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Comment: Shorewall and LSM have offered this for years (Score 1) 79

by WuphonsReach (#49176435) Attached to: Linux and Multiple Internet Uplinks: a New Tool
We've had a functionally equivalent capability with Shorewall + LSM (Link Status Monitor) for years now. Setup (2) ISP connections, route a proportion of your traffic to each one and when the link goes down, all traffic goes to the other link.

The hard part of the equation is your public DNS records that need to change to whichever IP address is "active" (or round-robin between the two). But most DNS service providers have a solution for that as well.

Naturally, it's not as seamless as multi-path, but it works without needing a BGP entry or your own IP address block in the public routing tables.

Comment: Re:E for reference, tree's my preference (Score 1) 258

The other way around works better.

eInk readers are perfect for linear reading, such as fiction / non-fiction / stories / etc. I do all of my leisure reading (i.e. fiction) on either my Sony reader or on my 10" tablet. But they are not so good for reference works where you need to flip pages a lot or deal with lots of diagrams.

Reference works, such as books on technical topics, I usually resort to reading them on the 27" display on my desktop (although some are passable on a 10" tablet). The main reason I buy those in electronic from is for search and space savings on my bookshelf.

Comment: Re:Lenovo were already falling (Score 1) 266

by WuphonsReach (#49099367) Attached to: Lenovo To Wipe Superfish Off PCs
I'm still moderately happy with the modern Thinkpad T series that we've purchased for others in the office (T440 series). Not sure that it will live up to my T61p in terms of longevity (7.5 years old now).

Guess I'll find out when I replace my laptop next year.

The important things to me are reliability, longevity, 4-5 year warranty, 16-32GB of RAM, Intel i7, docking station, and two internal drive bays.

Comment: Re:NAND is for chumps (Score 2) 105

by WuphonsReach (#49084227) Attached to: Samsung's Portable SSD T1 Tested
I suspect the market isn't there yet for 4 TB SSD drives... and it wouldn't require a 3.5" drive case, you could fit 4 TB of NAND easily in a 2.5" drive case (or even less).

Well right now, the 1TB enterprise quality SSDs have dropped below $900 (5 year warranty, super-caps, etc.). They're quickly edging out the 15k RPM SAS drives.

Consider that if I need X IOPS and a TB of capacity, I can either put 2x1TB SSD into a server and spend about $1800-ish. Or I can buy a more expensive RAID controller and try to put together half a dozen to a full dozen 15k RPM SAS drives. Using SSD means less drives, less power, less heat, smaller server footprint - same or better IOPS (usually 10x better).

The magical price point for enterprise storage drives is about $300-$600 per drive. Business IT won't blink at spending $300-$600 on a single drive, especially if it reduces their spindle count and increases performance. Something in the $1500-$2000 range tends to be a rarer purchase.

Comment: Higby should have been one of the first (Score 1) 54

by WuphonsReach (#49036125) Attached to: Layoffs Begin At Daybreak Games
I've never been impressed with how he kept trying to turn Planetside 2 into a clone of Battlefield / Call of Duty rather then play to its strengths and uniqueness.

Because of that mismanagement, the game is still in an unfinished state two years after release, and core game elements have been revamped multiple times.

That and the issue that the PS2 devs can't seem to push out a single patch without breaking multiple other things -- and then leave it in a broken state for weeks and months at a time.

Sadly, the people in charge of making those bad decisions probably weren't the ones let go today.

Comment: Re:Anyone know how Zotac cards hold up? (Score 2) 66

by WuphonsReach (#48950757) Attached to: GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed
Asus (and a lot of other manufs) had trouble with bad caps all the way up until ~2007 give or take. When they go, it is a very loud pop (along with the smell of electricity arcing) that will make you jump if you are in the same room.

I've had quite a few fanless video cards with bad capacitors, along with a few motherboards from the mid-2000s.

Comment: Re:A Boom in Civilization (Score 1) 227

by WuphonsReach (#48858051) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships
EVE seems to be doing OK, and while there's war to participate in if you want to, there are plenty of people making money from mining, research, logistics, and so on.

All activities in EVE (other then agent-driven mission running) are PvP. Selling on the market? You're PvPing against the other sellers who want to undercut you and sell their product faster. Mining? You're competing to harvest before someone else comes and harvests the resource.

Comment: Re:anything has to be better than beyond earth (Score 2) 227

by WuphonsReach (#48858005) Attached to: Sid Meier's New Game Is About Starships
One unit per tile (1UT) sucks on the Civ5 maps because the hexes are way too large for the scale. The only way 1 unit/tile would have worked well would have been to subdivide the hexes into 7 smaller hexes while keeping the cities the same size (taking up multiple hexes).

The other major issue with the series is that instead of simply improving upon the Civ4 series (by adding hexes and fixing the stack of death issues and doing work on the AI), they brought in a brand new designer who threw out all the lessons of the past in order to put his mark on the product.

The result was a poor product with numerous bugs and many balance issues and a definite downgrade from Civ4's quality.

Comment: Re:The battle of WEB developer mindshare (Score 1) 245

by WuphonsReach (#48815295) Attached to: PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share
Java is going to be the COBOL of modern languages - it will be around 10-30 years from now or more.

And if you learn to use AspectJ and a good code generation tool like Spring Roo, a lot of the pain points about Java go away. Sprinkle in a good framework along with things like Maven and JUnit testing. At this point it's a very mature language with a fully fleshed out ecosystem.

Comment: Re:VPS hosting and IPv4 address exhaustion (Score 1) 245

by WuphonsReach (#48815243) Attached to: PHP vs. Node.js: the Battle For Developer Mind Share
Or can we ignore IE/XP and Android 2 (whose TLS stacks don't support multiple certificates on port 443 of an IP address) by now?

Well, WinXP is out of support and Android 2 is ancient at this point - both have less then 15% market share and are dropping reasonably quickly. So overall, you might only impact 1 in 10 visitors for a project that launches in a few months.

In another year, that will probably be 1 in 25. In terms of development dollars spent vs projected income, trying to support that under 10% market share which will vanish within 2-3 years is probably not worth it.

Comment: Re:Well Then (Score 2) 148

by WuphonsReach (#48759185) Attached to: Tips For Securing Your Secure Shell
Moving services like ssh to a higher, non-default port is not done for "security". It is primarily to reduce the noise written to logs.

A reduction of 2-4 orders of magnitude. Which brings benefits to the security side because you have far less false positive reports to wade through. So it's not primarily done for security, but every little bit helps.

Comment: Re:...and... (Score 1) 381

I still can't follow his logic; but, it doesn't bode well for (what I assume is) the common Russian understanding of Science.

Replace "Russian" with "80% of humanity" and you'd be closer to the mark. The average person has barely enough critical thinking skills to get by in life. They'll believe anything that makes the world into a simpler place so that they can have the delusion of understanding it all.

Information is the inverse of entropy.