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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

tippen Re:The real crime here (465 comments)

Just like we don't spank kids anymore because it's pointless and counterproductive, we should also stop "spanking" non-violent offenders but put them to good use instead.

Not sure which "we" you mean, but there are plenty of parents that spank kids. It isn't pointless or counterproductive.

about 1 month ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

tippen Re:Palo Alto Networks firewalls (114 comments)

Is security policy management effective from the CLI on PAN firewalls?

For the relatively simple network settings (port config, user admin, etc.), CLI is fast and easy. Hard to imagine trying to deal with complex policy configuration from the CLI. Do you end up switching to the GUI for that?

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

tippen Re:CLI is the best UX for me (114 comments)

Good UX design applies equally to CLI as well as GUI, which I'm guessing you actually do give a flying flip about.

Yes, which is why I asked about UX design instead of "best GUI"

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

tippen Re:relative URLs; Isilon vs. NetApp; F5 BigIP (114 comments)

For all the folks writing up the HTML code that goes into these things: use relative URLS!

Do not put the hostname (or IP address) of the device in any of the HTML. Us IT folks sometimes need to go through proxies (and SSH tunnels) to get to these devices (which are often on isolated "management" VLANs/networks). Simply put "/network/settings" instead of "http://mydevice/network/settings" in any [a href] links (or [img] or CSS references).

If the link in the HTML has "" or "" in it, but my browser is actually connecting to "localhost" (because I have to do a SSH double-hop with forwarding), I'm going to think really evil thoughts about whomever wrote the HTML generator. I do not have to want to start editing my /etc/hosts or adding aliases to lo0 loopback interface.

Great point and something easy to miss during the mayhem of implementation of a new product.

about 6 months ago

Clear Solar Cells Could Help Windows Generate Power

tippen Perovskite (87 comments)

Surely I'm not the only one that did a double take when I read that as "pervo-skite"...

about 9 months ago

Google's Plan To Kill the Corporate Network

tippen Re:Perimeter-less networks (308 comments)

Not at every entry point, security should be a serious consideration on every device. Work on the assumption that everything is directly exposed to the internet and start from there. Trying to only monitor the entry points is the problem, if anything makes it past your entry points then it could have free reign over everything inside.

When I said "entry point", I didn't mean the perimeter. I meant at every single connection to the network... the RJ45 you plug into in your cube, the wireless AP you connect to with your laptop or smartphone, the vNIC in your virtual server, etc.

about 9 months ago

Google's Plan To Kill the Corporate Network

tippen Re:Perimeter-less networks (308 comments)

Personally I think BYOD is a disaster waiting to happen, but whatever.

If you don't trust any device connecting to the network and IF you are able to apply appropriate security inspection to all of the traffic, does BYOD actually matter? From the security perspective, I'm not sure it does. That said, I tend to agree with you from multiple other concerns: IP protection, compliance, backups, support, etc.

about 9 months ago

Google's Plan To Kill the Corporate Network

tippen Re:Perimeter-less networks (308 comments)

My thinking on this is a bit different, and boils down to this principle: There's still a perimeter, but most of the office is outside of the perimeter.

So what do you include in your version of a perimeter?

about 9 months ago

Google's Plan To Kill the Corporate Network

tippen Perimeter-less networks (308 comments)

From a security perspective, Google is right about the notion that your internal corporate network being "safe" is dead. Between all the laptops, tablets, smartphones and very portable USB devices, there really isn't a secure perimeter on your network. Security needs to be applied at each entry point to the network, whether that is wired (internal or external doesn't matter), wireless or virtual.

The summary implied that the need for security devices goes away once you give up the idea of a perimeter, but that isn't the case at all. The form that security comes in may change, but you still need it. Authenticated users connecting via secure tunnels doesn't eliminate the risk of malware, so you still need IPS and anti-malware devices (Fidelis, FireEye, etc.) to keep your protect company assets from valid authenticated users.

If you can't trust any of the devices on your network, then you need to inspect 100% of the traffic entering the network.

about 9 months ago

US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

tippen Re:Hint (1160 comments)

I don't know about thousands of times, but Kenneth Allen McDuff's case certainly shows that there are people where anything short of execution isn't safe for society.

about a year ago

US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

tippen Re:As good a time as any (1160 comments)

The usual arguments against the death penalty are something along the lines of:

1) The justice system is imperfect, so we shouldn't take the slightest risk of executing an innocent person.

This is the argument that I'm most sympathetic towards. I agree that extraordinary punishment should require extraordinary proof. Of course, that doesn't address the issues around biased judges, juries or prosecutors.

Because I do believe that there are heinous crimes that death is an appropriate punishment for, I tend to look to fix issues with the justice system in other ways. In particular, you throw the book at corrupt prosecutors, judges, etc. Punish what they did wrong rather than just saying "well, the system can't be perfect so we won't punish anyone".

And yes, I believe that prison is for punishment, not as a time-out from society. Does that mean I think prisoners should be abused? Nope, not at all. But it also doesn't mean that I think we need to be providing cable TV or other luxuries while they are serving their time.

2) The method of execution is cruel.
I don't buy this argument vs. lethal injection

3) Even if the method isn't painful, it is cruel/barbaric to execute someone "regardless" (no matter what they did).
I can respect this argument even if I don't agree with it. I don't share that view, but I can understand it. Unfortunately, most folks I've talked to that make this argument don't seem to apply it as a fundamental value or principle.

4) Execution as a form of punishment is no different than murder
Sorry, but this argument is fundamentally flawed and childish.

5) Life w/o parole is cheaper than execution.
I don't doubt that it is given the processes and appeals involved with the death penalty. I'm ok with that. It's a practical financial argument, but doesn't really address whether the death penalty is morally right or wrong.

I'm willing to spend more to ensure someone that commits heinous crimes doesn't have a chance to do it again. "Life without parole" isn't a guarantee of that. "Life" doesn't really mean the accused will die in prison. "without parole" doesn't mean that the rules don't change down the road.

If you want to reduce money spent in the penal system, get rid of the war on drugs and you'll flush out an awful lot of the prison population.

How do I tie this back to stances on abortion? If you really believe that "no matter what, the death penalty is wrong" or "can't take the slightest risk that an innocent person might be executed", then by those same principles, you should be vehemently against abortion.

The only way to try to get around it is to play the "not really a human until it is born" game. That's about as intellectually dishonest as it gets, IMO.

Are you really trying to protect the innocent in all cases? Or are your principles "flexible" and convenient?

about a year ago

US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

tippen Re:As good a time as any (1160 comments)

Do those of you arguing so ardently against the death penalty apply the same logic to abortion?

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose Frameworks That Will Survive?

tippen Thunderdome! (227 comments)

Two frameworks enter, one framework leaves

about 10 months ago

If Java Is Dying, It Sure Looks Awfully Healthy

tippen Re:Android, Objective-C and Tiobe Index (577 comments)

Java is better in areas where you need high performance and scalability

Now I need a new keyboard! Just spit out my Diet Dr. Pepper when I read that... What's your definition of "high performance"???

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?

tippen Re:I think people are a greater issue here... (189 comments)

If you aren't interested in being a contractor, flitting around between jobs constantly is a big warning sign for hiring managers. Why weren't they able to stay in one place very long? Personality issues? Inability to produce? Bored quickly? Jumping at first higher bid?

It's expensive for the business to get someone ramped up only to have them leave after 12-18 months. It doesn't mean I wouldn't hire them, but it would be one more non-trivial hurdle to clear before I'd make an offer.

Probably worth pointing out that I'm coming at this from product development. YMMV for IT jobs or web apps or other types of jobs.

And, if what you want to do is contracting, then this doesn't really matter in the least.

about a year ago

MasterCard Forcing PayPal To Pay Higher Fees

tippen Re:This woudl be ok, but... (260 comments)

So you spent money you didn't have and somehow it is the fault of the credit card? Or is that just a statement about how you deal with your lack of self-control?

about a year ago

Whose Bug Is This Anyway?

tippen Re:More error checking (241 comments)

Another favorite in embedded systems: lock the 4K page at address 0x00000000 so the processor halts execution when someone ends up dereferencing a NULL pointer.

Frequently have to move the IVT around to make this work, but well worth it.

about 2 years ago

Stress-Testing Software For Deep Space

tippen Re:Slightly off thread I know... (87 comments)

As a slightly off thread, I always wondered why Intel bought windriver. One of the issues we have is that finding someone who knows the OS well is difficuilt because there is no way of getting exposure to it unless you have a lot money.

Intel has loads of cash and a near monopoly on processors in most major market segments. They need somewhere to grow and PCs and servers isn't it. The big segments they are weak in are mobile (or more generally, low power) and networking.

VxWorks is very common in networking equipment and in embedded (low power / low processing capability) systems.

I can see where WindRiver looked attractive to Intel. Of course, the risk is that they scare traditional VxWorks customers off by focusing WindRiver too heavily on x86 processors.

about 2 years ago

Tesla CTO Talks Model S, Batteries and In-car Linux

tippen Re:I don't want a linux based "software system" (181 comments)

Being a good general purpose OS kernel doesn't mean it appropriate for _all_ purposes. Control systems are generally better off using an RTOS.

Linux has certainly gotten much better in the last few years, but it's not a one-size-fits-all best answer.

more than 2 years ago



Ask Slashdot: Best management interface on an IT appliance?

tippen tippen writes  |  about 6 months ago

tippen (704534) writes "The management user interface on most networking and storage appliances are, shall we say, not up to the snuff compared to modern websites or consumer products. What are the best examples of good UX design on an IT appliance that you've managed? What was it that made you love it?

What should companies (or designers) developing new products look to as best-in-class that they should be striving for?"

Ask Slashdot: UI Toolkit Recommendations?

tippen tippen writes  |  about 9 months ago

tippen (704534) writes "What would you use to build the management GUI for a new network appliance? Assume it is for a startup, so no existing frameworks or code to worry about. No employees yet, so options are wide-open from a skills perspective. OS on the management processor (x86) will be either Linux or one of the BSDs.

Lots of options out there, but which ones would you recommend we consider for a modern management GUI? More importantly, why is that the right choice?"

To Infinity And Beyond!

tippen tippen writes  |  about 10 months ago

tippen (704534) writes "

In the course of exploring their universe, mathematicians have occasionally stumbled across holes: statements that can be neither proved nor refuted with the nine axioms, collectively called “ZFC,” that serve as the fundamental laws of mathematics. Most mathematicians simply ignore the holes, which lie in abstract realms with few practical or scientific ramifications. But for the stewards of math’s logical underpinnings, their presence raises concerns about the foundations of the entire enterprise.

“How can I stay in any field and continue to prove theorems if the fundamental notions I’m using are problematic?” asks Peter Koellner, a professor of philosophy at Harvard University who specializes in mathematical logic.

To Settle Infinity Dispute, a New Law of Logic is an interesting article in Quanta Magazine exploring the disagreements among mathematicians about the continuum hypothesis.

Who wins in the ever-so-relevant showdown between forcing axioms and the inner-model axiom, "V=ultimate L"?"


Timelapse of Endeavour's Final Ride

tippen tippen writes  |  about a year ago

tippen (704534) writes "Fascinating timelapse video of the space shuttle Endeavor's final ride from Kennedy Space Center to LAX, then through 12 miles of city streets to the museum.

Sad to see the end of an era."


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