eeee, when ah were a lad....
I'm not saying I'm old, but this kind of tale was doing the rounds on the alt.bofh newsgroup in the early 90's.
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Had similar. Cleaners dusting the top of the portable AC units we had been given to cool the server room in the back of the IT office. Said AC units had touch-sensitive controls, and the dusting switched them off.
We got proper AC installed on the back of this, and a lock on the server room door.
I used to do tech support in the Bodleian library, Oxford. They had some ancient Compusys 386sx pc's that loaded DOS, an IP stack, and Telnet to present the OLIS catalogue to readers. These had been there so long that they were full of dust. We only got asked to upgrade them when one started smouldering and set off the smoke alarms.
They fail then - they're attacking the wrong level. University internal networks were unaffected since the DNS attack only affected requests for stuff outside of the local DNS servers' domain(s). Since any University worth its salt would have their own internal DNS serves handling their domain requests, internal traffic was unaffected. So submitting your assignment from a University's email server to a user on the same server would have worked as normal!
In the source article on Ars Technica , he is quoted as saying he used No.8 bird shot in his shotgun:
"Now, if I’d have had a .22 rifle, I should have gone to jail for that. The diameter of those things are going to come down with enough force to hurt somebody. Number 8 birdshot is not. Number 8 is the size of a pinhead. The bottom line is that it's a right to privacy issue and defending my property issue. It would have been no different had he been standing in my backyard. As Americans, we have a right to defend our rights and property."
- So he selected ammunition specifically to avoid injury when it came down. Seems like a reasonable response.
All those things are accessible via the network or wirelessly now. Cloud storage and networked printers abound, Bluetooth mice et al are the most requested peripheral we buy. It's only the fact that I've got crap broadband (at the moment) at home that keeps me carrying an external HDD around, but in two weeks time I won't need it, even to take whopping ISO images home.
"The fundamental shift is that vulnerabilities occur in all methodologies, but in *continuously <-ly> deployment* there..."
""How many people *live*<d> through the days of out of band patches?"
"When that vulnerability comes *in <it?> is* world-ending,"
"Continuous deployment *mean*<t> continuous security and allowed "
"A *vulnerabilities* <vulnerability, singular> and its impact... "
"While this appeared to put the burden of sorting real bugs from the many more false ones <on to what/where/whom?>, it ensured ..."
Back to skool.
Touchscreens in the vertical plane are wrist-achingly bad for anything other than very brief use, unless you're standing up. I'd be very surprised to see macbooks with touchscreens, especially as the multi-touch trackpad is brilliant (and far better than any implementation in the Windows world). Now, if they don't release a 13" Pro that can take more than 8GB of memory, I'll be very annoyed....
Iknorite? I though that if that was all that was good enough about it to make the adverts, then they were beyond the event horizon of screwed. Blackberry are circling the drain, and have been for months. Release their BBM and mail cleverness as an Android and iPhone app, and leave the hardware and OS manufacture to those that know what they're doing.
When I first started in IT work, fresh out of college, my employer was in the middle of a migrate to Windows 95 (ahh, happy days. Except Win95.) They had to purchase new hardware too, despite having reasonable 486 DX100/120's to run it on. Turns out they'd bought them from a UK system builder that built their own motherboards. Which had a fault. After 30 or so failures, we were informed that there were no more spares, and they weren't making any more. That's the rest of the custom-made 1-year-old machines up the spout then.
This was part of our risk assessment, which went roughly thus (I'm paraphrasing):
a) Encase and filter /entire 42u rack/ - Approx £2k, delay project start by two days
b) move server: requiring new, temporary, (exposed and vulnerable) fibre laid from current location to new location that's not under refurb or occupied (only suitable area was an unused bathroom, no mains power) Cost unconfirmed.
c) If firewall fails replace with spare unit in storage that has same image on it.
Guess which one we did.
The Kindle software for iPad (and other iOS devices, Macs and PC's ) is a much better idea. Having tried both, I find Apple's hardware is much nicer than the Kindle, and you can do more with it. I like the Kindle system for reading books, and that your notes, bookmarks, and whatnot are sync'd between all your subscribed Kindle installations, but I hated the hardware. Much prefer the iPad.
I had an MP120, which I bought in 1997. It got signed by Douglas Adams, but I was a tool, and never covered, or replaced, the flip cover that he signed, so it wore off. Bah. Anyway, I then got an MP2k, which was awesome, and which still works, even on Wifi. There isn't anything electronic that yet comes close to it for taking notes, even the iPad; the resistive and slightly textured screen on the MessagePads is great for writing on, and very robust for poking with the stylus.
Anyone know of any good styli for the iPad? And if Inkwell (Ghost of Newton, which lives on in Mac OS X, and is summoned if you connect a graphics tablet) got ported and hidden?
Is that the University has made a big investment in iTunesU. The course materials will be delivered via podcast. Now, there are many ways to do this, but having seen the alternatives, Apple's Podcast Producer back end makes it far more straightforward for /end users/ to produce audio and video material. The payoff is that you deploy content via iTunesU. The payoff there is that you can only access the content on iPod/iPhone.
Yes, it gets the lin/wintards all het up, but it's the easiest and most consistent way to produce and distribute content. Which is, I suspect, part of what being a J School is all about.
Scream all you like about the fanbois at the top of the uni admin - but someone has looked long and hard at /useability/ - not just for sysadmins, but users as well, which includes the Academic staff, as well as the students. And in useability terms, Apple comes out top. Now, are you really really surprised by that?
If by 'Impressive contribution to Automotive styling' you mean hideous pastiche and baroque gaudiness that would make Liberace blush, then maybe you'd be correct.
In one single car, the French (and Italians) did more for automotive styling than any other country on the planet.
The French also introduced the 'Cab Forward' design about a decade before it became popular in the US - with the Renault Espace.
'American Styling' is a very convenient shorthand for crass, naive, meat-headed and hamfisted design over here. They're bought by egomaniacs with self-esteem issues.
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