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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.

5 days ago

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 two weeks ago

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 a month ago

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 2 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

acoustix Re:You are overstaffed (383 comments)

300 desktops/laptops, 800 mobile devices (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Qualcom MCP200) and the phone system as well. There are multiple other systems as well, but I won't go into detail...

I could go on and on, but it's pretty obvious that the OP is overstaffed. The manager needs to manage, and they need to automate repetitive tasks, and use a ticket system.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

acoustix You are overstaffed (383 comments)

I'm the Director of IT for my company. 1,000 employees, 15 physical servers, 6 ESXi hosts, countless VM's, 12 locations around the country. We have a total of 4 people in IT. Exchange, SQL, Windows, Linux, massive SAN, you name it - we probably have it.

Be careful when talking to management. You might get downsized.

about 5 months ago

In Letter To 20 Automakers, Senator Demands Answers On Cybersecurity

acoustix For fucks' sake... (80 comments)

Stop calling everything computer related "cyber".

about 5 months ago

Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

acoustix Re:www.healthcare.gov just redirects to (644 comments)

I guess "bh" means black hole. I'm blackholed, too, when accessing it from outside of the US. It could be a poor man's DDoS protection method.

So, Americans who are outside the country cannot sign up on the WORLD WIDE WEB?

Yeah, I would say this is definitely a government project.

about 5 months ago

Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing

acoustix Re:Strange indeed (670 comments)

guilty until proven innocent like?

That seems to be working for Norman....er....wait...

about 5 months ago

Only 25% of Yahoo Staff "Eat Their Own Dog Food"

acoustix Re:Knowing what I know about corporate life... (292 comments)

It can, if you have a proper calendar server set up. The problem is most places I've been don't or the end user doesn't click the button to do so because they don't know it is there and don't have that set up as the default view because they don't know they can.

So, in other words: No, not by default. Outlook doesn't require user knowledge to set it up in a corporate environment with Exchange. It just runs and you are able to see other people's calendars when setting up an appointment. That is a huge advantage.

about 5 months ago

Global Warming Since 1997 Underestimated By Half

acoustix Re:85%? (534 comments)

"Aw, you can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. Forty percent of all people know that." - Homer Simpson

about 5 months ago



How do we know if secure sites really are secure?

acoustix acoustix writes  |  about 6 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."

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?"

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?"

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day!

acoustix acoustix writes  |  more than 4 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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