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Comment: Re:Puppet. (Score 1) 250

by sjames (#47442633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

If the clone isn't on the same VLAN, accessing the same data-gathering hardware, there is no way the infrastructure

Sounds like you should make sure the clone is on the same vlan and accessing the same data gathering hardware, doesn't it?

I'm not saying that we don't try (use data from an old run, etc.), but there is no way to truly duplicate everything, and sometimes you just have to live with that.

So, use the clone with that setup to verify as much as you can. Then use the snapshot to allow you to roll back if things don't work out in production.

If you still can't afford the risk, then you don't need a Maintenance window at all. You need to airgap the network and never update anything on the expensive side.

Comment: Re:What if he forgot it? (Score 1) 348

by sjames (#47441549) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Is that a serious question?

They have to PROVE that the defendant did NOT forget. Even if they decide the defendant has no credibility, they still have no conviction since nobody else in the world is able to directly witness the defendant's state of mind and there isn't enough behavioral evidence to conclude that he remembers.

The defendant is innocent until PROVEN guilty. That means that until proven otherwise, the defendant must be assumed to have forgotten the password.

Comment: Re:So will there be criminal charges? (Score 2) 72

You would rather punish someone than make sure this doesn't happen again? Why?

If you want people to be open and honest about how things are actually being done so you can find out where the problem lies, you cannot also be playing the blame game.

Beyond that, where is the criminal intent? Do you allege that some psychopath is deliberately endangering lives for a laugh?

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.