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Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 826

by tzanger (#47783547) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

I'm sure I'm feeding a troll now, your post seems intent on twisting things around in order to make your convoluted point.

The whole "under 1024 is safe" is generally regarded for connecting *to* ports under 1024, not receiving connections from them. Yes, some services (NFS in particular) want to trust incoming connections from 1024 but they're in the minority. The most common case is trusting a service listening on ports less than 1024 as being set up by the admin and not some random user. But you knew this.

You also know that if you've got admin access, you *are* root. This also is not news, but you seem to feel that I'm concerned that you can sudo from your own system and make it look like you're trustworthy on my network. If I was so inclined as to trust port numbers alone (and for the record, I don't trust incoming port numbers at all), you can bet I'd also be whitelisting IPs and MACs at the switch level (i.e. locking MACs to physical switch ports) and have alerting whenever a non-sanctioned connection was made.

That would be, however, a very special network topology and not something I'd personally admin. Nice straw man, though.

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 826

by tzanger (#47781809) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Wait: ejabberd wants my http and https ports in addition to running jabber on 5222? no thanks. It sounds like ejabberd breaks the entire UNIX concept as well. Give me some CGIs to run through my own damn httpd instead of inventing another one and get on with the business of running jabberd.

I know you didn't write it, but jeez... why not include a telnetd or sshd in the binary as well?

Comment: Re: My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 826

by tzanger (#47781125) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

No, I'm serious, ask "why does this have to be the way it is" other than inertia? The age of booting a tiny root disk and attaching /usr from a network are long, long gone.

No, no they're not.

Thin clients and network booting are still very much alive and well. Test systems are largely virtualized now, but network booting still has its place in homogenous networks or office/classroom settings where you want a unified filesystem layout. A common /usr is an easy way to do this.

I don't know much about systemd at all, but I do recognize how bad an idea it is to make such huge changes quickly and without much apparent thought at being able to continue to do the things that could have easily been done before.

Comment: Re:Redmine (Score 1) 170

by tzanger (#46825333) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Professional Journaling/Notes Software?

I've set up my entire business around Redmine. There are some pretty impressive plugins to handle blogs, CMS, CRM and even a WYSIWIG editor to help "normal" people format tables, lists and text but who would normally be put off by trying to learn Textile. SCM and issue tracking is integrated, there are time trackers and forums, GANTT charting... it's a great resource.

Best of all, it's database agnostic and open-source.

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Comment: Re:potentially worth... (Score 2, Insightful) 361

by tzanger (#42874185) Attached to: OpenOffice: Worth $21 Million Per Day, If It Were Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office may be a lot of things, but comparing it to LibreOffice/OpenOffice and calling MS Office crap in comparison is ridiculous. I actually ended up buying MS Office (for my mac) because Open/LibreOffice is so shit. I've tried to love it for a long, long time, but it's slow, it's bloated, it's buggy as hell and I just got tired of trying to overlook its blemishes.

MS Office's blemishes are much more bearable, in my opinion. The price isn't cheap but not having to screw around and waste my time is worth something, too.

Comment: Re:Security by stupidity? (Score 1) 141

by tzanger (#42556927) Attached to: Thousands of SCADA Devices Discovered On the Open Internet

I've lived in the industrial controls world for quite a while before striking it out on my own... "real-time global data reporting" doesn't require a world-accessible control interface, or even an open internet connection. It's much simpler than you're making it out to be. Hell a basic VPN connection back to HQ that puts the remote sites on the corp LAN (where all the data aggregation can take place and be accessed for "dashboards" and whatnot) would be a major step up.

Comment: Re:What about the iPhone... (Score 1) 349

by tzanger (#41728903) Attached to: Black Sheep Blackberry Blackballed By Business

There is also ZERO LAG for pressing the software button for answering the phone. You should have bought a faster device I guess.

I've owned a 3G, 3GS and 4; wife has a 4S. There is absolutely lag in the soft answer button from time to time. I am not sure what background task is causing it, and while it's true that it's nonexistent on a factory-fresh, no-apps-installed phone, that's not a realistic use case.

Comment: Re:lamest name ever (Score 1) 318

by tzanger (#41703465) Attached to: Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal Out Now; Raring Ringtail In the Works

Please just install Ubuntu 12.04. If you're a developer or power user, you'll like it.

Ubuntu in 12.04? No thanks. The last Ubuntu I took seriously was 11.04, and if I recall I started using Ubuntu in the 7.x or 8.x release cycle. I still have a couple of those 11.04 systems going. The rest have gone to Debian+XFCE. It seems with every new release of Ubuntu takes their desktop one step closer to a Fischer-Price toy, and I just got sick of it.

Yes, I can install Xubuntu (I was actually running Kubuntu for a number of releases until I finally gave up on KDE doing something serious about being a stable and well-connected desktop, and I've been a KDE fan since the early 3.x releases). Yes, I can tweak the shit out of everything and reclaim some sanity. Instead, I just install Debian and put up with some of its idiosyncrasies. At least I have a system that is constantly making me want to throw the keyboard through the screen.

I moved from Slackware (0.9something to 12) to Ubuntu, and now to Debian. Ubuntu was great; it was really, really great. I don't feel that way anymore. They seem to be chasing buzz and trying to out-slick everyone instead of focusing on a usable and useful desktop experience.

Comment: Re:Embedded + Hardware + Math (Score 1) 360

by tzanger (#41638095) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Approach To Reenergize an Old Programmer?

No, I'm sorry. Horrowitz' "Art of Electronics" is *NOT* the best book. It's a big book, I'll grant you that, but it's actually pretty difficult to get started with such a book unless you are good at learning from textbooks. I sure as hell am not. It's far from practical.

It may sound like I'm being a little bit of an ass, but seriously... Forrest M Mims' "Getting Started in Electronics" followed with all of his Engineer's Mini Notebooks are an excellent resource. After that grab anything you can by Robert Grossblatt. Use AoE for a reference but not for a learning guide. the electronics.stackexchange.com site isn't too bad, either.

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