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Comment: Re:Come on folks... (Score 4, Informative) 469

by itwerx (#34385624) Attached to: WikiLeaks Should...

As a one-time A1C (USAF equivalent to a PFC) I can say from personal experience that far more sensitive information than that is quite often accessible to lower ranking personnel. That's not to say they aren't vetted first, but we don't have mind-reading machines yet and at that age the simple process of maturity, (and exposure to enough crap like this :), can bring about radical changes in perspective. Most people have enough (or are given enough) perspective even at that age that they can be trusted with sensitive information, but no screening process is perfect. If there's anything surprising here it is that A - we don't get more leaks like this, and B - that the screening is actually as effective as it is, (those are not mutually exclusive).

Comment: Re:The real litmus test for this is (Score 1) 297

by itwerx (#34347000) Attached to: A Peek At the National Opt-Out Day Numbers

Mod parent up! Historically speaking, Christians are by far and away the most violent religious group. Not to say that anyone should be afraid of Christians - this is an excellent example of how things can be twisted out of proportion - "historically speaking", only the tiniest extremist fringe groups can be considered "violent" by any stretch of the imgination for the simple reason that by and large the greater majority of people are actually pretty decent folks just trying to get along. It's the rarified strata of megalomaniacs and tiny percentage of the population that's stupid and/or weak enough to follow them that we have to watch out for, they leverage the ignorance of the masses to dangerous effect. (Or, to put it another way, all of the world's problems are rooted in ignorance.)

Comment: Re:Seatac had scanners galore but weren't using th (Score 2, Interesting) 297

by itwerx (#34346078) Attached to: A Peek At the National Opt-Out Day Numbers

Seatac is one of the few airports with TSA staff who have a reasonably sane approach to this BS. I've had two positive interactions with them recently.
      First was my young daughter being selected randomly for one of their more extreme searches. The TSA staffer who was on point for those clearly wasn't happy but grimaced and waved her over, ready to follow the rules no matter how insane. An apparently higher ranking TSA person stopped him though saying quietly, "C'mon, it's a little girl", with a bit of a look that made it clear she thought he was being a moron.
      The other time, also recent, we had forgotten we had some bottled water in the bottom of one of our backpacks and they found it at the x-ray machine. No problem though, they just examined it fairly closely and then let it pass.

Comment: Old news? (Score 1) 478

by itwerx (#34121342) Attached to: Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor

I seem to recall reading about this many years ago. Not seeing anything on the web older than a few days though. As I recall it only happens under certain circumstances relating to the age of the snake and specific environmental factors including availability (or lack?) of food, temperature, humidity(?) etc.
      Anybody else hear this before?

Comment: Re:Stoned (Score 1) 366

by itwerx (#33820100) Attached to: Simple Virus For Teaching?

Or if you really want to get retro, (and remove any risk of propagation by netwok), get some DOS boot disks and the Pakistani Brain Virus.

(For history buffs: the first "real" PC virus evar, which I hand-disassembled on legal paper so I could write what might have been one of the first virus removal tools - a simple hex edit of the boot sector to skip over its code. :)

Oh, yeah, and get offa my lawn!

Comment: Re:which 90% (Score 2, Insightful) 224

by itwerx (#32860940) Attached to: Dell Says 90% of Recorded Business Data Is Never Read

"...we needed to store ALL the account information, and we needed fast access to ALL of it ALL the time."

Which is why decent needs analysis is critical. In other situations that would not be the case.

I must say this line at the end of the article does more to reflect the ignorance of the author than anything else, "...why on earth did we squander so much money by not thinking this way until now?"
      Who is this "we", kemosabe? Smart IT people have been thinking this way since the dawn of computers. Think of the huge storage rooms of archive, (not backup!), tapes that were around back in the mainframe days. We might store a higher percentage of it online nowadays but there's still a brisk market in optical storage arrays, high-speed tape libraries, various utilities for automatic email and database record archiving etc etc

Comment: Re:Can you be more precise ? (Score 2, Funny) 291

by itwerx (#32847848) Attached to: Good Database Design Books?

Here, let's just give him some answers:
- normalize everything for consistency
- denormalize everything for performance
- index only key fields for performance
- index everything for performance
- date index everything for logging purposes
- don't date index anything for performance reasons
- sanitize your inputs at the db level instead of the client for security and performance
- sanitize your inputs at the client level instead of the db for security and performance
- use Postgresql because MySQL sucks
- use MySQL because Postgresql sucks
- use [favorite db engine] because [some other engine] sucks

There, HTH!

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