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Comment Rob, man... thanks for everything you have done. (Score 1) 1521

Rob, man... thanks for everything you have done for geeks everywhere.

  I think I actually fell out of my chair when I saw your farewell and am still in a bit of shock now that it is really starting to sink in. :(

I don't know when I actually found Slashdot, but quickly came to associate it as one of the major arteries of the heart beat of the internet as at least I know it and now I feel like some geek amputee who thinks his right hand is still there, when it ain't, typing away.

F#cking A this sucks....

Comment Re:The things IBM made... (Score 1) 189

The two way device you mentioned is what an IBM CE (Customer Engineer), would refer to as a, "Brick". It kept them in touch with NSS dispatch and the parts distribution application and warehouse out of Mechanicsburg, PA. Before they carried Bricks it was all done with Motorola hand radios. :)

Take care,

Comment Re:So essentially... (Score 1) 370

I have to disagree on a few points from the previous two posts. No offence to your excellent points, but I just don't see it that way.

1. Terrorism is actually a resistance movement? Ok interesting point, but a resistance movement to what? Are they resisting a free society? Rule of Law? Equality? Coming out of the middle ages? The right to be able to post on websites like this about whatever you? What?

2. Self righteousness brought 9/11 down on our heads eh? Well in my opinion we earned the right to be a bit self righteous don't you think? We earned it with blood, sweat, and tears. We earned it by fighting fascism, Socialism, Communism, and asshole-ism, I get sorta ticked off when people come off like we're some kinda of shake and bake society, like we haven't been working on this little problem called democracy for a few hundred years and it's still a work in progress. Sure we may not always get it right, but at least we try and not throw our hands up and suck the balls of the nearest warlord or dictator. Point of fact, the yahoo who threw the shoes at Bush was able to do so because he's not living in a dictatorship any longer. He was arrested, had a trial, and did his time. He wasn't dragged to the basement, had the shit beaten out of him, videotaped confessing his sins, and then shot moments later.

3. The only clever critters I see are the ones who are able to exert their twisted will over those who are weaker than themselves. Those people exist in every society, even the US. Former President Bush did more to subvert the constitution than any president in recent memory. However, he was removed from office not by a violent coup, but by Voters. See in our imperfect self righteous society we can do that. We don't have to worry about disappearing in the middle of the night and waking up in a gulag somewhere.

Putting my soapbox away now, please return to your normal programming.

Comment It says they located the Command and Control box. (Score 4, Funny) 651

In the article it says they located the Command and Control box. I did a little investigation of my own and see what they mean. It's oh so obvious this was perpetrated by the Chinese government. Just look at the facts!

joe@joe-nix:~$ whois PwnedC&
NOTICE: Access to .ORG WHOIS information is provided to assist persons in
determining the contents of a domain name registration record in the Public Interest Registry
registry database. The data in this record is provided by Public Interest Registry
for informational purposes only, and Public Interest Registry does not guarantee its
accuracy. This service is intended only for query-based access. You agree
that you will use this data only for lawful purposes and that, under no
circumstances will you use this data to: (a) allow, enable, or otherwise
support the transmission by e-mail, telephone, or facsimile of mass
unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations to entities other than
the data recipient's own existing customers; or (b) enable high volume,
automated, electronic processes that send queries or data to the systems of
Registry Operator or any ICANN-Accredited Registrar, except as reasonably
necessary to register domain names or modify existing registrations. All
rights reserved. Public Interest Registry reserves the right to modify these terms at any
time. By submitting this query, you agree to abide by this policy.

Domain ID:D2289308-LROR
Domain Name:PwnedC&
Created On:05-Oct-1997 04:00:00 UTC
Last Updated On:11-Dec-2009 20:14:46 UTC
Expiration Date:04-Oct-2010 04:00:00 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Tucows Inc. (R11-LROR)
Registrant Name:Host Master
Registrant Organization:People's Republic of China, duh!
Registrant Street1:Main Street
Registrant Street2:HQ for Cyber Warface against Capitalistic West
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Bejing
Registrant State/Province:
Registrant Postal Code:
Registrant Country:CN
Registrant Phone:+1-800-Yur-Pwnd
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:

Comment My experiences were. (Score 1) 175

The two Global IT outsourcers I worked for had us encrypt for Lotus Notes and Outlook, remote VPN connections, and when we connected to network devices on shared or owned customer space it was always SSH or SFTP.

That said, for much of the older legacy stuff that was deep inside each company's infrastructure it wasn't so much required.

Comment Re:I say pull out... (Score 1) 687

I agree. How on the one hand can you be the purveyor of the world's digital knowledge, asking all to open their Internet doorways to you. On the other, kowtow to those who revel in closing those very doors. The PRC should be regarded as a antiquated and backward thinking relic from ancient times, much like the famous Forbidden City itself.

Google has long has a serious case of multiple personality disorder when it came to the PRC.


Comment Storing your data in the, "Cloud". (Score 2, Insightful) 175

Storing your data in the, "Cloud", is the IT equivalent to putting your most prized valuables in the local Greyhound bus locker. I also don't see much difference in using a Cloud service and folks who create, send, and store sensitive email via hotmail or gmail and then act surprised or upset when there is breach.


Comment 400 CPU cluster or 400 node botnet? (Score 1) 175

"WPA Cracker gives you access to a 400CPU cluster that will run your network capture against a 135 million word dictionary created specifically for WPA passwords"

400 CPU cluster or 400 node botnet? Wonder where's he's getting the funding to pay for a farm like that? I mean you'd need to set up everything in advance of making any money off it. So again, where do the cycles come from I wonder.

Submission + - Surplus TACACS/Radius Admin pondering what next?

motherjoe writes: Hello All,

I was recently notified by my company my position was deemed surplus. I guess that's the new PC way of saying, "Lay off", these days.

I have been in the IT industry since 1993 working for a Global Outsourcing company. The majority of my part of the effort has always been on the network side, specifically with LAN/WAN device management, user admin, securing access to those devices, and participating in audits.

In the early 90s my work was done with IBM Mainframe running System 370, ESA/390, later ES/9000. Back in those days all the work was on SNA for networking and RACF for security. Then came, slowly TCP/IP on the mainframe, but we already expanded to Netview on AIX. For the last several years I have been doing all my device management on CiscoWorks and securing with TACACS and Radius.

I supposed I became somewhat spoiled. Meaning, I could go from team to team by bringing certain things to the table and learning new things along the way. I could be a poster child for OJT.

Now presented with pursuing jobs outside my company for the first time since '93 and I am wondering what that next step is? It seems to me there is a lot of activity for those specialized in security, but with an emphasis on CEH and CISSP certs. I have been talking to outfits like Infosec who offer accelerated programs to achieve the cert.

So, I am curious to hear from the slashdot community. In your professional experience what importance do you place on certifications. Has obtaining a certification made your future brighter? Have you ever been denied an job because you lacked certification, even though perhaps you had years of experience already?

Thanks in advance,

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