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Comment Okay, here are my thoughts (Score 1) 303

1. If you're doing a shed, then the windows and door should be secured; get keypad/key lock, self-locking, that saves you a lot of "did I lock the door", and "where's the key" questions. Get some security bars for the windows without making it feel like jail. Consider shatter-proof windows, or a nice steel mesh if you want to open the windows in good weather. Google some options. Get a steel door and steel door jambs if you won't want someone to kick in the door.
2. Put in some sturdier material on the walls other than half-inch plywood. Insulate, vapor barrier, etc. Make sure you have a solid foundation and water-proof where the wood may be in contact. Keep the shed 1-2 inches off the ground.
3. Get some proper electrical wiring and a shut off switch, or a sub-panel. If you want backup batteries, a consumer UPS won't do the trick especially if you want a rack of servers.
4. If you run cable from the house to the shed, do it undergound, use pvc piping and go at least 2 feet undergound. Run at least two cables and a string/wire to fish more in the future.
5. Get a good view without being distracted and bothered by glare.
6. Splurge on good flooring.
7. Figure out what your ideal desk arrangement is and build the shed accordingly (U-desk, L-desk,
8. Get cable locks
9. Backup to a location inside the house or "cloud"
10. Build a quality roof.
11. Sound-proof, especially the roof.
12. Have a security camera pointed a the shed and inside it if you can

Comment Competitor to SlingTV? (Score 1) 45

This service sounds pretty much the same thing as what Dish is offering with Sling TV.

I actually cancelled cable and have now a couple of Nvidia Shield's with Sling TV. Works quite well; some channels provide on-demand, some channels allow you to watch programming from the last 24 hours, and of course. Works fine for us for now; I got the basic package plus blue package. You can watch up to three devices at the same time.

Comment Oh my. (Score 1) 469

"helps government agencies track down terrorists and uncover financial fraud,"

Other ethnic backgrounds not hired Palantir:
- North Korean
- Russians
- Iranians
- Cubans
- Chechens
- Former/current ISIS members

"Asians" may be a tad too broad. Chinese nationals? Hell, yes. I know of quite a few places that do something similar. The problem is that the idiots doing the screening cannot differentiate between a 2nd generation US citizen from Vietnamese or Hong Kong families, and someone who only a little while ago carried a nice red book and quoted the chairman.

What are the other 17 non-Asians? White, black, hispanic, pakistani, japanese, egyptian, etc?

Comment Encryption was expensive (Score 1) 125

Computationally that is, I don't think it would have flown in the early 90s and the adoption rate would have been the same it was with SSL (and TLS). It wasn't not so long ago that I actually had to provide resource impact reports on servers where everything would be encrypted. Nowadays (unless you deal with extreme large volumes), encrypting (using an symmetric key that is) doesn't have a significant impact. Web servers, load-balancers, etc can support it without breaking a sweat.

Comment Self-righterous bullshit; the "company" is pissed (Score 1) 80

If I was that Ziegler fellow I'd be consulting a lawyer. Spouting that shit publicly, verges (ha!) on defamation.

I'm not saying what Ziegler was right, although in this day and age, one should show very little loyalty to any corporation because they basically claim "people are our most precious resource" but treat employees like shit.

I've seen staff where I worked, take a few weeks off or take a leave of absence. What they do, is try another job and see if it suits them. They quit the original job, or they quit the new job. I'm not going to judge people too much when they do this, hell, the company is always evaluating if they should terminate you.

At this moment I have two contracts. Place A does not know of place B, but place B knows of me working at place A and they don't care. The type of work is very different and they're not in the same sector. Sure place A could claim some crap, but if they do, I just have to walk and move on to the next gig. They can claim some BS excuse anyways, doesn't matter.

Comment Re:Windows Phone (Score 1) 191

I have a 640XL. Win10 upgrade was crap; drained battery twice as fast, SMS is a mess, sluggish response. This past weekend, got a BITLOCKER blue screen and had to re-image it. Went back to 8.1. I should have never upgraded it.

I'm using my other Win10 (one I take for traveling) and seriously thinking of ditching my Windows phones. In all my years with an iPhone, never had it crash on me. Just hate spending $1000 on an unlocked phone though.

Windows 10 Mobile is such a mess. I wouldn't recommend it at all. It feels like Windows 3.11 in an era of OS/2, MacOS, and AmigaOS.

Comment Re:Maintenance (Score 2) 239

Absolutely. Cisco has not kept up with the times. The Smartnet and overall licensing costs are ridiculous. There have been a lot of places that were Cisco only who have started replacing the 29xx series switches or 65xx series concentrators to much cheaper alternatives. In fact, I'm working on a proposal for a client to do just that and get quotes from other vendors to replace their core gear from Cisco to something else.

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