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big mac vs. mcdouble [Apr. 17th, 2012|07:22 pm]
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I was really craving a cheapass burger, and used McDonald's stoppage of using pink slime to rationalize going there.

Big Mac "large value meal" is on sale now for $4.99. The receipt actually broke it down into: Big Mac: $3.30 and Large Drink+Fries: $1.69. The list price for the Big Mac was $3.69. I also got a McDouble just because I haven't had a Dollar Menu burger in years. The Big Mac was somewhat disappointing, because the patties were about the same as the ones in the McDouble, which meant the extra $2.30 were for the extra bun, lettuce, and thousand island. The fries were tasty, though. I agree that the onions in the McDouble is what pushes it a bit beyond BK's double cheeseburger. Bottom line: Try a Wendy's Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe next time.
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End of Line [May. 17th, 2011|09:47 am]
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I finally got around to watching the ending of BSG (yes I am a slacker). I thought it was pretty good all around, and the whole part of finding pre-civilized new earth was a good homage to the final episode of the original series as well (where the crew just miss seeing signals from the moon landings). Of course, I also watched season 4.5 in the context of what was presented by the cast and crew at the UN, so a lot of the show makes so much more sense to me (than before).
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dancing in the streets?! [May. 4th, 2011|10:46 am]
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So apparently there's some controversy about seeing people dancing in the streets over OBL being killed. One side side is basically jingoistically mouthpiecing "hey it's free speech nothing wrong with that", the other said basically says "isn't it a bit creepy or odd, since that's what a bunch of angry Muslims did after 9/11?" while the the jingoists are retorting with "stop being so PC..."

So a couple of things/quotes I think we should all walk away thinking about:
  • "With great power comes great responsibility." (Uncle Ben channeling Voltaire)
  • Freedom only means something if we have the wisdom to guide us in how we put that freedom to use.
  • "All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify." - St. Paul
And finally, I leave y'all with this:
"Shouldn't we be better than that?"
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Oracle kills sun.com news at 11 [Mar. 16th, 2011|02:31 pm]
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A 25 year old legacy is coming to an end. Oracle refuses to pay the $30/year and a couple of rewrite rules to maintain sun.com

long live sun.com! tossed out like cheap trick. From the former makers of Grid Engine, StorageTek, and ZFS.
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pf & nat [Feb. 16th, 2011|07:51 pm]
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FreeBSD 8-STABLE is still on pf 4.1 but the documentation at openbsd is based on 4.7 which rewrote half the routing stack, so reading pf.conf(5) is still your friend.

Here is me using my laptop nated to the desktop which uses wifi to connect upstream. That way, I reduce wifi net contention by shutting down the close-proximity wifi card on the laptop *and* I get 100mb between the laptop and the desktop.


set limit states 100000

ext_if = "wlan0"
int_if = "bge0"

#packet normalization, see docs for details
scrub in on $ext_if all no-df
scrub out on $ext_if all random-id

#nat on external iface any packet not originating from
#that iface to any dest not on the local lan and
#xlate the packet through external iface
nat on $ext_if inet from ! ($ext_if) to ! ($int_if) -> ($ext_if)

#no-filter, I don't need no steenkin fw
pass in all
pass out all

Then /etc/rc.d/routing restart and /etc/rc.d/pf start and voila.
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wpa_supplicant.conf for freebsd on uabwifi-nac [Jan. 13th, 2011|01:25 am]
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Here is a working wpa_supplicant.conf for 8.2 to associate with uabwifi-nac, which uses PEAP-MSCHAPV2 against your BlazerID credentials. Pay close attention to the lines that are quoted or not. wpa_supplicant(8) has a funky quote parser.

network={ #this line must not be indented
ssid="uabwifi-nac" #ssid requires quotes
bssid=00:1a:1e:... #I'm on a desktop, so I picked the strongest BSSID to use, but you'd leave this blank on a laptop so roaming can be auto.
auth_alg=OPEN #for wpa
group=CCMP TKIP #aes first, no wep

In rc.conf you'd do something like (I am fortunate to have an Atheros card supported by ath(4), you're on your own with funky intel crap):
ifconfig_wlan0="WPA DHCP"

See also http://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/network-wireless.html
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ZFS root funkiness on 8.2-RC1 [Jan. 12th, 2011|09:55 pm]
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So I modified a set of Pawel's ZFS-root dataset layout here:

But since I was using raidz, I merged that setup with the installation-from-fixit onto root ZFS instructions in the wiki here

Reboot and system comes up. However, none of my zfs filesystems are mounted through legacy mount:

on boot, all mount shows is:
zroot/root on / (zfs,local,noatime)
devfs on /dev (devfs, local, multilabel)

I have to manually invoke zfs mount -a in order to have them mount, even though yes, they all have static zfs mountpoints set. The filesystem can still run normally without the zfs mounted, as they pass through the root mount. But why is this happening? (zfs_enable=yes in rc.conf, and I can clearly boot to multiuser fine, so bootfs is set properly.).

Here is my fstab:
zroot/root / zfs rw, noatime 0 0
/dev/mirror/swap none swap sw 0 0

Here is zfs get mountpoints:
zroot / (canmount=no)
zroot/root legacy
zroot/tmp /tmp
zroot/usr /usr (canmount=no)
zroot/usr/home /usr/home
zroot/usr/local /usr/local
zroot/usr/obj /usr/obj
zroot/usr/ports /usr/ports
zroot/usr/ports/distfiles /usr/ports/distfiles
zroot/usr/src /usr/src
zroot/var /var (canmount=no)
zroot/var/audit /var/audit
zroot/var/log /var/log
zroot/var/tmp /var/tmp
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UAB network policy hinders research [Jan. 6th, 2011|11:37 am]
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[Current Mood |pissed offpissed off]

Ugh, I'm stuck having to put my workstation on wireless because as peon, I can't have root OR baremetal access to the box MY NIH grant paid for. I specifically speced the machine so I could play with ZFS on it. But that was before I found out that in order to connect to the gigabit ethernet, you have to give up all admin rights to the machine. WTF. How are hardware developers supposed to be able to develop on their machines? No wonder Engineering here sucks compared to Tuscaloosa.

Mostly, it's the clueless users who get their machines infected are to blame. They ruined it for the rest of us. Even the head of the department can't get his own sysadmin staff root/baremetal on his own machine. The best you can do is request to partition the disk so most of it goes to a VM you can run, if you really really want to self-admin a machine. Of course, that can't work in my case, unless I have them install OpenSolaris and then run a linux VM in it, but it's not like they'll let me admin that anyway, so what's the use? Both SOE VLAN and the main UAB-IT's VLAN have the same stupid policy. SHIIIIT they don't even know wtf BSD OR ZFS are. The rest of it is power politics I think.

At least the School of Engineering network admin was nice enough to give me a wifi card in some closet as a consolation prize.
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ddr3 differences for xeons [Sep. 20th, 2010|07:00 pm]
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What's really the difference between 6x1gb of DDR3 1333mhz registered and DDR3 1066mhz unbuffered?

Application: 2 westmere E5620s (2.4ghz each). 3D Visualization workstation.
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tidbits from #bsdports [Sep. 14th, 2010|06:54 pm]
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18:50 <@aDe> today's punch-in-the-face goes to marcus, I think
18:50 <@CowbertDH> aww why
18:50 <@aDe> slow repocopy FTL
18:50 <@CowbertDH> heh
18:50 <@CowbertDH> flood his inbox!
18:50 <@linimon> already done
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