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Comment Re:Really, this happens in America? How?? (Score 1) 180

I don't know why this is getting all this attention.

If you want to keep your old, obsolete router, then want you to pay extra.

If you want to get a new, modern, router for no charge, then you pay nothing. You then magically get higher speed data.

Source: I have the new FiOS router. I pay nothing extra for it. I am now getting 50+ megabits for no extra charge. I am also able to get 1 Gigabit service. I am using my existing DD-WRT router with full inbound/outbound access.

Reading comprehension is not a crime.

Comment Re:$2 fee is news nowadays? (Score 2) 180

This is not a problem for anyone and it costs nothing.

You call Verizon and they send you a new FiOS router.

You plug in your existing router (say it's DD-WRT or whatever) into the new FiOS router.

You set your existing router (DD-WRT or whatever) in the DMZ or pass-through setting in the new FiOS router, just like you did before.

Your existing router (DD-WRT or whatever) has full inbound/outbound internet access with no restrictions.

No extra costs apply. Your speeds get faster. You gain the ability to sign up for a 1 Gigabit internet connection.

This article has generated some seriously bad Slashdot knee-jerk coverage here. I have the new FiOS router. I do not pay more money. I am using the same DD-WRT router I have been using for years which still has complete inbound/outbout access.

I also now have 50+ megabit for no extra charge.

Comment Misleading (Score 2) 180

This affects nobody. You can use any router you want, and you do want to use the new FiOS router to get the highest speeds over the MoCa connection.

You merely set the router you want to use to be exposed to the internet using the "DMZ" feature. I have the latest FiOS router and it works perfectly with DD-WRT just fine. I have full inbound/outbound control without restrictions.

Comment Re:Psychological manipulation (Score 1) 292

The only reason the director blocked the camera is because it's required to not have recording devices in secure locations.

They will block the camera and sometimes press needles into the microphones. If the laptop or device is required to be in the secure facility most of the time then they will physically remove the circuit boards that hold the cameras and microphones and put a label on the device somewhere noting that the devices have been removed. They may also remove or cut the traces to the BlueTooth and WiFi circuits, too.

Zuckerberg is making a gratuitous assumption about something he saw. He is being fooled if they told him it was for any sort of "personal privacy" reason and actually believed it.

I think it's interesting to observe how so many people assume he is so incredibly much smarter than anyone else and his random assumptions and beliefs are automatically some kind of amazing fact.

Comment Re:$13 and hour and my car is a tax write off? (Score 1) 323

"Write off" doesn't mean what you think it means.

And if you think Uber/Lyft pay anywhere near the $0.54/mile rate that an employer would pay, you're in for a shock. It's a small fraction of that.

You obviously need a tax advisor, and if you already have one you definitely need a new one.

Comment Re:Anybody know more details about the CPUs? (Score 1) 247

Check this LinkedIn profile:


"Help other members to migrate Ubuntu desktop to SW64 and Loongson architecture (SW64 is Shen Wei 64-bit, based on Alpha; and Loongson is a kind of machine of MIPs)."

"At present, Migrating several Applications to Ubuntu desktop under SW64 and Loongson architecture (it is mainly about qemu development with qemu upstream members)."

Comment Re:consequences... (Score 2) 247

That's not the architecture in these chips. You're referring to the older Loongson which was a licensed from a MIPS clone designer who had questionable patent situation concerning several patented CPU instructions. These instructions magically appeared in later Loongsons, but that's not the point of this article.

The CPUs in this article are reported to be very similar to DEC Alpha 21164, and it has been reported that no such intellectual property license exists.

Comment Re:Aern't most of China's chips based on the Alpha (Score 5, Informative) 247

The older systems, like Longson, are MIPS using a questionable license with patent problems.

These systems are directly derived from DEC Alpha.

So, not homegrown, more like "homecloned" from US chips and then enhanced.

In other words, the hard work was already done, and they just took it.

Comment More CentOS 7 configuration changes for VNC (Score 1) 4

Install TigerVNC:
yum install tigervnc

Follow these tips to get it started (some of this has rather hack instructions that copy files instead of using an API to adjust settings, but that's VNC for you).

Note: You'll probably need to stop the Xvnc started when you ran the vncserver :10 command which the author of that web site says you need to use to set your password (instead of running vncpasswd instead).

Disable SELinux.
Edit /etc/selinux/config

Upon reboot, your VNC server will be available at :5910. It will have four problems:

1) It will ask for a password to change a color setting.
See here: https://www.bing.com/search?q=...

2) The vncconfig command is iconified but not hidden.
We fix this by modifying the /bin/vncserver scripts to invoke the "-nowin" instead of "-iconic" option.

3) The clipboards do not work.
Install autocutsel (or download and compile/install it) and set the following as a Startup Application. /usr/bin/autocutsel -buttonup

4) Several non-useful Startup Applications need to be "unchecked" or outright removed:

Caribou (an on screen keyboard)
GNOME Login Sound (duh)
Input Method Starter (unless you're using a Right-to-Left script)
PulseAudio Sound System (sync TigerVNC doesn't do sound)
SELinux Troubleshooter (since we disabled it and don't need to solve problems with it)
Spice vdagent (a remote desktop we don't use)

4) Other than these, there are several system services that still need to be stopped/disabled using systemctl, their processes are the following (remember that the process names do not necessarily match the systemd service names, which represents a missed opportunity on the part of the systemd team in my humble opinion):

auditd (audit service we don't need or use)
audispd (audit service we don't need or use)
sedispatch (SELinux)
alsactl (PulseAudio)
smartd (irrelevant in virtual machine)
abrtd (Kernel-Oops phone-home bug reporter we sort of do not want)
abrt-watch-log (same as previous)
libvirt (this is a virtual machine host virtual machine management process which shouldn't be run on a virtual machine)
ModemManager (This should not be running, and I have no idea why this is running except that some installed package activated it)
avahi* (These are useful for Bonjour and Zeroconf discovery and might be well enough left alone)
tuned (Looks like /usr/bin/python -Es /usr/bin/tuned ...) I'm not sure what installed this but it can definitely be disabled.
wpa_supplicant (Not needed unless your local network is running 802.11i authentication, definitely not in the network at your house)
dnsmasq (If you're not using DHCP and using Static IP there is no reason to let dnsmasq continue running)

There are some others that probably shouldn't be run in a virtual machine, namely upowerd, accounts-daemon, and packagekitd.

That's all for now.

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