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Comment Re:Childs was being fired (Score 1) 502

Your analogy is not quite right. Given what we now know, he was fired and asked for his passwords which was against their policy. The only person he could give the passwords to was the mayor. Knowing that - let's revisit this analogy. Small town police department rules say upon termination your gun must be turned in to the Police Chief only. You get terminated by the town manager and he asks for your gun. You say no way - only the chief is allowed to have it. By giving your gun to a civilian employee who may or may not have a clue how to use it or even properly store it creates a dangerous situation. So you stand your ground and when the chief is called over to deal with your supposed insubordination, you hand your gun to him like policy dictates and that's that. Unless you can show that the SF policy in question designated any immediate supervisor as the Mayor's designee when it came to those passwords, you're blowing smoke. Many companies have strict guidelines as to who can ever ask for and receive the master passwords, certificate keys, etc. Often immediate supervisors cannot - scroll up and look for the 'security audit' post where someone's boss came in, argued with them for some time asking for the passwords, he refused as policy forbid it - only the company president and a handful of other people could ask for them ,and shortly afterward the company president walked in thanking him for standin ghis ground - it had been an audit to make sure the policy was being followed

Comment Re:All admins (Score 1) 502

If what is being written about this is true - he had no way to escalate because he was already in jail when they asked for the passwords. Apparently he was arrested when he starting taking pictures of this woman rummaging through desks and computers. He made very clear he would only give the passwords to the Mayor - the ultimate authority over the network (akin to CEO/President of a company).

Comment Re:Member of Technical Staff (Score 1) 736

Yup - the telephone R&D companies had it right. No matter where I worked at Bell Northern Research (NORTEL's R&D arm before they destroyed it then went bankrupt), I was a Member of Scientific Staff, then a Sr Member of Scientific Staff, then Manager (and the higher level manager you were had a letter - D, C before you hit Director) If you chose the non management route you were an Individual Contributor like IC 7 and so on. Nobody really cared about titles, just what area you worked in.

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment Re:I use Microsoft anti-virus and love it (Score 4, Insightful) 344

BuY H3rB@l V1agaRa t0Day!!!

I know you are going for funny with a shot at Microsoft (will that work around here I wonder? :), but you did notice that Microsoft Security Essentials was one of the best in the test? ;->

No kidding. I am not an MS fanboi by any stretch, but when they released Security Essentials, I gave it a whirl and have now swapped out AVG for it on everything I run AND recommend it to many of my clients (who usually are complaining about how slow their computer is since they installed NORTON 360 or they have a paid AV that expired years ago) It's lightweight, easy to us, has a very easy to understand user interface that isn't so graphical (*cough* N360), and it just works. Nice to see it garner some of the higher ratings in this test.

What amazes me is how much like Malware Norton, McAffee, and CA can be. Uninstalling them doesn't remove them completely. You HAVE to use their removal tool. I had to remove CA ISS the other day and it was painful. Had to remove it in pieces AND run a fix on the registry permissions which had been completely locked down to the point that 'Administrator' couldn't add/remove programs. So yeah - any time systems come into my shop, I recommend they drop whatever paid AV they're using and run MSE. No nag screens like AVG and it doesn't talk to you like Avast :) My only fear is that in a year they'll let it stagnate OR try to bloat it like the others. But if they keep it simple and go for the majority of infection vectors, hats off to them. Still won't make me use IE, but it's nice to see something like this come out of Redmond, even if they bought part of it.

Comment Re:A Very Shortsighted Article (Score 1) 487

They weren't comparing their box to enterprise class systems as a solution for others. The point was *THEY* needed lots of cheap storage and quotes they got were insanely expensive. So they rolled their own and shared the design. Would you use one of these for direct storage? Only with high level redundancy on top of a cloud of these. But for their application, these work well IF they're taking the proper precautions at the higher levels (corruption, etc) I think it's great they're trying to pull this off. Don't fault them for trying and offering their design.

Comment Re:25% faster game level loads. (Score 1) 195

I've had a Shuttle XPC on my desk for a while - ie the drive light is visible at a glance. So anytime I'm noticing a lag or delay,I'll glance at the drive light and more often then not it's 'on' as some app churns a ton of data to the drive for whatever reason. Point is, I find myself glancing at the drive light often enough I can see where an SSD would be a huge improvement. If the 80GB drives drop to $150 or so at some point - expect more people to start thinking it's worthwhile...

Comment Re:Whatever happened to iFolder ? (Score 1) 421

I had given it up for dead - but it looks to have come back to life as part of kablink. v 3.7.x was recently released. iFolder is by far the best multi platform file sync setup out there. You get web access, killer account management, and a fairly seamless integration into OS file managers. But it was rough around the edges and the server crashed often. Now that it seems to have been brought back to life I'll have to give it a go. It really worked well back in the day. And yes - it supports SSL encryption for file transport and the files are encrypted on the server.
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Submission + - Is Apple becoming complacent? (

robbyyy writes: "It's hardly surprising that there is a great deal of hype around the launch of the Apple iPhone 3G S. After all, it ushers in a brave new ingredient to the tried-and-tested iPhone recipe: the ability to cut and paste. Seriously. The S in 3G S apparently stands for 'speed'. Presumably that's because you can cut and paste, fast.

But if Apple made no discernible improvements to an iPhone or iPod, it would still have its army of loyal fans singing their praises from the rooftops, such is the blind loyalty that they feel for the Apple brand.

This all leads to CBR asking the question as to whether Apple is becoming complacent."


Submission + - MS Money Poll

An anonymous reader writes: Now that Microsoft Money will be discontinued, where will you transfer your financial files?
CowboyNeal's Wallet

Submission + - Love Triangle Plays Out Among NASA Elite

An anonymous reader writes: Astronaut Lisa Nowak, 43, was arrested Monday for attempted kidnapping in an scheme to confront a rival for the affections of Cmdr. William Oefelein. According to authorities, Nowak donned a wig and diapers, hopped in her car, and drove 900 miles to confront Coleen Shipman. Nowak flew to the International Space Station on STS-121 last July.

Submission + - Viacom claims copyright on Irrlicht video.

stinkytoe writes: Nikolaus Gebhardt, developer of the cross-platform game engine library irrlicht, recently had one of his video tutorials taken off of youtube. From his blog:
"Viacom, the corporation behind MTV, DreamWorks and Paramount is now claiming they own the copyright on a video of an Irrlicht tutorial. Which is completely ridiculous, of course: The whole thing has been written by me and the Irrlicht team, even textures and skins and logos have been created by me, and an Irrlicht Engine user (veegun?) simply filmed and published it on Here is a screenshot of the tutorial, it's really just a 2D GUI rendered using the 3D engine, nothing special at all."
Here is a thread on irrlicht's forum which contains a copy of the takedown notification. Makes me wonder what exactly about the video tweaked Viacom's interest.

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