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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

robstout Can't wait to hear what happened (133 comments)

If it was just DNS, I'll be a bit dissapointed. With stuff like "Internet Backbone" I'm hoping for some major BGP messup.

about a week ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

robstout Favorite response (249 comments)

The best revenge I heard was someone spinning up a VM of Windows 7, and having 2 folders on it: Personal, and Finances. The Finance folder was full of infected files, while Personal had some very nasty porn. Then he let the scammers get access to the VM, and watched them donwload the files.

about a week ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

robstout Re:Seperate Phones (161 comments)

In that case, you should have the phone forward calls to the personal phone. If a company is paying for you to have a phone, you should have it, except at times where it makes sense you wouldn't (like on vacation).

about two weeks ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

robstout Seperate Phones (161 comments)

I carry two phones, my personal phone, and one supplied by my company. Yes, it can be a pain, but I prefer having my personal contacts/info seperate from my work device. Also, I can shut down my work phone when I'm on vacation, and still have my personal calls for my own email/calls/etc. It helps me maintain a work life balance.

about two weeks ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

robstout Re:Working from home (161 comments)

My previous job did, but I was doing a lot of late-night support/on-call work. Seemed fair to me.

about two weeks ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

robstout Nice Summary (133 comments)

Too bad it's so inaccurate. My wife works for John Deere. Their combines now have GPS in them, and will do crop analysis while harvesting. I tihnk the only thing keeping them from being fully automated is the farmers themselves.

about two weeks ago
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The Data Dome: A Server Farm In a Geodesic Dome

robstout Souinds like the data center of the future, circa (62 comments)

Sounds like the data center of the future, circa 1975. I wouldn't mind working in it though, but I wonder how they control humidity. Lack of cooling may work well in their area, but I see problems in hotter/ more humid places.

about two weeks ago
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The Doctor Will Skype You Now

robstout Better than Nothing (97 comments)

Better than not seieng a Doctor at all, but I doubt I would go for this situation. For one thing, there are the security issues. Is the conference encrypted? Is it being stored? How doe sthis mesh with HIPPA? I'll keep going to the office.

about three weeks ago
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Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

robstout How much is due to Congestion (72 comments)

If WIFI is free, everyone will use it, clogging up the pipes. If there's a charge, less people will be on, making more BW available for those who shell out the cash. I also hope that the hotels that charge use the money to miantain the infrastructure, but that's wishful thinking on my part.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

robstout Depends on your Job Duties (131 comments)

I'm a network (Cisco) guy, so Cisco Live! is my go-to conference. YMMV. DEFCON sounds like the most fun to attend, as long as you keep your gear powered off.

about a month ago
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Comcast Gives 6 Months Free Internet To Poor and Unpaid Bill Amnesty

robstout Why the 6-month limit (71 comments)

If the parents can't afford the service now, why do you tihnk they can in 6 months? Seems petty and short-sighted to me.

about a month ago
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Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

robstout I like this idea (if done securley) (120 comments)

Anything that makes check-in faster. If I made a reservation for the room, the hotel already has my info in the system. Being able to finalize my checkin with a few swipes of my phone instead of waiting for a person to become available sounds good to me. My biggest concern is the hotel having a secure enough app (and infrastructure) to make it hard for people to crack the system and/or spoof my room key.

about 1 month ago
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Why TiVo's Founders Crashed and Burned With Qplay

robstout Re: Nothing went "wrong" (50 comments)

TIVO needs to do more partnerships. I love their DVR for DirectTV (DirectTIVO). Now if they did this with other vendors, they would be sitting pretty.

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

robstout Not Your Circus, not your Monkeys (348 comments)

Yes, there should be firewalls (Not sure if client side is needed, depends on the AV used on the devices. There is AV, right?). However, with you being a contractor who is not responsible for this aspect of the design, and you notfied your client of the issue, and they told you to back off, its no longer your problem. Depending on how involved you are with the project, you may want a written document specifying that you mentioned your concerns about this, and they decided to not follow your suggestions, simply as a CYA manuver.

about a month ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

robstout Time to make some popcorn (317 comments)

I just wish it was the RIAA. Then it would be an epic fight.

about a month ago
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Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

robstout Not sure how well this will stop cheating (122 comments)

You still need a 90% to pass. At least you no longer have folks clamoring for the top score.

about a month ago
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Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

robstout Re:If you had taken part in "welcome back"... (66 comments)

I agree. This isn't very appealing to me (already a PS+ member, and I did jump on welcome back program). I still don't trust Sony. I don't have any cc info with my account. Pre-paid cards makes life easier for the paranoid, like me.

about a month ago
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CNN iPhone App Sends iReporters' Passwords In the Clear

robstout No excuse (40 comments)

Come on people, it's 2014, not the 90s. Why is this stuff still happening?

about a month ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

robstout So Kind of open? (194 comments)

Kind of open, I guess?

about a month ago

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