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Comment: Re: Murphy says no. (Score 1) 228

by nabsltd (#47433473) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

so once a week you have to get up early and do some work.

I don't think that the "2am" listed in TFS is "getting up early". Instead, it's more like "staying up late".

For me, it's not really a problem, but I have had to do that kind of maintenance as a team, and some people are just useless if they stay up that long, or even got a short nap. My current job gives us all day one Saturday a month for maintenance, so you can sleep like normal and get up when appropriate (one hour worth of work, start at 2 in the afternoon if you want...7 hours of work, better start before noon). A lot fewer mistakes seem to be made with this sort of schedule.

Comment: Re:Puppet. (Score 1) 228

by nabsltd (#47433387) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Especially with VMs, it is so easy to snapshot and test things.

How, exactly, do you snapshot and test the production VM before the maintenance window and guarantee you won't affect (and by "affect", I mean anything that changes behavior in any way that is not expected by the users) any services running on that VM?

If you meant "clone" instead of "snapshot", that doesn't help either, as the clone will have to have a different IP address, can't connect to the production database, etc.

We've had VMs that have become corrupt in very strange ways so that they would not reboot. The corruption didn't affect any running services, but existed for at least six weeks (we had to go back that far to get a backup that didn't have the issue). Testing a kernel patch that requires a reboot wouldn't have revealed this corruption, as the dev and staging servers didn't have the problem. Testing it on the production server would have revealed it, but we would have to do that during scheduled maintenance anyway....

Comment: Re:Multiple PCs and multiple copies (Score 1) 207

...which still doesn't allow two different Steam logins to play the same game at the same time unless it is in both their game libraries.

I'm surprised there are console games that allow you to buy one copy and play on more than one console at the same time, as tepples seems to imply in the GP post.

Comment: Re:$300 for a GPU (Score 1) 207

How do PC gamers address this problem? We don't play AAA titles designed for a console the same year that console was released. They suck for PC anyway.

And, they also might have less tweaks for graphics so that in a few years when that $75 card can run the game at max settings, you still can't get any better quality with a $300 card (which matches today's $700 cards). All the $300 card will do is allow you to run at a higher overall resolution, which eventually will start to expose things like lower polygon counts, lack of anti-aliasing (even injected after the fact sometimes doesn't work), etc.

Comment: Re:Seems excessive... (Score 2) 85

by nabsltd (#47400575) Attached to: Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day

Because that has worked out so well for IMDB and TMDB. Try looking at their genres sometime, especially ones like "comedy" where if there is anything even vaguely humorous no matter how passing or unintentional the movie gets classed as a comedy.

"Genre" isn't really a problem on IMDB, as users can't directly set that. I believe you are thinking of "plot keywords", which are really nothing but tags, and have become silly.

How does a "loud shirt" have anything to do with the plot of the listed titles?

Comment: Re:Big Difference (Score 1) 210

by nabsltd (#47400217) Attached to: Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

You see, there's a "broadcast flag" developed in the DVR software that is really the "can't copy flag" that would take away you ability to move that file around.

The MyHD DVR ignores the setting of the broadcast flag, as does pretty much every other OTA HD recorder. This is primarily because it has never been intentionally set on any program.

Try that with a PPV movie, an HBO/Showtime or similar movie. Try that with HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher... it won't work.

When those are broadcast OTA (over the air, i.e., TV using the same frequencies and antennas as has been used for 50 years) and can be decoded by any ATSC-compliant device, I suspect I'd have no problem moving the program anywhere.

Comment: Re:Incoming international flights (Score 1) 683

by nabsltd (#47399587) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Find an outlet and plug it in for a while....or carry one of those spare charger thingees.

Or, if you really are a terrorist and want put a bomb in your laptop, just replace the 8-cell battery with a one-cell, which will give you enough power to pass this test while still giving you lots of room for explosives.

Comment: Re:Would be different (Score 1) 185

by nabsltd (#47377429) Attached to: Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

I'm still waiting for the Teeth of the Tiger shopping-mall attacks. We saw what happened in Kenya recently. Just imagine that in several malls across the US.

The scenarios from Larry Bond's The Enemy Within are also pretty scary. If they came to pass, it's likely the entire US highway system would be completely TSA'd.

Comment: Re:Why do we have screen savers? (Score 4, Informative) 348

by nabsltd (#47368831) Attached to: Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

You can't have burn in when it's a blank black screen.

LCDs use more power when displaying a completely black screen (since they have to charge the cell to have the crystals become non-transparent), and thus are more likely to get a dark image "stuck".

Turn off the video signal to the monitor and let the power saver mode kick in.

The problem is that a reasonable timeout that will provide you some sort of protection is way too short if the power to the display is truly being turned off. It takes my TV about 5 seconds to recognize that the video signal has come back, and it would be very painful if after two minutes (my screensaver timeouts on boxes I can configure) of pause, I have to hit some "do nothing" button to wake up the display so that I can then hit play and not miss anything.

Also, if you have any of the auto-sensing video switches/receivers, it's a real pain when then source signal completely disappears, as the unit switches to the next input with a signal.

Comment: Re:Conspiracies, please. (Score 2) 130

Limiting number of RCPT TO lines is a fucking awful way to handle spam, and explicitly discouraged by RFC 2821:

All that says is that you should not reject the message based on the number of recipients. You can, however, temporarily reject (using a 4xx status code) recipients after some set number. Any good MTA will retry the tempfails.

I currently have a variation of this in place where any e-mail to a "special" address (like postmaster or webmaster) can't have any other recipients at my mail server. Right now, it's a log-only rule, and hasn't been triggered very often, but I wanted to make sure I don't reject or filter messages to those addresses, but I also don't want them to be used to allow unfiltered spam to be sent to everyone else in the domain.

OTOH, if the e-mail is a bounce (defined as from ""), I do reject it if it has multiple recipients, directly in violation of the RFC portion you quote. The is because a bounce is to notify the sender that something went wrong, and it's impossible to have more than one sender.

Comment: Re:Big Difference (Score 1) 210

by nabsltd (#47352239) Attached to: Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

VCRs always needed to use "analog hole" methods and unencrypted signals.... DVRs were not allowed to move programs without permission.

Sure they were...I did it all the time with recordings of OTA HDTV using a MyHD card in my PC.

I think you are assuming that "DVR" == "device supplied by cable or satellite company to record encrypted signals".

Comment: Re:CASL bad law and affects more than email (Score 1) 145

by nabsltd (#47341037) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

The nonsensical phrase 'double optin' points strongly in that direction.

That phrase is just a shorter way of saying "opt-in plus confirm". If a website gets a request for adding an e-mail address to their list, sends a "confirm that you really wanted this" e-mail to the address, and doesn't send any more e-mail unless you click the link and confirm, they definitely aren't a spammer. Honestly, anybody who has a true opt-out that really stops e-mail isn't a spammer...they just aren't as nice as the ones who require opt-in for everything.

I use a separate e-mail address for every website I deal with, and I can tell you that with over 500 e-mail addresses, only one or two has ever had a problem where I couldn't opt-out of marketing e-mail. OTOH, my real e-mail address (that only friends have) gets lots of true spam attempts. When you run your own e-mail server, you get to see what really happens, and the reality is that legitimate companies already try to do the right thing as far as opt-in/opt-out.

And, e-mail isn't really a big deal...I'm much more annoyed by companies that auto-check the "remember my payment information" box, and then require you to jump through hoops to change to a different payment method on the next purchase.

Comment: Re:The Failure of good intentions. (Score 1) 145

by nabsltd (#47340969) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

It's a matter of reasonable effort. How can a company determine that a given email destination is Canadian?

It's impossible without also collecting the user's physical address. A Canadian citizen living in Canada using a should be covered by this law, while a US citizen living in the US who happens to have an e-mail provider with servers located in Canada should not be covered by the law.

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