HARDWARE: Keurig machines have security and a design flaw

Thursday, December 18, 2014

http://hackaday.com/2014/12/10/dead-simple-hack-allows-for-rebel-keurig-k-cups/

DEAD SIMPLE HACK ALLOWS FOR “REBEL” KEURIG K-CUPS
by: Rick Osgood
December 10, 2014  

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Unfortunately newer versions of these machines have a sort of DRM, or lockout chip. In order to prevent unofficial k-cups from being manufactured and sold, the Keurig machines have a way to detect which cups are legitimate and which are counterfeit. It appears as though the machine identifies the lid specifically as being genuine.

It turns out this “lockout” technology is very simple to defeat. All one needs to do is cut the lid off of a legitimate Keurig k-cup and place it on top of your counterfeit cup. The system will read the real lid and allow you to brew to your heart’s content. A more convenient solution involves cutting off just the small portion of the lid that contains the Keurig logo. This then gets taped directly to the Keurig machine itself. This way you can still easily replace the cups without having to fuss with the extra lid every time.

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BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), after the big “bio film” revelation that Keurigs are “un clean able”, why would anyone buy one?

Ewww, yucky!

And, who know what breeds in that bio film contaminated water reserve — the green meanies?

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SERVICE: Google’s Gmail sending more “stuff” to spam

Friday, December 12, 2014

This week I had a lot more good stuff going to spam on Google.

I use “in:spam” to check weekly.

If you use Google’s Gmail, then you might want to check too.

I also use filters to ensure that “stuff” doesn’t get put in spam.

FWIW

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HARDWARE: FIOS router required a reboot this morning

Sunday, December 7, 2014

2014-Dec-07

Last used around 5PM on Saturday 2014-Dec-06

Found unresponsive around 1AM on Sunday 2014-Dec-07

Went to backup to do my chore.

Rebooted at 2014-Dec-07 0824

Return to normal.

Strange. Usually rock solid.

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SOFTWARE: 19 Year Old Windows bug!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2849288/microsoft-subnet/how-does-a-windows-bug-go-undetected-for-19-years.html#tk.NWWNLE_nlt_microsoft_2014-11-20

MICROSOFT EXPLORER
By Andy Patrizio
How does a Windows bug go undetected for 19 years?

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By now you have likely heard of the 19-year-old Windows bug found by IBM late last week. If not, here’s the tl;dr version of it: IBM found a vulnerability in VBScript, Microsoft’s alternative to JavaScript which was introduced in Internet Explorer 3.0 and ran on Windows 95. Even today, the bug is impervious to the sandboxing features in Internet Explorer 11

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“New” isn’t completely “new”?

Argh!

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HARDWARE: Russian Plane Zaps U.S. Warship

Friday, November 21, 2014

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/11/gary-north/russian-plane-disabled-us-warships-missile-defense-system/

A Russian Plane Zaps U.S. Warship’s Missile Defense System
By Gary North
The Tea Party Economist
November 14, 2014

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An unarmed Russian bomber in April flew over a high-tech U.S. ship. A crew member pressed a button. Poof! No more missile defense system on the ship. No more radar. The ship became a defenseless floating coffin.

Then the plane flew over the blind ship a dozen times. Basically, it was “Nyah, nyah, nyah.”

This story got no play in American media.

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So, we are sitting ducks again.

Anyone remember Pearl Harbor?

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SOFTWARE: UPDATE MAC OSX Yosemite version 10.10 performance sucks

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SOFTWARE: MAC OSX Yosemite version 10.10 performance sucks
2014-Oct-20

Get a ton of spinning lollypops every time I do a task switch or just at random times.

Guess this is how they force me to buy new hardware?

Argh!

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2014-Oct-21

After several reboots, one reboot was different.

I had lollypops so bad made it unusable.

I force quit everything. Powered down.

Waited a half inning.

Power up.

It did something different.

A green ball with a progress bar.

A minute or two.

Logon screen presents.

Seems to be running better.

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SOFTWARE: MAC OSX Yosemite version 10.10 performance sucks

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014-Oct-20

Get a ton of spinning lollypops every time I do a task switch or just at random times.

Guess this is how they force me to buy new hardware?

Argh!

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2014-Oct-21

After several reboots, one reboot was different.

I had lollypops so bad made it unusable.

I force quit everything. Powered down. 

Waited a half inning.

Power up. 

It did something different.

A green ball with a progress bar.

A minute or two.

Logon screen presents.

Seems to be running better.

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