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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

Redlazer Kubuntu (573 comments)

It's the one I learned on.

It has a UI similar to Windows, is popular and has lots of public support, and is as easy as any other Linux distro.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Electronics Prototyping Platform?

Redlazer Arduino (228 comments)

I haven't used the other kits, but I have found the Arduino to be an awesome prototyping platform. Lots of available information, lots of tutorials, lots of support, lots of flexibility.

I would consider it a great jumping off point for the Raspberry Pi, which is my next experiment. I have no experience whatsoever with electronics, and it's been smooth sailing so far!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Tools For Dealing With Glare Sensitivity?

Redlazer Re:Needs more clarification (195 comments)

I was going to suggest something along those lines.

When I was in college, we had fluorescent lights and super bright LED screens. The intensity was a little much for me, so I wore my sunglasses all the time.

I'd recommend any glasses that are Polarized - that's what's making the Gunnar glasses work in this scenario, although the Gunnar glasses aren't darkened, which could be nice.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do You Test Your New Hard Drives?

Redlazer Re:dban followed by smartctl (348 comments)

I'm a computer technician, and I'm always looking for new and better ways to test our equipment. Linux is one of my favourite testing tools, but right now I don't have a good way to test hard drives in Linux - I use stress to see if I get any errors or crashes on a suspicious drive. We use a Seagate boot disc for most of our testing though.

I'm interested in using your technique, but I don't understand it well enough to give it a go on someone else's data. Can you explain it a bit please?

about a year and a half ago
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The Dead Sea Scrolls and Information Paranoia

Redlazer Re:Why has it taken 50 years? (585 comments)

"Many of us fully embrace both."

That seems impossible to truly do. They are mutually exclusive - to accept one requires a sacrifice in understanding or acceptance in the other.

I understand that some people are willing to do that; I however, am not.

Also, what Obarthelemy said.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Launches SSD 830 Drive

Redlazer Re:What will happen when they die? (148 comments)

Psh. I've NEVER had HDD drive gracefully, and I've lost at least 20.

I had a laptop drive right in the middle of booting into Linux once. That was cool. Typed in my password, boomheadcrash.

"What was that noise? Why is it taking so long to load?"

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?

Redlazer Re:The D-Link DIR-655 (398 comments)

Yeah - sounds broken to me man. I'd return it.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?

Redlazer Re:The D-Link DIR-655 (398 comments)

My wireless is rock solid. I can usually stream 1080p Youtube videos with no problem, while in the kitchen. I have also used it with torrents as well, although I used gentler settings, I still downloaded at 1 Mb a second.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?

Redlazer Re:The D-Link DIR-655 (398 comments)

I'm using the A series, and I don't have this problem. I actually recently changed my settings from static addressing to DHCP because I got lazy after my last reformat. I use the handy name resolution feature they've got: I select my computer's name from the list and it dumps the local IP in the field. Awesome.

I have no idea if the B is bad or not, but I'll keep an eye out as more of my friends invariably buy it. Perhaps we all have A series? -

-Red

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?

Redlazer The D-Link DIR-655 (398 comments)

My friends and I struggled to find a good router for along time - this included gaming, torrents, and direct downloads. Several wireless devices of various configurations.

Take a look at prices, by now the DIR-655 should be cheaper - we've had ours for over a year now I'm guessing.

Anything but the highest, most brutal usage brings it down. You do need to tune your Vuze settings - if you have more than 1 computer downloading torrents at a atime (try to avoid that...), setting each of their Max Simultaneous Connections to 100 and testing should work. Drop it by 25 if you're still having trouble.

Don't forget, wireless devices cannot send and receive at the same time. The DIR-655 is MIMO (IIRC), so it minimizes the drawbacks, but any individual device can still only send or receive at a time, so torrents are kinda a nightmare for wireless in general.

-Red

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: 802.11n Bake-Off Test Plans?

Redlazer Aruba Rocks (125 comments)

In my experience, the more expensive Aruba AP's perform closest to their manufacturer's claims.

They may not be selling the cheap one anymore, which would be good, because it was vastly inadequate for any real N-style usage.

about 3 years ago
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Intel and AMD May Both Delay Next-Generation CPUs

Redlazer Re:Seems perfectly reasonable (193 comments)

Thank you so much for this response. Mod parent up.

about 3 years ago
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Like a Redstone Cowboy

Redlazer Re:What am I missing here... (166 comments)

The thing about Minecraft, is that these things are being created using the game's tools. Rather than someone developing a mod with code (like lua for WoW).

Redstone can be used to power items with "electricity", like a Minecart Booster Rail, among tons of other things. Some of them may require a mod to facilitate (the Better Than Wolves mod adds mechanical power to the game, for example).

-Red

about 3 years ago
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Like a Redstone Cowboy

Redlazer Re:Two words... (166 comments)

They very well may have Asperger's, the problem is in assuming that someone with Asperger's has a "disorder", and is not merely "different". Indeed, they are simply better at, guess what, envisioning a specific project and exhaustively accomplishing that goal.

about 3 years ago
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Google Allows Carriers To Ban Tethering Apps

Redlazer Re:This is good. (328 comments)

It's puts 0.000000000000000000000001% more load on the network - a negligible cost by far. It is absurd to charge for the extra costs. Also, if it's really peak load rates that are the problem, using caps is the least rational way to control behaviour. But the fact remains, there literally can't tell the difference. That's why they have to ban apps and all of this other nonsense; if the hallmark of a laptop browsing the internet is higher consumption, then a data rate cap makes MUCH more sense - clearly, they are selling beyond their ability to provide if peak consumption is a problem. Source: "Free" By... the guy from Wired.com

more than 3 years ago
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Amar Bose To Donate Company To M.I.T.

Redlazer Re:Midrange (275 comments)

This is a crazy good idea in a lot of ways.

more than 3 years ago
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Feds To Remotely Uninstall Bot From Some PCs

Redlazer Re:That's ok (211 comments)

There's just too many variables involved. I'm glad they're doing opt-in instead of opt-out - that's the mainstay of my comments significance.

Right now, there's no precedent that a government organisation could effectively deal with a situation like this without breaking everything. Is it ok if they do a drug bust, and 1 out of 23 innocent people die? Collateral damage by the government has to be mitigated as much as possible.

I'm not saying that we can't trust the government to do anything. I think the FBI is doing a good job so far, and I'm looking forward to their results. But caution on the part of commentators, I think, is a good idea. It's far from a simple, surefire action. It is likely it will be, but there are variables that they can't control for.

Oversight of government actions is what is critical - not avoiding government action or permitting excessive government action.

more than 3 years ago
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Feds To Remotely Uninstall Bot From Some PCs

Redlazer Re:That's ok (211 comments)

They could, but it would be a dick move. As much as I'd like to think so, it's just not true that everyone at the FBI is a dick.

more than 3 years ago
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The Case Against GUIs, Revisited

Redlazer Why are we choosing between the two? (720 comments)

A CLI is really awesome if you're looking to automate repetitive tasks.

A GUI is really awesome if you want see different information from different sources, and make specific actions that cannot be automated.

The two of them need to coexist - use the best tool for the job, which could be either a CLI or a GUI.

more than 3 years ago

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Hub-And-Spoke VPN design with overlapping subnets?

Redlazer Redlazer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Redlazer (786403) writes "We're having some trouble finding a way to handle the VPN connections our client's establish with us in a scalable way.

As it stands now, if we add two clients who use the same subnet (two 192.168.1.x networks, quite common), we'll have to add another VPN box. This is obviously not very scalable.

Cisco and Juniper mention this scenario, but I could only find LAN-to-LAN implementations.

Does anyone have any experience working with this sort of problem? What was your solution?"
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Windows 7's New Draconion DRM Not New Or Draconian

Redlazer Redlazer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Redlazer (786403) writes "It was reported on /. around a week ago that Windows 7 had some crazy new DRM was not only protecting a user's installation of Photoshop, but also boasted (intentionally) crippled audio card drivers, among other things.

The piece was referenced in an article on Ars Technica, which noted its inaccuracies and misleading, inflationary, and innacurate claims."
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Redlazer Redlazer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Redlazer writes "I've been wanting for quite a while more control over how "random" my media players are.

A few Google searches for something of the sort turns up little — has anyone been able to locate one of these?

We all have songs we love, but don't want to listen to them every 5 seconds, and I've frankly had it. Plus, I've hosted a few parties, and I've gotten a few comments on "Why does this song play so often?" as well as the more tech-savvy crowd looking for a similar tool.

If I can be picky, I'd like a plugin for Windows Media Player — but I also use VLC. And, I won't be afraid to try out another program I haven't thought of, if it has the feature.

The iPod's failings in this regard is listed here, so this makes me assume this a relatively common annoyance."

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