More Politics

It’s not that I’m “Right” or “Left”, “Democrat” or “Republican”, it’s just that I play the winning side.  Nothing has been more apparent than the 2016 Election Cycle – I guess that’s what all of the political posts come back to these days.  For the first part of the cycle it was “Oh fuck that orange twat!” and now it’s “President Trump might actually be on to something here.”. So much so, that when I expressed this idea in an IRC channel I help moderate, I was told that I shouldn’t get “too deep” into the Kool-Aid.  The points I expressed which illicited this response: (These are the facts as I understand them.)

* Trump is good for mediating North Korea and South Korea ending the Korean War – a feat that’s been, what years in the making?

* Pulling out of the Iran Deal – we don’t fucking fund terrorists – it’s not the American thing to, Barry couldn’t understand that concept.

* Pushing for what he, and many people, think is right for immigration – tl;dr: “Do it the right way or gtfo.”

* Laughing at (rightfully so) the Cryptkeeper and her trainwreck of a life for the last 2 years.  (Seriously, she’s still #triggered and #shook that she lost.)

I mean, it’s “Drinking the Kool-Aid” to agree and disagree with the way the country I love and respect is being run.  In what parallel universe is it hard for people to understand that the President will (and has for that matter) said things I don’t agree with?  YET at the same time, there are things that I completely support…  Some how I’m drinking the Kool-Aid…  I mean, he was calling for Berkeley to be defunded for their atrocious behavior, didn’t blame him then and don’t blame him now.  

 

The only gripe I’ve had with him so far is not understanding the digital side of this country – cybersecurity, and all the related topics.

 

Some how the very idea that he said and done some things I agree with is enough to make me a “conservative” in the eyes of the vocal minority that you come to deal with on the internet – I mean traditionally “conservatives” are religious – I’m not very religious.  Not to mention all the Right-Wing talking heads that I follow, listen to or agree with…  If I agree with Laura Inghram that some basketball player needs to shut up and dribble, that’s not racist – it’s kind of a dick thing to say – but it’s not racist.  By the same token, as I mentioned in another post, if a musician (a black musician for that matter) wants to say he supports Trump – good on him, the other side will claim he’s a race-traitor. 

Phase I (Draft 2)

The first thing the security analyst should make sure the organization has in place are CAC checkpoints, similar to the kind that one finds in a hotel. This would be the first step in keeping unauthorized parties from accessing the on-site location that the organization is at. The organization would issue CACs at every level, so that members can traverse the on-site location as needed. The security analyst could also check the organization to make sure that the proper camera or recording equipment is in place – such as CCTV that stores the recordings in a separate off-site location. Another thing that the security analyst could check is to make sure the organization keeps a master record of the information on the CACs, which would allow the analyst to verify everybody is who they claim to be.

Another thing that the analyst could check the organization for is that the employees have badges, or identification cards that show they are part of the organization. For example; the same way ECPI issues identification badges to it’s employees, and students. The security analyst could check with whatever department issues those cards, and make sure that the database which logs all of those people against their cards are accurate. The analyst could also check the organization’s databases to make sure that all listed members are current members who are not being dismissed from the company, and that any members who are being dismissed are removed promptly from the organization’s records.

The removal of those members would ideally, cut down on any malicious attacks that might be staged from within the organization. According to HBR (www.hbr.org) says that the best way to counter insider threats are to know the people in the organization, and not to forget basic practices when it comes to security – such as enforcing strong passwords and identities within the organization.

Biometric authentication is another layer that the organization could invest in – biometric authentication can include facial recognition software, fingerprint scanning software/hardware, or hand-print scanning software/hardware. Biometric software/hardware makes it easier, in the digital age to manage security for an organization. Iris recognition could also implemented to further secure much more sensitive parts of the organization – thus restricting those areas to higher up members of the organization; such as management, or specially authorized members of the organization.

https://hbr.org/2016/09/the-biggest-cybersecurity-threats-are-inside-your-company

http://www.cac.mil/Common-Access-Card/CAC-Security/

https://www.ifsecglobal.com/biometric-security-systems-guide-devices-fingerprint-scanners-facial-recognition/

Phase I (Draft 1)

Some of the threats to HIPAA compliance are prevalence of people using laptops, and other mobile devices to store medical records. An attacker could steal these devices, and then access everything stored inside with ease. Another threat to HIPAA compliance is that a member of that organization could share their security information with an unauthorized person, who could turn out to be an attacker. Another thing that this person could do is leave their device in their car, which would allow an attacker to break-in and steal the device.

To help deal with these two issues, I propose that the only devices used are the ones supplied by the organization and that the members of the organization are not allowed to plug any storage devices into computers that are located on-site.

Another thing that I would propose is that there is a DMZ placed on the network, which all outside traffic gets sent to. From that DMZ point, the outside traffic would have to enter a security code or some kind of authentication.

[Rambles Everywhere!]

I’m a conservative libertarian, a right leaning independent if you will.  I follow conservative and light-conservative pages on Facebook, and there’s been a scary lack of them in my News Feed.  Facebook has been allegedly silencing – if you believe some of the more extreme stuff out there – conservatives on a platform that has billions of users.  I used to go to Facebook to read articles from Milo Yiannopoulos, because his website would dump links into his page.  I’ve noticed in the last month or so that there hasn’t been much “activity” being sent out – that’s not to say his website hasn’t been publishing articles, but they’re not showing up in the feed if you follow his page.  I have his page set to show up automatically when there’s something new.  Here’s what the feed looks like now:

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That’s all it showed – two posts from a friend of mine who’s in the Navy.  It collapsed for whatever reason a post from a libertarian friend who is horribly ill right now, and just showed these two posts.  However when I check it from my iPad, it shows a couple of posts (via whatever black magic is afoot here) from an Alt-Left (yes, if there’s an “Alt-Right” there’s an Alt-Left) “social commentator”.  Granted, it’s a few stories down from these two posts, but still.

I’m not going to bother editing out the name of this “commentator” either, because anybody who’s not a part of Antifa is a target, then the same logic applies the other way.

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I had to manually go to the page because Facebook wasn’t loading properly on my computer for reason.

Why would this Alt-Left “social commentator” show up on my Feed?  I don’t have many friends on here, except people from school.  Most of them are military or prior, and share stuff that a normal person would – none of this Alt-Left (or Alt-Right even) nonsense.

So anyway, I have to manually go to Milo’s Facebook page to see new content.

  • Interestingly enough, clicking on the link directly to his page does nothing – so I had to click on a post that a friend of mine shared just to get to the page.

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It’s mind-blowing how The Left says that a reporter saying “Shut up and dribble!” in regards to a black basketball player trying to speak his opinion is racist, but they have no problem telling black musician that he needs to get out of the “sunken place” – a reference to some race-baiting “movie” and gladly ignore calls for this musician’s death or harm against his life. Somehow it’s racist to tell a basketball player to shut up, but it’s OK to ignore calls for violence against a black musician.  Here’s what a fellow musician said to the one in question:

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If you can’t see the image for whatever reason, here’s what it reads:

John Legend: Hey it’s JL.  I hope you’ll reconsider aligning yourself with Trump.  You’re way too powerful and influential to endorse who he is and what he stands for.  As you know, what you say really means something to your fans.  They are loyal to you and respect your opinion.  So many people who love you feel so betrayed right now because they know the harm that Trump’s policies cause, especially to people of color.  Don’t let this be part of your legacy.  You’re the greatest artist of our generation.

The Musician In Question: I love you John and I appreciate your thoughts.  You bringing up my fans or my legacy is a tactic based on fear used to manipulate my free thought.

 


 

I don’t understand how the thinking works with this one – it got so bad that another black musician had to pipe up, and say that it’s OK for you to be black and not a Democratic/Leftist. The outrage surrounding this whole thing is as amusing Trump getting CNN to say “shithole” 36 times in one single broadcast session.

I was reading an article from the Daily Wire earlier which said that one of Snoop Dogg’s former entourage was calling for the Crips in Los Angeles to kill this conservative musician, due to his views. I mean, if someone on the Right did something like this, the Left would riot and burn down another city – like they did over the criminal who was killed in Furgeson a few years ago.

Calling for someone’s death is an “actionable offence” and definitely a good reason to have the cops or FBI – whoever is responsible at that high level – to look into this.

I mean, God forbid, you deviate from the hive-mind and have an opinion of your own. This is worse than the outrage that happened when white women who were formerly feminists, leaving the hive-mind and becoming “anti-feminists” as the phrase goes.

I mean, this musician had the nerve to say something outside of the Left has been launching vicious attacks against him, pretty much nonstop since he said that he supports the POTUS – if he had said this a few years ago with Obama, everybody would have loved him to bits.

 


 

It’s like I was telling this girl I know – it’s dangerous to be a straight, white, male in his mid to late 20’s. I was telling her (and she seemed agreeable) that the only way to get ahead in this world is to be a black woman – which I guess it pretty spot-on. I went a step further with the “identity politics” as the Left likes to call it and said “Yes, but you’d have to also be a drug addict, dying of lead poisoning from your home city – Flint, Michigan – and willing to get help.” They (the masses, government, and whoever the hell else) would love you more than they love God – or rather their false idol – Hilary Rodham Clinton.

There was a black guy smoking a cigarette nearby who said that my spiel was a load of crap – the distinction that he’s black is important – I asked him why and he said it’s not true. I asked him next, “Was I wrong about my example though – even if it was a mite stereotypical?” He didn’t have an answer other than “Well I’m from Flint.” – to which I politely apologized for any possible offence about the state of that shithole city. (I didn’t say it like that you crazy people!)

So as I was heading back to class, I told him that as a straight, white, right leaning male, the only thing that I have left in this world is to be as “dangerous” as possible – meaning that I’m going to always be as unapologetic about my politics as people are about their favourite sports teams.

 


 

I think between my great-grandfather (who passed away a while back) and my uncle though, I’m probably the sanest of the of the Republican side of the aisle in my family.  Even if I do agree with people like Milo Yiannopoulos on most issues, and frequently repost things from guys like Steven Crowder or Ben Shapiro.  To be quite honest, I think my great-grandfather would have appreciated Ben Shapiro quite a bit – he’s a Jewish Republican; allegedly a “#nevertrump” supporter – but I haven’t seen anything about that.

Come to think of it – since this has turned into a “political superpost” let’s go find out some more about this.

Found one article that mentioned him being a #nevertrumper support – if not the damned “forefront” of it.

Then there’s this article, which seems to say that he is completely against Trump, but in fact is really on against Breitbart – which has turned into a shithole since Andrew Breitbart died in 2012…

 


 

Arch

I’m a week into using Arch, and I have to say that I like it more than any other distribution that I’ve tinkered with.  Granted I’ve had a few headaches so far – such as the weird error I mentioned in this post – which amusingly enough is the post under this one.  However there is yet another quirk that’s popped up…

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I think I’m going to have to have to check the Arch Wiki or manual page for nano to see what’s going on.  I don’t think the manual page would have anything insightful to offer – but it might – I mean that’s why those pages are there.  For reference and/or troubleshooting.

it’s not system breaking.  I hope.  I’m pretty sure after the shutdowns/power-ons that I’ve done since I installed Arch, they would have spat something out about it being system breaking.  It’s just the quirks of Arch I suppose popping up when they do.

Thank goodness none of the updates that I’ve done have broken the system either, however there’s only one gripe that I have so far.  It’s the Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) Wiki is either all in Chinese or the pages that I checked were in Chinese.  At least with GNOME I didn’t have to worry about the pages being Chinese.

However, I’m not going to reinstall GNOME – there was too much of a headache involved there when I went that route the first time – when my buddy Draconis walked me through that process.

I mean, I might try it again at some point or another, but for now DDE is treating me nice and doesn’t eat much RAM.  With a browser open, I’m sitting at ~1300 MiB (1 gig and change) used, but overall I can’t complain when the computer has 4 gig total of RAM.  I guess I can’t really complain though, since this thing is a damned netbook.

L1NUX

First post in a while, but I figured I’d go ahead and update you guys (As if I have a substantial amount of readers!) on what’s been going on lately.  I recently decided to make the plunge into Arch-based (or derivative) distributions, and I’m using as close to Arch base as I’m willing to go – unless I can find Arch already prepacked with a GUI.  That is to say, I’m using AntergOS now, I decided to get away from Debian based systems and do something different.  For me this was getting AntergOS up and running – which I did, it makes me feel accomplished that I was able to step out of my comfort zone.

The only problem that I seem to be having – and I think most would consider it a non-issue is that I have screen lock and everything that goes with it – disabled.  So that when I CHOOSE to lock the computer it SHOULD.  I was just watching a video on Youtube that was about ~30 minutes long, and it locked itself (the computer) about 20 minutes into the video.
So I feel like a dumbass because I forgot that “automatic suspend” was an option that you could toggle in the GNOME settings.

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So after that fiasco was taken care of, I decided to switch over to Kali and turn on one of the tools there – I don’t remember which one, but it was a spoofer – it brought down my network for about five minutes after I canceled it.  I’ll go back into Kali at some point and get a screenshot of the tool at some point or another.  For now, I just want to sit tight, and write all of this down.

Another thing that I did was start in on this process of getting my virtual machines set up, and into at least some crude form of working.  So far I’ve got Elementary OS up – which is a plus.

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I just have to figure out how to get Anarchy working – it registers as having an internet connection but it likes to say that it’s “run out of space” during the install process – which is insane, because it has a 50 gig VDI (virtual disk image) to work with as it’s hard drive.  So that’s driving me kind of nuts trying to figure out what the hell could be causing that issue.

  1. Anarchy Linux
  2. Elementary OS
  3. Gentoo*
  4. Arch
  5. Slack

These are the distributions that I’m attempting to test and play with.

  • Asterisk: This distribution is going to be a semi-collaborative project with my friend Sebastian, to see if we can make a fully working Gentoo Box inside of a virtual machine (VM).

Come to think of it: I’m having that same issue with “running out of space” in Slackware too – even though that VDI was ~40 gigs in size too, I don’t get it.  What’s causing these from one end of slightly obscure to normally normal distributions to be such dicks, and say that they don’t have any space left?

I guess it all goes back to what that guy from Rapid 7 was saying – document everything that you do within a Linux system so that you can go back and recreate the situation again, or have a bit of information there for someone else to look at.  So I guess I’m going to be explaining everything that I do from this point on when it comes to that damned distribution.

 

Also I think it’s worth pointing out that I have been going through a book on Python that I got from the Ethical Hacking Club at school.  Here’s what I’ve got done in that book so far:

(It’s not much admittedly, but it’s something all the same…)

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I’m trying to approach it systematically so I don’t get overwhelmed – I’m thinking something like 3 or 4 of those files a night until it starts getting into the heavier material, in which case I might start just posting the code itself.  I’m still following along with the Kali stuff – at least since that instructor is teaching how to write code in my favorite editor (nano) – the book those examples are from, says that you should use Geany – which seems like it’s pretty OK so far.  I haven’t used it enough to figure out if it’s going to be anything special.

 

So in the last day I have managed to do several things which all culminated in a full system reinstall – including expanding my Kali partition back to its original terabyte size.  The first thing that happened was that I got myself stupidly overwhelmed with all of the VMs – what was supposed to be just an Arch VM and a Gentoo VM, quickly morphed into having a metric shitload of them. (The ones listed up above.)  I was going to set up the Elementary VM to show a friend of mine at school how it works, but that got sidetracked into trying to set up everything up there.

The AntergOS VM got shutdown pretty quickly because you can’t run AntergOS on 1g-2g RAM – so I ended up testing the things I had in mind, live on my system – which is to say I added and removed a bunch of window managers to see how they handled, and I didn’t like any of them out of the box.  Everybody swears by i3 for instance, but I can’t get into it – I’m comfortable with GNOME/Cinnamon/Budgie – why change?  Come to think of it, I might install those on the system just so that I have them – might be nice to occasionally switch between them.

The only problem lies in figuring out if AntergOS comes shipped with GDM or something –  not to mention – I don’t want to install one of these Desktop Environments (DEs) and end up with double copies of everything (in terms of installed software – I had that happen in Ubuntu last year, and it was a bitch to clean up.

Well now finally all settled in (again) with this reinstall – let’s try to keep it from exploding again shall we?

 

UPDATE:  I switched over to actual Arch from all of the above bullshit.

 

I’m running Arch, it’s not a nightmare distribution – but it is an interesting distribution to get set up. It does not hold your hand when you go to set up everything, in the way that a lot of the other distributions that I have seen. Granted I had help from a friend of mine who has been using Arch for the last ~10 years or so now, but now I am here, and I’m going to get a proper VM set up to use as a sandbox – so that I can turn around utilize that stuff on my host box.

I have to say that I respect the command line after dealing with the Arch command line to install the system. It was definitely really weird to be dropped into a command line immediately after removing my install media. Granted to get a D.E. was actually quite simple to make happen. Took simple command, and pressing ENTER when specified.

Since the first command line you see is a root terminal, you do not have to worry about typing [sudo] to get anything done. To get a D.E. up and running, all I had to do was:

[pacman -Syy]
[pacman -Syu]

These commands check for and then install any updates that Arch might have available, and since Arch is a bleeding edge distribution – you will get anything and everything that’s realized as soon as it comes out. The newest, shiniest updates and patches as they roll out.

The next command that you would have to do is:

[pacman -S <desktop_environment>]

In this instance I went with Deepin Desktop, which was originally from a desktop environment used in an Ubuntu fork called Deepin Linux – which is a Chinese distribution.

The D.E. itself is comparable to the same environment OSX uses – but slimmed down. There is no top bar – but there can be from what I have read so far. The dock is responsive and fluid, and has some customability to it.

 

So due to some errors in the system itself – at the time of the above’s writing – I decided to use a nifty little script I found on GitHub to reinstall everything on the box.

I have to say that I’m enjoying Arch, and I haven’t had any issues – yet – with things being broken due to utilizing bleeding edge software/packages and what not.

Here’s what ‘screenfetch’ returns for my system:

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I don’t know why it’s saying that there’s such a high RAM use – typically it stays at around 500-600 MiB – I’ve never seen it jump (at least in the last week) up that high.

AWS

Amazon has been growing larger, and as a result the size of their Oracle databases have been increasing in size as well, as does the number of databases they have to maintain. This has caused them to begin backing up legacy Oracle databases to tape, and led them to consider alternative strategies – one of which is utilizing the cloud services such as AWS (Amazon Web Services). Some of the challenges that they faced were: utilization and planning for capacity, tape hardware, the needed data center space, and enterprise licensing fees for tape software. They also needed highly skilled staff to spend time with setup, certification, and engineering archive planning, instead of focusing on higher value endeavors. At the end of every fiscal year, Amazon had to spend a lot of time projecting future capacity requirements – which required time consuming audits, forecasting and budgeting.

Tape robots provide some rudimentary features, but to get the most out of them Amazon had to invest in proprietary backup software. The high cost of this software added significantly to their overall costs, and it was always a problem with their budgeting but it was difficult to do away with it, because backups always needed to be written to tape devices. Maintaining reliable backups, on top of being fast and efficient when retrieving data requires a lot of time and effort with tape. When it data needs to be stored on tape, multiple copies are required. If there is a hardware failure, technicians are going required to restore the data. Contention for tape drives from multiple users requests slows down the restore process even more. (Amazon Web Services 2018)

Amazon evaluated Amazon S3 for economic and performance improvements for data backup. During that evaluation they looked at the security, availability, and performance aspects of Amazon S3 related to data backups. Amazon also conducted a cost-benefit analysis to decide if migrating to Amazon S3 would be financially viable. The analysis found that there was a performance advantage and cost competitiveness. Amazon thought it would be important that overall costs of the backups did not increase. Amazon also required faster backup and recovery performance; the time and effort required was seen to be a vast improvement over using tape. Restoring from Amazon S3 ran for two to twelve times faster, than a similar backup from tape.

Amazon also noted that there was an increase in durability and availability, Amazon S3 is designed to provide 99.999999999% durability and 99.99% availability of objects over a given year. (Amazon Web Services 2018) They also noted that AWS met all of their requirements for physical security, accreditation, processes and data protection (in-flight and at rest), as well as utilizing suitable encryption standards. Amazon DBAs determined that using Amazon S3 for backups was easy to implement because it works perfectly with Oracle RMAN.

Amazon has also found several benefits to using Amazon S3 such as elimination of complex and time-consuming tape capacity planing. Another benefit was reduced capital expenditures, which means Amazon no longer needs to acquire tape robots, drives, inventory, data center space, networking gear, enterprise backup software, or prediction of future tape consumption. This also removes a chunk of the time spent working on their budget. AWS has enabled Amazon to keep pace with the rapid expansion that comes from every acquisition they make. With Amazon S3, teams simply pay for what storage they use, and are billed as they consume more.

This also means that data is available for immediate restoring, and there’s no need to locate or retrieve tape. If a DBA needs to restore data from tape, he or she is facing a delay. The tape backup software needs to read the catalog, find the right tape, mount the tape, and read the data from it. In almost every single instance of this, the data is spread across multiple devices, resulting in delays.