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top Suffers Outage: Nearly $5M Down the Drain?

liquidweaver It makes complete sense (173 comments)

They must use EC2.

about a year and a half ago

Over 1000 Volunteers For 'Suicide' Mission To Mars

liquidweaver Some things not thought of... (453 comments)

Lets assume they establish a viable colony on Mars, which is so successful it outlives the parent company. Whose responsibility is it then? The Dutch government?
Will they have a virtual seat at the UN?
What about laws with clear legal language that specify the "earth". "globally", etc... will those laws apply to Mars?
If a martian worker wants to telework in the US, will they require a visa or some sort of space permit?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?

liquidweaver What the OP (313 comments)

It's implied that they have userland software that for some reason won't work in 64 bit windows. The asker then goes on to suggest using 6 different OS's as well, as if their finicky software has no problem with linux or windows from XP to 8. Is the real question about PAE? I feel like we are missing something here.

about 2 years ago

Bradley Manning Offers Partial Guilty Plea To Military Court

liquidweaver Re:Fascist bloodlust (380 comments)

What other feedback mechanism is in place to prevent secrecy being used to just cover up rather than protect legitimately secret documents?

I'm of the opinion that if you give anyone the power to declare information secret if will be abused to some degree X. What can be done to keep X as small as possible while still protecting real secrets?

I don't think there is a simple answer. While Bradley Manning's alleged actions are illegal and there should be punishment, the secrecy system has no practical safeguards right now - so in general I have a hard time saying that those actions had an overall negative effect for my country.

about 2 years ago

AT&T To Pay $700,000 For Overcharging Consumers

liquidweaver 700k?! (74 comments)

What a black swath this will leave on their balance sheets. I'll bet their wrists are still stinging.

about 2 years ago

Pakastani Politician Detained By US Customs Over Opposition To Drone Strikes

liquidweaver Re:Where's Pakastan? (560 comments)

I'm an actual American, I can find all the 'stans, and I am opposed to our involvement; but then again, I never voted for it nor did anyone else.

about 2 years ago

Replacing Windows 8's Missing Start Menu

liquidweaver Re:Reality VS Expectations (396 comments)

I've been creamed before. With your UID as low as it is i'd figure you've been flamed before for a negative opinion on Apple or MS.

about 2 years ago

Replacing Windows 8's Missing Start Menu

liquidweaver Re:My view. (396 comments)

Very well written. I only wanted to make one, trivial comment - an OS cannot possibly allow an email program to directly change the latency of interrupt handlers (your DPC latency remark). This implies that a userland program can somehow change the behavior of the kernel and hardware significantly, which either cannot or should not be the case.

As tiny as that statement is, especially mixed in with a sea of insightful, poignant insight I found the juxtaposition of your knowledge with that one remark vexing.
I don't use windows, but I would be tempted to check against Outlook next time I'm in the office :)

about 2 years ago

Replacing Windows 8's Missing Start Menu

liquidweaver Reality VS Expectations (396 comments)

When are the Windows folks going to get to the desperation phase?

I'm lucky I was able to do so, but I jumped the Windows ship entirely mid-Vista era. Before I get flamed to death, I'm only speaking for my perspective, here.
For me, I can spend mental resources on several things: learning new technologies, making things work, development, etc. The key point is those resources are finite. Having done Windows administration since NT, I can tell you from past experience and from where the Redmond train is headed you will always be re-learning how to do the same things. Damn near everything I learned in linux with Redhat Valhalla still applies or is just slightly different now, in 2012. What has changed is me. Because of the time I have spent honing my skill with an OS whose skills tend to carry over, I have an entire corporate network that I can easily manage, with comfort knowing there will always be a distro, mine or someone elses, I will be able to get work done in. From a software persepective, I'm really happy I didn't spend a bunch of mental resources learning Silverlight/.NET whatever and put the time into learning Scala, Python bunch other exciting techs that are Free to do what I want with, not just MS. I don't want career lock-in, essentially.

Just my 2 cents, we'll see if my bet continues to pay off.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Open Communications Set-Up For Small Office?

liquidweaver The PBX istelf is the easy part (224 comments)

You need to really be concerned about the following:
1.) Provisioning the equipment. I don't know how "small" a small office is, but this is going to spiral out of control quickly if you don't have an elegant way to setup handsets and make changes.
2.) Your change from circuit switched to packets. There are a lot of discussion points here, but the biggest you need to be aware of is latency is king. You might have a really slick p2p setup with OpenSWAN on 2 high bandwidth, cheap DSL or cable connections, but the jitter will kill you.
3.) How does your voice come in? If you are under contract and you have a PRI or some TDM circuit, you have to consider how you will interface that, and the cards you will need, or the SIP gateway you'll buy are not cheap.
4.) Who is going to manage the call routes, system secuity. I'm well versed with Asterisk, and you'll not find an all inclusive interface unless you go the Digium SwitchVOX route. If you don't pay close attention to security up front, you will experience toll fraud pronto.
5.) Handset support. What are you going to do for replacement parts, who is going to setup all the buttons, etc.
6.) Codecs. Some of the best are not free, i.e. G729. Just about any handset you get will support G711, but 12 bits of fidelity at 64k/sec each way (plur overheard for UDP/RTP) is not that great.
7.) Voice prompts, auto attendants, voicemail, etc.
8.) Status/BLF lights on phones. There isn't really a standardized way to do this, but SIP's Subscribe/Notify is used by some, I think Aastra.
9.) Key system habits. You won't be able to "pick up Line 2".

If I haven't scared you out of it yet, Aastra and Snom make excellent, RFC 3261 compliant handsets, Asterisk is a lot better than it used to be, and there are some alterntives you might find interesting like FreeSwitch or YXA.

Good luck.

about 2 years ago

Indian Minister Says Telecom Companies Should Only Charge For Data

liquidweaver Re:It's ALL data... (177 comments)

Nice sig line. I'd say I thought of it first, but your uid says otherwise :)

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Calls For $5B Investment In U.S. Education

liquidweaver Re:Just a cheap H1-B visa scam, "for the kids" my (257 comments)

If we are going off anecdotal evidence, I consult with several companies hiring H1B and I only see 30k/year salaries being offered. I call BS on your unqualified implied generalization.

about 2 years ago

OpenStack Board Member Says Adding VMware Was a Mistake

liquidweaver I can tell you what is (64 comments)

OpenNebula. We have a large install base where I work, it does a fine job. It's essentially a lightweight management layer over libvirt and KVM for us, although it works with other hypervisors as well.

about 2 years ago

Intel Encodes Data In Flickering LEDs (and Shows Off Other Bright Ideas)

liquidweaver Re:talk to a EE or telecom guy (65 comments)

Hey man, when I talk I use AM pressure waves with a low modulation index :P

about 2 years ago

Intel Encodes Data In Flickering LEDs (and Shows Off Other Bright Ideas)

liquidweaver Re:talk to a EE or telecom guy (65 comments)

So it's just manchester code with a significant DC bias.

about 2 years ago

Police Probing Theft of Millions of Pounds of Maple Syrup From Strategic Reserve

liquidweaver Quite... (399 comments)

... the sticky situation.

about 2 years ago

Robot Brings Patch-Clamping To the Masses

liquidweaver Yeah, but the addiction (59 comments)

to neuropyzine is going to suck.

about 2 years ago

Unbreakable Crypto: Store a 30-character Password In Your Subconscious Mind

liquidweaver Re:"Reliably better" (287 comments)

This is not a salt - that is an IV. They are not the same.
A salt exists outside the hash as well as plaintext.

more than 2 years ago


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