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Comment: Discussion with Client legal (Score 3, Informative) 348

they went from suggesting that there's no need for a firewall, to outright telling me that's just how they do it and the contract dictates that's how we need to run it. This isn't a tremendous deal today, but with how things are going, odds are there will be e-Commerce worked into it, and probably credit card transactions... which worries the bejesus out of me.

I suggest you relegate the 'is this common' question to a discussion after hours over a beer.
Your real issue is security. I would want to schedule 2 different meetings, preferably with everyone attending in person. The first is a prep meeting with your client and their legal counsel to discuss your concerns, review the contract language that is being referenced by the vendor, and what liability the vendor has if the machine is compromised due to the vendor required there be no software firewall.
The second meeting would be with your client, their legal counsel, and the vendor.

Comment: why do we have to wait? (Score 1) 461

by ewenix (#46462467) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery
Well, you seem to have made the assumption that the data would have continued to stream. There's already a radio, a transponder, and and emergency transponder that automatically gets activated in a crash. These other devices all stopped functioning for some reason, yet this data stream is going to continue? Honestly, I'd be in favor of streaming the data as well as storing it in the black box, but unless we ever find out for sure what happened to this plane we'll never really know if streaming that data would have helped. What is amazing is that the title makes the claim that we'd already know what happened, but the article referenced even admits that we may not.

Of course, that wouldn’t yield much information if a plane is blown out of the sky by a bomb, or suffers a sudden catastrophic structural failure at cruising altitude. But in those rare cases, conventional black boxes are really the only viable technology.

Comment: Re:BAD article, better source, and other notes... (Score 1) 923

by ewenix (#44449479) Attached to: Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks: Get a Visit From the Feds
The article linked *is* bad.
I checked a few others that included information regarding how her 20 yr. old son's internet usage may have contributed to this situation.
Also, one from the guardian specifically stated that her husband does make work related trips to China and South Korea.

I would guess they don't really care about the answers to the questions regarding pressure cookers and where are your parents from.
Instead they are: A) A diversion while the other agents look around B) Watching your behavior to see if you are lying and/or exhibiting certain behavior patterns.

Comment: There isn't a single reason. (Score 1) 295

by ewenix (#43959955) Attached to: 10GbE: What the Heck Took So Long?

A short non-exhaustive list of reasons:
- New tech typically has to burn in for while before people trust it.
- Many companies who needed that level of speed were already invested in 4Gb and/or 8Gb Fiber.
- The cost wasn't dropping very quickly
- Slow desktop hard drive speeds meant 1Gb to the desktop was more than sufficient

Now two of the big reasons it's more prevalent now:
- Virtual desktops and application virtualization have significantly increased the bandwidth and low latency needs on your network
- More (and somewhat cheaper) onboard availability in new servers makes the transition decision easier, especially in smaller budget operations

Comment: Re:I think it's booty (Score 1) 79

by ewenix (#43301771) Attached to: One In Six Amazon S3 Storage Buckets Are Ripe For Data-Plundering
I think you'll have a hard time getting a tech savvy person to consider this hacking when the users are allowing public access. You'd need to prove that they opened an image file for any of the pron charges. There is no evidence of conspiracy to distribute unless you prove they opened any of the files. You could possibly get in trouble for intent to exploit, depending on the the laws of the country of the owner and yours. (Throw in a jurisdiction issue or two.)

Comment: Re:I'm a screenwriter. (Score 2) 196

Remember, it's EXPLOSION, CAR CHASE, BARE BREASTS and other important visual imagery that make or break a true Hollywood classic in the 21st Century.

Okay, so I wasn't going to go see the Croods movie because the trailer looked awful.
But based on your comments as an industry profressional, you say I can expect to see at least one car chase, some explosions and bare breasts.
If you can assure me that it's not a bunch of man boobs, then I promise to reconsider my decision.

Comment: professional (Score 1) 292

by ewenix (#43222547) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To (or How NOT To) Train Your Job Replacement?
Make sure you have a few 'working' lunches with the new guy AND someone reasonably technical from the client. The purpose of which is to discuss (not at a low level) and issues the new guy has in taking the reigns. This will help make you look more professional and helpful, as well as have a mitigated any damage from you being thrown under the bus after you're gone. Just make sure the client knows the code/app worked as intended/designed before you left, and the new guy claimed to understand it as well as had all his questions answered. If he crashes and burns after you leave then it's on him. You need someone from the client side to has reasonable technical ability, so that they understand the problem if the new guy is asking for you to teach him how to design/code. If the client doesn't understand that, you will definitely be the the fall guy.

Comment: Re:So pay your bills (Score 1) 266

by ewenix (#34256952) Attached to: Debt Collectors Using Facebook To Embarrass Those Who Owe

All my cards get paid off in full by direct debit. So basically they act as debit cards. I'm the worst possible customer for credit card companies as they'll never make a penny from me

The downside to that is if you ever really do need credit. Your credit report shows the highest balance you've had on each card.
Someone with an excellent pay history and a highest balance of $8000, is a better risk than someone with an excellent pay history and a highest balance of $200.
Just note that it's something that does figure into the mix.

Comment: mark of the beast!!!! (Score 1) 425

by ewenix (#33520910) Attached to: Big Brother In the School Cafeteria?
I first became aware of this when my kids came home from school the first day with a 4 digit number written on their forearm.

It reminded me more of a concentration camp move than big brother.
Especially since last year they had a card they showed and about an hour after lunch I could log into the parent portal and
see what they got for lunch. So it's that much different than last year.

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