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Comment: Re:Quite possibly the stupidest vulnerability ever (Score 1) 118

by dissy (#48629893) Attached to: Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking

"Oh no, Linux includes a "wheel" user group by default that grants superuser privileges to users in it! And someone could possibly add themselves to that group and gain root access!"

Or put another way:
"Oh no, Windows includes an "Administrators" group by default that grants superuser privileges to users in it! And an existing administrator could possibly add themselves to that group and gain administrator access!"

Agreed, stupidest vulnerability ever.

Comment: Re:503 (Score 2) 394

by LWATCDR (#48624775) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

What about when it misinforms?

If I go to a local restaurant site that does not take orders and it is not running SSL just how is it insecure?
It is like a warning that a public park is insecure because it doesn't have a burglar alarm.
Also just because a site uses ssl does not mean that it is malware free or that it has not been hacked and all the user data taken.

When is a false sense of security a good thing?
And please do not tell me that I should worry about the NSA knowing that I was looking at restaurants.

Comment: Re:Preponderance of the Evidence (Score 1) 222

by LWATCDR (#48608263) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

"Fortunately, most open minded people are willing to accept a vast amount of statistical evidence as proof."
Then get back to me when your sample size is much larger...
Talk about your dumb analogies. BTW you are totally wrong. By the 1980s tobacco smoke had been studied and found to be full of known cancerogenic compounds. They did have mass spectrometers in the 1980s after all.

You like most people are confusing weather with climate. A single drought can not be attributed to climate change it would take a lot more data aka many decades of data.

Comment: Re:It's difficult but (Score 1) 222

by LWATCDR (#48608235) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

" but that didn't prevent climate researchers from claiming Katrina-level events will drastically increase in frequency"
I think you are confusing advocates with researchers.
Fear sells after all.

What is so annoying is that most climate change advocates are as clueless about climate as those that deny climate change.
Every hot summer, warm winter, flood, drought or hurricane is proof... No it is weather.
So when you have a slow hurricane season, a drought ends, or an extremely cold winter you have proof that climate change is not happening. No it is just weather people...

The arrogant ignorance of the clueless climate change advocates do more harm than can imagined.


Comment: Re:What, what? Something's wrong here. (Score 1) 66

by dissy (#48586289) Attached to: Possible Dark Matter Signal Spotted

It's a goddamned wonder that half the posters here don't have Nobel prizes in their back pockets.

Well I did just happen to come by one of those at a recent auction.

While my original thought was to have a bronze statue of myself constructed to display it I suppose I can keep it in a back pocket instead, though it might present an obstacle being in such close proximity to where I usually pull my slashdot posts from...

Comment: Re:its not as if american cops have anything to fe (Score 1) 515

by dissy (#48582379) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

How about you keep your opinion to yourself until you stop being a hypocrite about it.

You are currently at this very second resisting arrest. If you feel so strongly that fact should mean you must die, then you have to put your money where your mouth is and actually die before your viewpoint will even be considered. Anything less means your actions show you don't at all believe what you said, so why should we?

So are your actions going to follow your words and you kill yourself?
Or are your actions going to be hypocritical and the exact opposite of your words, and you post a reply instead?

Comment: Re:Like hell I'd allow an iPhone on my network (Score 2) 53

by dissy (#48576243) Attached to: Apple, IBM Partnership Yields First Results: 10 Mobile Apps

I've been using Meraki MDM for a bit over a year now for managing my own devices, and have been quite pleased so far.

Sadly about a year back Cisco acquired them so there have been some changes in pricing and scope, but the free standard version is still available even if slightly hidden (most 'try now' links go to the enterprise signup page)
It now manages Cisco APs, Cisco switches, MDM, and a bit more random stuff.

Their main page is:

MDM specific info is at:

Standard version signup is at:

Note that they now offer two versions, standard and enterprise. Feature wise they are pretty identical except for technical support.
Standard is free for up to 50 devices, then device 51 and after will run you $1/device/month.
I've no idea the pricing details on enterprise, other than the 30 day trial involves them sending you an access point that works with it. I assume even device #1 has a monthly cost.

If you run Spiceworks, their latest major-version provides basic access to MDM for free through IBMs MaaS360.
They have a free version that adamantly doesn't have near enough features, and a paid version that is $3/device/month.
The paid version has all the features of IBMs branded version, but is a little cheaper per device.

If you want free and DIY, check out the "iPhone Configuration Utility" (mac/win versions available from apple) that let you create your own policy files - but you need to get them onto each iPhone "manually".
By manual this can be as easy as an email attachment or wifi-portal webpage download or something.
For devices you purchase and allocate to staff this is usually fine, but BYOD can be a problem without incentives for the user to install the profile themselves.

I used this method at work since I only had two profiles available then.
To get on the wifi network you needed to install our wifi profile, which grants access to the network and then enforces the network policy.
They didn't HAVE to install this policy, but then no wifi access at all.

I have a second profile to setup Cisco VPN client settings for users with VPN access, but my profile is more akin to a .PCF config (shared secret and IP stuff users don't need to worry about) and nothing else, so it just saves some typing for them. Not much arm twisting needed here.
(Download links at the bottom of this wiki, or just use Google)

Sadly all other MDM platforms I evaluated over a year ago either no longer exist or in the 'rather expensive' category.

The list I used at the time for the higher end providers was

I found 2-3 good gems in that list at the time (Meraki and MaaS360/Spiceworks being the best priced then)
Might still be worth a look for you.

Comment: Re:no thank you sir! (Score 1) 48

by LWATCDR (#48572887) Attached to: Army Building an Airport Just For Drones

I hate the over use of drones but RC aircraft do fall out of the sky.
What people don't get is that RC aircraft can be pretty big and dangerous.
People already fly jet RC aircraft that fly at well over 100 mph and mass over 50lbs.
Yes they can kill people which is why they have rules.

You are right that most "drones" are not large or fast but they can be. Maybe a rule of under 5 lbs and under 20 mph for unregulated drones is in order.

Comment: Re:Like hell I'd allow an iPhone on my network (Score 3, Informative) 53

by dissy (#48571891) Attached to: Apple, IBM Partnership Yields First Results: 10 Mobile Apps

Like hell I'd allow an iPhone on my network

Strange, seeing as iPhone is one of the most manageable devices out there, second only to Blackberry and not by a very wide margin even then.

Not only can you push a wifi policy automatically for any BYOD iPhones that join your wifi to control network related policies, but managed (MDM) iPhones give you as much control over them as windows group policy does over windows desktops.

In fact the only one feature iPhone doesn't measure up on compared to Blackberry is app pushing over cellular. Since the discussion seems to be more about "letting them on the network" assuming wifi access isn't unreasonable, and removes that one limitation completely.

Has any progress what so ever been made with enterprise managing of android without any 3rd party solutions? As of the last android OS there was basically nothing to speak of, so I can't see them catching up these last 8ish years in just a few months.

Letting android on the network is about as secure as letting non-domain home windows systems on, so it is quite amusing you feel this is a better option!

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