Systems Administration

How to send commands to GBoard?

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 04:49

I'm very new to AutoInput, but have been doing relatively ok (I think) at learning at least the basic features. Right now, I'm trying to make an automated search in an app. I have my commands set up to open the app, input the search, and... Blank. I can't figure out how to do the actual search.

I have Google Keyboard, and all I think I need is to press the search button. I've tried using a location on screen, but I can't find the correct point, and I keep getting an invalid location error. Using the UI Query doesn't work because it doesn't give any of the GBoard inputs.

I'm hoping to find some fun stuff to do, but to begin with, can anyone tell me any tips on how to find a coordinate on screen? Or is there a command to submit a return in GBoard automatically?

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Uber Joins the Linux Foundation as a Gold Member - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 04:48

“Uber has been influential in the open source community for years, and we’re very excited to welcome them as a Gold member at the Linux Foundation,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation. “Uber truly understands the power of open source and community collaboration, and I am honored to witness that first hand as a part of Uber Open Summit 2018.”

[Update] - SMS And Call Permissions: A New Hope

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 04:40

You may be aware of the great SMS and Call permission debacle from a few days ago. Well, I've got some good news for you! :)

There are humans!

Someone at Google's policy team got in touch with me yesterday, and we had a brief call about the whole situation.

Yes, there are people on the other side! Best of all, they recognize that they need to change and adapt more to developer and user needs!

They are learning

The Google rep said that it's a learning process for them. They came up with the rules that they thought were able to

  • keep "bad" apps from abusing permissions
  • keep "good" apps working

Obviously they missed some use cases :)

The great news is that the rep really took my feedback to heart, and was really sad that people think that their side is just a bunch of bots replying back to developers automatically.

I suggested that someone on their team could for example browse /r/androiddev and respond to devs there once in a while, just to let people know that the policy team actually has some humans in it. :) That would already make a world of difference and would keep both devs and users much less frustrated.

Their intention is not to turn Android into iOS like many, many people mentioned. They were aware (or at least they are now) that stuff like automation apps is what sets Android apart from competitors.

They said that they're working to update their Help Center page and the permissions declaration form to increase clarity and speed for developers affected by the policy changes.

The rep could not guarantee that there would be a special exception for automation apps ( she would have to go through the feedback with her team first), but from the conversation I'm very confident that Tasker will be accepted as an exception once I resubmit the updated form.


It looks like Tasker will be able to keep the SMS and Call permissions after all! Also, they are taking previously rejected apps under consideration again, so there's hope for all legitimate use cases!

I'll keep you posted on any news on this issue!

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Online shopping fraud to surge during Black Friday and Cyber Monday

(IN)SECURE Magazine Notifications RSS - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 04:31

New benchmark data from ACI Worldwide revealed a projected 14 percent increase in fraud attempts during the upcoming 2018 peak holiday season. Based on hundreds of millions of merchant transactions, the data shows that fraud attempts are going to be at their highest across the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend. Principal findings from the data include: Fraud attempts expected to increase 14% during 2018 peak holiday season Cross Channel fraud continues to grow: In … More →

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A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

The Register - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 04:30
A $10 saving cuts ports and memory from the Pi 3 Model A+ but keeps that quad core CPU

Like the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ but feel that the RAM is just a bit too big, the price too high or the ports too numerous? Fear not, for the spiritual successor to the original Model A+ is here.…

looking for a VPN Router to connect individual devices in a LAN

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 04:23

Hi. Im looking for a VPN Router that lets me switch VPN usage for single devices in an easy fashion (clickable switch in the router config page or so). Internet is coming through a seperate router which the VPN Router would use. I thought about changing the gateway in my normal routers DHCP Server to the VPN Router so that all devices default to the VPN and when a certain device shouldnt use the VPN I would like to be able to turn off VPN routing for that device in the routers config page or management application.

any recommendations?

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Users, stop calling things 'The System'

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 04:19

Seriously we have multiple 'systems', I have no idea what you are referring to!

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Openreach v Ofcom dark fibre legal bill bounced back to Competition Appeal Tribunal

The Register - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 04:15
Court of Appeal rules it's wrong to assume regulator should pony up for cases it loses

The Court of Appeal has ruled that legal costs from BT Openreach's dark fibre bunfight against UK telcos will be reconsidered by the Competition Appeal Tribunal.…

Stay at a company where I learn nothing (they are willing to salary match the offer) or go with new job offer and 14k salary increase?

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 04:03

I have been at my current company for four years. My biggest issues are the outdated technology that we use, lack of skill and leadership in senior IT members, too many silos of knowledge by people who don't document anything, and the culture of fear around patching or improving anything.

I got so sick and tired of the way they did things that I just sought out new job opportunities. I took my time and interviewed at places that worked with technologies that interested me. I found a really good place that was very clear about what my role would be.

I let my manager know that I was considering leaving and had this offer on the table. He said he didn't want me to leave because I was the only person he could really count on there to do good work. He talked to the owners and they are offering to salary match my job offer to keep me.

Some things that make it tempting to stay

I enjoy many of the people I work with and that it's a very comfortable job. My day to day consists of basically no heavy lifting; Can you get me a file from this server or can you restart this service? I rarely have to touch any of the projects that I've setup because I set them up well and they work great. Other team members are burdened all day with their silos of garbage that only they can troubleshoot. I spend most of the day learning cool stuff that I sadly know I'll never get to put to use.

The things that make me want to jump ship

Every once in a while, someone gets so fed up with XYZ not working that they assign someone new to fix it. That person is almost always me (other senior guys claim to have no time, guys newer than me claim to not have the experience). The person who set it up initially is almost always of no help and I have to spend a major amount of time overhauling or re-doing it. That person will now wash their hands of this project entirely and it becomes your sole responsibility. This happens no matter what type of documentation or training you give anyone.

Even if I were allowed to proactively improve things, it basically means that everything becomes my responsibility because other team members will insist they no longer know how XYZ works since /u/astnet changed everything!

Should I stay or should I go?

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MS Timeline (plugin for powerpoint) won't run

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 03:51

Hi - I have a few users who have seen a plugin called Timeline for powerpoint in action and they want it. Him upstairs has given it his blessing and acquired licences. But I can't get it to run. When I go to open it from the start menu it doesn't show up above the ribbon, and when I go to add-ins it says it's disabled because user has chosen to disable macros. Group Policy I hear you say - so I went and set the user as local admin and set the registry to allow macros but when I back to PowerPoint it's still disabled due to macros, and under the macros section I can see all marcos are enabled but the option to change that setting is greyed out.

I have 2 system admins, one says he's too busy to look at it (which he is) and the other says his give a fuck factor about some plugin for PP is zero (which it is) and all I want is the damn thing to work so the two customers will be happy and I can close the case.

Troubleshooting I've done - it works on my laptop and a desktop on the floor (and the options to change macro settings isn't greyed out) but both are IT machines and live in a special sysadmin OU, which runs on it's on level of GPO. The users laptops live in the standard OU with standard GPO.

I know the logical thing to do is to move the problem laptop to the sysadmin OU BUT if the user gets any whiff of us being able to get it working on her laptop she'll demand (and go to people who can decree) that her laptop be left in the sysadmin OU so she can have it, and I'm not going down that route, our AD is tight and I intend on keeping it that way, even giving users local admin rights is setting dangerous precedent...

1) Has anyone experience with this plugin not working like this?

2) Rookie question maybe - does local registry over-ride GPO or is it the other way around?

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Just Wondering. Are there any IT-related mobile apps that you frequently use?

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 03:31

For starters, I have the Reddit app to scavenge through r/sysadmin.

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Weak entity and identifying entity

Computer Science: Theory and Application - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 03:16

To illustrate some diagrams, I have posted the complete question Here on stackexchange site. But for quick reference for answering, my major points I'd like to ask about the diagram are:

  • Can the relationship also be one to one?
  • How do we indicate a many to one relationship from weak to strong entity and also, do we have to indicate the total participation of the strong entity in the identifying relationship? If so how in the case of many to one relationship from weak to strong entity?
  • Is it possible to have a one to one relationship instead of many to one?
  • Can the weak entity have a partial relationship?
  • Can the relationship between a weak and a strong entity be many to many? [Please see this reference in part 2, no.7 are the weak entity representations
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How to campaign our IT site to employees

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 03:03

I need your help guys! Ca youn give me some ideas on how to campaign our IT site to employees? This are internal customers.

What we have done is:

• Use a template on our signature in email. • Print a shirt related to that. • Include the campaign on broadcast email.

Any inputs will be much appreciated.

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US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

The Register - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 03:01
5G, IoT, and tech supply chains should go under spotlight

Another US government panel has warned of the dangers of over-reliance on Chinese tech vendors: the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.…

Just one Corretto, give it to me... AWS brews its own blend of Java with free long-term support

The Register - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 02:56
Post boasts cloud host's utmost roast

Amazon may be working to rid itself of Oracle database software, but the box-and-bit shifting biz can't get enough of Oracle's coffee-themed programming technology, Java.…

wrap a http site in https in company intranet

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 02:51

Hi there,

did not find a similar question posted before, so I hope it's all right. Sorry if my question is trivial, learning on the job here.

I work in a school in Austria and we have a software running on our printer server that logs how much every user has printed already. It basically works like a debit card: they have a certain amount of balance on their account, once that has been used they cannot print anymore without recharging. The account is tied to their AD login, which is also their o365 login.

Now the software has a web-interface that users can access locally, but it is only offered in http. In other words they always type in their AD credentials unsecured.

So, how would I go about wrapping this website in https? I cannot change anything on the http site itself, as it's offered by the logging software.

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Expect me to accept a Windows XP license agreement for a November 2018 patch, Microsoft?

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 02:50

Seriously Microsoft, you think I will accept a license agreement for a prelease version of XP Service Pack 2 to install the MRT of November 2018 (KB890830)?

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Outlook permissions

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 02:36

Hi folks

I have a very demanding customer with tons of special wishes for Outlook. After 2 weeks, I must say Outlook is just crap. 50% does just no work even if there is a button/option to set this settings. Had to write this, but it should not be a rant. Just a info about Outlook.

To my question: I need to set the calendar permission as follows: Read busy, free, subject, location Create items and modify own items.

No problem these settings are available and I set them. Sadly I cannot create items. I need to change the read permissions to all details to create an item.

Anyone with a solution? Its Exchange 2016 newest CU.


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What certifications do you recommend

Sysadmin - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 02:32

I’m just curious as to what certifications people recommend?

I’ve been looking to do AWS certs as a route in to say admin, I’ve used it a lot in personal and voluntary projects. Also the RHCSA for the same reason, but it’s costly.

I tend to hear very polarised views on cisco certs, some recommend them, others say it’s pointless now. which is what makes me wonder what people recommend?

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