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The Joys and Hype of Hadoop

forgottenusername Re:Paywalled (55 comments)

Yeah, obnoxious. People ought to browse submissions in private browsing mode or something. Then if they happen to have a sub to a paywall site they'd see the article the same way people who don't would.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

forgottenusername Really only two main reasons I can think of.. (118 comments)

1) Many hardware vendors, especially storage, will give you trouble or refuse to support their gear if you're running an OS they don't bless

2) It can make business continuity easier; you'll find more people who claim RHEL/CentOS support than Debian (though Ubuntu is pretty wide-spread these days).

The rest are pretty minor. Some C level tools want to feel like they're magically protected by vendor support.

The reality is I've pretty much always had to do my own diagnostics, RCA and come up with a resolution. If there's no patch in a RHEL blessed kernel but there is in mainline, I'd just as soon pull it in and patch it myself, which is way easier to do IMO using something like Debian, or write a patch myself if necessary.

So I'd say if you're having to deal with a lot of hardware support it might be worth it just to get less pushback but if you're mostly cloud based or just have a few machines go with whatever you think rocks (unless you suck, but you would never realize that :P)

At one shop we all wanted to use Debian but the vendor only "supported" suse/rhel etc.. so we went so far as to modify uname and whatnot to pretend we were a redhat shop ;)

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

forgottenusername Went to a Linksys E3200 (427 comments)

Cisco branded. WRT-DD works great on it, and it's fast. No problems so far.

I'd suggest just finding whatever option works for your budget and requirements that one of the open source projects works on, like wrtdd. They list what they support..

about 6 months ago

Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads

forgottenusername Wouldn't give them a dime (102 comments)

Either they're in on the theft somehow, or they're a totally unethical company trying to extort people. No trustworthy security vendor would withhold information about sites that are compromised from the site operators.

I think it's just a marketing ploy personally. "You may have already won! Contact us for details ($1.99 a minute)".

Regardless, they're on my list of companies to never do business with in any way. I

about 6 months ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

forgottenusername not a good candidate (550 comments)

I don't have enough material in my cornea. If they mess it up, there's not much they can do for adjustments.

As long as your eyeball remains parabolic, they can correct your vision more or less indefinetly assuming there's no other issues going on. Once you get lasik, your cornea becomes flattened so they can't really correct stuff with optics so well anymore.

I'd rather be safe and be able to have my vision correctable by contacts and glasses than take a chance at having really terrible vision that is then uncorrectable.

I feel like that's something people need to be made more aware of - lasik flattens your cornea so corrective lenses won't really work as well.

about 6 months ago

How the NSA Plans To Infect 'Millions' of Computers With Malware

forgottenusername Re:Linux version? (234 comments)

That's not real security. That's the same as security through obscurity.

Linux and open source software has always had the security benefit of the code being distributed. No matter if specific components are properly audited or bugs exist for years before being discovered, it's still a powerful weapon you don't get with M$ / OSX et al.

The more people who used Linux, the more eyes would be on the code. So yeah, it'd be more of a target, but the power of open ideals would also scale.

about a year ago

Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

forgottenusername Re:Untested? (357 comments)

On XBOX Live they just blame each others mothers

about a year ago

Box With Hidden Camera Travels Through the Mail

forgottenusername Re:Should be standard (136 comments)

They actually already have force burst sensors for packages, for damage liability on expensive item transport. I think some insurance companies require it so they can sue the transport company if need be.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

forgottenusername I gave up (965 comments)

Everyone changes their stuff around too much for me to want to deal with. So I just maintain my own desktop exactly how I want it.

Debian Testing (until the new stable is out), a custom maintained kernel (was having problems with stability on new-ish thinkpad that new kernel fixed), and windowmaker. I maintain my own versions of a few things like java and some VPN software that works with my company's old server. I also bit the bullet with wireless tools and relearned iwconfig/wpa_supplicant stuff fully so I can work in coffee shops and not need the GUI wireless config (which was actually nice and I do miss). I setup LUKS for homedir encryption and just manually mount it. My workstation isn't rebooted all that often.

Sure, it's a bit of work on occasion to keep things going the way I like it - the deal is, it's a lot of work to keep any desktop functioning the way you prefer. When things are constantly changing "for their own sake" ala Ubuntu, or win8.. and you have to fight to revert stuff how you're the most productive until it's no longer possible.. there comes a point when it's much less frustration and time to just bite the bullet and control things how you want.

I've yet to find anything I want that I can't get working. I have VirtualBox for win7 if needed for the odd work-related tool. The biggest struggle I have is consuming media I pay for ala netflix and the lack of a decent flash player in Linux. I prefer Firefox but often have to load web videos in chrome (which isn't 100% either).

It's somewhat ironic since I've come full circle; when I was younger, I enjoyed maintaining my own desktop env and custom packages.. then I just wanted stuff to work so used Ubuntu+gnome putting up with its quirks for a while.. now here I am maintaining my own setup again. Mostly because desktop UI folk can't just leave well enough alone and want everything to be designed for a tablet or smartphone.

about 2 years ago

Seagate's New SSHD Hybrids Have Dual-Mode Flash Caches

forgottenusername Re:here's the problem (141 comments)

Yeah pretty much. I doubt I'd pay much more for one, but if they're the exact same price it's pretty hard to argue. It's definitely no substitute for SSD but I can see it improving the performance for many daily tasks..

about 2 years ago

Mayer Terminates Yahoo's Remote Employee Policy

forgottenusername Hard to say what's really going on (524 comments)

Yahoo is a large company that isn't doing so well. It's had countless acquisitions of smaller comanies which generally keep their middle management layers relatively intact. You have to figure there are hundreds of employees that are essentially dead weight or are at least vastly underperforming, which is made all the easier by being fulltime remote.

I read it more as "trying to shake things up / refocus / cut out dead weight" than "WFH is evil!!". I wouldn't be surprised at some exclusions or a change in the policy when things settle out and Yahoo is on a more sustainable path.

about 2 years ago

Summer Programming Courses Before Heading Off To College?

forgottenusername my opinion (183 comments)

No classes, go someplace fun. Bring a laptop if he must and peck around at the myriad of online 'learn to program X' or something like the MIT open courseware compsci class (which uses python).

The point is - the time between highschool and college is too precious to waste on some class, he should be out traveling as much as feasible imo. After college if he sticks with tech, he'll probably have the intro level jobs that take advantage of college kids by burning tons of hours and will look fondly on his time spent on pure vacation/downtime.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Embraces Git For Development Tools

forgottenusername No TFS? (227 comments)

I'm still waiting for my formal apology from them. Such a turd they unleashed on the world - they quit using it internally on any sort of scale because it sucked, but continued selling it and a few places are still infested with it. Including legacy code at my shop.

about 2 years ago

Amazon AutoRip — 14 Years Late

forgottenusername I used to use that. (215 comments)

I still tell people it was the only "digital music service" that I really ever liked. I like to buy CDs so I can transcode them into sensible bitrates for portable devices, but have a full on flac when listening at home. It was really convenient to grab a CD, toss it in the player, then have all my mp3s available instantly without waiting to transcode.

Really a shame that service got buried by the dinosaur music industry. They're slowly learning the lesson; you either adapt to the times and technologies, or you become obsolete and the only role you have is in preventing progress trying to hold on to your fiefdom. Which can't last forever.

about 2 years ago

Would You Put a Tracking Device On Your Child?

forgottenusername Re:Some separation is good (610 comments)

This is good insight.

If your child is coddled throughout life they will be unprepared for the variety of challenges life throws. In my opinion, as a parent, your job is to provide a safety net while allowing your kid room to learn on their own. They need to be taught self reliance and understand consquences for actions which hopefully will help them make better decisions later in life.

If your kid is 3 years old though you just need to keep track of them :P

more than 2 years ago

The Case For Targeted Ads

forgottenusername Someone should inform this d-bag (290 comments)

We had the internet long before people like him were trying to massively profit by any means necessary, no matter how low.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Position To Work For Long Hours?

forgottenusername moving around! (262 comments)

No position is good to hang out in for hours. You really should take a few little breaks, stretch and get some blood flowing.

I've always wanted to try some sort of circle desk that you can strap you/laptop into.. work flat on your back, sitting up, roll forward facing down.. always seemed it would feel a lot better than sitting around stationary or just standing up.

more than 2 years ago

XBMC Developers Criticize AMD's Linux Driver

forgottenusername was annoying on XBMC for me (212 comments)

I usually don't pay too close of attention to ATI vs Nvidia war, but I had built out a slick HTPC machine to run xbmc on Linux, and videos had all sorts of problems on the ATI card.. especially with decent quality videos. Hitching, crashing, general instability despite trying different drivers and config combinations.

Threw in a fanless nvidia, VDPAU works fine, totally different experience.

So, I'll stick with Nvidia on Linux for anything more serious than web browsing; their closed source binary driver is a little obnoxious, but at least it works.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For a Laptop With a Keypad That Doesn't Suck

forgottenusername hp elitebook (not recommendation, just info) (300 comments)

Not that I really recommend it, but I occasionally use one of these:

Product Name: HP EliteBook 8560p

It has a normal sized numberpad. However it has ridiculously undersized arrow keys.. like 1/8th the size of a normal key.. very difficult to even use them.

Another annoying thing is they have the audio jacks on the right side near the front of the laptop, so if you're using an external mouse, headphone jack/cord bleeds into the area the mouse would be used.

It does have a fullsized keyboard, nice screen, plenty of power and I've not had any real problems with - but it's essentially a desktop, I never lug it around (bit of a weighty beasty).

more than 2 years ago


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