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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

SgtAaron Re:Top #1 Indicator That Correlates To Drive Failu (142 comments)

Let's be real here. You almost never get advanced warning from SMART. Maybe one in twenty. Almost without fail you'll go from a drive running properly to a drive that won't rotate the spindle or the heads smash against the casing or you've suddenly got so many bad sectors that it's effectively unusable. Failure prediction is almost (but not quite) valueless compared to the reality of how drives fail.

Yeah, I did mention smartd in an earlier post, and I said it "can be handy" but I suppose I must agree with you based on my own life as its been lived until now. We never put a server into service without at least software raid, usually with just two disks with some exceptions. A lot of our equipment are tiny supermicro 1u's that can only hold two. But after many years we have yet to have two go at once (knock on wood) so the warning of a raid out of sync has saved us.

about a month ago

Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

SgtAaron Re:Cool data but... (142 comments)

I would like to see SMART tools built into Windows and other OS's (maybe there are some I don't know about). Especially since some of my computers are up for 6 months or more at a time, a drive could be fine 4 or 5 months ago when it was last booted, but I wont get a smart message until next reboot, maybe a month or two from now, after it's to late.

Linux smartmontools package has smartd, the "SMART Disk Monitoring Daemon", which will monitor SMART-capable drives and will log problems and send email alerts. Can be handy. Don't know about Windows.

about a month ago

ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

SgtAaron Re:Meh (245 comments)

I assume my email transits the internet in the clear regardless how I send it so I am having a hard time getting angry about this.

Yeah. Use gnupg or something of its ilk for end-to-end encryption. It's not like a bazillion system administrators like myself can't read all of your email anyway. TLS in this regard would be handy if you're on an open wi-fi and are sending login information to the mail server... maybe.

about a month ago

Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

SgtAaron Re:Wonderful (588 comments)

Sorry, I'm not completely familiar with the US legislative system. Does this election mean it is the law now, or it is just the expression of voters that politicians now have to form into new laws?

I haven't actually seen anyone truly respond to the question. But I may have missed it.

Anyway, here in Oregon the ballot measure was written just like the legislature would draft a bill of law. Its wording becomes a part of state law. Our voter pamphlets have the full text of the measure. It's long. It starts with :

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:

This Act shall be known as:

Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act

Woohoo! It's about damn time. Let the dominoes roll.

about a month and a half ago

Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

SgtAaron Re:Marked Paper Ballots FTW (388 comments)

You're using quotes which attribute the text to the original author and hoping bold face will suffice to highlight your differences with his/her opinion. Who is to say whether those tags will survive. And what's the point, anyway? Why not just quote the text and use your own words to express your view? I do have this off-topic opinion: I'm sick and tired of "FTFY" and wish it would end. Optimism.

Anyway I live somewhere in Oregon, and am happy with mail-in ballots. Easy. Get to ponder the thing for awhile over coffee, beer and/or whiskey. Oh, humans have to count them in the end. What else is new?

Here's to the thing finally being over. :)

about a month and a half ago

US Midterm Elections Discussion

SgtAaron Re:Have to take personal time to vote... (401 comments)

More places haven't gone to mail-in-only voting because they don't want to disenfranchise the homeless, who have no mailing address, or the poor who might change their address upwards of three times per year often staying in transient housing. The poor often have a hard time finding a single place to live, and they already have the least time to deal with matters such as ensuring that their ballot is sent to the correct address.

An interesting point. So I checked into that.


I know the ballot would come with an official addressed envelope like our regular mail ballots. I suppose the issue then would be getting to the county clerk's office.

about a month and a half ago

US Midterm Elections Discussion

SgtAaron Re:Have to take personal time to vote... (401 comments)

And that's horseshit.

It needs to be a mandated holiday at all levels, with elections taking place at the same time everywhere.

Here in Oregon all votes are cast by mail. If you can't mail it in time, then you drop it by a collection booth during a lunch break or something. Standing in line at the local school gym has become a thing of the past here. I've often wondered why more locales haven't adopted such a thing.

about a month and a half ago

Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

SgtAaron Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

This really is off-topic for this discussion but I have to say:

Well, I"m not that interested frankly, in the news of the world for the most part...why would I?

I don't expect that much of the world to be that interested in US news...?

Dude! You aren't 16, are you? Only caring about what happens in the US is like living in a surreal bubble. No interest at all in knowing what's going on in Ukraine, Hong Kong, the middle east, or Mars? And trying for balance by watching cable news? Eh, that's so weird to me. I guess it's just my opinion, but considering the nature of the world we live in these days, anyone who cares at all about the news should be caring about what's happening internationally.

Personally, I'll read the NY Times and maybe watch PBS News hour and 30 minutes of our local news (which they broadcast 1.5 hrs, but pretty much say everything in the first 30 min broadcast. Dumb). If my roommate weren't so attached to watching crappy history channel shows, I might ditch cable and watch those on rabbit ears, in HD! We won't pay our blasted cable company extra for HD.

I once lived 6 miles from the US/Canada border and we only had Canadian tv over the air. Let me tell you, watching the nightly Canadian news broadcasts is an *entirely* different news experience. I really preferred it, frankly, though I wasn't too interested in stories about the price of tea in Whitehorse :)

about 1 month ago

LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

SgtAaron Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

That's only three syllables. The original arabic is tough to phonetically spell because there are two letters not in our alphabet. For instance, the "Q" is used because the first letter is a hard K, which you use your throat to pronounce. And in the middle is the "ain" letter, which also one uses the throat. The word is prounounced *something* like "al QAA ih duh". There's actually an official government transliteration alphabet that is used when that needs to be done. But I can't remember it and it wouldn't help you :)

It always grated my ears when I heard Bush call them "Al kayda". It offended my arabic language neurons every time!

about 2 months ago

LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

SgtAaron Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

Huh -- I've always heard it translated as "The Base" (which is also what Wikipedia says: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...); I think there was an SNL episode in which GW Bush referred to his "base" as his "al-quaeda," which I thought was a clever language joke ...

The terrorist network's name does mean "The Base". It's used a lot, such as in "miltary base", "base of operations". Heck, even a meeting place can be qaeda. Like "Al qaeda is at the store 1pm". Let's meet at the store at 1pm.

I have no idea what Al quida is supposed to mean. I suspect it's a typo, OP says it's network in Arabic, but my check says it's "shibka". I studied arabic in the army but I had to google that, it's been awhile.

about 2 months ago

US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

SgtAaron Re: Physical requirements are not all that tough (308 comments)

We all have our talents. First and foremost that's the thing to remember. Here I go starting this thread talking about being able to do push-ups, when my brother is a ballroom dance instructor and has talent enough to take a piece of clay and turn it into Patrick Stewart. Umm, btw, even in my best years you'd have beat me in sit-ups.

about 2 months ago

The Man With the Golden Blood

SgtAaron Re:The military saves lives! (75 comments)

He first donated as an 18-year-old in the army

As a 18-year-old Greek conscript marine i did the "1 day honorable leave donation", even if just the "1 hour away from the barracks" was good enough for me - 20 years later i proudly am in the process of getting a new donors card because the old is full with the records of my donations.
Donate blood!

That's interesting. Some things are the same everywhere. In the US Army we got the day off for donating blood, too. It's a great idea and was one of the few really nice perks. (Side note: every three-day weekend we automatically got a fourth day off. See the Army's not *that* bad, hah).

I eventually earned a five gallon donation lapel pin from the Red Cross after I left the service. I told someone this once and she said "You donated 5 gallons of blood today?" *faceslap* Well I'm B+ which is not rare but isn't really too common, either, it seems.

Though I've slacked on my donations lately. This is reminding me I should start thinking more about that.

Cheers AC Greek veteran!

about 2 months ago

US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

SgtAaron Re:Why do they need to be in the Military? (308 comments)

Why can't they just be hired to do specific work like millions of other federal employees? This seems a bit stupid.

I can think of a couple of reasons, there may be more. A new army recruit is probably going to be payed less than a civilian government employee. Also, in the military, you can work 18+ hrs a day and there is no such thing as overtime. Civilians are also not subject to the uniform code of military justice, which means punishing bad guys--or, heh, good guys doing bad--is always made easier than dealing with messy civilian justice.

about 2 months ago

US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

SgtAaron Physical requirements are not all that tough (308 comments)

When I enlisted in 1990 you only had to be able to complete something like 13 pushups to be assigned to a basic training unit. Those that couldn't were put into a "remedial physical training" unit, where of course they were roundly laughed at by those in real basic. Passing the actual PT test at the end of basic is different, but at 18 were only had to do around 45 pushups and 60 situps in two minutes, and run two miles in less than 17 minutes or thereabouts--don't recall precisely. And as you get older, the requirements lessen. Upon enlistment all we had to do was lift 40 pounds above your head on a weight machine. I was 5'3" and 115 pounds back then (still 5'3", beer has added a bit of weight over time :-)

about 2 months ago

US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil

SgtAaron Re:Probably more to it (439 comments)

Brazil clearly picked Saab because it's a better choice, and then the President saw an opportunity to bolster his "I'm not America's boy" reputation at home. Well played.

Dilma Rousseff is female :-) First woman to hold the office.

1 year,1 day

The Case Against Gmail

SgtAaron Re:I'm weaning myself off of Gmail and Google (435 comments)

And how much work is keeping your own host updated and spam filtered? I've thought about doing it before on several occasions (the Raspberry Pi seems like a cheap solution), but I've heard that keeping things smooth for a single account is generally more trouble than it's worth. How much time would you say it takes?

You could install spamassassin and procmail. If procmail sees X-Spam-Flag: YES in the headers, plop it into your spam folder
or whatever. We use spamassassin on our incoming email servers and I very rarely get spam in my inbox. I receive more than 100
spams a day. We're an ISP and I very rarely have to muck around with with tweaking rules, etc.

After installing spamassassin, a cron job should be set up to run sa-update daily to update the filter rules.

about a year ago

What's In Steve Ballmer's Inbox?

SgtAaron Re:Another view; a catch-all inbox (93 comments)

In all seriousness, I don't use a catch-all. Because none of the messages bounce back as undeliverable, it just builds up a worthless legitimate list for spammers around the world. Unless things have changed and you can both receive via catch-all and forge a false undeliverable, I'd rather not pollute my domain.

I don't see that it matters. Spammers, in my experience, rarely send with a valid return address, even if it looks legit. Say, like, bounce-12345-user+domain.com@spammerdomain.com. And weeding their lists doesn't seem to be a priority. If I were to look in our mail logs right now, I'd no doubt see
thousands of spam mails per day sent to addresses that haven't existed for YEARS. My own address was unused for more than 3 years, and after
I activated it again (came back to work here, iow), I received new spam within seconds.

about 2 years ago

CyanogenMod Domain Hijacked

SgtAaron Re:This would seem to be the guy (143 comments)

His ears were burning, he has updated his whois and is now anonymous. Not that it is going to help him now.

Administrative Contact:
        Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 0121602432, cyanogenmod.com@contactprivacy.com
        96 Mowat Ave
        Toronto, ON M6K 3M1
Record last updated on 14-Nov-2012.

more than 2 years ago

GoDaddy Goes Down, Anonymous Claims Responsibility

SgtAaron Re:You think this is a Game? (483 comments)

You could host secondary DNS yourself.

Can anyone tell me: if this is done, what happens when either DNS server is down, from the point of view of the user?

End-users should not notice a thing. The caching resolver they use at their ISP will try one of the listed
nameservers for a domain first (typically at random) if that address is not already in its cache, and if
the connection fails will automagically try the next in its list, if that fails the next, and so on. A delay of
some milliseconds in name resolution will be the only result, and probably not even noticed. If both
(or all if more than one) of the listed nameservers are offline and their is no cache entry for the looked up
name, the resolver will return an error to the client. Then they get a network connection error or whatever
their particular web browser decides to call the problem.

more than 2 years ago


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