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Comment Re:Great for Virtualization (Score 1) 65

My server spec's likely won't be helpful for you. One of the SSD's alone would pretty much use up your budget. Here are the details anyway:

Intel S2600CP Motherboard
2 of E5-2620 v2 @ 2.10GHz
64GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM
1000W Power Supply
Intel RMS25KB040 RAID Controller
2 of 500GB SATA HDD in RAID1 for OS/Boot
2 of Intel 750 Series PCIe 1.2TB SSD for VM storage

Software installed includes:
VMware ESXi 6.0.0

Comment Re:Current version is just .... so..... slow.... (Score 4, Insightful) 118

All current office products (2013)

Office 2013 is not the current version.

Even after disabling the "animations" and "hardware acceleration"

You do realize that disabling hardware acceleration makes things slower, right?

FWIW, I see absolutely zero performance issues on my Windows laptop. Diagnose the performance bottleneck on your machine before you blame the software.

Comment Infrared LED's (Score 1) 278

Why don't they just aim a bunch of infrared LED's at the audience? Wouldn't that mess with the recording devices without the audience noticing?

Of course, the IR couldn't be too powerful, or you could damage people's eyes. In a darkened theatre their pupils would be dilated, and IR does not cause the pupils to contract like visible light.

Comment Great for Virtualization (Score 3, Informative) 65

People often comment that only a datacentre or intensive database operation needs this kind of speed, but virtualization another application where IOPS are important.

I recently put together a small ESXi server with a couple of Intel 750 Series PCIe SSD's for VM storage, rated at 460,000 random read, 290,000 random write (4k) IOPS. Even with multiple VM's running, the responsiveness is like nothing I've experienced before.

Comment Radio Noise (Score 1) 303

Assuming the motivation for an attack like this is to disrupt the victim's LAN, a more subtle approach would be more effective. If you simply burn out a switch or NIC, it can be easily diagnosed and replaced. Recall that network interface cards are essentially radio devices that operate over wires instead of over the air. They are as susceptible to interference as the radio in your car.

I once worked for a company where every device connected to their switch would intermittently be unable to communicate. I tracked the problem down to a desktop computer with a flaky NIC that would go nuts every other day and (presumably) broadcast a shitstorm of noise. With a managed switch, it's easy to identify which port the culprit is attached to, but with an unmanaged switch a thing like this could drive you nuts if it only happened intermittently and then stopped for a while.

Comment Re:Impossible to disarm? (Score 1) 361

So here's a possible approach, inspired by your ablation technique: Based on the x-ray images, determine the thickness of the outer steel layer. Using an angle grinder, cut a square precisely to that depth, just touching the rubber lining but not cutting through it. (I'm not saying this would be easy). Pop out the square, and then cut a smaller square out of the rubber and foil layers using a razor knife.

Comment Why are transfers so hard to trace? (Score 5, Interesting) 54

Something I always wonder when fraud occurs involving bank transfers - why can't the money be traced? The whole system works on computers, which are inherently good at keeping records. Even if multiple hops are involved, I see only one reason why law enforcement agencies should not be able to trace funds to their destination - the unwillingness of banks to cooperate.

There needs to be an international banking agreement that facilitates tracking. If some shady offshore bank refuses to sign on with the agreement, participating banks should refuse to transfer money to them.

The fact that such an agreement is not already in place points to the corruptness of our finanacial institutions. There is simply no motivation to impede movement of funds by criminals.

Comment Not just dangerous, but completely unnecessary. (Score 2) 289

Driver updates offered via Windows Update are always listed as "optional". Even with automatic updates enabled they would have to be chosen manually before they would be installed. On top of that, it would be easy to uninstall such an update via "Progams and Features" in Control Panel, or to click on "Roll Back Driver" in Device Manager.

Disabling updates to prevent bad driver installations is both misguided and unnecessary.

Comment Risk Management (Score 1) 236

Risk management is not simply about the probability of an event occurring; it must also take into account how damaging the event would be. For example, events that are very likely to occur but have little consequences might be safely ignored. Events that are very unlikely to occur but have catastrophic consequences merit some effort to prevent.

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