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Ask Slashdot: Networked Back-Up/Wipe Process?

BigBuckHunter Quick and dirty (253 comments)

You can script as much of this as you want.

1: boot a linux live image (CD, Thumbdrive, PXE)
2: mkdir /mnt/backup
3: mount //someserver/someshare /mnt/backup

Copy the raw device to the network share. We'll use ddrescue rather than DD so that it finishes even if the HDD has issues. You'll also get a nice log of the issues.
4: ddrescue /dev/sda /mnt/backup/someName-`date +%Y-%m-%d`.img /mnt/backup/someName-`date +%Y-%m-%d`.log

Wipe the disk
5: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M

If you would like to see the data in the image
6: fdisk -l /mnt/backup/someName-someDate.img --- Note the sector size and start. Multiply these together. Example is 512(size)x2048(start)=1048576

Mount the raw image and take a peek
7: mkdir /mnt/raw
8: mount -o ro,loop,offset=1048576 /mnt/backup/someName-someDate.img /mnt/raw
9: ls -l /mnt/raw

Restore the data to the drive
10: dd if=/mnt/backup/someName-someDate.img of=/dev/sda bs=1M

You can then compress the image file to save some space on the server.

more than 2 years ago

The Software Patent Debate Is Incorrectly Framed

BigBuckHunter Re:Reality check? (274 comments)

Speaking of reality check, From the TFA:

Highly skilled personnel are employed in these companies and many have advanced computer science degrees, including PhDs. And because of their complexity, many programs are written using software engineering disciplines.

This gent has obviously never worked in the mobile industry.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Standard Software Development Environments?

BigBuckHunter Wisdom (362 comments)

Congratulations. You are now wiser than you were prior to accepting the position which you now fill. The next time you interview for a company, which sounds like it may be soon given your current situation, you will now possess an assorted list of queries when the interviewer asks, "Do you have any questions regarding the position or the company?".

more than 3 years ago

Airline Offering Plane Crash Survival Course to Frequent Flyers

BigBuckHunter Scam Alert! (155 comments)

I'm sorry, but after reading the article, it appears that they will be charging money for information that should be, and probably already is, available to the general public.

I call shenanigans!

more than 3 years ago

NZ Illegal Downloading Crackdown Law In Effect

BigBuckHunter Re:Not all bad (329 comments)

I would be interested to know why people would pay money to change the geography of their Internet servers when they could simply switch to a darknet. I'd recommend trying Freenet for a while and see if you have any complaints besides it being slower than the observable Internet.

I'm genuinely interested in why more people do not take this approach.

more than 3 years ago

Information Rage Coming Soon To an Office Near You

BigBuckHunter Re:Agree with Parent (201 comments)

The rage comes in when you're already working at 95% capacity, and something simple turns into the mother of all clusterfuck-abortions. For example: You "renew" a Verisign class3 cert, only to find out that the "renewed" cert is in fact an entirely "new" cert because Verisign changed out its intermediate CA. So a drop in file replacement becomes:

Adding the new intermediate and hash symlink to the apache truststore
Adding a FileChain directive to all affected vhosts
Notifying all of your customers that they need to update their truststores in the next 30 days if they wish to continue doing business with you
Realizing that you're going to have to repeat this maintenance for all 400 Verisign certs for the next year (because business partners require yearly renewals)
Having to go through your companies bullshit change-management process, rather than using the rubber stamp renewal template that you spent 2 days creating.
And worst of all, trying to explain all of this to your manager, who has no understanding of the concepts "encryption" and "trust".
5-10 minutes (renew, propagate file, roll apache servers, update asset management) becomes a Full time job for one year.

The majority of which could have been avoided if they had followed your advice "7 years ago" and shelled out for a wildcard cert.

about 4 years ago

Could Anti-Texting Laws Make Roads More Dangerous?

BigBuckHunter Re:Punish results, not behavior (709 comments)

Write people an extremely hefty fine if they are involved in an accident while texting. Make it easier to convict them on involuntary manslaughter charges if they were texting at the time they hit a pedestrian. If people can safely text, great. If not, punish them when they cause problems. This is the same as any other distraction while driving - you can think about other things than the road while driving legally (work problems, family problems, etc). If you can still safely drive, great. If not, you pay the piper when you hurt someone else.

You've hit several of the nails on the head, but seem to have missed a couple.

We already have laws that charge fines for "Driving while Distracted" and "Dangerous Driving". If an officer sees that you are driving while distracted, and it appears that you are a danger to yourself and/or others, he can issue a ticket.

I want to take a moment to appeal to your sense of justice and remove the word "punishment" from consideration. You can't punish an adult human. It just doesn't work. What does work is restitution (for the victim) and rehabilitation (for the criminal).

When you get caught driving distracted, you get a ticket. Get another, you'll have the insurance increase and defensive driving course. Rack up enough and your public driving privileges get revoked. The existing laws are fully sufficient. No need for additional (unnecessary) bans on tech.

more than 4 years ago

'09 Malibu Vs. '59 Bel Air Crash Test

BigBuckHunter Combined speed? (496 comments)

Hi there, The youtube video contains the qualifier "2: Both cars were moving at 40mph for a combined speed of 80mph". This is not correct. Both cars were moving at 40mph for a combined speed of 40mph. Whether you're hitting an immovable brick wall at 40mph, or an object of equal mass and velocity moving at the opposite direction, you're still accelerating from 40mph to 0mph (a 40mph crash).


more than 5 years ago

How an Intern Stole NASA's Moon Rocks

BigBuckHunter Re:salt not required (123 comments)

From TFA:

They also destroyed three decades worth of handwritten research notes by a NASA scientist that had been locked in the safe.

Nasa locked a research scientist in the safe for 30 years?

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft To Disable Autorun

BigBuckHunter get around this? (429 comments)

@ Will be interesting to see what malware creators do to get around this ..."

Attrib -w? Flip the Writeprotect dword in StorageDevicePolicies?


more than 5 years ago

Build an Open Source SSL Accelerator

BigBuckHunter Re:Huh? (136 comments)

A miniPCI card with an OpenSSL-supported crypto engine that can handle saturate the bus costs around $50.

You would pay $50.. for a ssl crypto PCI card, and you're implying that 'other' people are being suckered?


more than 5 years ago

Closing Time At Microsoft's Campus Pub

BigBuckHunter Re:Last Post (393 comments)

It seems the owner's best avenue would be to sue, but unfortunately MS will fight that until he's broke. So either way, he's fucked 6 ways from Sunday

The best avenue for any business owner is to never, under ANY circumstances, do business with MS. This applies to being a reseller, partner, customer, or certification holder. Don't use hotmail. Stop using windows and MS applications. Stop using MS formats and file systems.

One of my projects a while ago was to develop a checklist that one could go through to be 100% MS free. It turned out to be larger than I thought, but I've been happy ever since with my technology.


more than 5 years ago

Use apt-p2p To Improve Ubuntu 9.04 Upgrade

BigBuckHunter Re:Hey mods... (269 comments)

I even actually wrote it:

Great! Now convert it all to caps, and add an exclamation point after each sentence. It will be indistinguishable from a Slashdot poster.

It's about time we got a new AliceBot.


more than 5 years ago

Revision control hosting for school projects

BigBuckHunter What prevents you from OSS? (1 comments)

However the free hosting services such as and SourceForge all seem to require your project be open-source. I'm fine with my code being out there after I've turned in the project, but with very strict cheating policies at most schools, it seems dangerous to make your code available to others before the project deadline.

I still do not understand why this prevents you from making your source open on Sourceforge. Commits are tracked, dated, and tagged/labeled as you choose. As long as it's your name on the commit and not someone else's, you're all set. It also opens up your code to a wider audience for constructive criticism, flames, and possibly some laughs at your expense (We've all written some really dumb code). How is writing your own code cheating? How is someone else using your OSS code cheating?


more than 5 years ago

Linux Needs Critics

BigBuckHunter Re:Nonsense (1127 comments)

If you truly and honestly believe that

I don't have to believe, I can simply point out all of the orgs that have a working Bugzilla implementation. Even DESC, a homeless shelter NPO, uses bugzilla.

Why the hell should I *have* to fill out the version number

So that the upstream knows what version you are running. Are you running foosoft 1.0, or foosoft 1.0-ubuntu6_AMD64_whining_willie. There's a big difference between the two.

The Internet of 2009? No.

You are mistaken. Checkout the stats

I've had that problem with GTK+, Inkscape, Notepad++

Seeing the tone and demeanor of your posts here, I'd love to see your bug reports for these products.


more than 5 years ago

Linux Needs Critics

BigBuckHunter Re:Nonsense (1127 comments)

If your project is using Bugzilla (or Sourceforge), the poor quality and usability of your bug tracker is driving people way

Bugzilla and sourceforge are perfectly usable, as are their alternatives. People don't like fileing defects because it requires some effort, such as filling in the version and repro steps. Most people don't want to do that, they just want to whine about usability. Whining is not criticism.

If you only speak to users via mailing list

Mailing lists exist so the users can speak to developers. Mailing list archives are for Devs to speak to users.

If you only meet on IRC, you're alienating the people who won't install and download an IRC client to talk to you

If you're using a free *nix, you probably already have an IRC client. IRC is a critical part of distributed software development on the internet.

Of course the next step is to actually read and act on that feedback. Considering most open source projects don't even read their own bug database, I don't hold out much hope in this area.

You're confusing Open source with Ubuntu.


more than 5 years ago

Linux Needs Critics

BigBuckHunter Re:Nonsense (1127 comments)

I found that the author totally misinterprets "Linux is free, so why are you complaining?". Linux is free, as in speech. Don't complain... file a bug report, participate with the architect, write some code. All of these help solve the problem. Complaining does nothing. Criticism works, but works better in the context of a bug report or MList discussion.. Not in a pcworld/zdnet blog. The author isn't criticizing linux, he's criticizing the community surrounding Gnu/Linux.

After you have filed a bug report, and spoken to the devs on the mailing list, and written some horrible pseudocode to resolve an issue, you are now given the right to complain louder than Theo on the blog of your choice.


more than 5 years ago

Church Baptises Baby With Cola

BigBuckHunter Re:Cola != carbonated beverage (11 comments)

In the US, there are an many words for "carbonated beverage" as there are dialects. They are commonly referred to as "soda", "pop", "soda-pop", and "cola". Even worse than "cola" is a southern US dialect that uses the word "coke" to mean carbonated beverage.

I'll have a Coke.

What kind?

A coke, you know, a soda..

Yes, but what kind?

It's almost about as bad as the words for "long sandwich", which are "hero", "sub", "grinder", and "submarine sandwich". Then there are various definitions of what constitutes an "Italian sub". Moving from NJ/NY to the west coast was a shock for me.

The funniest US dialect uses the word "mash" instead of "push/press" when referring to pushing buttons on a remote or phone. You do not "press 1 for English", you "mash" 1.


more than 5 years ago

Reliability of Computer Memory?

BigBuckHunter Re:Surprise? (724 comments)

I fail to see how the parent is a troll, regardless of whether he is right or not.

Welcome to slashdot. It's the only place on the internet where a first post can be modded redundant.


more than 5 years ago

NVidia Considering Porting PhysX To OpenCL

BigBuckHunter Competition is good.. for us (54 comments)

A little competition between two rival Physics engines is a good thing for consumers. We can only hope that the few available gaming-oriented FOSS physics engines improve as well.


more than 5 years ago


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