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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

RobbieCrash Usenet (294 comments)

Download some binaries from a Usenet provider, that'll max out your connection.

I generally get ~13.5MBps down on my 120Mbps connection from Rogers. Uploading to my VPS gets me a solid 2MBps out of 20Mbps.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

RobbieCrash Home lab/server (287 comments)

I've got a Dell T410 I bought second hand. I've got 6x1TB WD Black SATA drives attached to a PERC5 in RAID 6. It's got 48GB of RAM and dual Xeon E5504s. It's running Hyper-V 2012R2, and hosts my MS home lab for testing, licensed through the now defunct Technet program. The MS lab is all 2012R2 and consists of an Exchange 2013 server, 2 DCs, and a CA. I use this mostly for testing stuff I'm going to do at work, as well as learning Windows garbage I wouldn't normally get to.

I've also got 8 Linux VMs running on it. 6 are running Ubuntu 14.04, one is running Debian Wheezy and one is running Debian Sid. The 6 Ubuntu boxes run my internet based PVR so that I don't have to deal with building a proper PVR to record my totally current active cable service; internet based Blu-Ray ripper so that I don't have to actually rip the discs I buy all the time; Plex Media Server to connect the aforementioned backups to my Chromecast/mobile devices/whatever; SABNzb to actually perform the backups; a custom WordPress installation running SupportPress so that my wife and roommate can submit tickets to remind me to fix the Roomba; a BitTorrent Sync box so that I don't need to deal with Dropbox. The Wheezy box is a Sendmail server for sending mail and the Sid box is one that I use to mess around with and test Linux compatibility with some Python stuff I have.

I've got a file server which has been running OpenIndiana, but I had to move that back to Ubuntu because OI doesn't currently support my motherboard. It's got an 80GB Intel 520 SSD as the OS drive, and a janky ZFS setup which works well enough for home use. The zpools are setup across 3 RAIDZ pools, each cnsists of a 4x1TB, 4x2TB or 4x3TB RAIDZ array. Each array also has a 20GB slice of a 120GB Vertex 3 as cache drives, with the last slice going to the smallest zpool as a slog. The smallest zpool gets the slog since it's running dedup as it houses backups for the Hyper-V box, my desktop and laptop and my wife and roommate's computers. It's got an i3 and 32GB of ECC RAM.

I'm currently in the process of waiting for a server to configure off-site replication of all my important/irreplaceable data to a hosted server through So You Start, formerly OVH. $42 a month for 2TB of off-site storage seems like a pretty great deal to me. It'll be running FreeBSD I suppose, since they don't offer Solaris.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

RobbieCrash What are you trying to do? (238 comments)

A VPN? To connect to where, from where? Are you doing this for something to do, or because you want to implement the best solution? Do you just want better router software?

Install Tomato or DD or OpenWRT or any one of their variants on your existing router.

Building your own in the name of security isn't going to work unless you really know what you're doing, which you said you don't in your summary. That sounds like a dick thing to say, but it's not. Security is difficult for people that know what they're doing, when people who don't try to DIY it, it's almost universally bad.

about a month ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

RobbieCrash Re:Unfamiliar (370 comments)

I've got a dedicated file server running Ubuntu 14.04 at home with a small group of ZFS pools (4x1TB, 4x2TB, 4x4TB each in RAIDZ). The FS used for backups has dedup turned on, everything else uses compression, but not dedup. It serves out 15 SMB shares, 10 netatalk shares and ~20 NFS shares to 3 Windows clients, 6 OSX clients all using TimeMachine and normal file access, 10 Linux VMs doing rsync backups and other normal file server stuff. Data is primarily HD video being streamed, as well as backups for everything.

The server is built on a low end i3 with 32GB ECC RAM, all disks are consumer grade (WD blacks for the 1TB and greens for everything else) attached to an LSI 9211-8i doing JBOD only. Sustained writes of 2x1Gbps over the network and internal writes are sustained over 3Gbps. I have 30GB of RAM dedicated to the pool, but really could get away with using about 6, dedup tables are currently ~3GB. I did a bunch of stress testing when I first set things up (scripted boatloads of fake read/write requests from each client) and CPU usage topped out at ~80%.

Home usage on an older desktop is not out of the question, assuming you can host the drives and maybe put in a total of 8GB RAM.

about a month ago
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Canadian ISP On Disclosing Subscriber Info: Come Back With a Warrant

RobbieCrash Re:Changing the law (55 comments)

Not in my understanding.

The recent supreme court decision related to this announcement and several others recently indicate that according to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, we're guaranteed the right to privacy, and our actions online have a reasonable expectation of privacy and annonymity. Constitutionally speaking, we're safe online from unreasonable (unwarranted) search, it's not an issue of *a* law, it's an issue of the supreme law of the land. The government could try to amend our Charter to remove, or reduce this right, but that's a complicated process.

Any laws passed here have to be constitutionally sound, and lately the supreme court here has been coming down on what many are seeing as government overreach.

about 3 months ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

RobbieCrash Re:So....far more than guns (454 comments)

The comment isn't blaming the guns for the suicide. It's stating the fact that if you buy a gun, you are likely to use it to kill yourself.

about 4 months ago
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Why I'm Sending Back Google Glass

RobbieCrash Re:Prototype? (166 comments)

s/prototype/beta/g

about 5 months ago
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Why I'm Sending Back Google Glass

RobbieCrash This just in (166 comments)

Prototype not behaving like a finished product, story at 11.

about 5 months ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

RobbieCrash Re:Buggy whips? (769 comments)

This, 1,000 times this.

I get so angry about people complaining about how solar/renewable is so corrupt and is just going to make some old white guy rich. So, fucking, what?

I'd rather have some rich white asshole pissing on me and telling me it's raining than have a different rich white asshole pissing on me and telling me it's rain while I choke to death on coal fumes. Yes, someone is going to get rich. Good for them. American dream and all that. If that means that the rest of us suffer with higher taxes instead of starving to death/dying of thirst because we've burned off all the arable land and destroyed all the drinking water while fracking every last drop of oil out of the earth, so be it, I'll be better off.

If these rich white coal barons want to start raking it in by pumping out solar panels, nothing's stopping them. Fucking get on it.

about 6 months ago
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Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You

RobbieCrash Modding stories? (361 comments)

How can I mod a story -1 Troll?

about 8 months ago
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Google Glass User Fights Speeding Ticket, Saying She's Defending the Future

RobbieCrash Clearly in the minority (464 comments)

As someone who intends to use Glass or something like it for GPS while driving, I really don't see that Glass will be any more distracting than having my tablet do GPS for me, or my phone, or a dedicated GPS on the dash. I recognize that it may be slightly more distracting than the dedicated GPS due to the possibility of notifications suddenly taking focus on the screen, but no more so than when the same thing happens on my phone when I'm using it for GPS.

I understand the concern about people playing on the internet, or actually watching movies on it, but should the device's usage be outlawed due to things that it is simply capable of doing?

I recognize that these aren't exactly HUDs, but HUDs have been proven to not significantly increase reaction times, and to decrease the amount of time with your eyes off-road. From every review I've read about Glass online, the display is out of the way unless you want to look at it, and easily ignored when you're focused on something else.

Maybe I'm giving other drivers too much credit. Most people probably will be facebooking on them, not simply using them as a convenient display for GPS guidance.

about 9 months ago
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LinkedIn Accused of Hacking Customers' E-Mails To Slurp Up Contacts

RobbieCrash Re:This happened to me (210 comments)

I'm relatively sure this is more likely the cause than anything else. A few times when I've opened a LinkedIn email invite or something akin, I've been prompted to sign in on a page that looks like a LinkedIn login page. After getting told I used the wrong password, I realized that actually the page was saying "Let us SIGN IN to your email and scrape contacts."

I'm sure it would've spammed all the no contacts I have on that email account, and I thought it was pretty scummy of them to make the "access your email" page look almost exactly like the "sign in to LinkedIn page."

1 year,27 days
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Amazon Forbids Crossing State Lines With Rented Textbooks

RobbieCrash Checking where it's shipped from... (125 comments)

But Richard Hershman, vice president of government relations at the National Association of College Stores, points out that if a student has textbooks sent to her home state and ships them back from a different state where she attends college, Amazon could easily note the new shipping location.

I'm sure Amazon will start tracking this shit. Does Amazon give a fuck where a return was sent from? Do they even look? I'm sure everything gets dumped by the truckload into their return centre by FedEx or UPS or whomever, and that's the end of anyone giving a shit about shipping in that process.

about a year ago
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Snowden Gave 15,000 Documents to Glenn Greenwald; Obama Cancels Russia Summit

RobbieCrash Re:Screw You Obama (531 comments)

If you're not interested in making progress, why should anyone give a shit about the election rigging or journalist killing?

You seem to think that fixing government human rights abuses is probably a good thing, so we're apparently on the same side. You're just proving my point by saying you're uninterested because the exact focus of 'my' movement isn't the exact same as yours. Splintering off into a hundred laser-focused groups accomplishes nothing.

Unless your only mission is to get people to admit they don't know everything about everything, in which case, good luck accomplishing anything on either side of the divide.

about a year ago
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Snowden Gave 15,000 Documents to Glenn Greenwald; Obama Cancels Russia Summit

RobbieCrash Re:Screw You Obama (531 comments)

I'm less referring to governments than I am to social movements. Agreed about the soma, though.

about a year ago
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Snowden Gave 15,000 Documents to Glenn Greenwald; Obama Cancels Russia Summit

RobbieCrash Re:Screw You Obama (531 comments)

Oh, for sure. But the thing about it is, even without understanding the whole issue, a movement can make great progress if they have enough people that for one reason or another buy into it.

The conservative attack on climate science is a perfect example of this. 90% of the people arguing against climate science have no idea what they're talking about, the other 10% just don't care that they're wrong. Somehow, despite the fact that they're all ignorant about it they've managed to get some kind of public debate about the legitimacy of the science going. They've been able to do this by ignoring the fact that some of them are advocating for nuclear energy, some people want more drilling, some people want more clean coal, some want to power the world by burning small children, some people think that melting ice caps aren't an issue, some people think that it's natural, some people think whatever. All of them have decided that their way of doing things doesn't matter, as long as we all understand that worrying about climate change is stupid.

about a year ago
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Snowden Gave 15,000 Documents to Glenn Greenwald; Obama Cancels Russia Summit

RobbieCrash Re:Screw You Obama (531 comments)

This is a perfect example of why left-wing politics are so unsuccessful. We need to stop trying to one-up each other, and focus on making whatever change is possible. If there is pressure on Russia for Pussy Riot or their anti-gay laws, and that pressure is maintained, there's a chance of changing those things. If we all start whinging about 'why don't you start caring about something else!' then the pressure drops, nothing changes; 500 voices yelling different things are a lot easier to tune out than 500 voices yelling the same. Just because the progress isn't aimed at what you, and many other people (myself included), feel is a bigger issue doesn't make it wrong.

Causes need people and momentum, splintering movements destroys them. Just because it's not guided at the worst of the worst doesn't mean that the human rights violations against Pussy Riot ok.

about a year ago
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First Apps Targeting Android Key Vulnerability Found in the Wild

RobbieCrash Re:In other words ... (54 comments)

Patched code in AOSP, not patched binaries for devices. Your GNex does not get every update contributed to the AOSP source, it needs to be compiled and sent to your phone.

Currently, the GS4, HTCOne and anything running a CM based ROM has been patched for sure; I'm not aware of what the status on anything else is because I don't care.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Setting Up Non-Obnoxious Outdoor Lighting?

RobbieCrash Re:No one uses their backyard anymore? (445 comments)

haha, yeah, the cooking is done by the lamp.

Basically, we have this, but it's a 60W bulb hooked up to the mains rather than a solar powered dealie with LEDs.

When I think floodlight, I think of 500W halogens bathing the entire yard in daylight.

about a year ago

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Scalable remote software/OS deployment options?

RobbieCrash RobbieCrash writes  |  more than 5 years ago

RobbieCrash writes "I've been tasked with finding a single software application that can manage computers in various Active Directory environments ranging from 20 computers to 1,500 computers, that will keep track of software installed, push out Windows updates, install and uninstall software, and be able to remotely install new Operating systems to new computers, or to upgrade existing computers. So far I've been able to find things like Acronis Snap Deploy which will do the OS deployment to various hardware platforms, but won't do any of the other things. Or Admin Arsenal and Desktop Central that will run hardware/software inventories and push updates/software installs, but nothing that will do it all. Is there a one stop program that will do it all? Or am I stuck using multiple programs like WSUS, Acronis and one of the others to get everything done?"

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