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Comment: The difference between a patriot and an anarchist (Score 1) 677

by DomNF15 (#49538891) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden
Is which side wins the ensuing battle/war. The British probably had an equally poor opinion of the originators of the Declaration of Independence. Is it any surprise that Snowden's name has an overall negative public connotation when all the media regarding him is itself negative?

Comment: Re: Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by DomNF15 (#48995599) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations
Please read my post carefully. I'm a parent and entitled to my opinion, right, wrong, or indifferent as it may be. Before vaccines there were legitimate epidemics (polio, measles, etc). For these cases I agree vaccines should be mandatory. Since you believe yourself more enlightened than me in medical matters, please tell me which of the following infection vectors for Hepatitis apply to my newborn, for which a vaccine was offered in the delivery room: a) infection through consumption of raw or undercooked contaminated fish b) infection through sex with an infected individual c) infection through shared use of a contaminated needle d) infection from infected mother Before you answer, my wife tested negative for the disease. Had this vaccine been compulsory, my daughter would have gotten it at birth for no legitimate reason. We do plan on vaccinating them when they are a bit older, but again it should be our choice on when or if we do it for this case. You don't have to be a doctor to gather facts and make logical conclusions/decisions. Parents are responsible for much more than just medical decisions for their kids. We oversee their education, physical, mental, and emotional growth, among other things. You can defer to experts for advice, but should never forego thinking on your own in any case. If you want the government to do your thinking for you, go live in a communist country and let us know how it works out. As for me, I'd like to continue enjoying the freedom of making my own decisions, thanks very much.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by DomNF15 (#48971839) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations
I have two young daughters (2 yr old and 3 month old) and I believe that certain vaccines are very important and should be mandatory. They should be mandatory when there is a real threat for widespread infection and the effects are life altering (an image of FDR permanently crippled from Polio comes to mind). For this particular case, I believe MMR vaccine should be mandatory, despite the marginal/anecdotal evidence of autism as a result of this vaccine. When the nurses in the delivery room said my daughter should get the Hepatitis vaccine, I was less inclined to view this as mandatory and we declined it. The fact is that today, many more vaccines are pushed on children than in the past, and as a parent I am not entirely sure these vaccines always prevent "outbreak" scenarios. It seems quite the opposite, we're vaccinating against exceptional cases. For these exceptional cases, I believe it should be the parent's choice on when/if to administer the vaccine and they should have to live with the consequences.

Comment: DES is still secure? (Score 3, Interesting) 51

by DomNF15 (#47248025) Attached to: Book Review: Security Without Obscurity
"To date, no known flaws have been found against DES, and that after being around for over 30 years, the only attack against DES is an exhaustive key attack. This type of attack is where an adversary has to try each of the possible 72 quadrillion key (256permutations – as the key is 56 bits long) until the right key is discovered. "

I thought DES had been abandoned quite some time ago precisely because there were attack vectors aside from brute force, i.e.: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

Comment: Re:Don't want to downplay this blunder, but... (Score 1) 307

by DomNF15 (#47243349) Attached to: GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch
"Because someone had a drink" - no, because someone was drunk, friend. "The bottom line is that NONE of those people would have died in an ignition switch accident had the switch not been faulty." - and no one would die in DUI collisions if individuals didn't drink and drive, your point being...? "I'm not even going to address the ludicrous inanity of your "Also MY Toytas accelerate fine!!"" - yep, quite crazy that my vehicles work as they were intended to, I know. Here's some other people who think Toyotas work just fine: http://online.wsj.com/news/art...

Comment: Don't want to downplay this blunder, but... (Score 3, Interesting) 307

by DomNF15 (#47181797) Attached to: GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch
What the media fails to mention is that nearly half of the fatalities related to this ignition switch problem also involved some combination of alcohol, drugs, and lack of seat belt use. Please see the latest issue of Car & Driver for more details, I just read the article last night. This is not meant to downplay the engineering/management mistakes that were made but simply to illustrate all the factors involved with the loss of life attributed to this mistake. I also own two Toyota's that only accelerate when I tell them to...

Comment: Glad I held onto the stock... (Score 3, Interesting) 311

by DomNF15 (#37114476) Attached to: Analysis of Google's Motorola Acquisition
When I left the GSM Mobile division of Motorola 3 years ago, I would have bet money that the company would fall flat sooner rather than later. My aptly timed departure came only a few months before my entire team was sent home. After riding the Razr wave all the way back to the beach, Moto had no competitive mobile software platform in its R&D pipeline. Even at that time, there were talks of the company spurning its mobile division, which was bleeding cash at an unprecedented rate and dropping market share to Apple, Samsung, and others. At a few dark corners of the office, a privileged group were working on integrating Android on some upcoming VZW handsets. Fast forward a bit, and Motorola finally did split the mobile division off. They were gunning for this outcome for years, I think Google was an inevitable outcome.

Comment: Did you hear that? (Score 4, Informative) 480

by DomNF15 (#36039908) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Network Administrator?
It's the can of worms popping open... You don't necessarily have to "buy" physical routers, switches, etc. These days, you can simulate pretty much any network setup you want via software and see how things work out: http://www.gns3.net/ Also, asking "us" what hardware you should buy is like asking someone what kind of computer you should buy, the question is too general and the answer will depend largely on the business/security needs of the company. Tannenbaum wrote a very good book about TCP/IP networking which you may want to read: http://www.amazon.com/Computer-Networks-Andrew-S-Tannenbaum/dp/0131651838 Aside from that, you should look into the basic requirements for network administration/security and make sure you understand and know how to apply them, the topics listed here could be a good starting point: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CISSP

Comment: Re:NAS (Score 1) 680

by DomNF15 (#35021320) Attached to: How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?
The "chance" or probability of two drives failing at the same time is not any higher than the probability of a single drive failing. You can check my math, but the events are independent. It's like saying it's much more likely to flip two pennies and return heads on both than it is to flip one penny and return heads. The former has a probability of 25% (1 in 4), while the latter has a probability of 50% (1 in 2). If RAID is "fairly pointless", why is it in use in most (if not all) enterprise servers? RAID provides a higher chance of data availability, but the offsite backup is still needed in case the RAID device gets hit with a sledgehammer for example. I'd rather have a NAS RAID device and an offsite USB drive than just the USB drive that I tote back and forth every week to sync with some other unnamed storage, as you originally suggested.

Comment: Re:NAS (Score 1) 680

by DomNF15 (#34999354) Attached to: How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?
Exactly, availability. 1) No RAID, a drive dies, data is 0% available. 2) RAID 1/5, a drive dies, data is still 100% available. See how option 2 is better than option 1? :-) Methinks you'd be smart enough to plug it into a decent surge protector, and why would you be actively adding to/deleting from a backup device? Your software app or script should just be doing incremental changes in the background every so often. A USB drive isn't any better at protecting someone from being an idiot (accidentally deleting something).

Comment: NAS (Score 2) 680

by DomNF15 (#34945146) Attached to: How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?
Get a couple of NAS drives. Have your laptop run backups between the two devices in case 1 drive fails, or just run 1 device with RAID 1/5. Burn Blu-ray backups every 6 months or so, throw them in a fireproof safe or safe deposit box. Or take a separate USB drive to do the backups and throw that in the safe. If you're running Windows and the NAS is available as a windows share, you can run the free SyncToy app to do incremental backups.

"I have more information in one place than anybody in the world." -- Jerry Pournelle, an absurd notion, apparently about the BIX BBS