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Comment: Re:the moral of the story (Score 1) 448

by Jayfar (#46104941) Attached to: Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

No, this was a clear violation of CPNI. They either needed to confirm his identity via physical photo ID or his password/Pin over the phone. If they gave ANY information about his account at all, even the fact that he had one, without the Pin/Password they violated CPNI and their fines will be substantial.

Now if his Pin was something stupid like his birthday, well that's his own fault.

As far as I understand it, CPNI rules only apply to telecommunications carriers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Comment: Re:The problem is collecting the bounty (Score 1, Informative) 291

Of course, Bitcoin probably doesn't go very far at the Terre Haute prison commissary.....

Oh I disagree. I would imagine the population there would be familiar with the Silk Road.

I think that's the Hershey Highway you're thinking of.

Comment: Ot-of-pocket-maximum is your friend (Score 1) 501

by Jayfar (#45127827) Attached to: Lessons From the Healthcare.gov Fiasco

http://www.moneyunder30.com/health-insurance-deductible-co-pay-out-of-pocket-maximum

Your insurance pays everything after you hit your annual out-of-pocket-maximum. For instance the lowest-end plan offered by my employer:

Lowest premium with highest deductible
No office visit co-pays, but member is responsible for full cost of care until $6,000 (individual) or $12,000 (family) deductible is met
No co-insurance responsibility - After $6,000/$12,000 deductible/out-of-pocket max is met, plan pays 100% for covered services
Certain preventative care is covered at 100%
Prescriptions have the same co-pay amounts as other PPO options ($10 for generic, $40 for formulary).

As an individual, my total yearly cost beyond the premium payments is capped at 6,000.

Note a lot of plans have a higher out-of-pocket-max than the deductible.

Comment: Generator transfer switch test? (Score 2) 305

by Jayfar (#45115917) Attached to: Xerox "Routine Backup Test" Leave 17 States Without Food Stamps

With various reports referring to it as a power outage and others as a test of backup systems, I'd guess this was a generator load test where something went wrong with the transfer switch. We do those off-hours monthly at the data center where I work and, being the nervous sort, I'm grateful they usually coincide with one of my days off, although ours have gone smoothly.

Comment: Re:Now all we need is a bazillion immigrant labour (Score 5, Informative) 187

by Jayfar (#44419441) Attached to: Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria That Can Colonize Most Plants Discovered

Let me know if they ever figure out how to apply this bacteria to seed before planting or spraying after sprouting. Then they'll have something worth talking about.

Er, that's exactly what is disussed in TFA:

"The process that Cocking developed, based on his discovery, is known as N-Fix. It involves covering seeds in a non-toxic coating that contains the bacterium. As a seed sprouts and the plant grows, the bacterium enters through its roots, and ultimately ends up in every cell of the plant. This means that every one of those cells is capable of fixing nitrogen from the atmosphere – just like sugarcane does."

Crime

AT&T Goes After Copper Wire Thieves 338

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the silver-still-fine dept.
coondoggie writes "Copper thieves targeting Atlanta are now being targeted themselves by AT&T, which is offering $3,000 for information leading to their arrest. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that in one recent three-day stretch, nearly 7,000 customers and two schools lost land line phone service. The FBI has said in the past that the rising theft of the metal is threatening critical infrastructure by targeting electrical substations, cellular towers, telephone land lines, railroads, water wells, construction sites, and vacant homes for lucrative profits."

Comment: Re:Know your colo contracts (Score 2, Informative) 305

by Jayfar (#33258160) Attached to: Stupid Data Center Tricks

After the usual confusion it was finally determined that one of the ISP's staff had "noticed a cable not quite seated" while working on the data center floor. He had apparently followed a "standard procedure" to remove and clean the cable before plugging it back in. It was a fiber cable and he managed to plug it back in wrong (transposed connectors on a fiber cable). Not only was the notion of cleaning the cable end bizarre -- what, wipe it on his t-shirt? -- and never fully explained, but there was no followup check to find out what that cable was for and whether it still worked. It didn't, for nearly a week.

Actually there's nothing odd about cleaning a fiber connection at all and it is a very exacting process (see link below). Apparently exacting in this case just didn't include re-inserting the ends in the right holes.

Inspection and Cleaning Procedures for Fiber-Optic Connections
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk482/tk876/technologies_white_paper09186a0080254eba.shtml

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