Carole Fennelly's social engineering column is a hit, and one reader offers a suggestion for using idle CPU cycles that doesn't involve searching for aliens
Praises for column on social engineering
This article is very well written and includes a lot of truths that most of us computer security folks do not take into consideration. Thank you!
I thought that this particular article was brilliant. I am an avid follower of all matters relating to Internet security, and this one is a must-read.
Ed was right on
I agree completely with Edgar Saadi in his response to the question of whether a sysadmin should pursue database or security administration. I am a DBA, and have been a security administrator in the past as part of my duties in deploying Web- and database-driven applications. In my humble opinion, security -- for both systems and networks -- is a facet of database/systems/network/applications design, and is a fundamental requirement for anyone deploying new systems. As a DBA, I've found it necessary to keep up on a broad range of skills, as no one can properly deploy a database without understanding the underlying (Unix) systems and the networks that connect that database to its users.
I enjoyed the article "A busy computer is a happy computer," but Rich Morin only discusses ad hoc programs which solve specific problems (like SETI@home). In contrast, a system called Condor allows organizations to make use of idle machines to run any program without having to change any of their source code. Instead of running a program in the background, you submit your program to Condor. Condor finds an idle machine on your network, runs your jobs there, and can even transparently migrate a running process to a different machine -- allowing you to move the work back to your own terminal when you come back from lunch! Condor is available as a free download at http://www.cs.wisc.edu/condor. Many companies, universities, and government labs are using Condor to scavenge for cycles for their own CPU-bound simulation, scientific, or engineering codes. I think many of SunWorld's readers would like to know how to use idle CPU cycles for their own programs, instead of solely searching for aliens.
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