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Comment: Re:I want slower for cheaper (Score 2) 88

by rainmaestro (#48166279) Attached to: Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

I'm in the same boat. I'm paying $60/mo for what is typically 11-12mbs. I've never found a need to have anything more than that. Sufficient to download games in 1-2 hours, stream Netflix, and do my job (typically involving VPN and a few RDP sessions). I guess going up to 100mbs or gig would be worth it if there were 5 people in the house all trying to stream video and play games at once.

I'd rather see the low end packages get cheaper than get higher speeds that I have no use for.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 1) 549

by rainmaestro (#48136105) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

There is, sort of. Each port is largely separate but provides binary compatibility with the database, but there can be issues. For example, the Droid version doesn't work properly with v2.0 KeePass databases (nor does the QT port at this point), only the older 1.x branch. You can get things to play nicely together if you are careful about which ports and which database versions you opt to use, but it isn't hard to get yourself in a situation where you have a nice database that can't be accessed on some new device.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 5, Insightful) 549

by rainmaestro (#48134611) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Not having the manager available is a big problem. I redid all my passwords after the Heartbleed issue, and pretty much maxed out the password for each of my important accounts. Was great on my PCs where I had KeePassX, but the first time I had to enter a 24-character randomly generated password with special characters on my cellphone to log in, I realized why it will never work for the average person. Big, long complex passwords are great until you have to type them in on a tiny ass keyboard.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 2) 265

by rainmaestro (#48132129) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

Same here. I see maybe one legit piece of spam a week in my Gmail inbox. Now if they can just figure out how to predict if an email is unwanted marketing from and block that, I'd be even happier. Sick of having to manually unsub.

I have email accounts with about 10 different domains. Some are related to work and use various filtering tools, some are with free services. Between all my accounts I see maybe half a dozen spams a week. From an end-user perspective, spam for me died out years ago. I'm always amazed to hear about people who are still inundated with it.

Comment: Re:Free the bastards! (Score 1) 152

by rainmaestro (#48097103) Attached to: Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Do we? I mean, food is just out there in the wilderness waiting for us to pick it. It's right there...what's the problem? Yet for all our intelligence, people consistently fail to survive when stranded alone in the wilderness, even though there's food all around them.

Orcas are basically oceanic wolves: they live, move and hunt in packs, whether it is tail slapping to get seals or corralling fish. Orcas hardly ever survive alone, even those that are raised in a group. Luna is one of the few from recent memory. The reality is still that most of these captive orcas wouldn't be able to make it alone in the wild. A small number would, but most wouldn't.

Comment: Re:Free the bastards! (Score 1) 152

by rainmaestro (#48096395) Attached to: Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Depends on how long they have been captive. Orcas have complex group dynamics, both socially and for hunting, so an orca that was never taught those skills as a youngster would be incapable of joining a group and surviving. About 2/3 of orcas currently in parks weren't even born in the wild, which means they never learned how to hunt and survive in a group.

Raise someone in a jail cell from birth, then at 30 drop them into the world all alone with nothing. What are the odds that they would survive? There's a big difference between innate intelligence and life skills.

Sad as it is, most captive orcas wouldn't survive long in the wild.

Comment: Re:it solves some unicode issues (Score 1) 774

by rainmaestro (#48094439) Attached to: Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

I can't help but believe that anything in systemd has involvement from Lennart in the same way that Linus controls the kernel. By virtue of being in his overarching project, his influence will corrupt the product, regardless of who actually writes the code.

I hope I'm wrong, for the sake of everyone who will be stuck fixing the bugs a year from now, but I have a sinking feeling that's exactly how things will transpire.

Comment: Re:it solves some unicode issues (Score 4, Insightful) 774

by rainmaestro (#48093133) Attached to: Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

Don't get me wrong, I disagree with a number of decisions Linus has made. But he tends to be more controlled than Lennart in that regard. His approach is to ignore POSIX when it makes sense to do so (eg, when the standard is too vague to be practical). Lennart seems to want to throw the whole standard away straight out.

I support replacing VT, it is a mess. A mostly working mess, but it could be much better. I just don't trust anything Lennart writes at this point.

Comment: Re:it solves some unicode issues (Score 2) 774

by rainmaestro (#48092245) Attached to: Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

People are mad because of who is doing the replacement. Lennart has a consistent track record of releasing code that breaks the world and then blaming the breakage on the users and distros not using his masterpieces correctly. This is someone who publicly advocates breaking POSIX compatibility.

He's a very talented coder, but shouldn't be allowed anywhere near an OS that needs to remain usable. Unfortunately, his Red Hat ties mean we're stuck cleaning up his messes, and this VT replacement will be yet another mess for the first two years.

Comment: Re:Not my cup of tea (Score 2) 287

by rainmaestro (#47942475) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

I had the same realization a few years ago. Had a rack, plenty of older servers (mostly Sparcs I got free from work when we decommissioned them). All they did was heat up one room and doubled my electric bill. I've become very wary of overprovisioning now, something techies have a bad habit of doing.

A decently-specced laptop for my day-to-day work and a beefier laptop running ESXi to replace the servers (for a home setup, most VMs don't need that much in the way of resources) takes care of most of my needs (ignoring a gaming rig and the requisite consoles). An Asus wireless router running dd-wrt handles all my networking kit needs. Consumes little space, uses far less power and generates no appreciable heat (important in Florida, my A/C bill is high enough as it is).

The key elements in human thinking are not numbers but labels of fuzzy sets. -- L. Zadeh