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Comment: Lived off desalinated for 2 years (Score 1) 332

by OffTheLip (#49457223) Attached to: California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water
Back in the 60's I lived on the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay Cuba and our water source was a desalination plant. Extra water was stored in a old ship anchored in the bay. The climate there is similar to SoCal, arid and mountainous. Sounds like a reasonable approach to take and should it rain stored desalinated water would provide a backup plan, which they need.

Comment: Clear to me (Score 5, Informative) 609

by OffTheLip (#49232415) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server
Ms. Clinton can use her private server for anything personal anytime she wants. Her government business, especially cabinet level correspondence, must originate from a state.gov address. During my work for the DoD email messages had to be digitally signed with a government issued smart card (CAC) to provide authenticity. It's a tenant of best practices. I can't imagine the State Department not adhering to the same standard of security when doing the people's business.

Comment: Late breaking and a three letter word (Score 2) 376

by OffTheLip (#48492845) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?
US Department of Defense. Before everyone tosses the healthcare.gov example as typical government failure, my experience as a DoD IT worker for the past 27+ years does not support that example. I currently work with a top tier group of virtualization engineers, any of which a corporation or startup would be fortunate to have on their payroll.

Comment: Re:1983 was not the "punched card era" (Score 2) 230

by OffTheLip (#46881007) Attached to: One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983
Depends on location and means. I took some programming classes at a NC public university in 1983 where we used punch cards for FORTRAN 77 programs which were batched and sent to the mainframe in Chapel Hiill for overnight processing. One job/run per day was normal. It paid to be a careful programmer.

Comment: Re:Does it make me a bad person... (Score 3, Insightful) 293

About the same time CNN decided the news "reader" was the story rather than what was being read. Just because some guy climbs under a table in his hotel room while continuing to speak in frightened, hushed tones does not a great newsman make. Now they are all personalities.

+ - HP server killer firmware update on the loose

Submitted by OffTheLip
OffTheLip writes: According to a Customer Advisory released by HP and reported on by the Channel Register website, http://www.channelregister.co.... , a recently released firmware update for the ubiquitous HP Proliant server line could disable the network capability of affected systems. Broadcom NICs in G2-G7 servers are identified as potentially vulnerable. The release date for the firmware was April 18 so expect the number of systems affected to go up. HP has not relreased the number of systems vulnerable to the update.

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