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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

acoustix Sophos (467 comments)

I use Sophos at the office and they allow free home use for all employees. It's solid stuff.

5 days ago
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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

acoustix HTML5 Apps (307 comments)

Code once (HTML5)for many devices (iOS, Android, BB, Windows, etc). Problem solved. Most mobile apps pull information from the web anyway. Save on developer costs too.

about a week ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

acoustix Re:call me skeptical (360 comments)

Is it monthly averages that they average for the year? Is it daily data that is averaged for the whole year?

Are you really not aware that those are the same number?

If so, well it's good that you seem to realize that you truly do not belong in this discussion.

No, they would not be the same number. Thanks.

about two weeks ago
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NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

acoustix Re:call me skeptical (360 comments)

I'm curious, how do they average for the whole year? Is it monthly averages that they average for the year? Is it daily data that is averaged for the whole year?

No, I didn't RTFA. Just curious is all.

about two weeks ago
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BlackBerry's Survival Plan: the Internet of Things

acoustix Re:BlackBerry is fine (74 comments)

Seeing how Ford will have QNX in almost all of their cars going forward, I'd say that QNX is a nice little profit for BB.

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry's Survival Plan: the Internet of Things

acoustix Re:BlackBerry is fine (74 comments)

I'm talking about the BES12 service, not the legacy server. But even the legacy server was ridiculously easy to manage by anyone with half a brain.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

acoustix "free" education costs too much (703 comments)

In my state they made preschool "free". Within the year the tuition costs tripled from previous levels that were flat the previous 5 years. Every time the government offers something for free it's cost becomes unbearable.

about three weeks ago
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BlackBerry's Survival Plan: the Internet of Things

acoustix BlackBerry is fine (74 comments)

They still have the best mobile management software out there. Citrix, Good, MobileIron, etc can't touch BB's offerings.

Plus they have QNX which is used in billions of devices around the world. So what if their handhelds aren't popular? Who cares? They will continue to have a niche market in handhelds.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

acoustix Re:In the name of Allah ! (1350 comments)

It won't happen, but I appreciate it.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

acoustix Re:In the name of Allah ! (1350 comments)

No they're not. Romans is in the New Testament.

One of the other responders commented that Christians use the Bible to justify anti-gay bigotry, and usually reference Leviticus when they do. They could as easily reference the New Testament. That passage from Romans maintains the death penalty for gay behaviors, for disobeying parents, for worshiping idols, and for oathbreaking, among other things.

The whole message of the Bible is that we're *ALL* subject to the "death penalty" (hell) for our sinful ways. It doesn't matter what the sin. Confession of sins and faith in Jesus it what will redeem you according to Christian beliefs. Stop acting like only homosexuals are singled out. All sin matters. Even my sins, and their are plenty of them - just like everyone else on this planet.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

acoustix Re:In the name of Allah ! (1350 comments)

You don't see it because you aren't looking. As for the whole "old testament" thing, I've suggested to some anti-gay bigots that we should be out stoning to death people who touch leather, work on Saturday, eat shellfish and such, and they use that (completely fucking stupid) line "but that's in the old testament, and we don't follow that anymore" only to turn around and use the command in Leviticus to support their anti-gay bigotry.

THE problem is, there's too many idiots who only listen to what their preacher says, and can't seem to find time to actually read the Bible. That's why their version of "God" seems to hate exactly who they hate. The other problem is, religious people ignoring the plank in their own eye, while thinking their shit don't stink and throwing stones at other people.... which is EXACTLY the problem with a lot of posters in the thread.

Actually, the new testament speaks out against homosexuality too. But it doesn't advocate violence against homosexuals.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

acoustix Re:Vive la France! (1350 comments)

Being an American I have to say that I agree with everything you said. PC has run amok in the US to the point where nobody will stand up for anything. It is sad.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

acoustix Re:In the name of Allah ! (1350 comments)

Not that you made any such claim, but those are all Old Testament scriptures, thus for Christians they have been overridden by the teachings of Jesus Christ. None of those apply to Christianity, which makes sense, as you don't see Christians running around trying to enforce anything of the sort.

This is 100% correct.

about three weeks ago
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Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

acoustix Re:Rimberry's only advantage was security.. (132 comments)

But then they rolled over for India, of all places, trading backdoors for market share.

Citation needed.

Just because you heard it somewhere doesn't mean it's true. There are no backdoors for the BES system. The customer generates their own keys. BlackBerry doesn't have access to them.

about a month ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

acoustix Re:Just part of the complexity collapse (433 comments)

People are starting to draw back from the overwhelming complexity in all things.

Huh??? Using a record player is way more complicated than using digital media. Plus there's virtually no care or preparation for digital media, unlike vinyl.

about a month and a half ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

acoustix Re:the mysterious "us" (178 comments)

who is this "us" he is talking about? because with just a little thought, you quickly realized these "billions of dollars" are just transfers from the (assumed) wealthy building owners to the less wealthy contractors and workers.

one person's cost is another's paycheck and kids tuition payment.

if the public good is really being served here by improving safety of citizens, why isn't the discussion framed more along these lines?

Where do you think these contractors/workers live and work? In buildings where the owners and renters will be forced to pay for these improvements.

Stop acting like only the rich will pay for it. Everyone will pay for it. Most people won't be able to afford it. If it becomes mandatory people will be forced to move out of the city due to the cost. Everyone will pay.

about a month and a half ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

acoustix Middle Boxes (238 comments)

You can do caching, proxying, firewalling, parental control, etc with HTTPS. Create a certificate on those boxes and push it out to the client devices. You can then see all encrypted traffic. Problem solved.

about 2 months ago
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Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

acoustix Security? (89 comments)

Wasn't stuff like this supposed to be prevented by having a walled garden?

about 2 months ago
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BlackBerry Clears Hurdle For Voice Crypto Acquisition

acoustix Re:Unless end to end, it's a farce (27 comments)

Since multiple governments mandate that Blackberry share back doors with them, it's not clear to me what benefit more encryption will really add. Won't they be sharing keys with governments (and thus potentially hackers can get the same data)?

The only secure encryption is end to end encryption where you understand and actively control/limit how the key transmission works.

This is a blatant lie. BES controls encryption from end-to-end. BB/RIM does not have the ability to see any traffic other than the encrypted traffic.

about 2 months ago

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How do we know if secure sites really are secure?

acoustix acoustix writes  |  about a year 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 4 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  |  about 5 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 6 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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