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Apple Logging Locations of All iPhone Users

xmarkd400x Re:Gotta love it... (591 comments)

RTFA? Why would I do that....

From the FAQ:

Does this application share the information with anyone?

No. All the data stays on your machine. The code behind it has been open-sourced so you can inspect the code and compile it yourself if you’re a developer.

negative points for me =/

more than 3 years ago

Apple Logging Locations of All iPhone Users

xmarkd400x Gotta love it... (591 comments)

"iPhone tracking all movements"

"Here's a convenient link to upload this data to a public website"

more than 3 years ago

Bicycle Thief Barred From Using Encryption

xmarkd400x I'd bet... (449 comments)

I'd bet that he somehow used a computer to steal the motorcycle. The courts don't typically give out that kind of computer punishment unless a computer was used in the crime. Perhaps it was a craigslist scam or something?

more than 4 years ago

Convicted NY Drunk Drivers Need Ignition Interlocks

xmarkd400x Why.. ? (911 comments)

If I blow a .04, I am still legally allowed to operate a vehicle. Even if I have had a prior DUI. Why am I now restricted from operating my vehicle in a legal manner? It's not like they are changing the law to say that everyone who has had a DUI now had a reduced BAC tolerance.

more than 4 years ago

FAA Says No More Minesweeper Or Solitaire In Cockpit

xmarkd400x The pilot's life is at risk, too (342 comments)

If the plane crashes, the pilot dies too. If the Pilot feels like doing something that isn't going to jeapordize the flight by reading a book or playing a game that s/he can put down, fine by me.

I'd rather have a pilot whose mind is sharpened by a game than dulled by cloud watching.

more than 4 years ago

The Fresca Rebellion

xmarkd400x Great! (776 comments)

Instead of people choosing their foods based on preference, we'll have politicians picking our foods based on how much money is contributed to their campaigns!

I, for one, welcome our politician overlords.


more than 5 years ago

Researchers Show How To Take Control of Windows 7

xmarkd400x Re:Physical Security is a big issue (325 comments)

Your "problem" has already been solved. Encrypt the hard drive. Companies don't care about losing sensitive data other than the monetary and reputation loss. If you lose a hard drive with private info on it, you only have to report a "breach" if it's encrypted.

Somebody with physical access can just use a boot CD and do what they want anyways.

more than 5 years ago

Researchers Show How To Take Control of Windows 7

xmarkd400x To recap... (325 comments)

You need full, physical control of a computer running Windows 7 in order to get software access to it?

more than 5 years ago

6 Pennsylvania Teens Face Child Porn Charges For Pics of Selves

xmarkd400x As has been said... (1044 comments)

Send a picture message to the DA, police, school officials, and whomever else you wish to defame. They will all suddenly become owners of child porn. OOPS!

about 6 years ago

Violence in Games, Once Again, Not That Compelling

xmarkd400x Well then.... (191 comments)

How do you explain the fact that the Columbine kids along with multiple other child criminals played video games?!?!


about 6 years ago

RIAA Backs Down In Austin, Texas

xmarkd400x Analogy (230 comments)

Kid: "Mommy, can I go to the store by myself?"
Mom: "No, son."

5 minutes later

Kid: "Daddy, can I go to the store by myself?"
Dad: "Sure, son. Here's a dollar. Get a candy bar".

1 minute later

Kid: "I just mentioned it to him. I don't want to go anymore. Thanks, bye!"

Mom: *Result Pending*

about 6 years ago

Researchers Calculate Capacity of a Steganographic Channel

xmarkd400x Already in use (114 comments)

In the stego-channel, a transmission is successful if the decoder properly determines the sent message without anybody else detecting its presence (abstract).

When my girlfriend is talking on the phone, I am almost never aware that a message is being sent. She is so effective, in fact, that often when I am the intended recipient I am not aware that a message is being sent!

more than 6 years ago

Researcher Warns of "Digital Dark Age"

xmarkd400x Re:Which is why OOXML is the devil (367 comments)

Words: 50 Swears: 9 Facts: 1 (It's an open standard) Relevant Points: 0 You're a little light on the swears section for typical interweb poasts.

more than 6 years ago



Test Environment/Data Business Problem

xmarkd400x xmarkd400x writes  |  more than 7 years ago

xmarkd400x (1120317) writes "Hello. This is my first post to /., but I have been a reader for a while. Most of the posts on here seem intelligent (maybe that was my first mistake!) so I figured I would give these forums a shot.

I recently graduated from college with a CS degree, and I am now working for a large insurance company. I have been tasked with generating a report/professional recommendation about a test environment and test data. I will try to describe the situation as best I can, following with (hopefully) intelligent questions.

We currently have an environment where many different sorts of applications run. Some are web applications; some are internal applications, etc. We have a development environment, a test environment, and a production environment.

The production environment is a piecemeal hodgepodge of databases, web servers, load balancers, and other machines. The test environment is representative of the production environment, but it is smaller and different sections scale differently. The development environment really isn't important to this discussion.

We attempt to do both load and functional testing in the test environment; however, the two teams often run into each other and cause test results to be invalid. Also, when the two teams set up for tests, they will often over-write each others data, causing lost time and productivity.

The solution is two-fold. The performance test team wants a dedicated environment, but upper management doesn't want to spend the money. Secondly, the performance team needs a LOT of test data, but the production data is difficult to copy due to the variety of databases as well as the existence of sensitive information.

My questions are these:
  • Is it a "best practice" to have a test environment that equals the production environment in every way possible?
  • Are there any known tools for copying and obfuscating sensitive data (i.e. from production to test)?
Thank you in advance for your responses,


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