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Ask Slashdot: Old Dogs vs. New Technology?

gotpaint32 Re:Not just because of age (515 comments)

So how long did that take you to do? A half hour maybe a little longer, how much time was spent by your coworkers diagnosing the issue trying to repair it and half hour? Was it really worth it to your company for you and your coworkers to waste X hours to attempt to repair the old KVM switch that accounting probably depreciated the value on anyway?
Anyway, is it really wise to be jerry rigging KVM power supplies, it certainly doesn't seem professional? If I was your customer and I was touring your facility and saw that, I would certainly have doubts about an organization that finds shoestringing power supplies onto KVMs acceptable practice, tell me you wouldn't feel the same way.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Old Dogs vs. New Technology?

gotpaint32 Depends on your work and business (515 comments)

Some businesses are conservative and rightly so, momentum is slow and precise, changes are incremental and measured. Think mainframes churning through Cobol from the 60's. Bleeding edge things come and go and so do the problems they bring, but what works for years will generally keep working if left to its own devices. As for your company, there may be a business case to build a lab with XP (say most of your customers have XP). It doesn't excuse why your coworkers didn't take the initiative of figuring out why it didn't work but not everything new is awesome and not everything old is bad, you'll learn that after a few years of experience.
Furthermore you will probably soon learn that IT is there to support business not the other way around, unless you are company's goal is to produce IT products, chances are you are there to support your business unit or another company's business. You sound like you are enamored with the technology and want to play with technology for technology's sake, most veterans I've talked with are more concerned about things like uptime, scalability, change management, security, etc... Cool factor plays a part but that's a pretty poor indicator of professional skill, I've known plenty of "nerds" that love playing with new technology but couldn't design and coordinate a real IT project without all sorts of issues (thats the problem with cowboys). The best IT professionals will always keep the lights on, that's your primary goal.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Low Cost Way To Maximize SQL Server Uptime?

gotpaint32 Not gonna happen (284 comments)

There is no cheap magic bullet, if there was, everyone would be doing it. You will either pay for licensing, pay for hardware, or both. Clustering is usually a nonstarter due to the expense of a SAN, you get a cheap SAN then you still end up with a lousy single point of failure. SQL replication may work but the POS software may or may not work under that configuration and the fail-over may or may not be automatic so its a real crap shoot. Your best bet is a single quality server, minimize the crap you install on it, preferably just SQL, get a solid properly rated UPS, and make sure it is all setup properly. You will get great uptime. A mismanaged cluster is much more liable to cause downtime than a properly cared for single instance server.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft: RDP Vulnerability Should Be Patched Immediately

gotpaint32 Re:VNC over SSH tunnels, public keys, no root logi (126 comments)

You can definitely tunnel RDP, its built right into Windows and called Terminal Server Gateway. With that you can use client cert validation and tunnel in over SSL. Add some nice middleware and it will even allow you to use hardware password tokens (if you can afford them).
What people seem to be forgetting is that RDP alone is not really a "secure" communications channel for public networks. If you need high security, users should be VPNing into your LAN and then RDPing over that tunnel.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Maintaining IT Policy In K-12 Public Education?

gotpaint32 Techsoup (208 comments)

Have you considered purchasing your software through Techsoup. Microsoft software is virtually free (last i remember something like 10 to 20 bucks per copy of windows, similarly cheap for server OSes as well) so long as your organization qualifies. I am assuming you want to integrate everything on a Windows domain...

more than 2 years ago

Man Changes Name to "Mark Zuckerberg" After Facebook Sues Him

gotpaint32 Who is Emil Protalinski? (113 comments)

Why is Emil Protalinski's photo being displayed for this headline? It would lead the uninclined to think that is a photo of Mark Zuckerberg, aka Rotem Guez. Slashdot editors need a clue.

more than 2 years ago

A Floating Home For Tech Start-ups

gotpaint32 Re:also (332 comments)

Yea definitely. Article 60: In the exclusive economic zone, the coastal State shall have the exclusive right to construct and to authorize and regulate the construction, operation and use of: (a) artificial islands; (b) installations and structures for the purposes provided for in article 56 and other economic purposes; (c) installations and structures which may interfere with the exercise of the rights of the coastal State in the zone.

Chances are ship parked there for any length of time can probably be classified as some type of installation or structure within the EEZ

more than 2 years ago

Court Approves TSA Body Scans, But Calls For Public Comment

gotpaint32 Re:"obvious need"? (292 comments)

Why is it an obvious need that I have a fire extinguisher in my house? I've had them for 15 years, and I've never put a fire out with them. Obviously, they are useless and I should just throw them out.

Your logic is flawed. YOUR fire extinguisher may have never been used in the past 15 years but undoubtedly someone has used their fire extinguisher for the purpose of putting out a fire within the past 15 years. Also the cost of a fire extinguisher calculated against the actual risk of a fire makes it an extremely good value by any bean counters standards. It is obvious that a fire extinguisher is a justifiable in terms of the actual risk of a fire both on paper and in practice. OTOH the back scatter machines and TSA theatrics have prevented zero terrorists ANYWHERE. The cost of these scans in manpower, productivity losses, capital investment on scanners and other lost opportunity costs calculated against the actual risk of a terrorist incident makes the TSA apparatus a terrible value at best. It is not obvious that this is a good solution to terrorism. Fund what works, more counterintelligence and human intelligence operations, not this dog and pony show called the TSA.

more than 3 years ago

IT Crises vs. Vacation: Sometimes It Isn't Pretty

gotpaint32 Re:Jesus. (352 comments)

Agreed, if this is mission critical stuff and you don't have staff living onsite there is no reason why they could not justify purchasing an IP KVM and a remote PDU for just this type of emergency. I'd imagine it would take at least thirty minutes to a few hours to have your on call person drive into the office and push a power button, whereas remote access would take what like 10 minutes?

more than 3 years ago

ARM Readies Cores For 64-Bit Computing

gotpaint32 Re:What's the point? (222 comments)

Makes sense but most enterprises are moving towards high density virtualization. This seems to be going the other direction towards specialized appliances rather than.general purpose computing. I could see workstations/terminals going the arm route as well as highly customized and code optimized app servers. But I don't think you'll see many enterprises switching over just yet.

more than 3 years ago

For 18 Minutes, 15% of the Internet Routed Through China

gotpaint32 Re:Invalid Certificates (247 comments)

Who is modding this informative? No mil sites use self signed certs. Please get your facts straight.

more than 3 years ago

Going Faster Than the Wind In a Wind-Powered Cart

gotpaint32 Re:Duh? (315 comments)

I think they are overcoming that particular limitation with the propellor which is technically approaching the wind indirectly.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Say Happiness Costs $75K

gotpaint32 Re:Mathmatics of dissatisfaction (772 comments)

Well lets break down the AC's self righteous gloating. He said its been 10 years since graduating so he graduated around 2000, he says he was in school for 5 years so he started college around 1995. Now let's take a look at this: and you will see how divergent cost of attendance has become to the standard inflation rate. Furthermore if you take into consideration the oversupply of college graduates, erosion of earnings potential for a 4 year degree and extremely limited job market then its pretty clear its almost impossible for most students to be able to work off their tuition/room board/etc while working college jobs. Sure it may be possible to go to night school and work a full time job but that significantly limits your choice of schools and coursework.Taking less credits each year is another option but that may mean you are taking the 6 or 7 year plan to graduation which is ultimately not worth it when you consider the lost earnings potential (unless you are working towards a degree within your current field of work).

about 4 years ago

Dubai's Police Chief Calls BlackBerry a Spy Tool

gotpaint32 Re:Shoes a spy tool (215 comments)

Mod UP. Parent is a damn fool who obviously has no idea how BES works. This is not BIS we are talking about.

about 4 years ago

Ancient Nubians Drank Antibiotic-Laced Beer

gotpaint32 Re:Not really, no (249 comments)

Counter to what you say, I would venture to say caffeine is better regulated than most the herbal garbage out there. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 limits the authority of the FDA in regards to dietary supplements. Its scary but they have more authority over your chocolate milk than your multivitamin. And if for some reason one of these supplements turn out to actually have efficacy then chances are they will be locked down just look at ephedra. From: FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering "conventional" foods and drug products (prescription and Over-the-Counter). Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), the dietary supplement manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that a dietary supplement is safe before it is marketed. FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market. Generally, manufacturers do not need to register their products with FDA nor get FDA approval before producing or selling dietary supplements.* Manufacturers must make sure that product label information is truthful and not misleading.

about 4 years ago

Intel Buys McAfee

gotpaint32 Re:Worth every penny ... (377 comments)

Sadly you are also flat out wrong. McAfee is worth a boatload of money for their various other offerings. Antivirus is the most public to the general user so we have all this flamebait floating around here about how much their AV sucks. Mcafee has tons of government and fortune 500 contracts, that alone is worth a bundle. They also have a huge IP portfolio and tons of actual commercial products that are very valuable to large enterprises such as IPS or HIDS systems as well as data security and email protection and compliance technologies. Thinking all Mcafee does is sell crappy AV software for thirty bucks at best buy is a very myopic view of their operations. As a Intel shareholder I am glad they made the decision they did.

more than 4 years ago

Toyota Sudden Acceleration Is Driver Error

gotpaint32 Almost Always User Error (930 comments)

From the article: Police in Sheboygan Falls, Wis., investigated and believe driver error was to blame, Chief Steven Riffel said Tuesday. He said surveillance video showed that the brake lights didn't illuminate until after the crash. But Mr. Riffel said that determination is preliminary and that his agency has turned over the investigation to NHTSA. Based on the black box data, NHTSA investigators found that the brake was not engaged and the throttle was wide open, according to a person familiar with the matter. Ms. Marseille sticks by her story. "It makes me very angry when someone tells me, 'She probably hit the gas pedal instead,' because I think it's a sexist comment, an ageist comment," she said.

Brake lights are controlled by a simple switch in the brake assembly. Regardless of how much TOyota may have jacked up the throttle system I doubt they were able to screw that up too. Sounds like most these idiots are too stupid to own a car

more than 4 years ago

Tunneling Under the Great Firewall?

gotpaint32 Terminal Server Gateway (403 comments)

Download a copy of Server 2008 demo is good for 60 days. Set it up on a VM and enable TS gateway functionality. Basically it will let you tunnel remote desktop to any computer on your local network over SSL to the internet. Or use logmein, not sure if thats blocked there?

more than 4 years ago

MIT Says Natural Gas Best To Lower Carbon Emissions

gotpaint32 Re:Summary is BS (284 comments)

I call BS on you, Anthracite coal is too damn expensive for use in power plants. Power plants use Bituminous coal which is softer, contains more impurities and is far cheaper. Anthracite coal is rarer than other softer coals since it require very specific geological conditions to compress out the impurities from the carbon. Anthracite is also much more difficult to mine since the locations where it is found are usually found deep in the mountains rather than on flat coal seams like some other type of coal. Burning coal and its impurities lead to air quality issues (carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and incomplete hydrocarbon burns) as well as deposition of toxic metals in the areas where emissions particulates travel such as Mercury, Arsenic, Manganese, Chromium, and Beryllium. Coal power just sounds awesome compared to the other options doesn't it.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Warns of Windows 7 Graphics Flaw

gotpaint32 Re:Servers (262 comments)

Its called Windows 2008 Server Core and Powershell. But theres a time and place for everything, try running terminal services from a box with no GUI, I'm sure your users would be very happy with just greenscreen access.

more than 4 years ago



Tenda Wireless Adapter loaded with viruses!

gotpaint32 gotpaint32 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gotpaint32 writes "Just purchased a Tenda W322U V2 wireless adapter today and was greeted by an awesome virus warning for Win32/Viking.gen!B. I don't have a link since this is more of a waning to the community, not that too many people RTFA anyway. Anyone else in the slashdot community find devices that came straight out the box with malware loaded on them? What can we do to get these items of the shelves once we find them?"

Police Seize Gizmodo Editor Jason Chen's Computers

gotpaint32 gotpaint32 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gotpaint32 (728082) writes "Police on Friday seized several computers from the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen, after they were granted a warrant allowing them to confiscate property that "may have been used as the means of committing a felony." While no specific crime is mentioned in the warrant, it's assumed to be in response to last week's series of posts about Apple's next-generation iPhone, a prototype of which Gizmodo obtained from a source who found it after an Apple engineer left it behind in a bar."
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Hobbyist Shoots Earth From Edge of Space With Used

gotpaint32 gotpaint32 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gotpaint32 (728082) writes "NASA Spends $450 Million for Shuttle Flights; Robert Harrison Uses Weather Balloons, Duct Tape for $750. A typical space shuttle mission flies 200 miles above the earth's surface and returns beautiful pictures on the way, but it involves 1,500 people, puts six or seven astronauts at risk and costs, depending on who's doing the counting, close to half a billion dollars. A British inventor uses a camera, balloon and duct tape to photograph space. Robert Harrison got some pretty good pictures too. He did it with a weather balloon, a used digital camera he picked up on eBay and some duct tape."
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gotpaint32 gotpaint32 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

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