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As Hurricane Season Looms, It's Disaster-Preparedness Time

bigredradio Re:How many emergencies in the past 12 years? (117 comments)

First, calculate the chances of a disaster vs. where you can actually find customers and IT talent. There are not too many highly trained systems administrators in rural New Mexico. Also, can you get enough customers to pay the bills for your multi-million dollar co-location facility? Seems to me the location is worth the risk. If you are well prepared, you can mitigate the damages. It is more of a risk to have a crappy business location.

about 10 months ago
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Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers

bigredradio Re:No backups (641 comments)

And why should a programmer be scared of that? Do programmers double as DBA now?

And why should a DBA be scared of that? Do DBAs double as Backup Administrators now?

1 year,22 days
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Scientists Find Vitamin C Kills Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

bigredradio Re:Really?!?! (105 comments)

You mean like the Alfred Nobel PEACE prize?

about a year ago
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Debian GNU/Hurd 2013 Released

bigredradio Round and Round (264 comments)

This was modded informative because the argument is so old, it's coming back as 'vintage' by hipsters.

about a year ago
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Researchers Fake Mini Volcanic Eruptions

bigredradio Mini Volcano (41 comments)

The first thing that came to mind was the baking soda volcano that are a part of every 6th grade science fair. I wonder how many of these researches saw this as the "grown-up" version.

about a year ago
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German Ministry of Education Throws Away PCs For 190,000 € Due To Infection

bigredradio Re:Far cheaper options (347 comments)

Ballmer... is that you?

about a year ago
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Shuttleworth On Ubuntu Community Drama

bigredradio Re:True (302 comments)

I have seen this as well. It's not uncommon for someone coming from Windows to ask "What is a good Linux distro to learn on?". Some knucklehead will pipe up with Gentoo, LFS, or Slackware so that they "learn" linux.

Most new users have embraced Linux by starting with Ubuntu rather than getting frustrated and giving up like in the "good ol' days".

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Developer Summits Shifting Online, Increasing Frequency

bigredradio Re:Here's why I'm glad it's all open source (49 comments)

In other words, Mr Shuttleworth, so long and thanks for all the fish.

Actually, I would say thanks for spending a lot of money to create and promote a Linux distribution that even non-linux geeks have heard about. He has done more to increase exposure of Linux than most anyone. It's unfortunate that Canonical isn't doing well since I think most people would say that building a sustainable model to keep Linux in the spotlight is a good thing for the community as a whole. Guess what?... servers and bandwidth cost money. Advertising and putting on events cost money. When was the last time you contributed to your local LUG to keep it afloat?

about a year ago
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iOS Developer Site At Core of Facebook, Apple Watering Hole Attack

bigredradio Obligatory (88 comments)

Where's your God now?

about a year and a half ago
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SCALE 11 is Coming to Los Angeles Feb. 22-24 (Video)

bigredradio Good Luck Ilan (25 comments)

Good luck with the show Ilan!

Being from SoCal, it's great to have a replacement for the now defunct LinuxWorld. In fact, it is a bit more like a giant .org pavillion.

Now if we can just get LugRadio to come back...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Alternative To the Canonical Computer Science Degree?

bigredradio Marketing (347 comments)

Actually, the most useful these days would be a marketing degree. Web design was once thought of as the balance between graphics design and programming, but now days everything comes down to SEO. Being able to design a site (and landing pages) that get good placement on google is more valuable.

about a year and a half ago
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Linux Nukes 386 Support

bigredradio Re:Dammit (464 comments)

So how is Gentoo these days?

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Mark Shuttleworth Anything

bigredradio Re:The Freedom Toaster (319 comments)

I was very excited when I first heard the phrase "Freedom Toaster"

You mean there is already a French Toaster?

about a year and a half ago
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Kinected Browser Lets You Flick Through Websites

bigredradio Re:To limited an Audience (46 comments)

slowly getting their reputation as a credible browser vendor back

When was it ever credible?

It was most popular due to a lack of choices. Now that there are choices, I don't see many giving Microsoft a "second chance" - especially Web developers who have been burned for years by IE incompatibility with standards.

about a year and a half ago
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Book Review: Reverse Deception

bigredradio Debian....I knew it! (43 comments)

I always suspected that those bearded villains were behind this with their "apt-get" weapons of mass destruction.

about a year and a half ago
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Little Miss Sunshine Screenwriter Gets Nod For Star Wars: Episode VII

bigredradio Re:High Ambition (321 comments)

You are right about this one. I recently listened to a podcast with Kevin Smith interviewing Mark Hamill and the Star Wars franchise is more of a blip in his career path.

He has a lot more going for him than just being typecast as Luke. He was doing voiceover before Star Wars as well as after. And he's really good. Listen to the podcast for proof.

about a year and a half ago
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Elon Musk Will Usher In the Era of Electric Cars

bigredradio Re:If somebody compared me... (336 comments)

I guess if I had to pick the comparisons (Jobs Rockefeller, Hughes, or Stark)... I pick Stark.

Hughes wouldn't be that bad if the guy didn't have that "saving my pee" habit.

about a year and a half ago
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The Evolution of the Computer Keyboard

bigredradio Re:As I sit here typing on a 28 year old keyboard. (201 comments)

I miss my old clicky keyboard. I have been meaning to pick up a modified USB model, but have not gotten around to it. PS2 to USB adapters don't work that well at boot time. We still use them for some of our lab equipment. I agree they are the best keyboards ever made.

about a year and a half ago

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bigredradio bigredradio writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bigredradio writes "I just got back from LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco. The overall trip raised some questions (for me) about the future of Linux. I attended the show mainly because I am "working" the booth for my employer. I am a developer, so I am on hand to answer technical questions. (ya know.. Stump the Chump) This was the 5th LinuxWorld I have attended. It appears that the attendence was down yet again.
        The show started this year with a whimper instead of a bang. Usually there is a mad rush throughout the exhibit hall. A mixture of hardcore Linux/Free Software geeks and System Administrators for companies. Mixed in with some "schwag hags" (people who do not even know what linux is, but are there for the free stuff). I know it may seen harse to label the attendees, but they are easy to spot. The sysadmins have green conference badges. The geeks have exhibit only passes and look like...well....geeks. They are hard to miss. The schwag hags are walking around with huge bags full of t-shirts and backpacks.
        This year, the conference attendees were harder to spot than bigfoot. The geeks were very few. (even in the .org pavillion). So all that was left was schwag hags. I lost count of the number of asian grandmothers with huge bags of t-shirts. When someone approached the booth, my first question was..."Do you use Linux?". I was shocked at the number of people who said no, they only use Windows. WHAT IN THE HELL ARE THEY DOING HERE!!?
        Another oddity was the absence of Red Hat. When the largest Linux distribution decides to not show up....something is a miss. Not only were they not exhibiting, but all other exhibitors were using SuSE for their demos. The HP, IBM, Intel, and Oracle booths were all running SLED 10. That is great for Novell, but it was as if RedHat no longer existed. I later found out that they decided not to attend because they have their own RedHat specific trade show.
        So has the bubble of Linux hype burst? Are the community efforts are getting lost in the shuffle? Contributing to a major linux distribution is about as easy to get code into Microsoft Vista. With SuSE, RedHat, Ubuntu, Mandriva all fighting for a slice of the corporate pie, quality control is preventing "Joe Geek" from getting any code changes implemented. So the answer to this is usually, go out on your own. Well, creating a new project these days is like creating a website and expecting a huge crowd of people go there. You are a needle in a stack of needles. Just look at sourceforge and you will find thousands of abandoned projects. They can't all be crap.
        As far as the corporate world, is Linux really the money saver that was promised? Sure you can download Debian, put Apache on it and you have a webserver for free. However, most corporate environments need some sort of guarenteed support plan before they will agree to a new implementation. So they end up purchasing RHEL, along with the maintenance contract. They pay to get support for MySQL or Oracle, they hire System Administrators that know Linux. You add in the cost of the transition (person hours for retraining) along with the loss of productivity (because the sales team has trouble moving to OpenOffice Calc) and are you really saving money? I think that left to the community, Linux was a money saver for some things. However, now that SuSE and RedHat (as well as Canonical for you Ubuntu fanboys), are so bent on being the next IBM Global Services, Linux no longer the savior of the IT budget.
        So as you see, I don't have any answers, but a lot of questions. I don't know if I will be at LinuxWorld SF next year. But if I am not going for my company, I sure won't go on my own. The feel of LinuxWorld a few years back can only be felt in small shows like SoCalLinuxExpo or LugradioLive. Although older than Linux, maybe FreeBSD is the next unspoiled frontier."

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Has the Linux Bubble Burst?

bigredradio bigredradio writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I just got back from LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco. The overall trip raised some questions (for me) about the future of Linux. I attended the show mainly because I am "working" the booth for my employer. I am a developer, so I am on hand to answer technical questions. (ya know.. Stump the Chump) This was the 5th LinuxWorld I have attended. It appears that the attendence was down yet again.
        The show started this year with a whimper instead of a bang. Usually there is a mad rush throughout the exhibit hall. A mixture of hardcore Linux/Free Software geeks and System Administrators for companies. Mixed in with some "schwag hags" (people who do not even know what linux is, but are there for the free stuff). I know it may seen harse to label the attendees, but they are easy to spot. The sysadmins have green conference badges. The geeks have exhibit only passes and look like...well....geeks. They are hard to miss. The schwag hags are walking around with huge bags full of t-shirts and backpacks.
        This year, the conference attendees were harder to spot than bigfoot. The geeks were very few. (even in the .org pavillion). So all that was left was schwag hags. I lost count of the number of asian grandmothers with huge bags of t-shirts. When someone approached the booth, my first question was..."Do you use Linux?". I was shocked at the number of people who said no, they only use Windows. WHAT IN THE HELL ARE THEY DOING HERE!!?
        Another oddity was the absence of Red Hat. When the largest Linux distribution decides to not show up....something is a miss. Not only were they not exhibiting, but all other exhibitors were using SuSE for their demos. The HP, IBM, Intel, and Oracle booths were all running SLED 10. That is great for Novell, but it was as if RedHat no longer existed. I later found out that they decided not to attend because they have their own RedHat specific trade show.
        So has the bubble of Linux hype burst? Are the community efforts are getting lost in the shuffle? Contributing to a major linux distribution is about as easy to get code into Microsoft Vista. With SuSE, RedHat, Ubuntu, Mandriva all fighting for a slice of the corporate pie, quality control is preventing "Joe Geek" from getting any code changes implemented. So the answer to this is usually, go out on your own. Well, creating a new project these days is like creating a website and expecting a huge crowd of people go there. You are a needle in a stack of needles. Just look at sourceforge and you will find thousands of abandoned projects. They can't all be crap.
        As far as the corporate world, is Linux really the money saver that was promised? Sure you can download Debian, put Apache on it and you have a webserver for free. However, most corporate environments need some sort of guarenteed support plan before they will agree to a new implementation. So they end up purchasing RHEL, along with the maintenance contract. They pay to get support for MySQL or Oracle, they hire System Administrators that know Linux. You add in the cost of the transition (person hours for retraining) along with the loss of productivity (because the sales team has trouble moving to OpenOffice Calc) and are you really saving money? I think that left to the community, Linux was a money saver for some things. However, now that SuSE and RedHat (as well as Canonical for you Ubuntu fanboys), are so bent on being the next IBM Global Services, Linux no longer the savior of the IT budget.
        So as you see, I don't have any answers, but a lot of questions. I don't know if I will be at LinuxWorld SF next year. But if I am not going for my company, I sure won't go on my own. The feel of LinuxWorld a few years back can only be felt in small shows like SoCalLinuxExpo or LugradioLive. Although older than Linux, maybe FreeBSD is the next unspoiled frontier.

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