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Comment: LOPSA/LISA Code of Ethics (Score 5, Informative) 246

by David E. Smith (#47589949) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

Read the System Administrators' Code of Ethics and take it to heart. Even if your job title doesn't include the words "system" or "administrator."

It's actually pretty easy to ignore the content of an email if you're focused on the email delivery process (mail server logs, the headers of forged/spam mails, things like that). Similarly, if you're doing FTP hosting or file drops for customers, you rarely need to dig into the content of the files themselves to troubleshoot upload/download problems. There are rarely reasons to dig into the content of whatever you're working on. It does come up, if (for instance) some piece of email has wacky malformed content that keep crashing the mail client, but IME those situations are uncommon.

I used to work at a mom-and-pop ISP, in a small town. Our customers included the local police and fire departments, City Hall, and most of the larger law offices and accountants' offices. Since we provided email and Web hosting (among other services), I certainly could have made some locals' lives very interesting. Hell, I had access to the email of everyone in my company, including that of the owners to whom I reported. I'll admit to having been tempted once or twice, but I'm proud to say I never abused my privilege.

Comment: Join MSDN Technet (Score 5, Informative) 293

by David E. Smith (#43928895) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Getting Exchange and SQL Experience?

Nothing beats hands-on experience, so get some on the cheap. Get an MSDN Technet subscription; for $199 a year, you'll get free personal/learning licenses of SQL Server, Exchange, and just about every other big Microsoft program. Play with them. Set them up. Try to break them, then fix them.

Comment: Fixed-wireless ISPs? (Score 1) 345

Many people assume their options are "cable," "DSL," and "cell." In a lot of places, especially more rural ones, there's a fourth option: fixed-wireless/WISP service. WISPA, a trade association for fixed-wireless ISPs (think wi-fi with bigger antennas), would be glad to point you towards a local WISP. (Disclaimers: I used to work for a WISP for several years, and the WISPA Web site is fairly US-centric.)

Comment: Re:JQuery (Score 1) 153

by David E. Smith (#30727822) Attached to: Learning JQuery 1.3

Never underestimate the patience of the dial-up user. My mother refuses to move past dial-up (mostly because I've got her a free account, whereas she'd have to pay a whoppin' ten bucks a month for DSL), and does in fact watch YouTube videos. Yes, it takes two or three hours for the video to download, but it can be done apparently.

Next to that, an extra few seconds for jQuery is nothin'.

Comment: Re:Is throttling really cheaper? (Score 2, Informative) 640

by David E. Smith (#27205543) Attached to: Morality of Throttling a Local ISP?

Throttling is dirt-cheap.

I work for an ISP that's probably comparable (wireless, so each connection is slower than a cable connection, but there's more of them). If you want to roll your own stuff, a juicy PC with two network cards and some layer-7 rules should be doable for under $1000.

You can also buy one of these, and configure it to do the shaping for about $1500, if you want a sexy rackmount unit and support.

They work quite well for basically everything except encrypted BitTorrent (and I'm sure that's just a matter of time).

Announcements

+ - More Allegations of Developer Misconduct in EVE

Submitted by umilmi81
umilmi81 (666) writes "The EVE Online player based alliance GoonSwarm has published an open letter, including screen shots, accusing CCP employees of joining a member corporation, giving himself director level permissions, and then leaving the corporation.

In-game petitions sent to CCP about the incident were subsequently deleted. A forum moderator acknowledged the accusations, and has directed the matter to internal affairs.

CCP created an internal affairs department after admitting developer misconduct on previous occasions."
Announcements

+ - All Air Travel To/From U.S. Now Requires Passport

Submitted by
s31523
s31523 writes "It may come as a surprise to some, but in previous years travel to/from the United States to/from neighboring countries did not require a passport for re-entry into the U.S. Not anymore, as new regulations go into effect today that will require a passport for travelers entering the U.S. from neighboring countries like Canada, Mexico, and various Caribbean islands. U.S. territories are the only exception. The new rule even applies to children, as noted on the U.S. Dept. of State website."
Microsoft

+ - IE7 on Vista blocks www.mozilla.com

Submitted by gropix
gropix (1054776) writes "Just try going to www.mozilla.com in Vista and it hangs. Shows the title, fetches the info but just hangs. Haven't found anyother website that is similarly blocked and changing the sub-domain gets round the problem. Interesting way of steming the tide of new firefox users, most consumers have no way of getting Firefox except via IE."
Security

+ - Zone-H.org domain got hijacked

Submitted by
Willem de Groot
Willem de Groot writes "The domain of Zone-H, a major archive of website defacements, got hijacked today at 12:15:26 UTC. The crackers changed DNS servers and are directing traffic to an US server instead of the Estonian Zone-H servers. It is as yet unclear how the crackers could achieve control of the domain. The old http://www.zone-h.org/ site (at 213.219.122.11) doesn't mention anything about the hijack yet."
XBox (Games)

+ - No, You Can't Stream Any IPTV Content over Xbox

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "During Microsoft's CES keynote, Bill Gates and his cohorts announced the new Microsoft TV IPTV Edition and demonstrated some of its more compelling features. At the end of that segment, the Microsoft presenters let us know that their IPTV demonstration was performed on an Xbox 360. The audience cheered. They cheered because they assumed you could use an Xbox 360 to deliver any old IPTV content to the television. You can't. It only works if you subscribe to an ISP that provides services using Microsoft TV IPTV Edition. Even then, you can only watch that provider's content, not any old TV show streamed over the Internet."

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