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Comment Re:Before anyone gets ahead of themselves... (Score 1) 283

But at the very least, shouldn't the OSS community have an army of lawyers willing to work probono, or financed by various foundations, for this kind of thing exactly?

Hah! Almost spit milk through my nose reading this line. Lawyers? Probono on commercial work? (even if it's unpaid, it's commercial work). Lawyers expect to get paid for work just as most software developers expect to get paid at their day jobs. Defending a license like GPL isn't something a lawyer can do with a few hours of labor on Saturday afternoon.

And it would take an 'army' of them to fight these infractions. So unless everybody in the OSS community wants to pay dues to some foundation to fund a staff of 8 to 10 lawyers and their 16 to 20 support personnel this isn't likely to happen. Even EFF has only about 9 staff attorneys and they cover a huge mandate, not just FOSS software violations. Their budget is close to 3.6 Million per year.

So if you want an army of lawyers to defend GPL or other licenses, build a foundation and raise 4 million per year.

Of course you can DIY the law yourself, you just have to spend your own time and money doing it.

Comment Re:The SSD speed is of a different magnitude (Score 1) 165


It unfortunately becomes an addiction. I ended up having to upgrade all my machines to SSD after using it on one. Couldn't take what then seemed like intolerable sluggishness after upgrading the first machine. Would never go back to HD for OS drives.

Additionally, if you do database work, SSD is like crack cocaine. Instead of drives being the performance limiter, you'll actually start to saturate your CPU and WAN connections (particularly for slave operations.)

Check out this presentation with regards to mySQL:

Comment 4 weeks != month (Score 2) 194

Seems like everybody in the media and quite a few here on Slashdot are not understanding the $15 for 4 weeks is not the same thing as $15 for a month. The tradition understanding of a 'month' is 12 months per year. There are 13 '4-week-months' in a year, not 12.

52 / 4 = 13 'months'

Comment Location Precision (Score 1) 84

Just a word about location precision. For large areas, GPS is your best bet, UNLESS your inside of building. If you're trying to track equipment within a building and in the sub 10 ft range, then you're looking a something much more complicated. Currently there's a lot of work being done in UWB which can theoretically resolve down to 6 to 12 inches of precision. Fantastically complicated right now and definitely not an OS solution. As others mention, if GPS accuracy is all you're looking for, take a look at the OpenStreetMap project and its spin offs.

SolarPHP 1.0 Released 125

HvitRavn writes "SolarPHP 1.0 stable was released by Paul M. Jones today. SolarPHP is an application framework and library, and is a serious contender alongside Zend Framework, Symphony, and similar frameworks. SolarPHP has in the recent years been the cause of heated debate in the PHP community due to provocative benchmark results posted on Paul M. Jones' blog."

Comment Re:DVB-S2/RCS or BGAN (Score 1) 541

BGANs ROCK! It's a total geek mobility device. I was able to take an extended vacation to some very remote parts of Laos while still being able to check in on our servers and IT stuff. (We're a super small company, so I'm the IT guy even while on vacation.)

Any case, the BGAN is really small and also doubles as a satellite phone. I think phone service was like 0.75 or 1.00 per minute which was totally reasonable. Data rate was per MB and they also offer a 32, 64, and 128kbit streaming connection. I didn't use the streaming as it was more expensive than the packet rate data and I didn't have any need, but it's there if you need it.

As there are only a couple of satellites servicing the BGAN, I highly recommend you take a compass with you as you will need to point it in both the right direction and at the right amount of tilt to get a signal. It's fairly sensitive, so the compass helps you get it pointed in the right direction within a couple of degrees. Once you're in the ball park, a rising and falling tone will help you train in on the signal. It takes less than a minute to lock once you initiate a connection. Depending on how far you need to tilt down towards the horizon will determine how much 'clearing' you'll need to be in to get a signal. It works best in places you're least likely to have other sources of internet. When I tested in in Los Angeles prior to leaving, I pretty much had to point it the horizon towards South America. If you're near the equator, you'll more or less be pointing it straight up.

The one 'gotcha' that almost freaked me out is that when you move to different satellite zones, it takes A LONG TIME for it to initially acquire the new satellite the first time. The terminal uses GPS to determine what part of the world it's in and it's not super fast at determining this. I actually thought the damn thing was broken initially before I sat on the beach and RTFM. It was trying to connect to the satellite over South America instead of the one over South East Asia. Expect to take like 20 to 30 minutes if you change zones before you can 'lock' the new satellite. The fewer GPS satellites covering your area, the longer it takes to figure out where it is. Once that's set though, assuming you don't move more than something like 400 miles away from the new location, you don't have to 'reset'; and the connection to the satellite can be acquired quite quickly on subsequent uplinks.

Since I was using it primarily to check email and shell into servers, I was able to keep my Bandwidth charges down. If you start downloading the NY Times home page every time you log in, expect a hefty bandwidth charge when you get back. The BGAN software provides a handy usage gauge, so you'll have nobody but yourself to blame if you start going crazy on the bandwidth.

Overall, highly recommended!!

Comment Re:More details on the outage (Score 2, Informative) 431

Not Totally True.

Many customers also use their DNS service, (the EV1 DNS), so while there are 9000 servers physically 'off' there are many more effectively 'black' as the conical names no longer resolve.

I'm one of those customers. We're a very small business as are many of the other customers of The Planet (formerly Everyones Internet --

I can still access our sever via the IP address, but not via the conical name.

While we host our site on a private server, many of the servers of other customers are resellers and with the DNS service, I could easily see how 10s of thousand of actual sites are down beyond the 9000 physical servers.

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