Dec 9 2014

Financial Security Issues

Jared Griffith

OK, so there’s some SERIOUS security flaws in banking & reporting frauds. I just found I had some fraudulent shit happen on my card, I’m trying to call the fraud people, who aren’t exactly part of my bank, or is some extension of my bank. I call these assholes with my case number, then they want my account number (full), card number (full), or my SSN (full) before going on with the call.
Exactly who is it that has had their shit compromised, that would then give any of that info out, over the phone, and to some fucking 3rd party call center (yes it is, regardless of how much they try to convince you otherwise)?
1. The call center should have at least either the email address that the claim is tied to or the phone number that the claim is tied to on file, in association with said claim number.
2. Why can’t they confirm the number I’m calling from as the number that is tied to the account? Haven’t we all had caller ID for like ever?
3. After confirming the phone number with the claim number, if they need an additional confirmation, why not confirm the email address?
4. If you need further confirmation, pick a sequence of random numbers dictated by the system you are tied into of I don’t know, the middle 5 numbers of your account number, card number, or SSN? Or any variation of that?
The banks should realize that you should NOT be giving any of this information out over the phone at all, to anyone. That’s how this shit started, some bastard at some call center with some paper and pen writing this info down and getting the rest from the screen, then boom, more fraud (oh, and trust me, they’ve gotten better at it). Yeah, no fucking thank you. They need better and more reasonable security measures and confirming the full account number, SSN, or card number, over the god damned phone is so very far from secure, that it should be invalidated as a process, ESPECIALLY when calling these fraud centers or even the bank call centers.
This is ridiculous.
By the way, if you think everything is fine because they have some CIA like security type shit at these call centers, where they check employees for paper, pen, USB sticks, SD cards, cell phones, etc, you’re fucking SUPER wrong. That costs too much, and there is no way that ANY call center, ANYWHERE in the world could afford to do this, and there are literally ZERO workers that would go through that for some shit wage (because call centers are all shitty wage places).
Can we get some 2 or 3 factor security thing going for when you call the fraud lines? You call some auto generated extension at whatever call center from the phone that your account & complaint is tied to, then maybe one or 2 additional questions to be verified verbally. How about that? There are literally probably 10,000 security permutations that you can come up with that would be WAY more secure than the current systems.
Shit, did I just come up with a business plan? Any people with money wanna back this? Seriously, this is what the security should be for banks and their fraud centers, at a minimum.


Dec 7 2014

Dr Freeclouds 20 Year Anniversary

Jared Griffith

I’m playing today.  Come on out, starts at 12.   http://www.drfreeclouds.com 


Oct 10 2014

Whirled Peas

Jared Griffith

Aside from the goofy title, seriously, I really think that a normal thinking society that is truly informed by actual real and truthful information can obtain.   The hard part is letting go of several things, I think those are the blockers.  They are greed, jealousy, envy.  Once you extract those from your life, things become much simpler, much more cohesive.

I personally have run the literal religious gamut.  I have studied in some way and in varying degrees various religions.  My parents promoted this from the beginning, so it’s really something from them.  Approach all religions with an open mind, see what they have to say, and if it fits it ships.  I have been to Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical Christian, “former junky, I got saved in jail” Christian churches.  I even did that “bible time” thing in the trailer outside of elementary school.  I just recently found out that my paternal grandparents were Episcopalian (yeah, those progressive type Christians that accept everyone), really to hedge their bets.  My maternal great grandparents were pretty ardent 7th Day Adventists, and their children were various degrees of 7th Day Adventists, which is perfectly acceptable in that church.  Needless to say, I was pretty well versed in Christian religions.  Some would say 7th Day Adventists were the most extreme, while I actually found them most Christlike, until I found out about those Episcopalians.

Anyhow, after all the Jesus stuff, and what I thought was rhetoric, because I didn’t feel any of those religions (putting aside the Episcopalians, mainly because I didn’t know about them), really followed the teachings of Christ.  They generally taught fear, and that even if you were horrible you would still be forgiven, so evil deeds were somehow “OK” as long as you repented.  I decided to start reading about Islam, Rastafarianism, and all sorts of stuff that didn’t involve some white dude in the middle of the desert.  I was searching out a religion / belief system that I felt was right and the participants of the religion actually practiced those teachings / beliefs.   Some things that I went through coincided with the phases that a young, white, teenage, angsty, teenager coming of age in the late 80’s early 90’s.   Islam research coincided with my “black power” / “fuck whitey” / AIM phase, which was (and still is) a mixture of my musical influences of the time, which were Public Enemy, Paris, and various Peace Punk bands of the time.  Rastafarianism was introduced through my (again) musical influence from reggae, dub, dancehall, ska, and Bad Brains.  I even started reading / researching other things, again, introduced through friends, music, and “mysterious” curiosity.  Through reading various books, I also touched on Hinduism and Buddhism.  I don’t know how I had all the time to research these things at the time when I was busy obsessing about world history, US involvement in various wars / police actions, US “policies” and treaties it failed on, skateboarding, music, hell, even surfing, and general anthropological studies of ancient cultures.

Through all this research (even with going through the “crafts”), there were key unifiers between all of them.  You strip away all of the outdated stuff, crazy stuff, dogma and get to the basic tenets of these ideologies, and you are left with the following:

  1. One omniscient being(s)
  2. One voice of that omniscient being on earth to teach / explain the rest of the rest of these things
  3. Respect (for life, nature, what you have, family, and everything around you)
  4. Love for all those things
  5. Humility
  6. Be humble, because you are not omniscient
  7. Learn and adjust to those things that change around you (which goes back to respect)

Eventually, through various things, I’ve come to settle on Buddhism being the closest thing to what I feel is a belief system (I really find it hard to call it a religion because I find it’s more of a philosophy), that “fits” me.

All that being said, I think that if everyone actually studied Buddhism (politicians, world leaders, general people, hell, everyone) with an open mind and open heart, that they would find the same things I have found.  I’m not advocating that people change things and become a Buddhist.  I’m saying that through these objective views that I have found, and through Buddhism and the thought process and acceptance that the belief system shows, that actual World Peace can be achieved.

I’ve been watching documentaries on His Holiness The Dalai Lama, and am am 10000% convinced that if world and religious leaders believed and spoke as he does, then this can really be achieved.  With Pope Francis, I think we have another world religious leader that is on the same page as His Holiness The Dalai Lama.  I believe Pope Francis is a progressive thinker and can help achieve this.  The problem is that we need other religious leaders that are respected from the other major religions to come together with the Dalai Lama and Pope Frank.  I know they are out there, and they need to be propped up.  Furthermore, we need to start paying attention to what the world leaders (politicians) are doing, and oust them if they don’t fit what they are preaching or don’t fit with these goals.  There are several simple truths that NO ONE can ignore anymore in this world, and we all need to come together to address and resolve them if there is going to be any sort of future for the everyday person.  Otherwise, I fear that we are just going to end up in some corporate feudal quagmire of our own creation, and to our own detriment.

Things need to change.

They need to change NOW.

It starts with us, the everyday people that don’t live in Ivory Castles, that aren’t obsessed with having more money than we can ever spend in our lifetime.

Also, I HIGHLY recommend everyone check out this documentary about His Holiness The Dalai Lama – https://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/70072635

Please, for the sake of everything, open your mind.  Set aside all these preconceived notions, and watch the documentary with an open heart and open mind.

 


Mar 24 2014

Patriotism

Jared Griffith

For a long time, people have been brandying about the term patriot.  Some have been claiming that they are while others are not.  Webster’s dictionary defines it as ” one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests”.  I think there is a secondary, American definition.  That definition comes from what I feel are the founders of this country of ours.  I think it is embodied in the Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution of the United States.

That definition is ” one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests, but questions vigorously, and vocally when their country is doing wrong”.  I really believe the definition should be amended to include that.

Here’s why.  Someone who is  ” one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests” , implies that they blindly following their leaders & country without question.  This, without too many separations gets “patriotism” you into the very dangerous position of being a National Socialist.  Being a “patriot” who is blind and is not calling shenanigans on the government when it’s required and necessary, regardless of party affiliation, is very close to National Socialism.  This very blind patriotism is what got Hitler to power.  In some cases, it enabled Stalin, and various other dictators across the globe to commit the atrocities that they have over the centuries.

I have to say it, true American patriots will say that their party is wrong, and call them out on it, and do what they can, regardless of party affiliation.  This goes for either side.

I know it’s hard to “question everything” in the “information age”.  Yes it was a lot easier to figure it all out when it wasn’t the “information age”.  I’m here to try and convince you that the only real patriot is one that keeps their mind open and questions not only their beliefs, but the party they associate with.  Patriotism in the USA, is not blind faith, it is keeping your mind open and questioning everything.  Question what you are fed via the “information age”.  Question what you believe.  Question why you believe it.  Question why others believe it.  This is what freedom is.  Freedom and patriotism is really philosophical debate not only externally, but internally.

What it comes down to is think.  Don’t believe everything you read.  Do your research.  Do your reading.  Don’t just go along party lines to reinforce your ideas.  Watch an obvious “liberal” documentary or show with an open mind.  Watch an obvious “conservative” documentary or show with an open mind.  Let the questions and points brought up in either simmer and cook for a while.

Please people.  Think.  Think for yourselves.  In this country, that is the singular best right, the right to think and say what you want.  You know, that thing in the first amendment.


Mar 11 2014

Freedom

Jared Griffith

All power to the people! Educate yourself, this shit that is going on and has been going on it is neo-feudalism, straight up class warfare. Educate yourself. Now watching http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Black_Power_Mixtape_1967-1975/70166238

In other related news, another documentary to educate yourself: https://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/The%20House%20I%20Live%20In/70229263

Another one that made me think, and not with the brain covered by pants and underwear https://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Buying%20Sex/70293844

If you think de-regulation is the proper course of action, did you know about this? https://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/GasLand/70129353

One last documentary, highly recommended – https://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/The%20Interrupters/70167110


Feb 6 2014

Dear Hollywood

Jared Griffith

Dear Hollywood,

This is an open letter from a computer professional that has a criticism about how your directors and writers portray computer professionals and hackers in your TV series, movies, and other delivery points.  Please, for the love of god, stop having the actors playing “computer guru” roles look down at the keyboard when doing intensive “work / hacking”.  No one that actually knows their way around a computer, especially “hackers” and computer professionals EVER look down at the keyboard.  Please stop doing this nonsense.

P.S.  Thanks for trying to portray us as more than some social outcast / doofus / super awkward nerd / eternal virgin.  That’s pretty cool.  I think you guys have helped us escaped the “Revenge of the Nerds” thing, and we really appreciate that.

Love,

Sys Admins, Sys Engineers, Dev Ops people, IT people, “hackers”, developers, software engineers, network admins, and all of us other computer people in the world.


Jul 29 2013

New Favorite Work Related Site

Jared Griffith

This site is awesome. I can relate to so many of these gifs….. it’s just scary and hilarious all at the same time. http://devopsreactions.tumblr.com


Jun 28 2013

Playing tonight on KUCI – Riders Of The Plastic Groove

Jared Griffith

I’m playing with Ron D Core tonight on Riders of the Plastic Groove.
https://www.facebook.com/events/382014385243299/

http://www.drfreeclouds.com

Tune in online at http://kuci.org or http://plasticgroove.com


Jun 24 2013

Playing on Riders of the Plastic Groove 6/28/2013

Jared Griffith

This Friday, 6/28/2013, I will be playing with none other than Ron D Core. Join us online for a listen as I come back to the air waves to beat some techno-sense into you all. It’s going to be a good night, and I’m really looking forward to returning to KUCI & Riders of the Plastic Groove. Listen online on Friday here: http://plasticgroove.com/


Jun 5 2013

Honest Talk about Amazon EC2 Services

Jared Griffith

Awesome article.  Anyone looking to move to EC2 / Amazon web services should look at it objectively.  Don’t believe the hype.

http://openmymind.net/Why-I-Dislike-ec2/