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Submission + - Recommeded Serial Port Servers? (slashdot.org)

lukej writes: Over a year ago the fate of Serial was debated . At my work, within our small data center, we have the usual collection of misc IT gear (Cisco, SANs, SUNs, etc) that ALL still have serial ports, and that leads me to believe Serial is here to stay. So, what do those of you in the professional IT field recommend when it comes to networked serial port servers (or aggregators)? . Personally, I'm partial to the few old Digi Portservers we have for functionality (but haven't tried other vendors). However, I have a hard time overcoming the price-per-port costs for this obviously 'simple' protocol and hardware, or justify hanging a serial port server in every rack. Is there a cheaper solution, and if not what is the best commercial product available?

Comment Burden of the reciever? (Score 1) 35

Neither article mention's what the proper response of the receiver of these goods should have been. If someone told you Walmart was giving away all it's products, would you just go in and load up your cart?

I think the users of Craigslist are naive, much like new email users who believe every spam they receive. There were comments on the DallasNews site from readers to the effect of 'this should be against the law'. But it's not. There is no law against lying (outside of commercial product misrepresentation, lying under oath, etc).

Hopefully, Craigslist users will wise up soon. Get 'Bills-of-Sale', or at least determine the proper owner and get permission for 'free' items.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 2

I appreciate the sarcasm about the BW control... but just in case somebody was that naive, and for posterity... At my work place we have a 'tube' of Internet, and while there is QOS going on at the routers, sometimes it's nice to have Squid help keep the YouTube fanatics at bay, and ensure there is BW available for other applications; e.g. the inbound VPN users. I can only assume 'cutting the wire' probably wouldn't please the traveling C-level execs with their laptops.
Security

Submission + - Web and Content filtering recommendations? 2

lukej writes: So it's clear everyone here dislikes content filtering, but there are few discussions on how to do it well.
Clearly, some of us in IT are tasked to provide filtering for a variety of reasons, including bandwidth control, compliance, pseudo-HR, etc.

I think the available options are mostly clear: Classic appliance based filters, or the newer 'cloud' solutions, Blacklists/whitelists vs. heuristics, Per user/machine control, and broad policies, Reporting and statistics, etc.

For the record, right now we're using DansGuardian/Squid, and, as always, looking for experiences and suggestions.
NASA

Submission + - X-38 space plane up for auction (gsaauctions.gov)

lukej writes: NASA is selling mock up of an X-38 Space Plane (Wikpedia). Located at Johnson Space Center (Houston,TX), the space agency is disposing of now canceled project via the GSA Auctions site (sorry, no direct link). While not a functional Crew Return Vehicle (CRV), like the currently used Soyuz, it is quite a bit cheaper, with a current bid of ~$5000. The item description:

(7285S001) MODEL, X-38 MOCKUP W/BASE, MFR:UNKNOWN, MDL:UNKNOWN, DIMENSIONS: 24FT X 16FT X 8FT, WEIGHT: 2700 LBS, MODEL IS SPLIT IN TWO (2) SECTIONS, STRAPS SHOWN IN PICTURES ARE NOT INCLUDED. REPAIRS REQUIRED-ADDITIONAL DEFICIENCIES UNKNOWN **WINNING BIDDER RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING SUFFICIENT MANPOWER AND/OR EQUIPMENT NECESSARY TO REMOVE THIS ITEM**

Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun CEO enters flamewar with Network Appliance

lukej writes: With pending litigation on ever popular software patents, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz is blogging about his company's differences with Network Appliance. In his personal take on the situation, Schwartz attempts to closely ally Sun with it's former competition of Open Source. Including the inciteful comment: "...a common misconception among proprietary companies — that you can unfree, free. You cannot.". He also throws out a few other tid bits, including expalaning the Apple/Sun/ZFS relationship and the use of the filesystem in OS X Leopard.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Latest promise of in-flight Wifi, from Alaska Air (adn.com)

lukej writes: Alaska Airlines announced (more links) it will be the latest of the US domestic carriers to promise wifi+Internet access on all of it's planes. They join a on-again, off-again technology/industry partnership, including the likes of Boing, Quantas, US Air, JetBlue, Lufthansa, and probably others.
Alaska plans to debut Row44's combination satellite/802.11 system on it's Boing 737s, "...the service is intended to work on all its routes, which include flights within the lower 48 states and to Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. If it works, Alaska may add the service to all 114 of its aircraft.".

United States

Submission + - Abaondoned Mine chosen for Deep Underground Lab

lukej writes: The abandoned Homestake Gold Mine has been chosen as the prefered site for a NSF deep underground laboratory. Google News has plenty of AP coverage, and the local paper has a nice 3d graphic. While the NSF rounds up funding for large astrophysics and biology experiments, the announcement has released millions of dollars in funding for preparatory work. One of the first tasks will be pumping out 3000 feet of water to access the 8000 foot level.
Education

Submission + - Bong Hits comes to an end (adn.com)

lukej writes: The Anchorage Daily News has posted the conclusion to the 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' case, which was before the Supreme Court. Summarizing the judgement with "The Supreme Court tightened limits on student speech".

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