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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

Anon-Admin Re:Nonsense (293 comments)

I have worked for those companies. lol

27 page CAB form and full CAM meeting. Just to edit the /etc/login.defs and change PASS_MIN_DAYS from a 0 to a 7.

I still laugh about it to this day. A single character change and 27 pages of paperwork.

about a week ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Anon-Admin Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

I have a 1923 German 8mm Mouser Sniper rifle. I paid $90 for it several years ago and at 100 yards with hand loaded matched ammo I can create a single 8mm hole in the target with the first round and put the next 5 rounds through the same hole. At 200 yards I keep a pattern under .25in.

Low cost accurate rifles are available.

about a week ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Anon-Admin Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

the explicit purpose of guns is to harm others, in this case creatures inclusive. but how many hunters are there? and how many pistols? and how many assault rifles? you don't need 16 rounds to take down a deer, or a handgun. the explicit purpose of guns that aren't meant for hunting, is for harm, or the threat of harm.

You have never hunted HOG in Texas. Yes we use assault rifles with 30 round clips, we carry a pistol just in case and many of my friends will make sure they have a sharp bayonet on the rifles as well.

Why, because a 300lb HOG can and will kill you with out a second thought. They are dangerous and you go prepared. Sure there are some that go with nothing but a couple of dogs and a knife or with a single rifle. That is there choice.

BTW, we can hunt them with silencers, infra red scopes, at night from a helicopter as well.

about a week ago

The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

Anon-Admin Re:I am so glad (270 comments)

Ok, I went to linux 20 years ago.

I am also in IT, I am a Linux systems engineer. (over 20 years at it, Solaris before that, Sun OS before that, SCO and ATT System 5 before all of it)

I use windows on my work desktop because someone else decided it was the correct solution.

I have listened to management for 20 years demand that "It should be a windows solution" when really the solution should be looked at and choices made based on the merits of the job at hand.

I don't hate Microsoft, I also do not believe that every answer should be to use a Microsoft product. If a tool is a tool then join me and give Linux a try, otherwise you are the one who is not "in the position to speak from knowledge on the subject"

about two weeks ago

The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

Anon-Admin I am so glad (270 comments)

I am so glad that I quit running windows. I converted to Linux when Windows 3.1 went to Windows 95 and have never regretted it.

about two weeks ago

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

Anon-Admin Re:To be an effective admin AND stay in a job (136 comments)

This is so true! I worked at a company where I set up nagios with event handlers that would fix a lot of issues when they happened and when it could not fix it, the system would txt me to come fix it. Problems and downtime when to almost 0. It is amazing what happens when you have a system that can catch java leaks and restart the tomcat server.

When layoffs came around my boss called me in and told me that I was being laid off because there had not been a major issue in 6 months and they could not justify having more than one Unix admin on staff. As I was the highest paid admin I was the one being let go.

As to your "Finally:" I call BS. The last company I worked for read Gartner and really believed that one admin could manage 900 servers. They missed the part where it was 900 identically configured virtual machines. After they cut head to meet the numbers they could not figure out why we were working 80 hour weeks and people were quitting. Well when you expect one admin to run 900 unix systems that are on average 15 years old, have no underlying management system, and no unified authentication then you get what you deserve and you can holler "Gartner says" all you want to the empty room.

about two weeks ago

Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Anon-Admin Re:ACA was supposed to insure 42 million (723 comments)

Strange I thought it was because health insurance is about as useful as tits on a boar.

Explain to me why I pay $12,000 a year for health insurance, then pay for everything up to the first $3,000 of care?

Explain to me why an office visit has a $50 copay, but if I skip the insurance and just pay the doctor with cash from my pocket it is $40 for the same office visit.

If I get in a car accident my car insurance pays for the medical
If I get injured at work, the companies workman's comp insurance pays for the medical.
If I get injured at home the home owners insurance pays for medical.

The only point they seem to cover is if I catch some rare terminal disease, then they will cover it tell the find a reason to drop me. So why should I pay for that privilege?

about two weeks ago

Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Anon-Admin Re:Fuck Obamacare (723 comments)

The constitution gives the government the privilege of collecting taxes via the 16th amendment
(People have rights, governments have privileges granted to them by the consent of the governed.)

"The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration."

And via Article 1 which states

“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and General Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.”

So, tell me which of those two limited cases allows the government to collect a tax with the intent of returning it as a tax credit after you do what they tell you?

about two weeks ago

P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe

Anon-Admin P is not equal to NP (199 comments)

Well of course P is not equal to NP. That was proven with PiV where PiA and PiM may be an indication of P on P but in some instances indicates P on NP. Just goes to show that PiV is proof that P is not equal to NP. Especially where s is a sub of D. ;P

about three weeks ago

The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

Anon-Admin Re:Don't bother. (509 comments)

I disagree with you on this, you can get a PhD from any number of web sites for $25 + S/H.

A piece of paper does not make you smart!

about three weeks ago

White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

Anon-Admin Re:Poor Record on Health (578 comments)

I was born and raised in Texas, and you are full of shit!

Sure, they argue and do not teach sex ed in some schools because of the religious idiots but every kid out there can get condoms. As simple as walking into any 7-11 and paying for them. For the record, I had no issue doing it 30 years ago and my kids had no issue doing it in the last couple of years.

about a month ago

MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Anon-Admin Re:"some weakness" (465 comments)

Seeing as I have worked in the Banking industry, yes they balance the books every month and close out the month. They do not balance everyone's individual account.

about 1 month ago

MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Anon-Admin Re:"some weakness" (465 comments)

You are right if you are talking about the bitcoin wallet. The Transaction ID was used by there web software to credit the DB entry for the persons account. That is where the breakdown was. Not in the wallet software but in the web interface. The transaction ID would come in and the web site would update the database for the persons account. The bitcoin wallet would invalidate the transaction but the website would not.

about 1 month ago

MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Anon-Admin Re:"some weakness" (465 comments)

That was not the error they were dealing with and there is no way for you to spend someone elses bitcoin.

The issue as I understand it, is that someone was forging a transaction ID on an existing deposit or withdraw. Thus tricking the system into transferring the coin a second time. So they had a pool of coins that everything went into and came out of. If I deposit 25btc into the account there system credits my account 25btc. If I withdraw 25btc then it debts my account. All of this keyed to the bitcoin transaction ID. If I forge that transaction ID taking the same 25btc deposit packet and send it again with the forged transaction ID. There system would credit my account a second time, even though the coins were never deposited into the pool. I could then withdraw 50btc, which would come out of the pool of coins because there system thinks I have more btc than what is really there. The only way they would have caught it is if they did a month end and reconciled the numbers in there web system to the number in there btc pool wallet. Which they should have been doing EVERY MONTH!

In simple terms balancing the books is.
You take the account total at start of month.
You take and apply the debts and credits to the total.
You validate that the total you have come up with is the same as the account total
You sign off on the total for the month and close out the month locking it from change.

about 2 months ago

MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Anon-Admin Re:"some weakness" (465 comments)

It tells me they were not following accounting principals and balancing the books at the end of the month. (Which I suspected long ago when I closed my account with them)

Any company that I question the accounting practices on is one that I run from screaming. Stocks, jobs, bitcoins, does not matter.

about 2 months ago

US Democrats Introduce Bill To Restore Net Neutrality

Anon-Admin Simple solution (535 comments)

To any congressman, Congressman's aid, or anyone sleeping with a congressman. Here is the solution to net neutrality.

Append a rider to an existing bill that modifies the Telecommunications Act and redefines a data provider as a common carrier.

about 3 months ago

Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

Anon-Admin Re:Uh? (734 comments)

No, they will tax you under the guise that production and disposal of the solar panels creates large amounts of pollution. This costs money to take care of and you should be happy to pay it, you really dont want to pollute the planet do you?

"They'll come at you sideways. It's how they think. It's how they move. Sidle up and smile. Hit you where you're weak." -- -Shepherd Book (Serenity)

about 3 months ago

Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

Anon-Admin Just as expected (351 comments)

I am not surprised, when people scream that the government should do something about an issue they never stop to think about the government and what it really can do.

When there is an issue, the government has three options in it's tool box to fix it.

#1) Make it illegal
#2) Declare war on it
#3) Throw your money at it and hope it goes away.

So, they started subsidizing your healthcare (With your own tax $$). They paid to have an exchange created (With your tax $$). The exchange had security issues. Well they can fix that as well, just through more of your tax $$ at it and hope it will go away.

While all this is going on they are obviously hurting for tax $$ as THEY sent me a letter telling me that my wife and kids do not exist and they are instructing the company I work for to change my W4 to single male and to withhold the maximum amount until I send the IRS PROOF that I have a wife and kids.

about 3 months ago

Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

Anon-Admin Re:How is this sueable? (409 comments)

There is no requirement in the law, that the person be a US citizen. Only that the company be a US company and the employee is one employed in the US. It even includes potential employees who are immigrating provided they will be working in the US.

I once got in trouble for sorting resumes into two piles. Ones where I could pronounce the last name and ones where I could not pronounce the last name. I have over 50 qualified applicants and needed a way to cut it down to a manageable number. Seems that is illegal to do.

I ended up laying them out on the floor and throwing 10 pennies in the air then calling in the 10 resumes they landed on. Turns out that random chance is a 100% legal way to sort resumes.

about 3 months ago

Oregon Signs Up Just 44 People For Obamacare Despite Spending $300 Million

Anon-Admin Re:News for Nerds? (586 comments)

I do agree with the quote to some extent, however history gives us the answer.

In the 1800's the AMA (American Medical Association) began convincing states that they did not need to regulate the education of Medical doctors if they simply required that the doctor graduated from an "AMA Approved College". To date it is a requirement in ALL States in the US. Once the AMA had that in law they began increasing the requirements to become a doctor and restricting the number of allowable students per class. Thus restricting the flow of Doctors into the American market. One example of this restriction that comes to mind is Veterinarians. To be a Doctor (MD) you have 10+ years of schooling and an internship. The be a Veterinarian you have 8 Years of schooling on multiple species including Human and a Vet is capable of handling most of what a GP (General practitioner MD) does.

So, lets put this into some perspective.

There are 396 lawyers per 100,000 people in the US.
There are 125 Veterinarians per 100,000 people in the US.
There are 2.4 Doctors per 100,000 people in the US.

about 4 months ago



The ISP--The Uncommon Carrier

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Anon-Admin (443764) writes "Every time there is a question of an ISP monitoring, censoring, or blocking content some one comments about Common Carrier requirements. It is true that most do not make attempts to claim Common Carrier Status. There are many pros and Cons to being a common carrier and it is best summed up in Geoff Huston's article The ISP — The Uncommon Carrier

"Today the short-term expedient measures abound. There is enormous pressure on ISPs from both the Internet's user base and numerous legislatures to take an active position of being responsible — and liable, for the content on the networks and the actions of their clients. If left unchecked, this will have severe longer-term consequences for free speech, basic personal privacy, and uncensored, nondiscriminatory, universal access to the Internet. And when the user base comes to recognize the debased value of such a compromised communications system, they will inevitably look to other means of communication that have retained their essential integrity as a common carriage service."

Maybe we should push for ISP's to be covered as Common Carriers. What do you think?"

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Anon-Admin (443764) writes "It would seem that the US Homeland Security is worried about the Internet! Here is the story over at www.prisonplanet.com

From the article:

Disaffected people living in the United States may develop radical ideologies and potentially violent skills over the Internet and that could present the next major U.S. security threat, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said on Monday.

"We now have a capability of someone to radicalize themselves over the Internet," Chertoff said on the sidelines of a meeting of International Association of the Chiefs of Police.

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Anon-Admin writes "SEATTLE Microsoft said Wednesday that its forthcoming Windows Vista would take much harsher steps to curtail piracy than previous versions of its operating system, including crippling the software's functionality in computers found to be running unlicensed copies.

It looks like Microsoft is making a futile move to stop piracy, once vista comes out I wonder how long it will be before a crack is released."

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Anon-Admin (443764) writes " www.voanews.com has a story of the software glitch on the spacestation. Looks like it just needed a reboot :)

Astronauts working on the International Space Station faced a delay Thursday after a computer software problem temporarily held up plans to unfurl two large solar panels."



Where to find a good Content Management System?

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I have been asked to find a Content Management System that would let us import and manage our existing library. After searching high and low for one, I have not found a single product that fits our needs. It would seem that some one would have done this before me.

So I put it to slashdot, what should I use? It would need to be web interfaced, and have a management system to restrict access to some areas of data. It needs to be able to catalog our existing library and make it available. Even if the availability was just as a document revision control system with search, read, and check out (edit) abilities.

This library consists of 15Gigs of images (Using image name, existing directory structure, etc. would be fine), 30Gigs of MP3's (Prefer it to scan the ID3 tags), 50Gigs of TXT files (Full Text search), 50Gigs of .gz and .zip compressed TXT files (It would be nice if it scanned inside the gz/zips and knew how to open them and display them, not all those text files end it .TXT so it needs to know how to test file types), 45Gigs of DOC files (Full Text Search), 20Gigs of HTML files (Full Text Search), 30Gigs of ODT files (Full Text Search), 45Gigs of PDF Files (Full Text Search), and 500Gigs of Video (Using Video File name would be fine). Plus miscellaneous files, For example Word Perfect files, Open Office spreadsheets, Power points, etc, etc. All in all we are talking about a library that is sitting at just over 1.8Tb

It should be noted that the Image library grows at an average of 500megs a week so adding large numbers of images should be something that a photographer can do!



How would you do data acquisition on the cheap?

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I have been working on a science project studying the effects of micronutrient deficiencies in plants. I will be building a new environment chamber soon and was looking at automating the data acquisition portion. I am a little tired of manually taking the data and know that a computer could do a better job than me. I looked into data acquisition systems and was shocked at the price. Cheap ones are $500 - $1000 for the main unit with probes costing $50 - $300. I know that a printer port is a digital I/O and can be used to do data acquisition. After spending some time looking it up, I am not finding anything on it. So how do you do data acquisition on the cheap?

I am not a programmer (other than perl) so I would need a program or a perl module to pull the data. I can build circuits provided I have a diagram of the design. I have a system and can install any OS to get the job done.

What I need to monitor is Chamber Temperature, Chamber Humidity, Chamber Light State, Room Temperature, Room Humidity, and Room Light state.
Temp = +/- .5c

I would like to monitor Chamber CO2 level, Room CO2 level, Chamber O2 level, Room O2 level, Nutrient Levels, Nutrient Ph Level, Nutrient Temperature level, Nutrient PPM (EC) level, and Moisture in soil (Does it need to be watered?)

There will be 6 plants and 6 1gal nutrient reservoirs.

With this in mind, I have a limit of $500 for the data acquisition portion of the project. So what is the best way to get the most bang for the buck?


How to Protect a Windows laptop?

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

After more than 10 years with out a Windows system I broke down and bought a Windows XP laptop. I write articles for a few magazines and, for years, I have used IBM ViaVoice on Linux to dictate the articles directly. On the last upgrade of my Linux system, I lost ViaVoice and can no longer find it or buy it for Linux.

So to solve the problem, I bought a simple Compaq Laptop and Dragon Natural Speaking. I was amazed at the crap they installed. 2 hours after turning it on I had successfully removed over 20 gigs of junk/trial/nagware software.

I installed Spybot S&D and found that the laptop came preinstalled with 12 different spyware programs. I followed this by installing CLAMAV and found that it also came preinstalled with a Trojan, although there is a possibility that this was picked up when I put it on the network to grab the software.

So now that the laptop is clean, my question is simple. What should a new Windows system have on it to stop all the junk? What software do you suggest I install to protect this laptop or to extend usability of the unit?


My daughters science fair project

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Well it is science fair time and my daughter has decided that she wants to enter. There is a short time frame on this. They have only given us 2 months to come up with and do the experiment. This eliminated most of the plant experiments as well as the hydroponic experiments that she wanted to do. So I thought to my self "Time for some great science fun!" Only to have every idea we have come up with shot down by the teachers.

Ideas so far.

#1) The extraction of naturally occurring MAOI's from local plants.
              a) Can we extract natural MAOIS?
              b) Can the natural MAOI's help mom with here moods?

        Shot down for the following reasons
              1) Extraction of MAOIs may violate the controlled substances act
              2) Human and animal testing is not allowed.

#2) The generation of hydrogen in sufficient quantity to run a vehicle.
              a) Can we separate H2O at a sufficient speed to produce the hydrogen needed to run a car?
              b) At what rate can we produce hydrogen by the separation of H2O into hydrogen and Oxygen?
#3) Can we make a philosophers torch?
          a) How does it work?
          b) Why does it work?
#4) Can we do tests with thermite?

                  All Shot down for the following reasons
                          1) It could be dangerous to work with hydrogen.
                          2) We can not do anything that burns or explodes.

#5) A microscopic taxonomy of the commercially available Ps. Cubensis mushroom spores.
                a) Are all the spores of this species the same or are there sub-species within the commercial strains?
                b) Are the commercial strains different that local wild strains?

                Shot down for the following reasons
                  1) Although the spores are legal, this is considered to be drug related and no entry can involve drugs or drug related items.
                  2) Picking the wild strains my be in violation of the controlled substances act. Possession of a schedule 1 narcotic.

#6)An examination of the radioactive decay of U238 in comparison to Am243.
              a) Do both substances provide the same amount of radioactive decay when placed in proximity to a CCD imaging chip?
              b) What are the differenced in the radiation between the two substances?

              Shot down for the following reasons
                1) NO RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES!!!
                            No other reasons stated.

So we are 1 week in and still no ideas that they will accept.


Time for fun

Anon-Admin Anon-Admin writes  |  more than 7 years ago I get lots of contracting firms calling and e-mailing me to see if I am available to take a new contract. Many will send a list of requirement like the one listed. I have included my translations of what they are really looking for. This has been done many times by many people, I just thought it would be fun.

I should add that I normally respond to these and let them know that I would be happy to take the contract at an hourly wage of $350. I figure if they are willing to pay me that much, Ill be willing to do that job. :)

Production Support experience on UNIX and Windows Intel servers with an excellent working knowledge of operating system concepts (Client-UX 11.xx preferred) to provide performance tuning and timely troubleshooting resolution of complex issues including high-pressure system down events.

Meaning, Our outdated computer systems go down and we want it fixed yesterday!

Broad B2B application background with some experience desired on TIBCO products, Oracle, SQL, MQ, Cyclone AS2, Apache, GXS, PGP, FTP, Peregrine, Client Openview

We do not want to hire a DBA so you should be able to run the servers, databases, and monitoring system with out any help.

Experience in System and Network Security including SSL, SSH, TLS, VPN, TCP/IP, Firewall, Proxy, encryption and certificate management.

You will be handling all the servers and the networks. We intend to hold you responsible for all breaches of security from servers being hacked to the virus that Marry Lou opened and now infects the whole network.

Good understanding of basic Internet concepts (e.g., routers, firewalls, Web Server, Web browser, load balancing, DNS, portal, HTTP, HTML, XML)

You will be managing our online presence including developing our web page in your spare time.

Familiarity with Java - JavaScript J2EE (JDBC, RMI, EJB, JNDI, JMS).

We are looking at expanding our web site with these nice new java features and want you to develop them.

Sets priorities; quickly zeros in on the critical few and puts the trivial many aside; can juggle numerous tasks and priorities while maintaining productive flow of work; is flexible and adaptable

We are constantly in a state of chaos because of our old equipment. We want some one who can fix everything that breaks and still do the other jobs we line up for him.

Communicates clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get messages across that have the desired effect, including ongoing issues and infrastructure; Strong interpersonal skills and team orientation, including interaction with outside vendors and customers.

We want some one who will take the blame and not complain about being treated like crap. We should not be able to tell that he is unhappy no matter how we communicate.

Practices attentive and active listening; flexible and adaptable; drives for results and knowledgeable about how projects and tasks should be accomplished; demonstrates good follow through on information and project status.

Understands that upper management knows what is best for the company. Even if the product dose not fill the need he should be able to make it work.

Strong time management skills. Ability to juggle priorities and adapt to very rapidly changing and growing environment,

Should be willing to work 80 hours a week on 40 hours of pay. Understands that we change our mind in mid-project and can completely rework the project in just a few minuets.

Ability to think creatively and "out of the box" in order to troubleshoot and resolve challenging system and infrastructure issues

Should be able to provide a solution to any problem that will cost the company 0$ and provide all the features that are requested.

Ability to troubleshoot problems quickly, as well as able to work the resolution to completion.

Has the ability to implement Band-Aids on problems just to get it fixed.

Must have ability to be responsive and effectively work through difficult situations rather than avoiding them.

We have people who complain about everything. Even when there is not a problem the person should be willing to work with the people and find a solution that fixes what ever it is that the user thinks is the problem.

Experience working in a 24/7 enterprise environment, and must be willing to participate in 24/7 on call rotation to support Production environment

Willing to work 20 hours a day on our problems and carry a pager/cell phone the remaining 4 hours so that we can will him back if we think there is a problem.

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