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Comment: Re:Why is location irrelevant for some groups? (Score 1) 97

by phantomfive (#47442705) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education

That's not totally true. Just look at blacks in the US. While they were primary located in the southeastern states at first, there were several waves of mass migration. That's how we ended up with major cities like Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago and Washington D.C. that have black majorities.

They moved to get away from the KKK and segregated bathrooms. Are you suggesting that solution is somehow applicable now? Start a KKK against people who didn't go to college so they will move?

Comment: Re:Puppet. (Score 1) 250

by sjames (#47442633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

If the clone isn't on the same VLAN, accessing the same data-gathering hardware, there is no way the infrastructure

Sounds like you should make sure the clone is on the same vlan and accessing the same data gathering hardware, doesn't it?

I'm not saying that we don't try (use data from an old run, etc.), but there is no way to truly duplicate everything, and sometimes you just have to live with that.

So, use the clone with that setup to verify as much as you can. Then use the snapshot to allow you to roll back if things don't work out in production.

If you still can't afford the risk, then you don't need a Maintenance window at all. You need to airgap the network and never update anything on the expensive side.

Comment: Re:Responsible party? (Score 1) 72

The outcome is fines paid by one part of government to another, but it does focus the leadership to get it right

Or discourage reporting any incidents. If losing a container of Anthrax means you get punished, then you have strong incentives to not tell anyone and hope you'll find it, rather than rise alarm and put the place in a lockdown.

Comment: Re:What if he forgot it? (Score 1) 348

by sjames (#47441549) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Is that a serious question?

They have to PROVE that the defendant did NOT forget. Even if they decide the defendant has no credibility, they still have no conviction since nobody else in the world is able to directly witness the defendant's state of mind and there isn't enough behavioral evidence to conclude that he remembers.

The defendant is innocent until PROVEN guilty. That means that until proven otherwise, the defendant must be assumed to have forgotten the password.

Comment: Re:So will there be criminal charges? (Score 2) 72

You would rather punish someone than make sure this doesn't happen again? Why?

If you want people to be open and honest about how things are actually being done so you can find out where the problem lies, you cannot also be playing the blame game.

Beyond that, where is the criminal intent? Do you allege that some psychopath is deliberately endangering lives for a laugh?

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