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Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

Lando Linux support (118 comments)

To maintain and support an entire OS takes a lot of work. We aren't talking about just development here, but checking to make sure things run properly and making the changes needed to ensure stuff is supporter. The point I would start looking at rolling your own distribution and supporting it is the day you decide to start selling your distribution.

For internal use, sure you might have to have a team to do internal work to modify certain sections in order to make the OS work for you, but they are relatively minor compared to ensuring an entire distribution works as needed. Let another company do the heavy lifting and just have your company modify it and submit changes back through the system as desired. Feedback works as well.

To run an entire distribution and all the subsystems takes billions, look at IBM donating to Linux as a whole they give value back to the community rather than trying to extend and embrace for their own purposes. Redhat does the same and they do distribution and sales. Other companies are the same. I guess you can make the decision on your own but personally I suppose the time to switch is when you have support fees in excess of what it would cost to maintain an entire distribution. I'd assume someone around a thousand people focused on the project would be about right. A thousand people's salaries would buy a lot of support. A better idea might be to hire developers for the subsections of the OS that you need and have them work with the community.

about a month and a half ago

Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

Lando Re:Algorithms (161 comments)

Challenge accepted.

about 1 month ago

Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

Lando Re:Steam Big Picture (720 comments)

Yes and from what I remember of the steam box that is one of the features. You are supposed to be able to have your massive gaming machine in one part of the house but be able to play on any television throughout the house. The big machine handles the heavy lifting and transmits the data to wherever you want to play at. Since this is the designed function there isn't even an issue of plugging and unplugging wires etc to wherever you are at.

I haven't read the literature in a while, but that was my understanding of how it was supposed to work. Granted that is pre-release information before they got the specs set for the steambox and the functionality may have been removed.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

Lando Steam Big Picture (720 comments)

Isn't this supposed to be what steam big picture is for. Playing games on your television in another room from you computer?

If the literature is correct, that would just make this ask slashdot just another slashavedisment .

about 2 months ago

US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

Lando Re:Other fugitives (173 comments)

In my opinion we need to start holding politicians accountable for their actions. Currently it seems the legalization of bribes and free speech of corporations while the rest of the country has their right to speak publicly only in free speech zones and the removal of their assets without any proof of wrongdoing just doesn't sit well with me.

about 2 months ago

Military Laser/Radio Tech Proposed As Alternative To Laying Costly Fiber Cable

Lando 2 Gbps replacing Fiber (150 comments)

Sure I suppose it's good enough for a single user, but I think it'll be a bit more expensive to add these in rather than run a set of fiber cables down the road.

about 2 months ago

Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Lando Re:Oh good (907 comments)

Yep, easy peasy. Just let your credit score go to hell, then move out and live on the streets since most places require a credit check before they'll let you rent. We've already eliminated owning your own home since you can't get a mortgage, so I guess you're living in a one bedroom efficiency hotel for 300 a week.

Sounds like a good way to get yourself fixed up.

about 3 months ago

The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

Lando Staples (144 comments)

What happened to Staples plan to put out 3d printers in it's locations?

about 4 months ago

Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Lando Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (739 comments)

And lets not forget you, since you have to been smart enough and knowledgable enough to evaluated all the work that these people do. You obviously are the best qualified to make that decision. And you have. And by pointing out that Linus is obviously not within even the remotest inkling of talent of these "REAL" smart people and is being an asshat, doesn't that just make you an asshat for calling him an asshat.

Screw off. I like my kernel worked on, Linus gets the job done, I'm willing to put up with him being an asshat at times.

My questions though, is what have you done for me lately?

about 6 months ago

FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

Lando Re:About time (38 comments)

These numbers don't seem to make much sense to be. Perhaps I'm reading it wrong, but if the revenue isn't coming from operations, where is it coming from? Do you have a link to where these numbers are coming from?

about 6 months ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Lando Re:call them (354 comments)

Sorry, but no it doesn't have to be a rental disc. Rental discs were an industry con with earlier releases, higher quality, etc tapes that cost 80-120 a pop compared to 20 dollars or like blockbuster set up profit sharing with the studios in exchange for some exclusive features/releases.

The way I understand it is first sale doctrine enables you to resell anything that you purchase to another. Which is how the rental agreement gets structured if the studios try to restrict use. The rental company contends that they are selling the video to the customer and later buying the video back at a discounted rate. Studios have challenged this and lost. So when studios refused to sell to Redbox a couple of years ago, all redbox did was go into walmart and purchase copies and put those discs into their vending machines.

about 6 months ago

Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

Lando Re: Blizzard Shizzard (252 comments)

I mean they sue people that don't have the resources to fight back in court therefore effectively winning.

Shrug, I just don't deal with them. Others can continue to do so, but I've no wish to deal with a company that sues their own users.

about 8 months ago

Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

Lando Re:terminology (238 comments)

What? Price of a T1 hasn't changed? Funny, my personal T1 line back in the late 90s ran 1500 a month, now that same service is offered for 450 a month or less.

Has deflation hit the economy to such and extent that 450 is now equivalent to 1500 back in the day?

about 8 months ago

Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

Lando Re: Blizzard Shizzard (252 comments)

What do you mean "new" precedent? This is standard operations mode for Blizzard, they sue period and they win because they have deep pockets. The cases don't settle until they have won.

I'm happy to say that I haven't bought a blizzard game or played any that I didn't own since the bnet incident.

about 8 months ago

One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

Lando Re:Huh? (230 comments)

In 1983, I was using a modem to log into tymnet to get to compu-serve to play games, chat, etc. There were multiple bbs system around etc The Apple and commodore had already been out for years. And this was all consumer stuff. I remember playing star trek games on the mainframe terminals as far back as '76. To think that there weren't plenty of ways to remotely access a system at this time is clearly someone that didn't play with the stuff at that time. By the time the IBM PC was introduced in 1981 there were already loads of people running bbs's for fun. IBM was rather late to the show personally.

about 9 months ago

Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

Lando Re:Legendary... (232 comments)

It was a book of tricks, but it was also about showing possibilities that many people overlooked. The book iirc didn't just show specific tricks, but went into the though process behind how those tricks were developed and went in depth about how they were implemented. So it was a primer course to developing your own tricks. As such it was more than just a trick book.

about 10 months ago

Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

Lando Re:A bit slanted? (259 comments)

My problem isn't with the information provided, my problem is how they are framing the summary. It comes across as an emotional plea rather than actually providing knowledge/data. The message is getting lost in the rhetoric, imo.

about 10 months ago

Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

Lando A bit slanted? (259 comments)

Okay, I can be pretty dense when it comes to reading between the lines, but even I notice a heavy dose of agenda in this summary. It's a good thing the anti-GMO folks have a crystal ball to see the future clearly.

I guess we need our daily dose of propaganda though.

about 10 months ago

Utopia, Silk Road's Latest Replacement, Only Lasted Nine Days

Lando Re:Criminals are idiots. (83 comments)

Funny, I read about congress all the time. Does that make them stupid or smart?

about a year ago

The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'

Lando Re:crossed wires (509 comments)

What do you mean joke???

about a year ago




Spewing vile green bile

Lando Lando writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Somehow, I've actually apparently picked up fans. This is suprizing, but I guess if your interested in what I have to say, I actually just free wrote an overview of my "career" over the years of '92 - '01. It's definately not refined, but you might find it of interest.



C++ Programmer needed

Lando Lando writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Got a client looking for a decent C++ programmer.

Figured I would poll my friends & fans first.

Call me at 770-995-0699. This is a work from home position. Coding skills will be the deciding factor.

Salary: Dependant on skill

Platform: Windows


Waking up

Lando Lando writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Pretty much my entire life since age 13 I've had problems following through with commitments.. Anything over a month generally ended up being set aside and never completed...

Not that I personally didn't try, but it kept getting harder and harder to work. My folks and other people over the last 20 years have equated it to being lazy, I however was completely frustrated, never seeming to have any energy to get up and move around...

I'd visited several doctors, psychologist, and such all to no avail...

Enter my wife, when we met something just clicked, we fit together seemed to work. It wasn't wild romance more of a feeling of comfort.

Anyway, I still had my energy problems, but I was holding down the fort at a good paying job and was at least paying for my bills...

Well, my wife and I have had our ups and downs, we occassionally fight... And so she's decided that we need to go to counciling.

During the second session with the theripist my wife mentions that I am manic-depressive. Not that I have ever been diagnosed as such... All my family and friends see it though, I can go weeks without being about to write a single line of code and then I would get spurts where I write 10K lines in a day and it works perfectly, after fixing my typing mistakes... logic is almost always dead on.

Most people may have said there was something wrong, but having lived with it for so long and spending thousands on blood tests, etc I figured this was the way it was and was really impressed by the people that were able to push so hard to do what they wanted... But more on them later, back to me...

Anyway, upon hearing that I was bi-polar, or at least everyone thought I was, he recommended I go see a doctor and try some medicines.

I went spent an hour talking with the doctor, saying things like, I'm not suicidal, I just have no energy, no crying so it's not like I'm depressed... Just have to get through it, etc etc etc.

So the interview ends and the doctor prescribes Wellbutrin. I go home, and take a pill and play on the computer, I would call it work but haven't been able to get anything done for a while. I just sat there and read slashdot, looked at code, read slashdot, looked at .... Over and over again... Anyway 3 hours later I go downstairs, and I'm feeling slightly dizzy... When I reach the bottom of the stairs I suddenly realize I don't have a headache from working on the computer, but I normally do.

And then I look around and realize that where my brain felt fuzzy before now everything seemed to come into focus.

So I have been riding a high for the last week, not that the drugs are making my happy, but instead that I can concentrate and do what I want to do... It's quite simply amazing.

Yesterday, I realized that my idol, John Carmack, who works so hard and does things that I wish I could do... Was normal, and now that I was normal I could do the same...

So today, I'm sitting down... Pulling out the keyboard and getting ready to fly... My customers have been called, money's coming in, my systems upgraded to Mandrake 9.0 and I have my programming tools....

What more could a guy ask for...

More later on the projects I am working on... Just happy to be moving now...

Nice to know that there was actually a problem and I wasn't lazy....

Grin... see you in the funny pages.


Pyroto Mountain

Lando Lando writes  |  more than 11 years ago A long time ago, in a ...

Okay maybe I should say the mid-80s I used to play a game called Proto Mountain. It was a local BBS and I soon became addicted to this system. Writing messages and discussing issues and becoming a more powerful wizard.

While surfing the other day I found that there was a web version available... So I spent some time checking it out.

Amazingly, they seem to have retained the "fun" of the game.

If anyone ever does read my journal... Check it out and see what you think. Comments are welcomed.




Current status

Lando Lando writes  |  more than 13 years ago

Just testing out current journal entry system. I'll try to make comments as I do things not worthy, ie about 1 entry every 5 years... *laugh*

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