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Ask Slashdot: Intelligently Moving From IT Into Management?

Josepdin Re:Give up the keys (125 comments)

Agreed. You hire the admin and hand over the keys. You are probably being asked to be more strategic and that should not include owning superuser. I would encourage a process which does not allow steady state administration using root/administrator. Those should be special cases (even when you owned the privileges). More restores are because a user made an administrative mistake in an over-privileged sessions than because of hardware errors.

about 9 months ago

Senators Propose Bill Prohibiting Phone Calls On Planes

Josepdin Charge for Talking Section of Plane (513 comments)

Charge extra for those wanting to TALK on the phone. Make them all sit in the back.

about a year ago

How One Drunk Driver Sent My Company To the Cloud

Josepdin DR would have been nice to have in the first place (290 comments)

Had they had DR in the first place, the exposure would have been less traumatic. HA, of course, doesn't buy them anything in a disaster.

about a year and a half ago

Software Bug Caused Qantas Airbus A330 To Nose-Dive

Josepdin Re:What about Google driverless car? (603 comments)

People seem to want to have their front left tire next to my back right tire all the time. Since I drive an SUV, that makes them virtually invisible.

more than 3 years ago

Apple's Secret Weapon To Win the Tablet Wars

Josepdin Re:Was Microsoft Riight? (716 comments)

"Making a good tablet" includes providing a platform and a market for apps, correct? So far, with only a single Honeycomb tablet on the market (with limited distribution), that part of the model has failed. Apple is unique in that they have a market following that is both immediate and sustaining. The rest of the vendors need to be part of a big wave, no one vendor has the legs to stand on their own. If (when?) everyone else finally pulls the trigger on getting their tablets out there, we may finally see a sustainable overall market open up. But if the rest of the Honeycomb vendors don't get off the dime soon, patience will clearly run out.

more than 3 years ago

Considering the sum of all of my storage devices ...

Josepdin This poll doesn't tell the whole story (364 comments)

For example, most of my storage is clearly hard disk. However, most of my CRITICAL DATA is stored in the cloud (Dropbox). This would be an important distinction.

more than 3 years ago

Recourse For Draconian Encryption Requirements?

Josepdin Uh, HIPAA - ever heard of that? (555 comments)

Let's see if I get this right: you've chosen to use your own computer, at your expense, for the benefit of a company for whom you work, when the provide you with computer(s) to use without said investment. But, when they say you have to secure your machine to comply with regulations (probably HIPAA) by installing whole-disk encryption on it, you complain. Get over it. Either install the same software at your own expense (probably the PGP WDE) or let them install it. Since you back up your computer you should have no issue. The problem of slow compute after WDE is installed was true with older releases but no issues that I know of recently. Here is the problem: HIPAA requires certain things and your employer's legal staff has set standards for compliance that they are satisfied will fit into the regulations. In their mind, until you have all the t's crossed and i's dotted, you are creating a legal problem for them. Legal problems typically become employment problems, particularly for the employee. In the Federal government space, they won't let anyone, even contractors who have NO government provided computer, to plug into a Fed Government network (physical wire and Feds do not allow wi-fi). Every contractor runs around with a broadband card sticking out of their laptops. Even then, contractors, from clearances for SBU data and up (that would be practically all Federal data BTW), have to have WDE. Healthcare has similar requirements and it's just a battle to lose to try and fight it. You are not even on moral ground here, you just need to suck up and either fix the encryption problem or stop trying to use your personal equipment for work.

more than 4 years ago

The Trousers of Reality

Josepdin Re:Indeed (63 comments)

Haggar wasn't a big fan of the term "trousers" either, so he invented the term "slacks" for his product.

about 5 years ago

Holy See Declares a "Unique Copyright" On the Pope

Josepdin Re:So the bible says the devil is a christian? (447 comments)

Some issues with the logic here. Being Christian (and I am of the Roman Catholic variety - although pretty ecumenical), the concept is not JUST that you believe in the Son of God but that you also follow his teachings. Someone mentioned the Nicene Creed. I think that sums up the components to be considered Christian, as well. It's not 1 single statement (such as "I believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God"). It covers quite a bit more territory than that. So Satan did, in fact, believe in the Son of God but he did not, obviously, prescribe to or follow His teachings.

more than 5 years ago

Best Open Source Business Tools?

Josepdin Re:Wine (164 comments)

Shouldn't his accountant be taking care of this? And if he's in business for himself with no accountant, maybe he should consider another line of work. Kind of like managing your own legal dealings (what, he used S Corp for Dummies to incorporate?).

more than 5 years ago

SGI Lives On, In Name At Least

Josepdin Re:The last SGI isn't the SGI of old... (107 comments)

Well, arguably, SGI didn't innovate in CPUs - that was MIPS which they bought and then sold again. No, their real innovation was in graphics and system architecture, IMO.

Correct. Specifically, they were phenomenal in terms of their "backplane." ccNUMA, later NUMAFlex was an incredibly scalable way to communicate between nodes and is how they scaled Origin and Altix. Crazy scalable.

more than 5 years ago


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