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Microsoft Has 1 Million Servers. So What?

Heebie and if they were running something else... (172 comments)

If they weren't using Windows on those million servers, they could do the job with about 600,000 servers instead.

about 9 months ago
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Green Lantern Writer To Pen Blade Runner Sequel

Heebie Stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid!!!! (326 comments)

The story ended perfectly. A sequel won't add anything useful, and will just be there to make money. It'll suck, but everyone will go because Blade Runner is so awesome. It'll be well and truly sad! :(

about 10 months ago
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Ask slashdot: Which 100+ User Virtualization Solution Should I Use?

Heebie Sounds like a job for..... (191 comments)

I think the closest thing you'll get to "out of the box" for what you're looking for is Apache Cloudstack running on Citrix XenServer for a hypervisor. With basic networking, you can keep things pretty simple. With advanced networking, you can allow your users to build virtual data centres. It can be 100% free open-source software as well, although if you get Citrix CloudPlatform, you get a couple of extra features, and support, but you pay for the support. You could be something similar with other products, but CloudStack actually has a pretty amazing amount of stuff that is just there already, and doesn't need configuring.

about a year ago
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Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

Heebie Good riddance! (542 comments)

Good riddance to bad rubbish. The man is evil.

about a year ago
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Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

Heebie Looks like a cash cow for ten states (732 comments)

I have a feeling people who live close to the 10 states where it doesn't apply might very well end up shopping across the border starting tomorrow.

about a year ago
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Intel Gets Go-Ahead For $4 Billion Chip Plant In Ireland

Heebie 4300 jobs!!! (104 comments)

That's about 1% of the unemployed people here in Ireland in one fell swoop. This is a big win for the Irish economy! :) Many of those people will need training, and the knock-on effects will be massive! It's also jobs for folks who are outside of Dublin. That plant is out in Leixlip.

about a year ago
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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Grounded In US and EU

Heebie good and bad news.. (301 comments)

This whole situation is incredibly bad news for Boeing, and incredibly good news for Airbus.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Mountable Storage Pool For All the Cloud Systems?

Heebie CEPH/RADOS/RBD (165 comments)

You could use CEPH to do the distribution, then RADOS to create an RBD (Rados Block Device) and when you mount the RBD as asn iSCSI device, you could then build a cryptfs device on top of it, so the provider of the RBD couldn't read/write the data without the keys stored on your server (or wherever you keep them.) The difficulty is getting something like this that is product-ized, so that a provider can give enough economy-of-scale to make it really worthwhile.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To React To Coworker Who Says My Code Is Bad?

Heebie Thing one... (507 comments)

listen to his concerns, and explain why they aren't valid, or take them on-board if they are. He's trying to make his mark on the team, and assert his position, and may want to be the "alpha" of the group. It might not hurt to remind him he's a junior memeber of the team, but doing so without belittling him could be difficult. You could also just tell him you inherited a lousy code base from previous developers or something like that.

about a year ago
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That Link You Just Posted Could Cost You 300 Euros

Heebie Death knell for Irish online newsapers (227 comments)

This is seriously the newspaper industry shooting itself in the foot. Nobody reads the dead-trees editions, and they don't want people who think an article is interesting to let other people know they think it's interesting. They're simply going to drive themselves out of business.

about a year ago
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Michigan Makes It Illegal To Ask For Employees' Facebook Logins

Heebie Hooray Michigan!!! (132 comments)

Employee's private lives aren't the business of an employer!

about a year ago
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UK Internet Porn Blocking Rejected

Heebie Hooray!!! Some sense!!!! (101 comments)

Censorship is *ALWAYS* wrong under *ALL* circumstances. There are *NO* reasons that justify it under any circumstance. Every human being should have access to the sum total of human knowledge.

about a year ago
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Humans Evolving Faster Than Ever

Heebie Natural Selection does not drive our evolution (253 comments)

The level at which Homo Sapiens are affected by natural selection has steadily declined, since at least the advent of medicine, probably since the advent of the type of intelligence we posses, possibly even since the earliest vestiges of the ability to have empathy for another. Every generation has more humans who live and procreate, who would have previously perished as children or very young adults. The affect that Natural Selection has on the human race diminishes constantly. Other animals that are affected by this would be any domesticated animal. Dogs, cats, cattle. sheep etc.. If it is a domesticated animal, we have more effect on their evoution than natural selection does. We decide which domestical animals are "worth" allowing to breed, and keep others from breeding. We decide which ones should be "put down" We decide whether our pets are spayed or castrated. We also have more effect on the natural selection of plants we domesticate. There are probably house plants that would have gone extinct if we didn't like them. Banana trees are this point cannot reproduce without human cultivation. The effect we, as a species, have on everything around us seriously alters the function of natural selection. Natural Selection may never have zero effect on human evolution, since new diseases will keep cropping up, and those with immunity will survive to procreate, and those without immunity will die (but only until such time as science comes up with a cure or a vaccine.)

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Troubling Trend For Open Source Company

Heebie Re-twat their twats (451 comments)

If they're using idiotic twatter, re-twat their twats, followed by a quick explanation of why their twat is so wrong. If they're using other social media, do something similar. Those, along with making the fact that support is NOT free extremely evident. include language in the license agreement that outlines that support is not free, and make sure they have to agree to same before they use the free product. Alternately, take some features out of the free product, and require that they be licensed. (or don't add some new ones.) I don't personally like this option.. but "ya gotz ta get paid!" You could also charge a small fee for downloading, so that it's no longer called "free" product. Again, not particularly likeable, but it'll shut the people who think "It's a free product so support should be free" up. (although the "We paid for this so support should be free" camp would start whinging.) Someone suggestion of suing for libel above might work if you have deep enough pockets, and the twatter who's dis'ing you doesn't. Whatever your company decides on, good luck!

about a year ago
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Mark Cuban: Facebook Is Driving Away Brands — Starting With Mine

Heebie "primary" site on facebook? (299 comments)

How stupid are you in the first place? Your primary "site".. your primary online presence.. should be YOUR OWN WEBSITE. This has been a marketing no-brainer since the mid 1990's. DUH.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

Heebie There are so many! (867 comments)

Ultrix (Yeah, I know, not Linux, but some things carried over!) ;)
OS/2 (Yeah, I know, not Linux, but a lot of free software was ported from *NIX systems into OS/2, so some of that carried over as well.)
AmigaDOS (Yeah, I know, not Linux, but it was *NIX-y)

Slackware
Mandrake (later Mandriva)
Red Hat 7.1
TurboLinux
SuSE
VALinux
VectorLinux
Knoppix
Morphix
Gentoo
Sabayon
RR64
Debian
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (much newer version, very different, worth mentioning again.)
rPath
CentOS
Fedora
Ubuntu

Overall, I think I learned the most about Linux from Gentoo, with CentOS being the number two.

(Other *NIX systems: Solaris, OpenBSD, FreeBSD and perhaps one might think about counting Mac OSX and BeOS)

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed

Heebie Back to Gentoo (646 comments)

I'll be back to Gentoo or off to Fedora unless the ad nonsense is easily disabled.

about a year and a half ago
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US Doctors Back Circumcision

Heebie A note from one of the mutilated (1264 comments)

As someone who was mutilated by a surgeon when I was about a day or two old, who is now an adult, I can whole-heartedly say that I DO NOT approve of the procedure. I have problems with getting stimulated, staying stimulated, and reaching orgasm, due to the relatively small number of nerve-endings left to me on my penis. If I put a condom on for "safer-sex" purposes, that's the end of it. Not nearly enough stimulation gets through the condom for me to feel pretty much anything, so I am incapable of having "safer sex".. it's logistically impossible without something like Viagra. Perchance the companies that make Viagra, Cialias and Levitra are the ones behind this study that came to conclusions that contradict common sense? It is *NEVER* OK to mutilate a child. It is mutilation, plain and simple, and it interferes with the sex lives of those of us who have been mutilated for a lifetime.

about a year and a half ago
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Astronaut Neil Armstrong Has Died

Heebie Re:Mourn His Passing (480 comments)

This is indeed a sad day as we have lost one of the world's great explorers.

Correction, we've lost one of the greatest explorers of our **planetary system**, (the Solar system, named after our star, Sol), he cannot be called simply one of the world's greatest explorers, it doesn't say enough about him or his comrades. How many people in the history of the world have been where he went? A dozen or so? He was the elite of the elite of the elite, and hopefully there will be others that get the opportunity to follow in his rocket-trail! (They wouldn't get far enough by following in his footsteps!) Unfortunately, younger generations don't seem to be inspired by him quite the same way, or at least not in the same numbers, as kids in the 1960's & 1970's did. I wholeheartedly agree with the need for tough decisions. Choosing not to explore space, and learn how to "get there" dooms the human race to die with this planet in a few billion years. (if we don't die off sooner for reasons other than the sun expanding into a red giant.) Explorers of his calibre will be needed to get humankind to places where we can continue expanding our knowledge of the universe, and more importantly, simply continue being. R.I.P. Neil Armstrong!

about a year and a half ago
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Book Review: Elementary Information Security

Heebie Re:GRRR Amazon :/ (56 comments)

I ended up ordering it from bookunlimited.ie. Several other companies didn't have it, or didn't even have online stores, just a brochure site. I thought that was rather strange in this day & age.

about 2 years ago

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