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Comment: Create your own community (Score 1) 104

by assantisz (#45359435) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tools For Managing Multiple Serial Console Servers?
Open the source of your tools and make them available to the public. You will be able to grow your own community. I would LOVE to have a look at your home-grown stuff. We are an Avocent shop here when it comes to remote console/KVM/power access and so far the only tool we are currently looking into is DSView which a) is sucky enterprise-y software, b) extremely pricey, and c) does way more than we need it to do. Thanks to your posting, though, I found interesting links to tools like conman and powerman in the comments.

Comment: Re:First off, (Score 1) 60

by assantisz (#41911149) Attached to: How CoreSite Survived Sandy
Yes, the power in that part of town was out for less than a week. My employer also houses two datacenters in the same building and both floors were on generator power all that time w/o incident. So, the only useful thing you can take out of CoreSite's story is "have backup power on standby". You'll never know when it is needed. Or, do it like what NYU did, have your own power plant and hook up your most critical sites to it (http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/how-n-y-u-stayed-partly-warm-and-lighted/).

Comment: Re:Submitter here... (Score 4, Insightful) 295

by assantisz (#41730393) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can I Protect My Android Devices From Hackers?

I've had enough of a crash course in android this year to know it's real, especially when I have family members who are in law enforcement and gov't jobs that they can't/won't talk about. Those people do have access to the 'interesting' toys...

I don't know, dude. The most logical answer anybody here can give you: your wifi access at home is crap because a) both of your devices work fine using other hotspots and b) both of your devices don't work at home. Btw, Android 2.2.x (aka Froyo) is known to have wifi problems in enterprise settings. Google fixed that in 2.3. Just another example how other explanations make a lot more sense than "I am being hacked." And the quote above makes you sound a bit of a looney.

Comment: Re:What happened to qwerty devices? (Score 4, Insightful) 218

by assantisz (#38198924) Attached to: CyanogenMod 9 Working On the Nexus S
Try using an ssh client like ConnectBot with a virtual keyboard. You are losing enormous amounts of screen real estate that you need to get work done. I am in nightfire's camp - a phone without slide-out keyboard is utterly useless. I do not want to schlep around another piece of equipment in form of a bluetooth keyboard or some such. There are some hardware solutions for the iPhone 4 (cases with built-in keyboards) but the accessory market in the Android world sucks donkey balls thanks to manufacturers pumping out a new phone every 7 days.

Comment: Re:Oracle? (Score 1) 68

Not my experience at all. We never had any trouble with Oracle support. Sure, the online portal sucks donkey balls but getting them to reply to us within the contracted time has never been a problem. If it happened to you, you should make a stink with your account representative.

Comment: What do CUs do with your money? (Score 1) 667

by assantisz (#37953840) Attached to: Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'
I am curious (and a bit too lazy right now to look it up) but doesn't the money we deposit with credit unions still end up in the "evil banks"' hands? Isn't all so much interwoven that you will never be able to avoid giving your indirect support to the big players in the financial industry?

Comment: Quality of life through nutrition? (Score 1) 252

by assantisz (#37837632) Attached to: DNA May Carry a Memory of Your Living Conditions From Childhood
I don't know what I should make out of these findings but couldn't it be that kids coming from a "richer" background are fed more nutritiously than maybe a "poor" kid? Couldn't that have an impact on the "appearance" of the genetic material? DNA and life style are such different things that I am not convinced that a correlation between these two are any meaningful at this point.

Comment: Re:Largest single cells (Score 4, Interesting) 134

by assantisz (#37826312) Attached to: 10-Centimeter Single-Celled Organisms Photographed 6 Miles Underwater
Technically, the yolk is part of the "egg cell". The white and everything else within (besides the yolk) and including the shell is not. The only thing that is special about the yolk is that it does not partake in cell division if the egg is fertilized. There are no other cells within an egg. The white and the shell are not made from cells. All that said, I doubt, though, that the yolk of an ostrich egg is bigger than 20cm.

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