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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

topologicalanomaly47 Re: Over what time interval? (528 comments)

RAID doesn't really work like this.

Imagine you have a 6 disks raid6 - you need 4 to have the array working in a degraded state. Unless you steal 4 disks *at once* you won't be able to rebuild it offsite. Unless you get drives from RAID1 arrays you're better off smuggling in a 2tb 2.5 usb drive. If their physical security is any close to the IT security you can probably smuggle a f-ing NAS inside and nobody would care.

about two weeks ago
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Jolla Crowdfunds Its First Tablet

topologicalanomaly47 Re:Battery capacity (56 comments)

If you can't imagine multitasking on a system with a quad core 64 bit cpu and 2 gb ram it shows just how shitty and filled with useless (but shinny) crap current mobile OS's are.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

topologicalanomaly47 Re:Stop means STOP (928 comments)

If I'm ever to reproduce on test system, sure I might do all that. Or if it gets worse, otherwise I'm not really inclined to spend my time hunting systemd bugs.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

topologicalanomaly47 Re:Stop means STOP (928 comments)

Except when it doesn't

e.g. I issued
systemctl httpd restart on a stock centos 7 (with latest updates). The command hanged (didn't return to terminal prompt). Nagios promptly informed me that sites on that server are no longer responding.

CTRL+C and issued systemctl httpd stop it returned me to the command prompt with no message of success or failure. I assumed succes and issued systemctl httpd start Nope sites still offline.

Again systemctl httpd stop and did ps aux | grep httpd - yep it was still running. I did a killall -9 httpd and systemctl httpd start Phew, everything is running again.

Where would you start diagnozing what the hell happened there. And to stress again, stock system, no third party repos not even a db server (it's on a separate machine) only apache, php, ssh and the usual base services.

about a month and a half ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

topologicalanomaly47 In the mean time in the real world (700 comments)

John Doe sees that his cheap whatever stopped working all of the sudden. One of the two happens:
- It was expected that this cheap shitty something off ebay or alibaba will not last. Let's buy another one for 5$ including shipping and accessories.
- In the off-case it was acquired from somewhere it can be returned to Doe returns it, manufacturer/distributor knows it's a cheap shit with knockoff chips so shuts up, uses the available tool to fix the ID/replaces it with a new one, instructing John to install an old driver and disable all windows updates in order to ensure stability in the future

about 2 months ago
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Google Fixes Credit Card Security Hole, But Snubs Discoverer

topologicalanomaly47 Re:New "Improved" Microsoft (127 comments)

What's stopping you? Last time I heard IMAP was pretty easy to master. Wait, is it because other providers don't offer it for free?
If it was up to me not only would I let those searches trough but also make a nice list of all the fucking idiots who leak private customer data like this. Maybe so the retards running those sites would move on from the "who would guess the link?" security model.

1 year,6 days
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Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

topologicalanomaly47 Re:BeagleBone Fully Documented; Broadcom Proprieta (246 comments)

I run a collocated Raspberry PI and never had a networking issue (it's monitored). I also ran one at home as a vpn server (slow) for a while and it also was mighty stable. I'm willing to bet that most networking issues on the pi can be traced back to crappy power supplies.

about a year ago
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Project Seeks To Build Inexpensive 9-inch Monitor For Raspberry Pi

topologicalanomaly47 Re:Given that Atrix dock is cheap and can be hacke (176 comments)

Yes, I have one myself and it's a great device. I also use it as a portable HDMI montior but the keyboard makes it a bit cumbersome. But they are getting harder and harder to find and also the new found interest seems to be driving prices back up.

about a year ago
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Are We At the Limit of Screen Resolution Improvements?

topologicalanomaly47 Re:Definitely (414 comments)

Sure, because streaming high bitrate 1080p video works no matter where you are.

about a year ago
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The Old Reader To Close Public Site In Two Weeks (Unless It Doesn't)

topologicalanomaly47 Re:Solution (93 comments)

I don't know about owncloud's news app but tt-rss is a bit much for a PI to handle.

about a year ago
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Are We At the Limit of Screen Resolution Improvements?

topologicalanomaly47 Re:Definitely (414 comments)

Not to mention that they still add 16Gb of (sometimes unexpandable) storage to those devices basically forcing you to watch low resolution/bitrate content on a high-end screen.

about a year ago
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The Air Force's Love For Fighter Pilots Is Too Big To Fail

topologicalanomaly47 Re:Real War (253 comments)

Add a small subroutine to all drones to home-in and destroy a jamming transmitter.

about a year and a half ago
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UK To Dim Highway Lights To Save Money

topologicalanomaly47 sensible (348 comments)

This actually sounds sensible.

more than 2 years ago
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German Copyright Group To Collect From Creative Commons Event

topologicalanomaly47 Re:Privatisation of taxing (349 comments)

Same in my country (at least for copy machines, scanners, printers, writable cd's and dvd's I think) Just one question, since they collect "piracy tax" on storage media doesn't that mean that it's ok to pirate everything, since you've already been taxed in advance for exactly that?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recovering Data From 20-Year-Old Diskettes?

topologicalanomaly47 Drives are not equal (375 comments)

When I (used to) recover from old floppies I would turn to an old Thinkpad 750p laptop. It's floppy drive recovered many more discs successfully than the 5$ flimsy drives that equipped the last desktops that had floppies.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Manage the Information In Your Life?

topologicalanomaly47 Re:Remember to forget (366 comments)

I got married, I have a family and I still take care of archiving :) One doesn't replace the other - it just optimizes it. Instead of burning trough tens of cd's/dvd's for pictures, family movies and so on I jutst keep 2 backup copies of each on a closet server and external hdd. Normal movies are ripped and sit inside the 3Tb media center. If this one blows up I simply rip again / re download the movies. Yes family means less time for this things and so simple scripts keep my pc, my wife's laptop, the backup server and a remote rented linode nice in sync. I simply download my pictures or my home movies on my pc and the rest happens by itself.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Broadband Prices Haven't Decreased

topologicalanomaly47 Re:Yep (336 comments)

25$ (78 lei if anybody cares) for 100 Mb fiber, tv, phone and a 7.2Mb mobile internet stick thrown in. I guess prices do drop some places.

more than 4 years ago
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Growing Power Gap Could Force Smartphone Tradeoffs

topologicalanomaly47 Re:Multicore solution (246 comments)

The fact that we don't see many specialized multicores around still supports my opinion. In order to switch a core on/off you need something that accepts commands from software and that something should be running all the time - let's say that the base core takes care of that. You still have lot's of cores switching on and off, overlapping from time to time. Not to mention the base core that would be busy all the time - running basic functions and switching the others on and off. The bottom line: a basic core running consumes a lot more than an advanced core idling. I can't find a number but I bet that a smartphone cpu say the omap3 idles at pretty much nothing. Microchip PIC mcu's can idle drawing less power than the natural discharge rate of a battery - just to give you an idea. I think that we won't see many specialized cores soon inside smartphones outside the graphics and multimedia area.

more than 5 years ago
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Growing Power Gap Could Force Smartphone Tradeoffs

topologicalanomaly47 Re:Multicore solution (246 comments)

Yes and no... You already have multiple cores if you want: besides the general purpose cpu you usually have a dsp core used for a/v decoding. It's usually best to have a core as fast as possible that will spend most of the time idling (race to idle) than to have many cores running all the time. Not to mention the expense of silicon surface. And in the end imagine the nightmare of programming for such a platform.

more than 5 years ago

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