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Oracle Subpoenas Apache Foundation In Google Suit

quantum bit Re:-5 Rep (98 comments)

Indeed, Oracle's power play to try to force HP-UX customers using Oracle software on to Solaris/SPARC resulted in us taking a long hard look at Linux on x86-64; and deciding that was the best path forward.

more than 3 years ago

FBI Releases Document Confirming Roswell UFO

quantum bit Re:Questions. (481 comments)

Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.

more than 3 years ago

Oracle Claims Intel Is Looking To Sink the Itanic

quantum bit Re:Sparc (235 comments)

Even if Intel and HP completely deny it, their customers will be thinking it all along.

Customers aren't stupid. It's blatantly obvious what Oracle's motivation is, and everyone I've talked to in the industry knows it. It's a direct shot at HP, aimed at sinking HP-UX. HP-UX + Oracle on Itanium is a very popular platform in the high-end monolithic database market, and Oracle is salivating at the idea if trying to convert some of that to Solaris + Oracle on SPARC.

If Itanium is dying it's only because Oracle just killed it. They're hurting HP and pissing off their own customers by cutting off development for a platform that many companies invested in, not just in the past, but new generations of servers being developed and solid right now.

Well screw them. We'll just go with x86-64. They can't kill that platform without committing corporate suicide. Now if you'll excuse me I need to go order a Dell server and try to suppress the vomiting.

more than 3 years ago

N.C. Official Sics License Police On Computer Scientist For Too Good a Complaint

quantum bit Re:Internet Don't Let Me Down (705 comments)

I was more thinking let his boss know what you think. Lacy seems to be the head of the traffic department, so perhaps this:

Secretary of Transportation
Gene Conti
gconti at ncdot dot gov
(919) 733-2520

RALEIGH NC 27699-1501

more than 3 years ago

N.C. Official Sics License Police On Computer Scientist For Too Good a Complaint

quantum bit Re:Internet Don't Let Me Down (705 comments)

I should have known someone would find it before long. Please remember that polite but firm messages are more likely to be effective in expressing the public's opinion than incoherent flamefests that will just get deleted.

I 3 you Internets!

more than 3 years ago

N.C. Official Sics License Police On Computer Scientist For Too Good a Complaint

quantum bit Internet Don't Let Me Down (705 comments)

Seriously, they're investigating the guy because the report was "too good"? Since when do you need a license to be smart? It's no wonder the US is losing ground in the tech and scientific sector.

I think the Internet needs to tell the people in charge exactly how ridiculous that is. Demand an apology at the very least, if not an investigation into the people who are making these accusations.

Here's a link to get you started:

more than 3 years ago

Senate Panel Approves Cybersecurity Bill

quantum bit Re:Sen. Lieberman (DINOSAUR-CT) (269 comments)

Any Republicans who voted for him have no right to call themselves Republicans, IMO. Admittedly, my own party would probably label me as a heretic, but I don't mind (I'm registered as Republican)!

IMO, the Republican party lost its way about 20-30 years ago and has been slowly getting worse. It's no longer conservative in any way, and many of its members are now pushing religious fundamentalism under the guise of "family values", and totalitarianism masquerading as "security".

Whatever happens with the Democrats, I think it's time for a Conservative party to form and rise up out of the ashes.

more than 4 years ago

Will Tabbed Windows Be the Next Big Thing?

quantum bit Re:So what? (528 comments)

I know that. However, it would be more efficient if the "working directory" could be dynamically updated when I (or a script) used the "cd" command.

I don't use a Mac regularly, so I don't know if its terminal handles the right escape codes, I'd be shocked if it didn't. Plain stock xterm has been doing this pretty much forever.

The sequence is ^[]0;string^G
(where ^[ is Escape and ^G is the bell character)
You can use that in your PS1 variable to automatically update the title every time you get a prompt. Or, depending on your shell, you can get fancy with it.

Here's some magic from my .zshrc file:

function title() {
        a=$(print -Pn "%40<...<$a" | tr -d "\n")
        case $TERM in
                print -Pn "\e]0;$a @ $2\a"
                print -Pn "\ek$a\e\\" ;;
                print -Pn "\e]0;$a @ $2\a" ;;

case $TERM in
                function precmd() {
                        title "zsh" "%m(%55<...<%~)"

                function preexec() {
                        title "$1" "%m(%35<...<%~)"
                } ;;

A little complicated, but it keeps my xterm title set to "command @ hostname(dir)". The %55() is just zsh magic to abbreviate where necessary.

If I'm in a screen session, it also updates the name of the screen window ("tab") to the command.

Here's an excerpt from my .screenrc that keeps things rolling when I change active windows inside of screen:

termcapinfo xterm* 'hs:ts=\E]0;:fs=\007:ds=\E]0;\007'
defhstatus "screen ^E (^Et) | $USER@^EH"

more than 4 years ago

FreeNAS Switching From FreeBSD To Debian Linux

quantum bit Re:... and that sucks (206 comments)

If you have something using ZFS today, you can export the pool, install Nexenta, and reimport, being back up in minutes.

Maybe. (Open)Solaris is a bit pickier about wanting ZFS vdevs to be inside of GPT partitions. FreeBSD is layered on top of their GEOM subsystem, so it lets you put a ZFS vdev on just about anything. If it's inside of a bsdlabel partition, Solaris may not be able to find it to import the pool.

It may very well work. Just be sure to have a good backup just in case :)

more than 4 years ago

One Way To Save Digital Archives From File Corruption

quantum bit Re:To much reinvention (257 comments)

[quote]Of those you listed, the only one that does crc checksumming at every transition level is ZFS.. Store it on raidz2 and never suffer from bit-rot...[/quote]

Just remember to run zpool scrub every once in a while to correct any bit errors. It's theoretically possible for them to build up over time and render blocks unreadable if you don't periodically scan and correct.

more than 4 years ago

Sun Microsystems To Cut 3,000 Jobs As Oracle Deal Drags On

quantum bit Re:Ellison (251 comments)

Also, high end Oracle databases typically run on either Linux for distributed (cheap) clusters, or HP-UX/Solaris on high end hardware for big monolithic installations. Oracle already has their own Linux distribution that they push pretty hard, and once they buy Sun they'll own a major commercial UNIX player, too.

Oracle has traditionally been buddy buddy with HP, but since the announcement of the Sun deal, they've started giving them the cold shoulder. While I doubt they'd drop HP-UX support entirely (there would be outrage), I can certainly see them doing things to try to push people onto Solaris or Oracle Linux, on Sun hardware, and wrapping everything up as a neat package deal.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Downgrades Asteroid-Earth Collision Risk

quantum bit Re:Apophis (244 comments)

Apohpis? Everybody knows it was Anubis who sent the asteroid.

Just cut the red wire (but they're all yellow!)

Yep, plan 3 works every time.

more than 4 years ago

Debian Elevates KFreeBSD Port to First-Class Status

quantum bit Re:Linux vs. FreeBSD (376 comments)

One thing I noticed: a working and consistent sound system.


Every time I've tried Linux on my desktop, one of the major things that's always driven me back to FreeBSD is the utter mess that is the Linux sound system.

more than 4 years ago

Review: Champions Online

quantum bit Re:Seems like Just a Console Title (203 comments)

I would give it a 3/10 personally. COH was brilliant and I will likely return to playing it at some point, but this simply failed to make the grade.

Ironically enough, CoH has gotten a lot better since it was sold to NCSoft and the lead designer left to go make Champions...

about 5 years ago

Review: Champions Online

quantum bit Re:You could do this in COH too, actually (203 comments)

No, you can't. The WoW PTR is only active when there's a new patch that they're testing.

The City of Heroes test server by contrast is available all the time (except during closed betas, which isn't very often). Arena PvP traditionally takes places on the test server, because it's the easiest way for people on different servers to compete against each other since there's no cross-server PvP (yet).

about 5 years ago

Xbox 360 Version of Champions Online Being Held Back By MS

quantum bit Re:Champions Online is a great game! (154 comments)

CoH has had costume save / loading for a while now. Since last December I think.

about 5 years ago

RIAA Says "Don't Expect DRMed Music To Work Forever"

quantum bit Re:in what book (749 comments)

does the quote above appear? i've never read a harry potter book, so i didn't know they were in book 1

It was either the sixth or the seventh, I don't remember exactly. Kind of think it was 7.

Either way, it was well after both the series and Rowling herself were quite firmly established.

more than 5 years ago

Alan Cox Quits As Linux TTY Maintainer — "I've Had Enough"

quantum bit Re:On slashdotting... (909 comments)

They should've run it on BSD... :P

more than 5 years ago


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Heeeeey kids!

quantum bit quantum bit writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Hey, I have a journal! Almost forgot about this thing. Almost like a blog, only not as cool. And way nerdier, considering it's on slashdot.

In the vein of those "honk if you XYZ" bumper stickers, post if you read this! It's pointless, but better than a sharp stick in the eye.

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