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CIOs Dismissed As Techies Without Business Savvy By CEOs

idiotnot Re:They are INFORMATION officers! (269 comments)

Pretty much. In most organizations is a parasitic function; the organization's main role isn't propagation of IT systems. Nor is the organization's role good free coffee, clean restrooms, etc. They're things that increase productivity towards core business functions. IT people lose sight of that.

Infosec people are worse about it; infosec is a parasitic function to a parasitic function.

more than 2 years ago

Verizon Challenges FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

idiotnot Re:If the FCC can't enforce net neutrality... (179 comments)

They can't just arbitrarily do that. If they try, the courts have remedies. "Yes, Mister Vice President, I realize we were advised not to do this, but, like, the President told us to, now we have to pay billions to Verizon, AT&T, and Time-Warner. You told us to do this."
"Yep. I'm just glad that @$$ judge didn't hold us in contempt."
"We would have come and bailed you out."

more than 3 years ago

Verizon Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Rules

idiotnot Re:Abolish the FCC (275 comments)

Thank you for reciting the trolltastic NN lines, and provide where, exactly in either act, internet service is defined as a telecommunications service.

If you can't find it, you've hit upon the problem. It's not the FCC's job to make the distinction between what is and is not a telecommunications service.

if they could make up those rules on the whim of whichever party is in office, there's virtually no limit in what they might be able to regulate.

Congress has to explicitly grant them the authority. Congress hasn't done that (and likely won't now that the NN bobbleheads' ranks have been significantly thinned).

You want a connection with NN compliance? Contract for it. It's called a business-class connection. Put it in the contract terms. If they violate it, you terminate the contract. It's pretty simple.

about 4 years ago

Verizon Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Rules

idiotnot Re:Abolish the FCC (275 comments)

The EPA and the Clean Air Act--along with even more aggressive regulation here in CA due to Los Angeles's unique geography--got rid of all those smog clouds, saving us billions in costs from increased health care and lowered lifespans.

That's what's missing here with the FCC. The Clean Air Act gave the EPA authority to regulate certain emissions (CO2 not among them!). But Congress passed it, President Bush signed it.

The FCC, OTOH, is just acting without explicit legislative power to regulate NN.

about 4 years ago

Verizon Sues FCC Over Net Neutrality Rules

idiotnot Re:Abolish the FCC (275 comments)

This is how an essentially political administrative agency works.

We've seen it other places (see: FDA with nicotine delivery, EPA with carbon emissions).

Verizon will win this case, but the politicians in charge of the FCC probably still won't the the message. They certainly didn't the last time they lost in court.

And Congress could have fixed it, but they didn't. It's not at the top of the list of things they failed to do, but it's up there.

about 4 years ago

Goodbye Bifocals — Electronic Glasses Change Focus

idiotnot Might be a start (166 comments)

....and it's probably sufficient for many people.

That said, having something that could automatically adjust projection on the retina would be better for most people.....glasses with automatically adjusting correction, based on whatever the lens is doing, not just what direction the glance is focused.

Still, even that wouldn't be help for people like me; refractive correction is one thing, understanding how the nerves transmit that information is anoteher thing. (Optic neuritis is a symptom of another medical condition I have. Even getting corrective lenses is difficult, because it's tough to figure out whether the blurry vision is due to ON, or a refractive problem. Complicating matters is unpredictable eye movement....)

about 4 years ago

Scholars Say ACTA Needs Senate Approval

idiotnot Re:Scholars, you say? (204 comments)

Pretty much all of them, when consulting about what materials are covered by Executive Privilege. :-)

more than 4 years ago

Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty Black Ops Edition

idiotnot Re:Knowing Jeep Recently (102 comments)

I tried several times while we were dating. She would be doing pretty well, stall it out, then start crying. :-) "I'm afraid I'm gonna break your car!"

There's also ergonomic issues (she's not very tall).

But I've pretty much given up on it at this point. As I said, I have "physical issues" (I have multiple sclerosis....left leg is dodgy sometimes lately) that might prevent *me* from driving one soon.

more than 4 years ago

Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty Black Ops Edition

idiotnot Knowing Jeep Recently (102 comments)

They'll probably try to sell a lot of the Unlimited models as 2WDs with the cheapo automatic transmission. I'm sure there's a market; it's easy to pay more than that for a far less substantial vehicle.

But, it's probably a good move for Chrysler, considering prior to the bankruptcy, the Wrangler was one of two vehicles they actually made a profit on (the other being the Ddoge Viper).

I've owned two Wranglers; I probably won't buy another, despite whatever marketing ploys there are. Not so much because I think it's a bad vehicle, but because I don't need the capabilities any more at this stage of my life. (Married, thinking about kids, wife can't drive a manual transmission, live in a place with tough parking, I may not be able to drive much longer due to physical issues, etc. etc.)

more than 4 years ago

DHS CyberSecurity Misses 1085 Holes On Own Network

idiotnot Re:Acrobat, Java, and Microsoft (86 comments)

A thousand times this.

But, then, I suppose the people who wrote TFA, or are commenting here, don't have a single unpatched copy of Acrobat Reader or JRE around. Am I right?

Cluestick time: while there's problems in government IT, I can guarantee you that many, many large corporations would have fared worse on a similar audit.

more than 4 years ago

State of Virginia Technology Centers Down

idiotnot Re:Typical liberal overreaction (190 comments)

They get all defensive (no pun intended) when you point out that this was one of Mark Warner's crowning achievements as governor......

more than 4 years ago

Data Disasters More Likely To Strike In Summer

idiotnot Re:Article is from the UK (61 comments)

Yeah, this was all at a radio station, so the important stuff was on conditioned power. Still doesn't like getting wet. :-) Luckily, most of the broadcast equipment stayed dry. The sales floor, where nothing was on UPS power, well....

Let's just say that it was really a good thing that a local equipment company we did lots of work through happened to have ten PCs in stock.

On a similar note, when the power company would near peake capacity, we'd have to go to generator on a couple of our transmitters (one 100 kW, one 50 kW). I'd assume the power company had similar deals with lots of other big-time consumers (hospitals, data centers, etc.).

more than 4 years ago

Data Disasters More Likely To Strike In Summer

idiotnot Article is from the UK (61 comments)

....where they don't have hurricanes.

My summer IT disaster story? Imagine a large office building. Now imagine A/C units fed by a central chiller pipe. Now imagine 20 floors' worth of chiller water coming out on the floor above yours. Then imagine water cascading down the windows, and across the drop ceiling.....

This was me in July 2005. One of the few times I didn't get dirty looks for wearing shorts and tevas in the office.

more than 4 years ago

The End of the Dr. Demento Show On Radio

idiotnot Re:I wrote a column on Dr. Demento (206 comments)

WW1 was the big dog for a long time, but much of their reach was through the CBS and Mutual (how's that name for a blast from the past?) radio affiliates. Many of the music stations don't have any network connections at all these days. Many of the shorter network features that stations used to buy sat equipment for now come via mp3. Why spend #20k setting up a dish and a receiver, when you can just download all the history of rock morning prep clips over the internets? Pretty simple economics, unfortunately.

But the radio networks have also undergone several major upheavals. I can remember scanning the SEDAT channels back in the late 90s for talk programs. Today, pretty much everything's encrypted, and there's only four shows on live -- Premiere/CC, CBS/WW1, and then the sports networks. There's probably 150 stations in the US with the same lineups 0900-1900 Eastern (9-n Beck, n-3 Limbaugh, and 3-7 Hannity). Certainly didn't see that back when Dr. Demento was getting syndicated.

more than 4 years ago

The End of the Dr. Demento Show On Radio

idiotnot Re:I wrote a column on Dr. Demento (206 comments)

Nice write-up.

I agree he'll be missed, but, really, he hasn't been around for most stations since he left WW1. Music radio today doesn't even begin to resemble music radio in 1990. By the late 80s, most music stations didn't have network affiliations, much less run regular programming. The AOR formats of the 70s put a nail into that, as well as shows like Dr. Demento's. The stations who still do have significant network ties are overwhelmingly news/talk outlets. Why put on Dr. Demento when you can run three hours of Art Bell repeats free of charge?

I used to listen to him as a kid on AFRTS. Was always enjoyable. At nearly 70 years old, the Doc probably should be hanging it up, and enjoying retirement.

Wonder if he could guest with Joey Reynolds; that would be a ton of radio history to hear!

more than 4 years ago

Six More Tech Cults

idiotnot Gentoo? (179 comments)

Or did all the Gentoo fanboys migrate to Ubuntu? Like the Millerites became Seventh Day Adventists (well, those who didn't declare the whole thing batshiat crazy and leave after Jesus didnt' show back up in 1844).

more than 4 years ago

Will Steve Ballmer Speak At WWDC Keynote?

idiotnot Obligatory.... (280 comments)

Developers Developers Developers Developers Developers!

more than 4 years ago

US Air Force To Suffer From PS3 Update

idiotnot Pay no attention to that bearded man in Tehran (349 comments)

In the grand scheme of things, I have to wonder if the US government and EU are pretty happy with Sony's decision here. While, yes, they'll be force to spend more money on systems to replicate what they were doing with their PS3 clusters, the PS3 clusters in Iran and North Korea will degrade, too.

more than 4 years ago

Virginia AG Probing Michael Mann For Fraud

idiotnot Re:Not the only conservative views he's pushed (617 comments)

general grants of authority given to Virginia universities to craft their own rules.

Which cannot differ from the rules set out by the General Assembly. This is the primary difference between Virginia and many other states (PA, KY, and MA excepted), in that localities, or in this case Commonwealth-owned corporations, have no legal power other that what's granted them by the GA.

It's akin to the USPS giving an okay to interstate shipments of medical marijuana by mail; they can't just arbitrarily do that without Congressional authorization. Hell, they can't even raise postage rates without Congressional approval.

more than 4 years ago

Fake Antivirus Peddlers Outpacing Real AV Firms

idiotnot Three Findings (245 comments)

1. Education that Windows users need AV software has been overwhelmingly successful.
2. People are too cheap to go buy a boxed copy, and like in-your-face downloads (many ISPs offer AV, but you have to go hunt for it)
3. Internet Explorer and Windows are still terminally broken out-of-the-box.

more than 4 years ago




Week 4 Picks

idiotnot idiotnot writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Well, I pretty much stunk up the place last week, going six and eight. I r teh suck. Maybe I ought to quit doing this.

Sunday, September 28th

Arizona at St. Louis 1 p.m.
Uhh. My heart says "Arizona." My head says "St. Louis." My head also says "Rams ain't got Marshall Faulk." But it doesn't matter. Rams 32, Cards 28.

Atlanta at Carolina 1 p.m.
ZZZZZZzzzzzZZZZZZ. Field Goal battle. Panthers 12, Falcons 9.

Cincinnati at Cleveland 1 p.m.
Browns are back on the Couch. But even Jon Kitna will have no problems with Cleveland's Defense. Bengals 17, Browns 13.

Jacksonville at Houston 1 p.m.
Byron Leftwich gets the start. It should be David Garrard. Houston isn't that good, but their defense is strange enough that it will confuse the hell out of a young QB. Texans 22, Jags 14.

Kansas City at Baltimore 1 p.m.
I'm still not sold on Baltimore. Kansas City is blowing people out. I think this will be pretty close for awhile, but I think KC will hit a couple of scores, and Baltimore won't be able to come back. Chiefs 35, Ravens 26.

New England at Washington 1 p.m.
The best defensive mind in football against the best offensive mind in his own mind. I think it'll come down to whether the Redskins stumble out of the gate again. If they can keep things close, they'll win. If they fall behind, they won't be able to come back like they did against Atlanta and New York. Redskins 30, Patriots 27.

Philadelphia at Buffalo 1 p.m.
Are the Eagles really this bad? McNabb just doesn't have any weapons. The Eagles' defense hasn't been that bad, but they have to get some offensive production for that to show. Bills 16, Eagles 10.

San Francisco at Minnesota 1 p.m.
Gus's revenge. Okay, so maybe not. Minnesota's defense has been playing better than it is, and somebody will figure out how to move the ball on them soon. I don't know what was up with the 49ers last week, but I don't see it happening again. 49ers 24, Vikings 20.

Tennessee at Pittsburgh 1 p.m.
Best game of the weekend? Bah. Both of these teams scream "boring." Titans are overrated. Steelers can't run the ball. Steelers 19, Titans 16.

San Diego at Oakland 4:05 p.m.
People have figured out Oakland's offensive scheme. Marty Schottenheimer's teams don't stay bad very long (although he did open 0-5 with the Redskins). But I don't think they pick up their first win *in* Oakland. Raiders 27, Chargers 21.

Dallas at N.Y. Jets 4:15 p.m.
Vinny will make Parcells wish he'd made the trade. Well, if Paul Hackett pulls his head out of his ass and realizes that they're going to have to throw some passes downfield. Jets 20, Cowboys 14.

Detroit at Denver 4:15 p.m.
Is there anybody who thinks Detroit can win this game? Broncos 31, Lions 14.

Indianapolis at New Orleans 8:30 p.m.
Colts are 3-0, Saints are 1-2. The Saints can't lose this game. I have a sneaking suspicion that they'll find a way to do so. But I'm going to be a Homer anyway. Saints 36, Colts 33.

Monday, September 29th
Green Bay at Chicago 9 p.m
Does anyone actually think that Chicago can win this game? Maybe I should reverse that statement. The Packers suck. But not as bad as Chicago. Packers 17, Bears 3.


Feature Request

idiotnot idiotnot writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I dig the relationship orbs, but I think there needs to be a fourth classification (currently it's friend/foe/neutral).

Might I suggest something like mouth-breather? A poster who you have no dislike of, just that you think he is a complete dipshit?

Gentoo users, Dean/Clark supporters, Canadians, etc?


Week 2 Picks

idiotnot idiotnot writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Buffalo at Jacksonville 1 p.m.
Buffalo looked impressive against New England, or maybe New England really sucks. I still say that Jacksonville has the ability to bite people early in the season, as they came close to doing to Carolina last week. But I think Buffalo probably won't fall behind as big as Carolina did, and that'll be the difference. Bills 35, Jags 27.

Cleveland at Baltimore 1 p.m.
Really, who cares? I'm sorry, but the way that both of these teams played last week -- I would have to force myself to watch this game. Browns 10, Ravens 3.

Detroit at Green Bay 1 p.m.
Steve Marriucci's boys looked good last week, but they were playing the Cardinals. And Brett Favre rarely has two bad games in a row. Packers 28, Lions 17.

Houston at New Orleans 1 p.m.
If the Saints lose this game, they don't go to the playoffs, and compete for the first overall pick. That said, it should be a blowout if Aaron Brooks remembers that he's supposed to give the ball to they guys in the black jerseys. The Saints always play down to their competition, so this one will be closer than it should be. Saints 30, Texans 20.

Miami at N.Y. Jets 1 p.m.
Miami shouldn't have lost to Houston, but they found a way to do so. The combination of Norval and Dave is in stiff competition with Jim Haslett and Mike Martz for worst coaching in the NFL. This should be a defensive battle, and I won't be suprised if the defenses score more than the offenses. Jets 13, Dolphins 12 (safety!)

Pittsburgh at Kansas City 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh can't run, KC can't play defense. Whoever scores last will probably win this one. The Steelers' secondary is lousy, so the Chiefs will put it up, and use Priest Holmes a bit more sparingly. Fantasy Owners: pick up Johnnie Morton! Chiefs 33, Steelers 29.

San Francisco at St. Louis 1 p.m.
The Rams have a chance to win this game with Marc Bulger playing. The Rams' defense looked pretty good against the Giants last week, especially in light of Kurt Warner's bazillion turnovers. San Francisco will have to run the ball to win, and I don't know that the poor man's Steve Spurrier, Dennis Erickson, will do that. Rams 21, 49ers 14.

Tennessee at Indianapolis 1 p.m.
Tennessee looked good last week, and Indy didn't. I think the Colts will have more success throwing the ball this week, but I don't know if it will be enough to win the game. Tennessee is healthy right now, but the depth on that team is very thin. They'll keep winning until the injuries start to mount. Titans 23, Colts 19.
Washington at Atlanta 1 p.m.
Is it just me, or was Dan Reeves the inspiration for Mr. Mackey from South Park? Mmmmkay, with that out of the way, Washington played very well on defense last week, and the offense showed flashes in the first half. This will be the first display of the Redskins' speed on turf, and I think the Falcons will be left wondering what happened. Of course, if Michael Vick was playing this outcome would be different. Spurrier schools Doug Johnson once again. Redskins 42, Falcons 26.

Carolina at Tampa Bay 4:05 p.m.
Two very good and very boring teams. Going with Jake Delhomme at QB gives the Panthers' offense a bit of a spark, but I think the Tampa defense will be too much for him to handle. Bucs 17, Panthers 13.

Seattle at Arizona 4:05 p.m.
Seattle is the real deal if they can force turnovers like they did against New Orleans last week. Arizona did something last week they didn't do much at all last year -- score! Of course, it was against the Lions, and they gave up a lot more than they scored. New year, same Cardinals, even if Emmitt is playing for them. Blue Man Group 34, Birdies 22.

Cincinnati at Oakland 4:15 p.m.
The Raiders looked bad against Tennessee. They won't look bad against the Bengals. Raiders 26, Bengals 10.

Denver at San Diego 4:15 p.m.
San Diego, I thought, played pretty well against a good Kansas City team. Denver won, despite Jake Plummer. The best part of the Chargers' defense is the secondary, so this game will be decided at the line of scrimage. Whoever wins the rushing battle wins the game, and my money's on Tomlinson. Chargers 20, Broncos 16.

New England at Philadelphia 4:15 p.m.
A fierce battle between two teams who got shutout in the first week. I guess somebody has to score this week? Eagles 3, Patriots 0.

Chicago at Minnesota 8:30 p.m.
I came into the season thinking that the Cardinals probably were the worst team in the NFL. I think I've changed my mind. The Bears really are that bad. Vikings 24, Bears 7.

Dallas at N.Y. Giants 9 p.m.
The Giants won last week because they were playing a guy with a concussion who turned the ball over as often as possible. Quincy Carter will protect the ball just a bit better without the concussion. Giants 20, Cowboys 13.


Week 1 Football Picks

idiotnot idiotnot writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Thursday, Sept. 4
New York Jets at Washington, 9 p.m.

This game, unfortunately, I think will be the high point of the Redskins' season. The Jets just have too many holes (many left by players now on the Redskins), and they're not going to win many games with a 40 year-old Vinny Testaverde at the helm. There are still questions about how healthy Curtis Martin is -- I'm not sold on LaMont Jordan. Skins 35, Jets 17.

Sunday, Sept. 7
New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Buffalo's good offsense, against New England's improved defense. New England released Lawyer Milloy today (WTF?!), so who knows how much that'll hurt. They should have done that earlier. Still, should be a close game, and I don't think it'll be as high scoring as one might expect. Buffalo 23, New England 16.

Jacksonville at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville always plays well before they start getting hurt. They're like the Saints or the Dolphins, only they start to fade at the end of October, instead of the end of November. Carolina's offense should be better than last year, but they won't be able to come back if they get behind. Jacksonville 28, Carolina 20.

Denver at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

I don't believe in Jake Plummer yet. I don't buy Mike Shanahan's "offensive guru" title. I think Denver's defense is overrated. I think the Bengals are better, but they're still the Bengals. If you like seeing passes intercepted, this is the game to watch. Denver 17, Cincinnati 14.

Indianapolis at Cleveland, 1 p.m.

Peyton Manning versus his former backup (Kelly Holcomb), and quarterbacks coach (Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians). People are down on the Browns, and I'm not quite sure why. I think that it all comes down to the fact that their linebacking corps is all second-year guys. Andra
Davis was a very good special teams player last year, and I saw him make some good plays when he did get into games. Ben Taylor should have been starting earlier. All that said, Manning and company will be anxious to put up a show, after getting whipped by the Jets in the playoffs last year. Colts 45, Browns 42 in a shootout.

Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m.

This might be the worst game on the schedule this week, and some poor saps in Phoenix and Detroit will have it on TV. I like Jeff Blake and Emmitt Smith, and think they'll be alot better on offense than they were last year. I just don't know if the defense will be able to do anything. Detroit is without James Stewart, which means the Cards will be able to sit in a zone all day, not having to worry about the run. Cards 22, Lions 7.

Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m.

Minnesota is the most overrated team in the NFL. Onterrio Smith is a problem waiting to happen, and this team will miss Michael Bennett more than anybody is letting on. Daunte Culpepper turns the ball over too much (both picks and fumbles), and Brett Favre will make him pay for that. Packers 31, Vikings 24.

San Diego at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

San Diego can win this game if, and only if, they can keep Kansas City's offense on the sidelines. If Kansas City gets ahead, San Diego doesn't have the passing game to get back into it, even against a suspect Kansas City defense. Chiefs 26, Chargers 23.

Houston at Miami, 1 p.m.

Miami's offense is overrated. Houston's is underrated. Still, there won't be many points in this game, which will feature two good defenses. Miami's best quarterback is number three on the depth chart -- look for Sage Rosenfels to get some playing time this season, and not return to the bench. Dolphins 16, Texans 12.

St. Louis at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Two good offenses, against two defenses that had off years. The Giants have a better secondary, which is where this game will be decided. Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner will show that they're both back, however. Giants 41, Rams 35.

Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

The Ravens are starting Kyle Boller. Pittsburgh's defense will eat him for lunch. Look for alot of Tommy Maddox in this game, because people are going to beat the Ravens by throwing against them, then getting turnovers. Steelers 26, Ravens 10.

Atlanta at Dallas, 4:15 p.m.

The story of this game is that the starters at QB are Doug Johnson and Quincy Carter. Whoever does better on the ground wins this game. Falcons 19, Cowboys 17.

Chicago at San Francisco, 4:15 p.m.

Slash wasn't the answer in Pittsburgh, he's not the answer in Chicago. San Francisco is the second most-overrated team in the NFL, behind the Vikings. At least Dennis Erikson is trying to do something different with the offense -- but that's going to expose Jeff Garcia's flaws. 49ers 23, Bears 6.

New Orleans at Seattle, 4:15 p.m.

The Saints always start hot, and Seattle's defense, while it should be better, still hasn't "gelled." Matt Hasselbeck still doesn't impress me -- his "breakthrough" games at the end of last season came against some pretty lousy defenses. He looked positively sorry when he was throwing against Fred Smoot and Champ Bailey. Saints 36, Blue Men Group 22.

Oakland at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m.

The Raiders are old -- it'll start showing one of these days. The Titans are in salary-cap hell, but they're relatively healthy right now. This will be a much better game now, than it would be if it was played in the middle of November. Raiders 24, Titans 21.

Monday, Sept. 8
Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, 9 p.m.

A rematch of the NFC Championship game from last year. Andy Reid has a bad case of Marty Schottenheimer/Buck Sholwalter syndrome -- good enough to get close, not good enough to play for the title. The only way to beat the Bucs is to pound them on the ground, and the Eagles' weakest position is at RB. The result in this game will be the same as it was in January. Bucs 23, Eagles 13.

Bitch away. :-)


Boycott SCO

idiotnot idiotnot writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I've registered the domains boycottsco.org, boycottsco.com, and boycottsco.net. I want to make it clear that I do not agree with these tactics. I registered boycottsco.org when I first got wind that SCO might do something like this, but didn't do anything with it.

If anyone knows where I could get some affordible hosting, or wants to help out, please e-mail me. smbergeronSP@AM.bigfoot.com. (can the spam).


xscreensaver BSOD module addition....

idiotnot idiotnot writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Reference this.

OSX crashing has to be, hands down, the coolest OS crash ever. :-D

It doesn't happen often. I've only done it once, and that was due to a bad DIMM.

If somebody could get a screenshot of that with a webcam or sumpthin....


Linux Fanboys

idiotnot idiotnot writes  |  more than 12 years ago

This is in response to this. I would have commented there, but it would have surely been lost among all the +5 Funny comments and I had mod points. I used to mod points to mod up people who didn't take the bait to ridicule The Hurd.

A few observations:

- Because it takes a long time to release software doesn't mean that the software sucks. Umm, Mozilla, Gnome2, anyone, anyone? The Hurd has a small number of developers working on it. Not nearly as big as those projects. Why? Well, the ridicule that people who like The Hurd receive actually hurts development. I run into very few people today who ever speak highly of the Hurd. Those who do normally are *very* skilled programmers. The GNU/Linux fanboys don't care. They run a development kernel and think they're 1337. They couldn't care less about the non-free kernel modules for their nVidia cards....

- GNU's potential is not tapped. It *is* innovative. It works now. No, it's not as advanced as the Linux kernel, but it does work. I have two machines that run the Hurd. Last time I checked there were 6,000 some Debian packages that run on the Hurd -- far more than many Linux distros. I can grab a tarball from freshmeat, ibiblio, etc., and it'll normally compile and run.

- Jokes about the Hurd are no more funny than the *BSD is dying posts.

I guess my bottom line is: use what you like, but be intellectually honest about it. I, philosophicaly, like Free Software. The Hurd is the essence of that. Debian GNU/Linux is close. You like to have the source, be able to contribute, and have somebody take your work and do whatever to it? Run BSD. You like to be a slave, run Windoze. But if you truly believe in Free Software (and if you don't, run FreeBSD, as it's superior in many ways to Linux), don't make fun of the Hurd.

I'm leaving comments enabled, but if you wanna flame me, just STFU, I don't wanna hear it.

BTW: Thanks to paladin_tom for his defenses on that post....I don't have the patience.


Running the Hurd

idiotnot idiotnot writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Downloading the ISO's right now. Why? Well, because I've got an old machine that's in many ways too feeble to decently run anything but Windows 95, and I wanna see what this is all about. I don't need a better reason, do I? Yeah, the performance still sucks from what I understand.....but this is an old machine. The performance is *supposed* to suck.

Will keep people posted.


Moderators on Crack

idiotnot idiotnot writes  |  more than 12 years ago

To add to the moderation suggestions.....

- Browse at -1
- Report abuse
- Change your comments to flat and oldest first.

Sour grapes? A bit, but it's annoying as hell to have a comment mod'd "redundant" hours after it's posted, and it was one of the first few real ones (by which I mean....not a "first post!" or "Linux users are homosexuals.").


New Toy

idiotnot idiotnot writes  |  more than 12 years ago

After messing around with two old machines at my friend's house....trying to get a system to work that'll justify the continued payment of the cable modem bill while he's away....I bit the bullet and built a new machine.

The specs:

- Cheesy generic case
- Asus Mobo
- Athlon 1700+
- 512MB DDR
- Radeon VE (salvaged from other machine...it's only about eight months old)
- DEC Tulip-based network card (so it sucks, oh well)
- SB 16 PCI (see the comment on the last one)

I tried out the Progeny installer for Debian after the boot floppies I had decided not to work. For whatever reason, the minimal ISO's I've been able to find still track "testing" and not "stable" for woody. One of the base packages in "testing" last night was corrupt....so no install. Tried the Progeny, and it worked okay.

It's not as slick as RedHat or Mandrake. Okay, I expect that. But due to a botching of the network configuration, the machine was seriously fsck'd until I fixed it via dpkg.

Oh well. It's fast now.

For those of you tracking unstable, here's some neat stuff from my sources.list (not like most of you don't have this already).

# KDE3
deb http://download.us.kde.org/pub/kde/stable/3.0.3/Debian ./
deb http://people.debian.org/~bab/kde3 ./

# Blackdown Java
deb ftp://ftp.oleane.net/pub/java-linux/debian woody non-free

# Gnome2

deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ ../project/experimental main
deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ ../project/experimental main

# XFree86 4.2

deb ftp://ftp.cs.umn.edu/pub/debian-misc/branden/ sid/i386/
deb-src ftp://ftp.cs.umn.edu/pub/debian-misc/branden/ sid/source/


Mac 1u53r

idiotnot idiotnot writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Heh, figgerd for anyone who looks me up, I'd relay that I bought a B+W G3, and I really dig it. OSX is as good as reported.


Adventures in Debian

idiotnot idiotnot writes  |  more than 12 years ago

My latest project at work.....

In order to get news for a web portal we're now affiliated with, I had to figure out a way to grab news from our AP wire. Sounds easy, right? Heh, sure, except that we don't like to spend money on anything, and the AP software is still on a DOS machine.

I decided, partially as a challenge to myself, and partially to angle for a raise/fulltime gig, to try and a) build a box out of the spare parts we've got lying around, and b) have it run linux, dosemu, and Samba to grab these stories off the wire and publish them on the web.

The box:

- Strange 486 Motherboard
- AMD 5x86-133 proc
- 16 MB of assorted RAM (72 pin SIMMs are tough to find, y'know?)
- RealTek 8029 PCI Network card (ne2k-pci)
- Adaptec 2940 SCSI Controller
- 2 gig IBM SCSI HD
- Misc Samsung ATAPI CD-ROM
- Cirrus Logic 5430 PCI Graphics (1MB, woohoo)

First, I decided to try an old Mandrake distro I had lying around (this thing is going to be running behind a firewall, so I'm not overly concerned about the scr1pt k1dd1ez). No dice. The autoboot didn't like the CD drive. I tried making a boot disk, and worked....sorta. For whatever reason, though LILO wouldn't play nice with the DOS partition.

In the background, on another system, I decided to download an ISO of Debian stable.

Debian got up and running okay (after I replaced the CD ROM drive.....Mandrake might have played nicer if the thing wasn't broken).

At the moment, I'm still fsck'n around with the odd network card, but I have been able to get the software running pretty reliably under DOSemu and MS-DOS 6.22. It only starts acting funny when you try to run two copies (direct COM access). It also requires direct video access to look right, which I'd like to disable, because I'd like people to be able to telnet in and run the program remotely. Maybe it'd look better in a term window, but I'm not sure.


Any other suggestions, perhaps?


idiotnot idiotnot writes  |  about 13 years ago

Still haven't been able to get the SCSI drive to work correctly. It's supposed to work at 80 MB/sec sync transfer. Running an Adaptec 29160N controller (similar to the standard 29160, but it's only got the LVD/SE 68 pin port, instead of the two 68 pin ports). Controller ID's it as ASYN. It spins up intermittently. You can write to it every now and then. On balance, it doesn't work. I think it's got something to do with the 80-68pin adapter I bought.


Anyone want an 80 pin drive? Cheap!



idiotnot idiotnot writes  |  about 13 years ago

Submitted a story on Passport, still waiting on my SCA to 68 pin adapter so I can install my SCSI drive and Debian. *sigh* Must-find-friends-with-new-slashcode.....

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