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Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 1) 192

--You can speed up Win7 updates A LOT just by using WSUS Offline Update. Download once, burn to DVD and update the client PC with that.

--Win7 "official" update process is horribly broken and CPU intensive, to the point where the CPU fan on a laptop I inherited had basically failed due to 100% continuous use.

--Note that you may have to run the WSUS updater on the client multiple times and reboot/repeat, but this is still *much* better than doing it the traditional way. After updating, I'd recommend doing a full bare-metal backup with Veeam or Aomei or the like.

Submission + - California Enacts Law Requiring IMDb to Remove Actor Ages on Request (

schwit1 writes: California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation that requires certain entertainment sites, such as IMDb, to remove – or not post in the first place – an actor’s age or birthday upon request.

The law, which becomes effective January 1, applies to database sites that allow paid subscribers to post resumes, headshots or other information for prospective employers. Only a paying subscriber can make a removal or non-publication request. Although the legislation may be most critical for actors, it applies to all entertainment job categories.

The purpose of the law is to prevent age discrimination. How soon will it get struck down for violating free speech?

Submission + - SPAM: Without language teachers, high schools are resorting to Rosetta Stone

schwit1 writes: With just a few weeks to go before the start of school, Madison Area Memorial High School Principal Jessica Ward faced a dilemma: Classes were about to start, and the school didn’t have a foreign language teacher.

She contacted nearby universities and the Department of Education and posted the job online, but no one applied, even as five other open teaching positions were filled.

“It was coming down to the wire and school was starting,” Ward said. “Students were already scheduled for foreign language, and we can’t just not offer it.”

The school district had earmarked money for the position, so the guidance counselor and superintendent started researching other options, ultimately putting the money toward the computer program Rosetta Stone to take the place of a full-time French and Spanish teacher.

The teachers' union better hope this doesn't work too well.

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Submission + - macOS Sierra Is Now Available For Download

Dave Knott writes: Apple's latest desktop operating system, macOS Sierra, is now available for download. In addition to the Siri virtual assistant hitting the desktop for the first time, the free update includes features like a universal clipboard, revamped Messages, a storage optimization tool, and Apple Pay on the web.

Submission + - ITT Educational Services to Cease Operations at all ITT Technical Institutes (

bsharma writes: ITT Educational Services announced on Tuesday that it is shutting down immediately, accusing the federal government of unfairly stripping it of eligibility for student aid.
The company, which was established nearly 50 years ago, operates ITT Technical Institutes. It has around 40,000 students taking classes on campuses and online throughout the United States.

Submission + - "Catastrophic" DDoS Attack Hits Linode Over The Weekend - Data Breach Again? (

An anonymous reader writes: A coordinated DDoS attack hit Linode (VPS provider) over the weekend, which the company has described as "catastrophic." The attack targeted the company's Atlanta data center, and was timed for the extended Labor Day weekend, when the company had fewer employees on hand to deal with the incident.

At the start of the year, after suffering a two-week-long DDoS attack, Linode announced a data breach, with attackers accessing some user accounts. The company reset passwords after it detected the intrusions.

Submission + - Adobe Resurrects Flash Player On Linux (

An anonymous reader writes: Four years ago, Adobe made a decision to stop updating the Flash Player package (NPAPI) on Linux, aside from delivering security patches. It has made an about turn on this decision in the last week and has said that it will keep it in sync with the modern release branch going forward. In its announcement, Adobe wrote: "In the past, we communicated that NPAPI Linux releases would stop in 2017. This is no longer the case and once we have performed sufficient testing and received community feedback, we will release both NPAPI and PPAPi Linux builds with their major version numbers in sync and on a regular basis.” Although this is great news for Linux users who don't want to struggle to watch Flash content online, there also a few drawbacks. Adobe writes: "Because this change is primarily a security initiative, some features (like GPU 3D acceleration and premium video DRM) will not be fully implemented. If you require this functionality we recommend that you use the PPAPI version of Flash Player.”

Comment Re:Switched from Open to Libre... (Score 1) 137

> I am thinking about doing some work on joe myself.

--Any new work on ' jstar ' would be welcome, it's my favorite text editor. ;-) Especially documenting how to turn off Word Wrap and Auto Indent by default in the config file... It's been a while since I tried googling stuff like that, but it seems like there are some broken features in Joe's jstar.

Submission + - FTC Warns Consumers: Don't Sync To Your Rental Car! (

chicksdaddy writes: The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers to beware of new ‘connected car’ features that allow rental car customers to connect their mobile phone or other devices to in-vehicle infotainment systems, The Security Ledger reports. (

“If you connect a mobile device, the car may also keep your mobile phone number, call and message logs, or even contacts and text messages,” the FTC said in an advisory released on Tuesday. ( “Unless you delete that data before you return the car, other people may view it, including future renters and rental car employees or even hackers.”

The Commission is advising renters to avoid syncing their mobile phones to their rental car, or to power devices via a USB port, where settings on your device may allow automatic syncing of data. Consumers who do connect their device should scrutinize any requests for permissions. Renters are also urged to remove their device from the vehicle’s memory before handing it back over to the rental firm.

Comment Absolutely (Score 1) 385

--Some people may want optical to die out, but I think that's premature. I still use it a lot -- all of my PCs, laptops and servers have optical drives. (Not necessarily hooked up for security on the servers, but at least available if needed.)

--Creating a reliable USB-based boot media is still something of a black art, it seems to be different for every distro; altho System Rescue CD is pretty easy. Optical is cheap and Just Works 99.98% of the time. The media is cheap enough to give away or only use once if needed (altho I do try to use R/W media for that) and if you get a bad burn or you use it enough that it wears out, you can just burn another one.

--I do a lot of Linux installs and lately have been doing Disaster Recovery tests (bare-metal restores) to VMs and new drives. Years ago, I took the time to learn how to burn from the Linux command line, and most of my stuff is burned right from Linux with scripts; Torrent ISO downloads coupled with ZFS has been doing a great job of keeping the ISOs from bitrotting. Burning the recovery-environment ISO is dead easy since I have spare media, and I don't have to spend $$ for a reliable high-speed USB thumbstick or three to re-use for that purpose.

--Yes, a good USB3 thumbstick is faster. But in my experience, optical is easier, as long as you buy good media -- I buy and recommend Taiyo Yuden wherever possible. You have to buy specialized models of USB thumbstick if you want to block Writes, and quality on some drives is iffy; Optical is write-once by default unless you go out of your way (not finalizing the disc, packet writing, using RW media.) So yes, I intend to keep using optical because it meets my needs.

Comment Re:Come the fuck on (Score 1) 366

> Btrfs is a lot more flexible about expanding the filesystem, especially in mirror mode.

--Yah, most of the confusion about expanding ZFS filesystems OTF stems from RAIDZ. You *can* expand RAIDZ, but if you want your I/O to stay "sane" you need to duplicate the configuration to another vdev and add it to the pool. E.G. you have a RAIDZ of 5x1TB disks, you kinda need to create another vdev of 5x1TB disks and add that to the pool, or else it won't be balanced right.

--Expanding a *mirrored* ZFS pool however, is dead easy. You can start with a single disk, add a mirror to it, wait for resilver, and then add another set of (same-size/brand) disks to make it zRAID10. Then add another similar-hardware set of mirrored disks whenever you need to expand. ZFS also makes it easy to replace disks in-place AND will "see" the extra space every time you complete a mirror "column" (2 disks in the same set) if you set the pool properties right (autoexpand=on, autoreplace=on). You can also do triple mirroring, which I would definitely recommend if you have 8TB+ disks.

--So who cares if you lose 1/2 your disk space with RAID10, I would argue that with anything 1TB+ you *need* that real-time mirror - and disk prices have come down, you can get a 2TB NAS drive for under $90 these days. RAIDZ rebuild times (at least on Linux) are reported to potentially be extremely long since they haven't worked on the "speed" part of ZFS yet; rebuilding a RAID10 column/mirror is orders of magnitude faster since it doesn't have to replay every transaction or do a bunch of calculations.

--Took me a while to do the research on Linux+ZFS, but if you implement it correctly you can get a *lot* of benefits. ;-)

Comment Re:Yes, because optical is READ ONLY. (Score 1) 385

--I bought that exact drive (Kanguru 16GB USB3 with write-protect switch) and it has been a *great* little drive. Very fast read speeds; I mostly use it for client-PC troubleshooting and carry around all my utility software on it. Handy if you're not sure a client's PC might be infected, and more space than a standard DVD. A tad pricy, but well worth it.

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