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Re: How about block islam? (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in After Paris Attacks, Proposed French Law Would Block Tor and Forbid Free Wi-Fi on 2015-12-17 21:23 (#Y1FH)

Ethno-nationalist, or separatists beliefs are not religiously motivated? Here's one attack in 2013 that caught my eye:
2013.11.04 Thailand Pattani 52-year-old woman is shot to death by Muslim 'separatists'.
Guess that wouldn't be in the statistics...but islamic separatists seem kind of religiously motivated to me.

Even if they are relatively tame in europe, they are not in other parts of the world.(See previously posted list of terror attacks)

Re: How about block islam? (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in After Paris Attacks, Proposed French Law Would Block Tor and Forbid Free Wi-Fi on 2015-12-17 03:42 (#XYNG)

Your argument seems compelling, at first. And terrorism by other factions was common in the past, but what about recently? Does the Vatican openly place a bounty for killing someone that doesn't like catholicism? (http://news.yahoo.com/pakistani-official-places-bounty-anti-islam-filmmaker-214532413.html) ... Also here's a handy website that lists islam motivated terror attacks:
http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

Your website analyzes attacks 1980-2005... That seems to be a cherry-picked year range, and 1980-1990 is incredibly less relevant than 2011-2015. Here are the attacks in 2015 alone:
http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/attacks-2015.htm

Here are 2014:
http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/attacks-2014.htm

Also... Why don't islamic countries want islamic refugees? Saudi Arabia has tents that could house millions of them, yet they don't actually let them in. If their country isn't working, and they are far less willing than other cultures to adapt to a different way of life...what is the point of letting them in France, or other countries? They will just muck it up.

Re: How about block islam? (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in After Paris Attacks, Proposed French Law Would Block Tor and Forbid Free Wi-Fi on 2015-12-14 05:07 (#XM3M)

So it's just a coincidence France lets a bunch of muslims in...and now has terrorist problem...right?

Re: How about block islam? (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in After Paris Attacks, Proposed French Law Would Block Tor and Forbid Free Wi-Fi on 2015-12-13 17:47 (#XJSJ)

Maybe 1,500 years ago.

How about block islam? (Score: 1, Insightful)

by entropy@pipedot.org in After Paris Attacks, Proposed French Law Would Block Tor and Forbid Free Wi-Fi on 2015-12-12 20:42 (#XGKZ)

That'd fix the terrorist problem.

Cheap solar cells (Score: 0)

by entropy@pipedot.org in 3D-printing for live blood vessels on 2015-12-07 19:15 (#WYR7)

I'm still waiting for the cheaper solar cells they've been talking about for the last 15 years....but never, ever materialize for the consumer. Last time I checked the breakeven for solar was 15-25 years and the expected useful lifetime of the system was around 20 years which is absolutely pitiful.

FIOS is actually quite good, but lead by a idiot. (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Verizon rejects federal money to build rural broadband on 2015-09-21 09:59 (#N2Y2)

FIOS is actually pretty awesome. Unfortunately the idiot that runs FIOS is that guy from wireless that missed out on the iPhone back when Verizon wireless had no good phones. He thinks wireless Internet(LOL) is the future..along with liberal data caps of ~6GB/month or so, that is.

The main problem is they mostly stopped doing buildouts since they believe wireless is the future so you either have it, or don't. New communities may get it if their builder is intelligent, however the rural unconnected crowd is screwed.

Re: Maybe they can crack down on high text message users next... (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in T-Mobile cracks down on unauthorized tethering on "unlimited" data plans on 2015-09-05 21:48 (#KJ4W)

It's probably some employee they paid to do it.

Maybe they can crack down on high text message users next... (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in T-Mobile cracks down on unauthorized tethering on "unlimited" data plans on 2015-09-04 22:28 (#KFR9)

Data limits on cellular phones is a fantasy just like per-TXT and per-MMS charges were. They are holding onto it, and people hate it...but unlimited data is what customers demand. Idiocy like some guy using 2TB is not going to dissuade me from the obvious point that they whine about people using over 2GB and want to charge incredibly high rates per GB.

Re: Microsoft Security Essentials: done (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Has The Antivirus Industry Gone Mad?! on 2015-03-13 22:48 (#4X53)

Yeah because Microsoft can be trusted for security. It's not like the pitiful security model windows utilizes is their fault or anything. It's almost like trusting the virus industry to provide antivirus products.

Ni hao. We're really sorry you noticed our spyware... (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Lenovo apologizes for pre-loaded insecure adware "Superfish" on 2015-02-21 14:58 (#3HKH)

We promise to be more diligent and not let you find it again.

Re: Two Kilometers in Area? (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in The future of cable internet services may be as backhaul for cellular... on 2014-11-07 15:08 (#2TYB)

I'm guessing it's specified as a radius. So 2km from the broadcast tower in a 360 degree pattern.

Thanks for raping NASA budget... (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft explodes moments after launch on 2014-10-29 03:16 (#2TRS)

Now we can't even get a rocket into space. Perhaps we can pay Russia to do it for us?

You lost me at "DSL". (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in New G.fast standard offers gigabit DSL over short distances on 2014-10-27 23:47 (#2TR6)

Sorry, I don't care what you think you can do with copper. From unbonded grounds, to lighting, to interference..It's absolutely, unquestionably inferior to fiber.

Re: Use ZFS send/receive. (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Backing up FreeNAS to external drives on 2014-10-24 00:05 (#2TNM)

So load the backup on another machine of any ZFS-supported-OS. Perhaps for added benefit use one that isn't the originating platform. Since you seem to be sourced from FreeBSD, why not use one of the opensolaris variants? Import the disks, run a ZFS scrub(this is by definition how you're supposed to verify data)...and feel safe :)

For more familiarity Linux has a native ZFS implemenation now as well.

It truly would be great if certain commercial operating systems adopted ZFS. Their filesystems often seem dinosaur-like in comparison..because they are.

Use ZFS send/receive. (Score: 2, Interesting)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Backing up FreeNAS to external drives on 2014-10-22 22:48 (#2TKR)

Use zfs send/receive..either locally or via network. It should work great with minimal fuss. As to restoration FreeBSD/Linux/OpenSolaris should all work just fine. A backup doesn't need to be read by "anything", afterall..just read by something sufficiently common.

Re: There is no replacement for fiber. (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Google possibly investigating high-speed wireless alternatives to fiber on 2014-10-22 16:47 (#2TK7)

4 inches of snow? That's really impressive lol.

In re: 32 way splitters. I qualify for 500/500(though I have 75/75). I know what the road 'coffin' looks like for my residence, it seems to go back to a concentrator with every residence getting a individual fiber back to what I assume is their central office(or at least some sort of distribution hub). I'm not really sure how the aggregator works but I reliably get 85/85, and I have no reason to doubt their ability to offer 500/500....

I'm not really sure how one would split fiber, seems like I'd just need to be on a aggregator with sufficient bandwidth. Honestly the top end would probably be limited by the gigabit ethernet port on the ONT.

Re: There is no replacement for fiber. (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Google possibly investigating high-speed wireless alternatives to fiber on 2014-10-22 12:04 (#2TJZ)

I've used microwave..that was the licensed frequency stuff that I've used in the past. Now granted it was a different ballpark of equipment than someone using high frequency trading might use so not exactly apples to apples. But what caliber equipment would google use to deliver internet service to the home? I'm betting closer to the stuff I've used than the stuff wallstreet uses. Keep in mind in a point to multipoint environment(unless you're using a satelite) you're not using a directional antenna at both end, and may not even have line of sight--So you're dealing with reflection of signal and all the fun stuff that happens with that.

It seems (http://us.aviatnetworks.com/solutions/low-latency-microwave/) microwave propogates faster than light through a fiber optic cable. Cool. So there's certainly a latency advantage.

But if given a choice between fiber to the home, and microwave to my home I'd still choose fiber, even at a higher price. While I may suffer 2ms in latency, I'll gladly take that in return for subterranian cable run to my home, higher reliability, and likely higher future bandwidth.

My satelite TV suffered from rain fade during storms. Did yours? Also keep in mind that's a direct line of sight link.

There is no replacement for fiber. (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Google possibly investigating high-speed wireless alternatives to fiber on 2014-10-21 13:48 (#2TJ3)

There is no replacement for Fiber. There's things people try to do to cheap out and give a inferior product, such as brighthouse's "hybrid fiber coax" network. I've used wireless before, even licensed wireless links: They absolutely suck compared to fiber. I'm not talking about bandwidth I'm just talking about you know--actually working all the time.

Wireless does incredibly crazy stuff(depending on spectrum). It bounces of things, multiple copies of information arrive from different paths, rain screws with it, microwaves screw with it, winds screw with the antennas, etc.

If google fiber wants to change itself from the absolute premier internet provider into something only a backwater coal town with dialup would want, feel free to change to wireless. I'll stick with my FTTH network.

Pure sexism.. (Score: 2, Funny)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Tetrachromatic Humans See 100 Times More Colors on 2014-10-17 13:52 (#2TEJ)

I intend to file a equal opportunity lawsuit immediately as colorblindness vs super-human sight is clearly not a equal opportunity situation. :(

Re: Doesn't it come with 20 more levels? (Score: 3, Interesting)

by entropy@pipedot.org in World of Warcraft Patch 6.0 arrives Tuesday October 14 on 2014-10-12 17:09 (#2T7V)

Honestly it was better at level 60...Even good at level 60. The next expansion brought the 'no child left behind' act to wow where everyone is covered in epics..even Terrible people. Even people that can only play 1 hour/week. The entire concept that everyone can be awesome(or even average) is flawed by definition... Half of people are below average, on average..

Doesn't it come with 20 more levels? (Score: 3, Insightful)

by entropy@pipedot.org in World of Warcraft Patch 6.0 arrives Tuesday October 14 on 2014-10-12 04:22 (#2T7P)

I do so grinding out 20 more levels, and having all my hard-earned epics turned into trash and replaced by greens so I can do it all over again. Oh can we have new reputations so i can grind those out too? Maybe only by quests so I have absolutely no freedom in playstyle and it's all exactly pre-scripted for me so you know it will take exactly 32.4 hours. Thanks, here's my 50$..

ffmpeg vs libav (Score: 3, Interesting)

by entropy@pipedot.org in FFmpeg back in Debian on 2014-10-01 18:56 (#2T1P)

REF: https://github.com/mpv-player/mpv/wiki/FFmpeg-versus-Libav

Found a good resource on the pros & cons of both. Basically ffmpeg integrates every change libav makes, libav doesn't do that with ffmpeg. Thus ffmpeg is basically a superset of libav, it does everything that libav does and more. New(and useful) APIs in ffmpeg do not make their way into libav, unfortunately. Seems that the ffmpeg developer is banned from the libav irc channel(lol).

Re: What about her face? (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in ZFS on Linux on 2014-09-13 01:45 (#2SC3)

zfsonlinux.. The "actual" ZFS Linux implementation requires a kernel module. There's a more widely distributed FUSE module, but that one is buggy, and I don't recommend it's use. Check out zfsonlinux.org they should have install instructions for your flavor of Linux. For instance: Ubuntu PPA. It went extremely smoothly for me.

Re: What about her face? (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in ZFS on Linux on 2014-09-12 19:14 (#2SBT)

So this isn't completely abstract, here are a couple examples:

BTR: btrfs subvolume snapshot /tank/subvolume /tank/snapshots/subvolume/20140721 ... 75 characters
ZFS: zfs snapshot tank/subvolume@20140721 ... 36 characters.

Plus you have to maintain a separate directory to manage snapshots... As snapshots grow to hundreds, or thousands your mount screen becomes a worthless jumble of crap. Fundamentally snapshots are treated as peers with filesystems in btrfs, and I believe this is absolutely incorrect. Also apparently not only are a bunch of things required to be mounted(subvolumes) BTRFS pretends it can't figure out how to mount a full volume without playing around in fstab for each things I create. In short it mounts what I don't want mounted, and doesn't mount what I do.

Compression?
BTR: you go into fstab, which is apparently mandatory(really?) and set compress=lzo.
ZFS: zfs set compression=on tank/textfiles

For a use case involving ZVOLs(block devices) it's very simple, in ZFS it's possible:
zfs create -V 20G tank/vm/pgserver0
In BTR? It's impossible. You're dealing with files in a filesystem which if you've ever benchmarked is tragically underpowered. Personally I think this is the first thing BTRFS should have implemented but perhaps not as many people use VMs or iSCSI? To me those are critically important.

Maybe they can get shamalamadingdong to direct... (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Stargate Reboot Trilogy on 2014-06-01 15:19 (#1ZW)

And he can tell us Stargate(as prounounced in he hundreds of hours of existing content) is actually pronounced "pyramid thign" from the chiense roots.

Re: An Encyclopedia Is Not A Medical Journal. Film at 11. (Score: 2, Interesting)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Trust your doctor, not Wikipedia, say scientists on 2014-05-30 18:07 (#1ZC)

What if you compare against what a doctor says? As much as we'd like to pretend Doctors know everything: They do not. Comparing against a source such as a peer reviewed scientific journal is going to be quite accurate..but do you look up every single answer in a book before giving one? I certainly don't, and I'm pretty sure most doctors do not either.

They make plenty of mistakes with medication and other things... So really that would be a much more fair comparison.

Windows Tablets/Phones are irrelevant. (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Surface Pro: too late, not enough on 2014-05-22 14:18 (#1VM)

It's a completely irrelevant product in the marketplace. Some people might know "that guy" that had a windows phone, then ditched it for something useful. The Microsoft marketing machine(which is amazing) spins it as "if you just give it a chance" or "a superior product that's unappreciated" and other such nonsense..but we all really know the truth: Phones/Tablets are either Android or Apple.

Even the formerly hard core Microsoft people I know think of MS tablets/phones/windows8 as a joke... And these are the folks that have been telling me everything Microsoft does is gold for years... Now they are installing Windows 7 professional(aka Windows XP v2) and can't come up with any defense for any of the windows 8 nonsense.

The only good thing I can say about windows 8.x is it's doing more to damage Microsoft's desktop monopoly than anything a competitor could ever do. As to using it? It's banned from every company I have exposure to so I likely won't have more than a token exposure to it for years to come.

Re: In short, we're making sure the world won't buy anything american. (Score: 1)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Cisco Letter to Obama Objecting to NSA Implants on 2014-05-20 21:57 (#1T8)

Yes..common core is a great example of destroying our education. I've been given the example that knowing how to solve a problem isn't enough: You need to be able to solve it in a few completely irrelevant ways that have absolutely no use later in mathematics. Some crap about number lines? Anyway..Yeah.

In short, we're making sure the world won't buy anything american. (Score: 2, Interesting)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Cisco Letter to Obama Objecting to NSA Implants on 2014-05-20 14:07 (#1SN)

And if given a choice(which most companies have) they won't produce anything here, either. It started with encryption export restrictions: This made sure that all relevant encryption would have a tendency to be developed outside america.

Now we've made everything "Made in america" completely insecure. We export our skillsets, we destroy our own education.(FCAT, seriously?) America already only produces two things: Drugs, and Computer chips. This is an attack on half our production. America used to produce three things: Dollars(as a export), drugs, computer chips, and education. We've significantly eroded 2 of the 4 already.

I suppose we'll find a way to legislate destruction of our medicine exports next. Perhaps we can backdoor them?

I considered buying one (Score: 2, Interesting)

by entropy@pipedot.org in The Year of the Chromebook on 2014-05-14 15:56 (#1KR)

That I was going to mount in my car, however then I discovered chromebooks won't run android apps..so I passed and chose a Nexus tablet instead. I think one limiting factor(certainly for me) is that the chromebooks lack the rich app world Android offers.

Why not just use my phone? Honestly--privacy. I can toss all kinds of handy apps on my Nexus without regards to what they are doing with my contact information. Even though my phone is rooted and thus firewalled, it's a lot of trouble managing all that. The bigger screen is handy as well :)

The list of things I do on a new ubuntu install... (Score: 3, Interesting)

by entropy@pipedot.org in Ubuntu 14.04: don't touch those buttons! on 2014-05-07 02:44 (#1EP)

Hasn't changed with this. The very first thing I do is dump unity:
apt-get install gnome-shell gnome-panel compizconfig-settings-manager and presto... I can use
gnome classic.

I like 14.04 LTS.. I've hated Unity since it began. Seems almost every new revision makes my list of things I
need to tweak longer.
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