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Comment Madness (Score 1) 145

My favorite so far. Getting around the requirement of having a paid monitoring service for my alarm panel to get notifications of simple events such as arm / disarm.

Get alarm panel. Wire to Linksys voip adapter. Give it extension on asterisk voip server. Configure asterisk with AlarmReceiver so it will understand the Ademco codes via the voip adapter. Configure that to write to a tmp; and another script found online to parse that to decode events and send appropriate email.

I just found all the portions online, so not my hack at all; but just amusing steps to get an alarm panel I actually own to send email events.

Comment Re:The OP needs a NAS with ZFS! (Score 1) 272

except you can't simply expand a ZFS system by adding more disks or swapping in larger HDDs into an existing array.

You can increase the size of a zpool. Just replace the drives one at a time, wait for the rebuild to complete between each swap, then export / import your pool and it will now reflect the larger size. I understand there may be an autoexpand property on newer versions, but I have not used that personally.

Comment Re:It's too bad you're getting flamed so hard (Score 1) 442

Thank you, this is one of those posts that cement what I like about the 'ask slashdot' replies. You hit it right on the head with your comment about people not getting it, or so mired in doing it 100% correctly at the start. No startup would ever start if they had to be 100% correct. And a lot of the posts that seem to be deterring for various reasons seem to indicate by their content that they have never actually looked at some of the offerings and how they work.

Great post.

Comment Re:Hire me? (Score 1) 600

These are the responses I look forward to reading in the 'Ask Slashdot' threads. Not the banal accusations of 'OP just wants /. to do my job for me'. This is thoughtful, informative and should provide some sort of direction for getting to a reasonable starting point.

Thank you.


Music By Natural Selection 164

maccallr writes "The DarwinTunes experiment needs you! Using an evolutionary algorithm and the ears of you the general public, we've been evolving a four bar loop that started out as pretty dismal primordial auditory soup and now after >27k ratings and 200 generations is sounding pretty good. Given that the only ingredients are sine waves, we're impressed. We got some coverage in the New Scientist CultureLab blog but now things have gone quiet and we'd really appreciate some Slashdotter idle time. We recently upped the maximum 'genome size' and we think that the music is already benefiting from the change."

FreeNAS Switching From FreeBSD To Debian Linux 206

dnaumov writes "FreeNAS, a popular, free NAS solution, is moving away from using FreeBSD as its underlying core OS and switching to Debian Linux. Version 0.8 of FreeNAS as well as all further releases are going to be based on Linux, while the FreeBSD-based 0.7 branch of FreeNAS is going into maintenance-only mode, according to main developer Volker Theile. A discussion about the switch, including comments from the developers, can be found on the FreeNAS SourceForge discussion forum. Some users applaud the change, which promises improved hardware compatibility, while others voice concerns regarding the future of their existing setups and lack of ZFS support in Linux."
Open Source

Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."
Emulation (Games)

Nintendo Upset Over Nokia Game Emulation Video 189

An anonymous reader writes "Nintendo is investigating potential copyright infringement by Nokia during some video demos of their N900 phone, which can be seen emulating Nintendo games. Nintendo spokesman Robert Saunders says: 'We take rigorous steps to protect our IP and our legal team will examine this to determine if any infringement has taken place.' In the video, Nokia says, 'Most publishers allow individual title usage, provided that the user is in possession of the original title.'"

Mandriva Linux 2010 Is Finally Out 267

ennael writes "We finally did it. Mandriva Linux 2010 is out and comes with many improvements and innovations. We still go on supporting in the same level of integration GNOME 2.28 and KDE 4.3.2. Support for netbooks is improved as users can now easily test Moblin 2.0 environment. 'Smart desktop' coming from European research is now fully integrated and is the first real working semantic desktop. Mandriva Control Center also brings improvements in tools: a new netprofile management tool, a GUI for Tomoyo security framework, and parental control. A big thanks to our community, who worked hard and made this release possible."

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