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

Ravaldy Re:Common? (319 comments)

ShortGuy,

I agree. Small business owners are often victim of lack of knowledge of what can happen. Our duty is to educate them properly. I work for a small corporation (150 employees) and the owners tend to brush off issues like security. All I do is show them articles to disasters other companies have had. I also had one of my old employers come in to explain how damaging their failed backup procedures were to the company revenues for that year. You have to hit them where it hurts to make them understand the importance of something.

As I often say: "It's not a priority until it's too late to be pro-active".

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

Ravaldy Re:Common? (319 comments)

Missing information.

As far as I'm concerned the number 1 priority is to protect the local network from the outside world using a firewall. I'm assuming this is already done. Considering there are 2 terminals I doubt disabling the software firewall on the box is a big deal especially if the OS is kept up to date. If disabling the soft firewall on the machine was the solution to getting the clients working then I assuming they didn't want to spend anymore money dealing with the problem.

Disabling the soft firewall is often the path of least resistance when dealing with port connectivity issues.

11 hours ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

Ravaldy Re:Perfect (132 comments)

Cleaning it will only be a problem if the product is soft. If it can support being hit with 90PSI air without bending at all it will be easy to clean. Depending on the type of copper used it should sustain 90PSI very easily.

11 hours ago
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Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

Ravaldy Re:Who would still want to work there? (66 comments)

I can assure the compatibility pack works. We had to use it for many years as we had a few users running Office 2000 and had to handle files from customers which were in 2007 format.

about a week ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

Ravaldy Re:Density (78 comments)

Yes but there are situations where you have equipment with no access to networks. In those cases (and I realize it's less and less common) there is value in having the ability to store dynamic content on paper.

about a week ago
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Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

Ravaldy Re:Government Contracts & Microsoft (66 comments)

All government spending is available through some channel. The process to obtain such information may differ from one branch of government to another but there is a process.

Unfortunately the information is not readily available on any web site until someone already collected it and published it.

about a week ago
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Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

Ravaldy Re:Who would still want to work there? (66 comments)

All I hear is your butt hole whistling non sense. You are saying this without any backing. If you speak of their office product line then FINE, but the rest of their products including Server and OS products are continuously evolving to take advantage of new hardware and strategies that help businesses. This is especially true of their server offerings. Even the office products add new features that if you don't care for can avoid by sticking to your old version. Office 2000 can still read files created with the newest version of office so as far as I'm concerned nobody can claim they were forced to move forward.

Creativity has nothing to do with the progress MS has made in the past years. They continue to offer drop in solutions that don't require ridiculous amounts of expertise to implement which is how it should be for any business all the way to small enterprises. I can't speak for large enterprise because I lack that experience but I can speak for anything below that.

Their development tools (VS Series) are continuously implementing the newest standards as well as major improvements to their windows only features.

You sound like a hardcore Linux fanboy that can't see past his monitor. Real Linux techs understand where each operating system belongs and what it's true application in the real world is. You clearly don't.

about a week ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

Ravaldy Re:Density (78 comments)

I don't think most people understand the application for this.

Printing RFIDs has existed for many years now (at least 10 that I know of) and is mostly used for quickly scanning contents of a box without having to handle each item inside of it. It is also used to track inventory leaving an area (e.g. a tool storage room).

Adding memory to this equation means you can store data on the paper until the transaction is complete. I can't come up with a reason for this on the spot but I can imagine there are processes that could benefit from it.

From a security standpoint you could store an encrypted password on the paper... Much easier than having to type a 256 character passcode.

about a week ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

Ravaldy Re:But what if... (78 comments)

You can't photocopy it.

about a week ago
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

Ravaldy Re:What about power? (92 comments)

Yep. Cost of new gear cost of maintenance + down time.

As equipment ages failure probability increases. A power supply in the process of failing isn't always easy to identify as starvation to components can cause odd problems that don't look like a power supply failure. You have to troubleshoot and its harder if it's old equipment because sometimes the standards have passed and getting quick replacement components is not possible.

about a week ago
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MIT Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

Ravaldy Re:Sponge-like? (110 comments)

The maturity level of the Slashdot crowd was just determined to be NIL. :)

about a week ago
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China Has More People Going Online With a Mobile Device Than a PC

Ravaldy Re:Long live the 'desktop' and mobile 'laptop'. (58 comments)

You nailed it on the head.

We are at least 10 years away from seeing PCs replaced in the work place. North American jobs have been heading towards creativity which in most cases cannot be completed on a smart phone. To name a few: Engineering anything, marketing, software dev. accounting. Basically anybody working with a spreadsheet can't be efficient on a smart phone. The only type of user I see making way without a PC are sales and management once the right software is in place.

about two weeks ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Ravaldy Re:Don't buy cheap android (290 comments)

No. Windows Phone is fine. No different than any other phone at this stage. Maybe a few apps have more glitter but that's it.

about two weeks ago
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Bing Implements Right To Be Forgotten

Ravaldy Re:Has anyone been asking Bing for this feature? (64 comments)

2.5% of 18.4 Billions search ad market (as of 2013) is $460 000 000. Are you saying that's nothing?

A growing number is usually a good indicator of a business growing. Question here is whether this increase is due to the defaults in IE or actually adoption of the search engine.

I believe Bing's world search market share is currently 4.25% (as per global stats counter)

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

You aren't backing your airbag claims. The article I linked has collected information that proved the effectiveness of airbags. Millions of dollars have been spent comparing airbags to no airbags by car companies and airbag manufacturers.

Instead I'll point you to the numbers. This link is a formal evaluation ordered by Washinton DC. I also included a newer report that includes more than just airbags.

http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/p...
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/P...

Look at table 1. Seat belt and airbags together are considered 54% effective while seat belts alone are 48%. If you look at the next table you can see how important the airbags are. Belts on their own do very well while airbags alone do nothing. After all they are designed to work together.

Although smaller children see no improvement in effectiveness it doesn't reduce the effectiveness to have air bags.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

Does having a life vest under my seat add to my travel time? What's the additional cost, per trip, for having it there?

Actually the safety equipment as a hole does add a significant amount of weight to an aircraft and you pay for the fuel so the answer is yes. In addition to that all the safety features of an aircraft are part of the cost of purchase of a plane which you also pay for. This equipment also has to be replaced at certain intervals and it must also be inspected. All added cost to your ticket. As for time, you would save more time if people just came prepared to the security checks. Lost more time wasted by confused people.

Statistically speaking, they are a waste of money. Though the most in-depth studies were on the first generation bags. They were a complete failure. They "saved" less than 5% of the time, and killed about 5% of the time. The money wasted on them would have saved more lives if it were spent on rural medivac helicopters. Airbags kill. Statistics and actuaries say so. Why do you want things that are a waste of resources and don't save lives?

Just like smoking doesn't cause lung cancer according to experts in the early 80s. Here's a more recent link than 2001 that shows just how effective airbags are. I'm sure they are even safer in today's vehicles.
http://www.businessweek.com/st...

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

I don't dispute that and that's why a few evaluations were performed by the government. If they haven't shut them down or modified their duties it's because they are either in on it or it's actually working.

TSA claims that some terrorist were detained but cannot provide details due to national security (Sounds like dog poo to me but who knows).

If they are as ineffective as they appear who is protecting them and why?

about three weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Ravaldy Why was it logical before now? (502 comments)

Sound cards were popular for a few reasons:
1. Many motherboards back then didn't have sound
2. Those that did required more CPU processing time which resulted in lower gaming multimedia performance, instead let an better optimized chipset dot he work
3. MIDI files were popular for games and music and the better the sound card the better the pre-recorded instrument library to play the mid music
4. Early 2000 onboard sound is good enough for most users but for encoding / decoding you need more horse power which you could get from sound cards

Today there is still a need for sound boards but usually for specialized applications. Your day to day user or gamer gets all the features he needs a decent onboard sound implementation. Buy a cheap board and get a cheap sound chipset (in most cases)

 

about three weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Ravaldy Re:Christmas is coming early this year (702 comments)

Same group of people just a different name in a different country.

about three weeks ago

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