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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

acoustix Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

That's a good point, but its a small percentage of flights that have Internet access. Even in the US.

4 days ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

acoustix Re:Black box data streaming (503 comments)

My guess is cost. Sending data via satellite is very expensive, and there's a lot of data recorded. As for ground stations, I'm not aware of any plane-to-ground data communications currently in use (other than radio for voice) so that would need a completely new infrastructure built.

4 days ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

acoustix Probably because of French entitlements (308 comments)

People in France work fewer hours than their US counterparts. France has mandated a 35 hour work week for their full time employees. The US averages 42 hours for full time work (will probably go down after Obamacare is implemented) and often full time salaried employees have an average of 45-55 hours a week. France also requires a minimum of 5 weeks vacation.

Gee, I wonder why their products are more expensive than the US...

about two weeks ago
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Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax

acoustix I can't believe that people are falling for this (182 comments)

We all know that businesses really don't pay taxes, right? I mean they do, but the companies charge more for their products and services as a result of paying taxes. There's not a single business around that just eats that cost. My point is that it's not like this man is voluntarily giving up money. He will still make just as much money.

Everyone who uses oil and gas products will pay a higher price because of this. I'm not saying that's good or bad - that's not the point of my post. I'm just trying to point out that everyone pays for business tax increases, not just the businesses.

about 2 months ago
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iOS 7 Update Silently Removes Encryption For Email Attachments

acoustix BlackBerry FTW (68 comments)

Suck it, iOS fanbois.

about 3 months ago
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Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

acoustix Stupid article is stupid (345 comments)

'I don't want to hear that tired "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" line. Hey, XP IS broke, and it will just get more so over time."

WTF? It wasn't just XP that was broke. This affects ALL Microsoft browsers and OSes. So upgrading to Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 would not have solved this issue.

about 3 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

acoustix Re:this is reassuring (481 comments)

The only security was that it was airgapped and had obsessive, paranoid, over the top physical security. The age of the systems (the existence of 8" floppies for example) added nothing to the system security. Because it likely was never designed with any computer security beyond the console itself, bypassing the console could well bypasses the entire missile security system.

We have no proof or idea of the security within the system itself. Any talk of it is pure speculation. What we do know is that the code is constantly being reviewed and has been updated since it's first implementation.

It would be much easier for an enemy/terrorist to get their own nuclear bombs from another source.

about 3 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

acoustix Re:this is reassuring (481 comments)

Likewise the idea that there are no "network ports", hence no way for modern systems to get access. This probably also that the whole system has no "network" security, bypass the security console and you have direct access to the entire launch system, because it never occurred to the creators that you could spoof the entire console. (The equivalent of the old Windows password you could bypass by hitting "cancel" on the "Try again: Yes/No/Cancel".) So if someone can smuggle something small past the, probably impressive secured, airgap, there is no second line of defence. Unplug the existing terminal, plug in a tiny portable bit of modern, hard-hacked kit, pwn the whole system.

You might argue that the techniques necessary are not routine hacker knowledge. But Stuxnet was not created by a script-kiddy. They had a deep understanding of the system they were trying to sabotage. This is a nuclear missile silo, you can reasonably assume a motivated attacker.

The scenario you describe means that they would have had to bypass several layers of physical security and also remove/compromise the two people at the missile command consoles, which are probably also armed.

The chances of someone successfully pulling off a plan like this is so insignificant it would never happen, unless its in a movie.

Face it. The system is about as secure as it possibly could be.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Plans $1 Billion Server Farm In Iowa

acoustix Re:Is it far enough away ? (86 comments)

For starters: Iowa is smack in the middle of Tornado Alley.

Iowa isn't in the original tornado alley and is on the border of the new tornado alley. Iowa has never been "smack in the middle" of it.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

acoustix Isn't the point of going to the moon... (313 comments)

...to eventually launch a vehicle from the moon to get to Mars? With less gravity on the Moon it would take less fuel to launch and escape gravity, right?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

acoustix Dell Compellent (114 comments)

Dell Compellent's storage array has a very intuitive web management console. It is by far the easiest storage platform I have ever used.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Lync Server Gathers Employee Data Just Like NSA

acoustix Re:It's just CDR records. It's not like it's a sec (207 comments)

Exactly. Cisco's UC has the same capabilities. I'm sure all other UC by other vendors have the same features.

Nothing to see here.

about 4 months ago
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Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

acoustix Re:BlackBerry 10 Android (249 comments)

WTF? The subject was supposed to be "BlackBerry 10 > Android". Thanks a lot Slashdot.

about 5 months ago
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Wozniak To Apple: Consider Building an Android Phone

acoustix BlackBerry 10 Android (249 comments)

And BB 10 > iOS.

Seriously. Give BB 10 a try. It's clean, responsive and secure. Plus with the latest 10.2.1 OS you can load Android APK files directly on the device. It really is a solid platform.

about 5 months ago
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Iowa State AIDS Researcher Admits To Falsifying Findings

acoustix He should be in jail (141 comments)

He basically stole $19M. That's $19M that could have been used for *real* research to help people.

He's a piece of crap.

about 7 months ago
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Justine Sacco, Internet Justice, and the Dangers of a Righteous Mob

acoustix Re:Being fired was the correct response regardless (399 comments)

Except that the company that she works for runs websites like collegehumor.com and feature comments like hers all of the time. Her company actually profits from crude humor.

Isn't that hypocritical?

about 7 months ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

acoustix Re:Fake free market argument (1146 comments)

They argue that if the new ones really are so good, people will buy them on their own without being forced to do so.

If we had pollution and carbon taxes, that might be a valid argument. But we don't, and so people have no reason to take into account all the damage they're causing. With such massive externalities, any appeal to free market principles is a straw man.

Nuclear power. /thread

about 7 months ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

acoustix Re:the best wins (1146 comments)

Which is why Betamax won the video format war. Oh, wait...

Yeah, because I wanted to swap tapes 4 times during a movie.

about 7 months ago
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US Light Bulb Phase-Out's Next Step Begins Next Month

acoustix Re:Seriously? (1146 comments)

MidAmerican Energy's rates are currently at $0.04.

about 7 months ago

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How do we know if secure sites really are secure?

acoustix acoustix writes  |  about 9 months ago

acoustix (123925) writes "We see advertising everywhere for secure, encrypted storage in the cloud. How do we really know that these providers are really encrypting the data? How can it be proven that I'm the only person who can decode and view the data? With all of the stories about the NSA and random website security breaches I would like to know if it is possible to prove that a hosting provider is truly secure with only having access using their clients and web interfaces."
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Protecting Company Data

acoustix acoustix writes  |  more than 3 years ago

acoustix (123925) writes "I've been tasked by my company to find a way to protect company data from rogue users. We keep firewall and web usage logs and we have the capability to archive emails. However, there is one feature that HR is requesting that seems like it would be difficult to implement. The company wants to be able to basically freeze or take a snapshot of all data that a user has access to at any given time. This seems like a huge task to me because some of our users have access to hundreds of gigabytes of data including databases and office files on windows shares.

We do have a virtual environment where taking a snapshot of data is possible, but applying the snapshot to review the data would be destructive to the data that has been created/modified since the snapshot. Is there software available that would track user access and changes?"
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Volunteer Work And Contracts?

acoustix acoustix writes  |  more than 4 years ago

acoustix (123925) writes "I am a member of a loosely organized group of IT professionals in my city and I’m a full-time network administrator by trade. Recently I have been active in doing volunteer consulting for a community organization. This organization wants to move their website from the current hosting/maintenance provider to a new hosting company and use my group of IT pros as the web developers. I’m fine with this aspect as we plan to redesign the website and use Drupal. During these discussions the scope increased to include a unified website for the community organizations as well as the city website. I know that the work can be done, however there will need to be contracts signed by the IT group. This contact will include service level agreements and other basic clauses. The contract will obviously protect the community organizations, but what about my IT group? The organization is planning on donating money to the IT group to be used for training. How can we protect ourselves? One thought is to make my volunteer status conditional on the basis that I continue to have a full time job that allows me to do this volunteer work. Obviously if I were to lose my job I couldn’t afford to do volunteer work. Another thought is that this website is not used to make a profit at my expense, and if it does then I will need to be reimbursed for my contributions. I will also want an exit strategy from this project after the objectives have been met. What should we do to make sure that we’re not taken advantage of? What would you do?"
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Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day!

acoustix acoustix writes  |  more than 5 years ago

acoustix (123925) writes ""Friday, July 25th, 2008, is the 9th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this special international day, give your System Administrator something that shows that you truly appreciate their hard work and dedication." May all of your projects come in under budget and finish early."

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