* Posts by Justin Clift

39 posts • joined 1 May 2007

Fake antivirus scams: It's a $120m business – and alleged ringleaders have just been frozen

Justin Clift

Re: Now let's clean up download sites.

Agreed. These people are scum.

Some friends and I release updates to our (decently popular) Open Source program every 6-8 weeks (up 1/4 million downloads sometimes).

CNET has decided to distribute it (ugh)... using our work and effort to spread their malware/crap.

There needs to be a version of the GNU license that forbids this kind of stuff being done to Open Source Software.

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Scale out sister: Open sorcerer pulls v3 Gluster cluster out of Red Hat

Justin Clift

Looking for testers for GlusterFS 3.6.0 native OSX client bits...

For anyone with some spare time over the next few days, we're (upstream GlusterFS Community) looking for testers for the recent 3.6.0 beta3 release.

This is the first release with native MacOS X FUSE client support. OSX users can access GlusterFS volumes directly now, without needing to use NFS, Samba, etc.

MacOS X Homebrew formula for it:

https://github.com/justinclift/homebrew/blob/glusterfs360/Library/Formula/glusterfs.rb

To test it, setup GlusterFS 3.6.0 beta3 on Linux or BSD, create some volumes, then use the OSX FUSE client to work with files on them. Let us know via the mailing lists if any weirdness happens for you. (in theory, it shouldn't) :)

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

Justin Clift

@AC - re Community spirit

"Getting into Linux development is not only technically challenging, but dominated by corporate, salaried developers who are (rightfully) protective of their domains. There's little of the old community spirit there."

If you're interested in the storage side of things, you'd be welcome in the GlusterFS Community. Many of us are salaried developers (paid by Red Hat), but many people aren't, and we're very _not protective_ of our domains. We take a "the more the merrier" approach, and are very newbie friendly. :)

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London commuter hell will soon include 'one card to rule them all'

Justin Clift

So basically a credit/debit card with NFC?

Credit/debit cards with NFC already work on London buses and taxi. Haven't tried trains though.

How is it this new group are inventing anything new/worthwhile? Credit/debit cards already have massive user base, industry acceptance, etc.

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'Behold my creation: Postgres-XL' bellows TransLattice

Justin Clift

Interesting...

Hopefully this goes well, and impartial benchmarks show good results.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

Justin Clift

Re: yes but...

Yeah. I switched to Opera a few weeks ago after Chrome started inserting ads into my "New Tabs" page. (I'd had a near ad free experience with it until then thanks to Adblock and similar)

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Toshiba opens curtains, reveals air-cushioned 5-terabyte terror

Justin Clift

Re: Instant Erase

Unless you've been able to extract the key from the HDD flash/cpu/etc prior to the "erase". (not impossible by a long shot)

In which case the "erase" is useless, as all of the data is still recoverable.

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Mind-melded rats could herald organic BRAIN-COMPUTERS

Justin Clift
Meh

Profitable...

I'll be more interesting when they can record, translate, and play back the experiences of Subject A for Subject B.

The translation layer could be tricky at first. Would likely need some intermediary (generic) way to represent experiences, which are re-encoded at playback time for each target individual.

Wouldn't be too surprising if this becomes a world of patent hurt. :/

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Uncle Sam buys 20 petaflops BlueGene super

Justin Clift
Heart

Wonder how many solar panels it would take to power this?

Wonder how many solar panels it would take to power this, and how much desert space would be needed?

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Boffins offer plastic printing service

Justin Clift
Joke

Escher...

Go on... someone upload one of those 3D Escher models.... the infinity loop type... :)

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AMD claims 'fastest graphics supercomputer ever'

Justin Clift
Happy

Folding@Home

Sweet. If the unused GPU capacity is put towards something like Folding@Home, they'd almost double the present amount of ATI GPU units in use. (1007 at the time of posting):

http://fah-web.stanford.edu/cgi-bin/main.py?qtype=osstats

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Justin Clift
Happy

Oops...

Oops, read the wrong column at the Folding@Home website. They've already got over 9,000 ATI GPU's in use. (No idea of model though). Oh, and 16,000 NVIDIA ones too. Still, an extra thousand Very High End ones probably wouldn't hurt. :)

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Sun to support AMP plus Linux

Justin Clift
Happy

Re: MySQL

Easy. They each have strong/better points going for them than the competing options, depending upon the environment and workload(s).

Horses for courses kind of thing.

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AMD loses $1.19bn and CEO Ruiz

Justin Clift
Boffin

Intel to buy ATI?

Heh, it would be interesting if Intel made an offer to AMD for ATI.

:)

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Fasthosts brings down Edugeek - and leaves it there

Justin Clift
Happy

Re: who do you suggest?

I've used ThePlanet before, and found them pretty decent:

http://www.theplanet.com

Though they're not perfect (they recently had a fire in a data centre, covered on here), their support was always first rate. i.e. generally clueful about *nix and responsive within a few minutes. (a *real* 24 x 7 operation)

However, last used them in depth over 18 months ago, so it wouldn't hurt to double check. :)

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Foldable sports plane gives Everyman a chance at crashing

Justin Clift
Happy

Needs to fit 2 people, and a docking station...

Docking station (not the PC type) for one of those rocket wing things that was also on here recently. :)

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Battle of the SSD strategies: Sun vs. EMC

Justin Clift
Boffin

It doesn't have to be one vs the other

i.e. Think of a Sun server (with it's local SSD), connecting to an EMC SAN (with it's tiered flash/disk/etc storage).

Provides complimentary speedups at both layers, and should work well. :)

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Verizon sends text messages to the big screen

Justin Clift
Happy

Heh, that's my website. :)

Heh... "Digital Distribution". That's my website (really).

www.digitaldistribution.com

:)

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US bank loses unencrypted data on 4.5m people

Justin Clift
Boffin

@Why are Banks so F'ing stupid, still ?

Because all of the practical encryption options for backup media are *expensive*.

There's:

+ licensing

ie Encryption option for NetBackup isn't cheap

+ implementation

new tape drives [for hw encryption rather than sw encryption]

key management software plus associated new processes/procedures

impact on restoration/recovery times of encrypted data vs unencrypted

+ legal compliance

+ data expiration considerations

+ and DR can become further complicated

Most places seem to get their backup and recovery strategy "working ok", without then going and getting the next step of securing it properly.

Personally, I'd feel a bit safer if the encryption of *sensitive* data on backup media was legally mandatory AND part of the auditing that's done of financial institutions (i.e. by APRA here in Australia)

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Justin Clift
Happy

@ Not really a problem

Me too.

I use an LTO tape library even at home. Just keeps things nice and simple.

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Outback hack suspect denied bail

Justin Clift
Thumb Down

Er.... backups?

Sure, restoration of multiple complex systems is going to be a pain... but what they're describing is as if they have to rebuild the lot.

Would be *really* surprised if that's the case. (not impossible, but unlikely)

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Swiss birdman in Alpine backpack-jetplane stunt flight

Justin Clift
Alert

Heck yeah!

Heh, stuff the motorbike off... this looks fun! :)

Hmmm, wonder if they'll allow them in the Red Bull Air Race at some point?

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Barclays Capital slashes contractor rates by 10%

Justin Clift
Thumb Up

As a professional contractor...

The choice is easy -> Move on.

Quality staff do not have a problem finding well paid work.

If some place can't afford quality staff, that's their own problem.

They need to be careful though, as they'll get to keep the staff they can afford. :)

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Adobe lifts Flash and AIR development restrictions

Justin Clift
Happy

Cool!

Hopefully this means I can add full desktop recording as an flv video stream to my OSS eLearning project (www.salasaga.org). :)

Though, if they're truly going royalty free with this, maybe Adobe should consider using something like theora (www.theora.org) for future video streaming...?

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Utah boffins in terahertz spybeam infra-computing quest

Justin Clift
Alert

Hmmmm.... hidden weaponry?

So, after all the airport security systems have deployed T-Ray based weapon detectors... people (with enough $$$) will be able to buy weapons/items covered with stuff based on this tech and thereby avoid the detection anyway.

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Toshiba samples Cell-based HD GPU

Justin Clift
Alert

Seems pretty useless.. :(

Can't see the use of this in a modern PC. Perhaps it's for older PC's?

What *could* be a lot more interesting, is putting a 8 (or more) of those chips (32+ cores) on a card, with 2G of ram, and a very fast bandwidth bus.

Extreme performance for the specialist crowd. And Folding@Home people. :)

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Of laptops and US border searches

Justin Clift

Very well thought out article.

Slow (sorry), but well worth the read. Very well thought out. :)

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Arthur C. Clarke dead at 90

Justin Clift
Unhappy

Damn.

Very much Damn. :(

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Google claims 'non-existent' Android beats everything but the Jesus Phone

Justin Clift
Thumb Down

That sounds a bit too optimistic

Thinking this through more:

"My belief is that any startup company or company that’s trying to build a popular mobile app will build it for both platforms".

Android is Java ONLY.

iPhone is compiled code only, Java does not run. Regardless of various fantasies people have about how it *may* be possible to get Java running on it, it doesn't here and now, nor will it actually seem to be more than hot air until its shown to work.

So, is a *startup company* or *company* going to develop their mobile applications in two completely different versions, based upon two completely different design approaches and implementations?

Hmmm, only the *most* lucrative (at best). That's an expensive and extremely-hard-to-maintain way to do things with any degree of success.

Certainly not an approach to be taken by budget focused (startup) companies, nor apps with a large existing code base.

Damn.

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Nine Inch Nails cracks net distribution (maybe)

Justin Clift
Happy

18% chose the paid option... that's pretty good!

If 18% of people visiting their site to get their music choose a pay option - and if that scales - that's indeed a very good indication a profitable business model can be found going forwards.

Good luck to them. :)

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Confidential Home Office data turns up in laptop on eBay

Justin Clift
Alert

Heh, someones having a lark...

No, really.

There's a bunch of kerfuffle about the home office losing data.

Then a mysteriously "encrypted" cd turns up from eBay with the words Home Office and Confidential on it.

What's the bet that someone created a CD sized bunch of random data, encrypted it, put it on eBay, then started counting down how long it takes for people to figure out (if ever)?

Half of the point of encryption is that people wouldn't be able to tell if there really is data in there. ;->

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UK rattles 'three strikes' filesharing sabre (again)

Justin Clift
Alert

Cover's of songs? (i.e. by a tribute band)

So what happens when my friends band does a cover (NOT graphical artwork!) of something well known - lets say Def Leppard's "Hysteria" - then puts that on the net for people to check them out?

Let's call it "Def Leppard - Hysteria.mp3".

Would the BPI people just go by file name? Would they actually fully download the song and listen to it as verification? Even if they do, would they realise it's NOT Def Leppard's performance of it?

How did they verify the legitimacy of the "evidence of file sharing" for these first few people they've already disconnected?

Not saying it's impossible, but it sounds like it would certainly be difficult to get properly verified evidence.

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Former contractor sues Google for $25m

Justin Clift
Boffin

@Anonymous Coward

Might be a bit harsh to assume he has no rights to IP/work he did during his contract.

It should depends upon the terms of his contract, jurisdiction it's in, etc.

Thinking this because I'm a professional freelance contractor, and I'm *very* careful to ensure anything I create *in my own time* is owned by myself rather than whomever I happen to be officially contracting for at the time.

This person may or may not have done the same, and his jurisdiction may or may not allow that separation, etc.

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LiMo Foundation touts real mobile Linux

Justin Clift
Linux

Yay, it doesn't have to be Java!

Looked at the Android stuff the other day, wondering how easy it would be to get my OSS app running on that (shameless plug - www.flameproject.org). They talk about Eclipse a lot.

"Cool!" I thought.

I've used Eclipse a lot the last few years, as the C programming IDE/platform for development (on Gentoo Linux mostly).

Several pages in, *still* looking to find out which languages are supported, they have an FAQ section.. and question # 2 is along the lines of "Can I program in C/C++?". The answer "No. Java only."

One language only! (and not even the one I want!)

Ugh. Complete lossage. Scratch Android from the list.

They try and encourage innovation and people to get involved, then they say "Java Only". Perhaps that C/C++ coders are asking frequently enough for it to be question #2 in their FAQ hasn't quite clued them in that there are lots of OSS C/C++ coders around who would like to take their app mobile.

So, next stop, LiMo Foundation website. And yep, they specifically support C and C++.

Unsure of effort involved, but at least it looks possible with LiMo. Whereas with Android... Ugh... Java Only... Complete Lossage. No thanks.

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Wheels come off Paris Hilton movie vehicle

Justin Clift
Paris Hilton

It's actually the IMDb #1 worst rated movie... EVER.

It's the worst rated movie on IMDb (and that's saying a LOT) *EVER*!

http://www.imdb.com/chart/bottom?tt0804492

Sounds like it will be a clean sweep winner for the Razzies.

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CCTV must not record conversations, warns new guidance

Justin Clift
Alert

What constitutes "recording of sound"?

Hmmmm, so if the sound is hooked up to automatically do voice recognition and record the text versions of the conversations, then that wouldn't "technically" be breaking this guidance?

(Would also make searches across large amounts of conversations far easier.)

Hopefully this aspect gets addressed in law somewhere, to disallow circumvention like this.

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Sun pulls MySQL into its orbit

Justin Clift
Happy

Sounds like a good strategic mode

Haven't looked into the valuation or anything, but the move itself sounds like good strategy.

Hope it's executed well. :)

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Village shaken by GPS-driven tank invasion

Justin Clift
Go

Anyone want some "near free" tanks?

Heh.

Someone enterprising just needs to put up a Large Shed in that town, paint the words "Army Base Receiving Depot" on it, and have someone stand out the front dressed the part waiting to sign for incoming tanks. ;->

So, who wants to buy a tank?

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A tribute to Jim Gray

Justin Clift

Scholar and a Gentleman

Many years ago when assisting the PostgreSQL (and OSDB) open source projects, I emailed Jim Gray asking how we could quickly generate large (at the time i.e. 5-50GB I think) sets of good quality TPC compliant test data.

Specifically so we could benchmark and compare various things reliably. (i.e. different configurations, database A vs database B vs database C, etc).

Wasn't aware at the time of how influential Jim was. Heh. Without hesitation he offered practical advise and assistance, including code thoughts, and dug up other contacts for us as well.

Truly a good guy. If he's really gone forever, then I hope his examples of humanity lift others to do the same as opportunities present.

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