Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?
Unless you are updating the Kernel there are few times you need to reboot a centos box. Unless your app has a memory leak.
The better way to go about it has already been pointed out above. Have several systems, load balance them in a pool, take one node out of the pool, work on it, return it to the pool then repeat for each remaining system. - No outage time and users are none the wiser to the update.
Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop
My company has already started to ditch Microsoft over the gaff that was Vista 2.0 (Win8x). Starting six months ago as peoples machine came up on replacement schedule we started moving everyone to Ubuntu and Libre Office. (Not really all that thrilled with Ubuntu myself...) But what we are seeing here is that even companies are now getting tired of Microsoft flops every other version. With most of our software and applications being web based these days, as long as you have a web browser that works with java script you are pretty much golden. Even in the server environment now we are running nearly 50% Solaris or Linux and 50% Windows Servers, though we are replacing Windows with Unix or Linux as we can.
Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings
I wish I had mod points today...
I was going to ask the same thing. Yahoo search stopped being relevant 6 or 7 years ago...
Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad
There is one angle everyone here is missing. It would be cheaper to buy a new Ipad than go through a court case.
Granted Apple would like that, another sale to boost the bottom line. But why would anyone waste spending $1500 or more in basic legal and court fees for an older/used $300~$400 device.
US War Machine Downsizing?
There have been multiple articles about this in the Navy Times. Military centric news paper...
But if you want, you can simply look up the ammo procurement and allocation break downs on the DOD website, its public domain.
US War Machine Downsizing?
The Marine Corps handles 90 to 95% of all "Peace Time" military actions while subsisting on the hand-me downs from the other branches and a paltry 3% of the Defense Budget. Navy Seal teams get more money for training ammo than the entire Marine Corps.
At the beginning of the 1st Gulf War, the Marines were just getting the M1 Abrahms tanks the Army was swapping out for newer models (before that the Marines were still on old M60 tanks).
In the late 90's (97-98) the Marines were just starting to get the venerable Singars radios. Up till then they were still using post-Vietnam era AN/PRC-77 radios.
Time and time again the Army goes and asks for more men and money, new gear, etc, because they state they cant accomplish the mission with what they have.
And time and time again the Marine Corps happily takes that "old outdated" equipment with fewer men and exceed... There has long been a rivalry between the branches, but maybe its time for the other branches to take a page out of the Corps manual and learn how to do more with less. You could drop military spending by half at least, if not more, by following the Marines lead.
Speedier Screening May Be Coming To an Airport Near You
So they are finally thinking about creating a system like in the first Total Recall movie? Granted their are technological challenges, but why didn't they push for something like this before?
UAE Clerics' Fatwa Forbids Muslims From Traveling To Mars
then staying on Earth, living out your life and dying is also tantamount to suicide too. So you are damned if you do and damned if you dont...
US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online
Exactly, for those that care... The cable industry has gone out of their way to make people forget about OTA. I've gone camping and been places where the OTA regular 4 (Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC) digital HD channels came in just as clear if not better than they did over Cable. So why should I pay them $100 a month for channels I dont want?
Now full disclosure, I have no intenet on watching the Olympics anyways, they have gotten stale over the years to the point of outright boring. The only entertainment i've gotten out of the Olympics in years has come from the woefully unready Sochi hotels.
California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets
This story was ran a couple of months back.
And it was already shown/proven that the ability to remote kill stolen phones is already possible. All current new phones have this ability. Its the CARRIERS that do not want to enable it. They make money off you buying a new phone and off selling service to whomever stole your phone.
The Carriers are the only ones fighting against this.
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
I went and checked out the beta site while logged in from another (older) work machine.
The interface is two dumbed down. The pictures are not necessary and the add space was drastically increased.
The little blocks of information (ala Windows 8) doesn't offer enough information. The current site I can scroll down and see the head lines and a heafty preview so I can decide if I want to explore that topic or not. The new site doesn't show enough to hook me to want to check the article. IE, no click through, less Ad impressions.
Also with the current site I can scroll down over a dozen or more articles. The new layout only had a handful on the page. Forcing us to click through and drive up Ad impressions? Most of us don't look past the first page.
A lot of other tech sites get news a day or two before Slashdot these days. I get more up to date information from theregister, and then find a recap story on Slashdot 3 days later. Its the community input that keeps the stale stories relevant. But its obvious the vast majority of the user base is against the new layout. If they leave, then wheres the incentive to come and read stale stories?
The other problem with the beta site is the over sized Ad space On a normal computer the Ads are taking up the right 1/4 of the screen. On the smaller monitor computer I was on, 1024, it was impossible to read the comment section. The strict size of the ad space scrunched up the threads leaving tons of white space to the right and only 4 to 6 words per line. Very difficult to read.
Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?
I use to have WD Live devices on each of my TV's pulling from a network share. The problem is once you get a super large library (over 1000 movies, hundreds of tv show episodes) the WD Live units bog down and are slow to scan (5 minutes initially on power up to over 15 for a large library) and you have to wait to use them.
The WD Lives cant be left on or plugged in, each of t he 3 unit I had would get extremely hot, even left plugged in and powered down. We took to unplugging the power from them when we wouldn't be home for a few days just to be safe.
I ended up going from WD Live to Plex and have been much happier with it. I have the Plex media server installed on my PC and then placed Roku 3
s at each of my TV's. We can access the media anywhere in the house now, including our tablets. With plex I can even access my media files at home while traveling using my tablets as long as I have a good Wi-Fi signal.
Plex also automatically locks into my ITunes library seamlessly and allows me to pull up any music or playlists through Plex.
One of my TV's does support DNLA, and so does my R6300 router. I initially tried to use that to serve up my media but it didn't send Metadata. And while the TV will see the DNLA media files from any server, it will not play mkv files. Hence my using Roku 3's everywhere.
With Plex android tablet you can throw any media to any player in the house you want. On the Ipad you can download/sync any media... I do wish both devices supported both features instead of one and one.
RSA Flatly Denies That It Weakened Crypto For NSA Money
Everyone keeps forgetting that Microsoft handed the keys to the kingdom to the NSA back in 1999 and NT 4.0 SP5
Proposed California Law Would Mandate Smartphone Kill Switch
Its already possible to do, but the Phone companies do NOT want to do this. They make money off you buying a new phone and the selling coverage to the user of your lost/stolen phone.
There was an article about this less than a month ago in the huffington post... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/20/iphone-kill-switch_n_4308924.html
Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?
If you dont want to go so far as to quit, do something you are entitled to do...
Take your whole vacation at once. And tell them you wont be reachable. Dont take your phone or laptop with you.
Usually when there is no backup IT guy and you are gone for 2 weeks, Management should wake up to the idea there should always be a backup for when you are away.
PTSD-Monitoring App Captured the Psychological Effects of the Boston Bombing
So if I forget my phone at home before heading out for the weekend are they going to think I have PTSD or depressed and then come to my home and take away any guns I own?
Steve Ballmer Reorganizing Microsoft
I can see it now, Server Achievements
1 week uptime Achievement
10 Deployed Server Achievement
1 month without critical outage achievement
New All-Solid Sulfur Based Battery Outperforms Lithium Ion
Oh sure, now that I have finished replacing all of my Ryobi power tools with the new Lithion-ION set because the old tools cant use the new batteries, they come out with another new battery tech to force me to buy all new power tools again...
Pondering the Future of a Re-Org'd Microsoft
I work for a multi-national organization and we spefically use Linux in place of Windows because of the fact, in terms of licensing, it is free.
We have in house engineers that support our applications. So once you factor in the cost of an in house engineer supporting the application only and an in house engineer supporting the application plus licensing, Linux comes out as the much cheaper alternative.
We also routinely see Linux machines performing in mission critical roles far exceed the same performance on a Windows Server. Windows if full of bloat and has a much higher overhead. We can get the same or better performance on lesser and older hardware under linux than we can with windows, so again we save on Costs over the Windows Tax.
Bill Gates: iPad Users Are Frustrated They Can't Type Or Create Documents
Yet again Microsoft finds itself so far behind that it is trying to push something that doesnt equally work well in either of two areas.
They tried shoving a Desktop OS on a Tablet before and it failed miserably. The tablets were too under powered to run desktop applications (nor could most of the tablet processors). We are seeing that again with the ARM/RT versions unable to run the standard x86 software. Developers already balk at writing two versions of their applications for different CPU families. So again Microsoft ignored its past failures.
Instead of learning from one mistake, they are taking the same mistake to the other extreme. You dont want a desktop OS on your tablet? How about a tablet OS on your desktop! Again Microsoft missed the boat. Most people do not have a touch screen monitor at home. And with the economy the way it is, everyone that is out buying a new laptop are looking at the ~$500 to ~$600 range. And those dont have touch screens either. And without a touch interface, Windows 8 gets in the way of itself. You have to install 3rd party software that Microsoft has threatened to block, just to get the system working decently in a touchless setup. And to log out you have to go through three screens and menus. Who's idea was that? I know it wasnt anyone in the security industry. They would make it as easy and fast as possible to shutdown or lock your system. Not impossible.
A tablet is a tablet.
A desktop is desktop.
How about remembering that and supporting what the world wants instead of trying to force a false single version that doesnt work for either.
And another thing. If I am paying $150 for an operating system, I expect my system to be ad free, not burried in all my screens and apps, getting in my way and annoying me.
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