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Comment From Slashdot 2005 - Pulp Administrator (Score 2) 46 Pulp Administrator, With apologies to QT and SLJ Do you read assembly language, Brad? There's a few lines of Code I've got memorized EBIDIC 9D5: "The path of the Network Administrator is beset upon all sides by the inequities of the ignorant hacker and the tyranny of jackass users. Blessed is he who, in the name of file retention and network security, shepherds the newbie through the darkness of the Internet. For he is truly his users administrator and the finder of lost files. And I will strike down upon keys with great vengance and furious deletion those who would attempt to poison and destroy my network. And you will know I am root when I lay my lockout upon thee." I been typin' that shit for years. And if you read it, it meant your ass. I never really gave much thought about what it meant 'till just now. I just thought it was just some cold-blooded shit to IM to user before I locked his ass out of the network. But I saw some shit this mornin' made me think twice. Now I'm thinkin', it could mean you're the jackass user. And I'm the Administrator. And Mr. PalmPilot here, he's the shepherd protecting my Administrator account in the darkness of the Internet. Or it could be, you're the Administrator, and I'm the shepherd, and it's the Internet that's an ignorant jackass. I'd like that. But that shit ain't the truth. The truth is... (he levels the PalmPilot and speaks deliberately) You're the weak And I am the tyranny of jackass users. But I'm tryin' Brad, I'm tryin' real hard, to be a shepherd.

Comment Re:So will stacking us vertically (Score 3, Insightful) 394

the cattling of economy class, the security theater, the inconvenience of the current airport experience has gotten me to the point that if a destination is less than 10 hrs by car, I'll drive rather than fly. Between the delays of getting to the airports 90 to 120 minutes prior to the flight, the inevitable delays, it just makes more sense to drive it rather than fly for me

Comment Battle Hardened? sort of? (Score 2) 117

Like XP, and NT and 2K before them, They've been in battle for over a decade, being attacked, patched, attacked, Service Packed. Not invulnerable because nothing is, but 2K3 is better than it was, that being said, having a Windows box exposed to the internet with no protection is flat out silly. Right tool, right job. Using a windows 2003 server to serve webpages on the internet is like using a 6 yr old to direct traffic. All the requisite parts are there, but the execution isn't the best.

Comment From an IT Admin (Score 2, Insightful) 582

I've been the internet cop is several organizations during my employment history and have seen administrators (not IT people) declare everything from "ALL shall be free!" to "Don't let them do anything more than their job" as a standard to use for filtering. Most likely what is happening is that someone, not in IT, has the list of "categories" from the filter service provider, be it Dan's Guardian or a big company like Websense, and have picked the usual suspects of Adult, Security, Malware, and Offensive, along with Hate Speech, Violence, and IT related" and flipped the filter on. The University Administration will ask you one question and one question only, "What part of your EDUCATION" is being effected by this? AND remember these people have fairly well tuned BS detectors. This isn't your parents' basement, they have the right to do what they will to reduce costs (your tuition) by protecting their network and reducing bandwidth use. If you don't like the on campus connection then move off campus and PAY for your own net connection where you can surf to your heart's content and waste your parents' money on reading hackaday instead of getting the Business Degree your parents are paying for by working overtime. And if you want REALLY draconian, they know eveery website you attempt to go to, whether it's blocked or not, and with the newest tech, they are doing a man in the middle on all SSL traffic so they know what you are doing there as well.

Comment this is distressingly familiar (Score 1) 359

A similar large vendor tried this near me. they said for X we will deliver A, B &C. simple We pony up X..... quick implementation ensues 1. The techie they sent us has never worked with an environment like ours 2 The internal geeks stated "this crap stinks, doesn't work and will break things" 3.The salesman precedes to distract management with concert and sports tickets 4. Project is getting near deadline, A, B & C not working 5. We report that A B & C aren't working and that "this crap stinks, doesn't work and will break things" 6. The salesman precedes to distract management with concert and sports tickets 7. Project finally stalls 8.A B & C aren't working and "this crap stinks, doesn't work and will break things" 9 Salesman says "throw 5x at problem and that will fix it 10. Management balks because A B & C aren't working and "this crap stinks, doesn't work and will break things" 11. Suddenly Salesman isn't taking calls This is the pattern of business, it doesn't matter if something actually works, it matters that it makes a sale.

Comment Not everyone is like that... (Score 1) 533

We got in front of the iDevice train, followed by the Android train..... 99% of our people requested email access, not problem. We're still a Groupwise shop, it was a simple matter to stand up a Novell Datasync server and provide all them with calendar and email access on iDevices and Android. We'll even put a bullet in their phone if they lose it. Our restriction? pin code instead of swipe to open and the agreement that when they leave our employ we will be sending the bullet out to their phone and they will need to reconnect it to their pc (iDevice) or go through the registration process (Android) to get use of it again. We don't allow personal devices on our core network, but we do provide a wireless access ( low bandwidth, no access to the core network) to these devices. We may actually sponsor iPads someday for certain users AND we do give them the option of a blackberry or iphone if they are issued work cell phones.

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