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Comment: Re:High Throughput Computing not HPC (Score 3, Insightful) 54

by Yohahn (#45415995) Attached to: 1.21 PetaFLOPS (RPeak) Supercomputer Created With EC2

The problem is that in a number of cases a researcher could easily use HTC, but they follow the fashion of HPC, using more specialized resources than necessary.
Don't get me wrong, there are a number of cases where HPC makes sense, but usually what you need is a large amount of memory, or a large amount of processors.
HPC only makes sense where you need both.

Comment: Re:Will they ship without a sudo that works with l (Score 2) 226

by Yohahn (#43494041) Attached to: Debian 7.0 ('Wheezy') Release Planned For 1st Weekend in May

sudo-ldap is kind of an out-lier; I've set up NSS LDAP I don't know how many times, against both OpenLDAP and Active Directory, and I've never bothered with sudo-ldap. I can see why people would but it is entirely possible (and IMHO just as easy) to not use it.

One thing that does bug me is that nslcd doesn't understand nested Groups in AD.

How do you authenticate to do sudo then?
The only think I can think is that you are authenticating locally instead of against ldap.

Comment: Re:Why Desktop Linux Hasn't Taken off... (Score 1) 1264

by Arnos (#39849263) Attached to: Why Desktop Linux Hasn't Taken Off


Forget Office and all the other arguments.

Make a distro of Linux that:
1. There is no monthly fee to install games (that you could make work with enough of your own research)
2. Supports an EASY install button.

I'm quite surprised that there isn't a Gaming Distro. I tried linux on my home boxes for many years, but eventually we ran out of games to play and resorted to Windows installs in order to play.
I keep hearing the "oh games are for kids" or "death of PC gaming" or whatever- Completely invalid arguments. I mean really- How many people needed that more powerful machine "to crunch numbers" better or "for photoshop" when really it was for the game of that time (Doom, CS, Crysis, Skyrim, etc)???

Comment: Obviosuly the UW sports teams are a problem too! (Score 1) 259

by Yohahn (#36426876) Attached to: Wisconsin Public Internet Struggles Against Telecom, Legislature

You know, the football team at UW Madison might compete with the NFL for ratings.
Also the basketball team may compete with the NBA for ratings.
Obviously there is MUCH more to privatize.

(Or maybe there is a role for publicly owned things?)

It gets even more crazy. On the UW, Madison campus the UW hospital is a public authority (basically a separate entity from the UW) Can the university provide LAN access to that building? Not the way things are written now.


Comment: Re:I do NOT have a hard time (Score 2) 218

by candl (#35233752) Attached to: 10% of IT Pros Can Access Previous Jobs' Accounts

>The trick therefor for companies is to both have good account management AND hire professionals who care about not becoming a criminal.

I found myself on the receiving end of the recession a year ago, having to suddenly tune my interviewing skills again. I still think one of my best selling points was being able to answer the "Why should we hire you?" question with this:

"My position was eliminated and I was given a 90 day notice by my previous employer. At which point I was allowed to work through the full contract and not immediately escorted out. As an IT professional working under IT Managers who understood the security risk I posed, this was not an oversight, but the result of 8 years of working for this employer with integrity."

I think if I had been removed from the premises, as policy normally dictates, I wouldn't have even brought it up. But since it played out this way, it gave me an angle to show loyalty and some dignity. And yes, my accounts were set to expire at 5pm the day I left.

Comment: Re:Grow Ops in Marin? (Score 5, Informative) 494

by Yohahn (#34795536) Attached to: California County Bans SmartMeter Installations

Actually there are generally not many low-skilled jobs out there.. they slowly dissappear.
There was a research project in the 90's called "The midwest Job Gap". It's basic conclusion was there were 2-4 low-skill workers (for various reasons, these people aren't going to learn their way up to high skill jobs) for every 1 low skill job.

Here's an old reference to it: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-4404804.html

The premise that there is enough work to go around for low skill workers is generally false.

+ - Rumblings in OpenSolaris land. (fork?)->

Submitted by kallisti5
kallisti5 (1321143) writes "It looks as though an *official* fork of OpenSolaris may be under way, no details have been announced yet except for the following email...

Subject: [osol-announce] The Illumos Project
Date: Fri, 30 Jul 2010 18:54:58 -0700
From: "Garrett D'Amore"
To: opensolaris-announce
Reply-To: mailer@opensolaris.org

A number of the community leaders from the OpenSolaris community have
been working quietly together on a new effort called Illumos, and we're
just about ready to fully disclose our work to, and invite the general
participation of, the general public.

We believe that everyone who is interested in OpenSolaris should be
interested in what we have to say, and so we invite the entire
OpenSolaris community to join us for a presentation on at 1PM EDT on
August 3, 2010.

You can find out the full details of how to listen in to our conference,
or attend in person (we will be announcing from New York City) by
visiting http://www.illumos.org/announce (The final details shall be
posted there not later than 1PM EDT Aug 1, 2010.)

We look forward to seeing you there!

— Garrett D'Amore & the rest of the Illumos Cast

Link to Original Source

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser