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Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

cybrthng Re:Progress (162 comments)

Citation needed.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

cybrthng Nonsense (219 comments)

Microsoft licensing isn't really an issue, the OS is free on certain profiles such as small tablets and mobile devices and with everything hinted at with Windows 10 it appears that the OS will become further more affordable to consumers/end users. Schools also get incentive programs, discounts and free student/teacher licenses. If anything, Microsoft is embracing Android & iOS more these days so the biggest loser stands to be ChromeBooks in the end. Windows devices are price point competitive with ChromeBooks. Visual Studio being free, .Net going cross platform, Windows for "Free" on mobile/tablet platforms.. this all seems like nonsense.

about a month ago
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Codecademy's ReSkillUSA: Gestation Period For New Developers Is 3 Months

cybrthng Re:Write code, sure. Programming, no. (173 comments)

Someone attending a 3 month crash course is going to be an intern/beginner developer. This is the point. They're going to start working at the bottom of the career ladder and work their way up. One could argue that after 4 years they would have improved especially if they're of the type where they know that programming is a never ending learning experience. One could also argue that a large problem with the university system is that a lot of graduates feel that once they have graduated they're accomplished and done.

I actually support whatever methods we can employ to get more people into development. Girl scouts often does 3 month crash courses to get girls coding, girls who code, the same. We have to start somewhere as the university system isn't for everyone and should NEVER be a qualifier for what is good in the day and age when we can all learn and share and knowing how to learn is the most important aspect of being good at anything.

about a month and a half ago
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LeVar Burton On Google Glass

cybrthng STOL aircraft are the hottest selling aircraft (211 comments)

STOL aircraft are the hottest selling GA aircraft there is right now, the "CUB" variants from super cubs to pipper cubs to the dozen other builders / models are selling like hotcakes and doing great in both certified and sport aircraft models and the Zenith STOL's are being built by the thousands.

They were never designed to take off on the street like out of ones neighborhood, but people with a few hundred feet of grass can certainly do it. They're used for hunting trips, bush pilots, search and rescue, leisure flying and much much more.

Also, STOL aircraft are some of the most economical to operate - often designed around automotive (mogas) and now with diesel (jet-a).

about a year ago
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Stephen Elop Would Pull a Nokia On Microsoft

cybrthng Re:All in favor of Elop getting the job? (292 comments)

Sony isn't doing too hot in Revenue and their stock went up over rumors of splitting / spinning off as well.

Microsoft on the other hand makes exponentially more revenue and the XBox is part of their 3 screen initiative. The largest share holders of MS aren't going to allow a complete outright sale of Xbox, but maybe it could be innovative being less tied to MS corporate.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Makes It Harder To Avoid Azure

cybrthng Re:Trainwreck waiting to happen (164 comments)

Like the other poster said, you're making a religious argument. I was mostly showing how a mess up of epic proportions could happen regardless of the platform but at the same time, i wouldn't doubt that if Knight Trading *DID* run Windows you would happily use it as case of epic failure of the platform..

about a year ago
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Microsoft Makes It Harder To Avoid Azure

cybrthng Re:Same tactics for lots of businesses (164 comments)

That is not the way it pans out.. You can run Windows on almost every cloud provider there is out there and you can run Linux on Azure too. In fact, Microsoft's licensing is fairly well priced that its either included in your pre-pay budget or billed so cheap its the same price as getting an RHEL license or any OS with support.

Rackspace and Amazon have millions in revenue from Windows customers, if not billions.

All hell froze over when Oracle certified its entire app stack and database system on azure.. i think HyperV is the only non oracle platform certified to be virtualized on.. Microsoft isn't the same company you

You can get a 120 day free account and try out azure for yourself.. I'm running a few debian boxes on there, but there are some pre-built Centos and other linux systems as well. It's pretty easy to build a VM on windows 8 as well and publish your own VHD/image (pro includes hyperv..)

about a year ago
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Microsoft Makes It Harder To Avoid Azure

cybrthng Re:Trainwreck waiting to happen (164 comments)

You guys hold some weird grudges.. There have been billions lost on companies running every OS under the sun out there.. lots of people lost great fortunes for many an absurd cock up or failed IT project.

The trading company that recently lost half a billion dollars because they couldn't code right ran linux.. is that a fault of linux? nope.. so not sure what your case has any bearing or relevency of.

Microsoft's Bing, Xbox Live and Cloud services already host something like a million servers across its datacenters.. they had some growing pains over the years and they finally dogfooded everything they use so windows is maturing much more in line with the market than ever before.

Nope.. don't work for Microsoft.. nope, don't run many Microsoft servers.. I have tons of linux vms running on vmware internally but i know lots of people having great success with azure and i know people working at Microsoft doing some great things that would make any IT nerd jealous.

Time to grow up and move on.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Makes It Harder To Avoid Azure

cybrthng Re:Options are good but... (164 comments)

Who in their right mind would buy hardware today if their apps are so easily hosted? Why have the headache of data center cooling, data center security, data center facility maintenance, data center redundancy, data center capacity and everything else that goes along with it? The cost of the servers have really little to do with the overall cost. Electricity, support, maintenance & everything else add up.

With azure and services like azure i can scale in many ways much more easily too. I can scale up load balancers, i can scale out mirroring and regional file access (content delivery) and i can do everything through an API so i can spinup/shutdown services dynamically..

If you're the owner of a line of business app that you can host on azure, isn't a 110 bucks a month a bit easier to budget than say trying to get capital approval on a server, server support, server installation, provisioning and bandwidth and capacity/power/cooling research done? Also, if you want to scale up on demand where only 10 days a year you need a second server, that is easily done without having to deploy your own infrastructure.

If you have your own local virtualized infrastructure and services, i'm sure your local costs are still probably as high or higher than the costs outsourced to azure, amazon, google, ibm or whomever you choose simply because they have economies of scale most could never dream to achieve internally without spending hundreds of millions to mimmic..

about a year ago
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Microsoft Makes It Harder To Avoid Azure

cybrthng Re:Cloud OS (164 comments)

You should always use your own client controlled encryption to protect yourself regardless of which offsite backup solution you choose. Even with amazon glacier i encrypt locally.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Makes It Harder To Avoid Azure

cybrthng Re:What is old is new (164 comments)

It's not very locked in at all. Anyone moving to the cloud will use SCCM, Chef, Ansible, Puppet or whatever desired state config system and provisioning platform they want and provision & deploy environments on demand. You simply run your Windows / Linux VM's or deploy your apps to the app services and scale out as needed. If you get tired of azure or find something cheaper, you edit your provisioning & deployment to deploy elsewhere.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Makes It Harder To Avoid Azure

cybrthng icloud runs on Azure.. (164 comments)

Last i checked Apple actually uses azure for some of its cloud offering. It's been that way since 2011.. or maybe longer..

about a year ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

cybrthng Why do people think windows is impossible to debug (419 comments)

Have you ran windows in the last 10 years?

It's probably been that long since i've logged into slashdot, but supporting windows isn't that hard. In fact, many times its easier than supporting a linux distro.. Windows by and large has uniform logging, debugging, profiling and eventlogging services that spit out almost every minute detail and its uniform from server to workstation.

I agree with what others have shared before in FOSS, if something doesn't work, it's a bug for the developers to fix and not everyone is a developer. Sure, with open source you "can" fix the bug and with windows, you're at the mercy of someone else fixing it but the purpose of actually supporting and reporting bugs on windows is much more uniform, objective and clear cut. With linux and all its distros and all its quirks about who is cool enough to fix a bug, i find most of my reports sit for months if not years before they're mainlined and by then, Microsoft or its partners have long since fixed my bug that i just reported and went back on my marry way with.

please not, i have like a 200 to 1 linux to windows support / platform implementation where i work and play but just came to say windows isn't that hard and binary isn't hard

about a year ago
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Banks Using Mobile Phone Usage To Gauge Credit Risk

cybrthng Re:The entire credit history thing is stupid (196 comments)

I find this hard to believe. After taxes your take home is less than 2k/month. Rent/mortgage for a 6 person family in even the most dire of all places in the US would be 1000-1200/month. That leaves you 800/month to feed, pay utilities, pay bills for a family of 6 and you say that you save 400 of that? really?

Did someone give you your house/property?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Updates Algorithm To Punish Websites With Excessive Ads

cybrthng Re:Some people don't need this (321 comments)

This won't differentiate google though unless you're already wearing google glasses. If someone can afford better content because they're monetizing it more efficiently - or differently than google THINKS they should, then google is playing a dangerous game of feeling conceited enough that it knows best.

Competition is a good thing. I love it. I'm glad BING is still in the game.. Live.com was a terrible joke. I just think its a dangerious slope for google to follow especially since there is no standard to adhere to. In a word of x resolutions, x browsers, x customers, who is google to decide "above the fold" or even "this much is too much"??

more than 2 years ago
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Christopher Hitchens Dies At 62

cybrthng Re:Not all religions are bad (910 comments)

I come to slashdot hoping to read some great comments about Hitchens and the first post i see moded up is someone being an religious apologist? Hitchens was much more than his atheism. Much much more. What a disgrace mods.. seriously.

about 3 years ago
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Amazon Building Its Own Android App Market?

cybrthng Why would amazon do this? (165 comments)

Doesn't make sense.. They have no phone, no tablet/pad/handheld device. Their ebook reader doesn't even run android. If anything, Barnes and Noble would be a better match to merge an ebook/app store within for some apps.. but amazon? Thats just fragmentation for fragmentation sake

more than 4 years ago
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House Democrats Shelve Net Neutrality Proposal

cybrthng Re:My first "bump" where this law could help (221 comments)

I think it falls into the gray area of net neutrality because it takes away the choices consumers should have and makes them superficial to actually being on the internet. So broadband isn't broadband if your carrier is responsible for chosing what services you can use on it. I mostly made my statement to get people to think about these "outside of the box" issues.

more than 4 years ago
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House Democrats Shelve Net Neutrality Proposal

cybrthng Re:My first "bump" where this law could help (221 comments)

The deal as it is with Xbox live ESPN3 is entirely with your ISP licensing the content, no choice for consumer. If it was a consumer option I would have opted out of paying for it in liue of the price hikes.

more than 4 years ago
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House Democrats Shelve Net Neutrality Proposal

cybrthng My first "bump" where this law could help (221 comments)

As some of you know Xbox Live is getting a cool update called ESPN3. The concept of the app & system is pretty amazing, technology has come a long way to make it so. What you probably didn't know is that to get the deal, Microsoft had to get the ISP's to agree to license the content for Internet Users in order to broadcast ESPN3 over the internet. Not all ISP's bought the license, so not everyone will have ESPN3 - even if you're a Xbox live subscriber.

This is an area where net neutrality should shine. It should protect Microsoft and allow them to license content to distribute and it should protect consumers to not be held hostage to a carrier paying for content as a middleman. I hope this EPSN3 thing can light the fire under the community so they understand how net neutrality can impact them. I know this isn't the "typical case of concern" in regards to p2p or throttling or priority of services, but this just goes to show that Internet Traffic is already beeing bought and sold not just as a commodity itself but something that people have now had to license in order to push specific traffic over that commodity on as a carrier - not just a distributor.

With that said, the app is freaking amazing and i don't even like much sports. The fact you can watch scores, hedge on who will win and i'm sititng in my living room watching HD games on demand or live is pretty awesome. I admire comcast for building out the network to support stuff and maybe, that is what the license agreed to but damn, these backroom deals are dissapointing for the consumer and only pollute the fairness & equality of having broadband now into having to chose a carrior that has the right license deals, not just the best performance.

more than 4 years ago

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Microsoft Announces Nine Windows Phone 7 Devices

cybrthng cybrthng writes  |  more than 4 years ago

cybrthng (22291) writes "Microsoft Corp. today joined its partners in revealing nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available this holiday season from leading mobile operators in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Early reviews seem very positive and reflect on a very responsive UI and great performance of devices."
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There is no HD DVD, Only DVD in BOTH Formats

cybrthng cybrthng writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cybrthng writes "In a single statement Collins made in the now famous "We're not at war with Bluray" article there was one nugget everyone failed to grasp and I quote: "Foremost is compatibility. All new movie titles from Universal and soon Warner will be combination (or twin-format) discs — HD DVD on one side and standard DVD on the other. This means that HD DVD discs will also play on older DVD players, which is crucial for portability.". No Distinction between HD-DVD or DVD means a single SKU with both movies and complete market domination over night. (Well, after re-tooling of fabs). Not only that but its one heck of a segway to allow people to adopt HD-DVD players at their own pace without risk of obsolescence."
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cybrthng cybrthng writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cybrthng writes "CitizenRe takes a unique approach on solar energy by installing & maintaining solar systems for users based upon their local net metered rate. This approach frees home owners from the ongoing expenses and initial capital of being green to simply paying for what they use and having the ability to locking today's rates for the next 1,5 or 25 years. To qualify Your state/municipality must have net meetering arrangements."
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cybrthng cybrthng writes  |  more than 8 years ago

cybrthng writes "Not only is it a fairly small download but a feature rich client compared to navigating the web site. Large print, easy to navigate categories, article printing, built in search and full page viewing as if you have the paper in front of you. Direct link to download, (free) registration is required."

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sorry slashdot.. end of ads

cybrthng cybrthng writes  |  more than 4 years ago

after seeing the influx of political ads on slashdot's home page i have finally decided to click that ol ' "disable advertising" checkbox.

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