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Submission + - Can We Even Know Who Hacked the DNC Emails?

Presto Vivace writes: Can We Even Know Who Hacked the DNC Emails?

Yup, as a former server admin it is patently absurd to attribute a hack to anyone in particular until a substantial amount of forensic work has been done. (read, poring over multiple internal log filesgathering yet more log files of yet more internal devices, poring over them, then – once the request hops out of your org – requesting logfiles from remote entities, poring over *those* log files, requesting further log files from yet more upstream entities, wash rinse repeat ad infinitum)>

For example, at its simplest, I would expect a middling-competency hacker to find an open wifi hub across town to connect to, then VPN to server in, say, Tonga, then VPN from there to another box in Sweden, then connect to a PC previously compromised in Iowa, then VPN to yet another anonymous cloud server in Latvia, and (assuming the mountain dew is running low, gotta get cracking) then RDP to the target server and grab as many docs as possible. RAR those up and encrypt them, FTP them to a compromised media server in South Korea, email them from there to someones gmail account previously hacked, xfer them to a P2P file sharing app, and then finally access them later from a completely different set of servers.

Submission + - SPAM: Finnish drug charity to provide Tor-based harm reduction, database of dark web d

livingdeadline writes: According to YLE, Finland's national public service broadcaster, anonymous drug trade has led Finlandâ(TM)s A-Clinic Foundation to start building Tor (Hidden Service) based systems for providing counseling and harm reduction services. The intention is to improve the safety of users who buy new and potentially dangerous designer drugs from dark web marketplaces, using the strong anonymity network provided by the Tor network.

Goals include building a database of products sold on dark web marketplaces. The project is also exploring the (legal) viability of founding Finland's first anonymous laboratory testing service for new psychoactive substances.

A previous study suggests that online drug trade may reduce violence in this underground racket.

Finland still remains all in on drug prohibition. Ideas about serious harm reduction measures and decriminalization have only recently started to pop up in mainstream press and politics.

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Submission + - Chinese Chang Zheng-7 Rocket Reenters Over Western US (seeker.com)

astroengine writes: Late on Wednesday night, a fireball lit up skies over Western US states, but this wasn't just any old meteor. It wasn't even connected with the Delta Aquarid meteor shower that is expected to peak tonight and Friday. It was a large piece of space junk from the upper stage of a Chinese rocket that was launched in June. The Chang Zheng-7 is an experimental rocket that is playing a key role in the future construction of China's planned space station.

Comment Re:This sh*t again? (Score 1) 268

I've been looking at Insteon for home automation, but their hubs require talking to the insteon service to do their thing (with no revenue model to pay for it, so it too may go away). Universal Devices makes an "ISY" device that handles all the programming and keeps it on site. I'm also looking at buying a USB "modem", and installing "Mister House", "OpenHab", or "Home Assistant".

Comment Re:From Experience (Score 1) 227

I want to echo this, as it's my situation, too. I was a software guy for 5 years, then went off to learn networking and security stuff, because I thought I'd be a better programmer. Got stuck in networking because it was easy, and my eye for detail made me valuable. But, networking, unless you're doing something really complex, gets boring. I'm now taking advantage of my networking/operations skills by automating operations tasks. It's a heck of a lot more fun than daily care-and-feeding of routers and switches (or even network design).

People seem to like to call this "DevOps", but it's really operations automation engineering. If networking interests you, I'd find the networking guys at your company, and get to know where their process is painful, and help them figure out how to get rid of the pain. Working closely with another team should make you less likely to be outsourceable.

Comment Re:Not RAID-0 (Score 1) 80

Actually, the analogy is quite apt.

As TFS talked about configuring it (load sharing with no monitoring), they would be getting twice the bandwidth, with the same drawbacks as RAID0: If either connection goes down, you have a (mostly) unusable system (because with no monitoring , half your packets are still going out the broken link).

Comment Re:..and we need this technology why exactly? (Score 2) 176

There are studies showing declining sleep quality with blue light after sunset. I want my lights to cycle into the ambers and reds after dark, but to be bright and white in the middle of the day (the same way my computer does with f.lux). For now, I get around by wearing dorky orange safety glasses after 9pm, but would prefer my home not expose me to the blue parts of the spectrum. I'm still not sure HUE is the solution, because the wall switches are useless. But it at least gives me the possibility of having the spectrum shift with time via IFTT.

Comment Re:so besides all that (Score 1) 161

Electric motors operate at max torque at all RPMs.

RPMs - is that Revolutions Per Minutes?

Actually, yes. (Revolutions Per Minute)s.

If you're talking about a single angular velocity, use RPM. (The tach reads 'RPM', not 'RPMs'.)

But the GP used the phrase "at *all* RPMs", so he was clearly talking about multiple angular velocities.

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