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Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

machineghost Re:Comfortable, were we? (112 comments)

What praytell is preventing them from starting their own Amazons?

Sure, because it's *so* easy to create a successful online bookseller. Gee, why didn't anyone think of that before? Those Japanese people must be idiots. Baka yaroo.

3 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

machineghost Re:Mission Critical ... Red Hat... LOL.. (232 comments)

And besides, once you have gcc and vi or emacs, what more does a developer need?

PyCharm (ie. IntelliJ), Chrome, a music program (Spotify, Pandora, etc.) a chat program (Pidgin, Hipchat, etc.), GIMP for image manipulation ...

I have no beef with the emacs/vi folks, but some of us think that development technology (like every other kind of technology) has advanced since the 80's, and we want an OS that looks like it's from this decade to run it on.

5 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

machineghost Re:Mission Critical ... Red Hat... LOL.. (232 comments)

Right, but you're missing the point: why would you want to hassle with virtual machines just to support two distros, when you can share one distro between both and avoid the extra work?

5 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

machineghost Re:Mission Critical ... Red Hat... LOL.. (232 comments)

Here's one example: how do you track packages? If every developer in your company is using apt (well, or brew for those Mac people, but let's ignore them because the server is NOT going to be a Mac), then it makes sense to compile a list of apt packages right? So then when you go to deploy the sysadmin just has to sudo apt-get those packages.

But if you're server runs Red Hat, somebody has to translate that list of apt packages to yum packages. Not a huge deal, but why would you want headaches like that, even if they are minor, when nothing prevents you from having the same distro on all machines involved?

Another thing to consider is debugging. As a developer, you want to debug on a system that's as close as possible to the machine where the bug occurred. Obviously it's easier to be sure that your environment is the same as your server's (and that you're seeing the same problem the server saw) if the two run the same distro.

5 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

machineghost Re:Mission Critical ... Red Hat... LOL.. (232 comments)

From the summary:
"Ask her developers what they prefer, however, and it's Ubuntu"
"Given that developers are the new kingmakers"

The whole point was that developers influence the choice of distro on the server, based on their preference for a development distro. I'm not quite sure how you missed that.

5 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

machineghost Re:Mission Critical ... Red Hat... LOL.. (232 comments)

Grrr, /. swallowed my angle bracket. That's supposed to be "Mint *hearts* their community", not "Mint 3s their community".

5 days ago
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How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

machineghost Re:Mission Critical ... Red Hat... LOL.. (232 comments)

I think you're kind of missing the point. Developers don't think "hey, I know Ubuntu/Mint, and it works great for me, but yum just got a little bit friendlier? Forget everything I know, I'm installing Red Hat."

People change distributions with a purpose. For me personally the odyssey was:

Mandrake: because (I kid you not) it came on a CD in a Linux magazine
Gentoo: because of the performance gains
Mandrake: because (unlike Gentoo) you don't have to spend half your life compiling
Ubuntu: they did all the annoying stuff (eg. making Flash work) for me
Mint: Shuttleworth gave the middle finger to Ubuntu community vs. Mint 3s their community

The point is, no one is going back to Red Hat unless it offers something significant that their current distro doesn't (besides just yum). Making Red Hat one distro instead of two doesn't give me a reason to leave Mint. Making yum friendlier doesn't give me a reason either. At best changes like that might help stem the tide of departing Red Hat users ("why do I need Ubuntu, Red Hat finally got friendly") but if Red Hat ever wants to become a dominant distro again they have to offer a compelling reason to switch.

5 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

machineghost Re:The death of leniency (614 comments)

But if *every single person* got pulled-over for speeding every day, we would probably change the law!

Amen!

5 days ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

machineghost Re:come on Google Fiber (335 comments)

The problem is, Google Fiber isn't some product they're rolling out slowly, but eventually to the whole country. Instead, it's jut one of their little experiments. As much as we'd all love them to, Google has expressed no interest in becoming America's ISP (or at least not any time soon).

about a week ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

machineghost Re:Not surprising (505 comments)

I want to lounge back in comfort, read the news, catch up on email, etc.

And we'll be able to, eventually. These are just the very first set of rules for the very first automated cars; you can't go from Simpsons to Jetsons overnight.

about a week ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

machineghost Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (463 comments)

You're assuming that the only way to make money from movies is the current business model, which is a false assumption.

If copyright in it's current form went away, movie producers would just change their business model. Maybe they'd still show movies in theatres, but they'd charge a lot extra to see the movie on the opening weekend (since after that anyone could just watch them at home). Maybe they'd add interactive features to movies so that you had to use their server to watch the movie properly. Maybe they'd just give up on making money off the movie itself, and instead make money off all the toys and McDonald's promotion deals and other tie-ins. Or maybe they'd do something entirely different that I can't think of in the two minutes it's taking me to write this.

The point is, they'd still make money, just probably less than they do now. Would we see as many big budget films? Probably not, but who knows? After all, necessity is the mother of invention, and the safe profits of the current business model might be preventing the studios from realizing even greater profits from a future business model.

But would the end of copyright as we know it mean the death of movies? Absolutely not: as long as their's still ways to make money off movies, and their still would be, movies would still get made.

about two weeks ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

machineghost Re:This is so silly (299 comments)

You seem a little ignorant of recent history. Have you heard of America's rendition program? Have you heard of all the EU countries which participated? Here's a map to help:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

about two weeks ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

machineghost Re:How many years could he be charged with? (299 comments)

I don't think anyone on the left (well, very few) would defend him if an arrangement could be made where he would just face the misogynistic charges. Sweden is a democratic country with a faire legal system, and I think most people would be happy to see Assange go through that system.

The problem is that the moment Assange steps on Swedish soil (or even outside the embassay) he's got a very good chance of being put on a one-way ticket to America to face much worse charges, in a court which is much less fair.

about two weeks ago
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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

machineghost Re:This is so silly (299 comments)

The people involved in common sex scandals aren't enemies of the most powerful state on Earth.

about two weeks ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

machineghost Re:We only use JS now? (294 comments)

Yeah, it only runs the front end of EVERY WEBSITE IN EXISTENCE (which includes tons of "serious" SaS applications, and more and more "thick client" sites where the bulk of the code is in JS and the server is just used for database work). But yeah, other than that nothing mission critical at all.

about three weeks ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

machineghost Re:COBOL was better than JavaScript. (294 comments)

Other than the "this" misfunction, which is rememdied by the hack defining "that", what are the terrible misfeatures of JS?

It's not like C/Java/COBOL/FORTRAN/whatever other language someone is used to using.

about three weeks ago
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The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

machineghost Re:COBOL was better than JavaScript. (294 comments)

To you, someone who obviously isn't a Javascript programmer, maybe. To someone who writes Javascript code every day, like myself, nothing at all is "broken" with the language (though obviously, like any language, it could use some improvements).

But I'm sure if I started writing COBOL I'd think plenty was wrong with it ...

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

machineghost Re:Which company is next in line? (353 comments)

Again, I nice simplistic response that's very easy to say when you're not the one paying the costs.

about three weeks ago

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Bookies Predict the Future of Tech

machineghost machineghost writes  |  about 4 months ago

machineghost (622031) writes "It's one thing to make predictions about the future of tech; that happens all the time on Slashdot. But it's quite a different thing to put money on the line to back up those predictions, which is exactly what this British bookie has done. Think you know whether Google Glass will beat the iPhone, or whether we'll be ready to go to Mars and back by 2020? Now's your chance to capitalize on those predictions!"

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