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Ask Slashdot: Enterprise-Grade Linux Networking Hardware?

SaDan Re:Server (140 comments)

Mikrotik can also run on PC based hardware, so if you have some task that requires a pile of power, you can find the hardware to do it.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is Reverse DNS a Worthy Standard For Fighting Spam?

SaDan Re:Absolutely required. (301 comments)


more than 2 years ago

Facebook Unveils Timeline, Updated Open Graph

SaDan Re:You are the product (98 comments)

Very true, but I'm willing to put up with a certain amount of crap for a free service that can be used for education and entertainment. MySpace stepped over that line pretty quick years ago, and now facebook has just crossed the line. Google+, however, isn't as bad. Yet.

about 3 years ago

Facebook Unveils Timeline, Updated Open Graph

SaDan Re:Saw that, want to leave now (98 comments)

Given how much effort it takes just to get a simple feed of stuff from friends, the way it used to be, I have the feeling that this portends the end of usefulness for the facebook.

I agree, which is why I submitted the request to have my account removed yesterday. It's just too much BS in my browser anymore, which is why I left MySpace years ago for facebook.

about 3 years ago

House Panel Approves Bill Forcing ISPs To Log Users

SaDan Time to buy stock in your favorite porno mags! (277 comments)

Think of what this will do to companies like Playboy, Penthouse, Hustler, etc.!

Don't feel safe surfing for nekkid ladies at home? Time to buy that subscription!

more than 3 years ago

House Panel Approves Bill Forcing ISPs To Log Users

SaDan Re:I foresee the raise of VPN services. (277 comments)

this is akin to place a gps on every single person in the States and keep track of where they are going, when, how, etc.

Kind of like using a cell phone right now, eh?

Your civil liberties are being eroded by whoever voted these fuckwads into office

more than 3 years ago

Red Hat Stops Shipping Kernel Changes as Patches

SaDan Re:I don't see the problem (184 comments)

I did the same thing recently, and went to Ubuntu Server. It's nice dealing with somewhat up-to-date versions of software again.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?

SaDan Re:Not much to do (459 comments)

I have Comcast business, and it's static IP service. I believe you get one by default, and can request more if needed. I have no ports blocked on any of my IP addresses, and have run a small Zimbra mail server for multiple domains for years. Never had a problem with traffic or being marked as junk email.

Maybe the OP doesn't really have "business" service, and really has a high-end residential connection?

more than 3 years ago

Intel CEO: Nokia Should Have Gone With Android

SaDan Re:Actually only the GPL, not open source in gener (246 comments)

is banned from the Windows market. I'm also curious as to why he thinks open systems will win in the end. Apple's walled garden is doing pretty well and my "open" vibrant is hardly open at all. T-mobile and Samsung do their best to conspire keep it closed.

Yeah, they really have that phone totally locked down.

more than 3 years ago

Pentagon Credit Union Database Compromised

SaDan Air-gap security! (108 comments)

There needs to be more air-gap security implemented in systems that are as important as banks/credit unions.

I'm not referring to the air-gap currently between the ears of whoever is in charge of their computer systems.

more than 3 years ago

Comparing Windows and Ubuntu On Netbooks

SaDan Re:Can you even buy a netbook without windows? (317 comments)

Yes, or at least you could last year. I bought an Asus 12" netbook from NewEgg that had some stripped down Linux distro installed. Works great with Ubuntu.

more than 3 years ago

Hulu Plus Now Available To All — But Be Warned

SaDan Re:Europe (348 comments)

You can watch them, you just have to watch them from DVD (available via mail from Netflix). They aren't available via streaming at this time.

more than 3 years ago

VLC Developer Takes a Stand Against DRM Enforcement

SaDan Re:Looks (717 comments)

The App Store is coming to desktops and laptops in the next edition of OS X, so this applies to ALL of Apple's "computing" products in the near future.

more than 3 years ago

Minnesota Moving To Microsoft's Cloud

SaDan Re:Foo (345 comments)

A $40K per year Linux admin is pretty much the norm for the midwest, especially for state positions. They don't pay much, but the benefits are great. I used to work for a state university as a Unix/Linux admin years ago, and the pay was horrible.

You also don't need as many Unix/Linux admins as MS admins, or that's what I remember from some of the surveys and reports done comparing a Windows shop vs Linux shop.

I've worked in mixed shops, 100% Linux shops, and 100% MS shops doing admin work since '93. Honestly, I think companies CAN save money ditching MS, but you have to have a competent IT department to pull it off. Staff will use whatever you put in front of them. Custom applications may be a pain point, I'll give you that.

more than 3 years ago

Web-Based Private File Storage?

SaDan Re:Discretion? (467 comments)

This is spot on. Mod this up to +10.

more than 4 years ago

Droid Touchscreen Less Accurate Than iPhone's

SaDan Re:As a G1 user... (198 comments)

I've had the opposite experience, at least using the onscreen keyboard on my G1 compared to iPod Touch and iPhones. I find the onscreen keyboard easier to type accurately on the G1 compared to the iDevices so far.

As for browsing on the G1, I haven't had too many issues, but I think the iPhone does do a better job of detecting which link I'm trying to "click" on.

more than 4 years ago

AT&T Readying For the End of Analog Landlines

SaDan Re:VOIP sucks. (426 comments)

No, I have cable internet. It tends to stay online longer than I have battery (about 8 hours). It did die once for about 10 minutes after the power was out for several hours, but came back and stayed on throughout the rest of the power outage.

I realize this may not hold true for everyone, though.

more than 4 years ago

Do Your Developers Have Local Admin Rights?

SaDan Re:Worked in Both Worlds... (605 comments)

You nailed it. I also worked in a company that dealt with a lot of financial transactions in the banking and insurance industries, and all of the separation of duties requirements meant NO ONE had admin on their workstations, even in software development.

The testing environment was actually run by the server team, and the development team had to effectively communicate how to install and operate the software. This lead to better than average documentation, and less issues once the software was deployed than I have witnessed in other companies.

The company I work for now does not allow developers local admin on their workstations. They get elevated privileges through their network login, depending on which machine they are using. Dev does not have any privileges outside of the dev environment (ie, they can't even log into the production systems).

more than 4 years ago

AT&T Readying For the End of Analog Landlines

SaDan Re:Will VoiP phones be powered over ethernet? (426 comments)

I doubt this is possible with the current POTS wiring infrastructure, but it wouldn't take much of a battery to keep the ethernet port alive on your DSL or whatever modem they supply for a reasonable amount of time.

The town where I grew up had an older central office with no generator. Once the batteries went, POTS went as well.

more than 4 years ago



New city law impounds cars with loud stereos

SaDan SaDan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SaDan (81097) writes "On August, 20th this year, a new law was passed in Rockford, IL, that grants police the authority to impound any vehicle reported for having a stereo turned up too loud:

"Cars taken will be held until fines of $150 to $750 are paid — in addition to a $75 towing fee, a $15 to $20 per day storage fee and a $60 per hour charge if the police officer has to wait more than an hour for the tow truck."

Anyone who has their car impounded is in for a long wait, in addition to the fees previously mentioned. After requesting a hearing, the city can wait up to 45 days before going to trial, accumulating around $1100 in impound fees. An article, with PDF of the recently passed law, can be found here."

SaDan SaDan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SaDan (81097) writes "Richard Branson is offering $25M as a bounty for a fix to global warming. The person or organization that can devise a method to remove at least a billion tons of carbon dioxide a year from the atmosphere will be able to claim the bounty.

A quick Google search yields a partial solution to this issue: plant trees! "If every American family planted just one tree, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere would be reduced by one billion lbs annually." That sounds like a good start to me."


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