and make it available for the defense... or its a bad idea.
And if for some reason the video gets "lost" or "corrupted", require that none of the video for a week before and a week after the "lost" video can not be used as evidence.
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Why do the worst technologies that are just barely able to solve the problem always make it? Is the developer community collectively really this stupid? I fear it is...
Because technologies that just barely solve a problem allow people who can just barely do the job to barely solve the problem. People that can barely do the job are less expensive than people who do the job right. Unfortunate enough people are willing to live with "just barely".
Z-Wave is the only one that you want to have. Insteon is not very reliable, being dependent on power lines for signaling (at low baud rate, to make things worse) and nothing else can compare to these two.
If you think you might ever want to use Insteon (which does have some issues, but has some cool features as well), make sure you include a neutral to all of your wall switch boxes. Typical house wiring carries the hot and neutral lines between the ceiling fixtures and drops only a hot "send" and hot "return" to the wall switch. The cost before you close the walls of running 14-3 over 14-2 wire to the wall switches is minimal, the cost of changing after you close the walls is high.
As others have said, run coax and Ethernet from a central location to each room and consider running empty conduit from a central location to each room as well to handle whatever future wires you may want.
Consider running alarm wire to every window and door to support physical alarm switches (either mechanical or magnetic reed). Hardwired alarm switches are generally better than wireless (more secure, look nicer / better hidden, don't need batteries, and cheaper (if installed before you close the walls))
Not really an automation thing, but central vacuum is cool.
Because they suspect that vendor supplied NICs are backdoored so the NSA can get free coke?
I don't think Coca Cola supplies the kind of coke that the NSA wants. But then they are the NSA, so maybe they know more then I do.
Ehhhh, what? Plug in the the pretend-to-be keyboard and then? Bruteforce the root password? You do realize unix is a multiuser system right? Well, of course you don't.
I absolutely realize that unix is multiuser. I also know that on multiuser systems the physical console of the machine typically has special access. As mentioned above, one could send a keyboard sequence that reboots the machine -- say maybe Magic SysRq or maybe even a simple CTL-ALT-DEL. Sure, the configuration may have disabled these things, but probably not. When the system reboots, keystrokes can be sent to the BIOS directing it to boot off of your USB device (before the OS reloads.) Since presumably the attackers have intimate knowledge of the hardware (they know where to find the USB port), they could likely figure out the timing involved in driving the system through a reboot and alternate startup.
I don't know any Linux or unix machine which would be compromised merely by plugging a memory stick. Hint, hint: autorun. Furthermore, you presumably wouldn't get administrative access.
It doesn't require autorun. A usb device that emulates a keyboard or other input device would do the trick. Send the keystrokes necessary to break in. Think Linux is immune? How about the keystrokes necessary to reboot the machine and start up in single user mode? Even if single user mode has been protected, the usb device could provide both keyboard emulation and cdrom emulation -- during reboot the hack could boot to alternate media. The real fail is a design that allows access to the hardware (physical access is full access) and not the choice of operating system.
but if you have sun on the panels there will be a potential some where
Technically true. But the voltage coming out of solar pannels is rather low (and is DC). I can imagine that there are way to keep it safe until it reaches the convertor (which converts it to AC and ramps up voltage to 110 or 220 depending on your region).
Note that unless you are using microinverters (where there is one inverter per panel physically located at each panel), most solar systems "string" together panels in series. The string voltage, which runs in the wiring between the array (usually on the roof) and the inverter (usually at ground level) can be quite high - on the order of 600 volts. This wiring also carries the full current of the array output.
I could see how it might be dangerous to electrical workers that are working to restore power to your neighborhood, if your house is putting power on the line when they expect nothing on the line, but to firefighters trying to put out a house fire?
Firefighters putting out a fire may need to cut into walls or the roof in order to put out a fire. Since there are potentially energized wires in the walls and in the roof, a hazard exists for firefighters. Normally you can turn off the power to a house by removing the electrical meter (at least here in the US anyway), which emergency personnel may do if they are concerned about cutting into energized wires. If you have a solar system or other local power generation system, the assumption that you can make the house electrically safe by pulling the meter may not be a good one. Electrical code here requires that at the power meter (where the power comes into the house) and at the power distribution panel (inside the house where you would turn off the power) there to be signage indicating that there is a solar system (or alternate power source) in place and how to disable it. In addition, code requires there to be a disconnect switch on the roof next to the solar panels. To protect line workers who are repairing a downed power grid, electrical code here requires that the solar system automatically disconnect itself from the grid if the grid is down. This prevents power from being back fed to the grid while it is potentially being worked on.
I'll be the first to feign ignorance with Windows networking, but do tell me how I "Obtain an IP address automatically" without automatically getting the gateway?
The same way you would solve the problem with non-Windows networking: Configure your DHCP server to have specific reservations for the computers that need special handling. (DHCP Servers don't need to have a single pool of settings handed out to clients, they can have different settings (such as gateway address or lack of gateway address) that applies to separate pools or individual machines.)
People who are still using XP day-to-day are idiots and Microsoft shouldn't encourage them.
Really? People are idiots for not spending money on new equipment that adds precisely zero additional feature that they need? [...] My company uses XP on the majority of our computers and there is nothing whatsoever in Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 that is necessary for us.
No, people are idiots for believing that security isn't a feature that is needed. People are also idiots for believing that a for profit company (like Microsoft) is obligated to provide free updates to a product forever.
You appear to be saying that there is nothing in post-XP versions of Windows that is necessary for your company. Do you really believe that security of your systems is not necessary? Do you really believe that Microsoft should spend the money (in either direct or opportunity costs) to provide those updates to you for free forever?