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Comment: Re:Lets use correct terminology. (Score 2) 167

by Mike Van Pelt (#49497565) Attached to: MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Employees

Heh... yeah... One job, there were layoffs coming, and I had found employment elsewhere. When I handed my boss my notice, he handed it back and said "I never saw that. You're on the layoff list. You'd rather be laid off."

I'm in the US. I've been laid off a few times, not counting that one. One was "Here's a box, pack up your stuff and go", but no security escorting me anywhere. One was "You're going to be laid off three months from now, help get your tasks transferred to the people in the group who are staying." (They were getting rid of all Unix mail servers and transferring it all to MS Exchange, and I was the Unix mail guy, so...) The other was a ... really impressive severance package, if I signed the "I promise not to sue for age discrimination" letter. Oh, yeah, sure, no problem... there was an offer from another company, doing pretty much the same thing, in my personal email account before I got home. No guards or anything there, either, just come by the office and get my stuff whenever, I was "officially still employed" there for a couple of weeks, again getting appropriate knowledge transfer done. They did cut off my access to the network.

It's just business. Handle this stuff professionally, because you are a professional.

Comment: I like Tyson. (Score 1) 73

by Mike Van Pelt (#49495505) Attached to: StarTalk TV Show With Neil DeGrasse Tyson Starts Monday

Even though I disagree with him on a lot of things.

I just wish they'd drop the comedians, though. Unless it's Chuck Nice. Leighann Lord is OK too, but dang, that Eugene Merman dood he has on his radio program far to often, he drops the IQ of the show about 20 points every time he's on. The others make jokes that show they're listening to Tyson and understanding him, but Merman just pops off inane non sequiturs that have nothing to do with the topic.

And don't bring in Bill Nye for guest hosting... Now that's annoying.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 36

by Mike Van Pelt (#49395763) Attached to: Angry Boss Phishing Emails Prompt Fraudulent Wire Transfers
Most don't... but that's one more thing that might cause the mark to notice that something isn't right. These aren't blasted-by-the-billions spams. These are carefully researched hand-crafted, targeted attacks. As much time as they're putting into it otherwise, a freebee domain at VistaPrint or something is a trivial bit of insurance.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 36

by Mike Van Pelt (#49394015) Attached to: Angry Boss Phishing Emails Prompt Fraudulent Wire Transfers
And I've sent email From: Hillary <root@whitehouse.gov>. Yes, by telnetting to port 25. What the crooks get with typosquatting is that the actual To address of the reply looks very much like the To address they expect -- they don't notice that CEO@cornpany.com isn't the CEO@company.com they expect, where they might twig to the scam if it was CEO239874@hotmail.com.

Comment: I've seen some of these things. (Score 1) 36

by Mike Van Pelt (#49387803) Attached to: Angry Boss Phishing Emails Prompt Fraudulent Wire Transfers

I've investigated a half dozen or so of these. It has been going on for a while; the first one I saw was about a year ago.

Some of the common characteristics:

They know the names, email addresses, and nicknames of the CEO, and the Treasurer and/or Controller.

They address the Controller by name, a little bit of social pleasantries, and often say what account the "expenditure" should be coded to. The first contact is pleasant, but says it's urgent, and needs to be done right away. Subsequent emails get progresively more demanding.

Early ones asked for the wire transfer to go to a bank in Shanghai, Singapore, or something. More recent ones are transfers to an indivdual's account in a U.S. bank. (Doubtless belonging to some poor gullible person who answered one of those "Well Paid Part Time Job Working From Home as a Financial Agent" spams.)

Registering a .co domain to spoof a .com is popular, as are various other typosquatting tricks. Some cheapskate crooks just use a hotmail-type Reply-To, though.

If the victim sends the money, another request will follow. Then another, and another, as long as they'll keep doing it.

From last September: http://blog.barracuda.com/2014...

Comment: Re:A better approach (Score 1) 267

by Mike Van Pelt (#49356635) Attached to: Generate Memorizable Passphrases That Even the NSA Can't Guess

That's what I do for my password manager password. I use German capitalization rules (all nouns are capitalized, not just proper nouns) and numeric and special characters where appropriate. Then I have a particular obscure quote which I remember in slightly misquoted form.

For example (NOT the one I really use of course!) "Four Score and Seven Years ago, some Mothers brought forth upon this Continent a new Nation" would be "4S&7Ya,sMb4thutCanN"

Comment: Things that didn't contribute to reduction in CO2 (Score 3, Interesting) 283

But oh, no, it can't possibly be that China's fast-track of building new nuclear power plants had anything whatsoever to do with it, oh no, never never never never. (grumble grumble grumble)

The CO2 problem will never be solved until the people who continue to loudly assert that they are so very very concerned about it get over their irrational dread of the only 24x7 source of energy that has the capacity to compete with coal.

Comment: Oddity in homeopathic terminology (Score 1) 447

OK, I think all of us (or, most of us, anyway) are clear on the "It's just distilled water, and doesn't do anything that distilled water doesn't do" thing, but one thing has always bugged me.

How come the homeopathy people always discuss the components that aren't in their nostrums using Harry Potter Latin? They just stick a "um" or "ium" on the end of everything

(Actually Rowling's Latin was better than this...

Comment: Re:Politicians will be stupid but scientists/techn (Score 1) 356

by Mike Van Pelt (#49243647) Attached to: New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again

Does it bother anybody else that nuclear isn't even mentioned in passing in the linked article?

It massively ticks me off. If the people who are most visibly going on and on about global warming believed it themselves, they'd be front and center advocating replacing coal with nuclear. (Which we ought to have been doing for the past 40 years for more reasons than just CO2.) Instead, all we get from the vast majority is arithmetic denialism.

Comment: Installed it... then uninstalled it. (Score 1) 275

by Mike Van Pelt (#49199541) Attached to: uTorrent Quietly Installs Cryptocurrency Miner
Fortunately, that was a couple of weeks ago, when I wanted to download LibreOffice. I recalled from the last time that "utorrent is the thing". Back then, it didn't do ads. I would have left it installed to re-seed LibreOffice, but it didn't take much getting pelted with "Hottttt Roooskie wimmin are lusting after U" ads for me to remove it, with prejudice.

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