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Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

wolrahnaes Re:So after years of panic... (250 comments)

Well is entirely allocated for amateur radio use, so it's a slightly different situation. It was allocated back when IPs were given away willy-nilly and is so randomly utilized that condensing the space and recovering any of it would be an interesting proposition.

Packet radio is so niche that that particular subnet will probably never even get close to full, so there's no harm in you still having your chunk.

about a month and a half ago

Goodbye, Ctrl-S

wolrahnaes Re:Bah, we already said goodbye to CTRL-S years ag (521 comments)

(Setting up a whopping big scrollback memory helps with that, though.)

One of my biggest gripes with most modern terminals, the scrollback buffer is uselessly small in the default configuration. Mac OS X is the only system where I don't feel the need to modify it literally the first time I do "cat /var/log/something"

Memory is not an issue for a graphical terminal on a desktop. There's no good reason for terminals to be defaulting to 200 lines anymore.

about 2 months ago

Do Embedded Systems Need a Time To Die?

wolrahnaes Re:Terrible idea (187 comments)

I thought so too and selected Nexus 5, but since purchase on January, it has got only one system update and that happened on the first day I used the phone. It seems that Google cares about bugs on already sold devices as much as anybody else in the industry.

Android itself has not seen an update since then. The Nexus 5 initially shipped with 4.4.0 and got both 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 as soon as they were publicly announced. When Android 4.4.3 comes out (apparently soon) you're basically guaranteed to be the first device for which it's available.

Compare this to all the other phone vendors, who at least in the case of the large ones you know have had access to 4.4.3 for some time, where most devices still aren't on 4.4.2. Where devices are still being *launched* brand new and out of date the moment they're available.

about 3 months ago

The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

wolrahnaes Re:WTF Is A "Feature Phone"? (243 comments)

i just don't want to be constantly within nagging range of email or texts.

I'm pretty sure there's not a single phone that still works since AMPS was turned off which doesn't have texting. It's a basic part of the GSM standard and I assume fairly basic in the CDMA world as well.

If there was a compelling reason for a smart phone and/or app (other than social media nonsense, or the aforementioned email/texts) i'd buy a smart phone. but right now, it's just about tracking users and this irritating social media bubble that cannot pop soon enough.

Or you can not install any social networking apps on it and use it as the magical information oracle like a lot of us do. Neither Android nor iOS comes with social networking installed by default. Yes, Google has Google+ but the app is not there in a base Android install, you have to get it yourself from the Google app store. It's been a while since I used an iOS device but to my knowledge the closest to "social" they have by default is the Game Center system.

If you're really paranoid you can install CyanogenMod, Replicant, Ubuntu Touch, or any number of alternative OSes and/or Android forks which you can build yourself from source and know exactly what's in it.

Disliking social networks makes sense. Avoiding smartphones because of that doesn't make any sense. No one is forcing you to use social networks just to have a smartphone.

about 3 months ago

The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse

wolrahnaes Re:Microsoft make up your mind! (293 comments)

First you end support for XP, which is a good thing, then you end support for Windows 7 in 2020, now you are ending support for Windows 8 on May 8. Why? the bog standard Windows 8 still has newer software than Windows 7, the only thing holding it back is the retarded Modern UI interface.

Why? Easy. Because it's the only way to get the message across to corporate fucktards that we are in the internet era and updating your software is FUCKING MANDATORY. If you're going to be sharing the same global network as the rest of us, you need to understand that stagnation hasn't been an option for over a decade and the old habits formed on XP must be thrown out the window.

They've tried asking nicely for years, people still don't listen, now it's time to hold their feet to the fire. Outdated shit doesn't fly.

about 3 months ago

Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

wolrahnaes Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (865 comments)

Ah, but you do have the control you speak of, just in a different way.

In my experience if you press the button without triggering the appropriate safety interlock (brake or clutch) the car goes in to "on" mode without starting the engine. I can say for sure this works on Kias and Fords, no idea on others.

I would be tempted to assume that push starting works the same way, but I can not confirm as the only manual push button start vehicle I've driven was a test drive in a Focus ST with the salesman in the back seat.

Cranking longer just seems to happen as necessary. My housemate's Optima will pull a 5-7 second crank on a cold morning with just a press of the button.

about 3 months ago

How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

wolrahnaes Re:USPS should offer a subscription service (338 comments)

which ignores what we pay the USPS in taxes.

No it doesn't, because that number is nearly $0. Aside from minor subsidies on special costs associated with serving the disabled and overseas voters, it is $0. There is no tax money going towards the majority of USPS operations.

about 3 months ago

How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

wolrahnaes Re:More useful if symmertical (224 comments)

What about reasonable quotas? in Montreal we have about only 60GB per month on the standard package, which is ridiculous...

60GB per month? Wow, that is really bad. I did 45GB yesterday. Consumer plans on my ISP are capped between 150 and 400 GB/mo depending on speed tier, and business plans are uncapped. I think those are pretty reasonable, I'm a heavy downloader and rarely even approached the 400GB mark on a 50/5 connection. I upgraded to a business plan last week not for the lack of a cap but because 75/8 and 100/10 (which I got) are currently business-only.

about 3 months ago

How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

wolrahnaes Re:More useful if symmertical (224 comments)

I can confirm this. I have a Steam cache running on my network so anything anyone's previously installed comes right off the local server at gigabit speeds. The server is perfectly capable of pushing a full gigabit of traffic, but no single client has ever been able to install games with a consistent speed exceeding 65MB/sec. Some games are better than others thanks to more efficient methods of storing data (Payday 2 is horrible and even the SSD users see "Disk Busy" during patching) but even Valve's own titles can't be installed fast enough to max it out.

about 3 months ago

FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

wolrahnaes Re:What does it mean? (328 comments)

"under God". Added by Congress in 1954 and a clear violation of the First Amendment's separation of church and state.

about 3 months ago

FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

wolrahnaes Re:What does it mean? (328 comments)

Or did the longstanding rules (much older than NJ rules) in several of these states become unconstitutional because they apply to Tesla where before they only applied to Detroit/Japan/etc?

Just because it's longstanding doesn't mean it's constitutional or right. See the Pledge for example. Unconstitutional since 1954, but it remains because various courts keep finding ways to drop the cases on technicalities rather than actually making a decision on the issue.

about 3 months ago

Tesla Model S Has Hidden Ethernet Port, User Runs Firefox On the 17" Screen

wolrahnaes Re:Why Ubuntu?! (208 comments)

I have no idea how they found it, but two possible ideas:

1. They found something that was more obviously Ethernet elsewhere and just traced it to this port.

2. They stuck a scope on it and saw something that looked like a link pulse, then assumed it was Ethernet from there.

about 4 months ago

Speedy Attack Targets Web Servers With Outdated Linux Kernels

wolrahnaes Re:where's the door? (93 comments)

Anything worth having has been updated to later kernels long ago. And yes that is meant to apply the logic backwards, if your shit hasn't been updated to work beyond 2.6 by 2014 then whoever's supporting it is fucking useless. If it's not supported anymore, then you need to be looking for a replacement.

Software is a moving target, anything designed without that in mind has failed from the start.

about 4 months ago

Speedy Attack Targets Web Servers With Outdated Linux Kernels

wolrahnaes Re:No Details (93 comments)

Yeah, the article is extremely uninformative. They say 2.6 and yet RHEL/CENTOS 6.5 are 2.6... so that meaning nothing as far as being "old" or "outdated".

Well it sort of does. RHEL is intentionally outdated because that's what their market wants. It's stupid, I know, but there are a lot of people out there who still really want a world where software never updates so the hacked together shit that runs their business can keep running rather than doing it right.

about 4 months ago

Is This the End of Splitscreen Multiplayer, Or the Start of Its Rebirth?

wolrahnaes The only problem with split-screen gaming... (126 comments)

Are the inevitable people bitching about another player watching their screen.

Guess what? We can all see each other's screens. No one has an advantage here. Learn to use the information at your disposal, and learn to minimize what the other players can get from you.

Beyond that, today we have both the screen size and the resolution to allow each player to have more size and pixels than they'd have had with an entire screen to themselves just a few generations back. As long as your friends aren't the aforementioned whiny douches it's so much more fun to be in the same room.

about 4 months ago

Vodafone Foundation Launches Cell Site In a Backpack

wolrahnaes Re:How does it connect? (37 comments)

BGAN is a high speed satellite internet network run by Inmarsat. If you have line-of-sight to geostationary orbit it'll work.

about 5 months ago

FFmpeg's VP9 Decoder Faster Than Google's

wolrahnaes Re: Faster is not necessarily better: Quality matt (101 comments)

Core 1 Duo machines are perfectly usable if the software is just written sanely.

Bad choice of example. Core 1 machines are pretty much garbage thanks to one stupid choice by Intel, the return to 32 bit. 64 bit was already standard at that point. We could have had Windows 7 as a 64 bit exclusive if it weren't for the fucking Core 1 and similar timeframe Atoms meaning there were 32 bit only systems still under warranty.

Fuck Intel for releasing those things.

about 5 months ago

Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

wolrahnaes Re:NAT (574 comments)

I mean you can get rather creative with DNS and NAT Rules and can point to the same outside IP Address then an advanced router knows based on the requested domain name wither to go internally to and

DNS has absolutely nothing to do with NAT. Certain protocols, such as HTTP and SIP, allow the *same* IP to host multiple domains which are differentiated by a field in the request. A reverse proxy can send traffic that hits this same IP to go to multiple servers, including different ones based on domain, but NAT's involvement is over with by the time anything cares about the hostname on the request.

about 5 months ago

Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

wolrahnaes Re:So (373 comments)

I doubt that, it would be trivial to modify a list of local hashes to prevent being detected.

As opposed to it not being trivial to modify your DNS cache?

Anything that's checking standard local resources will be trivial to edit for someone who cares to. Sending a list of flagged hashes would be the more privacy-safe way to do this. Whether they do or not I have no idea, but nothing about the information I've seen posted so far including any of the decompiled code seems to indicate one way or another.

about 5 months ago

Why Do You Need License From Canonical To Create Derivatives?

wolrahnaes Re:License needed only for specific things (118 comments)

Correct. I'm no fan of Canonical when they try to impose their will (Unity of course being the biggest example), but for fuck's sake people this is making a big deal out of literally nothing.

Quoting directly from the Canonical Intellectual Property Rights Policy (emphasis mine):

Any redistribution of modified versions of Ubuntu must be approved, certified or provided by Canonical if you are going to associate it with the Trademarks. Otherwise you must remove and replace the Trademarks and will need to recompile the source code to create your own binaries. This does not affect your rights under any open source licence applicable to any of the components of Ubuntu.

Just like Mozilla, just like Red Hat, and just like many other major open source projects Ubuntu uses trademarks to protect their brand. Don't use their brand and you're just forking an open source project as normal. See also Iceweasel, CentOS, etc.

about 6 months ago


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Wear your damn seatbelts!

wolrahnaes wolrahnaes writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Today I rolled my truck. I walked away with only a few scrapes. I probably would have been thrown out of the shattered side window and had the truck land on top of me had I not been belted in.

Moral: Seatbelts DO save lives, so always wear them

P.S. Trolling ACs can skip the seatbelts. No one likes them anyways ;P


For once the MPAA got it right.....

wolrahnaes wolrahnaes writes  |  more than 10 years ago

The reason movie sales are down isn't because of piracy, it's because people see it, realize that it sucks, and tell their friends...

Maybe they've realized that most people who download movies will go see it in theatres or buy the DVD if they like it. The rest probably wouldn't have bought it anyways.

Just Announced: The CMPA (Crappy Movie Protection Act)
People are no longer allowed to say anything bad about a movie until the person they are talking to has already paid to see the movie.

I'm really not sure if that was a joke or not...Disney has a lot of congresspeople on their payroll...

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