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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

QuantumRiff Re:Its Fine. - not (348 comments)

I setup all our Oracle databases.. (Many, many of them). Only port 1521 is open in iptables. (actually, for some, I have secondary listeners).. The Junipers also ONLY allow access on port 1521, (and a secondary, if specified)
I have never had issues connecting to the database.

about three weeks ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

QuantumRiff And there there is Charter Com6munications (146 comments)

Charter's Ipv6 website hasn been saying its coming "soon" since about 2011. Last time I called the NOC, and our regional sales people (I'm a fiber customer of theirs) nobody could give me any time frame, area, or any other information about when they plan to start testing it for customers.

about a month ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

QuantumRiff Re:About time! (306 comments)

Without looking, what is the IP address of slashdot? Oh, you don't care because there is DNS?

about 4 months ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

QuantumRiff Re:Wasn't allocation always the problem? (306 comments)

We are relatively small, and trying to get our own /24. You need a /24 to do multihoming, most BGP routers won't propogate anything smaller than a /24.

about 4 months ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

QuantumRiff Re:And yet Akamai deserves a /10 (306 comments)

Windows XP works fine with SNI, as long as your using firefox (not sure about chrome and other browsers) IE on XP has the problem.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Plans To Launch Internet Video Service

QuantumRiff Re:Netflix fucked up when they paid (43 comments)

When cable providers and stations have a spat, its common to see a runner of "this station might be affected by X.. call them at ###-###-#### and tell them you want to keep this channel

They really annoy me, but it might be very, very effective for netflix to give users notice that its their ISP's uplink that is not sufficient.

about 4 months ago
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FWD.us Wants More H-1B Visas, But 50% Go To Offshore Firms

QuantumRiff Prove its about talent (325 comments)

If the claim is that there is a shortage of talent, then simply add a fee to the process, that is roughly equivalent to a years worth of college education in the state where the job is located, for every year the H1B worker works, into a scholarship program for that industry/disipline. Facebook should jump at the chance to make college more affordable for CS majors, since they seem to need so many of them. And hey, if the student can graduate without "mortgage level" loans, they can actually afford to work for less money.

about 5 months ago
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New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution

QuantumRiff Re:I believe it (1010 comments)

Please feel free to prove Evolution then.. We'll wait..

about 8 months ago
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Have a Privacy-Invasion Wishlist? Peruse NSA's Top Secret Catalog

QuantumRiff Damn, the movies have been right all along (259 comments)

So all those shows we have mocked, like 24, csi, etc, because their tech "hacks the firewall" in 15 seconds were actually accurate? Crap. That changes some things..

about 8 months ago
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New Windows XP Zero-Day Under Attack

QuantumRiff Re:Upate to the most current (241 comments)

We have some expensive pitney bowes mailing systems. We inquired about a newer computer, NOT running xp. Turns out they changed the entire print assembly for the version that runs Windows 7. Its a $20k upgrade. (also need a new controller box, old one doesn't work with WIndows 7 software (mainly the hardware dongle, apparently)..

Our brand new pitney bowes mailing system has a windows 7 computer. The techs that installed it told our senior management to never run windows update, or install antivirus on it, or it would cause problems and make the machine not work. Boy did they get pissy when I put it on its own vlan, with only access to one server, and one port on that server, to get its updated files.

about 9 months ago
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Your Next Network Operating System Is Linux

QuantumRiff Re:Apollo Computer - Domain Operating System (192 comments)

I remember taking out a 21" apollo monitor with some friends for a night of shooting. (We wanted some fun stuff to blow up). That freaking monster took a 9mm at 15 yards... took several other smaller/slower calibers too. The 357 finally pierced the glass. I think they were so expensive because they were made of transparent aluminium. (Originally designed to hold large volumes of water in space ships)

about 10 months ago
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As Hurricane Season Looms, It's Disaster-Preparedness Time

QuantumRiff Re:Location, Location, Location (117 comments)

hate to tell you, but the AWS servers In Oregon are right near a very, very large river, (The columbia I think is second to only the mississippi) Right near several volcanoes, In an area that commonly gets lots of freezing rain and high winds. Its also a few miles from a major chemical weapons depot. (I guess the servers wouldn't care, but nobody would go onsite to replace failed equipment) and not very far from Hanford, where there is tons of nuclear waste.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Tracking Solutions For Linux Laptop?

QuantumRiff Re:CompuTrace (253 comments)

Looked into this once before for a big rollout.. Very hard to get actual info on. All the BIOS chip does, is re-install the software automatically and silently in windows. (they have some sort of special encryption key or something)..

if you ever feel the need to steal a laptop, install linux, freeBSD, or make it a hackintosh, and the computrace is worthless..

about a year ago
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Linux Mint 15 'Olivia' Release Candidate Is Out

QuantumRiff Re:Obligatory comment (134 comments)

I liked it as well, until the last update. Little things started killing my productivity. Like when I would get a new chat message in Pidgin. I would go up to the indicator area, click on the envelope, then see a list of several chats I had, many that were quite old, I would click on hte newest one, and it woudl blink, and the indicator would go off.. But that was it. It wouldn't actually load up the pidgin window to the chat. If I went directly to pidgin, it wouldn't turn off the indicator envelope. Thunderbird had some similar bugs, which is even more disappointing than the Pidgin one, since thunderbird is the default mail client. There are actually quite a few other things, but they are all just little things that have added to to being a waste of time.

about a year ago
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Lawrence, KS To Get Gigabit Fiber — But Not From Google

QuantumRiff Re:Cherry picking (83 comments)

I hate to tell you, but the incumbent providers can cherry pick too, and have for quite some time. My neighborhood has no cable as an option, but its a mile in any direction. And good luck even trying to figure out who at ATT you can talk to about getting a remote DSLAM in your neighborhood so you can get decent internet speeds.

about a year ago
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How Google Fiber Could Do Some National Good, Or At Least Scare the Carriers

QuantumRiff Re:"Equal Terms" (163 comments)

In my state, they "supported" a lot of legislators, and franchising of telecom is now handled by the state. Less candidates to "support" that way, I guess.

about a year ago
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Sequester Grounds Blue Angels

QuantumRiff Re:Washington monument gambit, again. (341 comments)

Thats not just a federal thing.. How often do hear about the state police cutting back on managers and desk jockeys? its always patrol officers. (the ones that are most visible, and that respond if you need help). How often do schools lay off the coordinators, directors, etc? Its always the teachers, so that the parents scream to the politicians.

Its just kind of annoying now.. I guess I'm numb to it.

about a year ago

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