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Comment: Re:Asymptomatic people are not contagious (Score 1) 383

by mysidia (#48031759) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

I imagine a person who is not intending on doing ill will with the disease could self monitor and quarantine himself if needed.

Could in theory, but they are not likely to do so, not only because they might miss the symptoms or be in denial about them, BUT self-quarantining would seriously inconvenience them, and it would be against human nature and not what the average person would do, to decide you're sick and impose this on yourself.

Most people would just rationalize it internally to themselves "It's probably just a cold," or "I'm just tired." "It's stress-related"

Comment: Re: Asymptomatic people are not contagious (Score 1) 383

by mysidia (#48031747) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

None. Just add a quarantine user fee to their ticket.

Try again. Enstating a quarantine policy would drastically reduce the number of travelers until the policy was over. Or it would likely increase the number of travelers using various tactics of avoiding the airplane quarantine, such as travelling to an intermediary country first, and then crossing in through the land border.

Comment: Re:static versus dynamic, access & post proces (Score 1) 179

by mysidia (#48022355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

The CEO may not, but you're boss's boss might; or your boss might condense that 100 page report to 50 pages for his boss who might make it 5 pages for their boss

My direct boss is at the top and doesn't have any bosses, and while there is information about IT disseminated, I believe it is mostly all financial in nature, or related to the performance of individual workers and the performance of networks with regards to uptime and usage. There are no "Reports" gathered directly from any IT central logging systems, which are mostly applicable for troubleshooting issues anyways --- summary information from a central logging system, simply has nothing to do with running IT or the company, other than maintaining the logging system itself.

In other words... it's probably a report nobody needs anyways.

But if you do, your department should probably be writing custom scripts to gather and report on the data, just as they apparently have.

Comment: Re:static versus dynamic, access & post proces (Score 1) 179

by mysidia (#48014777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

Even the manager above you wants a report they can easily edit, merge, and send up the chain; it makes reporting on multiple projects a lot easier to do.

Just open the region selection tool, draw a rectangle around the parts of the data you want, Control + X, and then Control +V the picture into your report... . easy as pie ^_^

Or print it out, and they can grab scissors and cut out the data and paste it onto their report.

There are a lot of legit ways to handle this one.

Comment: Re:I can't quite decide (Score 1) 82

by mysidia (#48007451) Attached to: How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

In general self-funding government agencies are terrible idea-- that's why running the government "like a business" sounds good but is a lousy idea. Government agencies should serve the public, they shouldn't be profit centers.

Even in businesses..... a department cannot do other things on the side that generate lots of extra revenue and keep the proceeds within the department -- all inflows have to go to receivables accounting, and use of moneys to fund a department is at the discretion of management; just because department X generated an extra $1 million in revenue this year, does not mean all the extra cash coming in will be allocated to that department; it may be used to fund a new project, or it might be returned to shareholders ([taxpayers]) instead.

Comment: Re:Slightly different take on that. (Score 1) 82

by mysidia (#48007427) Attached to: How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

The NSA is developing X and licensing it to selected corporations. So, 100% wrong to be licensing it and 100% wrong to be doing so to non-government entities and 100% to be doing so selectively.

And if the NSA IS generating any revenue, then all that revenue should be going to the treasury slush fund.

The purpose of government departments is NOT to create a profit for the department.

Comment: Re: Forest Circus. (Score 1) 299

by mysidia (#48005127) Attached to: Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

This will never fly. Wilderness areas like that are considered public property and as such the government cannot prohibit people from taking pictures.

This is not unprecedented. L.A. already has similar rules if you want to take pictures from any of their public parks, forests, or other public property, you need a permit for each day from FilmLA, costing several thousand $$$.

In particular you need a permit to take pictures of the Hollywood sign, in addition you have to pay a license for trademark rights, if you want to use any of the images in a publication.

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 1) 903

by mysidia (#48000321) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

All good until they come to your house or place of work and tow it away anyway.

In many states, they cannot do this without a judgement in hand from a court of law, unless there has been a payment default for a minimum of at least 30 days. I think the issue with this remote immob. crap is they are deactivating cars whose payment is a few days late.

Then Yes... they might try to steal the car in that manner. However, you may keep it in a closed locked garage at home, and at work you may keep your vehicle in a secure area, where there is no access to it.

You might also park in one of the higher floors in a large private parking garage in an area where there is low clearance and no truck access -- back into your space; close enough to the wall that nobody can get behind the vehicle or see the plates.

Cover up all locations where the VIN# or other vehicle id numbers may be displayed visible from outside the vehicle, by laying a map, or some papers over it, so that definitive identification would be impossible without breaking and entering.

Attach an anti-theft wheel clamp to all four tires.

Remove any visible logos or dealership names on the vehicle and repaint the vehicle yourself, without providing information about new color. Rekey the lock cylinders on all 4 doors with something non-standard, to ensure no master keys will work.

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 3, Informative) 903

by mysidia (#48000183) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Which may be detectable and void the contract which may result in immediate repossession.

You don't need to tamper with the device to render it ineffective; just change the wiring of your vehicle so that the device's output has no effect anyways, although there may be a location tracking / other privacy violation in there as well, so you might also consider removing the bit of wiring from your vehicle's electrical system bringing power to the device.

Comment: Re:static versus dynamic, access & post proces (Score 1) 179

by mysidia (#47999481) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

Neither of which your CEO, President, VP(s), Sr. VPs, or Directors want to do or learn, nor should they have to.

I'm not sure what you're talking about. I am in network operations. The CEO/President/VPs/etc, don't ask for such reports from logging/monitoring systems.

I am not sure what they would want to do with the data anyways..... the kind of information that can be gathered by monitoring is mostly only actionable by IT management.

It's not like they're going to turn to page 36 of some report, and start asking us what's the deal about latency increasing from 5 milliseconds to 10 milliseconds.

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 1) 903

by mysidia (#47995445) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

they had to send a technician to get the car to start, and be able to drive out of the garage.

There's at LEAST one person who can bypass it. Now just find and make friends with one of these technicians who may take a $20 bribe to bypass it.

Probably anyone familiar with vehicle electronics with a service manual could figure out where the device is in the system and devise a bypass circuit.

If you think the system is working, ask someone who's waiting for a prompt.

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