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Get Your 15 Years of Slashdot Shirt (For free, Depending)

velkro Re:Age of Slashdot Accounts (146 comments)

Doubtful - the single digit users were the original cast of editors... who I haven't seen post a comment (unless it was a meta-slashdot story) for years.

about 2 years ago
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American Airlines Expands Streaming In-Flight Movies

velkro Re:Interesting! (143 comments)

Correct. Provided the Aircraft has had EMI testing done, using WiFi isn't a hazard. Using your cellular radio is a waste of time, as you just drain the battery above about 10,000', but WiFi and Bluetooth work nicely. It's the same reason some airlines (I'm looking at you, Air Canada) now only allow earbud headphones connected to their IFE system during taxi/takeoff/landing. It's so they can get your attention if 'shut goes wrong'.

more than 3 years ago
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SatPhones — Why Can't They Make It Work?

velkro Re:Not shocking. (337 comments)

Look at the downside. Even the phones on planes tend to use ground towers because of cost.

Actually, most of the phones on planes use Satellites, since, well, there's no ground stations when you're flying over the ocean :) Aircell is the exception, but that only works over the continental US, and IIRC you need to be > 10,000 ft above ground.

more than 3 years ago
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SatPhones — Why Can't They Make It Work?

velkro Re:Let's see... (337 comments)

The sat phone might not... but on the Iridium network you can get 2400bps of data (ppp). And yes, I've read + posted twitter updates over this.

more than 3 years ago
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Company Laptop, My Data — Can They Co-exist?

velkro Re:Try a VM setup. (395 comments)

I have exactly the same setup - personal MacBook Pro, running an official company sanctioned (and licensed) Windows XP image from the IT Dept. Works quite nicely. The image is backed up to Time Machine, so when I travel for personal reasons, I simply delete it and restore it when I come home.

It could get ugly legally, but with a decent lawyer you should be able to prove the logical separation, and let whomever needs it take the copy of the VM and do whatever they want with it while keeping your personal stuff intact and private. I wouldn't be surprised if this starts to become the norm in the tech industry, as it solves lots of problems for employees who frequently cross the work/home/life balance.

Note that I primarily work from home, which makes things a bit simpler.

more than 5 years ago
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How Would You Benchmark an IT/IS Department?

velkro Re:Talk about internal benefits first (144 comments)

I just finished doing a bunch of paperwork for one run by Hackett (we also looked at the other 3 above). There are really too many things to compare, and your question was too vague. Do you want to compare performance (uptime, mttr, etc...), costs (cost per support call, costs per server, etc...), maturity (Standard Operating Procedures, compliance to ITIL, COBIT, etc... ) or maybe all 3?

In any case, the big 4 consulting companies can help with this... like legal advice, Slashdot isn't a good source for comparison :)

more than 7 years ago

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