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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Maxwell Re:Not as much as it used to... (283 comments)

Similar experience here. You are now a service provider for your family. Reliability, ease of use are more important than bragging rights. I am down to a single xeon server, serviio, 24g, 8tb. PS3 as media player and servio handles the transcoding for phones and tablets. Kids can watch their movies, we can listen to music, watch movies.

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Maxwell Re:Sensationalism? for BIOS updates? (294 comments)

If updating your BIOS is the *most* important feature of a motherboard, sorry.

I've never had a problem with MSI, Gigabyte or Asus . And the one time in a blue moon I had to update a bios, I simply booted off a USB HDD with windows on it.

Your deciding which car to buy based on how hard it is to adjust the cam shaft timing.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Maxwell Axis and Allies Board game (382 comments)

let the all nighters begin.

about three weeks ago

When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Maxwell Where would we flee to? (257 comments)

Required comment: the big corps have won. Deal with it.

about 1 month ago

How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Maxwell Phones + 1 laptop. (260 comments)

For everything else, I'll take my solid-as-a-rock Gigabit ethernet thanks. Also, off the lawn please!

about a month ago

Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

Maxwell Settle for 1M. No harm done (115 comments)

They settle out of court for 1M, he'll get to keep the car named condo and nothing will come of it. The city needs the revenue too badly to take the cameras down. Remember kids, white collar crime *does* pay!

about a month ago

Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

Maxwell Doesn't scale anyway (81 comments)

One of the major drivers of online was for scalability/cost. Do the bulk stuff asynchronously online with some minimal in person or synchronous work. If this is an instructor led , real time course they might as well be 'in the building' anyway. How would 200 people take a course like this? All you need is 23 professors, easy right?

about a month ago

Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Maxwell How did micorsoft 'solve' this problem? (249 comments)

For 20 years we had nothing but Microsoft (DOS, Windows) on PC's and somehow we survived. Now we need someone to curate the app store? Why not submit your app for review, like in the olden days? The reviewing, rating and recommending of apps should be a separate function than publishing...

about a month ago

Interviews: James Cameron and John Bruno Answer Your Questions

Maxwell hard to hate this guy... (24 comments)

There is a lot of hate for his movie success - just 8 films to date, virtually all of them massively successful - but man he sounds cool in this interview!

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Maxwell IE11=IE6 all over again (138 comments)

Sure, all we have to do is rewrite the internet to work with IE11 and we'll be fine. I propose Microsoft should start with Sharepoint, Project server, CRM Dynamics etc that currently don't work well with IE11...

Firefox 3.6 has better overall compatibility than IE11!

about a month and a half ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

Maxwell Re:Uh...try again (116 comments)

Think again. AOL, prodigy, compuserve were all proprietary, isolated systems. They did not provide internet access. It wasn't until 89/90 that there email services could even talk to each other (via the internet).

Source: old enough to have listed compuserve "forums" and AOL "keywords" on my business cards...

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Bulletproof Video Conferencing For Alzheimers Home?

Maxwell Re:Seriously? Nope! (194 comments)

What he really wanted was for someone to actually read his request. I guess it wasn't you.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

Maxwell Re:Fire(wall) and forget (348 comments)

No that is Windows Server Security 101. Network security is different. If you had network security you don't need firewalls on every single server in your enterprise because that traffic is already caught and logged elsewhere. By the time they are at your server, and you haven't detected it, it is too late.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

Maxwell Re:Fire(wall) and forget (348 comments)

Stop being rational. Just, stop it. You never need a business case for awesomely complex, double reverse DMZ firewall setups here on /. !

about 2 months ago

Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

Maxwell Re:Out of the public domain? (96 comments)

If one can ride by on their bicycle and take a picture of "secret installations", they have a security leak. It's not an American concept.

about 2 months ago

'Just Let Me Code!'

Maxwell You weren't asked to be creative... (372 comments)

"Software development has become a mostly operational activity, rather than a creative one." And this is a bad thing?

about 2 months ago

Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

Maxwell Re: Too long (161 comments)

Worse than that: They were the #1 dial up ISP (behind AOL) were the #1 DSL ISP (with MSN premium, bundled with verizon, bell etc.). they had the #1 travel site, #1 encyclopedia site, and #1 chat tool all at the same time circa 2000.

The only thing they didn't do was sell ads...

about 2 months ago

HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

Maxwell Re:Totally would buy (68 comments)

Shouldn't you be telling that to HP? from the site: "The HP ProLiant Moonshot Server is available with the Intel® Atom Processor S1260...."

about 2 months ago

A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Maxwell Re:I've always thought that the best way for Israe (379 comments)

They do that occasionally, and are universally condemned for it. Remember Israel is not allowed to defend itself. They have to just accept 100's or rockets a day lobbed at them and not react. If they do fire back, and go as far as to warn the targets, Hamas gathers their children and brings them to the target creating mini-martyr's and generating huge sympathy, especially from the west.

They have a standing offer: it Hamas stops the rockets, they stop theirs. Not difficult, unless your Hamas

about 2 months ago


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