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Ask Slashdot: Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

hideouspenguinboy No...it's already happened (631 comments)

We're witnessing the aftermath. I moved to mint a long time ago to get away from their silly 'one interface to rule them all' mentality. For a while they had a chance to recover from that, no longer. I think it's too late to recover what they lost when they went down that path.

about a year ago
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BlackBerry Looking To Quench 'Insatiable Demand' For New Smartphones

hideouspenguinboy This is pretty reasonable (173 comments)

I myself have several table legs that are slightly shorter than the other three.

about a year and a half ago
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COBOL Will Outlive Us All

hideouspenguinboy Re:COBOL is a glue language on the mainframe (318 comments)

Those web servers can efficiently be hosted on thousands of linux servers hosted on a single mainframe, which is simultaneously running that CICS infrastructure. That's exactly the setup where I work.

It's not 'essential', but it's very, very good at what it does, and depending on scale it does it very cost efficiently.

about a year and a half ago
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COBOL Will Outlive Us All

hideouspenguinboy Re:If a technology is outdated, outsource it. (318 comments)

I'm sitting right now in a year long training program my employer created to get people to shift from distributed IT to the mainframe world. At the moment I'm hoping to go into z/VM and linux, but at the end of the course I'll have my choice of several technologies to go into. The folks who know this tech are retiring fast - it's an excellent place to go for lots of free training and advancement.

I was never of the opinion that mainframes were 'old' or 'going away', but I've been amazed to see how far in front of the distributed world the mainframe is, and how many things I thought were relatively new that were actually done decades ago on the mainframe - virtualization technology in particular, but also just IO in general - nothing in the distributed world even comes close.

about a year and a half ago
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VLC Running Kickstarter Campaign To Fund Native Windows 8 App

hideouspenguinboy Re:Why? (252 comments)

I'm using VLC on Windows 7 right now - because I'm at work. I use it at home on linux and mac boxes.

I prefer it to any other media player I've seen on windows. I'm not a fan of windows 8 by any means, but it's obvious why someone would want it there.

about 2 years ago
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Wiki Weapon Project Test-Fires a (Partly) 3D-Printed Rifle

hideouspenguinboy Re:Did He Really Just Pull That Up To His Face? (289 comments)

Maybe you didn't hear - he took a gun safety class? He's totally an expert. Seriously - that's like someone on slashdot claiming they know what the article says because they read the summary. Oh, wait . . . carry on!

about 2 years ago
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US Air Force's 1950s Supersonic Flying Saucer Declassified

hideouspenguinboy Re:so all those people weren't crazy (300 comments)

" if its US Government then they have to follow most of their own laws . . ."

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

AHEM. Ok I'm better now. Carry on.

about 2 years ago
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A Day In the Life of a "Booth Babe"

hideouspenguinboy Re:If they don't like it (687 comments)

That's mostly bullshit. Especially in the case of someone able to do the job she's doing, there are lots of options.

True they may not pay as well at first, or be as fun, etc, but she's got plenty of options. So do the vast majority of people - but the shitty job you know is a lot more comfortable than the great job you never applied for, so most people never find out.

A lot of the great jobs involve working your way up - being willing to take a crappy job with an eye for what it could mean in 5 or 10 years is something they don't teach in school, and especially not in college - it's almost comical to see fresh college graduates going out into the world applying for jobs they barely qualify to clean up after. A part time job cleaning out horse stalls now might get you a full time job training them later in your life, but like everyone you have to wade through some shit first.

more than 2 years ago
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In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

hideouspenguinboy Re:Evolution as a Creation (1359 comments)

Whether evolution is 'natural' or 'supernatural' has no effect on the evolution itself, or the scientific principles being observed. He doesn't need to support his belief with evidence - it's an opinion about something no one can prove or disprove. Claiming to know the answer to that for sure is silly - so is claiming one is more likely than another. The question itself is a logical fallacy - there is no answer, so there is no need to be a dick about what someone believes. It's how they approach the rest of their lives, and the science around them that's important.

"I believe that all measurable and observable phenomena in the universe were created." isn't any different that believing that they were a product of random chance in that no one can ever prove one or the other to be the more accurate position.

more than 2 years ago
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Debate Over Evolution Will Soon Be History, Says Leakey

hideouspenguinboy Re:Day-age creationism (1226 comments)

If only there were some explanation for things being written with an intended meaning different than the literal meaning.

Metaphorically speaking, that's a tough nut to crack. Oh well.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Generate Electricity From Viruses

hideouspenguinboy Re:Midichlorians (85 comments)

Midichlorians? Not sure what that is. Midichlorians do not exist in this or any fictional universe.

more than 2 years ago
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Mars Rover Turns Up Evidence Of Water

hideouspenguinboy Re:Haven't we seen this before? (95 comments)

"it's nowhere close to the water level found on Earth and therefore it's ability to support any form of life is quite low"

Conjecture much?

more than 2 years ago
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Why Desktop Linux Hasn't Taken Off

hideouspenguinboy It's not even worth trying anymore (1264 comments)

In the last few months I've done several linux installas and several windows 7 installs. I've seen all kinds of weird issues with the windows 8 boxes, and I haven't had an Ubuntu installation issue in . . . well, ever. Unity is stupid and now I can't recommend Ubuntu because of it, but mostly I can't recommend it because everyone seems to love rebooting and dealing with all kinds of malware. Linux isn't any harder than anything else any more, it's just that everyone already knows how to solve billion problems windows generates on a daily basis, and is content to have their system lock up or run super slow periodically - they think it's just the way things work. As long as games aren't an issue, linux would be better for almost everyone. As long as people are obstinate about it, it won't matter anyway. Linux's main problem is marketing now - technically (especially for casual home use) it's been at least as good as it's competitors for a long time.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Files Amicus Brief in Hotfile Case; MPAA Requests It Be Rejected

hideouspenguinboy Re:Google Gov (214 comments)

Or teen pregnant?

more than 2 years ago
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US Prosecutors Have a Sealed Indictment On Assange, Say Leaked Files

hideouspenguinboy Re:I still don't get it (328 comments)

Not living in American is actually punishable under American law. Better watch out.

more than 2 years ago
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US Prosecutors Have a Sealed Indictment On Assange, Say Leaked Files

hideouspenguinboy Re:I still don't get it (328 comments)

That doesn't sound very patriotic citizen. Why do you hate America? Do you want the terrorists to win?

more than 2 years ago
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Top Google Executives Approved Illegal Drug Ads

hideouspenguinboy Re:Why is this against the law? (287 comments)

I honestly don't know the answer to this - I'm not trolling . . .

Does the US have insanely high drug prices? Or does the rest of the world have insanely low ones? If the US suddenly paid what Canada was paying how much would Canada's prices end up increasing?

more than 2 years ago
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The Chevy Segway Keeps On Rolling (Video)

hideouspenguinboy Re:The Government gave us a blank check (210 comments)

Why would you expect the Volt to sell better? It's looks to me like a $40,000 gimmick. I'd at least expect most people to wait a few years for the service data to become available.

Aside from some kind of weird hippy e-peen, what would recommend that vehicle over some other in or below it's price range?

about 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Rules Warrants Needed for GPS Monitoring

hideouspenguinboy Re:sanity (354 comments)

This court didn't create corporate personhood, it just clarified that aspect of it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_personhood

Corporate personhood isn't the problem anyway, though for all it's vilification in the media you'd never know it. If you want to sue AT&T, you want to be able to sue AT&T and not some individual who works there - personhood makes sense in a lot of scenarios.

Citizens united just let corporations and unions be more honest about funneling money to candidates - now that it's more open we can address it. I call that at least a partial win.

more than 2 years ago

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