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Comment: Re:What I find unbelievable... (Score 4, Informative) 129

by DiSKiLLeR (#49183029) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

Btw, the NZ Herald Articles:

The key point also:

But the Snowden papers show that counter-terrorism is at most a minor part of the GCSB's operations. Most projects are assisting the US and allies to gather political and economic intelligence country-by-country around the world.

Comment: What I find unbelievable... (Score 5, Insightful) 129

by DiSKiLLeR (#49182961) Attached to: New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries

Is the general attitude of the public simply not giving a shit. This is currently front page news in the New Zealand Herald but it'll quickly be gone and forgotten, and nothing will change.

What is the deal with the general public's apathy when it comes to NSA/GCQH/GCSB/etc ?

Are we really at the point where it's too late to do anything about this and just admit defeat?

Comment: Re:US: Welcome to the present (Score 4, Insightful) 449

by DiSKiLLeR (#49083939) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

Ya, no shit. As someone who is from downunder, holy CRAP America is in the dark ages when it comes to its banking and communications systems.

Jesus christ.

And the funny thing is, they are so blissfully unaware things are better elsewhere in the world because none of them ever go anywhere anymore.

Comment: Re:That's (Score 1) 91

by DiSKiLLeR (#49076711) Attached to: Advice on How to Start an IT Business (Video)

I agree, this is a serious problem. I see it all the time. But not EVERYONE is like this.

I have a deep understanding of Windows technologies (since NT4, AD, Exchange 2003 through 2008, SQL Server and more) as well as Linux (been using it since 1995), FreeBSD (1993), OpenBSD, Solaris, and more and most opensource technologies like MySQL, Sendmail, Postfix, Exim, Courier, Dovecot, Bind, etc. Hell, even stuff like Oracle.

I also have a deep understanding of programming (C, C++, C#, Java, Perl, PHP, JavaScript, Assembly, and more) and other IT technologies such as Storage (EMC, IBM, NetApp and newer technologies like Tintri), Virtualization (arguably, mostly only VMware ESX), and Networking (Cisco and Juniper switches and routers, all the way up to the really big stuff like MX960s.)

I like to use the right technology for the job. Even though I _prefer_ Linux or Unix based solutions, I will use the right tool for the job. Sometimes FreeBSD or Solaris is better (such as when ZFS is concerned.) Sometimes Windows is the better solution (granted, not often. Mostly just as AD for windows desktops.)

Yeah. We exist. We're called Senior Systems Engineers and Systems Architects. There might be a short supply of us, though. My skills got me a visa and I now live in the SF Bay Area because my employer spent over a year looking for a local and couldn't find one that was any fucking good.

I've got all the money I'll ever need if I die by 4 o'clock. -- Henny Youngman