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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

lucm Re:Surprise? (539 comments)

At my company (125 users) a while ago we moved to OpenOffice to save money. Users were not happy and started to call it "BrokenOffice". Only people who needed to exchange documents with outside clients were allowed to use MS-Office, and this created a lot of tension between the haves and have-nots. Bootleg versions started to appear, etc.

The company has since switched to the Office.com deal (annual $100/user for 5 floating licenses), so each employee can install MS-Office on various computers in their family in addition to their workstation without requiring assistance from IT (plus they get more OneDrive space). With the recent version it's possible to "share" the licenses, so employees can authorize their kids who are in college and let them install the applications themselves.

Employees see that as a perk, and helpdesk is less busy with "BrokenOffice" problems (real or perceived), so everyone is happy. It's more than pennies but it's not that expensive either.

yesterday
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

lucm Re:American car companies... (413 comments)

It's the same with electronics. A long time ago I was advising people to avoid HP or Dell laptops. Now I'd rather have a Latitude or Pavilion than a f*ing Lenovo.

2 days ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

lucm Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

No they support Linux virtual machines. It's not the same as cloud services.

On Azure one can deploy virtual machines (Windows or Linux) but also cloud services, which are basically dedicated on-the-fly instances of Windows Server on which one's web services are deployed. Cloud services are similar to managed VPS; you can remote desktop in the instance, but the patching and maintenance is built-in in the image. You don't rent a VM, you rent resources, and the instance is mostly stateless.

In addition to VM and cloud services, Azure also offers web sites, which are similar to traditional hosting. They support most web technologies (asp.net, php, python, node) and you can choose between shared or dedicated instances. What I found convenient is that you can use all those technologies within the same website, so if your app is mostly node but you need a specific web service that is written in PHP you can have both.

That's different from AWS, where only VM are available.

I have two Linux VM on my Azure account. There is a CentOS image available. It works ok but I know for a fact that they sometimes reboot without warning (I installed one and was lazy in configuring Apache, it was not registered in the startup services, and a few weeks later I noticed that Apache was not running). Never had that problem on AWS, but Azure is cheaper and easier to use. I pay about $15 per VM per month for the smallest instance.

about two weeks ago
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Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

lucm Re:Who has the market share? (336 comments)

I would be curious to see how Azure is impacting Windows Server market share. They made it very easy to automatically deploy instances for those cloud services, and most people run multiple instance for load balancing.

I don't know the exact number but from what I've read Azure is gaining about 1,000 customers per day. That's a lot of Windows Servers.

AWS was first in that business but their console/dashboard is just too clunky, this scares a lot of people away. No wonder that Microsoft is making shitloads of money while Amazon is almost to the point where they will ask employees to sell their blood in order to finance the price war in the cloud.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

lucm Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (536 comments)

That's like complaining about the 640K barrier in Microsoft's operating systems.

Yeah, who the hell needs more than that?

You know what is hilarious, it's that with mobile development all the old limits are coming back. The other day I was reading the story behind vi and the fact that using short one-letter commands was a decision linked to a slow 300-baud network link, and I couldn't help but think about minified javascript...

I have no experience with wearable computers (watches, glasses, etc.) but it must be even worse on those devices.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

lucm Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (536 comments)

Most of it applies to old, obsolete versions of PHP.

Which might be the only versions that your hosting provider offers because upgrading PHP would change the language's semantics in ways that break other subscribers' programs.

Bullshit. Please post a list of hosting providers that offer only PHP4.

Because here is what 30 seconds of googling show:

Bluehost: PHP 5.4
WebhostingPad: PHP 5.4
Hostgator: PHP 5.4

The old crap in the linked article applies mostly to PHP4 or PHP3. Yet PHP5 has been initially released more than 10 years ago.

Find some other dead horse to beat please, this is getting boring.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

lucm Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (536 comments)

PHP was expressly designed to display web pages. Originally the acronym meant something like "Personal Home Pages".

Yes, it has warts, security issues and the original database services were anything but plug-compatible, but it's a great language for quick-and-dirty.

If you want something architecturally cleaner, if not necessarily more secure, there's Python.

Could you care to explain how a language is "architecturally cleaner" for web applications when it does not have native web-related features? Unless you consider that piling up frameworks is a better architecture because it brings more moving parts in the picture. Hopefully you are not an architect.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

lucm Re:Perl still works, and PHP is fine (536 comments)

Anyone cosidering PHP should read this the now infamouns "PHP is a fractal of bad design".

http://eev.ee/blog/2012/04/09/...

Most of it applies to old, obsolete versions of PHP. That's like complaining about the 640K barrier in Microsoft's operating systems.

about a month and a half ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

lucm You don't own the government (534 comments)

Ah but the corporations are owned by the shareholders, in this case it would be the police boards that pay into each 'corporation' but no matter how far down the line the money the police spend belongs to we the people so the 'shares' belong to 'we the people' as technically we are supposed to own the governement.

The US government has been a corporation since 1871, and the citizens lost control of their money in 1933. If you are looking for the actual owners of the country, check the "bank" section in the yellow pages.

about 2 months ago
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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

lucm Re:Diversity is not a virtue (265 comments)

They probably hired communication specialists from the LAPD.

about 2 months ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

lucm booo (268 comments)

Obvious campaign slogan for his pursuit: "Yank Barry from Wikipedia!"

Don't quit your day job... unless you're a comedian!

about 2 months ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

lucm Re:RTFA (268 comments)

If you don't want people to know of your extortion practices, then either don't extort people or do a better job at it so you don't get convicted for it in a public court.

Maybe you should have posted that as an AC...

about 2 months ago
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Wikipedia Editors Hit With $10 Million Defamation Suit

lucm Re:But is it false? (268 comments)

I know that defamation suits can be filed (and sometimes even won) even if the information being published is true (if it's false, then one could further sue for libel) but it's my understanding that in the case where the published information is true, the onus is on the person who is suing to show that the *intent* of the publishers was to actually defame them... which of course is quite difficult to do in court. They would have to, using factual evidence, show how it was somehow considerably more probable that there was actually any malicious intent on the publisher's part than any claim the publisher the might make to contrary being true. Unless the publishers actually confess that this is the case, this will not be easy... no matter how good their lawyers are.

All wrong. Defamation means that the information is false. Libel means written defamation (it's slander when spoken). And since this is civil law, intent is not relevant, only alleged damages.

I didn't noticed if the lawsuit takes place in US or Canadian jurisdiction but it's basically the same rules in both countries on this kind of civil matter.

about 2 months ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

lucm Re: The cloud (387 comments)

There is a room with a serial killer inside. I show him to you through the glass, I tell you that if you went inside he will probably kill you. You decide to walk inside and are killed but are in no way responsible for your own death. Interesting.

This is pretty much the Ingrid Betancourt story, with the exception that she survived and is now called a heroine.

about 2 months ago
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Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

lucm Re:MS (387 comments)

That jail must be very crowded with all the nigerian scammers and fake craigslist landlords who use hotmail to scam people.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

lucm Re:Why'd he accuse her of saying Whitey? (253 comments)

I just checked the numbers. The US Army is half the size of China's army, but for some reason 3x more expensive.

Funny enough, US Army uniforms are made in China so part of the US military budget actually ends up financing the Chinese army.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

lucm Re:Why'd he accuse her of saying Whitey? (253 comments)

Lately I was reading the Invasion America series by Vaughn Heppner (https://www.goodreads.com/series/106530-invasion-america) and it left me with this idea that it's before a great army is needed that it can be built and organized. In those books a natural disaster left many countries with food shortage so they attack America who happens to have a lot of intact farmland, and the army is not big enough to protect it.

I think the problem at the moment is not the size of the army; it's the lack of innovation in its methods and policies. Basically the army is still following principles enacted in the 1800s by Von Clausewitz; this makes the army a great invasion force but very clumsy in every other aspect of warfare.

And innovation does not mean selling tanks to buy supercomputers for the NSA. It means figuring out better ways to protect the country in the physical and virtual worlds.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

lucm Re:Why'd he accuse her of saying Whitey? (253 comments)

Decreasing the size of the army would be a good thing, as we're spending far too much fucking money on it.

You must be one of those people who think police is useless because they never got mugged.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

lucm Re:Why'd he accuse her of saying Whitey? (253 comments)

Discredit him? Hilarious. Obama could cut the size of the army that protects the country against foreign invaders and increase the powers of the people who spy on American citizens and the people who voted for him twice would still worship him, call him a savior and think that he is protecting their freedom better than the republicans. His marketing team is as good as Apple's.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

lucm Re:So... (90 comments)

Bing seems like a modern incarnation of Altavista

Altavista is now powered by Bing so the loop is complete!

about 3 months ago

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