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Comment: Re:Eqaul Protection (Score 1) 760

Right, equal protection. For example, 2 people who make wildly different sums of money every day both get pulled over for speeding by the same amount, and both of them have to pay what it takes them say 3 days to earn. That way the richer guy doesn't laugh it off while the poorer guy gets evicted. Equal protection.

I've got no problem with that as long as we also apply it to taxes. Drop all deductions and charge everyone the same percentage of their income for taxes. Equal taxation.

Comment: Re:Hardware ICE - JTAG (Score 2) 215

by tippen (#49048287) Attached to: New Encryption Method Fights Reverse Engineering

JTAG debuggers are a major problem when you really need to protect your IP. It's enough of a hole that I got NetLogic to add an e-fuse to their XLP network processors (+ later generations) that could disable EJTAG.

Blow the e-fuse during ICT on production hardware and you can cut down on RE capabilities a fair bit.

Doesn't really help for general purpose computers, but a very nice for hardening embedded systems.

Comment: Re:does not sound like closure to me (Score 3, Funny) 115

by tippen (#48781427) Attached to: Closure On the Linux Lockup Bug

One of the more memorable quotes I heard while developing embedded systems: if you can fix it in software, it isn't a hardware bug

Annoying as hell to the software team when it is clearly a bug in the hardware, but very true at a practical level for the engineering team trying to get product out the door.

Comment: Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (Score 2) 131

by tippen (#48735809) Attached to: Museum's Adults-Only Nights Show That Alcohol and Science Are a Good Mix

One of the coolest things I ever got to do during my stint at HP was dinner and drinks at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History as a private event. Various buffets and bars scattered around the museum. Had no idea you could rent the Smithsonian like that.

Martini bar at the Hope Diamond? How freakin' cool is that?!

Comment: Re:Hitting 36 years old (Score 1) 552

by tippen (#48679715) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

I bet if you take a look outside of social media, phone apps and web startups, you'll find the situation is a lot different. Granted, that excludes a lot of the hot companies that everyone hears about constantly...

My company is an early-stage high-tech startup in Austin and the only developer on my team under 40 is our front-end guy. It's not older because we are using ancient technology either... High-speed network processing in C, control plane and management code in Python, and a modern web-based management interface (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, etc.)

Could just be a quirk, but it was similar in the last company I was in (network security product company). I suspect it is because it is embedded systems development, but maybe it is because the types of products we were/are building. Inline network appliances where you performance is critical and you can't bring the network down.

Comment: Re:Yeah right (Score 2) 308

by tippen (#48374281) Attached to: AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Kind of hard to pause something the said they wanted to do. Which means they didn't even start it. Maybe notes on the back of a napkin. But that would be giving them to much credit.

Really? The 900 Mbps+ up and down I enjoy at my house from AT&T Gigapower is imaginary?

AT&T pausing their gigabit rollout when the President announces that he wants to make broadband a utility is completely reasonable. They have no idea what is going to happen, so it is hard to justify continuing to spend $$$ with the network upgrades.

Now, that's COMPLETELY different than not rate-shaping different types of traffic or trying to double-dip by charging both the sender and the receiver for traffic. Pretty much all of the ISPs are being butt-nuggets on that one.

Comment: Re:There's a clue shortage (Score 2) 574

by tippen (#48308967) Attached to: The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

Sounds like the real problem is that you are unwilling to relocate. Putting your company somewhere where the cost of living is high and there's a shortage of talent seems to be very popular, but difficult to understand.

One of the main things that drives this is how funding works. It's amazing how difficult it is to get funding if it requires the VCs to travel. Certainly a significant hurdle even for places like Austin where you have a decent-sized high-tech community.

Since there are already WAY more companies than they'll ever fund just down the street, it's hard to blame the VCs for not wanting to get on a plane constantly. Founders know this, so guess where they tend to start their companies?

Of course, while they are more likely to get funding, they also have major issues attracting and keeping talent. Catch-22

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 465

by tippen (#47731647) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Just like we don't spank kids anymore because it's pointless and counterproductive, we should also stop "spanking" non-violent offenders but put them to good use instead.

Not sure which "we" you mean, but there are plenty of parents that spank kids. It isn't pointless or counterproductive.

Comment: Re:Palo Alto Networks firewalls (Score 1) 114

by tippen (#46492161) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?
Is security policy management effective from the CLI on PAN firewalls?

For the relatively simple network settings (port config, user admin, etc.), CLI is fast and easy. Hard to imagine trying to deal with complex policy configuration from the CLI. Do you end up switching to the GUI for that?

Comment: Re:relative URLs; Isilon vs. NetApp; F5 BigIP (Score 1) 114

by tippen (#46492035) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

For all the folks writing up the HTML code that goes into these things: use relative URLS!

Do not put the hostname (or IP address) of the device in any of the HTML. Us IT folks sometimes need to go through proxies (and SSH tunnels) to get to these devices (which are often on isolated "management" VLANs/networks). Simply put "/network/settings" instead of "http://mydevice/network/settings" in any [a href] links (or [img] or CSS references).

If the link in the HTML has "10.10.20.45" or "netdev01.mgt.example.com" in it, but my browser is actually connecting to "localhost" (because I have to do a SSH double-hop with forwarding), I'm going to think really evil thoughts about whomever wrote the HTML generator. I do not have to want to start editing my /etc/hosts or adding aliases to lo0 loopback interface.

Great point and something easy to miss during the mayhem of implementation of a new product.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Best management interface on an IT appliance?

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tippen (704534) writes "The management user interface on most networking and storage appliances are, shall we say, not up to the snuff compared to modern websites or consumer products. What are the best examples of good UX design on an IT appliance that you've managed? What was it that made you love it?

What should companies (or designers) developing new products look to as best-in-class that they should be striving for?"

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