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Comment: Re:Social problem, social solution (Score 1) 96

by Minwee (#47515649) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

If they have a good excuse for abusing the systems then discuss it with them, suggest alternatives to running rendering jobs on the lab servers and keeping passwords on sticky notes or whatever else it is that they are doing wrong and then restore their access, trusting that they will know better.

Everybody runs a fork bomb once in their life. A computer lab should be a safe place to make mistakes, not somewhere that any mistakes will make you a pariah.

It's good that we agree on that.

Comment: Interviewer is extremely ignorant on power (Score 3, Informative) 89

by George_Ou (#47512869) Attached to: Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)
At one point the interviewer asks "how much money you gonna save on electricity for 50 computers, $50/year"? It's clear he's never even attempted to do the math. An extra 100 watts in California is going to cost $314.91 per year at the typical rate (above baseline) of 35.949 cents per year. That's just the savings on one computer system much less 50 computers.

Comment: Social problem, social solution (Score 2) 96

by Minwee (#47510069) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

Post a short, general list of rules in several obvious places. Make them reasonable enough to cover most possible user needs but flexible enough to cover things that you haven't thought of yet. Any user who is stupid enough to break the rules by running fork bombs, torrents, mining, hiding stashes of lemur porn or anything else which a child of six could tell you was a bad idea, will have their accounts disabled as soon as they are discovered.

If they have a good excuse for abusing the systems then discuss it with them, suggest alternatives to running rendering jobs on the lab servers and keeping passwords on sticky notes or whatever else it is that they are doing wrong and then restore their access, trusting that they will know better. If you do it right, they may even decide that it is better to ask for permission than forgiveness next time.

If they don't, send a memo to their department head briefly outlining what they did, how it was detected, what action you have taken, and that you won't be reversing this decision until you see a presidential pardon come down from an appropriately high authority. It doesn't matter if they have Really Important Work which needs to be done by the end of the week or not, just cut them off until the proper User Apology and Restoration procedure has been completed.

There you go. This solution is licensed under the WTFPL which is compatible with the Open Source Definition and the Debian Free Software Guidelines so you can use it any way you want. You can even supply your own LART and display it prominently by the door of your office if that helps get the message across.

Comment: Re:Something missing from the summary (Score 1) 77

by Minwee (#47425029) Attached to: Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

It just might have had something to do with being involved in a high speed chase, smashing into several other vehicles and then finally hitting a large metal pole sideways.

While some popular US vehicles might be able to drive away from that kind of collision, it seems that the Tesla model S isn't in the same league as far as survivability goes.

Comment: Re:National security (Score 1) 353

by Minwee (#47423365) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys
If by "some blogger" you mean "Kent Police Assistant Chief Constable Allyn Thomas" and by "wrote something" you mean "issued an official statement, which was reprinted in full at the bottom of the article", then yes, that is what happened. The rest of your claim doesn't seem to follow from that.

Comment: Re:WTFis "as much energy as well-thrown baseballs" (Score 1) 144

by Minwee (#47416281) Attached to: Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles

How much is that in Volkswagens? And how fast is it travelling relative to imperial standard sheep? Can you measure the kinetic energy in terms of double-decker busses?

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