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Comment: Re:Head on? (Score 1) 134

by thechemic (#49103747) Attached to: Homeland Security Urges Lenovo Customers To Remove Superfish

In less than a day it has gone from scandal to basically resolved

LMFAO!!! Not even close. Its only been less than a day SINCE YOU HEARD ABOUT IT. They've been in the media for installing Superfish for the last 5 years. It just finally hit mainstream media, and they resolved it in less than a day since it blew up in their faces.

Comment: Re:It's a vast field.... (Score 5, Insightful) 809

by thechemic (#49049161) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

You're asking "developers" questions about "information security" by using vaguely worded questions that even "information security" experts would need to clarify, and when you don't get the results you're looking for, you take to the internet and declare that you are "worried about the quality of developers/engineers". I am quite sure that many of your interviewees have left your facility worried about the leadership qualities at your firm as well.

Try asking very broad open-ended questions such as, "Tell me about your general understanding of different types of encryption processes, and elaborate on any experiences you have using them." You might find that interviewees dump so much information on you about encryption that you can't get them to shut up.

Comment: Re:Optometrist? (Score 4, Insightful) 464

by thechemic (#48718585) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

He likely paid more for the progressive lenses, and as a result, the optometrist also made more money. Therefore, any professional opinions provided by the optometrist are going to be biased by the money involved. In fact, money is probably the reason he ended up receiving a product he didn't need or want in the first place.

I was sold the same bottle of snake oil when I was 40. Asking his optometrist these questions is the last thing you would want to do.

Comment: Similar Experience (Score 1) 464

by thechemic (#48718521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
I had all the same issues with progressive lenses. In addition to that, driving a car or riding a motorcycle became more difficult, even dangerous, as my peripheral vision was blurred to some extent. The distortion in the lenses also gave me headaches. I went back to regular glasses, and I have no intention of changing that until I'm so old that all I do is sit around and read books. If you're too close to your monitors, buy larger ones so you can push them back, and then all your problems are solved.

Comment: Translation (Score 4, Funny) 104

by thechemic (#48154591) Attached to: Microsoft Partners With Docker
Docker = Mens apparel company
Open Container = Open and ready-to-drink beer usually found in a moving vehicle
Docker Engine = Something that goes "vrooom" in your pants
Images = pictures
Docker Hub = a place to connect your pants with people
Azure = bright blue color, often associated with a sky

A men’s apparel company is teaming up with Microsoft to bring its ready-to-drink beer technology to the next server in the window. Penises will work with the server and pictures of everything will be available while people share experiences with each other’s pants. The penises and pants will also integrate directly into uh-hem “Blue stuff”. The partnership moves pants n shit away from Linux for the first time. With new multi-ready-to-drink beers technology clouds will consume enterprise developers.

Comment: The real questions to ask (Score 1) 209

You could definitely get cheaper UNLIMITED DATA elsewhere. But would you be happy with the COVERAGE? At some point you may want new EQUIPMENT, to which Verizon will tell you that your new phone isn't compatible with the "grandfathered" rate plans. The real questions to ask are "am I happy with the coverage" and "Will I be happy with this phone forever?" If the unlimited data works for you now, keep it for now. But at some point, you'll be forced to make a decision. All the other arguments about "unlimited" data are irrelevant. There are much better UNLIMITED deals elsewhere for the money.

Comment: Drupal (Score 1) 97

My vote is for Drupal. Wordpress & Joomla don't seem to be flexible enough for these kinds of deployments (at least for us). We built a procedure/policy/asset/access/resource tracking website with Drupal. It handles procedural documentation, policies, equipment assignments, loaner device checkout program, software license assignments, and much more. We dropped in an LDAP module, and life was good. We used to run a wiki too, but the requirement to hand code special markup was a turn-off for most of our users, so we ditched it.

Comment: 12U Rack (Score 1) 287

by thechemic (#47949735) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?
Hardware
  • 12U Rack in the attic enclosed and sealed with Oak panels force cool with a 8inch hydroponic blower from 70deg air in the house.
  • 24TB Dell R510
  • 24TB Dell C2100
  • 4TB Four Cluster Dell C6100
  • 4TB Dell R410
  • Dell iSCSI Certified 48P gigabit switch
  • Dell 1920W UPS
  • Dell 1920W UPS Extended Battery Module

Configuration

  • 4gigabit iSCSI SAN with redundant links
  • 4 node Hyper-V failover cluster with SAN storage
  • Stand alone VMware servers
  • 4 drops to livingroom
  • 4 drops to office
  • 3 drops to bedroom 1
  • 3 drops to bedroom 2
  • 3 drops to bedroom 3
  • 3 drops to bedroom 4
  • Ubiquiti Wifi AC
  • 4 external facing IP cameras
  • 4 internal facing IP camera
  • and one badass pitbull named "buddy" to help run physical security

Comment: Re:Solar storm EMP vs nuclear weapons (Score 1) 59

by thechemic (#47918949) Attached to: New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

Also detonating a nuke would be a full fledged war

Lets ponder the stupidity of that statement for a moment...

Several different nations have detonated over a combined 2000 nukes throughout history, and none of them resulted in a "full fledged war". Furthermore, only two nukes have been detonated during wartime, however it was a "full fledged war" that resulted in the detonation of the nukes. It was not the detonation of the nukes that resulted in the full fledged war. In fact, throughout history exactly ZERO detonated nukes have ever resulted in a full fledged war. Since there is ZERO evidence to support your claim, I'd say you look pretty stupid right about now.

Before you troll around the interwebs looking for "stupidity" in other people, you should check the mirror first.

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