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Venture Capitalists Lobby Against Software Patents

hax0r_this Time to Ban Lobbying (127 comments)

Yesterday I commented on the negative effects of banning lobbying and was promptly modded down for it.

This is different I take it?

more than 4 years ago

Plotting a Coup In the Internet Age

hax0r_this Re:It's legal for foreign money to be spent lobbyi (183 comments)

There is a term for a government that bans lobbying. Its called a dictatorship.

I know we're supposed to hate corporations, lobbyists, etc, but I wish that people would stop and think about what they're saying.

more than 4 years ago

Work Underway To Return Xen Support To Fedora 13

hax0r_this Re:KVM catches Xen (93 comments)

I was responsible for maintaining a Xen environment for about a year and a half and had much the same experience. We compile our own kernels and in this regard Xen was a nightmare. Do I stick with a 2.6.18 kernel which is the latest supported? If we do that we have to make sure to get backported security fixes. Or do we use forward-ported Xen patchsets which weren't all that reliable and were a pain in the ass to apply?

We finally switched to KVM and suddenly life got a lot easier.

(Going slightly off topic here)For a while we used libvirt and the associated tools, then we discovered Ganeti, a project at Google which has made cluster management a breeze. Libvirt has a "network" driver, but really isn't designed to manage redundant virtualization clusters. Ganeti, on the other hand, is designed specifically for managing clusters, and takes care of all the dirty work like setting up and managing LVM and DRBD. You can build out a new virtual machine, complete with an operating system in just one command, or even do it over the HTTP API. You can use Ganeti with KVM or Xen, but until/unless Xen is in mainline I won't be touching it.

more than 4 years ago

HP Explains Why Printer Ink Is So Expensive

hax0r_this Brother Laser Printers (651 comments)

I own two brother laser printers (one at school one at home) and would recommend them to anyone looking for a cheap laser printer. The older, an HL 2070N has done a little over 10,000 pages in the 5 or so years since I got it. The newer one, an HL 2170W I've had for about a year and printed around 1600 pages on. They come with a toner cartridge good for around a thousand pages, after which I recommend buying the "high yield" ones which are around $40 and good for around 2600 pages. You'll also need a new drum unit ever 13,000 pages or so, but that hasn't happened yet.

One thing to look out for though, neither of these models seems to have postscript support that I can tell. Brother does have Linux drivers, but I've had occasional issues with them (actually nothing in the last 6 months or so). The few times that I've tried them, the Windows and OSX drivers seemed ok.

more than 4 years ago

Chrome Private Mode Not Quite Private

hax0r_this Its Not about Trust (234 comments)

I think you're missing the GPs point. Although many around here might well hold the beliefs you allude to (I don't think its a significant population on Slashdot, as victimized as you might feel by them), the GPs point is that the cost of betrayal by the Government far exceeds the cost of betrayal by a Corporation. In fact, the worst a Corporation can do do you is really limited by what the Government will allow it to do - if you are really so afraid of what a Corporation can do to you, you are implicitly afraid of what the Government will let it do.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Guacamole Puts VNC On the Web

hax0r_this Re:Back ... TO THE FUTURE! (180 comments)

I keep hearing about a thing called Node.js, some sort of V8 (the Chrome javascript engine) powered Javascript web framework. I've never used it, but my impression is its not something you would want to use in production.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Guacamole Puts VNC On the Web

hax0r_this Re:Back ... TO THE FUTURE! (180 comments)

How is that the worst of both worlds, or a hack? This uses Java and Javascript both in the environments in which they work best. And I'm not even sure why you would call this a hack. Do you have a problem with working with XML in a Java server? Java is far from my language of choice, but thats hardly a hack. Or is it the drawing in an HTML5 canvas that you consider a hack? Because thats exactly what its for.

more than 4 years ago

Adobe Not Worried About the Future of Flash

hax0r_this Re:What about Flash games and other stuff? (328 comments)

How does dropping flash for HTML5 remove an attack vector? It just replace one attack vector with another.

Unless you're suggesting your browser would otherwise not support HTML5/Javascript, then you aren't replacing anything. Just dropping a third party plugin that is known to be buggy, non-standard and poorly maintained.

more than 4 years ago

Which Linux For Non-Techie Windows Users?

hax0r_this Re:Saving Yourself A World Of Pain (766 comments)

Do you really want your OS taking on the overhead of RAID? Desktop motherboards with hardware RAID 0/1/0+1 are easy to find and cheap.

The motherboards you are thinking of actually do the RAID in software through a driver. I've been running 4 drives in RAID 5 with Linux's software RAID for a a few years now, and never had an issue. Even the parity calculations are trivial for a modern CPU, and if you're just doing RAID 0/1 the overhead is even lower. I even see software RAID being used in a lot of servers these days, although hardware RAID often has some benefits in terms of hot-swap, etc.

I'm not sure how easy RAID is to configure from a GUI in Ubuntu, but I believe the Fedora installer can do it, and probably others. Or if you know your way around a Linux system its fairly trivial from the command line.

more than 4 years ago

EFF Launches "Takedown Hall of Shame"

hax0r_this Re:NPR is on here? (163 comments)

Is that an attempt to argue that none of it should be in the public domain?

It seems reasonable to suggest that information produced with any level of public funding should belong to the public. Don't like the terms? Don't take public funding.

more than 3 years ago

FBI Investigates Liberator of Court Records

hax0r_this And by "eleventy trillion" (445 comments)

You actually mean less than one trillion right? Less than two percent of our total national debt?

I'm not saying it was a good use of our money, and I could spend all day naming things I would rather see it spent on (or, you know, I wouldn't mind keeping a little more of what I earn), but I'm tired of seeing people perpetuating this idea that the wars are directly responsible for a large portion of our debt.

more than 4 years ago

Google Wave Backstage

hax0r_this Yeah, You're Wrong (132 comments)

Have you tried Wave? Its nothing like a chat room, mainly because it has threads and an editable history. Think 10 people editing a google docs document specifically designed for communication between participants.

Its far closer to a wiki than a chat room. Imagine a wikipedia discussion page (click 'discussion' at the top of any article for an example) in real time.

more than 4 years ago

Deposit Checks By iPhone

hax0r_this Re:Interesting... (293 comments)

If it is the person who wrote the check, there is still an image of the check.

Right, but the person who wrote the check is claiming the image is faked. They can intentionally not keep a carbon copy, or better yet just make sure the last 0 doesn't go on the carbon copy. The only evidence the bank has of a check for $1,000 is an easily faked image submitted by the customer. Everything else says it was a check for $100.

Of course the same thing applies to a real check...

about 5 years ago

The Rocky Road To Wind Power

hax0r_this Wind Farm implies Wind (281 comments)

I could be wrong, but isn't it likely to be really windy at the site of the wind farm? Couldn't that make airships impractical?

more than 5 years ago

802.11n Should Be Finalized By September

hax0r_this Re:Hooray, I guess? (104 comments)

Oops, I just actually looked at my phone and I guess its only 1 "bar". Somehow I had in mind that there were 4 total.

more than 5 years ago

802.11n Should Be Finalized By September

hax0r_this Re:Hooray, I guess? (104 comments)

Unless you use 802.11n at 5GHz, which is really necessary to see most of the speed benefits anyway. At 5GHz the range is pretty terrible.

I get 2 bars on my iPhone from my Linksys WRT 610N from about 20 feet away through two thin walls (in the bathroom of my one bedroom apartment). The upside is that that particular router has 2 radios, so it can run on 2.4GHz simultaneously, allowing me to access it from outside where the 5GHz doesn't reach.

more than 5 years ago

Bill Ready To Ban ISP Caps In the US

hax0r_this They Aren't the ISPs Bits to Sell (439 comments)

When you pay for water and electricity, you are actually buying them. The utility company produces them (well, with water they pump and purify it, and might have to pay for their water source depending where you are and how the service works) and sells them to you.

Comcast doesn't produce the bits they deliver to me, they simply transfer them from someone else who I might be paying for the bits. If they can actually deliver the 16Mb/s they claim they can to me at any time of day regardless of "congestion" (of course they can't), then the cost difference to them of delivering nothing for a month and maxing out that connection for a month is negligible. Their routers might draw slightly more power, but the total cost of delivering an additional bit (or 100GB) is next to nothing compared to the cost of making the network available to me.

The idea behind ISP transfer limits is totally different than paying per unit for water or electricity. With water and electricity you pay per unit (usually - in my hometown of Anchorage, AK water is actually a fixed rate I think) because it costs the company to sell you a unit. With ISPs, they want to limit your use because the speeds they charge you for aren't actually the speeds they can deliver if everyone actually uses their connection. So instead of telling you realistic speeds, they just make sure people can't actually use their connection, making it more likely that you will be able to use yours (until you too hit the cap).

Of course there is the totally separate issue of most ISPs also selling content that they would much rather you get via pay per view, etc than via the Internet...

more than 5 years ago

Thomas' Testimony and the RIAA's Near-Fatal Error

hax0r_this Not Really (283 comments)

Only if you consider RIAA lawyers to be "the court".

more than 5 years ago

Apple's WWDC Unveils iPhone 3.0, OpenCL, Laptop Updates, and More

hax0r_this Control (770 comments)

Because they can't control how you use a tethered computer. Try torrenting something on an un-jailbroken iPhone, then tell me how much it is like "another computer".

more than 5 years ago



hax0r_this hax0r_this writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hax0r_this (1073148) writes " is running a story questioning whether Ubuntu is the remedy to the Vista woes that law firms (like everyone else) are suffering. "To Vista or not to Vista; is that really the question? With Microsoft's long-awaited operating-system upgrade, well ... upon us ... it might be time to consider alternatives. Apple's fine Unix-based OS X is certainly an option, but if you're balking at investing in the new hardware you'll need to support Microsoft's new graphically seductive, resource-gobbling OS, do you really want to replace all your Windows machines with Macs?" The article touches on Ubuntu's plug and play abilities, criticizes its default color scheme and seems to conclude that "The feature of Ubuntu that is most likely to move this distro into the enterprise competitively is Canonicals' licensing model. The company does not impose a restriction on deploying a Linux enterprise subscription on every server. Instead, Ubuntu is free software licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).""


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