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Comment Have faith in Brandon Sanderson (Score 4, Insightful) 186

When Brandon Sanderson was tapped as the man to finish this series of books, I picked up Mistborn to see what I could expect from his writing style. After I read Mistborn, I was hooked on his writing style and have since read the rest of his Mistborn series, as well as Elantris, and Warbreaker. I haven't read his young adult fiction, but it's apparently been well received. The thing that I like about Sanderson as opposed to Jordan are that a) he isn't afraid to kill a main character, especially if they're likable, b) his pacing of the book makes reading a challenge so that you don't read it too fast, as opposed to dragging through 15 pages of braid pulling and disapproving looks. However, their similarities are that Mr. Sanderson does as good of a job of character development as Robert Jordan, and Sanderson's development of political and interpersonal intrigue is usually a little better and more to the point than Jordan's.

I think that Harriet did an excellent job choosing Brandon Sanderson to finish her husband's work. It's true that Mr. Jordan became a victim of his success earlier in the series, trying to keep so many threads going at the same time, never daring to kill more than the occasional character, and perhaps trying too hard to develop additional character stories at the expense of the initial handful of major characters. However I look forward to reading this book, and hopefully the final two books. I think that if what I've read of Brandon Sanderson's other work is indicative of how he'll treat the remainder of Robert Jordan's storyline, then it will be a great read.

Comment Re:Have you looked at the features.. (Score 1) 460

Wow, go-go-gadget misinformation. Mac OS X Server is BSD based, and I've had great success installing any open source project that I needed, using ports, fink, gems, or CPAN if what came with operating system didn't do what I needed.

Also, the vast majority of services available on OS X Server are open source, which Apple does contribute back. So if you don't like how the Server Admin tool works, you can be a r3@l l33t h4xx0r and edit the config files in vi or emacs and do it yourself.

As for the submitter's original question, there are a number of useful tools available for mass deployments of Macs across a network. Tools like radmind, LanRev, Apple's PackageMaker, InstaDMG, and Casper Suite all have varying degrees of management of machine images, image distribution, etc. Also consider at least downloading the PDFs Apple provides for their built in services to learn the ins and outs of their tools allow you to do and not do. You can even modify existing services to use more recent versions of projects that come with OS X if you're missing something or need to upgrade to a newer version for some reason (although this will likely make you have to freeze your OS version in place, or else future updates will probably overwrite your changes.)

Administration of a network of Macs falls somewhere in between an Active Directory environment and a roll your own Linux/BSD network. The client administration is great, but not as comprehensive as Active Directory. However, you still have the freedom to tinker with the services that come with OS X Server and borrow and add capabilities from open source. There are also many other forums out there that have a much lower troll count than what you'll find here, with many knowledgeable and helpful folks who will actually attempt to address and answer your question.

Because seriously, why go to Slashdot if not for the trolling?

Submission + - Install Ubuntu in windows

eporue writes: ""Wubi is an unofficial Ubuntu installer for Windows users that will bring you into the Linux world with a few clicks. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other application. If you heard about Linux and Ubuntu, if you wanted to try them but you were afraid, this is for you." More at: Wubi"

Submission + - Everything you need to know about IPv6

RJS writes: "Ars Technica is running a great article on IPv6 written for newbies like myself. From the article: "IPv4 addresses are written down by splitting them into four 8-bit values and putting periods between those, for instance, IPv6 addresses on the other hand, are written down as eight 16-bit values with colons between them, and each 16-bit value is displayed in hexadecimal, i.e., using numbers and the letters A — F. For example, 2001:db8:31:1:20a:95ff:fef5:246e. It's not uncommon for IPv6 addresses to have a sequence of consecutive zeroes. In these cases, exactly one of those sequences can be left out. So 2001:db8:31:0:0:0:0:1 becomes 2001:db8:31::1 and the IPv6 loopback address 0:0:0:0:0:0:0:1 becomes ::1.""

Submission + - IP Address Management

haggisbrain writes: I'm a Systems Administrator and I've recently started work with a new company where I'm now helping to support a much larger number of nodes that I've previously supported. We have just over 1000 nodes to support but no efficient method to manage the IP addresses and subnets used. Previously an Excel Spreadsheet has been sufficient enough for my needs but now I need to find a new way.

Can someone recommend a piece of software which can help me? Primarily I'm looking for a simple way to list and view the IP addresses used on my network but surely there must be a better solution than using another Excel Spreadsheet?

Adobe Tackles Photo Forgeries 158

Several readers wrote in with a Wired story about the work Adobe is doing to detect photo forgery. They are working with Canon and Reuters (which suffered massive bad publicity last year over a doctored war photo) and a professor from Dartmouth. (Here is Reuters's policy on photo editing.) Adobe plans to produce a suite of photo-authentication tools based on the work of Hany Farid (PDF) for release in 2008.

Game Developer / Indie Game Award Winners 19

Last night, past the red carpet, under the swirling light and through thrumming bass, the Game Developer's Choice Awards and Independent Game Festival awards were handed out in front of an audience of some 3,500 people. The evening went by very quickly, for a nice change of pace, with few speeches lasting longer than 30 seconds or so. There was a marriage proposal (accepted), several humorous skits that were actually funny, and several moments of Shigeru Miyamoto awesomeness. The big winners of the night were Gears of War, which walked away with three GDCAs, and Aquaria, which won the Seamus McNally grand prize from the IGF. Later today Gamespot is going to be airing video of the awards, a first for the event. While there may not be much in the IGF event that captures your interest, definitely check out the GDCAs. The acceptance speeches from Greg Costikyan, The Fatman, Shigeru Miyamoto, and CliffyB should not be missed.

Submission + - Korea draws up ethical

Matthew Sparkes writes: "South Korea is drawing up a code of ethics to stop humans misusing robots, or vice versa. The government expects to issue a "Robot Ethics Charter" for manufacturers and users in April 2007. The charter will cover ethical standards to be programmed into robots. A five-member task force including experts, futurists and a science fiction writer began working on the code in November 2006."

Senators Smack Down WIPO Broadcast Treaty 100

Tighthead writes "Two influential US senators want the US to support a pared-down version of the WIPO Broadcast Treaty that is still being negotiated. In a letter sent to the US delegation, Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the ranking Republican member, Arlen Specter, expressed their concerns that the Broadcast Treaty 'would needlessly create a new layer of rights that would disrupt United States copyright law.' They instructed the US delegates to work towards a treaty that is 'significantly narrower in scope, one that would provide no more protection than that necessary to protect the signals of broadcasters.' The next meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee will be in June."

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