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Comment Difficult jump (Score 1) 44

The jump from "what" and "wherefrom" - e.g. an ip address, Korea - to the "whom" and "why" seems hardly to be feasible in a purely machine-based way. IMHO, you're pretty soon going to hit the limits of what a sysadmin can do, both technically and professionally. There are corporations and individuals specialized in this kind of work, which has many traits of the criminal investigator's.

Then again, to the sysadmin or the CTO, does the "why" really matter ?

Comment Similar experience here (Score 0) 41

I once did a penetration test on a web site / app running under Tomcat, for an Austrian ministry. (Someone breaking into the system might have involved quite the financial loss.) I broke off the test after a couple of minutes: the guys, eager to "do devops", had deployed binaries... and a .jar file with the complete source code.

Comment Re:Nature provides the solution (Score -1, Troll) 132

<quote><p>The reason Europeans were so susceptible to the plague is that they were Europeans, just as the reason Native Americans were so susceptible to small pox was that they were Native Americans. Inbreeding leads to weakness, crossbreeding leads to strength.</p></quote>

The reason that  US Americans are so susceptible to firearm-induced deaths is that they, being Americans, are more vulnerable to bad logic and NRA fallacies than any other people in the world.

Well done, good logic, keep it going, dude.

Comment 2 years ago, Christmas eve: (Score 1) 251

my new pellets stove had broken down. As all the mechanical parts seemed to work, it had to be the electronics. Called in the repair man, who changed the flame sensor. Thing still didn't work. After 2 days, temperature in the living room had dropped to about freezing point, with my partner huddling on the couch in blankets and jackets.  So I took the fucking thing apart, checked everything meticulously, discovered that the fucking flame sensor had been mounted with wrong fucking polarity. Fired up stove, called repair man, who apologized and had a crate of beer delivered.

Comment Re:I'll bite (Score 2) 162

Solaris was MY first hands-on exposure to Unix. I was born in 1967, and until 1998, I had been programming, much of which for aerospace R & D, where we simply abstracted away both OS and hardware. So, at 31, I was sitting there, looking at the blinking bar in a ksh shell [bash was not available until later versions of Solaris]. I had just sunk more than a month's worth of pay into an HP server with TWO processors - the thing was considered a powerful beast, and trumped by far all machines any of my colleague programmers had at home.

So there I sat, typing away my first awks and seds, learning emacs and vi. I could bring up Solaris' baked-in firewall with a single command. The feeling of raw power at my fingertips was... amazing.

Nowadays, I use Linux. The only GUI I need is the one on the laptop I use for internet access. There are six other computers here at home, where I work. They run a Jenkins compile / build farm, and an OpenStack private cloud.

All configured and brought up and maintained by command line.

The love story goes on, and on, and on !

Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.