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To all my American friends, particularly those who have been persuaded into thinking that the constant erosion of their civil liberties in order to support the "war on terror" is justified: Perhaps you'll finally agree that things have maybe gone a little too far...
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Good point. I heard a story the other day about how the CIA wanted to see if LSD could be used as a truth serum in the 1950's so they set up a brothel in New York and had the ladies slip the LSD into guys' drinks when they weren't looking. Once the drug had taken hold presumably CIA agents would take over and start asking questions! Seriously though, on the same day I read this article I also read about some botched honey pot operations the ATF was running down south and a few other things. Not good, but hopefully as people become more informed things will improve for the good citizens of America.
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But at one point he receives a lizard, which means the test failed. Which means the whole bar has to be torn down, this one issue rectified and then the whole thing rebuilt again so that the QA process can be re-run.
 
RT Bill Sempf: QA Engineer walks into a bar. Orders a beer. Orders 0 beers. Orders 999999999 beers. Orders a lizard. Orders -1 beers. Orders a sfdeljknesv.
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That's it, I'm unplugging.
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Stealing PINs with cheap, readily-available I/R cameras. To me this threat seems similar to bump keys, which I was quite worried about initially but don't seem to be as much of a threat as I first thought. Having said that, its good to know this threat exists.

Spoiler alert: Rest a couple of fingers on other buttons on the keypad when entering your PIN.
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Alternatively, carry a small container of liquid nitrogen in your pocket and dip your fingers in before entering you PIN on the keypad!
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Finally got this video posted of +Chris Gordon flying the Delta Ray in gusty winds last Wednesday.
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Very sad today. It turns out most password managers are vulnerable to some very simple exploits. :-( Good thing I've never gone as far as to allow my browser to remember any of my online banking passwords.
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I kept telling people that hacking traffic lights was a movie plot threat; that it probably wouldn't be practical in the real world. Turns out I was wrong. Very, very wrong.
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Today is a good day. I just had a call from a telemarketer. Did I yell and scream at them, you ask? Certainly not. Like a good IT administrator I put my skills to use for their benefit. Here's how the conversation went:

Computer: "Press 9 to not be contacted in the future. Press 4 to speak to someone about your mortgage issues"
<presses 4>
TM: "Hello, are you having problems paying your mortgage?"
Me: "Hi, this is the IT department. We intercepted your call as we detected a problem with you phone and need to fix it."
TM: "Oh... ok, well what do we need to do?"
Me: "We're going to need to fix the settings by pressing 4-6-8 and * at the same time"
TM: "Ok, nothing happened."
<alright, so he's not using a Polycom>
Me: "Are you using the new Polycom phones that we deployed?"
TM: "No, it's a Yealink"
Me: "Ok, I see. You haven't had the new Polycom phone deployed to your desk yet. Let me check our technical documentations for the Yealink."
<did a quick Google search, "yealink phone factory reset">
Me: "Alright, do you see an "OK" button on your phone?"
TM: "Yes I do"
Me: "Alright, you're going to press and hold that button for 10 seconds."
TM: "OK, pressing it now"
Me: "Perfect, let me know if you get a password request"
TM: "OK, nothing has popped up ye----"
<click>

That's right. I made a telemarketer unwittingly factory reset his phone which means he will be unable to make anymore calls until someone is able to reconfigure his phone and that will take at least an hour or longer if they can't do it right away!
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When I arrived at work this morning, the first thing I did was try to wash a coffee cup. But alas, there was no water coming out of the tap.

So engrained is the habit of rebooting things that are not working that I instinctively just went outside, turned off the mains and then turned it back on again.

Somewhat unbelievably, this actually fixed the problem!
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Lucky Paola is a worker....   ;-)
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