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Comment: LED early failure is rather common (Score 2) 602

by millertym (#48003645) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy
I'm a huge LED fanboy. I've been buying only LEDs for the last 3-4 years. The early ones especially have not held up. I believe I only have 1 still functioning out of the 4 I bought in my first full room conversion. The newer ones - GE model 100w equivalent I typically get from Sam's Club - have been a lot better. I've only had 1 fail so far out of the 10 I have put into service. In any case, it's not a far fetched claim that a significant percentage of these lights last no where close to as long as they claim they will. A battle hardened customer service call should be able to replace those that fail early.

Comment: Wireless Access Points = Hacker Access Points (Score 2) 150

by millertym (#46549113) Attached to: WPA2 Wireless Security Crackable WIth "Relative Ease"
If you are even the slightest bit concerned with the security of data on your network, isolate wireless completely from your secure data. In my very unscientific estimate it seems 90%+ of the usefulness of wireless is for just basic internet access for executive types anyhow who don't need to be checking production data.

Comment: You already have the hard part (Score 1) 451

by millertym (#46421471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?
The hard part is getting some basic tech (of any kind) experience under your belt. You have that.

Go get up to date Microsoft certifications, understand the product to a significant degree, and you will be able to find a decent sysadmin job somewhere. Maybe not something above 50k - yet - but you will find something good. Then, once you get more hands on experience with business support scenarios for a few years, you can move on from there to the higher paying world (and higher stress typically lol).

Comment: How common are password guesses/brute force anyhow (Score 1) 445

by millertym (#46314527) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?
I don't even remember the last time I heard of a large scale data compromise from passwords being either brute forced or guessed. By a massive amount - bordering on 100% - compromises are from backdoors, social engineering, and zero day vulnerabilities that lengthy, encrypted, impossible to remember passwords don't help.

Comment: Re:Classic Slashdot (Score 1) 463

by millertym (#46176829) Attached to: Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost
If you think that the 100 commenters here are even close to representing the typical reader of this site - then you are more like the self centered power gamers of a certain MMO than you realize. A boisterous minority are about all that us who enjoy posting comments are, compared to everyone who visits. Go look at the number of visits per article numbers. Going by the numbers of the "most visited" articles I'd guess that less than 1% of people visiting this article posted here.

Comment: Re:Classic Slashdot (Score 1) 463

by millertym (#46167529) Attached to: Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost
All the hate seems overly picky. I went to check it out after reading all the hate in this tread... wtf it's just fine. Yeah, it's redesigned. But from a quick browse around story read, comment read session I hardly saw anything worth deleting my shortcut to Slashdot for. I think you are all caught up in a yet another bout of senseless internet nerd rage.

Do you know what this reminds me of? When a popular MMO game releases a patch and all the power gamers freak the hell out. But to the other 95% of players they can hardly tell a difference between pre and post changes and certainly not any that they don't get used to and play just fine with within 15 minutes.

Comment: The price of top notch security is too high (Score 1) 53

by millertym (#46008523) Attached to: 20 Million People Exposed In Massive South Korea Data Leak
It's fairly easy to get to 'mostly secure' with off the shelf appliances and training/education. But each percentage more secure a network becomes beyond that point becomes exponentially more expensive in both IT implementation costs and user productivity lost. Unfortunately this cost is too much for a very large percentage of companies when it comes to their overall profitability from both the implementation and productivity end.

Personally I think the corporate world needs to shift away from maintaining any sort of data that should be considered 'highly sensitive' in the first place. Instead of such data being desired, it should be shunned. And only in the most required of circumstances allowed by leadership. As it stands now leadership is grasping for this highly sensitive data like random citizens grasping for cash falling from an overturned armored truck on a bridge - and they don't want to put the money and resource into keeping it safe.

Comment: Windows 8.1 is a solid OS (Score 1) 564

by millertym (#45802735) Attached to: PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES
It fixed most of what was wrong with Windows 8. Plus the 'getting used to it' factor is about over. The problem for Microsoft isn't Windows 8 so much at this point - it is that a huge percentage of their user base are doing more and more from their smart phones or tables - and Windows isn't a solid player in that area. And... frankly at this point it's going to be extremely difficult for them to make much headway into the market. That boat has sailed and the big time mobile players have already filled their ship with Microsoft's PC customers.

Comment: I got finger printed in 2nd grade (Score 1) 303

Is there anyone in the USA that doesn't have their fingerprints already stored in some FBI controlled database? It's nearly universal as far as I can tell to have children's finger prints taken officially at school "to protect against kidnapping" type mentality. It has been happening at least since the early 80s when I was that age and was prodded into sticking my small child fingers into the ink and rolled onto an official paper - with a spot for each finger.

Comment: More rain is on it's way (Score 1) 85

by millertym (#44843579) Attached to: Boulder's Tech Workers Cope With Historic Flood
I'm in Utah and it has been another heavy rain day - which means all that weather is also on its way to Colorado. Look for constant rain on and off in that already hard hit area all day tomorrow. Luckily for Utah so far the flooding has been lighter. Some, but nothing catastrophic. I think the storms intensify as they head out over Colorado and the landmass underneath them gain elevation.

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