×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Dishwasha More importantly (385 comments)

I also help my landlady carry out her garbage.

4 days ago
top

AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

Dishwasha Just imagine (146 comments)

A Raspberry-Pi Beowulf cluster of those R9 295X2's.

about two weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

Dishwasha Re:I used to have an FTA Setup (219 comments)

Thanks for sharing your experiences. Getting FTA was actually not my primary objective for why I bought the 90cm dish, instead it's just a nice to have/play with. Just bought a SG6100 today so pointing should be a cinch.

about three weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

Dishwasha Re:Free-To-Air like OTA (219 comments)

Thanks. I'd share more with you later on but you posted as an AC :(

about three weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

Dishwasha Re:Dish/Direct TV should offer free basic channels (219 comments)

I think you're confusing cable box hacking with DSS hacking. In the old days you needed basic cable and a friendship with a cable guy. With DSS, there's nothing stopping the signal from reaching you, so you didn't have to pay jack except for an occasional unlooping when you weren't paying attention.

about three weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

Dishwasha Re:Helpful Website (219 comments)

Great link. Several past google searches rendered forum posts from that site.

about three weeks ago
top

Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

Dishwasha Re:Big Ugly Dishes (219 comments)

I don't believe that is true. You typically want the dish diameter to be 20x the wavelength. A 90cm dish can receive 3.33Ghz signals and above which is right at the C-band frequency range.

about three weeks ago
top

Working with Real-Time Analytics as a Service (Video)

Dishwasha Real-Time for real? (15 comments)

I'm surprised BitYoga chose MongoDB for real-time analytics. Several years ago we attempted to do a real-time analytics solution with MongoDB but besides being a not so great performer when it comes to counting, it's boolean operators were still in its infancy. We ended up ripping out and replacing with another back-end solution in a couple of months and never looked back. Has MongoDB changed much to make real-time more realistic?

about a month ago
top

Algorithm Reveals Objects Hidden Behind Other Things In Camera Phone Images

Dishwasha Did you see that? (85 comments)

I photo bombed you from behind that wall.

about a month ago
top

Youtube and Facebook May Be Banned In Turkey, Again

Dishwasha Re:Who names their country (57 comments)

Apparently they should have been named "Ostrich" since they have a preference to bury their heads in the sand.

about a month and a half ago
top

Hubble Witnesses Mysterious Breakup of Asteroid

Dishwasha Re:ITS HAPPENING (69 comments)

So.....you're welcoming...solar wind? The sun? I don't know how long you've been here, but the sun and its wind have been around for quite some time. Or did you just not RTFA?

about a month and a half ago
top

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

Dishwasha City-wide mayhem (921 comments)

I'm going to find those guys at that bar and show them every single traffic light, closed circuit television, and any other ancillary cameras deployed by private and governmental agencies all around them. I could have San Francisco in a full scale riot by the end of the week!

about 2 months ago
top

WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies

Dishwasha WOW gold is not legal tender (240 comments)

There, just wanted to shore that one up as well.

about 2 months ago
top

Astronomers Catch Asteroid Striking Moon On Video

Dishwasha Not the brightest ever witnessed after all (69 comments)

Coincidentally I was watching Carl Sagan's Cosmos Episode 4 last night and he talked about several credible eye witness accounts recorded by the Gervase of Canterbury where an impact on the moon was so bright that it was seen at dusk and generated a very large and visible plume, much much larger in size and longer in duration than that brief flash the MIDAS program reported about. You'll have to watch Episode 4 to learn what impact crater astronomers were able to match these accounts against, but it was a ray crater positioned on the moon consistent with the eye witness accounts.

about 2 months ago
top

Facebook Is a Plague That'll Burn Out In a Few Years, Says Study

Dishwasha Minor difference (338 comments)

Although applying the concept is interesting in theory, all trolling aside a foundational difference that makes this comparison nonsense is that *most* human's don't want the virus they contract whereas *most* Facebook users want to participate on Facebook until its usefulness expires. Facebook's usefulness has an indeterminate expiration that is subjective per individual (or group of like-minded individuals) whereas the virus is counter-useful. Now, if they were to apply disease patterns of a virus whose side effect were of varied usefulness to people, then we'd have a more productive comparison.

about 3 months ago
top

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Dishwasha Re:Reminds me of why some cinemas BAN cell phones. (1431 comments)

I can't wait for the Alamo Movie Drafthouse intro that encourages patrons to not text or talk or else "Curtis Reeves will shoot your ass".

Sorry, too soon?

about 3 months ago
top

Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

Dishwasha The cruelest part (409 comments)

Was that they were only willing to offer him $50,000, not even $60,000 in CALIFORNIA. Isn't $60,000 a year under the poverty line there?

about 3 months ago

Submissions

top

Experience with Free To Air

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  about three weeks ago

Dishwasha (125561) writes "Just a few days ago I incidentally discovered a little known secret called free-to-air. Amazingly enough even in the depths of /., there appears to have been no postings or discussions about it. Just like over-the-air programming, there is free programming available via various satellite systems that only requires a one-time cost of getting a dish and receiver. Both Amazon and Ebay appear to have a plethora of hardware out there. I personally settled on the Geosatpro MicroHD system with a 90cm 26lbs light-weight dish (queue lots of comments about my describing 26 lbs as being light-weight) and I should be receiving that in just a few days.

I'm curious, who else is using satellite FTA on /.? What are your setups? Has anyone hacked on any of the DVR/PVR devices available? Besides greater access to international programming, what are your channel experiences?"
top

What do you do to stay fit?

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  about a year ago

Dishwasha (125561) writes "What do you do to stay fit? Probably like many of you, this code monkey has lead a fairly sedentary life consisting most on fritos, tab, and mountain dew. Every time I attempt to incorporate exercise in even the most modest amount it never really seems to work out. "Just do it" or joining and going to a gym just doesn't seem to work and with time being my most precious resource at this point, I would like to incorporate exercise in to my daily work process. Our office recently switched to standing desks, which is great, and I would like to possibly bring in a flat treadmill that fits under the standing desk, but my bosses have balked unless the equipment is whisper silent. We are a small business in a traditional office park with no exercise facility. Do any other geeks out there have a similar set up and would like to share what they use to stay heart healthy and improve circulation during their work day? What other ways do you incorporate exercise in to your geeky or nerdy lifestyle?"
top

Inspiration Mars announces two passenger flyby of planet Mars in 2018

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  about a year ago

Dishwasha (125561) writes "Private space firm Inspiration Mars conducted a press conference today expressing their intention to send a two-person crew to slingshot around Mars in 2018. The plan has been NASA endorsed and the round trip will take around 501 days to complete."
Link to Original Source
top

Best wireless keyboard for gaming

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  about a year ago

Dishwasha (125561) writes "Over the years I have tried out various wireless keyboards and mice and although I have found decent wireless mice, but have failed to find a decent wireless keyboard that doesn't have a lag between when the key is pressed and movement is registered in FPS style video games.

Does anybody have any recommendations for a gamer quality wireless keyboard? Can anybody also recommend a gamer quality wireless keyboard with good range (I would like it to work 8-10 feet away from the transceiver? Feel free to throw in mice recommendations as well since some day I will have to upgrade from my good old Logitech G7."
top

How would you build a micro satellite?

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  about a year ago

Dishwasha writes "After reading about the possibility of an earth-link planet "only" 12 light years away, I instantly thought about the possibility of sending an amateur micro satellite. Although such a thing would not reach 12 light years in my lifetime, perhaps the satellite would be a legacy that I could hand over to my children and they to their children, etc. From my perspective, the sooner we start sending out probes in to the universe and the more we send out, the earlier the start we get in exploring the universe beyond just our singular earth perspective.

A fellow co-worker of mine turned me on to the CubeSat standard and apparently there are commercial space companies that will launch CubeSat systems from their payload for a modest fee.

Is anybody in the /. community involved in amateur micro satellite systems? How would I go about getting involved at an amateur level? Are there any amateur user groups and meetups I can join? I have limited background in all the prerequisites but am eager to learn even if it takes a lifetime. Any links to design and engineering of satellites would be appreciated."
top

GlusterFS 3.3 Released

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  about 2 years ago

Dishwasha (125561) writes "A bit belated, but the long awaited GlusterFS 3.3 has been released. GlusterFS is an open source, fully distributed storage solution for the world’s ever-increasing volume of unstructured data. It is a software-only, highly available, scale-out, centrally managed storage pool that can work with POSIX filesystems that support extended attributes, such as Ext3/4, XFS, BTRFS and many more.

Major features also quoted from the website:
* Unified File and Object storage – Blending OpenStack’s Object Storage API with GlusterFS provides simultaneous read and write access to data as files or as objects.
* HDFS compatibility – Gives Hadoop administrators the ability to run MapReduce jobs on unstructured data on GlusterFS and access the data with well-known tools and shell scripts.
* Proactive self-healing – GlusterFS volumes will now automatically restore file integrity after a replica recovers from failure.
* Granular locking – Allows large files to be accessed even during self-healing, a feature that is particularly important for VM images.
* Replication improvements – With quorum enforcement you can be confident that your data has been written in at least the configured number of places before the file operation returns, allowing a user-configurable adjustment to fault tolerance vs performance."

Link to Original Source
top

Exercising lemon law on laptop

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dishwasha (125561) writes "Have any slashdotters had any luck exercising their right to declare their computer a lemon and get the manufacturer to refund or pay for third-party cost of repair?

I recently purchased a brand new laptop for my wife and it has had the same intermittent problem from the beginning. We just received it back from its second repair and in both cases the RMA department performed up to a 24-hour "burn-in" test, declared there was no problem and sent it back even though I specified that the intermittent problem can take up to a week to reproduce. I explicitly asked for the problem part to be replaced for the second RMA and they completely ignored my demand. They have also refused to send me the part so I can repair it myself. I have asked to have this escalated to a manager but have been told they MIGHT call me back and refuse to follow my instructions in favor of their own inadequate troubleshooting steps. At this point I am tired of having my time taken up with this and believe it is unfair to my wife to have her relatively brand new laptop sent off for 2+ weeks at a time.

I am in Texas and understand that each state may have specific laws and procedures for declaring a lemon. I've goggled for Texas Lemon Law and came up with this informative article. It mentions "Texas Lemon Laws ... provide for compensation to Texas consumers of defective automobiles ... and products including ... computers and other consumer appliances and products" yet the rest of the information seems primarily tailored to motor vehicles. If the rules are the same I would qualify for the 30-day test depending on the interpretation of "a substantial problem". If not, I guess I will have to give them two more chances for repair which puts my wife out another month at a minimum without her laptop.

I will attempt to research the legislation myself, but would welcome any constructive tips on making sure all the correct bureaucratic things are done to minimize delays. I would also be interested in hearing of any success stories regarding declaring a computer a lemon and getting the manufacturer to reconcile fiscally."
top

Which OSS Clustered Filesystem should I use?

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dishwasha writes "For over a decade I have had arrays of 10-20 disks providing larger than normal storage at home. I have suffered twice through complete loss of data once due to accidentally not re-enabling the notification on my hardware RAID and having an array power supply fail and the RAID controller was unable to recover half of the entire array. Now, I run RAID-10 manually verifying that each mirrored pair is properly distributed across each enclosure. I would like to upgrade the hardware but am currently severely tied to the current RAID hardware and would like to take a more hardware agnostic approach by utilizing a cluster filesystem. I currently have 8TB of data (16TB raw storage) and am very paranoid about data loss.

My research has yielded 3 possible solutions. Luster, GlusterFS, and Ceph.

Lustre is well accepted and used in 7 of the top 10 supercomputers in the world, but it has been sullied by the buy-off of Sun to Oracle. Fortunately the creator seems to have Lustre back under control via his company Whamcloud, but I am still reticent to pick something once affiliated with Oracle and it also appears that the solution may be a bit more complex than I need. Right now I would like to reduce my hardware requirements to 2 servers total with an equal number of disks to serve as both filesystem cluster servers and KVM hosts.

GlusterFS seems to be gaining a lot of momentum now having backing from Red Hat. It is much less complex and supports distributed replication and directly exporting volumes through CIFS, but doesn't quite have the same endorsement as Lustre.

Ceph seems the smallest of the three projects, but has an interesting striping and replication block-level driver called Rados.

I really would like a clustered filesystem with distributed, replicated, and striped capabilities. If possible, I would like to control the number of replications at a file level. The cluster filesystem should work well with hosting virtual machines in a high-available fashion thereby supporting guest migrations. And lastly it should require as minimal hardware as possible with the possibility of upgrading and scaling without taking down data.

Has anybody here on Slashdot had any experience with one or more of these clustered file systems? Are there any bandwidth and/or latency comparisons between them? Has anyone experienced a failure and can share their experience with the ease of recovery? Does anyone have any recommendations and why?"
top

Improve cell phone reception indoors

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Dishwasha (125561) writes "I just bought a snazzy new 4G CDMA cell phone that works great, but inside my house the reception is spotty. As soon as I walk outside I've got plenty of bars. What is the best and what is the cheapest way to extend the signal in to my house?"
top

Best April Fool's joke

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  about 5 years ago

Dishwasha (125561) writes "If you really want to pull off a good April Fool's joke, post an article on the front page apologizing that due to major glitch in the system, all the UIDs for all /. users had to be reset and were done so randomly. If ya'll could do some tricks to spoof people's UIDs, that would make it totally awesome."
top

NAS/SAN Redundancy

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dishwasha writes "There seems to be a lot of chatter about NAS and SAN storage and there is a lot of consensus on using FreeNAS or OpenFiler, a multi-drive controller, and a redundant RAID level, but what insight does the /. community have on providing greater live redundancy than just the disks and power supplies? Using RAID-10, you can effectively stripe across controllers for controller redundancy, but is there any redundant controller solutions for RAID-5/6 without doing RAID-51/61 (RAID-5 hardware, RAID-1 software) and duplicating a lot of disks? More enterprise-level equipment has two data paths to the physical drives themselves as well as redundant storage processors, is there anything like this available on the open market? How about platform? The AMD Opteron platform allows for dedicated RAM per-processor, but is there any hardware or software that will safely migrate process-0 to a second processor and keep the system operational? The Linux Hotplug CPU project seems to be accomplishing this; has anyone safely used this on an x86/x64 platform? What hardware did you use and were you able to achieve full redundancy during a processor failure?"
top

Redundant commodity hardware for Linux SANs

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dishwasha writes "The capabilities offered by The iSCSI Enterprise Target Project and LVM2 really make commodity SAN solutions for clustering or remote raw storage a possibility. iSCSI or Fiberchannel SAN equipment has typically been very expensive and most of the lower cost equipment has minimal expansion flexibility that you would typically get from a high dollar EMC solution. I see one of the bars to entry is hardware redundancy not at the disk level, but at the processing level. Even the lower end Dell/EMC CX3 and AX100/150 solutions have redundant storage processors and in some cases, backplane redundancy to the disks. Is there any commodity i386/x64 hardware out there that provides CPU redundancy rather than just multi-processing? If so, does anybody have any experience using this with Linux Hotplug CPU Support? At least some of the commercial hardware SAN solutions require a full outage for service on a storage processor, but allowing for hot CPU, RAM, backplane, and controller would definately be a plus if anyone has any experience with getting these components redundant on the i386/x64 platform."
top

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dishwasha (125561) writes "I have several customers that have recently received a notice from the Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) that they were in violation of the music rights which BMI owns. They were sited that they had "Music on Hold; TVs in Public Waiting Rooms, in Therapy Sessions, In Fitness Centers, in Operating Rooms, and in Patient Rooms." Apparently none of these applied except for having a TV in waiting rooms and patient rooms. BMI is demanding my customers to sign an agreement for a "Health Care Multiple Use License". More recently one of my customers is a hospital in a town consisting of a population of less than 800 and they have been directly invoiced by the BMI for the use of TVs in public waiting areas.

Is there any legal advice, articles, or documentation the community can offer me that I can share with my customers? Does BMI hold any legal right to claim fees on publicly broadcasted material that is receiving royalties through advertisement that is not being charged by the accused to their customers nor directly generating any revenue or profit, but is simply accessed via a common device used to gain access to public services (i.e. Broadcasted Television) and not being duplicated in any illegal fashion?"

Journals

Dishwasha has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Sign up for Slashdot Newsletters
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...