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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board 284

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-along dept.
thundergeek (808819) writes "I am the sole sysadmin for nearly 50 servers (win/linux) across several contracts. Now a Change Advisory Board (CAB) is wanting to manage every patch that will be installed on the OS and approve/disapprove for testing on the development network. Once tested and verified, all changes will then need to be approved for production. Windows servers aren't always the best for informing admin exactly what is being 'patched' on the OS, and the frequency of updates will make my efficiency take a nose dive. Now I'll have to track each KB, RHSA, directives and any other 3rd party updates, submit a lengthy report outlining each patch being applied, and then sit back and wait for approval. What should I use/do to track what I will be installing? Is there already a product out there that will make my life a little less stressful on the admin side? Does anyone else have to go toe-to-toe with a CAB? How do you handle your patch approval process?"

Comment: Re:I for one . . . (Score 1) 1569

by Rob Riggs (#46771775) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

I for one am just grateful that a liberal jurist has finally acknowledged that it would take a constitutional amendment to do that. Most of them seem to think that the Constitution already reads that way.

I am too. And I agree with Stevens that it needs to be changed. I don't think the Constitution should be ignored because parts of it are no longer useful or fashionable. It should not remain some relic of a bygone era. It should be a living document that enshrines how we have grown as a nation and as a people; how we as citizens want to live today and in the future. I think that is what the founding fathers would have expected of us.

Comment: Re:clunky software? (Score 1) 143

by Rob Riggs (#46695559) Attached to: A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

This is not for a remote control. It's a simple slide latch for a radio battery. And the problem with the design is that the plastic it was made from was the same as the battery case, which is too brittle for the switch. A less brittle plastic such as ABS or HIPS would actually work better and last longer. Was a material scientist consulted when designing the battery? Doubtful.

Since you have no idea about the problem I am trying to solve, the "ignorant" comment seems misplaced. Will the solution be ideal? Certainly not. But it will be "good enough" and even "better than stock". Probably. I currently have six different types of material for my 3D printer, each with its own purpose. Is 3D printing a panacea? No. But there are real problems that it can solve today. And putting more of them in people's hands will encourage innovation in printing technologies and materials science. Hell, the materials available to work with today are way more versatile than the limited rapid prototyping materials available to me 20+ years ago.

Comment: Re:clunky software? (Score 2) 143

by Rob Riggs (#46687611) Attached to: A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

Most people just want to be able to download an object from the internet and print it out. Missing a part for that new 'some assembly required' doodad that you bought? Hit their website and print it out. Cheap plastic part snapped under abusive strain? Print out a new one.

Exactly. I have a battery with a broken latching mechanism. A replacement battery is $50. I could print a replacement plastic part for pennies if I had a model for it.

Comment: Re:Read the summary a couple times (Score 1, Interesting) 465

Not only is it English, it is British English from English Britain, the original and still the best English since 1066.

More like the tortured English of Murdoch's London headline writers. I don't think they are required to have a complete understanding of the language. I could write a book entitled "How to turn any sentence into meaningless gibberish with just a Thesaurus" using just London newspaper headlines as examples.

Comment: Re:ZRAM (Score 1) 132

by Rob Riggs (#46624969) Attached to: Linux 3.14 Kernel Released

I would rather have my kernel only swap when needed and this is when it runs out of memory.

You really don't want your kernel swapping when it runs out of memory. That is too late and will kill performance. Instead, your kernel moves pages that are not used to swap so that it can be freed for other, more important things when the need arises. That is a much more efficient way to manage memory.

That said, the kernel provides tuning parameters that will give you what you want.

sysctl vm.swappiness=0

Comment: Re:To make it easier: (Score 1) 285

by Rob Riggs (#46587209) Attached to: I prefer my peppers ...

Jalapenos shipped in from areas who where more stressed will be hotter, And that is pretty much he only way to know.

Agreed. And you can look for signs of stress on the skin of the Jalapeno. There will be white striations on the pepper. The more the merrier in my book. It's only a guideline -- there will still be lots of variation in heat. But, in general, the more skin damage the hotter the pepper.

Comment: Google Cloud is Way Too Limited (Score 1) 43

by Rob Riggs (#46583447) Attached to: Google Cuts Prices On Enterprise Cloud Services
Google has a *long* way to go. Unless they allow their customers to select the operating system (by providing IaaS), this just won't fly long term. We looked at using Google, but we need Windows Server 2012 for some of the things we wanted to move out of our datacenters. And SQL Server. They provide/allow neither.

Comment: Re:Geneva Convention (Score 2) 623

by Rob Riggs (#46518475) Attached to: Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

Not sure they can be unlawful combatants unless there is actually combat taking place.

Ah, yes. It was vacationing Russians that took over the Crimean peninsula. They saved some money by parachuting in rather than taking a commercial flight to Sevastopal. (The checked bag fees are brutal!) And I hear combat gear is the newest fashion statement out of the Moscow fashion district this year.

Comment: Re:Geneva Convention (Score 2) 623

by Rob Riggs (#46517093) Attached to: Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

Citation? I have a hard time believing the Geneva Conventions condone a bullet to the head for anyone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summary_execution#Exceptions_to_prisoners_of_war_status

According to Article 4 of the Third Geneva Convention of 1949, irregular forces are entitled to prisoner of war status provided that they are commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates, have a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance, carry arms openly, and conduct their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war. If they do not do meet all of these, they may be considered francs-tireurs (in the original sense of "illegal combatant") and punished as criminals in a military jurisdiction, which may include summary execution .

Emphasis mine.

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