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Comment: Damn good thing Windows has no holes! (Score 4, Insightful) 265

by swschrad (#48143623) Attached to: Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

yes, sir, sure would hate to be vendor-bound at work or home with insecure systems, or using a network full of spies and lies, to access online sales where I and my financial records might actually be the product. Yep, you can trust brand-name software and systems totally.

Comment: because once they hit the web, they get submitted (Score 1) 323

by swschrad (#48141873) Attached to: How English Beat German As the Language of Science

it is far more likely to have first read on an article about the new GUI in one or another Linux distro on Slashdot than first read about transmission of Ebola through improper sterlilization of overgloves before disrobing. the AP will get the Ebola stories first. once the East Gutwrench Reporter and Advertiser runs the AP story two days later, when they're run out of new angles for stories about the new paint job at Ernie's Cafe, some tech in East Gutwrench will submit it because it's cool.

Comment: present-requirements coal plants are no baseline (Score 1) 315

by swschrad (#48094583) Attached to: Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

namely, nobody is building any because the cost to mitigate the source pollution is so damn high, and going higher. so this generally-clocked-out concept fusion reactor, not-to-scale, would be tied with the second-highest cost of MWH production possible.

great news, I'm ordering 15 of these, bill to my account at the East Bank of the Mississippi. let's get those in production by December 1st, this year, also.

Comment: is this both remote and local config? (Score 1) 52

by swschrad (#48086153) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Designing a Telecom Configuration Center?

because they are way different.

remote config, you just need secure telnet and good management pipes, on top of the normal basic gizmo office (overpowered PCs, hopefully dual screens, redundant power, etc.)

local config, you will also need an open half-rack on casters at each workstation area, good AC and "battery" power, I like the idea of a cube terminal server 8 or more ports for you to get into the craft ports and push scripts, then localize afterwards. or a localization generator which saves all the configs on a common ultra-backed-up server, and you just tftp them into the remote equipment.

there is almost always a TL1 interface and port number on telco equipment, so you could automate all the localization generator stuff into TL1 as well. since you're telco, also get the AC1 MIB documents for your stuff so you can catch and decode the SNMP traps and autogenerate repair tickets.

none of this is high-buck stuff. it's the coding in the end that determines how much of the scutwork is manual and time-waste, and how much nonsense actually is handled when the outage clock starts ticking and your techs get after the repair.

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