the mid 90s, and we started to exchange emails which was a new thing for us at the time. She emailed me some EXE attachment, a legit program that her company apparently thought was fine to email around, and the possibilities intrigued me so I wrote a short application (in Turbo Pascal possibly?) for windows that simply displayed a window with a button that said "don't click this button" and if you clicked it, powered off your PC using the normal windows power off stuff. Took about an hour to research and write. I really just wanted to see if she was dumb enough to click it. She did. Then she called me freaking out about what I just did to her PC. Once she saw the humor in it, she forwarded it to all her friends, and in a week, it had been passed around to thousands of people via the forward button.

Not clever at all, not polymorphic, not TSR, not encrypted, did no damage (unless you forgot to save your spreadsheet), but it could have... and it was passed around like herpes at a whorehouse. Those were heady days indeed.