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Ask Slashdot: Low-Cost Tools To Track Employees' Web Use?

joelmax Re:Cephalopod (384 comments)

We are actually using Squid where I work, has been nothing but headaches as it randomly decided to stop blocking blacklisted sites with no log errors of any kind, upgrading is not an option for us, the newer versions actually have less features... its not one I would reccommend anymore as its path seems to have changed... We are actually looking at replacing it with a new appliance

more than 2 years ago
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Bitcoin Used For the Narcotics Trade

joelmax Re:It's not just Bitcoin. (535 comments)

Well now... you can't assume all drugs == pot... doesn't work that way.. go hang out with a methhead and see how mellow they are..

more than 3 years ago
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Mistaken identity - what to do

joelmax heh (1 comments)

Had this happen a bit back myself... was an easy fix in my case once I advised that I was going to start publishing their emails online for all to see, those emails stopped pretty quick.

more than 3 years ago
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PSN User Reporting Fraudulent Use Of Debit Card

joelmax Re:ummmm not a member, no access (5 comments)

What is probably happening is the N4g is a members site that you are probably signed into. Non-N4G members cannot access the article without signing up.

more than 3 years ago
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Dealing With Rogue User

joelmax This really shouldn't be that hard (2 comments)

Block the IP. If he wont provide login details, don't give it access. Easiest way to keep the bigwigs on your side is to show how it will hurt them (Security Breach, not HIPPA Compliant, etc...). Saving the bottom line always trumps one person being more efficient (Basically, you need to show the potential damage and liability is greater than the value of the employee pushing this). Also, document everything and keep printed copies of emails. If buddy gets his/her way and it gets let out and the brass makes you open the port, keep those emails so that when a breach does happen and your employer gets sued, you have the backing to show that you tried to prevent this, and can show that you were diligent in your work (Also helps protect you from being the scapegoat when it blows up).

more than 3 years ago
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Do I give IT a login on our Dept server?

joelmax If its on their network, then yes you should (7 comments)

Well, here is the thing, you are really lucky your IT dept is even letting that thing be plugged in. In our company, if we had a user buy a pc and want to hook it up, if it didn't come through us, its not getting on. Period. Really, you shouldn't give them root, but if you want your system on THEIR network, you have to play ball, and that involves providing logon access to the box.

more than 3 years ago
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Why does Slashdot now hate Firefox?

joelmax I use firefox (1 comments)

I use firefox and /. gives me no issues at all... maybe its something specific to your setup or the version you are using. Posted from a firefox browser v 3.6.8

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Isn't Anonymous Anymore

joelmax Re:Call me sceptial (407 comments)

Never under estimate the stupidity of a user, the "smarter" a user is, the stupider the mistakes they tend to make, with the greater consequences.. but I doubt anyone who is actually serious about being in anonymous posted on fb, most likely script kiddies and the like... you know the "l33t haX0rz" of counterstrike...

more than 3 years ago
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ASK SLASHDOT: Reply to snarky IT user questions

joelmax Ask them about something in their field... (1 comments)

An equally smartass question about something in their field of work that you know they know nothing about

more than 3 years ago
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FDA Proposes Graphic Warnings for Cigarette Packs

joelmax Already in Canada (2 comments)

Have had this for several years in canada now... has it deterred people.. not really. People like to smoke, not stare at packs of smokes... and now in Canada they have to be hidden behind the counter so those safety warning pictures get even less exposure... a noble effort, but ultimately a waste...

more than 3 years ago
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MINI-ITX and the Future of PC Case Design?

joelmax Re:That's cute and everything.... (164 comments)

Well, I'll tell you since I have been working with these boards for a bit now... its really not bad.. I have an Intel Core2Duo E6400 system (Desktop CPU, intel DG945FC mobo if I remember the model correctly) inside an original NES case with a thermaltake meOrb HSF unit. It runs like a dream and the NES case has NO Externally visible vent additions with the exception of the rear exhaust fan (60mm). It is in a small, enclosed cabinet in my tv stand and I have had no heating issues. My next project is to put one of these into a mbox m350 mitx enclosure that mounts on the back of a monitor (VESA 75 standard if I remember correctly, maybe 100 though). You definitely don't need a huge case, you can actually go quite small on the form factor and pack a lot inside small areas, just make sure that your ventilation is adequate, it really doesn't take much to keep the systems cool. Now, if you want a hardcore gaming rig, these aren't what you want (Although the NES does do Half Life2 @ 1920x1080 with all settings jacked), but for a business setup, this is the perfect form factor. People just need to take the time to start making small cases for these boards (Well, companies are now, but not many are trying to make it really small) and start targetting the market that would benefit from these systems (Point of sale, etc.. and yes I know that they already are in these markets and have been for a bit, but broader adoption would be a good thing). For some pics of the NES setup: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v145/ayrus/NES%20PC/

more than 4 years ago
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Need some advice to deal with non-compliant employ

joelmax Squid (5 comments)

A squid proxy box would work as a whitelist proxy. You could integrate the proxy with his logon scripting.

more than 4 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How to Counter a Domain Squatter?

joelmax Hmmm.... (3 comments)

I'd do a marketing campaign (Flyers, ads, etc... but nothing crazy) highlighting the deceptive trade practice. If they are stating that you went out of business and are redirecting, that may even constitute some form of fraud for misrepresentation as they are basically pretending to be you and in pretending to be you, channel your business to them. You might have a legal case against them, so a letter with some strong verbiage from a lawyer may be enough to scare them...

more than 4 years ago
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How Many Admins Per User/Computer Have You Seen?

joelmax for our company.. (414 comments)

Our IT dept here where I work is 1 Systems analyst, 1 network admin, and our boss. That is for about 200 pc users across 27 locations, not big, but our ratio is what works for us, so we don't rock the boat... maybe if our users were a little more savvy we could run with 2 people, they tried that and it wasn't enough, but 4 would be too many. Really this is one of those hard to predict things that could be 1 for every 10 people, or 1 for every 50 people. In our case, we try to automate as much as possible, eliminating a lot of the mundane things that are just annoying to do... little things like that help keep everything balanced and maintain a reasonable tech to user ratio.

more than 4 years ago
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Would you home-build office workstations?

joelmax Its an idealist dream really... (2 comments)

Personally, I would love to do something like this with my own company, but in reality, those support and service contracts contain considerable weight in the corporate world. Ultimately, the $100-200 you might save per box will not offset the cost to the company in man hours spent by you to repair the system if and when it fails. Also, on the if and when it fails side of things, lets say you have a dell pc that arrives and then 2 weeks later dies. You get the joy of blaming dell. If you build the system and it dies 2 weeks out of the gate, its your fault, and the time spent repairing, once again, will more than likely negate any savings on building them in house. Also, most companies (Right up to an including industry juggernauts like Wyndham, Bell and the like) live by those support contracts. You are right in that they don't get the same support contracts that a consumer gets, but they get some really good contracts because they buy in large volume (Volume discounts ftw), ensuring that even with the cost of the hardware and support contracts, building your own actually costs more on a large scale deployment. With a small business, this model can work, but once you get into the medium/large businesses, there is really no actual advantage.

more than 4 years ago
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Inappropriate job titles and the impact they have

joelmax Technically the job titles can be used... (3 comments)

As the job titles don't state MCSE/CCNA/CCNP/MCDST/ETC.... they aren't technically misrepresenting anything. As to the employees misrepresenting, thats a whole other issue entirely. If they can't hack the job, it is up to the company to replace them with someone competant. And no this doesn't mean they HAVE to have the certs, but if they don't, they should have experience with the equipment (Or at least comparable equipment). Either way however, just because someone has a cert doesn't mean they have a clue about what they were/are doing or should be doing. As an example, at my work, I don't have a single cert to my name, I just have experience and a drive to learn about what I don't know, and I'll be the first to say I don't know, but I'll make sure to find out about it..... the guy I replaced was a double major comp-sci/networking guy who had certs up the ying-yang. He was useless, I turned out not to be, so I am still here and he isn't.

more than 4 years ago
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Major Blackberry BIS email outage (Nor. Amer.)

joelmax Hahahaha!!! (1 comments)

My BIS Stuff on my bb is working great... no issues here in Atlantic Canada!

more than 4 years ago
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Canadian police arrest man for refusing to Tweet

joelmax Misleading Title (1 comments)

The title of this article is very misleading and incorrect. The arrest was done by New Jersey Police. The only thing remotely canadian about this is that Justin Bieber is Canadian. The rest of this is all US..

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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12 Year old Girl pushed out of Co-Ed minor hockey

joelmax joelmax writes  |  more than 3 years ago

joelmax (1445613) writes "From the article:
For 12-year-old Kayla Watkins, the public humiliation was too much.

After learning a parent on her coed peewee hockey team — comprised entirely of boys except for her — called for restrictions on her ice time or her removal from the team unless her skills improved, she did the only thing she thought she could: She quit.

½Â½ÂoeI felt that if I went back all the parents would have been watching every move I made and always staring at me,” said the outgoing preteen, who has been playing the game since the age of four.""

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5.5 Earthquake Hits Canada

joelmax joelmax writes  |  more than 4 years ago

joelmax (1445613) writes "A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit central Canada this afternoon, rattling buildings from Windsor to Montreal and several U.S. states.

The epicentre of the quake was in Quebec, 61 kilometres north of Ottawa, according to U.S. Geological Survey, and struck at 1:41 p.m.EDT."

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PETA in Hot water over Euthenasia of Animals

joelmax joelmax writes  |  more than 4 years ago

joelmax (1445613) writes ""Animal lovers worldwide now have access to more than a decade’s worth of proof that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) kills thousands of defenseless pets at its Norfolk, Virginia headquarters. Since 1998, PETA has opted to “put down” 21,339 adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens instead of finding homes for them.""
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The Pirate Bay Founders Create DDO$ Attack

joelmax joelmax writes  |  more than 5 years ago

joelmax (1445613) writes "It seems that The folks over at The Pirate Bay have come up with a Genius Idea for their 30Million SEK Fine that they refuse to pay. Basically, they aim to Have millions of TPB Supporters send small donation payments to the Law Firm representing the Media Industry of 1 SEK (Reccommended amount). Now, if enough people do this, the Law firm only has 1000 free transactions per day, so everything above 1000 transactions costs them money (2 SEK per Transaction). So lets say that this gets tons of support and 30 million people do this (Cost of fine) in 1 day. This means that there would be 29 999 000 transactions that cost the law firm 2 SEK per transaction. This would end up costing the firm $59 998 000 (Just under 60 Million, or double the amount fined). Thats a lot of $$$....

Here is a link to the original article: http://dizzythinks.net/2009/05/pirate-bay-founders-invent-ddo-attack.html"

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ACLU Pries Confidential Toture memoes via FOIA

joelmax joelmax writes  |  more than 5 years ago

joelmax (1445613) writes "In a move that has suprised many, Obama has released 4 "Torture Memos" to the public with only Minor redactions.

From the Article "Obama to release OLC torture memos; promises no prosecutions for CIA officials

In a just-released statement, Barack Obama announced that — in response to an ACLU FOIA lawsuit — he has ordered four key Bush-era torture memos released, and the Associated Press, citing anonymous Obama sources, is reporting that "there is very little redaction, or blacking out, of detail in the memos.""

For the full article and a link to the memos: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/radio/2009/04/16/aclu/index.html"
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Nortel Failings lead to Chapter 11

joelmax joelmax writes  |  more than 5 years ago

joelmax (1445613) writes ""Nortel Networks Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States on Wednesday, one day before it was due to make a $107 million interest payment. The Toronto-based company and several of its affiliates made the filing in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware. The move came shortly after the Nortel's shares were halted on the TSX. According to The Globe and Mail, Nortel is also expected to file for bankruptcy protection in Toronto." So it seems that the long coming fall of Nortel may finally be at an end here. It will definitely be interesting to see if they can finally get their act together, but I doubt that Nortel will be around for much longer."
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Journals

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Large Scale Hacks... 4 in 1 month is a little odd...

joelmax joelmax writes  |  more than 3 years ago

March 18, 2011 - RSA Security: Hacked, info on their SecurID Systems were lifted
April 4, 2011 - Epsilon: Hacked, one of the largest data warehousers in the world, user data taken
April 11, 2011 - Barracuda Networks: Hacked customer info and potentially code relating to their firewalls was taken
April 17-19,2011 - Sony Hacked, 77 Million users data exposed

Those are the dates behind the most recent major hacks to have hit the world, and in each case, the hack seems to be rather sophisticated... anyone consider the possibility that all 4 hacks were perpetrated by the same group/person?? Hacking RSA and Barracuda for info that might get you by those security checks and more than likely make it much easier to attack targets like Epsilon and Sony... I also think that the Barracuda hack might have helped to make hacking sony easier (Assuming that sony uses barracuda equipment)...

Any thoughts?

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Lots of binspam lately

joelmax joelmax writes  |  about 5 years ago Has anyone lately noticed an increase in the binspam coming in as submissions?? I keep tabs on the recent stuff, and lately, there have been a lot of submissions trying hawk their wares, the latest being Erectalis, something to help combat erectile dysfunction.

These kind of posts seem to be on the rise lately from what I can see, but has anyone else noticed this?

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