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Comment: Re:Yes let's just get down and dirty in the code (Score 1) 348

by Jumpy (#36794028) Attached to: Microsoft Developer Made the Most Changes To Linux 3.0 Code

Since I deal mainly with Linux servers (Red Hat) VMware has been more and more of a headache for me because of this dependence on Windows. Plus having our VMware stuff locked down also causes headaches. But I need test Linux VMs. Lately I'm using kvm A LOT and I really love it. It completely rocks.

Comment: Re:Not a troll, just curious (Score 2) 950

by Jumpy (#36518372) Attached to: Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

Here is something scary I experienced...

My ex GF was kicked off medicaid because her son turned 18 or 19.(Can't remember exactly which) About 3 months into dating her. She is still now trying to get on SSI, which will automatically get her back on medicaid, because she says she can't work ever again. But for now she is employed under the table sometimes and in and out of mental institutions. So she just goes to the emergency room a lot and throws away the bills. Her teeth are rotting out. No insurance. Its sad that the state won't help her (N.C) but I also wasn't going to stick around for her decent into crazyness. I gave this woman thousands of dollars paying her rent and buying her food. In return she attacked me one day and lost out on my support system after that. Her Mom does help her some with work. I only dated this woman for like a year. Its not like we were married or something... When I first met her she had a job / seemed normal. But then she got fired. I guess shes been having mental problems long before I met her. Through all this the state pays for therapy and meds for her Psychiatric care. To you know, keep her out of the underfunded mental hospitals. But not for like, say cancer or an infection in her mouth. Um.. Why? In some states like North Carolina you are fucked if you need the safety net though... I think shes been denied 3 times for SSI. I NEVER knew it was this bad...

On the other hand... Check this page out:

http://thelastpsychiatrist.com/2010/11/the_terrible_awful_truth_about_1.html

I've seen some people in that same apt. complex totally game the system. But I guess they had no choice.

Comment: Re:Will Citrix take notice (Score 1) 105

by Jumpy (#35626298) Attached to: Xen 4.1 Hypervisor Released

I've recently started using KVM as a desktop virtualization solution. On CentOS 5.5 and RHEL 6.0 Its pretty damn awesome imho. You can use virt-v2v to convert older VMs to newer VMs. Also can convert VMware VMs though I have not done that. I am using KVM to lean more about different Linux distros besides Red Hat. I have 4 VM's always running on my desktop at work (RHEL 6) as test boxes and I don't notice that much of a slowdown. I give a huge thumbs up to KVM. I have to use VMware at work but KVM is a better Linux solution for me. No rdesktop to a stupid windows box to run viclient for 1 example.

Sometimes I have had to change network from virtio to E1000 for some Linux flavors to get network to work but in general it just "works." I never got into Xen though. I gather the commands are similar. (virsh start domainname, virt-manager, etc.)

Comment: Re:Who's had sucess? (Score 1) 286

by Jumpy (#34641590) Attached to: NX Compression Technology To Go Closed Source

I just started using nx technology (freenx, nx, and the No Machine client) about a year ago and I absolutely depend on it. I find it better to remote into a Linux box to work rather than use rdesktop to a windows session. And then have to use xwin32 + putty with some windows crap which is just a shitty experience... I am using an EVDO modem (like from a cell phone company) and either rdesktop or NX are the only things that are fast enough to be usable for GUI type apps with my network connection from my personal experience. NX seems quite a bit faster then even rdesktop to windows... I am sad they are closing the source. Hopefully the freenx stuff will continue to work for a few years.

And for the people who say "Just use a browser, dumbass!" I'd love to do that or just use CLI type apps via ssh but sometimes it isn't an option. Sometimes the customer wants their backup and you are on the road or home sick and you have to launch some X windows app to do that because the company you work for bought a proprietary app to do that with and you have to use the X Windows GUI... and it has to be launched on some specific fileserver. I admit these kind of things are rare but the NX stuff is just awesome for that kind of situation.

Comment: I think OpenOffice is good software (Score 1) 467

by Jumpy (#30596458) Attached to: Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So

I use OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 on CentOS 5. It does take a bit of time to launch the first time you run it in a session, like 10-15 seconds. But running it again it only takes 3-4 seconds to start. Sometimes less. The startup time doesn't bother me. My dad can view weird PP slides everyone emails him in O.O. 3.1.1 on a similar CentOS 5 system I set up for him.

O.O. is way more word processor and spreadsheet than I will ever need. All my personal word processing / spreadsheet documents are stored in od* files. I add that version (3.1.1) to several RHEL 5 Linux labs at N.C.S.U. university and a LOT of students run it every day. Maybe it runs like crap on Windows which is why so many people are dissing it on this site? Or maybe people remember older versions? Or people "HAVE" to have it load instantly? I admit I don't use Office or Windows so I am biased in that respect. Still, I think Microsoft should be worried about the younger future customers. And the price was awesome. If Oracle wants to make money off of it I guess they should charge for support of some kind like Sun tried to do.

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Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

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from the snack-is-going-to-be-on-the-floor-today dept.
Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."
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+ - SDF Public Access UNIX System Celebrates 20 Years->

Submitted by
Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones writes "It was on June 16th, 1987 that the SDF-1 received its first caller at
300bps. This little Apple ][e BBS of the late 80s turned into a Public
Access UNIX System with the demise of "killer.dallas.tx.us" during the
"Operation Sundevil" raids. Since then it has grown to become the oldest
and largest continually operating PUBNIX on the planet.""

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+ - SDF Public Access UNIX System Celebrates 20 Years->

Submitted by
Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones writes "The SDF Public Access UNIX System Celebrates 20 Years!
http://sdf.lonestar.org/

It was on June 16th, 1987 that the SDF-1 received its first caller at
300bps. This little Apple ][e BBS of the late 80s turned into a Public
Access UNIX System with the demise of "killer.dallas.tx.us" during the
"Operation Sundevil" raids. Since then it has grown to become the oldest
and largest continually operating PUBNIX on the planet."

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+ - SDF Public Access Unix System Turns 20->

Submitted by Eileen
Eileen (798477) writes "Remember those days when you could get a free Unix shell account and learn all about the command line? You still can at the Super Dimension Fortress (SDF). SDF is celebrating its 20th birthday on June 16.

Full press release text:
The SDF Public Access UNIX System Celebrates 20 Years!
http://sdf.lonestar.org


It was on June 16th, 1987 that the SDF-1 received its first caller at 300bps. This little Apple ][e BBS of the late 80s turned into a Public Access UNIX System with the demise of "killer.dallas.tx.us" during the "Operation Sundevil" raids. Since then it has grown to become the oldest and largest continually operating PUBNIX on the planet.

Over the years SDF has been a home to 2+ million people from all over the world and has been supported by donations and membership dues. SDFers pride themselves on the fact that theirs is one of the last bastions of "the real INTERNET", out of the reach and scope of the commercialism and advertising of the DOT COM entities. It is a proponent of SMTP greylisting as opposed to content filtering and offers that as an option to its members.

While access to basic services are free to everyone, lifetime membership can be obtained for a mere onetime donation of $36. And it is the members who decide which programs and features are available. The members communicate via a web free, google inaccessible, text bulletin board ('bboard') as well as an interactive chat ('com') where users battle each other in the integrated netris matches. The interface of these programs harks back to the days when TOPS-20 CMD J-SYS ruled the ARPANET.

SDF has also become home to well known hackers such as Bill Gosper, Tom Ellard (Severed Heads), Geoff Goodfellow, Carolyn Meinel and Ezra Buchla, son of the father of the Synthesizer. From this pool of talent you might expect more than just computing, and you'd be correct. An annual music compilation is published featuring original music ranging from electronic noise to improvised piano sonatinas. Gosper's puzzles which he has cut at his favorite laser shop are frequently given away as membership perks or through fundraising raffles.

There are always classes being taught on SDF as well, where instructors and students enjoy free access to the latest teaching and programming tools. Instructors manage their own classes in such a way as not to be encumbered by their own school's outdated utilities or computer security restrictions, which can hamper the learning process.

And where else would you expect to be able to locally dialup at 1200bps from just about anywhere in the USA and Canada with a Commodore 64 and get a login prompt? SDF! As well as direct login, SDF offers PPP and PPPoE via analogue dialup (1200bps — 56kbps), ISDN and DSL. Members also have access to the SDF VPN (Virtual Private Network) and Dynamic Domain Name Service.

One of the many interesting and esoteric aspects of life on the SDF-1 is GOPHER. All users have access to their own GOPHER space and a number of them continue to find it a useful way to share text and data. And if you don't want to relive that past, SDF's 'motd.org' project offers a collaboration amongst members to share source and security tweaks for the latest wikis, web forums, photo galleries and blogs.

SDF runs NetBSD on a cluster of 12 DEC alphas with 3 BGP'ed T1s linking it to the INTERNET. It is an annual supporter of the NetBSD foundation and the Computer History Museum (CA). One of its original incarnations, an AT&T 3B2/500, is displayed annually at the Vintage Computer Festival."

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+ - SDF Public Access UNIX turns 20!

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It was on June 16th, 1987 that the SDF-1 received its first caller at 300bps. This little Apple ][e BBS of the late 80s turned into a Public Access UNIX System with the demise of "killer.dallas.tx.us" during the "Operation Sundevil" raids. Since then it has grown to become the oldest and largest continually operating PUBNIX on the planet.

Over the years SDF has been a home to 2+ million people from all over the world and has been supported by donations and membership dues. SDFers pride themselves on the fact that theirs is one of the last bastions of "the real INTERNET", out of the reach and scope of the commercialism and advertising of the DOT COM entities.

for more....http://sdf.lonestar.org/news/"

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