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Comment Easy solution: Bigger scanner. (Score 1) 342

Put a dome over the airport, or just the whole city. Scan at all times.

They'll promote some sort of biometric implants at some point. You don't have an implant? What are you trying to hide?

There's a reason these problems are never solved. There is more money in fixing/upgrading the gear than there is building it right the first time. CompanyA builds box to current specifications. Turns out those specs suck. CompanyA now given new money to build it better. Rinse. Repeat. As it's been mentioned already, the only people these systems help are the shareholders.

Comment Brilliant. (Score 1) 260

I used to work for a Fortune 10 company. They did surveys to see where we could improve internally. When the results were released, management would create (or pay to have made) an 8 hour training session. At the end, they would explain what happened. We complained, and were punished. They would report the training was a success and that if we complained again next year, we'd take the *same* course. Another 8 hours of mandatory non-work.

They would solicit for people to help drive the training sessions because they "had to be at an off site meeting", no doubt a golf course or Hooters or something.

Management got off free, and got bonuses for having the training handled, the employees were beaten into not complaining again.


Submission + - Windows Server Update Services 3.0 SP2 Released

attemptedgoalie writes: Microsoft has released Windows Server Update Services SP2. Link here

Adds support for Windows 7 clients, and can be integrated into Server 2008 R2.

Resolves IPv6 addressing issues when referencing 40+ character long addresses. So far it doesn't look like anything exciting beyond SP1, but I won't know until it's finished installing. :-)

Comment I'm an outsourced sysadmin for a living. (Score 1) 730

My company manages the networks for over 100 small/medium businesses in our area.

I am the lead admin on 8 of them. I maintain day to day operations on the servers (37 of them now!), networks, printing, desktops, applications and such.

I have customers that won't let me see some of their data. But it's these same people who won't let anybody see it. Which makes me wonder what happens if they get hit by a bus. It makes me wonder if there is a secure backup happening, since they won't even put this info on the network.

I think the real reason is so that nobody can check her work and see if she's embezzling. I wouldn't be able to find that out, but if she lets the stuff onto the network, somebody else might figure it out, so it stays hidden.

Most of the time our problem is that the customer doesn't want to know about the security risk in their organization, much less from anybody else.

These guys have passwords that are 9 years old for their administrator account, and they won't change it. OUR admin account's password changes regularly, but Administrator or root's passwords stay the same in perpetuity.

If you outsource the IT stuff, make sure you're still admin. Make sure you're getting all of the emails from the backups, the network monitoring tools, the array controllers, etc. If they hide that stuff, start worrying.

Comment Partner with IT dept and get it hosted via RDP (Score 4, Interesting) 211

We had finance apps that students had to use in their coursework. Trying to get them to work on a Win/Linux/Mac system would have been painful and time consuming.

So we created a terminal server environment that let anybody RDP in to use the course apps. That way nobody had to pay for a real version, we paid for the terminal license.

That might work well for you rather than finding an app to support in 3 environments.

Good luck!

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