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Comment: Not only not common, but not allowed (Score 2) 348

Unless *all* datafiles on your client's system are encrypted, also, and I don't think even that's enough.

ObDisclosure: I worked for about 4 months on a contract at Trustwave, a root CA.

Leaving that huge hole in your defenses... I suggest you look, if you don't already know, at .

From the 1.2 std: "Firewalls are a key protection mechanism for any computer network. Other system components may provide Firewall functionality, provided they meet the minimum requirements for Firewalls as provided in Requirement"

Even all data between two systems *MUST* be encrypted, for full compliance, if you're doing your own.

So, what this vendor is doing... I'd say you and your client need to reread the contract *VERY* closely, and if they say they're adhering to stds, they're in violation of the contract.


Comment: About the point of the article.... (Score 2) 511

by whitroth (#47551377) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

I just skimmed half of the 300 or so comments, and have yet to see anyone consider the point of the article, rather than whether they said "Red Bull is a gateway drug".

Y'know, the real point: upper managers, under the heel of venture capital who want 1000% ROI next week, giving people insanely impossible deadlines, and then getting them (under threat of being fired) to work far beyond any reason when it's not a disaster zone (say, a flood) or the middle of a war zone.

And if you work like that, with not a trace of a life, and think you're Important, there's another word for you: sucker. I'd even add stupid sucker.

                mark, who swore he'd never do that again after breaking 70 hours in one week in the mid-nineties
                                              (and did I mention the pagers?)*

* Admittedly, not crazy enough to do what one of the young what-was-then-Anderson Consulting guys did: 1 week, 119 hours....

Comment: Another way of looking at it (Score 1) 227

by whitroth (#47524725) Attached to: Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

In fact, this makes perfect sense. Consider that we *know* black holes evaporate via Hawking radiation. I haven't read the paper, but unless I miss my guess, what he's effectively suggesting is that the evaporation starts as the star collapses, and becomes stronger as it grows more dense, to the point where a balance is reached, *above* the Schwartschild Radius.


Comment: Resources... (Score 1) 98

by whitroth (#47516513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

I saw someone suggesting that the users should play nice. That'd be great... and maybe they did, 30 years ago. (We'll ignore the late 80's early 90's stealing of someone else in the lab's xterm....)

I had a user last year - an intern - like everyone, NFS-mounted home directory. It was, of course, shared with a good number of other users. He ran a job that dumped a logfile in his home directory. MANY gigs of logfile, enough to blow out the filesystem. Users were not amused. *I* was NOT AMUSED, as my home directory was on this system, and my login was screwed up, as well as my firefox bookmarks.....

My question is what order of magnitude number of users - tens? hundreds? more? If Sometimes, human to human works.

ulimit might help, too. So might putting the abusers' home directories on the same filesystem, and let them duke it out....


Comment: Re:Good grief (Score 1) 98

by whitroth (#47516429) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

Do you still have the box your computer came in?
Good, please turn off your computer, disconnect it, and ship it back.
Becuase you're too fscking stupid and ignorant to use one. And as to why you even thought you should comment on something that you have no clue about, other than to display your gross ignorance in public, like a baboon's ass, I have no idea.


Comment: Destroying it all is a bad idea (Score 1) 190

Is making any species extinct a good idea? If so, why?

I mean, if it had been destroyed in '86, we'd never have sequenced it. What more info can we get from it 10 or 20 years from now?

Also, this whole "debacle" is massively overblown. Note that a) the amules were all still securely sealed, and in appropriate storage... it's just that they should have been known, and put in recorded storage.

For that matter, where's whatever you were looking for at home? Or when was the last time your boss asked you to find something that you spend hours, or weeks, on and off, looking for? Now let's talk about the NIH campus in Bethesda, with (depending on your sources) somewhere betwwn 18,000 and 35,000 people who work there every day, and sixty or eighty buildings, including a large hospital. That is *not* a small place to misplace something.

Oh, and I've yet to see or hear *anything* as to *why* it was left there. Was the team that was working on it laid off, or reorganized somewhere else?

No, destroying it all's a bad idea.


Comment: But it's going to be built by a ... GOVERNMENT!!! (Score 1) 219

by whitroth (#47516353) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

It can't work. I mean, no collider or supercollider can work, if they're built by a GOVERNMENT! Only private industry can build a working one...*

Oh, that's right, all of them were build by governments. No company's going to do it, because there's no ROI, or if there is, it may not be for decades....


* Satire of libertarians, for libertarians, and others who aren't familiar with satire....

Comment: This is a "study"? (Score 1) 619

by whitroth (#47508601) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

a) At least two of the three authors are from business schools. They don't appear to be social scientists or psychologists.
b) Read the summary, and tell me that isn't showing outright bias and intent to find results to match preconceptions.

This isn't even vaguely science, it's propaganda. For extra credit, do the same study with people of East German origin and hedge fund managers and traders.


+ - Bacteria that eat electricity->

Submitted by whitroth
whitroth (9367) writes "There's a story in New Scientist about them: STICK an electrode in the ground, pump electrons down it, and they will come: living cells that eat electricity. We have known bacteria to survive on a variety of energy sources, but none as weird as this. Think of Frankenstein's monster, brought to life by galvanic energy, except these "electric bacteria" are very real and are popping up all over the place.

Unlike any other living thing on Earth, electric bacteria use energy in its purest form – naked electricity in the shape of electrons harvested from rocks and metals. We already knew about two types, Shewanella and Geobacter. Now, biologists are showing that they can entice many more out of rocks and marine mud by tempting them with a bit of electrical juice. Experiments growing bacteria on battery electrodes demonstrate that these novel, mind-boggling forms of life are essentially eating and excreting electricity.

My first thought is to wonder if mammals generate enough electricity for them to be able to infect us... and if so, what problems they might cause, such as cardiac arrythmia?


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Comment: Less (Score 1) 340

by whitroth (#46950701) Attached to: Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

757 channels and nothing's on....

And even between myself and my wife, who's much more of a tv addict, I have grave doubts that we watch 12 channels. Unfortunately, one or two of them are part of a bundle (except on DirecTV), or we could get by for less $$.

Cafe choice of channels? That's too hard for the cable companies.... (Hell, give me BBCA and you can take away *every* ESPN channel there is, but I have no choice, I have to pay for them in the bundle.)


Comment: And how reliable is this report? (Score 1) 557

by whitroth (#46942247) Attached to: Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked

Given the total one-sidedness of western media on coverage of the Ukraine. "Oooh, he said 'fascist', we've got the cooties!", when one of the three groups of the current government *are* outright right-wing fascists.

Oh, and while you're at it, can someone explain to me how the current government making a military assault on the seperatists is different than the previous *elected* government's use of snipers and the police forces? Oh, that's right, this government's using the military against its own people....


Comment: Who *doesn't* want to do something about it? (Score 1) 627

by whitroth (#46942227) Attached to: US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

I mean, other than the big money in the petrochemical industry, and their suckers on their teat, who pretends it's not real, nor human-caused?

And for you suckers who aren't getting money from them, let me ask you this: are you saying that we're *NOT* good enough to work out other sources of energy, and that we're too *dumb* to be able to reengineer the way we do things to cut carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions? Or maybe that you can't wrap your heads around the tech, and so won't be able to make the big bucks from investing in, and inventing, that tech?

So, sorry. Your kids will hate your guts for not doing something... oh, that's right, you don't have any.

Btw, I read that the last quarter, I think, Texas generated 35% of it's *total* electircal use by wind power.


Comment: Re:If not... (Score 1) 865

by whitroth (#46930239) Attached to: Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Or more. Our VW key mostly stopped working. We had the battery changed at the dealers (was that $60?)... and it still wasn't working. They couldn't promise anything else would work, short of going into the receiver in the car, with no estimate on how much *that* might cost.

At least it *does* have a physical key, and they hit us up for another $60? $120? to "reprogram" the car so that we could lock it with the physical key.

Cost of physical key lock: probably $5 for the quantities they buy in.
Cost of radio and computer: probably more than a Raspberry Pi.
Cost of repairs: don't ask.


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