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Comment Think about it like this... (Score 4, Insightful) 230

Think about it. Terrorists have a very large supply of money. It would not be out of the question to go take your own damned pictures. Renting a cessna with a Plexiglas bottom for aerial photography only $150 an hour. If you can fly it yourself, $90 an hour. Obscuring online imagery sites will do absolutely nothing and this is just another reason why we should have sanity tests and age limits on politicians.

Comment RFID on identification scares me (Score 5, Insightful) 154

I'm very much afraid of government implementing rfid on a widespread level. I have to admit that if I was government, I'd probably push to do the same thing.

Having Big Brother being able to know who I am by walking into a door of the court house, or if a police officer pulls you over and 'scans your arm', really scares me.

The potential for abuse is tremendous.

Comment As a network admin... (Score 3, Interesting) 67

As a network admin for a mid-sized company, we spend quite a lot of money every year with PCI Compliance, and outside intrusion detection, and our customers want even more every year. It's expensive and quite often a hassle to maintain good security. Many vendors have told us to 'just open it up' or 'Naw,that issue wont cause a problem' We schedule days when our operational servers will be down for windows updates, and our clients yell and scream because they are down. I've not yet found a way to install windows security patches, firewall security patches, and overall general security upgrades without interruption. I sincerely wish our clients would understand that we want to make money also, and keeping the clients happy AND SECURE, makes us money. So we have a reason for rebooting that terminal server once a month.

Comment Speed isnt everything (Score 5, Informative) 299

As a previous charter customer, I wont ever re-subscribe to charter if I have the choice of providers. For the first year I had charter latency was worse than dial up. All their customer service would tell us is that "It's a known issue and it's bound to improve.. sometime." No credits, no refunds, just.. that's how it is, deal with it or cancel your account. After they upgraded their backbone, they blocked port 25, 80, 110, and most of the server ports inbound, and their upload speed was really, really poor. (5 mbs service, with 128k upload MAX) I would not want 60mbs internet if they blocked nearly everything I want to do on the internet.

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