A Bad Day for Freedom, Science, and Technology


"Net Neutrality" sounds good, like Swiss chocolate. But…

Now the FCC will begin to tax the Internet and dictate how the Web develops.

Remember Ma Bell?

Telephone answering machines were invented in the 1930s but only introduced to the public in the 1970s, because it was not permitted by Tariffs and other Regulations.

Packet switching, which is the foundation of the Internet, was invented in the late 1950s but held back from wide use until the late 1980s, because it was not permitted by Tariffs and other Regulations.

Government over-regulation held back the Internet for half a century! Imagine what America could have been if we had the Web in the 1960s. But we didn't, because of the FCC and its friends.

Mark my words: This week's ruling spells the end of freedom and quashes the development of science and technology.

Be careful what you wish for.

Recovering eth0 on Debian after VM clone


After cloning a working Debian virtual machine, the new system would not bring up its Ethernet interface. This is because I checked VirtualBox's dialog, "Reset MAC address for network card" and got a new hardware Ethernet address.

Trying "ifup eth0" didn't work. I did an "ip addr" and saw that the only configured interface was now called eth1.

This is simple to solve. Edit the file /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules and move the new MAC address (like "00-0F-35-01..." and so on) from the eth1 line back to eth0, erasing the previous address in the eth0 line. Then delete the remainder of the eth1 line, save, and reboot.

You should now have your eth0 back.