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Comment: What are you trying to do? (Score 5, Interesting) 237

by RobbieCrash (#47890681) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

A VPN? To connect to where, from where? Are you doing this for something to do, or because you want to implement the best solution? Do you just want better router software?

Install Tomato or DD or OpenWRT or any one of their variants on your existing router.

Building your own in the name of security isn't going to work unless you really know what you're doing, which you said you don't in your summary. That sounds like a dick thing to say, but it's not. Security is difficult for people that know what they're doing, when people who don't try to DIY it, it's almost universally bad.

Comment: Re:Unfamiliar (Score 1) 366

by RobbieCrash (#47883093) Attached to: The State of ZFS On Linux

I've got a dedicated file server running Ubuntu 14.04 at home with a small group of ZFS pools (4x1TB, 4x2TB, 4x4TB each in RAIDZ). The FS used for backups has dedup turned on, everything else uses compression, but not dedup. It serves out 15 SMB shares, 10 netatalk shares and ~20 NFS shares to 3 Windows clients, 6 OSX clients all using TimeMachine and normal file access, 10 Linux VMs doing rsync backups and other normal file server stuff. Data is primarily HD video being streamed, as well as backups for everything.

The server is built on a low end i3 with 32GB ECC RAM, all disks are consumer grade (WD blacks for the 1TB and greens for everything else) attached to an LSI 9211-8i doing JBOD only. Sustained writes of 2x1Gbps over the network and internal writes are sustained over 3Gbps. I have 30GB of RAM dedicated to the pool, but really could get away with using about 6, dedup tables are currently ~3GB. I did a bunch of stress testing when I first set things up (scripted boatloads of fake read/write requests from each client) and CPU usage topped out at ~80%.

Home usage on an older desktop is not out of the question, assuming you can host the drives and maybe put in a total of 8GB RAM.

Comment: Re:Changing the law (Score 1) 55

Not in my understanding.

The recent supreme court decision related to this announcement and several others recently indicate that according to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, we're guaranteed the right to privacy, and our actions online have a reasonable expectation of privacy and annonymity. Constitutionally speaking, we're safe online from unreasonable (unwarranted) search, it's not an issue of *a* law, it's an issue of the supreme law of the land. The government could try to amend our Charter to remove, or reduce this right, but that's a complicated process.

Any laws passed here have to be constitutionally sound, and lately the supreme court here has been coming down on what many are seeing as government overreach.

Comment: Re:Buggy whips? (Score 2) 769

by RobbieCrash (#46863717) Attached to: The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

This, 1,000 times this.

I get so angry about people complaining about how solar/renewable is so corrupt and is just going to make some old white guy rich. So, fucking, what?

I'd rather have some rich white asshole pissing on me and telling me it's raining than have a different rich white asshole pissing on me and telling me it's rain while I choke to death on coal fumes. Yes, someone is going to get rich. Good for them. American dream and all that. If that means that the rest of us suffer with higher taxes instead of starving to death/dying of thirst because we've burned off all the arable land and destroyed all the drinking water while fracking every last drop of oil out of the earth, so be it, I'll be better off.

If these rich white coal barons want to start raking it in by pumping out solar panels, nothing's stopping them. Fucking get on it.

Comment: Clearly in the minority (Score 0) 464

As someone who intends to use Glass or something like it for GPS while driving, I really don't see that Glass will be any more distracting than having my tablet do GPS for me, or my phone, or a dedicated GPS on the dash. I recognize that it may be slightly more distracting than the dedicated GPS due to the possibility of notifications suddenly taking focus on the screen, but no more so than when the same thing happens on my phone when I'm using it for GPS.

I understand the concern about people playing on the internet, or actually watching movies on it, but should the device's usage be outlawed due to things that it is simply capable of doing?

I recognize that these aren't exactly HUDs, but HUDs have been proven to not significantly increase reaction times, and to decrease the amount of time with your eyes off-road. From every review I've read about Glass online, the display is out of the way unless you want to look at it, and easily ignored when you're focused on something else.

Maybe I'm giving other drivers too much credit. Most people probably will be facebooking on them, not simply using them as a convenient display for GPS guidance.

Comment: Re:This happened to me (Score 1) 210

by RobbieCrash (#44927995) Attached to: LinkedIn Accused of Hacking Customers' E-Mails To Slurp Up Contacts

I'm relatively sure this is more likely the cause than anything else. A few times when I've opened a LinkedIn email invite or something akin, I've been prompted to sign in on a page that looks like a LinkedIn login page. After getting told I used the wrong password, I realized that actually the page was saying "Let us SIGN IN to your email and scrape contacts."

I'm sure it would've spammed all the no contacts I have on that email account, and I thought it was pretty scummy of them to make the "access your email" page look almost exactly like the "sign in to LinkedIn page."

Comment: Checking where it's shipped from... (Score 1) 125

by RobbieCrash (#44590677) Attached to: Amazon Forbids Crossing State Lines With Rented Textbooks

But Richard Hershman, vice president of government relations at the National Association of College Stores, points out that if a student has textbooks sent to her home state and ships them back from a different state where she attends college, Amazon could easily note the new shipping location.

I'm sure Amazon will start tracking this shit. Does Amazon give a fuck where a return was sent from? Do they even look? I'm sure everything gets dumped by the truckload into their return centre by FedEx or UPS or whomever, and that's the end of anyone giving a shit about shipping in that process.

Comment: Re:Screw You Obama (Score 1) 531

If you're not interested in making progress, why should anyone give a shit about the election rigging or journalist killing?

You seem to think that fixing government human rights abuses is probably a good thing, so we're apparently on the same side. You're just proving my point by saying you're uninterested because the exact focus of 'my' movement isn't the exact same as yours. Splintering off into a hundred laser-focused groups accomplishes nothing.

Unless your only mission is to get people to admit they don't know everything about everything, in which case, good luck accomplishing anything on either side of the divide.

Comment: Re:Screw You Obama (Score 1) 531

Oh, for sure. But the thing about it is, even without understanding the whole issue, a movement can make great progress if they have enough people that for one reason or another buy into it.

The conservative attack on climate science is a perfect example of this. 90% of the people arguing against climate science have no idea what they're talking about, the other 10% just don't care that they're wrong. Somehow, despite the fact that they're all ignorant about it they've managed to get some kind of public debate about the legitimacy of the science going. They've been able to do this by ignoring the fact that some of them are advocating for nuclear energy, some people want more drilling, some people want more clean coal, some want to power the world by burning small children, some people think that melting ice caps aren't an issue, some people think that it's natural, some people think whatever. All of them have decided that their way of doing things doesn't matter, as long as we all understand that worrying about climate change is stupid.

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