The Quote of the Afternoon

Jar-Jar vanka Time: The big hand is on her ass, the little hand is no where to be seen.

“The rich are never rejected — until they go to prison or lose their money.”

— Tina Brown in Town & Country, talking about the future for Jar-JarVanka

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10 Responses to The Quote of the Afternoon

  1. sos says:

    How ’bout both? Rejected, or no?

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  2. Ten Bears says:

    It’s only ones and zeros in a computer somewhere.

    Ever do a DoD level 5 wipe of a hard-drive? Speaker magnet? I personally liked the speaker magnet because it would so scramble the ones and zeros to make it seem recoverable (if you wanted to .. ahhh .. mess with someone’s head), but a DoD l5 writes it all to zeros, writes it all to ones, writes it all to zeros, writes it all to ones, and then replaces the zeros with … zeros. F-disk, bwahahahahahahahha Leaves it so clean it improves the load-time for a new OS.

    As good as eating your notes …

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    • We have a nifty one that hits them with a lil’ mini EMP pulse. Takes about a minute to charged up the big capacitors, and then SNAP!!! data is gone, drive is dead (as in dead lump of metal, no longer usable as a drive because the firmware got blowed up real gud. )

      MUCH quicker than the DOD standard (which, as it turns out, is based on an entirely faulty and unproven hypothesis that you could somehow recover data, palimpsest-like, from inadequately erased drives. Someone finally tried it and discovered that, yup writing over the drive with random bytes once was good enough, there wasn’t enough residual magnetic domains on the disk to be able to reconstruct anything.)

      Much like passwords, dogma had it you needed to use complex passwords changed every 90 days to maintain security, when ‘Correct Horse Battery Staple’ was just as safe and never got written down on sticky notes under the keyboard.

      They ave finally bowed to the inevitable and set our passwords here on campus to be good forever.

      I got in a crapton of trouble a few years back decrying the stupid Potemkin Computer Securty nonsense being peddled on campus by inelegantly pointing out that “Users route around obstructions, just like the Internet does.” and onerous security nonsense makes them say “FIIAGTFTB”: Fuck it, I ain’t got time for this bullshit, and they find ways around it.

      Among the shinier examples was their constant cutesy munging of web addresses printed in any official comms from the ISO office making them all “hxxps//:[rest of address]” so you couldn’t just click on them and go.

      1) That focuses attention on the precisely wrong part of a URL security-wise
      2) They were the only people on campus doing that, and I guarandamn-tee you Average User clicks on it, it doesn’t work and figures the ISO’s office is too stupid to even use the internet, so why listen to them at all.
      3) Chrome and IE helpfully substitute t’s for the x’s so it didn’t even work as a Potemkin thing.

      (hmm two long IT posts today, must be a monday!) 🙂

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      • Dennis Cole says:

        BDR – I keep forgetting to thank you for recommending MalwareBytes. I got the trial version, and was so impressed I bought the Premium Version, as it was offered to me at a 50% discount. It finds new stuff every day, and I had no idea how much adware, malware, spyware, etc. was out there.

        Thanks, good buddy!

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      • Ten Bears says:

        If you’re gonna’ turn a drive into a hunk of slag, that certainly will. Jeez

        That’s like thawing water pipes with a welder.

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      • MDavis says:

        {(hmm two long IT posts today, must be a monday!)”
        I was wondering.


  3. Dennis Cole says:

    I’ll select (D): All the above

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  4. HarpoSnarx says:

    Rejected immediately after Jeeves points to the Honey Bucket down the block.


  5. lofgren says:

    No wonder they find cancel culture so bewildering. “Why are people criticizing my opinions on twitter? Money is supposed to protect me from this kind of thing!”

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  6. osirisopto says:

    Uh, the Russian mob wants their money back now.


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