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Comment: US Reality (Score 1) 336

by lionchild (#48070957) Attached to: Why the FCC Will Probably Ignore the Public On Network Neutrality

Let's take a realistic approach to what will happen: Who can provide the FCC the most economic encouragement to go their way? That's the way they will good.

"It'll be good for the economy," they'll say. The fact they have a new summer retreat on Martha's Vineyard will have nothing to do with it. "Don't worry, we won't let the gap between 'normal' speed and 'high-speed' be very big," they'll tell us. While many people are still waiting to get the minimum of 4 Mbps that qualifies as 'broadband.' by their rule.

It's just the way it will likely be, so we should get used to it, or we should choose to elect people who still listen to the will of the People, who are Statesmen and not Politicians, and have a backbone to do what's right, regardless of whether that's blue, or red.

Comment: Windows Option? (Score 1) 334

I know you're very keen on the idea of moving away from Windows. However, it seems like your family may at least be used to that version or installation of it. As a result, you may be causing more trouble than you want by giving them a new interface that's more foreign than what they have now.

Therefore, I might suggest a $45 option to "harden" a Windows installation: Faronics: Deep Freeze. (

This program will let you get their existing PC setup in that perfect state you want it in, then 'freeze' it in place. If they get a virus, spyware, malware, etc.. The solution is simple: Reboot. Upon rebooting, the PC -always- reverts to the state you froze it in. Their document storage space they can read/write and things stay there, but if a program is installed, *poof* it's gone.

While it might not be a perfect solution for you, you'll be able to make a yearly trip to do updates, or use 'normal' PC remote control methods to run updates and re-Freeze the system.

At any rate, something to consider.

Good luck, either way!

Comment: Still waiting for the base of 4/1. (Score 1) 533

by lionchild (#47858801) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

So, I live in the suburb of Kansas City, the eastern side, where perhaps we'll dream about getting Google Fiber in 2016..201, 2018..who knows. Our density isn't as great as the other places they're working. However, I do have Fiber to the Node with AT&T. But, their 'entry level' is still only 3Mbps/768Kbps, not actually 4Mbps/1Mbps.

I can get faster speeds, I know the copper to my home will support 64Mbps at my distance. However, those tiers are above the basic service. So, I'm still waiting for the "basic broadband" to catch up to this mythic 4/1 we're supposed to get. So, I'm guessing if they push to a 10Mbps minimum, I might get something like 6/2 as the base. So, I'm going to throw in with increasing the base.

On the Info-Highway, like when in air-to-air combat: Speed is Life.

Comment: AT&T DSL/Uverse Data Limits (Score 1) 355

by lionchild (#47769771) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

The thing to remember about AT&T's DSL and Uverse data limits are that data coming down AND data going up count against that cap.

So when you download that 4GB movie file, it counts, but when you use Dropbox or Carbonite, those uploaded files/data count against your cap too.

Comment: Administration after the Death of the Password. (Score 1) 383

by lionchild (#47647679) Attached to: DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

So, if we kill the password, the foundation on which we have security built now, what does administration look like after that? If we use biometrics, do we turn that over to security, so they can verify your identity? If your fingerprint/retina pattern isn't working, does that mean it's almost always faulty hardware?

It's got to be well thought out to replace something that's just about as intrinsic as the on/off button.

Comment: Why is this news? (Score 1, Insightful) 265

by lionchild (#47062237) Attached to: IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

I'm not exactly sure why this is really a news thing. It took up two lines of text, and was about a guy who did something malicious, on purpose, was caught and pleaded guilty. Let's replace IT Pro with some other profession...with say a teacher. They know they're being let go, so they dip all the keys and answer sheets in ink, rendering them useless and remove covers from textbooks. They get caught / found out, admit they did it, they go to jail.

I just don't get why this is really news-worthy.

Comment: Seroius Answer: LTO6 (Score 1) 983

by lionchild (#46470961) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Considering that you've got to be running something larger than your average desktop PC to hold that much data, I'd consider looking at a tape library like this: ($3750)

8 slots for Ultrium 6 tapes, non-compressed will hold 20TB, 50TB if you can get decent compression...which I'm guessing you might not. I think tapes can be found for just under $65 each, depending on how you shop them.

I guess it depends on how many tapes you want to back up to after that.

Comment: Getting Management's Attention (Score 1) 417

by lionchild (#46441889) Attached to: School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

As someone who is part of the elected 'management' of a public school, I can say with some certainty, if you were request to address management in private, opposed to in a public forum, and respectfully indicate that the institution has engaged in a (potentially) illegal activity, they should sit up and take note. Especially if you recommend a simple solution to what could have been a simple mistake, you're more likely to get a positive response.

As far as explaining to non-technical people, I would recommend giving them a real-world example. Such as saying that you've locked up your house, but you leave one window open on the second floor. While it's not likely that someone could get in because it's on the second floor and there's no obvious way in, it's not a reasonable practice if you want to know that your home is secure.

Comment: Support comes from the people. (Score 1, Insightful) 510

by lionchild (#46014205) Attached to: Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

If you want people to support the metadata program and various and sundry other programs that various services and branches are or will be using, then you need for the people to want those programs. You can't just say, "It's for your own good," or "..we should support the President," and expect them to not have reservations.

How about we start by making news reporting in the US, more about actual, real, factual news, including not merely local, but national and GLOBAL news. Embedding reports with units during previous deployments has shown it brings support to our troops, if not why they are where they are. How about the US get a taste for what rough and bloody events happen in the real world? If The People want to be protected from that coming to their shores, they'll support the things that keep that away.

The People give the power, and if not done carefully, The People will take the power.

Which reminds me: We need more Statesmen, and fewer Politicians both in the US, and abroad.

Comment: Public vs. Charter (Score 1) 715

by lionchild (#45941359) Attached to: How Good Are Charter Schools For the Public School System?

Here's the bottom line, all social issues aside:

A Public School takes public money, is governed by people who are locally elected. They spend public money to provide the best education possible for children in the best environment they can, (in theory and often in practice.)

A Charter School in some places takes public money in others does not. They are not always governed by locally elected people. Their job is to educate children and turn a profit, they are not a non-profit organization, like a Public School.

So, when it comes to a choice between being profitable or going down the road to being non-profitable, and what level of education they will provide their children...which will win out?

Primary Education shouldn't be based on turning a profit...ever. It's always about making choices that are first and foremost, about educating children. Sometimes it's constrained by the funds you have, but the funds are not the focus.

In the history of US Primary Education, there has only been one, Privately run "public school system" that's both provided a profit and shown improved student achievement....for one fiscal quarter. After that, the improved student achievement became flat, then fell off. If privately run systems worked, turned a profit and created high student achievement, there would be a large amount of data out there about it. There isn't any. None. Public Schools would be hard pressed to fight real data. But, there isn't any, so they're fighting deep pockets of special interest groups who want to run schools and either turn a profit, or take public money and turn a profit, without necessarily providing high student achievement.

Do all Charters want to do that? No. Some have a great desire to create high student achievement. But what has and will drag them down is that they also have to create profit, because they're a business, not a non-profit organization.

Comment: Problems and Solutions (Score 1) 383

by lionchild (#45599159) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

If you take your problem to management, you need to haul along with it the solution for that problem, and the justification.

The key to this sentence, is the justification.

You need to show, likely with dollars and cents, how much productivity is being lost because the current staff is being pulled away to deal with general IT issues. Lost productivity for the end user. Lost productivity for you, which in turn means delays and more lost productivity of other projects.

Bringing in your solution (additional staff), will keep you productive with your main focus. It will get quicker responses for general users thereby boosting their productivity, and so on and so forth.

In business, it's all about the bottom line in many respects. Something that costs you X to implement, but makes you 2X or 3X or 4X in return is an easy decision to make from the business perspective.

Comment: Re:In all seriousness.. (Score 1) 397

I can hardly think of a better destination than a busy office tower or large apartment building. They have mail rooms. Put a small annex room on the top floor, and use the Amazon Coal Chute for deliveries from the roof - straight to the guy in the mail room. The drone can fly to a known collection of rooftop destinations with much less fuss than they would to random residences/businesses "on the ground."

I'm dubious that existing buildings would work for this 'Amazon Coal Chute' since it would require re-design to add said chute, which is construction after architects and engineers, and city planning/zoning approval, etc.. I suppose if Amazon wants to pay for all that too...

Besides, I'm not sure I've seen many 'average' apartments who have a manned mail room. Luxury places, perhaps so...

Comment: In all seriousness.. (Score 2) 397

If private organizations can't use drones to help with natural disasters, such as those in Colorado, how do you suppose this will get approved to fly near local airports and various cities and towns won't outlaw the flying of drones?

Of course, there's always the question: How do you deliver to high-rise apartments and other high-density dwellings?

Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"