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Comment: Re:Only 4 more years (Score 1) 264

by j-cloth (#36894792) Attached to: Canadian Government Muzzling Scientists
What makes you think he'll be gone in 4 years? There is zero opposition to him right now and what there was is currently battling cancer. Harper, whatever you think of his politics, is the best political strategist this country has seen. He will be in power as long as he wants to be in power (or until the party turns on him).

Comment: Re:Alternatives? (Score 1) 213

by j-cloth (#32375092) Attached to: XBMC Discontinues Xbox Support
I've been running it on a Mac Mini for a few years. If I did it again, I'd get an Ion machine, but the mini works great in either OSX (with XBMC or the mac fork Plex) or in Linux. Having a real CPU means that I don't have to worry about VDPAU and such to get 1080p working, I just let the thing chug and I've never dropped a frame.

Comment: Nextenta (Score 1) 405

by j-cloth (#30254508) Attached to: OpenSolaris Or FreeBSD?
I've been playing with Nexenta ( for a while with some success. It calls itself GNU/Solaris in the same way that Debian is GNU/Linux. They put an OpenSolaris kernel under a GNU software stack using recompiled Ubuntu packages. Last time I checked they were using Hardy.
Packaged software support isn't as large as with FreeBSD (not all Ubuntu packages are converted), but larger than OpenSolaris (it includes the OpenSolaris packages through apt).
Its main appeal is in combining the power of Solaris with the ease of apt and adds a cool feature called apt-clone that takes a ZFS snapshot before doing any package maintenance allowing clean, trivial rollbacks for testing and error correction. It also supports switching between GNU and Solaris contexts in case you prefer your tar without a -z option.
It's not completely mature at this point so I wouldn't use it in my datacenter, but it's fine for a home server. I haven't tested it on the desktop yet.

+ - Bill Gates comments on piracy in 1976->

Submitted by j-cloth
j-cloth writes: On February 3rd, 1976, almost 10 years prior to the unveiling of Windows 1.0, an irate Bill Gates wrote the following open letter to hobbyists in response to piracy of Altair BASIC, the BASIC interpreter Gates had produced with Paul Allen and Monte Davidoff which was essentially the first piece of software ever released by Microsoft (then named Micro-Soft). The letter was published in a number of leading computer publications and, interestingly, initial versions of the software itself predated the widespread introduction of floppy disks, and as such were released on paper tape. Hence this photo of Altair BASIC 8K.

Interesting comment from an early Gates that talks legitimately about piracy but seems to preclude the possibility of the hobbyists giving back via open source (and other volunteer projects)

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Is anyone actually using Oracle Linux? (Score 1) 165

by j-cloth (#27276797) Attached to: Oracle's Take On Red Hat Linux
I tried to do the same thing but found, at least when OEL was first released, that the Oracle software stack (particularly Oracle Applications) was better supported on Red Hat than on Oracle's distro.

Now, they've caught up and I have some of both types lying around. To be honest, it doesn't really matter to me which is which and I don't think I could actually tell you which distro a particular machine is running without checking /etc/redhat-release.

Comment: Re:Hack your AP (Score 1) 451

by j-cloth (#26496731) Attached to: How Best To Deal With WiFi Interference?
Because anecdotes = evidence:

I bought a high power buffalo router a few years ago when I lived in a small condo with many neighbours who also had wireless. I found that I got the best connection rates when I turned the power way down.

Now that I'm in a substantially larger house with only 1 or 2 other networks in range, I get the best performance and coverage across my house when it's turned all the way up.

Comment: Re:It is a deep shame.. (Score 1) 734

by j-cloth (#26433063) Attached to: Visitors To US Now Required To Register Online
Dulles fucked me over once too. Going from Frankfurt to Toronto changing planes in Dulles. Had to go through security in Frankfurt, go through more security to enter the US departures wing in Frankfurt, more to get on the plane and then the kicker... had to go through more security and baggage screening AFTER GETTING OFF THE FUCKING PLANE AND BEFORE CUSTOMS. Missed the connection, obviously. Is one of Europe's main hubs really that untrustworthy?

Unfortunately, as you mentioned, many destinations to or from Canada require stops in the US because that's where most of the North American air hubs are (Europe is OK, but try getting to Central or South America from Canada without landing in Texas first)

Comment: Re:The reason for SI units (Score 2, Interesting) 261

by j-cloth (#26390401) Attached to: The Technology Behind the Magic Yellow Line
-1 for replying to AC...

The reason we use base 10 is b/c we have 10 fingers. If we had 13 fingers, we'd operate in base 13 natively (hmmm.... there's a good thought experiment... what would be some outcomes of operating in a prime base?).

And your comparison is bad.

Quick, what's 125234380034 in base 12 multiplied by 12

What's 125234380034 in base 12 multiplied by 10

Each new user of a new system uncovers a new class of bugs. -- Kernighan