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Ask Slashdot: Asynchronous RAID-1 Free Software Backup For Laptops?

ploppy Re:find & diff (227 comments)

Do you know anything about hard-links? Hint, you have multiple directory entries pointing to the same file (inode).

about a year and a half ago

In a Symbolic Shift, IBM's India Workforce Likely Exceeds That In US

ploppy Re:The USA exports labor because of unnecessary co (491 comments)

hiring that really bright coder 12 timezones away with good English skills ... and grabbing that talent before it fleas to a country

Unlike you then, it's flees not fleas.

more than 2 years ago

Welsh Scientists Radically Increase Fiber Broadband Speeds With COTS Parts

ploppy Re:Yeah but ... (72 comments)

Ddywedwch means "say" not douche!

"yr hyn a ddywedwch" -> What you say

"yn debygol iawn" -> very probably

"wir" -> true

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Free/Open Deduplication Software?

ploppy Squashfs creates deduped and compressed archives (306 comments)

Try Squashfs which creates deduplicated and compressed filesystem archives (http://www.linux-mag.com/id/7357/ for a good journal article).

If you're using Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora Squashfs will be already built into your distro kernel, and the squashfs-tools will also already be available in your distro repository.

about 3 years ago

BerliOS Software Repository Will Close At Year's End

ploppy Re:monday morning's grammar lesson. (62 comments)

Oh wow, a little Englander on slashdot, I thought you'd all be at the Tory conference in Manchester.

I describe myself first as British, secondly as a (proud) European, and lastly and hardly ever as English, for all the negative connotations people like you have given it.

Britain is a European country, it has a proud history of involvement (for the better too) with the other countries in Europe, and it is a European culture.

more than 3 years ago

IBM Stops Disclosing US Headcount Data

ploppy Re:Umm, so what? (377 comments)

Complete twaddle. Do you really think that these jobs are going to the hundreds of thousands of Indians surviving on less than a dollar a day? They'll be going to the rich English speaking Indian middle class who could afford to go to university. You never know, but, some of those American workers may have pulled themselves out of (American levels of) poverty by getting their IT qualifications and career. It's too easy to say America rich, India poor and therefore this always justifies outsourcing American jobs.

No, I'm not American.

more than 4 years ago

Does the Linux Desktop Innovate Too Much?

ploppy Re:A Benevolent Cat-Herder-for-Life is good for Li (542 comments)

Mark Shuttleworth is effectively the user every free software developer wants, because he puts his money where his mouth is. Vision is one thing, being prepared to pay for it is better.

more than 5 years ago

Does the Linux Desktop Innovate Too Much?

ploppy Re:Users should expect to have a say if they pay (542 comments)

Besides someone's needless continuity breakage/stability disruption is often another's necessary innovation. Often I've been begged by some users to implement something which they badly need, but then got criticised by others for yet another incompatible version. You can't please everyone all of the time.

Innovation doesn't need to be the evil twin of stability, it unfortunately often feels that way in free software IMO due to lack of resources. I, for example, as a free software developer only have the time to support the latest (and 'greatest') version, and so all users are forced to use it whether or not they want the latest features. If I made enough money from the software to pay developers, I could support the last couple of versions or when adding features I could implement a backwards compatibility option. However, I can't do this.

more than 5 years ago

Does the Linux Desktop Innovate Too Much?

ploppy Users should expect to have a say if they pay (542 comments)

Free software is still driven by developers working on what interests or concerns them.

If it is being developed in the developer's free time then this should be expected, The software is effectively a hobby which the developer enjoys and users benefit from. Innovation is enjoyable, maintenance isn't, and users if they aren't paying should expect this. If they want reliable long term maintenance (or any other "boring" issues) they should consider playing for support, like in any normal business relationship,

If I (as a spare-time software developer) gets asked to do something I'm not interested in, I may not refuse, but it gets placed at the end of a priority sorted list, and it can stay there for a long time. However, If I can see that it is of use to a large amount of users I will usually do it, but it is as a favour and it shouldn't be expected (I get annoyed when I feel this is the case).

Why should a developer be expected to do something users want, if the developer has no interest in it, and the users aren't willing to pay or at least make a donation? It's not expected in other aspects of life, and so I don't understand why it is increasingly being expected in free software.

more than 5 years ago

Optimizing Linux Use On a USB Flash Drive?

ploppy Use a compressed read-only filesystem (137 comments)

Use a compressed read-only filesystem like Squashfs. For genuinely read-only directories (like /usr) these can be used directly, for directories that need to be writable, the read-only Squashfs can be used with aufs/unionfs to make it writeable. A number of people have mentioned systems like Puppy, and that is exactly what these systems do.

Using a compressed read-only filesystem not only solves the wear-levelling problem, but it makes accesses faster because less data has to be read. It also means more data can be fitted into the flash.

Search for Squashfs, aufs/unions and flash, you'll find lots of pages explaining what to do.

more than 6 years ago


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