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Netflix Confirms Deal For Access To Verizon's Network

GovCheese Re:Netflix is no Saint Theresa (135 comments)

Either Netflix must connect via a provider that will have to pay a fee to the 1st Tier for their imbalanced peering relationship caused by the Netflix traffic, or they can directly connect with the providers that carry the content to the consumer. Either way, fees are incurred and yes, passed on to the consumer. This is an issue of "routing" and peering not an issue of neutrality. Incidentally, if they went with the former, the Tier 1 provider may incur fees themselves if they deliver more than they accept from whomever they are peering with. And that too would be passed on to the consumer via Netflix. One might suggest that anyone who believes the Tier 1 carriers are non-profit entities is uneducated. Netflix made the probably correct judgment that peering directly with Comcast would cost them less than whatever it would cost to pay the transit fee to the 1st Tier. Or would you rather the greater cost be passed onto you?

about 3 months ago

Netflix Confirms Deal For Access To Verizon's Network

GovCheese Netflix is no Saint Theresa (135 comments)

This is no threat to neutrality. This isn't even a neutrality issue. The carriers WERE neutral. Everyone else's traffic got the same shitty treatment, or good treatment if that was the case. But all traffic was treated equally and that is the goal of neutrality. However, peering relationships typically allow your traffic to pass if you allow my traffic to pass. But any carrier of Netflix is going to cause an imbalance and Netflix's PR wing decided to conflate the issue into one of neutrality, which is rather clever on their part. But you would be wrong to listen to them, and most of the media. Net neutrality is a laudable goal, but the core of this Netflix bru-ha-ha isn't a neutrality issue.

about 3 months ago

What Developers Can Learn From

GovCheese Re:Blame Canada? (267 comments)

Since a Canadian firm was contracted, apologies were likely written into the contract well ahead of time, because Canada.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Secure DropBox Alternative For a Small Business?

GovCheese look for fedramp compliance (274 comments)

You might start with looking at FEDRAMP complaint providers found here: I would imagine that those listed providers also have FISMA certification so you'll be able to determine if the categorization of the data you are trying to protect is met by the provider. ITAR categorized data must be stored in CONUS and I believe AWS Government Community Cloud and the USDA National Information Technology Center offered by United States Department of Agriculture supports CONUS only storage. I believe Google Apps for Government does as well. But the key thing is to ensure the FiSMA cert matches the categorization of your data.

1 year,5 days

Canonical Seeks $32 Million To Make Ubuntu Smartphone

GovCheese Re:Why? ~nt~ (267 comments)

As a corporate overlord to well-meaning young hippie-leaning techies, Canonical has always been a bit odd. I recall their early versions came bundled with video samples of Nelson Mandela. That sort of bald-faced symbolic sales pitch to the young and idealistic was cleverly successful even if it now seems a bit easier to criticize them for their recent decisions. If it's a walled garden they're building, I suppose it'll have lots of flowers in it.

1 year,10 days

Are You Sure This Is the Source Code?

GovCheese Re:Tah da (311 comments)

My federal masters have long argued that the validation of open source code by many eyes was a losing argument. It turns out what they meant by many eyes wasn't what we thought they meant.

about a year ago

Ubuntu Touch: The Other Linux OS For Your Phone

GovCheese It's unlikely anyone will be happy (53 comments)

...until they can post, "I replaced it with Mint Touch and never looked back."

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

GovCheese just wait until you have kids... (572 comments)

...and the problem is multiplied like by a bazillion. Linux is a perfect solution except for all those kids games like Freddy Fish and when they get older, Call of Duty etc. I learned to fear my children much more than the People's Republic of Crafty Hackers. After awhile you pretty much get resigned to it and end up teaching them how to do the internets the right way. And you'll still have to re-image every so often.

about a year ago

NetWare 3.12 Server Taken Down After 16 Years of Continuous Duty

GovCheese Re:Netware 3 (187 comments)

On the other side of an office door, I heard the worst noise I've ever heard from spinning drives and in my panic, didn't even see the "do not disturb" sign. Turns out it wasn't spinning drives I was hearing. The lactating woman on the other side of the door milking herself with a noisy pump nearly threw the infernal machine at me. Some things are not meant to be seen.

about a year ago

Largest DDoS In History Reaches 300 Billion Bits Per Second

GovCheese I would watch the movie (450 comments)

A movie about an evil data center housed in a thermonuclear bunker attacking the internet in revenge for a slight? Yeah, I would probably watch that movie. Especially if they called in The Joes. And Scarlett Johansson.

about a year ago

More From Canonical Employee On: "Why Mir?"

GovCheese Re:Just pulling a Google (337 comments)

That Canonical's citing of Wayland's limitations were mostly refuted speaks to the larger issue of Canonical just not speaking to the non-Canonical dev community. Or at least this is the perception. Now that Caonical has influence, the non-Canonical devs perceive more and more that Shuttlecock is effectively developing a closed system that abandons the cooperative consensus that has driven community progress in the past. And when their Contributor License Agreement provides for non-free copyright, if Canonical chooses, with contributions toCanonical code, the fear is heightened. Of course the lens/privacy issue confirmed that fear. Basically Canonical is seen as more and more as throwing its corporate weight in ways that aren't pretty. It may or may not be good for linux going mainstream, but it's not pretty.

about a year ago

Have Questions For MIT's Aaron Swartz Review?

GovCheese Re:My Question (175 comments)

"One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty," is what MLK said from a Birmingham jail. It's a sentiment I wish would enter the conversation more often when we talk about how to do civil disobedience the right way.

about a year and a half ago

Mystery of the Shrunken Proton

GovCheese Subway's explanation now makes sense (171 comments)

Subway Corporate announces that their foot-long measurements were unfortunately based on accepted assumptions of larger protons.

about a year and a half ago

UK Anonymous Hacktivists Get Jail Time

GovCheese Re:Wow, pretty severe (96 comments)

Weatherhead received the most severe sentence due to his cybernym, Nerdo, indicating a special danger to himself, his fellows and to society.

about a year and a half ago

Employee Outsourced Programming Job To China, Spent Days Websurfing

GovCheese Re:Part of me says, "Good!" (457 comments)

If only our local programmer had used his free time at work to mine for gold with which to pay the Chinese contractors. It would be an inverse of something, but I'm not sure what.

about a year and a half ago

State Department CIO Interviewed About Post-Wikileaks Changes

GovCheese Re:Shutting the Barn Door (24 comments)

Remember it wasn't a hack. After 9/11, the federal community was told to "share data" and remove the old stovepipes and State did just that - they State shared their cable data with DOD. DOD's controls regarding access were the issue and enabled Manning to do what he did. The focus now is creating a more roles based access policy without inhibiting sharing. It's not as easy as one might think.

more than 2 years ago

With Troop Drawdown, IT Looks To Hire More Vets

GovCheese Re:Military technical skills translate very well n (212 comments)

As a recruiter for IT (in the past) I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Coast Guard had an exceptionally rigorous and broad training schedule for their IT ratings. In fact, they were "perfect" candidates for jobs that needed broad experience and the ability to work independently. I imagine the need to work afloat away from shore assistance had something to do with it. From what I could tell CG pay was pretty crappy but if you're looking for on the job IT training that has meaning outside the sevice environment, I'd go with the CG - they really impressed me.

more than 2 years ago

TSA Announces Pilot of Trusted Traveler Program

GovCheese Re:Implying (388 comments)

Why do you ask? Did you ask to pay with your BitCoins?

about 3 years ago



Chinese open source community is brought into the global Ubuntu community

GovCheese GovCheese writes  |  about a year ago

GovCheese (1062648) writes "Canonical, the software company that manages and funds Ubuntu, announced that the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will base their national reference architecture for standard operating systems on Ubuntu, and they will call it Kylin. Arguably China is the largest desktop market and the announcement has important implications. Shuttleworth's phrasing of, “The release of Ubuntu Kylin brings the Chinese open source community into the global Ubuntu community,” will irk many who already feel Shuttleworth controversial, but the partnership further cements Ubuntu as an open-source influencer. This is a win for Ubuntu. Is it a win for the open-source community?"
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Where do I find network administrators?

GovCheese GovCheese writes  |  more than 5 years ago

GovCheese (1062648) writes "I'm a recruiter, new at my job, looking for network support and desktop support people. Where's the best place to look or to advertise? Career jobfairs at universities don't seem to be fertile ground: most Computer Science people aren't much interested in network and desktop support but my bosses want degreed candidates. I've gotten decent bang for the buck on the online resume sites. My travel budget is slim. You're a degreed network support pro looking for a job. What do you do when you're looking for a job? What do you recommend I do to find you?"

Best solution to migrate PST files to a database?

GovCheese GovCheese writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GovCheese (1062648) writes "In our Windows Exchange environment, users hoard email by saving everything into a pst file, including attachments, and then when they leave, give their pst files to their successors, who use it as a historical archive, and of course, add even more email to it. When the files get to about 2 gigs, they just create new pst files and so on, ad infinitum. How have you solved this problem? We're looking for a COTS Windows product that will help us migrate those huge pst files into a searchable database with shared folders and allow us to impose a taxonomy that will help users remain organized. The product will have to be good enough to convince users to break this pernicious habit. With what product have you tackled the .pst monster?"

Brainy Linux developers not up to the challenge

GovCheese GovCheese writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GovCheese (1062648) writes "Government Computer News tells us that Intel Director Jim Held doesn't think Linux kernal developers are interested, or ready, to support multi-core processors, "They (Linux devs) weren't so sure of how the community would latch on to large-scale chip multi-processing." He continues, "Microsoft is very much engaged in planning of this future of many-core," and avers that "Microsoft recognizes the importance of parallelism," which left-handedly suggests that Linux developers aren't. While GCN is no fount of cutting edged news, one would think a certain objectivity would be adopted. No attempt was made to develop a story here, and I doubt the one they are promoting exists."
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Artificial neural network storage - a first?

GovCheese GovCheese writes  |  about 7 years ago

GovCheese (1062648) writes "Two scientists at the University of Tel Aviv, Professors Baruchi and Ben-Jacob, claim to have stored information in an medium of a network of neurons cultured outside the brain. The stored information, which they called "memories," persisted for a matter of days. The short article in the Jerusalem Post remarks, "They are apparently the first in the world to have actually stored information in a cultured neural network for an extended period." Of course it was the headline "cyberbrain" that caught my attention, and the phrase in the article "neuro-silico cyberchip" isn't too shabby either. Johnny Mnemonic anyone?"
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GovCheese GovCheese writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GovCheese (1062648) writes "CNN Money reports that University of Arkansa prof Ned Snow says that forwarding a private email is illegal, a violation of privacy, and can put you in legal jeopardy. Snow gives the example of "Let's say I send an email to you that says I hate my boss and you send it to my boss." There's a good chance the person who you ratted on can take legal action, continues the article on CNN Money. Same goes for publishing private email exchanges on your blog. Seems sensible. But digital services have changed the notion of privacy. What exactly does private mean? -professor-forwarding-emails-can-be-illegal/#comme nts?section=money_technology"


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