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Comment: First Line of Defense (Score 3, Insightful) 31

by TubeSteak (#49150135) Attached to: Simple IT Security Tactics for Small Businesses (Video)

Don't use your fucking Point of Sale systems to browse the internet. Or check your E-mail. Or for anything other than inventory & payment.

This goes double for any computer that is used to access customer or patient records.

I see this all the time and it makes me cringe.
If you can't afford separate systems for you or your employees to dick around on,
then you sure as hell can't afford the fallout from getting pwned.

Comment: Re:The U.S.A. is now a third world country (Score 1) 311

by TubeSteak (#49064247) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm

Maybe taking advantage of the shutdown to do a bit of inspection and maintainance turned up something that took a while to fix.

Entergy's Pilgrim plant has been consistently ranked by the NRC as one of the worst in the country.

It's much more likely that Entergy took advantage of the shutdown to fix things they should have taken care of a long time ago, but refused to deal with, because the plant could be unprofitable in the near future and they're trying to milk as much profit out of it as possible. It'll all show up in some NRC filing(s) sooner or later.

Comment: Re:A precaution when done ahead of time. (Score 4, Informative) 311

by TubeSteak (#49064233) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm

Pilgrim is a reliable station still going strong after many years.

Lol @ reliable. Pilgrim has been on the NRC's worst-ten shit list for a few years now.

The same day the storm hit, the NRC sent Pilgrim a letter.
http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1502/ML15026A069.pdf

Overall, the NRC has determined that your act ions have not provided the assurance level to fully meet all of the inspection objectives and have correspondingly determined that Pilgrim will remain in the Degraded Cornerstone of the Action Matrix by the assignment of two parallel White PI inspection findings. [Green, White, Yellow, Red, in increasing order of severity] [...] . Additionally, for one of the
root cause evaluations, inspectors determined that Entergy failed to investigate a deficient condition in accordance with corrective action program (CAP) requirements to ensure they fully understood all of the causes of one of the [four unplanned] scram events [that happened in 2013].

Reliable != multiple unplanned SCRAMs per year.

Anyways, on January 27, while the reactor was SCRAMing, these three things happened:

The High Pressure Coolant Injection System had to be secured due to failure of the gland seal motor.
The station diesel air compressor failed to start.
One of the four safety relief valves could not be operated manually from the control room.

Those safety relief valves are the ones that get used to vent pressure after the coolant injection system fails.

Pilgrim has problems. On top of all those problems, locals are spitting mad because the disaster plans fail to include scenarios like "giant blizzard shuts down all the roads and nobody can evacuate."

Comment: Re:Have I lost my mind? (Score 2) 378

by TubeSteak (#49006291) Attached to: Woman Suffers Significant Weight Gain After Fecal Transplant

3) is easy to make (see above, do not try this at home, professional driver on closed course and all that)

Actually, people are doing it at home.

It's a SFW thing to search for, as long as you get your search terms right.
"diy" or "home" and "fecal transplant"

There's really no difference between what you can do at home and what a doctor can do for you, other than ordering up disease and parasite screening tests for your donor.

Comment: Re:Translation... (Score 4, Insightful) 214

by TubeSteak (#49003343) Attached to: Verizon Sells Off Wireline Operations, Blames Net Neutrality Plans

Therefore we will 'protest' by selling off an area of the business we have been planning to sell of for normal commercial reasons for quite some time, but using our highly paid group of lobbyists and spin doctors,

Lobbyists and spin doctors?
Any media who reports "Verizon blames net neutrality" is basically falling down on the job.
Journalists and editors are supposed to have some minimal obligation towards reporting the truth.

âoeWashington should be very thoughtful how they go forward here,â [Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam] said. âoeThis uncertainty is not good for investment, and itâ(TM)s not good for jobs here in America.â

The sale of the wireline operations has been in the works for several years, Verizon executives said.

Those should not be paragraphs 5 and 6.
Heck, "in the works for several years," should have been the headline.

Comment: Re:Shrug, yawn. Have you read it? (Score 1) 224

by TubeSteak (#48955131) Attached to: Nuclear Safety Push To Be Softened After US Objections

Signing on to every broad recommendation would be a direct insult to our own NRC, which does not dabble in such diplomatic newspeak, preferring to assess actual risk, look at each site, mandate practical and specific engineering guidelines, evaluate what has been done.

I wonder if you know something I don't.

You should dig up a 2011 Associated Press article about tritium leaks at nuclear plants across the country.
Or maybe read about the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant which was so plagued by problems that it was finally shut down.

Heck, a quick google search for 'NRC regulatory capture' will kick back plenty of examples that you can use to reevaluate your position.

The way we have operated nuclear plants in the US is sound. The safety record shows it,

Well, now I'm pretty sure you don't know what you're talking about.
The safety record is public, go look at it.
The NRC has a shit list of the worst plants that it publishes biannually.

Hell, there have been 2 nuclear plants that SCRAMed recently.
One on Christmas and the other last week, during the big north east blizzard.

I wonder what your criteria is for "unsound"
Do we have to have another 3-Mile Island accident?

Comment: Re:Double Irish? TAX ALL FOREIGNERS!!! (Score 2, Informative) 825

by TubeSteak (#48953941) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Liberty means no ex post facto laws. Earnings made before passage of any such law (which, let's face it, will NEVER pass with the current Congress - whether you agree with them or not) should be excluded from this. If the Government can retroactively tax your profits,

This isn't a retroactive tax.
There's no ex post facto involved.

You see, the trick is that technically, all the money held overseas is deferred income.
The IRS said "you don't have to pay your taxes until you bring the money back to US shores."
The corporations said "Cool, we'll bring it back. No really, we will. But how about we pay you less when we bring it back?"

As a result, the incentives for repatriating foreign profits are completely upside down and backwards.
It makes far more sense to dodge US corporate taxes and invest the money overseas.

Comment: Re:Middle wheel/button seems to work ok, no? (Score 1) 431

by TubeSteak (#48896269) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Indeed, some mice have a harder to press mid-button/scroll wheel, but there are some which are easier to press. I have a G700S and the middle click requires greater finger pressure than I'd like,

All the mice I've taken apart have one of several setups:
1. click pressure is controlled by a 'spring' inside a microswitch
2. click pressure is controlled by a tactile switch that is soldered to the PCB
3. click pressure is controlled by a spring that supports the scroll wheel axis or the full assembly

As best as I can tell, your G700s' scroll wheel has... 2 and 3.
You can see it here at 6 minutes into the video.
The tactile switch is the gold disk on the left of the screen, with two springs on each side of it.

You could try replacing those springs with weaker ones.
And/or you could desolder the tactile switch and replace it with one that requires less force to operate.

If it's hardware, there's no reason you should be permanently stuck with some focus group's middle of the road choice.
/tactile switches cost pocket change
//microswitches are expensive when ordered as single pieces, so find a place that already has a thousand of them.

Comment: Re:Choose a CMS you like (Score 1, Insightful) 302

by TubeSteak (#48871959) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

I know all the php/wordpress snobs on /. will dismiss this and laugh but personally if i'm building a site for someone (usually for no money and limited time) I just install wordpress, 'secure it',

I dismiss this and laugh because you think you can secure WordPress.

If you're using WordPress for clients, you better budget in the time you/they will spend upgrading WordPress to fix its latest security vulnerabilities.

Comment: SOX, HIPAA, SEC & other regs (Score 2) 385

by prgrmr (#48859077) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN
There are a host of federal regulations regarding maintaining the privacy of data that necessitate the use of corporate VPNs. Were the FBI to hack a corporate VPN and expose regulated data to the internet or the public via documents in an open hearing, the circus that would ensue as the Attorney General would try to explain how the FBI is exempt from all of those regs would be both entertaining and horrific.

Comment: Re:Those wacky subcontractors (Score 1) 136

by TubeSteak (#48853087) Attached to: Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

A drug company CEO taking this position, but not accepting any blame, disgusts me.

Not just any drug company, a drug company that manufactures antibiotics.

DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals, formed together with the Sinochem Group in August 2011, is the global market leader in beta-lactam APIs such as semi-synthetic penicillins (SSPs) and semi-synthetic cephalosporins (SSCs), which represent the biggest class of APIs in anti-infectives. It is also a leader in other active ingredients such as nystatin [anti-fungals] and next generation statins.

Not surprisingly, a company with "Sino" in its name has manufacturing facilities in Asia (India and China specifically).

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