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Comment: Re:All I can say to that is... (Score 1) 409

by Mr. Freeman (#47014665) Attached to: Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)
Who? Why, he's the person selling the product that he says everyone needs, of course! After all, he's a salesman, there's no way he would intentionally mislead anyone, right?

Seriously though, this guy is just trying to sell a product by insulting everyone who doesn't buy it. He's coined a derogatory term in order to try and label everyone who doesn't buy his product as being a "server hugger." How about we make our own stupid name and call people like him "airheads"? An airhead is someone who thinks that the cloud is the end-all be-all of IT infrastructure. Airheads ignore the problems inherent with the cloud, dodge the hard questions, and insist that running your own machines is always, without question, a bad thing to do.

Curtis Peterson, you're an airhead.

Comment: Re:true, but partially because govt pays 10X too m (Score 1) 143

Not to mention that the $5 bolt will be made in America whereas the $0.30 bolt will be made in China. Buying the American bolt will prevent sending even more money overseas. And the $5 bolt is guaranteed not to have hidden microphones or intelligence-gathering equipment in it whereas the $0.30 bolt might be designed to fail when someone, who isn't the US government, wants it to.

People say "OMG! I can't believe that the government has 400 pages of regulations for something as simple as a bolt!" but if you actually read those regulations then they make a lot of sense. They cover the specifications to which the bolt will be designed, how the bolts will be delivered, how many will be delivered in what time frame, how many must be on hand, how quickly a rush order must be fulfilled, how they will be tested for quality, how they will be secured to prevent unauthorized personnel from accessing them (this doesn't really apply to bolts, but it does to a lot of sensitive computing and communications equipment), etc. This is stuff that couldn't matter less if you just need a box of bolts to build a tool shed in your back yard, but can make all the difference in the world when you're building a couple thousand fighter jets.

Comment: Re:Security through Antiquity? (Score 1) 481

by Mr. Freeman (#46873655) Attached to: US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks
It's not just a matter of secrecy, it's a matter of absolute reliability. Student projects are unacceptable because there is no way in hell a student project can be tested and reviewed to the extent necessary for use in such an application. These things absolutely, positively, have to work every single time with zero problems. There's no time for troubleshooting when you have to launch a retaliatory attack after detecting the enemy (whoever it might be) launching their missiles at you.

Comment: Re:Good morale, perhaps? (Score 1) 169

by Mr. Freeman (#46821433) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?
Not to mention that most pen tests stop the very second even a single vulnerability is found. Some tester might drop a bunch of flash drives in the parking lot, wait for an employee to take one inside, and then conclude that they've penetrated the building and that the test is finished. They never find the fact that you could clone someone's badge from 50 feet away, or that the network ports in the public lobby aren't VLANed separately from the network ports in the high-security areas, or...

Comment: Re:Does everything need to be smart? (Score 1) 128

Agreed. Fire alarms are not things that should be designed by any Tom, Dick, or Harry that wants to dabble in home automation. These are devices in which failure can cause people to fucking die. The folks over a Nest should issue a complete recall of every single one of their fire alarms, destroy them, and replace them with normal fire alarms from any real fire protection vendor. But we all know that won't happen because it would cut into their profit margin and they'd be forced to admit that they aren't really qualified to be working in real-stakes industries like fire protection.

Comment: Re:Sounds Prudent (Score 1) 128

The feature in question apparently deactivates the alarm if you wave your hand anywhere from 2 to 8 feet beneath the unit. How they possibly thought that this wouldn't be accidentally triggered is beyond me. Something tells me that they didn't actually do very much QA at all.

Comment: Feigned outrage (Score 4, Insightful) 212

by Mr. Freeman (#46434789) Attached to: <em>Portal 2</em> Incompatible With SELinux
The same people complaining about Valve instructing people do disable SELinux are the very first people to recommend doing exactly the same thing when someone online asks "How do I do [basic thing] in Linux? It doesn't seem to be working." There isn't a single message board dedicated to Linux that isn't filled with "disable SELinux" posts.

Comment: Re:Holy cow, a decent idea! (Score 1) 597

by Mr. Freeman (#46245093) Attached to: Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates
> 2- it encourages brain drain. Since the repayment is through the tax system, the easiest way to avoid it while still earning good money is to move to another country where they won't care about it.

What the fuck are you on about? You know that you still have to pay taxes for the country in which you have citizenship, right?

If you had better tools, you could more effectively demonstrate your total incompetence.

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