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Comment: Re:One possible way forward... (Score 2) 113

by aaarrrgggh (#49781801) Attached to: Insurer Won't Pay Out For Security Breach Because of Lax Security

Both levels need insurance, but I think you are right that the consultant needs the E&O coverage. One failure in the parallel though is time; if a bridge is built, the claim period lasts about 5-10% of its life. Same goes for most nonresidential buildings. What happens when a consultant is replaced on an account? Where does the new consultant assume liability for existing changes? Software bugs? Unpatched systems?

Comment: Re:Wrong (Score 1) 315

by aaarrrgggh (#49778995) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

But to PDFs, they have at least incorporated conferencing and "studios" into Bluebeam. Why does PowerPoint not have a collaborative conferencing solution built in?

I was going to invest in a dual-screen presentation system for my company to simplify the process of giving reference and content at the same time in a presentation without being forced into awful split-tile powerpoints, but it was just too hard at the time.

Most people aren't graphics designers, nor are they engaging presenters. It takes having professionals to build a good deck. Barring that, dynamic mind maps (Omni Graffle on steroids) would be great for presentations... But Bluebeam is our go-to now.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 2) 83

by aaarrrgggh (#49774363) Attached to: Attackers Use Email Spam To Infect Point-of-Sale Terminals

A lot of different things can constitute a POS terminal today. For an iPad, you have Square, Shopify, and any number of other comparable packages. Pretty hard to eliminate an email client.

At one end of the spectrum, many of these types of systems use cellular service for their internet connection; pretty hard to lock them down at the network level as well.

The old model for these types of systems was to provide dedicated "appliances" to solve the problem. Costs were absurd, so merchants worked hard to find alternatives. It has taken about 18 years to get to this point. (Second linux project I was interested in was a POS system, back in 1997...) Not every shop has an IT guy on staff... and not all IT guys are experts at security, networking, or much more than rebooting the system when it has a problem.

Comment: ...oh, and can anyone recommend an exacto knife? (Score 3, Insightful) 384

by aaarrrgggh (#49737681) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

Sometimes, for diagnostic purposes I also need to add a second read head to the credit card scanner. It would really be helpful if I could add this to the network, along with the keypad's diagnostic port. Any ideas?

In all seriousness though, there are some real fire protection issues with taking cables from the pump zone elsewhere. Everything in and out needs to be properly sealed to prevent explosive vapors from entering into a non spark-resistant system.

Comment: Re:One Assumption (Score 2) 609

by aaarrrgggh (#49725341) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

It all comes down to the money. The Republicans can't marginalize their core conservative base because then they lose 80% of their money. What's worse, if they kick the tea party out of their caucus then that 80% of their money goes to fund competitors, leaving the grand old party much less old... but also much less grand.

TFS is about right; if the Republicans focus solely on economic issues in an honest rather than ideological manner then they will shine with GenX as well as Millenials. A lot of the people in those generations have seem to have shifted a bit on the social compass, and that doesn't help the social conservative cause.

That said, I have said I was a social liberal/fiscal conservative since before I could vote, and the only real change in my mind is which aspect is more critical to me. Also haven't voted much over the last 20 years, so not sure if anybody really cares...


The Challenge of Web Hosting Once You're Dead 182

Posted by timothy
from the can-I-have-your-watch-after-you-fight-el-guapo? dept.
reifman writes: Hosting a website (even WordPress) after your death has a variety of unexpected complexities, from renewing your domain name, to hosting, security, monitoring, troubleshooting and more. It's a gaping hole that we as technologists should start thinking more about — especially because all of us are going to die, some of us unexpectedly sooner than we'd like or planned for. The only real solution I found was to share credentials and designate funds to descendants — you've done this, right?

Comment: Re:offshore yourself (Score 1) 420

by aaarrrgggh (#49655179) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving To an Offshore-Proof Career?

This is likely one of three options, the other two being entrepreneurialism and capitalism. An ideal solution mixes all three and provides diverse sources of income. With countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines you need to be a little vigilant about the possibility of needing to walk away, especially when you don't have dual citizenship.

Between automation, outsourcing, and government behavior in general, there is no fool-proof solution unless you can buy your own country. You hedge your risks by understanding finance without working in the field, saving money, investing wisely, avoiding debt, and recognizing and taking advantage of opportunities when they arise.

If you aren't willing to do those things, find a business under 50 people that is well run and work for them.

(In IT, the key is actually being responsive (and good). I interviewed four consulting companies, and while they were happy to do an initial (and sometimes follow-up) meeting, all four of them failed to actually provide me with a proposal. #5 is next week... I am even willing to convert our servers to Windows to expand the talent pool; it seems hopeless to find anybody good with Linux in Los Angeles.)


Critics Say It's Time To Close La Guardia Airport 203

Posted by timothy
from the it-would-make-a-cool-mall dept. writes: George Haikalis writes in the NYT that last week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey put off, yet again, deciding between two proposals for a nearly $4 billion project to rehabilitate the dilapidated Central Terminal Building at La Guardia Airport. But piling billions of taxpayer dollars into upgrading La Guardia, which has been likened to an experience "in a third world country," won't solve its fundamental problems. "It can't easily expand," says Haikalis. "Its two runways and four terminals are surrounded on three sides by water, making landing difficult and hazardous. Parking is a nightmare."

There are precedents for replacing airports close to the center city with modern, more outlying airports. Hong Kong and Denver are two examples; Berlin will soon follow suit. With the consolidation of the major United States airlines and the sluggishness in the global economy, the much larger Kennedy and Newark airports could accommodate La Guardia's passenger load, by adding more frequent service and using larger aircraft, if the F.A.A. were to lift the caps on the number of flights allowed there. Kennedy, with its two sets of parallel runways, could handle many more flights, particularly as new air-traffic control technology is introduced in the next few years. The money budgeted for the La Guardia upgrades would be better used to create a long-proposed one-ride express-rail link between Manhattan and J.F.K., by reviving a long-disused, 3.5-mile stretch of track in central Queens and completing the modernization of the terminals at Kennedy. "By avoiding the costly replacement of outmoded terminals at La Guardia and by creating a new express rail link and upgrading terminals at Kennedy, the increased economic activity could more than make up for the lost jobs," concludes Haikalis. "New York's importance to America's economy demands a first world vision to shutter this third world airport."

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