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Comment: Options (Score 1) 238

by pak9rabid (#47893191) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?
Oh man, this is totally my area of expertise.

Hardware:
  • APU 1C
  • APU 1C4 (same as above but with 4 GB of ram instead of 2)

Software:

  • Voyage Linux This is a Debian-based Linux distribution that's tweaked to run on x86-based embedded systems (like one of the APU systems above). This is a good option if you're a Linux power user and prefer to set things up yourself manually.
  • pfSense You can flash this onto an SD or mSATA card and boot straight into it. This is good for those that want a more turn-key solution. pfSense is based on m0n0wall.

Comment: Re:Hey, great idea here, guys... (Score 1) 76

by pak9rabid (#47786755) Attached to: Apple CarPlay Rollout Delayed By Some Carmakers
Pioneer definitely sucks. I stopped buying their head units in favor of Clarion's. I shied away from the AppRadio not because of the UI or anything like that, but because of its lack of RCA pre-outs, not to mention they're shitty 2V (compared to Clarion's 4V). I figured that wouldn't be an issue for most people since they're probably not running multiple amps with 12+" subs.

Comment: Silicon Valley is overrated (Score 4, Informative) 262

by pak9rabid (#47650663) Attached to: Silicon Valley Doesn't Have an Attitude Problem, OK?
Having almost passed the 90-day mark at my first Silicon Valley job, my experience has been that it's a highly overrated (and overpriced) place to start a new tech company. Compared to where I'm from (and currently still reside), Austin, I haven't really been wowed with the talent over there vs over here. The big difference I've seen is that the people over in Silicon Valley just seem more big-headed about what they do.

Comment: Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (Score 1) 536

Judging by the fact that most of Facebook is based on PHP, it sounds to me like it's pretty robust... It's also object oriented.

And functional

The only drawback that I would find as a code-geek is weak typing

Which Facebook is addressing with their language Hack, which is heavily based on the PHP language. As a bonus, you also get a language that's built from the ground-up to be fully functional with their HHVM technology. It's an exciting time for PHP.

Comment: Re:How long would it take (Score 1) 126

I'd imagine if a large enough pool of bitcoins were for sure confirmed missing (not sure if that can even be tracked), the block difficulty would probably be lowered and miners would be awarded new bitcoins at a higher rate for solving more blocks, thus fixing the shortage problem.

Comment: Re:The fed killed drug research for decades. (Score 1) 221

Personally, I believe that the benefits you list can be achieved with relaxation

Are you fucking kidding me? Tell that to my friend who's currently undergoing chemotherapy to combat stage IV cancer, which is likely to kill her within the year. It's a little hard to just relax without outside help knowing that she's about to leave a family behind at the age of 30...

How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.

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