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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

MrCreosote "a rare SCART cable" (167 comments)

obviously this person has never heard of Ebay

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

MrCreosote two words..... (209 comments)

"Business Intelligence"

Reading between the lines, and with over 20 years experience of working with Oracle E-Business Suite, when you say 'managing' data, what you really mean is 'analysing' data. I agree Oracle E-Business Suite is primarily a 'repository' for the data, and typically the analysis is done with Business Intelligence tools built on either the EBS database directly, or on a dedicated data warehouse. The canonical product you would use is Oracle BI, but there are free tools probably just as good like Pentaho, Jaspersoft et al. Probably the only major benefit of using Oracle BI is that it comes with E-Business Suite specific queries and dashboards pre-built and configured.

about 6 months ago

The Pentagon's Seven Million Lines of Cobol

MrCreosote Re:Redundant (345 comments)

I once wrote a COBOL code generator, in COBOL

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Really Short Time Wasters?

MrCreosote PokerTH (279 comments)

Solitaire for grown-ups....

about 2 years ago

CowboyNeal Reviews Oracle Linux

MrCreosote Re:Oracle sucks (170 comments)

Speaking of making things more difficult than they should be, the ISO images for installation are not readily available for download. There is a heinous registration form but no promise of the ISOs even if you fill in the form (with either fake data or real). If Oracle is going to be serious about establishing a distro, it has got to be available at all the usual download sites along site CentOS, Debian and the other established distros.

Yeah, like you can download RHEL without having to buy a subscription, and without having to register or anything, and its a full version, not some crappy evaluation version. Oh, wait.....

more than 2 years ago

CowboyNeal Reviews Oracle Linux

MrCreosote Re:Oracle not worth it (170 comments)

Oracle *database* is expensive. OEL is free.

more than 2 years ago

CowboyNeal Reviews Oracle Linux

MrCreosote Re:Oracle not worth it (170 comments)

And Linux Mint is just what a Fortune 500 company wants running their mission-critical systems.


which includes this little tid-bit

"The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is available as binary RPM packages that can be installed from Oracle's public yum repository as well as the Unbreakable Linux Network. The kernel's source code is available via a public git source code repository from http://oss.oracle.com/git/?p=linux-uek-2.6.39.git"

more than 2 years ago

12 Dead, 50 Injured at The Dark Knight Rises Showing In Colorado

MrCreosote Re:lol (1706 comments)

No, it was because 'A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state'. They opposed the idea of having a standing army, because standing armies had been used against citizens in the revolutionary war and in other countries. The idea was that everyone would have a weapon so that in the event of the 'security of (the) free state' being threatened, 'a well regulated militia' could quickly form to remove the threat.

IIRC, the USA has a reasonably well-equipped defence force to deal with threats to the security of the USA (opposition to the idea of standing armies notwithstanding) so, yes, the 2nd amendment is past its use-by-date.

more than 2 years ago

Australian Defence Force Builds $1.7m Linux-Based Flight Simulator

MrCreosote Re:Too stupid to buy a copy of X-Plane eh? (232 comments)

I must have missed the part on the x-plane website that shows how it can 'allow pilots to experience real-world combat situations' and 'is also configurable, which allows the evaluation of "novel systems and concepts"'

And where does it say that the AUD 1.7M is on software?

more than 5 years ago

Believing In Medical Treatments That Don't Work

MrCreosote Re:And next up (467 comments)

"While the idea of universal free happy healthy health care sounds sugary sweet, there are some dire consequences of handing our individual health to governmental control"

as opposed to handing your individual health to an HMO whose goal is to maximize the return to its share holders, partly by minimizing costs by refusing to pay for treatments. Assuming you can afford to be with an HMO in the first place.

more than 5 years ago

Reasonable Hardware For Home VM Experimentation?

MrCreosote Re:hmmm (272 comments)

So you must have missed where he said, right at the start

'I want to experiment at home...'

more than 5 years ago

Best Solution For HA and Network Load Balancing?

MrCreosote Re:1000+ a day isn't very much (298 comments)

re needing Oracle EE + Dataguard to get a standby database - you can still get a standby database with SE - DataGuard is just the framework that that makes managing a configuration easier, but with SE you can still set everything up manually ie configure remote log_archive_dest, and manually manage the standby ("recover managed standby database disconnect from session;") and failover.

Also, with 11g, RAC is now included with SE, but an option on EE (go figure).

see http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/database/oracle11g/pdf/database-11g-product-family-technical-whitepaper.pdf

more than 5 years ago

Court Rules Autism Not Caused By Childhood Vaccine

MrCreosote Re:Jenny McCarthy (1056 comments)

look up 'herd immunity' - IIRC, government is supposed to act in the interests of the general population.

more than 5 years ago

USAF Seeks Air Force One Replacement

MrCreosote Re:What exactly is wrong with the VC-25 (640 comments)

According to The Register

The US Air Force, in charge of the commander-in-chief's longhaul transport, has issued a request for information under the banner "Presidential Aircraft Recapitalisation". As the airmen note, the existing VC-25 planes are modified Boeing 747-200s, a type which has now ceased service with airlines. This has made spare parts and tech support much more expensive than formerly.

According to the USAF, this means the time has come to get some new planes:

        The Air Force conducted an Analysis of Alternatives to examine if it would be more cost effective to maintain the current Air Force One, or to buy a new aircraft. Given the diminishing parts supplier base, increasing maintenance time, and system upgrades that would be necessary to meet future air traffic control requirements, it was found that replacing the VC-25 was the most cost effective option.

about 6 years ago

New Contest Will Seek the Best "I'm Linux" Video

MrCreosote Re:Novell already did this (460 comments)

"I'm Linux"
"No, I'm Linux!"
"I'm Linux, and so is my wife"

more than 6 years ago

Ballmer "Interested" In Open Source Browser Engine

MrCreosote Re:Microsoft can't win evidentially... (410 comments)


Peter Hoddie [Apple]: "Are you really asking us to kill playback? Do you want us to knife the baby?" -- meaning QuickTime.

Christopher Phillips [Microsoft]: "Yes, we're talking about knifing the baby."

This dramatic exchange at a meeting in April 1997 was quoted by Dr Avadis Tevanian, Apple's senior Vice President for software, during the cross-examination by Microsoft attorney Theodore Edelman.
Microsoft wanted Apple to drop QuickTime product and leave the multimedia playback market to Microsoft, while Apple concentrated on software tools for Internet content.


Dr Tevanian accused Microsoft of threatening to stop the development - important for Apple's business viability - of a new version of Microsoft Office for the Mac.

A Microsoft e-mail confirming this was introduced during the questioning of Bill Gates on video last week.

more than 6 years ago



MrCreosote MrCreosote writes  |  more than 8 years ago

MrCreosote (34188) writes "http://www.theage.com.au/news/wireless — broadband/ csiro-wins-landmark-legal-battle/2006/11/15/116326 6614119.html
"The CSIRO has won a landmark US legal battle against Buffalo Technology, under which it could receive royalties from every producer of wireless local area network (WLAN) products worldwide.

The CSIRO brought the case against Buffalo before the US Federal Court of the Eastern District of Texas in February last year, claiming the manufacturer had failed to pay loyalties on US patent 5487069.

The patent, granted to CSIRO in 1996, encompasses elements of the 802.11a/g wireless technology that is now an industry standard.""


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