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Comment: The Services of the Internet need a redo - big tim (Score 1) 307

by Qbertino (#49599609) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web

With all this hassle for updating the web recently, including the permanent surveilance by Facebook/WhatCrap/Whatever, the Snowden leaks and the NSA/BND disasters and the broaded discussion about encrypting services it's becoming more and more evident that we need a complete bottom-up redo of all popular services on the internet.

The most pressing and obvious is E-Mail, which, by any standard imanginable is about the worst protocol and service still in widespread use. But before that can happen properly, there's another thing that should be redone befor everything else: DNS.
DNS needs to be abstracted away from the carriers and core services into something based on cryptographic signature. It should be possible for me to buy a domain for life simply by purchasing a slip or paper or a piece of code containing a register key to which I can tie a domain that is still free for choosing. Moving to a different provider with my domain or hosting it on my own small VM should be a matter of minutes.

Next up would be E-Mail. Zero-fuss end-to-end encryption and cpu-expensive hashing to make mass-mail expensive and spamming virtually impossible. Setting up a mailserver should be as easy as setting up a mail client today. In fact, it should be much of a difference wetther I'm setting up a client or a server - one of the big problems with E-Mail today.

Next up would be the Web. Let's face the facts: The Web today is a pile of junk. It's only thanks to Netscape freeing its browser (Mozilla) and Goolgle buying V8 and fighting for a free (beer) web that benefits their business that we have a half-way feasible free web. Flash - and I'm sorry to break this to the /. crowd - was lightyears ahead of everything else on the client-based web. CSS3 / HTML5 and JS are a joke in comparsion. Clients are strange hacks with arcane technologies strapped together with glue and duct-tape, doing insane stunts and feats to build rich clients. The entire service could use a complete redo for design/UX, documents and programming. Javascript is neat and fun, but I can think of a few PLs that would do a better job, be easyer to use and perhaps even easyer to compile into binary.

Moving the Web into https is all fine and dandy - it's using FOSS technology and open standards - which is always the main big plus - but yet again it's only a dirty hack compared to what would be possible if we would base a rebuilt web-like service on what is technologically possible today.

My 2 cents.

Comment: There are too many imature idiots in college. (Score 1) 353

by Qbertino (#49572993) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

There are too many imature idiots and spoiled brats in college. That's a plain and simple fact.
So many times I've wished to be rich enough to start my own ivory-leage style university for that exact reason.

Best teachers in the world. Best equipment in the world. Best building in the world. Best campus in the world.

But:
Babble in class: You're out.
Babble repeatedly: Get a warning.
Cheat: Fail and you get a warning.

Drink and misbehave: You're out.
Drink and misbehave repeatedly: Get a warning.

Dress and/or behave like a bum: Get a notice, then a warning.

Three warnings and you get booted from campus for all eternity, you're last semester tuition forfeight. End of story.

I am effing sick and tired of these countless spoiled f*ckwits clogging up the first two or three semesters until they're weeded out by the math curiculum in CS.

I further propose that every student should do 15 months of German-style civil service (Zivildienst) taking care of elderly or handycapped or do some other solid useful work like fixing damns or cleaning out environmental disasters before he/she is allowed to enter any higher education of any kind whatsoever. Grow the f*ck up before you waste my, the teacher/professors and everybody elses time!

If you want to drink yourself into a coma or slack off for a year or two: By all means, go ahead. Every yound person should take a year or two to travel the world, slack off and surf in indonesia or hawaii. But they should also be sternly corrected if they can't act like grown-ups when they finally come to college.

It's also for this very reason that I'm probalby going to roll in a remote tutoring college. (I'm planing on heading a CS degree or someting real soon now in part-time)

+ - Which way do I turn if I want a zero-fuss VM setup on Linux?

Submitted by Qbertino
Qbertino writes: Out of professional need I’ve started to dabble with VM Setups last week — mostly KVM/qemu and VirtManager as a Hypervisor GUI. It’s all very open-sourcy“ — a bit flaky, convoluted and some CLI stuff thrown in. It worked, but needed caretaking and expert knowledge for the basics and there are some features that I missed or couldn’t get running. I was wondering how I could get a solid and disaster-safe VM setup up and running on Linux. Here are my requirements:

1.) Base-OS: Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, whatever)

2.) Hypervisor with stable Click-UI and following features:

2.a.) One-click Copy/Backup of VMs, preferably ones that are actually still running; reasonable disaster recovery behavior (the Hypervisor and VM shouldn’t wet their pants if not all virtual/real Hardwarefeatures are present — it should be possible for a VM to run with a standard base set of features provided by the Hypervisor — in a pinch I want to be able to Launch a backuped VM on a Laptop to rescue data and such)

2.b.) zero-fuss virtual-to-real NIC configuration and zero-fuss NIC/bridging configuration on the base OS/Hypervisor, all with a click-UI — preferably with neat network diagrams (in a pinch the system should be operateable by part-time student admins)

2.c.) copy/paste/instancing of preconfectioned VMs. Launching a fresh extra Linux or Windows installation shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes or so and be as idiot-safe as possible

2.d.) Zero-fuss dynamic storage management across all running VMs. (see below)

3.) Storage abstraction: I know this issue is separate from CPU virtualisation, but none-the-less the same scenario camp: I’d like to be able to virtualize storage. That is, be able to allocate storage as I wish to any VM in any size I want, with dynamic storage assignment options (max. expansion parameters and such). This probably involves two stages: combining all storage from a storage rack into one monolithic storage block with dublication across HDDs for safety and then a Hypervisor with the ability to dynamically assign virtual storage to each VM as configured. Is this sort of correct?

What experience do you guys have with storage virtualisation? As I mentioned, I have no problem with the base OS doing the first stage on its own, without some killer NAS setup that costs as much as a Ferrari, but I do prefer some Click-UI solution that provides zero-fuss storage management.

4.) Nice to have: Dynamic CPU assignment based on time and/or usage. I’d like a render VM to get extra CPUs at night and would like to time that — for example, a VM gets extra CPUs between 1 and 7 o’clock for extra rendering power while the other VMs get to share CPUs.

I’m thinking two *big* failover Linux PC setups (dublicate setup), 2-3 storage racks and one or two professional applications that do Hypervisor/VM stuff and storage as mentioned above and can also cost a little (500 — 3000 Euros).

OK, so that’s a broad overview. For perspective: The setup is for an agency with digitial and print production pipelines and the only web-consultant/web-dev as the single non-intern IT person. That would be me. I know my way around the Linux CLI and have been doing Linux since the 90ies, but do my deving and daily work on OS X and, as you can image, have no time for "scripting-masturbation“ or any setups that come to a grinding halt if I’m not around when a VM runs out of space or memory. We also have no time for downtime longer than 2-3 hours if disaster strikes.

What do you suggest? What are your experiences with FOSS setups and perhaps with proprietary pointy-clicky apps? Hoping for some educated input on this. Thanks.

Comment: Those not bloated with crapware (Score 1) 482

by Qbertino (#49554269) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

Modern phones and tablets have thge same problem as PCs - they fall victim to loads of crap and bloatware. Don't burden your smartphone with shit and it will stay stable. If you're having trouble doing that use one with a smaller softewaremarket such as the Jolla. If you're unsure about which phone to take I'd actually recommend that one.

Comment: On Drugs, Performance and ADHD (Score 1) 407

by Qbertino (#49526455) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

What a load of shit. Luckily there are other MD's posting in the comments on just how biased this writer is. He's basically claiming ADHD is a kid's only issue, and all adults are just abusers. People like him must HATE people like myself...a doctor-monitored adderall prescription for several years now. With it, I'm able to more fully use my capabilities. Without it, people would always comment "your really smart, but..." due to all the random and chaotic things I would do and say. Honestly, without my prescription I'd probably either be dead or in jail. Even so, being unmedicated has already lead to the accidental death of someone VERY close to me...if I had been on it then I probably would have thought the situation through further. So this guy can go fuck himself, and I'd tell that to his face is ever given the chance.

My uncle tells me ADHD runs in our family. However, I consider the frictions in our family to be normal or based on psychological heritage brought down from a grandmother incapable of handling 4 children and having an immoral stance on her responsiblities. Plus living in an ending WW2 in Germany, including carpet bombings, fleeing Koenigsberg and Stetin to the Rhine area and being fugitives and 3rd class citizens as a result. Such things are passed down, no doubt.
I also think of my uncles ADHD fixation as an excuse for his alcoholism - he like to rag on how ADHD people work better with drugs. I would allot his problems to the regular beatings his generation received.

However, I do have character traits that some people would consider "ADHD".
I wouldn't. Or at least I would consider them to be a disability. I would appreciate the theory that my brain works differently due to me moving around roughly once a year during most of my childhood and said psychological heritage.

I'm basically a hunter-gatherer in a farmer-settlers world, or should I say: I'm adapted to hunter-gatherer mode in a world that is currently mostly adapted to farmer-settler mode. Yes, I'm one of those pretty much down with that theory.

While others have spent their entire childhood at one place, I had to move around a lot. I intimately and intuitively know things about this world and the people in them that others have to learn in hard lessons. I smell a con from 10 miles away, I can handle myself in a fight and I spot financial risks or flaws in complex systems (such as software architecture) in an instant. I find the usual vanity that comes with societies living in abundance strange, bizar, pointless, silly and sometimes flat-out repulsive. I recently re-read Paul Grahams Why Nerds are unpopular and I have to say the man once again pretty much hits home - read it if you can relate to what I am saying. That essay pretty much sums up my youth and the way I feel about the world and the people around me a lot of times. If I'm having ADHD it is not a disease, but a natural reaction to the at times bizar and backwords world around me.

However, there are things I struggle with that others have no problem dealing with. Regular chores or maintaining a home with more that two rooms. And who wouldn't? I'm just this week picking up Scala and starting a new company internal software project. A the side I'm keeping my mood by going out or doing some sort of contrast programm. I don't have *time* to do the laundry regularly.

I run up to speed when shit hits the fan. Basically I consider any other situation boring. Which, let's face it, it usually is.

I also see absolutely no point what so ever in performing in a job that is basically 90% pointless. I'm the lead developer in an agency and 90% of my work is politics and explaining to customers the difference between a client and a server and what the internet is and how it works. And the difference between Google and the Web - which very many people do not know or are aware of. And setting up WordPress and repairing the junkpile the last plugin-testing frenzy my project people left behind.

I do 25 hours a week for a feasible salary and that is just the right amount. In my spare time I help out my daughter, do to evening school, cook, dance (I'm big into Tango and the cute girls that come with it). The point is: I see no point in taking drugs so I can sit at the desk longer. I think its a healthy reaction when I get a headache after 5 hours of diving into LimeSurvey and its inner workings.

Note: This is my take on *my* situation. You may very well have a condition that requires drugs to function. However, I challenge you to question that assumption and perhaps try an alternate career or something. We are not built to sit at desks, and frankly, computers aren't built to be sat in front of. They are built to do the dirty work while humans do the stuff they enjoy and are good at.

Bottom line: I wouldn't want to take drugs to perform on my job. That's not a job for me and it shouldn't be for you either.
I'd rather switch the job or go on a world trip.

Comment: Does it now support HDDs larger than 2 GB? (Score 4, Insightful) 229

by Qbertino (#49491933) Attached to: GNU Hurd 0.6 Released

Does it now support HDDs larger than 2 GB? I'm not even joking here.

Last time I heard (like 10 years ago or so) it was a theorists wet dream but basically unusable.

What's the state of things with Hurd nwo? Is it usefull already?
What are big steps Hurd still needs to take to be ready for prime time?
What are the plans? When are we there?

Please note: I have no problem replacing Unix with something better, like ome coolDMI thing where everything isn't a file but an object and the system is cleanly designed from top to bottom and back. Top notch but everything modifiable. But it has to be real-world usable and useful. Until then I'm sticking with *nix derivates such as OS X on Apple hardware or some x86 Linux like Debian or Ubuntu on ThinkPads.

Could someone give some enlightenment on this issue?

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