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by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Security is hard!
Replies: 6
Views: 413

Re: Security is hard!

The weakest part of any company, from a security perspective, is the people. It doesn't help they made the interface in such a way that human error would be more likely. One would think there would be a warning if you clicked on anything that exports your private certificate.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: How much of the Vega team is devoted to Apple drivers?
Replies: 10
Views: 543

Re: How much of the Vega team is devoted to Apple drivers?

Well, there is a big push for open source Linux. I'm guessing that it probably helps more than it hurts being OS X is a flavor of Unix or at least based on it.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Visual Haven
Topic: Looking for Prosumer mirrorless
Replies: 39
Views: 1109

Re: Looking for Prosumer mirrorless

I love my Sony A6000. I almost went Olympus and probably should have. Lenses are much more plentiful and cheaper, especially used, when i was in the market a few years ago.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?
Replies: 16
Views: 806

Re: No Dummy Dies on Threadripper?

The TR4 socket is physically identical to the Epyc's SPRv3 socket, but they aren't compatible. I'm willing to be the physical differences are nonexistent, though. Firmware locked, perhaps, but it wouldn't make a lot of financial sense to stick with the huge packaging while also creating a physicall...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Asus is taking over my life
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Asus is taking over my life

Objectively speaking, I think Apple is king of this.
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Burst ye crypto bubble!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 418

Re: Burst ye crypto bubble!!!

I'm sure there's a bit of reluctance to adjust price, no doubt. However, there is a growing demand for chips these days with a finite amount of fab capacity. Seems like basic economics to me. Until more fabs are built and capacity increased I don't see much changing. As you pointed out, though, the ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Interesting preliminary Xeon & Epyc Benchmarks
Replies: 11
Views: 980

Re: Interesting preliminary Xeon & Epyc Benchmarks

Phoronix has had a lot of benchmarks on the Linux side. It's really interesting to see how well his Epyc sample is doing compared to the dual Xenon Golds he has, especially when you look at the price. Overall I think Epyc is a win for AMD in the use cases it does well, which is more often than I exp...
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7828

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

I don't know if that's true for everyone. I tend to spend extra on my monitors, keyboard and mice because i use them for many generations of PC hardware. Also, these devices are something that i directly interact with and see. I tend to splurge on monitors for that reason, too.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7828

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

The Chinese government shut down the crypto currency exchanges in China. It's having an affect on the prices.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/201 ... cratering/
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3141

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Wow, it's worse than I thought.

http://spuz.me/blog/zine/3Qu1F4x.html
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3141

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Back to the topic at hand, the fact it was Struts is pretty embarrassing. Sure, it's not just a patch but a patch and recompile (which implies significant QA testing), but it's not an excuse to fail. Not to mention they could have addressed it in the two months it took them to get powned. To not mon...
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3141

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

just brew it! wrote:
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/09/equifax-moves-to-fix-weak-pins-for-security-freeze-on-consumer-credit-reports/


I was just going to post that. So much fail, all from a company that should be among the best at protecting your information.
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3141

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

The website is an amateur response to the incident, no doubt.

TransUnion's page for freezing credit is down. No surprise.

Here's the FTC page with links to each company for freezing your credit if you need it.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0 ... reeze-faqs
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3141

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/09/are-you-an-equifax-breach-victim-you-must-give-up-right-to-sue-to-find-out/ Wow. Even if it's not legally enforceable you have to sue just to get the right to sue for the massive fail affecting your life (assuming nothing changes). Not cool. I'm just going...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3141

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

Brian Krebs has a great write up. I'm not planning on getting a loan so i may take his advice. https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/09/bre ... americans/
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:29 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3141

Re: Darn it, Equifax!

They ate one of the "big 3." They have just about every bit of personal information about you: Address history, payment history, account information, ssn, etc. This is really bad. I think this is a strong candidate for the worst breach to date. I have yet to see a report about how the info...
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Darn it, Equifax!
Replies: 68
Views: 3141

Darn it, Equifax!

https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/
Over 140 million people. SSN's and more were compromised.
by DragonDaddyBear
Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7828

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

1) AMD did a pretty good job with the RX 480. not their fault the mining craze took off. They hedged their bets on HBM 2 and it did not go well. Proven track record, no, but it's not all doom and gloom. For the money they are pretty good if you can over look the higher power. Which brings up point 2...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:40 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP
Replies: 211
Views: 7828

Re: Goodbye Vega 56 at MSRP

It sucks (power) as a graphics card, but it's compute is pretty good for the money. And they are heavily investing in open-source for that market. That makes me think their design priority was compute first.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Vega Meta Analysis
Replies: 130
Views: 4384

Re: Vega Meta Analysis

Not all reviewers are created equal. Some just don't get it yet. It would be hard to do a meta analysis without the data.
by DragonDaddyBear
Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: Now that Zen has saturated market... Is it safe to say AMD has returned to form?
Replies: 6
Views: 1033

Re: Now that Zen has saturated market... Is it safe to say AMD has returned to form?

It's going to take a while to see if this is a "return to form" and not just a fluke. PC sales are not doing well and that's probably not going to change soon. "Gaming" systems, however, do buck that trend. Intel still holds the title of the best gaming CPU by a comfortable margi...
by DragonDaddyBear
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best 24 port managed switches
Replies: 17
Views: 1253

Re: Best 24 port managed switches

I mentioned the excess stuff on eBay because the OP is worried about finding a robust switch that won't die so easily. It is not my intent to hijack the thread. I just thought an option I have contemplated may be viable for the OP.
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Networking
Topic: Best 24 port managed switches
Replies: 17
Views: 1253

Re: Best 24 port managed switches

I've been thinking of picking up a used enterprise 24-port switch off sleezbay. There is a Quanta model that sells cheap and a Dell, both with 2 10GbE ports. Are those any good? I'm guessing the quality is better than customer grade. But I'm no switch expert. Edit: The quanta looks sketchy from revi...
by DragonDaddyBear
Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Anyone remember how to fix Windows 98?
Replies: 17
Views: 1627

Re: Anyone remember how to fix Windows 98?

Honestly, it's just a whole lot easier and faster to nuke and reinstall. Can't count how many times I did that back in my Win98SE days. Before XP SP2/3 I reinstalled Windows annually because it would just slow down. It was a PITA trying to find all of my game save files and put them on a floppy or ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: NIST password guidelines updated!
Replies: 38
Views: 1912

Re: NIST password guidelines updated!

It's like wearing scrubs in a big hospital. If you look like you're supposed to be there, then you're supposed to be there. It's a rare thing for someone to stop and say, "hey, you new here?". Or so I've heard. It is not uncommon for penetration testers to dress like an IT person and say ...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 2044

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

So, I read your write up one more time and have what may be a stupid question. Why doesn't the job just read the file system and scrub those sectors? Would it not be faster and avoid these kinds of harmless alarms? I suppose it could do that (not sure why you think it would be faster though). But i...
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 2044

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

So, I read your write up one more time and have what may be a stupid question. Why doesn't the job just read the file system and scrub those sectors? Would it not be faster and avoid these kinds of harmless alarms?
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 2044

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

morphine wrote:
Niiiice, that's some impressive sleuthing and an easy-to-understand explanation. I second the idea of JBI doing an educational show :)

I vote the first episode be about beer brewing!
by DragonDaddyBear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Linux, Unix, and Assorted Madness
Topic: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)
Replies: 41
Views: 2044

Re: A Linux RAID-1 mystery (and some answers)

I'd be curious to see if the race condition is in the filesystem itself or at the MD RAID layer. Based on his analysis it sounds like it might be agnostic to the underlying filesystem. Good point. I wonder if this happens with newer "next-gen" file systems with their fancy check sums and ...
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