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Comment: Re:Cyber "Attacks" (Score 1) 49

by JWSmythe (#49325845) Attached to: Nobody Is Sure What Should Count As a Cyber Incident

According to the article, they define incident as..

failure in electronic communications leads to a loss confidentiality, integrity, or availability.

So a operator or programmer error making privileged information available is an incident.

Someone trying to brute force their way into a FTP server and reaching the connection limit, is a denial of service, and therefor also an "incident".

I've used it both ways, depending on the context. I break it down to "tries" and "got in".

"Tries" justifies the budget for IT security. "There were 100 billion attempts to break into the network".

"Got in" is what they should mean. That should be zero. The zero number unfortunately means that the budget can be reduced, because no one can break in.

I generally ignore it when people talk about the attempts. Hell, any of us can fire up nmap, and make a whole bunch of attempts with virtually no effort. If you have public servers and they don't have at least some sort of attempt, you forgot to plug in the network cable. :)

Comment: Re:Then and Now (Score 2) 56

by JWSmythe (#49324169) Attached to: NASA's Abandoned Launch Facilities

That's not surprising. They want something guaranteed to be good. It's unrealistic for them to be able to know if every form of ID from any country in the world is legitimate. I'm sure they do at least a cursory check before allowing anyone in.

In theory, your passport is good. It should have been checked when you entered the US.

If you are a foreign national in the US, you're suppose to keep your passport with you at all times. Some states require anyone 18 and over to carry at least a state issued ID with them at all times. I carry 3 state/federal photo IDs, because they all serve a different purpose.

This is the ID requirement from their site.

ID Requirements
Please arrive at the designated boarding area at least 15 minutes before departure time. A U.S. government-issued Driver's License or U.S. State ID card is required for guests age 18 and over. International adult and child guests must present a valid passport to participate.

Comment: Re:so, the key to amnesty... (Score 1) 322

by jawtheshark (#49284859) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades
I run XP Pro in a Xen DomU, which I can access over RDP using a VPN or a SSH tunnel. It is, by far, the most stable XP installation I ever had and I only use it when necessary. Test a website for work from XP? No problem! The oddball software I can't get for Linux? Same thing.

The best part: It is "Gold" as in , I have a perfect installation. Something goes wrong, and I got back to the LVM snapshot where it was pristine. This never happened, but sometimes, instead of uninstalling stuff I need to test, I just rollback any way. It runs wonderfully on one E3-1260L core and 512MB RAM.

This is exactly how Windows XP should be used these days, and it works perfectly fine. XP for Win32 functionality, the rest on Linux.

Comment: Re:NameCheap (Score 2) 295

by JWSmythe (#49282239) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice For Domain Name Registration?

I just skimmed through their ToS, and I don't see anything resembling the "12 days prior" thing.

Buried in there, it says they'll let you reactive a domain for a fee. It's the first paragraph after "22. AFTER EXPIRATION OF THE TERM OF A DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION"

The paragraph after that talks about their option to auction it.

"After the reactivation period, you agree that we may either (i) discontinue the domain name registration services at any time thereafter, (ii) that we may pay the registry's registration fee or otherwise provide for the registration services to be continued, or, (iii) if we auctioned the domain name services to a third party, that we may transfer the domain name registration services to such third party."

In another part, it states that they process the renewal charge on the day of expiration.

I've never been a NameCheap domain customer, so I can't positively say anything. But I imagine if they were stealing domains before renewing them, domain overlords would not be pleased.

Comment: Re:Yet another Ted Cruz bashing article ! (Score 1) 415

by afxgrin (#49274591) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science

This is the result of getting jerked around by politicians every few years. America got to the moon because it was something everyone could agree upon that would stick it to the Ruskies!

After doing the bulk r&d for the Apollo project, the budget sort of tapered off ...

It's like every President since Kennedy felt they needed to give NASA some long term objective just to have the following Presidency give them something else, and have both House and Senate subcommittees give their two cents on objectives and funding.

It's just a recipe for the bullshit you see right now.

Comment: Re: Yet another Ted Cruz bashing article ! (Score 1) 415

by afxgrin (#49274479) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science

NASA needs to study the multivariable behaviour of Earth's climate to better understand the climate of other planets. It's cheap and easy, and provides lots of science relative to larger space exploration missions with limited capability. How the fuck can we make claims about a far off planet's atmosphere from light spectrum observations alone if we can't come to a consensus on our own planet's atmosphere?

Comment: Re:Cody Wilson wants to help you make a gun (Score 1) 449

by JWSmythe (#49248167) Attached to: Cody Wilson Wants To Help You Make a Gun

Hey AC. :)

It's all good, I know things don't always come across quite right. I didn't consider it too trollish.

More than likely if it did come down to a large faction versus another large faction, and the authorities (law enforcement and/or military) were divided on the cause, they'd be handing out weapons and gear anyways, and still run out of ammo too fast.

Either side would probably have to "borrow" from gun stores anyways. I don't think even most local law enforcement has enough real firepower to handle war like battles.

Look at cases like this. 23 officers fired at least 377 rounds in less than a minute. Even the professionals don't control themselves in less than critical situations. If that was a combat situation and they reloaded, they'd all be out of ammo before the fight started, and realize they took out an empty vehicle or apartment. Well, hopefully empty.

I happen to be one of the people who does have weapons, including an AR-15. I have quite a few magazines, and I buy ammo by the case. I really don't like paying range prices for ammo, and I don't like wasting range time reloading magazines.

A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done. -- Fred Allen