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Ask Slashdot: Tools For Managing Multiple Serial Console Servers?

assantisz Create your own community (104 comments)

Open the source of your tools and make them available to the public. You will be able to grow your own community. I would LOVE to have a look at your home-grown stuff. We are an Avocent shop here when it comes to remote console/KVM/power access and so far the only tool we are currently looking into is DSView which a) is sucky enterprise-y software, b) extremely pricey, and c) does way more than we need it to do. Thanks to your posting, though, I found interesting links to tools like conman and powerman in the comments.

about 9 months ago
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Edward Snowden Files For Political Asylum In Russia

assantisz Re:I don't think I agree with this statement... (447 comments)

Huh? Law enforcement has all kinds of tools to make sure that you cannot leave the country if you are accused of something. So, yes, the Department of State can revoke your passport so you stay put so you can get your trial or your conviction.

1 year,21 days
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How CoreSite Survived Sandy

assantisz Re:First off, (60 comments)

Yes, the power in that part of town was out for less than a week. My employer also houses two datacenters in the same building and both floors were on generator power all that time w/o incident. So, the only useful thing you can take out of CoreSite's story is "have backup power on standby". You'll never know when it is needed. Or, do it like what NYU did, have your own power plant and hook up your most critical sites to it (http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/how-n-y-u-stayed-partly-warm-and-lighted/).

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Protect My Android Devices From Hackers?

assantisz Re:Submitter here... (295 comments)

I've had enough of a crash course in android this year to know it's real, especially when I have family members who are in law enforcement and gov't jobs that they can't/won't talk about. Those people do have access to the 'interesting' toys...

I don't know, dude. The most logical answer anybody here can give you: your wifi access at home is crap because a) both of your devices work fine using other hotspots and b) both of your devices don't work at home. Btw, Android 2.2.x (aka Froyo) is known to have wifi problems in enterprise settings. Google fixed that in 2.3. Just another example how other explanations make a lot more sense than "I am being hacked." And the quote above makes you sound a bit of a looney.

about 2 years ago
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CyanogenMod 9 Working On the Nexus S

assantisz Re:What happened to qwerty devices? (218 comments)

Try using an ssh client like ConnectBot with a virtual keyboard. You are losing enormous amounts of screen real estate that you need to get work done. I am in nightfire's camp - a phone without slide-out keyboard is utterly useless. I do not want to schlep around another piece of equipment in form of a bluetooth keyboard or some such. There are some hardware solutions for the iPhone 4 (cases with built-in keyboards) but the accessory market in the Android world sucks donkey balls thanks to manufacturers pumping out a new phone every 7 days.

more than 2 years ago
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Andrew Tanenbaum On Minix, Linux, BSD, and Licensing

assantisz Re:Frozen, I tells you (480 comments)

Dude, I have the book. I used to have the source code on disk. There was nothing monolithic about MINIX in version 1. It's been a microkernel from day one on. You really do not know what you are talking about or you read the wrong books/articles about UNIX history.

more than 2 years ago
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Two Porn Companies Take ICANN and .xxx Registrar To Court

assantisz Re:Good (272 comments)

Yup, and DNS is only being used on the Web, right? We will just google for the names of mail servers, NTP servers, etc. or replace host lookups with Google searches under the hood.

more than 2 years ago
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Fujitsu Announces 16-core SPARC64 IXfx (and the Supercomputer It Powers)

assantisz Re:Oracle? (68 comments)

Not my experience at all. We never had any trouble with Oracle support. Sure, the online portal sucks donkey balls but getting them to reply to us within the contracted time has never been a problem. If it happened to you, you should make a stink with your account representative.

more than 2 years ago
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Dropbox Pursues Business Accounts, But Falls Short On Privacy Laws

assantisz Re:Call me old fashioned (122 comments)

Because sometimes it can cost a lot of money to run and maintain a storage system. It doesn't stop with capital costs. There is maintenance fees and labor costs. It can be a lot cheaper to outsource these things.

more than 2 years ago
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Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

assantisz What do CUs do with your money? (667 comments)

I am curious (and a bit too lazy right now to look it up) but doesn't the money we deposit with credit unions still end up in the "evil banks"' hands? Isn't all so much interwoven that you will never be able to avoid giving your indirect support to the big players in the financial industry?

more than 2 years ago
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Angry Birds Downloads Pass Half-Billion Mark

assantisz Re:Journalists and Math (94 comments)

The article linked to also says "half billion" and "500,000". I assume it's 500,000,000.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Granted Patent For Slide To Unlock

assantisz Re:The US will just cripple its own tech (622 comments)

I would love to support your point but that graph really only shows that Apple is the defendant in most of the cases. NTP, Inc. seems to be the bad guys suing the most.

more than 2 years ago
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DNA May Carry a Memory of Your Living Conditions From Childhood

assantisz Quality of life through nutrition? (252 comments)

I don't know what I should make out of these findings but couldn't it be that kids coming from a "richer" background are fed more nutritiously than maybe a "poor" kid? Couldn't that have an impact on the "appearance" of the genetic material? DNA and life style are such different things that I am not convinced that a correlation between these two are any meaningful at this point.

more than 2 years ago
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10-Centimeter Single-Celled Organisms Photographed 6 Miles Underwater

assantisz Re:Largest single cells (134 comments)

Technically, the yolk is part of the "egg cell". The white and everything else within (besides the yolk) and including the shell is not. The only thing that is special about the yolk is that it does not partake in cell division if the egg is fertilized. There are no other cells within an egg. The white and the shell are not made from cells. All that said, I doubt, though, that the yolk of an ostrich egg is bigger than 20cm.

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors Recommend Against TV For Kids Under 2

assantisz Re:TV has been great for our kids (210 comments)

I am also in the camp that TV can help your child's mental development but it really depends on each individual child. It never is a necessity nor a requirement for raising smart children. It just doesn't hurt as the AAP, for example, is trying to tell us.

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors Recommend Against TV For Kids Under 2

assantisz Re:The AAP has always been extremely conservative (210 comments)

By after school activities of their own choosing (dance and swimming) and some that we as parents want them to do (mostly religious education). The rest of the time is taken up by homework and of course downtime. TV usually stays off all day on school days mostly because nobody is missing it.

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors Recommend Against TV For Kids Under 2

assantisz Re:The AAP has always been extremely conservative (210 comments)

Agreed. It is up to you as a parent what you feel comfortable with. If you believe too much TV is detrimental your child's development you restrict it. As long as we don't judge each other what we do with our own children that's perfectly fine by me. I just think (my very own personal opinion) that the AAP has always been way too conservative when it comes to things what's good and what's not good for our children. They do have an agenda they follow which I don't agree with.

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors Recommend Against TV For Kids Under 2

assantisz The AAP has always been extremely conservative (210 comments)

The AAP has always been extremely conservative when it comes to children and TV. No surprise about the new findings here. As always, you have to take these findings with a huge grain of salt. Apply common sense and your kids will be fine. I know that mine are even though they watched a boat-load of TV when they were still toddlers (what kid would not appreciate a bit of Sesame Street or The Wiggles?). Now they are in elementary school and way too busy to watch anything and they are a-okay with that.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon App Store 'Rotten To the Core,' Says Dev

assantisz Re:Facts (346 comments)

No, I do not think they changed that part. As you quoted they talk about a LIST PRICE of $0.00. The $0 Amazon charges for the app of the day is a promotional price. IMHO, the more relevant piece that justifies $0 payment is the next sentence: "A Royalty is due only for sales for which we have received final payment from or on behalf of an end user." Since the end user is not charged anything there are no royalties to be paid. This language has been in the agreement since the beginning, I think.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon App Store 'Rotten To the Core,' Says Dev

assantisz Public awrareness (346 comments)

I think the main point of the developer is to clear up a misconception about Amazon's app store (which I also had until I saw this story). Many people assumed that Amazon would still pay the devs 20% of list even if it the free app of the day. Now that I know the nitty-gritty how it actually works I understand why it's actually 0%. If Amazon reduced the price w/o the dev's agreement, he would get 20%. In this case, though, the dev was asked if he wanted to see his app as free app of the day, i.e. you had to opt in. 0% revenue for that is a fair price since in return you get a lot of free exposure, that you, as a dev, have to know and understand how to make the most of it.

more than 2 years ago

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