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a carbon tax is reasonable but i'm doubtful the tax will be nearly severe enough, will probably just be used as a flimsy facade while gutting regulation and shit on the planet some more

the tea-party was conservative astroturfing. you arent gonna find many billionaire backers and complicit media moguls to back a left-wing rebellion to anything

I was specifically talking about at the smaller, local levels, where you got your ass primary-ed if you bent from the goal.

I'm all for the fight. Also, take notes on how the Tea Party rose to power. It wouldn't take nearly as much, but when the perception - at least as I see it - is that the DNC is also just as corrupt as the status quo, you've got to shake some sense into them first, to make them realize they aren't representing their base to an acceptable degree anymore. It's either that or a miracle of offering a true 3rd party player. They won't listen to anything else, and the anarchists burning buildings are just hurting the cause.

General Discussion / Re: Senate committee approves DeVos nomination
« on: February 06, 2017, 06:55:40 PM »
"Mr. O’Neill has argued that companies should not have to prove that their drugs work in clinical trials before selling them to consumers."

what the fuck

Tech Heads / Re: New computer
« on: February 06, 2017, 03:11:21 PM »
Of note, that's and NVMe SSD. Much more performant beyond SATA SSDs and usually more expensive. As a boot drive it's awesome. So, if anything, maybe kicking out the 2TB drive and replacing it with a decent SATA SSD (or maybe even even 2 smaller in a RAID0 for your programs).

General Discussion / Re: New Dune Movie?
« on: February 01, 2017, 08:21:24 PM »

Well, I live here in CA in the Bay area.... I'm fairly liberal and I think this is a stooooopid idea on a number of levels.

The only way this could work is via force of arms..... so yeah, stoopid.

Synth's Book Club / Re: neuromancer
« on: January 10, 2017, 05:46:18 PM »
always wanted to read this. let me know how you like it.

Spamalot / Re: I start my new job today
« on: December 28, 2016, 08:02:20 PM »
congrats dude! kick ass at the new gig

Tech Heads / Re: What you guys learnin?
« on: December 16, 2016, 01:46:33 PM »
My new company uses Zoom for videoconferencing and so far I'm highly impressed.

Most vidconf stuff is garbage.  New Skype may be better but it was pretty awful for business last time I used it.

I briefly looked at Zoom. We are currently using BlueJeans, which Zoom looked similar to. Our biggest issue with BlueJeans is that we're trying to shoe horn it into our old methods, using our old systems, that need to get upgraded. There is only one person that can do the upgrades, our Network Team lead. He has been in a similar issue to me, as far as too many responsibilities and not enough staff. Our voicemail (Cisco Unity) broke after we moved the entire company to Office 365.

It was never supposed to work, but by some miracle it was, until the server rebooted; this was going to happen anyway since we moved our datacenter to the west coast this year. It was an unexpected break, 1 month before datacenter move, in November 2015. We still don't have automated corporate voicemail; it gets dumped to the undeliverables mailbox and he has to manually forward each one to the proper recipient.

The Vid Conf system is similarly old, needing an upgrade. Further, we no longer have any dedicated conf rooms on the East Coast. Everyone just expects it to keep working, as is. We are able to do this, but at the coast of an enormous amount of skilled IT labor. It's ridiculous.

In our old system (Polycom room units, Tandberg Management and recording) in order to reserve a room and have everything work automagically, you had to make sure to invite the room "as a resource" in Outlook. You could also not book beyond 100 meeting in the future, even though Outlook allowed you to. Everyone fucked those up on a regular basis, causing way more IT involvement than necessary. Plus, since you don't find out that a meeting is fucked up until the second the meeting starts, it became a walk-up "emergency" for us. If you can't tell, I fucking hate Conferencing support. Anyway, the benefit of using SfB, is that it integrates into Office 2016 in Windows and Mac, the room reservation has no bearing on the meeting kicking off, and they can schedule them whenever and where ever they want, without submitting a helpdesk ticket. That's my goal here.

Tech Heads / Re: What you guys learnin?
« on: December 14, 2016, 04:38:51 PM »
We lost the only other senior windows admin, like myself, this year. I inherited all of his projects: Brand new Office 365 transition, still in hybrid, and brand new email filtering solution on top of that. I am now 100% responsible for all Enterprise apps: Deltek (Financials) + Unanet (Cloud-based. Supposed to be a replacement that they didn't talk to IT about, didn't do their due diligence, then found out it can't be a full replacement!), ADP Cloud service transition, then manage users/permissions, Xerox DocuShare instance that I didn't help setup and everyone has left who did, Exchange 2007/2010/O365 in hybrid, the main MS SQL Server running all our DBs + 1-2 extra running validation apps, Enterprise Antivirus (SEP), Enterprise config management (Altiris, that I am finally trying to upgrade - again), IT HelpDesk that I am looking to replace with a cloud solution (FreshService), all Mac infrastructure (eventually to be managed by Altiris), researching our remote control tool replacement, and finally, overseeing a team of 2 - soon to be 3 - support Admins. Oh, also our VMware deployment: 5 node cluster for production and validation, 2 node cluster for DMZ, and 5 node cluster for VDI; plus a host here and there at satellite sites. No one - maybe on purpose - had run a cost analysis on VDI. I plan to kill it in the next 12-24mo as our NetApp backend is coming up for support soon (same time line). I may also kill off VMware in favor of Hyper-V since we will already be licensed for the hosts (this also hadn't been done since we went virtual - thank god we never got audited) and the load is slowly shrinking as we kill off old apps.

Also, just because I am a glutton, we waste something like 30% of one of my support admins on video conferencing support. For that and other reasons, I have been in the Skype for Business beta and will be testing their Cloud PBX solution starting in January in an effort to get off Cisco Call Manager and Polycom Video Conferencing. Also, after my O365 training this year, I was approached with a request to leverage our SharePoint Online subscription, so I am studying that at the moment, because the requesters are sitting on a very large grant we just got and need an externally available collaboration tool. I hope to parlay that into a replacement for DocuShare, because I despise the 3rd party we go through for support/anything.

The good news, while I was just promoted this year to Manager, in March, I was promoted again to Senior Manager of IT (with talk of Director in a year or two), so have radically increased my salary this year; plus a few extra days off. I have also already been doing 75% of this work since I saw this day coming a few years ago, so I am used to it. Once I can completely hand off config management, antivirus, and remote control to the lower admins I can forget about those annoyances for good, then I can tackle the infrastructure projects that need to get done, badly.

General Discussion / Re: Sex Ed in Norway (NSFW)
« on: December 09, 2016, 01:58:53 PM »
It's really dofficult for me to imagine what it would be like to have grown up this way. Like I doubt it's a bad thing in any way whatsoever--and most likely on the contrary--but it's so far removed from my experience that I just can't really imagine it


General Discussion / Move over Nintendo - Sega Genesis is back
« on: November 08, 2016, 01:52:45 PM »

The Sega Genesis is officially back in production
Mike Wehner —
Nov 7 at 3:01PM | Last updated Nov 7 at 3:01PM
sega controller

Photo via amrufm (CC-BY)
These are the real deal.

Sega may be done making the Genesis (known as the Mega Drive outside of the U.S.), but that doesn't mean people aren't still buying them. In Brazil, the 16-bit system is still hugely popular, and now it's being brought back into production.


TecToy, which produces all manner of gadgets and toys, has launched preorders for all-new Sega Mega Drive stock, complete with support for the original game library and controllers. But what's even more astounding about the announcement is that it's all being done with Sega's blessing, making these official, brand new, Sega-branded consoles.

The new consoles are spitting images of the originals, aside from the addition of an SD card slot, which makes it great for emulation. They're even complete with support for A/V cables, though there's no HDMI or other bells or whistles. That might seem like a bad move, but for the Brazilian market, it's a perfect fit, not to mention that you can easily pick up an A/V-to-HDMI converter for fairly cheap.

22 games are included on the SD card:

    SONIC 3
    TURBO Outrun

Pre-orders for the system are currently priced at BRL399, which is roughly $125 in U.S. currency. It's not cheap, but the nostalgia factor of an in-production 16-bit Sega console cannot be understated.

H/T Geek

Testing Forum / Re: Testing new sig
« on: November 02, 2016, 11:45:18 PM »
we all see what you have it set to. working as intended.

Testing Forum / Re: Testing new sig
« on: October 25, 2016, 04:10:52 PM »
we all see what you have it set to. working as intended.

never used one, sorry. good luck.

What I don't understand in all this is why all the local DNS caches lost their entries for the DDoSed DYN name servers. I would think that if they didn't get a reply they would still retain their record. I guess the problem here is that the DNS system makes no distinction between refreshing a service IP and checking if the service is permanently removed. It just sends requests and always interprets a reply as the former, and no reply as the latter? The latter should require the service not responding for a week straight or something. That would remove the incentive to DDoS centralized name servers by quite a bit.  EDIT: Although I'm not entirely sure how these services were set up. I assume it was .com->DYN->company->etc. That way even DNS-based load balancing should still work, unless DYN could and did that too.

DNS is a pyramid. (Potentially) One pyramid internal to your organization and one external. Your suggestion of a week is unreasonable due to the height and breadth of that external pyramid. We basically all use the same DNS. For instance, I just recently moved our company from using ADFS to OneLogin for our Office 365 federation; you don't need to know what means, other than a configuration/service change from something on my network, to one on someone else's. That change requires DNS records to update. While that change gets updated across DNS, you can't receive your email; it gets delivered to your mailbox, but Office 365 will not be able to authenticate you. Your suggestion would mean it would take at minimum a week for that change. In actuality, it could take months depending on your ISP, and who they use, and who that person uses, etc.

Not that what ya'll're saying isn't interesting, but to me just the fact that there's some state backed party out there a) with an active interest in knocking out our net infrastructure (which clearly could only last for a short window of time, raising the question of exactly what they'd be hoping to get done inside that window of opportunity) and b) clearly not concerned about the blowback from what, if it were a more traditional, physical bit of infrastructure, would reasonably be seen as an act of war, is concerning to me even if this particular outage is not that alarming. It's not an isolated incident, if the other article I mentioned is yo be believed; just a sligt escalation of prodding that's been continuously escalating for some time

From this, I still don't think you understand what occurred, though you could certainly argue the methods used could be more directly applied, to mean what it sounds like you mean.

By way of explanation, DNS (Domain Name System) is a support service. It links a site's IP address - which they all have to have - with a human readable name. If you just so happened to know the IP address of all the sites listed, you could have still loaded their pages the whole time. This is why there's a Dark Internet. If you don't use DNS it's hard to find, though not impossible.

I am not a DNS expert, to be able to comment too heavily, but by it's very nature DNS has to be a very open system. It's not something owned by one nation. You can try to secure it, to prevent spoofing, but you can't firewall it, so it will always be open to DDoS. It's actually one of the questions I ask in IT interviews, though a bit obliquely:

"What do you think is the most important network service and why?"

Any answer backed up with a decent argument is fine, and if they ask questions I try to lead them there, to see how much they know, but it does tell a more seasoned tech from a newer tech depending on role, if they answer with DNS. If your DNS tanks and you're just a systems guy, you're probably useless. Only the Network guys, or Senior Admins can get around at that point.

Spamalot / Re: Describe ur last fart using a movie title
« on: October 19, 2016, 11:46:08 PM »
a few good men

Spamalot / Re: HOTEL RWANDA
« on: October 19, 2016, 11:45:35 PM »
that was more pooty tang than chuck norris

General Discussion / Re: John Wick 2
« on: October 12, 2016, 12:12:12 AM »

Spamalot / Re: describe ur dick w/ everquest terms
« on: October 11, 2016, 12:56:29 AM »

Spamalot / Re: Describe ur last fart using a movie title
« on: October 11, 2016, 12:54:18 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Empires of Kunark
« on: October 11, 2016, 12:32:01 AM »
amen sear

General Discussion / Re: John Wick 2
« on: October 11, 2016, 12:29:11 AM »
liked it

Tech Heads / Re: Macbook Mro 2012 Password reset help
« on: October 06, 2016, 10:50:17 PM »
You have a couple of options here either create a bootable USB disk boot from that and reset your password, or just boot into single user mode and reset your password

Spamalot / Re: Describe ur last fart using a movie title
« on: October 06, 2016, 10:32:13 PM »
how the grinch stole christmas

General Discussion / Re: Great news!
« on: September 21, 2016, 01:05:58 PM »
well, if he meant that the soldiers aren't being taken care of, then we could agree on that at least, but that's an issue of how the funds are used, not an underfunding.

General Discussion / Re: Verizon. My Nemesis.
« on: September 20, 2016, 09:27:18 AM »
there are only udp armadillos and texas has high packet loss

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