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Comment: Why so difficult? (Score 2) 183

by Lumpy (#49622381) Attached to: USBKill Transforms a Thumb Drive Into an "Anti-Forensic" Device

Just set up a script on the machine looking for a specific USB device, start shutdown if the device is not present. This is pretty common stuff, hell my old Lenovo laptop has a smartcard slot in it that would do the same thing if the card was removed.

In fact if you look you can find the same thing all over the place for the last decade on many hacking sites, even back in the late 90's this kind of stuff was on the "scene" I had back to back modems in telcom rooms inside boxes that if the box was opened it dumped 110V into the modem logic boards so that when discovered they would self destruct.

Most "hackers" today probably dont even own a buttset.

Comment: Re:We need to learn hipster BS [Re:Tech Savvy] (Score 1) 513

by houghi (#49621705) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

The condesending way you write would make me believe that I would not hire you either, regardless of your skill.

People are not hired only because of their technical skill. Sometimes personal skills are important as well.

I have not hired a perfect candidate, because it would mean that I would very soon hire a complete new team, because the existing one would have walked out because of the personality of the person.
And when we were with two people deciding, it was often more a gut feeling why we would hire A and not B. Most of the times it is not because B was bad, but A was just a tiny bit better.
The standard was that we invited 3 people and that means 2 would not get the job. Agin: not because they were bad, but because others were better.

Sometimes people were way too social. Sometimes they were not social enough.

I must think it is admirable that they explained in so much detail why they did not hire you.

Comment: 2038 is working itself out already (Score 2) 50

by jandrese (#49621111) Attached to: The BBC Looks At Rollover Bugs, Past and Approaching
Several years ago I was really concerned about the 2038 rollover because so many protocols have hard baked 32 bit timestamp fields in them. Even if systems were updated the protocols might not be. But I've come to realize that once the systems are updated, the protocol tend to follow suit in the next revision, and in the next 23 years pretty much every protocol is going to go through at least one revision. There are still going to be a few holdouts that have trouble in 2038, but I'm expecting it to be as much of an event as the year 2000. A few fringe things act weird or even stop working, but pretty much everything important is OK.

Comment: Re:Improving customer service will only happen whe (Score 1) 114

by houghi (#49620617) Attached to: Internet Customers Surpass Cable Subscribers At Comcast

Evene if there is competition, it would not mean that customer service will increase. As long as the competition is a bit more expensive, they will not change.

Sure, some people will walk, but not enough to change that. Competition means a race to the bottom, not to the top.

I have seen in a few companies that the only way to change lousy customer service is legal action. And yes, I have seen that legal action was taken because of liusy customer service.

OInce company I know added 200+ agents to their callcenter, because customers had to wait too long.

But obviously that all means that you have laws in place that protect customers more than it protects companies.

Comment: Re:Confused (Score 2) 277

Why would Google care who they are? And if you are talking about a search Engine, why not Bing?

Or they could do Linux and do a whois. Or contact RIPE or whomever is in charge of IP distribution.

I did not read that the numbers were stolen, just that they were used. Perhaps it is so high, because it is the only company who does things legally.

Also for Facebook and Google checking their logs, why would they do that? If there is something illegal going on, then what should happen is that they go to the court. The court will then ask for lof the identity of the IP owner, who that must be able to tell who was connected at the specific times.

It is called due process.

Comment: Re:Pay, not talent (Score 3, Insightful) 513

by Lumpy (#49614145) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

Right here is the solid fact.

it's not about skill, It's about how cheap can we get the whores for, and how hard can we abuse them.

20 somethings tend to be too stupid to stand up for themselves and accept a 60 hour workweek as normal. They also buy the bullshit of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" and keep accepting more and more workload.

Comment: Dear recruiters.... (Score 1) 513

by Lumpy (#49614071) Attached to: Recruiters Use 'Digital Native' As Code For 'No Old Folks'

I'm an "old fart" and more of a digital native than any 20 something.. I have been in the internet since 1987 in a legit form.. Was a part of it in other forms for 2 years previous... Running Unix and managing dial up nodes for UUnet access. I have been active in usenet at that time as well as not only living the digital world, but I have done more in networking and computing hardware than any 10 of the new kiddies from college put together. How many of them have actually licked a cray?

In fact most old farts I know that are still in the business can still work circles around the new turds on the block. We just work smart using that experience we have instead of being over caffeinated lost puppies sniffing and peeing on every server rack they can find.

Comment: Re:Isn't there some vetting process? (Score 1) 531

by jandrese (#49612801) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House
If you let a bunch of loons run it's pretty easy to look good by comparison. Look at Mitt Romney. A terrible candidate by most measures, but still better than all of the frothing at the mouth crazies he was running against. This is especially important if you don't have a good centrist candidate and you need to make him look centrist by comparison.

Comment: Re:Actually, it makes sense (Score 1) 531

by jandrese (#49612759) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House
Actually firing people is unpopular, even when you are "lowering the size of government". It means taking services away from people and reducing government oversight. It's better to just spend recklessly and then force the next president into financial crisis after financial crisis so they are forced to make the cuts instead.

That's why "debt doesn't matter" when the Republicans are in charge.

Comment: Re:All aboard the FAIL train (Score 5, Funny) 531

by jandrese (#49612667) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces Bid For White House
Certainly you have heard of a place called Bengahzi? The Republican attack machine already considers it the worst attack on America since the War of Independence and according to them she personally orchestrated the attacks with help from Khaleid Sheik Mohammad and George Soros. They'll eventually get that report out of Congress saying exactly this if they try enough times.

Dynamically binding, you realize the magic. Statically binding, you see only the hierarchy.