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Comment: Re:I used to (Score 1) 190

by mpol (#49456399) Attached to: How do you contribute to open source projects?

When you want to submit codepatches, always look for existing patches that are sitting there. Are the maintainers communicative and do they accept patches? Then it is worthwhile to submit something. If they aren't, it becomes quite hard to expect them to do accept your patch.
Not saying you are to blame, you aren't, but there are healthy projects with responsible maintainers and unhealthy projects.
Some people seem to be made to make something and throw it over the fence, while others are apparently good at maintainership.
Not every person and every project is the same. Take your picks and be carefull where to invest your time.

Comment: Pragmatism versus Idealism (Score 2) 146

by mpol (#49416763) Attached to: The New Struggles Facing Open Source

Seeing cororate interest in Open Source / Free Software grow bigger, I am slowly moving towards the camp of the Idealists, like RMS.

Just looking at Linux, the kernel. It's great that it is being used in Android, and that it has a billion users there. But Android is not free in the practical sense for the enduser. They can never update their device to a newer version, because the hardwaredrivers are tied to the kernelversion. "Just buy a new device", Google and the manufacturers say. Just what GNU was all about in the beginning, "just buy a new printer".

Similar corporate interests are happening at Red Hat, which is pulling all the sheets in their direction. Their ideal is to have every Linux distro be similar, like RH. And we are "happy" to just take their software and use it, because it is so pragmatic.

The good thing about Free Software is, you can always fork it. But the barrier to do so is quite high, so there needs to be a lot of frustration for that to happen.
We will see what will happen to GNOME3, Mate and Cinnamon. I wish the later 2 projects the best.

Comment: Most problems or biggest problems (Score 1) 307

by mpol (#49282943) Attached to: Which of these internal computer parts have you had the most problems with?

The question is about the most problems, and dying storage would be the right answer for me then.

The biggest problem I had however was with a cheap power supply. For some days I had a peculiar smell in the house. Then suddenly there was smoke coming from the back of the pc, and the start of flames.
I will only buy power supplies from main brand names now anymore, it scared me quite a bit.

Comment: Re:ABOUT FUCKING TIME! (Score 0) 765

by mpol (#49198885) Attached to: Ubuntu To Officially Switch To systemd Next Monday

Just today I had a runin with Systemd. It would log to syslog when restarting the mpd service went fine, but would not log to syslog when there was an error. Just great...
Ofcourse there is journalctl, but by that time I had just started /usr/bin/mpd manually to see the error output.
It really is our way or no highway.

This seems to be the start of the corporatization of Linux. RedHat is pulling hard on the sheets to get into control. They want to become the Cathedral of Linux. It started with the destruction of Gnome, which lost maybe half of its users. And now this Systemd. I wonder what will be next. There is more to come.
They are maybe trying to pull a Google, like Android, where the enduser has hardly any control, with Google Play services and proprietary drivers. Just in a different way, pulling in everything that makes traditional Linux.

And I don't see much alternatives. I pondered switching to Gentoo, but I have my doubts about the practicality of a source-based distro. For starters, I would need to set up infrastructure to push binary builds from my desktop to my laptop, since I only use the laptop on the train.
I also don't think I would be happy on BSB or Slackware. So I will just bear it for a while.

Comment: Re:Derp (Score 1) 168

by mpol (#47487989) Attached to: New Mayhem Malware Targets Linux and UNIX-Like Servers

We had lots of trouble with WordPress bot-logins from Russia and Ukraine, so I decided to block those ip-ranges.
Turns out one such block was also partly being used by customers in my own country. I received some vague mails about some things not working correctly. So I removed that ip-block, and sent back some vague replies that it was a firewall that was too strict.

There might be other blocks listed as from Russia and Ukraine, that are actually being used elsewhere.

Anyway, with the advent of ipv6, the whole idea of ip-blocks might change.

Comment: A landscape full of robot-cars (Score 1) 174

by mpol (#46866217) Attached to: Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter

We're all aware that bots are all around us. Anyone with a website has probably more bot-generated traffic than human-generated traffic.
I wonder what will happen with cars. In 10 years we will not just have the occasional Google car filming the neighbourhood.
There will probably a whole industry of robot-cars without humans. Designed to look like cars, like a mini-car, but without seats, without stearingwheel and dashboard, etc.
It will be designed just for the robot. I cannot oversee just for what they will be used, but I reckon it's not just for Google-cars.
You could have a courier-botcar deliver a package, cheaper that a car with a human inside. Or maybe even cheaper than a bike-courier.
There will be new uses invented for cars. 20 years from now the landscape and the roads might look very different from today.

Comment: Par2 and Reed-Solomon (Score 1) 321

by mpol (#45652185) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

Bitrot does happen.
When a disk has a bad block and detects that, it will try to read the data from it and put it on a block from the reserve-pool. However, the data might be bad and corrupt, so you lose data.
Disks do have a Reed-Solomon (aka par-files) index, so it can repair some damage, but it doesn't always succeed.

Anyway, what I do for important things, is have par2 blocks that go along with the data. All my photo-archives have par2 files attached to them.

I reckon you could even automate it. To have a script that traverses all directories and tries to repair the data if it's broken. If it fails, you get notified.

Comment: Re:Do you really believe the politicians ? (Score 2) 162

by mpol (#45560687) Attached to: Snowden Document Says Dutch Secret Service Hacks Internet Forums

It's just politics. None of the politicians came across as serious when the first revelations of Snowden came out. Only the SP wanted to ask questions to Snowden directly, but he definitely won't fly to Holland :).
When it comes to this situation, there's no real party you can trust.

Comment: What about email (Score 1) 234

by mpol (#45246225) Attached to: Ten Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillance

Maybe I'm naive or ignorant, but what can a normal user do about e-mail?
Most e-mail from ISP's runs over port 25, and it all gets logged by logboxes and tappers. I don't think the default for an MTA is port 465 or 587, but still 25. If I'm wrong. please correct me.
What should be done here, can someone inform me. Is there something a user, admin or mta-developer should do here?
I read my mail over imaps and pop3s, and store it on my own-hosted imap server. But what to do about smtp-traffic?

Comment: Interesting (Score 2) 127

by mpol (#44157855) Attached to: Firefox OS Smartphones Launching, But Will Anyone Buy One?

I think it's an interesting OS to watch for. I can see similarities with the web. The web seemed to turn into a proprietary format. Firefox stumbled on, but it seemed like an uphill battle that would never succeed. However they did succeed, by just keeping to their goals. The web now is more open then 10 years ago, where you couldn't even access the website of your bank with Firefox.

Now with this OS, it might turn out the same. It's all somewhat closed platforms. Apple uses Obj-C, Android a Java variant. Other platforms use Qt. Now Firefox comes along and uses a platform that is already open, html5/css/js, and uses it for apps.

I just hope the other underdogs follow suit, and use the same API, like Ubuntu, Jolla, Tizen.
We'' lees what the future brings. I think they can do it, and provide a common platform for the future.

Comment: Re:Slightly Off Topic, But A Worse Situation (Score 1) 358

Hmm, I expect you have a good reason to not have an online presence. If you wanted that, you'd have it. So advising to create that presence seems like an unwanted idea.

I would just put it in my resume, with a well worded sentence that you don't have an online presence. I would expect HR to check your online presence, so it's good to write it in advance.

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