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Comment: Re:Equifax gave out my email address (Score 3, Informative) 472

by smackmywhammy (#42797529) Attached to: HR Departments Tell Equifax Your Entire Salary History
I'm pretty much in the same boat, but I signed up directly with the MyFICO service, which was eventually sold to Equifax. I run a wildcard email forward on a throwaway domain for all my vendor contact stuff, and I'm not getting hits like this for other domain stuff as other comments suggest. I receive obvious finance related phishing crap, related to this financial information transaction, at this specific email address. In my case, the email address was dormant for 4+ years with zero traffic before it got hit.

As close as I can tell, the source of the leak is: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215527/FAQ_Epsilon_email_breach

Of course, I could be wrong, but it's unsettling to say the least. Trying to explain it to an elected official to get some sort of action (specifically, official letter requesting more information) is less entertaining than rope pushing. Direct calls to Equifax have been completely unproductive.

Comment: Re:RFID (Score 2) 428

by smackmywhammy (#38879867) Attached to: Mechanic's Mistake Trashes $244 Million Aircraft
Hell, the parts are CHEAP, even for the astronaut's titanium hammer. The certification paperwork and the personnel time to execute certification testing and report generation for materials origin, handling, intermediate/final assembly, and shipping is the big money. When I worked at rockyworld, we shipped our FAQT radio for about $2M and barely broke even, parts were about $75K of that number.

Comment: Re:The USPS needs a job. (Score 1) 548

by smackmywhammy (#38013732) Attached to: Bipartisan Internet Sales Tax Bill Introduced
I'd suggest that burden go to VISA/Mastercard?AmEx, et al. They already perform 99% of the digital money move, and they know the source and destination of the transaction. I have a hard time understanding why they aren't required to collect taxes on cross-border purchases (hell, even *local* purchases) as a cost of doing business in any state. All vendors would be required to do is ask V/M/A to establish electronic codes for exempt goods/status. What am I missing here? I know this isn't a trivial effort, but why ask anyone other than the financial clearinghouses to aggregate the data and money?

Comment: Re:I don't know what to say (Score 1) 272

by smackmywhammy (#36597616) Attached to: LSD Alleviates 'Suicide Headaches'
Effexor is generally considered to be a 'crisis' drug for the whacko set, not something to stay with if there are other options. It is addictive in my experience, and some withdrawal symptoms (or discontinuation syndrome or wtf ever they're labeling it today) and side effects do not go away. Ever. If you can find a way off it, I suggest it, it's wicked nasty to your liver, have your serum levels checked if you haven't. It's not unheard of for a psych 'doc' to disbelieve a patient. Keep a detailed journal, find another doc, and show them the journal. Off label scrips are not unheard of, some BP reducers are used as sleep aids, there are many others out there

Comment: Re:This doesn't sound like a good idea (Score 1) 279

by smackmywhammy (#34619410) Attached to: US Army Considers a Smartphone For Every Soldier
+1 Perhaps some poor soldier might leave his magic device behind, now the bad guys can pick it up and see where the rest of his unit is... of course, it might be interesting to leave one behind to see if the bad guys would pick it up and take it home to their secret lair.

Comment: Re:Well not sure if this is the right approach but (Score 1) 870

by smackmywhammy (#33574082) Attached to: Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?

You can make WiFi unusable, however. Or you could alter the classroom so RF cannot enter through the walls or ceiling. And turn off the wireless AP in the room during exam time.

I suppose convincing the university to alter the classroom in this manner could be difficult, but they could also see the value in having some exam rooms that are essentially faraday cages

Making WiFi is not impossible or even terribly difficult. Use a netstumbler box to send continuous deauthenticate and disassociate messages. Cellular is a different story.

Comment: Re:Turn it Off (Score 1) 130

by smackmywhammy (#33305918) Attached to: Facebook Launches Location Based Product
+1 Sage advice. Lose *everything* to burglars a couple times and your ability to trust folks diminishes rapidly, especially when you discover much later the perps were so-called friends of yours that oddly stopped talking to you about the same time... If someone needs to know where I am, I'll go out of my way to tell them, otherwise, it's none of their damned business.

Comment: Re:disturbing... (Score 1) 221

by smackmywhammy (#29735997) Attached to: FBI Bringing Biometric Photo Scanning To North Carolina, Via DMV
The nasty detail that seems to just whiz past most folks about biometrics: they are not revocable, unless you're willing to cut off your finger(s), or disfigure yourself in some other way. There are procedures for getting new SSNs, driver's license numbers, and so forth, revoking or rendering useless the old information as part of the process.

Comment: Re:Well the only fool proof way... (Score 3, Informative) 491

by smackmywhammy (#28988127) Attached to: How Can I Tell If My Computer Is Part of a Botnet?

Insightful? Really?

Ethernet using cat5 cabling was specifically designed such that the cheapest hubs would just be RJ45 jacks wired together passively. So one could make a "hub cable" in theory.

Citation please. Cat5 maybe all on it's own hijacked for phone purposes, maybe. I've been installing ethernet and phones for 20 years, and from what I know of Ethernet over twisted pair, there is no electrical provision for this anywhere.

Interestingly another instructable linked to the one he showed, was about how to use 1 cat5 cable to every jack in the house to support both phone and Ethernet data.

This person was apparently unaware of the fact that a phone cords 6P4C or 6P2C cable will happily fit into the wider 8P jack. (That is to say that phone cable will plug into Ethernet jacks by design).

Again, citation please. Every Ethernet jack I've ever used gets the 1-8 pins bent or broken when some fool does this. You can put a one inch round peg in a one inch square hole, but to say that they mate correctly is a bit misleading.

Further the Ethernet wiring standard deliberately has pins 3-6 (which correspond to pins 2-5 in a phone style jack, which are the 4 that are normally connected in a phone jack) connected identically to standard phone cord. Further Pins 4 and 5 are deliberately unused in 100Mbs Ethernet, which is the one pair necessary for a single phone line.

Thus if you have a house wired for Ethernet but not phone, adding support for phones to all the jacks is as simple as using Ethernet switches that connect pin 4 of all jacks together and pin 5 of all jacks together, and then plug a pone line into one of the jacks in the switch. (I would actually be surprised if there were not Ethernet switches specially designed for that).

One more time! Citation please. I don't recall T568A or T568B mentioning anything about cohabitation of analog phone and data in any one cable sheath. I'd hazard a guess that the reason you don't know about any Ethernet switches off the top of your head that merge analog phone and data is because there probably aren't any. Find just one, please, even just one made 20 years ago. Another SWAG about why you won't find any: 100V ring voltage would probably smoke most of the components intended for voltages lower than 5V. Just because you can do something doesn't mean that it was intended by the design engineers that created a product.

Comment: Castlerock SNMPc (Score 1) 342

by smackmywhammy (#28636865) Attached to: What Would You Want In a Large-Scale Monitoring System?
Unfortunately (or not), Windoze based. My experience with it started out unstable and feature poor at version 4, but it kept the relatively inexpensive (core, support, and add-on) price tags, and features kept getting better, and stability continues to improve at version 7.1. Remote windows and java consoles, remote pollers, SNMPv3, easy custom MIB compiles, functional dependencies, device grouping, custom alarms, restricted console views, packaged third party paging and email, custom tool integration, easy maps, acceptable (to me) TCP service monitoring and third party script support. Reporting is also integrated, or use the up-featured SQL add-on. I'm using it for just shy of a couple thousand devices on a single modest server. It's been able to accommodate every NMS feature I need, and a great many wants. My only real gripes are: console authentication still doesn't have a RADIUS, LDAP, or AD hook, and I'd like a Linux port for the backend. Other than that, it's shamefully simple to get new staff up and running, and it requires very little care and feeding. Good luck with your search.
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+ - Constitution Day: A Forgotten Day and Forgotten Pr-> 2

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populist writes "This day isn't important.

There are far more significant days in the year:

        * Labor Day, when we pretend to care about other people's jobs while frolicking at the beach.
        * Election Day, when we pretend we're making a difference by voting.
        * Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Susan B. Anthony Day, when we pretend to be politically correct.
        * Memorial Day, when we pretend that we live in a free country because of all the people who were killed in the government's senseless wars.
        * Flag Day, when we pretend the government is America.
        * Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day, when we pretended that World War I made the world safe for democracy).
        * National Teachers Day, when we pretend our children are getting an education.
        * Earth Day, when we pretend that making the government more powerful will make the environment cleaner.
        * United Nations Day, when we pretend to believe all those inane statements about world peace.

Today doesn't seem to come anywhere near those days in importance.

You see, today is supposed to be Constitution Day. And no one really cares about the Constitution anymore."

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