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Power and Free Broadband To the People

grilled-cheese Qualify your terminology (259 comments)

I hope they qualify what "free" & "broadband" mean. That could mean ad-supported, capped at 40 hours, and dialup speeds. In fact, why don't we just hand out AOL trial disks every month like food stamps and call the problem solved?

2 days ago
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OneDrive Delivers Unlimited Cloud Storage To Office 365 Subscribers

grilled-cheese Tailing behind Google (144 comments)

Google recently announced they were switching their Google for Education members to unlimited storage as well. This seems like Microsoft trying to one-up Google to me.

3 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

grilled-cheese Instead of money, how about hardware? (244 comments)

Single threaded processes don't necessarily need the latest generation processors because they just keep adding cores. Instead of trying to buy a new server, why not just accept a donation of a 3ish year old dell/hp/supermicro server. Lots of businesses & universities have a hardware rotation cycle for really good hardware. I've bought perfectly good poweredge servers that were a few years old for under $50 before at a university computer auction.

about two weeks ago
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Commerce Secretary: US Wants Multi-Stakeholder Process To Preserve Internet

grilled-cheese Consider your stakeholders (57 comments)

So how many of these countries have already sharded the internet behind their government firewalls, i.e. China/Russia? And we believe that all other governments are less corrupt and self serving than the US? I'm not a fan of the US Panopticon and stranglehold on critical infrastructure, but honestly, it's worked for several decades now why break it up? At least the US influence that conforms with the military influence we already have. It would be great if a multinational panacea existed to control it, but the closest thing we have to that today is the UN. It doesn't have a strong track record for being the most effective governing body out there. Corruption and government go hand-in-hand; one feeds the other.

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

grilled-cheese Back to the Future (571 comments)

Finally, I'm getting closer to owning a Mr. Fusion!

about two weeks ago
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Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent

grilled-cheese Growing Trend (108 comments)

Cisco has pulled stuff like this for a while, but VMware this year did the same shenanigans. I'm seeing this being a growing trend for larger company certifications.

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

grilled-cheese Re:more than I can technically achieve over wirele (279 comments)

Good luck getting all your devices on a stable connection over 600mb. It is technically possible, but the topology and composition of your home coupled with the quality of your device adapters/antenna may prevent sufficient signal for those speeds. It's hard to beat CAT5e+ when it comes to Gb connectivity. You can get all the parts and tools you need to wire and terminate it all at your local big box hardware store (i.e. Lowes, Home Depot, etc).

about three weeks ago
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AT&T To Repay $80 Million In Shady Phone Bill Charges

grilled-cheese And how will they repay it (61 comments)

I bet everyone gets a 2 month subscription to some junk AT&T service like being able to track your family's phones through their proprietary app.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Designing a Telecom Configuration Center?

grilled-cheese Organization (52 comments)

Put plywood up on your walls for surface mount things like 110 or 66 blocks and any surface mount equipment. From a product standpoint, I've found the b-line flextray cable management system to be very nice and easy to install. I'd also invest in any kind of vertical flange cable management for your 2 post racks just to help keep from waterfalling your cables over the equipment.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Designing a Telecom Configuration Center?

grilled-cheese Organization (52 comments)

For telecom, the best things we did was to put plywood up on the walls so we could mount any 110 or 66 blocks there as well as any surface mount equipment. I've also highly enjoyed the b-line flextray cable management system to move cables from point A to B within a room. Likewise, put a good cable management flange down the sides of your 2 post racks to reduce the temptation to just waterfall all your cables over the rest of you equipment. If you're dealing with servers, I recommend a mobile crash cart like you find in a hospital that you can just keep an UPS, computer, & 2-port KVM with all your tools ready to go and just wheel it between racks & servers.

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

grilled-cheese It's for DaaS / VDI (554 comments)

Another component to consider is that bumping the specs for the OS can have a significant impact on DaaS/VDI offerings. Just increasing the RAM requirements by 1-2GB can be significant when you're running 50-250 guest OS on a single piece of hardware. Microsoft has a vested interest in keeping those specs as low as possible to make greater consolidation happen at a lower price point.

about a month ago
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Net Neutrality Comments Surge Past 1.7M, an All-Time Record For the FCC

grilled-cheese And they will read them when? (81 comments)

At what point does the number of comments become so large that the FCC can't possibly read them all? It's not going to be one person going through everything, so what is the likelihood that an intermediate person is going to get applying metadata or ranking the responses 100% correctly and without external influences?

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

grilled-cheese Consider diversifying networking gear (427 comments)

One thing I've started doing is trying to diversify my networking gear. Instead of trying to lump a single piece of hardware for modem+router+wifi, or just router+wifi, completely shutting off the wireless parts of my WRT54gl then just buying a good wireless AP. This allows me to keep OpenWRT running on the WRT54gl just fine since I can't push more than 100Mb traffic through my ISP and keep all the nice routing, DNS, etc features working. It also means that when hunting for a wireless AP, I don't necessarily have to include open firmware compatibility as a requirement. It's also nice because if one piece bites the dust, I don't have to sink large amounts of cash into replacing the whole thing or if I need more hardline ports I can just change out the switch/bolt-on another one.

about 3 months ago
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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

grilled-cheese Game Series Timing Failure (203 comments)

Nintendo has about a half dozen or less strong game series supporting the platform (Mario Kart, Super Smash Bro., Mario Party, Zelda, or Metroid for example). They royally hosed themselves when they released a next gen console without the backing of these series. Nobody wanted the console because they couldn't play the series games they loved. Instead, those people went out and bought a new media center or phone/tablet which doubled as a gaming platform. If they wanted to sell the WiiU, all they had to do was time their major game series release dates to within 6-12 months of the console release. This would have kept a strong console buzz going in the market long enough for Nintendo to get their console into people's home. Creating artificial product scarcity didn't help either.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

grilled-cheese Re:It Depends (348 comments)

I've set up networks where the server infrastructure itself is on its own segment, so there's no need for firewalls between the servers themselves, but the whole subnet is firewalled by a border router.

This is the same approach taken with many industrial control systems (i.e. SCADA) that weren't designed to be used in an internet connected world.

about 3 months ago
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Test-Driving NVIDIA's GRID GPU Cloud Computing Platform

grilled-cheese Re:Bad Scaling Problem Though (29 comments)

What version of Vmware View? Doesn't the vSGA scaling depend on which 'profile' you use?

See here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/v...

That link is referencing a citrix only idea, but their general distinctions between user types is apt. As of View 5.3, there is no longer a lockin to NVIDIA products yet nobody has made any yet to my knowledge. Intel & AMD are on the list to produce something sometime.

about 5 months ago
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Test-Driving NVIDIA's GRID GPU Cloud Computing Platform

grilled-cheese Bad Scaling Problem Though (29 comments)

We very recently went through adding Grid cards to our VMware View infrastructure. The Grid K1 & K2 cards are a tradeoff on either more kepler processors or more cuda cores in addition to the quantity of RAM. VMware View can utilize a Grid card in either vSGA or vDGA modes (shared or direct passthrough of a kepler processor). From what I can discern, Dell only officially supports the Grid cards in their R720 server. That particular chassis can only accept 2 Grid cards max. So you can get your choice of 2, 4, 6, or 8 kepler processors. If you're using vDGA mode, you're creating a direct VDI desktop allocation of that core with DirectPath I/O. While this means that one desktop is going to have great performance, it means it isn't available for anyone else and you lose vMotion capability. If you run in vSGA mode, the performance per machine isn't as good as vDGA but more desktops can utilize the hardware. There arn't any good whitepapers I've found yet describing how far you can stretch a Grid K1, but the rule of thumb I got from another company who has ran them through their benchmark lab got around 25 desktops per K1 max. Therefore, assuming you've got a pair of them that means you can run ~50 desktops with a reduced performance when compared to vDGA. The technology still appears to be young to me, but we decided to take a chance and see how far we could take it.

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

grilled-cheese Re:It worked before (475 comments)

They took care of that by only installing one per mailbox address, except business class.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

grilled-cheese Re:It worked before (475 comments)

The reason I've been given when asking about it was that only one modem could be provisioned on their end per last mile cable. So to provide a second WAN connection, they would have to run additional wiring from the pole into my house at my expense.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

grilled-cheese Re:It worked before (475 comments)

Good luck finding a residential router capable of multiple WAN connections for a resonable price. Also, I don't believe they would do it because they can't provision more then one modem to an address/account, unless it's business class.

about 6 months ago

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SoundExchange Shuts Down SWCast Internet Radio

grilled-cheese grilled-cheese writes  |  more than 3 years ago

grilled-cheese (889107) writes "On April 18th, SoundExchange filed a DMCA shutdown notice with the ISP for SWCast.net for failing to pay music royalties on behalf of small internet radio stations after 2005. While these internet radio stations had been paying SWCast for years under the promise of full recording industry compliance, they are now being forced to shutdown or seek alternatives for paying internet broadcast royalty fees."
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How do remote developers meet with eachother?

grilled-cheese grilled-cheese writes  |  more than 5 years ago

grilled-cheese (889107) writes "As my software company continues to grow, we find it harder to maintain the group consensus on software engineering. This is mostly due to people being out of the office or working abroad. When looking for ways to bring those developers back into normal discussions, what are some of the techniques and technologies that could be employed?"
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What would you use to authenticate a 3rd party?

grilled-cheese grilled-cheese writes  |  more than 5 years ago

grilled-cheese writes "I'm a system administrator who works with generating customized websites for universities containing private data. I'm wondering what the community thinks about authentication systems to hook in 3rd parties. One of the guidelines I use to protect customers is "If I ever know a credential, I don't want it". The best and only solution I've found to this point is CAS (Central Authentication Service). I'd really like to hear more suggestions for alternatives to offer."
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How to test wifi?

grilled-cheese grilled-cheese writes  |  more than 7 years ago

grilled-cheese (889107) writes "I'm working for a growing university's IT department and we are growing more and more concerned with our wireless network. While we have managed to feel pretty good about our security solution, we don't have a good method for planning, analyzing, and troubleshooting our existing infrastructure as it grows. How would you go about troubleshooting your wifi problems, or surveying the current setup? Is there a published standard for wifi coverage or utilization? What would be some important factors in your wifi planning such as Signal-Noise-Ratio and Multipath?"

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