Re: The FCC, eh?
"small beer" is a low alcohol beer. Which means you can drink more of it.
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You do know there's a vacuum cleaner called a VAX don't you?
A long time ago, the two companies producing VAXen, met and agreed that nobody was dumb enough to mistake one for the other. Except in the case of the joke "Nothing sucks like a VAX".
0: Except I'm not sure anyone ever referred to multiple VAX vacuum cleaners as "VAXen".
I think you might be comparing the very best film stock with the very 'worst' of digital sensors.
And I'm not sure the resolution of film can be directly compared with digital sensors. It _may_ be higher in resolution (although I've seen different calculations), but it also tends to be "noisier" (film grain).
And in terms of dynamic range, the very best film stock is about 8 stops of range whereas the very best digital sensors is about 14 stops of range.
But those photographers using 35mm pocket cameras may well have produced more "best photos" with better equipment. One example could be Robert Capa's images of the landing at Omaha which were mostly destroyed by the developer; if he had a digital camera (impossible for sure) those images would have survived.
0: Yes it's possible for card failures which is why some of us use cameras with dual card slots.
Another one! Using underscores in server names; as a DNS admin I'm permitted to eviscerate you slowly for that.
Personally I really rather hate hostnames with numbers on the end ("server1", "server2", etc.). One of the key features of a naming scheme should be to avoid typos generating valid hostnames.
Yes security is more than just passwords, but passwords are pretty important.
Many places offer some form of remote access secured by ... the account password. And yes such services are regularly probed by password guessers.
As to targeting privileged accounts, I've seen a demonstration of someone escalating from a non-privileged account to domain admin in less than an hour. So no, attackers will quite happily target non-privileged accounts.
As an evil firewall admin who would be doing some of the spying, I can tell you that there can easily be a huge gap in what employees think is being monitored and what is actually being monitored. At $work there are a considerable number who believe we do a lot more monitoring than we actually do, and nosy line managers get told to go forth and procreate.
That's not to say there shouldn't controls in this area, and I'd happily sit down with unions to talk over what we do (and don't do).
What the f*** is this s*** about foul f****** language? Are we turning into a bunch of p****** p*******? There's a reason we f******* swear like fucking sailors; it's a f******* stress relief exercise necessary because of those dumb f***** in management and those even dumber f**** masquerading as users.
Well yes and no.
The DNS names work fine as long as the funny numbers behind the scene continue to work. Those in charge of funny numbers have decided IPv4 is broken and the fix is IPv6; argue as much as you like but if you ignore IPv6 and refuse to implement it, sooner or later your Internet breaks. Probably later, but no guarantees.
"Requiring a second password provides an extra layer of protection."
See rootpw and targetpw configuration options.
"to enter further sudo commands within a given period"
It's a little harsh to condemn a useful tool just because its default configuration isn't to your liking. My preferred method is to keep root's password secret (and in the DR firesafe) and require long and strong passwords for administrators (audited by actually running John the Ripper).
Older IBM mainframe terminals used a beamspring keyswitch. The IBM model F keyboard was a reduced cost version of that (the original IBM PC keyboard and a number of others) and the IBM model M keyboard was a reduced cost version of the model F.
Not that it's a bad keyboard - it's probably the best you can buy new today. Old beamsprings are rather rare, hideously expensive, and require "interesting" methods to adapt to modern computers (replace the controller with an Xwhatsit controller).
That there is the reason I fought for years to get the allowed list of people to enter a DC reduced to the absolute minimum.
Not because sysadmins are any less likely to do Dumb Things (although we do get more opportunity to appreciate the "measure twice, cut once" rule), but because the fewer people who can do Dumb Things in a data centre, the less frequently painful lessons are learnt.
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