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How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

duplicate-nickname Re:This shows we still haven't really learned (894 comments)

What do you mean the ACA didn't do anything? It expanded the Mental Health Parity Act to include all insurance. Starting in 2014, you can no longer find insurance that excludes mental health and substance abuse treatment.

These two acts have made professional mental health treatment accessible to most Americans now. We certainly have a long way to go, but things are a lot better today than they were 5 years ago.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

duplicate-nickname Re:Unbalanced (383 comments)

This was the comment I was looking for. I can't believe a 150 person company needs 4 (or 3.5) developers working on its ERP system. You either have the wrong ERP for the job or incompetent developers.

That's between $250,000 to $500,000/year to support an ERP system. You could outsource the whole think to the most expensive provider and not pay half of that. We do massive ERP automation projects for Fortune 500 companies at a fraction of that cost with even lower on-going maintenance.

about 9 months ago
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US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

duplicate-nickname Re:Wow, talk about a non-story (1268 comments)

It's not obvious because apparently people are not taught what the symbol "=" means. This is what happens when teaching become regurgitating problems out of a textbook so kids can pass a test.

about 4 years ago
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Barnes and Noble Bookstore Chain Put In Play

duplicate-nickname Re:Maybe if they charged sane prices (414 comments)

That still doesn't help the fact that I feel ripped off every time I buy something at B&N. Is that really the experience you want your customers to come away with?

about 4 years ago
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Internal Costs Per Gigabyte — What Do You Pay?

duplicate-nickname Re:Our Cost (420 comments)

This isn't my service, but our hosting/data center provider's. They actually do guarantee IOPS when I look at the specifics.

more than 4 years ago
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Internal Costs Per Gigabyte — What Do You Pay?

duplicate-nickname Our Cost (420 comments)

Our data center provider offers storage on their FC SAN ( > 150mbps I/O) at a cost of $2.50/GB/month and an additional $2.50/GB for backups. This includes 24x7 support, 99.99% uptime, and is hosted in a tier 3+ data center. My guess is that smaller SANs cost more per GB, but you are getting boned at $30/GB.

On the other hand, if you are requiring some sort of high performance DAS with off site replication, then I bet the cost is considerably higher.

more than 4 years ago
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Hotels Lead the Industry In Credit Card Theft

duplicate-nickname Not surprising... (135 comments)

I recently had a hotel leave one of those quick check-out forms partially slid under my door. The problem was that it had my credit card information printed on it. It would have been quite easy to walk down the how and grab a dozen names, credit card numbers and expiration dates. On top of that, who knows what happens to the forms once you sign them as I highly doubt they go through a shredder.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Android — a Universe of Incompatible Devices

duplicate-nickname Re:Keep in mind the source (636 comments)

What's this? Yet another Infoworld writer using their blogs to advance their personal agenda? When is Slashdot going to stop being a lackey for IDG?

more than 4 years ago
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Making a Child Locating System

duplicate-nickname Re:Hmm Public School? (1092 comments)

I had some lady knock on our door last fall looking for her son. Apparently someone put him on the wrong bus and he got off in our neighborhood (no where near where he lived). He was going to a private Catholic school about 5 miles from our house.

more than 5 years ago
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Texas Senate Proposes a Budget With a No-Vista-Upgrades Rider

duplicate-nickname Re:budget stuffs (290 comments)

For the average, locked-down business user, Vista is virtually the same as XP. The only real difference is the start menu, and if that posses such a problem - it can be reverted through Group Policy.

Besides, I thought you open source fanboys only cared about licensing costs and not TCO (at least according to Slashdot, no training is required to move to Open Office or Ubuntu.)

more than 5 years ago
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How Do You Deal With Pirated Programs At Work?

duplicate-nickname Been there...done that... (958 comments)

Your first step is to dig through all of the documentation you have to find any and all software purchases. This included going through the previous guy's email (hopefully it's still available) and digging out the license cards from those boxes stashed in the corner. If you are lucky, someone in accounting can start pulling invoices from you. Also, go to the resellers your company has been using to see if they can pull a purchase history or license report (CDW is great for this). Don't forget to try sites like Microsoft's eOpen (eopen.microsoft.com) or Adobe's license site (licensing.adobe.com).

The next step is to audit your workstations and servers to see exactly what commercial software they are running. Try to match that up with what documentation you found to start with. My rule of thumb is that if I don't have a PO/invoice, license key or box, then I don't own the software. Then go and get quotes from your favorite reseller to see what the costs are to "true-up".

Take all of this to your manager (or the owner) and show them the situation. Be sure to explain the consequences of not licensing the software you are using, and leave the decision up to him whether to true-up, stop using the software, or use it unlicensed. I would personally document this meeting just to cover your own ass, especially if the last option is chosen.

In order to prevent this situation in the future, make sure all software purchases come through your department. Then keep all license documentation in a single physical or electronic location. Be prepared to dig your heels in when someone tries to bypass IT to install illegal/unlicense software.

more than 5 years ago
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Red Hat Hit With Patent Suit Over JBoss

duplicate-nickname Re:Yay for selective quoting! (201 comments)

Good catch. On top of that, as long as a company meets a few small requirements for developing on a Windows platform, they can become a Microsoft partner. It is not some secret club that goes around suing OSS companies on behalf of Microsoft.

more than 5 years ago
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Against Unknown Viruses, Avira AntiVir the Winner For Now

duplicate-nickname Re:My antivirus research for my IT department (170 comments)

We when through the same process as the parent post (replacing Trendmicro Officescan as it has gone to crap). I ended up deciding on NOD32 over Kaspersky, but they were two we liked best. NOD32 has had a few minor problems, and the initial configuration can be time consuming, but overall it is a huge improvement over Trend at a considerably better price.

With Trend, it frequently missed malware and viruses but NOD32 has been great (our infection rate is probably 10% of what it used to be).

more than 5 years ago
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Why Use Virtual Memory In Modern Systems?

duplicate-nickname Re:The semantics of 'Virtual Memory' (983 comments)

Interesting, so failing memory doesn't effect the system cache. That is some magical hardware you have there.

more than 5 years ago
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Second Google Android Phone Revealed

duplicate-nickname Re:Dollars? (176 comments)

If you think Australian Personal Computer Magazine is a US site, then there isn't much we can do to help you.

more than 5 years ago
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'Greasemonkey' Malware Targets Firefox

duplicate-nickname Re:DO-NOT "Remember Passwords" (370 comments)

That's a really good point. How do I know that the latest update to Forecastfox isn't now ready my browsing history or passwords and uploading that information to a third party. Many addons do not need access to the web page being rendered, so I wonder why there isn't some additional layer of security there.

more than 5 years ago

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