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Comment: Re:So if your network is also from 1997 (Score 1) 171

by Gr8Apes (#49492807) Attached to: Windows Remains Vulnerable To Serious 18-Year-Old SMB Security Flaw
So your problem is really 2-fold:
  • You are being asked to deliver diamond jewelry with a glass budget
  • You cannot change anything about your users

I'd state the second is false, as you're forcing them into a windows environment, and, unless things have changed, many of those folks have used *nix flavors as well. Of course, you're stuck with the MS Office disease, which probably still has 10 years left before it clears up.

Given your constraints and situation and where you are, I don't believe any obviously solid suggestions are really possible. I'd look into some document storage ECM / CMS (Enterprise Content Management / Content Management System) solutions that are free / low-cost, including programs that may be free for you specifically. Those will add versioning capabilities to your documents and a solid permissions system that should be easier to administer over an AD based system while hopefully using your existing hardware base. And that's only if you need that functionality.

Comment: Re:Sadly, I don't see an "out" for AMD (Score 1) 120

by Gr8Apes (#49492649) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business

XSplit has been rendered functionally obsolete by newer software that uses the on-board H.264 encoders provided by AMD/NVIDIA/Intel. H.264 encoding is now a virtually free operation (with a 5% perf hit)

You have any citations for this? I'd love to see where H.264 encoding has a less than 50% perf hit, as my current workflow uses nearly 100% of my system for significant portions of time.

Comment: Re:Sadly, I don't see an "out" for AMD (Score 1) 120

by Gr8Apes (#49492613) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business

Development.

Running compilers, tests, IDE's, DBs, several servers, etc, all chew up processes and threads.

And then there's Handbrake, which will eat all your available CPU if your memory is fast enough. Handbrake is an awesome multi-threaded test for CPUs. Take a known HD source and time the conversion. IIRC generally about 40 fps with 1080P sources and near 200 fps with DVD sources which sounds about right - 5 times more info in 1080P over 480i. I could squeeze another 20% by OC'ing the CPU/RAM some more, at a potential cost of instability.

Comment: Re:So if your network is also from 1997 (Score 1) 171

by Gr8Apes (#49490927) Attached to: Windows Remains Vulnerable To Serious 18-Year-Old SMB Security Flaw

Honestly, I'm not sure if you're a troll, or just someone who strongly believes if you don't do it your way, you're wrong.

Fortunately, I'm neither. I will, however, point out when something's just "wrong". (I know, it's easy to be a critic)

I'm working in a research institution. We have limited funding from grants. We are doing X-Ray research, with detectors that output data on the order of 30GB a run, and there can be more than one run a day....

So you have bounded the binary data problem, 30GB data sets with multiple sets generated a day. You also state that the acquisition disks cannot be hit while it's running. You don't state whether you can use a SAN, which would be your best technical option, although does cost some money but allows for processing, redundancy, backups, and offloading. The next best option would be a NAS system, as that would offload your acquisition system(s) data load. These systems can also feed your compute nodes easily, as well as give access to your users, if you wish.

For the remainder, it sounds like you have what you need for your use cases, except for the SMB network share issue. Given your domain, you'd expect the people working within it to be able to follow the simplest of instructions to access and save their data. If not, perhaps new people are in order. If you can't work the machines.... But seriously, offloading the binary data implies, from your statements, that your new use case for sharing is significantly simplified, and potentially whatever you choose for the better binary store also works for whatever needs you have left.

Comment: Re:What? Why discriminate? (Score 1) 698

by Gr8Apes (#49480517) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status
You have no clue. Revoke church tax-exempt status and all of a sudden, the local tax base (property) increases significantly. Speaking of, why am I forced to subsidize religion? Seems like infringing on my 1st amendment rights, honestly. If a church wants tons of property, they can pay taxes on it like anyone else, instead of forcing higher taxes on the rest of us. Another point - give me any business, I can make sure it loses money, according to year end financials, even while everyone involved gets stinking rich and it continues to thrive. Taxing profit isn't a good way to tax a business, tax the revenue, via a consumption tax.

Comment: Re:So if your network is also from 1997 (Score 1) 171

by Gr8Apes (#49478611) Attached to: Windows Remains Vulnerable To Serious 18-Year-Old SMB Security Flaw

So there's your problem - you want this polished turd because it's all shiny, but it's still a turd. You never wondered why it's free? You will have to pay to get one of the secure ones if the host of other free solutions are not to your liking.

The real question with disk space being so damn cheap is why would you want a "performant, local" network share anyways with AD permissions to boot on 10s of TBs per FS? That sounds more like a content management system that you've co-opted SMB to do, and it is wholly unsuited to that task. I'll bet it keeps your Win admins hopping though. This just screams "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should" and "You get what you pay for". (You're paying, just not a software vendor)

Comment: Re:So if your network is also from 1997 (Score 1) 171

by Gr8Apes (#49474525) Attached to: Windows Remains Vulnerable To Serious 18-Year-Old SMB Security Flaw

Hence the reference to an enterprise solution, one that is targeted to windows even. Pretty much everything is better than the insecure disaster known as SMB.... and if you think those alternatives are "bad", then blame MS for foisting the horrors of insecure and crappy SMB on the masses.

I believe "Just because you can doesn't mean you should" applies to all facets of SMB like playing with frightened skunks (with similar results for those slow on the relationship)

Comment: Re:So if your network is also from 1997 (Score 1) 171

by Gr8Apes (#49472969) Attached to: Windows Remains Vulnerable To Serious 18-Year-Old SMB Security Flaw

try scp or rsync sometime: fully supported by all operating systems that try to be secure. Oh, you meant "GUI" access, in that case, use a web based service that allows directory views and uploads. Or use some dropbox like enterprise solution. In any case SMB is a terrible terrible solution. None of my *nix based boxes run it.

Disclaimer: I use scp and rsync - I have not used any of the other solutions.

Comment: Re:Why stop there? (Score 1) 137

by Gr8Apes (#49462455) Attached to: UW Scientists, Biotech Firm May Have Cure For Colorblindness
This is incorrect, women have up to 4 as do some men. The X chromosome normally carries 2, and women have two. The Y chromosome, IIRC, generally carries 1. (yes, I'm aware that's wikipedia, but it had most of the details from numerous other links, so...) Color blindness occurs commonly in men if the Y chromosome carries a duplicate of the X chromosome's receptors (resulting in a 2 cone system). If all 4 are unique, you get a tetrachromat. But if you're going for sheer number, why not be like a mantis shrimp with 12-16?

Comment: Re: And it's not even an election year (Score 1) 407

Finding good labor anywhere is a major challenge, especially in IT. The good talent is rarely "available", because if they're "available", their friends and former colleagues know it and they will find a home rather quickly. Networking is important like never before especially as you age in this industry.

If you don't have time to do it right, where are you going to find the time to do it over?

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