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    Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

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    by pennatomcat ·

    Thought I would share this with everyone. One of my friends sent it to me.

    This is upsetting–I thought I should pass it along. Did you know that you can now see anyone’s Driver’s License on the internet, including your own? I just searched for mine and there it was–photo and all!! Thanks Homeland Security! Where is our right to privacy?

    I definitely removed mine. I suggest that you do the same.

    Go to the web site and check it out. Just enter your name, city and state to see if yours is on file. After your license comes on the screen, click the box marked “Please Remove”. This will remove it from public viewing, but not from law enforcement.

    http://www.license.shorturl.com

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    • #3161235

      REALLY??

      by mjd420nova ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      All I got was a photo of a monkey??

      • #3146993

        wow

        by jdclyde ·

        In reply to REALLY??

        you do know it was a joke, right? :0

        • #3156865

          Holy Smoke!!!!!

          by hermit47 ·

          In reply to wow

          It looks exactly like my younger brother. I should tell him right away;;;-))))))P

      • #3146695

        All I got was…

        by icubub ·

        In reply to REALLY??

        All I got was a picture of your mother!

      • #3146658

        Trust and responsibility

        by stanw ·

        In reply to REALLY??

        TechRepublic should be not just ashamed, but do something about the implicit gross violation of public trust involved. Trust is easy to distroy, hard to restore and the source of your readership.

        Sure, it is true that one needs to be circumspect about everything you read – but consider what the loss of commercial respect means to your reputation. For instance, would you expect the NYTimes to do better in their efforts to resist the urge to pull a stunt like printing a bold headline “Wallstreet on verge of historic collapse” just to see if they could create it? (Ignoring that, in many ways they’re doing it via their manifest media bias chipping away at public faith everyday.) Consider what happens when the induced crisis is underway? What, for example, would we the public be left to think when they try to calm the real thing?

        TR: Please think carefully before you make reality worse.

        • #3146544

          There is some good in it.

          by c_tharp ·

          In reply to Trust and responsibility

          Well, you were duped and possibly embarrassed. This time it was innocent, if we are to believe the message on the site.

          All of us need an occassional wake up call to how easy it is to be niave. This could have been a phish. It is a good example of how dangerous the Internet can be.

          We should laugh at it and say to ourself, “I need to be careful.”

        • #3146465

          Be careful out there…

          by comphelpnj ·

          In reply to There is some good in it.

          Sure, it could have been a phish scam. That’s why I entered by brother’s info instead of mine!

        • #3146531

          Thank you

          by developer ·

          In reply to Trust and responsibility

          Following the link to see a monkey on a driver’s license, caused me to be ashamed. Reading your response restored my self esteem and hopefully will make me think ‘outside the box’, as you did so well, when responding to bully type behaviour. I think the destructiveness of this trick, was on a more personal level than a newspaper headline, but along the same lines. Regardless, your response is well said.

        • #3146521

          Please help me

          by eprichard@chrysalis-shelt ·

          In reply to Trust and responsibility

          I need your help, I need to you go and ask all of your friends or just people anywhere if they might be able to assist you in finding a life and a sense of humor. If you can’t sit back and enjoy a funny little joke like this then maybe you should consider shooting yourself in the face 20-30 times. If your life is that bad and you are that angry then do us all a solid. Myself, I emailed the link to everone in the company and as the Sr. Sys Admin, I penned the email to look just like a real serious security threat.

        • #3146489

          Wow Stan. What are you on?

          by nelsonjgil ·

          In reply to Trust and responsibility

          Seriously man. You should stay away from the stuff you’re smoking. It is not only taking away your sense of humor but making you ramble senseless.

        • #3146483

          Lighten up

          by sschafir ·

          In reply to Trust and responsibility

          Sometimes because the job is so stressful you need comedy relief. If this had been a phishing scam it would have asked for an address not just a city and state. Having just your name and city and state won’t get anyone that far as there could be many people fitting this criteria. I for one think that having these little jokes once in awhile is good for all of our morale. To be so serious about everything means you have forgotten how to laugh and enjoy life.

        • #3156915

          did you READ the post heading ????

          by wojnar ·

          In reply to Trust and responsibility

          There was no need to be personally harmed when the HEADING of the post states ‘JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE’ Maybe you should look at what you are clicking. If you were still not sure, look at the url you will be taken to – tinyurl is a know ‘humor’ site.

        • #3156913

          (psst…Uh, wojnar?)

          by mickster269 ·

          In reply to did you READ the post heading ????

          (The title was changed today, AFTER the newsletter came out)

        • #3155315

          sorry –

          by wojnar ·

          In reply to (psst…Uh, wojnar?)

          it was there when I first looked at it. Why is my mailman so slow ??? Mea Culpa

        • #3155210

          Changed title

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to sorry –

          After the uproar over nothing it was advised to change it to keep furth people with no sence of humor that have been in caves and never saw that joke before will not add to the outrage.

          And looking around at many of the responses, I would say it isn’t the joke that is being stupid around here! ;\

          cheers!

        • #3158342

          I hear ya – now my question is

          by wojnar ·

          In reply to Changed title

          why it took 2 days for the email to hit my inbox ? Got it in the morning and clicked on it in the afternoon. (Guess I should take my own advice and check the dates on the posts.) Before I get an “off-topic” message, I think I will just lurk here in the corner for a while.

        • #3155186

          I figuered as much

          by mickster269 ·

          In reply to sorry –

          I was trying to be subtle about it. (chuckles)

        • #3156906

          Where were you?

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to did you READ the post heading ????

          The post came out in a newsletter sandwiched between two bonifide security alerts and as stated above made no mention of a joke.

        • #3156901

          Hey, Sparky?

          by mickster269 ·

          In reply to Where were you?

          I thought you vowed to leave?

          Either give it a rest, lighten up, and realize that it wasn’t intentional by anyone to put this joke url into a newsletter , OR

          Do as you promised, and leave.

          Dude, the horse is dead. Quit hitting it already.

        • #3156892

          If the horse is dead

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to Hey, Sparky?

          Why are you still here?

        • #3156012

          Seems that your spark fizzled…

          by jessdan2 ·

          In reply to Hey, Sparky?

          Let me see if I understand you correctly… someone put the URL in “unintentionally”… that must have been quite an accomplishment. I’ve heard of people shoting themselves etc. unintentionally, but it seems to me there must have been SOME intent that caused their fingers to move enought to enter the URL.

          Say what ya’ want… I know this has definitely lowered my opinion of TechRepublic.

        • #3155312

          yes it did come in the newsletter

          by wojnar ·

          In reply to Where were you?

          and when you click the link, it takes you to the discussion – including the thread header (which I now understand was changed before I read it)

        • #3166053

          StanW, Cmon now!

          by jgaulsr ·

          In reply to Trust and responsibility

          A sense of humor is a great thing to have.
          Maybe you need to lighten up a little. It can’t be all that bad!

      • #3146650

        whats next

        by quagmire ·

        In reply to REALLY??

        humm an old chain letter hits the republic…is this the course TR is going to take now??

        If thats the case please sign below and forward this to 10 friends, if you do Microsoft will give you money and the little boy in Nigeria will finally be able to see his mommy after 10yrs of blindness, Also send your bank info cause my government has taken control of major banks here and i want to hire you to hold $75,000,000 in your bank so i can transfer from my country then reward you with $5,000,000.

        If you do not do this in 5 minutes you will have uncontrolable bowel movements for 10 days then develop an urinary tract infection for 10 days, and your dog will not like you.

        • #3146459

          oh, no :0

          by dawgit ·

          In reply to whats next

          Not the Dog thing…. :_|

      • #3146523

        It amazes me . . .

        by bbbaldie_z ·

        In reply to REALLY??

        How many uptight people have no sense of humor. <>

    • #3161126

      Cute

      by tig2 ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Please keep in mind that while a joke is always worth a laugh, pretending that a serious issue exists can have a negative effect.

      • #3147148

        Not only cute, cute as a button

        by propellerheadus ·

        In reply to Cute

        I think this forum is not the place for that kind of thing but that is just me.

        • #3146755

          Agreed

          by murali bala ·

          In reply to Not only cute, cute as a button

          I second you

        • #3146746

          Ditto

          by tom.schnittker ·

          In reply to Agreed

          Ditto – Must be nice to have a job where you can waste your time on things like this, but please don’t waste others’ time with it as well.

    • #3147001

      Very Nice

      by rob mekel ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      No security WHAT SO EVER. You even can remove your neighbours info.

      Sjeees and that you take serious ?:|

      rob

    • #3146968

      Ahhhh!!

      by jellimonsta ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      I wonder why it is using my old photo though?! ?:| 😀

      • #3146891

        I wonder…

        by mickster269 ·

        In reply to Ahhhh!!

        why I’m getting your old photo , too?

        • #3146623

          you two must be twins

          by dryflies ·

          In reply to I wonder…

          a spot of lightness is occasionally welcome

    • #3147181

      Hoax

      by mark.toynbee ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      • #3147176

        Seriuos security

        by kool_skatkat ·

        In reply to Hoax

        Visiting sites is not always safe. Haven’t you ever heard of unannounced vulnerabilities also zero-day vulnerabilities? Sounds too good to be true or real; don?t visit the site! Just in case.

      • #3147175

        Gee..

        by ladyzguy ·

        In reply to Hoax

        Gee I put in my info and all I got was my Ex’s info ….. The data base must not have been updated recently……

    • #3147172

      It is a prank

      by surya_chd ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Take it easy. It is a prank for fun only.

    • #3147157

      Security Issue

      by cs ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Governments have been doing this central access of Driving licence/Passport photographs for years. So this is nothing new.

      Think however of the potential plus side of this set up. If vendors/banks/gas stations etc cross checked your Drivers Licence photograph against a central database photograph it would make Identity Theft much more difficult.

    • #3147156

      Very Interesting

      by quincysrevenge ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      As a fun loving cajun. And I have two to three drivers license. I findly find a correct picture of me….

    • #3147149

      not to far off

      by valentrd ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      I would not laugh to much, they are doing this in Florida. Except, you pay for the infomation.

    • #3147142

      Serious security issue is bogus

      by dgerhardt ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      I went the the site listed by pennatomcat and its a joke. When I entered my name and state, a bogus driver’s license was displayed with a monkey’s face on it.
      I would hope Tech Republic monitors and verifies what is posted on it’s site.

    • #3147141

      TechRepublic should be ashamed

      by baw_carolina ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      I count on TechRepublic for serious news stories. I don’t appreciate your taking my time and resources for this kind of foolishness. I get more than enough of this from multi-forwarded emails. I don’t expect it from TechRepublic. You should be ashamed……….

      • #3146757

        Don’t like it, don’t laugh.

        by nighthawk808 ·

        In reply to TechRepublic should be ashamed

        Although I agree that this probably could have waited and been posted as a Friday Yuk, simply because you’re a sourpuss doesn’t mean we all are. We mix work AND play here. If I wanted to see pages and pages of mind-numbing, stone-serious technical info and that’s all, I’d go to MSDN.

        • #3146740

          I have as much fun as the next guy

          by baw_carolina ·

          In reply to Don’t like it, don’t laugh.

          My complaint here is that TechRepublic sent this out VIA email as a serious security threat. If they wanted to put -YUK YUK- beside of it, then I am fine. I just wish that TR would have made a bit more of an effort to let me know this was my Thursday morning amusment.

        • #3146693

          OK, I can respect that.

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to I have as much fun as the next guy

          I think your problem is with the bot-generated contents of the newsletters not being looked critically enough by a real human before being sent out. You’re correct to feel that way, and I suggest sending feedback on it. Unfortunately these are the sorts of things that happen when things become too automated.

        • #3146606

          I agree

          by jellimonsta ·

          In reply to OK, I can respect that.

          I think as a rule of thumb, TR should not send any automated Email from posts originating in the Misc section. IMHO.
          If this was a serious security message, it would have been posted in the security section. 😀

        • #3155150

          To be fair . . .

          by apotheon ·

          In reply to Don’t like it, don’t laugh.

          . . . it does look an awful lot like the sort of spam I get from certain unfavorite relatives.

      • #3146674

        No you should be ashamed

        by jamesrl ·

        In reply to TechRepublic should be ashamed

        For not recognizing the difference between something that a TR staffer posts and something that one of TR thousands of members post.

        It really isn’t that hard.

        James

      • #3146576

        baw_carolina, hang your head in shame

        by jdclyde ·

        In reply to TechRepublic should be ashamed

        because you have wasted more time sniviling about people wasting your time, than the amount of your precious time that actually got “wasted”.

        Now quit wasting your time sniviling as you are much too busy for this, or are you?

      • #3156914

        If your time is so precious,

        by wojnar ·

        In reply to TechRepublic should be ashamed

        maybe you should use all the time saving tools available to you – Like thread headers that scream JOKE ?

      • #3155293

        Sissy.

        by dagenester ·

        In reply to TechRepublic should be ashamed

        Don’t be such a crybaby. I’m sure that you thought it mildly humorous. Plus, ain’t TechRepublic’s fault – and it ain’t their fault that you read it, either. Chill, man. Or woman. Whatever.

    • #3147139

      example of “social engineering”, but caveat emptor

      by vytautasb9 ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      At first it seemed funny but later I realised how foolish I was. I thought I did’nt have to be carefull visiting the Tech Repbulic site. Good thing that other information was not asked for. Interesting to know what happened to the data that I entered and where was it stored? Was it erased? Did TR do any screening of this post?

      • #3146454

        I do believe

        by dawgit ·

        In reply to example of “social engineering”, but caveat emptor

        they left it totaly up the Dept. of Home Land InSecurity, or Max 😀

      • #3157030

        Who Cares

        by eprichard@chrysalis-shelt ·

        In reply to example of “social engineering”, but caveat emptor

        why are we so scared to give out our name, should we be cautious not to look people in the eye when we are outside our little protective bubble we have created. We are all so scared of something happening to us that NOTHING WILL EVER HAPPEN TO US. My motto jump in with both feet and see just how deep the water is (learn how to swim first though).

      • #3156960

        you mean?

        by heml0ck ·

        In reply to example of “social engineering”, but caveat emptor

        you actually put in real info? Instead of a name like “John Smith” from Utah?

        Check your gullibilty at the door.

        • #3156952

          Great Idea!

          by wingedmonkey ·

          In reply to you mean?

          From now on, I will always enter the names of my exwives first as a testrun.

          Oh better yet, the name of my Navy Recruiter.

        • #3156944

          eggzactlee!

          by heml0ck ·

          In reply to Great Idea!

          that way only the deserving get it!

    • #3146764

      OMG

      by tweakerxp ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Don’t you have some work to be doing?

    • #3146760

      1 record(s) match your search criteria…

      by nighthawk808 ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      1 record(s) match your search criteria…

      BAR, FOO – LOS ANGELES , CALIFORNIA view

    • #3146753

      Hoax

      by moonjr ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Well there goes your credibility. Please remove me from the mailing list.

      • #3146747

        What do you know?

        by poconochuck ·

        In reply to Hoax

        They did get my picture right, and even air-brushed it a bit to make me look handsome!

        Yes, its a prank, and yes its as old as dirt. Also correct, I’ve gotten it in my in-box at least 5 times this year alone.

        However, I pay attention to the discussion thread headings. When I saw this was filed under MISCELLANEOUS, well, I knew immediately it was a joke.

        People who get their panties in a bunch over mixing serious with fun probably need more the latter.

    • #3146750

      Umm hmm

      by david.stout@sage ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      I suspect this is a slight twist of a joke that’s older than dirt…

    • #3146748

      Sweet!

      by wingedmonkey ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Thank You, I needed a good laugh this morning,,
      Funny thing is just how much that does look like me.

      And for the people who are upset that this is a joke and are complaining, please note you did look it up in the Misc. section. A place well known for humor.

      • #3146742

        Linked from newsletter

        by tom.schnittker ·

        In reply to Sweet!

        It may have been posted in Misc. but it was also linked from the daily newsletter which gives no indication of where it is posted.

        • #3146737

          Okay,

          by wingedmonkey ·

          In reply to Linked from newsletter

          Aww never mind,
          -Edited because life is to short.

        • #3156959

          The newsletter didn’t link to that site…

          by Shawn Morton ·

          In reply to Linked from newsletter

          the first post in this discussion thread did. So don’t blame TR. Blame the member who posted the thread.

          And is it really that big of a deal? You’ve wasted more time whining about it than you lost from clicking the link.

        • #3155203

          Pity them

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to The newsletter didn’t link to that site…

          the fools!

          :^0

    • #3146745

      There is a time and a place for most things…

      by southpaw ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Ok, it was cute, but do you want to be known for that on TR? There are plenty of sites full of junk to waste your time if that’s what you are looking for. I never thought of TR as one of them.

      • #3146500

        Shame on Tech Republic – Bad, bad, bad

        by phillydave ·

        In reply to There is a time and a place for most things…

        I use this site and it’s services as a bonafide trusted source of security & privacy information. I assume that the links it provides are the same. How can I believe the TechRerpublic TechNote emails and links they contain if after canceling through my web proxy to browse them I find out the links are nothing more hoax, joke or phishing websites? The last thing a contentious security pro needs is to be leery of TechRepublic emails and links. Guess it’s back to Networkworld, Computerworld and the like for “trusted” security information. I hope someone at TechRepublicor C-Net Networks reads this post and understands the concern. From now on I guess I need to ?click? with a grain of salt when info comes from TechRepublic.

        • #3146482

          Tech Republic Idiots…

          by luvinit ·

          In reply to Shame on Tech Republic – Bad, bad, bad

          There you go … just a bunch of jerks. The marketing genius who decided to post that crap needs to be fired along with the entire chain of supervisors who approved it. Maybe in April that would be excusable … Jackasses!

          BTW remove me from the eMail list immediately!!!

        • #3146476

          Remove yourself

          by jellimonsta ·

          In reply to Tech Republic Idiots…

          Go to the ‘My Newsletters’ section and you can change your subscription properties.

        • #3146435

          Now let me get this straight:

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to Tech Republic Idiots…

          You actually believe that there is a whole chain of people who saw that email and approved it before it was sent out? Has it occurred to you that it was in there precisely because NO-ONE saw it before it was sent out?

          Do you have ANY critical thinking skills whatsoever? No, wait, don’t bother answering; I think I already know the answer.

          People like you are the reason there’s a Flat Earth Society. No matter what the idea, you can find someone, somewhere who will believe anything.

        • #3157036

          A note to the unprofessional jerk called “luvinIT”

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Tech Republic Idiots…

          First of all, nice professional user name.

          Secondly, nice professional language.

          Thirdly, you sign up and remove YOURSELF from newsletters as you see fit. This is not done FOR you.

          If this wasted so much of your precious time, why did YOU turn around and waste even more time to cry to everyone else?

          Grow up. Even if you didn’t find it funny, it was far from the big deal you are trying to make over it.

        • #3157013

          To clarify …

          by luvinit ·

          In reply to A note to the unprofessional jerk called “luvinIT”

          I recieve(d) 4 TechRepublic Newsletters. The one containing this hoax also headlined real threats and embedded this little snippet among the others. Marketing does work this way …

          In any case I am gone from TechRepublic… like I said I’ve got time for Jokes in April but am being paid way too much to waste my time reading this kind of crap in a security bulletin.

          If its not being edited it should be 😉

          Hey maybe this was marketing again just tring to stir things up??

        • #3156997

          Don’t let the door hit you in /dev/null on the way out.

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to To clarify …

          Either you’re “gone from TechRepublic” or you’re not. Pick one, flamebait.

          Here’s a security tip that might come in handy while you’re sitting there being overpaid: if the email didn’t come from SANS, CERT, or Bruce Schneier himself, don’t wildly click on links and then be surprised with where you end up.

        • #3156924

          no, not him…

          by dawgit ·

          In reply to Don’t let the door hit you in /dev/null on the way out.

          Bruce Schneier has a sense of humor.

        • #3156985

          Let me clarify LuvinIT

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to To clarify …

          For someone that is “paid way too much to waste my time reading this kind of crap”, you sure are wasting a lot of time coming back to this discussion.

          I can’t tell if your just stiring things yourself or if your just a pompous ass? You haven’t been around long enough to be able to tell when it is in text.

          Put it in context. You have now wasted much more of your time than the newsletter did. Do you feel vindicated by wasting all this time complaining about wasting time?

        • #3156963

          Its my time …

          by luvinit ·

          In reply to Let me clarify LuvinIT

          I’ll waste it as I see fit… Land of Confusion … probably right after you got there. I live in a Realm of Order and Design.

          I don’t really understand why you guys want to defend TR so vehemently … Did you write this stuff?

          It seems many other folks found it inappropriate as well.

          This is really my last Post. I got a kick out of it 😉 Thanks for playing guys … Flame on!

        • #3156954

          Y’know JD

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to Let me clarify LuvinIT

          Another way of dealing with this, is to laugh at it. Just bring out the silly, childish sense of humor that I KNOW you possess and laugh at it. And THEN feel just a little superior that you don’t have the stick up your a$$. Oh, wait..except when your boyfriend is over. 🙂

        • #3157024

          Remove yourself from the planet

          by eprichard@chrysalis-shelt ·

          In reply to Tech Republic Idiots…

          Please feel free to remove yourself from MY planet. It is obvious even to someone as dull and blind as yourself that the majority of the people here thought that this post was funny and took it as it was meant to be taken, LIGHTLY. Since we live in a society where the MAJORITY RULES, and NOT the WHINY CRYBABY MINORITY who just happen to be the squeakiest wheels (and no I’m not trying to enter into any political dialogue with a person of your inferioir IQ), then I think we should all vote as to whether or not you should be allowed to stay a member of this site. Please Respond in a reply Post. My vote is of course thumbs down NO. And by the way no I do not have any work to do, I’m the Sys Admin. Need a break? Take the server down. Piss me off? Your data is gone, sorry. Well you know how it is.

        • #3157011

          Professional .. very …

          by luvinit ·

          In reply to Remove yourself from the planet

          BTW what is an:
          ” inferioir IQ”

          I know what an inferior IQ is … its what you have;-)
          Trust me man … I am not on _your_ planet.

        • #3157002

          If the best you can do is a spelling flame,

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to Professional .. very …

          do TR’s servers a favor and don’t bother to post at all. They’ve got enough to archive without you adding your eternal wisdom on the pile.

        • #3156956

          After all that

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Professional .. very …

          and then you can’t even go an emoicon correctly….

          :p ;\

          B-)

        • #3156950

          Man …

          by luvinit ·

          In reply to After all that

          you’re really worked up about this aren’t you? Chill before you drive home.

          I like jokes, really, 😉 (did I get dat right JD?) but not in a security bulletin okay? Go to an airport and yell ‘Bomb’ and you’ll meet a lot of nice folks who think that there is a time and place for everything.

          Let’s be friends … k?

        • #3156714

          No! But wait!?!?!?

          by daveo2000 ·

          In reply to After all that

          Let’s see. You post several items saying that you are out of here…
          several more saying that you are going to unsubscribe…
          some more saying you are tired of wasting time…
          Then you help somebody with spelling…
          Now you are making friends with JD?

          I think you have, in the space of this thread, started to get the idea of this site. Lots of tech stuff, lots of people with valid opinions…
          some dopey jokes…
          lots of stuff to learn…

          and [b]a few too many[/b] knee-jerk reactions.

          You are welcome to stay and smooze with the rest of us. Just don’t expect us to play along with the [i]”I’m going to complain and threaten to unsubscribe, can I create a bandwagon? ;\ No? ?:| Oh… :0 then nevermind. :_| “[/i] routine

          okie dokie :p ?

        • #3156993

          awww..

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to Tech Republic Idiots…

          Waahh…

          Here’s a tissue. Get over yourself.

        • #3156911

          “Maybe in April that would be excusable” ??

          by wojnar ·

          In reply to Tech Republic Idiots…

          Oh, was April ‘Make a fool of myself because I don’t read thread descriptons’ month ? Based on your lack of professionalism, inability to take responsibility for your actions and lying (is this really your last post ???) I would say if anybody is paying you it has to be too much !

        • #3156903

          Where were you?

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to “Maybe in April that would be excusable” ??

          Take a look at the responses to your first post on this thread. No mention of a joke this morning. Everytime you post (a day late and a dollar short) you show yourself to be the fool by insulting people you don’t know. I was insulted for my comments also, but at least I was, and they were, responding to the original post. You’ve shown us all how professional you are.

        • #3146443

          Once more from the top.

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to Shame on Tech Republic – Bad, bad, bad

          “I hope someone at TechRepublicor C-Net Networks reads this post and understands the concern.”

          I’m not sure they would if you sent them that post, but if you try it in English, you’ve got a decent chance.

          “Contentious”: I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

          If you’re not already clicking on EVERYTHING with a grain of salt, what kind of security professional are you?

        • #3156964

          and it didn’t occur to you to check where the thread was?

          by heml0ck ·

          In reply to Shame on Tech Republic – Bad, bad, bad

          If you can’t post something irrelevant and irrevent in the miscellaneous section, where can you?

          Further, you need to use a little common sense when clicking anything, including links from trusted sites.

          Do you really think that anyone would allow unfettered access to that kind of information?

          edited to correct spelling

      • #3155282

        In case you were wondering

        by tryten ·

        In reply to There is a time and a place for most things…

        The misc discussions IS the place for things like that.

    • #3146739

      That was a scream!

      by akibbe ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Oh my god that was funny!

    • #3146738

      hahaha

      by ladychevelle69 ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      very good

    • #3146735

      Way out of line!

      by wsl91 ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Why did you waste our time on this? There is so much garbage on the internet I don’t want to waste my time on this stupid pranks, especially from a Tech Republic column!

      • #3146663

        Not funny…

        by thisisfutile ·

        In reply to Way out of line!

        I couldn’t agree more! This is a prank that’s only funny when a friend passes it to another friend.

      • #3146571

        You just lost a boat-load of credibility!

        by bjagnandan ·

        In reply to Way out of line!

        I’m not sure how all of you got this link, but I received a newsletter from TechRepublic, with the link to this “joke” sandwiched between links about the 26 million SSN’s of Vets being compromised and “zero-day Word threat”. There was no reason to believe this was a joke. I get PLENTY of jokes via email; I don’t need them from a newsletter that I consider (or, should I say – HAD considered) a listing of real issues/info. I will think twice before I get all upset about anymore of your headlines – or better yet, just skip the whole newsletter!

    • #3146728

      OMG!

      by pennatomcat ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      I’ve already apologized to TR. I never expected that this tired, old prank would get out of hand–especially newsletter status!

      • #3146646

        Nature of the beast

        by thisisfutile ·

        In reply to OMG!

        That’s usually how it works…

        Good, innocent intentions + unexpected results = Prank

      • #3146448

        You didn’t…

        by dawgit ·

        In reply to OMG!

        need to apologize to me. Thanks for the reminder that being a ‘Human’ means keeping the sense of ‘Humor’. The rest really need to lighten up. If you’re not doing brain surgery, or flying something, than don’t take life so seriously. (It won’t be on your Grave Stone, trust me.)

    • #3146721

      Nice

      by tcbman ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      I admit it, I wasn’t aware of this one. You got me 😉

    • #3146720

      Spamming newsgroups with trash

      by itengineerguy ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Is there such a thing as spamming a newsgroup? This joke is so old. His picture probably displays something that resembles the mule species.

    • #3146714

      Har Har Nyuk!

      by scedastic ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Nothing better to do than post jokes? I thought this was a professional website.

      • #3146598

        Please

        by poconochuck ·

        In reply to Har Har Nyuk!

        It was posted to MISC.

        Jeeze… it was a joke.

      • #3146446

        When…

        by dawgit ·

        In reply to Har Har Nyuk!

        a person can no longer laugh at him/her-self, they’re no longer ‘Professional’, they’re ‘Mechanical’.

    • #3146694

      What a stupid stunt from someone I TRIED to trust

      by bigcharb ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      In the world of identity theft and government miscues, what an absolutely stupid stunt to pull. I have 3 children, 2 of which are teenagers and I wanted to make sure they were safe from predators and then you do this. THANKS FOR NOTHING!

      • #3146667

        Get a grip people.

        by dmckay2003 ·

        In reply to What a stupid stunt from someone I TRIED to trust

        I for one, appreciate a little humor once in a while. We all know that TR does a great job of keeping us informed and I don’t see any harm in a little harmless fun once in a while. Sometimes, it helps break up the monontony of a normally serious site and let’s all admit it; It was a surprise. I totally appreciated the little bit of humor that TR tried to pass on……
        Of course, that’s just me and everyone has a right to their own opinion.

        • #3146609

          Naive people clicking unknown links

          by jgtechie ·

          In reply to Get a grip people.

          So are most people here in the IT field? It seems like most people posting here don’t have a clue about security. Clicking on uunknown links…give me a break.

        • #3146602

          Wrong

          by jellimonsta ·

          In reply to Naive people clicking unknown links

          They had a web site so they MUST have been legitimate right? ?:| 😉

        • #3157043

          If TechRepublic had mod points,

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to Naive people clicking unknown links

          I’d give you a +5 “obvious yet insightful”.

      • #3146442

        Your teenagers…

        by dawgit ·

        In reply to What a stupid stunt from someone I TRIED to trust

        … probably knew of that before you did, in that case consider this an enlightenment.

        • #3156715

          Dawgit, I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts you nailed it precisely.

          by sleepin’dawg ·

          In reply to Your teenagers…

          He/she probably needs the kids to program the VCR too. LOL :^0

          [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

    • #3146687

      gee

      by lemolstad ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      I did try the url, thanks for the joke. NOT an open site for the average joe to check up on people. Unless they changed it since this was written anyway, all I got was a baboon photo and real joke address with a notice “did you really think you could see your license on line?”

    • #3146679

      TechRepublic – shame on you

      by maurene.grey9 ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      This an old urban legend (http://www.snopes.com/humor/iftrue/license.asp) that keeps resurfacing every few years — usually sent as e-mail messages between the gullible. Do you believe that the intellect of your readership is no greater than those who read expose tabloids?

      Maurene Caplan Grey
      Grey Consulting
      http://www.grey-consulting.com

    • #3146671

      Would prefer not to see this here.

      by oscaro ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Even though funny and amusing, I do come to the forum to obtain serious comments and recommendations. I would prefer not to see these types of postings here. My opinion.

      • #3156821

        Wow.

        by nighthawk808 ·

        In reply to Would prefer not to see this here.

        A calm, rational statement that doesn’t overreact or claim the sky is falling. That’s too rare around here. My highest compliments to you, sir.

    • #3146669

      relax

      by mjunderwood ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Hey we get enough stress at work. It’s good to laugh once and awhile.

      Chill Out !

    • #3146645

      TechRepublic Spam

      by doke ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Dear TechRepublic, publishing stuff like this on a your newsletter places your publication in the crap file. I can find this crap everywhere on the internet most readers of your newsletter are trying to get actual information. Please inform your advertisers that you’ve decided to become another joke and hoax site. dk

    • #3146640

      Pranks never work

      by thisisfutile ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      …that’s why they are called pranks.

      Usually it starts with a good, innocent idea but it always (and I mean that in 100% of the cases) ends up offending a person, or worse yet, damaging a relationship.

      Example…….

      Joe Prankster emails Karen with a scary email. If she looks at the seemingly normal picture, after 10 seconds it changes to a scary face and a screaming sound will play through her speakers, startling her.

      *Karen gets an email*

      *Karen opens email and starts studying the picture*

      *Karen takes a sip of her HOT coffee*

      …see where this is going?

      When does a prank ever work?

      • #3146613

        Get a Life People

        by chuckmba ·

        In reply to Pranks never work

        I read a few of the post and was amazed at how many people were POed for joke. So you fell for an internet joke website. Had you looked at the URL when you moved your mouse over the link, you would have seen that it wasn’t of any government site. Maybe those who were mad should look at themself and realize that they are not the most important person in the company and can’t take time out for a joke now and them and if they don’t have time for some silliness, then they should look into time management so that they can have time for something besides work. As Oscar Wilde said many years ago,”Life is to important to be taken seriously.”

    • #3146622

      I knew it

      by fred5122 ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      When I saw the page, I knew it is fake. Just go to google, and search for ‘Drivers License Database’ or something similar, then all the results come up are either fake, jokes or scams.
      By the way, I never try those for-fee service sites, not sure they are real. Wonder anybody tried.
      Not something new.

    • #3146610

      location-based trust

      by tinkerman ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      I didn’t fall for this when my brother-in-law sent it to me last year. But I must admit I fell for it when it was a link within TR. I was disappointed enough to waste more of my time writing this response. It was an interesting lesson. Never let down your guard…

    • #3146599

      Joke site or tech site

      by ti99a ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      If I wanted to go to a joke site there are plenty of them out there. I don’t need someone shoving this junk down my throat on a site I use for technical information.

    • #3146592

      To those with no sense of humor:

      by itgirli ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      The fact it was in the misc. section should have clued you in. Don’t get mad at TR because you’re an ID10T.

      • #3146570

        Who’s the idiot?

        by ti99a ·

        In reply to To those with no sense of humor:

        It was posted in miscellaneous on a tech site. If you come to TR for jokes you’re an idiot. You are also the first person I’ve seen calling people names for sending a reply you don’t like. Who’s mad? people start calling names when they’re mad.

        • #3146555

          wow.

          by itgirli ·

          In reply to Who’s the idiot?

          Was your reply supposed to make sense? You must be new.

        • #3146546

          New

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to wow.

          New to being insulted by strangers in a tech forum? Yes.

        • #3146533

          English anyone?

          by vtassone ·

          In reply to New

          An old English teacher used to remind us that “Dogs get MAD, People get Angry”

        • #3146494

          Crazy or just nuts?

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to English anyone?

          A question I ask my boys.

          “Are you crazy, or just nuts?”

          The know the proper answer is “nuts”, because we lockup crazy people! 😀

        • #3146490

          Original post

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to English anyone?

          Read the original post and try not to be angry with yourself when you notice who I quoted.

        • #3146519

          New sparky?

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to New

          Get used to it.

          With your approach, I can see it happening more and more to you.

          The fact that you are used to being insulted by people you know also tells us a lot about you.

          B-)

        • #3146473

          Read

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to New sparky?

          At least read the comment before you respond to it so your responses make sense. You’re some kind of English major so I assume you can read.

        • #3157032

          English major? Me?

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Read

          [i]”he don’t know me vewwy well, do he?” – tweety bird[/i]

          My comment makes perfect sense.

          You stated [i]”New to being insulted by strangers in a tech forum? Yes.”[/i]

          This specifing that it is [b]STRANGERS[/b] you are new to being insulted by implies you ARE NOT new to being insulted by people you know.

          Sorry if that was too deep for you. Cliff notes next time? Maybe next time I could write slower so you could follow along? Was actually pretty funny! 😀

        • #3156874

          Not only that,

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to New sparky?

          in the FIRST discussion he ever posts to, he decides to take you on. Well, like the saying goes, morons rush in where angels fear to tread.

        • #3156712

          Let’s be careful out there…

          by daveo2000 ·

          In reply to Not only that,

          I think the block of “DISCUSSIONS” is just for the last 90 days. He might have posted once or twice in March 2005 when he joined. Since then he has probably only read the articles and not visited the forums.

          Maybe he thought he could take on JD due to his new, gentler image/avatar?

          BTW, JD, what is that? My eyes are too old to make out the detail. It looks like a martini glass in front of an AMD box or something.

        • #3155193

          Dave, my new Avitar

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Not only that,

          http://tinyurl.com/lr3kf

          Guess I will have to come up with something clearer for next week, even if I do so love this picture! B-)

        • #3155032

          Thanks, jdclyde.

          by apotheon ·

          In reply to Not only that,

          If you hadn’t posted that link to the image, I probably would have just gone on assuming it was a bag of whole blood for the rest of my days. Jagermeister is funnier.

        • #3158212

          Ah… Context…

          by daveo2000 ·

          In reply to Not only that,

          Every morning I walk past a bus stop in Midtown Manhattan. For the last couple of months they have been having a variety of Vodka ads and such.

          Shows where my mind has been hanging out…

        • #3146470

          Clarkyspark

          by m_a_r_k ·

          In reply to New

          [i]” It was posted in miscellaneous on a tech site. If you come to TR for jokes you’re an idiot. You are also the first person I’ve seen calling people names for sending a reply you don’t like. Who’s mad? people start calling names when they’re mad.”[/i]

          Er…you called her an idiot. So I guess you’re the second person that you’ve seen who calls someone else names for sending a reply that you don’t like. So I guess that also answers your question about who’s mad because you called her a name. And a lot of jokes are posted in the Miscellaneous forum. You didn’t know that? Have you been living in a cave? What is wrong with a bit of humor every now and then? Do you not engage in an occasional bit of humor in your workplace?

        • #3156992

          you’re just sad

          by itgirli ·

          In reply to New

          This is the first thread you’ve posted to on TR and you are trying to tell us how and where and what to post? You’ve got some nerve, little man. You won’t last here long.

        • #3156962

          And you and others imply

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to you’re just sad

          That if you don’t like a post by a new person you’ll brag about how long you’ve sat around with nothing better to do, Miss Submarine designer. By the way, I’m just a computer tech who’s actually been in the business a lot longer than you. You are simply more savvy in forums. How many endless hours have you spent coming up with cute things to say?

        • #3156942

          Sparky?

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to And you and others imply

          Cute name.

          you know, sometimes people don’t HAVE to spend endless hours coming up with witty retorts. Some people are just, well, witty.

          I’ve been ‘in the business’ for a long time, but I managed to keep my humor intact and a supercilious attitude at bay.

          Girli..don’t worry, I know you don’t need anyone to defend you, but I just couldn’t help myself.

        • #3156885

          Sparky – peer mail

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to And you and others imply

          Hey, thanks for the riviting peer mail! I laughed, I cried, it changed my life.

        • #3156870

          You think six years is a long time?

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to And you and others imply

          You are just BEGGING for an introduction to a +12 Sword of Cluebringing.

        • #3155291

          maecuff, I got one from luvinIT

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to And you and others imply

          The other professional idiot:

          One of your fellow TechRepublic members has sent you a private message:

          From: luvinIT
          Subject: You need help …
          Message:
          Stop being so angry … do you work for techRepublic or something …

          BTW your Bio is so full of it. You need a shrink.

          I await your reply … not 😉

          Usually a private message should remain private, but in this case the circumstances clearly dictate otherwise as you’ve provided no valid email address to send this to. You could have posted this in a reply to one of my posts, but you were too cowardly. Unfortunately, drive-by insults aren’t something I have much patience for, and besides, the intelligent posters who frequent these discussions could use the laugh.

          Here’s the reply you weren’t awaiting:

          1. No, I don’t work for TR. The job that guarantees me income is in my bio, and, in addition to that, I take coding, writing, and editing projects on the side. If TechRepublic wants to hire me for a regular humor column or some sort of editing, I’d be willing to consider it, but as of now, my only work I do for TR is making others in the discussions laugh and, when required, bringing the LART of God down on the, shall we say, “posting-skills-challenged”. That is done on a strictly volunteer basis, and it’s not something they’ve ever asked me to do.

          2. Everything in my bio is easily verified. It’s not my fault I have technical skills that you don’t. There’s also a lot of experience I have that only related tangentially to IT, so it was left out (things like having been a lexicographer, copyeditor, Spanish translator, Army Airborne SIGINT analyst, etc.) Nevertheless, my compliments on figuring out that the blue color of my name means clickable.

          3. I have multiple degrees, and one of them is in psychology. If I felt that I needed a psychiatrist, I have the training to figure that out on my own. Thanks for the free, unsolicited advice, however. It was worth every penny.

          Now go get back to your homework, luvinIT. If you don’t study hard, you’ll never get out of sixth grade.

        • #3155225

          Wow Hawk

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to And you and others imply

          That sure was a nice and professional peer mail Mr. [b]SELF[/b]lovinIT sent you.

          I hope it didn’t take too much of his valuable time! 😀

      • #3146528

        I Agree

        by itcowboy ·

        In reply to To those with no sense of humor:

        In addition, this is a website that is consisted of members posting. If you think you can automatically trust everything that is written then you are an idiot. Many of these feeds are RSS from myspace, or msn spaces, that members have set up to replicate here. There is no way TR can view everything. As far as the other reply to this noone is mad, and noone was namecalling. Just a simple statement. so if the shoe fits then wear it. This whole incident was just a harmless joke, and I realize many IT people don’t have a sense of humor, but they are the ones that are not allowed to react with the users (or shouldn’t be allowed to) and the rest of us will continue to move on and take over their positions or rise above them.

        • #3146496

          Thanks for the info

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to I Agree

          Now that I’m informed I’ll leave the forum to you and your chuckleheaded girlfriend.

        • #3146428

          Humor on TR

          by chuckmba ·

          In reply to I Agree

          To all the people who were offended by the joke link and didn’t think it was appropriate for this forum. I take it you don’t look at anything that has to do with geek-end. It’s basically the same thing. I’m sure you think it’s a waste of time and space

    • #3146575

      True Professionalism

      by ken coe ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      It’s nice to know that when I am searching for professional and technical information, I can come to TechRepublic for a break and read humor. I really wish you would re-direct the humor specialists to someplace that they are out of the way of the rest of us doing our job. Otherwise I am wasting my time here. There is a time and place for everything, and stupid pranks are not on the list here.

      [edit] – Thank You for adding the joke in parenthesis. It makes it a lot easier to sift through- Maybe techrepublic should add a tag for humor to make it easier to sort out – How did this get sent through NetNote? Glitch?

      • #3156707

        [i]There’s a piece of anal-retentive pomposity you don’t see every day.

        by sleepin’dawg ·

        In reply to True Professionalism

        This is the Miscellaneous Forum on TR and anything and everything, short of racism, paedophilia and sexual abuse goes here. Think of it as an oasis of light and humour in the drngeons of IT. You haven’t been here long enough to be able to make the snap judgement you have made and if you are incapaable of lightening up IMHO you will be better served by being elsewhere. In my experience, those who can not get along are soon sent along their way because they invariably are too disruptive and unpleasnt to retain in the work environment.

        Back in the bad old days there used to be a spot on kids report cards for [b][i]Works and plays well with others.[/i][/b]. Well Bunky, you just got yourself a failing grade. I’ll bet most of your performance reviews have been nothing to wright home about either.

        Give your head a shake and get over yourself; failing that take your meds and chill.

        Does anyone want to bet he’s probably a 1AW fan.

        [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

        • #3158094

          Did come off a little crappy…

          by ken coe ·

          In reply to [i]There’s a piece of anal-retentive pomposity you don’t see every day.

          I appologize if that seemed directed at the person who wrote it. That was fired off not because it was a joke, but because it came in the NetNote without any mention that it wasn’t a serious article. I didn’t think the post was bad, I was peaved about it being addressed by TR as a serious article. Again, appologies for any misunderstandings on this one.

    • #3146556

      Get a life,,, some where else!!!!!!

      by vtassone ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Some of you guys really need to get your shorts out of your A$$. You are the main reason I choose Not to work in corporate America any longer. It just isn’t any fun anymore. Did it piss you off that you were so stupid you went to the site? My dad always said “put a book in front of an idiot, all ya get is an educated idiot”!!!!!!

      • #3156884

        I’ve seen gratutitous use of exclamation points before,

        by nighthawk808 ·

        In reply to Get a life,,, some where else!!!!!!

        but three commas in a row is a first. I guess this means you’ve reached “terra incogitare”.

        I hate it when I have a joke that only a select few will understand. Oh well. That one’s for you Apotheon.

        “It just isn’t any fun anymore.” With people like you in the field, how could it be? If there were ever a clearer case of psychological projection, I haven’t seen it.

    • #3146554

      Miscellaneous

      by ti99a ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      A couple of people in this discussion have pointed out that we should have expected a prank in the miscellaneous section. I assume now that TRs miscellaneous section has been given over to pranksters so I won’t venture into miscellaneous again. I’ll leave that to the pranksters. In fact I’ll be careful to stay away from any non-specific header.

      • #3146475

        Posted to wrong branch

        by wingedmonkey ·

        In reply to Miscellaneous

        Moved to proper branch of thread

      • #3156877

        And you’re telling us this why, Sparky?

        by nighthawk808 ·

        In reply to Miscellaneous

        You don’t need our permission to go the null away.

        Post edited to insert Sparky.

        • #3156869

          Permission

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to And you’re telling us this why, Sparky?

          To the contrary, it would appear I need permission to even post a comment. Certain people on this forum seem to think they own it because they’ve used the forums more than others. If they don’t agree with you they pounce and if you try to fight back they pile on. I started out posting a simple comment against the original post and was immediately insulted. I tend to bite back. It appears a lot of people in the TR forums are simply there to attack those they don’t agree with. This isn’t MySpace or AIM, or at least I didn’t think so. Maybe all forums have gone into the crapper. Bye now, asshole, have fun in your little ambush forum.

        • #3156866

          You don’t bite back, you bite first.

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to Permission

          And that is why you received such a poor welcome. There are plenty of nice people on this site, and if you’d thought before you posted, you probably wouldn’t have ended up on their bad side. Lurk for a while and get a feel for the different personalities of everyone, and figure out what would be an appropriate way to introduce yourself. Stop blaming others for your own faults.

          A friendly piece of advice: using words that get squashed by the autocensor is not a way to make friends.

    • #3146552

      Don’t waste my time

      by brudab ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      I’ve enough to do with spam in my inbox. How bout I not have to deal with it on an IT forum please?

      • #3155313

        SPAM !!!!!

        by tryten ·

        In reply to Don’t waste my time

        Do you seriously have enough spam in your inbox to consider it a problem. I havent recieved ANY spam in months. What are you doing wrong?

    • #3146530

      So what Malware did we recieve? Can someone check this out…

      by stand fast ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Dude, you may think that this is a joke but did you know the source of this prank.
      I didn’t like the activity that I saw on my hard drive and modem activity as I was waiting for the 15 seconds for the so called database scan. Then it doesn’t even open a page you have to click the link to go on after you wait.

      • #3146492

        Use Firefox and NoScript extension

        by Anonymous ·

        In reply to So what Malware did we recieve? Can someone check this out…

        I use Firefox and have the NoScript extension installed so I didn’t get that or the redirect. I just clicked on the Click Here link after I had waited the 15 seconds. So nothing happened on my end.

        That’s the nice thing about using Firefox and shutting down scripts. You can enable it only for the sites you trust. 🙂

      • #3146431

        Whatever it is, it doesn’t run on Linux.

        by nighthawk808 ·

        In reply to So what Malware did we recieve? Can someone check this out…

        It must be a horrible life living every online moment in perpetual fear, scared by even the simplest joke, looking over your shoulder to see what the latest gaping security hole lurking behind you is.

        • #3146427

          & what’s more

          by dawgit ·

          In reply to Whatever it is, it doesn’t run on Linux.

          it seems Humor is a threat too.

        • #3156937

          Have you ever tried to joke in a foxhole?

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to & what’s more

          I suppose I’d be pretty uptight and humorless too if I was surfing on a Windows platform. It’s like entering a dark room in Adventure without having a light. Was that a Grue I just heard? :0 Help!

        • #3155991

          What would you know about foxholes?

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to Have you ever tried to joke in a foxhole?

          So if we don’t all subscribe to open source Linux we don’t know what we’re doing? Linux is a great platform, very stable, but duh, 95% of the world is on Windows. It may be unfortunate, but it’s a fact.

        • #3155891

          well I sure do

          by dawgit ·

          In reply to What would you know about foxholes?

          And what are you going on about? I do believe he was talking to me anyway. But what is the link between Open Sourse and foxholes????

        • #3156275

          In another post in this discussion, you already had your answer.

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to What would you know about foxholes?

          I wasn’t just a soldier, I was an Airborne soldier. So, yeah, I know a thing or two about foxholes. If you’re not going to think before you post, at least have the decency to read what has already been posted.

          What does your post have to do with foxholes? Maybe once you reach the age of 18 and move out of the house, you can try joining the military and see if you’ve got what it takes. Then you can come back and talk about it and maybe have half a clue.

          Since there are more Windows users than Linux users right now, there always will be. Superbly reasoned argument, that one. Microsoft rules now, so they always will!

          Tell that to IBM. Or Silicon Graphics. Or Cray. Or DEC. Or Sperry-Rand. Or WordPerfect. Or Novell. Or any of the other companies who dominated their fields and who everyone expected always would. The future has a nasty habit of becoming the present, and the present has a nasty habit of throwing you a curve ball. And the past has a nasty habit of carrying people like you away in its undertow.

        • #3156262

          Really, now.

          by apotheon ·

          In reply to In another post in this discussion, you already had your answer.

          “[i]I wasn’t just a soldier, I was an Airborne soldier.[/i]”

          What unit? MOS? When? I’m curious.

        • #3156182

          No kidding.

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to In another post in this discussion, you already had your answer.

          I graduated from jump school in September of 1996. I was in C Company, which is the one the Army uses as guinea pigs for new techniques (or at least it was at the time). At the time, they were trying to reduce stress fractures, so instead of running to our training areas with no equipment, they had us march with rucksacks filled with 70 pounds of sandbags. We also had the first female black hat ever. I felt sorry for the guys in 3rd Platoon, because she was like a Chihuahua overdosed on Speed.

          I had spent almost three months at Ft. Huachucha, AZ right before going to Ft. Benning. The elevation at Ft. Huachucha is around 5000 ft., so when I got to the nice, normal elevation of southern Georgia, my lungs were absorbing oxygen like crazy. At the initial PT test, I ran my fastest 2 miles ever, 13:03. I was pretty proud of myself–until I turned around and saw, out of 334 people, only about 40 behind me. Those Infantry guys can run like the wind.

          You know the rules about only being able to fall out of one run, unless it’s the last one of the week, in which case if you fall out you’re gone immediately? At the end of the first week, I was in the courtyard smoking, since there was no smoking in the barracks. I overheard a couple of people on the bleachers next to me complaining to each other about how they were being washed because they only fell out of one or two measly runs. This irritated me because every time I took a step then, a shooting pain seared my knee. It was like being stabbed with an icepick every time my left leg touched the ground. After I got to my permanent duty station, I had it checked out. It turned out that the whole time, I had had a bone spur poking into my tendon. I ended up having minor surgery to remove it.

          The whole point of that is that is when I really learned what determination is. And also when I really began to despise excuses. It would have been easy to quit, but that thought didn’t stand a chance because I wanted those wings. I think there was only one time I really thought about giving up, and that was after about six hours on the Swing Landing Trainer.

          I thought this was funny when it happened: you know when you’re in the sheds chuting up and you find that you don’t have all the parts you’re supposed to have? I had to go get something, and there was a pretty long line in front of me. The black hat handing stuff out snarled at everyone who came before him. “What do you want?” to a major. “Why are you bothering me?” to a 2LT. “Why are you wasting my time?” to a SGT. And then, to the man in front of me, “What can I do for you, Sergeant Major?” in a sincerely friendly voice.

          Here’s a story that would have been funny if it hadn’t happened to me: on my first jump, I ended up first in the stick. This meant that I had the pleasure of standing right at the door the whole time, watching the ground pass below, having no idea what it would be like. If it hadn’t been my first jump, it probably wouldn’t have been a big deal, but it was not fun for the first one.

          Here’s a funny story that didn’t happen to me. On the first jump, we had someone who froze at the door. He held onto the handles and wouldn’t budge. Finally the jumpmaster convinced him that he didn’t have to jump. He told him quite calmly to put his hands on his reserve (which, as you know, you ALWAYS have to do when walking anywhere), go to the front of the plane, and they’d send him on his way. He said ok, and as soon as he moved his hands, boom!, a boot to the behind and out the door he was. This comes second-hand, so it may or may not be true. It seems a bit apocryphal to me, but I don’t know either way.

          Here is a VERY unfunny story for those of you who may be thinking about going Airborne and have read this far: be damn sure you pass your static line to the jumpmaster correctly. There is a reason your training emphasizes that so much during the first two weeks. Unfortunately, one of my friends had someone that did not pay attention to this on one of the jumps. His arm got stuck in the other guy’s static line, and caused SEVERE (as in, almost entire left side of torso black and blue, shoulder dislocated, and arm broken) injury to him. It’s not a pretty sight; I was there.

          Here was a nice lesson in the maneuverability (or lack thereof) of the T-10C. My last jump, I ended up directly over one of the black hat’s pickup trucks when my chute opened up and I looked down. All the way down, I pulled as hard as I could to get out of the way, but I landed all of ten yards from the truck. What agility those things have.

          I’m curious as to whether your classmates did this, too: throughout the first four jumps, only a very few people pulled their reserve chutes. However, on the fifth jump, quite a few people did. I think they wanted to be doubly sure that they made it. Unfortunately, they didn’t seem to understand that that only makes an already hard landing harder. We had more sprains and fractures on the last jump than we did in all four previous jumps put together.

          Anyway, enough reminiscing. The rest of my story in a nutshell: I joined because I wanted to fly choppers. However, before I did so, I wanted to try something interesting for a while. My first pick for MOS was 19D, but that wasn’t open the day I was at MEPS. I went home and tried the following week, but it wasn’t open then, either. I looked at some things in the medical field instead, but most of them didn’t have the Army College Fund and/or had a six year enlistment. Finally they just gave me a printout of what was open that day. I scanned the list and saw something with the intriguing title of Signals Intelligence Analyst (98C). I looked it up and it sounded very vague, since the details of the job are classified and the unclassified parts are not very descriptive, but somewhat interesting. I ended up going with that. It turned out to be almost perfect for me: it was like doing logic puzzles or Sudoko all day, except that the answers actually meant something. It combined a high degree of analytical ability with the need for clear, expressive writing. The fact that I ended up at Schofield Barracks made it pretty nice, too. (I didn’t tell the Army that I’m fluent in Spanish because that would have meant that I would have ended up only one place: Ft. Hood, TX. It meant passing up an extra $75/month, but that was a small price to pay to end up in Hawaii.) I probably would have stayed in, maybe to retirement, but life had other plans for me.

        • #3156172

          We missed each other by about a year.

          by apotheon ·

          In reply to In another post in this discussion, you already had your answer.

          I graduated jump school in August(?) of 1995, and went straight to RIP. I came into jump school with a handicap: I had broken my foot toward the end of AIT, and had to stay at the OSUT battalion until it healed enough to pass the PT test before they’d send me to get some airborne training. Three months of holdover status at the same damned place I’d done Basic was a less than ideal situation in which to find myself, but I wouldn’t give up my Airborne slot.

          I was in B Co. at jump school right about the time that the “blood wings” tradition was getting phased out. To answer the inevitable question: I still have the wings, and there’s still a bend in one pin where it hit my rib. I don’t for the life of me remember what platoon I was in, but I remember running all the damned time. It’s for the jump school running and the limping around in AIT with a broken foot before I finally got a cast (one week on a broken foot, including an FTX and two road marches, before I got it properly diagnosed) that I blame my later knee problems, but that’s another story.

          I’ve never been first in a stick, but I never got nervous at a jump, either. In fact, the two overriding emotional reactions I had were boredom and annoyance with the hassle of it all. I think removing pretty much all ability to determine whether I lived or died also removed the excitement for me: I find driving fast on narrow switchbacks more exciting, probably because it’s my skill that keeps me on the road, and not blind luck ensuring that my chute doesn’t cigarette-roll.

          I remember that someone missed the DZ and landed on one of our cattle-trucks at one of the training jumps. I remember a sign in the dayroom that said “Keep your dirty nasty LEGS off the furniture!” I remember that the jetwash from my one and only C-141 jump popped my chute open so hard that the harness just about yanked my testicles into my throat. I remember thinking that tower week should have been a ride at Six Flags. I remember being impressed with how much better the food in the D-Fac was than at my OSUT battalion. I remember having to untangle risers for several hours on a stupid detail — just my rotten luck. I remember those big-ass beetles in the sawdust pits for PT, doing pull-ups until my shoulders quivered, and sleeping while a C-131 did racetracks.

          I don’t recall many reserve chute openings in my class. I don’t know if that means there weren’t many, or I just wasn’t paying attention.

          Mostly, though, I try to forget. Programming is more fun. Regardless of that, it looks like we’ve got some more things in common than software preferences.

          I still have every beret I’ve worn to a formation, and my first pair of jump boots. Thank goodness I never had to wear that McDonald’s hat after AIT.

          EDIT: [b]Damn, was that a bad typo![/b] Ahem. 1995, not 2005. Thanks.

      • #3146430

        Oh, that…

        by dawgit ·

        In reply to So what Malware did we recieve? Can someone check this out…

        Sorry, it took so long, it was just the Dept. of Homeland InSecurity, checking to see if your toenails were clipped. 😀

      • #3156980

        MODEM ACTIVITY???

        by jdclyde ·

        In reply to So what Malware did we recieve? Can someone check this out…

        You are on dialup? Poor you!
        This is an OLD joke. Been around a long time, and if there WAS anything on the site, at least ONE of the professionals here would have seen it.

        As for information about that site:

        Domain name: shorturl.com

        Registrant Contact:
        ShortURL.com URL Forwarding Services
        Ben Braman (Report-Abuse@ShortURL.com)
        +1.5209755923
        Fax:
        PO BOX 89091
        TUCSON, AZ 85752-9091
        US

        Administrative Contact:
        ShortURL.com URL Forwarding Services
        Ben Braman (Report-Abuse@ShortURL.com)
        +1.5209755923
        Fax:
        PO BOX 89091
        TUCSON, AZ 85752-9091
        US

        Technical Contact:
        ShortURL.com URL Forwarding Services
        Ben Braman (Report-Abuse@ShortURL.com)
        +1.5209755923
        Fax:
        PO BOX 89091
        TUCSON, AZ 85752-9091
        US

        http://www.license.shorturl.com resolves to 216.17.105.216
        IP Address 216.17.105.216 is located in USA.

      • #3155305

        Scared

        by tryten ·

        In reply to So what Malware did we recieve? Can someone check this out…

        If you are scared of a little malware then you dont need to be ANYWHERE in the internet, or running a windows machine either.

        I am not saying that malware is not a threat. I am saying however, that if you were doing your job correctly then you would already have preventive measures in place and have access to tool that were needed in case there was a breech in the system.

    • #3146522
    • #3146495

      Hey! That was when I got my new haircut!!

      by Anonymous ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      That was the day I got my new haircut! And the lady that took the photo for my license made some rather rude remarks about it looking so uh… “primative” that I was shocked. At that moment, she snapped the picture!

      I should get the photo redone, I guess. But hey, maybe it’ll get me out of a ticket or two if the cop is laughing too hard and don’t notice me leave. 😉

      Just kidding! LOL!

      I like this one. I had to bookmark the site. Thanks! 🙂

    • #3146486

      The Privacy Statement on the site:

      by Anonymous ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Just under the picture, there’s a statemtent that says:

      “Privacy Policy: This site did not collect the name or anything you entered. It was used only to simulate the joke search and generate the image above.”

      It also has an ad for ShortURL.com at the bottom. It may even be the service’s example of how their service works.

      Being I use Firefox and the NoScript extension, I wasn’t too worried. Though I do admit I don’t always click on everything I see. I generally *thought* I could trust the links in TechRepublic email newsletters. Nothing has happened yet. And I’ve seen weirder things in their Geekend newsletters. 🙂

    • #3146480

      I would be worried if I were you

      by bongomundo ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      With a face like yours you should be afraid, very afraid, you monkey’s ass.

    • #3146467

      Who Are These People?

      by wingedmonkey ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Wow, so many complainers. I don’t recognize the names of 95% of them.

      Is this only contribution they can make? Spouts of pompous indignation.

      Some people are actually more productive and consistent with high productivy when then can have an occasional laugh.

      I was on a flight once, the plane arrived late, one of the, “Professional,” passengers smartly announced that he was going to sell his stock in the airline. I was like, “Yeah, that will teach them a lesson and make them regret their actions.”
      I see a lot of that here. How are you going to take your ball and go home with it if you never put the ball into play in the first place?

      For everyone of you complainers that are foaming in rabid fury, I say this. Your research skills must be pretty lame if you are going to, “Quit TR,” over this one item when there are thousands of brilliant posts regarding tech on these boards.
      If you are just finally realizing that there is a Misc. board, you would do well to read the posts by some of the most intelligent real professionals I have had the opportunity to learn from.

      As a project manager, I’d boot you off my team for acting in such a hissy fit. Enterprise roll outs need Team Player people who can roll with the waves, overcome, adapt, see outside their tiny little boxes, have room for growth and above all not waste my time with meaningless self-righteousness indignation whines.

      You could have seen the joke for what it is, put it on your lists of things not to do again and moved on. Better yet, you could have realized that the project lead is having a bad day and passed it on for a bit of mental R&R.

      • #3157040

        Hear, Hear!

        by mickster269 ·

        In reply to Who Are These People?

        I can’t improve on one word in this post.

        Excellent reply, WingedMonkey!

      • #3157035

        I’ll second that….

        by dawgit ·

        In reply to Who Are These People?

        My heart surgeon had a sense of humor, God has a sense of humor, (I’m still among the living) and I still have a sense of humor.
        There is 1 ‘Fact’. when there is someone with out humor who is unlucky unenuf to be around me…. They’re GONE.!.

      • #3157021

        Amen, Preach It Brother Man

        by eprichard@chrysalis-shelt ·

        In reply to Who Are These People?

        It’s good to see that there are people out there who understand that life is a little better with a little less stress and a little less pomp and circumstance. Leave that crap for the suits. The worst thing that can happen is you could die from reading that post. Unless most of the complainers are just upset that they got “gotten” by an OLD, FUNNY, scam. “Not me I’ve seen everything there is to see on the internet, and I know everything there is to know about IT”.

      • #3157019

        Bingo

        by jellimonsta ·

        In reply to Who Are These People?

        Well said WingedMonkey!! 😀

      • #3156988

        Very well said

        by jdclyde ·

        In reply to Who Are These People?

        Right to the point, and hit every point right on.

        Well, on the bright side, they WERE trying to get more people to post! 😀 It worked.

      • #3156973

        There are sooo many

        by maecuff ·

        In reply to Who Are These People?

        people just WAITING to get mad. Sad, isn’t it?

        Winged Monkey, your post was wonderful. I’m impressed that you weren’t juvenile in any way. With THAT being said..what a bunch of little whiny t*tty babies.

        (I LOVE it when I can use that phrase)

      • #3156953

        Bandwagon

        by onbliss ·

        In reply to Who Are These People?

        It is the Scolding Bandwagon 🙂 Jump on!!!

        Human anger feeds on fellow humans’ anger.

      • #3156939

        Read your own post from 5/15

        by ti99a ·

        In reply to Who Are These People?

        You don’t recognize the names so we’re not credible. I see a lot of that in these forums. Who’s pompous? If you don’t like someone’s opinion you switch into put down mode. You imply we have no sense of humor. Maybe we don’t have a sense of humor when we are being serious about security threats. That’s a good reason for coming to TR. What’s your reason? The pranks?

        • #3156919

          Sparky,

          by old guy ·

          In reply to Read your own post from 5/15

          I thought you were leaving. Why are you still babbling? Go away or get over it.

        • #3156902

          You thought wrong

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to Sparky,

          You’re still here and still babbling yourself so I guess you can’t get over it either. Everyone has a right to their opinion, including you, unfortunately.

        • #3156816

          TI99a AKA Sparky

          by old guy ·

          In reply to You thought wrong

          Changing your alias won’t make your posts here any less ridiculous.

        • #3156699

          Thanks Old Guy. I didn’t recognize the twit with a new alias.

          by sleepin’dawg ·

          In reply to TI99a AKA Sparky

          Check his bio, it appear he is self employed and doesn’t interface with people very often. His real complaint is that he recognized the photo as that of his nephew.

          [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

        • #3155353

          The alias

          by old guy ·

          In reply to Thanks Old Guy. I didn’t recognize the twit with a new alias.

          I have a feeling he would be recognized with any alias as soon as he starts yapping. I really wanted to use Max’s special link but thought I would wait and let Max use it. I really think it would be appropriate for this guy.

          Funny about the nephew…

        • #3155317

          I kinda liked

          by dawgit ·

          In reply to Thanks Old Guy. I didn’t recognize the twit with a new alias.

          the handle ‘Sparky’ better, this was begining to get fun too. & where is the Sparky today? Isn’t it Friday? (and to think, the Yuk started early, how dare we do that)

        • #3155286

          If you were serious

          by tryten ·

          In reply to Read your own post from 5/15

          If you were serious about security threats then why aren’t you looking in the obvious places, like…oh…say the Virus Threats discussion or Intrusion Detection discussions. Or ANY other place than misc.

          You are not serious about this at all. You are looking up the other posts people have made to dig up dirt on them. Seems like a waste of time if you were so serious about finding security threats.

        • #3156004

          Serious?

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to If you were serious

          I’ve seen some serious posts here. They have nothing to do with the people who are here to attack others and show everyone how professional and expert they are. No one, as I’ve stated even bothered to look at my original post. ITGirli was insulted because I and others disagreed with her. We didn’t think this was a place for a stupid prank. We were all insulted by her original post that referred to us as idiots because she felt we couldn’t take a joke. I and I’m sure some of the others that thought this little prank was inappropriate were supposed to simply accept this. I didn’t. I’ve been counciled by “nighthawk’ and others in my forum etiquette. None of these people ever looked back on their own. They seem to be here to impress everyone with their expertise. They can write anything about themselves that they want to, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are and do what they say. To hear them talk they’re all rich and successful because they’re such great technicians, IT experts, millionaires, and whatever. I don’t buy this simply because they say so or are adept at putting others down. I think any group of people who would put so much effort into demeaning someone that can see through them are the ones that are really unprofessional. I’ll put my certification numbers up against any one of them who is willing to give me theirs. I don’t know much, but I know what I know, and none of these guys could ever take that away from me on a forum where they have everyone convinced that they’re the experts in the field. If they’re so professional, how could a little nobody like me stir them up the way I have. A professional would say, “Screw this guy, he’s not worth my time”. They keep plucking away and it amuses me no end. It only proves my point. No one who claims to be as professional, as expert, and as accomplished as these knuckleheads claim to be would give a “nobody” like me five minutes of their time. I know, I work for people that really are what they claim to be. These people can’t insult me no matter what they post. It’s great to watch them self-destruct and prove to me and others, I hope, how unprofessional they really are. Read my posts and then read theirs. I started just above ITGirli the Submarine designer. I’ve had comments from people with 700 employees, soon to be 1100. Give me a break. This guy is in this post because he hasn’t anything better to do, not because he’s the accomplished person he claims to be. I’ve been threatened by “nighthawk” and I’m still waiting to see what he thinks he can do to me. By the way the TI-99 was replaced by the 99a after a short while. It was the first PC. I don’t know what a TI-3000 is, but I’m sure one of these so-called experts will tell me. If you were working on a Windows operating system in 1990 it wasn’t a true operating system. It was a program that ran on top of DOS. That was an operating system. You can learn that in basic A+ training. Who are these guys? Why do they think they’re so great? Because they can quote a lot of abbreviated certifications and claim they have achieved them? Do you really want to just take their word for it? Like I’ve said, read back. Who’s attacking who. Challenge their credentials and they get their panties in a bunch. They still don’t back up their credentials. I don’t have as many as they claim to have, but I’ll back up mine with numbers they can look up. Will they?

      • #3156920

        Excellent Reply, WingedMonkey

        by old guy ·

        In reply to Who Are These People?

        Really appreciate your reply. Like Stargzer as soon as I saw the Driver’s license I knew what it was from a previous email a couple years ago–thought it was funny then, too.

        Edited for wrong Star person. Thought it was Stargazzer–different country.

      • #3156905

        well written

        by wojnar ·

        In reply to Who Are These People?

        I have been away from TR for a while and just happened to log in today to find this complaining over nothing.

        If I could add a post script to your response, it would be to add the need of any responsible IT person to check things out before they click on a hyperlink. I did before I clicked so was expecting something like I found. JD in a previous post showed the result of a whois run on the url. Can’t everybody do that ? Can’t everybody read the thread heading ? Is JD now a voice of reason ?. How long have I been asleep ?

        • #3156897

          You were definitely asleep this morning

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to well written

          pssst….No mention of a joke this morning

        • #3156878

          Voice Of Reason

          by wingedmonkey ·

          In reply to well written

          What?
          There was a time when JD was not The Voice of Reason? -(Said with disbelief)
          Well I am relatively new, the man has always been Aces in my book since coming aboard.

        • #3155352

          Ok, how much

          by old guy ·

          In reply to Voice Of Reason

          is JD paying you??? Just kidding JD :p

        • #3155310

          nope –

          by wojnar ·

          In reply to Ok, how much

          just a fan.

    • #3146463

      I saw it coming a mile away …

      by stargzer ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      What amazes me is the number of people who appear not to have seen it before. When I saw the “Did you know that you can now see anyone’s Driver’s License on the Internet” link Ithought, “Naw, not that one again!” Actually, such a link would be nice for ID proofing for HSPD-12 PIV issuance, but I guess we’ll just have to go with the booklet the alcohol companies hand out documenting the formats of the various US States and Territories and the Canadian Provinces. Now if anyone has a link to Green Cards or Passports, pass it on. 🙂

    • #3146452

      Misc not listed in e-newsletter

      by cricket4b ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      The category of this notice is not listed in the electronic newsletter received in the inbox. I am disappointed that this kind of prank would be sent out in the newsletter at all. . .

      • #3157016

        Point taken

        by jellimonsta ·

        In reply to Misc not listed in e-newsletter

        I agree that Misc. threads should not be included on any newsletter. I guess the exception to the rule could be once a few of the TR staffers have checked the thread and deemed it news worthy.

    • #3146429

      System Busted?

      by rlgoers ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Something’s busted. I put in my info, but got YOUR license instead… 🙂

    • #3157014

      awesom

      by fkasner ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      I loved it. From one baboon to another. Keep it up the WEB needs lightening up.
      FK

    • #3156982

      Joke?, Really!

      by jepilgrim ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Ha, Ha. Had me fooled. Now if we could only find BigFoot!

    • #3156979

      WARNING… DANGEROUS CHEMICAL ]:)

      by heml0ck ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      WARNING… DANGEROUS CHEMICAL

      Everyone please read and forward as this chemical causes or contributes to hundreads of deaths each year.
      http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html

    • #3156969

      Information about joke and real information available

      by jdclyde ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bldriverslicense.htm
      Explains this joke.

      http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/perform/driver/
      “Who Is Legally Authorized To Receive Information From The NDR?”
      The information is free to all, but you have to go in and fill out a form. Freedom of information act, thank you ACLU!

    • #3156945
    • #3156854

      Yep

      by ontheropes ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Reading this entire discussion WAS pretty good.I saw this before there were any replies and knew it for what it was.

      I’ll understand if you don’t do something like this again but I thought it was funny. I’m sure I’ve worked with some of those who replied and hope I never do again.

    • #3156838

      You can run but you can’t hide, TI99.

      by nighthawk808 ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      Come now, you didn’t think it would be that easy, did you?

      • #3156834

        A recommendation, TI99.

        by nighthawk808 ·

        In reply to You can run but you can’t hide, TI99.

        Copy and paste the following into a post and add some words of your own. You’ll find that most people here are quite reasonable and willing to let things slide once.

        —–

        To those of you I may have offended:
        I apologize for not thinking before I posted. I promise to give your posts the same respect I give my own. I realize that what I did was wrong, but sometimes people make mistakes. I’ll use this as a learning experience, and hope we can have a pleasant and beneficial exchange in the future.

        —–

        Isn’t that easier than trying to hide and cover up the past? If you’re mature enough to admit you aren’t perfect, you’ll be surprised at how much more friendly people’s attitudes are toward you. It actually is possible to own up to fallibility; as a matter of fact, just this morning I _thanked_ someone for pointing out something I’d overlooked, and it didn’t kill me.

        Whether you take this advice or not is entirely up to you. It has about as much effect on my life as the tidal force of Neptune does. I’m simply trying to give you a gentle nudge in the right direction.

        • #3156828

          Well I did say

          by ontheropes ·

          In reply to A recommendation, TI99.

          that I’d compliment you whenever you wrote something worthwhile.

          I appreciate your sarcasm and sense of humor and honestly couldn’t have done better myself.

          TI-3000 for @$80.00 when they first came out is more accurate.

          Have a peaceful life.

        • #3156825

          Don’t get involved in things you don’t understand.

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to Well I did say

          That wasn’t sarcasm. I was trying to help this guy out. Unlike some individuals, I have a bit of graciousness and am willing to be nice to people instead of sitting around all day tossing word salads. Now go back to buzzing around Max’s dung, you intellectual equivalent of a gnat.

        • #3156752

          by ontheropes ·

          In reply to Don’t get involved in things you don’t understand.

          .

        • #3158281

          Hey Busted!!! Glad to see you’re back with the…………………

          by sleepin’dawg ·

          In reply to

          old alias and I dig the avatar. I think I’ve actually driven past it a long time ago and remembered thinking of it as a rather unique name for a place. I didn’t have time to stop but have always wondered why anyone would give a place a name like that.

          [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

      • #3155068

        Noone read my original post

        by ti99a ·

        In reply to You can run but you can’t hide, TI99.

        I have been attacked by a good number of you people, including you and I don’t believe you ever read my original post. I didn’t attack anyone. I simply stated that I didn’t come to TR to have pranks shoved down my throat. There is a minority of you people who, basically own this forum and like to insult people. I can do that too, although I’m not as practiced as you are. You blather on in your profile about yourself and I don’t. That doesn’t necessarily mean I have only six years experience. Then you resort to threats. Bring it on, whatever a +12 is. I have a right to defend myself and if it hurts your little sensibilities then tough. I have limited experience in forums, but I know a meeting place that is dominated by a few when I see one. Have a great time gladhanding each other, but you’ll never get honest input from people by screwing with them. Your advice would be sound if it weren’t generated in a beehive.
        I didn’t bite first, ITGirli did, but then she must be part of your little group that has taken over the forums at TR. I’ll stick with legitimate forums from here on. This is my last post on TR. By the way, I tried to cancel my membership and found no way to do so. In the process I changed my username. I won’t be getting any more newsletters from them though. Have a nice rest of your life.

        • #3158268

          “Bring it on…”

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to Noone read my original post

          You win. Even the Great Sword Cluebringer is no match for your +87 Mail of Impervious Ignorance.

          One of the big differences between us is that I know how to quit while I’m ahead. You tell me to bring it on, and you don’t even realize it was already brought and left you squashed flatter than Roseanne Barr’s trampoline.

          You couldn’t find a way to unsubscribe from everything? Yes, TR has devilishly hidden the process of unsubscribing under “My Newsletters”, scrolling down to the bottom, checking the box that says “Unsubscribe from all TechRepublic newsletters”, and then clicking the button right below it. For God’s sake, what do you want them to do? Add a huge button at the top of every page that says “Have TechRepublic read my mind”?

      • #3158345

        Reply

        by ti99a ·

        In reply to You can run but you can’t hide, TI99.

        I have never seen such a bunch of self absorbed dorks in my life. It doesn’t take much to get you people going and it takes even less to keep you going. I think I’ll change my username again. That oughta be good for a couple more days at least. TR has a really dumb bunch of tech wannabes running their forums. Come and get me nighthawk. With all of your certifications and credentials you oughta be able to do something. Let’s see what you’ve really got. People skills, you work for a hospital, that develops people skills? I’ve been around longer than oldguy (another dork) and you want to challenge me? Come and get me. You know who I am. Let’s see what you’ve got. Remember though, I fight back!

        • #3158286

          Why stay around??? I missed most of this but after ……………………

          by sleepin’dawg ·

          In reply to Reply

          using print preview I’ve pretty much caught up on what has transpired. So, the first question that immediately crosses my mind is; why are you here??? Do you see yourself as some great intellect bringing some form of enlightenment to the poor downtrodden masses on these forums???

          If so, you are sadly missing your mark. From what I have seen of your contributions to date, you are completely deficient in some very basic computer skills and you have a limited grasp of security matters. It would appear you see your function here, is to serve as a juvenile irritant to the professionals who regualarly inhabit TR. You gratuitously insulted many here, many who are so obviously in possession of skills superior to yours, and like the anal retentive little a$$wipe that you are, you splutter and spout meaningless, juvenile, drivel and wish to challenge people??? Oh!! By the way did I mention we view you as a consummate liar.

          Get real. You haven’t even begun to realize the skill sets of the people you are chosing to oppose. You’ve been around??? Longer than Old Guy??? JD??? Maecuff??? Give me a break!!! I’ve got socks that are older than you and which smell better than you, meaning they don’t smell of baby puke. Most if not all are in positions of hiring and firing pukes like you and they got to their positions by paying their dues which you haven’t even begun to realize [b][i]must be paid[/i][/b] if you have any hope of surviving. You and lovIT or whatever inane name he chooses to call himself, are a matched pair, coming across like a couple of little punks trying to impress your betters. So far, you’ve only impressed me as being something I might have stepped in accidently. Furthermore you compound your stupidity by calling the TR techs a bunch of dumb wannabes??? Brilliant move that one was.

          You, who are so sadly lacking in them, question somebody’s people skills??? The idiotic reference to hospitals that develop people skills is proof positive that you do not have any inkling of what people skills are or you would realize that hospials are not in the business of teaching people skills but are one of the best arenas available, in which to learn and develop them with the aim of becoming a team player.

          Every year, universities and technical schools put forth new batches of graduates who hope to establish careers in IT and/or technology. Every one of them is invariably hired on, on a probationary basis and at the end of that period, the chaff are sorted out. This often amounts to as many as 25% of the probationers being let go. Tell me, how many times have you been released at the end of your probationary periods??? More than once, I would think and each time you’ve been released, it has resulted in a move further down the food chain, to the point where you now have embarassing gaps in your resume and your sole hope, being unemployable, is found in starting a one man service shop, assembling PCs for friends and neighbours and trying to eke out an existence on a shoe string. Like it or not, [b][i]that is the sole image of yourself that you have managed to create here; that and the one of your being a consummate liar.[/i][/b]

          Contrary to what you may believe, most, like myself, take no pleasure in firing people and anyone who does or suggests they do, seldom last very long. However, that being said, I sometimes take satisfaction in the knowledge of having done the right thing by dismissing an individual, not because they weren’t knowledgable enough but because they just didn’t fit in, either that or they pissed me off. If you somehow managed to get by our screening, I doubt you’d be capable of getting through probation.

          So now you know what the image is that you have created here. Why bother sticking around??? we have dispensed with better than you in the past and undoubtedly will do so again in the future. In the mean time you will serve as comic relief and a shing example of what an ass and an idiot are. [b][i]Remember that you fight back??? With what??? In a battle of wits, you are unarmed[/i][/b] and you are playing with people that think the first rule of participating in a knife fight is to bring a gun.

          Enjoy what’s left of your stay and be careful when you crawl out, not to let the knob hit you in the ass in the same manner as it did at all the other place you’ve had to crawl away from. Oh by the way, do take your little boyfriend lovIT with you. I hope your little business does well enough to let you move out of your parents basement; even they must be getting tired of you.

          [b][i][u]’Tis better to remain silent and thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.[/u][/i][/b]

          Trust me on this, few, if any, have any doubts about you; I know I haven’t. X-(

          [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

        • #3158221

          Another wise, holy, man

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to Why stay around??? I missed most of this but after ……………………

          I was born in 1950 when you were probably just a grin on your Daddy’s face. It isn’t hard to keep you people foaming at the mouth. All I have to do is make a post a day. I guess it’s okay for all of you to throw insults at will. Ever heard “You can dish it out, but you can’t take it? How are your remarks and those of your friends any more professional than mine? Ever heard the remark “Legends in their own minds”? I don’t think I ever considered being in IT which denotes Network Administrator to me. Your pal started out with a Commodore 64. I bought one of those for my son to play with when he was 13 or so. He’s 35 now. I live in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Look it up. You can’t live here on a shoestring. My parents have long since departed this earth, who’s basement do you live in? You would never have the opportunity to hire me. I’d walk out five minutes into the initial interview. Ever heard of sticks and stones? Being called a name or being verbally insulted by you guys only supports my instincts that tell me that none of you are any more professional than I am and certainly no competition to me in the real world outside of your little forum.

        • #3158208

          Plonk!

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to Another wise, holy, man

          Now run along to Google to find out what that means, n00b.

        • #3158197

          Definitely not holy and no claim to great wisdom…

          by daveo2000 ·

          In reply to Another wise, holy, man

          … but, I think part of the problem here is that we of the 50s are expected to be a bit more circumspect and reply more calmly than what you have been doing. Name-calling is usually reserved for first salvos and last resorts. In between, there is supposed to be some period of discussion where an attempt is made to communicate.

          If you are going to leave, just do it and don’t look back. If you are going to hang around, please put on an appearance that portrays the kind of background that you claim to have. Anyone here can claim to be anything they want to. All we have to judge by is the amassed image in the words left behind. Do your words so far really portray a 56 year old from Franklin Lakes or do they sound more like a 16 year old from Paterson?

        • #3158174

          You’re being kind, I would have thought Orange or Passaic………… :^0

          by sleepin’dawg ·

          In reply to Definitely not holy and no claim to great wisdom…

          .

        • #3155955

          Have you been to Paterson?

          by daveo2000 ·

          In reply to You’re being kind, I would have thought Orange or Passaic………… :^0

          Point taken! I had some friends in one of the Oranges… Needless to say, I don’t live there…

          Have you seen Paterson too? A friend of mine who lived in Paterson was a chief of police and couldn’t wait to move elsewhere. At least the Oranges seem to be attempting to upscale themselves! I haven’t ventured into Passaic…

          Edited for the heck of it.

        • #3158175

          Well, well, well. I made a chronological error but I’m still……………

          by sleepin’dawg ·

          In reply to Another wise, holy, man

          older than you and that’s what threw me. You’re one of those pukes that supposedly grew up in the permissive sixties, except on you reality didn’t take and you still sound like a whining crybaby from that era. You were still probably wearing diapers when I sat down at my first console, an IBM RAMAC 507. I had turned sixteen two months prior to that. I’ve been around and using computers ever since.

          I am an engineer with an MBA and have been self employed for more years than I was ever employed by others, the exception being a gap of ten years when I was forced by financial constraints to take up employment in aerospace. In March 88, I and four partners started our own company to design and create component circuitry for the aerospace industry. I am the majority and controlling shareholder of the company. As of Jan 2006, we have offices in three locations and will soon be adding a fourth.

          At present we employ in the region of 700 and that will increase to about 1100 when we bring the new facility on line. I have work currently operational on the shuttles and on the space station and we will have stuff on the shuttle replacements as well. My hobby is experimenting with the creation of natural colour animated holographs. Oh yeah, I should have been a bit more specific about my engineering degree, its actually engineering physics.

          The argument is not about anyone being more professional than you, we all are. I read your drivel and I can sense your type, I’ve seen your kind too many times to count. You are right about one thing though I wouldn’t have the oportunity to hire you because I seriously doubt we would invite you to be interviewed. We only invite those who are recommended by their universities from the top quarter of the graduating classes. We pay well in order to get them and as I say we weed out the incompetents at the end of their probation. You can see here why you wouldn’t make the grade.

          http://tinyurl.com/6wbv

          Franklin Lakes, big deal strictly lower middle class compared with Boston, plus homes and/or condominiums in three other locations. I am retiring from my company in July but I’ve been in a position to retire for almost 15 years now. You on the other hand are 56 years old and I’m almost willing to bet you’ll be working up to retirement day and maybe beyond, not because you want to but because you have to. And maybe that’s what makes the difference; I work because I enjoy it, you work because you have to. when I retire from my company, I will not stop working; I have other projects that I’m interested in and am exploring their potential for profit.

          You were insulted here out of reaction to your insulting remarks and just your reaction to the joke, told most of us the depths of your knowledge. Being the big expert you claim to be, you should have been tipped you off to what you were clicking on. Yes even experts make the occasional mistake but a real expert would have know immediately and rather than throwing gratuitous insults around, would have laughed at himself and moved along. You didn’t choose to do that which indicated to everyone the level of your skill set and the fact you proceeded to puke and piss on everyone just furthere served to demonstrate the shortcomings in your character.

          BTW you’re right you are older than Old Guy by four years but I know, I and most of the others here, would place more trust in his skills than we ever would in yours. You referred to the techs on TR as a bunch of dumb wannabes; aside from being seriously in error, you’re the wannabe and an exceedingly dumb one, at that.

          [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

        • #3158160

          Dang Dawg

          by dawgit ·

          In reply to Well, well, well. I made a chronological error but I’m still……………

          You got me beat by 2 whole years 😀 but I have you on the Retirement part… :p (it’s been ?:| ah, yea over 13 years now, geez, I had to really think about that.) And your right, Franklin Lakes doesn’t impress me much either, and I’ve been there. But I do have to take a point with you on the 60s, Those were some wild days 🙂 Wow.!. and the girls 😡 oh those were the days.

          (edited to fix, just every thing)

        • #3156357

          I could have retired but then what would I have done???

          by sleepin’dawg ·

          In reply to Dang Dawg

          I’m easily bored. I like sailing in the summer and skiing in the winter but you still need some variety in your life. I used to golf but I don’t like what it does to me when I gat overly competitive. Every now and then I’ll get the clubs out and play for a while but once it starts to be competitive I have to walk away from it. As for the sixties ………. :^0; what can I say???

          [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

        • #3158149

          Hey, Dawg!

          by neilb@uk ·

          In reply to Well, well, well. I made a chronological error but I’m still……………

          This particular dumb wannabe/old fart KEEPS FOLLOWING THAT BLOODY LINK!

          D’oh!! 😀

        • #3156352

          Just for you, I keep mixing it up; sometimes tinyurl; sometimes original!!!

          by sleepin’dawg ·

          In reply to Hey, Dawg!

          I know how much you love the catchiness of the tune. Didn’t I show you the one about the backside of a smiley and then there’s the hamster dance.

          [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

        • #3158137

          No claims

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to Well, well, well. I made a chronological error but I’m still……………

          I never claimed to be a big expert at anything, unlike the way you go on about yourself. You obviously didn’t look up Franklin Lakes. Lower middle class? Unlike Boston? Boston holds people from the lowest end of the economic food chain to the highest. I know I’ve lived there. They’re all decent people, even the ones who have to work hard for a living, unlike yourself, who is obviously a billionaire. I only work when I feel like it and then I don’t rely on income from my business. I do what I do because I enjoy it not because I need to. I quit the workforce about 14 years ago. That’s when I was in my early forties. Me I just made the right investments at the right times to not have to worry in my retirement, which, by the way, will always be semi. I didn’t have to become a big expert like you guys. All I hear is bragging from a bunch of self-proclaimed experts and millionaires who have nothing better to do with their time than argue with a nobody they have never met and never will. You really don’t know what you’re talking about and the only people that give you creedance are your friends on this forum, who by the way,are still, along with you, foaming at the mouth. I don’t wannabe anything, you people on the other hand, obviously do. I’ve had my stint in industry and didn’t like it and was glad to finally get out. Now I do as I please and it really pleases me to keep chuckleheads like you frothing. You guys are pathetic. It wasn’t my sensibilities that were hurt it was yours. You go out and explore investment opportunities if it suits you. Who cares?

        • #3156001

          I’m not impressed. Footnote

          by ti99a ·

          In reply to Well, well, well. I made a chronological error but I’m still……………

          By the way, why would you try to impress me? A nobody. After all you are really somebody. I’m really impressed! Do you really think you can suck just anybody in by blathering on about yourself and how great you are? Maybe “nighthawk”. So you’re a little older than me. That makes you smarter and more successful? Truly successful people let others deal with “twits” like me. I didn’t refer to the techs on TR as wannabes, I referred to phonies like you and your friends. I do believe there are legitimate techs on TR, I just think it’s unfortunate that they are overshadowed by you and your friends. A word to “nighthawk”. Hope you don’t mind. You don’t do you? I can unsubscribe to all of the newsletters, but there is no way to take my name and personal data off of this site. It still says “Welcome, Philip” when I come here, even when I know I’m not by twits like you. Got any other suggestions? Look around, if you find something please let me know smart guy.

        • #3155704

          You are a liar and here’s the proof unless you are going to claim……….

          by sleepin’dawg ·

          In reply to I’m not impressed. Footnote

          somebody else posted this.

          [i][b]” I think I’ll change my username again. That oughta be good for a couple more days at least. TR has a really dumb bunch of tech wannabes running their forums.”[/b][/i]

          http://tinyurl.com/jq9lb

          Your own words prove you are a liar as well as an assinine idiot to think you could get away with it. I’ve been through Franklin Lakes. I was underwhelmed. I must be tough living on food stamps.

          [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

        • #3156346

          TI99a; If you are really serious about getting out………………..

          by sleepin’dawg ·

          In reply to I’m not impressed. Footnote

          First unsubscribe to everything the go to edit profiles remove everything you can and then log out. You will also have to make sure you cancel all subscriptions to everything in CNet and ZDNet. After you have done this log out and do not log back in. It isn’t perfect but you won’t be bothered again.

          [b]Dawg[/b] ]:)

    • #3156749

      At last!!!

      by armie ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      I’ve finally found my mother-in-law !!!

    • #3158269

      Bush’s license??

      by mr first ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      All I get is Bush’s driver’s license!

    • #3158147

      Nope, not there. But, did find the ex !

      by deepsand ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      And, a goog likeness it is.

      Who said that all the DMV photos suck?

    • #3155997

      re: TI99a

      by apotheon ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      You’re a liar, TI99a. Try to avoid making empty threats, particularly when nobody cares about the threat.

      reference URL:
      http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=8&threadID=195075&messageID=2020799

      relevant quote:
      [i]I’ll stick with legitimate forums from here on. This is my last post on TR. By the way, I tried to cancel my membership and found no way to do so. In the process I changed my username. I won’t be getting any more newsletters from them though. Have a nice rest of your life.[/i]

      • #3155988

        And you are another lost soul

        by ti99a ·

        In reply to re: TI99a

        Another foggy person sucked in by “nighthawk”, his friends, and his baloney. How much of this post have you read? I’m so much worse than those you would make friends with? Don’t say one word out of line here or you’ll find out what you’re really dealing with. These people are for the most part good people with legitimate comments. Would you join the ranks of the few dorks who obviously dominate the forums on this site. There is no threat, but I’m still looking for a way to get my name and personal information off of this site. Until then I guess I’m still here. Any suggestions? “Nighthawk” seems to think unsubscribing to the newsletters will accomplish this. It doesn’t, I tried. So if you in your infinite wisdom can show me a way to take my information and my membership off of this site I’ll go and leave you to “Nighthawk” and Oldguy”.
        I don’t want to unsubscribe to the newsletters, I’ve done that and boy has that freed up my inbox. I want off in the sense that they don’t have any of my personal information. Got that figured out yet? “Nighthawk”, one of your pals, I suspect, hasn’t.

        • #3155932

          I don’t care.

          by apotheon ·

          In reply to And you are another lost soul

          I don’t care about whether you can figure out how to eliminate your account from TR, really. I just find it funny that you issue ultimata and “final” messages then go on blithely commenting as if you’d never said you’d stop. I also find it funny that you’re threatening me. Let me know when you graduate high school.

          I’m also amused by your suggestion that I should avoid joining the ranks of people like nighthawk808 who dominate this site. It’s obvious you’d have no way of knowing why I find that funny, considering you made that comment in the first place.

          Keep telling me how much I’ll regret not joining your one-man crusade. I eagerly await your arrival in northern Colorado to beat me up.

        • #3156517

          FORT COLLINS???

          by mickster269 ·

          In reply to I don’t care.

          Why for all that is good and holy would anyone want to travel to Ft. Collins???

          Even it was for some good ol’ butt kicking?

          (Obviously, I grew up in Denver, and went to college in Boulder. So I am obligated to post this.)

        • #3156399

          foolish child

          by apotheon ·

          In reply to FORT COLLINS???

          Fort Collins basically has all the benefits of a city and none of the detriments. It has the highest average attractiveness of women out of all the places I’ve ever lived. Traffic is very mild, cost of living is reasonable, I can conceivably walk ANYWHERE in town if need be, the winters and summers are both milder than Denver — and I’m here, which should be reason enough, since I’m so cool.

        • #3155867

          If you want out so bad..

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to And you are another lost soul

          Why did I get another peer mail from you? Can’t get enough of my blazing wit? My charm? Hoping for a date?

        • #3155716

          Is that the secret?

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to If you want out so bad..

          peer mails is the key to a hot tech babes heart?

          NOW you tell me….. 😀 😡

        • #3156365

          JD

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to Is that the secret?

          It’s something you just have to learn for yourself. 🙂

        • #3155717

          Smorty, Jay, Can one of you help this Dork out?

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to And you are another lost soul

          It seems Dork boy is intent on leaving TR once and for all.

          Think you could “underage” him? (at his own request, of course!) 😀 Thinking about it, he sounds more like Lobo than underage. Same thing.

          B-)

        • #3156268

          Now THAT is one of the most unintentionally funny things

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to And you are another lost soul

          I’ve seen in a while! You think Apotheon is a member of my fan club? Considering that he probably beats me about 50-1 in post ratio, I doubt that’s the case. And further considering that he’s a rather consistent contributor, while I tend to fade in and out depending on how many side projects I’m juggling at the time, if anything you’d be closer to correct to claim the opposite. But that’s neither here nor there.

          There’s no need to put quotes around my nickname. I don’t call you “idiot”, do I? No–you’re just plain idiot to me.

          Here’s a crash course in linked lists:

          FOO->BAR->BAZ
          If you have FOO point to BAZ instead, you have, for all practical purposes, eliminated BAR. That’s a lot like not having TechRepublic send you anything. If you don’t ever hear from them, they might as well not exist. I’d given you more credit than you deserved by thinking you could figure that out on your own.

          The last time I checked, TechRepublic didn’t hijack your browser to point to this discussion every time you open Internet Exploited, and I don’t think they poisoned your ISP’s DNS servers so any name request is automatically resolved to this discussion–or any of TR for that matter. Here’s a way to fix your problem: make /dev/null your eth0 interface.

          Oops, it’s only easy to do that sort of thing in Linux. I’ll leave it to you to figure out the 42 steps it would take to do that in Windoesn’t. If that’s too hard for you, add this line to \Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts:

          127.0.0.1 techrepublic.com.com

          That should fix it for you.

        • #3156261

          Hawk, you are such a Windows noob!

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Now THAT is one of the most unintentionally funny things

          The command is [b]”format c:\”[/b] to “fix” a windows system.

          I can understand not working with them for a while that you would forget the simple dos commands that still do wonders.

          Issue that command, and you will not have to worry about being hijacked by TR anymore. I promise! 😀 It will even free up some hard drive space for you!

        • #3156194

          I tried your advice

          by nighthawk808 ·

          In reply to Hawk, you are such a Windows noob!

          but this was all I got:

          larry@SuSEWuSE:~> format c:\
          > foo
          bash: format: command not found

          Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to use Wine for this? 😉

          I once had a friend whose sense of mischief was a bit more malicious than mine. Way back in the days of Windows 3.1, he loved to go to the display machines at stores, drop to a DOS prompt, and type those magical words. Eventually they wised up and got rid of the format command. Unfortunately, they never seemed to remember to get rid of deltree. It took a little longer to do its work, but the results were the same.

        • #3156190

          my $deltree = ‘hours of fun’;

          by apotheon ·

          In reply to I tried your advice

          It seemed like everyone knew what “format” was, but nobody knew what “deltree” meant, back in the day. Great times.

        • #3156071

          Ahhhh, the good old daze

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to my $deltree = ‘hours of fun’;

          I haven’t done that to a store computer since the last time I did! ;\

          I don’t know if WINE would help with this or not, but it would sure help with SPARKY’s whine! B-)

        • #3156067

          Before file locking

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to I tried your advice

          it was great fun to delete the Windows DIRECTORY.

          [i]it is not a stupid FOLDER, it is a Directory![/i]
          The dumbing down of windoze users has turned into the stupiding down! 😀

          [i] (I don’t care if that is not a word! If MAX can make up words, then so can I!)

    • #3155989

      I had a really good laugh

      by av . ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      You really had me going there for awhile. :^0

    • #3155741

      The TI99a Eternal Flame.

      by deepsand ·

      In reply to Serious security issue (JOKE, JOKE, STUPID JOKE!)

      For those of you who wish to engage in flames with and/or regarding TI99a, you now have your own sandox in which to play.

      It’s your very own space, away from those of us who prefer to neither indulge in nor be subjected to such.

      Have fun.

      http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=8&threadID=195385&start=0

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