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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

rickb928 Re: What's the point? (169 comments)

Even if they had push apps, the value proposition isn't there any more.

16 minutes ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

rickb928 Re: Positive pressure? (367 comments)

These ATMs are in steel or concrete booths. Without A/C they are ovens. Even when covered. Add the electronics and the heat up a lot.

If you don't live in Phoenix stop pretending you do. If you do, you should know better.

yesterday
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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

rickb928 Re: What's the point? (169 comments)

BES 1x doesn't do our corporate apps.

The corporate VPN already does secure connections fine. Just a new client.

And people want tablets that are not worth trying to shoehorn into BES.

Oh, and it's all cheaper.

yesterday
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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

rickb928 Re: Big (169 comments)

It's on my phone as an app, and Exchange wasn't specified.

yesterday
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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

rickb928 Re: Big (169 comments)

if your compdoor fired you because you accessed their Exchange server on your phone, they are doing it wrong.

yesterday
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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

rickb928 Re: What's the point? (169 comments)

Then come to work here. That's our plan.

yesterday
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Mozilla Dusts Off Old Servers, Lights Up Tor Relays

rickb928 Re:LOL ... what? (80 comments)

You had me at Mozilla

yesterday
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

rickb928 Re: track record (291 comments)

That's pretty much the normal air flight experience today on U.S. carriers. I'm sore for more than a day after a 6 hour flight.

yesterday
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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

rickb928 Re: What's the point? (169 comments)

The plan where I work is to roll out first IOS and then Android apps to securely run corporate email, calendar, etc (?) Over the VPN. Then kill the BES servers.

Security is a very big deal here. That's why the mobile apps are taking so long to be finished. BES is no longer worth the money, and we all want to use our own phone anyways.

yesterday
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Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

rickb928 Re: Big (169 comments)

It's called Google Inbox, and it Sorts. Based. On. Categories.

yesterday
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

rickb928 Re: Positive pressure? (367 comments)

Around here it gets to 121â occasionally. An ATM in an enclosure doesn't have much of chance without active cooling.

If it has a sun exposure, expect internal temps of 160-180â. My car gets that hot.

2 days ago
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

rickb928 Re: Power Costs (253 comments)

And if you send a tech, not the local admin, all the numbers change.

2 days ago
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

rickb928 Re:Service call? (253 comments)

Yes we have, if the array is installed in your backup corporate PKI server, in a shielded and locked cage with video, electrostatic, and laser monitoring and alarms. And the keys to the cage are in another state. And it requires EVP approval to deliver the keys to the authorized tech for a flight to the DR site to change a failed drive.

A real world example. You would recognize the name of this corporation in the first three letters. They take their corporate security very seriously, so much so that bumping into the cage earned you a visit from armed security, an escort out, and full debriefing until they were satisfied you would never take the cart with the stuck caster again...

2 days ago
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

rickb928 Re:Ignores how disks often fail (253 comments)

This from an NEC white paper in 2008:

"A recent academic study [1] of 1.5 million HDDs in the NetApp database over a 32 month period found that 8.5% of SATA disks develop silent corruption. Some disk arrays run a background process to verify that the data and RAID parity match, a process which can catch these kinds of errors. However, the study also found that 13% of the errors are missed by the background verification process. When you put those statistics together, you find on average that 1 in 90 SATA drives will experience silent data corruption not caught by the background verification process. So when those data blocks are read, the data returned to the application would be corrupt, but nobody would know. For a RAID-5 (4+P) configuration at 930 GB usable per 1 TB SATA drive, that calculates to an undetected error for every 67 TB of data, or 15 errors for every petabyte of data. If a system were constantly reading all that data at 200 MB/sec, it would encounter an error in less than 100 hours."

Sometimes, I just want to weep.

2 days ago
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

rickb928 Re:4 years??? (253 comments)

4 years was my recommendation for disk replacements from about 198 onwards. Some arrays had drives >8 years old, but if failure was not tolerated, 4 years was enough.

Mind you, if the customer specified IDE drives, I warned them that failure was inevitable. SCSI 10K drives, I would still swap but that was for five-nines.

And those stupid IDE RAID cards, well, that's too cheap. We are no longer talking reliable. Let someone else have that business.

2 days ago
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

rickb928 Re:Power Costs (253 comments)

It seems that one assumption in the study is predictable or consistent failure rates or timing. This would make sense if the drives were all the same make/model/manufacturing dates, but if not, well, then the model changes and they would be needing more intelligence to deal with unpredictable failure rates and having to spin up cold spares at different rates, predicting failure.

Which all makes a world of sense to me. When I hovered over Raid 5 arrays with cold spares, especially in NetWare servers where 'device deactivated due to non-media defect' errors were not uncommon, I would add spares to save on windshield time to swap them out. Not all customers were comfortable going to the supply locker, grabbing a drive tray, and swapping out the tray with the flashing red light.

2 days ago
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

rickb928 Re:Power Costs (253 comments)

(you can't virtualize the actual disks)

2 days ago
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

rickb928 Re:Power Costs (253 comments)

Sometimes the data is worth more than the power costs.

2 days ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

rickb928 Re: Positive pressure? (367 comments)

The electronics do, and the compartment doesn't isolate them. No, it does not.

2 days ago
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Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

rickb928 Re: Positive pressure? (367 comments)

Where I live, in the summer it gets to 115Â. Pumping in air will need a bigger A/C unit. Not worth it.

2 days ago

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Cox Coaster, life in the frustrating lane

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rickb928 (945187) writes "So, I've become a participant in the Cox Coaster trial here in the Phoenix area, and I'm wondering if any of you have had a shot at this elsewhere, or if you have some questions about it.

Coaster is Cox's IPTV offering, still being built and tested apparently. As part of the deal, I got a new Cisco router/firewall/wifi hub, the Coaster PC, HDMI cable, and TWO remotes.

And so far, it is an unrewarding experience, but I'm not done trying it out. Verdict pending.

Questions?"

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We're the governent, and we're here to secure you

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rickb928 (945187) writes "So the Pentagon, with their shiny new CyberCom commander and all that, are trying to convince corporate CEOs and "companies that operate critical infrastructures" to let them install monitoring systems on their networks or, quote, "stay in the wild wild west of the unprotected internet".

From the article:

"Defense Deputy Secretary William Lynn III, speaking at the Strategic Command Cyber Symposium in Nebraska, said we need to think imaginatively about how to use the National Security Agencyââs Einstein monitoring systems on critical private-sector networks ââ such as those in the financial, utility and communication industries ââ in order to protect us."

Sure sounds good to me. Let the Pentagon keep an eye on your critical network, and they will not only alert you to something going wrong, but they'll even respond to the threat. And if you operate 'critical infrastructure'. you owe it to our nation to opt-in, right? I mean. What could go wrong? It's the Pentagon, surely they know what they're doing, right?"

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Hidden web ads inflate revenues, don't annoy us

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rickb928 (945187) writes "Well, sort of...

The Wall Street Journal publishes here (Same story, who stole what???) and here:

'Kraft Foods, Greyhound Lines and Capital One Financial have bought some strange ads on the Internet lately. What's so strange about them is that they're invisible.

The companies might not have known about their invisible display ads — the kind that are supposed to appear alongside content on Web pages — if not for Ben Edelman, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School who studies Internet advertising.

Mr. Edelman says his research shows that all three marketers, and many others, have fallen victim to Web sites that use such ads as a way to sell more ad space than they have.

The Web sites can get away with it, he says, because online advertisers don't always audit their campaigns for proof their ads are appearing. It isn't clear how common these ads are or how much they cost marketers.

Mr. Edelman and other Internet-security experts say the ads are created with the use of computer code that makes it look to marketers as though their ads are showing up on legitimate Web sites. But consumers who visit those sites can't see the ads because they have been placed on invisible Web pages.

In one example, visitors to a site called MyToursInfo.com saw an ordinary-looking Web page with one ad for Verizon Communications and another for a weight-loss product. But, Mr. Edelman, who studied the site in January, said software code running behind the scenes opened more than 40 Web pages, each including three ads from marketers such as Domino's Pizza and Capital One, which were invisible to visitors.

Mr. Edelman's analysis of the code was confirmed by computer-security experts at Symantec and McAfee as well as online-ad advisory firms DoubleVerify and Anchor Intelligence.'

Sweet. I'm not sure what's worse, these and other companies being cheated out of ad dollars by this latest wrinkle in fraud, or us waiting while these invisible pages load. Not only do we suffer through interminable Flash loads, every geegaw Web trick to tickle our eyeballs and/or ears, but we now can be pretty sure that some of those sites that take so ^*%^ long to load are actually loading up page after page of 'invisible' ads.

I'm shocked, SHOCKED! Ad fraud, right under our noses, on the Internet? Oh my..."
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The Empire Strikes Back: Broadcast's end run?

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  about 6 years ago

rickb928 writes "Is this Television's big step past Cable? USA Today quotes John Eck, President of NBC Network and Media Works:

"If we play it right, it can be a compelling service"

Indeed, if several manufacturers follow suit and build mobile receivers, as LG, Samsung, Zenith, Kenwood, and others disclosed at CES in Las Vegas, this would offer viewers an option to cable, and even to Internet services such as Hulu, among others. Might even impact Youtube...

By offering local news, which normally isn't available from cellphone video services, they could leverage their fading brands even more, and most importantly directly to their audience. And probably preserve advertising views as well, which gives them an advantage with advertisers who pretty much despise Tivo and other services that let viewers bypass ads and get to the good stuff.

From the USA Today story: "At least 63 stations in 22 cities — including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston and Washington — will transmit news, entertainment and sports to portable devices this year, according to the broadcast industry's Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC).

The initial group will include affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CW, ION and PBS. Each city will have a different mix. Most will simulcast regularly scheduled shows."

Gotta love it. Broadcast TV joining forces with the cellphone industry to take on a common enemy: Cable, which has been intruding on Telephony's turf with VOIP services, and clearly would love to dominate IP Television, may have a foe that can actually hurt them where it counts; in the wallet.

Do we consumers get anything out of this? 'Free' (as in beer) TV, albeit on smaller, mobile screens? On-demand shows? (I doubt that). Local stations on our phones or whatever little device? Smaller pictures of Jennifer Aniston? Is this a good thing?"

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Reporters at Black Hat get bounced for hacking

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rickb928 (945187) writes "So some reporters at Black Hat decided to teach the other reporters in the press room about the importance of securing their connections. They must have been thinking "hmm.. this is Black Hat, so why not hack their ids and passords and stuff, and show them how pwned they are, right?".

Not so funny. At Black Hat, hacking is encouraged. Everywhere except the Press Room, apparently.

So the reporters, from the French magazine 'Global Security Magazine', apparently did the unthinkable — hack at Black Hat:

"The French journalists — identified by organizers as Dominique Jouniot, Marc Brami, Mauro Israel — apparently set up their own server to siphon off traffic passing through the media room's central router."

Once again, hacking is cool. Unless, of course, it's done at you, or where you don't want it to be done.

Right back at ya, Black Hat."

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Gold Digger or opportunist? Sexist or pragmatist?

rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rickb928 writes "When this story" on my company's internal blog, I had to go read the original. Yep, allegedly a woman posted a personal ad on Craigslist asking how to meet her 'Sugar Daddy' move to New York City, and basically cash in. And this is a reposting of the ad and a response.

Some of this may or may not be true — and that's not my point. But this gets me thinking. And wondering. Among other things;

Was there a line crossed in this posting and response? I mean, the obvious observations in the NYT article include the blatant sexism by both the woman and the responder, and while many will complain that his (and I assume it was a 'he') response was throughly sexist, wasn't it also honest, brutally so? And what about the woman posting? While she's honest, she's probably smart to be anonymous as well. Posting her photo would not make her gym visits bearable, I bet.

What was the most outrageous thing you have read in a personal ad? I read plenty when I was dating, and the ones pointing out that Republicans, ex-military, etc. need not apply always got my attention. And I got plenty angry until I realized that it was for the best that I avoided these women. And many men used the dating sites to troll for sex, pure and simple, and would post ANYTHING to get a meeting. After all, you can't make the sale unless you can meet the buyer. (Was THAT crossing the line?).

But more to the point, it's not about whether or not a woman can seek marriage to a 'rich guy' for no other reason than to be taken care of, or a 'rich guy' to marry a woman for no other reason than to have a pretty girl on his arm and in his bed. It's deeper than that, I think. How can you really know what your fiance really has on their mind? Rich guys, do you wonder about this? And beautiful women, do you also wonder if the attraction really isn't just skin deep?

Of course, does this matter a bit to your average Slashdot reader? Let's find out."

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rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

rickb928 writes "Just when you thought it was bad to talk on your cell phone all the time, comes this story about the amount of cell phone affecting your sperm count and quality. And it's all about the quality, isn't it?

The premise is that men who talk on their cell phones for more than 4 hours a day have lousy sperm.

Of course, the first question I have for the researchers is, 'Dude. The phone is out of my pocket. It's in my ear. I'm not a dickhead".

Whatcha think? Hidden danger or the funniest thing since, well, since tighty-whiteys?



-rick"

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rickb928 rickb928 writes  |  about 4 years ago

There's a reason Slashdot doesn't redesign the site very often. Same reason I dont lick the stove when its hot.

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