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Comment Re:The elephants in the room (Score 1) 242

That's typically the case.

i suppose you could rely on local AV and Outlook's built in filtering for smaller installations. But there are a lot of things you can do on small installations that don't scale to enterprises.

MultipleAV engines and more comprehensive spam and malicious email filtering in line seems to be the best and common practice however.

1) Postini did not go away un-replaced, Google worked to migrate users to their new filtering service. Basically Gmail, but you could have it pass through to your on-premis environment. It was wonky and they didn't get all the features and capabilities in place in time and we went elsewhere.

2) General market shrink is the reason for loss of some email filtering vendors. Filtering has been integrated in services such as Google Apps for Business and O365, and invariably if you go with those services you go with the included filtering. These services have been growing gangbusters and include email hygiene as part of the base service.

if the included service is good enough it is a difficult business case to make to spend on a standalone filtering service.

Comment Re:An NDA works and makes for Target to sue (Score 1) 233

This X1000...

Management, in many (most) companies consists of two complimentary skills. Stealing credit and deflecting blame.

These people love meetings. Attending a meeting is a chance to claim involvement with the project if it turns out to be successful. If it fails, you just say you didn't really have anything to do with it except attend a couple meetings.

Either way, you just sit back and wait for your promotion. No productive work necessary!

Comment Re: We aren't talking just about routers, fuckface (Score 1) 247

Home brewing beer is most definitely growing, as evidenced by the much larger variety of gear and vendors to choose from today vs when I started 10 years ago.

I brew in 5 or 10 gallon batches. Most definitely not a commercial operation. And I would never waste time brewing "a shitty lager or a pissy ale". If I want that stuff, I can buy it off the shelf for less money than what I typically spend on ingredients for a batch. (not to mention time and effort.)

Submission + - Tech Professionals' Aggravations Rise, But So Do Salaries (

Nerval's Lobster writes: Despite some concerns over the stock market and whether the so-called “unicorns” will survive the year, it’s apparently still a good time to get into tech: New data from Robert Half Technology suggests that salaries for various tech positions will increase as much as 7 percent this year. Which is good, because tech professionals have confessed to a host of aggravations with their lives (Dice link), including too-expensive housing, lengthy commutes and gridlock, inability to achieve work-life balance, and a disconnect from their jobs. It’s neither the best nor worst of times, but the money could be pretty good.

Comment Re:Mental Illness Reporting (Score 1) 935

Why focus on "gun deaths"? That's stupid.

I would take all of you gun control freaks much more seriously if you simply wanted to lower the murder rate as a whole.

Focusing on just one kind of murder betrays your true agenda, which has nothing to do with saving lives, and everything to do with denying people their constitutional rights.

Submission + - Study Finds Correlation Between Students' 'Attractiveness' and Higher Grades

An anonymous reader writes: writes

Scott Jaschik writes at Inside Higher Education that although most faculty members would deny that physical appearance is a legitimate criterion in grading, a study finds that among similarly qualified female students, those who are physically attractive earn better grades than less attractive female students. For male students, there is no significant relationship between attractiveness and grades. The results hold true whether the faculty member is a man or a woman. The researchers obtained student identification photographs for students at at Metropolitan State University of Denver and had the attractiveness rated, on a scale of 1-10, of all the students. Then they examined 168,092 course grades awarded to the students, using factors such as ACT scores to control for student academic ability. For female students, an increase of one standard deviation in attractiveness was associated with a 0.024 increase in grade (on a 4.0 scale).

The results mirror a similar study that found that those who are attractive in high school are more likely to go on to earn a four-year college degree. Study co-author Rey Hernandez-Julian says that he finds the results of the Metro State study “troubling” and says that there are two possible explanations: “Is it that professors invest more time and energy into the better-looking students, helping them learn more and earn the higher grades? Or do professors simply reward the appearance with higher grades given identical performance? The likely answer, given our growing understanding of the prevalence of implicit biases, is that professors make small adjustments on both of these margins."

Submission + - Forbes Asks to disable Adblock, Serves Malvertising (

Deathlizard writes: From Engadget: The Forbes 30 Under 30 list came out this week and it featured a prominent security researcher. Other researchers were pleased to see one of their own getting positive attention, and visited the site in droves to view the list.

On arrival, like a growing number of websites, Forbes asked readers to turn off ad blockers in order to view the article. After doing so, visitors were immediately served with pop-under malware, primed to infect their computers, and likely silently steal passwords, personal data and banking information.

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