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Why Run Linux On Macs?

funwithBSD Re: a better question (585 comments)

Parallels works great for me.

I work for IBM, and Mac Airbooks are the #1 choice for those of us who get to pick our hardware, although the Samsung 9 is gaining popularity too. I run the client image under parallels and while there are some focus problems, it is worth putting up with it.

Why? I can carry one very light laptop for personal and business use. Turn the VM off, and all the IBM "security" ware is disabled.

The battery life is a little worse than other IBMers get running the native WIN7 image or MacOS + IBM client software.Running the MacOS version of Lotus Notes sucks power just as fast as any other version, emulated just adds a little more. Running Win7 sucks even more.

Most Win7 users immediate switch to MacOS+Parallels once they see how well it works. For most the only reason they need Win7 is for spreadsheet support. Mac "native" version of Excel has some serious problems with Macro support and large numbers of rows.

Not sure about Linux, have yet to meet anyone running Linux on the MacAir yet, and IBM supports all the major distros as a desktop client.

 

about a week ago
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UK Government Department Still Runs VME Operating System Installed In 1974

funwithBSD The California DMV has them beat. (189 comments)

The California DMV has them beat, they are still using code installed on UNISYS mainframes in 1970 to run the DMV core applications.

It is as old as I am...

about two weeks ago
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Navy Develops a Shark Drone For Surveillance

funwithBSD Re:Nearly there! (45 comments)

We are going to need a bigger boat.

about a month ago
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11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

funwithBSD Re:But but but (330 comments)

This drought cycle maps almost exactly to the 76 to 78 drought followed by one of the wettest years in history. Wet pattern continues until 82-83.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

funwithBSD Re:been there, done that (280 comments)

Gen ed courses, usually the first 2 years of any 4 year degree

about a month ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

funwithBSD Re:Depends (567 comments)

That would make an awesome flight sim setup....

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

funwithBSD Re:There is a reason for this! (317 comments)

Are you a Certified Architect?

Same advice to the OP, look into an Open Group Architect certification.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

funwithBSD Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

This is not a democracy, nor has it been.

It is a Republic.

about a month and a half ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

funwithBSD Re:Lightsaber crossguard wtf (390 comments)

It is called Kendo.

If you search youtube, you can watch kendo matches, at the high levels it resembles the Kenobi/Vader fight.

about 2 months ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

funwithBSD Re:Lightsaber crossguard wtf (390 comments)

"Which is exactly WHY having a group of religious nuts running around 'guarding' the universe by wielding energy swords with no hilts was completely ridiculous in the first place"

It is better than wielding supreme executive power some watery tart threw a sword at you...

about 2 months ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

funwithBSD Re:Summary of Trailer (390 comments)

Nah, they will just pull a Neo and stop them mid air with the Force.

about 2 months ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

funwithBSD Re:From Experience (561 comments)

Which means she is a Project Manager.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

funwithBSD Re:Out of band? (178 comments)

You will be getting a USB stick in the mail.

Don't worry... it is perfectly safe to insert into your server.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

funwithBSD Re:Call Comcast? (405 comments)

Mmm. Maybe.

If Comcast has been negligent in controlling spam and as a result he cannot use his service as it was sold to him... then I think he has a merchantability case.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

funwithBSD Re:Microsoft losing to the school what? (219 comments)

What a strange comment.

I don't know where his career path will take him. He is a fair artist with a number of medium, and may go into the creative arts like his mother.

Or he might go IT like Dad. hard to say.
Hell, my first degree is Humanities, I just turned out to be that good at IT and I wanted a job. And I use it a lot, I produce a lot of written materials like whitepapers and technical solution documents. Being good at IT and the written word is a huge advantage. I haven logged into a server in 5 years, now I plan how they get there, how they will be used, and what their life cycle will be.

But where ever he goes or does, I suspect he will use a computer 8 to 12 hours a day to do it.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

funwithBSD Re:Microsoft losing to the school what? (219 comments)

He was learning touch typing at 4 years old. Until he got good at it he was required to use a typing game to learn it. And yes, he has the hand reach to do it, both my wife and I have 12th reach on the piano, and he inherited it. Don't assume.

And I make him look words up in the dictionary if he spells it wrong or uses a homonym. Drives him crazy, but we are down to 1 or two per paragraph and it gets better every year.

about 2 months ago

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Whedon on the Election, SPAM, Zombies, Ayn Rand and so much more.

funwithBSD funwithBSD writes  |  more than 2 years ago

funwithBSD (245349) writes "In a stunning Trifecta of Geekdom, Joss Whedon expounds on the outcome of the election and how it will bring about the Zombie Apocolypse, why to avoid fans of Ayn Rand, and how to allocate your shelves in the canned goods cabinet.

So far, this is the most coherent argument I have heard so far from either campaign."
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Climate Scientist Refutes AGW

funwithBSD funwithBSD writes  |  more than 3 years ago

funwithBSD (245349) writes "Scientist David Evans exposes the false assumption in the current models. Current model assumes increases in CO2 will increase the depth of the "moist air" layer.

Weather balloon evidence available since the mid 1990's has show that the increase never happened and yet the assumption remains in the models."

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