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Debian To Replace SysVinit, Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

DiegoBravo Re:Slackware systemd is better (362 comments)

Ten minutes? something was wrong with the configuration.

I have a 486 with redhat 6.2 and takes less than a minute to boot. The boot time AFIK is not the main driver for the changes. There are really good reasons, but boot time is not the main one.

Of course, the Ubuntu team was in a curious rush to create some sort of 1-second-boot-time OS, and sysV scripts must be avoided for that goal.

about a year ago

Scientists Clone Human Embryos To Make Stem Cells

DiegoBravo Re:Adult human skin cells (92 comments)

Maybe it's time to appoint new editors by clonning several Maldas..

about a year ago

Opera Picks Up Webkit Engine

DiegoBravo Re:Monoculture, here we come (again) (314 comments)

I love the TCP/IP "monoculture". And I see the browser as an extension of the lower network layers (i.e. html on top of http, etc) where protocol deviations give more trouble than innovation.

IFAIK nobody is missing the "IE6 culture".

about a year and a half ago

10 Years After SQL Slammer

DiegoBravo Re:How "Expensive" ? (58 comments)

Oh yeah, you have a critical non encrypted database with some proprietary applications running in the same internet web server box, and you fix everything by adding a Linux PC with iptables and one IP tunnel. You're a total genius.

about a year and a half ago

10 Years After SQL Slammer

DiegoBravo Re:Also decided in favor of restrictive firewalls (58 comments)

> And the really odd thing is that it's usually WAY easier to address this kind of insecurity than it is to fix problems in software, especially COTS products. You just have to try. Yes, it costs a bit, but it's not exactly exotic and it's not all that expensive. Firewalls are cheap, faster than ever and not terribly difficult to manage anymore.

No, it's usually WAY difficult to address this "architecture" insecurity as you put it. I really don't understand why you're even mentioning firewall costs at all.

To correct that kind of "architecture" issues you often need to add layers/filters/equipment/barriers into the data flow, which introduces lots of issues and in the general case is expensive. Specialy when you have a legacy infraestructure where the Internet is a later addon.

about a year and a half ago

Samba: Less Important Because Windows Is Less Important

DiegoBravo Re: samba - racist (162 comments)

In Spanish, especially in conquered Latin America, zambo was one of the (many) technical terms used to specify the different mixes resulting from white (Spanish), native american, and blacks, and their descendants. Specifically, zambo(a) was the first generation of the mix between native american and black.
It's current usage is obviously broader and informal, and no longer a "racist" term per se.

about a year and a half ago

Java Zero-Day Vulnerability Rolled Into Exploit Packs

DiegoBravo Re:Ask Mr Gosling (193 comments)

C was never used as a platform for web applets. Guess what could happened in that way (hint: 99% of the Microsoft Windows/Office/Adobe/etc viruses.)

about a year and a half ago

Windows 8 Even Less Popular Than Vista

DiegoBravo Re:It's not dead. (791 comments)

IMO the current "standard user" doesn't care more about the operating system than, for example, the hard disk brand. It's just another item in the laptop/pc.

Just yesterday my uncle decided to buy a low price laptop from and of course his selection carried Windows 8 but he didn't realized it until I commented about the compatibility of his (rather old) application installers.

The 80s when people cared about DOS 3.2 vs DOS 3.3 are gone for good (except in /.)

about a year and a half ago

GNOME 3.8 To Scrap Fallback Mode

DiegoBravo Please don't tack about TAB completion (378 comments)

I'm using bash 4.2 right now and after years of expanding

$W/xx to /path/xx

Now I get this stupid thing:


Maybe a Gnome developer is helping the bash team...

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Mathematical Fiction?

DiegoBravo Re:Oo oo! I've got one! (278 comments)

I just took the actual Obama recovery results and got negative numbers without having to multiply by anything...

about 2 years ago

Wayland 1.0 Released, Not Yet Ready To Replace X11

DiegoBravo Re:How long? (455 comments)

I think you have a misconfiguration issue. Anyway, try tightvnc. Definitively not a pig.

about 2 years ago

A Modest Proposal For Sequestration of CO2 In the Antarctic

DiegoBravo Re:Seems feasible (243 comments)

From the physics and economics POV the easiest way would be mass extinction of humankind. The "don't emit CO2" idea is not a very realistic one as far as reality is concerned.

about 2 years ago

Designer Jon McCann: "More Optimistic About GNOME Than In a Long Time"

DiegoBravo Re:That is too bad. (235 comments)

I recently went to xfce (xubuntu 12.04.) Before, I used Ubuntu (since 2007) and before Debian w/Kde 3 + Fedora w/Gnome 2.

This year I tried Kubuntu and Xubuntu in parallel and found Kde 4 a bit bloated, their (very nice) menus interferring my trivial tasks, and since the wireless detection failed, the network manager gadget never recovered from my manual configuration via ifconfig. The sound never worked at all (even when Ubuntu 10.04 worked like a charm in that same laptop.) The last ones may be related to mistakes from Canonical but I didn't want to give more time to the thing.

Xubuntu gave me a "fairly good" environment to work productively from day one, even with some limitations.

about 2 years ago

GNOME: Possible Recovery Strategies

DiegoBravo Re:Revert back to what worked (432 comments)

Well it's not just the LTS: several years ago I leaved RH and clones for good because of the RPM limitations (before YUM was incorporated.) Even from time to time when I tried a Fedora or a CentOS, I found yum too slow just for starting to download anything (yet I don't understand why... it feels a bit like the old java applets' startup), and very limited in packages compared to the debian/ubuntu counterpart.

Also, I have to support three Dell laptops and newer kernels tended to solve/improve some issues with the (cheap) hardware.

more than 2 years ago

GNOME: Possible Recovery Strategies

DiegoBravo Re:Revert back to what worked (432 comments)

Good to know. Sadly I plan to remain with 12.04 in all of my machines because of the LTS thing. Hope to get some of those improvements with the updates.

more than 2 years ago

GNOME: Possible Recovery Strategies

DiegoBravo Re:Revert back to what worked (432 comments)

> Don't be an incomplete and lacking project borne of frustration with other ones. (Xfce)

Ok AC, switched to Xubuntu 12.04 this month (from the great Ubuntu 10.04), and you're right, there are several instances for improvement.

But all in all I'm doing my work and the GUI is not interferring me (as happened when tested Unity and Gnome 3.) With more time I could try those "Gnome shell extensions thing" (whatever it is), but I'm too lazy (or busy?) and Xfce is just fine for me.

more than 2 years ago

The PHP Singularity

DiegoBravo Re:PHP alternatives (622 comments)

Java, Ruby, Python... Perl... none of these were invented for serving dynamic web pages. PHP did.

more than 2 years ago



Samoa to change time zones and move forward by a d

DiegoBravo DiegoBravo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DiegoBravo (324012) writes ""Samoa plans to jump time zones and move its clocks forward by a day, bringing it in line with Australia and New Zealand. The proposed move in time zones comes two years after the island's government switched the side of the road on which Samoans drive from the right to the left." How do they deal with their servers' clocks?"
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Administering workflow with Subversion

DiegoBravo DiegoBravo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DiegoBravo writes "We currently use an old version of a product named CCC/Harvest (commercial home page) for software control management, that in my opinion is very limited in their old file-locking scheme, is slow, can't rename directories, null IDE-plugin support (some of that may have changed in current versions), and runs in a dying NT 4. I'm promoting Subversion because of great client support and zero licensing fees.

The problem is regarding the administrative side: the project managers are used to a tight control for allowing sources to be modified by developers. In Harvest, there is a whole concept named "package" that is similar to an attention ticket but traces the associated source code, and provides some sort of auditable workflow regarding the processing of those "tickets". I was testing the Trac integration with SVN, but IMO that's basically a ticket reporting interface with the posibility of back pointing to the SVN tree. It also has some extensions to configure Subversion permissions (in reality, the Apache-Subversion module svn_dav) yet I consider it buggy, although in the long term it will let me develop the needed corrections or extensions since it's open source.

The question of course is what are your recommendations? Another good OSS product combination? Some good argument that don't annoy the old developer leaders? just pay the buck and resign to the vendor's offering?"


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