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Comment The bad comes with the good (Score 1) 599

Along with these new 'Net Neutrality' laws comes the power for the FCC to decide what is "lawful traffic".
Think of Janet Jackson's nipple slip. Imagine the joy once the FCC gets control of the internet.
The FCC doesn't care about your net neutrality - it is the carrot being dangled to get control over this space.

Comment Fat Workstations, GNS3, and Virtualbox (Score 1) 191

If I understand your question, it sounds like you are trying to deploy virtual private clouds for each student to play and have full control over. Sounds expensive and complex. Have fun.

Having students use GNS3 and Virtualbox on workstations, with the containers / config stored in user directories sounds like an easier solution. This allows the students for complete control to spin up extra VM of any type, use real router/switch images, vlans, etc.. It also allows the students to totally bugger it up and only affect their local system. If you allow external storage devices, they can even take their environment home.

You will need some decent fat workstations. I can't comment on how well GNS3/Virtualbox will run under virtual/thin workstations, if at all.


Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life 486

scottbomb sends in this feel-good story of an engineer-hero, calling it "one of the coolest stories I've read in a long time." "A manager of Boeing's F22 fighter-jet program, Innes dodged the truck, then looked back to see that the driver was slumped over the wheel. He knew a busy intersection was just ahead, and he had to act fast. Without consulting the passengers in his minivan — 'there was no time to take a vote' — Innes kicked into engineer mode. 'Basic physics: If I could get in front of him and let him hit me, the delta difference in speed would just be a few miles an hour, and we could slow down together,' Innes explained."

Comment What do you expect - It's all about greed. (Score 1) 863

Parking meter are not sold by the best technology, they are sold by the best kickbacks.

I worked for a company, and wrote the software for a street level parking kiosk that could do pay by space (enter a stall number), pay and display (put a ticket on the dash), and pay by plate (enter your plate number) all at the same time, and at the customers choosing. By having a slightly larger unit for every 10-15 spaces, you could offer payment by coin, bill, credit, cell phone, & stored value card (Gift Card).

Often though all the features that made sense (as a client is concerned) were disabled so that the revenue stream from parking and mostly ticketing is increased - Greed.

Of course, there are plenty of stupid meters out there. Most of the technology is still around the Commodore 64 era, and has never been improved. Any improvements you see are mostly cosmetic - ie, "New Fiber Optic Communications" are actually just a Serial to Ethernet converter, hooked into the existing RS-485 port on the machine.

Comment Choose your battles (Score 1) 2

In a different time, and a different economy, I'd say save hard for a few months, then quit, explaining that you cannot in good conscience work for a company that is devoid of humour.

Your comments are there for you and the person who comes after you. Trust me, THEY will appreciate it.

If the PHB is already opposed to this, then he is not a viable manager. Recession/Depression are the times when companies offload this type of cruft. Since he is still there, his brown nose skills are strong, and you should not challenge him. Suck it up and conform. Bide your time and break free when you can.

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