Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Iran Court Summons Mark Zuckerberg For Facebook Privacy Violations

Supp0rtLinux Can we send Justin Beiber as his ambassador? (304 comments)

If we send the Beeb's in Zuck's place I think we could make everyone happy. Iran gets a white boy they can prosecute or just hold without cause for a really long time and the US no longer has to put up with his illegal actions or that noise he purports to call music. Considering there's a petition before the White House to have him deported back to the Canada anyway, I vote we offer this as an alternative.

about 3 months ago
top

FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

Supp0rtLinux Could and may have saved lives (427 comments)

On the flip side of the coin, jamming cellphone signals would eliminate some texting and driving so presumably it could have also saved some lives.

about 4 months ago
top

Measles Outbreak In NYC

Supp0rtLinux Re:Is this really worth worrying about? (747 comments)

Interesting you say that... because for various medical reasons many parents don't want they're kids to have particular vaccines. Funny how we want to tar and feather them for refusing a vaccine over fears of a complication down the road that may or may not have evidence to back it up... yet its okay for them to skip the vaccines for other reasons.

about 5 months ago
top

Measles Outbreak In NYC

Supp0rtLinux Is this really worth worrying about? (747 comments)

So... the "anti-vax'ers" the article mentions... they're only a small subset of the population, right? Last I checked, according to the CDC they only account for less than .2 percent of the population. I understand the numbers are growing, but they're still a small subset. So if the other 99.8% of people are getting their vaccinations then this really only affects the non-vax'ers, right? In other words, they're getting exactly what they understand they'll get by not being vaccinated. So how is this a huge problem again? I'm confused. Granted, no one wants to see anyone, especially children, die unnecessarily when a vaccination could have kept them alive. But those who reject the vax's over fears of autism, etc understand that if they do get it, they're facing a different risk and they're basically playing the odds. In most cases, whether its measles or chicken pox, they get it, they get over it, and they'll never get it again and their immune systems are the better for it. In rare cases, they or their children will die. But they believe the odds of them dying from measles or pox is less than the odds of having a bad outcome from the vax and getting something like autism. Its all about risks the anti vax'ers are willing to take (and to take for their children). But being such a small subset of the population.. I'm not sure how this is a problem for the rest of us that are already vaccinated and can't get it anyway...

about 5 months ago
top

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Supp0rtLinux Re:Rsync and Bluray and maybe dedup (983 comments)

I've never had this problem. And since data is data is bits is bits... if this was an issue, you would think BR movies would have the same issue? I've been backing up to BR for about 3 years now and have had to go back to older media for restores and never had an issue. Like all media, your environment can affect them. I wouldn't let them get too hot or too cold, no direct sunlight, etc...

about 5 months ago
top

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Supp0rtLinux Re:Rsync and Bluray and maybe dedup (983 comments)

Oh, and for what its worth... yes, you can do rsync on Windows. I'm not assuming he has Mac, Linux, or UNIX. I've been doing rsync on the PC for years with cygwin... these days there are many more options and ports of rsync for Windows... even 64bit versions, etc. But my scripts are written around cygwin and expected variables and such, so I still do it the *old school* way. :) Just wanted to point this out though as inevitably someone will cry about rsync and Windows...

about 5 months ago
top

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Supp0rtLinux Rsync and Bluray and maybe dedup (983 comments)

As you noted, Bluray holds a lot of data, but would take some time. Since its audio/video media, odds are most of it is pretty stagnant. I'd do an initial rsync job to write out to Bluray... then once a month or so repeat the job but now rsync will only get what's changed. Depending on the media type and age, you could also look at dedup'ing it and if the dedup'd copy is significantly smaller than the source you might be able to put that onto say one or two 3-4Tb drives.

about 5 months ago
top

FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Supp0rtLinux Re:Truth or Dare (445 comments)

I'm not endangering anyone. The idiot with the laser pointer is. I'm simply taking advantage of his stupidity to make a quick buck. :P

about 6 months ago
top

South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Supp0rtLinux Re:States Rights (665 comments)

or better... if a majority of them do more poorly than their peers in other states, should they be allowed to form a class action suit against the education peeps or even the state?

about 6 months ago
top

South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

Supp0rtLinux How is presenting all theories a problem? (665 comments)

I honestly don't see the issue with presenting all sides of an issue. I think going all evolution and excluding creationism is as bad as forcing only creationism to the exclusion of evolution. That said, I can only hope they use the Darwin Awards as the best proof we have of natural selection.

about 6 months ago
top

FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

Supp0rtLinux Truth or Dare (445 comments)

If they take "dare" you're $1000 richer. Just make sure you videotape them for proof so it can lead to an arrest. I see a potential to make a lot of money and to widdle down the stupid pool all in one shot here...

about 6 months ago
top

Foxconn Accused of Forcing InternsTo Build PS4s Or Lose School Credit

Supp0rtLinux You mean like our furloughed guys here in the US (196 comments)

There's quite a few people that are considered essential to national security (DHS, CBP, etc) that are still working right now, but with no paychecks coming in (presumably they will get back pay). I joked to a friend that having a job but no paycheck is called an internship. So maybe Foxconn is just taking a queue from the US only using students instead of essential employees.

about 10 months ago
top

Obama Administration Refuses To Overturn Import Ban On Samsung Products

Supp0rtLinux There's no similarities here... (298 comments)

These aren't all that similar. One violation dealt with standard essential patents that Samsung refused to fairly license to Apple. The other dealt with design patents that Samsung willfully copied as evidenced by the fact that they refused to remove the offending issues and instead offered workarounds. The only similarity is that there were two cases and two injunctions. The similarities end there. There is a huge difference between banning a product because it copies your patented design versus not banning a product because it needs a standards essential patent that the owner refused to license to you at reasonable costs.

about 10 months ago
top

Lavabit Case Unsealed: FBI Demands Companies Secretly Turn Over Crypto Keys

Supp0rtLinux So much for narrow scope (527 comments)

I thought these and similar laws (wiretap, etc) were only allowed to act upon the entities being investigated and for which the warranty was issued. And it sounds like Lavabit tried to keep the scope narrowed to the one person being investigated, but the FBI wanted more. Isn't this over reaching the scope of the warrant and therefore any case developed would be tossed out? IANAL, but I thought the scope limitations were there for a reason. That idea TPB had to buy an island is sounding more and more convincing these days...

about a year ago
top

Pentagon Spent $5 Billion For Weapons On Day Before Shutdown

Supp0rtLinux Re:Shouldn't France being paying us? (286 comments)

I guess this must be a case of "you gotta spend money to make money". Still...

about a year ago
top

Pentagon Spent $5 Billion For Weapons On Day Before Shutdown

Supp0rtLinux Shouldn't France being paying us? (286 comments)

"only 17 contracts including $49 million to help France buy 16 MQ-9 Reaper drones" I'm confused. Why are we helping France buy drones again? Shouldn't they be buying their own? And if its our technology, shouldn't they be paying us?

about a year ago
top

Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight

Supp0rtLinux I do this to reset my kids "summer schedule" (173 comments)

I've used 2-3 day backpacking trips to reset my clock for years. Typically, after moving for 10-15 miles in a day under the sun with 25-50lbs on my pack and then making camp, I'm ready for bed at sundown anyway. I actually have to force myself to stay up til 9 or 10pm. For the last few years, though, I've used this to reset my kids summer schedules. Typically by mid-August they're going to bed at 2-3am and getting up around 12-1pm each day. So the last week of summer for the last 3 years we've gone camping. Nothing special no grueling backpacking trips. Just camping at a campsite with tents and a fire and day hikes, etc. After a week of this they're on a sun-up to sun-down sleep schedule and ready for the new school year.

1 year,20 days
top

787 Dreamliner On Fire Again

Supp0rtLinux Re:Ethopia Airlines has a 787 Dreamliner? (246 comments)

"2. Does American Airlines belong to the Unites States of America?" Um, obviously the answer is no. But it *was* founded in America by Americans. And yes, We Are The World was recorded 28 years ago. But last I checked, Ethopia is still listed as a 3rd world country. In fact, its #10 on the list. I'm just surprised that a third world country has a friggin' Dreamliner (well had one that is apparently its burning right now). Then again, I guess I should be even more surprised that my comment wasn't even modded up for being humorous, but your's was for being "insightful" yet lacking any insight.

about a year ago

Submissions

top

Samsung caught abusing disclosure docs to gain market advantage

Supp0rtLinux Supp0rtLinux writes  |  about a year ago

Supp0rtLinux (594509) writes "According to this story at FOSS Patents, Samsung violated multiple court rules and used documents marked "Extremely Confidential — For Attorney's Eyes Only" by taking documents provided to outside counsel (that inside counsel should never have seen) and using knowledge of them in negotiations with Nokia to secure better patent licensing terms. Considering that Samsung was also found to again be enhancing their phones to perform better when benchmarked, one has to wonder if Samsung as a whole will do just about anything, no matter how illegal or immoral, so gain a competitive advantage. The timing of this is interesting as well. As Apple and Samsung are due back in court soon to have the damages re-evaluated in their landmark lawsuit, one has to wonder how news of this will affect a new damages ruling if Samsung is seen as being unscrupulous at all cost."
Link to Original Source
top

Ask Slashdot: Enterprise Bitcoin Mining for Go-Green Initiatives

Supp0rtLinux Supp0rtLinux writes  |  about a year ago

Supp0rtLinux writes "Bitcoins are currently trading in the +/-$75 range. I work for a very large organization. We have a fairly large HPC that is usually about 50% idle, as well as about 18K desktops on 4 campuses connected with dark fiber. All stay on 24x7 for after-hours AV scans (weekly) and backups (2-3x a week). All are leases that refresh every 2 years so all have fairly good CPU & RAM specs. As part of a go-green initiative a proposal has come up to use all the PCs for bitcoin in our own mining group; sort of like seti-at-home style, but with a real dollar value return to us. Additionally, we would setup a queue in our HPC that dedicates 30% to BC mining when in use and up to 99.5% when no other jobs are running. The thought is that all the PCs are on 24x7 anyway and consuming resources so why not allow them to be useful 24x7 as well and generate bitcoins which can then be sold to offset the electrical costs of the running equipment and/or possibly even make a little profit. The guy with the idea says its a no-lose situation as if the price of bitcoins drops to below a certain level and is no longer a financially viable option, we simply stop the mining process. I'm curious what the Slashdot community thinks of this? Is it viable? Would we generate enough revenue to cover our electrical costs even with CPUs running at 100% utilization all evening? Are there any security risks? Any thoughts on network impact? The concensus is that the proposal sounds good, but no one has enough info to make a knowledgeable decision either way. Thus I'd like to know what Slashdot user's think.

As a follow-up question and one that came up after the initial proposal, this entire idea has us wondering why the botnet/malware guys aren't doing this already? It would seem like a trivial task to take a botnet of hijacked PCs and have them do BC mining instead of spreading more malware and generate real revenue for the owner's of the botnets wouldn't it?"
top

Cops can record us, but we can't record them

Supp0rtLinux Supp0rtLinux writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Supp0rtLinux writes "There have multiple, recent cases of people filming the police in various cities and having their cameras confiscated, being harassed, and even being arrested. Recent court decisions have ruled in the people's favor allowing us to film police in public. Yet some cities have continued to harass people doing so. Yet in Greensboro, NC the police themselves will be recording all the people they come in contact with thanks to your tax dollars. The true irony here is that people recording police could actually be illegal in NC. Is this the ultimate double standard?"
Link to Original Source
top

Best Use For A New SuperComputer (HPC)

Supp0rtLinux Supp0rtLinux writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Supp0rtLinux (594509) writes "In about 2 weeks time I will be receiving everything necessary to build out the largest x86_64-based supercomputer on the east coast of the US (at least until someone takes the title away from us). Its spec'd to start with 1200 servers with dual socket, six core configs. We primarily do life-science/health/bio related tasks on our existing (and fairly small) HPC. We intend to continue this usage, but to also open it up for new uses (energy comes to mind). Additionally, we'd like to lease out access to recoup some of our costs. So what's the best Linux distro for something of this size and scale? Any that include a chargeback option/module built-in? Additionally, due to cost, we have to choose either IB or 10GbE for the backend, we cannot have both. Either way, all nodes will have 4 x 1Gbps ports available. Would Slashdot readers go with IB or 10GbE if they had to choose? And last, all nodes include only a basic onboard GPU. We intend to put powerful GPU's onto the PCI-e slot and open up the new HPC for GPU related crunching. Any suggestions on the most power, Linux-driver friendly, PCI-e based GPU available?"

Journals

Supp0rtLinux has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>