Vol 23, No.12 (December, 2011)
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- 20111228 : Intel working to keep the netbook alive with "Cedar Trail" Atom platform ( Intel working to keep the netbook alive with "Cedar Trail" Atom platform, Dec 28, 2011 )
- 20111221 : /dev/dm-0 - LinuxQuestions.org ( /dev/dm-0 - LinuxQuestions.org, Dec 21, 2011 )
- 20111220 : Top 20 Windows 7 Tips - Page 2 PCWorld ( Top 20 Windows 7 Tips - Page 2 PCWorld, Dec 20, 2011 )
- 20111216 : Acronis restore story ( Dec 16, 2011 )
- 20111216 : AIX/370 cluster story ( )
- 20111216 : Bad backup story ( )
- 20111216 : "on-the-job training" ( )
- 20111216 : Some lessons about cutting costs ( )
- 20111212 : EXOPC Slate ( Microsoft Store Online )
- 20111212 : init - What are the pros-cons of Upstart and systemd ( Stack Exchange )
- 20111212 : My Seagate Free Agent GoFlex 1TB External USB HDD has got erased ... ( My Seagate Free Agent GoFlex 1TB External USB HDD has got erased ..., Dec 12, 2011 )
- 20111212 : New HP TouchPad Wi-Fi 32 GB 9.7-Inch Tablet Computer - Glossy Black... ( New HP TouchPad Wi-Fi 32 GB 9.7-Inch Tablet Computer - Glossy Black..., Dec 12, 2011 )
- 20111212 : Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive STAA1000100 (Black) ( Amazon )
- 20111211 : A Saturated Grey ( A Saturated Grey, Dec 11, 2011 )
- 20111211 : Cryptographers Believe Size Does Matter to Stay Safe Online by Royal Holloway ( 12/02/11 , University of London )
- 20111211 : San Francisco Team Solves DARPA Shredder Challenge by Elizabeth Montalbano ( 12/05/11 , InformationWeek )
- 20111211 : Systemd ( softpanorama.org, Dec 11, 2011 )
- 20111211 : systemd – a Replacement for init etc ( )
- 20111210 : Product highlights - openSUSE ( Product highlights - openSUSE, Dec 10, 2011 )
- 20111210 : Psychopaths Amongst Us ( Thirteenth Monkey )
- 20111210 : Study Politicians share personality traits with serial killers -- Current ( Study Politicians share personality traits with serial killers -- Current, Dec 10, 2011 )
- 20111210 : Re: systemd: Yet Another Init Replacement ( 2011-09-24 21:20:08 )
- 20111208 : Politika i spasenie dushi ( Православие и мир )
- 20111208 : molitva-pered-vladimirskoj-iko ( О спасении державы Российской и утолении раздоров и нестроений )
- 20111207 : Intels mobile Ivy Bridge CPU line-up revealed ( VR-Zone.com )
- 20111207 : Intel roadmap shows Core i 3000 CPUs inbound for Q2 2012 ( Dec 5, 2011 , SlashGear )
- 20111206 : GNOME Commander 220.127.116.11 ( Freecode )
- 20111206 : Solaris 11 Released ( November 10, 2011 , Slashdot )
- 20111206 : Terms for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Solaris Cluster and Oracle Solaris Express ( Oracle Technology Network Developer License )
- 20111205 : Son of Grid Engine 8.0.0d ( Son of Grid Engine 8.0.0d, Dec 05, 2011 )
- 20111205 : With Solaris 11, Oracle Makes Sun's OS Its Own ( IDEAS Insights )
- 20111204 : Comp.compilers Re Need an interesting topic for an undergraduate project on Compilers ( Comp.compilers Re Need an interesting topic for an undergraduate project on Compilers, Dec 04, 2011 )
- 20111204 : Roslyn Project Overview ( Microsoft Developer Network )
- 20111204 : Simplicity is the core of a good infrastructure by Steve Webb ( Simplicity is the core of a good infrastructure, Dec 04, 2011 )
- 20111204 : The International Obfuscated C Code Contest ( The International Obfuscated C Code Contest, Dec 04, 2011 )
- 20111203 : AMD C-60 Notebook Processor - ( Notebookcheck.net Tech )
- 20111202 : Oracle Releases Oracle Solaris 11 ( November 9, 2011 , oracle )
- 20111202 : The Other One Percent: Corporate Psychopaths and the Global Financial Crisis ( Dec 02, 2011 , Jesse's Café Américain )
"...reduced power consumption in spite of the faster GPU - 5 W for the 1.6 GHz N2600, 8 W for the
1.86 GHz N2800, compared to 10 W for the 1.66 GHz Pineview N570"
The new chips are the Atom N2600 and N2800, based on the Intel's third-generation Atom architecture,
codenamed Cedarview. The Cedar Trail-M platform pairs one of these processors with company's pre-existing
NM10 chipset. As with the previous generation Pineview processor, each dual core, four thread chip
integrates a GPU. For Cedarwood, the processor is based on a PowerVR design. Cedarview's GPU offers
twice the performance of Pineview's. Cedarview adds to this a dedicated media engine for hardware-accelerated
decoding of motion video, including support for 1080p H.264.
Cedarview is built on Intel's 32 nm process, compared to the 45 nm process used in Pineview.
This allows for reduced power consumption in spite of the faster GPU-5 W for the 1.6 GHz N2600,
8 W for the 1.86 GHz N2800, compared to 10 W for the 1.66 GHz Pineview N570. The new processors
also include more aggressive power-saving features than their predecessors. Intel is targeting system
runtimes of up to 10 hours, with standby times measured in weeks. The
company also claims that systems using the slower N2600 part will draw so little power that they
can be passively cooled-no need for fans.
Desktop-oriented Cedarview parts, D2500 and D2700, started shipping in the third quarter of 2011
fdisk -l output in case you are using LVM contains many messages like
Disk /dev/dm-0 doesn't contain a valid partition table
This has been very helpful to me. I found this thread by Goggle on dm-0 because I also got the
no partition table error message.
Here is what I think:
When the programs fdisk and sfdisk are run with the option -l and no argument, e.g. # /sbin/fdisk
they look for all devices that can have cylinders, heads, sectors, etc.
If they find such a device, they output that information to standard output and they output the
partition table to standard output. If there is no partition table, they have an error message (also
One can see this by piping to 'less', e.g.
# /sbin/fdisk -l | less
/dev/dm-0 ... /dev/dm3 on my fedora C5 system seem to be device mappers associated with LVM.
RAID might also require device mappers.
Open a command prompt at any folder
Command prompt fans will welcome this tip. With it, when you're in Windows Explorer, you
can open a command prompt to any folder. This tip does exactly what the
Windows XP PowerToy "Open Command Window Here" does.
To use it, hold down the Shift key and right-click a folder, then choose "Open command window
here" from the context menu that appears. (Note that this tip doesn't work in the Documents
The User Account Control security produces constant warning messages asking for permission to
continue many operations. You can still tweak warning if you consider them overboard:
Here's how to turn UAC on or off, and make it less or more intrusive than the default:
1. Go to the Control Panel --> User Accounts and Family Safety.
2. Click User Accounts, then click Change User Account Control settings.
3. From the screen that appears, use the slider to select the level of protection you want.
Here are the four levels and what they mean:
Always notify me. Think of this as UAC Classic. It works like Vista's UAC: When you
make changes to your system, when software is installed or when a program tries to make a change
to your system, an annoying prompt appears.
Default -- Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer. This is,
obviously, the default; make a change yourself and UAC leaves you alone. When a program makes
a change, a prompt appears and your desktop goes dark, just like it does in Vista. Otherwise,
UAC sits there silently.
Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop).
This setting is identical to the default setting, with one difference: It won't dim your desktop
so that you only see the UAC prompt asking you to take action. This presents a slightly elevated
security risk over the default setting, because theoretically a program could allow a malicious
program to interfere with the UAC prompt.
Never notify me when: In this one, UAC is completely turned off. This is, of course,
an insecure option and not recommended for most users.
After you make the selection, click OK. Depending on the selection you made, you may need
to restart your system for it to take effect.
[Dec 16, 2011] Acronis restore story
This is about Windows but the lesson is valuable in any case
If you are not careful you can wipe out your C disk performing a restore of the Windows C partition
image to a USB drive, as selection of bootable recovery image somehow redirects recovery to disk
C. The warning sign is when Acronis True Image wants to reboot
computer to proceed.
If you are brave enough to go past this point, then
despite the fact that you explicitly made your target different from bootable drive you need
to face unpleasant consequences -- your C partition is now gone.
You can imagine your surprise with the results. I once did that. Thanks God there was no critical
data on this wiped C drive. I already migrate it to a new PC. My first reaction was to throw this
garbage program where it belongs. But the problem is that other similar programs are not much
better and now I am trained not to trust Acronis and probably can do better in future. Another factor
is that if you don't use Acronis True Image often you forget about it capabilities (in this case
the write decision would be to use cloning of the disk operating, not restoration from the image
but the problem was that the disk and image were slightly different and I want the content of the
image not the content of the disk.
Still right way would be to do first clone of the disk and then perform restoration of the image
to this drive. As I don't use complex operations with Acronis often, I forgot about that and was
punished. And believe me you jaw really drops in such cases when you see the results...
AIX/370 cluster story
Another time, our AIX/370 cluster managed to trash the /etc/passwd file. All 4 machines in the
cluster lost their copies within milliseconds. In the next few minutes, I discovered that (a) the
nightly script that stashed an archive copy hadn't run the night before and (b) that our backups
were pure zorkumblattum as well. (The joys of running very beta-test software).
I finally got saved when I realized the cluster had *5* machines in it - a lone PS/2 had crashed
the night before, and failed to reboot. So it had a propogated copy of /etc/passwd as of the previous
Go to that PS/2, unplug it's Ethernet.. reboot it. Copy /etc/passwd to floppy, carry to a working
(?) PS/2 in the cluster, tar it off, let it propogate to other cluster sites. Go back, hook up the
crashed PS/2s ethernet.. All done.
Only time in my career that having beta-test software crash a machine saved me from bugs in beta-test
Bad backup story
Once I was in the position of upgrading a Gould PN/9080. I was a good sysadmin, took a backup
before I started, since the README said that they had changed the I-node format slightly. I do the
upgrade, and it goes with unprecidented (for Gould) smoothness. mkfs all the user partitions, start
restoring files. Blam.
I/O error on the tape. All 12 tapes. Both Sets of backups.
However, 'dd' could read the tape just fine.
36 straight hours later, I finally track it down to a bad chip on the tape controller board -
the chip was involved in the buffer/convert from a 32-bit backplane to a 8-bit I/O cable. Every
4 bytes, the 5th bit would reverse sense. 20 mins later, I had a program written, and 'dd 3 my_twiddle
3 restore -f -' running.
Moral: Always *verify* the backups - the tape drive didn't report a write error, because what
it *received* and what went on the tape were the same....
I'm sure I have other sagas, but those are some of the more memorable ones I've had...
Computer Systems Engineer
From: [email protected] (Bob Arnold)
Organization: Ask Computer Systems Inc., Ingres Division, Alameda CA 94501
Many moons ago, in my first sysadmin job, learning via "on-the-job training", I was in charge of
a UNIX box who's user disk developed a bad block. (Maybe you can see it already ...)
The "format" man page seemed to indicate that it could repair bad blocks. (Can you see it now?)
I read the man page very carefully. Nowhere did it indicate any kind of destructive behavior.
I was brave and bold, not to mention boneheaded, and formatted the user disk.
The good news:
1) The bad block was gone.
2) I was about to learn a lot real fast :-)
The bad news:
1) The user data was gone too.
2) The users weren't happy, to say the least.
Having recently made a full backup of the disk, I knew I was in for a miserable all day restore.
Why all day? It took 8 hours to dump that disk to 40 floppies. And I had incrementals (levels 1,
2, 3, 4, and 5, which were another sign of my novice state) to layer on top of the full.
Only it got worse. The floppy drive had intermittent problems reading some of the floppies. So
I had to go back and retry to get the files which were missed on the first attempt.
This was also a port of Version 7 UNIX (like I said, this was many moons ago). It had a program
called "restor", primordial ancestor of BSD's "restore". If you used the "x" option to extract selected
files (the ones missed on earlier attempts), "restor" would use the *inode number* as the name of
the extracted files. You had to move the extracted files to their correct locations yourself (the
man page said to write a shellscript to do this :-(). I didn't know much about shell scripts at
the time, but I learned a lot more that week.
Yes, it took me a full week, including the weekend, maybe 120 hours or more, to get what I could
(probably 95% of the data) off the backups.
And there were a few ownership and permissions problems to be cleaned up after that.
Once burned twice shy. This is the only truly catastrophic mistake I've ever made as a sysadmin,
I'm glad to be able to say.
I kept a copy of my memo to the users after I had done what I could. Reading it over now is sobering
indeed. I also kept my extensive notes on the restore process - thank goodness I've never had to
use them since.
1) The "man" pages don't tell you everything you need to know.
2) Don't do backups to floppies.
3) Test your backups to make sure they are readable.
4) Handle the format program (and anything else that writes directly to disk devices) like nitroglycerine.
5) Strenuously avoid systems with inadequate backup and restore programs wherever possible (thank
goodness for "restore" with an "e"!).
6) If you've never done sysadmin work before, take a formal training class.
Well, I haven't thought about that one in a while! I can laugh about it now ....
Some lessons about cutting costs
From: [email protected] (Bob Arnold)
Organization: Ask Computer Systems Inc., Ingres Division, Alameda CA 94501
In article <[email protected]> I wrote:
>I was brave and bold, not to mention boneheaded, and formatted the
> U rest of story deleted ... Bob ~
> 1) The "man" pages don't tell you everything you need to know.
> 2) Don't do backups to floppies.
> 3) Test your backups to make sure they are readable.
> 4) Handle the format program (and anything else that writes directly
> to disk devices) like nitroglycerine.
> 5) Strenuously avoid systems with inadequate backup and restore
> programs wherever possible (thank goodness for "restore" with
> an "e"!).
> 6) If you've never done sysadmin work before, take a formal
> training class.
Just thought of a few more related morals (managers pay attention now):
7) You get what you pay for.
8) There's no substitute for experience.
9) It's a lot less painful to learn from someone else's experience than your own (that's what this
thread is about, I guess :-) )
Part of the story I should tell here. My employer had been looking for a way to cut costs. I
was 15% cheaper than their previous sysadmin so they let him go and hired me. It wasn't as nasty
as it sounds, since they kept him on as a consultant at 4 hours a week and he ended up with a better
job too (so did I). Everyone benefited in the end. I leaned heavily on his consulting, which was
great. He was older and wiser, and probably had his own horror stories to tell. After this one,
so did I!
For $399 this is essentially the same specs as Dell Duo. There is also a community installing alternate
OSes on it - including Ubuntu and Meego.
PROCESSOR : Intel Atom Pineview-M N450 1.66 GHz, L2 cache 512 KB/1.66 GHz
MEMORY : 2 GB DDR2 667 MHz
HARD DRIVE SIZE : 64 GB SSD P4
OPERATING SYSTEM : Windows 7 Home Premium
PC TYPE : Slate
OPTICAL DRIVE : None
MEDIA DRIVE : Memory card reader (SDHC), supports up to 32 GB cards
AUDIO : 2 built-in 1.5-watt speakers, Realtek High Definition Audio
VIDEO : Intel GMA 3150 with shared graphics memory
PORTS : 2 USB 2.0 • Headphone output • Microphone input • Mini-HDMI
BATTERY : Lithium-ion (4 hours)*
CAMERA : Integrated 1.3-megaixel webcam (fixed focus)
WIRELESS : 802.11b/g/n
BLUETOOTH : Yes (2.1 + EDR)
DIMENSIONS : 11.6 x 7.7 x 0.55 in (294.64 x 195.58 x 13.97 mm)
WEIGHT : 2.09 lbs (0.94 kg)
COLOR : Black
OTHER : Model number: 58318/SLATE SSD64GB For more technical specifications, please see
systemd mentioned on
Arch General ML today. So read up on it. The
H Online as ever is a great source for Linux Technology and is where I found my place to start
Systemd as SysV Init and Upstart alternative. However the H Online article (in this case) isn't
a very useful read, the real use behind it is it gives links to the useful reads.
The real answer is in the
announcement of systemd.
Which gives some crucial points of what's wrong with SysV initd, and what new systems need to do
To start less.
And to start more in parallel.
It's major plan to do this seems to be to start services only as they're needed, and to start
a socket for that service, so that the service that needs it can connect to the created socket long
before the daemon is fully online. Apparently a socket will retain a small amount of buffered data
meaning that no data will be lost during the lag, it will be handled as soon as the daemon is online.
Another part of the plan seems to be to not serialize filesystems, but instead mount those on
demand as well, that way you're not waiting on your
/home/, etc (not to be confused
/etc) to mount, and/or
fsck when you could be starting daemons as
/var/ etc, are already mounted. It said it was going to use autofs
to this end.
It also has the goal of creating
.desktop style init descriptors
as a replacement for scripts. This will prevent tons of slow
sh processes and even
more forks of processes from things like
grep that are often used
in shell scripts.
They also plan not to start some services until they are asked for, and perhaps even shut them
off if they are no longer needed, bluetooth module, and daemon are only needed when you're using
a bluetooth device for example. Another example given is the ssh daemon. This is the kind of thing
that inetd is capable of. Personally I'm not sure I like this, as it might mean latency when I do
need them, and in the case of ssh I think it means a possible security vulnerability, if my inetd
were compromised the whole system would be. However, I've been informed that using this to breach
this system is infeasible and that if I want to I can disable this feature per service and in other
Another feature is apparently going to be the capability to start based
on time events, either at a regularly scheduled interval or at a certain time. This is similar to
atd do now. Though I was told it will not support user
"cron". Personally this sounds like the most pointless thing. I think this was written/thought up
by people who don't work in multiuser environments, there isn't much purpose to user cron if you're
the only user on the system, other than not running as root. I work on multiuser systems daily,
and the rule is always run user scripts as the user. But maybe I don't have the foresight they do,
and it will in no way make it so that I can't run
atd, so it
doesn't hurt anyone but the developers I suppose.
The big disadvantage of systemd is that some daemons will have to be modified in order to take
full advantage of it. They'll work now, but they'd work better if they were written specifically
for its socket model.
It seems for the most part the systemd's peoples problem with upstart is the event system, and
that they believe it to not make sense or be unnecessary. Perhaps their words put it best.
Or to put it simpler: the fact that the user just started D-Bus is in no way an indication that
NetworkManager should be started too (but this is what Upstart would do). It's right the other
way round: when the user asks for NetworkManager, that is definitely an indication that D-Bus
should be started too (which is certainly what most users would expect, right?).
A good init system should start only what is needed, and that on-demand. Either lazily or parallelized
and in advance. However it should not start more than necessary, particularly not everything
installed that could use that service.
As I've already said this is discussed much more comprehensively in the
announcement of systemd.
Well one thing most of you forgot is the organisation of processes in cgroups. [this requires
the kernel to have the cgroup stuff enabled -- NNB]
So if Systemd started a thing it will
put this thing in its own cgroup and there is no (unpriviledged) mean for the process to escape
that cgroup. This has several things as consequence:
- An Administator of a big System with many users has efficient new ways to identify malicious
- The the priorities for Cpu-sheduling can be determined better as done by the
"Wonder autocgroup patch".
10-17-2011 | tomshardware.com
I was having two seagate hard disks. One is 8GB USB Hard disk and another one is 1TB USB Free
Agent GoFlex Ultra-Portable Drive For PC & Mac.
My problem till yesterday was that first one (8GB) hard disk was not working properly. Even
when it connect to system, it was not recognized in any system. One of my friend suggest me
to visit seagates websites and find the solution for that. Yesterday I visit seagate's website
and I download "SeaTools For Windows
" software. When I start to use this software, my both hard disks was connected to my system
and I wrongly select the good one (1TB) hard disk and select advanced tests and then select
USB Erase Tasks and then Full Disk Erase option. It was running for around 9 hours and suddenly
I came to know that I have select wrong website but till that time all my data was lost. I just
wanted to know that can I recover that data which got erased by mistake?
For data recovery, I have already purchased seagate's software "File Recovery For Windows".
Can I get all my data from that software? It was important data in that hard disk but due to
my mistake, it got erased. Do you have any solution for that? I will be thankfull to you if
you have any solution. Kindly reply me urgently.
10-17-2011 at 08:40:16 PM
10-24-2011 at 11:34:51 AM
I would recomend you
getdataback it makes realy miracles.
If you are not statisfied with seagates file-recovery program give it a try,
you will be surprised.
As for :if you can get all of your data back, it depends on how "damaged" your files are.
I experienced that I got almost all of my data back after one or two formats.
I realy hope you will prove me wrong but after the Full erase of your hdd it will be inpossible
to get all of your data back.
Message edited by copnas on 10-17-2011 at 08:47:13 PM
Reply to copnas
Thanks for your reply. Are you talking about getdataback -
http://www.getbackdata.net/recover-windows-data.html ? If not, then please provide me its
10-26-2011 at 07:52:03 AM
Actually I was talking about this:
11-03-2011 at 01:15:51 PM
Thanks Copnas for your answer. But this software also not giving all data back.
11-03-2011 at 03:16:38 PM
pritish 11-05-2011 at 09:45:00 AM
There is no software that will restore everything.
Recuva is a
good one to try also, but the issue is that you ran more than just a simple format on the drive.
The option you picked sounds like it actually wipes the data off the disk, or it would not be
running for 9 hours. The only type of erase that runs that long is one that makes the data almost
impossible to recover. And when I say "almost", I don't mean you'd be able to do it yourself.
You'd have to bring it in to a
data recovery specialist to work on, which would be pretty pricy.
Thanks a lot for your suggestion. Yes, I also feel the same. Can you please give me few names
of data recovery specialists? Also give me rough idea about the price. I'll be thank full to
you for that.
hang-the-9 11-08-2011 at 03:45:04 AM
pritish wrote :
Thanks a lot for your suggestion. Yes, I also feel the same. Can you please give me few
names of data recovery specialists? Also give me rough idea about the price. I'll be thank
full to you for that.
Need to find something in your area, I'm guessing you're not in the US based on your username.
Prices can get high depending on what needs to get done, would be a few hundred dollars to
start with and can head up from there.
Where I work we spent about over $4,500 recovering data from 2 500gig drives, but that was
mechanical failure. Your disk wipe could be more expensive, they'd have to read the old magnetic
signature of the files, if anything remains on the disk after the wipe, bit by bit.
Prices are around $275 for discontinued product
HP TouchPad Wi-Fi 32GB Refurbished.
Dell Duo and EXOPC with better screens and Windows OS are around $400.
The drive, especially piano black, looks very attractively. But, the construction feels cheap when
compared to the metal of the standard Go series. It creaks a little just when holding it in your hands
the plastic enclosure slightly bending under your fingers. Not a big deal.
I think the idea of detachable adapters is a good one. The other side of adapter that connected
to the drive is just a regular SATA connection. And the adapter can be used for cloning of SATA drive
or other similar purposes. I tried several drives and adapter behaves like regular SATA to USB adapter.
Of course this is not approved by Seagate usage. With powered USB hub it might even be used for
cloning 3.5" drives in case there is no other solution, but I did not tested that.
In my experience the drive provides sustained write speed of 25 MB/sec, slightly less then half
of top USB 2.0 speed.
Also I think there are two problems with the drive that Seagate needs to address ASAP.
One problem that I experienced with this drive after a week of use is that it is not recognized
on Dell D620 laptop running windows XP SP4. Neither laptop "native ports" recognize the drive,
nor additional powered from separate source ports on the docking station. If I connect it to the D620
docking station USB 2.0 port the Windows XP reports power surge and disables the port. But it was recognized
OK on newer Dell E6320 laptop with Windows 7 SP1 both on laptop internal and docking station ports.
It might well be that the drive needs an additional, second cable with dual USB connections as it looks
like one USB port sometimes is unable to power the drive on startup (see below). I used to have old
100 GB Seagate drive and it was shipped with such a cable.
The second problem with the drive is that it is supplied without a regular eSata adapter. such an
adapter costs peanuts to produce and should be included with the drive making it more attractive for
those who have two types of ports. This way Seagate can distinguish itself from the crowd. Otherwise
the idea of changeable adapter which makes the drive technologically more flexible then, say, similar
WD 2.5" external USB drives is hidden so deep that many people just do not suspect about existence of
this feature. Most of them will never buy another adapter (and they cost $20 each). And any enclosure
the provide bother eSATA and USB beats this drive for advanced users.
Currently Seagate provides only Powered eSata ("FreeAgent GoFlex Upgrade Cable Powered eSATA - STAE103")
which is a pretty rare type of port. It costs $20 on Amazon. Most laptop have a regular eSata (without
power) connection. So you are out of luck unless you want to go through the hoops.
Until those shortcomings are rectified I think that previous reviewer is right when he stated that
this drive probably makes sense only for those who have USB 3.0 ports. Everybody else might be better
served with other 2.5" USB 2.0 external drive models or buy enclosure and a drive (it's not big deal
to assemple them).
One other thought. Several reviewers complained about reliability of the drive. Seagate generally
has a reputation of rock-solid drives (it produced lion share of drives for servers, although definitely
components used are not the same). One generic recommendation is reformat the drive that you get. It
often make sense to create two or more smaller partitions instead of one large. In view of my
experience with D620 laptop, I think some complains might be related to the fact that their USB ports
do not have sufficient power for the drive. If this is true, then running drive via USB hub with a separate
power supply can help to improve stability.
Wiegmann (Dallas, TX) -
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Seagate STAA500102 is compact but with some shortcomings, June 10, 2010
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One advantage with the Seagate STAA500102 FreeAgent GoFlex is that it can be upgraded to
USB 3, Firewire 800 or eSATA. This option to customize my hard drive is appreciable. I have
a MacBook Pro so bought a Firewire 800 adapter for it. Though it is USB 3 compatible, the adapter
is not included in the package and the USB 2.0 cable that is included is really too short.
I guess the software is pre-configured for Windows machines. Being a Mac user, I had some
problems with the software installation, which was solved after customer support.
The design is good and being a portable device is a benefit.
Being compact it is really nice.
1.0 out of 5 stars February 1, 2011
Does not work for E-Sata connection and Seagate is not going to fix that,
I like most have a Laptop/Workstation these expensive laptops come with E-Sata much faster
than USB 2.0 connections. I bought the drive with the intent of using the E-Sata connection.
I continues to drop this connection after 15 minutes of connect time which makes it worthless.
Visit Seagate website support to see the POSTS. I read some of these reviews on this website
and decided to buy the drive, Just wish someone would have made this defect known.
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eSata users - Read the fine print, June 22, 2011
First of all, the drive mounted and performs perfectly out of the box. This is not intended
as a negative review of the product, but more as a warning to read the fine print.
I bought this with the intention of bringing video editing work home from the office to work
on. For that task, eSata speed is a requirement. I use an HP desktop in the office and a Dell
XPS laptop at home.
It turns out that the eSata adapter cable, which is an additional item to purchase, does
not work from my PC. It requires a powered eSata port. Now, if I had carefully read the description
I would have seen that. Unfortunately, I saw eSata adapter for 10X speed and bought it. Now
it turns out I can only use the drive at USB 2.0 speeds on the desktop which definitely puts
a damper on my plan.
It's not Seagate's fault - I'm just putting this in as a warning to other users that might
have the same idea in mind.
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Format this drive first to avoid issues with this drive!!, March 4, 2011
I was expecting this drive to be like a spare drive to back up files and store data on and allow
me to edit some files as I wanted. I really was expecting it to work just like a jump drive
does, but have a lot more storage space. I didn't want to have to plug it into a wall, you know,
portable. I wanted to be able to take it to several computers I have at home and at work. What
I found out after I placed my order was that these drives by Seagate have pre-installed software
on them that once connected to your computer will ask you to load, after a two minute wait.
If you install this software "Dashboard" and whatever else is there, you may have some of the
issues like all of the other negative ones I read. YOU DON'T NEED THIS SOFTWARE, SO DO NOT INSTALL
IT!!! Seagate must think that the only purpose to buy this drive is to do a back-up on one computer
and to have it auto run every so often, hence their software. I personnaly am not interested
in their software, especially everything I have read to date on it.
So I started by removing the software from the drive, then just using the drive as a back
up and to copy some work files to. All seemed fine, then took to work and tried to update a
file and found out the the whole drive is read only format, no update capabilities allowed from
another machine. Did some more reading and discovered that if I Format the drive completly,
(don't do the quick format) do a full format which will take about 1 hour per 100 Gig, so make
sure you have plenty of time to do this. When your done the drive will be free of Seagate's
software and read only formats for file updates. The drive will work just like a jump drive
allowing you to take it from one computer to another, update files as you see fit, back up files
and so on...you get the picture.
I think if Seagate wants to keep their good name, they need to offer better instructions
on their products and they should not pre-load this software on their drives. All of the issue,
at least most of them, appear to be with this software and not really the drive itself. At least
this is my finding after I performed this format, the drive is now what I expected to use it
So for a rating, out of the box, I give it a 1 STAR, because I had to figure this out, and
spend 5+ hours to format the drive.
Rating after the format, I give it 5 STARS!
I hope others find this review helpful, as I am a little tech savy, but no comparison to
most of you smart people out there.
Amazon has old stock!, January 5, 2011
A USB 3.0 package is available that is backward compatible with USB 2.0. If you are going
to buy this drive... make sure that you buy the USB 3.0 version. Amazon does not carry it but
most all other sources do. USB 3.0 will become the standard and getting the 3.0 version (really
just a difference in the cable and attachment) will save money in the future... Amazon got me
on this one... they won't get me again!
Green (Tucson, AZ) -
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Liked old model (freeagent go) better, December 27, 2010
I ordered this as a replacement for my 500GB freeagent go that was stolen. I prefer the old
version (freeagent go) over this newer model (freeagent go flex). While the go flex allows you
to purchase different cables, this also means that there is an additional large plug-in piece
on the drive that is not shown in the pictures and adds to the length. It is also not compatible
with the docking station for the freeagent go because of this connector change.
I wish companies would take a lesson from Apple and retain consistent
connectors for universal compatibility. My use of this drive is only for photo
backup during travel so I have no need for the eSATA or USB 3.0 options, especially when you
have to pay for additional connectors.
The case is also a shiny glossy plastic that attracts dust, finger prints and scratches.
The old model had a matte metallic cover and was a 1/2" shorter from not having an additional
connector. I would have bought the old model but it cost more even on the Seagate website.
Posted by Horst H. von Brand at Tue May 3 21:28:32 2011
@Y.Nemo: Benefit is that systemd is much more transparent, and easier to tweak (yes, "we all read
shell scripts", but just look at the difference in having to read and understand 986 lines of shell
to start up crond (854 in /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions, 132 in /etc/rc.d/init.d/crond proper) vs 11
lines in /lib/systemd/system/sshd.service (plus 19 in /lib/systemd/ssytem/syslog.target, which is
referenced by the above, for the terminally paranoid). And tweaking anything in some of the init
scripts is something I've learned to never do, and that the hard way. Most of the intricacies
in the functions is just abstracted away and handled by systemd itself, really handles
dependencies (not just "(try to) start/stop stuff in this magically divined order on runlevel change"
and leaves you helpless when starting/stopping stuff by hand) plus it groups the processes
into groups for managing automatically among other goodies. It's vastly less complex to
manage and can do things SysVinit can't even dream of, but also very different from what you (or
I, for that matter) have ingrained.
Posted by Chris Cox at Wed May 4 00:46:25 2011
There are clearly pros and cons between sysvinit and newbies like upstart and systemd.
To me this isn't different from tar-balls vs. rpm vs. dpkg.
Is systemd a full on replacement of sysvinit ? Clearly no... but arguably yes if it allows fallback
to sysvinit scripts. It's different. I view it like KDE4 vs. KDE3. Not a direct
replacement of form and function, but rather something different.
The pains... the pain of change, especially something that branches
out a bit from the scope of what sysvinit covered is that ISVs will have to update their installation
documentation. Some things will become easier and some things will be more difficult.
systemd tries to solve a lot of age old problems... but you know, since they are "age old" people
are used to working around those problems or have dealt with them long ago even with sysvinit.
There are advantages to arbitrary shell based scripting systems.... and it does afford the experienced
end user the opportunity to "hack" a server back to health. While there are nice hooks for
systemd, I do believe there will be unexpected quirks due to the added feature complexity.
There's a REASON why openSUSE 11.4 does NOT use systemd by default... you can read their page about
the items that FALL OUT (no easy answer) when switching to systemd.
So... YMMV. I think for simple things, systemd will work just fine.
For software unknown to systemd, there could be problems....
but maybe not... just requires more effort to figure out how to implement the pieces missing/ignored/altered
inside of systemd.
For those needing the additional features of systemd (with regards to service protection, reliability,
etc.)... of course, systemd brings a LOT of good stuff to the table. The question is: How
big of a problem was/is that? Or have we just been "dealing" with sysvinit and accepted its
limitations? Are we truly happy with sysvinit? Or does it really frustrate us?
IMHO, there's NOT a lot of sysvinit frustration out there. So... finding the TRUE benefits
of systemd and SELLING everyone is the key. Showing people how the whole world will become
much, much, much better with systemd. Right now... I'm not seeing it.
Make the sale. Decreased startup times... yes... we know that item... need more talking points,
you know.. REAL life scenarios. We can say, "it'll restart your services"...
but frankly, my servers never go down.... and I don't think I'm alone.
In fact, if a service does crash out, do we REALLY want it to restart?
Need to show a tangible REAL and wide spread benefit.... perhaps something that everyone will WANT/NEED
that sysvinit simply CANNOT do... and then maybe you can make the sale.
Otherwise, we're replacing something well understood with something new just because we wanted to
Posted by oiaohm at Wed May 4 08:54:37 2011
Fall out in OpenSuse 11.4 is really not having transition interface processing working. Not
failures in systemd itself. Big one is chkconfig status for active service not matching systemd
status for active service. Transition issue. Not unsolvable.
Yes I have been through the page.
Really most of the time people I find calling for system v to init remain. Don't understand
how many failures it is causing and how much its pissing off ISV's.
The dbus item that is complained about a lot I look forward to as a ISV.
Currently each distribution does there own tweaks on the system v init system to try to fix up limitations
and issues it has. So as a ISV if I need to change a global setting simple as turning a service
on. Ok what directory do I need to put that in. /etc/rc2.d or is that /etc/rc3.d or
is that /etc/rc4.d or is that /etc/rc5.d Ok bugger do the lot. Now what services should
be before the service I need to run. Bugger again. because I got to know a magic number.
That is not the same between distributions. That magic number says where in the boot my stuff
starts. So now I ship with everything including httpd server so I know I have everything starting
the right way for me. But now we have issues.
Basically for a ISV system v init is complete trash. The little bit of overhead to support
systemd I really don't care about. Systemd I simple run if my thing trys to access something
that is not started yet it sorts it out.
Really why does each distribution have to have its own management system for init with its own unque
naming and bents. Systemd will bring more commonality than us ISV's have ever had. So
maybe at long last we can use the host distribution provided httpd servers and other items instead
of our own copies.
A project after this should be to make ISV live simple between distributions. I have a php
with mysql/postgresql website I want to run on a Linux distribution. If everything is nice
this should be a walk in park. To get the php in the webserver get the database loaded and
setup. Currently its a complete trip through hell with variations for different distributions
so it works. Some of those variations is in the system v init system. dbus does make
it simpler for a installer to find out if a service is installed and if it is running. Because
dbus if its not their my installer does not die.
Configuration of services option is another major area that needs a proper common solution to make
ISV developers live simpler.
Shell script hacking is something ISV's don't want happening either. Since its makes more
files that have to be checked for errors and can get screwed up by updates. Its been a really
good thing systemd does splitting executable and control data. Doing this in shell script
is kinda impossible.
Allowing system v init scripts is about allowing transitional.
One of the big things is that systemd here as a ISV will give me some secuirty options that are
generic independent to what LSM distribution is using. Cgroup interfaces as a ISV I could
not depend on being able to alter as a ISV either.
Basically system v init needs a 40 foot hole dug and all records if its existence burnt and put
in the hole filled in and no clue to its existence left. Something that works for ISV without
distribution knolledge putting in its place. systemd at this stage ticks what use ISV's want.
And if distributions can when doing systemd please get your heads together can come up with common
service naming. So appache is not appache on one distribution appache2 on another httpd on
another. What are you trying todo here. Be confusing so ISV have to have complex processing
scripts to generically install from a LSB rpm.
NunnaBizness at Tue Jul 19 09:46:00 2011
Quoting Lennart's own words from this blog as of 19-July-2011 (just in case he edits it to cover
"Technical arguments matter. Not FUD."
Lennart, your tables look like FUD produced by any major commercial software company. Oh, I forgot.
You work for one don't you?
I poke at you because you have not provided the technical arguments to support your claims yet you
demand it of others entering comments here.
How many claims do you make in these tables about systemd? 50? 100? More? Whatever it is I would
like, no DEMAND, that you follow your own words and provide technical arguments for every claim
you make about systemd where it is given a "yes".
To argue back without providing proof only shows that you are a hypocrite with an ego larger than
the entire universe.
[Dec 11, 2011] Cryptographers Believe 'Size Does Matter' to Stay Safe Online by Royal
12/02/11 | University of London
Royal Holloway, University of London researchers are analyzing the Transport Layer Security (TLS)
system to identify weaknesses. The TLS system is designed to ensure the security and safety of online
personal information, but vulnerabilities were found in version 1.0 of the system. The researchers
say that TLS version 1.2 offers improved security. "Our analysis of TLS version 1.2 gives us higher
confidence that the data we share online will be kept safe, secure, and private," says Royal Holloway
professor Kenny Paterson. TLS encrypts messages as they are transmitted across the Internet, keeping
personal data insulated against attack. The researchers have found only one vulnerability in the
latest version of TLS. "There is still scope for a 'distinguishing attack' against TLS 1.2, where
an attacker could tell whether a user has sent a 'yes' or a 'no' during a transaction, for example,"
Paterson says. However, he notes that this kind of attack is considered theoretical, and it is very
unlikely that it would actually arise in practice. TLS uses a Message Authentication Code (MAC)
tag to help provide security, and for the Royal Holloway attack to work, the MAC tag would need
to be small.
[Dec 11, 2011] San Francisco Team Solves DARPA Shredder Challenge by Elizabeth Montalbano
12/05/11 | InformationWeek
A San Francisco-based programming team pieced together five shredded documents in 33 days to
win the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Shredder Challenge.
The three programmers used custom computer-vision algorithms to assemble the complex puzzles
comprised of documents, which were shredded into more than 10,000 pieces. The team spent nearly
600 hours creating the algorithms, designing them to suggest fragment pairings.
The programmers were then able to manually verify the pairings to piece together the documents,
which had Antonio Prohias, the creator of the Spy vs. Spy comic strip, as their common, running
DARPA organizers were surprised not only that all of the puzzles were solved, but in a relatively
short time. "Lots of experts were skeptical that a solution could be produced at all, let alone
within the short time frame," says DARPA's Dan Kaufman. He says the most effective approaches combined
computational tools, crowdsourcing, and "clever detective work."
[Dec 11, 2011] Systemd
The systemd is
now used in Fedora 15 and 16. It is still under active development and support for it from
daemons is limited. Integration into fedora looks premature and is one of the reasons to avoid Fedora
15 and 16. The main command used to control systemd is systemctl. Some of its subcommands
are as follows.
- systemctl list-units - List all units (where unit is the term for a job/service)
- systemctl start [NAME...] - Start (activate) one or more units
- systemctl stop [NAME...] - Stop (deactivate) one or more units
- systemctl enable [NAME...] - Enable one or more unit files
- systemctl disable [NAME...] - Disable one or more unit files
- systemctl reboot - Shut down and reboot the system
For the complete list, see systemctl(1). the GUI equivalent to systemctl is
systemd – a Replacement for init etc
Posted on May 16, 2010
May 16, 2010 at 6:53 pm SMF is incredibly slow, especially on first
boot. This makes debugging/building a jumpstart config really painful. It's also
a mishmash of XML, SQLite, and crazy in-database snapshots of prior configurations which just rub
me wrong as a UNIX minimalist. (this may be a failing on my part rather than SMF's)
For the record,
I'm a huge fan of Luke Mewburn's rc.d design, which is what FreeBSD has used since 5.x (imported
May 17, 2010 at 10:49 am
SMF imports all manifests on first boot, so this takes some time, yes.
For me SMF is the only usable init system today with nicely integrated config management and
Especially the state of current init systems on linux is a joke, though not a really good one
(not counting systemd here)!
Adam Watkins says:
May 17, 2010 at 8:47 pm
It seems odd not to mention launchd in this article, as Lennart does in introducing systemd.
It's certainly an interesting comparison point with SMF, but as Lennart notes, it's perhaps insufficiently
flexible and backwards compatible for use in Linux distributions.
May 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm
Emil: Complexity really isn't what you want in the most important process on your system!
Adam: Anyone who follows the link to the systemd post will see the references to launchd. Personally
I don't like Apples, don't want to use them, and as their code isn't under the GPL it's of little
interest to me. Systemd is the Linux program inspired by launchd and
is the one for us to consider. If I had mentioned launchd then I would have had to
mention the Solaris thing, etc. This is one of my shorter posts, I'm just covering the basic issue
with a focus on Linux specific stuff and more importantly stuff that I will end up personally working
But please feel free to write a detailed post about launchd on your own blog and put the link
in a comment here. I'm sure that some readers will be interested. If you don't have a blog then
I might publish a guest post you write about this topic – NB I'm not going to promise anything at
this time, I'd have to see what you write first.
May 17, 2010 at 11:55 pm
Yes, systemd currently does not fiddle with SELinux at all. However we are very interested to
add support for it (after all I am a RH guy), including in the initrd-less mode that Debian currently
uses. In fact I'd appreciate a patch adding Debian-style SELinux support via some selinux-setup.c
code in systemd, given that my own SELinux-fu right now is rather limited. This should be similar
to how we already have infrastructure that sets up other basic facilities during bootup from within
systemd, such as hostname, loopback, api mounts. (tbh though I wished we could do without the self-execution
that is in the sysvinit patch Debian uses. Not sure though if that is possible in SELinux).
May 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm
Do you win anything by mixing inetd into init? Otherwise, what's
the benefit compared to simply using inetd to reduce the number of daemons to launch?
June 28, 2010 at 9:09 pm
systemd has been discussed on the SE Linux list. It seems that systemd will be used in Fedora
It seems that I won't need to do any coding for this either, they already have a design and some
systemd and other system-wide changes
System boot is now handled by the new systemd init tool, controlling and speeding
up the boot process. Developed in close cooperation with fellow Linux distribution Fedora, systemd
is especially interesting for system administrators due to its powerful socket- and bus-activated
service system, which improves parallelization and resource usage. It also works closely with
Linux's cgroups, providing better security and control over the processes.
If for some reason, systemd does not work for you, you can still use the old sysV-init
by pressing F5 in the bootloader. If you want to permanently use the old init, just do `zypper
rm systemd-sysvinit` and accept the installation of 'sysvinit-init' We also again provide
grub2 as an optional bootloader. While we are still not satisfied with GRUB2 as a replacement
for the current GRUB, we encourage users to try it out, and want to make sure it is available
openSUSE 12.1 is the first Linux distribution taking advantage of the snapshot functionality
in the upcoming Linux filesystem, btrfs. These snapshots of the file system are using copy-on-write,
making them very space efficient. openSUSE 12.1 debuts
Snapper, which allows
the user to interface with this technology.
The command line and GUI Snapper tools allow users to view older versions of files and revert
changes. The unique integration in the zypper package manager of openSUSE allows users to roll
back entire upgrades or software installations with the accompanying configuration changes.
Note that Snapper and the rollback functionality currently is only available for the btrfs
filesystem! Work is going on to enable it for the older ext4 filesystem as well, but this will
not be possible before the next openSUSE release.
Be careful. It looks like the term "psychopath" now is stated to be abused...
Hare estimates that 1 percent of the population - 300,000 people in Canada - are psychopaths.
He calls them "subclinical" psychopaths. They're the charming predators who, unable to form real
emotional bonds, find and use vulnerable women for sex and money (and inevitably abandon them).
They're the con men like Christophe Rocancourt, and they're the stockbrokers and promoters who caused
Forbes magazine to call the Vancouver Stock Exchange (now part of the Canadian Venture Exchange)
the scam capital of the world. (Hare has said that if he couldn't study psychopaths in prisons,
the Vancouver Stock Exchange would have been his second choice.) A significant proportion of persistent
wife beaters, and people who have unprotected sex despite carrying the AIDS virus, are psychopaths.
Psychopaths can be found in legislatures, hospitals, and used-car lots. They're your neighbour,
your boss, and your blind date. Because they have no conscience, they're
natural predators. If you didn't have a conscience, you'd be one too.
Psychopaths love chaos and hate rules, so they're comfortable in the fast-moving modern corporation.
Dr. Paul Babiak, an industrial-organizational psychologist based near New York City, is in the process
of writing a book with Bob Hare called When Psychopaths Go to Work: Cons, Bullies and the Puppetmaster.
The subtitle refers to the three broad classes of psychopaths Babiak has encountered in the workplace.
"The con man works one-on-one," says Babiak. "They'll go after a woman, marry her, take her money,
then move on and marry someone else. The puppet master would manipulate somebody to get at someone
else. This type is more powerful because they're hidden." Babiak says psychopaths have three motivations:
thrill-seeking, the pathological desire to win, and the inclination to hurt people. "They'll jump
on any opportunity that allows them to do those things," he says. "If something better comes along,
they'll drop you and move on."
How can you tell if your boss is a psychopath? It's not easy, says Babiak. "They have traits similar
to ideal leaders. You would expect an ideal leader to be narcissistic, self-centred, dominant, very
assertive, maybe to the point of being aggressive. Those things can easily be mistaken for the aggression
and bullying that a psychopath would demonstrate. The ability to get people to follow you is a leadership
trait, but being charismatic to the point of manipulating people is a psychopathic trait. They can
sometimes be confused."
Once inside a company, psychopaths can be hard to excise. Babiak tells of a salesperson and psychopath
- call him John - who was performing badly but not suffering for it. John was managing his boss
- flattering him, taking him out for drinks, flying to his side when he was in trouble. In return,
his boss covered for him by hiding John's poor performance. The arrangement lasted until John's
boss was moved. When his replacement called John to task for his abysmal sales numbers, John was
a step ahead.
He'd already gone to the company president with a set of facts he used to argue that his new
boss, and not he, should be fired. But he made a crucial mistake. "It was actually stolen data,"
Babiak says. "The only way [John] could have obtained it would be for him to have gone into a file
into which no one was supposed to go. That seemed to be enough, and he was fired rather than the
boss. Even so, in the end, he walked out with a company car, a bag of money, and a good reference."
"A lot of white-collar criminals are psychopaths," says Bob Hare. "But they flourish because
the characteristics that define the disorder are actually valued. When they get caught, what happens?
A slap on the wrist, a six-month ban from trading, and don't give us the $100 million back. I've
always looked at white-collar crime as being as bad or worse than some of the physically violent
crimes that are committed."
The best way to protect the workplace is not to hire psychopaths in the first place. That means
training interviewers so they're less likely to be manipulated and conned. It means checking resumés
for lies and distortions, and it means following up references.
Paul Babiak says he's "not comfortable" with one researcher's estimate that one in ten executives
is a psychopath, but he has noticed that they are attracted to positions of power. When he describes
employees such as John to other executives, they know exactly whom he's talking about. "I was talking
to a group of human-resources executives yesterday," says Babiak, "and every one of them said, you
know, I think I've got somebody like that."
By now, you're probably thinking the same thing. The number of psychopaths in society is about
the same as the number of schizophrenics, but unlike schizophrenics, psychopaths aren't loners.
That means most of us have met or will meet one. Hare gets dozens of letters and e-mail messages
every month from people who say they recognize someone they know while reading Without Conscience.
They go on to describe a brother, a sister, a husband. " 'Please help my seventeen-year-old son.
. . .' " Hare reads aloud from one such missive. "It's a heart-rending letter, but what can I do?
I'm not a clinician. I have hundreds of these things, and some of them are thirty or forty pages
Hare's book opened my eyes, too. Reading it, I realized that I might have known a psychopath,
Jonathan, at the computer company where I worked in London, England, over twenty years ago. He was
charming and confident, and from the moment he arrived he was on excellent terms with the executive
inner circle. Jonathan had big plans and promised me that I was a big part of them. One night when
I was alone in the office, Jonathan appeared, accompanied by what anyone should have recognized
as two prostitutes. "These are two high-ranking staff from the Ministry of Defence," he said without
missing a beat. "We're going over the details of a contract, which I'm afraid is classified top
secret. You'll have to leave the building." His voice and eyes were absolutely persuasive and I
complied. A few weeks later Jonathan was arrested. He had embezzled tens of thousands of pounds
from the small firm, used the company as a mailing address for a marijuana importing business he
was running on the side, and robbed the apartment of the company's owner, who was letting him stay
Like everyone who has been suckered by a psychopath - and Bob Hare includes himself and many
of his graduate students (who have been trained to spot them) in that list - I'm ashamed that I
fell for Jonathan. But he was brilliant, charismatic, and audacious. He radiated money and power
(though in fact he had neither), while his real self - manipulative, lying, parasitic, and irresponsible
- was just far enough under his surface to be invisible. Or was it? Maybe I didn't know how to look,
or maybe I didn't really want to.
I saw his name in the news again recently. "A con man tricked top sports car makers Lotus into lending
him a £70,000 model . . . then stole it and drove 6,000 miles across Europe, a court heard," the
Knowing Jonathan is probably a psychopath makes me feel better. It's an explanation.
Kouri, who's a vice president of the National Assn. of Chiefs of Police, has assembled traits
such as superficial charm, an exaggerated sense of self-worth, glibness, lying, lack of remorse
and manipulation of others.
These traits, Kouri points out in his analysis, are common to psychopathic serial killers.
But -- and here's the part that may spark some controversy and defensive discussion -- these
traits are also common to American politicians. (Maybe you already suspected.)
Yup. Violent homicide aside, our elected officials often show many
of the exact same character traits as criminal nut-jobs, who run from police but not for office.
Kouri notes that these criminals are psychologically capable of committing their dirty deeds
free of any concern for social, moral or legal consequences and with absolutely no remorse.
"This allows them to do what they want, whenever they want," he wrote.
"Ironically, these same traits exist in men and women who are drawn to high-profile and powerful
positions in society including political officeholders."
Good grief! And we not only voted for these people, we're paying their salaries and entrusting
them to spend our national treasure in wise ways.
We don't know Kouri that well. He may be trying to manipulate all of us with his glib provocative
pronouncements. On the other hand ...
"While many political leaders will deny the assessment regarding
their similarities with serial killers and other career criminals, it is part of a psychopathic
profile that may be used in assessing the behaviors of many officials and lawmakers at all levels
-- Andrew Malcolm
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charm that they are certainly among the world's most intelligent people. Nor do we seek to manipulate
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Re: systemd: Yet Another Init Replacement
- When I want to modify a (normal) service unit, I copy it to /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/
instead of just symlinking, and change the contents. Why can't I do the same with socket
units by copying them to /etc/systemd/system/sockets.target.wants/? If I do that, systemd
continues to use the version under /lib/systemd/system/ instead of my modified file (even
after reboot). I have to actually rename the socket unit (and the associated service unit)
for the contents to be respected.
I figured out what causes this strange behavior. Rather than placing my modified (and brand
new) units in /etc/systemd/system/, and then linking them into multi-user.target.wants (or another
appropriate target), I was creating those unit files directly under the *.target.wants directories.
This seems to set up an unpredictable situation, such that which version of the unit systemd
loads depends on why it was loaded: if it was only enabled because that target wanted it, my
version was used, but if some earlier dependency needed it first, the original was loaded, and
The solution, of course, is not to do that. systemd, as with most software, works much better
when it's used properly.
#983 2011-10-01 23:29:33
Re: systemd: Yet Another Init Replacement
Since gnome 3.2 i not get a fallback mode when i start with systemd, now my question: How can
i start lighttpd from booting?
#984 2011-10-01 23:47:45
Re: systemd: Yet Another Init Replacement
I don't use it, but I don't see how systemd would prevent you from having a fallback mode for
gnome 3.2. Maybe they removed it?
As for lighthttpd, you'll need to create a .service file
I'm rather lazy, so I just whipped up this one:
Description=Lighttpd web server
It seems to do the trick. Just save it to /etc/systemd/system, and then "systemctl enable"
Systemd seems to be severely lacking in web-related service files, I must say. Unfortunately,
I don't know who should be held responsible for that. The systemd devs should be focusing on
developing systemd, but the mysql/httpd/lightttpd devs should be focusing on their respective
projects too. Maybe systemd isn't big enough for these groups to consider making systemd service/socket/etc
Last edited by WorMzy (2011-10-01 23:48:03)
Mobo: nVidia nForce 680i SLI // Processor: Intel Core2Duo 3.16GHz E8500 // GFX: nVidia GeForce
8800 GTX // RAM: 4GB (2x 2GB) Corsair DDR2 (@ 800MHz) // Storage: 3x 1TB Samsung SATAII (7200rpm),
1x 250GB Generic SATAII
Вторая (оборотная) часть проблемы состоит в том, существует ли такая форма политического
режима или государственного правления, которая в большей степени, нежели остальные, может способствовать
спасению души? Вопрос этот весьма и весьма дискуссионен. Отмечу лишь один его аспект, точнее, одну
опасность. Очень часто человек или группа людей, стремясь найти и воплотить в жизнь идеальную, с
их точки зрения, форму правления, приходят к тому, что пытаются построить Царство Божие на земле.
С начала истории человечество сталкивается с подобными попытками: от возникновения учения о тысячелетнем
Царстве Христовом на земле (хилиазм) и ряда феодальных монархий до общин анабаптистов, от псевдоматериалистических
(а на самом деле утопистских) социальных режимов до современного общества потребления. Такие попытки
в корне расходятся с евангельским посланием, которое бескомпромиссно говорит о том, что на этой
земле никакие политические, общественные или экономические инициативы не могут изменить того факта,
что мир во зле лежит (1 Ин 5:19) и Царство Мое не от мира сего
(Ин 18:36). Известный русский философ Владимир Соловьев говорил, что государство
не может привести людей в рай, но оно должно стараться удержать их от падения в ад.
Утоли шатания и раздоры в земли нашей, отжени
от нас зависти и рвения, убийства и пианства, разжжения и соблазны,
попали в сердцах наших всяку нечистоту, вражду и злобу, да паки
вси возлюбим друг друга и едино пребудем в Тебе, Господе и Владыце
нашем, якоже повелел еси и заповедал еси нам.
Помилуй нас, Господи, помилуй нас, яко исполнихомся
уничижения и несмы достойни возвести очеса наша на небо. Помяни
милости, яже показал еси отцем нашим, преложи гнев Твой на милосердие
и даждь нам помощь от скорби.
What should be pointed out is that all the dual cores now support DDR3 memory speeds of 1600MHz;
something that isn't the case for Sandy Bridge based mobile CPUs. It's also interesting to note
that all the mobile processors so far have higher max graphics clocks than their desktop equivalents.
The fastest part on the chart is the i7-3770K clocking in at
3.5GHz and 3.9GHz on boost with four cores. The slowest part is the i5-3330S with 2.7GHz base and
3.2GHz on boost. There are bunches of quad and dual core parts in between. These chips are said
to inherit a modified Sandy Bridge micro-architecture with a bunch of improvements.
GNOME Commander is a fast and powerful graphical file manager. It has a "two-pane" interface
in the tradition of Norton and Midnight Commander. It features drag'n'drop, GNOME MIME types, FTP,
SFTP, and WebDAV using the GnomeVFS FTP module, SAMBA access, the ability to extend the context
menu with entries to call external applications or scripts on the selected items, quick device access
buttons with automatic mounting and unmounting, a fast file viewer for text and images, a history
of recently accessed folders, and folder bookmarks.
November 10, 2011 |
Given that Zones can have:
different login identities
different network interfaces
different hardware available to them (disks, adapters, etc.)
be configured to use resource pools thus different amounts of cpu, floating or fixed
Yes, I'd say they are much more useful than chroot.
Re:I guess Ellison changed his mind (Score:5, Informative)
Ellison changed his mind about cloud computing...
Quite the opposite. In your own link he summarized by saying:
"I'm not going to fight this thing." but "I don't understand what we would do differently in
the light of cloud computing, other than change the wording on some of our ads."
And sure enough, their ads now show how great Solaris is for cloud computing. Based on what?...
zones, which have been in Solaris for a number of years.
$1,000/year per CPU for non-Oracle hardware (Score:4, Interesting)
Ever since Oracle bought
out Sun, they went overboard with the licensing costs for Solaris. Remember a few years back
when Sun will let you run Solaris 10 for free? Well no more, if you have a non-Oracle two processor
server it will cost you $2,000 per year. You don't own a license, you are basically renting
the privilege to run Solaris on a server for one year. Also, you only get one flavor of support
which they laughably call "premium".
Their support is a joke now, and in my experience the good Sun engineers left a long time
For starters, you now get to talk to an overseas helpdesk which logs your call and for severity
one issues, they give you a call back in an hour (if you're lucky). It used to be you will call
an easy to remember number (1-800-USA-4SUN) and you will get a live transfer to a knowledgeable
engineer to fix your problem.
A few years ago I used to be a staunch supporter of Sun and Solaris but it seems like Oracle
has done everything to drive me away from Sun's hardware and software. I am pretty sure I am
not the only one either.
Re:8 char usernames (Score:4, Funny)
You can have longer than 8 character user names, but the characters after 8 are ignored. It's
defined in limits.h as LOGNAME_MAX. It's an ABI restriction, hard-coded in several binary formats,
NIS restriction, and UNIX interoperability issue. Another limit is the 32-bit character limit
from POSIX, but that's been removed, I understand. Don't blame me--I'm just telling you.
Well tried, but I know its your fault!
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On Aug 6, 7:28 pm, amit karmakar <[email protected]> wrote:
> I would like to have some suggestions as to what *new* and
> *innovative* project i can do which are based on compiler design.
Innovation in compilers can happen at a number of levels :
1. Parsing techniques, grammars, etc. Very active research a while
back, considered (erroneously methinks) as dead by most today, who
happily use flex/bison and don't think twice about it.
2. Language design. One of the active areas these days is "domain
specific languages" or DSLs, i.e. languages designed for one specific
need. Often using "meta-programming" techniques (programs that
3. Type systems, proofs, program validation. Languages like Haskell
use type inference, so that you don't have to specify types yourself
most of the time. C++ recently gained the "auto" keyword for types.
DSLs pose a new class of interesting problems in that space.
4. Intermediate representations, code generation and optimization
frameworks. The king of this hill these days IMO is LLVM. But there
are a number of contenders. If you are interested in optimizations,
that's the right place to look at.
5. Runtime support : garbage collectors, just-in-time code generation,
parallel execution, use of new hardware such as GPUs,
6. Support for innovative hardware, hardware generation, hardware/
software co-design, etc. If you are more into silicon, this is a very
interesting are to learn about.
My own pet project, XLR (http://xlr.sf.net) offers
a number of
innovations in the first three of these areas. It is a language
designed to grow with the user, i.e. the objective is to make it as
easy to add language constructs as it is to add, say, functions or
classes in other languages.
Regarding parsing, it generates a parse tree made of exactly 8 nodes :
integer, real, text and name/symbol represent leaves of the tree,
infix, prefix, postfix and block represent inner nodes. This makes it
possible to write programs in a very natural-looking way, yet with an
internal program representation that is easy to manipulate. This is
the foundation of XL meta-programming / DSL capabilities.
To validate that, XLR has practically no built-in constructs. It has
constructs to connect to LLVM primitives, constructs to connect to C
code, and a pair of "rewrite" constructs, notably ->, to transform one
tree shape into another. For example :
extern bool puts(text);
(x:integer - y:integer):integer -> opcode Sub
repeat 0, B -> true
repeat N, B -> B; repeat N-1, B
You can check the code generated for the above with xlr -tcode -O3
tests/09.Compiler/optimized-repeat-loop.xl. LLVM actually turns it
into a sequence of 25 calls to puts, you can hardly do better.
The most active area of research for XLR these days is its type
system. In order to generate efficient code, an Haskell-like type
inference mechanism is in place. But the standard type inference
algorithms must be extended, because there are a few additional
transformations compared to lambda calculus (not just "alpha" and
"beta"), and the closest there is to a type is the shape of a tree
(e.g. "if X then Y else Z").
Since it uses LLVM, it is also an interesting way to learn a little
about LLVM, but it's not intended as an LLVM tutorial.
So if you are interested in experimenting with "growing a language" in
a text-based framework, XLR is the right way to go. There are other
projects that are more advanced e.g. if you want to build the IDE at
the same time, see for example JetBrain's Meta Programming System. But
they are not as strong in language development per-se, I believe.
Traditionally, compilers are black boxes -- source code goes in one end, magic happens in the
middle, and object files or assemblies come out the other end. As compilers perform their magic,
they build up deep understanding of the code they are processing, but that knowledge is unavailable
to anyone but the compiler implementation wizards and it is promptly forgotten after the translated
output is produced.
For decades, this world view has served us well, but it is no longer sufficient. Increasingly
we rely on integrated development environment (IDE) features such as IntelliSense, refactoring,
intelligent rename, "Find all references," and "Go to definition" to increase our productivity.
We rely on code analysis tools to improve our code quality and code generators to aid in application
construction. As these tools get smarter, they need access to more and more of the deep code knowledge
that only compilers possess. This is the core mission of the Roslyn project: opening up the black
boxes and allowing tools and end users to share in the wealth of information compilers have about
our code. Instead of being opaque source-code-in and object-code-out translators, through the Roslyn
project, compilers become services-APIs that you can use for code related tasks in your tools and
The transition to compilers as services dramatically lowers the barrier to entry for creating
code focused tools and applications. It creates many opportunities for innovation in areas such
as meta-programming, code generation and transformation, interactive use of the C# and VB languages,
and embedding of C# and VB in domain specific languages.
The Microsoft "Roslyn" CTP previews the new language object models for code generation, analysis,
and refactoring, and the upcoming support for scripting and interactive use of C# and Visual Basic.
This document is meant to be a conceptual overview of the Roslyn project. Further details can be
found in the walkthroughs and samples included in the Roslyn CTP.
Project Roslyn exposes a set of Compiler APIs, Scripting APIs, Workspace APIs, and Services APIs
that provides rich information about your source code and that has full fidelity with the C# and
Visual Basic languages. The transition to compilers as a service dramatically lowers the barrier
to entry for creating code focused tools and applications. It creates many opportunities for innovation
in areas such as meta-programming, code generation and transformation, interactive use of the C#
and VB languages, and embedding of C# and VB in domain specific languages.
Simplicity is the core of a good infrastructure
I've seen many infrastructures in my day. I work for a company with a very complicated infrastructure
now. They've got a dev/stage/prod environment for every product (and they've got many of them).
Trust is not a word spoken lightly here. There is no 'trust' for even sysadmins (I've been working
here for 7 months now and still don't have production sudo access). Developers constantly complain
about not having the access that they need to do their jobs and there are multiple failures a week
that can only be fixed by a small handful of people that know the (very complex) systems in place.
Not only that, but in order to save work, they've used every cutting-edge piece of software that
they can get their hands on (mainly to learn it so they can put it on their resume, I assume), but
this causes more complexity that only a handful of people can manage. As a result of this the site
uptime is (on a good month) 3 nines at best.
In my last position (pronto.com) I put together an infrastructure that any idiot could maintain.
I used unmanaged switches behind a load-balancer/firewall and a few VPNs around to the different
sites. It was simple. It had very little complexity, and a new sysadmin could take over in a very
short time if I were to be hit by a bus. A single person could run the network and servers and if
the documentation was lost, a new sysadmin could figure it out without much trouble.
Over time, I handed off my ownership of many of the Infrastructure components to other people
in the operations group and of course, complexity took over. We ended up with a multi-tier network
with bunches of VLANs and complexity that could only be understood with charts, documentation and
a CCNA. Now the team is 4+ people and if something happens, people run around like chickens with
their heads cut off not knowing what to do or who to contact when something goes wrong.
Complexity kills productivity. Security is inversely proportionate to usability. Keep it simple,
stupid. These are all rules to live by in my book.
Downtimes: Beatport: not unlikely to have 1-2 hours downtime for the main site per month. Pronto:
several 10-15 minute outages a year Pronto (under my supervision): a few seconds a month (mostly
human error though, no mechanical failure)
Ok, rant over. :)
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This 64 bit CPU with better graphic processor then Atom but almost the same processing speed.
Used in Acer netbooks.
The processor speed is somewhere between a single core
1.6 GHz Atom N455 and a dual core
Atom N550 depending on the benchmark (see below). Therefore, the performance is still in netbook
regions and only suited for low demanding tasks.
The power consumption is rated with
a TDP of 9 Watt by AMD and therefore a bit higher as the single core Atom CPUs at 1.6 GHz.
Although many large enterprises are gradually migrating our boxes from Solaris to Linux, Solaris
11 keeps the OS in the forefront of innovation in Unix operating systems and can give other flavors
of Unix a run for the money. Is also remains the only alternative
to Linux on Intel platform.
While I doubt that we will use them, those new features might help to understand were Linux (and
probably AIX) will be moving in, say, 10 years from now. Among interesting and innovative features that
are relevant to our environment:
With Oracle Solaris ZFS deduplication customers can reduce their storage requirements in virtualized
environments by 10x.
Zones now runs Oracle applications much faster then alternative virtualization solutions with the lowest
possible overhead (which is given as there is only one kernel instance with virtualization and other
advanced OS features and virtual instances are just applications that use those OS services, like in
IBM VM/CMS). You also do not need to pay for a separate virtualization layer like Oracle VM or VMware
to partition server into several virtual instances. Single support contract covers all instances. Efficiency-wise
zones beat VMware at least by 25% on moderately loaded servers. New zonestat(1) command provides critical
information about zone performance in readable format.
The traditional UNIX root account is now a role by default in Oracle Solaris 11. That's similar
to how I recommend configuring sudo with wheel group in Linux but is much more flexible. For example,
you can provide users with read-only access to system files via additional privileges. You can also
remove networking privileges from certain accounts. Solaris 11 adds three new "basic" privileges (file_read,
file_write, and net_access)
Zones now can have their own TCP space and virtual IP stack, not limited to the number of physical Ethernet
adapters on the system (although this was never a problem in our environment). Immutable Zones has protection
for executable. NFS servers are now supported in a non-global zone.
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As the first fully virtualized operating system (OS), Oracle Solaris 11 provides comprehensive,
built-in virtualization capabilities for OS, network and storage resources:
In addition to its built-in virtualization capabilities, Oracle Solaris 11 is engineered for
Oracle VM sever
virtualization on both x86 and SPARC based systems, providing deployment flexibility and secure
Oracle Solaris Zones virtualization scales up to hundreds of zones per physical node at a 15x
lower overhead than VMware and without artificial limits on memory, network, CPU and storage resources.
New, integrated network virtualization allows customers to create high-performance, low-cost
data center topologies within a single OS instance for ultimate flexibility, bandwidth control and
Oracle Solaris 11 offers comprehensive management across the entire infrastructure – operating
system, physical hardware, networking and storage, as well as the virtualization layer.
New connected cloud management ensures that customers always have the latest Solaris updates
from Oracle and proactive services help customers achieve maximum uptime.
Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, now included in systems support, provides converged systems
management, enabling enterprise wide, centralized control over hardware, OS and virtualization resources.
Oracle Solaris ZFS provides the data and storage management foundation for Oracle Solaris 11,
delivering ultimate data integrity, flash-enabled tiered storage pools, line speed encryption and
the scalability to store and manage unlimited amounts of data.
With Oracle Solaris ZFS deduplication customers can reduce their storage requirements in virtualized
environments by 10x.
Oracle Solaris 11 delivers "secure by default" features, including start up, role-based root
access and low impact auditing for both cloud and traditional datacenter deployments.
The built-in encryption acceleration in Oracle Solaris 11 provides a 4x performance boost compared
to IBM AIX encryption.
Oracle Solaris and Oracle software applications are designed together, tested together, can be
deployed together and supported together to provide faster fail-over, improved reliability and up
to 10x better application performance.
Oracle Solaris development teams have worked on co-engineering efforts to increase
Oracle Database 11g,
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on Oracle Solaris.
New Oracle Solaris11 enhancements include optimized shared memory management, I/O improvements,
integrated resource management and crypto off-load.
Oracle Solaris 11 is the ideal platform to run business-critical enterprise applications in virtualized
massive horizontal scale as well as vertically integrated environments on a wide range of SPARC
and x86 servers. Customers can:
Run any of the more than 11,000 applications supported today on Oracle Solaris 11, with guaranteed
binary compatibility through the Oracle Solaris Binary Application Guarantee Program.
Customers can preserve their existing investments by using P2V and V2V tools to move their existing
Oracle Solaris 10 environments to an Oracle Solaris 10 Zone, while gaining access to the latest
Oracle Solaris 11 enhancements.
Oracle Solaris delivers performance that matters to customers:
Today, Oracle Solaris 11 delivered a
new world record result on SPECjvm2008, a general-purpose, multi-threaded Java benchmark. In
combination with Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server and the Oracle HotSpot Java Virtual Machine, Oracle
Solaris 11 delivers up to 41 percent improvement over the previous result using Oracle Solaris 10(1)
Oracle Solaris has already achieved world record benchmarks that span a wide range of enterprise
applications, including 10
world records posted
most recently on
Oracle's SPARC T4 servers.
The latest release of Oracle Solaris is engineered to provide cloud-scale life cycle management
with secure, fail-safe boot environments, safe roll-backs, 4x faster upgrades and 2.5x faster system
re-boots and is leveraging the power of
Oracle Solaris ZFS.
Oracle Solaris 11 is already in production at over 700 top companies around the world and deployed
on thousands of
Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliances, as well as the
Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 and X2-8 and the
Exalogic Elastic Cloud engineered systems.
Oracle Solaris 11, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center and Oracle VM software are included as
part of systems support with all of Oracle's Sun servers, providing customers with built-in cloud
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product standard, effective November 8, 2011, per The Open Group. Details at:
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Anyone who has ever worked in a large corporation has seen the empty suits that seem to inexplicably
rise to positions of power. They talk a great game, possessing extraordinary verbal acuity, and
often with an amazing ability to rise quickly without significant accomplishments to positions of great
personal power, and often using it ruthlessly once it is achieved. Their ruthless obsession with
power and its visible rewards rises above the general level of narcissism and sycophancy that often
plagues large organizations, especially those with an established franchise where performance
is not as much of an issue as collecting their rents. And anyone who has been on the inside of the national
political process knows this is certainly nothing exclusive to the corporate world.
Anyone who has ever worked in a large corporation has seen the empty suits that seem to
inexplicably rise to positions of power. They talk a great game, possessing extraordinary
verbal acuity, and often with an amazing ability to rise quickly without significant accomplishments
to positions of great personal power, and often using it ruthlessly once it is achieved.
Their ruthless obsession with power and its visible rewards rises above the general level of
narcissism and sycophancy that often plagues large organizations, especially those with an established
franchise where performance is not as much of an issue as collecting their rents.
And anyone who has been on the inside of the national political process knows this is certainly
nothing exclusive to the corporate world.
recently published in the Journal of Business Ethics that hypothesizes along these lines. It
is only a preliminary paper, lacking in full scholarship and a cycle of peer review.
But it raises a very important subject. Organizational theories such as the efficient markets
hypothesis that assume rational behavior on the part of market participants tends to fall apart
in the presence of the irrational and selfish short term focus of a significant minority of people
who seek power, much less the top one percent of the psychologically ruthless.
Indeed, not only was previously unheard of behavior allowed, it became quite fashionable and
desired in certain sections of American management where ruthless pursuit of profits at any cost
was highly prized and rewarded. And if caught, well, only the little people must pay for their
transgressions. The glass ceiling becomes a floor above which the ordinary rules do not apply.
If you wish to determine the character of a generation or a people, look to their heroes, leaders,
and role models.
This is nothing new, but a lesson from history that has been unlearned. The entire system of
checks and balances, of rule of law, of transparency in government, of accountability and personal
honor, is based on the premise that one cannot always count on people to be naturally good and self-effacing.
And further, that at times it seems that a relatively small group of corrupt people can rise to
power, and harm the very fabric of a society.
'When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied
sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.'
These things tend to go in cycles. It will be interesting to see how this line of analysis
progresses. I am sure we all have a few candidates we would like to submit for testing.
No one is perfect or even perfectly average. But systems that assume as much are more dangerous
than standing armies, since like finds like, and dishonesty and fraud can become epidemic in an
organization and a corporate culture, finally undermining the very law and principle of stewardship
'And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently
men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that.'
'Our government...teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker,
it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.'
MF Global, and the reaction to it thus far, is one of the better examples of shocking behaviour
that lately seems to be tolerated, ignored, and all too often met with weak excuses and lame
promises to do better next time, while continuing on as before.
Louis D. Brandeis
"These corporate collapses have gathered pace in recent years, especially in the western world,
and have culminated in the Global Financial Crisis that we are now in.
In watching these events
unfold it often appears that the senior directors involved walk away with a clean conscience
and huge amounts of money. Further, they seem to be unaffected by the corporate collapses they
have created. They present themselves as glibly unbothered by the chaos around them, unconcerned
about those who have lost their jobs, savings, and investments, and as lacking any regrets about
what they have done.
They cheerfully lie about their involvement in events are very persuasive in blaming others
for what has happened and have no doubts about their own continued worth and value. They are
happy to walk away from the economic disaster that they have managed to bring about, with huge
payoffs and with new roles advising governments how to prevent such economic disasters.
Many of these people display several of the characteristics of psychopaths and some of them
are undoubtedly true psychopaths. Psychopaths are the 1% of people who have no conscience or
empathy and who do not care for anyone other than themselves.
Some psychopaths are violent and end up in jail, others forge careers in corporations. The
latter group who forge successful corporate careers is called Corporate Psychopaths...
Psychologists have argued that Corporate Psychopaths within organizations may be singled
out for rapid promotion because of their polish, charm, and cool decisiveness. Expert commentators
on the rise of Corporate Psychopaths within modern corporations have also hypothesized that
they are more likely to be found at the top of current organisations than at the bottom.
Further, that if this is the case, then this phenomenon will have dire consequences for the
organisations concerned and for the societies in which those organisations are based. Since
this prediction of dire consequences was made the Global Financial Crisis has come about.
Research by Babiak and Hare in the USA, Board and Fritzon in the UK and in Australia has
shown that psychopaths are indeed to be found at greater levels of incidence at senior levels
of organisations than they are at junior levels (Boddy et al., 2010a). There is also some evidence
that they may tend to join some types of organisations rather than others and that, for example,
large financial organisations may be attractive to them because of the potential rewards on
offer in these organizations."
Clive R. Boddy, The Corporate Psychopaths Theory of the Global Financial Crisis,
Journal of Business Ethics, 2011
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