top Fake "Speed Enforced By Drones" Signs On California Freeways
Troll, really? I took this tongue in cheek and laughed out loud. This is a sad comment on the times, to little humor and to much political correctness.
about a year and a half ago
top Russian Rocket Proton-M Crashes At Launch
In the words of the immortal Foghorn Leghorn: "That's a joke, ah say, that's a joke, son."
about a year and a half ago
top The Glorious Return of the Twinkie
Besides, they'll just let someone else pick up the tab for their healthcare.
And therein lies the problem, I get to pay for someone's poor lifestyle. It would be nice to have a healthcare penalty on smoking, drinking, and eating processed foods such as this.
about a year and a half ago
top The Data That Drove Yahoo's Telecommuting Ban
Sadly you posted this AC and I don't have mod points, but this is spot on. While don''t work at Yahoo, I've worked for companies in a similar downward spiral. I suspect that more than a few people have become disenchanted and lost motivation. Sometimes, a bit of a "reset" is needed.
top Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers
I feel your pain because I'm in the same boat. I'm currently looking for work, and I'm sure I'll be able to find something soon. I do wonder how much longer I'll be able to continue in IT before I'm completely ignored because of age.
top Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes For Maps App, Recommends Alternatives
That makes a lot of sense. Too bad Apple couldn't renew ahead of time, and avoid some of this pain. I'm deliberately not upgrading to iOS6 until they get Apple maps fixed, or Google ports their map app to iOS6. In the mean time, Ill give Waze a try.
top WD Builds High-Capacity, Helium-Filled HDDs
I'm not aware of any crushing weight problems in the steel server racks...
For most server racks. probably not as there is a log of empty space in standard servers. Here at $WORK, we have a MAID array for archival storage. Since the drives in the unit only spin up (and get hot) when needed, the array contains many more drives than a standard disk array. This makes the unit quite heavy, and could overload the floor on some buildings. Luckily, this is on the first floor, so it won't come crashing through the ceiling.
top Leave Your Cellphone At Home, Says Jacob Appelbaum
He's right, you can get one
here. Of course I've probably placed myself on some government agency watch list by posting this.
top Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional
At some point in the future, those younger people will get older, likely get sicker, and hopefully get wealthier so this all evens out in the wash. If you're older and 'wealthier', then you'll have to get insurance now, which is a good thing.
top AMD/ATI Video Drivers: Unsafe At Any Speed
That's called the 'Lovelace Factor': All software sucks, it's just a matter of how much it sucks.
top Is the Sparc T4 Too Little Too Late?
Except he has a point. Some organizations still have an investment in a Solaris infrastructure. For some small to mid sized companies the M series are a too expensive for what you get, while the T3 is too underpowered for a database. Hopefully the T4 will try to fill that gap, especially in the price category. Will the T5 eat into other platforms? I have my doubts there as I think this is all in the 'too little too late' category.
It's too bad really, as Solaris is a nice OS. Time to work on yet another career course alteration.
top Netflix To Lose 1 Million Subscribers
That's the interesting question, isn't it. I dropped the streaming plan, because I rarely used it. Most of the streaming movies are a bit long in the tooth, so it's just not worth the extra money to use streaming once every few months.
top Age Bias In IT: the Reality Behind the Rumors
That's a very interesting observation, and goes to explain a few situations I've encountered. I'd always assumed that most people tend to associate with others that are like themselves. Given a few similar candidates, they will hire someone that most closely resembles themselves.
top IPv6 Traffic Volumes Are Low, But Nobody Knows How Low
Yep. My ISP is Speakeasy in San Jose, CA. You would think they'd support IPv6 in the middle on Silicon Valley, but you'd be wrong. I've got a NetScreen capable of IPv6, but no way to use it without a tunnel. Are you listening Speakeasy?
top Kaspersky Calls For 'Internet Interpol'
Too bad you posted anonymously (though I understand why you did), as some may miss this post. Until we get everyone on the same page as to who should be prosecuted, it's just going to be too easy to hide.
top Sony Running Unpatched Servers With No Firewall
The parent sums PCI up very nicely. My company is looking at the feasibility of implementing PCI vs outsourcing credit cards. Since we would be a Tier 4 vendor, we would be able to do a self assessment. Talking with other companies in Tier 4 uncovered a wide range of compliance from almost nothing to almost complete compliance. If the web site you're giving your credit card to is not a Tier 1 vendor, be very very afraid.
top Russian Team Prepares To Penetrate Lake Vostok
I'm not a Sarah Palin fan, but I hope this gets modded up as informative. It's amazing how many famous people are misquoted (no, Al Gore never claimed he invented the Internet).
top California Wants To Put E-Ads On License Plates
Sorry, until you eliminate the 75% vote necessary to pass a budget, you'll get a mess that pleases no one, and is late to boot. Now if we can get 76% of one party voted in, we might get something to happen. And yes, I'm a native Californian but not terribly proud of it at the moment.
top Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer
Yet more anecdotal evidence: we had a proprietary database system running on a old Solaris 2.6 system circa 1998. I was able to move the binaries to a Solaris 10 system and they ran without any modifications at all. Try taking a binary that ran on a Linux system from that era and run it on a modern variant. You'd have to play games with libc to even think about getting it to run.
So we only have a few data points here; perhaps if a few other post their experience you might be open to looking at another point of view?
top The Best, Worst, and Ugliest OSes of the Decade
True enough, the Solaris userland is not as robust as Linux out of the box. You can upgrade to a more robust userland through sites like Blastwave, that carry pre-compiled GNU-like programs.
OTOH, Solaris is much better at backward compatibility than Linux. I have a very old proprietary database that was once running on Solaris 2.6, running on Solaris 10. I didn't have to wedge in some ancient libc to get this to happen, it just worked. So like many things in life, and especially with computers, you trade have trade offs: stability or newer features. One size does not fit all.
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