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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

otis wildflower Billing by the hour? (290 comments)

If you're billing by the hour, this should be a GODSEND.

Otherwise, start updating your resume..

3 days ago

Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

otis wildflower Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (276 comments)

I'd buy the crap out of this, but IIRC the CGI would have to be redone from scratch with little-to-no access to original digital assets.

about 1 month ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Management Interface On an IT Appliance?

otis wildflower Re:Take a look at Synology's DSM (114 comments)

Synology is busybox-based, with md/lvm tools etc., and for the most part behaves properly. The GUI is handy for remote access and management (with self-signed cert), and is pretty functional for all but the corneriest of corner cases.

This past week I needed to ssh in in order to e2fsck my storage prior to lvextending it. Kinda disappointed I had to do that, but the fact is that I could and did. Also, since the RAID is in software, in theory I could pull my 7 drive RAID out and stick it in another linux box and vg(im|ex)port it.

My 1812+ has adequate power for pushing ~100+MB/s with its dual-core Atom and 3GB (it took a spare laptop SO-DIMM), and runs at a pretty low wattage rate vs. a handbuild mid tower. It can't transcode, but I have WDTV Live boxes that support most codecs fairly well for that.

about a month ago

White House Reportedly Dismissing Key Healthcare.gov Contractor

otis wildflower CGI? 1994 called... (284 comments)

WTF they writing stuff in CGI at this point anyways? /sarc

about 3 months ago

Free Software Foundation Endorses a "Truly Free" Laptop

otis wildflower No Hurd option? (340 comments)

Is there a Hurd installer?

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best FLOSS iTunes Replacement In 2013?

otis wildflower Is there an OSS player that will do iTunes libs? (317 comments)

At one point, one of the OSS iTunes replacements could actually properly handle an iTunes Library XML file, assuming you regex replaced the pathing appropriately, but at a certain point it became an unsupported feature. I think it was in early builds of Songbird with iTunes plugin.

Are there any OSS apps that play nice with a live iTunes Library file with playlists, count, rating, etc. support? I currently migrated my iTunes repo to my home NAS and repointed my Macs to it by option-starting iTunes. I'd like to be able to point an OSS app on Linux (or even Windows!) to that same NAS repo and have it Just Work Properly.

Any recommendations on something that actually works well and isn't some buggy pre-beta kludgefest?

about 4 months ago

Dispatch From the Future: Uber To Purchase 2,500 Driverless Cars From Google

otis wildflower Jonnycab 1.0 (282 comments)


about 8 months ago

Stan Lee Celebrates 90th Birthday

otis wildflower Excelsior! (57 comments)

'Nuff said.

about a year ago

Lockheed, SpaceX Trade Barbs

otis wildflower Re:Progress! (215 comments)

Err, there's a reason luxury vehicles are RWD.. FWD overburdens the front wheels with both steering and propulsion tasks, which can lead to lower peak traction in emergency situations, oversteer and torque steer. Weight distribution is also a factor that affects handling as well. FWD was far more useful in snow and ice prior to the advent of traction control, and having an unbalanced-heavy front helps in that situation at the expense of driving dynamics in normal conditions. FWD also provides more interior room typically, which makes it ideal for building lower-cost vehicles (less material for the same space).

IMO the ideal vehicle would be driven by an under-the-floor rear electric motor (or separate electric motors in the rear and front for AWD) along with under-the-floor high-capacity batteries, and a gasoline-powered SOFC, turboshaft or optimized 1l H6 motor (scaled-down Gold Wing, say) with direct injection, a turbo and variable cycle capabilities. Keep all the weight as low as possible, and with batteries you can spread them out to get perfect weight distribution.

about a year ago

Where Has All the Xenon Gone?

otis wildflower Plenty of xenon.... (225 comments)

... as a fission product. With LFTR, it can be collected as it bubbles out of the core.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: A Cheap US Cellphone Plan With an Unlocked Phone?

otis wildflower Re:SimpleMobile (288 comments)

I have the same plan, along with Vitelity paygo setup for using the internal SIP client. Works fairly well, though I wish the internal client had more and selectable codecs based on available bandwidth. I'm considering Bria with G729a, but from what I've read it's not up to snuff given the price.

about a year and a half ago

Massive Methane Release In the Arctic Region

otis wildflower Looks like someone... (264 comments)

... pulled God's finger!

Just blame it on the dog. The big, huge dog.

about 2 years ago

Comcast Not Counting Their Video Service Against Bandwidth Cap

otis wildflower Torrents? (284 comments)

So, does this include torrents that don't route outside of Comcast's network? Presumably a good proportion of P2P need not cross their perimeter, I wonder if support for such "preferred" netranges can be added to P2P clients..

about 2 years ago

Cheap Solar Panels Made With An Ion Cannon

otis wildflower Re:Hegemony, schmegemony (395 comments)

Hydrocarbons created by energy from renewables or thorium LFTR power, using atmospheric CO2 (or coal) and water.

You're welcome.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Life After Software Development?

otis wildflower Glad to be free of oncall! (416 comments)

I was lucky enough to find a new gig that utilizes unix sysadmin analytical skills in a different context. While it's still ops (more like app admin), it involves profiting on low latencies and proximity to certain data exchanges. And they're (insanely) profitable, but when systems aren't working properly the impact on profitability is pretty instant, and outages can involve pretty large losses pretty quickly. So.. No on-call, very little outsourcing risk, respect for operations team, technical and logical rigor in decision making, and actual bonuses. Can't complain!

ps: no state income tax neither. And rent for a detached cozy house with a garage and yard for less than 25% of take-home.

more than 2 years ago

Small, Modular Nuclear Reactors — the Future of Energy?

otis wildflower Re:Don't think so (314 comments)

There's no amount of conservation that will offset 3+ billion people living an adequately-powered lifestyle. And it is immoral to ask them to do so. LFTRs have the potential of generating all the power everyone on Earth will ever need for hundreds of years using stuff that's currently considered toxic waste, along with medically and industrially useful fission products, and generate far less waste of far shorter half-lives. Plus, LFTRs are inherently fail-safe and self-regulatory. The only haters are folks ignorant of the facts, religious Greentards, or self-interested rent-seekers in the legacy uranium fission industrial complex.

I won't mod you down, I'll just say you're delusional if you think any democracy or republic will accept a lower-quality lifestyle voluntarily.

more than 2 years ago

Small, Modular Nuclear Reactors — the Future of Energy?

otis wildflower Re:What about Thorium (314 comments)

Too bad research, development, licensing and implementation aren't states-rights issues, at least for non-weaponizable processes. For example, rebuilding the ORNL reactor from 1960s plans in, say, Texas, should be doable as long as there's no crossing of state lines.. The beauty of statism in effect!!

more than 2 years ago



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