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Direct Link (Score: 2, Informative)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Spam Filtering on 2015-01-04 09:12 (#2WNF)

Directly linking to the comment will also show the comment, regardless of its junk status. Example: #2VAK

Reusable Grocery Bags (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in California becomes first state to ban plastic bags, manufacturers fight law on 2015-01-03 00:55 (#2WMX)

All of the grocery stores around here (Texas) have reusable cloth bags at the check-out counters. For a couple of bucks you get a durable cloth bag that can be used hundreds of times and wont break when carrying heavy objects like milk or orange juice bottles. For me, plastic bags "died" years ago.

More information (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in #2W56 on 2014-12-31 23:50 (#2WJV)

Pipedot story.

Sigh (Score: 3, Insightful)

by bryan@pipedot.org in I refer to unsolicited commercial email as: on 2014-12-15 10:04 (#2VYK)

Spam will persist as long as anyone chooses the last option; even if it's over a billion-to-one odds against it and the whole planet hates you.

Re: No Gnome 3, right? (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Debian is forked. Meet Devuan on 2014-12-01 16:23 (#2VFF)

Yes.

Re: One Problem (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Debian is forked. Meet Devuan on 2014-11-30 13:45 (#2VDX)

Woot! I guess it worked. From the FAQ:
Unicode characters for most languages and useful symbols (like math, currency, and punctuation) are allowed. Dingbats, smiley faces, non-printing characters, right-to-left switchers, and other gibberish are filtered.

Re: None of above... (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in My desktop monitor resolution: on 2014-11-25 18:54 (#2V9D)

Hmm... Newegg doesn't show any monitors with 1440 x 768. Maybe 1368 x 768?

I mainly just included the resolutions that had over 90 results from Newegg.

Draenor (Score: 2, Funny)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Video game genre of choice: on 2014-11-18 02:00 (#2V3X)

As I'm recovering from binge leveling two characters to 100 this last weekend...

Anandtech (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Make the internet come to you, the way you want it, with RSS on 2014-11-17 21:03 (#2V3N)

Anandtech awesomely includes the entire article in their RSS feed.

Re: Beagleboard before Raspberry Pi, really? (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in New BeagleBoard-X15 announced on 2014-11-13 18:50 (#2V23)

The Beagleboards sold for over $100 while the Pi was $25-$35. Then again, you do get a better system - such as real gigabit Ethernet instead of something tacked onto the USB bus.

Re: Intentionally Misleading (Score: 3, Informative)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Elon Musk looking to blanket the planet with 700 microsatellites on 2014-11-11 23:01 (#2V06)

Indirectly linked from the Gizmodo article was Elon Musk's confirmation via his twitter account:
SpaceX is still in the early stages of developing advanced micro-satellites operating in large formations. Announcement in 2 to 3 months.

Re: Molds, spores, and fungi (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Ghostbusters on 2014-11-11 07:46 (#2TZF)

I had devised a ray gun with an intergrated can of silly string. I had blue, green, and red ammo for the contraption, but alas, I ran out of time during the construction. Garden hose sprayer was my last minute, but much simpler, plan B.

IMAX (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Interstellar and the end of the film era on 2014-11-08 02:30 (#2TYJ)

From the linked YouTube video:
The print of Interstellar is 49 reels, weighs about 600 pounds, on a 72 inch platter.
No wonder they like the digital setups - soooo much easier for everyone involved - just not as jaw-droppingly cool.

Re: I suggest different choices (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Which of the following groups do you trust when it comes to scientific research and reporting? on 2014-11-05 17:58 (#2TXC)

I had twice as many options, including choices such as "Fox News" and "The Onion," but I figured there where already too many. So I removed the non-religion choices for this poll.

Europeans (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Australia poised to introduce controversial data retention laws on 2014-10-31 20:03 (#2TTS)

Seem like the the aims of "the right to be forgotten" and this style of "data retention" law are in direct conflict.

HTTPS (Score: 2, Insightful)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Verizon Wireless uniquely identifies your traffic for all to see on 2014-10-28 17:57 (#2TRF)

Yet another reason to use HTTPS everywhere.

Re: "The Desktop Panel style interface is extremely expected." (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Lunduke says the LXDE Desktop is "Nothing to write home about" on 2014-10-24 21:55 (#2TPD)

Those OSX reviews are defiantly nicely written. That recent Yosemite review was the first of those articles that I actually saw (I don't have a Mac, so I normally don't follow OSX too closely), but it seems Ars has extensively reviewed the past several releases as well. I'm a little envious.

Features (Score: 4, Insightful)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Lunduke says the LXDE Desktop is "Nothing to write home about" on 2014-10-24 21:02 (#2TPB)

A simple interface that does what you expect without throwing throwing around this year's version of eye candy gimmicks? Sounds like a pretty good feature to me.

Removable File System (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Backing up FreeNAS to external drives on 2014-10-22 06:34 (#2TJY)

The world is sorely lacking a sane removable file system. FAT has tons of technical and political problems and yet it remains the only filesystem that is even remotely feasable for cross platform removable disks.
  • Small single file size limit (4.2 GB)
  • Small total drive capacity
  • Microsoft's long filename patents
  • Non-free extensions that only work with Microsoft operating systems
If you live completely in Linux, you can format your drives as ext4. But good luck trying to get Windows or Macs to see it.
If you live completely in Apple-land, you can format your drives as HFS+. But good luck trying to get either Windows or Linux to see it.
If you live completely in Windows, you can format your drives as NTFS. Linux does have multiple competing options of supporting NTFS, but they all basically suck (read only, disables journal, etc.)

Case in point:
My car's stereo system has a USB port that you stick a thumb drive into to play mp3s. Guess what the only supported file system is?
New smart TVs have USB ports that you can stick a thumb drive into to play MP4s, MKVs, and AVIs. Guess what the only supported file system is?
My digital camera uses an SD card to store photos and videos that I take. Guess what the only supported file system is?

Transformer (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in I mainly use my tablet in: on 2014-10-20 21:49 (#2THE)

I prefer portrait mode when the tablet is alone. But with the ASUS Transformer, I often have the tablet attached to its keyboard dock - which pretty much locks it into landscape mode.

Re: The GR doesn't attempt to change the default init for Jessie (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Debian to vote on init system... again on 2014-10-20 04:49 (#2TGH)

Fixed. #2TET

Re: Benefits servers and system admins the most (Score: 3, Funny)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Is it time to fork Debian? on 2014-10-20 02:27 (#2TGE)

What?! You mean Evil Viper isn't your real name?!

Re: Benefits servers and system admins the most (Score: 2, Insightful)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Is it time to fork Debian? on 2014-10-20 02:22 (#2TGD)

Some daemons are built to recover from crashes and restart their own worker processes. For example, Apache's main pid is mainly in charge of spawning new child processes to do the actual work. The children can even be configured to terminate themselves after serving X number of requests.

However, some daemons, such as mysql end up relying on a shell script to do this task. I've always thought of the mysqld_safe script as being an ugly hack. Wouldn't a real program be a better fit for this? And if you make a generic enough service monitor, couldn't you use it for more than just one program?

The traditional inetd process is another example. The post-fork method of operation is just too slow for modern tasks such as web page serving. But systemd does have some interesting ideas on how to fix it.

Re: Ha ha (Score: 3, Insightful)

by bryan@pipedot.org in New Tablets Announced on 2014-10-16 18:10 (#2TDY)

Until the USB 3.1 chipsets come out so we can use those neat new reversible connectors: #2TA0 USB 3.0 is just unfeasable. The old-style Micro-B connector just plain sucks for a phone.

That's no moon (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in New Tablets Announced on 2014-10-16 02:20 (#2TDA)

Oops. I saw 6" and assumed it was a tablet. Nope. That's a 6" phone. I guess that helps explain the price bump too.

Re: Thunderbird ? (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in POODLE: A new SSL vulnerability on 2014-10-15 21:19 (#2TD3)

Pretty sure that Thunderbird disables javascript on HTML emails. Otherwise, that would be a pretty big exploit on its own.

Acronym Soup (Score: 4, Informative)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Methodology I use: on 2014-10-13 09:39 (#2T81)

Wikipedia cheatsheet:

Re: Example (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Editable Comments on 2014-10-10 20:06 (#2T7D)

There is a history of edits. And a system to easily spot the differences between the edits using highlighted red/green "diff" text.

Re: The Penultimate Poll (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in My first email address was on 2014-10-06 07:24 (#2T4P)

Re: Measurements! (Score: 2, Funny)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Mystery of Titan's disappearing 'island' on 2014-10-04 23:43 (#2T3G)

… or Library of Congresses?

Re: There goes whatever was left of GitHub's credibility, in my opinion. (Score: 3, Interesting)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Github staff Jake Boxer disables #GamerGate operation disrespectful nod repository on 2014-10-04 23:34 (#2T3F)

One of the major goals of the "git" source code management system was to be distributed. Each git repository has the full data set, can stand alone, and can act as the full SCM system by itself. This is in stark opposition of traditional SCMs, like CVS and Subversion, where one central server controls the code base. GitHub is a central server that, for the most part, tries to replicate the old ways with the new tools.

That being said, it's the new "cool" project hosting site and lots of people use it. I find it easy enough to push my own git repository out to it every once in a while - even if I don't see it as the "master" repository.

Re: Pretty narrow audience (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in FFmpeg back in Debian on 2014-09-30 02:11 (#2T0Q)

The libav vs ffmpeg argument was to some as big of a religious war as any (emacs vs vi, systemd vs sysv, gnome vs kde)

Re: Not a pickup (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Nissan has built an Electric Pickup, and you can't have one on 2014-09-29 03:27 (#2T06)

Leaf, not VW.

Example (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Editable Comments on 2014-09-28 02:03 (#2SZQ)

New text:
There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.
Ralph Waldo Emerson – Self Reliance
Another line, added for good measure.

Re: mksh workalike (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Vulnerability in Bash Shell widespread and serious on 2014-09-26 08:02 (#2SYH)

Editing a comment does the following:
  • Removes any positive moderation
  • Resets the edit time of the comment (shows up blue again)
It does not delete the comment or interfere with any of the replies.

Mellon (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Favorite Magic Phrase on 2014-09-25 18:31 (#2SXQ)

a.k.a. Friend

Re: How do we vote? (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in First computer system I used on 2014-09-24 20:37 (#2SWH)

Yes, sign in to vote.

Re: GUIs ruined school computer labs (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in First computer system I used on 2014-09-23 10:58 (#2STQ)

Now, a computer lab where kids get a blank command-line on a Unix system, and have free reign to do whatever they want in their home directory (explore, program, ..., etc), THAT would be incredibly useful educational tool, so, of course, schools would never consider doing something as awful as that...
That describes almost perfectly my high school programming department. We all sat at green screen serial terminals attached to the large "computer" in the back corner. I didn't know it back then, but I'm sure glad they had the insight to teach us the basics without the distraction of the GUI (which did exist; they chose to use the older classics.)

Plus, I'd never have ingrained all the vi commands1 into my brain if I hadn't taken that class.

1What's that joke about generating a pseudorandom character sequence by asking a user unfamiliar with vi to exit the program?

Re: Nice! (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in TV antennas - OTA HDTV reception on 2014-09-23 07:40 (#2STF)

Make sure your antenna is grounded. My vent pipes (sewer) are all PVC.

Re: How much water / house? (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Largest Desalination Plant in the Hemisphere to Supply 7% of San Diego's Water on 2014-09-23 07:20 (#2STE)

On my monthly water bill, the local utility lists the following:
  • Your water use was 748 gallons.1
  • Your neighborhood average water use was 7,998 gallons.
  • SAWS residential average water use was 10,085 gallons.
I have no idea how some people use so much water.

1One digit on my water meter equals 748 gallons. For some months of the year, my usage is low enough to make the meter read the same as the previous month (meaning my usage is actually a bit less than 748 gallons/month)

Young'ins (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in First computer system I used on 2014-09-23 03:21 (#2ST2)

In the not-too-distant future (or maybe already) the younger crowd will list "smart phone" or "tablet" as their first computer.

IBM (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in First computer system I used on 2014-09-23 03:13 (#2SSD)

IBM PC Jr
  • Wireless Chiclet Keyboard
  • Color "TV" Monitor
  • Two ROM cartridge slots
  • 360 KB 5.25 inch floppy disk drive

Re: Some glaring security holes? (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Debian Security Advisory - DSA-3025-1 apt - security update on 2014-09-22 10:48 (#2SR0)

You can always set up a port knocker. The sshd program normally listens on a port 22, but you can set iptables to drop all packets going to that port until it receives a special "knock" that opens the door to your IP.

Example from DO.

Re: Will Pipedot be upgrading to PHP 7? (Score: 2, Informative)

by bryan@pipedot.org in PHP6 abandoned, going straight to PHP7 on 2014-09-21 19:06 (#2SQ4)

Unless it has a really useful feature or two, I'll probably keep the site on Ubuntu Trusty (a LTS release.)

Re: Some glaring security holes? (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Debian Security Advisory - DSA-3025-1 apt - security update on 2014-09-21 11:55 (#2SPS)

I disable password authentication entirely in favor of SSH keys. I believe that this is now the default in Ubuntu (since Trusty.) From the Ubuntu wiki:
To be as hard to guess as a normal SSH key, a password would have to contain 634 random letters and numbers.

I dare you to do better (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in uselessd - a fork of systemd on 2014-09-20 22:15 (#2SP1)

Seems the best way to promote new development is to release something that fails or that everyone despises.

OpenSSL fails -> LibreSSL released; upstream cleanup and fixes pushed out.
TrueCrypt closes -> DoxBox released.
Gnome sucks -> XFCE, LXDE, and other alternative desktops benefit.
Upstart falls short -> systemd developed.
systemd despised -> a number of new init development projects emerge.

Re: Economics Still Not Quite There? (Score: 2, Interesting)

by bryan@pipedot.org in California Basking in Record Amount of Electricity from Solar on 2014-09-20 21:45 (#2SNT)

A little surprised your payback is that long even though the investment was under $10K.
Ya, I live in an area with very cheap electricity. With my bill previously only being $85 a month, it takes a while to pay off $9000.
What about that reliance on the remote Internet service for all monitoring and reporting? What happens if they go out of business? I'd much rather see a local option.
I would too. That's why I slurp the data off their servers into my own database every day. If they go out of business, I'll at least still have my current data set. Of course, their own webpage is set up to display the statistic data too - I'm sure a lot of their customers wouldn't have the ability/desire to code up their own database and host a web interface like I did.
Your Leaf comparison is a bit slanted. That's a $30,000 car versus my well equipped 35mpg gas econobox that cost less than half that.
I totally agree that the Leaf is more expensive than similar sized ICE cars. Sure, I'd rather have only spent $15-20k on it, but I really wanted an electric plug in vehicle. When I bought my VW Jetta new in 2002, I swore that it would be my last gas-powered vehicle. For many years, while all the major car manufacturers totally ignored EVs, I dreaded having to go the home-made route and build everything myself if my Jetta ever died. But then Tesla happened. The Prius became popular. Nissan bet big on the Leaf, and even Chevy came out with the Volt.

So, I was already looking to replace my 12 year old car with something... Here are the models that I test-drove/researched:
  • Plug in Prius (nearly no range on EV alone due to small 4.4 kWh battery)
  • Chevy Volt (over $50k and little more than a hybrid with a small battery)
  • Tesla Model S (nice, but too expensive for my blood, sorry)
  • Nissan Leaf (correct range, zero emissions, heck of a lot cheaper than a Tesla)
Obviously, I picked the Leaf. The U.S. has a nice $7,500 federal rebate on the first "X" number of EV cars produced for each model. I was expecting to keep driving my ageing Jetta for a few more years, but the "X" number was just about to be reached for the Leaf. So I bought the bullet a little early so that I could get the full federal rebate.

Re: Economics Still Not Quite There? (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in California Basking in Record Amount of Electricity from Solar on 2014-09-20 10:34 (#2SN8)

I've added some info on my solar installation to my journal:

Solar Power - Part 1
Solar Power - Part 2
Solar Power - Part 3

Also, you can view my hourly production stats since August 2013 in a neat graphical form or the raw table form.

I'd miss too many shows (Score: 1)

by bryan@pipedot.org in TV antennas - OTA HDTV reception on 2014-09-20 02:57 (#2SN1)

Very informative and cost effective if you can live with just the basic channels. Unfortunately, because a lot of the shows that I enjoy are aired only on cable channels, I'm afraid I'd miss out on too much.

Game of Thrones (HBO), Dexter (Showtime), Defiance (SyFy), etc...

I would still forgo the cable subscription (I've never had one) and instead get a Netflix DVD plan. This way you get both TV and movies at the full Bluray 1080p quality with no censorship (cursewords, altered scenes, etc) and no commercials.

Re: Outdated Android / iOS Poll (Score: 2, Informative)

by bryan@pipedot.org in Mobile Devices I own/use on 2014-09-18 18:54 (#2SK1)

Very easily. Unlike Android, Apple has always allowed older iPhones1 to update to the newer iOS versions using the built-in app store update process. When I turned on my phone this morning, it had a notification dialog saying something like "iOS 8 is available. Do you want to update now?"

1 Older models up to a point (3-4 versions back). The original iPhone, for example, doesn't get iOS 8 today like the 4's, 5's, and 6's.
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