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Gardeners Told to Give Exhausted Bees an Energy Drink

MarkEst1973 Or some soda cans (200 comments)

Ever go on a picnic and see bees enter your soda can? Or see a trashcan buzzing with bees because people throw away their sweet, sugary beverages?

Santa is powered by cookies and milk. Bees are powered by honey... that's why they make it. Why not leave some "honey" out for them as a mid-flight snack?

My only question would be how this affects their ability to collect pollen and make honey back at the hive. If it allows them to pollinate more flowers, then hell, I'm all for it.

more than 5 years ago

Google Announces Chrome OS, For Release Mid-2010

MarkEst1973 This recession is a good time to strike (1089 comments)

Deep pockets versus deeper pockets. Google's market cap is $125b and Microsoft's is $200b. Not long ago, the gap was larger. Falling PC sales have taken a bite out of Microsoft's revenue. They recently had their first down quarter in their history.

Microsoft still makes 4X the money Google does, though. In 2008, Microsoft earned $17b in net income compared to Google's $4b. Now, $4b is nothing to dismiss, especially when you're using and writing entirely free and open source software, but still, if Google has deep pockets, Microsoft's are even deeper.

See: MSFT and GOOG


Google is probably the only company in the world that can generate excitement about a new OS, and making an open platform will encourage software developers to write apps for it. Hasn't that been one of the big complaints, the lack of software for Linux?

Many have tried taking down Microsoft. All have failed. Perhaps Google is finally the David to slay Microsoft's Goliath. Perhaps not. Exciting times, these are.

more than 5 years ago

Java Gets New Garbage Collector, But Only If You Buy Support

MarkEst1973 This was BEA's model with JRockit (587 comments)

JRockit has all kinds of monitoring features, memory profilers, and other useful metrics built into the JRE, but you need a license key to unlock them. Core Java was always free. You pay for the value-added stuff.

more than 5 years ago

Russia To Develop a National Operating System

MarkEst1973 It's about time! (374 comments)

Why any country would voluntarily base their national security on imported, closed-source, non-free software is beyond my reasoning. If a country wants to control its infrastructure, it must use free software. Same goes for us computers users, too, of course, but the stakes are much higher for a sovereign nation.

about 6 years ago

Massive VMware Bug Shuts Systems Down

MarkEst1973 Utility computing w/o virtualization (410 comments)

VMWare licenses for ESX server cost something like $5k apiece. My company uses VMWare and I don't quite get it. We pay for expensive blade hardware ($8k each for those, not to mention the chasis), then we pay $5k per virtual server. And for what? Adding virtualization overhead to the runtime cost.

Meanwhile, in articles like this, people are showing how to run many applications and different versions within a single container. A single node in the cluster can run any application. There are always busy, keeping the hardware fully utilized. Isn't that the promise of utility computing? Rack up a bunch of cheaper (but not cheap/shoddy) servers and let your cluster go to town.

So, my question is, why are we (as an industry) embracing virtualization when apps written for a smart container (like OSGi) give the same benefits without all the additional co$t and runtime overhead?

more than 6 years ago



We're not "resources"

MarkEst1973 MarkEst1973 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MarkEst1973 writes "Does George Steinbrenner schedule a "short stop resource" or does he get Derek Jeter? Do the Yankees want homerun hitting A-Rod or a mere "3rd baseman resource"? Did Apple do well when it had a "CEO resource" or did they achieve the incredible after Steve Jobs came back to lead the company? Talent matters! Treating highly intelligent software developers as "resources" is demeaning, dehumanizing, and ultimately counterproductive to an organization that needs to build and field a winning team. You can read the article on the original author's blog or the reprint at the JavaLobby. The article has produced a visceral reaction in people, judging by the comments on the blog and Dzone."
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