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About Kick

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  • Birthday 1992-09-28

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  • Interests
    Information security, networking, logistics, computer science
  • Biography
    I read more than I post here, and I like a lot of shit.
  • Occupation
    Systems Engineer


  • CPU
    Intel Core i7 4970K @ 4.00 GHz (stock)
  • Motherboard
    MSI Z97 Gaming 5
  • RAM
    Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2x8GB) @ 2400MHz
  • GPU
    MSI Gaming 980 Ti
  • Case
    Fractal Design R4 Black w/ Window
  • Storage
    Samsung 850 EVO 500GB, Samsung 840 PRO 128GB SSD, WD 1TB Black HDD
  • PSU
    Corsair TX650M
  • Display(s)
    Asus VE248 24", VE278 27"
  • Cooling
    Corsair H60
  • Keyboard
    Das Keyboard Professional (MX Brown)
  • Mouse
    Asus ROG GX950
  • Sound
    Kingston HyperX Cloud II
  • Operating System
    Windows 10
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  1. Turning SCRAP Electronics into GOLD BARS!

    Just adding the comment, I really enjoyed this video and would love to see more on-location type videos. Editing, filming, and script were all excellent! That is so cool to see this tech waste processed instead of ending up in a landfill somewhere taking up space. Didn't really think I'd find recycling so interesting, but it was. I work at a large manufacturing company that makes servers... we have a lot of waste, and I don't know where it goes once it leaves our lab. Kind of interested in finding out how we process it now...
  2. HP Proliant cooling solution

    Haha, imagine how loud a couple hundred of those would be with just the motherboard on a cardboard tray, fans ziptied on. Now imagine that your desk is in the middle of all of that. I wear ear protection... I can't offer much advice on fan setup without knowing the case, but generally if you can ensure air flows over the heatsinks you'll be fine, especially if you're just using it to experiment with virtualization. Those little fans move a lot of air, though, so make sure whatever you replace them with move a decent amount too. Potentially something to try first, update firmware to latest if you can get it without a service contract, that can sometimes fix problems where the fans run faster than needed.
  3. What is your job ?

    I run a lab / environment for developers. Most of my actual work is networking or VMware related, but the people I support do really cool things! If I'm nice and social they show me all the cool new toys.
  4. What should I do with usb-c port?

    Well I have this sitting on my desk, it's been helpful: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812270659
  5. 40Gbit Tutorial

    Also came here from the link on main page as above. Was going to jokingly add: Step #1: Use QSFP+ Step #2: Cry about the cost
  6. How to name a product?

    Naming schemes are important, but just like writing it is almost more important to think of your audience first. I have had to draft name schemes at work, create ugly diagrams like this: But that was necessary for the audience: engineers. When it comes to marketing, oh god that's a whole other shitbucket. You need to be able to distinguish between generations or releases, as well as tiers, and anything special or out-of-the-ordinary. I think Intel has done a good job for their Core i Series and Xeon E Series. However I'm likely heavily biased as I barely even look at AMD CPUs now so I've accepted that I have to understand all the little idiosyncrasies of Intel's naming scheme. And yeah, I'm starting to get irritated with the versions they've been adding lately (v4 omfg). I don't think it's an easy "problem" to fix, though, and I would love to see @LinusTech make a video on it as proposed in the latest WAN Show. The way I see it, we (as consumers) would appreciate a system that includes: Brand Product line Release / Generation Specific ID Modifier IDs (stuff like Low Power, Unlocked, etc.) I think a good model that the market could follow would be power supplies. Sure, they try to brand them nicely, but it's clear what you're getting most of the time. Albeit that's a simpler product, but still, lessons can be learned. Edit: Perhaps we could learn from RAM product naming, as well, they tend to get the important details across quickly. Unless it's just Cosair Dominator Platinum 16GB. I forget how they name them, maybe i'm just used to how they show up when I go to shop for them... ehhh
  7. Local Co-op Games (with controllers) for pc

    Nidhogg is outrageously fun*, and the Serious Sam games have good split-screen local support. *I have only ever played it in the presence of alcohol.
  8. HP proliant dl380 g6

    Have you tried flashing it with the latest SPP from HPE? Might help resolve any odd BIOS/firmware related bugs before you go to install. With that said, I see a lot of BIOS errors on HPE servers because of my work and that doesn't look like any I've seen, so perhaps it's not a FW issue. I would recommend sticking with the RAID card instead of virtual RAID, but that's mostly based in personal preference for me (I've never used Virtual RAID outside of storage arrays). Plus I broke an ML110 by trying to work around the 140i controller, but that's another story completely. This looks like it may explain your issue as well as a solution: https://www.veritas.com/support/en_US/article.TECH72976 (and seems specific to the DL380G6, which could explain why I've never seen it as I've mostly worked with G8/9s). Best of luck, I'm surprised no one replied sooner, and sorry I couldn't be of more help edit: a friend of mine pointed out that the SPP might not be the best choice for a home-user, instead opt for only the array driver you need
  9. Is Ting a good carrier?

    I use Ting in Philly and they're good. However, my contract gig took me down to Houston for a year and Ting is a bit spotty there.
  10. I7 4790k

    Yes, add a 0 to that and that's how much I paid for mine. I also have the same MSI Gaming 5 motherboard, but didn't overclock much so I can't help you there (4GHz was good enough). Edit: currency kerfuffle, I read as $30, still crazy deal, just makes my comment about how much I paid for mine not valid.
  11. Talk about Trump (and other off topic stuff)

    That's just not going to happen, go away.
  12. Why do you not use https://?

    Join the socialist rebellion! (Linux)
  13. Fiber & Getting ddos'd

    Yeah man it's crazy how fast these attacks are scaling. Latest report from Kaspersky: https://securelist.com/analysis/quarterly-malware-reports/76464/kaspersky-ddos-intelligence-report-for-q3-2016/ Average in 2014 was like 7 Gbps, now it's in the 50 Gbps range. Edit: Sorry the Kaspersky report is less relevant than I though, I closed the other tabs before linking. Think VeriSign reported the 50 Gbps average in 2016.
  14. Does it have to? It's InfoSec law, this shit is exciting!
  15. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/prosecutors-to-seek-indictment-against-former-nsa-contractor-as-early-as-this-week/2017/02/06/362a22ca-ec83-11e6-9662-6eedf1627882_story.html In an update to a story that broke last year, we are learning more information on just what it was that former NSA contractor Harold Martin III stole during his 20 year career with the agency (and/or affiliated agencies/departments). Among the thousands of pages that were found hoarded in his car and home, he also stole 50 terabytes of data, including more than 75% of the Tailor Access Operations' (TAO) toolkit. If you aren't familiar with the TAO, they are responsible for creating and deploying "software used to penetrate foreign targets’ computer networks for foreign espionage purposes." (They also likely wrote Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame, and whatever else we haven't discovered yet.) This story is heavily tied into the recent history of surveillance disclosures and state-sponsored hacking, but here's the quick version: NSA/FBI increased efforts to identify leaks after Snowden revealed what they had been up to, Likely due to these increased efforts, they find a long-time employee has been hoarding massive amounts of classified information in his home and car. Seriously, they say stuff was just laying in his car and all over his house. And by massive amounts I mean this was the largest theft of classified information, and it took place over 20 years. Not much is new in this story, we knew he stole thousands of pages and 50 TB of *stuff* back in October, but we're just now learning that it did, in fact, include almost the entire digital arsenal of the NSA. He has been held pending trial since October. Federal prosecutors are set to press charges next week for theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials. Full complaint here What makes this story different from the government related espionage stories is that it is difficult to tell if Martin's theft was malicious (or intentional) espionage or simply hoarding. And that's what I wanted to talk about today--Do you think it matters? If you want to chime in I'd urge you to read his Wikipedia page, it's brief but impressive. He is a highly educated military veteran with a long career in government. If this really was an incident of hoarding--an obsessive compulsion to collect all the data so that he could do a better job (as his defense has claimed)--should the government take some responsibility? After all, they granted him TS-SCI clearance. If he is a hoarder, surely they would have discovered evidence of this during background checks. P.S. I got really distracted writing this so it might be all over the place, but if you made it this far, take a look at this cool tool from Kaspersky that tracks APTs.