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Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion

kullnd Re:I will never... (160 comments)

You do realize that Lenovo (the Chinese Company) builds ThinkPad Laptops in the USA? Strange huh - The US companies all build their stuff in China.

about 8 months ago
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Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser

kullnd Where does the money come from? (223 comments)

From their page::

Epic like most browsers earns a commission on searches we drive. So the more you use Epic’s default search engine, the more you support Epic and our continued privacy efforts : - ) And best of all your searches always remain exceptionally private since they’re routed via a secure, encrypted connection over a proxy – so private by design when you use EpicSearch.me that we literally can’t know what you’re searching for nor anyone else. Ads and search results never include any personalized results or tracking of any sort and are only based on your search term and general geographical location.

So ... They get paid for searches they drive but those searches don't have any ads or tracking? Again, where does the money come from?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Tracking Solutions For Linux Laptop?

kullnd Re:Stop Theft Plates (253 comments)

Nothing is perfect - I feel that these, combined with a very clear label that states the system drive is fully encrypted (which it is), dramatically decrease the value of the system to a would-be thief whether they are looking to make a quick buck at the pawn shop or mine the system for information. They also allow for return of your equipment if you leave it somewhere or loose it outside of theft. The idea is simply that my systems are a less desirable target than most others.

Never had a system stolen, but if the worst case scenario takes place I have insurance and due to the encryption and backups, I have ZERO concern about the data on the system which is where the real value lies..

about a year ago
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Keeping Your Data Private From the NSA (And Everyone Else)

kullnd Run your own servers and use encryption (622 comments)

Only way you can keep your data yours while sitting at rest is to have it on your own servers and utilize proper encryption and security on those servers. That means don't use "cloud" anything unless it's on equipment you own, run your own email servers, etc. Remember that even doing this, emails that you send to other people can be accessed through whatever servers they use.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Exchange and SQL Experience?

kullnd Re:Work for a local IT company (293 comments)

Considering I was being paid $20 an hour and when the company I was working for charged $95 an hour. I do believe that there is a problem.

$95/hr is split into:

Your $20/hr + (Plus any benefits, Federal taxes, blah, blah)
Plus the time that someone spent getting that client you just did $95 worth of work for
Plus the money that was spent marketing to get that client you just did $95 worth of work for
Plus the admin time that will be spent billing that client
Plus dealing with the clients that don't pay
Plus office rent, utilities, other office overhead that you probably have no clue about
Plus tools used to perform the work (ticketing system, remote access tools?) . Again, you probably have no clue how much that actually costs
Plus you were paid to drive to that client, and if using your own vehicle should have gotten mileage
In addition to the drive, you are likely not billing 100% of your time anyway - Company still pays you when you are not billable right?

Believe it or not, the Margin on those accounts is not that much. Does it make money? Well I hope so or your company will no longer exist - Does it make someone filthy rich? Probably not.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Exchange and SQL Experience?

kullnd Re:Work for a local IT company (293 comments)

That's a bit extreme of an example - but yes - you are failing to take into account everything that goes into running these types of operations such as Software Licensing (Which is crazy expensive for their ticketing systems and remote management tools), tools, rent, utilities, insurance (General liability and Errors / Omissions, Bonding (really good idea if you have employees in this type of business), your benefits, your payroll taxes, marketing, the cost of doing sales (i.e. not making money to get money) ... the list goes on. If you think it's such a great deal for the owner, why don't you try it yourself - It's a lot harder to get by than you think.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Exchange and SQL Experience?

kullnd Work for a local IT company (293 comments)

Work for a small IT company that provides services to small / medium businesses. Prove yourself there and get involved on as many projects as you can - You will get a ton of experience and learn more than you ever will sitting in corporate IT. It's not easy work if you are doing it right, but if experience is what you want - that is a good place to find it.

about a year ago
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Boston Officials Did Not Shut Down Cell Network After Marathon Bombing

kullnd Re:Legalize Bombs (211 comments)

Because it's the same argument from the NRA regarding the 2nd Amendment. It doesn't stipulate "small" arms, just arms, which includes bombs. In fact, this bombing shows that it's more difficult to kill a lot of people with a bomb than with an AR-15. So, by the numbers, we should legalize bombs and outlaw the AR-15. Of course, the NRA doesn't care about numbers and I'm not sure what they care about. It's clearly not the 2nd Amendment as-written.

Really? Harder to kill lots of people with a bomb? Your a special kind of stupid aren't ya?. Oklahoma City Bombing

about a year and a half ago
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Boston Officials Did Not Shut Down Cell Network After Marathon Bombing

kullnd Re:Legalize Bombs (211 comments)

Why would they need to? Bombs are illegal, they are going to likely stay that way - But that didn't stop the criminal did it, apparently the person who did this didn't care that a law prevented him/her from having a bomb. I doubt that a sign on the street saying "bomb free zone" would have helped either, just saying.

about a year and a half ago
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Alan Kay Says iPad Betrays Xerox PARC Vision

kullnd Re:DIY Education. (387 comments)

Wish I had mod points --- Why would you post this AC? It is spot on and correct - There is not many organizations that are actually doing anything in the 3rd world that will make a difference in the long term for even one person.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Apple Users Sue Google Over Safari Tracking

kullnd Re:Really? (101 comments)

I'm sorry, but blaming Google for the web site owners that by their own choice put Google code onto their websites is kind of retarded...

about a year and a half ago
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UK Apple Users Sue Google Over Safari Tracking

kullnd Really? (101 comments)

Maybe Google should start charging us for their services that we get for free... They have to make their money from something, if you don't like it don't use it. Also, anyone who honestly believes that a toggle in their browser is going to prevent them from being tracked on the open internet needs an education on how things really work in the real digital world.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple CEO Tim Cook On Apple's US Manufacturing Move

kullnd Following Lenovo? (266 comments)

Guess they want to follow Lenovo's lead ... Of course, Lenovo is a Chinese company who is going to be manufacturing some of their products in the US, I like that even better than the US company who is moving a few things back to the US.

about 2 years ago
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An Open Standard For Wireless Charging?

kullnd Re:Too much of a good thing? (82 comments)

If you have a drive that you could boot windows to this setting should stick once it is set, if you configure it inside of windows you should be able to run linux and the system will respect those settings that you configured.

about 2 years ago
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An Open Standard For Wireless Charging?

kullnd Re:Too much of a good thing? (82 comments)

I do allow my X220 to run full 100% charge, but it is rarely at 100% as I plug in most of the time and my battery is set to not start charging until it is below 70% ... As I move it from place to place and leave it in standby, and occasionally run on battery power, the battery slowly runs down to less than 70% and this setting keeps my battery from getting charge current more than an average of probably 4-5 times in a month. For my T510 that is always docked, the battery is set to start at 50% and stop at 80% since I just really don't use it or need the capacity.

This is one of my favorite features of the ThinkPad ... As a reseller, I generally set all of my clients systems to start at about 90-93% to prevent the 1% charge cycles.

about 2 years ago
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Malware Is 'Rampant' On Medical Devices In Hospitals

kullnd Re:Not so simple (234 comments)

Regulatory red tape is PART of the problem...

But IMO it doesnt take much to analyze the environment you have and protect it using additional meathods... Any hospital IT department that leaves their medical equipment open and exposed to malware or any internet (or even LAN) based attack / infection has already failed. There is no reason for an MRI machine to talk to the internet, even if the imaging storage and PACS system is off site restrict the traffic to only what is needed for that specific function. There is also no reason for the compuer in Medical Records to have the ability to ping the MRI machine, and it should not be able to. This is basic common sense to me, of course I've found that most people don't have common sense.

about 2 years ago
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Malware Is 'Rampant' On Medical Devices In Hospitals

kullnd Not so simple (234 comments)

I worked as an IT Manager in a hospital for a few years, and know a little bit about this... The first issue is that these systems typically CAN NOT be upgraded, and this is not due to the MFG not wanting to upgrade, this is a FDA compliance issue... If they upgrade the software, they have to do some very expensive certifications with the FDA, these same certifications delay the release of medical equipment to the point that much of the technology is already close to being outdated when it hits the market.

Our solution, which seems simple enough, was that every type of medical equipment was located on a different physical network (for critical pt. monitoring equipment) or at a minimum a seperate VLAN on the main network. All network access to this equipment was blocked except for very specific exceptions that were allowed based on the absolute need of that piece of equipment. We had no issues with any of these infections or malware, although it did increase the man-hours overhead especially when working with the vendors that would sometimes wonder why they could not hit the internet from the X-Ray machine ... but we managed just fine.

about 2 years ago
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GoDaddy Goes Down, Anonymous Claims Responsibility

kullnd Re:Glad I moved my domains (483 comments)

No, I was already moving my stuff from them in response to SOPA.... The stuff not moved yet was not moved because it was not expired, and I didnt have the money to move everything all at once. The remaining expiration dates are approaching. I have not purchased or renewed anything from GoDaddy since the SOPA event.

more than 2 years ago
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GoDaddy Goes Down, Anonymous Claims Responsibility

kullnd Re:Glad I moved my domains (483 comments)

+1 Namecheap.com ... I migrated about half my domains during the SOPA deal, was going to do the rest this month (just ran out of time) .... Now some of my sites are down, and you can bet they will be moved ASAP.

more than 2 years ago

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Possible major change to the look and feel of the classic ThinkPad

kullnd kullnd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

kullnd (760403) writes "With the exception of a couple minor keyboard modifications and size, the look and feel of the ThinkPad T series has remained pretty much the same since it's introduction by IBM in 2000. According to some leaked specifications it looks like Lenovo is going to change that with the newest T430 and T530. Some of the major differences noted are: The famous ThinkPad 7 row keyboard is being replaced with a new 6 row "Precision keyboard" seen in their cheaper laptop models such as the ThinkPad Edge and Ideapad lines, they are possibly replacing the traditional ThinkLight with the option for a backlit keyboard. According to pictures at this site http://www.studententhinkpad.ch/product_info.php/info/p1098_Lenovo-ThinkPad-T430s---i5-3320M---8GB-RAM---180GB-SSD.html it also appears that the latch is missing, as well as the buttons for the touchpad. This laptop looks like an expensive version of the Edge. If these pictures look anything like what is actually released to continue the T series line, I will be one of the loyal ThinkPad customers that start looking elsewhere when it comes time to replace my T410/T510 systems."
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Stem cell research barries lifted

kullnd kullnd writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kullnd writes "Yesterday, March 9th, President Obama signed an executive order removing the barriers to responsible scientific research involving human stem cells. It is believed that research involving embryonic and non-embryonic stem cells could lead to better understanding and treatment of many conditions and diseases.

This is sure to raise a lot of debate as many citizens take moral objection to this type of research, however the information that could be gained from this could save many lives and improve the life of many other people..

What do you think?"

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Microsoft making it hard to virtualize

kullnd kullnd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kullnd writes "While Microsoft has not been my favorite company for some time, I have never been one to blame them for making a buck when they can, until now.

While researching some options for an IT refresh for a company I excited about what seemed like the perfect solution for this particular company. I was going to recommend thin clients using virtual desktops Windows XP running on VMWare ESX servers.

It looked like a great plan, the testing was very promising, and then I realized that to license this 200 workstation solution I was going to have to pay an extra $40,000 in licensing fee's in adition to the standard OS Licenses!

VMWare is well aware of the damage caused by Microsoft and their licensing models and has published some white papers about the problem one of which can be found here and there is a discussion about this that can be found here.

Microsoft has determined that unless you are the one primary user of a Windwos XP instance, or unless you have a fully licensed copy of XP Pro for the local client (which a thin client would not), you must get a Remote Desktop License (RDL), which cost about $200 per user or device, to connect remotely to another Windows XP Machine. Spread that out over a corporate network and that number adds up very quickly.

To further limit and attempt to derail the work from companies such as VMWare, server software is licensed to run on one physical machine, whether it be running in a virutal environment or not, and the software can not be moved more than one time every 90 days. This completely negates technology that has been developed such as VMWare's VMotion which allows you to balance loads accross multiple physical servers or move virtual machines for maintenance etc. The only way around this is to license the software on all physical machines that it may be executed on.

All of this is very cost prohibitive for medium size companies that could really benifit from some of the breakthrough's that have been developed by 3rd party companies, and Microsoft should be ashamed."

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