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Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

rainmaestro Re:I want slower for cheaper (88 comments)

I'm in the same boat. I'm paying $60/mo for what is typically 11-12mbs. I've never found a need to have anything more than that. Sufficient to download games in 1-2 hours, stream Netflix, and do my job (typically involving VPN and a few RDP sessions). I guess going up to 100mbs or gig would be worth it if there were 5 people in the house all trying to stream video and play games at once.

I'd rather see the low end packages get cheaper than get higher speeds that I have no use for.

3 days ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

rainmaestro Re:Mod parent up. (546 comments)

There is, sort of. Each port is largely separate but provides binary compatibility with the database, but there can be issues. For example, the Droid version doesn't work properly with v2.0 KeePass databases (nor does the QT port at this point), only the older 1.x branch. You can get things to play nicely together if you are careful about which ports and which database versions you opt to use, but it isn't hard to get yourself in a situation where you have a nice database that can't be accessed on some new device.

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

rainmaestro Re:Mod parent up. (546 comments)

Yeah, I tried KeePassDroid, but it always ran into issues trying to open my DB. Dunno why, I could open it everywhere else. Had to resort to typing it manually.

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

rainmaestro Re:Mod parent up. (546 comments)

Not having the manager available is a big problem. I redid all my passwords after the Heartbleed issue, and pretty much maxed out the password for each of my important accounts. Was great on my PCs where I had KeePassX, but the first time I had to enter a 24-character randomly generated password with special characters on my cellphone to log in, I realized why it will never work for the average person. Big, long complex passwords are great until you have to type them in on a tiny ass keyboard.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

rainmaestro Re:Angle brackets ... (261 comments)

Yes, and an intelligent text parser can differentiate between markup and angle brackets in text. Half-assed parsers assume that all angle brackets are surrounding markup, even when they aren't. Modern parsers tend to be of the former, Slashdot's is still the latter.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

rainmaestro Re:WTF? (261 comments)

Should have read "unwanted marketing from some random company that still does opt-in-by-default and block that". I forgot that /. still runs off 1970's technology and can't handle angle brackets.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

rainmaestro Re:WTF? (261 comments)

Same here. I see maybe one legit piece of spam a week in my Gmail inbox. Now if they can just figure out how to predict if an email is unwanted marketing from and block that, I'd be even happier. Sick of having to manually unsub.

I have email accounts with about 10 different domains. Some are related to work and use various filtering tools, some are with free services. Between all my accounts I see maybe half a dozen spams a week. From an end-user perspective, spam for me died out years ago. I'm always amazed to hear about people who are still inundated with it.

about a week ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

rainmaestro Re:Free the bastards! (152 comments)

Do we? I mean, food is just out there in the wilderness waiting for us to pick it. It's right there...what's the problem? Yet for all our intelligence, people consistently fail to survive when stranded alone in the wilderness, even though there's food all around them.

Orcas are basically oceanic wolves: they live, move and hunt in packs, whether it is tail slapping to get seals or corralling fish. Orcas hardly ever survive alone, even those that are raised in a group. Luna is one of the few from recent memory. The reality is still that most of these captive orcas wouldn't be able to make it alone in the wild. A small number would, but most wouldn't.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

rainmaestro Re:Free the bastards! (152 comments)

Depends on how long they have been captive. Orcas have complex group dynamics, both socially and for hunting, so an orca that was never taught those skills as a youngster would be incapable of joining a group and surviving. About 2/3 of orcas currently in parks weren't even born in the wild, which means they never learned how to hunt and survive in a group.

Raise someone in a jail cell from birth, then at 30 drop them into the world all alone with nothing. What are the odds that they would survive? There's a big difference between innate intelligence and life skills.

Sad as it is, most captive orcas wouldn't survive long in the wild.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

rainmaestro Re:it solves some unicode issues (757 comments)

I can't help but believe that anything in systemd has involvement from Lennart in the same way that Linus controls the kernel. By virtue of being in his overarching project, his influence will corrupt the product, regardless of who actually writes the code.

I hope I'm wrong, for the sake of everyone who will be stuck fixing the bugs a year from now, but I have a sinking feeling that's exactly how things will transpire.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

rainmaestro Re:it solves some unicode issues (757 comments)

Don't get me wrong, I disagree with a number of decisions Linus has made. But he tends to be more controlled than Lennart in that regard. His approach is to ignore POSIX when it makes sense to do so (eg, when the standard is too vague to be practical). Lennart seems to want to throw the whole standard away straight out.

I support replacing VT, it is a mess. A mostly working mess, but it could be much better. I just don't trust anything Lennart writes at this point.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

rainmaestro Re:it solves some unicode issues (757 comments)

People are mad because of who is doing the replacement. Lennart has a consistent track record of releasing code that breaks the world and then blaming the breakage on the users and distros not using his masterpieces correctly. This is someone who publicly advocates breaking POSIX compatibility.

He's a very talented coder, but shouldn't be allowed anywhere near an OS that needs to remain usable. Unfortunately, his Red Hat ties mean we're stuck cleaning up his messes, and this VT replacement will be yet another mess for the first two years.

about two weeks ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

rainmaestro Re:I quit using Belkin years ago, (191 comments)

I switched to an Asus wireless router at home a few months ago. Can't speak to the quality of the firmware as I loaded dd-wrt on it, but it has worked nicely so far. Picked it up in a local store, though I don't recall which.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

rainmaestro Re:This happened to me (275 comments)

We've got an admin at work who installs xrdp on all our Linux servers so he can remote in graphically to launch an XTerm session to launch a GUI text editor as root to edit config files.

I was speechless the first time I watched it.

about 1 month ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

rainmaestro Re:Not my cup of tea (287 comments)

I had the same realization a few years ago. Had a rack, plenty of older servers (mostly Sparcs I got free from work when we decommissioned them). All they did was heat up one room and doubled my electric bill. I've become very wary of overprovisioning now, something techies have a bad habit of doing.

A decently-specced laptop for my day-to-day work and a beefier laptop running ESXi to replace the servers (for a home setup, most VMs don't need that much in the way of resources) takes care of most of my needs (ignoring a gaming rig and the requisite consoles). An Asus wireless router running dd-wrt handles all my networking kit needs. Consumes little space, uses far less power and generates no appreciable heat (important in Florida, my A/C bill is high enough as it is).

about a month ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

rainmaestro Re:I have worked at a few ISPs (251 comments)

Must be nice to have competitors. One ISP in my area that provides anything beyond DSL speeds. Bundled utilities that you can't split: water, sewer, stormwater, waste pickup and recycling all in one bill. Even if you go with WM privately, you still pay for county collection as part of your utility bill. Same for recycling.

about 2 months ago
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Gartner: Internet of Things Has Reached Hype Peak

rainmaestro Re: Why did they pick such a bad buzzword? (98 comments)

Wouldn't the simpler option be to educate people to not buy so much crap that they can't consume it in time? I'm always amazed to look in people's fridges and see how much stuff is just sitting there that hasn't been opened in a year. Making the fridge smarter is just masking the real issue.

about 2 months ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

rainmaestro Re:...The hell? (291 comments)

Like my "flagship" Galaxy phone? The one that I think I paid more for than the last three phones I owned. The one that reboots twice a day. The one that, at least once a week, gets itself into some fugue state where it is off but can't be turned back on until I pop the battery out. The one with the photo viewer that is too stupid to realize that landscape photos shouldn't be displayed in portrait orientation when I'm holding the phone in a landscape orientation. The one with a music player that randomly loses my playlists, occasionally in the middle of playing one.

Seems like every Galaxy owner I've talked to has their own list of twenty things their phones does really shittily. I miss my old low end crappy phone sometimes. At least it was reliable, even if the GPS app never quite worked right.

about 2 months ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

rainmaestro Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

Auto insurance isn't that bad compared to the rest. My insurance dropped 10% in the last adjustment, and is within a couple percent of where it was five years ago.

Homeowner's insurance, on the other hand, is truly predatory. My policy averages a 15% increase annually, with zero claims. And thanks to living in Florida, I have fuck all options for switching carriers. My insurance is about 20% of my total mortgage payment this year, and I'm not even in a flood zone.

And homeowner's insurance has that wonderful package-only system, so I'm paying for shit I don't need because I can't choose to opt out at all (my personal property coverage is 2x what I need because it is computed from the property value, there's a 25K identity theft coverage that I don't need at all, I'm covered for volcanic eruptions, etc). At least the auto insurance carriers give you an option.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

rainmaestro Re:What about range on this smaller car? (247 comments)

Well, that's only partially correct. Drunk driving and speeding tickets will have no effect on your insurance because both of those issues apply to the policyholder and any additional named parties, not to the vehicle. Since your buddy isn't on your insurance, he gets the premium penalty for the DUI, not you.

In the event of an accident, the driver's policy covers bodily injury while the owner's policy covers physical damage. Typically, your insurance company would also seek partial compensation from your friend's carrier as well, and you both will be affected.

Also, where the hell do you live that parking tickets affect your insurance? Even if you don't pay them, the only consequence is that you can't renew your registration until you pay them off. Or if you live in a city that uses parking enforcement to generate cash, your car gets towed and you have to go pay it off immediately.

about 4 months ago

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