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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.

+ - Ask Slashdot: self-hosting git repositories->

Submitted by mpol
mpol (719243) writes "We're all aware of PRISM and the NSA deals with software houses. Just today it was in the news that even Microsoft gives zero-day exploits to the NSA, who uses it to prepare themselves, but also uses the exploits to break into other systems.
At my company we use Git with some private repositories. It's easy to draw the conclusion that git-hosting in the cloud, like Github or Bitbucket, will lead to sharing the sourcecode with the NSA.
Self-hosting our Git repositories seems like a good and safe idea then.
The question then becomes, which software to use. It should be Open Source and under a Free License, that's for sure. Software like GitLab and GNU Savane seem good candidates. What other options are there, and how do they stack up against each other? What experience do people have with them?"

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