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Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 1) 270

You have to use a separate domain for recovery, otherwise what do you do when there is a domain-level issue? Granted, you should do something like ideally, which is separately administered, hosted, and registered from the main domain... but few places have the foresight for that...

But, the issue would not have been a problem if two people had administrator rights to the domain, even if one was a second ghost account in a safe... ideally with one-time pad recovery codes as well.

Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 4, Interesting) 270

That is kind of the right way to do it, but the reality is the "escort out the door" policy on firing people. (There is no rational way around that which adequately protects the employer both in terms of damage and liability.) The established process for this type of thing, which works pretty well, is a password escrow system where ultimate passwords reside (root and the like). I have seen digital and dead-tree versions of these systems, and personally prefer the dead tree variant: seal password book in envelope signed by senior system administrator who wrote down the passwords, place that envelope in a second envelope signed by legal counsel, and then place it in the president's safe. A third witness level is a nice to have on both envelopes. When the senior administrator is fired, quits, or dies, all the passwords need to be changed, so you open the escrow and validate the signatures, and get to work. The weakness is that as you update the keys-to-the-kingdom you have no proper means of redundancy or control.

Comment Re:Well, duh. Mass transportation is a slush fund. (Score 1) 408

The problem is that individuals are miopic, and we really need to have long term strategies for solving problems, rather than just reacting to current issues. Planning and construction take time, and you must project ahead to make the project useful for its life when complete.

Comment Re:Raspberry Pi (Score 1) 487

Slick, hadn't seenthe OLinuXino, and my off the cuff response would have been because it makes it more expensive... but I was wrong! Personally, I am still looking for a 802.1af single board computer for stupid little tasks. POE switches have come down in cost to the point that it is an ideal solution for a number of use cases.

Comment Re:Well Trump has one thing right (Score 1) 538

The only H1B we ever considered hiring was a foreign born new masters grad working in a position that paid ~$65k, and would. E 3-5 years before he hit the $100k threshold. That is the only kind of person I see being hurt. We had hired him not because of outsourcing or trying to find low cost labor, but because he was (ostensibly) qualified for the job.

Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 2) 200

While municipal should be the best solution, I am beginning to think that a co-op provides a better balance. You just need to find ways for the city to help the co-op. It is easy to be apathetic up to the point that it just doesn't work anymore. This happens no matter who owns the infrastructure. But really, nothing under 50Mb today should be considered broadband.

Comment Re:fuck this (Score 2) 112

I happen to have not only one, but two natural gas power plants within a mile or so (along with a refinery). While I know enough to not be too worried about what comes off the cooling towers, stand around the fence for a while... ask yourself why you now have a bloody nose, itchy eyes, and shortness of breath. The joy of NOx.

Yes, things get diluted pretty quickly as long as wind is blowing things away from you, but I am only talking about short-term effects. The level of adult-onset asthma in the community is also very high. Treatment is only done to get levels down to be reliably at the regulatory threshold... otherwise you are wasting money.

Bottom line is we are better off with nothing going up the smokestack.

Comment Re:Thanks, Obama! (Score 1) 205

The thing is, there is a big range of options between "do nothing" and "spend trillion$”. Some money should be put into fighting it (here and abroad), but likely no more than what is put into watching China or Russia. We should train the military to deal with the new threats , and be ready for them to jump in where they can make a difference.

Right now, a whole hell of a lot of money is being spent without making a difference. Better than eight years ago, but still not where it needs to be.

I'll make a prediction: in the next 5 years in the US there will be a terrible act of terrorism that will kill 10,000 people and injure many more. Maybe a single act, maybe many smaller acts.

So, how much would you spend to reduce its probability of happening by 50%?

Comment Re:Death of Uber (Score 1) 139

Where I live, Taxis must be 7 years old or less, and most drivers buy them with 2-3 years and 100k miles on them. Uber has an age limit of five years; I don't think I have ridden in more than a couple that seemed "used", and most were fairly new. But yes, if you buy a 3-4 year old car to drive 50k miles per year you might be able to keep your costs around $0.25/paid mile, earning $0.60 net after self employment taxes, or about $30k for about 1,00-1,500 hours behind the wheel with the app on... best case scenario. Talking to drivers I ride with, the most active ones have the app on about 60 hours per week and get 60-65k paid miles per year. Unless a lot of those hours have high surcharges, they are only making $12/hour.

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