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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

MoogMan Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (283 comments)

Amazon isn't 'losing money' - Just take a look at it's top-line growth vs capital expenditure.

Amazon is re-invest revenue instead of distributing back to stakeholders, or keeping cash in the bank. Cash in the bank is seen as waste. Instead, cash re-invested is being leveraged to create accelerated future growth.

about 3 months ago

The Most Detailed Images of Uranus' Atmosphere Ever

MoogMan Re:Must... Resist... (105 comments)

*braces self for goatse picture*

more than 2 years ago

F-Secure Report: Another SCADA Attack in Iran — This Time With AC/DC

MoogMan RIAA vs US gov't (253 comments)

I hope the malware writers (or the US gov't) have agreed their license fees with the respective record companies, otherwise they'll find themselves in a world of pain!

more than 2 years ago

UK Web Snooping Plan Invades Privacy, Despite Claims To the Contrary

MoogMan Re:Trade-off (65 comments)

Privacy and security are almost never a zero sum game. In this case, reducing privacy isn't going to help find more 'criminal/terrorist activity'; It will just cause them to use Freenet, TOR, steganography, for comunication etc. instead and result in making it even harder to track real criminal activity.

Secondly, common people are really really bad at making these risk-reward trade-offs (for instance, many people have a fear of flying, but a more rational reaction would be to have a fear of travelling to get a flight as you're more likely to get killed in a car/bus on the way to your flight, than actually flying; you may tell your children to 'never talk to strangers', but in fact that would put them in a far worse position if they ever got lost -- the huge majority of people are not evil! etc.) - we'd be better off delegating to a panel of economists and statisticians to determine the outcome.

more than 2 years ago

Australia's Telstra Requires Fibre Customers To Use Copper Telephone

MoogMan Re:Could make sense (217 comments)

More to the point, the phones would have to be Ethernet compatible. This pretty much means VoIP and the large infrastructure that comes with it.

The biggest concern is probably land line availability in an emergency.

more than 2 years ago

Can Computers Be Used To Optimize the US Tax Code?

MoogMan dpkg (730 comments)

Sounds like a job for dpkg

more than 3 years ago

Anxiety and IT?

MoogMan Re:Relax.. Take a deep breath.. (347 comments)

The challenge vs skill image at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihaly_Csikszentmihalyi sums this up I think - Anxiety happens because you're not in control (either you've not organised your thoughts/tasks as well as you need, or you haven't yet enough skill to be able to counteract it).

Exercise will help, but it won't get rid of the underlying reason for your anxiety. Find out what it is then determine how you can fix it.

The business will go on if you're not around for a day/week/month. Know this and stop holding everything on your own shoulders. Stop thinking about work out of work (turn your phone off when you're not in work (and not 'on call')) and enjoy life more.

more than 3 years ago

Why Warriors, Not Geeks, Run US Cyber Command Posts

MoogMan Re:Maybe so but .. (483 comments)

A non-technical manager of a technical department will never be able to make the type of informed decision that a previously technical manager would be able to.

That's why companies like Google and Amazon are performing and scaling so well - because their IT management structure were geeks too.

more than 4 years ago

DX11 Coming To Linux (But Not XP)

MoogMan Re:Does this smack of a hidden agenda to you? (370 comments)

It doesn't make a lot of sense to me to implement this into the driver, considering no windows code can interface with it.

Wouldn't it have made more sense to just implement this at the Wine layer?

more than 4 years ago

Stupid Data Center Tricks

MoogMan Re:Network meltdown due to hub cross-connects (305 comments)

Reading TFA, it was almost certainly because STP wasn't set up correctly. For instance, if the switchport in question had bpduguard enabled then it would have become disabled as soon as the erroneous hub was added, resulting in a localised issue not a network-wide problem.

It's an issue that many Network Engineers learn the hard way exactly once and fix quickly by reviewing their STP configuration and in many cases, introduce QoS for sanity.

"We didn't do an official lessons learned [exercise] after this, it was just more of a 'don't do that again,'" says Bowers

Well, apart from that guy.

more than 4 years ago

Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

MoogMan Re:Have a great trip! (1095 comments)

Take a four-way power strip as well as an international power adaptor, it's most useful for charging.

UK is ~240V, so duoble check that your device chargers cover that range.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Drops Windows 7 E Editions

MoogMan Re:Wait, what? (423 comments)

Yes, except they seem to have chosen to use a browser-based ballot system, that has IE as a dependency.

more than 5 years ago

Bootkit Bypasses TrueCrypt Encryption

MoogMan Re:Do I need to prepare? (192 comments)

Yes, it's a typical MITM attack.

As Trucrypt presents it's drives as block devices to the OS, this BIOS-level Trojan is equivalent to a typical OS-level Trojan.

more than 5 years ago


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