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Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

kervin Re:Dell is OK for a big company... (108 comments)

System76 build quality is nothing compared to Dell, sorry. I just bought a Dell XPS to replace my System76 top of the line Gazelle. The S76 lasted 13 months then died. I've never had a Dell die on me, ever.


Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

kervin Better specs please (108 comments)

I just bought a XPS 15 with windows 2 weeks ago for Ubuntu because the XPS 13 was too underpowered for my needs. Why can't they offer Linux on the Quad-core/SSD/16GB systems?


Canonical Launches Internet-of-Things Version of Ubuntu Core

kervin Ubuntu please get one thing right first! (43 comments)

I use Ubuntu as my workstation OS, and manage quite a few Ubuntu cloud instances ( among others ). There are so many small issues we have to deal with everyday. On the desktop side there minor "polish" issues, like settings that reset on reset ( e.g. Bluetooth radio ). There are random lockups ( I've tried several common systems, including one that came with Ubuntu). I have a brand new Dell XPS 15 coming in a week I hope fairs better.

The fact that there is no way to use hibernate. It's 2015 and we can't use hibernate! A basic OS feature.

On the server side, upstart is an absolute nightmare.

Ubuntu launches on every device that gains traction ( Ubuntu for tablets, phones, etc ). But it seems the basic OS is still very rough around basic edges. But I wish they would just give us a polished desktop. Even if it may cost more than Windows I'd personally pay for it.

about two weeks ago

US Slaps Sanctions On North Korea After Sony Cyberattack

kervin No evidence either way (231 comments)

There is very little public evidence proving or disproving who conducted the hack. That is as much as anyone knows as a fact.

about a month ago

Five Years of the Go Programming Language

kervin What really does it bring to the table? (82 comments)

On the client side, we really need a bytecode standard that will allow developers to choose from multiple language "frontends". That would take the major browser makers coming together on this like they did for HTML5.

On the backend, we have dozens of VMs to choose from. What does Go bring that Java and JVM target languages, Ruby, Python, etc does not already give us?

about 3 months ago

JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

kervin Bytecode not Textcode (195 comments)

Browsers should not standardize on a particular programming language, but rather on bytecode. But no one wants to use the other's Bytecode solution ( although we have sever great bytecode standards to choose from ) so we're stuck with Javascript.

about 3 months ago

Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

kervin Netflix officially runs on Linux (158 comments)

A bit off-topic but strange, Netflix officially removed the Linux block after the release of Chrome 38 and all the NSS updates this week. And we didn't even get a Slashdot story on this.

about 4 months ago

Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

kervin Ebola obviously spreads more easily... (421 comments)

...than they're letting on.

I understand though that admitting this would cause a panic, especially since there is no working vaccine. But it's beginning to look like the "direct contact with bodily fluids only." thing is not entirely true. Unless the amount of fluids needed is small enough to be transmitted via a sneeze, cough or something similar.

about 4 months ago

Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

kervin Java does this much better than C++ (365 comments)

I'm sadly working with Java services now, and we have a seriously problem in that there's no reasonable way to tell that a Java program is getting close to crashing due to memory exhaustion. In C++, you can just monitor heap size, and alarm based on values and trends and all that good predictive jazz.

Java has JMX which can be used to do this much better than C++ can ( at least without a ton of effort ).

With Java you get this all out of the box. You can point a JMX console to your Java Runtime and monitor with zero code. Or use java.lang.management package programmatically.

about 4 months ago

Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

kervin so drones are useless because... (208 comments)

they don't solve all of your problems?

Because this is what your post is boiling down to as far as I can tell.

about 4 months ago

Chromium 37 Launches With Major Security Fixes, 64-bit Windows Support

kervin Chrome 38 is the big one (113 comments)

Encrypted Media Extensions lands in 38. This is what Netflix's using in their new HTML5 player. So hopefully, finally, Netflix on Linux.

Now if they can just get Java working on Linux again we'd be all set.

about 5 months ago

Elementary OS "Freya" Beta Released

kervin Usability is THE killer feature that Linux needs (209 comments)

Unless there is some killer feature, or the distribution is tailored well to a specific niche, I am quite bored with the "yet another Linux distro" articles

As someone who uses Ubuntu as their primary desktop OS both at home and at work, I have to say that usability is the biggest feature holding back Linux desktop. It is the reason all those "year of the linux desktop" stories are BS. Hence it is the killer feature for the Linux Desktop.

Linux Desktop feels like someone built a great desktop but never went back and reviewed their work. There are so many little things daily that cause the OS to be hard to use for regular people. And yes, that includes Ubuntu.

I wish there was a commercial Linux desktop option that offered create support, spent some time cleaning up and smoothing out the rough edges on the Linux Desktop, and had just one top tier hardware partner. I would gladly pay a few hundred dollars a year for this.

about 6 months ago

The Great Taxi Upheaval

kervin Re:Predictability?...Well... (218 comments)

Well, I agree about that predictability in the fact that in New York, black patrons would hardly be able to [successfully] hail a taxi after 8 PM.

That's definitely not true. It's more likely black patrons will not be able to hail a cab in any rush hour period. E.g. 5pm, 2am ( many clubs and bars close ). It's not that the drivers are afraid, it's greed more than anything else.

The cab drivers know that statistically black patrons are more likely to take them to the outer reaches of the boroughs. The fair to these areas is ok, but coming back there is no fair. So it's worse than someone who stays in Manhattan and then the cab driver gets fairs every direction every time.

But it has nothing to do with the time of day, it's really about how busy they would be. At 4AM in the morning, when everything is quiet cab drivers will tell you they are happy to pick up anybody.

about 6 months ago

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

kervin Psychological != Physical addiction (474 comments)

Hard drugs get you strongly and quickly Physically Addicted. Do not confuse that with a mild Psychological addiction. Many slashdot comments are getting this wrong. But not all addictions are the same

Many legal drugs will get you addicted. But that's why we control those substances as well. A large part of being on the federal schedule is that the illicit drug has no real medical use ( or so they say ). So it's not about which is most addictive, but rather what's addictive while arguably also having no medical use.

about 6 months ago

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

kervin smoking in apartment buildings (474 comments)

Smoking in apartment buildings often affects the health of others in that building. This is why NYC regulates smoking in multi-tenant buildings.

Maybe Americans realize that there are few places you can smoke and not affect the health of others.

about 6 months ago

Google Unveils Project Tango 3D Tablet DevKit Powered By NVIDIA's Tegra K1

kervin $1024 does fit neatly into 1KB memory (54 comments)

You'll have almost 1KB memory left, but that's neither here or there.

about 8 months ago

Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases

kervin Incorrect (142 comments)

A m3.2xlarge costs 4905.6 per year. You can buy a 32GB RAM 8 CPU core Dell R320 system for $2,666.80 in it's entirety.

If you are comparing with a fixed purchase, you should use the 3-yr reserved price for the M3.2XL, which is $162/month ( includes the initial payment ). This gives you a yearly cost of $1944. And that includes all NOC costs.

If you do not factor in NOC costs in your estimate then you clearly haven't been doing this very long.

Source http://calculator.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html

about 8 months ago

HealthCare.gov Back-End Status: See You In September

kervin References or it didn't happen (251 comments)

Interesting story. Do you have any links to confirm that's how it happened?

about 9 months ago


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