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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

Venotar Re:Douchbags (247 comments)

I'm going to go with narrow mindedness, or perhaps a lack of imagination. The requirements that led your IT leaders to the environment you describe could lead to far less onerous (and less costly!) setups.
Blocking "all" filesharing sites? If your company is like mine, both federal regulators and clients regularly perform third party security audits. "How do you protect our data from exfiltration?" is a stock question. I've also seen "demonstrate you block viral vectors" lead to similarly unnecessary restrictions. Hell, I could see the above two answers explaining ALL of the symptoms your leadership has created.
It doesn't have to go that way, though. Leadership at my company had the same silly knee jerk reaction. I argued against it; but we did the same thing, for a while. About 15 months. It took 12 months for me to accumulate comparative data and about a month to polish it into a pretty presentation. It took another 2 months to cross fiscal quarters and then we immediately ripped all that none sense out and replaced it with a properly architected solution. We moved the critical data and all the workflow that touched it into secured remote VM's running on in house Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. All desktops/laptops are basically dumb terminals for accessing the work VMs. You VPN in to do that, regardless of where you come from - including our "internal" office vlans, which only have access to the internet and our VPN server.
Have work to do? Use your VM. Wanna fuck around on slashdot? Use your local machine.
Problem solved, and with MONUMENTALLY fewer man hours spent managing the ridiculously complex filtering mechanisms the previous authoritarianism had required.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

Venotar I don't think those words mean.... (174 comments)

The role I've been in for the last 13 years requires me to wear a number of hats, including network engineer and network architect in medium sized environments.
I say that to provide some context for this statement: it is not at all clear to me what you're actually asking for.

about 2 months ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

Venotar Re:Unusual in a huge system ... (211 comments)

The Universe is only about 26 Billion Light years in diameter.

Here, let me fix that for you:

The Observable Universe is only about 26 Billion Light years in diameter.

There ya go. We don't actually know if the universe is infinite or not. We do know the Universe is Euclidean, my layman's understanding of that concludes that we live in one of two universes:

  • 1. A flat (infinite) universe
  • 2. A torus (bounded) universe

about 3 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

Venotar Spoken like someone who's never tried it (285 comments)

Actually, the endorphin hit from a high capsaicin load can act as a flavor enhancer. Your mouth's overall sensitivity to the "non-heat" flavors goes up. There's a reason cayenne is considered akin to cinnamon.

about 9 months ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

Venotar Which Tobasco? (285 comments)

Most "classic" tobasco I've had lately just tastes like vinegar and black pepper - no discernible heat. Of course, that may be because so many restaurants store their jars of tobasco for months on end and all the volatile organics degrade - the ingredient list includes cayenne, which I normally find pleasantly warm AND flavorful; but I've not been able to detect that flavor in most jars of classic tobasco. The jalapeno version is better flavored, although also completely lacking in heat. I can feel a little warmth in the chipotle flavor. I've not really had a pepper that clocked in much higher than 1,000,000 SHU, and when I've gone that high it's not been a whole fresh pepper (I've enjoyed plenty of dishes that contained a 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of powdered Bhut Jolokia) so I don't have a point of reference for the absolute top of the scale.

about 9 months ago
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Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

Venotar Re:Pay for Laundry jobs with it (691 comments)

From skimming the same article about him I see no reason that his opinion on bitcoins should carry any more weight than mine, or anyone elses. An we all know how much my opinion on bitcoins mean, jack and shit. Which is what Charles Stross opinion means on the subject.

All I know about your opinion on bitcoins is what you've posted about it in this comment (that you think it's worthless).

Charles Stross, on the other hand, has posted more than merely his opinion: he's also posted a cogent rationale for that opinion - one that contains details (with specific citations) that many a technically qualified geek may not have yet considered.

Taken in the context of his demonstrable interest in and fondness for the idea of decentralized societies and you have a critique that's worth considering - particularly by his reasonably large fan base (many of whom are slashdot readers, as evidenced by many of the above comments).

1 year,1 day
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Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

Venotar Re:"because it originated from the wireless networ (547 comments)

Rather than gleaning, you should simply read some more. These questions have all been answered. If you're targeted well in advance and if you make one of a number of mistakes, it is possible to track you through TOR.
Retroactively?
No, very clearly no.

1 year,2 days
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

Venotar Re:Look to the past (321 comments)

Tape MUST be sufficiently stable. Reading the reliability specs off the box in front of me and running a few calculations shows that

You didn't use sarcasm tags and sometimes the subtler jokes are a tad hard to discern in text.
You are joking, aren't you? Because if not, have I got a great deal for you - I just need your bank account to transfer the money my uncle, a Nigerian prince, is trying to export. PM me!

1 year,3 days
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Former Microsoft Exec To Lead HealthCare.gov

Venotar Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (214 comments)

The socialists in Canada pay almost $4500 per capita for healthcare, or more than 11% of GDP. Because of the waste inherent in socialist systems, we should not be surprised that healthcare costs in Canada are 7th highest on the planet, yet for all this outrageous expense, they are only tied for 4th in life expectancy and something like 24th in infant mortality

I'm sorry - how is 7th highest cost for 4th highest life expetancy not a deal?
If life expectancy was less than 7th, I might see your point. Beyond that, the US already spends 17.2% of it's GDP on healthcare (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_the_United_States) and has an infant mortality rate around 34th in the world , so moving to an infant mortality rate of 24th in the world for a cost of 11% of GDP is a huge improvement for your southern neighbors.

1 year,3 days
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Former Microsoft Exec To Lead HealthCare.gov

Venotar Re:New meaning to blue screen of death? (214 comments)

This is good news, guys. By now MS is an expert in receiving and dealing with DoS.

Yeah, they're very experienced at hiring Akamai to deal with DoS attacks :)

1 year,3 days
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

Venotar Re:Look to the past (321 comments)

The tapes may be stable (I'm suspicious of that claim: their temperature tolerances aren't as high as modern hard drives, they actually care about dust, and I would expect them to be more susceptible to magnetic interference); but the tape drives are not. Over time drive heads become misaligned. They continue to write fine and can read what they write; but sufficient misalignment prevents other drives of the same type from reading the tape. That tape then becomes only as useful as the drive that wrote it. Lose the drive, you lose the use of the data on the tape. Unless you test reading the tape in a different drive than it was written from (while the writing drive is still available for pulling the data out), this condition's effectively undetectable until you actually need the data.

There's a reason so many shops have moved to disk based backups. Tape simply isn't reliable. Tape is cheap; but definitely NOT reliable.

1 year,10 days
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I use spinning-drive storage media ...

Venotar Re: Not mature enough yet (232 comments)

There's no such thing as 'reliable tape' and there never has been. There's a reason so many companies have moved to disk based backups. Tape drives fail in ways that aren't detectable until you need to read that tape in another drive. The only reason tape was such a dominant backup medium for so long was cost.

about a year ago
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Mobile Phone Use Patterns Identify Individuals Better Than Fingerprints

Venotar Edges of the Bell Curve (88 comments)

I wonder how this research would have shifted if they'd only sampled geo-cachers and Ingress "agents"

about a year and a half ago
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Time Warner Cable: No Consumer Demand For Gigabit Internet

Venotar No one wants "Gigabit" that's really 2mb x 15mb (573 comments)

I can tell Irene why she sees no consumer demand for her "high end" offering: it's only PRICED as a high end offering. I "upgraded" my residential service through them (to the tune of $100/month) and didn't see a single change in my up or down speeds. It's basically a scam. Yeah, you have to be able to provide what you're currently offering before trying to offer the next generation.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Mountable Storage Pool For All the Cloud Systems?

Venotar Re:There are several options here (165 comments)

How do you mount Google Drive on Linux? It seems simple to the designers of Dropbox but it's eluded those at Google.

Insync: https://www.insynchq.com/#112472431252847033039/settings An official agent would be better - preferably something that provides a FUSE driver. Something OpenSource would be even better; but Insync works fine. Behaves very dropbox like and even supports multiple google accounts. You're correct, though - without Insync or a better option Google drive might as well not exist, as far as Unix users go.

about 2 years ago

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Viacom yanks free online episodes of Daily Show/Colbert Report, blames DirecTV

Venotar Venotar writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Venotar (233363) writes "In a continuation of the Viacom/DirecTV conflict (as well as the ongoing reduction of online streaming content), visitors to The Daily Show and websites full video streams now see a message indicating that full episodes are no longer available. When asked, spokeswoman Carole Robinson cited DirecTV's complaint about the free availability of popular Viacom content."
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Profile Search moves Google closer to being an SNS

Venotar Venotar writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Venotar writes "Many folks've already commented that google's recent integration efforts are beginning to look a bit like the foundation for a "Google SNS". Much of this discussion seems to swirl around the Google Profile pages and Google's Friend Connect. While it's long been possible to search Google Profiles by first entering an invalid profile URL (for example: http://www.google.com/profiles/I_DONT_EXIST), the google blog just announced that the profile search has now been made far more accessible — regular google searches for English proper names now provide a list of profile matches on the first page of results."
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Max Berry = "The Internet = The Tower of Babel

Venotar Venotar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Venotar (233363) writes "Max Barry — the wry, geek-chic wit of Syrup, Jennifer Government, and Company fame (one of the few mainstream authors you'll find who's written his own sim-game), in noting an anecdotal increase in atheism online suggests an interesting parallel between The Internet and The Tower of Babel. So slashdot, will the big bad ass in the sky take issue with our hubris? Can we expect divine wrath anytime now? What form might it take? Will all of our machines randomly switch endianess? Will some of our transistors suddenly operate in base 3?

On a more serious note, is the internet really responsible for a growth of rational- er, I mean atheism? Or is it just acting as a great equalizer that amplifies everyone's voice so we can all more easily identify likeminded types and isolate ourselves into our own little ideological ghettos without the inconvenience of having to deal with contrary opinions? Or is there an alternative explanation?"
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Google sings AIM's praises, still won't Talk to MS

Venotar Venotar writes  |  about 7 years ago

Venotar (233363) writes "There's been much talk of IM interoperability over the years. The IM Federation's long been a self-proclaimed promoter of XMPP, many prognosticators have promised that google's jabber service would spell the end of non-interoperability, Yahoo IM's long had an interoperability deal with Microsoft that's actually no longer vaporware, and now Google's announced that their long discussed deal with AOL has (finally) bridged the gap between AIM and GTalk (without the use of cheesy client side plugins or buggy third party XMPP agents). Now that Google can Talk to Oscar, is ICQ far behind? And does it really matter: is this really a sign that the walls are breaking down between IM services, or is this just one more front in the not-so-cold war between Google and Microsoft?"
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The most reliable network in That Other Nation

Venotar Venotar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Venotar writes "Verizon's whole CDMA network is currently down in the whole Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area and has been since about 2pm, CDT. Thanks to Google, my missed calls will still make it to voicemail; but apparently the same can't be said for most of the thousands of D/FW Verizon customers. I guess Verizon's marketing team subscribes to the Republic of Texas' attitude — the nations of the world boil down to two groups: Texas and all the rest."
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Venotar Venotar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Venotar (233363) writes "While perusing the MySQL conference website, I noticed that Mark Atwood will be discussing a plugin storage engine for Amazon's S3 with MySQL. Further googling only turned up Pete Freitag's interesting observation that combining such a plug-in with Amazon's EC2 could be very useful. Does anyone know where a copy of this plug-in could be found, or if it's just vaporware? It seems like the sort of tool that could shift the economics behind quite a few ways businesses use their technology, so I was curious to hear what sort of ideas the slashdot crowd would come up with."
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Venotar Venotar writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Venotar writes "It looks like Rackspace Managed Hosting is having further cozy dealings with the FBI. You'll undoubtedly recall the fiasco between Indy Media, Rackspace, and the FBI. Now it looks like Rackspace is in the news again. This time, a now former employee has been sentenced for politically motivated plans to deface websites hosted on Rackspace's network. Interestingly enough, the hosting company apparently became aware of the plans before they were acted on and informed the FBI."

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