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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

smash Re:Slavery (138 comments)

That's cute. Samsung can't manufacture like apple using slave labour either.

1 hour ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

smash Re:Apple sells jewelry, plain and simple (138 comments)

Whilst the iphone is pretty, what apple actually sells is a device you don't have to babysit, that does what it says on the box in a manner that is both attractive and pleasant to use.

The reason many people, myself included by apple gear is because I have spent the past 20 years babysitting computer shit because it half does what it says, needs care to use to ensure it doesn't get malware, etc. I'm fucking over it. I don't care about the theoretical reduced flexibility if the device does what I actually want it to do, and doesn't need babysitting.

Being pretty is a bonus, not the primary motivator.

1 hour ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

smash economy of scale... (138 comments)

... there's a reason apple don't make 35 different models of smartphone, 18 different laptop models, and 5 different lines of desktop (like other OEMs seem determined to do).

Because stamping out 100 million copies of a single model (e.g., iphone) is a LOT more cost effective than trying to tool up to stamp out 10 million copies each of 10 different models. Which means that they can increase their profit margin or increase feature set at the same price as they see fit.

2 hours ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

smash Re:Unfamiliar (366 comments)

You are aware that the write IOPS of your RAIDZ VDEV is the performance of a SINGLE DISK, right?

about a week ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

smash Re:Unfamiliar (366 comments)

I ran a home ZFS box with 2 GB in it (1.5 TB of mirrored storage) for 6 months with zero issues using FreeNAS. It's now got 10 GB, for home media streaming use i have noticed basically zero difference. Saturated gig-e with both setups.

about two weeks ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

smash Re:Unfamiliar (366 comments)

Bullshit. You can add different size VDEVs to a pool, it works fine. It auto balances load across them, and no partitioning is required. My current home setup is 2x1 TB and 2x 512 GB mirrors (soon to be replaced with bigger drives, when it is full).

about two weeks ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

smash Re:Unfamiliar (366 comments)

Just accept that you need to add (or replace) disks 2 at a time (mirror VDEVs), and move on. Unless you're dealing with > 20-30 drives, I'd suggest that RAIDZn is a poor choice. Also, the way writes work, making massive raid groups with large numbers of drives in them (i.e., adding another drive to a RAID5, like you would with BTRFS) is a bad idea. Parity RAID In general is a bad idea. Capacity is cheap, performance is not. Parity raid sucks for performance.

about two weeks ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

smash Re:Unfamiliar (366 comments)

Yup. Most people's expansion difficulties are due to retarded pool configurations. If you accept that 1. disk is cheap and 2. mirrors, whilst expensive in terms of disk capacity are way better performance and more flexible, zfs rocks.

People seem to have it stuck in their head that bigger RAID numbers are better, but RAIDZ/RAIDZ2/RAIDZ3 are only really useful when you're dealing with HUGE numbers of disks and performance is not so important. Normally you're far better off creating a larger number of VDEV mirrors, both in terms of performance and in terms of flexibility.

Which brings up another point - those not used to dealing with enterprise storage may not realize that you can/should/maybe want an array with more than one RAID group in it. They end up putting all their disks in one big VDEV which sucks for performance and flexibility, then blame ZFS for not being flexible.

Read how it works, don't make retarded choices based on ignorance, and you'll be fine.

about two weeks ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

smash Re:Unfamiliar (366 comments)

Think about why you want to do that. Normally, it's due to fuck up from not setting your pool up in a sensible manner in the first place. Don't do that.

about two weeks ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

smash Re: Unfamiliar (366 comments)

1 GB of RAM is worth about $20 these days anyhow (less?).

And yes, de-dup is expensive. Most of the time in my experience you get far better benefits from compression anyhow (source: real world enterprise datasets at work).

about two weeks ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

smash Re:Unfamiliar (366 comments)

CPU and RAM overhead is not "required". If you want to do things like in-line de-dupe, sure. If you use retarded ways of setting up your pools, then sure, expandability sucks.

The rules aren't "wierd", they are just different. The big mistake people make with ZFS is diving into it without reading any of the documentation on the assumption that they know what they're doing because they've used other filesystems before.

Don't do that. Have run ZFS for years, it's awesome.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

smash GPS (471 comments)

The bit about the Apple Watch GPS being able to tap you differently for left or right is genius. I ride a motorcycle. I have enough to look out for without being glued to a GPS. Left/right haptic feedback to indicate direction on a watch will be awesome.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

smash Re: Anthropometrics (818 comments)

US has had BS cheap airfares for decades.

Here in Australia you're talking $300-400 to cross the country. And that's a cheap flight.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

smash perspective.... (848 comments)

Media slant - beware. Russians will likely tell you that this is because the humanitarian aid convoy they sent got attacked. Presumably, they are sending more supplies and defending them this time.

Which version is true? Probably the truth is somewhere in the middle. Both sides use propaganda in any confrontation - not just "the bad guys".

about three weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

smash Re:Build a decent desktop? (727 comments)

OS X is a lot more than a Window manager. The fact that Linux people tend to think they can replicate what OS X is, by building a window manager that looks similar is pretty much representative of the problem. No one bothers to design any of the platform to build things on. Cocoa is massive and full featured. It provides everything you need to build applications, and is used pervasively throughout the system.

about a month ago
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John McAfee Airs His Beefs About Privacy In Def Con Surprise Talk

smash Re:Why? (124 comments)

This man has claimed shit loads of things that have been pure crap. Do you really need references?

Such as? If you're going to post such things, you need to back them up.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

smash Re:Firewalls are overrated and misunderstood. (348 comments)

And to clarify - yes you need to open ports on the box, of course to provide services. But there is zero reason that you should be enabling non-user facing traffic to be sent or received to/from the box from end user machines.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

smash Re:Firewalls are overrated and misunderstood. (348 comments)

A firewall can be useful to limit the spread of malware on your internal network. The days of relying on an edge firewall only are over.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

smash yes it is common (348 comments)

... because muppets pretending they know how to adminster a network are common.

Don't be a muppet. Limit the spread of malware on your network as much as possible by only opening things that need to be open, to places they need to be open to. There is ZERO reason, for example (plucked at random to illustrate a point), for your end user PC network being able to directly connect to SMB on your SQL server, for example.

Yes, in theory they need credentials to do that. But why leave it open to anyone who obtains credentials when you can be more pro-active about defending the box?

about 2 months ago

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www.google.com blocked by Microsoft Anti-Malware products

smash smash writes  |  more than 2 years ago

smash writes "It would appear that a recent definition update or change to www.google.com has caused the site to be registered as a (false?) positive for Blacole.BW a javascript exploit. So far, it looks like at least Forefront TMG malware inspection, and Microsoft Security Essentials are affected."
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Congress wants to spy on your internet

smash smash writes  |  more than 3 years ago

smash writes "Taking a leaf from Steven Conroy's book, the US congress wants to spy on its citizens internet usage under the premise of going after child pornographers. But of course everyone else's browsing will be under surveillance as well. Won't somebody think of the children?"
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What if the internet was turned off?

smash smash writes  |  more than 3 years ago

" rel="nofollow">smash writes "With recent actions by the government in egypt to turn the internet off in the face of revolution, what would you lose if access to the internet was turned off? With everything moving to IP (voip, video, online banking, e-mail, news delivery, internet radio, etc) just how stranded would you be if it was to all be turned off?"
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Internet Explorer 9 released

smash smash writes  |  more than 3 years ago

smash writes "Whether you hate IE or not, the good news is that IE9 final is finally out. With newer Microsoft produts (eg, Sharepoint 2010, FOPE, etc.) dropping IE6 support the availability of an IE that is finally at least somewhat standards compliant and with improved performance is surely a good thing."
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internet explorer 9 beta is out

smash smash writes  |  about 4 years ago

" rel="nofollow">smash writes "Internet Explorer 9 beta was just released into the wild, bringing a first real test-drive of vastly improved standards compliance and an accelerated rendering pipeline to those stuck in environments that include software that mandates internet explorer. Whilst its not ever likely to be a slashdot crowd favorite, improved standards compliance can't be a bad thing."
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Australian internet in safe hands

smash smash writes  |  more than 4 years ago

smash writes "Senator Conroy, Australia's minister for communications recently demonstrated his fine understanding of internet service delivery and his powerful command of the english language in a recent communique to the Australian people. Australia LOL'd."
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how to market music, by trent reznor

smash smash writes  |  more than 4 years ago

smash writes "How to Destroy Angels is a new band featuring Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame. The first EP is available as a free MP3 download, 2 dollar upgrade for downloadable high-def, or free with any other merchandise purchase. Given that the distribution cost for the album is pretty close to free, the pricing seems fair. Is this the future distribution model for entertainment media? How can traditional publishers expect to charge physical media distribution prices for digital downloads, when any artist can set themselves up to distribute via the internet like this?"
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$40k per URL for aussie web filter

smash smash writes  |  about 5 years ago

smash writes "After several years of debate and electioneering, some statistics on the Australian national web filtering effort have been disclosed. Apparently, the typical Aussie web surfer is 70 times more likely to win the national lotto than stumble across a blocked page. Additionally, despite the claim that the main aim of the filter is to block child pornography, only 313 of the 977 total sites blocked is on the basis of child porn. At $40m AU so far in taxpayers funds, the cost so far is around $40,900 per blocked URL. Government efficiency at work..."
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Nine inch Nails ditch label

smash smash writes  |  more than 6 years ago

smash writes "After much public comment on the record industry in general and and his label in particular, barely a week after Radiohead, Trent Reznor has ditched his label and will focus on sales via the net. Read the scoop here. Is this the beginning of the end for the RIAA?"
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The polling poll poll.

smash smash writes  |  more than 7 years ago

smash writes "Did you tell the truth on the slashdot polling poll?

  • yes
  • no
"

Journals

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2006

smash smash writes  |  more than 8 years ago Well, time for my bi-annual journal update...

Since last post, I've quit my old job, worked freelance for 6 months, scored a new job, and just about gotten myself out of debt :)

I'm not working on a remote minesite, doing all sorts of geek stuff, ranging from wireless networking, to PABX configuration, to AD administration, to firewalling, to maintaining a large cisco spanning tree ethernet network, etc.

All good fun and a huge learning opportunity.

Looking to actually do some courses at some point in the near future, with a view to actually *learning* stuff i don't yet know, as opposed to just scoring paper certs for stuff I can do in my sleep.

Considering Java app development, as it seems to be fairly multipurpose, and well entrenched.

In my spare time, I've decided to get into club level motorsport - JDM spec Nissan 180sx with around 300hp at the rears, coilovers, sway bars, etc, etc...

And that's pretty much it.

Will try to update this more regularly :)

smash.

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moving right along...

smash smash writes  |  about 10 years ago Well, time to get another job. Just recently handed in my notice, I've had enough.

Not really much more to add, my last day is next friday. Anyone looking for a unix/networking guy in the Perth, Western Australia area (part time work preferred, starting my own business), please feel free to email me :D

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IPsec under BSD - update

smash smash writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, so far so good.

The wireless IPsec link has been working flawlessly - the only problems I have encountered so far have been key lifetimes (they're too far short by default), and a power outage. The link is point to point via a middle hop, and this device is in another companies office.

They had an extended power outage the other day, and comms were lost...

Not too bad - over 3 months uptime without a hiccup :)

I'm still halfway through writing up the documentation - it will be linked here when its finished.

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IPSec in FreeBSD

smash smash writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, I've been setting up a wireless link between 2 of our offices at work lately, and I don't trust WEP encryption anymore than I trust Microsoft IIS, so I've been playing with IPSec in tunnel mode under FreeBSD.

Each end of the link is run by a Linksys WAP11 access point, hooked up to a FreeBSD firewall box running IPSec in tunnel mode.

The IPSec documentation is a little confusing on this type of setup, as it goes on about setting up a gif interface to use for tunnelling, however as far as I can see, its not required.

In my situation, instead of setting up a gif interface, I simply ended up using the NIC connected to the wireless bridge in its place - running tcpdump on either end is showing the packets as being ESP encrypted, so as far as I can see it all looks sweet.

Think I'll try putting together some documentation on it and submitting...

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FreeBSD 5.0

smash smash writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, I downloaded and installed FreeBSd 5.0 the other day, and it seems that the installer is a little bit screwy - in particular, it failed to newfs my /var slice, and as a result it wasn't mounted, and /var was unpacked under the root.

I rebooted, manually newfs'd and moved /var from the root to it, but I'm guessing some permissions didn't come across properly, as X, and vi complained about access to /var/tmp.

Couldn't be bothered sorting it out, and went back to 4.7 for the time being...

Think I'll wait for 5.0.1 or 5.1 - some of the new features are very enticing (proper threads, devfs, etc), but for the time being, 4.7 works well enough for me :)

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