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Forum News / Re: SMF Upgrades
« Last post by zero on January 02, 2018, 06:23:48 AM »
It's been a while since I upgraded the forum. Needed some php upgrades to the web server behind the scenes first but we're now up to the latest and greatest, 2.0.15.
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General Discussion / Re: I NEED TO VENT ABOUT GMAIL!
« Last post by zero on January 02, 2018, 06:10:16 AM »
Har har har. The hoops are only when you join to keep out spammers and bots.
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General Discussion / Re: I NEED TO VENT ABOUT GMAIL!
« Last post by Ortorea on December 17, 2017, 09:46:16 PM »
I Guess they don't like folk to travel they would have us become turtles ;) But I get the same BS when ever I use a different PC to login to FB, but I don't use Gmail thankfully just local Broadband service Email.

Have to go through hoops to reply here too ;)


Ort
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General Discussion / Intel Management Engine security vulnerability back door
« Last post by zero on December 11, 2017, 12:09:05 PM »
This weekend I was searching for a BIOS update for my home computer with Intel DQ57TM mobo.  This led me to the Intel web site and discovered a security bulletin regarding the Intel Management Engine released May of this year.  Basically, it’s the mother of all back doors, the sort of stuff that only movies dreamed of, complete remote access to every aspect of your computer, built right into the hardware. It basically reaffirmed for every security conscious IT pro that the name Intel is more than just a coincidence.  It’s what they gather and help others gather from us every single day, a secret little inside joke played on us all.  And P.S.: It’s been in place since 2010.  This rabbit hole is very, very deep.

In May, under intense pressure, Intel finally admitted to it and released a firmware update that is supposed to close their back doors.  We are asked to believe their benevolence with this update and trust that it really does what they claim it will.  Sure gives me a warm fuzzy.  How about you?

On some machines the Intel ME is a firmware update, independent of the BIOS.  They call it an “OS Independent” update, despite the fact that it will only run from a winblows booted environment.  I have yet to get it to install on my home Linux machine even though booted from multiple flavors of WinPE on boot disk.  Forum threads are filled with complaints from Linux users blasting Intel for their obvious indifference toward the open source community and unwillingness to publish an update tool for Linux.  They do publish a Linux vulnerability detection tool which I used to confirm the security flaw.  But when it comes to actually patching it, seems I’m SOL.  Still searching for a workaround.

On other machines like my work E5440 laptop and many Optiplex models, the Intel ME is integrated with the BIOS.  I ran the SA-00086 vulnerability detection tool published by Intel and it reported my computer is already patched.  I’m not sure I believe it since the Intel web site indicates a BIOS update with the patch for the E5440 is not due from Dell until 1/2/2018!  Translation: "Yeah, we know. We'll get around to it, when we're damn good and ready."

Regardless, I strongly encourage everyone to run this detection tool on their computer, especially on servers.

Bottom line:  I think Intel SUCKS!  I think they're in bed with the Deep State.  I think they cannot be trusted.  I think I will start migrating all of my personal computers to AMD based processors!
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General Discussion / I NEED TO VENT ABOUT GMAIL!
« Last post by zero on December 05, 2017, 07:08:30 PM »
Is anyone else in this boat?

I travel. Frequently. And every time I do, any time I try to get my gmail I am thwarted with blocked sign in attempts, security alerts and warnings that basically say "OMG!!! SOMEONE HAS YOUR PASSWORD!!! TIME TO PANIC!!!!!!!!!!"

WTF???  I mean SERIOUSLY???  I have relaxed every possible security setting I can find and STILL I am faced with roadblocks and hoops to jump through just to get my frigging email!!!!!!!  I AM SO PISSED OFF RIGHT NOW I COULD STRANGLE SOMEONE AT GOOGLE TO DEATH!!!!!  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
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Wind / Re: Personal
« Last post by zero on November 30, 2017, 09:04:50 PM »
It's all good. However, there are consequences for hurling nasty insults at the forum owner. Planet Earth is expelled.
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Wind / Re: Personal
« Last post by Ozone on November 27, 2017, 02:32:21 PM »
I seem to have started something, correct guess, smell a bit also ;D
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Wind / Re: Personal
« Last post by Planet earth on November 22, 2017, 04:03:15 PM »
Not very much of one if you only reply after over a month.......TWAT
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Wind / Re: Personal
« Last post by zero on November 17, 2017, 08:05:45 PM »
Perks of being the forum owner.  8)
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Wind / Re: Personal
« Last post by Planet earth on October 16, 2017, 02:54:45 PM »
I agree fully with you "tickover" how can such an areshole have such a high karma........Karma: +65534/-1, what does the twat think he is doing?
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