Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Re:Common? (Score 1) 348

With PCI you'd still need a host firewall. Daft but thats just how the "tickbox auditing" happens.

We have a DB host connected via FICON to the mainframe, and the DB box only has a FICON adaptor and the cable goes from mainframe => DB, not even via a switch.

We still needed a host firewall to comply with PCI and it wasn't worth arguing over that it was pointless, we did it anyhow. Admitted we are a large financial services company, but the rules apply across the board.

Comment: Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (Score 1) 139

by cmdrbuzz (#47489797) Attached to: Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'


The "Purchase app" within 15 minutes without re-prompting for a password (which is configurable) is a separate 15 minute timer to the "In-App purchase" one.

And you can easily set "ask for password for each purchase" in the settings, along with "disable in-app purchases"

Comment: Re:Duh... (Score 1) 265

by cmdrbuzz (#47068901) Attached to: IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

To be honest, if my son was kidnapped, I'd do everything I possibly could to find him.

Anyone that says "You call your lawyer first", cannot possibly have children, or if they do, really need their priority sorting out!

Only thing that matters is finding your kid as fast as physically possible. If that means the police/FBI/whoever want to strip-search me to prove I had nothing to do with it, or search my house or whatever, I wouldn't care. Do whatever and however it takes to find my kid!

And I'm so, so sorry you and your family had to go through that. Holy cow, I cannot even begin to think how hard that must be.

Comment: Re:Translation (Score 1) 589

by cmdrbuzz (#46931425) Attached to: Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

Thats weird, because I work for a FTSE 100 financial services company and we had a few little issues when nearly 72,000 members of the public attempted to use our online services at the same time, when our usual concurrent volume is around 4,500.

We planned for a "worse-case" of 50,000 concurrent trades, but our system DDOS-ed itself at around 71,000 (gotta love fast-switch cluster failover, and back, and over, and back... Oracle FTW!!!)

Anyhow, before we could even think to phone Oracle and shout that our newest 1.2 million pound server wasn't handling particularly well, the head of Oracle UK phoned /us/ and offered us a team of their best engineers to help get us fixed.

I'd have thought we'd be smaller than a US gov agency, but hey ho, Oracle (plus Cisco, Juniper and EMC) parachuted people straight in, nothing too much to help.

Admittedly now we have bought a lot more kit, but they weren't to know that we'd do that considering the failure.

Comment: Heartbleed not fixed in 5.5 by default (Score 0) 128

by cmdrbuzz (#46891961) Attached to: OpenBSD 5.5 Released

Just an FYI, heartbleed is not fixed in 5.5 without extra (source) patches.


  002: SECURITY FIX: April 8, 2014 All architectures
Missing bounds checking in OpenSSL's implementation of the TLS/DTLS heartbeat extension (RFC6520) which can result in a leak of memory contents.
A source code patch exists which remedies this problem.

Comment: Re:sales tax is always on the FULL PRICE (Score 1) 330

by cmdrbuzz (#41885763) Attached to: Amazon Charges Sales Tax On "Shipping and Handling"

Amazon certainly do get that "luxury" as its how they are currently screwing over people in the UK for VAT on ebooks.

Amazon collect VAT from UK residents for ebooks, however as they are "based" in Luxembourg they remit a VAT rate of ZERO, so the VAT they collect is pure profit.

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser