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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

Macka Re:Don't bet on it. (1226 comments)

Also agreed. The mind of a bigot only shrinks if you shine more light on it.

about 2 years ago

RIM May Need To Write Off $1 Billion In Inventory

Macka Re:HP should buy them (220 comments)

There is nothing great about it. I have both an iPhone and a BB, and the BB email client is clunky, slow, and unintuitive by comparison. I can't even file an email on the BB into any folder I like without getting a support bod at work to enable that folder first. I hate it, and wish I could junk the thing.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Not Linux For Security?

Macka Re:Fine, I'll bite (627 comments)

You can add whatever you want to your own copy of a Linux based product, but adding it to someone else's copy is a different matter entirely. How successful you are depends on the security of the chosen distribution channel and package management. That comes down to implementation. Apple implemented this well, and google have not. Simple as that. It has very little to do with the underlying technology.

about 2 years ago

Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

Macka Re:A week? (1004 comments)

What a boring show that was. I gave up on it after the first episode, and I was previously a huge SG fan.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft-Funded Startup Aims To Kill BitTorrent Traffic

Macka Re:Interesting technology (601 comments)

Really? Then you must be deliberately sticking your head in the sand. Probably 50% of my friends, work colleagues and family will freely admit to downloading media from BitTorrent, or sites like Pirate Bay. Some of them very frequently. If the people I know are representative of the wider population, then this is happening on a very large scale. There really is no excuse for it any more. The majority of films and music are available online from several legal online sources.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Install Ubuntu On 30 Laptops and Keep Them In Sync?

Macka Re:Puppet is old school, check out Salt (202 comments)

Different approach my ass. Having just spent 30 mins scanning the site and reading the tutorials I don't see what's all that different to Puppet. On the contrary, the functionality and concepts look strikingly similar, albeit with different terminology, syntax and style. To my eye this looks like a Puppet rip off, though there was a noticeable lack of documentation on how Salt handles run time errors; whether it supports true resource dependency graphing as Puppet does; or even if it has a Puppet style dry-run (noop) mode.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Install Ubuntu On 30 Laptops and Keep Them In Sync?

Macka Re:Configuration management + install server (202 comments)

Cobbler (with preseed) I'd agree with. But Puppet and Foreman, for 15-30 laptops is a bit overkill don't you think.

more than 2 years ago

Kim Jong-Il Was an "Internet Expert"

Macka In the land of the blind... (238 comments)

...the one-eyed man is King.

Or maybe that should be blindfolded.

about 2 years ago

VMware, a Falling Giant?

Macka Re:Virtualbox was always my favorite (417 comments)

OpenVZ is not the same as the rest. It takes the host O/S and creates skinny containers from it that appear as individual systems; but that's not the same as "virtualization" in this context. You can't run an alternate O/S using OpenVZ.

more than 2 years ago

Which OSS Clustered Filesystem Should I Use?

Macka Re:Thoughts on OCFS (320 comments)

What you actually said was:

Has anybody here on Slashdot had any experience with one or more of these clustered file systems?

.. and OCFS2 was not on that list. From the rest of your reply it seemed to me that you were confused about the capabilities of OCFS2. My apologies.

The rest of my comments, WRT mdadm etc, we're not related to clustering, or sharing direct attached raid devices between systems - because as others have also said, I don't think that a cluster best suits your requirements. Unless of cause you just want to do it for the fun of it, in which case go for it.

more than 2 years ago

Which OSS Clustered Filesystem Should I Use?

Macka Re:Bad Dog. Wrong Tree! (320 comments)

Or alternatively you back everything off to tape (rotating sets) and store them in a fireproof safe.

more than 2 years ago

Which OSS Clustered Filesystem Should I Use?

Macka Re:Thoughts on OCFS (320 comments)

How is this an answer to your question? You identified 3 cluster filesystem types that protect against hardware loss by distributing the data over a cluster of systems - but OCFS2 isn't like that. It's a filesystem that's designed to provide concurrent shared access to a filesystem by a cluster of servers, which in combination with a HA framework can provide a platform that applications can use to protect against node failure, not disk failure. With OCFS2 you still have to make the storage highly available with a RAID solution plus manage concurrent connectivity via a SAN, iSCSI, etc. So unfortunately this is not an answer to your question at all. The filesystem types you've identified would do what you want, but they're also expensive for a home solution because you have to throw more computers at the problem to increase redundancy and performance.

Have you considered using software RAID (mdadm) on Linux instead of a hardware RAID controller? It has a useful feature that allows you to grow existing raid volumes by adding more disks. Maybe combine that with a small UPS to allow your system to shutdown gracefully in the event of a power failure. Alternatively, if you want to stick with a hardware solution have you taken a look at Drobo? I have no personal experience with Drobo, but from what I've read their proprietary RAID solution allows you to grow your array by just popping new disks in or increase capacity by replacing existing disks with larger ones on the fly. They have a couple of different models that can scale to 16TB. Best of luck with your search.

more than 2 years ago

Essential Open Source Tools For Windows Admins

Macka Re:#1 tool (226 comments)

Last update for those unixutils tools was 8 years ago. I hope there are no nasty security bugs lurking in there or you've just compromised your entire estate.

more than 2 years ago

Windows Server 8 Is A Radical Departure From Previous Releases

Macka Re:Azure (347 comments)

Last time I checked my eyeballs didn't work very well with objects. They handle text perfectly well though. Seriously, you're missing the point. The command line is for running commands and eyeballing text output. Bash functions perfectly for this. It's also perfect for writing small quick scripts that do simple tasks. If I need to do something ore complicated that requires an OO approach, then I have python or ruby to play with. Use the right tool for the job.

more than 2 years ago

New Skeleton Finds May Revamp History of Human Evolution

Macka Re:Proof of Intelligent Design (131 comments)

That's because creationist Christianity (usually evangelical) is a cult. It's not recognised as such by most because it's become so main stream; but any religious sect that preaches absolutes (e.g. the bible is inerrant) and is blind to any other way of thinking is a cult.

more than 2 years ago

Monthly Ubuntu Releases Proposed

Macka Comparing Ubuntu to Red Hat (284 comments)

I'm not familiar with how Ubuntu package and push their software. Do you get everything inc the kitchen sink with each crank of the wheel whether you want it or not? Red Hat, in between major/minor releases bundle up new RPMs into errata. An errata may contain one or more RPM packages that are tested/required to be installed together, and they're delineated into three types, prefixed with:

RHBA - Red Hat Bugfix Advisory
RHSA - Red Hat Security Advisory
RHEA - Red Hat Enhancement Advisory

In our production environment, we avoid anything that's an enhancement (too risky) and consider each bugfix and security errata to see if it's application to our builds, and whether we want to install them or not, and whether the fixes would warrant a new QA effort (time consuming and costly). We're not forced to, nor are we forced to take each point release in turn if we don't want either. That's the way it should be done.


more than 2 years ago

Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands

Macka Yeah right .. (1855 comments)

And oh so bloody convenient. I'm with hairyfeet on this one, though we're never going to know as they quickly dumped the corpse at sea. I've long believed that he copped it pretty early on in the campaign. But announcing his death at that point would have muted the ire of public opinion, and that didn't suit the political aspirations of the war mongering neo loony right in US government at that time. Much better to have his ghostly presence live on as a target for public hatred. Now, with the coffers empty and US dollars needed at home to try and right the economy, and with continuing loss of US soldier lives, it's the right time to announce his death. Something the government had to do in order to claim victory. But there are no pictures; a body quickly and conveniently disposed of in such a manner that it can never be recovered, and no evidence that can be ratified by an independent third party. This whole scenario is a work of fiction, now that the US government have decided it's the right time to kill him off.

more than 2 years ago

Oracle Claims Intel Is Looking To Sink the Itanic

Macka Re:Why not post intel's response? (235 comments)

The reason may have an element of FUD to it, but the consequences aren't. People don't buy computers to just sit there running an O/S, and the majority of HP-UX Itanium builds I used to be involved with were commissioned to run Oracle. So this is going to hit HP Itanium sales hard and HP Itanium customers even harder.

Oracle seem to be getting more ruthless in recent times. They aren't playing very nice with Red Hat either as they've killed off support for ASMLib and OCFS2 on RHEL 6. Clearly an attempt to force customers wanting Oracle RAC clusters on Linux off RHEL onto Oracle's own Red Hat clone. Small wonder that Red Hat have reciprocated by making it harder for Oracle to get a free ride on the work Red Hat put into the kernel.

about 3 years ago

Android Passes iPhone In US Market Share

Macka Smart phone categories (550 comments)

Personally I think it's pushing it to classify RIM's BlackBerry as a smart phone. I have both an iPhone 4 and a company Blackberry given to me for work. The Blackberry is a clunky unwieldy toy compared to the iPhone with a fraction of the capability. I use it as little as I can possibly get away with.

more than 3 years ago



Macka Macka writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Macka (9388) writes "This years WWDC features a long list of technical sessions & labs where you'll learn the very latest developer information and receive expert guidance from Apple engineers on the most current Mac OS X (Leopard) technologies and programming techniques. The session summaries drop tantalizing hints of where Apple are going with Leopard. For example they reveal that Leopard Server can be used as a Time Machine backup target, and how you can use Leopards new meta-data driven bridging to write dynamic applications faster and easier with PyObjC and RubyCocoa."


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