Ohio inmates MacGyver their way into Ohio prison computer network.

Somebody call Hollywood.  There’s a movie here:

The inspector general’s report found that [Ohio’s Marion Correctional Institute] inmates “took two computers that should have been disassembled, placed hard drives into the computers, installed a network card, transported the computers across the institution for approximately 1,100 feet, through the security check point without being searched or challenged by staff, accessed an elevator to the third floor and placed the two computers in the ceiling of the P3 training room.” The report added that “they also ran wire, cable, and power cords to connect the devices undetected onto the ODRC (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction) network.”



:deep, even breaths: I just love trying to straighten out my kids’…

…account/password problems.  It’s remarkably fun, especially when I can’t get anywhere.  Wouldn’t you agree?

[Goes back to staring at the screen until the pixels begin to individually nova.  One pixel at a single time. Because it is soothing.]


…So, of course, my old computer has died.

Won’t recognize the monitor, is now shutting itself off when I try to turn it on. Thank God for Chromebooks, that’s all I can say.  Guess I got that computer pledge drive in just in time, eh?

This is an annoyance, not a disaster: after all, I have a new computer coming (hopefully by the end of the week). And most of my save games are on Steam and/or Origins.  Still… lighter posting, folks.

[UPDATE] Yeah, it’s the monitor: we have a spare old one floating around that I know works – only it didn’t work in my current machine. Guess I better hope that the trained pigeons put together my new machine quickly, huh?


Somebody’s mucking around with Sharyl Attkisson’s computers?

It’s so nice when they update the classics.

Well.  Isn’t this a thing:

Sharyl Attkisson, the Emmy-award winning CBS News investigative reporter, says that her personal and work computers have been compromised and are under investigation.

“I can confirm that an intrusion of my computers has been under some investigation on my end for some months but I’m not prepared to make an allegation against a specific entity today as I’ve been patient and methodical about this matter,” Attkisson told POLITICO on Tuesday. “I need to check with my attorney and CBS to get their recommendations on info we make public.”

Of course, one shouldn’t jump to any kind of conclusions: after all, it would be the height of stupidity for, say, executive branch officials to order an illegal, politically-motivated break-in against an opponent in order to glean confidential information oh wait.

Moe Lane (crosspost)


Need some advice on a new desktop.

My current desktop is three years old, more or less: more to the point, the case is a total piece of garbage and pretty much all of my USB ports are totally shot.  I’m starting to get to the point where I’ll be actively planning to replace the blessed thing, but: with what?  It’s gonna be a PC – I use this rig for games, with a side order of video editing (yes, I know that Macs are good for the latter; they kind of suck for the former) – but beyond that, I dunno.  I don’t want to have to replace it again any time soon, and I’m not down with spending insane cash money on this.

This isn’t a pledge drive, by the way*. I’m just a little out of touch when it comes to the state of the art right now.

Moe Lane

*Although the button’s on the sidebar, of course: ———–>

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