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Comment Re:A perfect example of why tech is cyclical.... (Score 1) 94

Now, we have so much data and fast bandwidth is so expensive, that transferring data to another site physically is actually a consideration.

Was there ever a time this wasn't true?

Sure there was. I remember a time when having physical media was a big deal. One, because storage was still an issue, Two because downloading crap took a long time. It you had physical media, it was faster to install from CD than to download and run an executable. Then storage caught up, and bandwidth increased. To the point where I haven't actually used physical media in quite a long time. Need to install an ISO? Flash a thumb drive and boot. I'm actually pretty happy I don't have stacks of game boxes I need to keep track of anymore for my PC games. The DVD and BluRay collection? Ripped to the NAS, served up to the Roku, the cases in storage in the basement, not taking up space in my living room.

However, with storage getting big and cheap, data tends to grow to accomodate available disk space. Consumer bandwidth, on the other hand, has not grown in kind.

Case in point - I have close to 12TB of used space on my NAS. It's a RAID6, so I can sustain some drive loss, but I've learned the hard way that RAID is not a back up. Now, given that Amazon has Unlimited Cloud storage for 60 bucks a year, I'd like to take them up on it and use it to backup my NAS. Problem is the fastest Internet I can get in my area without paying construction fees to get a fiber run and then paying a ridiculous amount of money each month for the bandwidth is 5mbps upstream. When I calculated that out, it would take ~300 days just to do the initial backup assuming I ran my upstream at full load 24/7. Right now, I'm relegating backup duties to a bunch of external drives instead, and seriously considering building out a second NAS just to backup the first one. Still doesn't solve my problem of having a secure offsite backup in case the house burns down, shit gets stolen, etc.

So in some regards, I've managed to nix physical media needs, but that unfortunately has created a situation where physical media is needed for other things, and it's solely because of the lack of bandwidth.

Comment Re:Theft waiting to happen (Score 3, Informative) 94

And yes, excerpted directly from the service web page found at

'Once it arrives, attach the appliance to your local network, download and run the Snowball client to establish a connection, and then use the client to select the file directories that you want to transfer to the appliance. The client will then encrypt and transfer the files to the appliance at high speed.'

So unless the client is absolute crap, it's a pretty good solution

Comment Re:Theft waiting to happen (Score 1) 94

The boxes in which these hard drives ship will be obvious that they're from Amazon. It's an invitation to thieves to steal the boxes and the data on the hard drives. I can't understand why ANYONE would ship data of any value in this manner.

It's not like their shipping you bare OEM drives with some air puffs. The box is a self contained appliance. I'd be very surprised if the copy to the drives in the box didn't leave the data encrypted, it'd be foolish of Amazon to do it any other way

Comment What a shitty headline (Score 1) 150

For starters, assuming you fall prey to this, all you lose is the configuration of a single switch. If losing a single fixed configuration 1U switch causes your entire datacenter to go down, your datacenter is badly designed.

Second, this requires a particular style of booted cable, not just any booted cable. Most datacenters I've worked in don't use booted cables in their switch ports. Their cables are cut to length and crimped by hand. Booted cables can be a bitch to get out of the port, especially on 1U 48 port switches. Fiddling with a boot in a cramped cage or rack is a great way to take collateral links down.

Third - no good network engineer leaves the mode button enabled on a production switch, whether it's one of the express setup ones, or just the regular old boot to rommon ones.

Fourth - yeah, this is a shitty design choice by Cisco, normally the mode button is off to the side.

Comment Re:Yet another reason not to buy Seagate... (Score 1) 121

In no universe are Synology, QNAP or Drobo anything more than consumer toys.

That's a cute sentiment, but I know quite a few small and medium sized businesses that would disagree with you. The higher end units are perfectly capable of performing, they're easy to setup and deploy, and you don't need to keep someone on staff or retainer to perform sysadmin duties for you.

Comment Yet another reason not to buy Seagate... (Score 5, Insightful) 121

On the other hand, anyone who expects a hard drive in a cheap enclosure that offers network services to have a focus on security is a little whacko. If you're serious about network storage, you buy bare drives and put them in something like a Synology, QNAP, or Drobo. I stopped buying external drives with embedded software that I couldn't wipe awhile ago. RIght now, the only external drives I use are WD Elements because they provide what I'm looking for in an external drive - storage on a USB cable and nothing else

Comment Re:I wouldn't even ask for read access (Score 2) 198

An architect (and one that is trying to be forward thinking and implement all sorts of fascinating new gear) is wasting time learning the admin interface for every box he/she specifies.

And if an architect is having trouble getting away from daily ops, not having any access to the boxes at all will help with that transition. (Not to mention that the architect will inevitably get pulled into ops problems, leaving less time to do the actual job.)

Well, for his situation, I think he needs it. The scene he sets is that of someone new to the job, the currently architected system held together with bale wire and duct tape, and a staff that's resistant to change. In that kind of situation, it's not unreasonable to insist on sneak and peek access to everything. The alternative is having to work harder to get information you need, the risk of that information being incomplete or inaccurate, and the only recourse is to blame other people. That is not going to impress the folks offering the position, nor is it going to lead to a harmonious working relationship with the ops staff.

Comment Re:In other words. (Score 1) 288

The District Court that ruled in favor of the state was ruled on by an elected official.

Seems maybe like a conflict for an elected official to rule for or against a case that deals with elections results, no?

As opposed to an appointed official? Likely appointed by an elected one? That could potentially be an even larger conflict

Comment Re:In other words. (Score 1) 288

I did read that the secretary of state considered that the records aren't subject to the Kansas open records act. In my eyes any such avoidance of disclosure means that there's something to hide.

If the disclosure of voting records is specifically prohibited by statute, as the summary would seem to indicate, that is not indicative of any kind of coverup in and of itself. Non-federal government officials who ignore the dictates of the legislature tend to not fare well. The first step would be to get the legislature to amend or repeal said statute in order to legally make the records able to be disclosed. If they still refused, then it would be a matter of whether or not a coverup was happening

Comment As an Ops wonk.... (Score 4, Insightful) 198

I don't want leadership, management or anyone with any kind of oversight responsibility making changes on the live gear. That's the entire point of having an operations staff.

However, I see absolutely nothing wrong with read only access. The ability to change things - Not Good. The ability to gather information, that I would deem to be necessary for someone who's going to handle the care and feeding of the system going forward.

It also sounds like you need to clean house if your ops staff is pushing back at designed changes, however. Putting in a competent staff that will follow your dictates and provide you with the information you need would go along way to making access to the actual gear unnecessary

Comment Re:Glad they didn't read the books (Score 1) 197

Martin is, essentially, writing historical fiction. The themes borrow very heavily from the War of the Roses, with some high fantasy elements thrown in.

Now, I don't know if you've ever taken a look at how people have historically treated each other, but what happens in the books and whats shown on TV is pretty lightweight compared to some historical shit. From crucifixion, to the auto da fe, to the rack, humans have been doing nasty shit to each other all throughout history. I don't think they're really going for sensualization of the content, merely accuracy within the context of the story.

Martin writes characters that feel real, and as such, it makes you feel. Whether you love a character or hate them, you're engaged, and that's the hallmark of a good entertainer. Because of the shit that Ramsey did to Theon and Sansa, I will enjoy it all that much more when he's given the opportunity to say what up to Joffery in the afterlife

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.