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

bengoerz Common? (348 comments)

Is stupidity common? Yes. Yes it is.

In my experience, the stupid people tend to get fired eventually. But the mess they leave behind can be tremendous.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

bengoerz Re:Perception of Necessity (265 comments)

My point is not that you should never automate things. Rather, when you automate things, you should make sure your managers know (1) that you were smart enough to improve processes and are therefore valuable to future projects and (2) that the things you automate could one day break (process changes, etc.).

At very least, the poster should be able to articulate a better reason for automation than "I wanted to sleep in".

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

bengoerz Perception of Necessity (265 comments)

By proving that your job can be largely automated, you are eroding the reasons to keep you employed.

Sure, we all know it's a bad idea to set things on autopilot because eventually something will break badly. But do your managers know that?

about 2 months ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

bengoerz Re:Why not limit them to one per customer? (131 comments)

Limiting the supply will just push up the black market price. Oculus just gave a boon to the first-mover scalpers.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

bengoerz Re:Beats? BEATS? (188 comments)

The markup in Beats puts iHome to shame.

Beats takes analog audio hardware that hasn't changed since the 70s, sprinkles fairy design dust on it, and sells it for big money. What better model for Apple's transistor & software business?

about 4 months ago
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FCC Chairman Will Reportedly Revise Broadband Proposal

bengoerz With TCP, Throttling = Dropping Packets (105 comments)

The design of TCP is such that the way you throttle a connection is to drop packets. Therefore, isn't throttling just a measured block?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Team Trying To Return 36-Year-Old Spacecraft From Space About Their Project

bengoerz What is the value? (53 comments)

Other than the sentimentality, what are the real benefit of bringing ISEE-3 home? If the benefit is the data, what is the evidence that the "data that ISEE-3 could generate would have real value"? If the benefit is educational, which institutions have committed to taking part?

about 5 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

bengoerz Re:So Netflix wants to change how it connects (328 comments)

Bullshit. This wasn't a business decision about improving service. This was extortion. Comcast got all the upside (gained revenue from Netflix, plus reduced peering traffic) and Netflix almost broke even (loses payments to Comcast, saves on hosting costs elsewhere).

Customers pay Comcast to be connected to the internet at a given speed. They deserve to get the speed they pay for, regardless of where the traffic comes from.

about 4 months ago
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Justice Department Slaps IBM Over H-1B Hiring Practices

bengoerz Re:We need IT unions now and better training (195 comments)

What we need is IT unions IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

It would raise prices abroad, and narrow the disparity in standard of living (thereby eroding one of the main reasons H1B applicants want to come to the US).

about a year ago
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Big Jump For Tablet Storage: Seagate Intros 5mm Hard Disk For Tablets

bengoerz Re:Sounds like a bad idea ... (201 comments)

History teaches that hard drive manufacturers are rarely concerned with reliability.

1 year,5 days
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Losing the War Data For Iraq and Afghanistan

bengoerz Ask the NSA (62 comments)

I hear those guys have a copy of everything.

about a year ago
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Google Replaces AT&T At Starbucks

bengoerz Correction: (100 comments)

Google demonstrates ability to rapidly expand their carrier services nationwide through partnering with established carriers. Passersby injured from falling bricks shat from oligolpolistic ISPs atop their high horses.

about a year ago
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Majority of Americans Say NSA Phone Tracking Is OK To Fight Terrorism

bengoerz Phone Survey about Phone Spying? (584 comments)

From TFA:
The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted June 6-9, 2013, among a national sample of 1,004 adults 18 years of age or older living in the continental United States (501 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 503 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 247 who had no landline telephone).

Is it really reasonable to survey the public's opinion of telephone spying via telephone?

about a year ago
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PayPal Denies Teen Reward For Finding Bug

bengoerz Let this be a Lesson (318 comments)

If Paypal won't pay the kid for bugs in its system, I bet someone else will.

about a year ago
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Rise of the Online Code Schools

bengoerz Re:Regular universities don't sell you the knowled (98 comments)

I think the fact that so many good programmers are self-taught highlights how coding is a poor fit for the pen-and-paper of traditional academia.

If these online schools get talented coders past HR - and save mileage and minutes in the process - how is this not a good thing?

about 2 years ago
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Think Tank's Website Rejects Browser Do-Not-Track Requests

bengoerz Do Not Track != Do Not Advertise (362 comments)

It is possible to advertise online without tracking users. It may not be quite as profitable, but it served the Internet well in the early days.

Besides, you don't need tracking to know that Slashdot's audience is full of nerds who will buy open their wallets to companies like ThinkGeek, NewEgg, etc.

about 2 years ago

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