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BagOCrap Reykjavík, Iceland - avg. 155 ms (558 comments)

100 Mbps fiber. 14 hops. I'm surprised, really. Would've expected a slightly lower value, perhaps in the 120s.

Back in 1999 I got my first ADSL connection, 256 Kbps. Used to play a lot of Action Quake II at the Pearlmankey servers (based somewhere on the east coast). During those games, my average ping actually around 150 ms.

about a year ago

Not Quite a T-1000, But On the Right Track

BagOCrap Re:T-100, huh? (159 comments)

Noticed it too. I just assumed the article submitter was progressing from T100 to T1000 network speeds.

about a year and a half ago

Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?

BagOCrap Re:Even if this was true... (1009 comments)

Mod parent up, please.

The hell if I will touch anything in the server room if I cannot replace a faulty CPU by myself in less than 5 minutes. I'm talking IBM BladeCenter, mostly, but I've had to work with HP and DELL as well.
Would this mean, for example, that if I purchased a blade with two CPU sockets, but only had the need (or budget) for a single CPU at the moment, I'd have to return my production server to the manufacturer a year later, just to add another CPU? Or would they send me a qualified technician in the hour of need, to solder a new CPU to the motherboard, and I'd just pay for the extra CPU (as usually)? Naw... this is a load of crap.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do SSDs Die?

BagOCrap Too much activity killed mine, I think (510 comments)

I had a 60GB Mushkin Chronos in my MySQL server. It died in 13 days. I do not know for certain what actually killed (it's a low profile server, with only about 3.600/1.500 select/insert statements an hour), but I received a replacement disk within hours, swapped them out, and the replacement snuffed the dust in just under 18 days. I was unable to read or write to them. They just went out, like someone flicked a switch.
That's when I decided to stick with the regular spindle disks for my database server...

I bought two of those 60GB disks at the same time; used the other one as the OS disk for my workstation. It's still running good, almost two years later. I recently purchased a 120GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe and replaced my 60GB disk (which currently only holds my development projects and few, select games).

about 2 years ago

In Under 10 Hours, Google Patches Chrome To Plug Hole Found At Its Pwnium Event

BagOCrap Re:Good to see (113 comments)

The hacker/cowboy-coder culture often serves young products well, but it doesn't work once the product matures and develops a legacy. Assuming Chrome succeeds at making serious inroads in business, which is quite possible over the next few years (whether that's Google's current main goal for it or not), Google will have to slow down their "push to production" patch speed a little.

Mod parent insightful, please.

about 2 years ago

Cray XK6 Supercomputer Used To Simulate Ice Cream

BagOCrap Re:The ice cream will melt before simulation runs. (55 comments)

They'll probably set up the experiment on Mars

I thought that would be for the flavour? If that would be the case, I certainly hope they won't do it on Uranus as well...

more than 2 years ago

It Costs $450 In Marketing To Make Someone Buy a $49 Nokia Lumia

BagOCrap Re:Subsidized price (363 comments)

So, in a nutshell, it's a brick with the Windows logo on it. Impressive!

more than 2 years ago

Mosquitos Have Little Trouble Flying in the Rain

BagOCrap Re:Impact energy not the same for small objects (186 comments)

The whole point was to show, that the difference between a mouse and horse isn't small, but rather gigantic.

Thank you, sir! This would never have occurred to me if you hadn't brought it up. Now I better understand why my parents would never give me a horse as a child; it wouldn't fit in the cage with the mice, and it would splash if I accidentally dropped it.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Smartphone a Dumb Idea, Says Farhad Manjoo

BagOCrap Re:Disagree (128 comments)

Mod parent up. This is exactly why I prefer to keep my position as "sysadmin", rather than a "consultant".

FB phone? That would sure as hell no longer be a "smartphone".

more than 2 years ago

Supervolcano Drilling Plan Gets Go-Ahead

BagOCrap Re:In other news (109 comments)

Turns out the dog wasn't rabid, so they went on with their plans of drilling into the supervolcano in order to see whether it is active.

more than 2 years ago

Symantec Looks Into Claims of Stolen Source Code

BagOCrap Here's to a brighter future! (116 comments)

Hope these hackers can turn the source code into something useful.

more than 2 years ago

Rare Earth Magnets Pose Threat To Children

BagOCrap Re:Why are you surprised? (284 comments)

Why are you surprised? This is exactly what happens when Americans buy toys manufactured in third-world shithole nations, where the concept of "safety" is virtually unheard of.

And who exactly, thought it'd be a good idea to let children play with tiny magnets in the first place? The manufacturer?

more than 2 years ago

Firefox Too Big To Link On 32-bit Windows

BagOCrap Re:Trying to do too much (753 comments)

Why, yes, of course! All software should be modular by default.

Not to be an utter arse, I agree with you to an extent. I'm just having some troubles comparing Firefox to the Linux kernel. Oranges to orange trees, if you like.

more than 2 years ago

Firefox Too Big To Link On 32-bit Windows

BagOCrap Re:Trying to do too much (753 comments)

Oh, where are the mod points when the voice of insight chimes in?

more than 2 years ago

MythBusters Bust House

BagOCrap Re:I thought (631 comments)

Well, they certainly had a blast!

more than 2 years ago

Hybrids Safer In Crashes — Except For Pedestrians

BagOCrap Re:This annoys the hell out of me ... (392 comments)

Certainly! I'd much prefer keeping an eye on some small display in my hands, or mounted on my bike, than actually watching my surroundings for incoming threats. Oops, my battery just went.... *kraaskgjnasdg!#@qr12!#!"%*

more than 2 years ago

OPERA Group Repeats Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results

BagOCrap Re:Supernovas (442 comments)

And how much of a vacuum can you really get in this universe?

Quite a bit, if we could get every politician in the world to participate...

more than 2 years ago

Oklahoma Hit By Its Strongest-Ever Recorded Quake

BagOCrap Re:Wow (202 comments)

Because we don't get earthquakes in this part of the world. Ever. There was an earthquake just SE of San Antonio, Texas - the second ever recorded, and about 5 miles from an active fucking operation. Fucking is a really screwy operation that a lot of countries have banned because it causes a lot of problems and earthquakes.

There, fixed that for you!

more than 2 years ago



Choice of AV/Firewall for large networks?

BagOCrap BagOCrap writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BagOCrap (980854) writes "I, along with a handful of other guys, take care of a fairly large network; Windows XP clients somewhere around 6.000.

Using Windows group policies, Trend Micro Client is distributed to these workstations, run by a single server. It's slowly dying, and needs somewhat frequent rebooting. Currently, we don't get enough funding for a secondary server, or an entire new blade. That's when someone suggested dropping Trend altogether, and distribute a tool called Spyware Doctor ( instead.

Trend's served us great; easy to configure, low maintenance and efficient at catching the few annoyances people somehow manage to get on their computers. The man who suggested Spyware Doctor uses it quite a bit — on his own computers, family and friends. Hell, he "solves" most problems by running MS scandisk, or installing MS Excel... But that's a another story!

I think comparing Spyware Doctor to Trend Micro Client Server/Suite is kind of like comparing orange seeds to apples; one's a basic spyware cleaner, the other a full-blown anti-virus/spyware solution, including a firewall. Alternatives are good, even if only for comparison sakes, but again, my opinion is that the man doesn't really understand what's this is all about.

What are your thoughts?"


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