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The History of the NORAD/Microsoft and Google Santa Trackers

brunes69 Well the government is not the only game in town a (57 comments)

Back in the eighties and nineties, the only organization who could even feasibly track Santa was the military, because they had the radar and private companies like Google did not own their own satellites taking pictures of the whole globe 24 hours a day. Nowadays, the idea that Google would do just as good a job of monitoring Santa as NORAD, is not far fetched.

2 days ago
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How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

brunes69 Re:And who will collect the trash? (438 comments)

They wont need to collect the trash since they will be floating in international waters with no regulations, they will just throw it overboard and let us deal with it.

3 days ago
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Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

brunes69 Re: Crackberry is Back (132 comments)

I am not saying anything about their strategy, just refuting the incorrectness of the GP.

about a week ago
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Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

brunes69 Re: Crackberry is Back (132 comments)

Blackberry phones nowadays can run essentially any Android app flawlessly...

about a week ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

brunes69 Re:I don't see the big deal here. (182 comments)

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment are two totally separate companies that for all intents and purposes are completely disconnected at all but the most senior executive levels (the C-Suite).

about a week ago
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The Joys and Hype of Hadoop

brunes69 Scale (55 comments)

"The setup, on an enterprise scale, takes thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in hardware"

You are off by at least two orders of magnitude, at last by any reasonable definition of "Enterprise".

An enterprise grade hadoop cluster that is dealing with enterprise workloads is going to start roughly in the mid-six figures and grow into the low 7 or 8 figures over time and scale. Scale is not cheap.

about a week ago
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Facebook Drops Bing Search Results

brunes69 Facebook search is horrible (33 comments)

Even trying to do a very simple thing, like search through all past facebook messages or group posts for a given word, is essentially impossible.

I dont know where Facebook thinks they are going with their "graph search", but as of today it is absolutely horrible.

Google is no better, with complete inability to search through Hangouts history without going into GMail of all places. You would think a search company would do better.

about two weeks ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

brunes69 Re:Cloud (241 comments)

There are standards such as ISO 27001 that are independently audited that can prove if a cloud provider is following the right security practices. I would seriously doubt your IT shop is ISO 27001 compliant. Amazon is, Google Apps is, as are many other cloud vendors.

The whole cloud boogeyman has to die. It is foolish, short sighted thinking. Moving applications to cloud is an opportunity for enterprises to finally do things PROPERLY in IT for once instead of cobbling together systems on shoestring budgets with lax security policies and unaudited shell scripts holding the mess together like crazy glue.

about two weeks ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

brunes69 Re:Cloud (241 comments)

This. A million times this.

Getting so sick of the same old sub story about how the cloud is insecure, as if it is some rule of nature. The cloud will be as secure as the cloud vendor makes it.

The idea that sensitive data is more secure in-house than in the cloud, just because it is not inside your four walls, is not rooted in reality. It might make you FEEL more warm and cozy that the data is in your four walls, but does your company have all of the latest enterprise application level firewalls and IPS devices? Does your company have a well-staffed dedicated 24/7 SOC IN ADDITION TO a 24/7 NOC? Does your company have a defined IOC sharing procedure with it's peers?

So which has a better chance of having the resources needed to secure their environment - your tiny little IT shop with it's cash strapped budget, or an enterprise cloud vendor that has all of the above? My money is on the cloud vendor.

about two weeks ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

brunes69 Re:But does it report artificially low ink levels? (270 comments)

You are confusing K-Cups with these K-Cup 2.0 pods. K-Cups are what have a great range and are available anywhere - because they have no DRM and all patents were worked around. K-Cup 2.0 pods have a very horrible range and limited distribution. I feel sorry for anyone suckered into buying one of these newer brewers.

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

brunes69 Re:Sounds unlikely to me (135 comments)

The whole reason I linked the wiki is because of the "Difficulties" section.

IE, despite what this Slashdot article implies, this is not really fully accepted theory yet. There are a large number of holes in the theory that the moon came from the earth that have yet to be reconciled.

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

brunes69 Re:Sounds unlikely to me (135 comments)

How can they know for certain the moon came from an earth impact vs just a passing proto-planet without a well defined orbit that got caught in our gravity?

There is so much about the universe that is not understood at these timespans, I have a hard time believing that anything can be known for certain at this point in science. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

about two weeks ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

brunes69 A bird carying a grenade? (325 comments)

For one, commercial quad-copters are a lot larger than the average bird unless you are talking about a giant eagle.

Second, if the drone is powered by a LiON battery pack and gets sucked into the engine, when the drone is struck by the impeller it COULD rupture the battery pack in a way that causes a small explosion. I don't know if this would be enough to damage the engine but I certainly would not dismiss it.

about three weeks ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

brunes69 Re:We've already seen the alternative to regulatio (93 comments)

There is a big difference between what Uber and Lyft offer and what a free-for-all unregulated taxii industry of the past offers.

On one hand, you have some large companies that can be held to account for wrong doing. You CAN allow Uber and Lyft to operate, AND regulate them, you know - it is not an "either-or" situation.

On the other hand without any Uber or Lyft or regulation, you would have thousands of independent drivers with no ability to oversee them and no ability to hold them accountable in the aggregate, since there is no aggregate.

By choosing to not allow Uber and Lyft to operate AT ALL, even under regulation, the government is artificially choosing a winner and propping up a monopoly.

about three weeks ago
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How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

brunes69 Complex Issue (148 comments)

While you are right on one hand, the issue is more complex than this.

Even in the article itself it talks about how the government is fighting with itself (NIST and the NSA, where NIST's mandate by law is to make sure the government and public are secure and NSA is by law mandated to make sure they are not).

"The government" is a big thing and the left hand doesn't ALWAYS know what the right hand is doing. The problems arise when the right hand can operate with autonomy so that not only does the left not know what it is doing, but it has no authority to put it in check.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

brunes69 Re:Cost (247 comments)

Find out the cost of IT constantly resetting forgotten passwords and also the projected cost of a security breach because everyone has to write them down.

If you want a REAL wake up call, pay a college kid $100 to show up to the office with a tool belt and tell the front desk he is there to check out the thermostat, and get him to grab a password off of a post-it note on someones desk. Bring that password to your director and say that if you wanted to, you cold have just cost your department X hundred thousands of dollars.

about three weeks ago
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CoreOS Announces Competitor To Docker

brunes69 Re:Where Docker failed (71 comments)

Docker does a lot more than this. The whole point of docker is to take the LXC stack and use it to build micro-services than can layer on top of each other seamlessly, and to create and maintain a repository of these containers than can be swapped in and out for upgrades with zero hassle. Think of docker like apt-get on lots of steroids.

about three weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

brunes69 Re:Might be a lesson here for Linus Torvalds (355 comments)

I'll give you a bias against software engineers. A lot of engineers consider themselves "hot shit" because they worked on a few small projects and have been told they were "hot shit" on all of those. A lot of them thus have an unjust sense of entitlement and think that they know best in any and all things.

And this bias is why I have no issue with Torvalds putting some of these jokers in their place from time to time.

about three weeks ago
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CoreOS Announces Competitor To Docker

brunes69 Re:Where Docker failed (71 comments)

You are looking at things through an overly simplistic viewpoint. Many applications do not run just one process or daemon. Even simple applications like MySQL need many processes that are synchronized to the same version. An application I am working on docker-ifying right now has about 40 processes in total, all with their own init scripts and other things to manage. I doubt this application could even be deployed in Rocket at all the way it is described via this link.

about three weeks ago

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Google protects undersea cables against potential shark attacks

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  about 4 months ago

brunes69 (86786) writes "When you plan for the costs to span the entire Pacific Ocean with fibre optic communication cable, you need to account for a lot of different factors to ensure that cable will remain protected and intact. Google, for one, is apparently taking no chances with its cables, even going so far as to protect them against shark attack."
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Wireless Carjacking Now Possible

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

brunes69 writes "The convenience offered by mobile apps for unlocking car doors and remotely starting their engines is also a weakness, as two hackers will demonstrate at the upcoming Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Researchers Don Bailey and Mathew Solnik managed to use a laptop to hack the mobile app connection in two different car brands.
The researchers discovered that, when a user pushed the unlock or remote engine start buttons on the app, the phone sends a signal to a service center, which then sends a signal to the car telling it what to do. The researchers intercepted and duplicated the signal sent to the car, afterwards using it to repeat the function."

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Astronaut learns of mom's death while in orbit

brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  about 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "Daniel Tani is the first American astronaut to learn while in orbit of a family member's death. "He is obviously pretty sad," the astronaut's brother, Richard Tani, said in Thursday's Chicago Sun-Times. "He was pretty close to [his mother]. We are all close to her. She was loved by everyone." Tani's wife broke the news to him in a video conference call. The 46-year-old astronaut has been on the space station since late October."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "Google/a> is in talks with DoubleClick's majority owner, San Francisco-based private equity firm Hellman & Friedman, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Google's interest comes after reports surfaced last week that Microsoft was considering buying DoubleClick. Yahoo and AOL — a major customer for the advertising Email Marketing Software — also reportedly held talks with the owners, though their interest is judged to be less intense than that of Google and Microsoft.

Google's arrival on the scene is likely to lift the price of any deal to around US$2 billion, The Wall Street Journal report stated. That would be slightly less than double that Hellman & Friedman and other investors paid for the company when they took the company private in 2005."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "Google has once again become a pioneer with their offer of free WiFi access to everyone via their new Google TiSP service. Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines."
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brunes69 brunes69 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

brunes69 writes "The CBC is running an interesting article profiling the problems with archiving digital data in New Brunswick's provincial archives. Quote from the story: 'I've had audio tape come into the archives, for example, that had been submerged in water in floods and the tape was so swollen it went off the reel, and yet we were able to recover that. We were able to take that off and dry it out and play it back. If a CD had one-tenth of one per cent of the damage on one of those reels, it wouldn't play, period. The whole thing would be corrupted'. Given the difficulties with preserving digital data, is it really the medium we should be using for archival purposes?"

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