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Comment: Re:Those poor bastards (Score 2) 102

by auzy (#46965299) Attached to: Australian Government To Standardise On Drupal

What's wrong with Drupal? It's modular, very flexible, free, secure, and has been demonstrated to be good enough by other major organisations (ie, the Whitehouse, and Australia is essentially America's lapdog these days).

It's not easy to set up, but, that doesn't make it a poor choice, and what other alternative can you suggest which is proven to be secure, is flexible, modular and has a huge community base?

I hate our government for so many things, but, it's very easy to implement a powerful search engine in Drupal, and there are so many modules available that its a good choice for projects designed to last well into the future.

Also, one of my mates found a serious backdoor in a CMS system used often in Europe (and it was open source). So, since the Whitehorse has likely done some auditing of the Drupal code, it makes sense for the AU government to build on top of their work/testing.

Comment: Nothing has changed (Score 4, Informative) 113

by auzy (#46821229) Attached to: WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

I work for a company which installs and deploys home / business networks for home automation purposes, and EVERY Linksys device we have tested, has inevitably ended up in the bin, not because they were faulty, but because they turned out to be rubbish.

Linksys has a long history of producing unstable devices, and their original WRT54GL Linux router's only redeeming feature was that it was open source. The interface was terrible, and so was the firmware. In fact, we aren't only talking routers, because we noticed that some of Linksys's cheap gigabit switches had issues with stuttering when playing media (no other switches were affected by this issue, including 10/100 cisco ones). It's particularly pathetic given that Blu-ray requires only 54mbps to stream.

Even assuming that patches are supplied which fixes the issues with this router, unless Linksys seriously has seriously improved their development team, and their hardware, you would be far better off with a cheap TP-Link which acts solely as a router/ADSL modem, a switch which manages the network traffic (NOT A LINKSYS ONE), and Unifi's for your Wifi (those are a dream to roll out in bulk, and the new Unifi software if it comes will even support Seamless wireless WITHOUT an expensive hardware controller).

Further evidence, we didn't even want to risk selling our used Linksys equipment on eBay and damage our seller rating (it was worth the write-off)..

Comment: Re:Nobody cares (Score 1) 194

by auzy (#46436755) Attached to: Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update


And its big things which makes Windows 8 sucky, such as the lack of easy ad-hoc connections. Nobody has been using this for wireless anyway, but, some wireless devices require adhoc for initial configuration (such as the Global Cache Wireless products). There is no real legitimate reason to remove this.

Whats even more concerning is that during testing, Microsoft didn't realise that people would require google to find the power-off button. Whilst this is finally being fixed, usability problems such as this should have been identified during testing (whenever I'm onsite and I see someone with a new Windows 8 laptop, I tell them where the power button is, and 99% of the time, they always wondered, but never knew for sure).

Comment: Re:conduit in anticipation (Score 4, Informative) 336

by auzy (#45949365) Attached to: New Home Automation?

I work for a company who installs automation here in Australia (Mox BI VIC). Firstly, the good thing is that you have the opportunity to decide how you want to wire things now if the house isn't built.

1) Start by Wiring back the TPS for lights, downlights, and power points to a single rack. This means that you wont need to crack open the wall to change to a new tech in the future, even if you plan to use a retrofitable system. I cry a little when I see a new house being built, and a retrofitable technology tacked on. Structuring the wiring will make all the difference in the future.

2) Wireless technologies such as Z-Wave are great, however, keep in mind that technologies running on 2.4GHZ need to accept interference. If the idiot neighbors run a baby monitor on those frequencies, and you get dropouts, you cannot sue them, or force them to change. For that reason, only use wireless technologies for retrofits if possible (for multicolored lights, they may need to realistically be wireless though). Do not design a system that will rely on it (except for iPad/iPhone AV control).

3), Run more CAT5/CAT6 than you think you need. And keep in mind, CAT6A theoretically can run up to 10gbit/s up to 37m. There is higher quality unofficial standards such as CAT7A available, however, only install them if you have the money (because, they aren't official, and may not add any real benefit, but are nice to have).

4) Have a 15A socket in the garage. UPS's work better with it, and, in an automated home, it might be nice to have control of some features.. Also, try to get a high-amperage TPS run to the garage (for electric cars potentially in the future).

5) Single story house is TONS less painful for future changes than double. If you are doing double, be doubly sure that the wiring downstairs is right. You might not get a second chance without tearing serious holes in plaster (which we have had to do in a few systems to add/change extra functionality the client later wanted).

6) Run at least 3 Ethernets to every TV. You might want a matrix switch later, and you may also want to control your TV's. If you run a single CAT5 to each TV, you might regret it..

7) You might want electric blinds... Keep that in mind.. You may also want gate lock and front/back door to be openable via intercom.

8) The last problem is wall switches. Unfortunately, many common protocols at this time use a Bus wired system (we use CANBUS, which is utilised in cars also). If you run 6-core security wire in a chain to each point, and RJ45 back to the central rack, you should be covered (albeit, in an expensive way).

9) Pick a standard with an open protocol. To be honest, many protocols can be reverse engineered (it just takes time). If you have the protocol though, even if you pick a standard that dies, it may be possible to develop a software bridge that bridges between 2 protocols, and slowly phase parts of the system out.

Obviously, I am biased, but I recommend MOX Canbus (as I know MOX is committed to the system for the long haul), but, ultimately, the system you choose will also depend on your country anyway (because, it needs to be electrically approved in that country anyway).

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 2) 340

by auzy (#45814815) Attached to: X.Org Server 1.15 Brings DRI3, Lacks XWayland Support

Interestingly, Daniel Stone touches on Network Transparency in his presentation on:

Basically though:
* Network transparency is pretty sketchy these days anyway because of DRI2/SHM
* Network communication on X11 actually has a lot of bottlenecks which causes it to perform very poorly.
* VNC will perform significantly better in Wayland than X11 (due to a different design). I agree that VNC on X11 is a disaster, however, there are fast VNC like protocols on other platforms that do perform well..

Also nobody is saying dump X11 entirely (distros can still use X11), however, there are so many silly bottlenecks in Wayland (Chrome wasted 0.5 secs on startup for him doing redundant stuff such as filling the window with grey). Daniel's argument is VERY persuasive, and the argument promoting X11 seems to be based on what people THINK is the case, not what is ACTUALLY the case.

Comment: Does it matter to end users? (Score 1) 113

by auzy (#45469883) Attached to: OpenSUSE 13.1 Released and Reviewed

The real question, is, does any of the recent controversies surrounding Canonical affect users in a practical sense (or mainly from a political/development/long term sense)?

Last version of OpenSUSE I tried was great, but, I kept having small problems (mainly related to installing Nvidia drivers which actually broke the system, steam support and other Yum issues).Technically, the nvidia issue isn't their fault, but on the other hand, it would be expected that Nvidia users need proprietary drivers.

OpenSUSE definitely deserves a lot more users, and I think long term, it could easily overtake the others. Hopefully this is a step closer in that direction.

Comment: Re:This is not a fair comparison (Score 1) 310

by auzy (#45376071) Attached to: Nexus 5 With Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 800 Challenges Apple A7 In Benchmarks

You do make a fair point.. I recall Photoshop taking a year to port, however, as it turns out, the delay was because they used carbon instead of cocoa (I didn't realise it at the time though, because I only got into Apple coding a year later).However, you are possibly right that it was pretty close most of the time (except in cases of byte ordering probably, in which case additional work would have been needed, however, such changes could probably practically be done with temporary compatibility flags in the compiler during writes/reads to external outputs)

Comment: Re:This is not a fair comparison (Score 3, Informative) 310

by auzy (#45375699) Attached to: Nexus 5 With Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 800 Challenges Apple A7 In Benchmarks

Portable to what exactly?

Computers for starters.. Long term, we can run Android apps on Intel computers at full speed. On Apple, that won't be possible without an emulator, recompile, or switching the computer to ARM.

Ah yes, the classic Fandroid response of "Just around the corner it's gonna get better!!!"

Apple's program execution is nothing special. ART eliminates the disadvantages of using portable code, and allows the execution system to be far more flexible than Apple's. Android is using a slower system at the moment, but, better solutions do take more effort (one giant leap for mankind).

99% of Android users don't install other ROMs on their phone.

Where'd you get that figure? Anyone who purchased the humble bundles did. Part of the Apple Store's intention is to actively block competitors. That is even dodgier when you consider that Apple has stolen products in the past (which, after doing so, they will be competing against you). Also, if the hacker community wasn't there, we would have no good way to make videos of the product we developed for iPhone (we tried a video camera, it was terrible).

That to get any visibility you have to go through Google Play which has many the same terms as the Apple App Store.

Humble bundle gets plenty of visibility, and its a separate system. Also,if you spend 2 months developing software, you WILL be able to run it on the platform ultimately. On the Apple App store, you basically need to discard or Cydia the software if it isn't approved.

Finally, in 2009, it was estimated that Cydia was installed by 10% of the iPhone userbase (could be biased, from the Cydia website). And so, their app's obviously do have PLENTY of visibility on iPhone. The fact though that Cydia constantly breaks though is "hostile" towards unapproved apps. It shouldn't be necessary.

You can't afford $99? For any decent programmer that's not even 3 hours of pay.

That's $99 without any guarantee you will ever be able to sell the software you are developing on another iPhone (unless you go to Cydia). That sounds fantastic! There are so many developers on Cydia, who have developed great Apps, that Apple has screwed. I'm sure many Cydia developers LOVE Apple as much as you do.

Then maybe they should have gotten their phone replaced or put it in a case? How is it Apple's fault that someone drops their phone and is dumb enough to cut themselves on the glass?

Why is it an airplane's company fault if a pilot accidentally hits the wrong button causing the plane to crash? In the Airplane industry, they call this "Human Factors". The glass backing is an inexcusably poor design. The guy who I saw was cut, was just picking up his dropped phone . Basically, if you drop it on its back, it is designed to shatter, and if you are lucky, there are sharp glass fragments on the ground for other people to step on. Apple must have known that making the back out of glass (instead of Plastic or other materials), but instead, they decided to use an extremely fragile material (obviously weighing up whether the Apple Fanbase would care or not), and they ignored human factors in the process of designing the phone (all for the interest of making a good looking phone).

Comment: Re:This is not a fair comparison (Score 4, Interesting) 310

It kind of is. Of course, this excludes the fact that Android Apps are actually portable (unlike iPhone apps), and ultimately, when Google implements ART instead of Dalvik, Android will be significantly more competitive in performance (these benchmarks don't test the hardware exclusively, but the software environment also).

We can also install other Android builds easily on the Nexus phones, and so are able to do things, which are impossible on Apple (without risking completely messing up the phone on upgrades, such as screen recording).

Long term, Android is a better solution, and is is a more open environment, is less hostile to develop for, and I've found that my Nexus 5 is so snappy anyway, that the speed is irrelevent at this time. And yes, I have 3 other people in the office who are iPhone fans and my Nexus 5 has helped convert 2 of them, who are sick of all the small annoyances by Apple, such as getting cut by the broken glass backing of their iPhone (and the fact that on HSDPA/Wifi iPads for a very long time, we found they kept prioritising the HSDPA, making it painful for automation).

Comment: Possibility of treating it like a LTS kernel (Score 1) 274

by auzy (#45322959) Attached to: Linux 3.12 Released, Linus Proposes Bug Fix-Only 4.0

I definitely hope 4.0 is a bug-fix only kernel..

It opens up the possibility of providing support for the kernel for sufficiently longer periods, and essentially, it could act as an LTS kernel for distributions. Linux is not that stable at this time, and the experience is still very much a hit or miss on systems. Whilst things are certainly better than they used to be, there are still many cases where I come across systems which should work, but don't (ie, they might stutter a lot, sometimes occasionally kernel panic or in one case, I suspected it lost data).

Furthermore, fixing some of these existing bugs may significantly aid Linux development further down the line (ie, fixing some bugs may actually eliminate many other intermittant ones unknowingly simultaneously)

This is a great idea.

Comment: Re:Time for Gun control in US (Score 1) 520

by auzy (#45313839) Attached to: Gunman Opens Fire At LAX

The local police don't decide that (the local court does), and, you can have trouble proving sometimes that the action taken was appropriate (which is one reason why Australian Police no longer carry around guns, and they need to defend themselves against criminals far more than yourself). Even worse, in a lot of incidents, people may catch you off-guard (as they did one of my mates in China), and, if they see you have a gun when they are kicking you on the ground, they might pick it up and kill you with it.

There are plenty of equally effective alternatives out there, which eliminates these risks.

Comment: Re:Time for Gun control in US (Score 1) 520

by auzy (#45309249) Attached to: Gunman Opens Fire At LAX

The problem is, how do you know that the people using weapons to defend aren't actually the type of people who may end up getting so angry that they use it in an offensive manner?

And, defensive weapons such as Capsicum spray and Tasers are far better defensive weapons with the additional benefit that it won't kill another person if a mistake is made. They are far better defensive weapons because they almost completely eliminate the risk of accidentally murdering an innocent person, and can still incapacitate an enemy. If you can explain some reasons why semi-automatic guns are more effective that non-lethal alternatives, then feel free to let me know.

It's one thing to defend yourself with a pistol. It's another proving that you were acting in self defense, and its another entirely different case to prove why it wasn't manslaughter. Gun's are an extremely risky option to use for defense.

When you don't know what you are doing, do it neatly.