Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Exchange (Score 1) 889

And by "Exchange" I mean software that provides all the functionality of Exchange beyond simple email. Calendar and contact management; synchronization of mailbox folders, calendar, contacts with mobile devices; user specific server side email processing rules; replication of mailboxes (email databases) for high availability; security model that allows administrative assistant and other delegations; etc.

That would be Zimbra. It has all of that except *maybe* "mailbox replication for HA", which is either useless (run it off DR-enabled VMs running on a replicated SAN) or in the future "cloud" version.

Comment Invest in longevity (Score 1) 842

Once you've set up all your kids and family and (other) loved ones and ensured yourself a permanent comfortable income, invest where you want to make a difference : computing, politics, health. Your health... if I had so much money that I have to ask for ways to spend it, my second question would be how to make reasonably ensure I get a lot of time to spend it in. Money can't buy time, but maybe *lots* of money could? Peter F Hamilton, here I come!

Comment Re:I would (Score 1) 842

If I had the capital, I'd likely set up a small company to do software development that interested me, and which would also be either useful to others (purely philanthropic) or would have some commercial demand too.

I seriously feel that one could revolutionize computing by applying capability theory to it (think KeyKOS / EROS / Coyotos / CapROS). I know that if I sometime needed or just wanted a computer in my eye or ear or something, something I had to trust, then that would be it.

Comment Re:Trading one set of problems for another (Score 1) 842

I dunno, I make [100k] in NYC. I have an awesome decently spaced (700 sqft) 1br apartment [...] Anyone who doesn't think 100k in NYC is not only doing well but is damn well luxury has a lack of perspective and is completely, 100% out of fucking touch.

Hmmm. 100k. Add in wife and two or even three kids (2br, 3br, 4br apt?) Suddenly maybe 100k seems a bit low... it's all about your expectations! Personally, I've run the numbers and decided that 100k would be enough to make me move the family to NYC, but maybe I'm optimistic.

Comment Re:Buy an island (Score 1) 842

I'd buy an island and make a nation out of it.

Back to the drawing board my friend:


Seeing what you want from life, I'd recommend simply moving to a country with a permissive view on prostitution. It would probably be much less expensive than rolling your own (recommend firing those unworthy instead of "destroying" them, though).

</troll accepted>

Comment Re:Mobile communications experience in the US (Score 2) 142

My wife and I have unlimited phone/4G Data/texting, plus 5gb hotspot data apiece, for a total of $100/month through T-Mobile. If US was really that bad, why the need to make shit up?

Assuming that's a total of $100/month for two people, it still seems three times as expensive as (the cheapest and best provider) in France, 16 or 20 €/month for unlimited everything (you get 4€ off if you're also a broadband client). What's with the 5GB hotspot data if you have unlimited 4G data, does that mean you only have unlimited if it's 4G and not if it's 3G or Edge?

Comment Re:25+ years (Score 1) 620

Not 1950's, but in my office there is a box of punch cards. On their edges[1] are written the monikers of different computer programs that still run today.

[1] You may know, or might like to know, that people used to write literally on the edges of the cards, like you would if you closed a book and wrote on the side opposite the binding. Not only did it make it easy to identify the dozen(s) of cards of your program in the box of hundreds, but also made it easy (easier) to sort them if you happened to spill them on the floor -- or if the car transporting your code to another site happened to roll over in a highway ditch, which allegedly did happen.

Comment One-line classic Cisco network outage (Score 1) 377

Working on Cisco command line, I was in the habit of typing "no " and doing a double-click-middle-click on the line I wanted to delete. Worked very well except for

        redistribute bgp 100 metric 100 metric-type 1 subnets route-map BGP2OSPF

In this specific copying the entire line after "no " does not remove the line, it just removes the route-map limitation, and hey presto I was redistributing our full BGP into OSP. Clincher was that it took some 20 minutes for the network to actually stop working, so bu that time I had totally forgotten about it. It took an hour to find out what the problem was and to correct it, during which my ISP was basically of the network.

Comment Norton can very well interfere with your Internet (Score 1) 479

Also turn off your antivirus software. Sometimes it gets in the way of the Internet.


Uhhhhh . . . I thought the same way you do. That's the only time I was wrong calling ISP tech support. I called to say that the new WiFi USB key (this was a few years ago) that I'd bought for my mother would get recognized, would connect and get DHCP but nothing more, so the problem was obviously on the router end. The first thing the tech asked was for me to turn off the antivirus. I fudged and said sure, ok... it's off... still doesn't work. The tech then quickly walked me through a series of lengthy MS-prefixed DOS-mode commands, and hey presto, no more problem. I asked what he'd done. He said he'd turned off my anti-virus. The driver for the big-name USB WiFi key wasn't signed, so Norton interfered with it. I told my Ma to buy another antivirus. The tech support was good (this was the guy who first picked up the phone), but sorry for most of you, it wasn't in the U.S. (it was French Orange). They'd got better since the day they told a friend of mine to restart Internet Explorer after he told them he'd diagnosed a failed route in their peering exchange.

And that is not the time when I installed a totally clean computer for my aunt who'd provided me with original CDs of Windows, Norton, et al., connected it to the Net, and the first popup was "Norton has detected that your system is trying to access the Internet, recommend Accept". I wondered what it could be, so I clicked for the details, and the packet in question was "incoming to port 135" from an IP somewhere in Africa.

Comment Re:Manners please. (Score 2) 479

I noticed there is a bit more perceived hostility when dealing with "text chat" support than over the phone.

Depends on if it is a real person. I've tried to use chat support on several occasions with different companies, and each time I've started out writing four or five sentences that outline my problem, what I've done to resolve it, what happened. I've *been* T3 support, after all. Every single time, the descendant of Eliza chatting with me started out asking me to confirm the nature of my problem, and continued asking me one by one the exact questions which I'd already addressed the very first time I hit Send. It is only when they have arrived at wit's end that a human (sometimes) steps in.

Comment My best manager (Score 4, Interesting) 146

told me that his job was only partially to tell me what to do (because I should know most of it) and mostly to shield me from the bureaucrap so that I could concentrate on doing it. I try to emulate that.

Two other nuggets I aim for:

- a good manager tells his people what *his* objectives are, and explains to them how that translates into the objectives he's giving them.

- there are different kinds of management for different people, and a good manager must adapt. A newbie or an incompetent *needs* micromanaging (but beware of giving the impression of thinking either one is incompetent). As they get older/wiser/more experienced the manager can go more and more hands-off, until with a senior engineer/whatever the manager should be able to just discuss strategy and budget and priorities and such.

"Conversion, fastidious Goddess, loves blood better than brick, and feasts most subtly on the human will." -- Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway"