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London Stock Exchange Price Errors 'Emerged At Linux Launch'

marafa Re:either sympathy or accusation (168 comments)

its a hot potato alright and as someone who worked on a project related to millenium IT i can say that sometimes i dont get their logic. definitely not straightforward.

so i see 3 parties to blame here
1. lse
2. the vendors
3. millenium it

i know the mentality of a stock exchange. they definitely do no not want to be in the wrong and scare investors away. having said that there is no humanly possible way (to my knowledge) of testing that replicates real live production use. during mock sessions you will find some vendors and or brokers would say they "already tested" and do not need the mock session thus removing several necessary variables from the testing (and also giving a pass on the updated api). and the data packets could be dropped any where along the route. (if something is wrong and you cant trace it - blame it on the firewall!) did anybody check if the backbone can support all the data that now comes with the increased speed?

the vendors would probably underestimate the level of complexity involved in programming a brand new api. which comes up to a very useful and important question: did ANYBODY at the vendor read the api before they even began the programming? and i already mentioned the updated api testing issue. and when i say vendors i also lump the exchange's own data vendor in the pot which by virtue of their relationship should actually have a leg up but human psychology being what it is ...

millenium it - in an effort to speed up their performance they use their own in house proprietary db before or after the data hits the oracle servers. what the.. ? oh and the db software is called nORA for "NOT oracle."

and finally, a project this big - heh - give me a million dollars if you can find somebody who understands the entire infrastructure, IT or business side of the project! why coz its not just one project, they probably rolled out their in house surveillance software at the same time.

i wont even talk about level of involvement of the government regulators ..

phew - years of pent up frustration coming out. but i pity the little guys there. yes they worked so hard and diligently and they did their part but because someone in some other team decided to take the easy route out .. well .. its get plastered all over the front pages dont it?

ps. dont bother with nda infringements as i am in no way related to the lse or millenium it or any of those vendors ;)

more than 3 years ago

Novell Changes Enterprise Linux Kernel Mid-Stream

marafa new kernel version? (96 comments)

did novell lose their kernel guru or something?

more than 4 years ago

SCO Asks Judge To Give Them the Unix Copyright

marafa for crying out loud! (286 comments)

oh! for crying out loud!
how many times do i have to say this:
now that (TWICE) novell owns the UNIX copyright what is it going to do?
in my opinion it should open source the damn thing!

that will end this farce and any future possibility of the grandson of sco or something other entity claiming ownership

disclaimer: IANAL

more than 4 years ago

Chuck Norris Attacks Linux-Based Routers, Modems

marafa Re:As far as misleading headlines go (193 comments)

Amazing how posts get modded insightful even though they take no time to explain their possition.

Given the track record of Slashdot recently I could probably put this on every article and get modded up.

more than 4 years ago

Why Top Linux Distros Are For Different Users

marafa Re:What a load of crap (496 comments)

some troll s trying to rewrite history by saying that an error in PackageKit was the default behaviour for years

more than 5 years ago

Is Linux Documentation Lacking?

marafa Re:Yes it is terrible! (769 comments)

honestly speaking, how many people are going to read the manual?
i bought a hifi system and ditn read the manual.
i bought a microwave and dint read the manual.
i bought a television and dint read the manual

hell, way back when i was using windows, i dint read the manual.

i only use the documentation to solve problems i have with the software that is running or that i am installing. i dont read to learn, i read to implement a function. if the documentation is not sufficient i turn to google and the millions of linux users on the net. someone, somewhere out there has succesfully solved my problem previously

so whats the matter with the documentation?

more than 5 years ago

Solar Roadways Get DoT Funding

marafa heat itself.. (484 comments)

and how does it keep itself clean from road kill, grime and just plain dirt, rain and dust?

more than 5 years ago

Google Two Years Into Overhaul of the Google File System

marafa Re:hmm (217 comments)

funny funny funny -
  Your comment violated the "postercomment" compression filter. Try less whitespace and/or less repetition.

hey check it out .. you dont have to worry about that coz slashdot wont let you repeat it too many times!

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Acknowledges Linux Threat To Windows

marafa consumer operating systems (348 comments)

this is a very interesting list.

it states the major operating systems targeted to the consumer are mac os, windows and linux. it also shows that 2 out of 3 consumer based operating systems are variants of unix.

go figure

more than 5 years ago

20 Years of MS Word and Why It Should Die a Swift Death

marafa Re:PDFs? (843 comments)

umm.. you dint use latex for your master's thesis? what school did you graduate from ?

more than 5 years ago

Apple Tries To Gag Owner of Exploding iPod

marafa Re:Exploding ipod? Don't worry! (475 comments)

and that was funny .. how?
being from the middle east .. i dont see the joke

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Changing Users' Default Search Engine

marafa Re:Google Owns Search (389 comments)

you are correct the phrase "google it" has forced upon us a new word into our dictionary. however, the word bing is not new. microsoft is NOT forcing us to use something new eg.
"oh! just bing it in the trash"

more than 5 years ago

DARPA Wants a 19" Super-Efficient Supercomputer

marafa Re:Yeah sure (200 comments)

19 inch box
they dint say if this was 19 inches wide or 19 inches high.
so i presume this could be 19 inches high and 500 feet wide and still meet those requirements ;)

more than 5 years ago

Where Does a Geek Find a Social Life?

marafa Re:Learn to dance (1354 comments)

but what are you looking for?
your objective is some one with similar interests so that you two do stuff together. eg. write a program. open a software company. dance, wait .. you dont dance but she does? oh so you are going to sit and watch her dance with that hot flamingo dance?

i dint think so.

what i normally hear are things like: the local mosque or the library if you want brainy

more than 5 years ago

Central Anti-Virus For Small Business?

marafa Re:We use Nod32 (359 comments)

legitimate? and here all these years i thought linux was legitimate! uhhh .. my apologies to mcbride

more than 5 years ago

Statistical Suspicions In Iran's Election

marafa so ... (512 comments)

so... in short, the election was democratic

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Sets Record With Monster Patch Tuesday

marafa Re:Scary Good or Scary Bad? (237 comments)

i wonder if this is just coincidence that they released such a large number on the same day that Leonidas was released upon the world?

more than 5 years ago

Making a Child Locating System

marafa Re:Holy Crap! Calm down (1092 comments)

i take it you are not a parent then?

more than 5 years ago



antivirus client for linux

marafa marafa writes  |  more than 7 years ago

marafa (745042) writes "my local security officer has obtained a copy of symantec antivirus client for linux. he wishes to incorporate my linux desktop and servers into the symantec antivirus server corporate edition sphere of influence.

while formal word has not been handed down to me to allow him to install this disgusting thing on my linux boxes, i would like to be prepared to object against such an action.

i have done some research and come up with only 2 points:
1. liveupdate and the engine works as root (and sits in the taskbar as root)
2. there have previously been vulnerabilities in this program

during my research i could not find the total number of actual virii (not vulnerabilities in programs) that could infect a normal linux box.

i am asking slashdot to help me forestall the installation of a suspect program that will "protect" my boxes."

Link to Original Source



F/LOSS Ad Campaign Launched

marafa marafa writes  |  about 8 years ago last oct. 6th i decided to use my extra bandwidth to promote linux. how? i had an installation of phpadsnew2 (now called openads) at Ads in Egypt and decided to open up the access to the world and the result was the F/LOSS Ad Campaign.

You can read the press release at PR News in Egypt and more details here.

i am happy with the campaign but i want it to reach out to more ppl. so i m writing it in my journal, submitting to slashdot editors and hopefully, the linux advocate with a website will hear me and join in.



karma: positive

marafa marafa writes  |  about 10 years ago ok yesterday i posted this comment and got my karma back up to positive.

this is beside the fact that i keep asking ppl to mod me a troll on almost every post.

but here comes the dilemma...
i also posted 2 comments yesterday as anonymous, with the aim in mind of getting my karma back up to positive.
do i keep doing this? posting as anonymous when i think i might get modded troll or something bad? or do i post all anonymously so i ALWAYS keep my karma good so i can mod?

but do i want to mod? oh why not? mod em ALL down so i can show the slashdot modding is a pretty bad system!



marafa marafa writes  |  more than 10 years ago every time i post i put this ps. in my comment
ps. mod me as troll
or some such thing
today. i was modded "interesting" and so my karma is neutral.


friend or foe?

marafa marafa writes  |  more than 10 years ago this is simple
http://ask.slashdot.org/~brianjcain/ is a foe. why?
coz he has a link to http://www.freeflatscreens.com/default.aspx?referer=8323195. stupid me of course, but i said hell, i can use http://dodgeit.com/run/checkmail?mailbox=marafa service to filter it. within half an hour, the mail box began receiving spam. and to top it off .. he probably makes a cent on every email that mailbox gets!

nb. is that misuse? http://ask.slashdot.org/~brianjcain/journal/55441


Rules of commenting

marafa marafa writes  |  more than 10 years ago So i was a moderator.
I learned from the docs here at http://slashdot.org/ that all users can be moderators, in fact its automatic. (link lost due to bad karma)

So I lurked around waiting for an opportune moment to use my 5 mod points.
Days past, then I made a comment http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=118508&cid=10010865 and get modded down. I get bad karma, I get my mod points taken away.

The moral of this story: Don't make religious comments, hell dont make any comments, and you get to mod other ppl's comments down or up. Thats what I call interaction.

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