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Comment: Cheaper, not more (Score 1) 116

by manu0601 (#47708897) Attached to: FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

This is not about producing more food, this is about reducing the production cost. After all, the same work could have been done by humans.

But I would appreciate other improvement from farming: Instead of producing more or cheaper, it would be nice to produce more sustainable: avoid erosion, limit chemical helpers, avoid GMO (which will just drive resistance against chemical helpers), manage water supply...

Comment: Switch off servers? (Score 2) 54

by manu0601 (#47634951) Attached to: How Facebook Is Saving Power By 10-15% Through Better Load Balancing

TFA is vague on that point: do they switch off some server during idle hours?

Such a practice seems good for power consumption, but we have to account the fact that switching on and off shortens hardware lifetime: it creates temperature stress, and we all know that electronics most often die at power on time. Hence what looks like a power saving may hide bigger costs (either financial or environmental) for hardware replacement.

Comment: Re:Just use OpenBSD. It's the sensible option. (Score 4, Insightful) 18

by manu0601 (#47628023) Attached to: Facebook Acquires Server-Focused Security Startup

OpenBSD is security. Security is OpenBSD

If you think that choosing OpenBSD will magically produce secure setups, you are doomed.

While I acknowledge valuable security-related work in OpenBSD, a moto such as "Only two remote holes in the default install, in a heck of a long time!" is harmful PR speak. Who use an OS as in the default install, without touching any settings? Just configuring the network push you out of default install (and you win two more remotely-exploitable holes in DNS resolvers).

And we could also speak about the numerous "reliability fixes" that are often really security fixes you should install to remain secure.

Comment: Not hot stuff (Score 1) 224

by manu0601 (#47627369) Attached to: The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

In France, all major operators have been offering for years a public WiFi service, using their customer's modems.

The feature was pioneered by an operator called Free (with its well known "Freebox" Linux-based modem), and others had to offer the same. Free may buy T-mobile, which should seriously push Comcast to fix its problem.

Parkinson's Law: Work expands to fill the time alloted it.