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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

FlyingGuy Re:Bloated, nonstandard, difficult to administer (157 comments)

So AC, you really *think* you know what you are talking about, but in fact you really don't.

Postgres - in a high transaction environment if the vacuum goes sideways you just simply crash and burn and your data gets scrambled. On top of that, I double dare you to try and move from one machine to another, much less one hard drive to another.

MySQL - ACID much?

SQLLite Uhmm for little tiny projects, sure as long as you don't need ACID or more then one person using it.

Oracle - IF and it is a BIG ONE - you actually know how to use it, (If you have had the proper training, or you have been using it forever ) It will spin circles around pretty much anything out there. Do stupid things with it and just like any of the rest of them that are enterprise class ( MS-SQL, DB2, Postgres, Informix etc. ) they will not perform up to anyone's expectations.

So please go have a big frosty glass of Shut The Fuck Up.

2 days ago

Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

FlyingGuy Re:Windows 8... no more (294 comments)

Gui Editor - Easy, just get Kate. Not KWrite, but plain old Kate. Syntax highlight for just about every language, columnar selection and paste and all the bells and whistles you could want.

Sick to death of VI or VIM or EMACS for the simplest of CUI chores? Get Nano it is pico's older brother and works quite well.

about two weeks ago

Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

FlyingGuy Re:Holy 2005, Batman! (162 comments)

This is really simple. They have the infrastructure, they have the bandwidth. There are a lot of really quality content generators out there that Google just rapes. Here is a really cogent explanation ( ironically on You Tube ) by Jack Conte of Pomplamoose.


Really listen to what he is talking about and you can understand how Yahoo could just kick Google's ass in this space.

about three weeks ago

Firefox Was the Most Attacked & Exploited Browser At Pwn2own 2014

FlyingGuy ALL of them are security problems... (207 comments)

Every can be broken into and some asshole can do arbitrary things on a users machine because...

  • Defensive programming is not uppermost in their minds, performance is and that is a problem.
  • Old code that should have been ripped out with extreme prejudice long ago still exists, eg: Driveby's

And on top of those two things there is the ever changing HTML specification, the ever changing CSS specification, and the bit of garbage called DOM.

And cracked by a "carefully constructed URL?!? What!?!?! Can these people simply not write a safe URL parser? I mean WTF?!?!?!?!

TBL dame up with the idea that was essentially Anonymous FTP and a bit of code that used a simple set of tags to format text so it displayed like the author intended it to be seen was pretty cool. Then came the committees with "Wouldn't that be cool" ideas and they implemented them with no regard for the implications.

The whole bloody mess in one huge kludge of hideously bad code, bad definitions, and bad implementations of pure garbage designed by a circle jerk.

We have waited for years for them to clean this fucking mess up and what have we gotten:

  • Check boxes that still wont be sent back unless they are checked, if the are not checked they simply don't exist.
  • Input boxes that still won't take a mask so that input is formatted correctly.
  • Validation on the form submit event?!?!?! WTF, can we not have to submit the entire thing before we inform the user that their input does not meet expectations.
  • Arbitrary timeouts that prevent large data sets from loading ( Ajax )
  • An object model in Javascript that is utterly laughable and worse then C++ and Java which is saying quite a lot.
  • A scripting language that is about as robust as wet cleanex

It is time for the madness to stop. Lets start over and make it correct this time.

about a month ago

What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

FlyingGuy Re:Lack of range (330 comments)

Uhmmm Marine One ( actually at least two identical marine one's ) is packed up in a huge transport plane just like the limo.

about a month ago

Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's

FlyingGuy Re:An yet neither of them... (88 comments)

Since I cannot reply to all, I will just reply to myself and perhaps you all will read it.

Digital cameras do a fine job for pretty much all utilitarian photography and to deny that would be foolish.

Having said that, in fine art photography, images where you want a very large amount of latitude, and where color really makes a difference they all still pretty much still stand in the shadow of quality film and quality lenses. If I want shadow detail I have to have some camera that will take three different exposures at three different ISO's then mathematically average them to get a mediocre image at best.

As with most things digital it is a race to mediocrity. Music, Film and most everything else. All the qualities we had with film are now replaced by lies of mathematical tricks to go and invent the latent image in a bit stream where there is no data because digital is slow. Unless you print the image it will be lost. Put a memory stick on a shelf and come back and see if it can still be read 100 years later. There are negatives that have been properly stored that I can make a print from that are over 100 years old. There are book that are over 100 years old that I can still read.

about a month and a half ago

Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's

FlyingGuy An yet neither of them... (88 comments)

Are as good as a quality film camera loaded with quality film. Maybe one day..

about 1 month ago

Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

FlyingGuy Re:Woosh (226 comments)

The rise in pedestrian / vehicle / bicycle collisions and the resulting injuries and fatalities need to be addressed and it needs to be addressed as a whole.

Distracted Driving / Distracted Walking / Distracted bicycling all lead to a poor outcome and it is 98% preventable. Unplug and Drive, Unplug and Walk, unplug and cycle. I see so many people walking into an intersection while texting or whatever it is they are doing when staring at their phone when they should be looking to see if they are going to get splattered that it is a small miracle it does not happen more often.

about 2 months ago

Plan 9 From Bell Labs Operating System Now Available Under GPLv2

FlyingGuy Re:Dead end (223 comments)

Uhmm well you must not have been paying any attention over the years. The PICK OS was just that. The OS was the database and the database was the OS.

about 2 months ago

Dead Reckoning For Your Car Eliminates GPS Dead Zones

FlyingGuy Re:Inertial Navigation - not dead reckoning (151 comments)

Accelerometers simply enable the estimated speed and direction to be kept up to date. And using that to update position is dead reckoning, as we have both described.

But that is not DR since those accelerometers can account for set and drift, and by definition that is inertial navigation. DR is simply I am at point X NOW and if I go in a direction for n amount of time at a given speed I will be at point Y. There is no interpositional correction.

As a pilot I frequently fly without a GPS, hence to better understand my position ( other then looking down at the ground and matching features to a chart ) I rely on reports of wind speed and direction at various altitudes to change my course so that it is a vector of those winds to arrive at a given point.

From Wikipedia on Automotive Dead Reckoning...

Dead reckoning is today implemented in some high-end automotive navigation systems in order to overcome the limitations of GPS/GNSS technology alone. Satellite microwave signals are unavailable in parking garages and tunnels, and often severely degraded in urban canyons and near trees due to blocked lines of sight to the satellites or multipath propagation. In a dead-reckoning navigation system, the car is equipped with sensors that know the wheel diameter and record wheel rotations and steering direction. These sensors are often already present in cars for other purposes (anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control) and can be read by the navigation system from the controller-area network bus. The navigation system then uses a Kalman filter to integrate the always-available sensor data with the accurate but occasionally unavailable position information from the satellite data into a combined position fix.

This is in principle not inertial navigation, but then again it is not DR in the truest sense of the phrase as it was recognized in navigation. We can call it something else, we can call it lots of things but it is not, imho, DR because the the nav system in the car is constantly updating a position based upon speed and direction of travel. This is a hybrid of inertial and DR so call it something else, just don't call it DR because the cars system is trying to obtain a fix ever second or so. I think it is great that they are trying to do these things, but I also value calling something what it is and not something that it is not.

about 2 months ago

Dead Reckoning For Your Car Eliminates GPS Dead Zones

FlyingGuy Re:Inertial Navigation - not dead reckoning (151 comments)

As the poster correctly points out there is a large difference.

Inertial Navigation is where you have a set of gyro's and accelerometers measuring your movement in 3 dimensions for aircraft and submarines and in two dimensions for land based vehicles, which in turn is used to update your position based upon an initial position fix ( or in this case the last fix from the GPS ).

Dead Reckoning is simply, "I have been going on course 213 for the last three hours at 5 knots so I must be here." The difference is that the DR cannot take into account set and drift and the accuracy of speed measurement is quite important.

OK, now lets take a cars NAV system. If it is a typical device it is has pretty much the entire road map loaded as a set of links and nodes with background tiles that are pre-rendered for the given zoom levels it is designed to support. If it looses contact with the satellite it is pretty much just plain lost, now throw in a fairly accurate gyro and set of accelerometers and when the satellite signal goes bye bye you flip over to inertial navigation which can be made pretty accurate since given the fact that cars generally stay on known roads you can then perform path inference based upon the on board map so that if the inertial system seems to think you are driving through a building the system can correct itself by looking at where it has been and put you position back on the road where you should be.

So the summary is quite miss leading because the editor does not know the difference or the sales weenie from the company thought that "Dead Reckoning" sounded cool.

about 2 months ago

Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

FlyingGuy Re:Hard drives? (444 comments)

Nice for a lot of things but for terabytes of data that gets realllllly expensive.

about 3 months ago

Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

FlyingGuy OK, so you expected anythign different? (510 comments)

If you did you are / were a complete fool and here is why...

Our government, believe it or not, generally acts in the best interest of us. How do I know this? Because at a time in my life I worked for it.

You can site all of the lobbying abuses, sweetheart deals, back room dealing, etc. etc. but the general thrust of your argument would still be wrong

Senator A votes to have deal B go through and for the most part he does it for two reasons, re-election money or to get a project / company / entity to do business in his or her state because fundamentally his interests generally align with the people who elected him or her to office.

When it comes to national security everyone had a total freak out when a bunch of guys from Saudi Arabia flew airliners full of people into buildings. Was the NSA kinda clueless? Maybe, were our politicians? Very much so, so they did what all politicians do, they gave an agency carte blanche and looked the other way while saying you had damn well better cover our asses from here on out..

What is really funny about this, is that the so called "Meta Data" is noting more than your phone bill. Ah but the chink in the armor are phones you can buy with a prepaid sim in them for cash. You don't know who made a call you just know that a call was made, so even that data is hard to deal with because you actually have to track the device down, put some eyes on the ground and search for 1 person out of the population of [insert large metropolitan area here ] to see who is using that phone. I think we could go a long way towards prevention of bad things my outlawing them. You want to buy a pre-paid cell phone, fine, we scan your photo ID so at least we have a picture of the person or perhaps a finger print. Do that and we catch half of the gang bangers tomorrow.

You see I really don't care who knows the number I made a call to or got a call from, what I do care about is them knowing the content of the call, and I am not even sure the new data center in Utah could hold all audio from every call made. What this is really is know if two baddies are talking to each other, or a baddie is calling a guy who works for the FAA, an airline, a company that manufactures chemicals that can be made into explosives, etc. you get the idea.

As to Diane Feinstein I think she should have to register as a foreign agent of Israel since she their US lobbying arm. I used to vote for her but have voted against in the last two senatorial elections and I am a Democrat!

about 3 months ago

Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap

FlyingGuy I do tons of GIS work and ... (162 comments)

I have found that Navteq -> Nokia -> Here have the best maps AND the best Link / Node sources.

Google just plain sucks because you have to feed from their API but they do have damn accurate maps, as to their routing engine well...

OSM is pretty good but the level of cruft is quite high and takes a LOT of work to make it usable so...

about 3 months ago

India Launches Indigenous Cryogenic Rocket

FlyingGuy Re:Congratulations (126 comments)

What do you mean "stealing"? The plans for cryogenic engines have been all over the internet for a long time now. The basic technology of the original F1 engine from the Apollo program was pretty common knowledge over 10 years ago. You really can't steal a design that has been pretty much open to the public at large. The innovations of the F1 engine were the cooling of the nozzle with the cryogenic fuel and the turbo-pumps, both of which have been pretty well understood for a long time.

Admittedly, scaling them might pose a technical challenge but I don't think it would that hard. The hard stuff was dealing with the shock wave problems that wanted to tear everything apart and even solutions to those problems have been in open scientific journals for a long long time.

about 3 months ago

Spacesuit Problems Delay ISS Repair Spacewalk

FlyingGuy Re:Why space suits at all? (70 comments)

Have you ever looked at some of the equipment on the outside of the space station? Most of it is is quite delicate as opposed to oil rigs that are mostly very large steel pipes that you can pound on with a sledge hammer and do very little damage to. Everything on that space station is built as light as possible / practicable because it has to be pushed into orbit by chemical rockets.

Lots and lots of it is behind something else, lots of it has complex cable connections. The more robotics you send up that more and more things have to be designed to be accessed by those robotics and therefor become less compact which on the outside of a space station is not good since there is limited surface area all the crap that must be there to begin with.

They have yet to build anything with as much dexterity ( even in a space suite glove ) as the human hand. They have yet to build camera's that are as good as the human mark 1 mod 0 eyeball at catching sight of something, if even for the briefest of moments and reacting immediately to that, if required.

Quite simply put, there is not a robot built yet that can replace humans doing some of the most delicate and difficult tasks. Think about cross-threading. Even in a space suit you can feel that slight resistance of threads not quite aligned and stop twisting before you mangle them, stop, turn the thing in reverse a bit and feel the threads align and the resume turning the coupling, screw or bolt.

Every day they get closer, but for now there is not a manipulator that can do that. Remember repairing the Hubble and they had trouble with the access door closing? The guy in the suit could feel which section was not aligning correctly and apply pressure in a different vector to get the access door to click into place. I for one would be quite happy if they had a manipulator / robot that could do that since it would not require risking a life to do the work that needs to be done; however, until that day then people in those pesky suits are going to have to put em one, head out of the hatch and play mechanic in a very hostile environment.

about 4 months ago

Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google To Help Fix Healthcare.gov

FlyingGuy Re:Oracle! YES!! (404 comments)

Casandra is a key-value store and does not do the things you need like joins and sub-queries. Data stores such as these do have their application sweet spots though. If you don't need critical analysis of relational data these types of programs are pretty cool.

PostGres is a fine DB, but I would guess that your figure is derived from PG being in single user mode and nothing else making demands on it while it was doing that. They do however desperately need to fix the TXID rollover problem since in hi volume data inserts the vacuum process really kills performance. PG has other issues like portability which machine and disk configuration dependencies really put a hurt on, but everything is a trade-off.

I use a smaller drive array that has much faster disks for the things I can fit on them and the performance really goes way way up, but cramming in about 11 million rows a day 24/7/365 just gobbles up storage, so I have to keep it on the big, and much slower disk array.

Keep in mind that while doing all of this the system is servicing the request of many other processes and users, and like most databases we are IO-bound in many instances as the primary storage array spends lots and lots of time running at or very close to 100% utilization. all in all we rarely dip below around 2000 TPS and are often peaking in the area of 6000 to 8000 and we do all of this on a single dell 12 core box w/48G of ram.

about 6 months ago

Tech Titans Oracle, Red Hat and Google To Help Fix Healthcare.gov

FlyingGuy Re:Oracle! YES!! (404 comments)

One of the many problems is that most people do not know how to tune Oracle. Properly tuned Oracle, even when running on inadequate hardware, oracle can support TPS levels that many DB's only dream about with full ACID as a matter of course on the same hardware. I have watched Postgres, MS-SQL Server and DB2 just hit the floor while Oracle kept chugging right along, not always mind you, but more often then not.

I am currently running 11gR2 on hardware that is at best adequate and can assimilate the entire output of 80% of the state of California's highway loop detectors ( approximately 50,000 raw data rows inserted every 30 seconds 24/7/365 ) and that into a rather poky 15TB drive array with 7500rpm 2TB drives, in raid 5 no less, then query all of that data filter,clean and analyze it and shove that data into another table all in the same 30 second period.

The DMV project was a nightmare of never ending changes of requirements. When you think about the basic project, it aint that hard, but when there is no point at which you could say it was stable because the target just kept moving, I don't care who takes it on or who's DB engine you throw at it, it will fail.

When it comes to scaling something out, you take you best guess at what you load will be. When your prospective load might be a large percentage of 300 million people it is a hard target to pin down and that is what ( along with a few bugs that escaped unit testing ) was their ultimate undoing. No one knows who's DB engine was behind it but I doubt it was any of the "web scale" DB's since they don't support ACID very well and this was one of those when it was absolutely essential.

about 6 months ago

Are We Socially Ready For Wearable Computing?

FlyingGuy Google Glass should be outlawed. (214 comments)

I will give a person one chance to take them off and put them away around me. If it is a public place that I spend money, I will be polite and ask, "Please put that camera away.", if they refuse, I will go straight to the business owner, tell that that I am leaving and will no longer spend my money in their establishment as long as they allow those things, and leave. If it is in my home, they get the one chance and if they refuse, they will be unceremoniously ejected, if they argue the point, they get my fist right into their google glasses and then they will be thrown ( literately ) out my door and off of my property.

As to the rest, if someone does not have social skills to know that constantly twiddling with their latest toy while in a conversation is just plain fucking RUDE I will make them aware of that and then leave.

about 6 months ago

NFTables To Replace iptables In the Linux Kernel

FlyingGuy I pray this shall never see the light of day (235 comments)

After finally getting ipTables syntax firmly implanted in my brain they are go to fucking make something new, that does the same thing?

The "quick documentation" is only how to download and build it. The very few examples are horribly described and laid out. Assign a chain to a verdict , uhhh hows that again?

about 6 months ago



Google caught abusing user privacy yet again!

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

FlyingGuy writes "The "Do No Evil" motto of Google was besmirched yet again when it revealed that it had coded around Apple's Safari web browser's privacy controls. Now one could accuse Apple of having lousy privacy controls but the idea that Google would deliberately code around what controls do exist is yet another black eye for Google. The Silicon Valley Mercury News reporter, M. Swift reports,

Google's (GOOG) admission late Thursday that it circumvented privacy controls in the web browsers of Apple (AAPL) iPhone and Mac users — the latest in a series of privacy breaches by the Internet giant — promises to plunge Google in even deeper problems with regulators scrutinizing the company's practices.


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HP Releases WebOS as Open Source

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

FlyingGuy writes "HP today announced it will contribute the webOS software to the open source community.

HP plans to continue to be active in the development and support of webOS. By combining the innovative webOS platform with the development power of the open source community, there is the opportunity to significantly improve applications and web services for the next generation of devices."

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Isolated genes can be patented, court rules

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

FlyingGuy writes "The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which specializes in patent cases, said that Myriad Genetics was entitled to patents on two human genes used to predict whether women have an increased risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer."
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Air France Flight447 FDR & CVR Data Intact

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

FlyingGuy writes "Investigators trying to determine why an Air France plane crashed mysteriously two years ago have recovered the complete contents of the flight data recorder and the last two hours of cockpit conversation, they announced Monday."
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Drive By's and Malware

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FlyingGuy writes "Someplace back in the early days of browsers and such there must have been a point where someone who was building these programs must have said to themselves, "Self, wouldn't it be neat if you could automatically download files to anyplace on the machine and then execute them without the user having to bother saying it was ok."

Someone someplace on good ol' ./ has to have the inside scoop on this. More importantly someone has to have the scoop on why after the very first "Drive By" the code that allowed this was not ripped from the software with extreme prejudice!"

So whats the scoop ./ readers? Was it benignly intentional, was it naiveté or just plain stupid?"

Samsung offers free phones to frustrated iPhone us

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FlyingGuy writes "Samsung is taking a bold step in capitalizing on Apples troubles with the iPhone 4 and sending a free Galaxy S smartphone to iPhone 4 users. Talk about gorilla marketing!"
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Mark Zuckerberg is SO screwed

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

FlyingGuy writes "Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg appears to be quite screwed according to the contract he signed 2003 with upstate New York wood-pellet vendor Paul Ceglia. The contract has very specific language that could in all likelihood hand over 84% of Facebook to Mr. Ceglia unless the courts can be convinced that it is either a forgery or the contract has somehow expired. Read the contract here for yourself but the salient bits are:
  • Buyer agrees to pay the seller the sum of $1,000 a piece for the work to be performed for StreetFax and $1,000 for the work to be performed for "The Face Book"...
  • The agreed upon completion for the expanded project with working title "The Face Book" shall be January 1 2004 and an additional 1% interest in the business will be due the buyer for each day the website is delayed from that date.
  • Additional funds may be provided for either project on an as needed basis at the sole discretion of the Buyer.
  • For "The Face Book" Seller [Mark Zuckerberg] agrees to act as the sites webmaster and to pay for all domain and hosting expenses from the funds received under this contract, and the Seller [Mark Zuckerberg] agrees that he will maintain control of these services at all times.

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Novell Board Declines Elliot's Offer

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

FlyingGuy writes "In an e-mail sent to partners and VARS ( of which I am one ), CEO Ron Hovsepian sent the the following:

Dear Valued Partner,

As you may know, on March 2nd, Elliott Associates, L.P. announced an unsolicited, conditional proposal to acquire Novell. Today we issued a press release announcing that our Board of Directors has concluded, after careful consideration, including a review of the proposal with its independent financial and legal advisors, that Elliott's proposal is inadequate and that it undervalues the Company's franchise and growth prospects.

Additionally, we announced that our Board has authorized a thorough review of various alternatives to enhance stockholder value.

Our relationship with you is extremely important to all of us at Novell, and I want to assure you that you can remain confident that we are committed to serving you as we always have. I also want to reaffirm to you that it remains business as usual at Novell, and we do not intend for there to be any changes in our relationship with you. Please do not hesitate to contact me or other members of our team at any time; we always strive to be available to provide you the best solutions for your needs.

On behalf of the Board and management team, I thank you for your ongoing commitment to Novell.


Ron Hovsepian
President and CEO


New Whitehouse website is a dog....

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

FlyingGuy writes "As I was browsing through through The Whitehouse web site I used the contact form to send a note of congratulations to the new President. I filled in the requires fields and then began typing my text. To my surprise I noticed the text lagging very badly as I typed.

Now given the web site I was accessing I knew that every click was being logged. I noted the comment form had a max char count of 500. This is simple enough to do in a little JS as I have done it many times. Yet for some reason my text was appearing with about a 5 second lag!

So i had a peak at the source and this is the JS function that I found:

      function counterUpdate(opt_countedTextBox, opt_countBody, opt_maxSize)
            var countedTextBox = opt_countedTextBox ? opt_countedTextBox : "counttxt";
            var countBody = opt_countBody ? opt_countBody : "countBody";
            var maxSize = opt_maxSize ? opt_maxSize : 500;

            var field = document.getElementById(countedTextBox);

            if (field && field.value.length >= maxSize)
                  field.value = field.value.substring(0, maxSize);

            var txtField = document.getElementById(countBody);

            if (txtField)
                  txtField.innerHTML = maxSize — field.value.length;

Now to me this sems just a bit over the top for a simple counter / truncate mechanism It would seem to me to be better implemented thusly:

      function counterUpdate(field,maxSize,sizeLabel)
            var countedField = document.getElementById(countedTextBox);
            var countLabel = document.getElementById(sizelabel);
            var currentSize = countedField.value.length
            if(currentSize >= maxSize){
                  countedField.value = countedField.value.substring(0,maxSize);

            countLabel.value = currentSize ;


I tested the site on a SLES box running FF 2.x and a windows box running FF 3.x and both showed the same very poor performance. Am I missing something here? I did not test my suggested replacement,"

A Linux workstation for <b>Business</b>

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FlyingGuy writes "So 2009 may or may not be the year of the Linux Desktop, but let us for sake of argument say it is.

Now keeping in mind that the vast majority of business users are not what anyone would define as a power users since they are mostly just general workers, secretaries, order takers, line workers that do a set number of tasks, often repeatedly, in reality they are just users.

Keeping in mind that management always wants the smallest IT budget they can get away with, they want lots of uptime, peace in the rank and file and the minimum amount of calls to the help desk.

Keeping in mind that IT for the most part wants to set up a machine with the applications required to do the job maybe a few extras like multi-media and chat but not much more. Obviously Open Office fits in here, perhaps Novell's GroupWise or IBM's Office Suite aka Lotus and some other stuff and they want to plop it down and forget about it since they have a ton of other shite to get done

Considering this will be compared to a typical Windows Workstation, what does the collective wisdom of /. think would satisfy the following requirements:
  1. As user proof as possible
  2. As compatible as possible
  3. As secure as possible
  4. At least one RAD Tool
  5. As remotely Manageable as possible with a GUI

Now FOSS is cool, but there are somethings you just have to pay for, support, specialized versions of software, etc. so don't make cost a very big part of your process. Keep in mind these business are more then likely not going to want hire support people that can build the kernel or Open Office or anything else that takes more then typing make with probably less then one page of large type instructions.

So with that in mind, and trying not to be too awfully distro centric, what is the best combination of tools for both support and user to make a Linux desktop for business that will make the grade?

P.S. I like humor as much as the next guy, but this is a serious question. Linux needs to forge ahead onto the desktop if we are to continue our march, so please some serious answers."


IBM and Novell pair a Mid-Level Z system with SLES

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FlyingGuy writes "Novell has released a version of SLES ( SuSe Linux Enterprise Server ) for the IMB Z Series of mid-sized mainframes.

Designed as a powerful, entry-level version of the IBM System z10 Enterprise Class (z10 EC) mainframe announced earlier this year, the IBM z10 BC provides small to mid-sized clients with all the unique attributes of an IBM mainframe.

For customers seeking server consolidation options to cut costs, the IBM z10 BC delivers the capacity equivalent of up to 230 x86 servers, with 83% smaller footprint, up to 93% lower energy costs, and a much higher level of security, control and automation--allowing for up to 100% utilization. In a business climate of mergers, acquisitions and cost-cutting pressures, server consolidation brings improved standardization, security, management and facilities utilizations."

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Is the once mighty Moto headed for the scrap heap?

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FlyingGuy writes "Coming on the heals of a year that saw Motorola lose 1.2 billion and phone sales drop by 33% there are apparently plans afoot to split the once mighty giant and spin off the phone business. BBC News is running this brief article quoting the new CEO and Carl Ichon.

Is this just casting off dead wood, or could this possibly result in a leaner and more aggressive handset manufacturer no long encumbered by the stodginess of the once mighty giant? Does the Motorola brand have any real cache left?"

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

FlyingGuy writes "As reported by the BBC News Internet Service Provider TISCALI has been hit by a massive SPAM wave, resulting in mail failure for a great many of its 1.8 million customers.

Interestingly enough Spamhaus does not see a major problem. FTA:

Spamhaus is certainly not seeing anything that would justify major blocking, unless it is being targeted at one or two specific networks.

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FlyingGuy (989135) writes "The founder of Ubuntu, Mark Shuttleworth, has apparently decided to take on Microsoft directly.

CNN is quoting [www.cnn.com] him as saying, "Ultimately open source is the platform of the future,".

Could this be a preulude to an all out battle between Ubuntu and Microsoft? What do you think the outcome will be?"

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FlyingGuy writes "MacWorld UK is reporting that Open Office will be a Native Mac Application [macworld.co.uk].

Mac users now have an Office Production Application that has all the features and cross-platform capabilty that will allow them to truely be native document portable.

Is this yet another direct hit on MS's Office Suit? Now not being a Mac user myself, although I will buy one for my son when he gets a little older, I understood that even between like versions of the MS Office Suit that were fairly glaring discrepencies when moving from Mac to Windows or the reverse. Has this finally given the two camps a universal translator?"

FlyingGuy FlyingGuy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FlyingGuy (989135) writes "According to CNN Money [money.cnn.com] Google CEO Eric Schmidt has joined the Board of Directors of Apple Computer, Inc.

"Like Apple, Google is very focused on innovation and we think Eric's insights and experience will be very valuable in helping to guide Apple in the years ahead," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement.

Is it just another buddy buddy, "You be my pal on my board, or are Apple & Google planning somthing long or near term?

Steve ( nuttin up my sleve ) Jobs has long been known for not tipping his hand when he has something new and exciting cooking up. Could this be a change in that behavior? Could this mean that Goolge & Apple are teaming up to wage the inevitable war that must happen with the folks from Remond?

Whats your take on this bit of news?"


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