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Comment Image/Video libraries (Score 2) 138

I wonder if somebody can develop this into a transparent kernel-module.
13-22% of a video library could mean saving several hundred GB on a multi-terabyte collection. Depending on if it decompresses on-the-fly and how hard it is on a CPU, it may also reduce disk I/O somewhat.

Comment No proof, no proof (Score 5, Interesting) 138

1. Can't prove that you were affected because you can't get the records.
2. Can't get the records because they're either "classified" or they just don't answer FOIA requests
3. Can't get them declassified or revealed because you need to go to court
4. Can't go to court because you don't have evidence you were affected.
5. GOTO 1

Comment View/Read VS write access, and peer relations (Score 1) 189

Depending on how your environments are configured, I would think that "view" (read-only) access wouldn't be a terrible thing, but giving the architect write access, especially at a root/admin level is NOT a good idea (for similar reasons to why devs shouldn't have such access).

So the question becomes: how do we give him/her enough access to be informed and effective, but not so much that it is likely to allow problematic changes.

There could be a few ways of this. In many cases, there are management or monitoring systems with management UI's on which you can create accounts with view-only access. For example, in many places I've worked, there are one or all of the following:
* A network management software which is capable of listing all known managed network devices and returning logs or configuration details for them (without allowing access to change)
* A software/package management system capable of tracking all licensed hosts (e.g. satellite/spacewalk for Linux, or perhaps something tied to WSUS in the windows world) and the software/configuration of those hosts.
* Monitoring software which tracks the status of running applications/services/devices, and generally knows at least a little bit about the underlying OS versions, hardware, and various applications installed
* An asset management system which tracks stuff like hardware, OS, location, ownership, etc of physical and virtual hosts

That gives several points where one could have a limited-access account where one can pull up the information needed to build a fairly decent picture of how things tie together, but without giving somebody the temptation of being able to actually change or tweak things him/herself. There may be some fine details that aren't immediately apparent with the above, but that's why you have the fifth option

* cultivate a mutually beneficial/respectful relationship between your devs, architects, security team and admins.

Seriously, the "chain of incomplete/disaster projects" is almost never on one guy, but due to a breakdown of communication between layers. By cultivating a good relation between the levels of staff, you not only have people who are willing to donate some time to getting the information you need (or considering the changes you propose), but often bring important stuff to you for advise/advisement before you even have to ask!

So yeah, you should have lots of access to *see* what's going on in a global sense, but not to *change* it (except on paper/design). Access to the noted systems is going to be helpful with that, but having strong ties to the right people is the real trump.

It may just be how things are phrased (and to be fair "ask slashdot" often comes off as better describing ones frustrations than relations), but at the moment it sounds like you're not doing particularly well at the communication bit or at relinquishing control. Don't be a one-man army... even if you do get the access it'll just lead to you taking all the heat for issues and/or burning out.

Comment WiDi (Score 1) 394

Yeah, what I'd like to see is not a bunch of shit baked into a stereo unit that will be obsolete 3 months after release, but open standards for communicating with the devices we already have.

Bluetooth (A2DP) audio is a nice thing to have, though I admit sound quality isn't always consistent between devices. For GPS and similar things, why not just have stereo head units with a decent display and widi enabled, maybe something to bluetooth tether the touch-screen (they can even lock it so it doesn't accept input while driving). That would allow people to use the GPS/navigation on their phone - which likely is more up-to-date than the aging car unit - and other such useful functionality.

For the kids, have a rear-facing widi display that similarly allows video to be streamed from the phone. That or just make connecting phones to HDMI easier/consistent and have little charging/display ports that also broadcast to the internal displays.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 1) 367

just don't do it behind your spouse's back

This. I don't understand why this is such a difficult concept for so many people. How you get your jollies is your thing, so long as it's only impacting you. If you're in a relationship, then it's no longer just about you. If you don't want to be in a relationship, don't be. If you want to be in a relationship and sleep around, find a partner that is OK with that (and be safe about it). I know people who've been there and done that. Open relationships may not be everyone's cup of tea, but they are honest.

Having had a cheating partner and a round of antibiotics afterwards (thankfully that's all I needed afterwards), I'd have to say the excuses for this sort of behaviour are pathetic and selfish.

Comment Re:I hope it's easily disabled (Score 1) 112

Does it grab two IP's when it connects to Virgin? If not, I'd also be worried about
    "what happens when somebody downloads or does something illegal through the IP that ties to your home router, and the swat-team arrives (or the nastygram from the MPAA etc)" ?

Comment Re:Uninstall would be nice (Score 1) 80

So I went back and re-disabled a bunch of these apps, and they're not showing up in the updates now. Perhaps something else re-enabled them previously causing them to show up in the updates again.

I'll have to keep an eye on that. I wouldn't rule out some Samsung or phone-carrier shennanigans, but you are definitely correct that they're not showing in updates after the recent disable.

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