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Comment Re:Cores Schmores (Score 1) 136

Really? Netburst was a total fail for Intel. Especially in the later years of the architecture. The Athlon 64 and Athlon64 X2 were way more efficient and could more than hold their own. This is what forced Intel to abandon Netburst and release the Core series CPUs. Sadly, AMD hasn't really been able to keep up since.

Comment Re:Poor QA is the problem (Score 1) 432

Yup, installed correctly. Wiring was all fine. It was like the relays got stuck (they are solid state, I know) and kept the heat/ac/whatever on constantly. I woke up to a 50 degree F house in July when it was in the 90s outside.

The house was a rental or I would have been all over the insulation, windows, etc...

Comment Poor QA is the problem (Score 3, Interesting) 432

Oddly, my old Honeywell thermostat had way more problems than the Nest that replaced it. It would frequently turn on heat or AC and leave it on regardless of temperature. Replacing the batteries did not help. Replaced the thermostat and about a year later the new one did the same thing. Junk.

I chose a Nest for one reason. The job I had at the time involved lots of travel, sometimes with limited or short notice. I also live in a climate that gets very hot in the summer and *VERY* cold in the winter. A regular programmable thermostat is utterly useless in that situation as I didn't have a regular schedule to program. You end up either leaving the temperature set to whatever is comfortable all the time or else coming home to a hot or cold house. Since I got the nest 3 years ago, my utility bills have gone down 25% and I have the ability to, from my phone, turn off "Away" mode an hour before I get home and the house is comfortable when I get there. If I forget, it's no biggie and the heat or AC turns on when I walk in the door with no buttons to press or no manual mode switch to accidentally leave on.

I'm not terribly fond of the cloud control aspect of it, but I solved the problem by putting it (and other untrusted IoT things) on a dedicated VLAN with a dedicated SSID with firewall rules preventing access to the rest of my network. The cloud isn't going away, so I figure I may as well protect myself and enjoy the convenience it provides.

Comment Re:I.S.I.S. (Score 1) 386

Oh for Christ's sake (see what I did there.)

Islam is no different than Christianity..... Read the old testament and you find some really gruesome things, it's just that most people ignore those parts.. (there by actually ignoring large parts of their own religion)..

Most Christian denominations teach that the old testament was deprecated by the new.

More and more injustices are happening all over, and a large part is indirectly/directly caused by religion or the abuse of power by people within that religion.

I'd say, overall, that injustices are down worldwide compared to, say, 250 or 500 years ago. We don't have giant wars lasting decades sweeping entire continents. I'd also like to see your sources showing that religion is in any way related to abuse of power. Most religions don't advocate for abuse.
You did get one thing right though. Injustice is often caused by the pursuit of personal power at the expense of others. Religion is frequently used as an excuse. Political philosophy is used as well. Stalin was an atheist but he is recognized as one of the most brutal dictators of the past few hundred years.
People need to think for themselves instead of listening when someone else says "God says this" or "The state demands that."

If the dark ages, caused by Christianity, in Europe would not have taken place imagine where we would be right now.. Probably 100 years more advanced..

The dark ages were caused by the feudal system which was the response to the collapse of the Roman Empire. Injustices and wars during this time were, as usual, the result of the quest for personal power and wealth by feudal lords, soldiers, clergy, etc... Any even remotely detailed study of this time period would reveal that, once in power, a feudal lord would have to exploit (to one degree or another) his serfs in order to pay his soldiers in order to protect his holdings. If he did not, someone else would move in and do the same. Even after the Renaissance, this system continued in one form or another but on a larger scale. See the 100 years war for an example. It wasn't until the common people gained more education and were encouraged to think for themselves did the situation improve.
And, don't forget, it was the Christian church during all of this time that preserved the knowledge that was preserved, made (and in some cases denied) many scientific advancements, and provided what little medical care was available to the people of the time.

Comment Re:Rsync could have done this too! (Score 1) 150

The other advantage is that ZFS replication, unlike RSYNC, doesn't need to calculate diffs because ZFS it already keeps track of what blocks have changed since the last snapshot. This makes the entire process much faster less resource intensive.

Imagine the following scenario:

You are the sysadmin at a 24x7 company. You have a few hundred user's home directories (shared over NFS or SMB) on a fileserver that needs to be upgraded/replaced for some reason. You are tasked with migrating these home directories to a new file server with a minimum outage window.

ZFS replication procedure:

1. Snapshot, send.
2. Repeat 1 until the entire process takes less than a couple of minutes.
3. Shut down the NFS and SMB processes on the old server. Shanpshot and send one last time.
4. Bring up NFS and SMB on the new server. Make appropriate IP and DNS changes.

Total outage for the users: 10 minutes or less.

RSYNC replication procedure:

1. Sync
2. Sync again. Wait forever for diffs to be calculated.
3. Realize it's hopeless, Shut down NFS and SMB, Sync again.
4. Bring up the new server.

Total outage for the users: Hours.

Submission + - Facebook Threatens Researcher Over Instagram Hack (

wiredmikey writes: A researcher claims he was threatened by Facebook after he responsibly disclosed a series of vulnerabilities and configuration weaknesses that allowed him to gain access to sensitive information stored on Instagram servers, including source code and the details of users and employees.

Wesley Wineberg says he discovered a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability that allowed him to read a configuration file containing credentials needed to access database, which revealed roughly 60 accounts belonging to Facebook and Instagram employees. Wineberg also discovered that the server had been running on Amazon’s EC2 service and a list of more than 1,400 systems had been hardcoded into the /etc/hosts file.

While Facebook confirmed the existence of the RCE vulnerability and promised a $2500 reward, Facebook later agued that he violated user privacy when he accessed the data. Furthermore, Wineberg claims Facebook’s CSO, Alex Stamos, contacted him via the CEO of Synack, the vulnerability research firm he works for.

“Alex informed my employer (as far as I am aware) that I had found a vulnerability, and had used it to access sensitive data. He then explained that the vulnerability I found was trivial and of little value, and at the same time said that my reporting and handling of the vulnerability submission had caused huge concern at Facebook,” Wineberg said. “Alex then stated that he did not want to have to get Facebook's legal team involved, but that he wasn't sure if this was something he needed to go to law enforcement over.”

Stamos allegedly attempted to convince the researcher and his employer to keep the existence of the security holes private and delete all data obtained from Instagram systems.

“In my opinion, the best course of action was to simply be transparent with all of my findings and interactions. I am not looking to shame any individuals or companies, but I do believe that my treatment in this situation was completely inappropriate,” Wineberg said.

Comment Re:Don't judge us by this place (Score 1) 760

Please, please don't judge North Carolina by these rubes. This dumb little town is about 100 miles from Research Triangle Park, the largest concentration of PhDs in the world. North Carolina is a progressive and beautiful state with the best climate in the eastern US. It has traditionally had the best public education system in the South.

Yes, we are currently in the clutches of a backwards Republican state government so there are lots of headlines about regressive policies. But this is an aberration ( the first Republican government in over 100 years) and it will not last long.

What is insightful about this? The stupidity of people participating in a direct election (not indirect, where political party would actually matter) is being blamed on the Republicans currently in power in the state. If anything, this should be blamed on the Democrats in power for the last 100 years for having such a horrible education system. If this truly is the output of the best education system in the south, I really hope this town is an aberration.

FWIW, I'm not defending either political party here, I'm just appalled that people actually modded this comment insightful.

Comment Re:Oh the Irony..... (Score 1) 735

From the Wikipedia article on the Mexican Drug War:

Research has asserted that most weapons and arms trafficked into Mexico are not from gun dealers in the United States, but as a matter of fact, come from either government personnel who defect to the cartels, or are sourced from Central American black markets.[180][181] Most grenades and rocket-launchers are smuggled through Guatemalan borders[182] or stolen from the Mexican police or military.[183] DHS officials have stated that that statistic is misleading: out of approximately 30,000 weapons seized in drug cases in Mexico in 2004–2008, 7,200 appeared to be of U.S. origin, approximately 4,000 were found in ATF manufacturer and importer records, and 87 percent of those—3,480—originated in the United States.[185][186]

Comment Re:Oh the Irony..... (Score 1) 735

And no, a very large percentage of the guns used in mass shootings are legally obtained.

Legally obtained by who? The person doing the shootings? In most instances that have made the news (real mass shootings as indicated by the FBI's definition, not's) the guns have been stolen (although sometimes from a family member.)

Many guns used in crime were legally owned by people such as yourselves, but were subsequently stolen and entered the black market.

That, by definition, makes them illegally obtained.

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