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Comment: Re:Better go kick WSUS into a sync... (Score 1) 178

by f3rret (#48413101) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

Scheduling an emergency patch and reboot with terminal servers among all employees is a huge PITA! "Awww, do we have too. I've got all this work to...*BEEP*." Sorry guys, finger slipped when it asked me to reboot or not. OTOH, server secure :)

Scheduling an emergency patch and reboot with terminal servers among all employees is a huge PITA! "Awww, do we have too. I've got all this work to...*BEEP*." Sorry guys, finger slipped when it asked me to reboot or not. OTOH, server secure :)

Import-module activedirectory
$ComputerNames = Get-ADcomputer -searchbase (DN of you server/workstation OU here) -filter * | Select-object -expandproperty name

ForEach($ComputerName in $ComputerNames)
{
      Restart-computer -force $ComputerName
}

Have the nightshift guy run that from a machine that the workstations/servers will accept WMI calls from and then have him feel like a wizard as every computer under the OU magically reboots.

Comment: Re:But the case hasn't even started! (Score 1) 119

by f3rret (#48413041) Attached to: US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

I agree here. This is the actions of a police state. Its quite disturbing to see complete forfeiture of assets without a trial taking place. I know normally tycoons and other scum like Madhoff and Ken Lay deserve to be tarred and feathered and pilloried for their crimes against society and shareholders, but who exactly was DAMAGED by Silk Road? Did all of the buyers receive their goods? If so, what is the DAMAGE?

How does the government have standing to claim silk road DAMAGED all those buyers?

Why doesnt the government go after Jack Ma and Alibaba? (As in they block those transactions and forbid buying off that fraud-racket-exchange)? Alibaba sells stolen fraudulent broken junk that is masqueraded as legitimate (its basically a crime mall) but we let that go and shut down silk road and seize all assets? Doesnt make sense. Criminal rackets operate eyes wide shut but it seems the Fedzilla is only angry that they couldnt collect tax off these transactions in which case he should be sued for that money.

Total forfeiture seems out of the bounds of due process.

ere is what I see Mr. Ulbricht thinking: "Alright so I'm sitting on 20 million worth of BTC, based on what the prosecution has stated, those 20 million dollars are MI NE and do not actually belong to other people. If I let the the feds auction off those BTC and turn them into real money, then if I beat the case I will not have to go through the hassle of finding an exchange willing to handle this much money."

Basically, if Ullbrict can manage to beat the rap against him, then he's just used the US gov't as a bitcoin exchange.

Comment: Re:Design flaws (Score 1) 88

by f3rret (#48400775) Attached to: After Four Days, Philae Team Gets to Rest

Pretty sure having working landing gear would have solved the problem

These are all Monday morning quarterbacking, but truth is that all of us should learn from the unfortunate design mistakes that ESA has made

I don't really see how saying "If the thing that did not work, had worked, everything would have been fine" constitutes "Monday morning quarterbacking". I mean, it's stating the obvious for sure, a completely useless statement for sure, but I don't think it's a hindsight/20/20 thing.

Comment: Re:Huh (Score 1) 223

by f3rret (#48390989) Attached to: Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

Isn't the whole problem that they assumed a softer (ice) surface?

Look, unless you're a friggin' rocket scientist, or believe they had additional information they didn't use ... summarizing anything as "the whole problem" is kind of childish.

Based on your vast experience of landing on comets after a 10 year journey, do you think you have a better sense of what the assumptions about the hardness of the ice should have been? Maybe you should have shared that with them.

Lots of smart people worked on this, took all they knew and could surmise, and made choices with the best available information, and using the technology and money available to them.

I'm sure as heck not going to say "well, if only they'd done this it would have worked". I know I'm not qualified to do that, and I'm quite certain most of us on Slashdot aren't either. In fact, I'm betting the people who are qualified are all thinking this was a monumentally difficult task. NASA isn't sitting around going "Ha ha!"

To me, even what they did is some pretty mind-boggling engineering. But in interviews I heard over the last few weeks, they still knew there were risks and uncertainties.

It sucks, but unless you're more qualified than the entire team who did this, you have to realize this is still an incredible feat.

I won't even claim this to be an accurate analogy: But this is kind of like hitting a target in China from New York, using a home made gun, in the dark, and while both you and the target are moving.

Me, I'll applaud the ESA and everyone involved. Success for this kind of engineering includes all of the stuff that got you there. Getting far enough to have a failed landing is still a huge undertaking.

Well, I think the whole problem was that they did not have a wizard on staff to solve every problem with magic.
Also, far as I know, their graviton phasor array had decohered somewhere along the journey.

Comment: Re:Can't trust robots (Score 1) 223

by f3rret (#48390947) Attached to: Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

...I kind of doubt that anybody would physically survive 10 years in zero-G, even assuming they've survived the long-shot odds of no fatal spacecraft malfunctions in 10 years.

Oh, I think they'd survive just fine (appart from the numerous radiation induced cancers, natch), it'd be the whole 'returning to Earth' that'd cause problems.

Comment: Re:Potential false positive issue. (Score 1) 136

by f3rret (#48390811) Attached to: 81% of Tor Users Can Be De-anonymized By Analysing Router Information

While I haven't read the paper, the article seems to have a reasonably big "correlation for non-victim" bar. If this means false positives, it makes this technique at least a lot less useful than the "81%" deanonymization rate that they claim. It might make it useless for anything really.

Honestly, this all seems like more headline and less news. But I do still have to read the paper.

I read it as meaning "This type of attack can deanonymize a single TOR user 81% of the time" and not "This type of attack can deanonymize 81% of ALL TOR users at the same time"

Comment: Re:Can't be true (Score 1) 136

by f3rret (#48390767) Attached to: 81% of Tor Users Can Be De-anonymized By Analysing Router Information

Are you kidding me? Name one 'service' on TOR that has been up for long enough to get attention and not been busted?

Based on what came out about both the SR takedowns indicate that those were not taken down by sophisticated cyberattacks using high-grade NSA traffic analysis techniques.
They were taken down because the people behind those sites were bad at being criminals and operating out of the US. I'm almost sure there's several alternatives to SR that are being run out of SE Asia or the former USSR that are not being taken down because the people running them are either good at being criminals or otherwise out of the reach of their local LEA.

Comment: Re:Hire the Russians hackers to prevent police act (Score 1) 86

by f3rret (#48367571) Attached to: After Silk Road 2.0 Shutdown, Rival Dark Net Markets Grow Quickly

All right, maybe they aren't Russian, I don't know. But why not try to find these uber-coders that you always hear about to do some pen testing of the Tor code? It's in their best interest to make sure Tor is as secure as possible.

Fairly certain the russian and the international hacker community in general is already doing this.

Of course a true pro would not be using a publicly accessible darknet, they'd run their own.

Comment: Re:Trackers (Score 1) 356

by f3rret (#48351153) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

I wonder when someone realizes that they can begin to hunt the trackers.

TPB often uses the same bunch: tracker.openbittorrent.com, tracker.publicbt.com, tracker.istole.it, open.demonii.com.

Who owns and maintains these BitTorrent trackers?

Shady people living in countries hostile to the US and with no extradition policies.

Most 'cases' against those involve takedown notices sent to the their domain registars and do nothing to the server or the people running it.

The fight against privacy is a futile one.

Science and religion are in full accord but science and faith are in complete discord.

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