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Comment Re:Expecting honesty from politicians?!???!?!! (Score 1) 630

Do you have a source for that? I couldn't find one. In fact we're spending much LESS as a PERCENTAGE of GDP/GNP then during WW2 and we're taking in even less taxes. I could cite a bunch of sources for this as it's a well-known fact, but here's a nice graph.

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2011/07/government-spending-as-a-percentage-of-gdp-2/

Are you sure you're not confusing this with total revenue?

Comment Re:To Tape... (Score 1) 403

In my experience Backup Exec is better than it ever was, especially for backing up VMs. We use it across maybe 100 servers and it works great. Granted, we have people who took the time to learn it and set it up properly. EMC Avamar is way better though and we're moving to that with a combination of Data Domain. I haven't used it, but some of the guys I work with swear by IBM's Tivoli.

Comment Re:To Tape... (Score 1) 403

All true. Most companies should retain financial and financial-related data for seven years for tax/audit reasons. This is even more true if they do business in more than one state.

It's a good idea to have end of year backups for audit purposes as financial systems are dynamic and change. The cost of a few tapes will easily outweigh the work and expense of trying to backtrack things (if it's even possible).

Submission + - SCADA system hacked, Officials Investigating Cyber

unencode200x writes: "

Weiss, a noted cyber security expert, disclosed the possible cyber attack on his blog Thursday. Weiss said he had obtained a state government report, dated Nov. 10 and titled "Public Water District Cyber Intrusion," which gave details of the alleged cyber attack culminating in the "burn out of a water pump."

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Hardware

Submission + - Inside Newegg's east coast distribution center (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "Did you know that Newegg is the second largest e-tailer in the US, after Amazon? Perhaps building your own computer isn't dead yet! ExtremeTech's Matthew Murray was recently invited to take a tour of the Newegg east coast distribution center, and the facts that he dug up — and the pictures he shot — make for perfect curiosity-sating, Friday afternoon surfing fodder for any American build-it-yourself computer geek."

Submission + - Amazon Kindle Fire Teardown Video & Directions (youtube.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon Kindle Fire Teardown Video & Directions

Within hours of the Amazon Kindle Fire being available to the public DirectFix.com has just released a full HD teardown of the unit. The video includes directions on how to tear the Kindle Fire down and replace/repair the screen, battery and many other parts if you should happen to break your unit when you first get it. The video has just been posted on Youtube for viewing of the inside of the Kindle Fire. This should save you from having to tear it apart yourself to see what it looks like.

Kindle Fire Teardown YouTube Link:
http://youtu.be/MGLn1TVAITQ

Submission + - Feds investigating Illinois 'pump failure' as poss (cnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Federal officials confirmed they are investigating Friday whether a cyber attack may have been responsible for the failure of a water pump at a public water district in Illinois last week. But they cautioned that no conclusions had been reached, and they disputed one cyber security expert's statements that other utilities are vulnerable to a similar attack.

Joe Weiss, a noted cyber security expert, disclosed the possible cyber attack on his blog Thursday. Weiss said he had obtained a state government report, dated Nov. 10 and titled "Public Water District Cyber Intrusion," which gave details of the alleged cyber attack culminating in the "burn out of a water pump."

Comment Re:Apple runs scared (Score 1) 172

Do you even know who Charlie Miller is?

Have you heard him speak at security conferences?

Anyway, it seems ironic to me that a company that was formed by hackers/tinkerers would come down this hard on someone as respected as Charlie Miller. Hopefully they'll come to their senses and realize that he and people like him do more good for our community than harm.

Comment Re:Apple runs scared (Score 1) 172

The surprising thing about this to me is in the letter that (pasted below) that Apple send Charlie Miller.

There's a lot of legal speak in there (IANL), but it sounds to me like they're saying keep your hands out of iOS or we'll sue you. It's unfortunate for all of us iOS users as the more whitehats there are out there the better off we all are. Trust, but verify and all that...

From: appledevnotice@apple.com
Subject: Notice of Termination
Date: November 7, 2011 4:49:34 PM CST
To: [redacted]


Dear Charles Miller:

This letter serves as notice of termination of the iOS Developer Program License Agreement (the "iDP Agreement") and the Registered Apple Developer Agreement (the "Registered Developer Agreement") between you and Apple, effective immediately.

Pursuant to Section 3.2(f) of the iDP Agreement, you agreed that you would not "commit any act intended to interfere with the Apple Software or related services, the intent of this Agreement, or Apple's business practices including, but not limited to, taking actions that may hinder the performance or intended use of the App Store or the Program". Further, pursuant to Section 6.1 of the iDP Agreement, you further agree that "you will not attempt to hide, misrepresent or obscure any features, content, services or functionality in Your submitted Applications from Apple's review or otherwise hinder Apple from being able to fully review such Applications." Apple has good reason to believe that you violated this Section by intentionally submitting an App that behaves in a manner different from its intended use.

Apple may terminate your status as a Registered Apple Developer at any time in its sole discretion and may terminate you upon notice under the iDP Agreement for dishonest and misleading acts relating to that agreement. We would like to remind you of your obligations with regard to all software and other confidential information that you obtained from Apple as a Registered Apple Developer and under the iDP Agreement. You must promptly cease all use of and destroy such materials and comply with all the other termination obligations set forth in Section 12.3 of the iDP Agreement and Section 8 of the Registered Developer Agreement.

This letter is not intended to be a complete statement of the facts regarding this matter, and nothing in this letter should be construed as a waiver of any rights or remedies Apple may have, all of which are hereby reserved. Finally, please note that we will deny your reapplication to the iOS Developer Program for at least a year considering the nature of your acts.

Sincerely, Apple Inc.

Comment Re:Microsoft Virtual PC (Score 1) 417

I'm not a big Hyper-V fan, but the management tool is called Virtual Machine Manager. It also integrates with System Center for monitoring. You can also use the built-in Hyper-V Manager in Administrative tools for simple tasks or even to manage lots of servers. And, of course, you can script just about anything using power shell.

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