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Cisco Exec: Turnover In Engineering No Problem

TheGratefulNet Re:Folks this is what happens with bad leadership (140 comments)

all datacomm companies are in bed with the spooks. cisco is just like all the others, not special in that regard.

I joined cisco in the early days, back in the early 90's. I was there a short time, then left, and recently came back; so I see the new cisco and do remember the old 3 building cisco. they are not even close to the same company anymore.

I enjoy being there but its more about my group than the company. company wise, I see a lot of bad designs and bad decisions and a lot of young kids who have no business writing or supporting routing software. but like all other valley companies, most work is farmed out to india to the lowest price bidder and the results really show this ;( even locally, you won't find many americans working there and the attention to detail has been long gone. its a young employees company and experience is not really valued, again, like most other bay area companies.

there is a lot of cool stuff going on, but they have lost their ability to stay focused and deliver world-class software like they once did. its now a body shop with very few visionaries left. sad to see that happen.


Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

TheGratefulNet Re:I have never understood this (124 comments)



keeping you from challenging authority.

pretty much, just that.

(oh, and security theater, too.)

about a week ago

Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

TheGratefulNet Re:That whole list (124 comments)

ALL of our founding fathers would be arrested as terrorists.

they fought their own country, the English.

now, we agree with their views, but if the TLA's had their way (and congress, and the president and, well, all the courts, too) they'd be marked as 'bad guys' and would have little to no freedom.

odd, how that turns 360, huh? ;(

about a week ago

Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

TheGratefulNet Re:Analog displays are better in some situations. (155 comments)

as a guy over 50 who has analog meters (triplett, simpson, stuff like that) that are nearly as old as I am, I can say with confidence that you have no idea what you are talking about.

digital meters tend to fail more! they are more complex, and unless you buy very good ones, they will suffer 'cap problems' (esp. if made in china, which nearly all things are, these days).

otoh, buy a used meter of the type I described and as long as it was not hit by a truck, it will likely work and out live YOU.

springs fail? never saw that happen. bushings fail? again, never saw that happen.

I would guess, based on your very high UID that you are a youngster and never really used or lived with such gear before.

probably better to just remain silent than to speak up and tell everyone how much you don't know.

about two weeks ago

FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

TheGratefulNet Re:They may still hire you (574 comments)


you're only allowed to do illegal things and lie about it AFTER you are hired by the fbi.

does anyone seriously believe that 'law enforcement' is about fighting the good fight and standing up for what is right, anymore?

I have lost 101% confidence in our system's ability to do what's Right(tm). it seems only the stupid or brainwashed would want to work for the government goons.

and of course, goons is basically what they have, now, anyway.

about two weeks ago

FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

TheGratefulNet Re:Fewer candidates to draw from... (574 comments)

2 words: parallel reconstruction.

FBI is a corrupt org, as are all the top-level 'law enforcement' orgs.

they have no right to call the kettle black, so to speak...

they break any laws they want and they use 'ends justify the means' along the way.


about two weeks ago

Samsung Paid Microsoft $1 Billion Last Year In Android Royalties

TheGratefulNet Re:Nevertheless, Microsoft is doomed (93 comments)

And desktops and laptops last more than 8 to 12 years,

NOT in a corp environment, they don't! 2 or 3 yrs, tops. corps do a 'refresh' and buy new gear (cheaper than supporting older stuff).

and every company I've been at in the bay area, for the last 10 yrs at least, has mandated windows (sometimes giving mac a choice) but they NEVER run linux on the desktop. juniper ran freebsd on the desktop for its engineers (2000 timeframe) but that's the exception, not the rule.

corps keep paying the MS tax. happily, it seems.

MS is not going away. they may not get consumers to rebuy pc's so often but corps do, that much is true.

about two weeks ago

Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

TheGratefulNet Re:This is typical of the "Jobs era" Apple (135 comments)

well, how do you make playlist with a filesystem?

really? that's your question?

% cd somewhere; find . -print > playlist.txt

or equiv.

yeah, that was REAL hard. filesystems suck for audio playback.

oh wait, NO THEY DON'T.

about two weeks ago

Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

TheGratefulNet Re:How many of you are still using Gnome? (403 comments)

I try the 'desktops' every so often, but I keep getting annoyed and go back to very old fvwm1 (emulating twm. no, not kidding).

very light weight, no huge process list from hell (like all desktop linux's these days) - just the window manager, the x server and some other minor things. makes fast systems truly fast, and slower systems quite acceptable.

what do I run on a rasp pi or beaglebone? yup, fvwm1 and no 'desktop'. makes those tiny systems usable. does not need a lot of memory or disk footprint.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

TheGratefulNet Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

18 months, huh? you think that's long enough?

I still have my N1 phone and its still in nearly new physical condition. bugfixes and security updates stopped several years ago. should I throw it out? even CM is not updated for this phone.

otoh, I have pc's that are more than 10 yrs old, STILL SECURE and STILL able to be updated.

fuck google. they are children with a short attention span. they make linux look like something worse than MS or apple (even MS and apple give more updates than google does on older hardware.)

about a month ago

Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

TheGratefulNet Re:And there's the reason why... (226 comments)

any site that demands I disable ad-blockers is not a site I NEED to visit. so, its self-filtering.

(what's the problem, again?)

about a month ago

Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research

TheGratefulNet Re:No more cash in the bank? (109 comments)

do you live here (bay area)? I do. been here several decades.

the valley does NOT want talent. what do they want? CHEAP LABOR. quality is not important, insight is not important, even code quality is not important. speed and price is all that matters.

I wish I was kidding... ;(

about 1 month ago

Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

TheGratefulNet vpn's also get you disconnected (short term) (418 comments)

I recently moved and had CC for the previous year I was in my last place. I used a vpn almost all the time and my line stayed up pretty much 100%.

this year when I moved, I transferred CC to my new place and I continue to run a vpn. I now notice, for some reason, that after a few hours, I get a loss of ping to anything. if I stop my vpn, the default router is still unpingable. what 'fixes' it is to reboot the cable modem (and my access pfsense router, which then gets a new dhcp primary addr) and then things are good again for a few hours.

not sure if this is related, but if I don't use a vpn, the line stays up for days and weeks at a time. when I use a vpn, I get a few hours at a time.

might not mean a thing, but then again, it might. I can't quite tell yet. what I am planning on doing is designing/building a reboot/test loop so that my line will stay up even if I'm not home to notice that it went down.

I had to do that kind of thing with pacbell dsl about 10+ yrs ago (their alcatel, aka crash-catel modem was at fault back then; but same thing happened - I'd lose connectivity and only a reboot of the modem would bring it back again).

its not convenient but if this keeps my line alive, sigh, well, this is what I will have to do.

about a month ago

The State of ZFS On Linux

TheGratefulNet Re:Magic (370 comments)

I ran zfs on freebsd for a few years but gave up on it. at one time, I did a cvsup (like an apt-get update, sort of, on bsd) and it updated zfs code, updated a disk format encoding but you could not revert it! if I had to boot an older version of the o/s (like, before the cvsup) the disk was not readable! that was a showstopper for me and a design style that I object to, VERY MUCH. makes support a nightmare.

I've never seen this in linux with jfs, xfs, ext*fs, even reiser (remember that?) never screwed me like this before.

the system also was very ram hungry and cpu hungry.

I'm still not convinced its good for anything but serious users who have a GOOD backup/restore plan. updating a disk image format and not allowing n-1 version of o/s to read it is a huge design mistake and I'm not sure I understand the reasoning behind it, but until that is changed, I won't run zfs.

about a month ago

WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

TheGratefulNet Re:containment (296 comments)


if you use drives as shelf-spares or backups, then this is a MAJOR problem!

I have drives that are 10+ yrs old and while I don't spin them up very often, I do expect them to still work years from now as long as I give them a spin-up every so often, to keep them in shape.

a drive that fails just sitting there, unused, is NOT something I want to buy! or own.

about a month ago

Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

TheGratefulNet Re:Cookie settings help (230 comments)

vpn. all the way.

you see that stream of octets? you can't get into them!


now, it seems that comcast (my isp) drops my vpn connection every few hours. I'm working on a modem reboot system that keeps my network up but its a huge PITA that comcast resets my connection several times a day and it requires a full modem reboot to get it back again.

still, I'll continue to use a vpn for many reasons. the 'opaque stream of octets' keeps their fingers out of my data, very nicely. they can't modify or read it in any way.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

TheGratefulNet zabbix is NOT an snmp manager (137 comments)

not really. snmp is an afterthought for them and its clumsy as hell to add snmp to it. I tried and gave up. instead, I picked hobbit (uhm, the new name is 'xymon').

xymon has its quirks but it was not hard to modify to add more snmp features to and its coding was not too bad to get thru. its not written in a lot of 'strange' languages, and that's a plus, to me, too.

personally, I usually just write snmp code fresh, from scratch, using net-snmp mgr tools. its not hard and you get just what you want and you are not muddled down in lots of 'infrastructure' that someone else thought was good but useless to you (like zabbix).

about a month and a half ago

UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

TheGratefulNet Re:Great idea at the concept stage. (254 comments)

citation needed.

I disagree strongly that 'ipv4 hardware' (huh? what IS that, btw? does this imply that ipv6 is not in 'hardware'? how strange to describe things) is not up to modern network speeds. if anything, they can outrun any intermediate link in the chain from you to some random website. wan is still the slow part and always will be; but unless you truly get 1gig speeds to your door, your hardware will be more than enough for anything wan-based.

I truly have no idea where you got this info from, but you are as wrong as could be.

about a month and a half ago

Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

TheGratefulNet Re:Not so sure (369 comments)

I can see it now:

first we attack ISIS, then we go for OSPF. ...probably the bridges will come down next.

I suspect cisco has something to do with it. I can't prove it, though.

about 1 month ago

Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

TheGratefulNet Re: But is it reaslistic? (369 comments)

the 'culture of fear' continues on.


yeah, right.

I'm tired of this scare bullshit. I worry more about my own people (the government and authorities) than I will ever worry about some foreign 'bad guy'.

when are people going to finally tire of being told to 'be afraid!' ? maybe the next generation will wise-up. (probably not, though; they are not any smarter than we are and they are falling for all the same propaganda.)

at least some of us can see thru this. not that it helps, any.

about 1 month ago



Alternatives to Gmail (web and IMAP, paid)

TheGratefulNet TheGratefulNet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheGratefulNet (143330) writes "I want to cut the cord with google and the first step is to find a good email/ISP provider. With all the snooping going on (by governments and the data center raids that happen in the US), I'd like to find an *offshore* (maybe Europe?) provider who emphasizes 'freedom' aspects, such as end to end security, data encryption on local disks, keeping absolute minimal logs/purging them frequently; as well as having a decent enough set of spam filters that they actively maintain. I *want* to pay for the sevice since I don't want ads or to have to spend time blocking stuff. I'd like to support a right-thinking ISP; are there any left, out there? Help me find a trusted offshore ISP that will likely be around and who does not do DPI and other evil things. Any recommendations for well-behaved ISPs out there?"


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