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Comment: Re:Technology does not destroy jobs.. (Score 1) 578

by egarland (#46726179) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

> Jobs are determined by us wanting to do things.

The desire, *and* the resources. I may want an indoor pool, but if I can't afford it, and neither can anyone else, there's no indoor pool market.

That's why an economy that's constantly drained of its money, withers. Once we fix the forces draining ours, employment won't be the issue it is today. That's why I love Ratigan's classic rant: He outlines the problem well. Not perfectly, but well.

Comment: Good idea. (Score 1) 273

by egarland (#46661613) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

This idea is basically a super-simple hashing algorithm, which are commonly used to turn big hard problems into smaller easier ones.

I see no arguments against this guy's ideas, just ad-hominem attacks and people being insulted that someone try and come up with new solutions to old problems. Don't be that guy. If it won't work, explain why.

Comment: Misleading title... (Score 5, Informative) 641

by egarland (#46661391) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

"I'm not accepting any patches until you fix your bugs" is hardly suspending someone, it's re-focusing them. This is an important part in any software project, and Linus is doing it well here. There's no ambiguity or hyperbole, just straightforward communication identifying issues and prompting action to correct them.

"Start fixing your shit" isn't even remotely the same thing as "stop doing things".

Comment: Re:Videos unavailable on devices; Hulu for free (Score 1) 180

by egarland (#46648769) Attached to: Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

I have a full Windows 7 PC hooked up to my TV and the embarrassing thing is that the PC is quite bad at playing video. Almost no media players adjust the output's timing to match the video being played which leads to tearing and stuttering when playing video where the frame rate doesn't match the default refresh rate on your monitor. You find yourself either constantly manually tuning refresh rates, or living with broken inferior video output. The only player I've found that handles this issue properly is the one in Plex Home Theater.

Another thing which is rather silly is that it can't act as a Chromecast server, even though it has chrome, a network connection, and a massive cpu and ram. This seems like something that it would be relatively trivial for Google to create, and would make chromecasting much more convenient because I would reduce the number of times I have to switch inputs to get chromecasting to work.

I've gotten x-box 360 controllers and setup emulators. I've done quite a bit of messing around, and in the end I've found the PC to be quite bad at being a TV media device.

I like the idea of Android rebuilt to be controlled from a remote and running my TV, but I don't like the idea of another Amazon based walled garden. Also, I see this as unfortunate competition for SteamOS, which seems like a much more robust and open platform for solving this problem, and I'd like to see it win instead, but the low price of this offering and Amazon's muscle will make that a lot harder now.

Comment: Re:Dish/Direct TV should offer free basic channels (Score 1) 219

by egarland (#46631563) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

I've long thought the government should buy out/launch their own free-to-use satellite tv service and treat broadcasting on it like OTA broadcasts. Disallow any two channels to be owned by the same company and poof: the era of crappy tv funded by annoying commercials returns.

Comment: It's about time (Score 4, Insightful) 455

by egarland (#46601525) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

This is, and has long been, a huge ripoff. I'm rather sure that Walmart doesn't pay the full 3% that Visa/MasterCard like to charge for transactions, but when you look at the overhead of transactions in the cryptocurrency markets, you can see how ridiculously overpriced the credit card transactions are. The costs here are near 0, and so should the charges be, but the system is carefully crafted to avoid competition, and that's illegal.

Comment: Re:This is why we can't have nice tihngs... (Score 1) 228

by egarland (#46515357) Attached to: Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

Nothing qualifies for your definition.

> some central bankers could agree to create ex nihilo enough money to give a billion USD to every bank account in the world.

This shows that you don't understand how our banking or money system works. This is possible with fiat currency, but not ours.

Comment: I use nearline RAID (Score 1) 983

by egarland (#46464841) Attached to: How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

My backup strategy is to keep the old drives from my previous array and put them into a second server, then back up to it weekly. I use a linux software raid 5 setup for backup, with the drives powered off unless the backup is running. I have a script that spins them up, starts up the raid, mounts the filesystem, performs the backup using rsync, then unmounts and powers down the drives. I only can back up about 1/3rd of my main array, so I have to be choosy, but a large amount of what I have stored is replaceable non-original content that I'm content to simply have one raided copy of, so I just exclude the right folders and I'm good.

The servers are currently in the same room, which makes me uncomfortable, so I've long considered creating a mini-server for a relative and setting it up in their home as an offline backup. Using a commercial service would probably make more sense, but I'm not sure I'm comfortable with that yet.

Another thing I'm considering for my next setup is using ZFS for the backup filesystem and keeping snapshots as long as I can for a combination backup/version control. I'm interested in how efficient that would be with vm disk images where the file changes every time, but only small parts of it. Would it detect the unchanging portions, even if rsync re-writes parts that didn't change, or would that cause duplicated space usage? Does anyone have experience with this?

Comment: Negative caching? (Score 3, Insightful) 349

by egarland (#46457311) Attached to: Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

This was probably just a negative cache entry. Someone on Comcast (possibly you) probably tried to look up before it was propogated to all the root servers, and got a lookup failure and cached it. Negative caching is part of proper DNS operation and it can last a while. DNS is full of delays like this.

FYI... It's working just fine now.

root@atomrouter:~# host
Using domain server:
Aliases: has address mail is handled by 20 mail is handled by 30 mail is handled by 30 mail is handled by 20 mail is handled by 10

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