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Terry Childs Found Guilty

jefftp Re:Why was this "difficult"? (982 comments)

The law that he broke was a section CA Penal Code 502, specifically that he disrupted or denied computer service to an authorized user and he did so without permission.

Refusing to provide a password is absolutely not a denial of service. That's like claiming losing keys to a rack in a data center is a denial of service.

However, he made one of the biggest mistakes then that he could have. While under police surveillance, he decided then to leave the state and make cash withdrawals of over $10,000. He was arrested, and that's where it became a criminal matter instead of simply an employment matter.

How this is a criminal act? Was he under court order to stay within the state of California and not touch his money? This whole case was never a criminal matter.

more than 4 years ago

Terry Childs Found Guilty

jefftp Re:Perspective from a Juror on this Case (982 comments)

Can you confirm the order of events:
1. Terry Childs employment was terminated.
2. As an ex-employee he refused to provide any passwords.
3. He was arrested.

The precedent set here is that network administrators are required to produce passwords for ex-employers. So the only way as a network administrator to protect yourself against imprisonment from a former employer is to have difficulty remembering, AKA the Alberto Gonzales defense.

more than 4 years ago

Coping With 1 Million SSH Authentication Failures?

jefftp Re:You are being brute-forced (497 comments)

No, change the default SSH port. It's so rare that actual humans are behind brute force attacks anymore that changing ports makes a huge difference in automated port-scanners from even bothering with your servers.

more than 4 years ago

Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

jefftp Re: Current Stafford Loan Rate is 6.8%/5.6% fixed (1259 comments)

For all unsubsidized Stafford loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2006, the interest rate is fixed at 6.8 percent. The interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2009 is fixed at 5.6 percent.

PLUS loans? Parents should have been saving since the child was born.

more than 4 years ago

Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

jefftp Re:Tough Shit. (1259 comments)

I've never seen a scholarship or grant which required you to take a loan.

There is at least one alternative. You work full-time and go to school. In fact, that's how I ended up a Network Admin rather than an Advertising Executive, by working 2nd shift at the Internet Service Providers.

I think it's wonderful that you believe you are entitled to a college education; there's no such entitlement, nor should there be. If we're going to make the system of higher-education based on entitlements then we'll have to go to a competitive system where only the top X number of students of some federal test are allowed to go to apply for university.

more than 4 years ago

Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads

jefftp Re:Agreed (1259 comments)

A masters in IT Management? Trust me, kid. No one in IT Management needs a college degree to spew buzzwords, create/attend pointless meeting, ask stupid questions, and otherwise hinder IT Workers from doing real work.

more than 4 years ago

Handmade vs. Commercially Produced Ethernet Cables

jefftp Re:Create your own but TEST the cables... (837 comments)

If you're testing to certify cat5, cat5e, or cat6 you need a cable tester. If you cannot certify the cable to a category you cannot guarantee the cable will work. So the cable is always suspect when you have connectivity issues.

Keep the OSI model in mind, errors at the physical layer cause the whole stack to collapse.

The advantage of cabling over wireless is that you can guarantee that the cable will work where there's no such promise with unlicensed RF spectrum.

more than 5 years ago

Making Sense of Mismatched Certificates?

jefftp Electronic Banking is Regulated: COMPLAIN (322 comments)

Electronic banking is heavily regulated. If you feel your concerns are being taken seriously by the bank you need to head on over to the federal reserves website and file a complaint. The Federal Reserve will forward the complaint to the correct regulating facility and banks will respond or be fined.

more than 5 years ago

EMP-Shielded Power Grids Under Development

jefftp How about Hurricane Resistant Power Grids? (111 comments)

Hurricane Ike knocked out power across Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. We need to divert this money away from worrying about preventing a power grid outage due to an extremely unlikely nuclear strike and towards finding ways to keep natural, regularly occuring forces from bringing down power for 6 million people across the center of the US.

more than 5 years ago


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