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Comment Re:Plex is awesome (Score 1) 89

I would add to this the mobile power it has too - all of which I've wanted from iTunes for a long time.

With PlexPass I can tell each client what I want to sync, how much space to use, how many episodes to sync etc, so my mobile devices always have what I need to watch - and it'll do it over WiFi and cell connections too.

If I want an episode on the way into work, Plex will remove it from my iPhone and automatically queue up the next for the trip home. What isn't downloaded will stream, whether I'm in the house or not.

The real beauty of Plex for me is the persistent access to my media library, from anywhere I am, on any device, be it the LG SmartTV in my living room, iPads, iPhones, computers, etc.

I can sign-in to Plex from any computer anywhere (with sufficient bandwidth, and the transcoding takes care of that), and I can view all media. I've yet to meet someone (especially non-geeks) who aren't totally blown away by it.

Comment Re:seconed debian (Score 4, Informative) 281

At the moment we're fighting to remove all the legacy Sun systems from our datacenters, and love the chance to remove these old machines.

They're rock solid, and do a great job. Our databases still run very very well on them, frequently more stabily than newer X86 kit they're being replaced with.


1) Power usage is insane. The datacenter team reported the larger boxes (ie, 12U type beasts like this) use the same power as whole racks of the standard IBM/HP type pizza boxes we can replace them with. Modern Xeons are multi-cored/multi-threaded enough to compete seriously with the older SPARCs, and do a good job of it, without needing their own power station too fuel and cool them.

2) Parts are getting harder to find, and vastly more expensive. As they age the cost of supporting them sky-rockets, and with parts being harder to find if something breaks there is downtime to fix it. That's not a good situation to be in. Indivual parts for these old machines (eg. spare HBA card, etc) are now becoming as expensive as a new replacement system.

Comment Actually pretty useful as a backup (Score 4, Interesting) 331

Given that the McDs connections are pretty fast, and pretty reliable, it's actually handy to use as a backup.

Couple of years ago the connection at home was being flaky and finally gave out. Problem was, it was a major DR test day at work, and I needed to be online from home for 12 or so hours.

I just grabbed the laptop, blackberry, and powercord, and went 5 mins down the road to the 24hour McDs. Sat there for hours til my ass was numb, happily on my work BB using hands-free, and worked away for hours.

I wasn't disturbed, had unlimited food and drinks available. Really, not the worst place to work at all. I had more space there than I get at my desk job, and better food and drinks too. Work don't have iced tea on tap.

The McDs connection was enough to remote desktop into my XP desktop at work, without lag or dropping. I was impressed how stable it was. Most places can't handle basic browsing that well given the number of people sharing, but that was totally solid.

Comment 1 laptop on the connection? (Score 1) 359

What I find most telling about the article is that they tested the connection using a single consumer grade article.

I'm techy enough to be on /., but I don't spend too much time at home living in a high-tech wonderland. However, on the network at home we have the following devices:

5 iPhones (view 2 wireless APs)
4 laptops
1 desktop
2 XBoxes with live
Roku box

All those devices stream media from the internet, play games on the internet, etc. That one single laptop can't handle the connection is fine, but as a household between myself, my wife, and kids, we do cumulatively use a lot of media. Have kept our unlimited data plans for the iPhone, my son has peaked at 8Gb in one month of data usage over 3G. That's on a single phone.

Between video chat, games, working remotely and streaming a desktop session, netflix, hulu, amazon video, etc there is a huge amount of bandwidth required at home. I find that Verizon FiOS does a great job. I can't stand the company, but the product is top notch.

Yes, I'd love more bandwidth at home, just treating a home network connection as a single device is rediculous. I want everything in the house to be networked, and controllable.

Comment Re:Good PR for Linux in the tech world... (Score 1) 113

I would advise you to take a harder look; whole universities, companies and public sectors of entire states have been using Linux for years now.

Yes, and we have a 5 figure number of linux servers, but who wants to enter those details into this site? Who would allow us? And, their sendmail script, running on all those machines? Not a chance.

None of the major users of linux will want to waste their time with this. This is really for retentive power users who want to show off their linux usage. I know, I've been getting the annual email for years, it still lists my first machine from 10 years ago on there. Well, it did until I finally updated the list properly this year.

But, really, this is about people showing off their personal machines, nothing more. I don't see how the stats can possibly be accurate.

Comment Complaining about wrong thing here? (Score 4, Insightful) 898

Is it possible that people are complaining about the wrong thing here? Sure, the discussion about whether to run or not is interesting, but how about whether people should have been informed or not?

Given that there were memos sent to numerous organisations, and yet the information was not disseminated at the will of Obama, isn't there a more pressing question here?

Like, why would the president want to scare the crap out of southern manhattan? It's not a huge stretch to assume that flying a 747 low over Manhattan would scare people...

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