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Comment: Re:Puppet. (Score 1) 251

by sjames (#47442633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

If the clone isn't on the same VLAN, accessing the same data-gathering hardware, there is no way the infrastructure

Sounds like you should make sure the clone is on the same vlan and accessing the same data gathering hardware, doesn't it?

I'm not saying that we don't try (use data from an old run, etc.), but there is no way to truly duplicate everything, and sometimes you just have to live with that.

So, use the clone with that setup to verify as much as you can. Then use the snapshot to allow you to roll back if things don't work out in production.

If you still can't afford the risk, then you don't need a Maintenance window at all. You need to airgap the network and never update anything on the expensive side.

Comment: Re:Chicken or egg? (Score 3, Funny) 131

by DNS-and-BIND (#47442251) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education

Education is funded by property taxes, not sales tax. In Austin, people are being priced out of their homes because they voted for every social program out there, and now the taxes are too damn high.

"I'm at the breaking point," said Gretchin Gardner, an Austin artist who bought a 1930s bungalow in the Bouldin neighborhood just south of downtown in 1991 and has watched her property tax bill soar to $8500 this year.

"It's not because I don't like paying taxes," said Gardner, who attended both meetings [of "irate homeowners"]. "I have voted for every park, every library, all the school improvements, for light rail, for anything that will make this city better. But now I can't afford to live here anymore."
-- Austin American-Statesman

Comment: Re:Well ... (Score 1) 74

No, the heavy hand of government would have shut the private company down.

I will never understand people who like big government. What is your freaking deal? Do you hope to get in and control the rest of us? It ain't gonna happen, you're not an elite, otherwise you won't be wasting your time posting on Slashdot. The boot is going to stomp on your face just like everyone else's.

Comment: Re:What if he forgot it? (Score 1) 348

by sjames (#47441549) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Is that a serious question?

They have to PROVE that the defendant did NOT forget. Even if they decide the defendant has no credibility, they still have no conviction since nobody else in the world is able to directly witness the defendant's state of mind and there isn't enough behavioral evidence to conclude that he remembers.

The defendant is innocent until PROVEN guilty. That means that until proven otherwise, the defendant must be assumed to have forgotten the password.

Comment: Re:So will there be criminal charges? (Score 2) 74

You would rather punish someone than make sure this doesn't happen again? Why?

If you want people to be open and honest about how things are actually being done so you can find out where the problem lies, you cannot also be playing the blame game.

Beyond that, where is the criminal intent? Do you allege that some psychopath is deliberately endangering lives for a laugh?

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981