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Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

rainer_d Seen that before (349 comments)

When FreeBSD started having "10" in the version number, a lot of 3rd party (open source) software thought it must be version "1.0" (based on checks by GNU configure) which usually resulted in a failure to even go through the configure-phase....
Same reason why Solaris 11 is actually 2.11...

about three weeks ago

Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

rainer_d Re:Is this real? (504 comments)

That wouldn't even fly with "friends" of the US and NATO-partners.
Thank god, US tech companies need to export their stuff, too.
I'm pretty sure that Apple have it clear to the various representatives in political offices what kind of policy they are going to support (i.e.: donate money) in the future and what they will not support. After all, Cook hired this new lobbyist:

US is a corporatocracy - and Apple has very deep pockets and very loyal customers (who often also have deep pockets) with long memories - nobody in D.C. wants that combination against them.

about a month ago

Ukraine Asks Zuckerberg to Discipline Kremlin Facebook Bots

rainer_d Just run your own blog (254 comments)

Either host yourself or use 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...

about 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 2 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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
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 3 months ago

Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should


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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 3 months ago

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 4 months ago

Freecode Freezeup

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

On FreeBSD, we have

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 4 months ago

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 4 months ago

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 5 months ago

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 5 months ago



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."

Link to Original Source

IP address management solutions for IPV6?

rainer_d rainer_d writes  |  more than 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."

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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