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Comment Re:The perfect storm (Score 1) 111

Clearly you have never worked as a high level engineer in a complex environment. Fortunately, I have. With a device like this, the level of ability to modify its complexity becomes problematic. Over time, different admins and engineers will make and unmake radically different changes that they think are clever at the time. When an engineer, who may not have properly documented every change they made to the machine leaves, another comes along and does the same. Sometimes changes are unmade, sometimes they are not and then another change is made that flies in the face of previous modifications. Eventually someone will realize that they are not quite sure of the totality of what the thing is doing. At this point it becomes easier to wipe the machine and start over then perform a complete analysis. That is not how things should work. If you want a router with the ability to do absolutely fucking everything a router has no business doing, toss OpenBSD on a box and go to town.

Comment The perfect storm (Score 3, Insightful) 111

it can run a complete Linux distro, no problem, so it can function as a server.

Great. So maybe this thing really is pretty secure out of the box. But if your going to stick something that capable\configurable on a business LAN, it is inevitable that some junior admin will be assigned to set it up and in the process create a gaping security hole. I have seen it happen on lesser devices. A secure router should have a limited set of well documented functions, not the ability to run Sendmail.

Comment Re:political correctness alert (Score 1) 469

You are thinking back to a time in warfare, where men only went to the front lines. Albeit this was recently. In the type of modern warfare we have going on in the middle east, there is no front line, or everything is the front line - however you want to think of it. So since you obviously some how managed to miss it, over the last few years women have more then proven themselves quick witted, well equipped front line soldiers. So yes, they need a special gun to be all the more effective. Deal with it already. If you need citations for all this. Google is your friend.

Comment How can clients recover forgotten passwords? (Score 1) 77

Allow me to correct this part of your question:

How can clients recover from forgotten passwords. I'm not saying that using the standard practice of implementing a mechanism whereby a user can reset their own password based on their username and email address is perfectly secure - nothing is - but under no circumstances should a password be retrievable in that manner. Also, the act of a self service password reset should instantly nuke the old.

Comment I used to DE hop. (Score 1, Interesting) 197

I remember that once upon a time I used Gnome 2 for a very long time. It was my definitive go to DE. Now this is my opinion, but in the years that followed, the usefulness of DEs took a nose dive into (not always but still crap) bloated garbage with "enhancements" over previous versions of you name it. I spent years hopping from one DE to another, version after version hoping to find something lightweight and that I could actually be productive in. Pantheon and XFCE come close, but aren't my cup of tea for various reasons. Anyway, I've tried them all repeatedly over the years. As someone who spends most of their time working across multiple terminals it occurred to me, "Do I really need a full DE?" A couple of months ago I took the plunge and dived into Awesome Window Manager - most assuredly not a DE. I am absolutely in love with it and now wonder how anyone survives without a tiling window manager.

i3 is really nice too, but I settled on Awesome.

Comment Re:Whats is the slashdot stupid icons over the tit (Score 1) 87

Typically, I am one of the few that days does not complain when Slashdot makes changes. However, as of this last change they have gone too far.

Slashdot, on top of the gripe that I am replying to, please remove that chat bubble from the story title line and restore the "Read More" link to it's proper place. I am not saying you can't have a prominent social networking link, I am saying put more thought into where it should go. Seriously, please backtrack on this one.

Comment This is of great interest to me. (Score 1) 299

I have been thinking for awhile about building a house out in the country and not bothering to have it connected to the grid. My first thought was to go with a whole lot of solar panels and a couple giant propane tanks with a gas generator. Still, that is a lacking setup, but these batteries just might make the difference. I would probably buy more than one of whatever the top of the line battery would be. Of course, I have already checked the availability of water in the areas I have been considering.

Throw in a couple substantially less hydrogen fuels cells to take over in the event I loose power and I might seriously go through with it.

Comment Re:Meh. (Score 1) 75

I think the idea here is that we have only recently achieved the energy density needed from lithium ion batteries for this to be practical. This could not have been accomplished in 1999 - or at least it would have been a lot more heavy.

Comment Re:Stop spending money on ads, then (Score 1) 290

Why are they trying to drum up demand when they are obviously overwhelmed with demand,can't make nearly enough of the damned things after 6 months or more of round-the-clock production?

I think that's kind of the whole point. I mean we are here talking about it after all. I think there is an economic term for the practice, anyone care to enlighten?

Comment Re:What Microsoft Wants: The Next Windows XP (Score 1) 159

Right now we have the multitudes running a conglomerate combination of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 - I imagine all of these operating system, and remember when we had a single MS OS shared among all people business and personal alike. Part of the appeal of XP was that you could depend on finding it anywhere and everywhere and nearly exclusively. Microsoft has too much out there - and this includes their server offerings - and I strongly suspect MS is working toward that lost, uniform ubiquity that they had with Windows XP.
Again, I'm a long time MS basher, but I think giving them a post-Ballmer chance is fully in order. I expect a lot of them over the next few short years, and that includes a single OS to rule them all..

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer