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Comment HP-UX / Oracle / Itanium user here. (Score 5, Interesting) 216

I'm in the power industry. We have some applications that are only built in Solaris, HP-UX or AIX due to the underlying Cobol code, etc.

If we want to maintain certain regs, or have access to certain markets, we have to keep this particular app.

The day Oracle crapped on Itanium, we had to get HP in to tell us what the plan was as it would take us a few years to migrate to AIX if HP was really dumping it. (there is no way in hell we're running Oracle on a (now) Oracle operating system). Talk about vendor lock in. Woof.

Since then, I have been provided HP-UX and Itanium roadmaps for a ways out. (under NDA so no more details than that)

If Oracle wins on this, and really does dump UX, then I need to bring a bunch of AIX gear in and put a team of developers to work porting our custom code which means no optimization, no rewrites, no efficiency. All of our work to improve security, and kill off bugs will be wasted as we get it barely working in a new environment before we lose support. Just in case we get a nuclear project, etc.

The thought of training hundreds of people in a new system at multiple power plants and dozens of substations alone makes me nauseous. But if we screw up the migration process and wreck compliance, we could be out of business as the fines are incredible.

I'll bet half of this could have been avoided if when Hurd was found screwing around at HP, they could have just had him executed. Then he wouldn't be at Oracle and probably influencing this situation quite a bit.

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.

Microsoft

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.

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