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Comment: Cisco ASA (Score 1) 238

by paysonwelch (#47891523) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?
I think the question is do you want to constantly be fixing your firewall and routing rules and also troubleshooting problems that might cause you to tear your hair out? Or do you want to do this in a weekend or a few hours and have something that is pretty solid and stable? I see already that everyone is recommending their favorite firewalls. What you want to get is an enterprise grade firewall. For this reason you should look at the Cisco ASA line (You can get one eBay for about $300), or a Dell Sonicwall. Note that you need to spec all of these to your needs. And remember there is no such thing as total security whether you have spent $100 or $100,000 on your firewalls.

Comment: Re:Russian Programmer's are Brilliant! (Score 1) 157

by paysonwelch (#47783649) Attached to: Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure
You can classify programmers into many categories. Two of them are those that write really complex code that is hard to read and not easy to maintain, and they say they are brilliant because no one else can read it / figure it out (easily that is). They may also make it explicitly convoluted and take extra steps to make it more complicated that it needs to be, unbeknownst to them. Then there are the experienced programmers that write easy to read, modular and maintainable code because they don't want to have headaches down the road and don't mind letting others edit or revise their projects.

+ - Time Warner Cable online after widespread Net outage->

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paysonwelch (2505012) writes "Time Warner Cable dealt with a major Internet outage early Wednesday.

During routine network maintenance at 4:30 a.m. ET today, "an issue with our Internet backbone created disruption with our Internet and On Demand services," said Time Warner Cable vice president for public relations Bobby Amirshahi in an email exchange.

"As of 6 a.m. ET, services were largely restored as updates continue to bring all customers back online," he said.

See also: http://www.cnet.com/news/time-..."

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+ - UPS: We've Been Hacked->

Submitted by paysonwelch
paysonwelch (2505012) writes "The United Parcel Service announced Wednesday that customersâ(TM) credit and debit card information at 51 franchises in 24 states may have been compromised. There are 4,470 franchised center locations throughout the U.S., according to UPS.

The malware began to infiltrate the system as early as January 20, but the majority of the attacks began after March 26. UPS says the threat was eliminated as of August 11 and that customers can shop safely at all locations."

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+ - A new Watson-style form of AI called Viv seeks to be the first 'global brain'->

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paysonwelch (2505012) writes "For the past two years, the team has been working on Viv Labs’ product—also named Viv, after the Latin root meaning live. Their project has been draped in secrecy, but the few outsiders who have gotten a look speak about it in rapturous terms. “The vision is very significant,” says Oren Etzioni, a renowned AI expert who heads the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. “If this team is successful, we are looking at the future of intelligent agents and a multibillion-dollar industry.” and Siri Viv is attempting to become the first world wide brain. T"
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Comment: Re:Does the Millenial hype actually match reality? (Score 1) 120

by paysonwelch (#47584275) Attached to: Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access
Actually the docom boom was tech-everything, eyeballs on the web was just a no brainer. There was a company in the great lakes area I think that was allowing you to shop for groceries online and you would get a delivery the next day (This was like '97 or 98!). Working prototypes for smelling odors through the internet were being built. Back in the 90's (cue Portlandia theme) we were digitizing the world man. I'm sure others will have many great examples of failed 90's tech. So it's not just a millenial thing this is just the advancement of automation. The projected figure is that 50% of the jobs available today won't be available in 20 years because they will have been automated out of existence.

Comment: PCI-DSS or Tokenization (Score 2) 348

You need to look at the PCI-DSS requirements because this is what dictates the security standards of your network if you are storing credit card information. Specifically PCI-DSS dictates (not your contract) that there needs to be multiple levels of firewalls. Ergo you will need a firewall in front of the web server. You will then need a separate firewall in front of the DB servers. And the preferred setup is a three or more tiered system. Web server with firewall connects to the Application (WCF / web service server) which also has a firewall, which connects to your database server which also has a firewall. Also note that I am referencing hardware firewalls such as a Cisco ASA or a Dell Sonicwall. The servers should also have their own software firewalls enabled whether it's Windows Firewall or Linux IPTables. With that said we are "supposed" to be PCI-DSS compliant and should be for the sake of liability (and doing it the right way). Unfortunately I know many vendors who don't want to spend money on proper setups and run very insecure systems. If you can avoid it don't work for these people and go find a client that has the budget to do things right. PCI-DSS: https://www.pcisecuritystandar... A better option for a cheap client is to not store any customer data and use a tokenized system. Authorize.Net will store all sensitive data for an extra $10/mo and allow you to skirt PCI-DSS regulations. You should still run a firewall though and be as close to PCI-DSS as possible though. http://www.authorize.net/solut...

Comment: Re:Density (Score 1) 78

by paysonwelch (#47516603) Attached to: Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper
You could theoretically use other technologies as a baseline. One technology that comes to mind is how archivists are digitally printing information onto nickel plates because of it's durability. The data is then read back using an electron microscope. In theory if you could microprint binary data onto paper you could read it back with an electron microscope.

Comment: Re:won't work (Score 3, Interesting) 155

by paysonwelch (#47431903) Attached to: Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones
They are most likely asking permission from the FAA to fly the drones at altitudes of around 1,000+ ft (not sure about the actual regulations) but this would be high enough that you would have to be a really good shot AND have a long range rifle. The thing is that most people aren't good shots let alone at that distance and compounding the fact that it's going to be a moving target at 50MPH.

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