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Comment Re:This is a godsend (Score 1) 107

Why wait? Intsall one of these at each house, with a relatively clear line of sight between them, align them, and you're all set, and for less than $200:

11-54Mb/s betweern them which should be plenty of B/W for your use case. For distances up to a few miles the internal antenna are fine. Configure both units for ethernet bridge mode and configure MAC filtering to keep others from abusing the bridge. I'll leave the rest to you, as surely you can figure it out, being a /. member.

Comment Re:Danger, Will Robinson (Score 1) 375

I guess you don't use them for outbound email since FDC Servers has a terrible reputation for hosting spammers and having a completely non-responsive abuse department. There are more than a few members of anti-spam lists that advocate a block on sight policy for SMTP as far as FDC are concerned...

Apparenly you've read some of my list posts. Yes, FDC Servers has a bad rep for hosting snowshoe spammers. In all fairness to FDC, all providers of ultra cheap VPS/hosting/cloud/colo servers are snowshoe spammer magnets preceisely because of the low cost. And as a consequence of low margins, they most often can't afford to staff real abuse departments. Which is why many mail operators simply SMTP ban the entire address space of these outfits, often at the edge firewall to keep the traffic off the MTAs.

It simply became too time consuming, long ago, to play whack-a-mole in an attempt to let though the few legit senders on these networks. Other providers in the same general category: Steadfast, iWeb, Hurricane Electric, Turnkey Internet, Sharktech, Softlayer, Reliance Globalcom, Syptec, ColoGuys, Colo4, Singlehop, Liquidweb, AccelerateBiz, Limestone, Staminus, Layered Tech, Eonix, 1&1 Internet, Hostnoc, VPLS, Digital Connexxions, Corporate Colocation, Versaweb, FortressITX, Suavemente. Those are just ones on my radar, and I run a pretty small receiving operation.

If one desires to rent a server/VPS with the intent to send email from it, I'd steer clear of the above networks. Rackspace would be a better choice as their abuse dept seems to do a good job of keeping the house fairly clean and has a much better rep WRT spam emission. Softlayer and Limestone actually have good abuse desk managers. I see them booting snowshoe spammers off their networks almost daily. But it seems they simply can't keep up with the rate at which their sales forces are signing up new snowshoe spammers--poor or non-existent vetting process.

Everyone wants cheap service, especially snowshoe spammers. Keep in mind that hosting cost has a direct impact on their bottom line, whereas this is less important for a guy who just needs one server and one IP for a personal setup. Thus, if you want to separate yourself from spammers, go to a provider that charges twice the average cheapo rate on the market. Odds are you won't have spammers in your midst, and thus you won't have problems with your mail being rejected.

Comment Re:Its the compiler, stupid. (Score 1) 753

PAE allows 32-Bit computers to use more than 4GB of ram, but it doesn't allow Windows to assign more than 3GB to any single process.

Correct. But enabling Address Windowing Extensions (AWE) atop PAE allows applications built with AWE support to access up to 64GB of RAM on 32 bit Windows 2003/2008 Enterprise or Datacenter systems. However, given the cost of these server editions of Windows, it is obviously much smarter to simply do the builds on 64bit Windows XP/Vista/7 selecting a 32bit Windows target.

Comment Re:I agree (Score 1) 147

What makes these tall grass prairie reserves so special is that they are one of a few places in the plains where you can look across a piece of land and see what it looked like before we completely transformed everything. I personally don't think that windmills are ugly at all an I'm all for it in the midwest. But if you place a windmill farm within sight of the prarie, this feeling of it being untouched will be lost.

So I guess those oil pumps on said land were there before we transformed everything? Bullocks. Even if that's the real concern, there is plenty of pristine prairie in the national parks on the Eastern slope of the Rockies. The lazy American Indian tribal elders simply want to be paid a high rent for the land the wind turbines sit on, period. Do a little Googling or watch PBS to learn about reservations, the corruption, the fat pockets of the elders, the shacks that the average "tribesmen" live in, the total lack of productivity, the 70%+ unemployment rate, rampant alcoholism encouraged by the "haves" to keep the "have nots" sedated and agreeable, etc. There aren't enough population centers nearby to make a casino profitable in those lands, unlike other reservations in the region, so the "free income" sources for these tribes are much more limited. They want a payday, pure and simple.

We have 3 arrays of wind turbines in Atchison County, Missouri, a 72, a 24, and a 4. The first two feed grids and the 4 turbine site powers the city or Rock Port. There was a big effort here years ago to get these wind farms, for a few reasons:

1. JOBS--including initial construction (hundreds) and maintenance. Less than two dozen long term jobs were created but they pay very well in this rural area with a population of about 5,000 and a workforce of around 1,500. Most of the total population is retired/elderly.
2. Local economy boost during the 2+ year construction--hotel rooms for crews, restaurants, etc.
3. Property tax revenue on the rigs which is in the multiple thousands per rig per year even after the "tax breaks" used to draw the operators
4. Land stipend (rent) to the farmers who gave easement, $5,000/year per turbine--some farmers have 20 units on their land--$100k/year

Note that the Indian elder did not mention JOBS at all, only easement rent, and curiously, nothing about tax revenue. Politicians are always about jobs for their constituents, and these elders are politicians by definition. They don't want jobs for their people, simply a fat payday, just like they currently have with the oil. At this point in the game, the Indians are simply attempting to generate sympathy in the press to drive up the payment amount down the road when they sign the papers.

Comment Re:Floor plans... (Score 1) 502

I'm not a fan of Obama, but I agree with the counterproposal he used in the negotiation with bin Laden. You know, the proposal that was most likely 5.56 mm wide and delivered at about 3500 feet per second by a SEAL "negotiation team."

You might have the bullet diameter correct, but your velocity figure is way the fuck high, showing you're not a gun guy, and should thus leave responses such as this to gun guys such as myself. :)

Many of these SEAL operators would have likely been carrying the M4A1 carbine. Muzzle velocity w/ M855/A1 ball, most likely what they loaded out with, is 2900 fps or less from the 14.5" barrel of this weapon, depending on altitude, temperature, humidity, etc. You're 600 fps high in this case.

Given that SEAL Team 6 has been dedicated to counter-terrorism operations since the unit was formed, and is often engaged in Close Quarters Battle, such as the bin Laden raid, some operators were likely carrying the MP5N or MP5SD submachine gun instead of the M4A1 carbine. Muzzle velocity of these two MP5 variants is 1300 fps. If one of these meat eaters popped bin Laden the bullet diameter would have been 9mm, and your velocity would have been high by an whopping 2200 fps, just shy of triple the actual projectile velocity.

Comment Re:High version numbers (Score 1) 266

Of all the stupid features from Chrome to pick up, the version numbers is, by far, the dumbest. Has anyone considered how stupid a version number in the high double digits might be? Firefox 81 seems kind of clunky, doesn't it?

Yes, it does. However, "Firefox 451", "Firefox 666", and "Firefox 911" (as in Porsche, not terrorism) seem kinda catchy to me, so maybe they should skip double digits and go straight to triple.

Comment Re:Not much to do (Score 1) 459

A lot of companies offer static ips for which you can set all the reverse dns & email information, and they are also out of their normal subscriber pool, thus allowing you to send emails from the computer behind it. The cost of that option is usually lower than 5$ per ip per month around here.

It's $10/month extra for a single static IP atop aDSL from CenturyTel here in rural Northwest Missouri. They have a local monopoly but so far their pricing is reasonable and the service is top notch--not a single outage in the past year. CenturyTel doesn't offer custom rDNS, period, neither for small business nor residential accounts. So far this hasn't been a problem. No reputable DNSBL will list an IP strictly due to generic rDNS. And CenturyTel doesn't register the parent block with the Spamhaus PBL nor any other "DUL" type DNSBLS. Neither my IP nor parent net have been listed by any reputable DNSBL. I noticed the parent net was listed on, IIRC, one of the super aggressive fiveten lists some time ago, but that didn't obviously affect delivery as nobody in their right mind outright blocks using these fiveten lists. I registered my IP with quite some time ago and have a 'medium' rating, which helps with delivery in cases where receivers do block based on things like generic rDNS. 43200 IN A

So far I've had zero problems with outbound delivery over this CenturyTel aDSL. Having a static IP is more important for deliverability than custom rDNS, but it's good to have both if you can get them. If you have static IPs and are being listed in "policy" DNSBLs, you need to talk to your ISPs and get that straightened out. If you have static IPs and you're being listed by trap driven DNSBLs, then the problem isn't with "what type of service you have" but with spam emission from zombie infected PCs behind your NAT. In this case YOU need to egress filter TCP 25 so nothing can send outbound SMTP but your mail server.

Comment Re:Wow, that would be redonkulously profitable. (Score 1) 325

Maybe yes, maybe no. The big loser in this would be Intel. I'm not sure of the % of Dell computers that ship with AMD CPU's but it's certainly less than 25%. Dell is big enough to hurt Intel if they switch to AMD.

Which is why this "story" is purely rumor. This is simply a move by Dell to get _much_ better pricing out of Intel. Dell has no intention of actually buying AMD. They wouldn't know how to run the combined company if they did. Look at Dell's roots. Dell is a build-to-order firm, not a bottom-to-top manufacturing company.

Comment Re:boring ipv6 articles (Score 1) 551

Just wait until "ipv6 conversion specialists" are charging you $450 an hour to make sure your business is not floundering because you ignored the problem until it was an emergency.

Would you mind describing such an "emergency" situation, in detail? The only "emergency" scenario I can think of here is if your ISP/upstream dictated that within, say 90 days, they would no longer route your IPv4 traffic. The flaw in assuming such a scenario is that no ISP/upstream has a positive financial stake in doing this. They gain nothing by taking away your IPv4 abilities. In addition, if said ISP/upstream really was determined to do this, they'd simply send out an engy to install a v6/v4 gateway router. Problem solved, no material change for the customer. Note this last point carefully, because this is what the US "IPv6 conversion" will look like at almost all organizations, and most orgs worldwide with a substantial v4 installed base.

Note the U.S. government for example, and it's millions of v4 devices. If they started a wholesale conversion to v6 tomorrow, how many years, and how many 10s of billions of dollars would be consumed before the project is completed?

The people screaming like Henny Penny have no clue what kind of costs are involved in such a conversion to v6. And apparently they don't realize that most organizations that actually need large blocks of public addresses already have more than they need. Look at all the /8s assigned to US government agencies, US corporations, US carriers, the UK government, etc. If one isn't in any danger of ever exhausting one's supply of v4 addresses, what financial motivation is there to change to v6? There is none.

To make more addresses available for new users (China, worldwide wireless phone carriers), what the IETF should have done before creating this new whiz-bang v6 stack is to convert the multicast and "future use" subnets (no one uses multicast anyway) to standard subnets. Changing all the v4 stacks to recognize these subnets as normal routable nets would yield an additional 536,870,912 usable addresses, and would be a much easier change to implement--would be a simple patch to all existing v4 stacks. For devices such as network printers et al inside the perimeter, one wouldn't even need to change the firmware.

Comment Re:They have provisions.... (Score 1) 71

That's called a feedback loop, or FBL. These have been around a long time. Most ISPs and gorilla mailers have been using them for many years. They aren't a magic bullet against spam--far from it. An FBL is simply analogous to walking over to your neighbor's house and telling him his son just threw a rock through your window. The dad isn't able to keep tabs on his kid all the time. Same with an ISP, freemailer, or in this case, Amazon. The FBL is simply an extra set of eyes and ears.

Comment Re:Actual text of statement on relative improvemen (Score 1) 166

Grötschel, an expert in optimization, observes that a benchmark production planning model solved
using linear programming would have taken 82 years to solve in 1988, using the computers and the linear
programming algorithms of the day. Fifteen years later – in 2003 – this same model could be solved in
roughly 1 minute, an improvement by a factor of roughly 43 million. Of this, a factor of roughly 1,000 was
due to increased processor speed, whereas a factor of roughly 43,000 was due to improvements in algo-
rithms! Grötschel also cites an algorithmic improvement of roughly 30,000 for mixed integer programming
between 1991 and 2008.

The prof is fibbing. The gains are mostly in the big on-die L2 cache with its fat, core clocked dedicated backside bus (thanks to Intergraph, and Intel for stealing it from them, then AMD, IBM, et al). The prof simply shrunk the code and data set to fit (mostly or wholly) in the 512KB/1MB cache of their 2003 era Athlon XP/Pentium IV. As with most apps, it's all in the ca$he baby, all in the ca$he.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 124

SMTP needs a ground up re-write, and it will need it just as much (if not more) after IPV6 is deployed.

SMTP isn't the problem and is not in need of a ground up rewrite. The problem is social, between spammers and suckers, their victims. As has been shown via NNTP, instant messaging, and Facebook spam et al, there is no technology immune to spam. Spam will be with us as long as suckers exist, and there are people willing to exploit those suckers. Yes, basically for eternity.

There will start to be IPv6 dnsbls and mail OPs will start keeping IPv6 local block lists. It's the same old game with a new numbering scheme. As for multilayer NAT I don't see it being a problem WRT SMTP. As others have stated it will be relegated to consumer broadband ISP space and possibly colocation centers, which most mail OPs already outright SMTP block (if they're smart).

Comment Re:i now play chess vs the world (Score 1) 73

1: it's a dick-wagging contest to have the best supercomputer in the world..

Absolutely correct. This was clearly demonstrated by the accelerated funding and freebie process that occurred when NASA was building its first SGI Altix monster, including emergency meetings with the Governor or California's office, the DOE directors office, Intel, and SGI. The build of that machine would have normally taken a year using the normal method of assembly, construction, and testing. They cut it to less than six months with one goal in mind, and it wasn't science. It was to get a sufficient number of Linpack runs in, and tune for a final couple of "peak" runs simply so they could send results to Dongarra before the deadline for the upcoming TOP 500 list.

They thought they were going to take the #1 spot, because they weren't paying attention to their "competition", which IIRC included the first BlueGene machine from IBM (which took the #1 spot on that list). The NASA "Columbia" Altix supercomputer ended up at #3 on that list. Intel and SGI lost a *bunch* of money on that system just to get the #1 spot on the list. And they didn't. Meaning they lost all that money for nothing. For Intel this didn't mean much. For SGI, well, we all know Rackable bought them for only $45 million--less than the price of the Columbia machine. This wasn't the first "deeply discounted" system SGI shipped, and when you add up all these deals, you understand their near bankruptcy situation, and sale for a song to Rackable. That was a very sad deal...

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