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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Zediker Rome 2.0 (818 comments)

Ahhh America, Rome 2.0. Now I just wonder who will be our Marius to kickstart our whole no limitations on terms, and Augustus to finally rule on us as princeps and make the transition from republic to empire official...

about 5 months ago
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Mathematical Breakthrough Sets Out Rules For More Effective Teleportation

Zediker Re:Where does extra energy go? (162 comments)

More importantly, what actually allows them to change position in the first place. I'm not talking force here... But the actual physical change in position. Teleportation is a waste of time, Translocation however is more useful. Why move matter from point A to B when you can just redefine it at position B?

about a year and a half ago
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Trouble For Microsoft Developers With the Windows Store

Zediker Solution: Go Around Microsoft (232 comments)

1) WinRT apps are blocked via MS Store: i.e., you need MS' permission to distro... or do you? 2) WinRT apps can be created via Visual Studio 2012 Express... 3) WinRT apps created locally can be run locally without using the MS Store. Solution) Create Open Source distribution channel powered by Visual Studio 2012 Express to deliver WinRT apps to anyone. Since apps are compiled locally, they dont need to be on the MS store to run Catch) must be open source, funding will have to be donation-based or similar, no assurances of quality, security, or safety.

about 2 years ago
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Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

Zediker Re:yawn (618 comments)

Give us back our winter weather damnit!

more than 2 years ago
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Should There Be a Sci-Fi Category At the Oscars?

Zediker Re:Every time a bell rings (309 comments)

When you get down to it... "Proper" Sci-Fi is a thought experiment (philosophical or otherwise) made manifest through media.

more than 2 years ago
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How Do I Get Back a Passion For Programming?

Zediker Re:Sucks to be you! (516 comments)

*shrug* That actually sounds appropriate for a large city center. My basic rule of thumb is if the employer doesnt start offering reasonable pay at least within the standard rates specified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, I walk out; because then I know i'm being low-balled and they don't understand the value of what they want. When you get right down to it, software makes business run today. Without it, they are nothing in today's world. If that isnt worth something to them, then why work for them?

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Faces Temporary iPhone, iPad Ban In Germany

Zediker Re:Samsung should dodge scam patents (193 comments)

If TV props count as "prior art" then Star Trek beats most everyone to the punch.

more than 2 years ago
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LulzSec Target the Sun After Phone Hacking Scandal

Zediker Re:newsworld arent Hackers... (363 comments)

one engages in crime (cyber criminals), the other is a generic term for a very skillful technology enthusiast. They are completely different.

more than 3 years ago
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Devs Worried Microsoft Will Dump .NET

Zediker Re:Yeah, cos you know... (440 comments)

He may be referring to the Windows Foundation series of capability in .Net (e.g., Presentation Foundation, Workflow Foundation, Communication Foundation).

Its not directly referred to much, but it is a great set of capability.

more than 3 years ago
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GUI Revolutions: From Flashing Bulbs To Windows 8

Zediker Re:Windows 8 a revolution?? (120 comments)

Its an evolution, but only time will tell if it is a revolution... I'm not particularly betting on it being one.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Government Ditches Cloud Concept, Consolidates Data Centers

Zediker Re:If only it were true (97 comments)

What you say is absolutely true if contracts are never involved. However, almost any procurement ends with a contract between the service or commodity supplier and the government, which really becomes the main barrier to entry to OSS and makes those questions from before more sticklers than commercial flavors of doing business. In the commercial world, everything is fine and rosy with contracts, they are flexible and can be redefined easily. In the government world, not so much. USC Title 10, the FAR, among other regulations, policies, and laws define how the government may do business, and they don't always easily align with the answers to those above questions. When they do, GREAT! When they don't, well, its back to closed source whether it wants to or not, because it may pass those wickets easier.

Don't get me wrong, the government can benefit greatly from the OSS community, and i also personally believe it should consider more OSS when looking for solutions to its problems. It is just many of the public policies, laws, and regulations make it much harder to do that than John Q. Public.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Government Ditches Cloud Concept, Consolidates Data Centers

Zediker Re:If only it were true (97 comments)

Who said this has anything to do with microsoft? These are common questions when dealing with anything open source. If you dont ask them, you are an idiot, plain and simple.

Ownership: who the hell do i talk to if there is an issue?

Security: who contributed to this project? Are they friendly? can i trust them? If there is a security issue, who fixes it? (me or them)

Responsibility: who is responsible for maintaining and updating this software? Do they care about my business? Do they care about the project to keep it up to date?

Reaction Time: if i find an issue, how long does it take for it to be fixed? will they fix it, or expect me to?

more than 2 years ago
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UK Government Ditches Cloud Concept, Consolidates Data Centers

Zediker Re:If only it were true (97 comments)

Governments can and do go open source; when they can and it makes sense. Governments cannot always go open source due to ownership, security, responsibility, reaction time, etc.

Additionally, It is very hard to push the onus of an issue onto a foundation, it is much easier however, to push it onto a controlling company.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Government Ditches Cloud Concept, Consolidates Data Centers

Zediker Re:Cloud Services Means Outsourcing IT (97 comments)

While that may be true in the short term, it doenst always work out that way. Check out the horrible stories surrounding the commercializationof the Marine's Intranet

more than 2 years ago
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UK Government Ditches Cloud Concept, Consolidates Data Centers

Zediker Re:Cloud Services Means Outsourcing IT (97 comments)

Also, when you would create one of these datacenters, you're essentially just consolidating all your datacenters anyway, so it appears they realized they wont need all the other junk anyway, and just did this instead.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Government Ditches Cloud Concept, Consolidates Data Centers

Zediker Re:Cloud Services Means Outsourcing IT (97 comments)

Correct, the concepts of cloud computing are about removing the need to maintain personal infrastructure, platforms, or software locally, and using what has already been built. If an organization builds a "cloud" datacenter (a.k.a. private cloud [which is a horrible term]), they get none of the long term infrastructure / platform benefits and only gain some of the software benefits due to still having to maintain a workable platform on an internal infrastructure. Sure, software may be easier to build, to a degree. However, they will still need to maintain the software that makes the new infrastructure work, therefore obviating some of the benefit.

more than 2 years ago
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Disney Seeks Trademark On 'Seal Team 6'

Zediker Re:Not the real name (254 comments)

I'm no trademark weenie, but how can they trade mark something they don't even own? Thats kinda like Disney trying to trademark United States Air Force... I just don't see how they could do that...

more than 3 years ago
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New Gasoline Engine Prototype Claims 3X Current Engine Efficiency

Zediker Re:First Post ? (377 comments)

All we need now is Franz Wangdoodle to invent an engine and the hilarity will be complete...

Man1: "Sir what is that?"
Man2: "Oh, that is the new Wangdoodlemobile"
Man1: *snorts* "BWAAA AHAHA AHHAAHAH!"

more than 3 years ago
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CMU Eliminates Object Oriented Programming For Freshman

Zediker Re:Hmmm ... (755 comments)

He's probably coming from the context of entry being the point you tell the OS "i want to execute ".

more than 3 years ago
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Air Force Supercomputer Made From PS3's

Zediker Re:old news is old (212 comments)

You do realize that the USAF would likely enter into contract with Sony for the PS3s right? It isnt like they're going to go down to the local tech store and say "gimmie all your PS3s heres a couple thousand dollars". They can easily add a clause that states, "All PS3s delivered shall have the OtherOS option enabled". Sure, they may pay a few extra bucks from Sony, but it will still be cheaper to buy those in bulk from Sony than from a normal store.

more than 3 years ago

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