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Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's

rs79 Remember Microsoft Windows? (195 comments)

It used the FreeBSD networking code. This doesn't mean windows is fast and it's sort of specious. BSD has tricks in the Kernel to make I/O faster that pretty much anything else.

about three weeks ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:Web hosting (116 comments)

Who else are then supposed to pay now that Karl Denninger packed it in?

about three weeks ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:Not the first, just the most egotistical. (116 comments)

Why? The IP network was tiny back then and the uucp network was enormous ans had all the apps. There were no people passing packet back then because nobody wanted to - they didn't need to. You could get everything the network had to offer via uucp.

Except telnet. But there was nowhere to telnet to. Back then if you needed to telnet you had a line in your house. What else would your boss say "ok, we need you to telnet it. I hear a third ISP opened in the US, so use that."

about three weeks ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:My contribution... (116 comments)

"(local for-sale stuff and the like)"

ie., porn.

This fueled a lot of the early net. I knew an deign engineer that wanted the engineering groups. They wouldn't spring for a uunet feed from DC to Irvine so buddy got smart and gve his boss a floppy of porn from home. He said you get one of these every week if I get a full feed, Capish? He got a full feed and friday afternoons had to download and pay the porn tax. You did what you to, that connection in Irvine was at the time strategically important to the growth of the network. Now we had LA, San diego and orange county online.

about three weeks ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:Definitely not the first (116 comments)

"but they aren't sufficient to make you an ISP."

Of course they were. What does the I in ISP mean? "Internet".

If what you offer can interoperate with the network, you're an ISP. What do you think the ip network looked like before the web? Hint: nobody really used Gopher (other than .ca whois) and 99% of all activity was mail and news. Which came from uucp and was ported to IP. But until the web came along there was simply no reason for a pain in the ass SLIP or PPP connection cause you could do anything important with a uucp connection.

ftp wasn't the only way to move files around. And as a user of the network you couldn't tell if those other people were on uucp or the ip network, it was all transparent to you - Interoperability.

about three weeks ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:I'm sure he's a nice guy, but... (116 comments)

You weren't there. Clearly.

You're used to dialing with ISDN or DSL and have it connect?

That's adorable.

Know what you got 90% of the time when you dialed up with a modem back then? A busy signal.

That's cause for every modem that existed, 5 guys wanted to use it. This went on until cable and dsl, late 90s or so.

So it was considered rude to dial up, then go away and leave it connected when you weren't using it and people were waiting.

Free ISP's (there were many, Barry was just the first pay-for one) would jut disconnect you and fuck you that's why. And most didn't charge so they could do this. But if you were paying, yupi might not expect that o had to be aware of the rules, like don't spam and don't tie up the modem pool.

You don't like it? Open your own isp and you can do what you like and waste your very expensive phone lines on people that forgot to hang up when they went out.

about three weeks ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:Certainly not the first (116 comments)

All of the internet ran on stolen equipment and stolen phone lines back then. You made it work by whatever means possible.

Jesus Christ, Sun and Cisco were both formed on the commission of a federal crime - they stole the machines from Stanford.

about three weeks ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:This guys ego (116 comments)

The problem with the Internet is the unusual personalities of the people that built and use.*

Barry literally wrote the book on tcp/ip, and as he says, the net was small back then and we all knew each other.

who the fuck are you?

*This is probably true of Slashdot, too.

about three weeks ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:Is my memory failing or ... (116 comments)

That's nice. It's still compu$serve.

If you knew what you were doing you didn't pay for net, that's the advantage to store and forward uucp over always-on IP.

about three weeks ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:Why isn't (116 comments)


Anybody could connect to the uucp network, it was ad-hoc and came with unix all out of bell labs and written by private industry.

The TCP/IP network otoh, was paid for by USG research dollars which the USG thinks gives them statutory authority over it, hence the dns and ip regime in place now which is effectively government control, not the private industry control that exists over the network itself.

At the time the NSF regulated IP transit with the AUP; Steve Wolff, who Barry mentioned, was in charge of this and felt the network would grow more quickly if the NSF wasn't "in the loop" and withdrew the AUP thus handing over the network to private control.

I asked Wolff years later why he didn't liberate the DNS as well as the network, it remained under the auspices of the NSF which got us to where we are not. He said in retrospect he should have; he didn't think it was important back then but if he knew then what he knows now he would have done it.

You have to keep in mine too there was nothing ON the TCP/IP network. Both UUCP and TCP/IP had email (although the ip side lagged badly, mail was really invented at Bell, IP made very crude versions of this ad took forever to do it) but News had come out of UUCP and there wasn't much else on the network. You really only needed IP if you needed to telnet or ftp and in 90 not many people were being paid to do this. So dial up uucp sites were not uncommon even then - every city had them, and from there you could real mail and news. That's all the network was back then.

about three weeks ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:Uh...try again (116 comments)

" It holds a very important place in history"

Only in fido-land. It was a pox to the rest of the net.

Q:How do you know when the Fido boys tried to gateway again?
A: there are 300 posts in alt.aquaria. 280 of them are the same.

Every. Friggin. Time.

And no I don't know why your tank is green.

about three weeks ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:more like 1987 (116 comments)

Lots of guys did - Karl Denninger in Chicago and Greg Laskin LA. But they were UUCP not IP connections.

about three weeks ago

Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

rs79 Re:First? (116 comments)

If /. allowed caps you'd see a BIFF@BIT.NET post here.

So you won't.

about three weeks ago

The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

rs79 "Supposed fact" (552 comments)

You know when they're using weasel words like this they're being disingenuous:

"Also, it puts to bed the supposed 'fact' that there's been a pause in temperature increase the last 17 years. Raw data shows it's still increasing."

"Since 2000, temperatures have been warmer than average, but they did not increase significantly. Data courtesy of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. Since the turn of the century, however, the change in Earth’s global mean surface temperature has been close to zero." Note also CO2 rose the entire tie, it just didn't get any warmer for 17 years.

This is an stateent based on NOAA data. And they disagree with this? Ok, what's the source of their data? Have they told the NOAA they're wrong yet?

about a month and a half ago

4K Monitors: Not Now, But Soon

rs79 Re:Get a TV (186 comments)

I've used a T61 Thinkpad for ages now and it almost alarming the difference between the laptop screen and say, a nice 24" external monitor at 1920 px.

Has anybody with a Y510p tried running of of those cheap Seiki 4K screens?

Or the $50 tv boxen on ebay that claim to do 4K, anyone tried those?

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Should Every Programmer Read?

rs79 TFM (352 comments)


about 3 months ago

Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

rs79 Re:Shut Up (568 comments)

Pollution? Corporations.

Global climate grant change? Scientists.

How bout we get back to the pollution issue which has been attenuated by climate discussion.

Pollution is not under dispute.

about 4 months ago



A trip around Africa

rs79 rs79 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rs79 writes "A couple in Calgary Alberta said goodbye to their kids and grandkids and took off for a trip around the African continent in a Toyota Land Cruiser, filming as they went.

It's a fascinating and compelling series of videos, some parts of Africa are better than we think, but the bad parts, they're as bad as we've heard if not worse.

Either way it's a nice slice of what a handful of African countries are really like in a day to day basis. Much great footage including feeding African Cichlids in Lake Malawi and the legendary red ochre painted semi naked nomads, The Himba in Angola and Namibia.

I spent a few days pulling stills out of the video so you can in one glance have a look at the best scenes from all the videos at once."

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Elephant control in Zimbabwe

rs79 rs79 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rs79 writes "By now everyone in the domain industry has seen Godaddy's CEO Bob Parsons home movie hunting elephants, but an analysis of the tape suggests that getting elephants out of a field of sorghum might not require a rifle and the death of the CITES listed endangered animal and that a flashlight itself might suffice."
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Hippocratic oath should apply to animal welfare

rs79 rs79 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rs79 writes "Reports come out than some animals or another is endangered, so it goes on a list of endangered animals and you'd think this would help. But, listings like this make it difficult if not impossible for anyone less than a large institution to captive breed the animal, and in the case of material already breeding in captivity, you're now a criminal. Consider the case of the flame sided garter..."
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Physical teather for Andoid G1/Dream phone

rs79 rs79 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rs79 writes "Cel phones have usually had a hole in them you can attach a lanyard to. I use a coil or glow in the dark urethane cord with a backup coil of back attached to my belt loop with one of those triangular mountain climbing attachment thingamajigs. This has stopped my all too frequent loss of cel phones — I'm embarrassed to say how many just slid out of my pocket and just went away in the past two years.

I have a new HTC Dream phone and it is a dream. But it's got no hole. I can't physically attach it to anything. A case isn't the answer, I want to attach my glow coil of urethane to it it for no other reason it makes it really easy to find in the dark, plus its for all intents and purposes, unbreakable.

But how am I supposed to attach the tether cord to it? Is there somewhere I can in theory drill a hole?

The best idea I have so far is to use liquid urethane glue, very carefully, but a) this will looked like half baked ass and b) I'm not sure it'll stick to the Teflon like exterior. Some plastics react better to adhesives than others.

What would you do?"

Broadband stimulus package

rs79 rs79 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rs79 writes "Will the broadband stimulus package serve those who need it or enhance entrenched providers through horribly flawed policy at NTIA. Feld argues the latter."
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Clinton answers calls for Firefox in State Dept

rs79 rs79 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rs79 writes "At the 26:33 mark of a State Department question and answer session Hillary Clinton answers calls from an employee requesting to use the Firefox web browser. Hilarity ensues. Citing costs, to which the audience cheers "it's free", an explanation is given by a state dept staffer about the cost of free software followed by an appeal by Ms. Clinton to let the government know whenever something is done in a very cost ineffective manner at the 29:10 mark."
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What a Texas town can teach us about health care.

rs79 rs79 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rs79 writes "From The New Yorker: The greatest threat to Americas fiscal health is not Social Security, President Barack Obama said in a March speech at the White House. Its not the investments that weve made to rescue our economy during this crisis. By a wide margin, the biggest threat to our nations balance sheet is the skyrocketing cost of health care. Its not even close. "Our countrys health care is by far the most expensive in the world."

"McAllen (texas) calls itself the Square Dance Capital of the World. Lonesome Dove was set around here.

"McAllen has another distinction, too: it is one of the most expensive health-care markets in the country. Only Miamiwhich has much higher labor and living costsspends more per person on health care. In 2006, Medicare spent fifteen thousand dollars per enrollee here, almost twice the national average. The income per capita is twelve thousand dollars. In other words, Medicare spends three thousand dollars more per person here than the average person earns.""

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