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Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

rainer_d Just run your own blog (237 comments)

Either host yourself or use wordpress.com or whatever blog-site there is.
Seriously, who cares about Facebook postings anyway? Are these people a bunch of 12 year olds?
I don't need a FB account to know that I probably can't differentiate between official propaganda, astroturfers, shills and real eye-witness reports - on both sides.

Maybe Ukraine should buy more ads on FB - that usually helps...

2 days ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

rainer_d Interesting idea. (419 comments)

It's just that the humanitarian situation in Palestine is actually very bad - much worse than the daily 30s news-clip can transport, if I can trust a recent eye-witness report I read in a local paper.

So, it may be a bit too much for the kids, actually (as someone already suggested).
But still, it's a good idea. In these war-zones, "Game Over" really is more than two words.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

rainer_d Re:I don't get it (220 comments)

I've got a car that cost much more than that and I didn't weld a steel-cage around it or equip it with a giant bull bar.

Just don't drop it.

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?

rainer_d This day on Slashdot (262 comments)

"2012: Is Sexual Harassment Part of Hacker Culture?"....

Groundhog-day anyone?

about three weeks ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

rainer_d Re:Better a Nazi than a Commi (165 comments)

Gehlen took over Foreign Armies East (German Army intelligence) and the Germans started getting better information. His predecessor was woefully incompetent.

Gehlen then spent years downplaying Soviet capabilities, so the Germans were constantly being surprised by the Soviets doing something Gehlen had said they didn't have the strength to do.

Still, it was more or less in line to what the top guy wanted to hear :-)

With that mind-set, he would probably also have succeeded in the GWB administration...

about 1 month ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

rainer_d Better a Nazi than a Commi (165 comments)

That was really the line of thinking in large parts of the US-government for a while.
Best expressed by no one else than Harry S Truman, who, when a member of the congress complained about the huge amounts of former Nazis in the new intelligence agency the US was building up in post-war Germany (nowadays known as BND), simply replied: "I don't care if this Gehlen guy [first head of the agency, a former Nazi-general] is fucking goats - as long as he's helping us, we'll use him".

During the 2nd world-war, if you played your cards well in Germany, you could achieve a lot. Some people early on realized this and built a career on it that often continued after the war. If you had the support of "the system", you had almost unlimited resources at your disposal.
Von Braun used these resources because he had a vision, a dream - and he was crazy and ruthless enough to sacrifice anything to make his dream come true.
Like the above mentioned Gehlen, he was also bold enough to change sides when the right time had come - knowing that the work he had done and the ideas in his head were more interesting to the Allies than the rest of what had happened during the war.

People from the UK (where V2 rockets hit mostly) are usually furious when you mention the name - they'd have probably wanted to put him up for trial in Nuremberg and seen him hanging - but his work, his men and he himself were already too important by the time the court was setup - and the cold-war had already started.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Get (or Share) News About Open Source Projects?

rainer_d I mainly use FreeBSD (85 comments)

so I can use http://www.freshports.org/
I have subscriptions for the stuff that I use, build, or that I'm generally interested in (I run my on own build-server and build about 1200 packages these days) and I get an email every evening (local time) that lists all the updates to these projects.
It will sometimes take a longer time for a port to be updated (for various reasons) - but it works well enough.
In these cases, other news-portals often carry the news of a new release (like it's the case for PHP).
In contrast to freshmeat, freshport's mail-summaries contain much more and better information.

about a month ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

rainer_d Re:GREENPEACE ARE DISHONEST, AS WELL AS INCOMPETEN (288 comments)

Virtualization does not save you anything, once you run a big enough infrastructure.
In fact, it will just generate useless overhead (unless you use a light-weight "virtualization" like FreeBSD Jails, LXC, Solaris Containers).

about a month ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

rainer_d Re:how about bringing back the Xserve (126 comments)

It would rather make sense to license OS X for certain IBM-servers, which incidentally already carry the "X"-tag.
Apple had not much use for their own servers back when they discontinued them. That certainly hasn't changed.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple and IBM Announce Partnership To Bring iOS + Cloud Services To Enterprises

rainer_d Re:Sweet (126 comments)

So you gave the devices in an incomplete setup-state to your users and later complain that they locked you out?

In any case, you just keep a share of the last salary until they return all your property. Problem solved (unless you pay them peanuts and the iDevice is worth more than a month's salary).

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

rainer_d Go elsewhere (148 comments)

Host it e.g. in Switzerland.
I work at a Swiss hosting company - few corporate entities from the US go as far as getting a court-order from a Swiss judge (which we require before we do anything).
We get tons of bogus "Hi, I work for .... , we represent this-and-that large company and so-and-so infringes on our client's copyright etc." emails.
We all tell them to come back when they've got a court-order signed by a Swiss judge. Registered mail.
But of course, unless you also live in Switzerland, the lawyers will eventually just target you directly.
It helps to filter out all the "noise", though - I admit.

Additionally, you've got to choose a hosting-provider that has no US ties - else they just go via the US HQ and then you're back at square one...

about 2 months ago
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Freecode Freezeup

rainer_d Re:Alternative cross-repository listings though? (62 comments)

On FreeBSD, we have http://www.freshports.org./

I've subscribed to all the ports that interest me or that we're actively using and every time one get's an update, I get an email at the end of the day.
It's really handy.

Does that mean I also don't get email-updates from freshmeat anymore?

about 2 months ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

rainer_d Re:Less hands-on (209 comments)

Maybe you and some of your friends would roll back.
But that doesn't mean that half of the people who got upgraded to 7 would downgrade to 6 in an instant. That assumption is totally unfounded.
Do you think that the customer satisfaction statistics that show 90%+ results of ipad/iphone would look as good if people hated iOS7 en masse?

about 3 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

rainer_d It was a tongue-in-cheek comment (711 comments)

For me, having watched the keynote, it was quite clear that it was meant as a light-hearted joke - why anybody would get riled-up about it is beyond me.
Also, I doubt that Apple would be able to achieve and exceed their sales and profit growth targets with only fanbois buying - the number of those is pretty limited and can be counted by counting the number of people who line-up when a new i-device is on sale for the first day.
So, there must be a quite significant number of switchers. And for some, it was indeed a "mistake" to buy an Android phone in the first place.

about 3 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

rainer_d Re:Wrong concern (409 comments)

Have they thought about how they could get back the data from amazon, if they decided to switch back or if amazon raises prices?
If you spent 100m/y on hosting - couldn't you do that cheaper yourself?

about 4 months ago
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The Man Behind Munich's Migration of 15,000 PCs From Windows To Linux

rainer_d I remember (264 comments)

When this was still in the decision-phase and the City of Munich solicited offers, Microsoft started to offer big discounts. As the "Linux-option" became more and more credible, the discounts got even bigger.
This, in turn, angered high-level officials because the realized, perhaps for the first time, how much they had overpaid for the last decade.

about 4 months ago
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Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

rainer_d Simple (311 comments)

He was going to die. And he knew it. So he was able to take risks that no one else was going to take.
Because he knew: whatever he did (short of doing an OJ-Simpson style stupidity), he would only be judged by his achievements, the products he created.
Nobody remembers Charlie Chaplin for his three teenager-wifes and pre-marriage pregnancies - even though it was a major scandal even back then.
What lives on are his works.

about 4 months ago
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Figuring Out the iPad's Place

rainer_d Re:Price Problem (333 comments)

We have a couple iPads in our house, and I find myself resentful of the price to upgrade, so we haven't. The competitors are nearly as good, and cost half as much. The price points for more memory in particular outrages me. Why is anyone shipping a premium tablet starting at 16 GB of non-upgradeable storage these days!? How can you justify another $100 just to get to 32 GB?! 64 GB should be the starting point for tablets in Apple's target premium price range.

Earlier on I could understand the premium price, as the competition was simply nowhere near the polish and functionality. But the extra bells and whistles Apple has added just are not keeping pace compared to the premium they are still charging.

I long ago realized I was not in their target demographic for phone and PC sales, and now I think my next tablet is not likely to be an Apple one. Somehow they feel they are exempt from following the steady march downwards of electronics prices.

Heck I'd even be interested in shelling out extra for an iMac, but every time I check they are still not upgradeable, and come with rather underwhelming processors/memory/GPU considering the extreme markup.

Oh well.

You are correct, you are not their target-demographic.
Their target-demographic doesn't even know what a GPU ist (or like myself, doesn't game at all and thus it doesn't matter as long as it can drive a 30" display).
But the number of people like you is actually decreasing. That's why Samsung has trouble making their numbers every quarter: the top-product they sell appears attractive only to a small number of people (geeks, people who like to tinker).
They can sell a lot of products that don't make much money, though - to people who are unlikely to spend further money.
I've got technically savvy co-workers who have disabled even the finger-print scanner on their iPhone 5S - simply because they don't want to have the slight delay.
Do you think Samsung can sell those people a phone with all those pseudo-features like eye-tracking and what else they built into their everything-and-the-kitchen-sink model?

Apple is still the king in the "less is more"-department, simply by guessing correctly the stuff people really don't want to have.

That said, I have an iPhone 4S and I've got trouble justifying the expense that is an iPhone 5S - but then, people spend much more on cars and motorbikes that depreciate to near zero after 10 years. And an iPhone is good for at least four years of solid use, if you take care of it well.

If people think Android is better value for money, they might actually be correct - but only for their definition of value.

about 3 months ago

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Sun to end Try and Buy program

rainer_d rainer_d writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rainer_d (115765) writes "Word from Resellers and a note attached to its Try and Buy offers indicates that Sun's unique program will be discontinued after December 18th. No news on the SUN website.
I never got around trying something (and I would have felt bad for trying something without a real intention or budget to buy).
Hopefully, at least for customers with a proven business-case, there will still be an option to try out stuff on-site."

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IP address management solutions for IPV6?

rainer_d rainer_d writes  |  about 5 years ago

rainer_d (115765) writes "I was wondering: what IP-address management solutions do people use and what is their plan once they roll out their first set of IPV6 addresse to hosts?
On the first look, I only find commercial offerings.
Feedback on those would also be appreciated."
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How dangerous is the Internet?

rainer_d rainer_d writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rainer_d (115765) writes "Routinely, my helpdesk-staff must handle cases where google complains about a homepage containing malware (usually, the owners lost their ftp-password to some password-grabbing application).
Sometimes, they (helpdesk-staff) go directly to the website itself (even though Google warns everybody to not do this). With IE.
Personally, I use Firefox on a 64bit Linux (no flash, no java). But I found myself asking:
  — is there a lot of malware that is not detected by common AV-software? Is that problem actually "real"?
  — the XP-pcs in question are updated regularly and use an uptodate version of AV-software.
  — if it is indeed a big problem, what solutions are there? Allowing surfing only via a remote-desktop to a locked-down IR?

The helpdesk knows a lot of passwords — I would really not like them to "leak" any of those out via some stupid trojan.

How do you handle "safe browsing"?"

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