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Comment: Re:BBC? (Score 1) 362

by Menkhaf (#47860433) Attached to: BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

While it might not be the case in the UK (re the other replies), it's the case in Denmark. Buying a TV makes you elligeble for paying the license. Having a TV, even without antenna cable doesn't change anything; you still have to pay.
It also holds for internet connections above a certain speed (I think it's > 128/128 Kbit/s), even if it's on your cellphone.

Funnily, the Danish Broadcast Corporation doesn't have any way of checking if you are required to pay the license as they aren't allowed to look up any information on you except your postal address.

Comment: Re:Beta testers (Score 4, Interesting) 91

by Menkhaf (#46531701) Attached to: OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

I experimented a bit with btrfs some months ago as part of my parttime job at my university. The departments file server had disk failures after a power glitch, so I decided to rebuild it and add in a UPS. I'm running Debian jessie on the system, which is just a small 2U SuperMicro rack case with 12 3 TB SATA drives and 16 GB ECC RAM. ZFSonLinux needs a fairly recent kernel, otherwise I'd probably have gone with stable.

I was initially pretty impressed with btrfs, but before the UPS arrived there was another power glitch (which is fairly unusual in these parts of the world; northern Europe) and it completely trashed btrfs. I was unable to mount, scrub or do anything productive to the FS. Absolutely no luck doing anything.

After that I've switched to ZFS. I'm really happy with ZFS, even though ZFS on Linux still has some bugs. For some reason zfs threads sometimes crash when doing zfs send | zfs receive, something I've noticed a few times. Performance is pretty good. For reference I'm using raidz3. My offline, off-site backup is done on a clone of the server (OS only) and uses zfs send and receive to transfer the ZFS snapshots which are done nightly.

Comment: Re:I got burned by the font rendering bug last tim (Score 1) 165

by Menkhaf (#45347619) Attached to: Microsoft Warns of Zero-Day Attacks

If you liked that, you'll like to know that you can remove the ei.cfg file from the iso to convert it into a universal iso. There are multiple tools for it, but I've just used rm in the past (granted, the media I used was a USB stick). Here's one such tool: http://code.kliu.org/misc/winisoutils/

Note that your license still has to match the type you select during installation. I have no idea why Microsoft insists on having so many different isos when they could just have one universal iso...

Comment: Re:Mod parent up (Score 1) 503

by Menkhaf (#41719015) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Securing a Windows Laptop, For the Windows Newbie?

Shit, I used to play a bit of WoW not too long after it came out. Performance was more or less on par with Windows -- FPS higher on Linux in some places, lower in other. Best thing was that with multiple desktops I was able to tab in and out in milliseconds, something that always seems to take ages on Windows.
Then again, I did it on Gentoo installed from stage1. Took me a few days to compile everything, and cost an hour when there was a WINE update, but it ran well.

If the submitter is still around, I'd second the advice given in other places. Give your kid the install disc, and let him handle it. Sure, he'll probably have to start from scratch a few times, but installing Windows has never been easier. If your kid has a few geeky friends that run Windows, even better -- they should be able to explain what are common signs of malware.
If he's used to Linux, he might be able to figure out how to run WoW with WINE when he tires of Windows.

I rarely use Windows (although more often than you seem to), and I'm starting to feel outdated, but I tend to go with Microsoft Security Essentials and Avast (they have a free edition). If not Avast, I've heard good things about ClamAV on Windows.

If I recall correctly, a WoW install has no real ties outside of the program folder, so it might be a good idea to make a backup of that folder once in a while. If the system goes down, just copy it and you're set.

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+ - Rhombus Tech A10 EOMA-68 CPU Card schematics completed->

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lkcl writes "Rhombus Tech's first CPU Card is nearing completion and availability: the schematics have been completed by Wits-Tech. Although it appears strange to be using a 1ghz Cortex A8 for the first CPU Card, not only is the mass-volume price of the A10 lower than other offerings; not only does the A10 classify as "good enough" (in combination with 1gb of RAM); but Allwinner Tech is one of the very rare China-based SoC companies willing to collaborate with Software (Libre) developers without an enforced (GPL-violating) NDA in place. Overall, it's the very first step in the right direction for collaboration between Software (Libre) developers and mass-volume PRC Factories. There will be more (faster, better) EOMA-68 CPU Cards: this one is just the first."
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Comment: Sounds familiar... (Score 1) 550

by Menkhaf (#41107567) Attached to: Should Developers Be Sued For Security Holes?

We had this same discussion last year, after PHK had an article on acm.org arguing for software liability laws: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/09/29/2045232/outlining-a-world-where-software-makers-are-liable-for-flaws .
The article is to be found at http://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2011/11/138202-the-software-industry-is-the-problem/fulltext

Comment: Re:A leap year issue? Are you SERIOUS? (Score 1) 247

by Menkhaf (#39213721) Attached to: Azure Failure Was a Leap Year Glitch

And do you really think this problem arose because they didn't write code to deal with leap years?

Come on man. If they had written code that accounted correctly for leap years, they wouldn't have had an outage. Do you think it's just a coverup?
And what's that nonsense about date logic? Use tried-and-true library functions for date manipulation, that's it. If you're doing embedded systems, you might have an excuse. ..and these days, not even then, given the amount of memory and the clock speeds. Bah, in my days all we had was a wirewrapped system built from a Motorola 68k, and we liked it!

(except when one of the address bus wires got loose and we spent countless hours debugging it)

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