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Comment: Was still in college, had just woken up (Score 1) 804

by KDingo (#37368020) Attached to: Marking 10 Years Since 9/11/2001

I remember that morning. The first thing I did after waking up was get on my computer. Usually checked the normal stuff like email but also my friends' AIM messages before going out and getting breakfast at the main campus cafeteria. (USC, SC)

Nearly all my friends used AIM, and a good number actually updated their away messages. Personally I put favorite bash.org quotes in mine. One away message was particularly curious though, coming from a girl that doesn't usually put urgent-looking messages, but all it said was Turn on the news, now. And I went to turn on the small TV in my small one-room dormroom.

By that time that morning, the first plane had struck. I know I watched the news for a good while before my roommate came in after his classes. I think I even kept up on Slashdot, too. I had to eat before going to mine, so I left the news to my him.

The awkward feeling that I distinctly remember though, is the scene walking on campus that morning watching people going to class and other things, that may, or may not have heard the news. It looked like any other morning.

Comment: Re:Time to shift focus to another kernel? (Score 1) 142

by KDingo (#37309350) Attached to: Linux Kernel Moves To Github

In my first IT job several years ago I made it to create new backup systems there, and by doing so I learned one of the most amazing things about Linux, and that is the cloneability of the entire machine with a single filesystem backup.

I tried to restore one of our webservers in an exercise. From a liveboot environment, I partitioned the disk, formatted it, mounted the filesystems, and rsynced over the root filesystem from backup. After that install the bootloader. I was just amazed that the new system booted up without a hitch (apart from complaining the system wasn't shut down properly); I was floored seeing that and showed all my fellow coworkers =)

Of course I know that in unix everything is a file is a file, and these things are possible, but seeing that in action is an experience. I'm happy that after learning how the innards of a Linux system works, that I was able to apply it.

Comment: Re:Smart people (Score 1) 618

by KDingo (#35176448) Attached to: Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now

I wanted to try one of the Droids but balked at the $100 per month plan. This was at Verizon at the time. No way i'm going to pay that much when my home cable is around half that.

Anyway, I've found out that a good compromise to owning a smartphone is owning an iPod touch. I get to listen to my music, read my newsfeeds or even watch some anime on the bus ride to work, all without paying a premium monthly fee. I keep my dumbphone too. No one ever calls me, anyway =(

Comment: Re:The world moves on (Score 1) 431

by KDingo (#34920312) Attached to: The Fall of Wintel and the Rise of Armdroid

Oh wow, there's an idea. "Server Farmville"

Spend each day looking over the health of your server room. Oh no! The air conditioning went out! Good thing you have a backup system you just installed yesterday!

Be careful who you let visit your server farmville, or some equipment might disappear....

After a while of hard work you upgrade to a top tier datacenter! Is your PUE Index not as good as you want it? You can buy some extra equipment to help you obtain that goal in the cash shop.

I would totally play this game.

Comment: Re:What IS cloud computing? (Score 1) 246

by KDingo (#29724893) Attached to: The Sidekick Failure and Cloud Culpability
Around when I first heard the term, I thought the internet was the cloud. For the simple fact that I represent the internet as a cloud whenever drawing network diagrams.

I saw a video from datacenterknowledge.com asking this very same question, though. It's fourteen minutes, but it shows that there is not a single definitive answer.

Comment: Re:Obligatory Open Source comment (Score 1) 260

by KDingo (#29648557) Attached to: Ballmer: Don't Expect Simpler Licensing Soon

While everyone's ranting about Windows on a desktop, with servers (at least with Dell) you have a lot of choice, and there can even be a "no OS" configuration to do whatever you want with it. I would figure Windows licensing would be more straightforward than on desktops, but I wouldn't know.

Comment: Re:Can't say I'm surprised... (Score 1) 336

by KDingo (#29613917) Attached to: Initial Reviews of Google Wave; Neat, but Noisy

Simply put, Google has provided an absolutely awesome, sky is the limit, technology. If multiple killer applications are not in place which leverage Wave within a year or two, I'd declare this a failure of developers and imagination rather than a failure of Google and/or Wave.

Wow, somehow I feel the same way with the Wii and certain 3rd party games.

Comment: Doesn't matter who's hosting (Score 3, Informative) 254

by KDingo (#29400063) Attached to: First Botnet of Linux Web Servers Discovered

If your customers put up vulnerable software on your shared, dedicated, or virtual hosting service and they don't update it or you don't detect it, someone's going to find it and exploit it.

Had something similar happen to my me. If you're monitoring server load, a webserver sending spam will definitely raise an alarm. As for services on odd ports, block everything except the real ports. Blocking outgoing traffic on IRC ports helps too in minimizing damage. The script kids are already making use of the recent Linux local root exploit (wunderbar_emporium) so make sure you do some yum updates!

Comment: Re:Scientists watch too many movies. (Score 1) 652

by KDingo (#28827379) Attached to: Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man

All this "destroy all humans" thing in movies seems cultural to me. There's no shortage of these types of movies, but there aren't that many that deal with their coexistence. Something like A.I. or Bicentennial Man comes to mind.

I'd like to see more "coexisting with humans" types of entertainment. The East is all over this sort of stuff, like the recent Time of Eve show and older Ghost in the Shell series. If there are more of peaceful examples of how we could get along and benefit ourselves being with them, maybe our scientists and the rest of us don't have to worry about some robotic uprising. If anything, criminal machines and criminal humans would be working together. Same goes for the good guys.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.