Rant VIII: The Reckoning

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I woke up this morning to find out my Hotmail account had been compromised and blocked. So, I start to find out what steps I need to take in order to unblock it. The Hotmail support brought me to a page that asked for my first and last name, birthday, etc...but also previous passwords. Hrm. I didn't like the sound of that, so I thought I'd try calling a customer service number.

It brought me to an outside support service that worked with Hotmail, but wasn't them directly. He used a program to link me with his computer (which felt like a ghost was controlling my mouse; kinda cool). Before leading me to the steps that would fix the compromise, he said I would need to pay $70 for the service.

Having no other choice, I agreed. Then he moved me to the page...that was the EXACT same as what I was at before I called. So basically, I could have had this fucking thing solved myself.

I told him this exactly, thanked him for his time, and hung up. To hell with that $70 fucking charge for something I could have done myself.

Hotmail's working again and I'm still $70 richer. But Jesus Christ, that was ridiculous.
 

Dave

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Shit. You guys should see the emails I get about people trying to hack this site. At least 2 a day. China, the Philippines, Russia...you name it. They are quite funny sometimes. They all look like this:

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Jul 15 20:10:17 vps726 sshd[378]: Invalid user gamme from 118.145.25.90
Jul 15 20:10:18 vps726 sshd[380]: Invalid user gamme from 118.145.25.90
Jul 15 20:10:28 vps726 sshd[395]: Invalid user exam from 118.145.25.90
Jul 15 20:10:29 vps726 sshd[401]: Invalid user exam from 118.145.25.90
Jul 15 20:10:30 vps726 sshd[403]: Invalid user cri from 118.145.25.90
The names they try and log in with are funny. For a whole week someone from China tried to log into the root by the username "Fluffy".
 
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Shit. You guys should see the emails I get about people trying to hack this site. At least 2 a day. China, the Philippines, Russia...you name it.
Hell, Dave ...I get unauthorized login attempts on my Minecraft server once or twice a week. On my Minecraft server. Always in blocks of 5 login attempts (usually ssh or vnc requests), never from the same IP. Sometimes they come from inside legitimate corporations, too. Awkwaaaard.

--Patrick
 

Dave

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They are in blocks of 5 because most server software does a mandatory 30 or 60 minute IP lock for 5 unsuccessful attempts.
 
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There's no log of any attempts after, so I just assumed that whatever script was doing the intrusion attempt was set to only try 5 times. The fun part is sending the CIO a "you probably need to scan the machines on your network and educate people on email security again" note.

--Patrick
 

GasBandit

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Yeah from what I hear they won't even be done with construction of the stadium in time.
 
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I don't know where to put this..

But I just 'Wow, that's never happened to me before moment'.

After reading a story from one of my favorite costumers, I cried so hard I threw up. I'm so glad I've calmed down now, but..that was just weird. I don't know why I feel so much for people I don't even know, but..I have a tender heart.

But the rant part and why I was crying:

A costumer, who I admire so very much, just posted what happened to her sister, her sister's boyfriend, and her sister's dogs. This sister was on a walk with Boyfriend and (4 houses away mind you) was crossing through a cross walk and was hit by car. The boyfriend shoved Sister out of the way at the last second, taking the full force of the car. Carnage. The dogs were killed instantly, luckily both Sister and Boyfriend will survive.

But the idiot driver? They took off! In a wake of destruction they left the scene, a witness said they didn't even slow down. Like...I just...can't even. Why??

As wrong as it is for me to say, I hope that driver is haunted forever! There is nothing okay with what happened. Hopefully they can at least be caught and answer for the events that transpired..

Anyway..I'll probably calm down in a few minutes and possibly delete this post.
 
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That kind of shit never gets easier kags, and I do my best these days to try not to read about stuff like that, to depressing.
 
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Update on my husband: It's not his leg. It's his back. He's got two herniated/bulging disks (L4 and L5). Right now he's on steroids and B vitamins to help the nerves. He also finally got his wallet, passport, and laptop off of the ship. The full results of his tests will be available tomorrow. The doctor wants him to have electrograph therapy but they are backed up until next month. The guy who is his escort is an idiot. He sent a message to the command telling them all the wrong info about Mr. Wasabi's condition. He also uses the bidet for a urinal and often misses. When Mr. Wasabi told him what a bidet is for, the guy told him he didn't know what he was talking about. Mr. Wasabi has been using the guy's towel to dry/clean up the pee. :devil:
 
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So my sister-in-law is in the hospital. She and my brother drove to Chicago to meet my niece for her visit. On the drive back my SIL started getting migraines and vomited in the car. They stopped for the night at a hotel, and she thought she just needed to lie down for a nap. My brother took my niece out for some dinner, and when they came back they found a crowd hovering around my SIL, who had passed out in the hotel lobby. She was disoriented and had aphasia, which was freaking my brother out even more. Now she's spending the night in the hospital while a neurologist prepares to do more tests tomorrow. No one has any idea what the hell is going on, and my brother is scared shitless. My mom hopped on a red-eye to give him a hand.

I just wish there were answers. I hope she's going to be okay.
 
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You always should flee the scene if you hit someone drunk. High profile case here about a month ago. Guy was drunk and texting, hit a girl and drove off. He claims he thought he hit a deer, and didnt realize the flesh and blood on his hood was a woman (he's a doctor btw). Found not guilty because they couldn't prove he was drunk.
 
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I don't know how widespread this problem is, but one of the things that bugs the shit out of me is what I'll call the "DUI culture" around here. What I mean by that is the mentality many people have that getting a DUI and/or driving drunk is perfectly normal. A friend of mine was dating a guy whose friends congratulated him when he got his first DUI, because he was finally "part of the club." They all had 2 or 3 DUIs, and they looked upon as some badge of honor. Every day we hear about professional athletes arrested for a DUI, and most people just shrug it off as some sort of "boys will be boys" thing. I'll often overhear random people in public talking about how they got "another DUI" like it's no big deal. One woman complained that the court installed a breathalyzer in her car that she had to blow into before it would start. Her complaint was that she got it after her third DUI, arguing that was too few. She felt you shouldn't have that until your fourth or fifth conviction.

People don't see it as dangerous. They don't think about what could happen, or why society punishes people for it. They just see it as "the man" being uptight. You'll even hear some people joke that it's fun or that they drive better when they're drunk. I don't fucking get it. I'm not saying that the first time a person gets a DUI they should be tarred and feathered. I just think people should take them more seriously, at least acknowledge that it's bad to drive drunk. It's not a fucking joke.[DOUBLEPOST=1342811148][/DOUBLEPOST]Oh, and while I was typing that I got an update on my SIL. All this is according to my dad, who got it from my mother, who heard it from my brother, so it's a bit like playing telephone. Basically the doctors don't know what started it all, but her symptoms are all related. She has some sort of chemical/electrical imbalance in her brain that's causing her to have seizures. This is coming completely out of the blue. She's 29 and has never had any kind of problem like this before. Apparently she's going to start some medication that will hopefully prevent any other seizures, but it won't fully take effect for another 2 weeks. So she can't drive or work during that time, and she has to be prepared for further problems until the medication can kick in.
 
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Every DUI I've given has been near life ruining, since most of them were given to long haul truck drivers in the area I used to do general duty. DUI's in Alberta are an automatic license suspension with a 3 week temporary license to get your affairs in order followed by a mandatory 3 month suspension, regardless of conviction. If convicted it's another 12 months.

Don't get a DUI here.
 
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