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Comment Get a book (Score 1) 205

Python is a good language to start with. There are some Python books for pen test you should look for. It would be best to get a full grasp of the language with the ORiley tome. As you are Windows-centric, you have the best development environment available to you: Visual Studio. Download the free version and then install Python Tools for Linux. There is a Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) course to get you started.

Comment Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 1) 189

I have a NICE Super EISA with plenty of EISA cards in it. 2MB ATI Mach32 EISA. 3COM 10/100 EISA, Adaptec EISA, additional Mach64 on the 1 VLB slot. RAM maxed out to 256MBs (16 16MB SIMMS) with interleave enabled. It was meant to run Netware 3.12, but I used it for IBM OS/2 Warp (version 3), until I downloaded original Slackware floppy images via the ISA 33.6 MODEM (in EISA lost). Have a Crystal Semi sound card (ISA in EISA slot). CPU been upgraded to a Trinity Stacker 133Mhz from the original 486DX2/66, which was upgraded from a 486SX25. I keep this old beast in a full AT tower (has the large L-shaped power supply).

Comment Leviton VPT24-1PZ (Score 1) 189

I use the above for external lights to come on automatically at sunset and turn off at specified time. It requires your location as the sunset and sunrise change everyday, which makes it a great product. It works with CFL and LED bulbs. Internally, I have lights with switch to turn them off after 15, 30, 45, or 60 mins (bathroom fans, etc.) and others with motion detection. The above is a great intro to electrical wiring. I prefer anything that is not connected to TCP/IP, as WIFI and internet are both dangerous attack vectors. Internet of Devices are dangerous!

Submission + - 2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past->

cyberspittle writes: Tentative new work from Julian Barbour of the University of Oxford, Tim Koslowski of the University of New Brunswick and Flavio Mercati of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics suggests that perhaps the arrow of time doesn’t really require a fine-tuned, low-entropy initial state at all but is instead the inevitable product of the fundamental laws of physics. Barbour and his colleagues argue that it is gravity, rather than thermodynamics, that draws the bowstring to let time’s arrow fly. Their findings were published in October in Physical Review Letters.
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Comment Liability (Score 1) 118

The only issue is that certain employees have the knowledge and should something happen to them, the business may be in trouble. By paying for support, you place the burden on an entity, which is responsible. It all comes down to question for CIO/etc if they should lose an employee, how will that impact the business.

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll

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