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Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

Fireshadow Re:This sounds like PAST/FreePastry (331 comments)

Bad form responding to own post. I clicked post before putting in the part about PAST/FreePastry I recall something similar technically six years ago for peer to peer storage. No direct experience with FreePastry or Storj. I'm trying to understand the technical differences here.
PAST white paper
I'm guessing they licensed it out here?

about two weeks ago

Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

Fireshadow This sounds like PAST/FreePastry (331 comments)

As for bandwidth, what I don't get is how do you get your files back if you can't guarantee the people you rented disk space from actually have their machines turned on?

Short answer: See the blog entry on 28 OCT 2014. If the "shard" is properly distributed in enough places, then one can always get the file. They cite the privately verifiable scheme discussed here: https://cseweb.ucsd.edu/~hovav...

about two weeks ago

Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

Fireshadow Re:Does the nature of the business hold it back (254 comments)

Does anyone here have a recommendation for the best AV software?

What about ClamAV? Is this as good as the closed source AV products?

One resource that you may want to look at is the not for profit av-comparatives (http://www.av-comparatives.org/). From the Dec. 2013 summary report:"AV-Comparatives’ 2013 Product of the Year Award for the best overall score, considering all the tests, goes to Kaspersky Lab ClamAV was not tested. As the testing is based on vendor submissions, it may not have had anyone to speak for it. .

about 9 months ago

Obamacare Website Fixes Could Take Two Weeks Or Two Months

Fireshadow Re:Still faster / easier to apply than it used to (382 comments)

I did a search for the word test. My thought was that surely they would remove the test code now that it's in production. Apparently I'm mistaken.
signIn : function() { var passwordStatus = "expired";//for testing purposes if(passwordStatus === 'expired')
Is anyone else infering from the above that password authentication on this site might be lacking ?

about a year ago

Are There Any Real Inventors Left?

Fireshadow Not this again (417 comments)

There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don't know.
Ambrose Bierce

about 2 years ago

HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps

Fireshadow Re:Nice! (240 comments)

For those of you outside the U.S., we have those who need financial help to get food. This in a county that exported about 3.5 million tons of rice. The government run help program is called SNAP. Through the SNAP program, the U.S. government is now spending roughly $5.6 billion per month on food assistance helping out 41,836,000 Americans. Doing the math that's $5,601,600,000 (monthly cost) / 41,836,000 (Americans on food assistance) = $133 per person

I think a lot of people like to beat up on those that receive food stamps because they find stories where the few are defrauding the system. Just look at the above data. How much can you do with $133 (99 euro) per month?

But hey, let's spend lots of additional money employing cops and tie up court time to go after someone that's defrauding the government on SNAP money. I mean the talking heads on TV tell you you should be mad that your fellow citizen is receiving aid. From your paycheck even!

I don't mind that my tax dollars goes to help feed fellow Americans. What I mind is being forced to help the banks (by taking my tax dollars) through the TARP bailout. That 700 billion could have paid for the SNAP program at current levels for close to a decade. As for TARP - how many bankers went to jail over that ?

Table I got my numbers from:

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice For Getting Tech Career Back On Track

Fireshadow ask three recruiters/headhunters (232 comments)

Hopefully, you have contact information for at least three recruiters/headhunters. These would be the people that speak HR as it were. The broad question you need to ask them is "Can you help me to tailor my resume to the position I'm looking for?" The specific question would be regarding what to do with the Phd.

about 2 years ago

RIM Offering Free Voice Calling In Attempt to Remain Competitive

Fireshadow Re:USA != world (134 comments)

I suspect some of their problems there are caused by the carrier monopoly.


In January of this year, RIM put Wi-Fi calling into BlackBerry 7.1 OS. This using the carrier’s Wi-Fi calling service (aka UMA-lite or GAN-lite). The caveat on that particular feature is "check with your carrier for availability." Looking forward to this, I upgraded using the Verizon image (if you will). I then did not see that feature. I called Verizon, whose business model is built around pay per minutes used. They do not offer this capability. No plans to either. To my knowledge, AT+T does not either. Across the border in Canada, Rogers has WiFi calling available for their customers.

The truly sad thing about this near duopoly with the U.S. carriers is that the U.S. taxpayer is truly subsidizing them. This in terms of all the tax breaks and government phone and data line contracts. And the above is one example of all that we get in return,

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Much Is a Fun Job Worth?

Fireshadow Make a difficult decision like Ben Franklin would (397 comments)

Sounds like you have to make a hard call between two attractive job choices. I had a similar situation a little while back. I found the below method useful. Let me quote the man then on to an example.

"“My way is to divide half a sheet of paper by a line into two columns; writing over the one Pro and over the other Con. Then during three or four days’ consideration, I put down under the different heads short hints of the different motives, that at different time occur to me, for or against the measure. When I have thus got them altogether in one view, I endeavor to estimate their respective weights; and where I find two, one on each side, that seem equal, I strike them both out. If I judge some two reasons con equal to some three reasons pro, I strike out five; and thus proceeding, I find where the balance lies; and if after a day or two of further consideration, nothing new that is of importance occurs on either side, I come to a determination accordingly.” –Benjamin Franklin"

In a nut shell, write up a chart (excuse the csv):
Element, Importance Factor, Job A, Job A subtotal, Job B, Job B subtotal
Commute, 5, 6, 30, 4, 20
Salary, 8, 7, 56, 8, 64
So on....

Then add up your sub-totals for A (86) and B (84). Larger number means that choice has a more of what you value. In this example Job A wins. Buy yourself some time to make the decision. Be honest - tell them you've got to run the numbers. The below link expands it better than I could. Scroll about mid page to see a nicely formatted chart.


more than 2 years ago

Android Malware May Have Infected 5 Million Users

Fireshadow Re:Google Needs To Get Their Ass In Gear (280 comments)

I disagree. Here's why.

"Although I seriously doubt Symantec's 5 million number is right,...." I could see it. According to Gartner, "smartphone sales to end users reached 115 million units in the third quarter of 2011. The Android OS accounted for 52.5 percent of smartphone sales to end users in the third quarter of 2011 more than doubling its market share from the third quarter of 2010." Add in the Android phones sold prior to third quarter 2011 that are still in use.
Now we are talking about an under 10% successful infection. That doesn't grab headlines. Of course, an anti-virus vendor who happens to sell "end point protection" at $29 a year for their Pro version may have a financial incentive to make sure they are in news.

Phones are appliances, and trying to handle malware the same way we handle it on computers (which is to say, after the fact) is not going to work.

Smartphones are not appliances. Quit thinking of them as such. They are small, portable computers that meet most of the end user's needs. Hence the popularity. As their primary function is to make a phone call, perhaps the GUI does not fit into our typical "this is a computer" mindset. In the same way, VoIP phones and networks have been a target for years. For example, the Cisco 7940 has webserver built in. Again, a small computer.

Google needs to keep their market open. There's not the barriers to entry Apple has erected. I'll give you they do need to co-operate with the authorities.The key here is educating the user base. This in terms of tools (anti-virus software) as well as habits (don't go here on the web).


And as I live in the U.S., land of the free, the following disclaimer applies: The above material is presented strictly for educational purposes

more than 2 years ago

45,000 Verizon Workers On Strike Over New Contract

Fireshadow Re:Hell Yes! (317 comments)

Verizon wants 100 concessions from their union employees. Even though Verizon’s top five executives received compensation of $258 million over the past four years (1), Verizon wants to freeze pensions for current employees. Also eliminate traditional pensions for future workers, while making its 401(k) plans somewhat more generous for both (2). Additional, there's demands from Verizon regarding health care premiums for union employees.


more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?

Fireshadow Get ready for the monthly liquor bil to go up (554 comments)

Professional email admin here. Word of advice: Save yourself. Get out while you still can. If someone's email is not working, then there's absolutely no way for anyone else in the outside world to contact them. That out the way, here's my 0.02 USD (0.0140 Euro).

With your current setup, use mxtoolbox.com to poke around it. Think about how you'll need to cover all those bases. It's doable; just that's the scope of work.

For the DIY suggestion:

  • DNS - BIND
  • Webmail clients
  • Horde - It is used by various university's for their webmail needs. I'll let others comment on it.
  • Openwebmail (http://openwebmail.org/) - Based on NeoMail. It's pretty fast. There's a demo if you'd care to try it out.
  • Roundcube - What I use most of the time.
  • Squirrelmail.- Fast. Written in Perl which apparently some people hate. So much so they feel the need to express that. I have used the default interface on a mobile device. With a little bit of customizing, i would think you could get it to be very useful via this way.
  • Security items. Without knowing more details, here's what I'd recommend.
  • Firewall - Take your pick. Then park the mail server behind it.
  • Spam filtering - SpamAssasain. I set my score to 4 and am still getting some. If you situation permits it, look into subscribing to blacklists. There's 147 to choose from. The things is you will get a false positive and be prepared to deal with that.

Hosted stuff: You didn't say how mail mail accounts. I'm going to infer less than 50 ? Talk to your ISP. Assuming you are happy with them, I would think you could use their mail servers which you may already be paying for. Technically, it'd be a matter of editing the MX records for your domains to point to there's once everybody is on the same page.
Alternately, a personal webhost may very well suit your needs. The top five (according to lifehacker) are:

  • https://www.nearlyfreespeech.net/
  • http://www.bluehost.com/
  • http://1and1.com/
  • http://www.hostgator.com/
  • http://dreamhost.com/

Read the TOS of each carefully. Let me stop for now because this is getting to close to work. Any rate - HTH!

more than 3 years ago

The Wi-Fi Hacking Neighbor From Hell

Fireshadow Re:Would MAC address filtering counter this proble (584 comments)

Working with what you got, here's off the top of my head: -Adjust the transmit power setting. Unless you need wireless coverage outside your residence, then I would turn down the power to where the signal is just barely getting outside your walls. For example, can you stand outside your apartment door and see your wireless network? If so, others can. AFAIK, only the custom firmwares support adjusting the power aka tomato and DD-WRT. Look at them if you haven't. -MAC address filtering + WPA 2 is good. Others will point out the MAC addresses can be spoofed. WEP is pathetic at the time of this writing. -Turn off support for unneeded services and protocols on your router. For example, if there's no 802.11b network cards, turn this off.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung HD Unit Bought By Seagate

Fireshadow OT: Whatever happened to Quantum ? (153 comments)

Whatever happened to Quantum? Reason I ask is I recently did a data recovery off an old Quantum 40 Gb drive. Drive came from a Gateway desktop that had an Intel CPU and RAMBUS RAM.

more than 3 years ago

Man Tunnels Into GameStop, Steals Games

Fireshadow Re:Eh? (210 comments)

Nice find. More informative than the original article. He swiped 4 consoles in addition to the games. So not everything could have been downloaded. Setting aside law and morality - the guy pulled the job about a month late. WoW Catacylsm was released last month. If he'd gone to work last month, he could have gotten a lot more cash from the register.

about 4 years ago

White House Pressuring Registrars To Block Sites

Fireshadow Re:No, not worse than the old boss (569 comments)

So where's the none of the above option ?

I first heard the idea from Eric Reed Boucher. Basically, if "none of the above" is the winning choice - start over!

more than 4 years ago

Building a $200 Linux PC

Fireshadow Re:excluding taxes and shipping? (300 comments)

I would disagree. Taxes and shipping are variables withing your control. In the US, buying off the internet means one doesn't pay state taxes usually. On shipping, just shop (on newegg anyway) from the items marked "Free Shipping". One of the cheapest ways to get a case.

more than 4 years ago


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Valentine's Day

Fireshadow Fireshadow writes  |  more than 11 years ago

This is directed at the male /.'ers looking for relationships.

What I learned about women
Just got in from my bachelor party. I'm getting married this afternoon. Like any good geek here, I decided to look at slashdot before turning in. I saw the posts about how to date women. I didn't post this there because it was a little too personal, but I still wanted to get this out.

I understand. All too well. You are sick of being lonely. Going to the arcade and seeing all the banners advertising V-day. Seeing the pop-up ads for stuff to buy your non-exsistent girlfriend. Mom calling up "Well you know your baby sister is getting married." Makes you want to shoot somebody.

Well, chum, if you are reading this, then let me give you some advice.

  • Think about where to search: Women don't hang out in EB. Nor comic book shops. The ones that do are taken nine times out of ten.
    This means you might have to go to places where Computers Are Not Present. As terrifying as it sounds, such places do exsist. Take a non-technical class. Karate in a university setting is one idea. Some laundromats have a single's night. Take a book and find a coffee shop. Read lightly and pay attention to those around you. See who else shares your favorite author.
  • But I need a line! "Hi" works. Really. If you follow it up with "So, where''s your boyfriend?" shortly thereafter (say after you exhange names and light conversation), you may be in luck. (This assusming she hasn't already told you she has one.) A remark about how a pretty woman like her not having a boyfriend should garner some points. Say it only if you mean it though!
  • Grow a thicker skin I mean thick. Yeah, you've been dissed in Counter-Strike by the best of them. That's nothing to how low you'll feel if you get rejected. It will happen. The important thing is to keep trying.
  • Don't go full-bore first timeWhen you ask your girl out, perhaps an hour lunch during the week maybe the best icebreaker. If it goes well, set a followup for the weekend. If not, well, you need to go back to work.
  • The women are just as nervous as you are When you are out on a date, both of you are trying to see what each other is about. Just remember to relax and have fun.
  • Finally...Don't forget that there's other crayons in the box. It's 2003, but even now, it still needs to be said. There's beauty in all races. I'm your average white male geek. My finance is a not-so-typical black female geek. I wasn't out on the scene looking for a black woman. However, I was open to dating outside my race. It's worked out well for us. Yes, we have had struggles, but they've been worth it.

So, if this helps one person, then I've done my job. Good night/morning as I'm off to bed.

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