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Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Project For a Router/Wi-Fi Access Point?

funkboy PFsense hands down (193 comments)

PFsense is really at a professional level since 2.0 was released. I've had it on a little box with a Zotac AMD mobo with a 2 port Intel NIC for a couple of years and it's really fantastic. The GUI gives you access to all the knobs you need and the concept of converting all unix config files to one giant XML bundle really works for an embedded router platform. I've got a pretty complex setup & I'm pretty sure I could install & restore the whole thing & its half-dozen packages to a new box in less than half an hour if I had to.

about a year ago
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The Memo That Spawned Microsoft Research

funkboy Re:The future of Microsoft now in question ... Huh (148 comments)

I think he meant "the future of M$ leadership now in question" given that the "chair" is on his way out; he just phrased it in an unclear way...

about a year ago
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The Memo That Spawned Microsoft Research

funkboy Re:Future of Microsoft in question? (148 comments)

I think he meant "the future of M$ leadership now in question" given that the "chair" is on the way out; it's just phrased poorly...

about a year ago
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Everything You Needed To Know About the Internet In May, 1994

funkboy The definitive guide (168 comments)

The definitive guide of the time was The Whole Internet User's Guide & Catalog by Ed Krol & published by O'Reilly. I still have a copy of the 2nd ed. on my bookshelf.

Ed was one of the few folks that did the research himself without a pile of other authors' guides lying around as a reference. He had to as there weren't any. Plenty of other guides came after this one, but this was the one the clueful folks had.

about a year ago
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The Cognitive Cost of Poverty

funkboy Re: Soda saves me money (459 comments)

Strattera isn't a stimulant. That's why it's the first ADHD drug to not be classified as a controlled substance. That convenience alone has a lot to do with its high price.

about a year ago
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Google Outage: Internet Traffic Plunges 40%

funkboy total outage? (352 comments)

sounds like the zone file for google.com broke, or some other DNS-related outage.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

funkboy Re: 2 weeks in VA (892 comments)

Well, I got laid off in VA about 11 years ago (from what was at one time a Nasdaq 100 company) and the notice I got was my boss calling me up with HR on the line, and that day was my last day of employment.

Of course, the company declared chapter 11 about a week later, so it wasn't like the writing wasn't already on the wall.

about a year ago
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Version 2.0 of 3D-Printed Rifle Successfully Fires 14 Rounds

funkboy Re:Something useful (336 comments)

I wait for the day when a 3-d printer creates an honest, service to others, politician who is happy to have a job with modest income.

There are plenty of them out there. Trouble is, they don't get most peoples' votes...

about a year ago
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Version 2.0 of 3D-Printed Rifle Successfully Fires 14 Rounds

funkboy learn how to prototype firearms next time (336 comments)

If this dude knew what he was doing WRT firearm prototyping, he would have "worked up a load" instead of starting out his "testing" with high-velocity varmint ammo.

Just like a handloader, prototyping any firearm (not just 3D printed ones) requires starting with light loads & working up until you start to see signs of excess pressure (deformed cases, sticky bolt, etc), then backing off.

Granted this thing is a rimfire so hand-reloading is not really a practical proposition, but part of the awesomeness of 22LR is that there are a zillion different kinds of ammo out there.

He should have started out with CB caps, then regular 22 shorts, then subsonic 22LR match ammo, then standard velocity, then HV varmint ammo (which is what he started with...), then blow the thing to bits with a max-pressure round like the CCI Velocitor.

Also sense the barrel is made of polymer, hard copper-jacketed bullets are probably a no-no. It would be a good idea to moly lube the thing & keep a chronograph on hand so you know when the effectiveness of the lube is starting to wear off & re-lube it. The better match bullets come pre-lubed so this is another good reason to test with them.

For all we know the thing may work just fine all day long with subsonic match ammo & proper lubrication.

Big kudos for making a 3D printed rifle that actually works, but use good methodology & it might continue to work instead of eventually blowing up every time you take it out...

I still think that in the rifle's present condition he should still blow it to bits with a Velocitor for good measure :-).

Be sure to get a group on paper with the next try...

about a year ago
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Google Science Fair Finalist Invents Peltier-Powered Flashlight

funkboy Transformer? Use a voltage multiplier... (170 comments)

A bit of googling turns up this cheap IC that would do the job (it's specifically made for running USB or LED devices off of low-voltage power sources).

But kudos to her for making the thing work & winning the prize. Anything that encourages kids to get into STEM is a good thing.

about a year and a half ago
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Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death

funkboy Re:AltaVista (176 comments)

pretty much mirrors my experience... used alltheweb.com (fast.no) for a while too.

about a year and a half ago
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Woz Compares the Cloud and PRISM To Communist Russia

funkboy Re:FIrst Post Maybe? (549 comments)

Communism in it's purist form as visioned by Karl Marx has never been implemented; he never really explained it either. But the way I read it, everyone would be equal; no rich, no poor and we all share things -- kind of like Open Source. It's actually not a bad thing if you like the Star Trek way of working not for money, but to better Humanity. It goes back to our Cave Man roots in a way.

Actually the closest implementation to Marx's vision was the Paris Commune that formed in the power vacuum of the early 1870s after the Prussians captured Napoleon III. After losing what was basically a mini-civil war to the Versailles government forces, everyone that was running the Commune was lined up against a wall & executed.

about a year and a half ago
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Atheer Offers a Wearable Display That's Glasses, Not Glass

funkboy Re:The hosts needed to shut up (33 comments)

Do you think generalizing about the inhabitants of a country of 320 million people/10 million km2 will help the problem?

about a year and a half ago
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Sears Is Turning Shuttered Stores Into Data Centers

funkboy My former employer built a DC in a Hechinger (137 comments)

Made a pretty good datacenter too. Already had a loading dock, concrete slab floor, & plenty of HVAC installation points.

about a year and a half ago
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Crowdsourced Network Planning For Connection-Bridging Startup

funkboy Multipath TCP (58 comments)

Sorry to rain on your parade, but multipath TCP already does this...

about a year and a half ago

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Obama taps LBNL physicist for secretary of energy

funkboy funkboy writes  |  about 6 years ago

funkboy writes "President-elect Obama has picked Steven Chu, a Nobel prize winner and head physicist of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, to be the next secretary of Energy of the United States. From the article: "The son of highly educated Chinese immigrants, Chu won the Nobel Prize in 1997 for his work in the "development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light." [but recently] sought and won the top job at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in order to focus on energy issues.""
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