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Comment: And we have a winner (Score 1) 150

Multiple technologies are used by mobile comm units in the military. Setting up the Satellite downlink on one side of the cantonment area and using a laser link to transmit to the ops area sure beats laying fragile cable.

Or satellite downlink at a single area and using this to distribute to multiple fire bases. Definitely a win.

Comment: Re:Legalities (Score 1) 301

by AF_Cheddar_Head (#48363727) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

In most if not all US jurisdictions, no photo release is required for individuals appearing in a photo/video taken of individuals visible from a public location. Check YouTube, do you think everybody appearing in those videos has signed a release?

Now most commercial agencies will require a photo release if using something commercially because of CYA and lawyers but legally not required.

Comment: Yep, Gov InfoSec (Score 1) 61

If you IA types understood how a network actually maybe we could talk but get your CISSP and make big bucks saying NO.

Example:
Backup program needs Port X open to initiate backups on remote servers (remember we are an Enterprise, Remote Management and all). Vendor did not adequately document port but our firewall logs and sniffer clearly indicate this message originates from the control server and goes to the Media server to initiate the backup.

What does IA do? Stops all backups until paperwork is finished, six months without backups and guess what once the vendor documents turn it back on. No thought about the data risk just turn it off.

Further details if you want but why not allow us a firewall rule from control server to destination server locked to IP addresses and maybe only during a defined time window to allow the backups.

But IA has the hammer and enjoys using it.

Comment: Re:Real news (Score 1) 392

NPR stations get less than 10% of funding from the state. CBC/ABC/BBC ABC are going through funding woes because they refuse to parrot the company line that the current governments want them to. Its either state funding or corporate funding in the form of advertising, your choice but I know that for me the so-called state funded operations seem to exhibit more independence.

Comment: Real news (Score 1) 392

Turn on some English-language Internet radio feeds:
-- BBC
-- CBC (Canadian)
-- ABC (Australian)
-- DW (Germany)
-- Local NPR
-- Al Jazerra

That will get you some different views on the happenings in the world. They have been talking about the Ebola situation in West Africa for six months not the last 3 weeks of hysteria on US cable news channels. My 23 yo daughter was shocked none of her friends had a clue about the Ebola situation because she had been hearing about it for six months.

Comment: Re:Do no EViL(tm) (Score 1) 427

You are correct that you don't have to go to Dell to upgrade your copy of Windows but you sure as hell might need Dell to provide specific drivers for your hardware. The issue is the phone vendors need to make sure the hardware drivers are compatible with your new version of android before you upgrade or your phone might be broken. This is the reason so many phone lose a bit of function when you install CM.

I am not defending the lack of updates just giving the reason that Andriod is updated through the manufacturer and not Google. Unfortunately too many of the phone manufacturers would prefer to sell you a new phone instead of investing the time to test the old hardware with a new O/S.

Comment: Not always the Surge (Score 1) 602

by AF_Cheddar_Head (#48002897) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Power dips can be as destructive as surges and that cheap surge protector does nothing for those. If it is valuable a line-interactive UPS is the way to go. Learned my lesson after burning out the power supplies to two TVs and a couple of desktop computers. The TV repair guy suggested the UPS and life is good.

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