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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

emag Re:Oh Em Gee! (138 comments)

Lock-in is difficult on unlocked Nexus devices in a pre-paid situation.

7 hours ago
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

emag Re:Oh Em Gee! (138 comments)

Right here. Why? Did I not make it clear that we were testing the coverage of the T-Mobile network with our tablets before we switched our phones over?

7 hours ago
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

emag Re:No Qi? (138 comments)

Absolutely. I'm back and forth from my desk all day, and like to keep my phone & tablet batteries topped up, just in case I need them. I started to worry about the usable lifetime of the micro-USB jack, so switched over to Qi at work exclusively.

7 hours ago
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

emag No Qi? (138 comments)

Wireless charging (preferably via Qi, as I have several Qi chargers between home & work) seem to be the only thing I'm not seeing listed in the specs.

Still, it's been a while since I got excited about a phone, and I told myself that if something cool came out, November would be a good time to upgrade my N4.

9 hours ago
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OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

emag Re:Oh Em Gee! (138 comments)

Closest I can come in the US is T-Mobile pre-paid plans. My wife and I switched our phones to it after "test driving" the service with our Nexus 7 (2013) tablets for a few months. Even with double the devices that we had on AT&T, we cut the monthly cost in half...

9 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

emag Re:But what is a militia? (1613 comments)

It's part of US Code. It's been on the books for... quite a while, and is regularly re-affirmed.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

emag My profession would be useless, hobbies useful... (736 comments)

Frankly, as a sysadmin, it would take quite some time for my profession to be useful. However, I am not solely defined by my profession. My hobbies, such as firearms, cooking, woodworking, dabbling in a little gardening and other low tech stuff would end up much more useful, after the apocalypse. I actually enjoy unplugging and doing something that doesn't require a computer now and then.

about two weeks ago
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

emag Re:Tmux (136 comments)

Does tmux support connecting to serial consoles yet?

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

emag Re:informal poll (641 comments)

Debian Sid @ home on my laptop & desktop
CentOS 5/6 @ work on my cluster/desktop
Android on my phone & tablet
Synology @ home for storage, so basically Linux there, too...
OpenWRT on my wireless routers (yes, plural) @ home, so Linux there *too*.

I guess you could say I run Linux...

about three weeks ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

emag Re:reduce the amount (983 comments)

Indeed, this weekend I just brought a 8x 4TB RAID6 array online at home. I'm wondering what approach I'll be taking myself.

about a month and a half ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

emag Re:Hmmm... (983 comments)

You haven't seen how long my backups take at work...

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

emag Re:Bittorrent Sync + NAS-of-some-kind (168 comments)

Heh, funny, this is exactly what I'm in the process of doing. Hell, if I can convince my cheapskate friends to pick up NASes, I'd start syncing with them too, especially the friends on the other side of the country from me, for the geographical separation.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

emag This may not be the cheapest... (168 comments)

This may not be the cheapest solution, but it's what I'm planning to do...

  • Everyone acquires a NAS device (Drobo, Synology, etc) of an appropriate capacity, ideally something that can handle several TB and is expandable.
  • Fill up with 4TB drives.
  • Install BitTorrent Sync, and share out a portion of the NAS.

You can install the client on your desktop, mobile, linux, and freebsd devices, too (you'll want a supported NAS, so something linux-based or FreeNAS or such, unfortunately nothing MIPS-based.

I'm primarily planning on just dropping something (probably a Drobo 5N) off at my mom's (she & my step-dad aren't tech savvy), and setting everything up for them, including backups of their PCs to the device, sharing of photos & videos, etc. And then setting up replication of critical, irreplaceable data between their place and mine. On my side, I already have a Synology DS1813+ that I need to set up, first.

The Synology stuff also has the capability to deal with IP Cameras for monitoring (though I suspect that if you just set up a share to dump images to, you won't need a license for it). For streaming, I believe both Drobo & Synology (as well as others) have media servers, so app-enabled TVs, BluRay players, and game consoles should be able to stream appropriate movies and music as needed.

I'm thinking the NAS, my laptop (which I'll also start backups to the NAS, likely NOT shared), my VPS, and my mobile devices (phone, tablet) will all sync, as will my wife's laptop & devices.

Yes, this is probably heavily overdone, but it also avoids putting private data on systems that I don't control, and avoids the commercial cloud providers at the same time. And, not surprisingly, I play a sysadmin for my day job, so this ties in nicely with that, too.

about 2 months ago
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Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

emag Re:In all fairness (237 comments)

Seeing "CompuAdd" brought back memories. I may still even have a mouse pad from them. Got my first SoundBlaster there, too, with about a year's saved allowance... (Some of us /.ers were alive back then)

about 3 months ago
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Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

emag Surprisingly relevant (444 comments)

Through sheer coincidence, I started shopping for a "large" home NAS today (large to me, at least, 5-8 bays for 4 TB drives), while snowed in at home. So I've been looking a lot at drives, too. This may definitely help, especially since I do have a budget.

Of course for work, this may help even more, since I'm shopping for stuff for there during my day job. I think I'll probably specify Hitachi drives where possible for that. Oddly, most of the drives in our cluster happen to *already* be Hitachi 2 TB SATA drives.

about 3 months ago
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Administration Admits Obamacare Website Stinks

emag Re:I'm confused (516 comments)

If the situation were reversed and democrats were demanding the abolishion of the second amendment

The Constitution doesn't work that way. To make it apples to apples, drop ACA in the current form, recraft it as a Constitutional amendment (which would require a 2/3 supermajority of *both* houses of Congress, or a national convention at the request of 2/3 of the state legislatures, but no amendment's ever successfully come out of that, so we're stuck with Congress...), and get 3/4 of the states to ratify it. Then you'll have a comparison of like to like.

about 6 months ago

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