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UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

ruir Re:So... outsource ALL OF IT (73 comments)

Answered too fast sadly. Besides the possibility of having idiots far more expensive outsourced from the private sector, the fact is that public sector often gets assigned second or third rate consultants because the best ones are assigned to private sector customers.

4 hours ago
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UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

ruir Re:So... outsource ALL OF IT (73 comments)

No matter how incompetent civil servants you have, they will save you a lot HELL more money than those money grabbing machines now as Oracle, SAP or Microsoft. By a couple of orders of magnitude.

yesterday
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UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

ruir Re:The hard drive walked away (73 comments)

They have a tendency to walk away in Britain...being in a prison maybe someone hid it away in a dark place, who knows. Pity they havent invented yet backup servers...Who are providing the IT services? The felons?

yesterday
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

ruir Re:Brilliant (311 comments)

Normally you could say that. As a couple of anecdotal stories, I was called in some more difficult cases...despite customers having access to reports and having automated warnings about exceeding the data caps, which were in the package and in the contract, they only complained after the fines. I found more than once opens wifis, wifis with their password cracked, with defaullt passwords, and I believe I found once a "hacked" wifi point (it was more certain probably someone unscrupulous neighbour bribed the servants to press the reset button in the wifi router). I was also a direct contact to some higher ups in a couple of government agencies, where, despite I telling them that they could save a lot of money moving to higher contracts, and they were paying a lot because they employees where abusing the connection with p2p, nothing was done about it and they preferred to pay the fines than intervening at the political level.

yesterday
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

ruir Brilliant (311 comments)

I once run the IT department of an ISP, and data caps were a substancial source of the revenue. Lets say it could reach to 1/3 of our Internet net revenue, some months exceeding it. To be fair, at the time the international bandwidth was severely constrained, and in a post p2p world, you would have a change without some form of control. However, we were very clear about it, those were data caps, period.What I should call it nowadays then? Voluntary taxes? Net speeding fine? Tax for changing to the competition? One is always learning...

yesterday
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

ruir Re: NT is best (187 comments)

I once saw an SCO V server controlling a nationwide network of ATMs machines...I have never seen anyone as a POS, that was not my line of work anyway.

yesterday
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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

ruir Re:2014... (113 comments)

my plugins block flash automatically and I wont bother to watch it actually. I was programmer in my late teens, and after 3 years hated being it full time. Still enjoy hacking some programs as hobby.

yesterday
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Why Do Humans Grow Up So Slowly? Blame the Brain

ruir Re:Sperm to frogs (125 comments)

I bet diapers are standard gear in space. You cannot shit properly without gravity.

2 days ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

ruir Re:Moral of the Story (456 comments)

The point is that he did not steal physical goods, as much as the media conglomerates spin it.

2 days ago
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Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

ruir Re:NT is best (187 comments)

Arent they? I have seen PLENTY of restaurants with the POS running in Linux, and last time I was at the supermarket and they had a power failure in the line I was waiting, the POS rebooted showing a localized version of CentOS or RedHat... I also have seen some chinese stores with pos running some form of Linux too. On another note I have seen upper market restaurants using ipads to take the orders... Wake up and smell the coffee the days of only Windows POS systems, and dedicated portable devices are over.

2 days ago
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Aussie Airlines To Allow Uninterrupted Mobile Use During Flights

ruir Re:as long as ... (51 comments)

Mind it I really do not like it as much as you, however ear plugs are part of my gear international flights with which I cannot do without.

2 days ago
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Aussie Airlines To Allow Uninterrupted Mobile Use During Flights

ruir Wy not? (51 comments)

Now they can sell Internet when phone calling abroad is already passé?

2 days ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

ruir Re:Why not just use hard drives and then store... (193 comments)

Picture archives? I suspect it is more users history probably. They store everything you ever published, wether you deleted it or not.

3 days ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

ruir Re:Moral of the Story (456 comments)

What did he steal, moron? This thread is full of media shills, gosh.

5 days ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

ruir Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (456 comments)

And was ripping off people, oh yeah. I completely agree with you that a 15 cents a piece, buying a DVD for between 20 - 40 Euros is a huge rip-off.

5 days ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

ruir Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (456 comments)

I would be fine with metal detectors at theatres. While you are at it, besides shoving down their throat one hour of adverts as it already happens, whip them too. I am not going to theatres anyway, these people do not deserve our hard earned money. As for the proceedings of the movies trickling down to actors or people, or the actual book writers, dream on, Hollywood accounting makes sure they only get a pittance.

5 days ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

ruir simple economics (150 comments)

They found it was cheaper to fake it from plastic.

about a week ago
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Operating Systems Still Matter In a Containerized World

ruir Re:Of Course They Do! (129 comments)

As I posted earlier. I am a linux sysadmin, and making extensive use of virtualization technologies in the last three years. Using paravirtualization technologies at the kernel level (i.e. XEN),or in in vmware virtual machines using paravirtualized devices like vmtools+paravirtualizing in disk acess+using vmxnet and paravirtualizing your network card gives you a huge performance boost, as the host does not have to emulate anymore the corresponding hardware. That, added to all the new capabilities of the latest processors, gives your a ballpark of 10% of the CPU lost. If then you lose more than that, if maybe due to contentions in I/O.

about a week ago
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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

ruir Re:Tag #WhereIsTheFuckingPaper (74 comments)

It is not only possible, but it documented Portuguese discovers, vikings, Chinese, and people far earlier where there. It was well known by Portuguese fishermen that using certain currents and winds you would reach certain places, however Portugal choose to keep that secret because of other European powers. So in reality, it would not be a one way trip for a few lucky ones.

about a week ago

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