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Comment: Re:What's the point of the NSA knowing everything? (Score 1) 569

Correct, the first rule of playing Global Thermonuclear War isn't "not playing" (in this case that ship has long ago sailed) its: "not showing your enemies what capabilities you have." That missing Malaysia airlines jet? You know at least 2 countries have realtime satellite data of nearly every square inch of earth, and could have tracked the image of the plane to where it crashed ... but did they? No. That would have displayed what resolution objects could have been identified at. Its fully possible that every Skype call, cell call, and land line ends up as a .wav file on some fansy-pants NSA storage cluster but it will be a cold day in heck before Joe Q Public Cop would have know of its existence, let alone be able to submit a request for use.

Comment: Re:Hardware is trusted (Score 2) 83

I would also settle for something that several of my (way old) Compaq servers had ... a second BIOS, SoftPAQ screw up your servers BIOS? Set a jump and boot from the factory fresh second BIOS (then re-flash the primary BIOS with a known good copy.) In modern systems just leave the default BIOS upgradeable (or a least require a PIN to update / trusted CA cert for enterprise deployments) and have a hardware button inside that can write the v1.0 BIOS code over the current chip. In this example the v1.0 BIOS can be hardware read-only (ROM-BIOS) as well.

Comment: Re:Hard To Imagine... (Score 5, Insightful) 191

by CrackerJackz (#49018397) Attached to: Microsoft Trademarks "Windows 365"
I can picture the situation quite clearly: "I'm very sorry Mr. Surface Pro 5 Owner, but with the current release cycle your hardware will no longer be supported at the end of this year... and we do not offer subscriptions for legacy hardware." At least with Windows XP, Mac OS 10.5.x, etc "sunsetted" OSs can continue to be used (albeit with increased security risk) perpetually. Will Microsoft offer this same policy with 365 users as feature and requirements outstrip aging hardware? I think not.

Comment: Next: Firefox Gold (Score 1) 132

by CrackerJackz (#47305441) Attached to: Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE
Anyone remember Netscape Gold? How long will we have to wait for email client, news reader, and Kitchen Sink(tm) to be bundled back in?

So much for a lightweight browser and codebase (Firefox has already marched past that line in the sand, but this is a monumental increase to the marching speed) Not to mention the potential security implications for managed desktops.

Comment: Lots of solutions ... (Score 2) 284

by CrackerJackz (#43943589) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Best To Disconnect Remote Network Access?
Assuming you have managed switches a simple crontab entry pointing to a shell script can open a connection to the switch an admin down the port that its plugged into. If you want to get really fancy you can have the outbound traffic going via a transparent squid proxy / iptables so you can tell when the port is in use, and keep logs of the connection state.

You can also go with a non-NAT firewall (bridge mode), which will block incoming connections while the device / people on the inside wont know anything is there.

Honestly a timer on an unmanaged switch isn't a bad solution, it takes any technical skill out of the equation, its (assuming the timer doesn't fail) hack proof, and does not require and maintenance / patching to keep secure.

Comment: Not the only element running low... (Score 1) 270

by CrackerJackz (#42531597) Attached to: Worldwide Shortage of Barium
It will be interesting to see what happens then the global supply of helium runs out in a few years, apparently we have about 25 to 35 years left.

Its not just used for your kids birthday balloons (in fact that gas is likely second-hand / reused gas in the first place) it used to cool MRI machines.

Time to buy a couple of tankers and invest in a long term profit :)

Comment: First impressions (Score 2) 424

by CrackerJackz (#40767443) Attached to: OS X Mountain Lion Review
Having jumped this morning on the download train, I think I've now got everything back up and running, Parallels v7 required a reinstall (it uses kernel extensions so I'm not surprised that it needed an over-the-top reinstall) The odd one was Firefox not allowing me to download anything (even with a control-click save-as) the solution to that one was to clear my download history (why that fixed it ... I have not idea)

Fink is proving to be a total pain in the ass to get working again, not to mention xcode apparently now requires a developer-enabled apple account to download and install the command line tools via the GUI (you can still download the tools via the developer website)

Ah the fun of running a new .0 release of software on the day it comes out :)

Comment: Check with your local power company! (Score 1) 341

As others have mentioned, I would as your local power company, our local provider (Duke Energy) offers something called StrikeStop (http://www.duke-energy.com/strikestop/) which offers whole-house protection (and they install it on the power meter, which is a nice bonus) at ~160$ installed it was a no-brainer decision for me considering it offers insurance along with it.

Comment: Re:It's all the customers' fault... (Score 1) 406

by CrackerJackz (#39049763) Attached to: AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves
Speculating here ... since the only people that can have unlimited are the ones that have been grandfathered into it, and that was over two years ago (I think) my guess is that everyone in that group is now legally in the clear to pack up their stuff and walk to the exit whenever they want to.

Entropy isn't what it used to be.