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Fighting the iCrime Wave

binaryspiral Thanks Apple (170 comments)

Really Apple is the only major manufacturer who has provided me no-cost full disk encryption, location tracking, remote lock, and remote wipe capabilities out of the box for my phone, tablet, and laptop. Others have the option but it's purchased with a time limited service like LoJack or Computrace... and even then, the device support is limited.

It's unfortunate that they don't take a hardline with thieves and serial numbers of devices reported stolen. You remove the ability for an iPhone to activate and the device is useless to the thief.

more than 2 years ago

6 IT Projects, $8 Billion Over Budget At Dept. of Defense

binaryspiral Re:Buried within the article (113 comments)

But the other thing - it's all the big boys doing the work, IBM, CA, etc. So they have NO motivation to do it right. Instead they are milking the system for all it's worth.

Just outsource the labor to a third world contractor and reap the profits for your shareholders. Thanks tax payers - you rock!

Oh wait... they're getting wind of this - let's start a gay marriage protest or whitehouse scandal, Fox news will blast that shit all over the place!

more than 2 years ago

Best Way To Archive Emails For Later Searching?

binaryspiral Exchange 2010 SP1 (385 comments)

I recently updated our exchange environment to SP1 which allows me to create a new database on different storage and assign an Archive mailbox for users. So now I got a terabyte volume on tier 2 Sata storage for folks to use as archive - now I can get those damn pst files finally off my file servers.

about 4 years ago

Dubai's Police Chief Calls BlackBerry a Spy Tool

binaryspiral Re:Nothing to do with it ... (215 comments)

RIM would do well to pull out of UAE and show the world they give a shit about their customers' privacy and won't be bullied like a third rate carrier into handing over the keys to the castle.

about 4 years ago

Dubai's Police Chief Calls BlackBerry a Spy Tool

binaryspiral Re:One single mistake and BB/RIM will be doomed (215 comments)

Open standards or ActiveSync with exchange. Gives you the same basic features as BES (encrypted traffic, remote wipe, and policy enforcement) without a central network.

Each exchange server uses it's own ssl certain

about 4 years ago

Dubai's Police Chief Calls BlackBerry a Spy Tool

binaryspiral Re:Is there anything special about RIM security? (215 comments)

Get an iPhone or windows mobile and get yourself a hosted exchange account in anoter country. Same deal only not centralized like rim.

If I were to travel to UAE with my iPhone would they block the encrypted link to my Exchange server?

about 4 years ago

Spammers Attack Apple's Ping Social Network

binaryspiral Dear Apple: (85 comments)

Please remove the current iTunes codebase from the life-support you insist on keeping it on. Let the craplication die already, its brain is already dead.

Rewrite it, buy another developer, or open the damn platform so someone else can do it.

about 4 years ago

Hurt Locker File-Sharing Subpoenas Begin

binaryspiral 14.5M if everyone settles (376 comments)

The Oscar was guilt award provided by the academy to show their support for the troops. The movie, even if it never hit the p2p networks, would have never grossed more.

The movie wasn't a public hit because it didn't appeal to a broad range of movie goers. If they feel they need to sue for this - then so be it, but 5,000 cases in one DC court? What the fuck was this judge thinking?

about 4 years ago

Data Storage Capacity Mostly Wasted In Data Center

binaryspiral IOps first Capacity second (165 comments)

In the world of storage area networks you must design too support the IO load first and capacity will typically never be an issue - in tier one and two storage.

With cache cards and ssd becoming cheaper this rule is changing but for many SANs they have wasted space only because they needed more spindles to support the load.

more than 4 years ago

Internal Costs Per Gigabyte — What Do You Pay?

binaryspiral Re:Eh? (420 comments)

Insane, maybe - but there maybe some other factors in play here.

Maybe the company's data center is full and additional storage would require additional investment in racks, cooling, power distribution, etc.

Maybe the company is trying to encourage sane storage practices. How many storage network managers or engineers see TB of storage wasted because one department or another copies everything, twice, to the network... and never touches it again?

I would *love* to be able to charge back to the other departments that clutter up my servers with multiple copies of their files - but it gets very political very fast. So we now leverage tiered storage and put those file stores on slow SATA disks with weekly only backups. If the file becomes a popular file - it'll eventually get cached in the controller and be available very quickly to many users.

more than 4 years ago

Forced iAds Coming To OS X?

binaryspiral Shareware Alternatives (416 comments)

I actually like this idea. It's an alternative for small application developers to make money on their hard work.

Same goes for the iPhone iADs - it's not going to pop up ads in mail or calendar - it simply provides an API for developers to write in ad serving space on their free applications. This is an alternative to actually charging people money for the software.

Way to incite a flamewar and bring out the fan boys...

more than 4 years ago

Motorola Says eFuse Doesn't Permanently Brick Phones

binaryspiral Re:Thanks for the clarification Motorola, (294 comments)

I was waiting for this news... Motorola congrats you just lost another sale. Who's to blame for this? It sounds like shit Verizon would pull but I wouldn't put it past Motorola to do this too. The same company that sold me a razor phone with mini USB port that only worked with their chargers.

I'm So sick of being treated like a theif or criminal by my consumer electronics.

more than 4 years ago

NASA's Plutonium Supply Dwindling; ESA To Help

binaryspiral Recycle Nukes? (173 comments)

Pardon my ignorance and possible first post - but couldn't NASA just recycle some retiring nuke warheads for plutonium?

more than 4 years ago

NetApp Threatens Sellers of Appliances Running ZFS

binaryspiral Re:Ummm it's their technology (231 comments)

I'm a happy NetApp customer and do not agree with you. ZFS has been on the opensource market long enough and documented well enough to be far out of the realm of patent-tolling.

I had an interesting candid discussion with a NetApp engineer and he also thought their legal stance on this was "dickish" and causing a lot of bad feelings overall. He's in the mindset that if they're selling a box with opensource software - fucking great! We'll sell you the support and give back to the code base with features, bug fixes, and the like. But it was nice to hear a fellow grunt in the trench speak a bit of sanity from what seems to be an insane lawsuit.

more than 4 years ago

NetApp Threatens Sellers of Appliances Running ZFS

binaryspiral Re:btrfs successor (231 comments)

Too right. Take those deduplicated blocks of your 8000 images, then place them on SATA storage... dirt cheap vast sata disks. When you go to pull those images - even a few hundred or thousand at a time - your SATA disks will populate the cache cards in your filer with most of the duplicate blocks - and your disks will never be your bottleneck when you're pulling them back down.

NAS tech has gotten real interesting with the introduction of good and large cache, deduplication, and giant cheap SATA disks.

more than 4 years ago

Schools, Filtering Companies Blocking Google SSL

binaryspiral Sophos Proxies (308 comments)

We use Sophos web proxies that can decrypt ssl traffic using their own ssl cert we install in the browsers on our school's pc's. It automatically skips any banking sites, and doesn't cache data it only scans for threats over ssl which are becoming more common.

more than 4 years ago

Best Telephone For Datacenters?

binaryspiral Re:LOL DAVID CLARKS FTW (110 comments)

Cisco wireless ip phone + plantronics stereo headset with tube mic. Good wifi coverage in the datacenter saves you from AT&T dropped calls.

more than 4 years ago

University Networks Block Student Project

binaryspiral Re:Stop having control (167 comments)

If you are old enough to attend college/university you are old enough to do whatever you want.

Wrong on so many levels.

If you attend a college or university, chances are you are held to a standard of behaviour that prevents you from making the learning institution look like a fool.

Admissions papers are full of "Sign here on the X", one of them was your agreement to not be a jackass and accept the college's rulings on your behavior.

Don't like it? There's the door.

more than 4 years ago

Gizmodo Not Welcome at 2010 WWDC

binaryspiral It's Steve's party... (395 comments)

If Gizmodo pissed in my Cherios - I wouldn't invite them to my party either.

more than 4 years ago

Germany Finds Kismet, Custom Code In Google Car

binaryspiral Re:Is this how they can do wifi location detection (237 comments)

It's all based on your AP's mac address. You can change your ssid and you ip will change (DHCP) but the one thing that will remain is the MAC address of your wifi access point.

As the googmobile drives through your hood it knows where it is by GPS. It's listening for wifi data to capture the mac and tag it with the gps. Then as it picks up more data, it's able to provide a more accurate location based on wifi traffic.

Quite ingeneious, labor intensive, and completely legal.

As people upgrade their gear or move - this data will get stale. I wonder if google plans on maintaining this?

more than 4 years ago



Kentucky wants anonymous banned, sites fined

binaryspiral binaryspiral writes  |  more than 6 years ago

binaryspiral (784263) writes "Legislators Tom Couch, Jimmy Higdon from Kentucky have cosponsored HB775 which outlaws anonymous posting and fine any website that allows for anonymous postings starting at $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for each additional.

Representative Couch says he filed the bill in hopes of cutting down on online bullying. He says that has especially been a problem in his Eastern Kentucky district. But he claims enforcing it will be a "challenge".
By "challenge", Mr. Couch, you mean legally impossible and a waste resources to get your name in the news during an election year? Or a "challege" to scare away all those pesky high tech web hosts which host websites that would find it easier to move locations?"

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