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Comment Re:Just have the Unix team do it (Score 1) 298

"Just ask the Unix team", Not because it is their responsibility, but because they can solve the problem quickly as they have the widest berth of knowledge.

Coding as a Sys Admin is crucial. Just know when to say I can't(or won't), for your sanity.

This, a thousand times! I'm a UNIX Engineer for a large corporation, and I find that the UNIX team gets pulled into every problem, when the reality is, it is seldom an OS issue. It's because we have to have that depth of knowledge, just to set up a single box, never mind a fully automated HA environment. I find that we also have the job of calling out bullshitters who say "it's not our problem (I'm looking at you Network Team) or "no I didn't change anything!" (mister chmod -R 777).

On topic: Scripting is key to solving a lot of "run this on 300 AIX, 50 RHEL, 20 HP-UX, and 5 Solaris boxes" and staying sane doing it. Our problem is we have a ton of legacy scripts that do a lot of day-to-day stuff, which was great for 300 total boxes. On an enterprise level with thousands of machines, not so much. Now we're trying to replace a mess of scripts with enterprise level solutions, but figuring out how we do it now, and how we want to do it with some real software is more of a challenge than we thought. We're in a bit of a mess because someone automated everything with scripts, and it is not scaling.

Submission + - Is your Internet from an illegal source? (

An anonymous reader writes: Everywhere Wireless, a wholesale Internet service provider and consulting company, reflects on the recent issue of illegally redistributing and rebroadcasting shared Internet services to apartment and condominium communities across the country. According to Everywhere Wireless, regardless of what your account representative or salesman says, owners and property managers are not allowed to rebroadcast a residential or business class Internet connection from any of the major Internet providers – it’s against their terms of service. Comcast, RCN, AT&T, Mediacom, Verizon, Centurylink and nearly all other providers expressly prohibit the rebroadcast of their residential or business, DSL or Cable Internet services, wirelessly or wired, to more than one apartment, hotel or condominium unit – even if the end-user is not charged.

Man Serves Fried Beer 9

wenaway writes "Mark Zable, creator of Fried Beer, brought his creation to the State Fair in Texas. He walked away from the fair with the most creative award and is now gearing up for larger production. The Fried Beer is actually a pretzel dough ravioli injected with beer and then deep fried to perfection. What's next? Fried booze."

Submission + - Facebook blocks addverts for Pot Legalisation (

Ralph Spoilsport writes: Proponents of marijuana legalization, which is on the California ballot in 2010, have hit a Facebook wall in their effort to grow an online campaign to rethink the nation's pot laws. Facebook initially accepted ads from the group Just Say Now, running them from August 7 to August 16, generating 38 million impressions and helping the group's fan page grow to over 6,000 members. But then they were abruptly removed. Should the phone company prevent phone calls on pot legalisation? If not, then what makes Facebook so special?

Submission + - Samsung Galaxy Tablet Coming in September 1

adeelarshad82 writes: The rumors are now reality, Samsung showed the world its first glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the company's new 7-inch tablet. Samsung Mobile will release more information about the Galaxy Tab on September 2 in advance of IFA Berlin 2010. Tab will run on Android 2.2 and feature full Web-browsing and video calling. The information given by the company implied that the Galaxy Tab will sport an HD screen for video, Flash support, support for e-books, possible GPS navigation, and PC linking.

Submission + - Searching for Backdoors from Rogue IT Staff (

WHiTe VaMPiRe writes: When IT staff are terminated under duress, there is often justification for a complete infrastructure audit to reduce future risk to a company. sysadmin1138 recently answered a question on Server Fault that provides a through exploration of the steps necessary to maintain security. Read more at How do you search for back doors from previous IT?

Comment Re:well... (Score 1) 428

I am currently getting my BS in Computer Information Systems through Saint Leo University. They are a brick and mortar school based out of Florida. They also have many satellite campuses on Military bases. I was actually in the Military when I started taking classes at the Langley AFB campus.

I find that if you take the discussions seriously and put time into the papers, you can learn quite a bit. I feel that they are not a "degree mill" type of school. They do not differentiate between an "online" degree and a "regular" degree which to me is a plus, given the stigma of online learning.

There are some classes I've breezed through (mostly the COM classes, I've been in IT for 12 years..) and others I've had to really work hard at. For instance I'm getting C in marketing, this semester, at least so far. Marketing?! I wasn't really prepared for all of the case studies and the professor wants very detailed answers that demonstrate a working knowledge of the material. Now that I know this, I will be able to bring my grade up, but it goes to show that it is on par with classroom learning as far as the range of difficulties.

Submission + - Apple Confirms iPad Wi-Fi Problems

adeelarshad82 writes: There appears to be a dark cloud hanging over Cupertino's wonder-tablet. Apple's support forum is being bombarded by user complaints centering on the iPad's inability to maintain a full, steady Wi-Fi connection. Users are speculating that the weak signal strength may be caused by poor placement of the Wi-Fi antenna; others ponder if the problems are the symptoms of a software issue. Apple posted a Knowledge Base article, pertaining to these issues. Not only does the article make suggestions for a remedy, it gives legitimacy to the fact that Apple considers this a very real issue. The article states that having a third-party Wi-Fi router that supports both the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands may be subject to a connectivity problem. It suggests that users can setup different SSID's for each band's network and to ensure that each network uses the same security type (WEP, WPA or WPA2). PCMag also has a few tips for early adopter experiencing connectivity issues until Apple comes up with a more definitive explanation and fix for this problem.

Submission + - State of the Union Address 2010 Drinking Game (

TechnoVooDooDaddy writes: With the State of the Union Address coming up, thought everyone should get ready.

Obama says "let me be clear"
=Do one shot

Obama says "change isn't easy"
=Do one shot

Obama says "make no mistake"
=Do one shot

Obama says "Let me be clear, change isn't easy, make no mistake."
=He's screwing with you to get you drunk, so five shots

Joe Wilson yells something
= Do two shots

Obama yells back
= Finish the bottle

Obama says "jobs"
= Do one shot, two if your unemployed

Obama says "health care"
=Do not drink, you will not be given a replacement liver

Nancy Pelosi claps like a seal
=Do one shot

Obama uses the term "Congressional leadership"
=Do two shots carefully as all that laughing will make it difficult to swallow

Obama says he's "fighting for you"
=Do one shot, two if you believe him


Submission + - Apple unveils 'iPad' ( 1

oxide7 writes: At an event in San Francisco Apple released its anticipated iPad."[It's] Way better than a laptop, way better then a phone. You can turn it any way you want. To see the whole page is phenomenal," said Jobs

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