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by jsloan
Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)
Replies: 123
Views: 4750

Re: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)

This page, which was recently on the HN frontpage: https://decentralize.today/uncorrectable-freedom-and-security-issues-on-x86-platforms-2e6220fa07ed#.b5ilejf73 has a similar, but different, rundown of alternative (non-x86) platforms and their various pros and cons. Thought it was an interesting add...
by jsloan
Mon Jun 20, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Oh By Codes
Replies: 0
Views: 299

Oh By Codes

This is what is going around the HN / startups scene - a new ... something ... It's like a combination URL shortener and pastebin, kind of ? https://0x.co You dump in text up to 4k characters and it spits you out a short code and the idea is that you can use that code out in the real world - like wr...
by jsloan
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Cloud storage with ZFS send/recv capabilities ... rsync.net just announced ...
Replies: 1
Views: 309

Cloud storage with ZFS send/recv capabilities ... rsync.net just announced ...

Their entire platform is FreeBSD so I guess this makes sense. Are they the only people doing this ?

http://www.rsync.net/products/zfsintro.html
by jsloan
Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: Apple
Topic: Just how non-free is my macbook air ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1535

Re: Just how non-free is my macbook air ?

I have a number of responses to the above postings, but I want to first discuss the computer-within-the-computer that is the Intel manageability engine (or whatever it is called in 2015) ... It looks like there are a lot of tools for updating, configuring, and managing the IME ... or do I misunderst...
by jsloan
Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:52 am
Forum: Apple
Topic: Just how non-free is my macbook air ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1535

Re: Just how non-free is my macbook air ?

are there any other pieces I am missing here ? Yes. The whole system architecture. The northbridge on these systems, supplied by Intel, contains a separate processor called the Managability Engine that is totally invisible to the OS and bypasses all its access controls. It can be accessed remotely ...
by jsloan
Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: Apple
Topic: Just how non-free is my macbook air ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1535

Re: Just how non-free is my macbook air ?

Well... let me elaborate by saying that I am not necessarily looking for a "perfect" computing environment that has no non-free components. Right now I am running OS X on a macbook air, so obviously I can compromise quite a bit. What I *am* interested in doing is figuring out precisely whe...
by jsloan
Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Apple
Topic: Just how non-free is my macbook air ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1535

Just how non-free is my macbook air ?

I think I know the answer to this, but I want to hash it out and make sure ... So, let's say I have a recent (2014) macbook air and I load a completely free-as-in-freedom Linux distro on it. On the one hand I have a free, open source OS with free open source programs (sshd, screen, xterm, etc.), so ...
by jsloan
Mon May 06, 2013 12:05 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: I don't understand bitcoin ...
Replies: 24
Views: 3562

Re: I don't understand bitcoin ...

Wow, so that's really it ? That seems pretty fragile to me. Are you talking about the federal reserve ? Or the concept of "money" ? I'm talking about how, to the average user, it's just bits. Not only are there unlimited bits, but there are unlimited bitcoin-like-monetary-systems, and so ...
by jsloan
Sun May 05, 2013 8:06 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: I don't understand bitcoin ...
Replies: 24
Views: 3562

Re: I don't understand bitcoin ...

Wow, so that's really it ? That seems pretty fragile to me.
by jsloan
Sun May 05, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: I don't understand bitcoin ...
Replies: 24
Views: 3562

I don't understand bitcoin ...

Well ... actually I think I do understand bitcoin ... but there's just this one thing ... At any point, couldn't someone just take the bitcoin code and restart it, fresh ? So then you have two bitcoin blockchains going ... then 10 ... then 1,000,000. That is, there are an unlimited number of new, un...
by jsloan
Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Hardware For Sale/Trade
Topic: WTB: Sun filler panels for sun rack ...
Replies: 0
Views: 273

WTB: Sun filler panels for sun rack ...

The old rackmounted e3500 and e4500 systems, as well as many others, had these 4U plastic fillers: http://www.manualslib.com/manual/166193/Sun-Microsystems-Netra-120.html?page=75 4U part number is: 330-2614-01 I am interested in buying any of these (2U, 3U, 4u and 5u) - please let me know if you hav...
by jsloan
Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: Hardware For Sale/Trade
Topic: Holy. Fucking. Shit. New in box ss20s for sale on ebay (!)
Replies: 21
Views: 1341

Re: Holy. Fucking. Shit. New in box ss20s for sale on ebay

Cool, what are you going to run on it? Probably 2.5.1, since that is what I ran on them professionally back in 97-98 when I used them almost exclusively at work. I'd like to get triple head running ... Beyond that, no specific plans. Although one of those i486 "dos cards" would be neat...
by jsloan
Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:53 pm
Forum: Hardware For Sale/Trade
Topic: Holy. Fucking. Shit. New in box ss20s for sale on ebay (!)
Replies: 21
Views: 1341

Re: Holy. Fucking. Shit. New in box ss20s for sale on ebay

Man someone bought 2. $289 is nuts. They are opening them up and installing parts too. I am not sure that really qualifies for any extra value. At that point what is the actual difference between new and used ? The box it came in ? That is about the worst spec'd SS20 you can have too. Those two are...
by jsloan
Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: Hardware For Sale/Trade
Topic: Holy. Fucking. Shit. New in box ss20s for sale on ebay (!)
Replies: 21
Views: 1341

Re: Holy. Fucking. Shit. New in box ss20s for sale on ebay

Yes, the 8mb vsimm is the real value there ... those are not so easy to find.
by jsloan
Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: Hardware For Sale/Trade
Topic: Holy. Fucking. Shit. New in box ss20s for sale on ebay (!)
Replies: 21
Views: 1341

Holy. Fucking. Shit. New in box ss20s for sale on ebay (!)

quantity 20 of these are for sale: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sun-Sparcstation-20-NEW-Sparc-20-50MHz-32Gb-VSimm-New-/321053388452?pt=COMP_EN_Servers&hash=item4ac045eea4 and: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sun-Sparcstation-20-Sparc-20-50MHz-192Mb-9Gb-disk-TGX-VSimm-New-/380552439520?pt=COMP_EN_Servers&...

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