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Off Topic / Sendgrid ignores spam complaints - IPs to block
« on: April 30, 2020, 10:20:06 am »
Sendgrid is an e-mail spam service and will not act on spam complaints to their abuse contact. You may have luck doing a full block of the following networks on your edge firewall:

Will continue to update if they spam from additional sources.

Using the Cisco custom ESXi 6.7U2 image, it's missing certain security patches which we apparently already had on the 6.5U2 install and the host would no longer reconnect into the cluster. The error message provided indicated an EVC issue and that a processor feature was missing on the host or something along those lines. The actual solution was installing a few newer patches including cpu-microcode by uploading the vib to the host and installing via CLI. Host would reconnect to the vCenter after a reboot allowing you to proceed with additional patching (if needed).

Seems a new annoyance under Debian 10 is by default the /sbin and /usr/sbin paths are not part of the shell environment when you su to root. Workaround is to edit the /etc/login.defs and add "ALWAYS_SET_PATH yes" so the config should look something like this:

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# *REQUIRED*  The default PATH settings, for superuser and normal users.
# (they are minimal, add the rest in the shell startup files)
ENV_SUPATH      PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin
ENV_PATH        PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/local/games:/usr/games

Relevant details found at

-Activision Blizzard: banned player for supporting Hong Kong democracy protest. Confiscated all his winnings. Fired his interviewers (
-Apple: censors Taiwan flag emoji in iOS in Hong Kong (
-Apple (partial entry): censored Hong Kong protest map from App Store. Relented after backlash, now letting app into App Store. (
-Vans: censors pro-HK democracy design in its shoe design competition (
-NBA (partial entry): rebuked Rockets manager for his pro-HK tweet, saying NBA was "extremely disappointed with Morey's inappropriate comment." Backpedalled after backlash, now saying they support Morey's freedom of speech. (
-Disney / ESPN: forbids mention of Chinese politics when discussing Rockets manager's pro-HK tweet. ESPN hosts castigated Morey & speculated about his sincerity, but they will not talk about what caused the tweet: China's encroachment on HK (
-Viacom / Paramount: censors Taiwan flag from the jacket worn by Tom Cruise in the new "Top Gun" movie (
-Disney / Marvel: censored Tibetan monk from "Doctor Strange" and turned him into a white woman. Movie screenwriter: "if you acknowledge that Tibet is a place and that he’s Tibetan, you risk alienating one billion people who think that that’s bullshit". (
-ASICS, Calvin Klein, Coach, Fresh, Givenchy, Pocari Sweat, Valentino, Versace, Swarovski: details here (
-Marriott: apologized to China & changed "Taiwan" to "Taiwan, China" after China threw a hissy fit (
-Nike: removed all Houston Rockets products from their China webstore (
-Activision Blizzard: cut livestream when American University team held up pro-HK sign. (
-Apple: handed over iCloud data & encryption keys to China (
-Riot Games: censors the words "Hong Kong", forcing casters to refer to team "Hong Kong Attitude" as "HKA". (
-Cathay Pacific: fired employees for FB posts supporting HK protests. (
-Apple: minimized the seriousness of iOS exploits that enabled China to track Uyghurs, when 1M+ of them are rounded up by China in concentration camps (
-Google: censored pro-HK game "The Revolution of Our Times" from Google Play because it was about a "sensitive event". (
-Gap: apologized to China for selling T-shirts IN CANADA that didn't include Taiwan as part of China (
-Tiffany: removed tweet showing model covering 1 eye after China accused it of supporting HK (
-Marriott: fired employee who liked tweet from Tibetan group (
-Mercedes: apologized for quoting Dalai Lama on Instagram (
-American, Delta, United: deleted mention of Taiwan as a country from websites (
-Audi: apologized for using "incorrect map" of China that left off Taiwan (
-Muji: destroyed store catalogs that contain "incorrect" map of China (
-Zara: apologized for listing Taiwan as country (
-Medtronic: apologized for publishing "illegal content" that listed "Republic of China (Taiwan)" as country (
-Ray-Ban: changed "Taiwan" & "Hongkong" to "China Taiwan" & "China Hongkong" (
-Qantas, Air France, Air Canada, British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Japan Airlines, ANA: changed "Taiwan" to "Taiwan China" on websites (
-TikTok: censor videos that mention Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, Falun Gong (
-Sheraton: banned Taiwan National Day event. China called event "illegal & a crime against international law" (
-Disney: shrank/removed non-white characters from Chinese poster of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (
-Philadelphia Sixers: ejected fans for supporting HK (
-Princeton: doesn't talk about the 3 Ts: Tibet, Tiananmen, Taiwan (
-Leica: released ad on Tiananmen protest. Apologized & distanced itself from ad (
-Reddit: took $150M from Tencent. Removed threads like this (
-Rockhampton, Queensland: censored Taiwan flag in student art project (
-Cisco: helped build the Great Firewall including module to persecute Falun Gong (
-MGM: changed Red Dawn's villain from China to N Korea to placate China (
-Global Blue: fired staff for calling Taiwan a country (
-L'Oréal / Lancôme: canceled concert of HK artist Denise Ho for her pro-democracy activism (

Disgusting companies bending over for that Chinese money.

This list originally posted at but is at risk of deletion by Reddit moderators as they are influenced by Chinese money (see above list).

Computing, Internet & Technology / Vintage Computing Wiki
« on: June 27, 2019, 03:46:27 pm »
The wiki ( is now working at acting primarily as a source for vintage and retro computing topics. We've also created a single wiki article linking to a number of outside resources:

Off Topic / Nathan Kunkel - scammer
« on: May 13, 2019, 04:53:42 pm »
Almost forgot about this one. Ripped me off to the tune of $300 and I suspect there were others. Operation was based out of Kelowna, BC, Canada.

Here's an interesting problem... If you have a VM behind a Sophos UTM (or other firewall such as ASA) on a VMware ESXi 6.x host using be2net Emulex driver but you get an error 400 (bad request) when trying to browse external sites, the be2net driver itself might be somehow stripping the HTTP headers. We logged this invalid request:

xx.xx.xx.xx - - [31/Dec/2018:16:49:49 -0800] "\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00" 400 166 "-" "-"

This was the case with the following driver configuration:

driver: be2net

A solution was to revert back to the elxnet driver. We ran into issues on this driver in the past which led us to enabling be2net originally (ESXi 5.5 and IBM OEM image). So if you're running into this issue under ESXi 6.x with the IBM/Lenovo OEM image on an HS23 blade, do this:

esxcli system module set --enabled=false --module=be2net
esxcli system module set --enabled=true --module=elxnet

Reboot your host and re-test.

Off Topic / VerticalResponse Inc spammer activity
« on: July 09, 2018, 01:46:17 pm »
This company VerticalResponse Inc doesn't care about spam abuse and will keep blasting you with unwanted mail while ignoring abuse complaints. I suggest you nullroute their network.

NetRange: -

Off Topic / ignores spammers on their network
« on: June 01, 2018, 10:54:14 am »
I suggest sysadmins null route the IP blocks advertised by as they let spammers run on their network. Here is the result of a recent spam complaint against them:

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Thank you for contacting us! This is an automated message to let you know we've received your request. We assure you that we investigate each and every abuse report we receive, and will take the appropriate action. To provide us with more details and updates, please include the ticket ID in the subject line. We take your request very seriously and will perform a thorough investigation, which can take up to 48 hours, to ensure issues are properly resolved.
Ticket details:

Ticket ID: [tt #3233579]
Subject: [SpamCop ( id:6818358810]Tradebay offers to partner up and ..
Status: new

Kind regards, Abuse Team

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As our customer informed us, this wasn't spam but their direct marketing offer.

Regards, - Abuse is a joke.

Off Topic / Nova Scotia premier Stephen McNeil is a dipshit
« on: May 10, 2018, 06:39:57 pm »

His government puts private data out in a public website and then arrests someone for accessing it. This dumbass still thinks he's in the right and will probably never learn how the Internet works.


I ran into this error trying to run setenv on my SGI Indy to a MAC within the standard SGI pool 08:00:69:x:x:x as I suspected this is why my onboard ec0 network adapter was not visible in IRIX. Turns out the MAC shown was for a secondary network card in the system (ec2) and it was causing IRIX to throw an invalid MAC warning during boot.

I'm not sure if there's a way around this in order to keep the second NIC in the system, but I simply removed it which allowed ec0 to show up in IRIX again. No more invalid MAC warning during boot and I could throw an IP on ec0 and ping things.

General Chat / Higher Intellect Blog
« on: October 08, 2017, 09:57:01 am »
A new area on the site is our blog located at

It'll focus mostly on computing topics and likely many will be retro/vintage computing related. Site updates and news about will also be posted.

So I've got a no-name socket 7 Pentium board with the ID string 07/04/97-VXPro+-USB-Ultr-2A5LDH09C-00 and I needed to update the BIOS due to a 32mb limit per SDRAM slot. I still don't know the manufacturer of my exact board but it looks VERY close to the PC Chips M537 which has the same VXpro chipset. I think the only visible difference is some chips are in different spots on the board. I decided to take the risk of flashing the PC Chips M537 BIOS update onto my board, and so far it seems like everything still works plus I've got all my SDRAM showing up now. Here's how to do it:

1) Download which is the BIOS image I used.
2) Also download which includes the AWDFLASH.EXE utility plus a backup of the original board BIOS
3) Ensure your board jumper setting allows for flash update
4) Create a DOS boot floopy with the PC Chips M537 BIOS and AWDFLASH.EXE application. I just used a Win 98 boot disk and deleted the non-critical stuff to make enough space.
5) Boot and run the AWDFLASH.EXE application. Enter the new BIOS image from the PC Chips zip file when prompted. You can also make a backup if you want. You'll get an error about the BIOS ID strings not matching and this is expected since the board is not a PC Chips board. Assuming you're brave, continue with the flash. Reset when complete.
6) If the system seems to lock up during POST, reboot again and hit Del to get into the BIOS settings. Choose the option to set everything to BIOS default and save/reboot.
7) Assuming step 6 worked, go back into BIOS settings and enable everything you need.

I'm not sure specifically what setting the PC Chips BIOS didn't like, but I re-enabled all the options I recall being enabled on the original BIOS and haven't had any issues with lockups. The PC Chips M537 archive I link to is I believe a 1998 firmware image. I don't know the full change history but it does support my 256MB SDRAM and possibly large HDs (well, large for that era). Also I've heard even though the board has USB it won't work since the standard changed during manufacture. I set mine to disabled in the BIOS.

Off Topic / 226-316-1458 scammer
« on: July 18, 2017, 11:18:28 am »
Ignore calls from this loser. The guy on the voicemail sounds angry like he can't please his wife with his tiny package. Probably some 400lb sack of crap too.

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