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Comment Re:woo (Score 1) 62 62

i'm not a fan of this particular endeavour. the brand is going to suffer as a result. ANYTHING with mediatek inside will not get its OS upgraded to another major version of android. mediatek is fickle like my wife during her period. one month they behave like a completely closed source company, only releasing binary version of android for manufacturers, the next month they sponsor XDA Devcon 14 and release source code for Android One devices, a month after that they once again completely ignore GPL.

in my experience, each chipset gets around 3 months of small updates, the few that got upgraded to lollipop were the ones released with kitkat when lollipop was already out and would otherwise have been unsellable. (and that's android 5.0 not 5.1)

apart from elephone and android one devices, there has never been a cyanogenmod for a mediatek device because there's simply no source to use. i fart in mediatek's general direction and shed a tear for commodore.

Submission + - Adblock Plus Reduces University Network Bandwidth Use By 40 Percent

Mickeycaskill writes: Simon Fraser University in British Colombia, Canada claims it saved between 25 and 40 percent of its network bandwidth by deploying Adblock Plus across its internal network.

The study tested the ability of the Adblock Plus browser extension in reducing IP traffic when installed in a large enterprise network environment, and found that huge amounts of bandwidth was saved by blocking web-based advertisements and video trailers.

The experiment carried out over a period of six week, and involved 100 volunteers in an active enterprise computing environment at the university. The study’s main conclusions were that Adblock Plus was not only effective in blocking online advertisements, but that it “significantly” reduced network data usage.

Although the university admits there are some limitations of the study, it suggests that the reduced network data demand would lead to lower infrastructure costs than a comparable network without Adblock Plus.

Comment Re:yes. tried one. (Score 2) 340 340

i watched an interview with linus torvalds where he showed off his programming walking desk (treadmill/desk combo).

i think that is the best solution and i'm planning to do the same for my new study (current one doesn't have enough room). he reckons a "zombie shuffling mode" aka walking at 1 mph is the top speed at which he can comfortably read, type and use mouse on his computer.


Comment Re:Or Red Hat? (Score 1) 300 300

i once tried to be trendy and do the following in network-manager instead of interfaces.conf:
- 4 physical interfaces merged into an 802.3ad trunk
- put a bridge on top of that trunk
- create 3 vlan interfaces on that bridge
- give each vlan interface several IPs (both ipv4 and ipv6)
- make sure this works after a reboot and that you can shut down/start up individual vlan interfaces

HAA HAAAA laughed the computer in the voice of Nelson Muntz

Comment Re:I kinda miss smit from AIX (Score 1) 484 484

you've reminded me of my favourite MOTDs from fortunes package:

"Whip me. Beat me. Make me maintain AIX."
(By Stephan Zielinski)

"Problem solving under linux has never been the circus that it is under AIX."
(By Pete Ehlke in comp.unix.aix)

Comment Re:Accepting Responsibility (Score 2) 352 352

there's no issue. just a hissy fit thrown by a guy who has heard this expression addressed at him/his friends in a negative manner in the past (understandable). i mean, just look at the faces the girl in those pictures is making... isn't gorilla the first thing you think of?

what's next? are we going to pretend a closeup of a bald patch doesn't look like a billiard ball? or that asians don't look like they're winking in photos? or that dwarves in funny hats don't remind us of garden gnomes? some people just want to get offended and there's nothing we can do about it. i'm surprised google responded to it.

Comment Re:is anyone using it? (Score 1) 147 147

i don't think there are. (i'm not talking about blacklisting spammers)

regarding querying other dns servers to get content filtering on my dns server, that completely defies the purpose. whether my client PC uses opendns or my home dns server is the same thing (from their point of view). they are still queries from the same gateway IP address.

Comment Re:is anyone using it? (Score 2) 147 147

squid doesn't just summon a list of adult/malware/etc domain names out of thin air. opendns's advantage is in the gigantic crowdsourced database of domains and their classification. if that database were a separate opensource project that anybody could use and pull updates from, i'd happily use my own Unbound resolver.

Comment Re:is anyone using it? (Score 1) 147 147

but how do you do content filtering yourself? i do not want to worry about my children stumbling upon goatse when all they want to see are baby goats. believe it or not, opendns filters are pretty good. it would be nice if cisco made the crowdsourced domain name ranking database freely available but i doubt that'll happen.

i have tried norton connectsafe in the past but compared to opendns, it was rather poor.

Submission + - Wi-Fi router's 'pregnant women' setting sparks vendor rivalry in China->

colinneagle writes: When one Chinese technology vendor, Qihoo, launched a new Wi-Fi router with a safety setting for "pregnant women," a rival vendor took offense to the implication that their routers might be dangerous. Xiamo, which also sells Wi-Fi routers, took to its page on Chinese social media site Weibo to denounce Qihoo's pregnant women mode as a "marketing tactic," and clarify that "Wi-Fi usage is safe."

Zhou Hongyi, chief executive and president of Qihoo, acknowledged in a statement to the South China Morning Post that there is no evidence supporting claims that Wi-Fi routers pose a risk for birth defects. But he said the company is appealing to consumers' beliefs, whether they are supported by science or not.

"We are targeting people who are afraid of radiation," Hongyi said. "We aren't scientists. We haven't done many experiments to prove how much damage the radiation from Wi-Fi can cause. We leave the right of choice to our customers."

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Comment minix (Score 1) 383 383

Now that minix has seen some proper development and its latest versions have a useful amount of netbsd packages, where would you like to see it in a few years? Do you consider it an old friend or foe and what do you think its targets should be? And finally, if, in the long run, minix proves to be THE better option for everything, will you turn into an old grumpy fart or do you see yourself as somebody who could possibly even contribute code?

Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie