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Comment: Re:Alternative Title (Score 3, Interesting) 118

by Zarhan (#47791595) Attached to: Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

Not modem reset. The filesystem on Spirit had bunch of temp files and other stuff from the Earth-Mars flight, and apparently it just ran out of inodes. So basically they had to remote into whatever constitutes a bootloader with 20 mins of latency and remove some of the no-longer-needed files.


Comment: Re:"new", yes. More power, no. (Score 1) 101

by Zarhan (#46996687) Attached to: In the New Age of Game Development, Gamers Have More Power Than Ever

Battlecruiser 3000AD being one example. The first studio that released it ran into financial trouble and rushed it out the door before it was ready. Patches were eventually released and development continues still, at least the last time I looked It's had a somewhat cult following, but never attained the status it probably could have.

Are you kidding? Derek Smart's personal little ultimate vaporware project, where we couldn't see anything like that until Duke Nukem Forever? It was not "rushed", considering it was like what, 10 years in the making?

BC3000AD was one of those things were the dev(singular) attempted to bite down more that he could chew.

Comment: Has been seen in scifi (Score 1) 357

by Zarhan (#46601695) Attached to: Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds has this tech. The author points out in the afterword that this actually one of the few things that might be reality even today - apparently it's now starting to appear more widely...

Anyway, sounds good, I wonder how far the preservation could continue. The old cryogenics scenarios start to come into mind...

Comment: Pretty standard BYOD setup (Score 4, Informative) 417

by Zarhan (#46438501) Attached to: School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

I don't see the problem with the tech itself. If you have a "BYOD's allowed" policy, that also usually states that "if you put your own device in, here are the rules". Rules may state installing the network owner's root CA and allowing for traffic to be inspected.

In most cases, this is intended to be benevolent - it's kind of hard to run threat detection algorithms on an encrypted connection. In business environments, DLP and similar can of course be used too.

Now, in here I think the key issue was that the users were not told about the practice, and were not asked to agree to these stipulations. And of course, the old adage about not attributing to malice what can be explained by incompetence also applies here - if the issue got "fixed" then it might have been simply just that, incompetence. Somebondy enabled the same SSL interception on the student network that they are using for faculty, or similar.

Comment: Re:Not supprised (Score 1) 270

by Zarhan (#46331373) Attached to: How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

Sounds a bit like nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

For me, gaming has been significantly less over the last few years. Is it nostalgia that games used to be better? Not actually. In the last few years I've played one "recent" game that I've paid full price for - Skyrim. Couple of years ago I played a lot of World of warcraft, but I couldn't stand Kung Fu Pandas. I do pick up some games off Steam Sales, and these have included e.g. FTL and Bioshock Infinite, but neither had really any staying power.

Recent games I've played:
- Quest for Glory (entire series, I to V)
- Privateer
- Wing Commander I & II
- X-Wing is ongoing right now, hoping to move on to TIE fighter soon
- Legend Adventures (Gateway I & II, Eric the Unready)
- Dungeon Master

Of course, I remember all these, having gone over them a lot of times before. As such, they don't draw me to the screen as much as they did on previous iterations - hence I play less.

Anyway, I'm really hoping that the new "indie" projects will be successful. I've shelled out money for Star Citizen, Shroud of Avatar and Tides of Numenera. Hoping for a good, modern replacement for Wing Commander/Privateer, Ultimas and Baldur's Gate/Torments, respectively. If even one of them pans out, it'll be a good year.

Comment: Re:Can see how own network, messaging is being use (Score 1) 207

by Zarhan (#46315039) Attached to: Microsoft Lync Server Gathers Employee Data Just Like NSA

Also, I shudder to think of the potential mess caused by allowing personal laptops to VPN in the first place.

Depends. With proper endpoint assessment tools, you can obtain some reasonable security. BYOD is kind of a rising trend, so a generally accepted method seems to be "Sure, you can connect your own laptop or tablet or whatever to the network, but you'll use Anyconnect and the HostScan has to report conformance". This mostly stems from the fact that in all the meetings folks are starting to use their fancy iPads instead of bulky laptops...and are expecting same services being available.

I've seen some customer actually think of this as a benefit - savings in IT budget. If workers are willing to maintain their own devices on their own time and all the IT has to do is a compliance check, all the better for the company.

Comment: It's just CDR records. It's not like it's a secret (Score 3, Informative) 207

by Zarhan (#46314807) Attached to: Microsoft Lync Server Gathers Employee Data Just Like NSA

Lync stores the info in two databases, LCSCDR and QoEMetrics. The first one has info on all sessions, other one has quality data. It's not like it's some super-secret database, MS has full specs in Technet, for example shows what's exactly stored in SessionDetails table.

Yes, such info *could* be used to do data-mining. Same info could be used to optimize least cost routing, gathering statistics on network performance, planning upgrades, and whatever you like. I've personally crafted a few reports from those DBs on how much folks are calling PSTN from Lync on various customer sites, so they can decide what is the priority in upgrading E1/T1 to VoIP-based PSTN connection.

It's not a conspiracy. Server admins can look at what kind of stuff you are doing on such servers.

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Forbo (3035827) writes "Since the migration to Slashdot Beta was announced, it seems all meaningful discussion has been completely disrupted with calls to boycott and protest. Rather than pull an Occupy, what can be done to focus and organize the action? What is the end goal: To revert entirely to the previous site, or to address the problems with the new site?"

Comment: Re:Answering an old chestnut (Score 1) 692

by Zarhan (#46013467) Attached to: Blowing Up a Pointless Job Interview

Happened to me for my first real job interview. I answered "I'm really uncomfortable with lying. So if I'm working on a project where it's starting look like the product will be crap, you don't want to put me to a meeting with a customer or I'll tell him that too".

And I got the job.

Note that it was early 2000 and dotcom bubble was still going, so maybe they took me in despite of that answer, not because...

Comment: Re:Alternatives... (Score 1) 119

by Zarhan (#46004453) Attached to: Nagios-Plugins Web Site Taken Over By Nagios

We are currently monitoring six distributed sites using It still relies on Nagios 3.x core, but they are going to replace that soon ("micro-core"). From what I've heard, Nagios development started really going downhill at Nagios 4.0, and this plugin issue is yet one more such symptom.

Comment: Re:My own experience. (Score 1) 209

by Zarhan (#45873261) Attached to: Headhunters Can't Tell Anything From Facebook Profiles

As the others have said, tailor your resume to emphasize that you are jack-of-all-trades.

I'm a CCIE and have a doctorate in computer networks, have authored an RFC, and now approaching 20 years of experience in the field, which supposedly puts me into the camp of network expert.

Expect, in reality, my work in last six months has consisted of e.g.:
    - Database design, operations and reporting (MSSQL and Mysql)
    - AJAX programming (Javascript), and all the intricasies that bunch of different Internet Explorer versions mean in practice
    - Suddendly familiarizing myself with using hardware load balancers with Microsoft Lync (well, at least somewhat related to networking...)
    - Writing a Python-based software for black-box testing microcontrollers
    - Deployment, integration and other support work for an Asterisk-based Contact Center/PBX system ...yeah, of course there's been the other bits that I'm supposedly better suited for (firewall experties, some dimensioning for network devices, and so on), but the position is pretty officially jack-of-all-trades.

    So if you are one, just proudly wear that badge. Of course, it's hard to tailor a resume for buzzword-searching headhunters, but as far as positions are concerned, one of the good signs I've seen for a true "JoaT" job ad is one where there are very few *specific* requirements (only something like "experienced in the field") is listed, and then in the "this counts as an advantage" column they have every acronym under the sun...means they don't really have a specialist position in mind, and might mean that they don't actually know what the job is. They are going to go over the resumes and actually tailor the position *for* you.

Comment: I'd like to skip Win8, but I apparently can't (Score 1) 470

My wife is interested in getting a new laptop, as her old one is running XP and starting to be a bit slow for the indented purpose (video editing). They use Windows 7 at work with corporate desktop, and she'd like to have that at home too. Only problem: If I take a look at any laptop available it pretty much comes bundled with Windows 8.

Technically I have "downgrade" rights if the computer comes bundled with Win 8 pro, but I have heard that there are a ton of problems with getting proper drivers and so on (laptop manufacturer might not even provide drivers for Win 7).

Also, I'd still like to wait a bit, since I'm going to upgrade the house's wireless to 802.11ac and laptops are just now starting to arrive with the gigabit wireless bundled. So if it's troublesome getting Win 7 working with new machines right now, I wonder how next-to-impossible it will be by the end of the year.

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