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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

laffer1 Re:Merged back or fork? (313 comments)

I never said one should port to all platforms and architectures. There's a balance and that is mostly to do with the resources a software project or individual has. For example, I dropped Sparc64 support in MidnightBSD because I don't have the time to maintain it. It also took 2 weeks to build packages on my two sparc systems.

12 hours ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

laffer1 Re:Merged back or fork? (313 comments)

I would argue that things don't just compile on FreeBSD. In fact, if you change the uname to something else, many things don't work. There are a lot of FreeBSD specific hacks in source code from many popular projects.

I would know since I have to deal with it all the time in my BSD project.

yesterday
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

laffer1 Re:Merged back or fork? (313 comments)

Ironically, OpenBSD is one of the projects that supports a lot of crusty old architectures using the logic that it helps them find bugs.

This logic is often used by Linux people not to support *BSD. I don't agree with the crusty old platform argument.

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

laffer1 Re:Jeez (574 comments)

I'm sorry but I don't buy this. Microsoft broke Windows 8.1's installer so bad that if you had a mouse driver installed for a gamer mouse, it would BSOD and die.

Mouse drivers are incompatible between 8.0 and 8.1! I haven't had a mouse problem since windows 3.1 to 95 update.

I think Microsoft has some quality control issues.

5 days ago
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The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

laffer1 Re:systemd hard dependency (689 comments)

Many people don't like launchd on OS X either. It uses XML configuration files and you get a hurd of apps spinning and waiting for resources. It's very easy to botch writing a good startup script.

The real issue is that systemd is a non compatible, poorly licensed solution and it intentionally is incompatible with every other unix system. If we're going to replace init with something else, it should be possible to actually run on more than one unix like operating system. There have been poor attempts to port launchd to FreeBSD for example. Nice in theory, but even that license isn't "good" with some folks. It also has a lot of depends on core foundation.

I actually think it makes sense to combine the jobs of init and cron because they have obvious overlap. However, making a kitchen sink kind of daemon that runs as root has obvious security implications.

The best possible solution is to come up with a daemon that can be used by several unix like operating systems so that scripts are compatible and things just work. The linux community will replace systemd and dbus in a few years because that's what they do. The rest of us have to live with these decisions for some time.

about a week ago
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Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

laffer1 Re:Twitter (40 comments)

Yes, he does. How is it different than using a site like stack overflow?

about two weeks ago
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Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

laffer1 Re:Twitter (40 comments)

I second this. As a software developer, I deal with weird issues with vendor products I have to support and extend. I've had great luck communicating with their product support folks via twitter. It literally saves hours waiting for email responses.

We also use Google Plus to communicate at work through a private community. It's actually scheduled to replace a good part of our current intranet site. It's been a lot quicker for us to just use that rather than maintain the custom solution we were using. We also can search it effectively and the teams have been good about tracking it as we use a full google stack at work (Gmail, drive, etc) so they get the notifications regularly.

Like any tools, it depends on how you use them.

about two weeks ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

laffer1 Re:Viable Replacement? (240 comments)

You can do dynamic updates with BIND or windows DNS. There are perl modules to do it or you can run one of several possible command line utilities to update the ip address.

When I was still in college, I had a cluster of machines that I used for building packages for my BSD project. They were behind a NAT, but I had SSH access to them only they were also on DHCP. I setup a script that ran periodically on them to send their current IP address to a public facing website I ran and logged the IP to a mysql database. Then I had another process that would update the dns record securely after some sanity checking if the IP changed. I didn't want the nodes to have the update key for my DNS server and that's why I went through the crazy intermediate script + database.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

laffer1 Re:pfsense (187 comments)

This doesn't help him. He wants windows firewall or norton internet security level of firewall (but for linux) for his own computer.

I'm a huge fan of pfSense, but it's not a desktop OS.

Honestly, I think the OP needs to realize that even today, Linux requires a little command line foo. Look at the official ubuntu documentation and turn on the firewall. Blocking incoming traffic is sufficient on Linux most of the time. There's much less malware that will connect out and cause harm.

See https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/... if you want to get into some gritty details. This is the server guide, they may have a more user friendly desktop guide, but it should still be useful.

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

laffer1 Re:how do you convince microsoft (353 comments)

It depends. I just had to replace the motherboard, processor and RAM in my desktop recently and while I had to reactive windows, windows 8 was able to do it without a full reinstall. This was an AMD to Intel switch too.

It probably wasn't as clean as a fresh install, but it worked fine.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

laffer1 They're doing it wrong (387 comments)

This should have been part of 8.1 from the beginning. I just got used to the start screen and now it's going back?

This should be 8.2 or 9.0 instead of a patch against 8.1.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Tech Support To Development?

laffer1 Re: I've been there (133 comments)

I thought there was no value in computer science theory when I was younger. Once you go through the experience, it changes how you look at problems and it does impact your code quality. There is a big difference between writing software that works and writing well designed, maintainable software. That's what you get out of college. Learning to code is on you either way.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Moving From Tech Support To Development?

laffer1 I've been there (133 comments)

I started in technical support at a small ISP. I worked up to sysadmin and worked various IT related jobs while I got my degree in Computer Science. I did try to land programming jobs and aside from some small business website consulting, I never had much luck at it.

Your situation is different than mine because of location. I live in the US. However, my experience is that you get filtered out unless you have a lot of experience programming when another candidate has a degree. I've even had a few cases where masters degrees blocked my job opportunities although that is much more rare.

If possible, I strongly recommend you get a degree and if you can't do that, get some certificates.

about a month ago
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AMD Develops New Linux Open-Source Driver Model

laffer1 Re:Intel (142 comments)

Funny, but I changed from an AMD Phenom II X6 1090t to an Intel Core i7 4770 because the motherboard went bad. I find that the Intel does a lot better for the work I do, web app development, operating system development and gaming.

The real point is that AMD has nothing for power users. If you want to be cheap and go sub $200 for your CPU, AMD is great. If you want real power, AMD can't help you. They just don't care about power users anymore. The only line I can even look at on the desktop side is the FX series and it's horribly slow for gaming and compiling 2200 software packages. (I do that all the time)

AMD is happy with the little people but that strategy only works for a generation. Without a performance part, they won't have anything to sell in a few Intel release cycles.

about a month ago
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Android Beats iOS As the Top Tablet OS

laffer1 Re:But where are all the Androids? (487 comments)

A kindle fire can run apps. It just can't connect to Google's app store. I have a bunch of apps on mine including games, word processor, weather and news apps, etc.

about a month and a half ago
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Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

laffer1 Re:Having used both (314 comments)

There is a delay shifting with the gas to the floor or not. I have a 2014 mustang that has the same issue when trying to "manually" shift the automatic.

I really don't understand why they put the buttons where they did. I like the setup in my wife's beetle better. You can actually use the shifter to change gears and it's much more responsive than my mustang.

about 2 months ago
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LinkedIn Ditches Feature That Was a 'Dream For Attackers'

laffer1 Re:You're joking , right? (70 comments)

Then it must be true because of your anecdotal evidence. Seriously, it's gotten me jobs and I've looked at linked in profiles when deciding on candidates.

about 2 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

laffer1 Re:Kinda Suprised...but I guess I shouldn't be... (505 comments)

Spoken like a true front end developer. You guys don't belong in the backend. Real applications store millions of rows and run on clusters. Grandma's iMac won't cut it.

I don't want to run my whole stack on javascript and worse yet not in the BROWSER. I need speed. I'm processing large amounts of data. I'm trying to build real applications.

Do you really think Facebook or twitter could run in your browser? Seriously?

about 3 months ago
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The JavaScript Juggernaut Rolls On

laffer1 Re:jscript (505 comments)

From a developer perspective:
JavaScript is a pain in the ass to debug.

From a user perspective:
JavaScript can be slow. -- this one is getting better and may not matter in time.

Full stack JavaScript is insane. There are faster languages for server side and everyone pushing for it didn't live through the first try with classic ASP which was VBScript or JScript. There was even an implementation that ran on top of Java for netscape servers called chillisoft or something like that. It was even worse than running on windows with IIS. I don't want to go to the bad old days.

NodeJS is an attempt to get cheaper backend programmers because everyone has extra front end developers lying around for projects. The problem is that most front end developers I know don't know shit about big data or working on real problems. Their biggest fear is if a button is pretty and the popup works in IE8 and the latest jQuery UI.

It's stupid.

about 3 months ago

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MidnightBSD 0.4 is out with custom package management

laffer1 laffer1 writes  |  about 9 months ago

laffer1 (701823) writes "The latest version of MidnightBSD includes a new package management system based on libarchive and sqlite3. The project has been working on package management since 2007 and finally has a stable release with it. It's a small FreeBSD fork with desktop ambitions.

(Disclaimer: I'm a committer)"

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AMD family 10 CPU bug workaround

laffer1 laffer1 writes  |  about 2 years ago

laffer1 writes "The bug in AMD CPUs such as the Phenom II now has a workaround published by AMD. The workaround is quite simple and involves setting an MSR. It's documented in the AMD guide on these chips http://support.amd.com/us/Processor_TechDocs/41322_10h_Rev_Gd.pdf and already patched in DragonFly BSD and MidnightBSD. http://gitweb.dragonflybsd.org/dragonfly.git/blobdiff/ce5b56a99d27b95380834a6c54a8aeb01e96a8b1..afea4d5a3cf396976e5b778f8477d972e8c29735:/sys/platform/pc64/x86_64/initcpu.c"
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Where does one find a 12-14 inch laptop with speed

laffer1 laffer1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

laffer1 writes "I've been searching for a reasonable laptop for several months. The only thing that comes close is the Mac Book Pro 13", but it won't work due to the OS I intend to run. I need a system with a CPU I can do software development on. The system will be compiling software frequently including large packages like firefox, x.org, kde, etc. I work on a BSD project and need a portable system to work on ports and packages with.

I can get away with 4GB of RAM and a modest CPU supported by open source drivers, but the processor needs to be at least a fast dual core or quad core. An AMD fusion is out of the question as it's terribly slow, worse than the core solo 2.2Ghz intel i have now.

I don't care about brand, drive space need only be 80GB and disk io should be fast (SSD or faster SATA HDD)

Where do people go to find systems like this? Netbooks don't work because of the CPU. I think I fall in the fast/ultra portable space. (if there still is one)"
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BSDCan 2011 this week in Canada

laffer1 laffer1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

laffer1 (701823) writes "BSDCan, one of the largest BSD conventions in North America, starts on May 13 with tutorials beginning today and tomorrow. Developers are coming in from all over the world for the event. WIth 4 of the 7 BSD projects represented, and the distro PC-BSD, it should be an exciting event."
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laffer1 laffer1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

laffer1 writes "I'm attempting to setup a dual boot environment on my PC. Previously, I had Windows XP SP2 and MidnightBSD working with System Commander. Today I was able to download a copy of Vista x64 from Technet.

My goal was to wipe the XP partition and install Windows Vista Ultimate x64 without effecting my MidnightBSD install on my second hard drive. After several attempts, I'm left with a non booting system.

So far, I've tried setting up the boot menu using EasyBCD 1.52 from Vista. I tried adding an entry and also using neogrub from the software. After rebooting and trying to boot MidnightBSD, my kernel crashed and my partition table was wiped on the vista drive. (first sata hard disk) I'm not using system commander as its not clear if it will work with 64bit windows.

MidnightBSD and FreeBSD are very similar at this point.

Has anyone successfully dual booted Vista and any BSD? What configuration should I use?"
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laffer1 laffer1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

laffer1 writes "Detroit's channel 7 (wxyz.com) reported on their webcast that U.S. Senate Candidate Mik Bouchard's website (www.mikeformichigan.com) was "hacked". The site is now down and it is reported that the FBI is investigating. I voted against him, but find this to be quite an unethical attack. The site is still available in google's cache. (http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:gSSzk0KkAfkJ :mikeformichigan.com/+mikeformichigan.com&hl=en&gl =us&ct=clnk&cd=2&lr=lang_en)"

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The kernel matters

laffer1 laffer1 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Recently, I was searching the web for websites discussing the differences between Linux and BSD. As a BSD fan, I wanted to make a case with a fair and balanced (not in the fox way) site. I found a website at http://www.over-yonder.net/~fullermd/rants/bsd4linux/09 that has a critical fail in it's discussion. It claims that all video card support is handled by X in UNIX-like operating systems. This is simply not true. 2D and 3D hardware acceleration are in part provided by a kernel interface that allows X to have direct access to memory. In FreeBSD and MidnightBSD, this code is located at src/sys/dev/drm. The BSD community ports this code from the Linux kernel every few years. It's one of the few parts not under the GPL license in the Linux kernel.

As an end user, this means that BSD is always behind Linux on video card support. Combined with binary blob drivers, the Linux community is far ahead of BSD in this regard. Sure, FreeBSD has an nvidia binary blob that's OK, but any other vendor is not supportive of BSD in the same regard.

In the past, this issue was not a big deal because BSD was used on servers. Today, with my project and others such as PC-BSD, it's becoming a bigger issue. With the recent push toward tablets and other portables, Linux is the only option at the moment as the BSD community is significantly behind in this regard. Several of the BSDs support ARM chips, but they don't support the new low power video options in the same way that Linux can.

I have hope that BSD can improve in this area.

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