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zeugma-amp Re: Does anyone check? (317 comments)

Dude, given that tale of woe, I don't think I'd hire you just for my own safety's sake. Sounds to me like any company thst hires you is on the path of oblivion.

about 1 month ago

Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

zeugma-amp Re:Wouldn't time be better spent... (481 comments)

The right wingers who aren't already unhappy about police abusing others will assume he had it coming.

True enough. The numbers of right wingers unhappy with the police abusing folk increases daily. I've seen it with my own eyes for years. Places where many years ago, you'd see knee-jerk support of police are becoming much more the opposite these days. I've talked with several cops about it, and they are completely clueless how they are percieved these days, even by folks they would normally consider their natual allies.

Many liberals also haven't noticed this shift. I've found it interesting to observe over the last decade.

about 2 months ago

Real Steampunk Computer Brought Back To Life

zeugma-amp Re:Mind blown (81 comments)

I agree with your comments wholeheartedly. This was simply amazing, and took an amazing mind to design and build.

about 2 months ago

The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

zeugma-amp This explains a lot (438 comments)

of what I deal with at work every day.

about 3 months ago

Vax, PDP/11, HP3000 and Others Live On In the Cloud

zeugma-amp HP3K (62 comments)

I downloaded the HP-3000 VM for VMWare about 6 months ago to check it out. It seems to work pretty much as expected. It really brought back some memories. Now, if they would include a copy of Warp from the CSL tape, it would really rock.

Someone had an HP-3000 online that you could telnet to and play Warp online a few years ago. I'd host one of those if I could get it working.

Central Plaza.
You are standing in what appears to be the central plaza
of a small seacoast resort. There is a large fountain in the
center of this square, and the plaza extends quite a distance
to both the north and south. You can see the ocean in the
distance to the west, and to the east there is a large
building on which there is a sign that reads "WARP BUILDING".

I can see the following:
Round Peg

>look at fountain
The fountain is obviously neglected, its bottom is covered with mud
and old leaves.

>get in fountain
That's not a vehicle!

>get peg
Round Peg taken.

>look at it
Round. Made of wood. Not very big.

about 4 months ago

Twitter Sues US Government Over National Security Data Requests

zeugma-amp Re: Anything but the number (57 comments)

The layers of secrecy the government surrounds itself with these days is astounding. It gets continually worse every single year. A government that shrouds itself in such secrecy can scarcely call itself legitimate. There are legitimate reasons for secrcy, but we passed the bounds of reasonableness long, long ago.

about 4 months ago

Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

zeugma-amp Re:The Lonely Assassins (48 comments)

The only issue I had with the Weeping Angels is the part about them not moving so long as they are seen by any living creatures.

It would seem that birds, mice, rats, squirrels, etc would qualify as living creatures so when Rory and Amy were sent away, how could the last Angel have moved when presumably some other creatures was watching it?

Then there is the episode where the Statue of Liberty was a Weeping Angel. Are they really trying to say that noone was looking at it for long enough for it to swim across to land, and walk to where Rory and Amy were? The concept of the angels was cool, and the "Blink" episode is one of my favorites, but sometimes writers don't know when to stop.

about 4 months ago

Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

zeugma-amp Re:The cloud (387 comments)

But hey maybe I am odd, I don't say "don''t wear that" I say "don't forget your knife"

Because its true, she shouldn't ever have to use it, and I hope she never does.... but if it ever happens, I hope she spills entrails on the sidewalk.

100% agreement. Well said.

about 7 months ago

Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

zeugma-amp Re:Wow (224 comments)

Although there might be no shortage of self-employed Republicans, they don't really call the shots for the party. It's the very deep pockets who do.

In that way, both major American political parties are quite similar.

about 8 months ago

Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

zeugma-amp Re:And other stuff (378 comments)

Figured I'd respond to the AC in this little sub-thread just for the heck of it.

Somthing that I've found to be extraordinarily interesting over the years of watching the police state in America continually ratchet up their insanity, vindictiveness, and brutality is that it's being noticed in all quarters.

YOu see comments about the police killing chihuahuas on sites dedicated to political disccussion on both the left and right. Over the past ten years I've watched a major political discussion site on the conservaitive side go from having huge contingents of "cops can do no wrong" brigades, to those posters being a very, very tiny (though vocal) minority.

It has been fascinating to watch.

about 8 months ago

Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

zeugma-amp Re: Not surprising. (378 comments)

Kids in the USA, DO NOT try and be a white hat unless you can do it untraceable and anonymously. You will be severely punished for doing something good here.

Damn. I had mod points yesterday. This is absolutely true, and I would hope that everyone understand that by now. Sadly, many don't see the police state until it's boot is stomping them.

about 8 months ago

Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

zeugma-amp Re:About time (234 comments)

It's stressful continually failing to do a job you're just not able to do, and it's painful working with these guys, trying not to get completely frustrated. Meanwhile onshore workers get dumped on and we end up doing more work to cover for the offshore guys while salaries drop and it's hard to move because a lot of the big guys are going with the management fad... Code quality is visibly dropping worldwide.

I've been noticing that the offshore 'resources' I've been dealing with have been getting worse and worse over time. In recent years the level of incompetence of both the offshore 'resources' and the H1B folk I've been dealing with has reached levels I'd have never thought possible.

about 8 months ago

Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

zeugma-amp KDE? (132 comments)

I see Mate and Cinnamon editions.

Will there be a KDE spin that is LTS?

about 8 months ago

The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

zeugma-amp Re:Errors (230 comments)

This sounds so reminiscent of things like the Mandelbrot set, where there are always adjacent points with different outcomes, no matter how far down you go. Who knows if it really is related?

Good point, and yes, it probably is.

about 8 months ago

The Major Theoretical Blunders That Held Back Progress In Modern Astronomy

zeugma-amp Re:Earth is flat? (129 comments)

The notion of a spherical earth dates from around 400 B.C.


Eratosthenes (276 BCâ" 195 BC) did a pretty good job of calculating the actual size of the Earth. The wikipedia article on this is pretty well done. Given the tech he had at his disposal, I think his assumptions and calculations are pretty amazing.

about 8 months ago

Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

zeugma-amp Re:A brazilian point of view (432 comments)

Brazil is considered one of the world leader in ethanol, the country with the most successful alternative fuel program, one of the cheaper (if not cheapest) ethanol technologies and, by using sugar cane, one of the most energy efficient. All cars here can easily handle up to E40, and most cars can handle any mix of gas and ethanol. Oh, and the flex fuel technology for any kind of mix? Mostly developed here also.

I'm not one of those gaia worshipping eco-nuts but I've long thought that we should be producing more flex vehicles that will run on just about anything from e-0 to e-100, then we should let market economics deal with pricing. Making alcohol out of corn is stupid. Sugar cane, as you mention is one of the more efficient ways to do it. From what I understand saltgrass is pretty good for it too. The basic problem is, none of this is really based on economics. It's all politics and power, with a rather unhealthy dose of religious zealotry thrown in the mix.

I would love if if I had a choice of what kind of fuel to power my vehicles with. If instability in muslim lands cause the price of gas to skyrocket, which seems to happen occasionally because death and destruction seems to be built into their religion, then we'd be able to switch to other alternatives. You'd take a hit on mileage, because as has been discussed here up thread, there is nothing you can do about the energy density of alcohol vs. petrol. However, you'd know that up front and be able to make intellegent decisions about it. As it is, with government mandating this and that, and making sure their political buddies are paid off in the front-loaded primary states, we're living with the worst of both worlds, we're still hostage to those muslim nut-jobs, and at the same time are subsidizing inefficient methods of alcohol production.

I don't give a crap about carbon. what I care about is that you need energy to run an industrialized society. We should be going about it intellegently, rather than the haphazard ways we are.

about 8 months ago

Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

zeugma-amp Re:Why do you hate plants? (432 comments)

The poor plants, having to fight continuously for every ounce (or milliliter, if you are Imperally challenged) of carbon dioxide that they need in order to sustain their very existence. And you begrudge them the potential bountiful feast of our releasing the pent-up food supply that lies underground, cruelly kept from the innocent plant life for thousands, perhaps millions of years.

You plant-haters are all alike, every one of you.

Well done. If I had mod points, you'd have 'em.

Rather than 'plant haters', I think the term 'floraphobic' would be more apt these days.

about 8 months ago

Rubik's Cube: 40 Years Old and Never Meant To Be a Toy

zeugma-amp Re:40 years and I still can't solve it (105 comments)

It does make it unsolvable, but anyone who knows what they are doing with a cube can pretty quickly determine that it has been 'hacked' in this way. First thing I do when solving the cube is to check the corners. It's obvious that something is wrong if certain combinations come up. If you do the same kind of thing with one of the middle cubes it's a little less obvious, and is similarly unsolvable.

about 8 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

zeugma-amp Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

Yes, there is generally a difference between an 'arm' and 'ordinance', however it was clearly not something the founders would have cared much about. At the time, it was perfectly legal to own ordinance such as cannon. In fact it was formally recognized as such, in the Constitution itself. Article 1, Section 8, specifically refers to the "grant letters of marque and reprisal" as a power of Congress. Letters of Marque are issued to private warships, among others. In the day a private warship would pretty much require the private ownership of cannon.

about 9 months ago



zeugma-amp zeugma-amp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

zeugma-amp writes "We're in the process of migrating to new hardware. In our case, this is a move from Sun Solaris boxes running Apache,PHP,Weblogic and related software to Intel Linux (RHEL) boxes running the same hardware. To date, we've been doing our own custom compiles of Apache/PHP so we could control the version of each module as well as the location where everything runs so we can just tar up a single partition, and have it contain everything we need to support our applications.

We're debating whether to continue this on the new hardware, or just use the supplied RPMS, with our config files in our custom location referring back to where the binaries actually reside. There are a lot of dependancies such as the modules such as the PHP module for Oracle connectivity and whatnot.

RedHat RPMs Pros:

  • Can rely on RedHat to guarantee Apache, PHP, and modules to be stable and secure (or else!).
  • Can rely on RedHat Network for security notifications, and fully tested upgrades (less testing required).
  • Less time required for upgrades, standard upgrade path, 100% supported.
  • /apps/apache only needs to contain configuration files, additional modules (weblogic plugin, ntlm), certificates, and logs (not openssl, openldap, apache, php, etc...)
  • Disaster Recovery would not rely on custom Apache built for a specific machine ... just available RPM packages for the OS.

RedHat RPMs Cons:

  • Most likely cannot run multiple versions of Apache at the same time; however, I believe we should be able to run multiple versions of PHP if we need to.
  • More difficult to customize, relying on RedHat's path to be inline with our own (we don't have to upgrade if we don't want to, but we would be bound to the versions RedHat releases, albeit heavily tested versions)
  • Available versions may not be what we currently have in production (Apache 2.0.58, PHP 4.3.10) ... need to verify.

Apache Compile Pros:

  • More control over versions of Apache, PHP, and modules.
  • Ability to run multiple versions of Apache at same time ... although I don't think we've actually required it to this point.
  • We would be able to produce a build of Apache & PHP identical to the current versions we have in production.

Apache Compile Cons:

  • Takes a lot of work & time to pump out new versions of Apache & PHP.
  • Must handle security fixes manually, and rely on our own upgrade path.
  • May not be as easy to gain support of 100% completely customized install of Apache & PHP.

The question for the /. community is this: What is the most common way to run production corporate webservers? Are you compiling your own, or are you just using the available packages? Do the provided packages come with the modules needed to support an Apache front-end with Weblogic and PHP servers behind connecting to Oracle, and DB2, databases?"


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