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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

fuzzywig Re:Man up (279 comments)

Though the walls? Why bother? We just tacked ours round the walls (it's a rented house, so drilling holes was a no no). It looks pretty messy, but nobody ever seems to notice it.

Sweet, sweet GB, all round the house. Of course, our internet connection is only 150MB, but it's handy for moving files around.

about two weeks ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

fuzzywig Re:The total storage capacity is 620 GB. (144 comments)

Apparently the main bulk of that 620GB is forums and comments, they did a dump of all the torrent files a year or so ago and it was just 80MB.

Personally I'm more impressed by something that's small and efficient in these days, rather than something massive.

about a month ago
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New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

fuzzywig Lightning is an EMP too (59 comments)

A good rule of thumb is that if your equipment is protected from a direct lightning hit, then it'll do fine against any EMP that won't destroy any reason for the equipment. ie a really close nuke could produce enough of an EMP to fry it, but would also destroy so much infrastructure there would be no point in having the equipment there in the first place.

about a month ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

fuzzywig Re:I am shocked, SHOCKED, to find gambling here... (462 comments)

There's many things wrong with the UK, but in general our police forces are not corrupt and won't take money from you if you're pulled over. They're incredibly unlikely to shoot you either.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

fuzzywig Cacti (137 comments)

Cacti is a FOSS monitoring service, that can give you a big dashboard showing up/down status, and you can drill down to view graphs of pretty much anything you can monitor over SNMP. Oh, and you can have emails on up/down and reaching thresholds (eg "$host has reached threshold of 75% full on /var/" or whatever).

We have VPNs to each data centre and client site and administer them over SSH generally. Some systems (eg ones dealing with customer details like credit cards) we have a single external facing host with Yubikey authentication to reach that network, and we use SSH port tunnelling to reach other hosts.

about a month and a half ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

fuzzywig Re:learn Portuguese (129 comments)

I'm not sure that cost-cutting is a particularly new-fangled business method, or measuring success based on profits come to that.

about 1 month ago
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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

fuzzywig Re:Competition is good. (211 comments)

The commercial aircraft makers like Boeing and Lockheed are partly responsible for the high cost of space access. Who do you think has been lobbying to keep the SLS on the cards?

about 2 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

fuzzywig Re:god dammit. The Numbers (521 comments)

Not all birds are equal, or at least, some species are a lot rarer than others. for example, I doubt your cat can kill a large raptor, but apex predators typically have a large effect on the health of an ecosystem.

about 2 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

fuzzywig Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

So you're saying if we kill you, more birds will live?

about 2 months ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

fuzzywig Re:minutes to midnight (252 comments)

It's worth noting that Energia originally started out as OKB-1 of NII-88 and was the centre for the Soviet space program that put man into space, so it was originally part of the government.

This (presumed) takeover is actually a move back to the old days of government control, although I'd assume more as a way of establishing control rather than paying lip service to socialist ideals.

about 3 months ago
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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

fuzzywig Re:just wondering,.. (171 comments)

This is designed to stick out of the top of the case, if you look at the pictures the case is the black/blue oblong underneath the copper.

about 3 months ago
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Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

fuzzywig Re:i'm glad to work for free (418 comments)

AdBlock Plus has been blocking YouTube ads for years*, and Google don't seem to care, even though as far as I can tell, it's just blocking "ad3.swf" while allowing "watch_as3.swf", which can't be hard for Google to work around.

I can only assume that Google don't see it as much of a loss of revenue, or that whoever is in charge of the decision doesn't like adverts.

*(It wasn't until I was round at someone's house, and they showed me something on youtube which had an ad on it that I even realised they existed, apparently this was at least a year after they were introduced.)

about 3 months ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

fuzzywig Re:Rather far north. (151 comments)

On point 3, any failed boosters would end up falling on France, or possibly Germany.

Ideal spot for a launch site!

about 3 months ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

fuzzywig Re:Rather far north. (151 comments)

Ascension is a better choice, it's closer to the equator than St Helena, and we've basically give Diego Garcia to the yanks (and the British government of course doesn't give a flying fuck about the native people who were displaced from there).

about 3 months ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

fuzzywig Re:Rather far north. (151 comments)

Nah mate, Ascension is closer to the equator and already has ESA facilities.

about 3 months ago
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The Video Game That Maps the Galaxy

fuzzywig Re:Drake's equation did it in 1961 (28 comments)

We've got quite a good idea of R, the rate of star formation, and in the next 50 years or so we'll probably have a more precise value for fP, the number of stars that have planets.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

fuzzywig Re:Go Phone - AT&T Store (146 comments)

In the UK most pay-as-you-go carriers will give you a free SIM, often with £5-£10 worth of credit, as a way to get to you locked to their network.

about 4 months ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

fuzzywig Re:You know ... (358 comments)

I'm not sure how dangerous it is in terms of speed, but in terms of distraction it's much worse than drink driving. For example.

about 3 months ago

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