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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Dishwasha Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 comments)

I could be wrong, but I believe systemd came out of the Redhat camp where they continuously struggled with the inability to query and manage system state for total system automation (i.e. cloud). systemd was the answer for Redhat, yet somehow everyone else starting thinking it was the answer for them too.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

Dishwasha Ask your customers (199 comments)

Instrument your documentation pages if they're online. Put high priority focus on the most used pages for your initial roll-out if that makes sense. Have your Product/UX team talk to clients and see if they find the documentation useful and make sure they have a decent quality sample size. Talk to customer support to see if customers are calling in with questions that was available or not available in the documentation. Measure cost to customer benefit and client retention and if you don't know how to constructively do that, don't change how you're doing things until you do.

about three weeks ago
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Gmail Now Rejects Emails With Misleading Combinations of Unicode Characters

Dishwasha Slippery slope (79 comments)

As much as I can appreciate the intent and the fact that this will solve 99.999% of people's problems for this type of spamming and create 00.0000000001% of problems for legitimate users, it still feels a little like Google is trying to be the thought police on this one; you know free speech and all.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Dishwasha Re:I have a Lenovo Miix 2 11" (337 comments)

I'm sorry, but the Lenovo Miix 2 is nowhere NEAR similarly speced to the Surface Pro 3. I'm having a hard time seeing any way in which they are similar rather than how they're different.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Dishwasha No longer easy (337 comments)

What made Microsoft so successful and ubiquitous was their cut-rate deals with OEMs to integration their OS and Office software in to every desktop on the planet. Now, when I walked in to the Microsoft Store to buy my wife a Surface Pro 3 i5 model, I discovered much to my dismay that they don't bundle Office in to their own product! Since she is a writer, Office was critical so we had to shell out an additional $150 on top of an already expensive device that doesn't even come with a keyboard you have to pay extra for, and things quickly add up. I think Microsoft is pricing themselves out of the market except for the rare people like me who is willing to pay a premium for performance and mind boggling light weight.

about three weeks ago
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The CIA Does Las Vegas

Dishwasha Bad suggestion (124 comments)

Journalists like Conor Friedersdorf have suggested that one explanation for this is that the public is "informed by a press that treats officials who get caught lying and misleading (e.g., James Clapper and Keith Alexander) as if they're credible."

My explanation is that the public has ALWAYS suspected and we expect the CIA to do morally and legally questionable things, and now we don't really care that our suspicions have been confirmed.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

Dishwasha Not a technical problem (209 comments)

What your CIO should be doing is bringing together two (or more) separate proposals to the executives who then mandate that all department heads provide cost estimation and risk analysis for each of the two scenarios. Once all those are compiled together, cost and risk can then be used to help the CIO and other executives make a choice. Then they can once again mandate a conformance of all departments to the chosen solution and give the department heads X amount of time to convert N percentage of their business processes to the chosen solution. Iterate until all legacy systems and processes are sunset.

Choosing one technical solution over another or choosing to pay a cost here versus there makes absolutely no sense until you completely understand the needs, resources, timelines, and risks.

about a month ago
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Put Your Code in the SWAMP: DHS Sponsors Online Open Source Code Testing

Dishwasha No thanks (67 comments)

The NSA is already proactively doing this for me.

about a month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Dishwasha Try the aftermarket (544 comments)

Kind of like the afterlife of the slide-out keyboard. Sure it will make your phone a little bulkier, but as a slide-out keyboard user you should be used to that.

about a month ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Dishwasha Re:Iron Sky (118 comments)

Build more than one on different faces retard.

about a month and a half ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Dishwasha Re:Iron Sky (118 comments)

It's much easier to deploy countermeasures from a large body of land than a relatively small satellite in orbit. It takes much longer for a missile to get there so there's a longer opportunity to respond. Different international regulations on bombing the moon. Redundancy for emergency failure. We can continue to target our nukes at them while the closer satellites are taken out. I could keep going on but either you'll understand or fail to see the motivations. "Better" is probably not the precise word to use here.

about a month and a half ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Dishwasha Re:Iron Sky (118 comments)

I apologize for the possible mis-use of the word telecommunications.

about a month and a half ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Dishwasha Re:Iron Sky (118 comments)

All kidding aside, I think this illustrates how important it is that we establish permanent moon telecommunications infrastructure.

about a month and a half ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

Dishwasha Known risk (118 comments)

This puts a new spin on the phrase "sitting duck".

about a month and a half ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Dishwasha I disagree (390 comments)

We all know most top tier network providers are running over multiple bands of fiber just sitting there idle. What Verizon is saying is Level 3 has not worked out an agreement with Verizon to upgrade capacity. The physical part is the easy part; it's just about upgrading port usage. Now, if Level3 is paying for X bandwidth and they're not getting X bandwidth because Verizon hasn't upgraded their equipment, I'm sure Level3's lawyers would be all over that.

about a month and a half ago
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ExoLance: Shooting Darts At Mars To Find Life

Dishwasha A lot of ground to cover (50 comments)

It would be nice to see in the article where the enthusiasts intend on dropping their probes. With Mars's landmass being equivalent to the Earth's, that's a lot of ground to cover. It's my understanding that the poles are more likely to harbor life from trapped H2O and CO2 and by their location should receive less solar radiation.

about a month and a half ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Dishwasha Re:Seems like old times (752 comments)

Thank you so much for pointing out relevant history. I think the key distinction here will be whether or not the ultimately responsible party will end up paying reparations to the country and family members like the US did (and yes I saw the part about the US not publicly acknowledging actual responsibility).

about a month and a half ago
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Krebs on Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails and Blaming Canada

Dishwasha I applaud this action (130 comments)

How easily people forget and get in to a comfort zone. When Microsoft first announced switching to a patch Tuesday email, everybody on /. criticized them for waiting up to a week to announce 0-day vulnerabilities and patch information.

A once a week email is close to worthless. It's better to leave vulnerability notification to people who are serious about it and stop wasting Internet bandwidth, cycles. and storage.

about 2 months ago
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Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

Dishwasha Re:how long before (119 comments)

Didn't you RTFA? They were built by Cisco.

about 2 months ago

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Should I buy or should I wait?

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  about 4 months ago

Dishwasha (125561) writes "I am once again in the market for a laptop. The last laptop I purchased was a little over 3 years ago and it has served me well. One mistake I made when I purchased my last laptop is I didn't pay attention that the new up-coming USB 3.0 was almost released, a choice I have since regretted that could not be solved by installing a USB 3.0 ExpressCard (due to the underlying chipset not supporting USB 3.0).

I am aware that the new Skylake architecture will support DDR4 but I find memory improvements to be fairly negligible and Skylake is at least 1.5 years away. Graphics chips will continue to improve, but I am not really looking to do any intensive gaming on this laptop. Are there any other new up-and-coming technologies that I should be on the lookout for that should stay my purchasing hand?"
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What would you use as an alternative to walking/jogging/running for commute?

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  about 4 months ago

Dishwasha (125561) writes "I am about to move to a house that is just close enough to a local metro rail station that walking to the metro station and back becomes a compelling option for commuting to work. Based on the city I am in and the location I am moving to, it is not going to be practical to drive in to work, plus it will be possible and advantageous for me to reduce our household to just a single car. On the downside, the amount of walking I will have to do will encompass about 25 minutes of my total daily commute time. I am considering getting a Razor electric scooter which should save me at least 15 minutes daily and will easily fold down to where I can stick it under my seat while riding the metro. This will of course make me stick out like a sore thumb, but isn't the least attractive option either. I'm sure many of you will recommend I get the extra exercise but please rest assured that I am in good health and stay fit, so I am simply looking for a way to improve my commute time. Also riding the bus is a less attractive option from a time standpoint and would increase my total cost of commute.

Are there any other electric solutions that you recommend that would decrease the time to get from my new residence to the nearby local transit system? Something like a Segway will not be practical since it will not reasonably fit on a metro rail. I'm open to anything from a discrete solution to something zany and uber geeky. I would also be interested in hearing what other contraptions or solutions commuters in similar situations are doing instead."
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Experience with Free To Air

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  about 5 months 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?"
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What do you do to stay fit?

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  about a year and a half 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?"
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Inspiration Mars announces two passenger flyby of planet Mars in 2018

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  about a year and a half 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."
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Best wireless keyboard for gaming

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  about a year and a half 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."
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How would you build a micro satellite?

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  about a year and a half 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."
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GlusterFS 3.3 Released

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  more than 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."

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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."
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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?"
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Improve cell phone reception indoors

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  more than 3 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?"
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Best April Fool's joke

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  more than 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."
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NAS/SAN Redundancy

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  more than 6 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?"
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Redundant commodity hardware for Linux SANs

Dishwasha Dishwasha writes  |  more than 6 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."
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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?"

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