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OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

hobarrera Re:Something is broken (71 comments)

Just be thankful that today's headline doesn't have typos in it!

about two weeks ago
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Google Kills Orkut To Focus On YouTube, Blogger and Google+

hobarrera Re:But I thought it was already dead? (71 comments)

I fail to see the correlation between dropping XMPP support and standalone clients being more efficient. There's plenty of standalone clients for XMPP, and there have been for many years.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

hobarrera Re:Touch Server (681 comments)

It takes N hours to develop and test a solution on platform X.

Not if you rely on cross-platform components and libraries. I develop and test on linux, but all my servers are BSD. I've never had any issues due to them being different platforms. Just make sure you don't use anything OS-specific and you'll be fine.

about three weeks ago
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Google Kills Orkut To Focus On YouTube, Blogger and Google+

hobarrera Re:But I thought it was already dead? (71 comments)

Anyway, you've got to love the message from Google: Use social networks, you're giving a third party the ability to kill your online presence and the identity that you use for communicating with your friends on a whim!

It's not the first time they send out this message. Didn't you hear about them dropping gtalk, and with it, XMPP support?

about a month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

hobarrera Re:Touch Server (681 comments)

Also, we refuse to install on anything but Linux.

I understand why you would no work with windows, but why be so extreme as Linux-only?

about a month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

hobarrera Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

Not really. People that seldom use Office won't really have adapted in that period of time, because it's the only app out there that uses it.
For example, I've deal with ribbon once or twice during this time, but use menubars on a daily basis.

about a month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

hobarrera Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

The problem is that, while ribbon is more intuitive, it has no room for advanced and experienced users to get faster. They'll use the UI at the same speed after years, because there that's all there is to it. Menubars have greater learning curve, but have more room to keep on learning and becoming more efficient.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

hobarrera Re:If only Windows supported IPv6 (250 comments)

By "full", I mean that it can do DNS. Windows not supporting RDNSS doesn't mean that you have to set the server manually; you can set it automatically.

Yes, full. Only on limited scenarios (not the most common ones, BTW).

I'm not really a fan of RDNSS; it puts host config into RAs with no clear guidelines as to which config options ought to be in them. (Why do we only put DNS info in there, and not all the other things you can configure?)

These are all the usual network settings. Sure, there's edge cases, but the idea is to cover the basics.

 

But I'm not arguing that MS shouldn't support it, I'm just pointing out that Windows isn't so incapable that it has no way of setting DNS servers automatically.

(As an aside, Windows will also configure a default set of DNS servers if you have no other v6 servers configured, so if you're doing a v6-only network and you really don't want to run stateless DHCPv6 for some reason and the only thing you wanted to set was the DNS servers, you could just add fec0:0:0:ffff::{1,2,3} to your DNS server and Windows would work fine.)

That's a microsoft-only made-up standard. Not only that, but using that address space was deprecated in 2004, so implementeing is actually incompliant.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

hobarrera Re:Why? (89 comments)

It's based on a browser. I'm guessing their content source will be what we call "The Internet". Millons of videos ready to watch.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

hobarrera Re:I've got a great idea! (89 comments)

Uhm... 64bit firefox has been around for over half a decade. Wake up, dude!

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

hobarrera Re:Why so much stupid shit, Mozilla? (89 comments)

Contact syncing? (eg: CardDav). That's been on their plate for years, and it's a pretty important feature nowadays that we have stuff like smartphone which we want to keep in sync.

There's a few other critical features/issues still open which never got the attention they deserved.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Is Working On a Firefox OS-powered Streaming Stick

hobarrera Re:You don't make OS's either (89 comments)

The linux proyect does not distribute any GNU code. Third parties create "GNU/Linux" distrinutions, and some of them mention GNU intheir name (eg: Debian GNU/Linux).

about a month ago
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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

hobarrera Re:If only Windows supported IPv6 (250 comments)

[...] because RAs are broadcasts sent by routers (plural, potentially) to announce network layout.

So? dns is a common part of modern network infrastructure. It's also possible you want to have devices use a dns according to which router they use (potentially, because the dns server may be on the other side of the router). Again, if they think dns in RA is bad design, it's still a common standard, it's not up to them to say "screw you" to those users.

That doesn't match up with the requirements for host config parameters, where you need a single authoritative source and you need the ability to receive machine IDs from clients so you can give out per-machine config settings.

A requirement that you just made up? A network can function properly with different hosts using different dns servers, there's no requirement to use the same.
Sure, RA doesn't have support for "per-machine config settings", but this is only something corporate environments need (and they can use dhcpv6). That just justifies the usage of dhcpv6 in those scenarios. It doesn't justify discarting RA completely for every user.

(Of course we haven't really stuck with that logic, since people argued that they didn't want to run dhcpv6 just for dns, so dns info was added to RAs. Then other people argued they didn't want to run dhcpv6 just for dns search domains, so that was added too. Where does it stop, I wonder...)

dns search domain are part of the network layout (just higher layer that IP/gateway). It makes perfect sense to include it into a single protocol that advertises network layout.

Again, none of these arguments justify not supporting RA. And saying that windows "fully supports IPv6" is mistaken, it only supports a certain network configuration. Not the most popular one by the way.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

hobarrera Re:If only Windows supported IPv6 (250 comments)

You also said they can't transition to v6 because their own OS doesn't support it, which isn't true. It's supported full automatic configuration of v6 network details out of the box since Vista in 2006, which is a lot longer than most Linux distros have been doing it.

"full automatic configuration of v6 network details". The word "full" is quite relative here. It only works on a single specific (and very uncommon) scenario where you have dhcpv6

I believe Debian only started doing that last year, and I'd be unsurprised if there were still major distros that didn't.

We were not discussing Linux nor debian. That's completely out-of-topic and irrelevant.

I wish I could find the discussions they must have had at the time about RAs... I assumed there would be mailing list archives or somesuch but I haven't managed to find anything. I guess the logic was that dns info (or other host config) doesn't belong in RAs

That's they opinion. The standard differs. Both the written standard, and common real life scenarios.

about a month ago
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Nokia Extorted For Millions Over Stolen Encryption Keys

hobarrera Re:Feature or bug? (89 comments)

Nokia would not have been able to ensure that the phones accept only applications approved by the company.

Sounds more like a feature than a bug. Do device "owners" really want phones that "accept only applications approved by the company".

The dive can run any code, the signing key makes it look "officially approved" by Nokia.

about a month ago
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Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss

hobarrera Re:Internal and External Simultaneously (104 comments)

That's just what I was thinking: if they're firms based overseas, then they can't force them to disclose SSL keys (making the communication secure-er). They shouldn't be able to force them to do anything, legally.

But doesn't facebook have a UK subsidiary, and offices in the UK (and mirrors, since I'm pretty sure they use CDNs)?

about a month ago
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Freecode Freezeup

hobarrera Re:So now where? (62 comments)

Why can't you mirror the repository into github, and update it just after every release?

about a month ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

hobarrera Re:This is what we've warned you about (281 comments)

If they do it right, the might be able to cheat unnoticed for a pretty long while.

about a month and a half ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

hobarrera Re:Just don't upgrade the kernel with nvidia close (185 comments)

Oh yeah, and you can leave inline comments in text files. Like the old setting when trying something new, or a note-to-self.

about a month and a half ago

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Ask slashdot: Ideal country to rent a VPS

hobarrera hobarrera writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hobarrera writes "I have rent a VPS from a provider located in the US. With all the issues of the US government taking down servers (sometimes without a good reason), legal issues regarding what I may and may not traffic, DMCA, and privacy concerns, I started looking for a VPS provider located elsewhere.

The first thing that came to mind, was to see where domains like thepiratebay where located (expecting it to be a quite "liberal" country in this sense). However, contrary to what I expected, Sweden actually blocked tbp at some point.
I don't want to pirate movies or anything ilegal, but I'd still prefer to operate on a country that has a clean record when it comes to taking down domains, and that I know my server will be running the next day every night when I got to bed, and I can expect an acceptable level of privacy.

For the record, I live in Argentina, and while Argentina does match my needs in this sense, hosting costs here are prohibitive, and quality extremely poor."

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