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On a technical note, what does this do to ARP tables? How does that address resolution work?
Learn how to think like a programmer. For the love of god, learn to compile. Please don't pigeon-hole yourself into one or two toolsets. I speak from experience here, by the way. I'm prettydamngood with PHP/Mysql but wish I knew enough to transition to something a bit more modern.
I just can't help but wonder if there is a connection.
Director of technology in a big international school here. Several points need-a-clarification.
#1: so, so many parents are so, so different. We once held one of those "parent internet safety" workshops. We asked 15 mom's, "what would you do if you walked into your kids workspace and saw them quickly minimize a window". Guess what? We got 15 different answers, ranging from "death" to "ignore".
#2: We have several parents who simply need the technical skills to understand stuff like open dns and blocking at the router. We installed filtering software for them, and spend quite a bit of time helping them understand how to use these tools. see point #1, some parents need boku-blocking, other, none.
#3: the argument that parents should be watching their kids 24/7 to monitor and supervise their internet usage is bullshit. I've got a 2 year old, and I barely have time to keep my house clean. That being said, we use this safety PACT becuase many parents don't even know how to set rules with their kids about internet use in the house.
#4: we teach parents about safe search, and spend so much time talking about profiles, and helping parents talk to their kids about safe internet usage. This tool would be "another tool in the belt" for us folks in schools. Guys, parents aren't geeks, eh?
Are system administrators migrating away from Novell? We run Novell at our school, and I'll start looking for alternatives if I have to. The issue is our 2 system administrators have years of experience with Novell. It is a stable, reliable platform, and works well.
I am concerned about software updates, security fixes, things like that.
I wouldn't be surprised if big-iron IT departments didn't already do something like this. Not like it matters anyways, with corporate control of the internet looming (slashdot story of 2 tier internet access)
Scientist 1: SIR! We've found it!
Scientist 2: long pause..."the head"....?
While I understand the role of levity and humor when contemplating our armageddon, I think a moment of serious discussion is in order here, you slackers.
The real danger here, in my considered opinion, is what happens when the inevitable occurs? A solar powered hornet mates with a shark. I'm sure many of you don't see this, but let me paint the following highly likely scenario:
1. Beach. Picnic. Very little breeze, about noon. Watermelon, ice tea, and some sweets.
2. As the cloud drift overhead, and some gentle music plays, as the light dances on the water a solared powered hornet (SPH) glances towards the water
3. There, in the water, is a shark, flexing his shark muscles and doing shark stuff
4. The hornet, smitten, buzzes over to the shark and there is a long, deep look between the two.
5. After a lovemaking session worthy of any major blockbuster porn flick, they leave, never to see each other again.
Fast forward whatever the gestational period for hornets is and you've got the ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE SCENARIO.
Screw wikileaks, friends - this is the story of the century.
We are using another blackbaud product, financial edge. We have 2 different currencies, and the database isn't designed for this. massive choke. You actually have to instantiate a new database and keep them synced with each other.