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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

merky1 Re:More info (402 comments)

I run gentoo for my home server so that I don't have to worry about a major upgrade every few years. That "package churn" is what happens when you want the latest code running the latest fixes.

Yeah, some of the upgrades get dicey, but I laid out my current root filesystem in 2008, and haven't reinstalled anything since. Yes, every once in a while I need to spend a weekend fixing package collisions, but that is the ticket I paid for when I chose not to use a package based distro.

So in a nutshell, Gentoo will nickle and dime you to death to keep current, where RHEL/Ubuntu will combine all of that fun into a a few days every 2-3 years.

about two weeks ago

Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

merky1 Re:credibility of article is doubtful (571 comments)

Not sure why you got modded down to 0, but the article definitely needs some fact checking. Especially the last line about ships using large FUSION reactors. Looks like an investment scam more than a breakthrough...

about 3 months ago

SCOTUS Ends Novell's Anti-Trust Cast Against Microsoft

merky1 Re: duping the competition (174 comments)

Your memory of AD and my memory are completely off. The first release of AD was horrible when compared with NDS.

about 8 months ago

Mechwarrior Online Developer Redefines Community Warfare

merky1 Re:Haters Making Much of Nothing ... (189 comments)

So what would call someone like me, who isn't a "hater", but is sorely frustrated that we are weeks from release and so far we have none of the features we were sold on.

You call out Hit Detection as a bug, but you missed some pretty significant bugs:
1 - Movement / stuck on terrain. Getting stuck on cigarette butts is getting old
2 - Heat. PGI has severely mismanaged the heat system due to a lack of understanding of the IP they bought.
3 - Built in Comms.
4 - Community anything. A lobby? anything?
5 - Jump Jets. No ability to add directional movement, just up/down and coasting if your moving before jump. Defeats the purpose of sitting behind a terrain feature, jetting up and over and raping your opponents back armor.
6 - NO REPAIR / REARM - this pretty much removed the ability to constrain resources. Want to reduce the prevelance of AC/40's, reduce AC /20 ammo stocks or jack the price up like the XL engines.
7 - HSR / hit detection. I play a spider, and I get tired of being hit by rounds that go wide away from but HSR decides that the shooter's screen is the authority.
  (I play a spider because it is about the only mech that I can play a "phoenix hawk" type of role. The blackjack was a horrible implementation of that role)
8 - game modes.
9 - Terra Therma - the pinnacle of PGI demonstrating the complete lack of testing / program management.

Of course the biggest issue, PGI basically completely reversing decisions on things like 3PV. The outrage has been turned into "haters" on 3PV thanks to PGI spin. The reality is, this is the most measurable aspect of the community realizing that PGI is unable/incapable of delivering on the originally advertised game by "release in september."

about a year ago

U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?

merky1 Re: Sounds good to me (555 comments)

Show me a restaurant that serves food straight out of the oven and into your mouth... Well prepared food is allowed to "rest", where as mc-d's serving temp was 180.

about a year ago

Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty To 10 Charges

merky1 Re:nice efficiency there (491 comments)

Too bad the constitution does not apply for military members. Since he volunteered, he is now beholden to the UCMJ, which is much more restrictive than federal law. Imagine a world where having an affair is a federal offense...

about 2 years ago

Organics Can't Match Conventional Farm Yields

merky1 Re:All Chemicals (452 comments)

And I'm sure you have well documented and certified research to back up your statements... Especially the nutrition ratio magically is increased in organic farming. I think that has been debunked about a billion times, including the documented research from Penn and Teller.

Organic food is a luxury, and will kill millions of people if it is mandated worldwide.

more than 2 years ago

Google Releases Chrome For Android Beta

merky1 Re:'You can flip or swipe...' (142 comments)

More like a merge of the Palm WebOS UI with Chrome. If it is the same, It's actually pretty cool and not just pretentious BS advertising.

more than 2 years ago

Solaris 11 Released

merky1 Re:Nothing to see here (224 comments)

Seriously? Is a well designed file system error handling routine worth 2x - 5x premium you pay to use sparc? considering you could create redundant hosts and multipath solutions with the savings.

more than 3 years ago

HP Keeping Their PC Business

merky1 Re:Self-esteem issues (124 comments)

Everyone thought I was insane when I said that the HP laptop keyboard was made by chinese torture masters.

more than 3 years ago

Air Force Comments On Drone Malware

merky1 Re:Whitewash (74 comments)

If you RTFA, you would have determined that the flight control system is not infected, and the the systems that are in question are ancillary information systems. Think of a monitor with google maps...

The reason they use removable HDD's is probably so they can model the necessary mission data offsite, and then "replay" it at mission time.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Kevin Mitnick

merky1 Breach of Rights (285 comments)

Did you / have you brought any legal actions for the breach of rights committed in the pursuit and eventual arrest of you? Do you feel the violations were similar to ones now being taken against "terrorists"?

more than 3 years ago

Ex-Board Member Says HP Is Committing 'Corporate Suicide'

merky1 Re:IBM did the same (394 comments)

IBM was a Services and Software company with a personal PC division that was only known for one thing (thinkpads). They had to sell of the thinkpad name to sweeten the turd that was IBM's desktop line.

HP is not in the same position. HP is known as a consumer electronics company, and is trying to enter the software / services business.

more than 3 years ago

Android User Spends 60 Days In WebOS Land

merky1 Blog Advertisement (137 comments)

Seems like an odd blogpost, bordering on a paid advertisement. I owned a Pre for 2 years, and never saw squat from bloggers on it. Now the new touchpad is out someone decides to write a review of a 1.5 y/o device???? Meh.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox Is For "Regular" Users, Not Businesses

merky1 A common theme in Open Source? (555 comments)

What is it with these great projects having a midlife crisis? Amarok did the same kind of thing by completely dumping the codebase in the name of "new" and basically forced the userbase to find a new project. Now Mozilla has basically said that they don't want to pay any attention to the people who have MONEY to pay for the things they are developing. Seems like a really short sighted, arrogant approach. I predict in 2 years time Firefox will have bleed all of their users to chrome / IE and will no longer be receiving corporate donations.

I guess if your going for an emotional response, go big.

more than 3 years ago

Sprint Pushes FPS NOVA With Firmware — and Users Can't Remove It

merky1 Re:New 4- and 5-Year-Old FPS Fans Give Thumbs-Up (182 comments)

You handed you child your phone, unattended I'm assuming since it seems the child was killing and slaying long enough to learn the controls to the game. Imagine what you child could have been exposed to if they clicked on the evil internet icon...

more than 2 years ago

Sprint Pushes FPS NOVA With Firmware — and Users Can't Remove It

merky1 Maybe I'm missing something (182 comments)

I have an Epic 4g, and I don't see the NASCAR and other sprint crap-ware running on the phone. Sure it's part of the image, and I can't delete them, but in my daily phone usage, they are completely unnoticeable. Of course, I took a day to figure out how to rebuild the "home" pages and organize things, but since then I haven't been bothered by any of the default crap.

I think this issue is just more FUD from the iPhone fanbois, since their mighty Apple controls their every action and thought. Not to mention, if the pre-loaded crap really bugs you, Sprint offers a Nexus with pure Android...

This isn't as annoying as the carriers removing tethering or removing basic functions of the phone in order to upsell other services. In that case I would definitely be running the nexus (even thought I can't stand softkeys) or looking for a new rom for the Epic.

more than 2 years ago

Should a Web Startup Go Straight To the Cloud?

merky1 Wrong approach (442 comments)

You should totally be looking to do FORTRAN on z/VM... It's the only way you will be able to handle the "millions" of accounts you will be creating to pump your own image.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Caught Exposing Millions of Credentials

merky1 Business Model (159 comments)

Isn't Facebook's entire valuation based on violating user privacy? The ad piece of the business probably pales in comparison to being able to "accidentally" expose thoroughly mined and indexed personal information. It is probably the same thing for Zygna, the world's highest grossing "GAME" company, slowly recycling Pavlov's finest experiments.

more than 3 years ago


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merky1 merky1 writes  |  more than 12 years ago It seems too quiet around here today... not much going on.

Probably means I will spend half of November out on customer sites. Ugh.



merky1 merky1 writes  |  more than 12 years ago The coolness never ceases.. appears that others can read and even reply to the Journal...

Hmmm, maybe I should consider putting something here.

Today was a kinda look back day for me. News about DDOS seemed to spur memories of dialing my Amiga into the internet at a wopping 14.4K. I remember being the only person in the hospital I worked at understanding what the internet was, and how to use it. Of course, I was in the military at the time...

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