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Comment: Re:At Bat (Score 1) 78

by thogard (#49100115) Attached to: Australian ISPs To Introduce '3-Strike' Style Anti-piracy Scheme

I've seen the baseball diamonds near my house used exactly twice. Once involved using it for fireworks. It was built around the time of the 1964 olympics like nearly every baseball diamond in the country.

When a bat is going to cost you $300 and a full uniform and gear to play on a team is close to a $1000, there isn't much demand. The Melbourne girls baseball teams positions are more about forfeits than wins.

I don't know why the local baseball teams need such formal rules with such official imported uniforms. What ever happened to wearing a shirt the right colour?

Comment: Re:1 employee? Not the entire story. (Score 2) 158

That was true before the days of disposable servers. Today, when it breaks, drop it from the pool of working systems. The HVAC is on a lease contract which makes them far more reliable as the manufacture no longer gets s cut by selling parts that used to be used for maintenance. The same is true with power systems but the electrical wiring is massively overbuilt between the stuff under contract and the racks. I have a rack in a recently built data center and they have an electrician on site less often than some small companies I work with.

Comment: Yes and Yes! (Score 1) 716

by thogard (#49028343) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?

The problem is modern operating systems have taken on too much of the operating environment role leading to excessive complexity. Our modern opening systems are hypervisors like like xen or vmware. The OS has become a mess of other things that aren't related to security and suability of a system. The Operating Environment is where the rapid changes and R&D should be so features can progress and mistakes can be quickly removed.

Comment: How about a better feature? (Score 1) 88

We need keys and host passwords checked as authentication types without having to revert to PAM hackery. Just how many systems have been exploited because some root process found a way to read some .ssh/keys and then hopped to other systems with no human intervention.

Comment: Do your pages load fast? (Score 4, Interesting) 302

by thogard (#48872141) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Has the Time Passed For Coding Website from Scratch?

If your page isn't fully loaded in less than 2 seconds over a real world network without using cache, potential clients have will leave before the 1st page load.

If you can write pages that load fast, keep doing the custom work. If your pages are slow, fix it or fix your technique.

Comment: So much for progress (Score 1) 79

by thogard (#48872069) Attached to: Oracle Releases Massive Security Update

We buy the Solaris 9 patch support. The changes for this cycle are 1) TimeZone files updated, 2) Fix to zip and 3) Java fixes

The last kernel patch which required a reboot was 122300-68 from June 2013.

My Solaris 11.2 box gets rebooted way too often to replace other production servers and its better than Sol 10.

Someone at Oracle should learn the difference between an operating system and an operating environment and making sure the OS is rock solid.

Comment: Re:More on CARDIAC cardboard CPU simulator (Score 1) 648

by thogard (#48860965) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

My early Jr High computer books included things such a picture of a pigeon hole as a repression of memory. It used the classical "input/processing/storage/output" model. Flow charts where used to demonstrate breaking a problem down into parts that the computer can cope with.

Comment: Re: Not really for mastery ... (Score 1) 75

by thogard (#48854553) Attached to: Book Review: FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials

ZFS is miserable on things that assume overwritten blocks will stay where they are on the disk. Some people even count on that to able scrub data. Is there a simple ioctl/fctl that allows that to be turned off in ZFS? no. There should also be an ioctl saying "this file needs to start on a physical block, not be encrypted, and it would be very cool if it was in the 1st gig of the disk, and can you tell me what real sector you can allocate for it?" because computer still need to boot.

Why wasn't there a zfsdump / zfsrestore that wrapped up the send / receive from day one? Even if /usr/lib/fs/zfs/fsck was a shell script wrapper around something else, it would have indicated a clue about where this stuff should fit in the grad scheme of things.

Not everyone uses ufsdump to make backups, I use it to verify the contents of some files on the disk.

Q: How many IBM CPU's does it take to execute a job? A: Four; three to hold it down, and one to rip its head off.