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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

DogDude Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

Right. If this company's total IT budget is more than $80K, then they should be using the cloud instead of having in-house IT. $80K is about the cost of *one* decent admin. That doesn't include hardware, software, or the rest of the IT staff, either.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

DogDude Re:Wow, I'd be pretty angry (167 comments)

Unfortunately, CIOs and other execs just see the numbers on a spreadsheet and don't take the costs of outages that you can't control into account.

You're just pulling that statement out of your ass. Most people who run large companies aren't stupid, and I'm sure that many of them do take into consideration the costs of outages.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

DogDude Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

Sure, but when you have outages and stability issues which impact your business, is it really a good trade off?

It depends. Sometimes, yes.

about a week ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

DogDude Re:Oh no (297 comments)

Here we go, endless posts about how it's all down to pure willpower and entirely the fault of the individual.

Hey, if you know of an example where mass was spontaneously created without the addition of energy, it's vitally important that you tell somebody. Physicists everywhere need to know if there's a place in our universe where the law of conservation of mass doesn't apply (in general relativity, of course).

about two weeks ago
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LHC Data Generation Expected To Scale Up To 400PB a Year

DogDude Oracle (99 comments)

I doubt that OpenStack can handle it, but if they have the $$ for it, I'm sure that it's no big deal for Oracle.

about three weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

DogDude Re:Zero emissions (695 comments)

Comparing health to the price of gas is moronic. Anybody who values a robust economy more than health can go suck on a tailpipe.

about three weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

DogDude Re:Zero emissions (695 comments)

Class warfare has nothing to do with it, you thick shit. The wealthy run the large companies, which in turn own the governments (at least in the US), who make the decisions not to do anything about climate change, and also to spew utter horseshit like, "There's nothing we can do." Regular people aren't the ones clamoring to do nothing about climate change.

about three weeks ago
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UN Climate Change Panel: It's Happening, and It's Almost Entirely Man's Fault

DogDude Re:Zero emissions (695 comments)

It's time for the alarmist side to stop pretending there are any policy choices on the table to prevent the warming they are predicting.

What the *fuck* are you talking about? There's plenty of stuff that can be done. The only reason that they're not being done is that the wealthy would have to foot the bill, and they don't want to.

about three weeks ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

DogDude Re:Profit Robbing Fees, is this a Fox News HL? (631 comments)

Apple Pay cost them no more than a regular credit card transaction.

Right. Apple is providing Apple Pay out of the goodness of their own heart, I'm sure.

about a month ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

DogDude Re:I don't blame the retailers (558 comments)

Apple doesn't get a penny from the end user or from the retailer

So they're doing this out of the goodness of their corporate heart?

If you believe this, then I have a bridge to sell ya'.

about 1 month ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

DogDude Re:IBM no longer a tech company? (283 comments)

Amazon is clearly a business.

No, it isn't. Anybody can create an organization that sells a dollar for $0.99. That's not sustainable, and that's not a business.

about a month ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

DogDude Re:Confucius say: (355 comments)

Spending lots of money on PC hardware is pretty silly, as far as I'm concerned. There's more refurbished/used hardware that one could shake a stick at and it's absurdly cheap. Buying expensive PC hardware is like buying really expensive disposable pens: It's a waste of money, usually.

about a month ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

DogDude Smaller, Tesla, smaller! (283 comments)

I'd buy one in a heartbeat if they made a model that wasn't so damn big.

about a month and a half ago
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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

DogDude Neat. (651 comments)

Guns.

Neat.

*yawn*

about 2 months ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

DogDude Re:It's true (267 comments)

Speak for yourself. I see, on average, one a day, and I know several people that have one. I'd buy one if I liked large cars, but as soon as they come out with a smaller model, I'm buying one, no question.

about 2 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

DogDude Re:You have to have a car payment to drive? (907 comments)

If you buy a used car, it will run into problems. If you go to a mechanic with even the smallest of problems, they will quote you $500

I think that you perhaps have a lot to learn about cars.

EVERY car has problems. They're mechanical things. Mechanical things break and wear out. If you're smart, and buy reliable things like Toyota Corollas, etc, they have very very few problems. If you're insistent on buying notoriously unreliable cars, then you're likely to have more problems. The idea that new cars are problem-free is absurd, and it's not likely that paying the huge new car price just to avoid paying potential mechanic's fees is a financially smart move, ever.

I don't know what kind of "mechanics" you go to, but I haven't had a +$500 repair in well over a decade. It sounds like you're A. buying bad cars and B. don't know enough about cars to know if a mechanic is ripping you off or not.

about 2 months ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

DogDude Re:Which bacteria? (308 comments)

It's helpful if you read the fucking article: "We decided to use Rhizobacteria as this was the group specifically mentioned by our science teacher. We used one acidic strain (r.leguminosarum) and one basic strain (r.japonicum)."

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

DogDude Re:Looks like someone didn't upgrade to iPhone 6 (504 comments)

The comment was about expecting a new OS to run on year old hardware. My point was that MS's OS's regularly run on 10+ year old hardware without any problem, and that Apple consumers don't see any problem with having to buy new hardware so often.

about 2 months ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

DogDude Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

Wow, I didn't know guys like you still existed! Look, I understand it's frustrating that no chicks will bang you, but that's because you're a douchebag. Hope that helps.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

DogDude Re:Looks like someone didn't upgrade to iPhone 6 (504 comments)

You can't seriously expect a new OS to run well on a one year old iPhone 5S?

That's funny, because I certainly do. But then again, I use Windows so I guess my expectations are a bit higher, in terms of longevity...

about 2 months ago

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Microsoft reveals Windows 8.1 to reporters

DogDude DogDude writes  |  about a year and a half ago

DogDude (805747) writes "Microsoft is releasing an update to Windows 8, that, while not restoring the original Start menu that so many geeks have lamented the loss of, is compromising with a modified version."
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Google going to paid-only product search

DogDude DogDude writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DogDude (805747) writes "Like the subject says: Google is moving to paid-only product search. It has always been free to submit items to Google, but that all changes this fall. Here's a blog post announcing the change from the Vice President of Product Management of Google Shopping"
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Google sends out barcodes to Favorite Places

DogDude DogDude writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DogDude (805747) writes "Google sent out approximately 100,000 barcodes to local businesses deemed "favorite places" based on their own criteria (http://www.google.com/help/maps/favoriteplaces/business/faq.html#biz-faq-decal). These barcodes are scannable by any smartphone, and provide all kinds of nifty information about the business. The business where I work got one, and we're wondering what we could and/or should do with the program from our end."
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DogDude DogDude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DogDude writes "I own a brick-and-mortar retail store. We do a good volume of business, and we plan to start opening more locations soon. We've outgrown out current Point-of-Sale system (POS), and I'm shopping for a new one. There are plenty of good, mature, proprietary systems out there already. I'm looking for information on OSS POS systems that are also mature, stable, and well supported. It seems that most OSS POS projects are either tiny, relatively unsupported, and lacking many critical features, or they're so large and complex that they can only be implemented by a Fortune 500 company with a dedicated IT staff. I'm looking for something robust that will work out of the box, yet still scale appropriately for a mid-sized company. Suggestions?"

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