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Comment: Re:geek or not ~ pfSense (Score 1) 237

by somenickname (#47892023) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?

pfSense works well but Untangle is also worth mentioning (http://www.untangle.com/). It has all sorts of pluggable modules like VPN client/server, ad blocking, intrusion detection, etc. I've been using it for a few years on modest hardware (Intel Atom with 4G of RAM and a 1TB green disk) and it's always worked flawlessly.

Comment: Re:Self-extracting EXEs (Score 1) 294

by somenickname (#47807891) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

Supermicro is an excellent choice for high end. You pay a premium but it's one of the few companies that fills the niche between gaming motherboards and enterprise grade motherboards. They make both high end workstation motherboards and server motherboards and, because of the target audience, I would imagine that Linux support is a high priority. I've actually got an entire rack of Supermicro gear (chassis, motherboards, heat sinks, etc.) in my house and after several years of flawless running with Linux, I wouldn't even consider another vendor for high end home use.

Comment: Re:Hate to be the one to point this out... (Score 2) 267

by somenickname (#47691373) Attached to: Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

You aren't the only one that thinks that: http://www.coindesk.com/need-a.... A lot of the altcoins are definitely scams but, there is actually some legitimate work going on that is pretty interesting. Whether or not cryptocurrency ends up becoming mainstream or not is still unclear but, from a computer science standpoint, I think it's all pretty interesting. Maybe it's a fad that will go down in flames or maybe it will stabilize into something that benefits society. Either way, I've never understood all the /. hate for cryptocurrencies. It's a very nerdy and interesting modern development that no one has been forced to become involved with.

Comment: Re:Labview (Score 1) 876

by somenickname (#46192739) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

I've actually worked on several projects where we ended up creating a new visual programming language to solve the problem. We did it because it was almost impossible to express the problems in a traditional programming language. Visual programming is awkward when the problem doesn't lend itself to visual programming. If you wanted to argue that most problems don't lend themselves to visual programming, you'd get no argument here. But, if the problem calls for it, definitely don't be afraid to design a UI to describe it just because, traditionally, you've seen it not work.

Comment: Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (Score 4, Insightful) 2219

by somenickname (#46182061) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Maybe it didn't work in the past because there wasn't a vacuum to fill. People who have read Slashdot for 10+ years have come to rely on having a site like this. With the imminent death of the site, you aren't trying to convert a community, you'd be giving them a place to go.

Bringing computers into the home won't change either one, but may revitalize the corner saloon.

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