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Comment Re:GPLv3 (Score 1) 343

/. is not what it was, but then again it never was :-).

I miss the .bruce.perens/bruce.perens/bruce.perens./ wars.. and the "information wants to be wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide" guy :-). And who could forget sig11's "will the real Bruce Perens please stand up" ?

But Tim Potter (old Samba Team member) and I loved the trolls :-).


Indeed, and the many times we were able to push over servers simply by sharing some news.
Back when the /. effect was invented.

Comment Companies and people should get with the times (Score 1) 615

I've telecommuted for years and the company I work for now encourages it. Fact is, I rarely speak with another employee in my division that doesn't work from home even all the managers I know work from home I'm flat out amazed that anyone thinks they would have communications problems. For small groups you can use IM or anyone remember IRC? Hell I used IM and IRC when I was in the office. The team is always on the IRC channel so quick bits are easy and you get to use the hive mind on things very rapidly.

In general I prefer that people schedule a time on my calendar to talk to me. Too often when I worked in an office, people would just "pop by" and waste an hour of my time I had intended to use otherwise. Being home also makes taking international meetings a bit more palatable. Nothing like taking a meeting in you PJs.

Those that say that working from home means your job can be done elsewhere need to wake up! Your job can be done elsewhere regardless! You compete on a world talent market and you shouldn't forget that.

I do work more but I can also leave @ 5pm to go do fun stuff too.

Comment Send em a bill via lawsuite (Score 1) 296

I'd say that anyone wrongly losing revenue should pursue recourse for that issue. I work with very larger organizations and in many cases a loss of service is a "billable" offense. Obviously the provider in this case was not at fault. I'm not a fan of lawsuits but this is the type of case that should be taken up. It is these big brother activities that lawsuits are good at handling but I'm sure DHS is protected as made men and all that.

DNS TTLs cause a small oops to become a long and painful oops that doesn't readily clear itself up due to DNS servers around not obeying the TTL and flushing on time.

I really don't know why this ticks me off so much but it does.

Comment Re:Cisco Vs. HP (Score 1) 47

Obviously you don't manage or work on a larger network if you are logging into a CLI to do your job. You should have been replaced a long time ago for not automating the work. You first complain that HP modeled after Cisco now you complain that multiple vendor CLIs would be a pain? Make up your mind which side you are selling. I work on the largest networks in the world and, really, they are easy to manage with the appropriate software and automation even with diversity in vendors. Cisco has decent routers and switches but the rest of their crap is, well, crap.

I love to see you justifying not applying security updates because the router/switch is on the internal side. Isn't it well known that the majority of the attacks come from inside? Didn't you read about the Aurora attacks? Ask Google and the others impacted by Aurora if they think its ok to let vulnerabilities go because they are on the "inside". Ok, I'll stop laughing now..

Comment Re:Cisco Vs. HP (Score 1) 47

If you have a Cisco device that has been up for 800 days it is only because you have ignored security issues and not patched. Cisco is just doing what Cisco does to keep other vendors locked out. You say that Cisco "just works"? Well that's because you ignorantly drink from the cup that is Cisco and likely only use their proprietary protocols.

In any case, you are far better served by having diverse infrastructure components running open protocols than by using one manufacturer. I have insight into some of the largest corporate networks in the world and the most resilient of them will have networking gear from almost every major vendor running open protocols. This keeps competition in place for cost control and the diverse ecosystem isn't universally impacted by any one vendors security issues at the moment.

Since HP has been a big player in networking gear, blade server switching, and is likely one of the biggest suppliers of server gear in datacenters, why wouldn't you listen to them? If I use your logic then no one should listen to Cisco on this topic since the standard under debate has to do with server port virtualization/extension.

Submission + - HP announces Palm Pre 2 (latimes.com)

russg writes: "Hewlett-Packard Co. unveiled the Palm Pre 2 and an upgraded version of Palm's WebOS smart phone operating system Tuesday. The Palm Pre 2 and the updated operating system, officially dubbed HP WebOS 2.0, are the first new product releases since HP bought Palm in April for $1.2 billion. The new handset will come equipped with WebOS 2.0. It will hit stores in France on Friday through mobile carrier SFR, but North America will have to wait a bit longer."

Comment NASA style command center is outdated! (Score 1) 421


If you were trying to impress me try automating the entire thing and show how traps and triggers dispatch techs automatically. You could even show how the system "self-heals" as that is the buzz of this year.
Having a reduced costs follow the Sun tech group with good communications and even video conference is far more effective and cost efficient than build a bunker with local staff.

Show how you predict issues and not wait for failure.

Comment General open software and hardware lags behind (Score 1) 270

While there are many good and some great open software and hardware designs for automotive diagnostics they really lag far behind what the dealerships and mechanics that pay have to not only diagnose but adjust your car's computers.

One of my passions is motorcycling and I have a Suzuki B-King. This bike is the ugly cousin of the insanely popular Suzuki Hayabusa. There are a handful of folks that have create designs for the hardware interface and complete software tools that let you completely control the system.
You can watch the entire datafeed from the ECU in real time and remap the ignition timing.

You can buy adapters pre-made or buy your own. The software is free and open too: http://macmadigan.no-ip.com/ecueditor/

The point is that in certain areas where enthusiast and hackers have come together there are great options with enormous power for a shade-tree but depending on your make and model there may not be so much out there other than basics.

Comment The author of TFA is short sighted IMHO (Score 1) 236

HP has plans to be one of the last standing in the consolidation of technology companies.
The patent portfolio alone is likely worth the purchase price even if it is only used defensively.
HP likely has no plans to ONLY do devices on WebOS as diversity in business is the best way to win.
Most everyone thinks WebOS is a great platform and has only lacked the advertising budget and deep pockets to drive it forward. The Mobile market for smart devices hasn't reached adolescence yet and HP just cheaply put themselves in a great position to be one of the last standing in the mobile market.

Comment What about candle burners and perfumes? (Score 3, Interesting) 1078

I've worked on computers from time to time and the worst are those from people who burn candles or that seem to have way too much perfume in their home. The candles leave residue just like smoking. Oh and don't forget the fur-balls when the computer sits on the floor with a cat in the house.

I suppose Apple will void the warranties on those folks too?

Comment Re:Justifying the Price Tag, nothing more... (Score 1) 120

I don't understand your argument. You want to say that the vendor used off the shelf components and imply that for this reason the application wasn't worthy of the costs? In reality the hardware is a very small cost compared to the application development and maintenance. I'm so happy that vendors have been steadily moving to commodity hardware since I date back to years when special built hardware was the norm and it was an enormous cost.

Comment Of course I could produce something similar (Score 5, Informative) 120

Let me first state that I over see a large deployment of F5 systems and I have compared commercial offerings in this space many times over the years. I have a deep understanding of the tools available and see the work product every day.

Both articles are great for debate. Showing that FOSS and tools available could produce a solution that resembles a commercial product is wonderful in promoting the power and breadth of FOSS. F5's response is good but also a bit disappointing as I find they have much more than is covered in their response.

I'm honestly surprised that F5 responded at all as there's really no comparison between the solutions for real world work loads and support. First and foremost is the thought that these are only load-balancers. The term used most appropriately today is "ADC" (Application Delivery Controller). The reason is that they not only perform load-balancing but reverse proxy cache, compression, acceleration, tuning, and in-stream logic decisions.

F5's products allow you to create profiles for services that are reusable and easy to maintain. You can deliver new configurations in minutes. They also work with the major application vendors to produce proper configurations that you can use out of the box. iRules (TCL) is an awesome tool directly integrated into the product that as F5's tag line says, "With iRules you can". Even with all of the this power and robust tools you will see little or no impact on high performance applications.

F5 also offers the community DevCentral which, in my opinion, gives back to the community in a proper FOSS style.

I won't even go into the underlying architecture such as the TMM kernel and separate management kernel.

F5's article does state one thing very clear and I would want to emphasis it. Humans cost far more over time than capitol expenditures.

I believe that F5 has taken FOSS to proper pedestal in the industry. If anyone thought for one second that FOSS was toys and not to be considered for serious work loads then F5 proves them wrong. Cisco has been trying to chase F5 for years and are still nowhere near them. F5 systems are my swiss-army knife of networking and I'm proud to purchase and use them from my FOSS background but also know they save my butt every day.

Comment I'm not sure I understand how this is news. (Score 1) 646

What is news here?
1. A state acting in its own right to govern per the wishes of its people?
2. Free thinking and speech?
3. Questioning everything?

Would you like to teach children not to question theories or even supposed fact? I have this theory about cold fusion that I want to talk to you about.

Science is based on questions.

I would rant about states rights over the federal government but I'd take too long. Let's just say it's my business if I teach my children that Zeus is God and he'll stick a lighting bolt up your ass if you don't believe me. :)

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