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Outlining Thin Linux

somenickname Re:min install (135 comments)

The Gentoo idea is interesting but, the LFS suggestion isn't really applicable. I've built and run LFS systems (even wrote my own package manager just for the amusement of it) and, though it's very fun and you learn a lot, "fun" and "learn a lot" is not something sysadmins look for in enterprise grade software. Really, this guy is indirectly asking, "What distros aren't using systemd?" Maybe he's used systemd and hates it or maybe he's just dreading the thought of it after reading so many negative comments about it.

Having used systemd, I'm very much opposed to the philosophy of it and pretty much indifferent to the use of it in practice. I don't even know which of my machines are running it because, for most people, it just stays out of the way.

6 hours ago

Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

somenickname Supermicro (283 comments)

I've got a 36U StarTech rack full of Supermicro chassis/motherboards and miscellaneous other things (Cisco switch, KVM, monitor, etc). The initial cost was pretty expensive but, the rack will last forever and the chassis will be useful until the SAS backplanes start to fail. In total the rack has around 100GB of RAM, 40TB of disk and around 30 cores of varying capability (everything from Intel Atom to Intel Xeon X56xx) and a lot of UPS (rack stays up for 1.5 hours without power). It's been up for a few years now and, though it's crazy stable, I do have some observations about a "home datacenter":

The rack sits in a 100sqft room on the main floor of my house and it presents some challenges: 1) A 100sqft room is likely to have a 15 amp breaker. The machines in my rack are all pretty power efficient (500W at idle) so, I'm not regularly bumping up against the 80% load of a 15 amp breaker but, it's something to consider. 2) Cooling. It can be a gigantic pain in the ass to keep the room at a sane temperature. In the summer, I have to open up the window and put a window fan in it. In Spring/Autumn, I generally monitor the drive temps and open/close windows as needed. In winter, I could open the server room door to heat the house except: 3) It's loud. Like, really loud. I've replaced all the power supplies in the big servers (which all have redundant power supplies) with super-duper-platinum-efficient power supplies and, it made it a huge difference but, it's still very, very loud. I bought a solid core door for the server room and put audiophile type sound absorbers in the room. It's still loud.

Apart from those 3 things, having a nearly-enterprise level rack in your home is doable. It's a lot of upfront money and work but, once it's all in place, it's pretty easy to maintain.

4 days ago

FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

somenickname Re: I never thought I'd say this... (326 comments)

Maybe it's wishful thinking but, if the ISPs are unwilling to upgrade rural areas they already serve to 10Mbit/s, perhaps they would be inclined to sell that infrastructure to local companies/municipalities instead. The logic being that they can then claim closer to 100% of their customers are receiving the FCC definition of broadband. Or maybe they don't care about that particular statistic. I dunno.

I live in a rural area and write software from home on a 5Mbit/s ADSL line and it's not terrible but, having talked with the technicians that have been out, I know that there is fiber running within two miles of my house (admittedly two miles up a mountain). The ISP will never, ever build that out. However, the community I live in has all the heavy machinery (owned by the community, not county/city/state) to maintain the roads and things like that. If the ISP would sell the infrastructure to the community (or a company founded by the community), I have little doubt that we'd have fiber running under all the roads within a summer with a moderate cost to run it to your home from there.

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

somenickname Re:geek or not ~ pfSense (238 comments)

pfSense works well but Untangle is also worth mentioning ( It has all sorts of pluggable modules like VPN client/server, ad blocking, intrusion detection, etc. I've been using it for a few years on modest hardware (Intel Atom with 4G of RAM and a 1TB green disk) and it's always worked flawlessly.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

somenickname Re:Self-extracting EXEs (294 comments)

Supermicro is an excellent choice for high end. You pay a premium but it's one of the few companies that fills the niche between gaming motherboards and enterprise grade motherboards. They make both high end workstation motherboards and server motherboards and, because of the target audience, I would imagine that Linux support is a high priority. I've actually got an entire rack of Supermicro gear (chassis, motherboards, heat sinks, etc.) in my house and after several years of flawless running with Linux, I wouldn't even consider another vendor for high end home use.

about three weeks ago

Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

somenickname Re:Hate to be the one to point this out... (267 comments)

You aren't the only one that thinks that: A lot of the altcoins are definitely scams but, there is actually some legitimate work going on that is pretty interesting. Whether or not cryptocurrency ends up becoming mainstream or not is still unclear but, from a computer science standpoint, I think it's all pretty interesting. Maybe it's a fad that will go down in flames or maybe it will stabilize into something that benefits society. Either way, I've never understood all the /. hate for cryptocurrencies. It's a very nerdy and interesting modern development that no one has been forced to become involved with.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

somenickname Re:Labview (876 comments)

I've actually worked on several projects where we ended up creating a new visual programming language to solve the problem. We did it because it was almost impossible to express the problems in a traditional programming language. Visual programming is awkward when the problem doesn't lend itself to visual programming. If you wanted to argue that most problems don't lend themselves to visual programming, you'd get no argument here. But, if the problem calls for it, definitely don't be afraid to design a UI to describe it just because, traditionally, you've seen it not work.

about 7 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

somenickname Re:Resurrecting (2219 comments)

Maybe it didn't work in the past because there wasn't a vacuum to fill. People who have read Slashdot for 10+ years have come to rely on having a site like this. With the imminent death of the site, you aren't trying to convert a community, you'd be giving them a place to go.

about 8 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

somenickname Re:Slashdot BETA Sucks. (2219 comments)

What is there to view without the active contributors? You can get days old news practically anywhere.

about 8 months ago

AltSlashdot is coming

somenickname Alternate name (2 comments)

I registered (!/.) If you are serious about getting the project off the ground, let me know and the domain is yours.

about 8 months ago

Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese

somenickname Re:Boycott (164 comments)

Just registered (!/.) in case Slashdot needs to be forked to a new site. Will happily sell the domain to a more capable web-type for the exact price I paid (with the stipulation that I get a low UID).

about 8 months ago

Once Slashdot beta has been foisted on me, what site should I use?

somenickname Re:Thanks (3 comments)

Me too. I'm hoping I get some mod points in the next few days so I can mod up every single post that complains about the new UI.

about 8 months ago

Once Slashdot beta has been foisted on me, what site should I use?

somenickname Thanks (3 comments)

Glad to see this became real. Hope it makes it to the front page.

about 8 months ago

North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X

somenickname Re:Fuck BEta (252 comments)

I'm still waiting for an "Ask Slashdot: Once Slashdot beta has been foisted on me, what site should I use instead". I'm only partially joking. I actually want to know the answer.

about 8 months ago

With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?

somenickname Re:Depends on the threat model, doesn't it? (279 comments)

I loathe to say this but, HTTPS Everywhere is security theater. It makes your browser have a green icon where it otherwise might not but, that green icon is just an illusion of security. Considering recent revelations about the NSA, I would assume all SSL certificates are compromised. Like, literally, all of them. If the trust chain has been compromised by one party (the NSA), I would assume it compromised by all parties.

about 8 months ago

With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?

somenickname Re:Dear MyCleanPC, (279 comments)

Well, nowhere in the glowing reviews did I see that it would also bring back my dog so, country music still has its place.

about 8 months ago

With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?

somenickname Dear MyCleanPC, (279 comments)

I will admit that I was skeptical that a piece of software could cure my cancer, bring back my wife and prevent me from beating my daughter but, based on dozens of posts on Slashdot, I'm willing to give it a try.

about 8 months ago

AT&T Introduces "Sponsored Data" Allowing Services to Bypass 4G Data Caps

somenickname Re:And thus begins the end (229 comments)

Some of the big companies that are going to be essentially extorted money can actually prevent this from happening. If Google/Facebook/etc tell AT&T, "That's fine, we'll pay your extortion money. However, since we add so much value to your service, we've decided to no longer provide our services on your network unless you pay us slightly more than we are paying you". If major services started disappear off the AT&T network, I imagine they'd rethink this blatant violation of net-neutrality. I doubt the big internet companies would ever do something like this but, a guy can dream.

about 8 months ago

Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

somenickname Re:It's not cold if you have gear (684 comments)

I'd take it a step further and say the real story is that people are idiots. On a scale between Dangerously Oblivious and Zombie Apocalypse Prepper, most people heavily lean towards the former. Whether that's dressing for the conditions, driving for the conditions, keeping some basic emergency supplies in your car, having enough food in the house, having an emergency alternative heat source, etc. I'm not saying everyone needs a Unimog and a hardened bunker with a years worth of MREs in their backyard but, a little common sense and a little preparation can make most extreme winter weather nearly a non-event.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Your Privacy These Days? Or Do You?

somenickname Re:Not too bothered (319 comments)

The NSA *is* a criminal gang. And, it's a criminal gang that can put you in jail for breaking laws that you don't even realize you are breaking.

about 10 months ago



Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead?

somenickname somenickname writes  |  about 8 months ago

somenickname (1270442) writes "As a long time Slashdot reader, I'm wondering what website to transition to once the beta goes live. The new beta interface seems very well suited to tablets/phones but, it ignores the fact that the user base is, as one would expect, nerds sitting in front of very large LCD monitors and wasting their employers time. It's entirely possible that the browser ID information gathered by the site has indicated that they get far more hits on mobile devices where the new interface is reasonable but, I feel that no one has analyzed the browser ID (and screen resolution) against comments modded +5. I think you will find that most +5 comments are coming from devices (real fucking computers) that the new interface does not support well. Without an interface that invites the kind of users that post +5 comments, Slashdot is just a ho-hum news aggregation site that allows comments. So, my question is, once the beta is the default, where should Slashdot users go to?"


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