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Comment: Re:Civil war (Score 4, Informative) 453

by mu51c10rd (#47945233) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

The vote was a 55-45 margin...and conducted in a safe manner without much in the way to dispute. No reason for riots nor civil war. I also don't think enough was on the line for anyone in Scotland to feel motivated to take up arms. Remember northern Ireland and the IRA? How did that work out for the common person?

Comment: Re:This may be the way to escape from Comcast (Score 2) 418

by mu51c10rd (#47911455) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

A VPN? That's hiding internet traffic from them, which is precisely their problem with Tor.

I am sure most office workers and many small businesses are going to have a problem if Comcast starts blocking vpn traffic. Then again, use an SSL vpn instead of IPSec and I don't see how they could block it.

Comment: Re:Jesus wept, will people never learn? (Score 1) 150

by mu51c10rd (#47834907) Attached to: Hackers Break Into HealthCare.gov

Easy, because one of 3 things:
1. It is too expensive and no one wants to budget for it.
2. I.T. is severely understaffed and forced to work in reactive mode, not proactive mode.
3. They have the security in place, but it is so complex and covering such a large architecture, it is not well-monitored nor maintained for fear of breaking something.
This being the US federal government, there are probably about 100 different contracted companies for all the various parts of and pieces, with no federal IT employees overseeing any of it.

Comment: Re:So what was the plan? (Score 1) 848

by mu51c10rd (#47778087) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Since Crimea? Honestly, Putin has been using force for some time now. He invaded and pacified Chechnya, followed by an incursion into South Ossetia...with a followup into the rest of Georgia. Now, he is in Ukraine. I suppose for an encore...Armenia, Belarus better beware. The Baltics are in the best shape...they are NATO members.

Comment: Hardware still matters (Score 1) 145

by mu51c10rd (#47662873) Attached to: The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

It seems too many forget that all this virtualization still runs on physical servers. Those physical servers still need hardware upgrades, monitoring, and resource management (especially when one starts oversubscribing). I don't get why people keep thinking hardware went away. Instead of lots of 1U servers, now you have big iron running lots of virtual servers.

Comment: Re:How much is due to Congestion (Score 2) 72

by mu51c10rd (#47625161) Attached to: Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

Having worked for an ISP specializing in hotels...your wishful thinking is quite true. Hotels that charge tend to splie the revenue between the provider and the hotel. This is a higher margin for both, which allows for better equipment and better circuits. "Free" wifi at the lower and mid tier hotel build a flat rate into the room cost, as well pay a flat rate to their provider. This is a low margin product, so they tend to have smaller circuits and lower end gear. Keep in mind, the hotels buy the circuit size and equipment packages...not the providers. The Providers can recommend anything they want, but only the high end hotels tend to go with the recommendations (think Ritz Carlton by Hilton, JW Marriott, etc.)

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