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Comment Apparently you don't deal with auditors (Score 3, Interesting) 196

With 60 hosts and 1500 VMs I would certainly expect separate roles for enterprise architecture and system provision/admin..

This statement is quite right. Apparently the OP doesn't deal with auditors at all in his job. Lucky him. I do in mine and I have something like a Linux system admin job. For the product I work on, and I work for a Fortune 500 company that sells a lot of software products and services, I am the main contact person every year for auditors. Since the OP works for a publicly traded company, he should know that audits are required by US law. Every year I have to answer the same questions from the auditors about separation of responsibilities on the product I support. Honestly, I don't know how the OP doesn't know that getting that kind of access for an architect is going to raise all kinds of red flags in an audit that have to be explained. If I remember correctly, we have exactly 4 people who have root access to our servers who don't work on my team. They're software developers who've worked on the product for years and need that access in an emergency if we have a software related disaster that impacts customers. We have to jump through a lot of hoops to justify this on the audit. In fact, we've actually had our access restricted from some activities we used to do that fall outside of traditional system admin tasks just because it's easier for auditing purposes for us to not be able to do it anymore. In my job my group also doesn't have access to the storage, network or virtualization layers except as users/clients and all changes have to be done by others. Sometimes it's a pain, but at auditing time it makes my life easier as I can tell the auditors "We don't have the ability to change that, so you have to talk to group X on that one".

Comment No, you miss the point (Score 1) 168

Being able to reassemble it is not the point, it's that you can re-wind time and get the information back out. With the normal idea of a blackhole, even if you could rewind time, you couldn't get the information back out.

No, you miss the point. He said basically "Having the information 'available' isn't really helpful because we have no way to get it." You simply proposed a theoretical way to get it that can't be done either at this time, possibly ever, so his assertion that we can't get it is still right. Unless you are a Q, telling us to "rewind time" as about as helpful as suggesting we simply change the gravitational constant of the universe.

Comment Typo in the article? (Score 1) 174

The article says:

Backed by IBM, the P-TECH program aims to prepare mainly minority kids from low-income backgrounds for careers in technology,

I think they meant to say:

Backed by IBM, the P-TECH program aims to prepare mainly minority kids for low-income careers in technology,

Given IBM's lack of interest in hiring or retaining American workers, that must surely be what they meant.

Comment Re:another vaccine (Score 1) 96

It's usually spread through the air. And it's not a big deal for a young healthy person to get it...

While that is generally true, specifically the 1918 flu pandemic killed a large number of people in the age range of 25-34. It's believed that they died due to the effects of a cytokine storm whereas middle aged people did much better at surviving that flu. You had to get up to about age 75 and above to start seeing the kind of mortality rates that hit the sweet spot of 25-34 for this flu. This doesn't invalidate the fact that your post is good as is your advice for people to get their flu shots.

Comment Re:How did these idiots catch anyone? (Score 1) 282

I really hope that the majority of the agents laughed at this stupidity.

This was before my time so I can't say so with any authority, but the impression I get is that most agents probably believed it. Keep in mind that this was a time when the greatest fear of many American parents was "juvenile delinquency" and they honestly blamed comic books for it. The Senate even had hearings about comic books and juvenile delinquency. William M. Gaines, who would go on to publish Mad Magazine, was forced to testify in front of a Senate panel on the subject. How seriously the US government took the "Communist threat" is why I can't accept that Lee Harvey Oswald was allowed to return to the USA after supposedly defecting and was never punished for defecting. Something was going on there and I will believe forever that Oswald had a CIA connection that the government still doesn't want to talk about.

Comment Not an Epson fan (Score 1) 378

Epson seems to be inching into the right direction: http://hardware.slashdot.org/s...

I bought an Epson printer once maybe 5-6 years ago. It refused to recognize the ink cartridges that came with the printer from the factory. There were official Epson ink cartridges. Know what the fix for this is? Get another printer. No joke. There is no fix. You have to replace the printer. So I returned it for a refund and went with Canon. The Canon has its own issues, mostly being vvvvvveeerrrrryyyy ssssssllllloooooowwwww to warm up, but I've never had it refuse to recognize an official Canon ink cartridge.

Comment Re:Confessed? (Score 1) 244

NEVER confess to anything! All they've done is to hang themselves.

This is Europe, not the USA. They're likely to get pretty light sentences at most if not just probation and a fine. If Hitler were miraculously still alive and arrested today in Europe, he wouldn't get the death penalty and any sentence more than a few years might be viewed as excessive given his age.

Comment Re:So dangerous they can't fly but (Score 1, Insightful) 264

So let me get this straight these people are so dangerous that they can't fly yet aren't dangerous enough to be brought in for questioning, gotten off the streets for the safety of the general public, and are likely not under direct surveillance? I am a bit confused here.

It's actually not all that difficult to consider situations where the above is true. For example, imagine that the NSA is monitoring the email and social media activity of Joe Blow, an American born recent convert to Islam who has expressed the opinion that ISIS is pretty cool and should be supported. Is expressing such an opinion really a crime? Nope. But showing such sympathies might just be enough to get him put on the no fly list even though he's committed no crime. And bringing him in for questioning might cause him to go underground with his statements of support and any work he might do to follow up on it. Some of the recent arrests of Americans accused of supporting terrorists have happened because the Americans felt safe enough to openly talk about supporting ISIS. and to act on those statements of support by buying weapons and other things.

Now if somebody here wants to argue that words alone are not enough to do anything about, that is a different argument. I am simply providing a plausible scenario for your questions.

Comment The US's real desire (Score 2) 226

I've wondered if at the top levels of the US government if they may not really have a desire to get Assange extradited to the USA to face charges that a good lawyer will at the minimum will argue aren't a violation of US law because he's not a US citizen and he was working in another country at the time. I'm not saying such a defense would definitely work but I'm also not saying it has no chance either. Consider the case of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer. Fischer, who apparently had a really tenuous grip on sanity apart from being a genius at playing chess, violated US law by agreeing to a 20th anniversary rematch with Boris Spassky in Yugoslavia in 1992. The violated a Bush executive order on economic activities in Yugoslavia. In July 2004 Fischer was arrested in Japan before boarding a plane at a US request and was imprisoned for about 6 months while Japan offered various excuses for continuing to hold him. In the end he was deported to Iceland and basically the US, Japan and Iceland agreed to let Fischer renounce his US citizenship and become a citizen of Iceland. The US had little desire to bring him to the USA and was quite content to have him stay in jail in Japan to send a message. Similarly, it may well be that the US doesn't really want to go to the trouble of bringing Assange here and is content to have him confined to the Ecuadorian embassy for a few more years to come, at which point it may quietly back away or even announce that he's not the subject of any possible US extradition request. Even if the US said that, I have a feeling that Assange would still refuse to leave. He may well stay there for the rest of his life.

Comment Re:Americans Always Breaking New Ground (Score 2) 272

Going to a foreign country to visit and having a drone flying over your head... Really? Always finding new ways to display an astonishing lack of class.

As an American, I am in agreement. And note that as is always the case, the ones who bitch the most about this and completely lose their minds over it will never, ever, visit New Zealand or any place with such laws. I had a friend some years ago (we're not friends any more because he's basically nuts and I had enough) who last flew in an airplane around in 1998 or maybe 1999. Definitely well before Sept. 11, 2001. You couldn't say anything at all to him about traveling anywhere by air without him going into a tirade about TSA. He has no reason to ever fly again in his life and likely never will and he has never personally experienced TSA checks, but it sure didn't stop him from ranting and raving about it. Same thing here for the drones and those who complain.

Comment Re:Aussie freedoms are inferior (Score 0, Troll) 337

The gun thing is also important. I'm not a gun nut... but I believe I have a right to be dangerous in my own country and in my home. Not for hunting... not even for self defense... to be DANGEROUS. I feel that is an important check on anyone that would try to intimidate the people. If they understand that the people can and will turn on them with an instant militia of millions. That forces the elites to be careful.

No, it actually doesn't. You're an idiot and I can easily prove it. The "elites", which seems to be your code word for the US government, has nuclear bombs and drone missiles. Let me know how your army of people with pea shooters does against them. There seems to be an endless number of people here in America who actually believe that the "people" with their handguns can actually overthrow an "evil" US government. Ha ha ha. Again, let me know how your army of peasants does against nuclear bombs. If the supposedly "evil" government decided that killing you and your pals was in its best interests, you'll be dead.

Comment You may need to talk to a real lawyer (Score 1) 213

My best friend for many years now is a college buddy who is a lawyer. He has taught me a lot about how the law really works in the USA and I can assure you that what people who aren't lawyers say is true about the law and how it really works are not the same at all. I'm pretty sure that people can't just open accounts in your wife's name in another state where it's easy to prove you don't live and without her social security number somehow make you responsible for it, but again, you probably really need to talk to a lawyer. I know it sucks to pay one, but lawyers can do a lot for you like send legal threats on your behalf to the cable company to, ahem, "encourage" them to get a lot more interested in your problem before it grows into a much worse problem for them . If they do actually have her social security number then that is a completely different situation and her identity is already compromised. You need a lawyer for that too. I have to ask - are you definitely sure that the cable company really has her email and name on file and that this isn't some really good phishing email trying to get you to click on a suspicious link and doing identity theft that way?

Comment My limited personal experience on the subject (Score 4, Interesting) 364

My last two girlfriends were both born and raised in China ladies and neither understood very much about how financial markets work. The most recent was quite a bit interested in the stock market in the USA and China. The first one wasn't interested in the subject. My most recent ex-girlfriend, even though she had lived in America for a few years by the time we started dating, seemed to have this belief that you simply couldn't lose money in the stock market. On some level surely she had to know that losses were possible, but I think she just wrote those off as the exception to the rule. She would ask me questions about the market and it seemed to me that she believed that the stock market was free money for the taking, almost everybody got wildly rich, and the fact that I wasn't making tons of money off it (no thought at all was given to exactly how much I even had to invest) meant that I was stupid, lazy, or both. I can't prove it, but I suspect that a lot of Chinese people are like my most recent ex-girlfriend where they think that they can't possibly lose in the stock market. This kind of thinking explains why so much of the Chinese stock market was done on margin trading. Given the high amount of government control over the economy there I really can't explain how the people running the show believed that repeating the mistakes that led to the US market crash of 1929 would turn out differently. Maybe it's due to Chinese exceptionalism run wild (""We're China, so the rules don't apply to us because we're better than everybody else").

Comment I thought he just wanted out (Score 1) 100

With all that talk about not being able to do other projects being debunked by the show's producers as soon as it first came out, I thought that maybe Shearer just wanted out of the job and he was afraid to admit it and have the fans nut out over it. In that scenario, claiming to not have time for other projects would be a good cover story as it can't be disproven and it would get him off the show. I really didn't think it was over money because it seemed illogical to me that he could realistically expect the entire cast to sign for the same deal and him get something better. He's 71 now, so I just figured he'd had enough and wanted to do something else at this point in his life. Now that I read that he re-signed I really have no idea what this was all about unless maybe it really was an attempt to get more money that failed.

Comment Re:Responses (Score 4, Interesting) 251

"How frequently have people run into companies sending sensitive information (like passwords) in cleartext via e-mail?"

I see this and people sending both public and private PGP keys to outsiders more than I should from other companies. I assume it's because in general American businesses have devalued IT for so long that they're getting exactly what little they pay for now with barely trained and barely competent people who don't know anything about security.

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