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Comment: Only in Canada eh? (Score 1) 1

by mrobinso (#38842779) Attached to: Cogeco User Socked With Thousands in Overages

It won't be long before nightmares like this start happening to users in the US. Telecoms in North America are developing a taste for UBB profits.

This is what happens when you have a government that touts a "light regulatory touch" with competition laws that are being ignored and openly flouted by both industry and the regulator itself.

Mike

Comment: Re:WNDR3700 (Score 1) 398

by mrobinso (#37439734) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?

+1 on the TP-WR1043ND. I did flash mine with OpenWRT/Gargoyle, only because the usage monitoring on the stock firmware was crap. As A Canadian I need to monitor my usage relisiously lest I get slapped with an internet bill that would take a 2nd mortgage to pay. Were it not for the usage, the stock formware would have sufficed.

Comment: Re:Flies in the face of accepted facts. (Score 1) 4

by mrobinso (#36959720) Attached to: CRTC is peddling broadband Kool-Aid

Adopting policies means work, and locking horns with the incumbents instead of playing golf with them. It's much easier for the CRTC to fudge the numbers to make it look like their current policies and direction are having a positive effect when in actuality the exact opposite it true.

It says an awful lot when the real numbers indicate countries you would think are far less developed than Canada have broadband that makes ours look like a disgrace.

It also says an awful lot when the CRTC states something that is patently and demonstrably false and misleading.

Not that that should come as any surprise.

Mike

Canada

+ - CRTC is peddling broadband Kool-Aid-> 4

Submitted by mrobinso
mrobinso (456353) writes "Canadian author and journalist Peter Nowak has just released a stinging commentary on the latest bogus report issued by the CRTC on the state of broadband in Canada. It makes good reference to "Koolaid", the favourite drink of both the CRTC and incumbent telcos and cablecos. The numbers are in, and blatantly overcooked."
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The Internet

+ - Sex sells in the domain name game->

Submitted by stinkymountain
stinkymountain (962420) writes "When Jed Clampett's shot missed its intended target, hit the ground and struck oil, we got "The Beverly Hillbillies." Part of what made the story interesting was that old Jed found unexpected riches in something he already owned.

Today, people are discovering value in a new type of real estate that many already own: Internet domain names. Granted, there have been only a few who, like Jed, stumbled onto millions, but there are lots of people now sitting — unknowingly — on domain names worth hundreds and thousands, and in some cases even more.
So, how do you know if you have a domain name of value and, if so, what do you do with it?"

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Google

+ - Google Joins With NASA on Green Flight Challenge->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Whether you view Google as a benevolent Internet overlord or the new 'Evil Empire', there's no arguing that the search giant at least devotes some of its squazillions towards environmentally beneficial causes. Earlier this year the company invested US$168 million in what will be the world's largest solar power tower plant and now it has partnered with NASA to sponsor the Green Flight Challenge that offers a prize purse of $1.65 million for the design of quiet, practical and energy-efficient aircraft."
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Software

+ - SPAM: Skype Software App for IPAD Users : False start?

Submitted by citycomputergames
citycomputergames (2427484) writes "The long awaited skype application for IPAD users have been recently released. For the legions of IPAD users this must have felt like an early christmas present. However their happiness was cut short by the immediate withdrawal of the software justified by skype as premature release. The wait goes on!"
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Comment: Employees leaving "angry" according to who? (Score 1) 219

by mrobinso (#35044310) Attached to: How Do You Protect Servers From a Rogue Admin?

The first mistake is assuming that when an employee leaves, he/she isn't leaving in anger. How does the outfit know whether there is anger or not? Also, anger isn't always the only motive an admin might go rogue then up and quit. Mental illness. Drugs. Personal problems. Who knows. They certainly aren't going to announce "hey I'm angry because [enter reason here] and I'm going rogue then quitting".

The data is an asset, just like anything else in the company, and needn't be treated differently just because it's digital.

In my personal experience, mission critical data has always been backed up and kept off-site, usually with the "big cheese" - the person with whom the buck stops. How often is the answer to a simple question: "How much of this can go missing before trouble starts?"

If the answer is "none", the solution is mirroring - real time backups all of the time.
If the answer is "a little but not much", full backups and prescribed intervals with incremental backups filling in the gaps can be considered.
If the answer is "pfffft, doesn't really matter, just not too much", then a manual backup at set intervals would suffice.

The danger here is not the finding of an adequate solution.

The real danger is assuming an employee is/will be leaving on good terms and isn't intent on causing damage.

Assume the worst always, and don your teflon. When Murphy's Law strikes (and it will), you're bullet proof.

FWIW, I have a standing policy - when I accept a notice of termination from an employee with adminstrator[-like] privileges, I say thank you for service and escort them out the door. On the spot. No exceptions.

Mike

Image

IT Worker's Revenge Lands Her In Jail 347

Posted by samzenpus
from the bad-idea dept.
aesoteric writes "A 30-year-old IT worker at a Florida-based health centre was this week sentenced to 19 months in a US federal prison for hacking, and then locking, her former employer's IT systems. Four days after being fired from the Suncoast Community Health Centers' for insubordination, Patricia Marie Fowler exacter her revenge by hacking the centre's systems, deleting files, changing passwords, removing access to infrastructure systems, and tampering with pay and accrued leave rates of staff."

Comment: UBB Metering is.... broken (Score 1) 282

by mrobinso (#34079418) Attached to: CRTC To Allow Usage-Based Billing

The biggest problem with UBB is the way the incumbents measure traffic. It's patently broken. 100% borked.

On the DSL side, traffic is measured at the BAS.
On the cable site, traffic is measured at the node.

It's quite simple to demonstrate how broken their measurement methodology is.

Fire up a cable or DSL internet account, set the modem up, then connect nothing to it. Then, send me your IP address. I can assure you, at the end of the month you're going to get a whopping bill for usage - whatever the max is, that's the bill you're going to get. Just let me know how much usage you want the bill to show. 200G? No problem. 1.5TB? No problem. The usage on the bill will show whatever I want it to show.

The fact is, this has been going on since UBB's inception. Bell, Rogers, Cogeco, Telus... all of them... know the metering is borked. They know it and do nothing because its raking in millions and millions of dollars for each of them, every month.

The concept of UBB is reasonable, IMHO. I have no problem paying for something I use. The more I use, the more I pay. I have no problem with this. But if you're going to charge me XX dollars for XX usage, that XX usage better be MY usage, and it better be at least half-assed accurate.

Right now, it's not even that.

Mike

Space

Collision of Two Asteroids Spotted For the First Time 31

Posted by timothy
from the delicious-space-dust dept.
sciencehabit writes "Astronomers report that a small asteroid located in the inner asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter took a major hit early last year. Previously rendered only in artists' conceptions, the first asteroid collision known in modern times revealed itself in a tail of debris streaming from what astronomers at first assumed was a comet. Instead of a steady stream of dust, however, they found boulders near the object with dust moving away from them."

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