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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

sabri Re:This Just In! (98 comments)

Because you can't have the government competing with them in an area that they might, someday, begin to consider serving.

There is only one reason for the government to step in: make it easier for smaller ISPs to start shop. I'd love to start a small ISP in my area, but it is practically impossible.

13 hours ago
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

sabri Re: The worrisome part (233 comments)

So fuck you California. It's one thing if you dumb liberals infect your own state. It's another if you have a chilling effect on the entire US (and perhaps even around the world).

Nobody forces cellphone vendors to manufacture phones for the California market. They are free to sell their phones elsewhere. Only the future will tell whether or not vendors will comply with the state law or just choose to sell their phones elsewhere.

One example of this would be California's CARB compliance crap. When I bought a generator a few years ago (are you ready for an earthquake?), I found out that it isn't that simple to just go on Amazon and get one. Noooo, you need one that is specifically made for the California market because some idiot in the air board decided to create additional rules, just for CA.

Secretly I hope that the next Iphone won't have the killswitch and won't be sold in California. Let's see how long the treehuggers are still in control of this State after that.

3 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

sabri Re:My opinion on the matter. (807 comments)

MS got its market dominance by making a deal with IBM, not by creating a great product. Apple got its market dominance by cultivating an image, not by creating a great product.

...which is a completely irrelevant way to measure quality of the market.

The carriers (read: AT&T, Verizon, Comcast etc) who use carrier grade equipment don't care about market dominance by deals or market dominance by image. They care about what works. Routers are not consumer products.

3 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

sabri Re:My opinion on the matter. (807 comments)

I've been doing Linux admin in some fashion or another for 20+ years, so in many ways I'm part of the "old guard".

I guess we're part of a similar generation, although I have about 5 years less (started in 1997 with Linux).

The argument about small being better, making programs that do one thing well, etc is a good design element that's worked for years.

This is exactly what I'm talking about. Yes, it has worked for years, and that's why you like it. You (we?) are now that "old generation" that I was referring to, and I'm not about to become a grumpy old admin.

Let me give you another example, which is geared a bit more towards my current profession. In the last couple of years, I worked for two large vendors of networking equipment. Vendor R used your way of doing things: each network protocol has its own daemon. So you end up having ospfd, isisd, bgpd etc. Worked just fine. I also worked for vendor J, who used one big binary: rpd handles just about every routing protocol you can imagine. Is J bad and is R good? According to the market, J is doing very well, while R has been acquired and assimilated by a another company.

4 days ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

sabri Re:My opinion on the matter. (807 comments)

You got a bunch of "upstarts" who don't know, or don't care, about Linux's roots and want to turn it into something it just never was meant to be

When I was a junior network engineer, I sometimes had to work on (what we now consider ancient) technology such as ATM, Frame Relay and ISDN. I even had my share of IPX/SPX. Back in those days, the experienced network engineers with 20+ years of experience despised Ethernet while complaining about those junior folks who knew nothing about the established technologies. As it turned out, all of them are out of a job now.

Bottom line is, when it comes to technology progress, roots are pretty much irrelevant. I don't care if something has been done like this for 1000 years. If we can find a better way to do it, let's do it.

The question should be whether or not systemd is progress, or an unnecessary burden. History is irrelevant in this case.

4 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

sabri Re:Things (191 comments)

A short-wave transciever could come in mighty handy should disaster come.

Would my handheld backup aviation radio work? :)

5 days ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

sabri Re:In the south bay... (133 comments)

It was strong enough to wake us up, but not enough to do any damage in Sunnyvale.

Weird, I'm a 30 miles south of you and have several things come down. I woke up as well but didn't link the noise to an earthquake.

5 days ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sabri Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (441 comments)

Yes.

I totally understand your sentiment. However, do remember that these folks already have an approved greencard petition and the only reason that they haven't received it yet is because they are waiting for their priority date to become current.

In theory, the employer has provided evidence to the Department of Labor and USCIS that they have done a reasonable effort to hire a local (citizen or permanent resident) for the job that the alien is performing. DOL and USCIS both approved a petition to grant the alien permanent residency (DOL does PERM, USCIS does I-140). They only thing that they're waiting for is the I-485. Does it still sound reasonable to deport them?

I say "in theory" because we all know that this process is being abused heavily by a subset of greencard-factories (the same ones that take 80% of H1-Bs...)

about a week ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

sabri Re:Not exactly endearing you to the public (441 comments)

H1B is being abused and they know it. It was meant for 1-2 month gigs and they leave. Instead its turned into 6 year stints

Almost true. While you are correct that the H1-B visa in itself is limited to a 6 year maximum stay, the visa can be renewed indefinitely if the holder is the beneficiary of an approved I-140 petition in the 5th year. This means that any H1-B holder can stay on that H1-B for a long time as long as they find someone willing to sponsor their greencard, and they have about 4 years -in the US- to find them.

Reason for this is that there is disconnect between the amount of H1-B visas (which are not limited per country) and amount of greencards (which are limited per country). We all know which country I'm talking about: the folks from India, however you may feel about their presence, are hitting this the most: For each EB category (EB1, EB2, EB3 in general), there are 265 greencards available per month. That's a little over 9500 per year. On the other side is the number of H1-B (and L-1) visa that get allocated to workers chargeable to India. Just for H1-B, that number comes close to 170,000 just for FY2012 (source). Then there are the L1 visa holders, which are uncapped.

So, you end up having ~10k greencards, vs ~200k influx, just for India alone. This means that there is a huge waiting list for people with approved I-140s, but not eligible to file for AOS. What are you going to do with them? Sent them back? Politics chose to let them stay by renewing their H1-B every 1 to 3 years, even after the 6th year.

about a week ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

sabri Re:Might makes right ? (391 comments)

As long as England remains a democratic country, that is ...

The UK is not democratic anymore. It is a Soviet-like police state worse than Orwell predicted. I've said it many times here, and have been marked a troll every time, but at some point the world is going to see that the UK is a plague and a far cry from the heroes they were back in the forties.

about a week ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

sabri Re:Salesmen (161 comments)

I have an app that uploads to my nas when I charge my phone at home, which is a fair compromise.

I've been looking for something similar, which app are you using?

about a week ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

sabri Re:Big Data (181 comments)

Netflix offered a solution that dropped that transit cost to ZERO

Blatantly not true. Comcast is not paying for transit, they are peering with the transit ISP that Netflix pays. Netflix tried to establish direct peering with Comcast. This means Comcast needs to pay for the operational and capital expense of a port and maintaining the peering relationship. So I'd say it's exactly reversed: Netflix want Comcast to pay for their transit reduction.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

sabri Re:Big Data (181 comments)

It's extortion plain and simple

Please show me the gun that's being used.

Netflix does not have to pay ATT/Comcast/Verizon a single dime. All it needs to do is hire a few clever network engineers that are capable of a little bit of traffic engineering, and buy proper transit. Oh, and it would be nice if the US government would not make it so damned difficult for me to start a proper ISP.

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Sabri
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ECE-IPN #2

about two weeks ago
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Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

sabri This is just evil. (166 comments)

And evil doesn't cover it.

about two weeks ago
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Is Remote Instruction the Future of College?

sabri Re:we don't need no stinkin' badges (81 comments)

it's the bullshit classes that universities are offering.

So you go somewhere where you don't have that. I recently earned my MSc at Western Governors University (wgu.edu) which is competency based. There is no need to take classes, they are strictly optional. If you think you already have the competency to pass, go ahead and take the test. If you're not sure or need to fresh up, take the class, part of it, or just read the material. All online and distance learning with dedicated course and program mentors. It took me 18 months to complete a 24 month program.

So, it can be done right. As to the question whether or not my degree is worth anything in the market: only time will tell.

about two weeks ago
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Spain's Link Tax Taxes Journalist's Patience

sabri Re:They do mind. (113 comments)

And you aren't willing to pay for it.

I'm willing to pay for good news. But, the last time I paid for a Newsweek and a Time Magazine before a flight, I got 45% ads and 25% useless content. Only 30% of the actual print was interesting to me. I'd be more than happy to pay double the price if that helps me get rid of the penile erection dysfunction ads on every other page (what the F that says about your reader base...)

Oh, and in other news: the US is now considering a DVD tax to support the 3.5" floppy industry.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

sabri Re:Read the source code (430 comments)

I think several here have different expectations of what constitutes "good documentation". Being a Linux sysadmin, I work in FOSS day in, day out, and documentation is always available and clear.

Without knowing, you've hit the nail with the hammer.

Here is why FOSS docs are so nice to you, but proprietary ones are not: audience analysis.

The people who create FOSS documentation are often either the developers themselves, or very early adopters who spend a lot of time with the developers. They have a technical mindset, and will write documentation in that way. You have a very technical mindset, and like me, will probably prefer a well-commented configuration example over a nicely formatted .pdf document with all possible options.

In large enterprises, things are different. That's where the professional technical writers come in (yes, that's a full-time job). These folks will come up with a target audience, secondary audience, initial outline for the documentation and (in their minds) well-written content and examples. Since this gets reviewed many times by people who all have an ego telling them that they must make at least some changes in order to show productivity to their bosses, the documentation ends up being a piece of crap. It may be correct, but it usually is a piece of crap. For example, let's take any routing vendor's documentation. You are looking to configure something as simple as an L3VPN. The easiest way to do this is by getting an example configuration and just change some IP addresses to match your own network, right? Well, the "professionals" think not. They will come up with this:

Step 1: configure an IGP. For more information on how to configure an IGP, see chapter 12, section 3.
Step 2: enable the appropriate interfaces for MPLS. For more information on how to enable interfaces for MPLS, see chapter 2, section 1.
Step 3: create an LSP between the two PE nodes. For more information an how to configure LSPs, see chapter 2, section 10.
Step 4: enable a signaling protocol such as BGP or LDP. For more information on how to configure BGP as an L3VPN signaling protocol, see chapter 10, section 9. For more information on how to configure (targeted) LDP as your L3VPN signaling protocol, see chapter 7, section 1.
Step 5: configure the route-target: set route-target 12345:1. For more information on route-target configuration, see chapter 8, section 2.
Step 6: configure the route-distinguisher: set route-distinguisher 12345:100. For more information on route-distinguisher configuration, see chapter 8, section 3.

And that, my friend, is why commercial documentation sucks a monkey's ass.

about three weeks ago

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No shortage in tech workers, advocacy groups say

sabri sabri writes  |  about 2 months ago

sabri (584428) writes "To have a labor shortage or not to have, that's the question. According to the San Jose Mercury News:

Last month, three tech advocacy groups launched a labor boycott against Infosys, IBM and the global staffing and consulting company ManpowerGroup, citing a "pattern of excluding U.S. workers from job openings on U.S soil."

They say Manpower, for example, last year posted U.S. job openings in India but not in the United States."
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City of San Jose wants to snoop private CCTV camera's

sabri sabri writes  |  about 7 months ago

sabri (584428) writes "The City of San Jose, self-proclaimed capitol of Silicon Valley, wants to snoop into the security camera's of private citizens, in an effort to combat the rising crime figures of the city. The councilman proposing the ordinance says " The new database "is something that costs very little but could have a big impact in making San Jose safer."". Full article available on the website of the San Jose Mercury News website."
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Woman facing $3500 fine for posting online review

sabri sabri writes  |  about 9 months ago

sabri (584428) writes "Jen Palmer tried to order something from kleargear.com, some sort of cheap Thinkgeek clone. The merchandise never arrived and she wrote a review on ripoffreport.com. Now, kleargear.com is reporting her to credit agencies and sending collectors to collect $3500 as part of a clause which did not exist at the alleged time of purchase.

Now I'm wondering whether or not the terms and conditions even apply, since the sales transaction was never completed."
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Second SFO disaster avoided seconds before crash

sabri sabri writes  |  about a year ago

sabri (584428) writes "On July 25th, flight EVA28, a Boeing 777 flying from Taiwan to SFO, was on the final approach for runway 28L when they were alerted by ATC that they were only at 600ft above the ground at less than 4NM from the threshold. SFO's tower directed the flight crew to climb immediately and declare missed approach.

Assuming they were flying at 140 knots (typical approach speed of a 777), they were less than 2 minutes from the runway and at a 3 degree angle (approx 500ft/min descent), about a minute from impact. This is the same type of aircraft and runway used by the crashed Asiana flight. Similar weather conditions and awfully similar flight path. Is there a structural problem with computer-aided pilot's ability to fly visual approaches?"
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USCIS receives 50,000 packages of H-1B petitions on first day

sabri sabri writes  |  about a year ago

sabri (584428) writes "The USCIS has received 50,000 applications for new H-1B visas on the 1st day of the H-1B season for FY2014. It is expected that this years season will not last longer than the minimum of 5 days.

While the proponents and opponents of the H-1B visa program still disagree, one thing is sure: the increased H-1B visa demand is a sign that the economy is improving."
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Huawei got caught copying - again

sabri sabri writes  |  about a year and a half ago

sabri (584428) writes "Huawei, the industry leader in copying other companies code and property, has done it again. This time they did not even bother removing their victim's contact information:

"Sabina Berloffa, vice president of marketing at Kapsch CarrierCom, made her views quite clear on her company's website — see Kapsch vs. Huawei: Find the differences — after Huawei issued promotional materials that not only resembled Kapsch's in practically every respect but which also included a hyperlink to Kapsch's contact details."

You'd think they would learn at some point..."

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Security expert: Huawei routers riddles with vulnerabilities

sabri sabri writes  |  about 2 years ago

sabri (584428) writes "Cnet reports in this article that German security expert Felix Lindner has unearthed several vulnerabilities in Huawei's carrier grade routers. These vulnerabilities could potentially enable attackers, or the Chinese government, to snoop on users' traffic and/or perform a man-in-the-middle attack. While these routers are mostly in use in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, they are increasingly being used in other parts of the world as well, because of their dirt-cheap pricing.

Disclaimer: I work for one of their competitors."

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"Cyber" criminals distribute infected USB sticks on parking lot

sabri sabri writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sabri (584428) writes "The Dutch news-site Elsevier is reporting that cybercriminals attempted to steal data from a multinational by "losing" spyware infected USB sticks on the companies parking lot. Their attempt failed as one of the employees who found the stick dropped it off at the companies IT department, who then found the spyware and issued a warning.

So next time, don't expect to find someones dirty pictures on a USB stick you just found..."

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