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Psychics Say Apollo 16 Astronauts Found Alien Ship

jtosburn Re:Fuck this shit. Last straw. Bye slashdot (285 comments)

A perfect time for one of those continually decending UID replies, each proclaiming, "This time I'm *REALLY* going to quit!"

more than 2 years ago
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Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin

jtosburn Re:Corporate desktops == corporate servers (648 comments)

Well, 50 clients falls under the Small Business Server option, which is a lot less expensive. I think those 10 servers of yours would need 100 users to justify their base 6700 in licensing. Then you have cals for server, sql, and exchange. Your quote seems low. I see about 27 for server, 130 for sql, 67 for exchange, so ~ 226 per user x 100 users = 22,600. Add the original 6700 (which I believe is also low; exchange at least requires windows server to run so gotta buy server + exchange for each, and I presume sql works that way too), and you're pushing 30k, a far cry from just under 7k.

Then there are support costs. The Windows admins may need that a lot more than the linux admins, unless they are not in fact cheaper. The really good windows admins probably aren't especially cheaper then their linux counterparts.

more than 3 years ago
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Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin

jtosburn Re:Corporate desktops == corporate servers (648 comments)

Way to blow over the big cost: CALs for each of those servers. You'll be at least an order of magnitude greater than that 6500 for sure.

more than 3 years ago
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iOS Update May Tackle iPhone 4's Antenna Problems

jtosburn Re:How many here have an iPhone 4? (282 comments)

I can make my iphone4 do this at will. It's especially annoying since my primary use is for web and email use, and being right-handed, I hold it with my left in just the fashion that causes this problem.

I haven't been able to test the other iphone4's in the office yet, so I can't definitively state that it effects them all, or if it's only mine. But my phone absolutely does this.

more than 4 years ago
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Btrfs Could Be the Default File System In Ubuntu Meerkat

jtosburn Re:ZFS comparison (269 comments)

I think you don't give quite enough credit to btrfs; it isn't merely a johnny-come-lately, but rather another step forward in filesystem evolution. Try here for a good article on btrfs, by one of the zfs developers, Valerie Aurora. If you like, just skip to the section entitled "btrfs: A brief comparison with ZFS", one flamebait bit of which is this: "In my opinion, the basic architecture of btrfs is more suitable to storage than that of ZFS."

With that said, no one thinks it's ready for critical data storage yet.

more than 4 years ago
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Lightworks Video Editor To Go Open Source

jtosburn Re:Analogy Pendant (205 comments)

I think the John Palmer's How to Brew Beer is the best place for a brewing newbie to start. Not only is it a great resource, but it's free online, or you can buy a dead tree version. Mosher's books are indeed very good, but not the best place to start, IMHO.

See http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html

more than 4 years ago
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Netflix Gauging Interest In an iPhone App

jtosburn Myth TV! (121 comments)

I'd so much rather be able to watch Netflix stuff via MythTV that it's not even funny. My iphone is for only worth using for 15 minutes or less at a time. After that, the small screen wears on me, and I realize that that may just be me. I guess an iPad would solve that problem, but really, I'd rather watch movies across the room on the tv, rather than on my lap, unable to move my arm, with my spouse looking over my shoulder.

Hey Netflix! Let us watch stuff on linux!

more than 4 years ago
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Gartner Tells Businesses to Forget About Vista

jtosburn Re:Samba support (309 comments)

Funny. I just joined a Win7 machine to a Samba domain. There is a hoop to jump through, but any business running Samba can manage setting a couple reg keys.

Seems to work, so far.

more than 4 years ago
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US Adults Fail Basic Science Literacy

jtosburn Re:Surprise. (1038 comments)

I do find it interesting that many private schools have an annual tuition that's less than the average amount we are paying per student for public schools and manage to turn out higher test scores and better educated/adjusted students.

This misses two points:

1 - Most private schools are partially subsidized by their religious sponsor, so tuition is lower than the actual cost of providing the education. This serves to spread the indoctrination provided to a wider group of people, a goal of all religions. I wonder what the actual cost to provide the education is, on a per student basis. The non-subsidized private schools that I know of are more than $8300 / year / student.

2 - Private schools can give the boot to students who are unable or unwilling to perform academically. They can also expel those who disrupt classrooms. They actually have authority and cannot be sued by parents, since those parents have agreed to a set of terms at enrollment. This then cuts off the bottom of the sample set, and comparisons with public schools that include not only their own bottom performers, but those formerly of private schools, will drag down the overall performance of public schools.

I think that this undermines any idea for a market solution; indeed the point of public education is that since society benefits from an educated populace, society should bear that cost, and that to be equitable, quality education should not be available only to those with money.

No doubt, public schools in the US are not delivering nearly as well as they should, but as an idea, other places have more successful implementations that lead me to believe the problem is in our system, not in the underlying idea.

Lastly, you assertion that private school graduates are better adjusted is questionable. Reinforcing narrow minded beliefs about everything from gender equality, sexual orientation, and racial divisions, and then using guilt as a primary lever of control, does not produce well adjusted individuals. Not all private schools are like that, and certainly not all private school graduates are like that, but to blithely assert that such people are better adjusted is just too much.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 To Skip Straight To a Release Candidate

jtosburn Samba compatability is the big one... (856 comments)

I agree with your comments and want to add the following Win7 debilitation:

I stopped using the Windows 7 beta, even though for the most part it is less offensive than Vista, due to it's inability to join a samba nt4 style domain. See here for MS confirming this as an issue with utmost importance: http://lists.samba.org/archive/samba-technical/2009-January/062827.html

If this gets fixed, I would be happy to move away from the steaming pile of Vista, to the merely warm pile of 7, but given MS' track record with compatibility, I'm not holding my breath.

more than 5 years ago
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Best Buy + Windows Guru = Apple Store Experience?

jtosburn Re:Some Questions To Ask (600 comments)

"If the expression 'It's so good that it sells itself' is true, are you then living proof that Vista is a steaming turd?"

about 6 years ago

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