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Comment What you need: project management and a plan (Score 1) 158

ok, saying PM will fix it is cheap but that's really the core task of project management "to devise a plan"

But a specific plan with goals needs to be based on an analysis of the environment you are actually in and you did the first steps, you tried to describe the environment.

medium-sized enterprise, UK
Ok, you're in the UK and have access to a solid workers pool of skilled IT, also available by contract workers.

Think about getting an aide, nothing is worse than a project manager that looses oversight!

They claimed to be an advocate of open-source.
But everything contradicts that, don't cling onto open source, don't waste energy to educate people that don't understand. It's useless, and open source is only one solution, that can work but also can fail. Especially if you have people with no skill!

The job was advertised as a Linux sys-admin. I've been in the role a short while and the systems right across the business are end-of-life: lots of XP and 2003 servers, a handful of LAMP web servers,

Do you have an overview, are all the systems accounted and cataloged with "Machine Power"/"Electric Power"/IP/MAC/Remoteinstall/config etc.. possiblities.

Because this actually looks like those who hired you did not have such an oversight.

and a large IT department with almost no skills in the technologies on site.

First you don't need a training plan you need a Maintainance&FIXIT plan = nothing is worse than systems failling, when you grab resources for training. because you will be blamed for, your oppinion will lose worth you will lose resources.

Idea: Have a fix-it task force at hand. Only selected few who really can "fix it".
(Think about high skilled contract workers.)

Most boxes have the default password still.

That could be getting fixed by a task force.

As a senior techie, I've been tasked with helping bring the skillset of the rest of the staff up.

Good luck with that.

Where would you start, given that most of the kit is EoL?
Make a plan based on the current equipment(what can still run and what is really dead) and the demand of the market. ("priorities")

Comment Ebay: Thinkpad T61, x86-netbooks and arm-netbooks (Score 1) 508


older thinkpads
actually older thinkpads core2duo 1,8ghz / T61 / 14,1" 1280x800 / 160gbyte / 2gbyte / intelgraphics NO NVIDIA = buggy but you dont know if

you can get these for down to 60 - 90â (1$ = 0,89â)
sometimes along with the docking station or even with a 15,4" / 1650x1080 TFT

Even considering it's age it's decent machine, the keyboard quality is unmatched.

Apply an unofficial SATA2 patch install a solidstate drive and you have a boost.

atoms, atoms and atoms, and celerons
not as powerfull as the thinkpads but they mostly have a decent battery life.

If the kids(boys) can live with it the pink ones are ultra
cheap (unwanted)

Example: compaq 311 & pavilion (hint!), samsung some crazy letter combination, dell, etc..

running win7 (sometimes only 32bit) no problem

The keyb, sucks often.

This text was typed on a win7-64bit machine 3gb / 128gbyte ssd with a celeron netbook processor (hp pavilion looks like compaq311 no nvidia ion) gotten for ~40â on ebay (cracked tft), decent keyb, superb battery life (7,5hrs. considering an 4 yr. old battery), hdmi, vga, SIM-slot and un2420 umts card.

Replaced the tft for 40â within 1,5 hrs. (the hardware maintainance manual is perfect for figuring out which tft to buy)

And I'm not poor but I'm very stingy!

A little less powerful than the x86-netbooks but better battery life, but only for the macguyver style kids.

example: eeepc

decent & known manufactureres have mostly the more satisfying outcome than some strange chinese brand.

Comment Tutorial change your WLAN mac permanently (easy!) (Score 1) 120

just buy a mini pci express WLAN card from ebay (cheap cheaper extreme cheap) - hopefully it's not a stolen one!

Replace "mini pci express" card and do what you like with your old card.

And you have a new mac adress.

Bad people could throw these in the garbage or the electronics dumps, or sell them at flea markets, so you should not dumpster dive and flea market for those cheap cards there!

Comment $250 + paypal & shipping? (Score 1) 214

Hey get real,

yes "they" could,

but "they" would get caught .. afterwards(like any terrorist)

Also because they are leaving a serialnumber nightmare behind themselves,

- turn your notebook on the back, mac + serialnumber

- buy a gsm modem, IMEI .. ok there are some very few gsm/edge-modems where there is software out in the open to spoof the IMEI.

But yes a disposable phone .. paid with a credit card for .. and videotaped your face on the survailiance cam.

Comment Suzuki Samurai(sj413) (85er) with carburator (Score 1) 373

Simply a wonderfull car, except for the fuel consumption,
On that car you can virtually do everything by your own - small amount of tools needed - it's plain & simple.

But semiconductors are on board it has a stunning 6 diodes on board - not counting the radio!

If you choose a real Suzuki Samurai with spray injection from 88 you additionally get one with a cathalysator.

Comment AG: (insert here) hurts the procecution of crimes. (Score 1) 392

I prepared some bullet points for you:

a.) The right to remain silent ..
b.) An execelent lawyer ..
c.) An accused non-black person ..
d.) The right not to be tortured ..
e.) A non-coloured or coloured rich person ..
f.) The right for a due proccess ..

Now who wants to play attorney general bingo and wants to degrade freedom and civil rights a lot more?

Btw. for option e. I think about an ex-football player & comedy actor - there is another chance for bingo .. it has something to do with professional athelete and the processecution of crimes. (Einstein - James Dean - Brooklyns got a winning team .. children of thaledomite)

Comment Re:How did they solve crimes before Smart phones?? (Score 1) 392

Simply by doing good -old- police work:

They got a "confession" hand written without spelling errors from an illiterate black guy. The problem with missing evidence and nagging civil rights lawyers solved itself after 12-20yrs. on death row.

They looked the poor white guy in the eyes and stated in the court that his eyes confessed the crime - and the jury sentencend him to death. Simply a bullet proof case.

Btw. these ramblings might sound like jokes from a fuzzy kafkaesk film like "Brazil" but the sad thing is they aren't!

Comment Germans == socialists country / not communists (Score 1) 528

(Warning: the subject is ironic)

Germanys economic system is a cross breed between capitalism and socialism. With changing ratios.

It's coined as
"soziale Marktwirtschaft" / "social market economy"

or since the "Energiewende" / "energy transition" / (green energy revolution)

coined as: "Ãkologisch-soziale Marktwirtschaft" / "eco-social market economy"

Comment Drinking Age - 18 - (Score 4, Interesting) 528


the drinking age is 18 .. meaning .. Vodka, Barcardi, Tequilla, ..

Our national iconographic singer songwriter and essaist "Otto" described the joys of drinking in his epic song

"Wir haben Grund zum Feiern!" / "We need to party!"


Comment "Restricting Access to DNA" R.O.F.L. (Score 2) 333

You want yeast DNA?

Lick your hand.
Lick your feet.
Lick your *beep*.

And the best thing D.N.A. is a puzzle, but a very logical one.

When you have watched bio engineering students doing their *basic* experiments with basic yeast you will be astonished what they can achieve by just playing around.

DNA is a perfect self assembling puzzle you will quickly see how things work out.

Basically what I want to lay out is that there is not just even the slightest chance of succeeding to conceal that information from drug makers, because they will find out otherwise because in DNA if it works .. you can redo steps or start variations and your own research.

So yes, the cartels will find a way and hey .. they won the war on drugs haven't they?

Also in case genetic engineering is too complex there is still Afghanistan.

1.) So you have many (and I mean many) "underpaid" bio engineering students.

2.) Decent equipment makes everything easier, but you can built that equipment, that knowledge cannot be subdued(it's too widespread)

3.) You have "fungus"(yeast) DNA everywhere

4.) Variations - If you want to find an unknown strain .. go to a brothel, public toilet, the more cultures clash .. the more variations you will find in one spot.

5.) you have scientific journals (and you also have a black list of crap journals)

6.) Money = Resources (Hey we are talking here about drug cartels that have no problem to just loose cocain worth being 200 mUSD)

7.) We have a black pharma market that produces counterfight - and at a 50% chance high quality - drugs for old mens problems from industrial scale made basic chemicals. And nobody can stop them - or wants to.

Comment Re:Wouldn't using this if it were seized... (Score 1) 288

It's all about the question that the definition "seized" and "going to be seized". are clearly laid out.

If the tool is installed to automatically prevent access to the data on that pc - you are not tampering with evidence.

The computer does it on it's own. Also when police comes to you, and you see them your pc is not yet seized, so all actions up until the moment when they take something away are ok.

You should not have a remote connection to the pc (via umts modem, infrared or else) that you use to access the PC remotely and delibirately shut this then seized computer down.

However if you would have a system that automaticly modulates a certain flicker pattern onto your incandescent light bulbs(*) light emmissions, that then would be picked up by a light sensor ..

and locks the pc if the certain pattern is missing would be a good antitheft tool wouldn't it ? The easier way is using an IR emitter and an IR receiver (LIRC)

(*) Which is quite easy as it's an ionized gas, and everything what is over 100Hz won't be noticable by you but a sensor can.

only personal oppionion, no legal expert, get quallified legal counsel.

Comment Re:Content management systems (Score 1) 180

Mostly outdated version of Joomla and Wordpress play the bigger role.

But the answer is: "no" opensource is not by default secure. The projects are comprised of people with different coding skill sets, some lower, some higher. Also feeling the need for fixing possible weak points is unevenly distributed.

sense for security
For example last week I was on a bussiness trip and the hotel had free wifi.

1.) the wlan had no PSK WPA2 encryption

2.) the login page were you enter your credentials
to confirm the MAC-Address was "http" totally 100% unencrypted .. forcing https .. lead to the server answering "no ciphers"

3.) yes it was MAC-address fixed after the login (no additional cookie) and the MAC-address is nowhere to be known except inside the unencrypted over the air traffic and everything else is there.

Also everyone knows the MAC can't be spoofed or !?

The wlan was offered by a third party service, commonly used by many hotels. The credentials are pinned to the room number.

So it's common sense that this provider applicates the highest security standards to protect it's customers.

The life of a repo man is always intense.