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Comment: Re:Does It Matter? (Score 1) 277

by lister king of smeg (#48944705) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

VirtualBox has one advantage now, and that is that it is licensed at no charge. On Linux, this isn't a big deal (as KVM and Xen are decent alternatives), but a hypervisor on Windows or OS X, this can be important.

However, if one can choose a non-free solution, the competition has lapped VirtualBox several times. VMWare is extremely strong, both with Workstation on Windows or Linux [1], as well as Fusion on Mac. For a dedicated box with a tier 1 hypervisor, both Hyper-V (can be downloaded separately from Windows) and ESXi are quite useful (although there are limitations without the commercial management tools.)

I've tried various VM products, and the main reason that I chose to just go with VMWare is the universal-ness, and because it is at least a generation past the competition with dealing with RAM overcommits, snapshots, clustering [2], and other features. Plus, if a company sells an appliance, it almost always will be distributed as an .ova file, and other hypervisor architectures come in second. The downside of VMWare is the price... it isn't cheap ($250 for Workstation, ~$70 for Fusion), but it does work well.

Hyper-V isn't bad, as the latest iteration auto-activates Windows VMs sitting on it (no need to worry about a KMS server accessible by all VMs... just the operating system instances running on bare metal). However, usually it is implemented with the full Windows Server OS underneath, making an attack surface, as well as a point of downtime. However, for a Windows shop, the price is right, and it does a good job. VMware is great... but you do pay a king's ransom for the features it brings with it.

[1]: If one needs a home machine to run VMWare stuff on, one might be better off running VMWare Workstation ontop of Linux because ESXi cannot use USB hard drives as backing stores, while VMWare Workstation really doesn't care since it is a type 2 hypervisor and lets the OS handle the disk stuff. Of course, don't expect vMotion or other stuff... but if one wants a dedicated box just for virtual machines, this is a usable alternative.

[2]: Clustering and fault tolerance is brain-dead easy, either using VMFS on a logical drive from a SAN or a NFS backing store.

It is the only free desktop oriented virtual machine to have versioning of clients so you can roll back vms. You have pay for that in its competitors.

Comment: Re:not the point (Score 1) 374

by lister king of smeg (#48925633) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

You download a program that appears legit (and may be mostly legit, or be a hacked version of a legit program), and are running it.

But why would I do that? Almost all the programs I use come from the repository, and to get me to download one they'd have to compromise the repository first (which is possible, but not nearly as easy as just advertising a program for download). The rest are again ones I download from known sources, usually the developers' own official site, and again it's not trivial to compromise those sites.

The situation you propose only happens in the world of Windows where downloading random software from untrusted/unknown sources is routine. And if you're routinely doing that, you've got more problems than just a way to bypass the screen lock. The best way to avoid shooting yourself in the foot is to not blithely follow instructions but to stop and ask "Wait a minute, why are they asking me to aim a loaded gun at my foot and pull the trigger?". And if after pondering that question you still think following the instructions is a good idea, please report to HR for reassignment as reactor shielding.

Exactly. I just looked at my programs list installed 99% of non game software came from the repository, the games were installed via steam which is in turn in the repository. the remainder (vmware player, and chrome) is delivered via HTTPS from the official site or from the git repository.

Comment: Re:FUD (Score 1) 423

Using Waze to enable reckless driving is nowhere even near the same thing as protecting privacy with encryption. I fully support speed traps and I wish there was much more enforcement of traffic laws. I never report police on Waze and flag them as "Not there" whenever possible.

No waze will show you where cops are not where cops aren't. Driveing recklessly because an app says that there is a cop a mile away is stupid because it does not mean there are not any in between or that the cop hasn't moved since he was last seen and reported on waze.

Comment: Re:The BORG! (Score 1) 266

by lister king of smeg (#48861529) Attached to: Best Cube?

Part of the point of the Borg is that they don't really have conventional weaknesses

You mean other than being completely defenceless against kinetic and melee weaponry. This was true from the very start. Their shields might adapt to energy weapons, but they do nothing to stop bullets and swords.

which brings up a point why didn't Picard simple replicate a Tommy-gun rather than run though a holo-novel until he found one.

Comment: Re:The BORG! (Score 1) 266

by lister king of smeg (#48861499) Attached to: Best Cube?

I think the veiw of the collective a mearly running on a consensus is not quiet right i think of the overmind of the collective as more of a gestalt entity where it is once conscousness that is the sum of the componets. The relation ship of a drone is to collective is better looked is closer to that of the relation of a one neuron is to your consciousness.

Comment: Re:The BORG! (Score 1) 266

by lister king of smeg (#48861425) Attached to: Best Cube?

Roddenberry created Star Trek so his word is law. Sorry if you have convinced yourself otherwise, but your opinion does not change official canon.

LOL, sucks for you.

And they made 3 more seires after he died that he had no input in. He did not continue to create after the grave just becuase he was the progenator of the idea does not make everything he said scripture.

Comment: Re: The BORG! (Score 2) 266

by lister king of smeg (#48861417) Attached to: Best Cube?

You did not invent those words, so you have no authority to control their meaning. Gene Roddenberry created Star Trek which gave him the ultimate authority over it and he said Starfleet is definitely not military.

You look like an idiot trying to tell the creator that you know better than him what his universe is about. It is not up for interpretation or debate, it is already set in stone.

And then Roddenberry died and they kept making more and it didn't all have to fit under what he had previously said. Or do you think the shows writers had a seance every Monday when they wanted to write a new script.

Comment: Re:And five minutes later... (Score 1) 238

really only once a year? As it is now I can get a dump of all of my Google information as often as I want and download it s often as i want i have report on my profile emailed me once a month now and i can edit my information they keep on me. you can also delete you Google plus profile if you don't want it just go to.

Comment: Re:Broken Style (Score 2) 154

The Anthropocene Epoch ended when the Bad Slashdot Style Epoch began after the following style code was introduced:

#comments { clear:both; display:block; position:relative; padding: 0; margin: 0 0 0 122px; padding-right: 1.5em;z-index:1;}

Get rid of the 122px left margin--it's wasting a lot of space.

Thank you I thought it was one of my script blockers acting up.

Comment: Zawinski's Law (Score 1) 553

by lister king of smeg (#48817257) Attached to: SystemD Gains New Networking Features

Christ almighty, this beast is a fucking monster. What's next, a shell and a userland?

No it will expand until it can read mail.

Zawinski's Law of Software Development

        “Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.”

There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about. -- John von Neumann