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Comment Re:Linux time! (Score 1, Informative) 665

You may want to take a look at Elementary OS. It's ubuntu 14.04 based, and has a very nice looking interface. You can try it out before installing from cd or thumbdrive. It's pretty lightweight, so runs well on older hardware. They've admittedly taken some design cues from Apple, but it's not what I'd call an OS X clone.

Also note there's a good chance that the current versions of Chrome may not work on your Pentium 4 if it lacks the LAHF instruction set. Chromium from the ubuntu repos is still working for now.

Comment Re:This pretty much sums up IoT ... (Score 1) 149

Well, sir, there's nothing on earth
Like a genuine, bona fide
Electrified, six-car monorail
What'd I say?

What's it called?
That's right! Monorail


I hear those things are awfully loud
It glides as softly as a cloud
Is there a chance the track could bend?
Not on your life, my Hindu friend

What about us brain-dead slobs?
You'll be given cushy jobs
Were you sent here by the Devil?
No, good sir, I'm on the level

The ring came off my pudding can
Take my pen knife, my good man
I swear it's Springfield's only choice
Throw up your hands and raise your voice

What's it called?
Once again

But Main Street's still all cracked and broken
Sorry, Mom, the mob has spoken


Comment Re:asterisk, if you are up for it. (Score 1) 193

This or something similar will do the trick. It has 1 FXO for connection to the POTS network, one FXS port for connecting analog phones, and ethernet to connect to your LAN. This model also has a built in router and a WAN port, so it could be your internet gateway if you wanted, or not. It should be able to connect to Asterisk via SIP, and allow the FXO and FXS ports to be configured as an Asterisk trunk and extension respectively.


Comment Re:Also affects Linux - patch now! (Score 5, Informative) 115

Completely wrong. You do not need to open a port to sync with an external time source any more than you need to open a port to browse the web. It is only necessary to open/forward a port if you wish to allow others to sync to you from the external network. But you shouldn't do this unless you have mitigated the potential for using your time server in an amplification attack.

Comment Elementary OS (Score 4, Interesting) 346

I hadn't heard about Elementary OS until this Wired write up yesterday. Out of curiosity, I tried it out in VirtualBox just to have a look at it. And yup, it's pretty, and simple, and it's not Unity. I considering giving it a try for real on my workstation, but it kind of barfed on my nfs shared home directory, so I think I'll pass for now. That has been my most current pet peeve; distributions that do not respect the 'Unix Way' of doing things, like having a network mounted home directory, so all my files and preferences go with me to which ever machine I log into on the network. I had just wrestled with Shotwell refusing to import some photos in my nfs home, and since the article talked up EOS's tight integration with all things Yorba, the authors of Shotwell, I didn't really want to go down that road. I did try out Yorba's email client, and liked it enough to install it on my Ubuntu machine. And it seems to work just fine so far with my networked home.

Anyhow, if you want to see what Wired is calling the Apple of Linux OSes, take a gander at Elementary OS. I can appreciate them striving for the 'Just Works' mantra, but it needs to 'Just Work' with the tried and true ways of doing things that Unix and friends have enjoyed for decades now.

And I'm not saying that it completely fails at an nfs mounted home directory, but it was competing with Ubuntu's settings (where that home directory mounts on my real machine) for simple things like the desktop wallpaper. I imagine it can be made to play nice, but I wasn't looking to spend time tweaking yet another distro to get things to work the way I want them to.

Submission + - Suggested Programming Books for Young Kids

sydsavage writes: I've been tasked with recommending some good books for the child of a friend who is interested in learning to program. He's just shy of 13 years old, and is an avid Minecrafter. Last year I built a server for him, and he has shown real aptitude managing and customizing various plugins, managing permissions, and creating redstone circuits and command blocks. So what would you recommend for a young person to begin learning to program? And what languages would you recommend? Java is an obvious choice, due to his interest in Minecraft, but I'd like to hear reasoning for other languages with which to get started.

Comment Re:What!? (Score 1) 298

Actually, I completely agree with that. My statement was intended to contrast with the parent's post that people who choose to live far outside the city center expect subsidized services to be provided to them, even though they pay a smaller portion of tax revenue due to lower property taxes. Which I also agree with, as this puts a higher burden on those that choose (or don't have a choice) to live in the city center, where the infrastructure costs are lower due to the shorter distances and higher density. But in this case, the infrastructure is already in place, and was likely already subsidized when it was first installed, at least in the case of phone lines.

As for the roadway analogy, which I think is perfectly apt, it's as if we have multiple parallel private toll roads for every city street. (And the owners of these toll roads make every attempt to extract more tolls from every delivery truck that isn't owned by their subsidiary, besides the tolls they charge for each resident.) It makes far more sense to consolidate the ownership of these streets on the municipal level, as is typically the case, and pay for the maintenance from taxes and fees collected for that purpose.

The update on my connection issue: Dial tone was restored this afternoon with no visit from a repairman. However, my internet speeds have been reduced by 50%, and I now enjoy 1024/640 kbps up/down, for the same $55/month. So tell me again how much the US is improving it's net speeds? Because mine just went down by a significant amount, and I'm stuck paying the same price. But Mr. ITIF Senior Fellow is in the clear, because these speeds don't qualify as broadband.

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