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Comment pfsense for the win (Score 1) 70

Still glad I'm using my pfsense router.

I have no doubt that there are plenty of devices that suffer from this vulnerability and will never see a firmware update because they'd rather you "buy some shiny new hardware that will not have this vulnerability". Well, guess what? I bought my last 2 routers for that reason, and I shouldn't have to buy a new one every 2 years because the manufacturer went cheap-and-dirty.

Comment Hidden agenda that might bite us? (Score 3, Insightful) 379

This sounds too good to be true. And we all know what that means...

So I've got this suspicious feeling that there's some devil in the details that is gonna be a major drawback to this. Anyone got any insight into some key word or tricky phrase that might indicate an ulterior motive?

Submission + - FreeNAS 9.3 hits release status (

An anonymous reader writes: Here’s an early Christmas present for you all: FreeNAS 9.3!

This FreeNAS update is a significant evolutionary step from previous FreeNAS releases, featuring a simplified and reorganized Web User Interface, support for Microsoft ODX and Windows 2012 clustering, better VMWare integration, including VAAI support, a new and more secure update system with roll-back functionality, and hundreds of other technology enhancements. We’re quite proud of it and excited to make it publicly available.

Submission + - Man gets caught try to sell nuclear secrets to new US Carrier (Ford) ( 2

cyberjock1980 writes: A civilian engineer working for the Navy was arrested Friday on charges that he tried to give schematics for the new $12.9 billion Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier to the Egyptian government.

The Saudi-born Yorktown resident was indicted earlier this week on two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and technical data. Each count carries a possible 20-year sentence.

Awwad worked for the Navy's Nuclear Engineering and Planning Department at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, according to an affidavit drafted by FBI Special Agent James Blitzer. Awwad was hired in February and issued a Navy security clearance in August.

Comment Re:Here's hoping. (Score 1) 693

As a relatively new Linux user, and a Linux Mint user, which desktop environment do you recommend? I've been using Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon for about 3 months, and despite not doing much that is too complicated or customized, I've crashed Cinnamon quite a few times. Felt like a flashback to Windows 98. With the LTS version around the corner I was going to do a reinstall so I could keep it around for 2+ years. So should I be considering the MATE or KDE version instead?

I'm really looking for a new OS to learn that is stable and functional for my day-to-day activities. Been a Windows user for years and the oasis of both linux versions and choices of desktop environments, then to choose to use LTS or non-LTS has confused the living hell out of me. And with no friends to call on the phone and say "tell me about this stuff.. does it apply to me and if so,why?" is just not an option.

I've been dual-booting Windows and Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon for about 4 months. But I've dabbled in Linux Mint going back to version 13. I spend lots of time in Linux when I know I won't need to run any Windows applications/games. Unfortunately, the lack of good support for my gaming needs(mostly Diablo) makes me have no choice but to go back to Windows regularly. :(

Comment Re:MMR Outcry? (Score 2) 747

Actually, a bunch of the doctors that helped create some of these vaccines did deliberately expose themselve to the diseases as proof to the public that it worked. This was back in first part of the 20th century when people couldn't believe that vaccines actually worked as well as claimed. Go read up on how some of them were created. Back then scientists were hardcore and all about proving their stuff was safe and better for the public at large. They felt they had a committment to society to:

1. Make the vaccine.
2. Make the vaccine safe.
3. Make the vaccine effective.
4. Convince the public of #2 and #3, at almost any cost, including their own safety.

Of course, today it would be considered attempted suicide if you deliberately exposed yourself to some of these diseases. But, in a twist of irony it's okay to not vaccinate a child because a parent "is a dumbass".

Some immunologists allegedly died trying to prove that some bogus vaccine worked too!

Comment Well... (Score 1) 747

"How do you think we can get through to the anti-vaxxers?"

Easy... ever heard of the phrase "I say we take the safety labels off of all products and let the problem sort itself out"?

I know several people that refuse to vaccinate their children. They don't care what evidence you provide. They will argue until the day they die that vaccines cause autism. You can't argue with that level of conviction(or stupidity).

Yes, there's a good chance we're going to lose people that were vaccinated and still caught the (insert any vaccinated disease here) but that's the breaks when you deal with society. They won't always agree with you. And their stupid mistakes will sometimes cost you more than you are ever willing to pay.

Comment Re:Pollution from Cars? (Score 0) 156

Except there's not enough known, proven lithium reserves on the planet to make enough cars to help with the air pollution there. That is, assuming that the pollution is mostly from cars.

The fact that so little lithium is available on the planet is one of the reasons why vehicles produced at very large scales will never be electric vehicles or hybrids. I remember reading somewhere that if you had every ounce of lithium on the planet right now that is reasonably expected to exist(regardless of the cost) available you couldn't make enough batteries for 1/5 of the vehicles in the USA that are currently on the road. Nevermind the rest of the world.

Comment Re:Goiânia Accident (Score 2) 98

The Mexican government and several other sources have already said that they'll know who opened the container with the Co-60 soon enough. Unless they had significant amounts of shielding they could have received a lethal dose in a few minutes. They said that just 5 minutes worth of exposure will kill the individual in about 3 days.

Comment Re:STILL not accurate and STILL misquoted (Score 1) 182

I think you are missing the bigger picture.

Regardless of how well or how poorly an item sells, regardless of a company's reputation, and regardless of what you and I "think" about their product, if significant quantities of their product is being RMAed that is going to kill the profits of that product. If its a very high failure rate it might bankrupt the company. OCZ has some products that have been claimed to have a 40% return rate during the warranty period. Oh look, OCZ is filing for bankruptcy. Coincidence? I think not.

Even if the claimed return rate is 1/2 of reality, that's still 20%. If just 1 out of every 5 customers is having to do an RMA you can expect people WILL be upset and people WILL complain. Just think about how many do a second RMA and that one fails too!

The bottom line, products should not regularly require an RMA during the warranty period. Both so a customer gets a feeling that the product lived for the duration of its expected life and because the company doesn't need to go bankrupt while dealing with failed product processing, return shipping, customer service calls/emails, etc.

Comment Re:STILL not accurate and STILL misquoted (Score 4, Informative) 182

I disagree. I've had several friends(at least 4 off the top of my head) that have bought OCZs. None of them lasted 6 months without having to do an RMA. One friend had 3 RMAs in about 9 months. Despite having 3 months left on his warranty he went with Intel(because of my recommendation) because it wasn't worth his time to continually have to restore from backup to a temporary drive while he does the RMA.

Even in forums I hear people talk about failed OCZ drives regularly. Sure, there's the occasional Samsung and Intel in there. But OCZ sure is mentioned FAR more frequently than the other brands. I'm not convinced that their market share is 90% to offset the number of users that complain about failed disks.

Personally, I don't care if they used 1-million write cycle flash memory instead of Kingston's 3000 cycle memory. If every drive I've had second hand experience with has to be RMAd in less than 6 months something is horribly wrong and I'd be avoiding that product or brand. There's alot more to a drive than just the number of write cycles. Poorly written SSD firmware could easily make a drive with a very long lifespan be abnormally short due to write amplification. So feel free to keep talking numbers, cause the comparision of write cycles is only a very small part of what makes an SSD reliable(or not).

In my opinion OCZ has undoubtedly made some bad models. Are they all bad? Probably not. But, it doesn't take much to earn a reputation for being crappy. And once you've earned that reputation it's going to take some serious convincing to get people to spend money on your product again. In my case, they'd have to give me a drive for free to prove that they really are just as reliable as the 3 Intel drives I've had in my 3 main machines that haven't failed in 3 years+ of use.

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