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Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

StayFrosty Re:solution? (510 comments)

Here's a solution I figure just about every "privacy troll" can probably agree with:

The NSA needs to stop collecting data on US citizens. If a US citizen needs to be investigated, it's the FBI's job to do that investigation.
If the FBI wants to collect data on a US citizen, they should get a warrant the normal way. None of this secret court nonsense.

about 7 months ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

StayFrosty Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

1) Remove keyboard/mouse
2) slide monitor down, almost facing up (as you currently do with your smartphone.

3. Enjoy a sore neck from looking down, slow input, and fingerprints all over your screen.


about 8 months ago

GNU Hands Out Trisquel At a Microsoft Store

StayFrosty Re:Ignoring the problem. (274 comments)

Sure you could cobble together a bit of this and a bit of that that sort does something similar, but it takes 10x as much effort, only has 1/2 as many features, and is a nightmare to support or troubleshoot when it breaks (or a new guy comes onboard and has to figure out your homebrew mess you created.

It's not cobbling stuff together, it's a different thought process for tackling a problem. Rather than having one big mess provided by Microsoft, you have lots of individual parts that do one thing well and are configured to work together--see the LAMP stack for an excellent example.

A new employee doesn't have to figure out the "homebrew" mess, they just have to know how to manage the application(s) they are responsible for--A skill that is vastly lacking with most Windows Server admins I have met--no, rebooting a server does not "fix" the fact that every 5 days the server is at 5% load with 95% memory utilization.

Most of Microsoft's problems in the server space is that the products ship with 10x more "features" enabled than are actually needed. This makes for loads of time disabling things or having vulnerable servers. A properly managed unix-based solution usually has 100% of the needed requirement--no more, no less. This limits exposure to security issues and limits the effects of bugs or bad code on the overall health of the system.

about a year and a half ago

FBI Dad's Misadventures With Spyware Exposed School Principal's Child Porn

StayFrosty Re:I'm still trying to wrap my brain around... (346 comments)

[quote]dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/sda[/quote]

I would suggest using /dev/urandom as the random number generator used by /dev/random will likely run out of entropy long before the first pass completes.

about 2 years ago

NPD Group Analysts Say Windows 8 Sales Sluggish

StayFrosty Re:Yes (269 comments)

Windows 8 is a lot better at loading the proper drivers out of the box (didn't have to download a thing on the two systems I've done clean installs on),

I hear this after every windows release and it's completely false. Naturally, Windows 8 includes drivers for more hardware that any other release. It includes drivers for hardware made between the release of Windows 7 and now plus what was in Windows 7. It's no better at finding drivers, it just includes drivers that were not included with Windows 7 or Vista or XP or whatever because the hardware was made after the release of the OS. In 3 years, Windows 8 will be in the same state as Windows 7 is now... go out to the vendor's website, find the hardware, download the driver, click next a bunch of times, and reboot.

Other OS's bundle most drivers with the kernel and provide regular updates through the regular channels for both bundled and third-party drivers. This way you don't have to screw around with the vendor's website trying to remember if your motherboard is a DK-790FX-MR2 or a DK-790FX-MR2SW 2 years after you bought it.

Better multi-monitor support

I'll have to disagree here too. I tried the consumer preview with 3 monitors and... well... I can't say I was impressed. The regular desktop was just like Windows 7 (fine) but Metro didn't seem to know what to do.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: High-Tech Ways To Manage a Home Library?

StayFrosty Re:Kodak moment (230 comments)


about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Contractors, How's Your Health Insurance?

StayFrosty Re:The only choice is to vote DEM / obama (468 comments)

Indeed I do. Nowhere in the constitution is the federal government given the power to mandate or provide health care. That falls in to the jurisdiction of the state according to the Constitution, making the healthcare debate in this Presidential election cycle legally moot. Of course, regardless of what the constitution said, the Supreme court ruled Obamacare is legal so all bets are off...

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Contractors, How's Your Health Insurance?

StayFrosty Re:The only choice is to vote DEM / obama (468 comments)

You do realize that Obamacare was modeled on Romneycare, right?

What politicians say they will do and what they do are completely different things.

Vote 3rd party. Maybe there will be a choice that people are actually happy with next time (or maybe 2 elections from now.)

about 2 years ago

KDE Announces 4.9 Beta1 and Testing Initiative

StayFrosty Re:how much longer... (134 comments)

NO damage was done to the Linux desktop. Both camps have different ideas on how things should be done. Both camps tailor their project to a specific set of users. One combined project would likely alienate even more users since neither camp would be happy with the end result.

Competition is also helpful for spurring innovation. Without competition, stagnation occurs because there is nothing driving progress forward. Look at how long IE6 stuck around until Firefox provided enough market pressure to force Microsoft to innovate again. Other OS's would provide some competition but from the looks of Metro I'm not entirely sure that will be the case.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Holding ISPs Accountable For Contracted DSL Bandwidth

StayFrosty Re:Call the ISP (345 comments)

There are lots of free and open source monitoring tools that can help determine if something is out of alignment. SmokePing would probably be incredibly helpful you your situation. Nagios is another popular monitoring tool. Netdisco could help with inventory and topology mapping. It's worth spending a little time getting a good monitoring solution set up so you can be fixing the problem before the phone starts ringing.

more than 2 years ago

I prefer my input devices to be as _______ as possible.

StayFrosty Comfort first (279 comments)

Comfortable first and foremost. The three peripherals I use the most are my keyboard, mouse and monitor. If they are not comfortable to use, the entire machine is uncomfortable to use.

I use mechanically switched keyboards. Cherry Blue at home, Cherry Brown at work (I don't want my co-workers testing the multi-functional aspect of the keyboard by subjecting my skull to violent impacts.) and an IBM model M on the KVM for my servers. They not only are the most comfortable keyboards to use but they can also withstand violent impacts while being much more precise than spongy membrane keyboards. My keyboard at home also has programmable macro keys so it falls in to the customizable category as well.

I tend to use comfortable, wireless laser mice because they don't drift because of tension on the cord and they can be moved anywhere on my desk easily. Both my work and home desktops have internal li-on batteries with a battery meter that gives plenty of warning when they need to be charged. I have had one of the mice since ~2004 and the battery still lasts about a month using it 40 hours a week. I am constantly using the extra forward/back buttons on the side of the mice and feel kind of lost without them. At $75 when new, I consider the first one I bought a good investment since it has served me for 8 years without any issues.

more than 2 years ago

Exploits Emerge For Linux Privilege Escalation Flaw

StayFrosty Re:Broken on Android too (176 comments)

You are almost right. Sadly, some of us need flash and java to do our jobs. F*** You Cisco!

more than 2 years ago

Exploits Emerge For Linux Privilege Escalation Flaw

StayFrosty Re:Broken on Android too (176 comments)

If your browser/flash player/some other legit app has a zero day that allows the execution or arbitrary code you are just as screwed as if you install a malicious app.

more than 2 years ago

Exploits Emerge For Linux Privilege Escalation Flaw

StayFrosty Broken on Android too (176 comments)

Awesome that this will lead to easier root access on Android devices.
On the flip side I'm sure Android vendors won't get around to patching this for a while and our devices will be vulnerable.

Now, off to patch my Linux boxen.

more than 2 years ago

What Happens To Your Files When a Cloud Service Shuts Down?

StayFrosty Dropbox as an example? (592 comments)

What happens if a similar service, like Dropbox, gets shut down?

One of the reasons I prefer Dropbox for storing my non-essential files to some of the other cloud file storage services is the syncing feature. I keep the files on my local drive (all of my computers local drives, actually.) If Dropbox were to go down for any reason, I a copy of that file on every machine.

more than 2 years ago

How Publishers Are Cutting Their Own Throats With eBook DRM

StayFrosty Re:I hate DRM. (355 comments)

We are moving down that road with movies. Instead of paying $20 for a DVD you can now watch 100 movies on Netflix all month long for $8. This means the cost (or value) of the movie isn't really much more than $0.08 instead of $20. Between Netflix and piracy, all we are waiting for is the last bit to go away and we will see movies have $0 value.

You are confusing the concept of owning and renting. When you watch a movie on Netflix, you don't get to keep it. Before netflix, movie rentals were a couple bucks tops, so the difference isn't nearly what you are making it out to be.
With Movie tickets right around $12 before popcorn or soda, I'd say the worth of watching a movie 1 time is still $12. I doubt the major movie studios would be pulling in record profits if a movie had a $0 value.

Ebooks are going to be going that way soon as well. You can now find poor copies of newly released books downloadable within days. Better quality content is coming, just as it did with music and movies. The revenue from ebooks will be destroyed just as certainly as it was for other digital items.

Do you know what pirates did before the invention of ebooks? They went to their local library, checked out the book they wanted to read, walked outside, and shouted "ARRRR!"
Using your logic, the value of a book is zero because anyone with a library card can check them out for free.

more than 2 years ago

AMD Confirms Commitment To x86

StayFrosty Re:One thing AMD has over Intel (163 comments)

No, it hasn't. Intel heatsinks are attached by plastic clips that go through holes in the motherboard. AMD heat sinks are clipped to a bracket that is bolted through the motherboard to a backing plate behind the CPU socket. They use a cam-style locking mechanism to provide tension and keep the heatsink tight while eliminating the prying that was needed on socket 370 and socket A heatsinks.

more than 2 years ago

AMD Confirms Commitment To x86

StayFrosty Re:Radeon may save them... (163 comments)

The AMD buyout of ATI happened in 2006. Your 5850 was made by AMD.

more than 2 years ago

Jaguar Recalls 18,000 Cars Over Major Software Fault

StayFrosty Re:My car has a fail-safe device... (356 comments)

Traction control systems can typically be turned off if driving in mud or sand or whatnot.

I have seen plenty of cars where it could not. 4x4s and sports cars usually allow for this. Cheaper cars sometimes do not.

Stopping fast on gravel by locking your brakes? What a joke. The difference would be so marginal that it would be covered by the extra effort it took you to stomp on your brakes.

Care to back that up with a fact or two? With anti-lock brakes you are supposed to stomp on the pedal as well.

And why are you driving so fast on gravel in the first place? Because you live in bumfuck nowhere?

How fast is "So fast?" 20MPH, 50MPH or 100MPH all require the use of brakes. A panic stop to avoid a wild animal crossing the road will lock or engage the anti-lock brakes at any of those speeds. As far as bumfuck nowhere, pretty much. None the less I still have better internet speeds than half of the US so it's not that far out there.

Over 99% of the nation's roads are paved.

Bullshit. It's 65%.

And your defense of carburetors is basically "I don't understand them thar electronical fuel jetson thingies and my mechanic don't neither.

My defense of carburetors was factual and valid. I can sum it up for you in a nice list if you would like:

  1. Carburetors are simpler. The simplicity makes troubleshooting easy. There are no sensors to diagnose. Fuel pumps are on the block and can normally be changed in minutes instead of hours like in-tank electric pumps used on EFI cars. Carbureted cars need one wire to run. If your entire electrical system dies on the side of the road you can run one wire to the hot side of the coil, jump the starter solenoid and drive home. This is a handy feature for Jaguar owners.
  2. Carburetors are cheaper to fix. There are no sensors to buy. A rebuild kit probably won't ever cost more than $50. $20 is probably closer to the usual price. Fuel pumps generally cost less than $50 as well vs. the $150+ norm for EFI cars. Since everything is easily accessible labor is cheaper (assuming you don't just do it yourself.)

I am my own mechanic. I understand EFI systems and have done a lot of successful troubleshooting on EFI systems. My experience was very negative. Sensors fail for no apparent reason and often cost hundreds of dollars in parts alone to replace. When an EFI car runs like crap it is often difficult to determine what sensor is faulty without the aid of a diagnostic computer. Sadly, unless you take it back to the dealer, the diagnostic computers give a guess. Almost always you start with the 02 sensor. If it still runs crappy you replace the TPS or whatever sensor the computer finds next. Rinse and repeat until you have found the culprit. That is if you are lucky. The most fun is when the computer says everything is A-OK and the car dies every time you stop at a stop sign. The issue is not a lack of understanding, but a lack of wanting to deal with all of the bullshit involved.

You're basically arguing against superior shit because you understand old shit, and you're using stupid .001% of the time cases to try to justify it.

I understand old and new "shit." As someone who works in IT, Prefer not to trust my life to a computer with little in regards to failsafes. I strongly disagree that "new shit" is superior. The emissions are better but that is the only way they are better for my use. I'm saving more in greenhouse gas emissions by driving the old cars and not melting them down repeatedly (how much greenhouse gas does that emit?) and replacing the steel with plastic made from non-recyclable, non-renewable resources.

Protip: You AREN'T special, you AREN'T a better / more demanding driver than 99.999% of people,

Pro in what? I never said I was a better or more demanding driver. Stop putting words in my mouth please.

Might as well not have power steering or braking or inflated tires or headlights or the fucking care itself. Just ride a horse around. It gets like 20 miles per carrot.

Both the cars I mentioned earler have neither power steering or power brakes. Both stop reasonably well (I wouldn't complain about the additional complexity of a brake booster though.) I can steer both cars with a single finger when they are rolling and really don't see the advantage of power steering. If the steering system is designed for manual steering, it works very well. Power steering is more unnecessary complication.
I have a protip for you: When arguing with someone, skip the ad hominem nonsense. It does nothing to strengthen your position and makes you sound like an ass.

more than 2 years ago

Jaguar Recalls 18,000 Cars Over Major Software Fault

StayFrosty Re:My car has a fail-safe device... (356 comments)

A few decades ago you may have had a point. But guess what - an automatic transmission is smarter and better than anything you as a meatbag can do. You may have more direct control over your transmission, but you're shit compared to a machine.

I will concede that automatic transmissions are--within the last 5 years or so--finally approaching the fuel economy manual transmissions have give drivers for decades. However, until my car can read my mind, I prefer to control when my car shifts. Without traction control or the like, you can prevent a car with a manual from slipping on ice by putting it in a higher gear, etc... Traction control has it's uses but in certain situations--muddy, rutted roads for example--it's also a good way to get stuck. The road I live on is crap. It's a sloppy mess every time it rains and it takes the plow several hours to get there after a snow storm. Having the extra control is nice.

It's the same mentality as people who are against anti lock brakes.

Anti-lock brakes are great on the highway or on a paved surface. Compare anti-lock to non-anti-lock on a gravel surface some time. On gravel, assuming it is not too loose, you can stop faster by intentionally locking the brakes.

Or people who hate fuel injectors and want carburetors.

I can replace the entire fuel system in any of my carbureted cars (including the fuel pump) for the price of the fuel pump alone on your fuel injected car. When you have to start diagnosing and replacing sensors on an EFI car using the guess and check method--the diagnostic computers don't work worth a shit. ever.--your repair bill can get out of control very quickly. I'll stick to the simple to troubleshoot and cheap to fix carbureted solution.

And don't tell me how bad my fuel milage is either. My '72 Volkswagen Type 3 automatic gets 35MPG and my full-sized '54 Plymouth with a 3spd manual gets 25.

Or people who demand to crank their engine manually.

[humor]With a crank a dead battery or starter will never leave you stranded.[/humor] Seriously though, sometimes a simple solution--while a little bit more work--is more reliable in the long run.

Any automatic transmission can disconnect the engine from the drive wheels by shifting into neutral or park (go to neutral so you keep power steering). There is no safety issue.

Wrong. Many newer cars use a drive-by-wire system to shift the transmission. I stopped to help a lady whose Prius got stranded a couple of months back. She was having some sort of electrical trouble and it took 20 minutes of fooling around turning the key on and off and pressing buttons to get the damn thing in neutral so we could push it off the road. The owner knew what buttons to press, but the computer refused to shift the transmission.

A manual transmission is by no means more reliable (indeed, it is subject to idiots manually wrecking shit up), and in many cases is not even cheaper any more.

Wrong. Manual transmissions do not need coolers in the radiator or coolant lines. Loss of coolant from a ruptured line or a damaged radiator can quickly kill any automatic transmission if it is not noticed right away. Automatics are a lot more complicated both electronically and mechanically and simply have more parts to fail. A manual transmission won't stop working because of a broken wire but a modern automatic (made in the last 25 years) will.

Performance and fuel economy benefits are slim at best, and are typically only there because manual transmissions are more finely tuned, and often have an extra gear vs the automatic counterpart, specifically in order to sell to gearheads

Or they have the extra gear because it is not as costly to install as it would be in an automatic and it results in better fuel economy.

more than 2 years ago



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