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Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

Slartibartfast Seconded. (96 comments)

Before I posted, I searched to see if someone else had mentioned Gargoyle already. And, indeed... someone had. I really like it. It's *NOT* as powerful as (say) OpenWRT, but jeepers, it's got a nice GUI and pretty much all the features you discuss, and a decent (but not great) slate of plugins. I'd definitely recommend kicking the tires on it.


I expect to retire ...

Slartibartfast I probably *could* retire around 65... (220 comments)

But will I? I dunno. I mean, I love playing around with computers and t-shooting, etc. Kind of like I am right now -- except getting paid for it. Yes, being able to knock off the zillions of books on my "to-read" backlog would be nice, and maybe finally getting a degree in... something. Perhaps learn some languages, and do some traveling. But I'll have a month's vacation by then, anyway, so I'm not sure I'm willing to "work at home" instead of "work at work." (And, oh yeah: my company doesn't mind me working at home. So I don't even have to sweat the commute.)

Ask me again in 20 years.


Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

Slartibartfast Re:You cancel service? (240 comments)

I'm replying because I modded the parent wrong, and this is the only way I know to delete a mod. I'm sorry!

about two weeks ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Slartibartfast After further consideration... (1482 comments)

I think I see the problem. I'm going out on a limb here, completely without anything other than your words to go by... but you're so willing to engage confrontationally, indeed, even looking for it. And yet you are an anonymous cipher to boot. I think you come to Slashdot to live the life you're afraid to in real life. You're clearly intelligent -- unlike you, I'm willing to acknowledge that in an opponent -- but your willingness to jump for the put-down, to leap with great alacrity to prove you're right, no matter how many disagree, and damn the facts... these all strongly suggest someone who's both deeply insecure, and deeply angry.

I'm sure you'll happily come back with some more of your snappy comebacks; you vastly prefer an argumentative stance instead of considered discourse. And that, right there, is another indicator of your anger and insecurity.

Is it the attention you desire? The need to put forth controversial opinions that you know will get responses? Are you aware that not all attention is good attention?

I ask these things rhetorically, because I don't expect you to engage; I expect you to attack, or ignore. Those are your phases; you're very binary -- and nowhere have I seen you be respectful of an opponent, so I won't even bother considering you as trinary.

I will concede, I initially found your tirades somewhat compelling; it's not often you find someone so willing to piss everyone off. But now that I've come to realize that's *WHY* you do it, it seems trite and silly. Enjoy your high-level linguistic skills, and sophomore-year social skills. I do wish you'd go somewhere where you could rant and rave to a more receptive audience; trolls are the bane of the Internet, and you most certainly qualify. But if you insist on being here, well, I can only hope your karma continues to drop. And I rather doubt you've risen to the point where the administrators bother smacking you down; I think it just falls into your whole need for importance and recognition: it *must* be them! It *couldn't* be because some of my comments are modded down...

Goodbye. I wish you the best... but I rather doubt you'd even bother looking for it. You want your lead lining.

And, no -- barring an actually thoughtful response, something I believe you're almost incapable of -- I have zero intention of reading anything else you have to say. I simply have better things to do with my time.

about two weeks ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Slartibartfast Certainly not. (1482 comments)

However, when *every single* political stance I've seen you take is of the same persuasion, well... if it looks like a rose, smells like a rose, and has thorns like a rose, it's a conservative stance. Perhaps it's your own thinking that's one-dimensional, to the point where you don't see the forest for the trees.

Though I do enjoy your attempt to smear my point by attempting to denigrate my logic. You're very good at verbal judo, and are to be commended. You'd make a fine debater. That does not, however, mean that you'd be one who used facts; I think we've already established that you're very willing to ignore them in the name of making your point. (In case you're wondering what I'm talking about, I've already pointed out several objectively factual statements you've made, the most obvious -- and demonstrable -- being your attempt to blame Obama for high inflation... when there isn't any. The others, while less concretely black-and-white, nevertheless stand.)

Though I have to commend you on one other thing as well: I saw you make a technical comment! Perhaps you are not here *entirely* for the trolling.

about two weeks ago

Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

Slartibartfast Darn you to heck! (824 comments)

Valid points. I concur.

about two weeks ago

Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

Slartibartfast Forced to disagree. (824 comments)

While I agree with you *in principle*, I can't agree with you as a blanket statement. If my CEO were an actual Nazi in his off-hours, or a cap-wearing KKK member, I think a) I'd be rightfully worried for how my company would be perceived based on my CEO, and b) I'd find his stances so odious that I wouldn't wish to continue being employed by him. BUT, while not wishing to be employed by him is easily solvable, I'd also hope that the BoD would share my opinions, and would force him to step down.

Furthermore, when I get hired, as a general rule, at the Fortune 500 companies I've worked for, they make me sign something about being careful when in the guise of a $COMPANY employee about what I say, regardless of whether I'm on the clock or not. While I don't know that the CEO would be forced to sign the same stuff I am, I *do* know that the CEO is the CEO 24x7, and that, by choosing that position, he really has acceded to the fact that his personal life and corporate life overlap substantially, and that one is no longer entirely distinct from the other.

So, yeah. Don't think he gets the slack. I side with the FF employees on this one.

about two weeks ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Slartibartfast What strikes me as humorous... (1482 comments)

Is that you'd almost certainly support the boycott of a company that was divergent from your political views.

Honestly, why are you even on this site? Slashdot is kinda meant for tech talk, and all you do is rant with right-wing Rushtalk.

I'm all over political discussions of a dispassionate, objective nature, but you clearly aren't. And this site, while certainly willing to engage the political side of technology, is, at its core, a *technology* site. And yet after looking at many, many of your posts, I'm yet to see *ONE* that discusses something technical. Have you noticed the tagline, "News for nerds, stuff that matters"? I'm thinking you're just here because you love trolling.

Please go away. Slashdot will be better for it.

about two weeks ago

Book Review: Money: The Unauthorized Biography

Slartibartfast Dude. When you pick fights, it helps to use IQ. (91 comments)

There are many things to pick on in this administration; make no doubt about it. But several of the things you bring up are either silly or stupid.

1) Obamacare that nobody wanted; I'm sorry -- you don't like health insurance? Clearly, large segments of the population don't want it, but "nobody" is such a sweeping, wrong-headed generalization that it shows your huge bias.
2) Errr... the economy isn't recovering? Unemployment is down, the market is way up. Which metrics do you use? Yes, it could be *better*, even a fair bit better, but pretending it *isn't* is just stupid.
3) "Inflation rate that is only now beginning to hit home." WAT. After GWB left office, we haven't had inflation break 3%. Honestly, if you'd made point #2 well, you could have used the low inflation rate as a sign of a weakly growing economy. Instead, you're just speaking out your a**.
4) "Wildly expanded NSA surveillance." Citation, please. I'm not saying it's *not* true... but I won't believe it is until you prove it. What *is* true is that Edward Snowden let the cat out of the bag. Much of what he let out of the bag, however, predated Obama, and I see no particular reason to believe government snooping has changed much since... well, Hell, since before J. Edgar Hoover.
5) "Imaginary climate change." Okay, again -- screw what the politics of *anyone* is. Show me objective, not-cherry-picked proof. I'd say it's objectively demonstrable that the climate is changing; the only thing that is left to debate is whether its cause is humans or not. If you actually think the climate isn't changing, however, you may be immune to facts. Indeed, I think we've probably already demonstrated that.

Please. Informed debate is one of the things that makes this country great. Ill-informed spouting of kneejerk $PARTY talking points only shows your bias, and inability to objectively consider multiple points of view. Perhaps you don't *care* to consider multiple points of view, and that's your prerogative... but don't bother trying to ever convince anyone of anything.

about three weeks ago

I prefer my peppers ...

Slartibartfast Protip: EYES (285 comments)

I'd been known as the guy who liked spicy food in my group. One day I came in, and there was a pepper sitting at my desk. One of those bonnet ones, though I didn't know that until I found it on Wikipedia. Anyway, I started nibbling it lightly, and it was sweet with a bit of spice. Then I ate the whole thing, and, yes, it was pretty darn hot. I wasn't dying, but it was definitely hot enough to make me sit up and take note. And, yes, my eyes began to tear.

So I wiped them. With the hand I'd been holding the pepper with.

Any semblance of nonchalance immediately left the building as I writhed in pain while simultaneously running for the sink to wash them out. Screw the burnt *finger* teaching best...

about three weeks ago

Transformer-Style Scooter Lets You Ride Your Briefcase To Work

Slartibartfast As a former Segway employee... (102 comments)

It's nice to know that Segway guys can finally point to something that would instantly make someone 12 times geekier-looking than a Segway ever could.

about a month ago

Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

Slartibartfast Way to slant it, there. (273 comments)

Common Core is not perfect. Not much is. But the language used in this post was well and truly slanted. I suggest that, in the future, you avoid politicking in your posting, and instead be an objective reporter of facts. Words like "acknowledge" strongly imply an associated guilt. Likewise, the rest of the OP's slant.

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Larry Augustin What You Will

Slartibartfast Says who I didn't pull cables? (48 comments)

I just wasn't pulling them on 12/31/99, which is the date I think of when I think of "Party like it's 1999." 'Cause everyone *else* (except a few closet survivalists) that I knew was out having fun. I got to work until roughly 4:00 a.m. (1:00 a.m. PST, but I was east coast) to make sure that Cisco wasn't experiencing systemic Y2K issues. And... it didn't. The rest of the time, I was Joe Sysadmin, pulling cables, bitching about Windows, and trying (successfully, as it turned out) to get Cisco to accept Linux.

P.D. Se habla español?

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Larry Augustin What You Will

Slartibartfast Yeah... no. (48 comments)

My "party" in '99 was sitting in a room with two other engineers, eating Chinese food, playing video games, and seeing if the internal Cisco infrastructure suddenly up and died.

It didn't.

That being said, your UID is perilously close to mine; might wanna watch who you hit with the "old timer" stick. ;-)

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Larry Augustin What You Will

Slartibartfast Heh... not sure I entirely agree. (48 comments)

I don't think VA was *embarrassing*, so much as, maybe, unfortunate.

And ESR being an embarrassment hasn't really been relegated to history. Fortunately, most of his involvement with OSS has.

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Larry Augustin What You Will

Slartibartfast Damn. (48 comments)

He kill your dog, break your guitar, and steal your woman and truck? WTF?

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Larry Augustin What You Will

Slartibartfast Holy flock. (48 comments)

WTF did Larry do to "ruin" Slashdot? I'm pretty sure Rob loved working for Larry. Or with your UID of four bajillion, do you remember stuff I seem to have forgotten?

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Larry Augustin What You Will

Slartibartfast Really? (48 comments)

Dude -- EVERYONE believed in Linux at the time, as well as The Internet. Bright-eyed investors who jumped at a Linux-associated hardware company made that happen, not Larry. Larry just happened to be the best-known Linux-associated hardware vendor at the time. I'd say his timing was awesome for the spike, but I think Larry would have been happier than just about anyone to see the stock price stay up where it started.

If you bought in at $320/share, and have sour grapes... well, that's your fault. "Caveat Emptor." See: "dot bomb".

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Larry Augustin What You Will

Slartibartfast Larry was... (48 comments)

one of the names that we all felt some sort of kinship with back in the early Linux commercialization days. He started VA Reasearch -- which had the biggest one-day spike on IPO, ever, managing a front-page story in the WSJ, and an incredibly sanctimonious public letter from ESR -- and forever popularized blue LEDs on servers (you can thank or blame him as you see fit). Since then, he's gone off to do some venture capital stuff, and help out with Sugar CRM. While I've never met him, I certainly owe him for both his contribution to the community as a whole, as well as more explicitly for opening up the IPO to common folks like me.

By all accounts, he's a good guy, and someone I was glad was in our corner during those heady-but-tumultuous times.

about a month ago

Interviews: Ask Larry Augustin What You Will

Slartibartfast What a ride... (48 comments)

Hey, Larry -- you don't know me (shocker), but I've been a fan since back in the day -- indeed, VA's IPO helped buy me my first LCD monitor. (Go, SGI 1600SW.) Anyway, Linux, open source, the web, and technology itself has certainly seen lots of change since the "olden" days of the mid-90's; which parts do you reflect on most fondly, which parts have surprised you the most, and, of course, the proverbial: "If you could do it over again, what would you do differently?" (I realize that technically, that's three questions, but I think it's really three questions in search of one answer.)

about a month ago



Facebook snags top btrfs hackers.

Slartibartfast Slartibartfast writes  |  about 5 months ago

Slartibartfast (3395) writes "Facebook, in a somewhat surprising move, has snatched up the creator and lead developer of next-gen filesystem Btrfs, Chris Mason, and one of his lieutenants, Josef Bacik, who had previously both worked at Fusion-io. Mason wrote, 'I'm leaving for Facebook, where I'll continue to focus on Linux kernel development. Facebook is also very interested in helping to improve Btrfs.'"

Segway and GM introduce two-wheeled electric car.

Slartibartfast Slartibartfast writes  |  about 5 years ago

Slartibartfast (3395) writes "It looks like Segway and GM have teamed up to produce a two-wheeled electric car (Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, or "PUMA"). This is just a prototype, so don't get your credit card out just yet, but if it sees the light of day, look for it to cost between 1/4 and 1/3 of a traditional car's price. Looks like it runs at 35 MPH for up to an hour, with lithium-ion batteries."

Asterisk 1.6.0 released!

Slartibartfast Slartibartfast writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Slartibartfast writes "Asterisk 1.6, the long-awaited update of everyone's favorite Open Source PBX, has been released. New features include AEL updates for more capable extensions parsing, additional improvements to the "old" extension language, built-in HTTP for a new default GUI, a long-anticipated bridge feature to bridge live calls, and many other additions and improvements. Download it now and start dialing!"

47-year-old Internet stalker causes suicide

Slartibartfast Slartibartfast writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Slartibartfast writes "Perhaps others had heard about this story, but I hadn't noticed it until it hit The Times today. A 47-year-old woman — pretending to be a teenage boy — played with the emotions of a neighboring teenage girl, eventually causing her to commit suicide. Her penalty? Nothing. I admit to being of two minds on this one: should someone be culpable for, by way of the written word, causing mental anguish leading to someone's death? The Free Speech part of me says no; the humane part of me says yes."

Slartibartfast Slartibartfast writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Slartibartfast writes "(Well, I didn't want to choose "Democrats" as my sub-category, but "Politics" isn't there.) What with the impending election, I suggest a poll as follows:

With which political entity do you feel most closely aligned?

- Democrats
- Republicans
- Liberals
- Conservatives
- Centrists
- Libertarians
- Communists
- CowboyNeal

[Feel free to add, subtract, or modify political entities as you see fit.]"



Roblimo: good, bad, or indifferent?

Slartibartfast Slartibartfast writes  |  about a year ago

So, here I bless you with my third journal entry; puts me at an average of one every three years. Alert the media.

Anyway -- what does Roblimo actually do for this site? I'm sure he'd contend it's something -- but, really? Does anyone actually care about the videos he seems so determined to foist off on we Slashdotters? How about his interviews? I mean, for one, they could almost be scripted in Ruby -- "highest rated comments, one question/comment". How hard is that? I see no reason it needs his (eh-hem) steady editorial hand to guide the ship through those particular shoals. Then there's his tone, which seems, at least to me, to go somewhere between ESR and simply null set.

Contrast this with, say, Timothy, who I find relatively benign and doing a solid job, or Rob M., whose presence and guidance built /. into what it is, and who, at the site's peak, permeated every facet -- and in a good way. Indeed, I fondly remember, and miss, the "quickies;" Rob and Hemos doing their thing; CowboyNeal doing his.

I can't, for the life of me, think of one item that Roblimo has contributed which I found truly interesting, compelling, or novel. I can't think of any way he's truly affected the site for good.

I'm sorry, Rob -- maybe you're a nice guy under it all -- but please, just go away.


The good ol' Alexis de Bozo Institute folks strike again.

Slartibartfast Slartibartfast writes  |  more than 9 years ago The famous -- or, perhaps, infamous -- Alexis de Tocqueville Institute is an interesting site. Having spent years lambasting Linux and "hybrid source," as shown here, and here, and elsewhere, I found it fascinating that when I viewed the site today, its title tags now say, "This site best viewed using Mozilla Firefox(r)"; you'd think, at the least, they'd put it in the body of the page, and might, instead, actually say what their site is in the title tags; they must really like Firefox. In addition to that, showing their usual penchant for "fair and accurate" reporting, their lead quote goes thusly: "Not because it is easy, but because it is difficult...", and attribute it to John F. Kennedy. I found this interesting, as well, because, according to the JFK library's transcription, it goes more like "not because they are easy, but because they are hard." When one of the 20th century's best-known president's has one of his best-known quotes mis-quoted -- and it's the intro banner to the site -- it just makes you wonder about their ability to do any type of research into esoteric matters such as the lineage of 30-year-old operating systems.


Slartibartfast Slartibartfast writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well, a mere five years after getting my Slashdot account, I might as well enter something. It's been a strange trip: from Summa4, telecom vendor extraordinaire, to Cisco, then to Xanoptix... errr, Xan3D Technologies, Inc. And now? "To oblivion, and beyond!" As of 12/31, I'm scheduled to get the axe, and join the 80% of the company I zorched the accounts of last Tuesday. Ah, the joys of being IT.

The thing that's up in the air, though, is the fact that there's still 20% of a company in place. An engineering company. With computers, and servers. That I've managed for the last four years. Which leads us to the conclusion that someone is going to have to maintain the damn things.

Meanwhile (a la Lemony Snicket), back at the ranch, in July sometime, visions of a Xanoptix w/o VC were dancing in my head. And visions of Asterisk 1.0 were, too. As well as visions of the quote (in hand) that Xanoptix received for our PBX install. All of which, once combined, made me think that getting into the whole telecom thing might not be a bad move. I'd kind of been hoping that Tyco would have propped us up until at least April, but nooooo...

So, fast-forward to now: they still need me for p/t IT, I'm not established in telecom... let's blend 'em! I'll propose to management that I be a contractor for 1/2 my cost to Xanoptix, while going forward with Asterisk, and using the Xanoptix facility for office-y stuff (eg., fax machine, phone, conference room, T1).

In the immortal words of Yoda, "An interesting time, it will be."

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