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Comment Re: Cost? (Score 1) 146 146

and $3.30 is fine. I paid way more for my SLC SSD's for my primary ZFS log device. Which are still going strong - thank you Intel. Gimme a giant one of these to swap out the mostly unused VM memory pages that are lost to containerization. It's webscale RAM. :P

Comment Re:Its 2015 people. (Score 1) 362 362

It would cost me money to use 2FA

It'll cost you money to not use 2FA too. Pay now or pay later.

I get 2000 texts a month on my $30 plan - I use maybe 10 2FA messages in that time - hardly worth complaining about. Electricity costs money too!

But to the GP - password quality is part of good 2FA; one is not a replacement for the other.

Comment Re:Two birds with one stone (Score 1) 554 554

More likely, someone could run a forklift into one of the massive Fluoride gas tanks and puncture it (the gas is used to surface polysilicon wafers), wiping out a couple of hundred people Union-Carbide-style.

That's a minimal risk and some precautions can be made. But the more relevant metric is that roofing jobs are among the most dangerous in the US. Solar installers on roofs will fall to their deaths (or severe injury), and that's a guarantee. There's no magic that keeps solar installers safer than roofing installers.

I'm guessing it will be about as deadly as coal, per megaWatt. Nothing nearly as safe as atomic power or hydro.

Comment Re:Presidential Protection (Score 1, Interesting) 169 169

Obama's on the list. So is Dubya. And Clinton. And Bush Sr. And Reagan, obviously. And Carter. On and on.

One of the things that caused a lack of sleep for Jefferson was the long line of people at his door (at the original Whitehouse). Most of them wanted jobs or handouts; he didn't mind the ones who actually came to him with policy concerns.

Then again, his government was mostly limited and operating by the rule-of-law, so not too many people felt he ought to be murdered.

Comment Re:Have you dug into the cameras a bit? (Score 1) 133 133

Same kind of eBay special camera here - $130 vs. $650 for a US-branded PoE HD/IR camera. Mostly good. I get at mine with:

mplayer rtsp://

I wanted to run it on Zoneminder, but my zm keeps crashing. It appears to be problems with the pthreads implementation. I sent up patches for a (different) build bug, and the team took that right away - so good team, but there's hard fixes that need somebody to do them to be useful.

I saw a $50 commercial package that runs on linux that I'll probably get instead since the camera itself is rather useless without working surveillance software.

Comment Re: OpenSSH is for cows. (Score 1) 157 157

From his denial there it sounds like serious mental illness may be at play - schizophrenia perhaps. Somebody is probably going to doxnswat him now, thinking it's for his own good, but really it isn't. The cries for help were good, but fellas - guns are never the answer to medical problems.

Comment Re:I hate it already! (Score 5, Insightful) 118 118

Gestures can be incredibly useful but mostly they're wildly abused by programmers who are not UI designers.

Here's an example: in Chrome, if I pinch to zoom in on a screen, a minor variant of that gesture (I haven't discerned what it is yet) will destroy the current browser window. So about 20% of the time I zoom I lose my session. No 'undo' close either.

Developers, *please*: give me an option to disable all data-destructive gestures. I'll turn them on if I feel like juggling chainsaws on a given day.

Comment DSN's and NDR's too (Score 1) 136 136

Was helping a guy having trouble posting to our LUG list the other day.

He had DSN's being delivered to his GMail spam folder. I thought, "golly, how does Gmail figure those could be spam?" Nobody is going to sneak a Viagra ad through underneath a 550 report.

Of course his other problem was he was using Comcast as an outbound relay. Their new relay retries a message once every second five times and then gives up forever. Totally breaks greylisting, or even temporary outages. Didn't even try my backup MX.

But I'm running RFC-complaint secure servers, so those two big bozos can go pound sand. Eventually they'll fix their game. If a LUG member, of all people, can't be bothered to spend $2 a month for quality email hosting (assuming they just don't want to do their own), I'm not going to cry about it.

Free services are only guaranteed to be worth just as much as you pay for them. This falls squarely into the "not my circus, not my monkeys" category.

"It's the best thing since professional golfers on 'ludes." -- Rick Obidiah