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Nvidia Doubles Linux Driver Performance, Slips Steam Release Date

Exter-C will they release an improved android/linux tegra? (363 comments)

Lets hope that they can improve the performance of the Tegra drivers used on Linux/Android.

There have been big improvements in drivers between android releases despite the same hardware.. my guess is that there is still a fair bit of room for improvement.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On HTTPS Snooping?

Exter-C Your at work (782 comments)

I work in a secure environment so this type of tech is nothing new. I actually manage a system which does the "SSL INSPECTION" which is exactly as described in the initial post. However we don't actually search for anything in the packets it's really so that we can log what goes in and out in the event of a break out.. We are actively trying to stop wikileaks style mass document escapes. We are primarily interested in people sending files/data/posts rather than what they are browsing. All the files that are posted get archived against the users name. All encrypted files are blocked.. It is a good thing in our environment.. If you want privacy on the net go home and browse or use your mobile phone on it's cell network.

more than 2 years ago

Flash On Android Is 'Shockingly Bad'

Exter-C I can't confirm their findings (657 comments)

In general I have to say that flash on android is no better than flash on windows or 32bit linux. The same problems exist on all platforms that I have used with 10.1. I do however wish that adobe would see these issues and identify some bugs and fix them.. constantly they get a bad rap and do nothing about it.. For that reason alone I am a big fan of banning flash despite believing that the concept could be good..

about 4 years ago

Google Slams Apple Over iPhone Ad Ban

Exter-C the moral of the story is... (562 comments)

It all comes down to Greed and apple is supreme at being greedy. The next product they release will be call the iBrainWash which will be a ipad for the brain rather than Fanboi irrationality. The brainwash will come with a supreme leader who will be called Mao ZeJobs who will force everyone to wear their loyal iSuits while using their iBrainwash and thinking everything is good as the money evaporates from their pockets and their liberties are taken away if they don't suit the overlords 'bigger picture'...

Apple knows that they can't compete or provide a good enough advertising platform in the mobile space so they make sure nobody else can compete.. if here is no competition they MUST be best right?

more than 4 years ago

Google's Streetview Privacy Snafu Prompts Lawsuit

Exter-C get rich (418 comments)

It sounds to me like people just want to get some more money... however the only people who will win this lawsuit are the lawyers..

more than 4 years ago

Firefox Is Lagging Behind, Its Co-Founder Says

Exter-C Firefox should be (646 comments)

Firefox has its principal selling point of extensions/addons. The key here is that the browser should be light and fast... want more features add extensions.. It's simple that way people can have the features they want and hopefully there should be competition between extension creators etc to provide alternatives to what features people want. The key negative points that I would like to raise with Firefox.
- Instability.. In the early 1.x days I rarely ever had a crash with Firefox. Now on 3.x I am regularly having crashes.. Fix the stability. Often the browser doesn't crash it just hangs spinning CPU which means there is no crash dump to send in when I kill it.
- Instability.. Ohh I may have mentioned that.
- Performance.. More needs to be done in this area. Startup times need to be cut in half and rendering/javascript performance needs to be heavily improved.
- Move features out of the core product and into extensions, with an easy option to install them.

more than 4 years ago

Texas Schools Board Rewriting US History

Exter-C Fox (1238 comments)

So basically what they are saying is that you will get a more accurate view of history and science from Foxnews?

more than 3 years ago

Multi-Touch Tech Firm Seeks iPad Sales Injunction

Exter-C Hope apple has to pay (more) licenses. (148 comments)

I hope that apple will lose this battle if only to force them to pay license fee's for tech. They so often expect to walk over people due to their size and the little guys tend to loose thanks to a heavily bias legal system which requires large sums of money to fight your corner.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Lost Search War By Ignoring the Long Tail

Exter-C this is all part of microsofts planned PR (267 comments)

Over recent weeks we are seeing more and more about how people within the 'bing' team are all talking about how 'we' are all trying to get along and live along side google... The reality seems to be very very different if you talk to the other microsoft divisions.. If you take all of Steve Balmers comments about wanting to 'kill google' and 'bing will take over' there seems to be a big change in the reality.. I suspect that its all part of the 'poor microsoft story' that's focused on making them out to be the poor underdog when in reality they are investing billions in taking peoples choice away by creating agreements with carriers etc to either include only bing or do other 'techniques' to try and artificially win search transactions and therefore advertising revenue.

I'm not saying that Google does not pay for people to use their search, there are agreements for revenue sharing etc the key is that googles services for the most part are soo good that people want to use them.. bing still has a long way to go despite being an improvement over 'live' search crap.

more than 4 years ago

Coping With 1 Million SSH Authentication Failures?

Exter-C Fortinet (497 comments)

Hi There,

I know its not the cheapest solution around but we use Fortinet Firewalls with their IPS feature. There is a signature for brute force SSH attacks. It works really well. We have seen a 96% drop in SSH connections since installing these devices in front of our servers. So far we have had no reported false positive issues. Coupling that with all the other signatures in the IPS database and we have a huge drop in attacks overall.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Sues HTC For 20 Patent Violations In Phones

Exter-C strange one (434 comments)

This is an interesting lawsuit for a few different reasons. Firstly I am not sure if it was absolutely the first phone but it must have been pretty close to it but both Nokia and Sony Ericsson have had touch screen devices where you could move objects around and resize them etc using touch back before 2004. I believe that Nokias first touch screen was the 7710. Any sony had the p Series around the same time. On the Sony Ericsson side there was the P800 which was revolutionary at the time. In fact if you actually look at many of the elements of the P800/UIQ interface you can see that there is a major similarity between those of 2002 and the iphone of 2007. So I take it from that what apple actually has patents on is the thumb? I'm pretty sure there is prior art to that too.. depending if your a creationist or a evolutionist maybe the chimpanzee has some patents..

If we outline the patents what's explained in this patent 7,469,381 is something that you could do on the UIQ's back in 2002...

It's interesting that there are some more points relating to the Windows Mobile phones that they create as well...

more than 4 years ago

Which Linux For Non-Techie Windows Users?

Exter-C KDE (766 comments)


Many users who have come from Windows find KDE not to hard to learn. I have moved my mum and relatives over to KDE based systems and they are very happy with it. So far they are only on 3.5 but they find it nice and easy to use. I need to push one of them to 4.x at some point to see how well they handle it. Since moving them to Linux/KDE (on Kubuntu) they have called me for support only once.. rather than every few weeks with windows.

more than 4 years ago

Are All Bugs Shallow? Questioning Linus's Law

Exter-C arguments for and against (596 comments)

One of the key arguments that people like to taunt regarding software security and specifically open source security is the fact that they compare say redhat enterprise 4 to Windows 2003. If you look at the Redhat Errata you may start to be alarmed. The question then comes around... 'who actually installs EVERY single redhat package when they install the whole system?'.. the answer from my experience is very few. However that is where many of the comparisons come from. If you segregate the overall number of comparable systems between linux and windows you will often find that the number of security vulnerabilities to be not wildly different. However if you compare the whole distribution's release to a windows install then your going to think.. 'dang windows is secure'. There are several other points in the argument that I tend to enjoy asking people who use these types of numbers.
1. if you have so few vulnerabilities what is your exposure footprint? e.g. how many people are trying to trojan you on windows vs linux?
2. how many of the vulnerabilities have been reported by the community that develop the software? If we look at Firefox for example most of their vulnerabilities are not actually reported by hackers or security experts but by their core developers who realise someone else in their team wrote some crap code or didn't properly do something. Here are some URL's to give some further evidence (although after actually going to find evidence I found that in 3.0 and 3.5 most vulnerabilities came from researchers and not the community like many earlier releases)

more than 4 years ago

AMD Publishes Open-Source "ATI Evergreen" Driver

Exter-C lets hope via follows (159 comments)

Its great to see some hardware companies coming out with open source drivers for their technology. Even if the driver is so far incomplete its at least a good starting point which will hopefully be improved on. I feel that by providing this sort of information AMD may have a repreive which will help it have a fighting chance in the future. Its such a shame that Via have not been doing more with their graphics drivers in Linux. I really wish that openchrome had more support given that so many cheap nettop/netbook style systems have via chipsets (at least in asia).

more than 4 years ago

IE 8 Is Top Browser, Google Chrome Is Rising Fast

Exter-C Firefox and others (319 comments)

I find that the latest round of 'browser wars' are an interesting choice. At the end of the day the consumer will end up forcing the market into moving with the times. There are several key points to raise specifically about firefox. While I do use firefox as my primary browser in windows, I also have chrome installed and I use konqueror on KDE when I use Linux. I have been using Firefox since I gave up netscape (i've never liked IE), It started off as a great browser that was fast and efficient. I have to agree with many users that it just does not have the pace that it once had, they really need to sit back and focus some real effort on closing off the bugs in existing featuers and focus on stability before they start to work on '4.0' or whatever the next major release is. I know its not going to be the most interesting work for developers to do but the reality is, happy customers use the browser to earn more money through google etc.. Unhappy customers use IE, Chrome, Opera etc.. I really feel that Mozilla/Firefox have lost sight of what made them so popular in the begining.. yes they have great market share now, but how many of those users are actually loyal to the brand? I doubt that the number is very high. Please don't make the same mistakes that netscape made..

more than 4 years ago

Electric Bicycles Surging In Popularity

Exter-C sustainability and other side effects (533 comments)

There are several known benefits to the electric bike which are pretty obvious. However there are some points which I find a little dangerous. The primary point being that you can often not actually hear these electrical bikes coming up behind you. Often its nothing but the risk of being hit is increased and it does happen. The second issue is where do we charge up these bikes? is there any environmental impact to charging the bikes or is it just going to be moving the carbon from cars in the city to coal fired plants in the rural areas?. I also wonder who is going to get heart disease and other health problems from no longer exercising on a daily basis by riding. Are we all going to have to buy gym memberships to keep fit rather than simple lifestyle changes like walking or cycling?

more than 4 years ago

IBM Faces DOJ Antitrust Inquiry On Mainframes

Exter-C Re:couldn't even tame microsoft? (190 comments)

I have to agree with you. IBM have opened up many of the systems that I have been working with over the last 3 years or so. Some of their "open" products are not really as open but overall the company is much more transparent.

more than 4 years ago

Locking Down Linux Desktops In an Enterprise?

Exter-C We Use zenworks (904 comments)


I have done some large deployments with the same challenges you mention. The software we have used is the Linux Management suite from Novell. Here is the direct URL :

It works well with Redhat and SuSe but does not support many other distributions. In fact as you would expect its by far the best integrated with SuSe however it works well with Redhat.

more than 5 years ago

SoHo NAS With Good Network Throughput?

Exter-C storevault (517 comments)

Hi There,

I have been using a network appliance storevault in our environment that has similar requirements to what you seem to have. The device is a little more expensive when compared to the other netgear etc products you mention but for large sequential file transfers we will almost always get line-rate gigabit performance. It is great because it also gives you a gateway to experience the data ontap software from the netapp range. We paid just under £5000 for the particular setup we have but I have never looked back. Everyone in the organization is extremely happy with the products performance and reliability and at the end of the day isn't that what it is all about?

more than 4 years ago



who is responsible for system security?

Exter-C Exter-C writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Exter-C writes "I've been travelling through some of the less well off regions of the world for the last 6 months. One thing that I've needed to do was use internet café's and other public internet services. While I had my own laptop not all places supported or would allow me to use it. One of the most consistent issues I've had with using internet cafe systems is the security? How do I know they don't have key loggers, who maintains the security etc. Each time I've had a look at the systems to see that they are always running un-patched versions of their software. Often running old IE6 on XP SP1 etc. When I asked about this they have said 1) We can't download the patches because its too expensive or 2) we can't download the patches because its a pirated version of windows. This has made me wonder what level of responsibility WGA and the carriers have over helping provide us with a safer more secure internet? Are download quotas and WGA really what the marketing says they are? Where does the spin end and the cost to benefits ratio really work out?"

OpenVMS Turns 30

Exter-C Exter-C writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Exter-C writes "On the 25th of October HP celebrated 30 years of OpenVMS/VAX . It is a pretty remarkable feat that the OS has gone through so many changes over the years. There is some more information over at HP ."

Exter-C Exter-C writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Exter-C (310390) writes "2006 was the year that a large amount of people started to talk Ubuntu as a possible contender for the Enterprise Linux desktop. There are several key issues that have to be raised, Is Ubuntu/Canonical really capable of maintaining Dapper Drake (6.06 LTS) for 5 years? I know this is not a new question but the evidence 6 months on seems to be negative. A case in point is the 4-5+ day delay for Critical updates to packages like Firefox. Can Ubuntu/Canonical really compete with the likes of Redhat (RHSA-2006:0758) that had the patches available the day that the updates came out? Given that such a large percentage of people use their desktop systems on the web critical browser vulnerabilities seem to be the corner stone of a secure desktop environment (user stupidity excluded)."

Exter-C Exter-C writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Exter-C writes "Slackware founder Patrick J. Volkerding has officially released Slackware 11.0. The official announcement can be found over at the Slackware home page . This release includes many different changes including Xfce, KDE 3.5.4, Kernel versions and in /extra as well as a wide range of file systems including ext3, reiserFS, IBM's JFS and SGIs XFS. 11.0 also brings IDE RAID, SATA and many other new hardware support improvements."


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