Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?
You obviously have orders of magnitude more experience. Rise through the ranks. Take over management of the team. Fire everyone and replace them with your own hires over time.
End of problem.
-- Karma whore? You betcha
Cogeco User Socked With Thousands in Overages
It won't be long before nightmares like this start happening to users in the US. Telecoms in North America are developing a taste for UBB profits.
This is what happens when you have a government that touts a "light regulatory touch" with competition laws that are being ignored and openly flouted by both industry and the regulator itself.
Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?
+1 on the TP-WR1043ND. I did flash mine with OpenWRT/Gargoyle, only because the usage monitoring on the stock firmware was crap. As A Canadian I need to monitor my usage relisiously lest I get slapped with an internet bill that would take a 2nd mortgage to pay. Were it not for the usage, the stock formware would have sufficed.
CRTC is peddling broadband Kool-Aid
Open Media just weighed in on the report. Not as unkind as Mowat's (though it does reference it). But it does point out that the numbers don't add up.
CRTC is peddling broadband Kool-Aid
Adopting policies means work, and locking horns with the incumbents instead of playing golf with them. It's much easier for the CRTC to fudge the numbers to make it look like their current policies and direction are having a positive effect when in actuality the exact opposite it true.
It says an awful lot when the real numbers indicate countries you would think are far less developed than Canada have broadband that makes ours look like a disgrace.
It also says an awful lot when the CRTC states something that is patently and demonstrably false and misleading.
Not that that should come as any surprise.
How Do You Protect Servers From a Rogue Admin?
The first mistake is assuming that when an employee leaves, he/she isn't leaving in anger. How does the outfit know whether there is anger or not? Also, anger isn't always the only motive an admin might go rogue then up and quit. Mental illness. Drugs. Personal problems. Who knows. They certainly aren't going to announce "hey I'm angry because [enter reason here] and I'm going rogue then quitting".
The data is an asset, just like anything else in the company, and needn't be treated differently just because it's digital.
In my personal experience, mission critical data has always been backed up and kept off-site, usually with the "big cheese" - the person with whom the buck stops. How often is the answer to a simple question: "How much of this can go missing before trouble starts?"
If the answer is "none", the solution is mirroring - real time backups all of the time.
If the answer is "a little but not much", full backups and prescribed intervals with incremental backups filling in the gaps can be considered.
If the answer is "pfffft, doesn't really matter, just not too much", then a manual backup at set intervals would suffice.
The danger here is not the finding of an adequate solution.
The real danger is assuming an employee is/will be leaving on good terms and isn't intent on causing damage.
Assume the worst always, and don your teflon. When Murphy's Law strikes (and it will), you're bullet proof.
FWIW, I have a standing policy - when I accept a notice of termination from an employee with adminstrator[-like] privileges, I say thank you for service and escort them out the door. On the spot. No exceptions.
CRTC To Allow Usage-Based Billing
The biggest problem with UBB is the way the incumbents measure traffic. It's patently broken. 100% borked.
On the DSL side, traffic is measured at the BAS.
On the cable site, traffic is measured at the node.
It's quite simple to demonstrate how broken their measurement methodology is.
Fire up a cable or DSL internet account, set the modem up, then connect nothing to it. Then, send me your IP address. I can assure you, at the end of the month you're going to get a whopping bill for usage - whatever the max is, that's the bill you're going to get. Just let me know how much usage you want the bill to show. 200G? No problem. 1.5TB? No problem. The usage on the bill will show whatever I want it to show.
The fact is, this has been going on since UBB's inception. Bell, Rogers, Cogeco, Telus... all of them... know the metering is borked. They know it and do nothing because its raking in millions and millions of dollars for each of them, every month.
The concept of UBB is reasonable, IMHO. I have no problem paying for something I use. The more I use, the more I pay. I have no problem with this. But if you're going to charge me XX dollars for XX usage, that XX usage better be MY usage, and it better be at least half-assed accurate.
Right now, it's not even that.
Cryptome Hacked; All Files Deleted
You mean... there's still people out in the world that do business with that outfit?
Excuse my lack of sympathy.
Rogers Shrinks Download Limits As Netflix Arrives
Unfortunately, the government has now approved Usage Based Billing (UBB), which will allow Bell to start charging TekSavvy per GB used, which essentially removes all need to go with an independent ISP altogether, even though TekSavvy was paying for its own backbones, separate from Bell.
The UBB decision has not been made yet by the CRTC, and neither has the decision been made on Bell's R&V (asking the CRTC to force UBB on cable subscribers).
I guess the CRTC needs a little more time to ensure the proper pockets get lined and the right pork gets lifted into the barrel.
Rackspace Releases Cloud Stack As Open Source
What Has Your Phone Survived?
Realized the iphone didn't have a drive I could mount, Safari didn't have flash, no voice recognition... a battery that can't get through The Dark Knight...
Laid it down on the basement floor and pissed on it.
Still running. Didn't help at all.
The NYT Compares Broadband Upgrade Costs in US, Japan
The Japanese aren't worryied about monetizing every inch of their infrastructure. Here in Canada we're 2 - 3 years behind in technology because the telcos are busy harnessing broadband, wired and otherwise, so they can add to shareholder value, and they have the wonderful auspices of Canada's oldest whorehouse, the CTRC, to protect them while they do.
Government protected, oligopolized hyper-capitalism is the new telecommunications mantra here. The end is nowhere in sight.
Samsung Mass Produces Fast 256GB SSDs
Fixing the database is the right move. If it costs 10's of thousands of programmer dollars to fix it I'd say you have far bigger problems than an unoptimized database. I mean, programmers should only have access to selects updates and deletes. If your programmers are designing your databases, no wonder they're borked.
On topic, I can wait for the SSDs. The price of the 250s, mass produced or no, still presents as a problem for a business case to run out and load up on these. Hardly stocking stuffers.
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