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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

GigaplexNZ Re:patched my servers last month (236 comments)

Well...
As a software engineer they expect me to be a sysadmin.

I know that feeling all too well...

5 days ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

GigaplexNZ Re: Mind boggling (167 comments)

Perhaps you missed the word "often".

about a week ago
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Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS

GigaplexNZ Re:Bad idea. (101 comments)

They're trying to leverage the Android market to make Chrome OS more appealing. They don't want this hack running on 3rd party operating systems.

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

GigaplexNZ Re:If it's not like Vista or 8.0 (Vista II)... (545 comments)

I used Vista, and as long as you had at least SP1, it wasn't bad. However, I find the new taskbar in Windows 7 is enough to make me never want to go back to Vista.

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

GigaplexNZ Re:The Year of Windows on the Desktop (545 comments)

Installation is not the problem. It's mostly driver and software compatibility that holds it back.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

GigaplexNZ Re:Simple (610 comments)

That is true, but the post I was replying to claimed that games don't get added to libraries automatically. I was simply giving my counter-anecdote.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

GigaplexNZ Re:Simple (610 comments)

I've had Steam put promotional stuff in my library automatically on a couple of occasions.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

GigaplexNZ Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

It definitely makes a difference when I tested software RAID at home, but I doubt "real" servers bother with the Windows storage software stack. It also used a bit more RAM under load, but not enough to be a dealbreaker.

about a month ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

GigaplexNZ Re: Switched double speed half capacity, realistic (316 comments)

Sorry but I've dealt with more failed drives at the shop than you've had hot meals and if they fail "without" warning?

Unnecessary hyperbole.

Then YOU sir are not paying attention! Before a HDD fails you will see several rather blatant warning signs, warning about delayed write fails being the most obvious but there is also temp spikes on the drive (as the motor heats up trying and failing seeks) and SMART changes (not talking SMART fail, which is usually at the end, we are talking large changes in the SMART values which can be read by one of several free programs such as HWMon or HDTune) not to mention most modern drives get REALLY noisy when they are getting ready to croak.

I never said that HDDs never give warnings. I claimed that HDDs can fail without warning. I've had a few die with controller failures. It's not always a mechanical failure. I've also seen mechanical failures where the SMART information didn't contain any errors. For example, sometimes a head can just crash (rare, but can still happen even on stationary drives). You're making some dangerous assumptions on the types of ways that HDDs can fail, which if you really had dealt with more failed drives than I've had hot meals, you'd know that they aren't always predictable.

Compare this to the "dirty little secret" of the SSD world which is the majority of SSD fails are NOT the flash chips themselves but the SSD controller chip. When that fails? NO warning, NO chance to back up your data, just flip the switch and...poof. this is why I tell my customers they should use a religiously adhered to backup system along with cloud computing to insure no data loss.

I hope you give that same advice to HDD customers. And why are you suggesting that backing up from a drive showing signs of failure is desirable? If I see signs of failure, I don't trust the data coming off it. I junk it, either rebuilding the array or recovering from backup.

about a month ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

GigaplexNZ Re:RAID (316 comments)

I never understood why I've never seen the head assemblies acting independently on any drive - it would drastically improve throughput. Doesn't necessarily need to be striped, being able to service multiple platters simultaneously would help with queued IO.

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

GigaplexNZ Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

making the init system a large complex system that does lots of things rather than the old school ideology of doing one thing and doing it well

Which init scripts didn't do. They approximated what's really dependency system (B and C need A to be up before starting, and D needs both) with a bunch of sequentyally-ran numbered scripts. The end result was both inefficient and fragile.

That part, systemd is good at. I have no objections to systemd advantages as an init system. The large complexity of doing more than it should encompasses the non-init-system parts of systemd. For example, last I heard they just added DNS caching. Into the init system. Since when does the init system need to handle DNS caching? I'd also argue (controversially) that journald is outside the scope of an init system. It has some compelling arguments for its existence, but surely it should be a separate project rather than an integral part of systemd. I'm sure there are other parts of systemd that I would object to being part of the init system, but systemd adds new features so quickly that I miss most of the feature announcements.

about a month ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

GigaplexNZ Re:My opinion on the matter. (826 comments)

There is no "fundamental change" to Linux with systemd

I'd call moving DBUS into the kernel, assimilating udev, and making the init system a large complex system that does lots of things rather than the old school ideology of doing one thing and doing it well, some pretty big, somewhat fundamental changes to GNU/Linux.

about a month ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

GigaplexNZ Re:Sorry but why is this news? (267 comments)

Apple does not support their own 2 year old OSes, I have to upgrade my Mac to a more often than not crappier OS just to get things like Xcode running again and sometimes I even have to buy a new Mac because the old one is arbitrarily locked out from a software upgrade.

So why should Skype's developers care about an ancient version of OS X? Oh, I know, because they are Microsoft, and we love to bash them here!

I call bullshit on your lies. Any Mac on the list below (or later) runs Mountain Lion, Mavericks and (soon) Yosemite. If you are running something like the 2007 Mac mini (which has support deprecated) then you will have to upgrade to run Mountain Lion or later. Almost all Macs produced in the last 7 years runs current software - Xserve which is no longer produced is an obvious exception.

Supported hardware:

iMac (Mid 2007 or newer) MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer) MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer) Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer) Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer) Xserve (Early 2009)

And each recent version of OS X has been far better than Snow Leopard and free as well.

You've asserted that Apple support hardware going back a few years. This has absolutely nothing to do with the OS version itself being unsupported, as the post you attempted to discredit referred to. If Apple doesn't support OS X 10.5, why should Microsoft?

about 2 months ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

GigaplexNZ Re:They're all evil. Really evil. (267 comments)

There are so many holes in your rant that I can't address them all without writing an essay. I'll just address a few of them.

How about this: Don't release a new OS until... ...IT BLOODY WELL WORKS by which I mean you have NO MORE BUG REPORTS WHATSOEVER for, say, a couple months. From anyone. And all previously reported bugs are fixed.

You'd never get a new OS release under that mandate. It's impossible to make something as complex as a consumer oriented OS without any bugs at all. And sometimes previously reported bugs can't be fixed without a redesign, which would require a new release.

And hey, developers... what's the deal with no true peer to peer video comm app without third party dependencies? Ask the OS what the WAN IP is, email the bloody thing to your contact, contact enters same on other end, make connection. Would work fine for a very, very large number of people. Surely the video mavens out there can manage this? Video's not magic, it's just a bloody stream of packets like everything else.

NAT, firewalls and other reasons render the approach of simply passing the WAN IP out-of-band infeasible. This will not work for a majority of people. For someone who claims to have written a lot of code in the past, I'm surprised you're not aware of this.

about 2 months ago
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"ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads

GigaplexNZ Lockdown (100 comments)

Besides handling the uploading of completed exam questions, ExamSoft locks down the computer on which it runs, so Wikipedia is not an option.

Yeah, that'll work, because nobody has internet capable cellphones, secondary machines or even Virtual Machines.

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

GigaplexNZ Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

I avoid checked luggage because I'm tired of the airline losing my checked luggage, the extra delays at the other end for collecting the checked luggage etc. It's not like I can actually fit my legs under the chair in front of me anyway on the economy seats I've flown with.

about 2 months ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

GigaplexNZ Re:Cure? (253 comments)

That just makes it an improved treatment. It's still not a cure.

about 2 months ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

GigaplexNZ Re:wall-e (253 comments)

If you can't run a 10 minute mile, you are unfit.

You do realise it's possible to be a fit paraplegic, right?

about 2 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

GigaplexNZ Re:Garbage In (231 comments)

It depends. Some carriers are known to bundle software like Facebook, and if it's on the system partition it's not easily removable.

about 3 months ago

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Microsoft developer tools abandon Windows XP suppo

GigaplexNZ GigaplexNZ writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GigaplexNZ (1233886) writes "Earlier this year a bug was filed against the developer preview of the next version of Visual Studio complaining that applications built with it are incompatible with Windows XP. Pat Brenner from Microsoft Visual C++ Libraries Development issued a response: "Thanks for the report. This behavior is by design in MFC and CRT for Visual Studio vNext. The minimum supported operating systems are Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Vista. Windows XP is not a supported operating system for the release (design-time or run-time)." Can Microsoft seriously be considering preventing early adopters of the next version of Visual Studio from supporting a large portion of their existing customer base?"
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