Should anyone ask, the "forcedeth" driver is faster in one direction

server: 10.7.12.1



mediapc: 10.7.12.6



both MTU 9000



dd if=/dev/zero bs=1M count=1000 |nc 10.7.12.6 2222 >/dev/null



1048576000 bytes (1.0 GB) copied, 9.73707 seconds, 108 MB/s



nice.



dd if=/dev/zero bs=1M count=1000 |nc 10.7.12.1 2222 >/dev/null
1048576000 bytes (1.0 GB) copied, 56.6255 seconds, 18.5 MB/s



not so nice.



So much faster to copy data from server (nice intel gige) but sending data from media pc (Nvidia using reverse engineered “forcedeth”) is pitiful.



Interesting.



Should anyone ask, I prefer being on the inside

I have been travelling quite a bit with trains recently since I now get a 50% discount on all tickets.  While my seat is comfortable, affords me a plug for my laptop, the most thrilling part of the trip is watching Arlington Road.  Next step is to get a set of vacuum cups and ride outside.

Should anyone ask, my sister is organising an Elephant Polo match

Yes, it does exist: Elephant polo - Wikipedia

Should anyone ask, 'There is no war on terror'

‘There is no war on terror’

It is critical that we understand that this new form of terrorism carries another more subtle, perhaps equally pernicious, risk. Because it might encourage a fear-driven and inappropriate response. By that I mean it can tempt us to abandon our values.

London is not a battlefield. Those innocents who were murdered on July 7 2005 were not victims of war.

We wouldn’t get far in promoting a civilising culture of respect for rights amongst and between citizens if we set about undermining fair trials in the simple pursuit of greater numbers of inevitably less safe convictions. On the contrary, it is obvious that the process of winning convictions ought to be in keeping with a consensual rule of law and not detached from it. Otherwise we sacrifice fundamental values critical to the maintenance of the rule of law - upon which everything else depends.

Nice to see someone talking sense.   The last 5 years have had too much “but this time it’s different” rhetoric.  Terrorism is not nice but it’s always been around and always will be. One only has to look at Northern Ireland or South Africa in the 80s to see that you don’t win the “war” by adding short cuts to a trusted judicial system.



'There is no war on terror’ | Special Reports | Guardian Unlimited Politics

Should anyone ask, don't wear tie-die when doing science experiments.

Would you trust a hippie in a tie-die smock for your science instruction?

Should anyone ask, I believe that sprawl does make us fatter

Was reading this article and came across this great comment on Slashdot:
Does Sprawl Make Us Fat?

The objections quoted in TFS are debunked quite well in the linked science article. Additionally, research earlier this year shows teenagers living in sprawling suburbs were more than twice as likely to be overweight as teens in more compact urban areas [prorev.com]These kids have never moved, never had a choice about where they live and are still much fatter.

It’s a no brainer really. Less walking opportunities = less energy expenditure = more stored energy (as well as eating crap on those long, boring car journeys to work/school to save on cooking time at home so you can sit in front of the idiot box).

Anyway, the failure of town planners is going to work out by itself in the end. As oil prices skyrocket & people in the suburbs grow fatter, the solution become obvious. Liposuction clinics combined with gas stations ;-)

Should anyone ask, dd-wrt rocks even more so.

So I was playing around with my Linksys WRT54G route this afternoon and it gets even better - it now comes with vlan support and trunking.

Can’t fault it other than the auto channel selection seems a little flacky - it always sticks me on channel 11 next to something pumping out loads of interference.  Now set statically to channel 3 where none of my neighbour’s APs are.

Nice.

Should anyone ask, dd-wrt rocks even more so.

So I was playing around with my Linksys WRT54G route this afternoon and it gets even better - it now comes with vlan support and trunking.

Can’t fault it other than the auto channel selection seems a little flacky - it always sticks me on channel 11 next to something pumping out loads of interference.  Now set statically to channel 3 where none of my neighbour’s APs are.

Nice.


Should anyone ask, I wish I also had the JesusPhone.

OK, I promise this is the last Apple iPhone post for awhile but really this phone is getting way too much press. Perhaps they don’t have phones in the US that people are making such a fuss over it. Listen to this  Apple guy rave about the iPhone.  It’s like he has never seen  anything better than the Motorola StarTAC.
  • It syncs your contacts!  I wish I could do this.  I print out all my contacts and manually type them in. Multiple times per day.

  • You can read your email on it.  I guess you have to be on the interweb for that to work.  I wish my AOL mail account could get Internet email too.

  • Listen to music.  Better than carrying a boombox.

  • Has voicemail - imagine that!  No longer do you need to answer the phone.

  • Did I mention you can look at pictures on it?

Wow - I wish I had a phone that could do all this.  Oh wait, I do, it’s out now and I don’t have to push Apple FanBoysTM aside to look at it. And it does a whole lot more, is an open platform and can call via the internet.I do like apple kit, but I think that Steve has gone overboard with his publicity of the basic features. It’s starting to backfire for him.

Here’s the CBS video. Remember think Motorola StarTAC.

Should anyone ask, I would rather have an iPhone than a Zune Phone.

Perhaps the iPhone is not so bad. If Microsoft had invented the Zune (Microsoft’s answer the the iPod - still not launched in .eu yet) they may have done it like this.



Then again I guess WinCE Windows Mobile is not too bad. And does everything the iPhone promises to do in 9 months.

Should anyone ask, even my mom uses VOIP.

Don’t believe me? She’s sip://naye@imaginator.com, or extension 103 or 01245 (somewhere in Chelmsford)…, or 0131…. (somewhere in Scotland).



If she’s on it, there’s no reason for you to keep your fixed line telco.

Should anyone ask, the Jesusphone is getting rightfully slated.

IPHONE: Steve Jobs’ jesusphone makes Saturday Night Live - Valleywag

Should anyone ask, this sums up what I think of the iPhone

YouTube - Conan - iPhone Commercial

Should anyone ask, I am not in awe of the iPhone, yet.

Many people have been asking for my opinion of the iPhone from Apple.  Here’s my take in no particular order:

  • Touch Screen:  Unless they have invented some new protective surface, they will be doing many recalls of this phone. Where do phones live?  Next to keys in pockets.  Look at other phones with touch screens:  the P800 and 900 from Sony Ericcson sucked and always developed scratches that meant recalibration or in some cases parts of the screen became non touch sensitive.

  • No need for a keyboard:  Debatable.  I had the option of using a keyboard or no keyboard on my Sony Ericsson.  Guess what? I ended up using the keyboard.  Why? Because tactile feedback is useful.  Touch screen is cool but how many other touch screen things do we see around using them?  Not many.  You TV remote control could be a cool Philips pronto touch screen.  Why is it not?  Because in the dark it’s nice to feel what you are pressing and not to have to look down all the time.

  • Its not out yet: June.  Really?  Somehow I can’t see this phone shipping in large numbers before September.

  • Handcuffed by carriers:  And apple is working through Cingular.  What if Apple want to do something Cingular don’t like.  Sucks to be Apple.  Look at what Cingular did to the great Nokia E61.  Called it an E62 and disabled the wifi part of it.  Like it or not, the carriers still have some clout.

  • Media on the phone.  Great!  But with only 8Gb, you are not going to be carting around that much media.  Perhaps they can solve this using some intelligent syncing software that only uploads what you think you will be interested in.

  • SIP/Wifi.  You would think that if Apple was including this, they would have made some noise about it.  See note “Handcuffed by Carriers”.  Sip is cool.  Sip works.  Sip saves me LOTS of money.  No thanks, I’ll pass on the Skype phone monstrosities.

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