The Nine Circles of IT Hell
I have to agree especially as you get some complex password rules now days and some folk think you are cleverly using punctuation to meet that complexity. Usually I say something like:
Your password is "generic2011" all lower case. It starts with a "g" and ends with "1". Do not include the quotation marks.
Mozilla Asks All CAs To Audit Security Systems
The problem here is you need an outside audit which they won't agree to as it might introduce liability. An independent audit doesn't mean anything (I used to be an auditor) as the audit firm wants repeat business.
Obama Admin Wants Hackers Charged As Mobsters
Just like we ruin poor dumb kids lives who commit other dumb crimes they wouldn't have committed if they were older like joining a gang, murdering somebody for a pair of shoes, etc etc.
Basically what I hear in your comment is "How dare middle class suburb kids be expected to follow the law and then be prosecuted when they fail .. the outrage!!!"
Amazon Launches 'AWS GovCloud'
No, what is stopping the government from moving to the cloud is crazy NIST requirements in some of the archaic parts of NIST SP800-53. If they can give me a fully certified compliant system you would seem movement in droves.
Vivek Kundra Quits As Federal CIO
The only surprise here is he lasted so long. The Federal CIO has zero authority hence it's a thankless exercise in futility. Under both FISMA and CCA all IT authority is with the Agency Head, OMB Director, and NIST. The Mr. Kundra had no authority, no control, no budget, no nothing my guess is the only reason he took the job was he was a former private sector employee and most likely had buyers regret within the week. No sane civil servant would take this position short of as a temp position to a backroom deal which ended with a lateral transfer promotion somewhere else or a high three with the expectation of doing nothing and accomplishing nothing (the only realistic goal under the existing legal/regulatory framework which governs that position) .
How To Succeed In IT Without Really Trying
As a manager I always let those folk walk away. Nobody is indispensible and I don't need the Generation ADD princess syndrome employee's. It's a job, not a lifestyle.
FreeBSD Vows to Compete with Desktop Linux
That was the old FreeBSD Team goal. The new management (lets say post 5.0 RELEASE or early 00's) is all about being hip, competing with people they shouldn't be, and shoddy work. Examples:
- See the new RELENG idealogy (articles/releng)
- See the new logo that the vocal FBSD communtity despises (see mailing lists)
- See this news article (though I agree he did just mention parity ... that parity still comes at the cost of neglecting what FreeBSD is all about. Only so many resources to go around)
- See the push for BSD Certs.
- See how magically show stopper bugs in the RELENG todo list magically become desired features when timelines start getting crunched. Either its a show stopper or its not.
I love FreeBSD and no plans to give it up in the forseable future but with each new release Open is looking better and better. I am starting to see why people like Theo or DJB, unyielding and unchanging.
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Been a long while since I updated ... forgot I even had it and not a big blogger. Anyways not much changing ...worked in BiH for two years, mission shut down, took a 6 month sabatical and now working in Baghdad, Iraq for Raytheon on a sensor system. Will update more later but this is where I stand now.
Started a new job (well...back in FEB03). Working as the IAM for the SFOR mission (Peacekeeping / Bosnia / NATO). Sprint is the primary contractor.
Nice little gig for 2 years. Wouldn't mind staying on longer but mission going to get turned over to the EU. No US forces means no job for me as I only handle USA networks.
Oh well...good resume building, unique experience.
Will just signed for a fucking laptop (Dell Inspiron 7500) and took 4 fucking days to get FreeBSD in a semi-usable state. Notes for self:
1. Install FreeBSD. MAKE SURE LYNX AND CVSUP PKG_ADD IN INSTALL
2. cvsup supfile
3. make clean install m4
4. make clean install autoconf
5. Do whatever you fucking want cause those first 4 all that really matters.
Now back to trying to get ATI Mobility drivers for FreeBSD so I can get more than 16bit
wh00t ... almost that time
Another day bored as hell and avoiding work (I get paid whether I work or not so no real initiative to work in case you are wondering I keep avoiding it). Only 3 more nights though till I go on my 4 day vacation. Then day shift here I come (yeah!!)
God I am fucking bored. Checking out preference system after the Exodus - West move and found this. Today found out that a prick I hate and work closely everyday with was promoted to be my section chief. Just what I need, a useless immature 14 year old (in his head at least) for a boss. Have to say it matches well though with my 12 year old site chief and 17 year old regional manager. Like working for a 3rd grade class. Oh fucking well. Only 4 more weeks till I get that new position so only 4 weeks of hell. Of course hell is always more tolerable when you are pulling ~$150K US a year.