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Comment: Re:enterprise needs easy to remove harddisks and o (Score 1) 108

by siliconincdotnet (#40508115) Attached to: Apple Transitions Hardware Leadership

Apple needs to focus on having server applications/OS that are useful in an enterprise environment before they worry about the hardware. 10.5 and 10.6 Server weren't terrible, but there's little they could do that AD and a Linux box couldn't do much better. 10.7 Server is absolute rubbish and isn't suitable for, well, anything.

I'm not saying they shouldn't come up with enterprise-ready hardware, just that they have bigger fish to fry.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 1) 349

by siliconincdotnet (#40508051) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: VPN Service For a Deployed US Navy Ship?

> Opening an encrypted tunnel to circumvent packet inspection sounds like a wonderful way to bring in viruses, or send out classified materials.

The (perhaps incorrect) impression I got from the poster was that this isn't for a single computer, but would instead be available to multiple machines and would be used to circumvent a country's restrictions and/or packet sniffing. As there would be network equipment involved before the machines connected to whatever was handling their VPN traffic, the Navy official that was in charge of it could easily set up port mirroring in order to inspect the traffic.

Comment: They tried this on me a few times... (Score 5, Interesting) 185

by siliconincdotnet (#36356686) Attached to: 25% of US Hackers Are FBI/CIA Informers

I've had my run-in with this before. I'm just a generic every day sysadmin and have no real involvement with the security community, short of idling on IRC with a bunch of more active people. Here are my experiences:

In 1997 or '98 I was the sysadmin for a mom 'n pop local ISP. We got hit by a massive DOS attack - keep in mind this was in the pre-smurf/DDOS era, so it really did warrant the attention of the feds. The owner contacted them, and they talked to me about getting any logs we might have (which of course I was ready to provide). I asked them where they wanted me to send them, and... "No, why don't you meet us out somewhere? We'll buy you lunch.". Despite the offer of free food, the alarm bells were going off by this point. So, I met them at a local coffee shop, and out of the 30 or so minutes I was there, they spent maybe two minutes discussing the DDOS with me, and the rest of the time attempting to get me to inform on the local 2600 group. I declined repeatedly, and they continued to make more forceful and threatening requests. Every time I disagreed with them, they looked at each other - and this was the creepiest (and obviously rehearsed) behavior I've ever seen. They never did get those logs from me.

After that I didn't hear anything until around 2005 or so when one of my ex-coworkers from another company called to tell me two men came by looking for me, and that they had government plates on their car. They left a card, but since I'm not under any obligation to call them, I never did. As the years went by, I received more calls from different people with a similar story.

And my last run-in with them was only a year or two ago - someone called me from a cell phone claiming he was with the FBI, and he had my computer and I needed to come to the local field office to pick it up. I found that to be rather unlikely since I tend to hang onto them until they're dead, I certainly wasn't missing one, and then they (minus the drives - I still have those) go into the bin. After a week of ignoring his calls he stopped bothering me.

To this day I have no idea what they wanted, but the entire thing reeked of ill-spent tax dollars.

I really don't care anymore, so the hell with posting as AC...

Comment: Re:YOU COMMIE SPY! (Score 1) 698

by siliconincdotnet (#32488400) Attached to: Claimed US Military Wikileaks Source Arrested

It's on Hulu, so go watch it now and redeem yourself. Peter Sellers did such an awesome job in it.

Trivia: The set with the interior of the bomber in it was designed completely by guessing what it would look like; no one on the crew of the film had ever seen one before as it was classified when the film was made. The end result was so accurate they received a visit from the military wanting to know who had leaked information about it.

Comment: Re:Answer (Score 1) 65

by siliconincdotnet (#31139694) Attached to: How To Replace FileVault With EncFS

Same here. When FileVault (VileFault, if you like) first came out I ran into the same problem as you. I was able to repair it, log in, and recover some of my data (most resulted in the spinning beachball of death). Trying to convert back to a non-encrypted FS resulted in the machine telling me I needed roughly 12 petabytes of free disk space.

Shame really, it was a good idea, but a very bad execution I think.

Comment: Re:ehh (Score 1) 672

by siliconincdotnet (#29629949) Attached to: Best Developer's Laptop?

Same here, after years of owning PPC macs and never having a problem, I've had endless trouble from my MBPs.

The first one I had was a first generation one and I kinda expected the worst, but it lasted three years with two trips into Apple Service (logic board replaced twice). The new one (last of the previous body style MBPs) is garbage though, it's been non-stop odd behavior that I can't pin down to any one thing. Crashes consistently and runs slowly with Linux or OSX. Won't buy another one.

Comment: Re:On behalf of arizona... (Score 1) 624

by siliconincdotnet (#29080695) Attached to: Arizona Judge Tells Sheriff "Reveal Password Or Face Contempt"

Funny, that. Most of the Blackwater guys that were here after Katrina were wearing plain clothes and weren't (AFAIK) deputized. They were just out of town thugs with guns, not too different from the local thugs with guns. The only way you could tell them apart from the local thuggery was that they had better weaponry.

I wasn't actually referring to Blackwater, even though it is of course applicable here. I was more referring to the NOPD guys that beat the schoolteacher up during Katrina, the ones that mug you, the ones that guard warehouses full of cocaine, the ones that in 2008 opened fire at an inspection sticker station because they didn't feel like waiting in line. People like Antoinette Franks and Len Davis (both NOPD officers and on death row).

Comment: Re:US laws are not the best (Score 1, Informative) 582

by siliconincdotnet (#29018407) Attached to: Working Off the Clock, How Much Is Too Much?

As much as I'd love to work in the EU, it isn't that easy. I seriously looked into it a few years ago (and still do from time to time) only to come to the conclusion that many EU employers really don't want Americans working there. They'd much rather take care of their own and employee EU residents. Sucks for me, but I do see the truth of it.

Security

+ - zero day vulnerability in Microsoft Video ActiveX 1

Submitted by ucanlookitup
ucanlookitup (1592667) writes "Microsoft has warned of a zero day vulnerability affecting IE users on XP or Windows Server 2003. The vulnerability allows remote users to execute arbitrary code with the same privileges as the users. The vulnerability is triggered when users visit a web site with malicious code. The advisory can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/972890.mspx. Until Microsoft develops a patch, a work around is available at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/972890#FixItForMe"
Power

+ - More success for Polywell fusion project.

Submitted by erikson1970
erikson1970 (1302041) writes "The day before slashdot cited new woes at the multi-billion dollar ITER fusion project, the folks at Talk-Polywell blog dug-up positive developments in EMC2's few million dollar (less than $30M to-date) Polywell-based fusion project. It looks like the Santa Fe-based research group has been extended another tranche of US Navy research funds to develop the next in a series of ever-growing Polywell fusors. The Talk-Polywell crowd has mined the Navy's contract award documents for juicy technical details of the so-called WB-8, the next Polywell project (WB = wiffleball because it looks like one). Past slashdot articles on this effort and its late founder, Dr. Bussard, are here and here. A nice summary of the Talk-Polywell findings is at the Iecfusiontech blog."

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