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Comment Re:Why do you need an ISP at all, then? (Score 1) 184

Could also be something like what is called a "marketer". Where I live, we have multiple gas companies to choose from. That doesn't mean each house as 4 lines coming into it. All the lines are serviced/owned by a single company, if there is a service call, it's that company's trucks that roll. But you don't buy from them, they are a wholesaler only. Instead you buy from one of the marketers whose job it is to provide front-line support, billing/payments, etc.

Could the two be on in the same? Sure, electricity is a good example of something usually municipal where it's owned and operated by the same company. The marketer concept allows some level of competition (there are price wars across companies for natural gas where I live, for example), where you also don't want redundant infrastructure.

Comment Return on loan... (Score 1) 1032

This guy is off-base:

"By the end of my sophomore year at a small private liberal arts college..."

Private colleges are about 2.5 more costly than public (assuming in-state tuition):

What makes this author and others like him think he is entitled to a private college education in a low-paying career? Let's face it, liberal arts degree in writing is not going to bring home the bucks. His family started out with a loan, then more, then bankruptcy. Is it any surprise there was a default? The bank should have stopped after the first one and informed he should transfer to a lower cost school before giving more money. Those who have repaid their student loans are now financing this author and others like him. It's not free, we all pay.

Perhaps degrees should have something like is on appliances for energy ratings, an average time to repay.

"This degree and this institution will take on average 20 years to repay"

Loan processors can use that to assess whether to grant the loan.


Submission + - How do large corporations manage passwords?

An anonymous reader writes: I'm part of a growing organization. We're currently writing and implementing various policies. Currently, I'm stumped with how to manage passwords. Different people within the IT department need different levels of access. For example, the techs don't need to know the firewall passwords. Along the same lines, I, being the security administrator, would not need the SA/sys passwords for our databases.

How to large companies deal with this? I though of creating a few spreadsheets — one for "Top Secret" passwords (i.e. routers, firewalls), another for "Classified" passwords (i.e. windows service accounts, domain admin account, database passwords, DNS management) and finally a "Sensitive" password database for general passwords (i.e. configuring new phones and other day-to-day accounts used by tech support).

Those are my thoughts but what I want to know are:

1.) Whats the typical scheme used in a large company? I'm sure it is pretty customized to each organization's needs, but there's gotta be some similarity. If not:
2.) How does your company go about this?
3.) Any suggestions?

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