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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

paysonwelch PCI-DSS or Tokenization (316 comments)

You need to look at the PCI-DSS requirements because this is what dictates the security standards of your network if you are storing credit card information. Specifically PCI-DSS dictates (not your contract) that there needs to be multiple levels of firewalls. Ergo you will need a firewall in front of the web server. You will then need a separate firewall in front of the DB servers. And the preferred setup is a three or more tiered system. Web server with firewall connects to the Application (WCF / web service server) which also has a firewall, which connects to your database server which also has a firewall. Also note that I am referencing hardware firewalls such as a Cisco ASA or a Dell Sonicwall. The servers should also have their own software firewalls enabled whether it's Windows Firewall or Linux IPTables. With that said we are "supposed" to be PCI-DSS compliant and should be for the sake of liability (and doing it the right way). Unfortunately I know many vendors who don't want to spend money on proper setups and run very insecure systems. If you can avoid it don't work for these people and go find a client that has the budget to do things right. PCI-DSS: https://www.pcisecuritystandar... A better option for a cheap client is to not store any customer data and use a tokenized system. Authorize.Net will store all sensitive data for an extra $10/mo and allow you to skirt PCI-DSS regulations. You should still run a firewall though and be as close to PCI-DSS as possible though. http://www.authorize.net/solut...

12 hours ago
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Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

paysonwelch Re:Density (78 comments)

You could theoretically use other technologies as a baseline. One technology that comes to mind is how archivists are digitally printing information onto nickel plates because of it's durability. The data is then read back using an electron microscope. In theory if you could microprint binary data onto paper you could read it back with an electron microscope.

about a week ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

paysonwelch Re:Spock: 'member (278 comments)

There are a lot of things that can only be remembered. I remember there was an announcement a day or two after 9/11 that all data was now being routed through government servers. That didn't surprise me but it's like they flipped a switch so they were ready for it.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

paysonwelch Re:won't work (155 comments)

They are most likely asking permission from the FAA to fly the drones at altitudes of around 1,000+ ft (not sure about the actual regulations) but this would be high enough that you would have to be a really good shot AND have a long range rifle. The thing is that most people aren't good shots let alone at that distance and compounding the fact that it's going to be a moving target at 50MPH.

about three weeks ago
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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

paysonwelch Re:mislabeled (205 comments)

Dude, the military payroll runs on an antiquated system that uses millions of lines of COBOL that no one really knows what to do. It's a huge problem.. but no one wants to tackle it ;) Shit they can't even get a healthcare website setup correctly.

about three weeks ago
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Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph

paysonwelch Re:To be stolen, and hidden in the desert (103 comments)

Add in a Quantum Leap element where they get teleported through space-time every episode.

about three weeks ago
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Shrinking Waves May Save Antarctic Sea Ice

paysonwelch Careful (298 comments)

Nobody make a splash..

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

paysonwelch Google to the rescue (281 comments)

If you are an official non profit (501 organization) Google provides free services including their App engine AND will provide up to $10,000 free adwords advertising a month. http://www.google.com/nonprofi...

about 2 months ago
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$250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

paysonwelch Oceans the next one (111 comments)

I just assumed this had to do with a heist that went un-reported. E.g. they had to take out the power sub-station before cracking another criminal's safe or something.

about 4 months ago
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Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

paysonwelch Interesting read, probably (224 comments)

I just skimmed the Slashdot description it looks interesting. It looks really interesting I'll come back to read it later ;) /sarcasm & irony.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Run a Copy-Cat Installation At Home?

paysonwelch Re:Better investment... (308 comments)

By EOD today I'll be officially employed as my own company. The issues that OP presented are quite common. While I also run a home lab I have also seen the advantages of being in the directorial position. I think that too many tech companies out there are not run by people with sufficient experience. Recently I was doing some interviews in the Boston area (before deciding to start my own company) and the companies that seemed to be doing the best were the ones that were staffed by veteran senior developers. Capt. James I'm happy to see your viewpoint here because this is what I am hoping for in the long run.

about 7 months ago
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35,000 vBulletin Sites Have Already Been Exploited By Week Old Hole

paysonwelch Lazy Vs. Uninformed (91 comments)

I always assume that it's pretty standard practice to delete any /install folder. I mean seriously.. Not only are you keeping your installation tidy but obviously it prevents anyone from re-running any install scripts. So it either comes down to people being lazy or just not knowing. I forget how many "webmasters" or "developers" are out there that don't even know the basics. As sort of an argument point spin-off, better software has led to less hands on deployment and made it easier for more people to deploy sites. In this vein people haven't learned how to RTFM since installs are so easy. /rant

about 9 months ago
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Japanese Gov't Accidentally Shares Internal Email Over Google Groups

paysonwelch Oh Japan.. (25 comments)

The scary thing is that they were using Google a private US company to share private international secrets. This is just sloppy in my opinion. I mean.. come on how seriously are they trying to protect this sensitive information if they are uploading it to third party servers which probably never delete data and just deep freeze it?

1 year,18 days
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Java API and Microsoft's .NET API: a Comparison

paysonwelch I don't want to be "that guy", however (319 comments)

However, I mostly code in C# .NET and I dabble in Java in my spare time to model financial markets. What I have found is that C# has some powerful features that other languages do not have. This allows the .NET framework to be a little more robust than Java. Also my opinion is that C# and .NET creates a more syntactically elegant and coder friendly experience whereas Java is good, but not as good as .NET. In closing, C# .NET > Java. Please address .NET hate-responses to /dev/null

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start Reading Other's Code?

paysonwelch Kno your languages (254 comments)

The first thing is that you need to know the language you are working in. So if you are coming from a C background, it's similar but you should pick up a book on C++ (or whatever language you happen to be working in). Secondly it takes practice. Every day I am working with other people's code to fix problems. Once I find the problem area I have to sit and digest what's going on line by line, and usually add comments, where were not there to begin with. Lastly learning how to effectively read other people's code is one THE BEST skills you can have as a developer. Anyone can read their own code but to work as a team you need to be able to read other people's code and not get turned off by it. Small rant, most people who can't read other people's code seem to think that no one else knows what they are doing and that their code is sacred and they are the best coders ever, which is rarely the case and usually the opposite.

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

paysonwelch The Software is Free (293 comments)

I have been developing .NET apps for a long time and prior to that I was using LAMP. If you want to learn SQL you can get a free copy of Microsoft's development tools, specifically Sql Server Express 2012, and Visual Studio Express 2012. If you have zero sql experience I recommend picking up a book and learning that way to get started. As far as Exchange you should get some computers / servers to practice on, or a really good one and use Hyper-V for lab setups. Spin up several of their eval licenses and configure the eval version of Exchange on Active Directory. I also recommend going through the features / roles of Windows server. Basically jump in, get books where you need the deep knowledge, but nothing beats hands on experience. Learn to talk the talk and walk the walk. If you want a good practice server I recommend getting a Dell XS23-SB on eBay, I paid about $300 for mine, it has four "blades" that you can use. Or like I said get a kick-butt system and use Hyper-V.

about a year ago
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Florida Activates System For Citizens To Call Each Other Terrorists

paysonwelch What? (501 comments)

I can't believe I just read this, but I guess I'm not surprised.

about a year ago
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World Press Photo Winner Accused of Photoshopping

paysonwelch Happens All the Time (182 comments)

This actually happens more often than you think. Usually the are found out. I remember seeing one example of a poorly clone stamped image where the photographer made the dark clouds from an explosion look bigger. And don't forget Martha-Gate, when they photoshopped her head onto a body model for the cover of Newsweek.

about a year ago
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Soot Is Warming the World — a Lot

paysonwelch Re:Global Dimming (251 comments)

Everyone says everyone fudges the results, how can you prove it?

about a year and a half ago

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Nicolas Maduro is the new president of Venezuela

paysonwelch paysonwelch writes  |  about a year ago

paysonwelch (2505012) writes "I couldn't find any news articles on this, it was just announced, I heard it on the radio, the news is only a few minutes old. Wikipedia however has already been updated. "Maduro became interim President following the death of Hugo Chávez. The electoral authority declared Maduro as the President on April 14, 2013.""
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North Korean declares if has 'final approval' for nuclear attack on the US

paysonwelch paysonwelch writes  |  about a year ago

paysonwelch (2505012) writes "North Korea has reportedly been seen moving a mid-range missile into place. Although it is dubious this missile could reach the continental US, it is thought that North Korea might attack the United States controlled island of Guam.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/04/03/north-korea-says-it-has-final-approval-to-launch-merciless-strike-on-the-u-s/"

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North Korea Declares a State of War

paysonwelch paysonwelch writes  |  about a year ago

paysonwelch writes "North Korea has declared a state of war against the south, stating that neither peace nor war has ended. From the news release via Reuters: 1.From this moment, the north-south relations will be put at the state of war and all the issues arousing between the north and the south will be dealt with according to the wartime regulations. The DPRK goes on to say that this will be a 'blitz' war and that they will regain control of the south, and destroy US bases in the process."
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John MaCafee Reveals Himself As Mastermind Social Engineer

paysonwelch paysonwelch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

paysonwelch writes "Wow, all I can say is wow. It's hard to believe but I wouldn't put it past McAfee he seems incredibly resilient. His latest blog post details his complex spy network that he used to tap information into the higher echelon of the Belizean government. He might consider a new career as a movie producer, this blog post is enthralling. Here is an excerpt: I purchased 75 cheap laptop computers and, with trusted help, intalled invisible keystroke logging software on all of them — the kind that calls home (to me) and disgorges the text files. I began giving these away as presents to select people — government employees, police officers, Cabinet Minister's assistants, girlfriends of powerful men, boyfriends of powerful women."
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John McAfee is doing a live Media Q&A at 9:00PM EST on Ustream

paysonwelch paysonwelch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

paysonwelch writes "On Sunday, December 9, 2012, John McAfee will host a news conference in Guatemala Cityat 7:00 p.m. Guatemala Citytime via Ustream.tv. The news conference will be held in two segments; at 7:00 p.m. Mr. McAfee will broadcast a statement and will then accept questions from the media by email at qaformcafee@gmail.com, he will then broadcast again at 8:00 p.m. in order to answer those questions. For more information, or details regarding the news conference, please visit whoismcafee.com"
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McAffee is doing a live broadcast tonight on ustream at 8:00PM EST

paysonwelch paysonwelch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

paysonwelch writes "GUATEMALA CITY, December 9, 2012 — John McAfee, famed antivirus software pioneer and human rights advocate, today announced that he will host a news conference to ask the world for its protection against the Government of Belize. On his official blog, whoismcafee.com, Mr. McAfee has exposed the widespread corruption that is currently taking over the small country. Because of this, Mr. McAfee feels that he will be in grave danger if he were to be returned toBelize.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/urecommendmedia"

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McAfee wins stay of deportation from Guatemala

paysonwelch paysonwelch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

paysonwelch writes "A judge in Guatemala has granted a stay of the deportation of John McAfee to Belize, where authorities want to question him about the killing of a neighbor, an attorney for the internet software pioneer said Friday.

Under the order, McAfee will remain in Guatemala until his immigration case is heard in court, which may be more than a month, Telesforo Guerra told CNN.

McAfee remains in an immigration detention center in Guatemala City but could be released as early as next week, the lawyer said."

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McAffee starts releasing details on Belize corruption

paysonwelch paysonwelch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

paysonwelch writes "Two weeks before the last Belizean elections John was approached by Anthony Rayburn a leader in Carmelita village (the village where Mr. Mcafee had his residence) who for many years had worked for a local Politician by the name of Landy burns, Mr. Rayburn asked for a donation for Mr. Burns campaign in the amount of two million dollars, in return Mr Rayburn’s assurance on the future political favors would be more than the donations"
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John McAfee to host a press conference in Guatemala city

paysonwelch paysonwelch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

paysonwelch writes "John McAffee has posted on his blog that he will be hosting a press conference in Guatemala city on the 6th. From his blog: On Thursday, 6th of December, I will host a press conference in Guatemala City at 2:00 P.M. I will be joined by my attorney and former Attorney General of Guatemala, Telésforo Guerra. I will read a prepared statement and then open up the floor for questions. The conference will end at 4:00 P.M. The venue will be announce on this blog tomorrow, December 5th."
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McAffee Reportedly Safe - Impersonation Double Was Caught

paysonwelch paysonwelch writes  |  about a year and a half ago

paysonwelch writes "McAffee reported on his blog that he is safe. Apparently he is now travelling with two reports from Vice magazine. He is no longer in Belieze, and supposedly used a "double" carrying a fake passport to throw the authorities off his trail."
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SQL Server 2012 is Generally Available!

paysonwelch paysonwelch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

paysonwelch writes "Microsoft is excited to announce the general availability (GA) of SQL Server 2012 for purchase and download. SQL Server 2012 has already been deployed for production use by hundreds of global, industry-leading customers, such as Volvo Car Corp., Revlon, the HSN, Klout and LG Chemical.

Customers can download the latest version of SQL Server 2012 here. Also, for a deep dive on all things SQL Server 2012, check out the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event. All content from the Virtual Launch Event will be available until June 30, 2012. The event features 30+ webcasts from SQL Server 2012 experts in addition to a number of other multimedia features from Microsoft partners."

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Occupy Wall Street Protesters Ousted Again

paysonwelch paysonwelch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

paysonwelch writes "NEW YORK — At least 175 people have been arrested during clashes between police and Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in New York City, part of a day of mass gatherings in response to efforts to break up Occupy Wall Street camps nationwide."
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Occupy Wall Street Protesters Ousted Again

paysonwelch paysonwelch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

paysonwelch writes "At least 175 people have been arrested during clashes between police and Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in New York City, part of a day of mass gatherings in response to efforts to break up Occupy Wall Street camps nationwide."
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Physical input devices for developers?

paysonwelch paysonwelch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

paysonwelch writes "Dear Slashdot, All I want for Christmas is.. Just joking. I am a developer and entrepreneur and I am considering developing a very graphically rich and custom interface for my latest application which does charting and analysis of large data sets. The application would feature lots of gauges, knobs and levers. As I was thinking about this I said to myself, why not hook up physical knobs and levers to my computer to control my application instead of designing them in 2D bitmaps? This could potentially save screen space and provide tactile feedback, and a new way of interacting digitally with one's application and data. So my question is whether or not anyone out there has advice for building a custom solution, perhaps starting with a mixing board, or if there are any pre-fab kits / controllers for achieving this?"

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