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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

mpapet Re:Yes MS has lost and is now nice (421 comments)

The old gray beards today might say the same with IBM or Digital but once market forces correct a monopoly the company either whithers or adapts.

Did you sleep through the monopoly classes in Econ 101? There's no market force that corrects a monopoly. Microsoft still has a monopoly.

Under a free market people play nice or loose out.

Did you attend any Econ classes at all? That's not how markets works.

4. MS more liberal with pricing for non corporations. Google VS Community edition. It is pro and free!

Ugh. First hit is free. Site licensing has gone up radically. The kickbacks make it so.

5. MS is opening sourcing .NET and lots of frameworks

Uhhh, yeah... What's the plan here? Where's DotNet going? Abandonware...

6. Azure supports non win32 operating systems.

And? What's the strategy here? Follow Amazon? Uhh. Yeah...

7. MS is putting more effort in security and stabilizing and fixing bugs now that competition exists.

And? Fixing bugs is something for which we should be thankful? What's the transparency on that?

Browsers are competitive. Mobile operating systems competitive. Development environments are competitive. Clouds and virtual services for legacy win32 apps scare the crap out of them so soon if mega corps want to leave they can.

You mean all those free browsers are charging because there's a viable market? Microsoft is irrelevant in mobile.

Does Microsoft pay you much for this nonsense?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Resources For Kids Who Want To Make Games?

mpapet Story Telling, Stories, Themes (121 comments)

I'm not sure if I'm understanding your question, but it seems to me he'd be interested in stories and story telling.

  The key here is to help him explore what stories are powerful to the human mind. As a parent, Jung is your go-to guy for the reasons why stories have been retold for generations and should give you plenty of structure and direction for good material for your son to work with.

More simply, there are child friendly versions of Shakespeare, the stories told in Operas, and be careful getting a semi-authentic Brothers Grimm book. The original stories are a little graphic in places, but more powerful. There are also board games about story telling.

Hopefully, I haven't gone too far in the wrong direction. It just seems to me, good games always had good stories as structure.

about a month and a half ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

mpapet Lay off the Freedom Loving Punch (504 comments)

The last time I looked, the flip side to a regulated utility was a deregulated utility. Deregulated utilities end up as monopolies.

The other last time I looked, business interests of all kinds turn to governments to maintain their profits, and raise barriers to competition. And spare me the "The problem is bad regulation." That's not the problem.

about 9 months ago

Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

mpapet Re:Nonsense... Really? (384 comments)

Anonymity is not what you think it is on the Interwebs, at least in the U.S. Given the amount of data collected by the NSA, if you posting anonymously becomes a person of interest to Federal law enforcement, then your anonymity is gone as it doesn't take much to figure out who you are by your traffic.

Facingbook certainly knows who you are, anonymous comments included, if you use that site.

about a year ago

Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

mpapet Censorship by Another Name (384 comments)

Ok, not really, but what a sensational headline!

Most of the sites using facingbooks and other comment systems ban comments someone, somewhere, in the media property don't like, which turns out to be most of the interesting comments. And then comments just die.

The "Internet is growing up" has many meanings, but the one the most powerful Americans want is one that is a broadcast-only sh!t pipe the broadcaster (Media Monopolists) can endlessly quantize and monetize their viewers. Discouraging comments fits in nicely with those plans!

about a year ago

Microsoft Makes Another "Nearly Sold Out" Claim For the Surface Line

mpapet I Know Someone Who Bought Them For a Small School! (262 comments)

They have a double-digit purchase of the devices and it will be no surprise that the Microsoft people gave them a GREAT deal per unit.

I don't know a whole lot about tablets nor do I care but I test drove one for a while. My nearest experience comparison is with the Android/Play marketplace. If you are an Android user, the interface doesn't have any surprises.

What's hilarious is the almost empty "marketplace." The only thing in it were apps written by the few companies Microsoft hasn't managed to crush or alienate. Of the few apps in the marketplace, imagine single-digit reviews being a heavily reviewed/downloaded application.

The buyer was promised special "support" because so many (double digits!!!!) were bought, but that was an epic waste of the buyer's time. Eventually someone determined to use the thing found someone at Microsoft that knew something about the devices. It wasn't in support, that's for sure. There are apparently a large number of undocumented features essentially paving the way for an "enterprise tablet" inside the Microsoft ActiveDirectory/groupware-whatever jail.

I've got a negative bias because I don't "get" tablets. Me, personally, it's not even close to the Android ecosystem and the blinky tiles do nothing for me. Judging by how many tiny promises were broken and time wasted for the buyer and almost empty marketplace the device is doomed. Microsoft could keep it going though just to say they've got a tablet.

about a year ago

Surviving the Cashless Cataclysm

mpapet Electronic Purse is Already Done (463 comments)

Let's back up for a minute:

#1 reason for a country to go to an electronic purse is to eliminate the tremendous costs of managing currency. Think about the logistics required to keep money in an economy. It's not just "oh, ship $10 million USD to Las Vegas so peoples can gamble or whatever." It's an ENORMOUS HASSLE. Electronic purses are very tantalizing way to be far more efficient as a currency provider.

Banks and nations have mostly gone to a banking standard with a smart card providing a great degree of fraud protection for online transactions. "ONLINE" means anywhere a trusted network connection/payment terminal is set up. Done. Use a debit/credit card and any number of officious people can get that transaction information. Most of you guys and the girl reading this don't seem to mind this...

What you are attempting to discuss is OFFLINE transactions. This software is sometimes referred to as an electronic purse.

Bob wants to give Joe $10 for a cool Commodore 64 and there's no paper currency in the economy. So, Bob has his smart card and puts it into a dumb, untrusted reader. The reader device asks how much to transfer. Joe then sticks his card in and like magic $10 in value is added to Joe's card and Bob's is credited with no network connection. Can the transaction be fed back to some server? Depends on the electronic purse. Can you have a relatively anonymous system that works? Yes.

Lots worse privacy issues than this. It's just that it's not okay to talk about them. We got to protect ourselves from those Terrists and all.

Where's my mobile phone that is a pay terminal? USA is still in the stone ages making a killing with 'identity protection' schemes and magnetic stripes. Why? Banks make more money and it's pretty cheap.

more than 2 years ago

AMD: What Went Wrong?

mpapet Hello? It's a Monopoly! (497 comments)

A firm with a Monopoly has multiple, permanent advantages. That there is little/no interest in breaking it up is another story.

more than 2 years ago

How do I get back a passion for programming?

mpapet Get Another Job (2 comments)

Seriously. Polish your interview skills and move on. No one is forcing you to be miserable. Life is too short.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Easiest Virtual Router for ESXi5

mpapet Peering Into Your Black Box.... I see... (2 comments)

Conflicting requirements that cannot be satisfied.

If staff cannot be bothered to learn Linux's routing interface, (not "Linux") then your default answer is to choose whatever routing interface they know already.

more than 3 years ago

Old Arguments May Cost Linux the Desktop

mpapet Not the Car Analogy... AGGGGHHH!! (591 comments)

You are calling open source desktops out for things no one in the industry does.

To use a car example, it's like a car with high torque and excellent gas mileage, but ugly to look at and the instruments are labelled differently and in the back seat.
You've never owned a 70's era American car, have you? The funny thing is, some people Loooove those 70's cars.

Where are the open source tech writers? The ones who take that part of the problem and work alongside the engineers to ensure quality documentation?
Under the "help" menu option? If you have geek cred, man FTW!

Where are the open source ergonomic experts,
Are you kidding me? They are working for Microsoft or Apple. You know how Office looks nothing like the OS GUI? That's their hard work right there.

the usability analysts, the aesthetic artists?
Who? What? Is this the geek version of the old Hollywood line "I'm a director."

Who ever does usability studies, or consistency between apps?
When does this happen in the industry? Adobe doesn't talk to Apple or Microsoft when they are designing yet another loose menu. Microsoft's own Office dev team *clearly* does not talk to the OS people.

more than 3 years ago

Old Arguments May Cost Linux the Desktop

mpapet Whaaaaat!?!?!?! (591 comments)

For Linux to ever have a shot on the desktop, it would have to stop being Linux. Namely it would have to get some standards beyond the kernel.

Bwahahaha!! You mean, like Microsoft and Apple follow desktop standards? C'mon. See freedesktop for your desktop standards.

it is a rich experience that comprises, well, everything you find on a Windows or MacOS disc.
Oh, look at that, Debian releases desktop-specific disks. If I do nothing during install, I get a full-feature GNOME desktop. If I select options clearly presented, I can have KDE, XFCE, LXDE appear like magic when I reboot. I tell you it's MAGIC!!!!

And since when does microsoft release a full-featured set of applications with their minimal installed OS? Apple? A default Debian desktop install gets you a very good image editor, very good "office" suite, PDF ripping, audio and video playing desktop, great web browsers. Apple and Microsoft cannot make the same claim.

Along those lines it would have to do away with having source be something a user had any idea existed. No distributing programs as source, no recompiling the kernel to make something work, all binary all the time for users.

1999 called and they want you back when this claim was possibly valid...

more than 3 years ago

Rivals Mock Microsoft's 'Native HTML5' Claims

mpapet Mission Accomplished! (211 comments)

Meanwhile, Firefox remains the red headed stepchild to Microsoft because money talks.

more than 3 years ago

Who Killed Spotify?

mpapet Bzzzt!! Wrong Answer (257 comments)

Yell and stomp your feet all you want, nothing will come of it.

The point of DRM is to make it sufficiently hard to violate copyright. That's all.

Breakable DRM is a balancing act between looking the other way while entertainment media is distributed as a kind of loss leader, and generating sufficient fear that the RIAA will litigate you for violating copyright.

They don't need to change, they know what you like and have copyright and intellectual property law on their side. Meanwhile your right to repurpose your content has been sodomized with set top boxes. And you like it that way.

Until you stop feeding the RIAA members your money, nothing is going to stop them.

more than 3 years ago

Verizon Net Neutrality Case Rejected

mpapet Appeal Until They Buy the Legislators (82 comments)

They need time to draft the bill to make this pesky regulation a shadow of its current form. Don't worry, AT&T is helping!

more than 3 years ago

Paul Allen Rips Bill Gates In Autobiography

mpapet Paul's the Good Guy? (249 comments)

Is Paul the good guy in this scenario? Nope. Not even close.

more than 3 years ago

Last.Fm Founder Criticizes Apple Over Music Subscription Fees

mpapet What's the Goal (218 comments)

I imagine the goal of what's left of the music industry is to retain some semblance of control of distribution. That's how they over-charge consumers for their content.

The entertainment oligopoly wants this deal. It marries content playback to hardware. This is a way to regain control of digital distribution and extract way more money out of consumers than a LastFM.

more than 3 years ago

The Fall of Wintel and the Rise of Armdroid

mpapet Re:A "real computer" without x86? (431 comments)

Where is my ARM/MIPS/PowerPC motherboard so I could build a proper workstation?

Because there is no demand for ARM PC motherboards. You would need a different power supply too. No demand for that either. The RAM is different too. The hardware business is very low profit margin, so if an ARM motherboard were available, all of the components would cost you at least 2x what a low-spec x86 board costs. And then there's the problem of limited device drivers.

I currently do all my work on a Powerbook. It is actually nice to know that there are no proprietary, binary blobs available for this system.

Yes, there are. You may or may not be running them, but there are more binary blobs every year for Linux. Another word for them is firmware. Some of the architectures and firmware licenses are crafted such that they can be distributed in Free software. This is not ideal, but practical.

about 4 years ago

The Fall of Wintel and the Rise of Armdroid

mpapet Microsoft Anecdote (431 comments)

Imagine being the guy they hire to manage an ARM port at Microsoft. Could there be a worse job at Microsoft?

Imagine how the ARM guy has to go around and convince various development, marketing and management fiefdoms built on x86 since day 2 to make an ideological shift to include or even imagine an ARM port.

-The costs will be blown sky-high if only to keep things just as they are right now.
-The resource constraints will be retold as enormous
-The market research will cast the ARM market as "bad" for all kinds of crazy reasons.

This ARM guy will probably quit if he has a brain in his head, or get fired for non-performance.

Meanwhile tiny non-x86 devices will eat away at Microsoft's business until they can't pretend any more and the 'business' collapses.

about 4 years ago

Jerry Brown Confiscates 48,000 Cell Phones

mpapet Libertarian Nirvana? (738 comments)

A libertarian would have the state declare bankruptcy
Ok, declare bankruptcy. Now what? State bond rates *skyrocket* It turns out that would be the first of maybe 25-35 dominos where States would have no choice but to declare bankruptcy.

And then there's all those pesky retirees that hold State bonds because of their perceived security that you've just made near penniless. How do you think that's going to play out?

and nullify the state employee union's contract and pensions.
Ok, done. Now what? How does the daily uninteresting work of running government get done? Who are you going to hire? Probably the people you just fired because they're the only ones that know anything. Now what? They reorganize. Ohh, but there's the false promise of contracting the work out. Ask some of the regular slashdotters in the Military Industrial Complex how well that works. Hint: it doesn't shhh!

I know, I know, I don't 'understand.' Or, it doesn't have to work that way. Well, it does work that way. Libertarian ideals are being sold as a solution to every government problem when in fact, they accelerate the rate of corruption.

about 4 years ago



Another Expansion of Corporate Powers in Stop Onli

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mpapet (761907) writes "Get ready for another expansion of corporate media powers with the "Stop Online Piracy Act." The bill is another try at expanding the control of the Internet to corporations.
-Corporations can create and enforce nationwide DNS blacklists.
-Allows the government to deny the use of anti-censorship software.
The best for last:
-Unspecified copyright violations related to Internet activities will be classified as felonies.

A version of the bill dated 2011-10-26 is here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/71190678/E-PARASITES"

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U.S. Broadband Map Now Online

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mpapet writes "The National Telecommunications Administration has created a website where you can input your zip code and see what Internet services are available.

Early reports suggest the data is wrong in many places, mine included. Other features that will add to the frustration is the use of 'advertised speed' as an equivalent for up/down bandwidth provided.


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FCC Allows MPAA to Block Home Recordings

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mpapet (761907) writes "Last Friday, the FCC granted media conglomerates the right to remotely control media outputs in consumer's homes. Previously, the FCC prohibits the use of so-called "selectable output control" technology. This prohibition allowed consumers to record media for their personal use. Like the DMCA, this is another step forward towards eliminating an individual's control over any media content."
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How Do You Evaluate a Data Center?

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mpapet (761907) writes "Beyond the simpler questions of physical access control, connectivity, and power redundancy/capacity and SLA review, what other questions are important to ask when evaluating a data center?"

Email the Whitehouse of Suspicious Information

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mpapet (761907) writes "The Obama administration is taking the health care fight to the streets. The Whitehouse has a new email address to submit suspicious facts regarding the health care debate. "If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov."


The word 'backfire' just doesn't describe the epic scale of failure for this scheme."

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Nuns, Pacificts in Terrorist Database

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mpapet writes "In a story that should suprise no one, the Los Angeles Times reports Maryland State Police undercover troopers categorized pacifists, nuns, Democratic party members and others as terrorists. Their information was then shared with about 6 local and federal agencies. The undercover agent wrote the following regarding one of the individuals, "involved in puppet making and allows anarchists to utilize her property for meetings." I for one never saw this coming...."

Economic "Patriot Act" Disguised as Rescue

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mpapet writes "The always informative financial blog Calculated Risk is one of many blogs posting the draft text of the legislation posing as an economic rescue package for the financial system. The urgency attached to the bill should be a clue that there is probably much more to the bill than just stabilizing the American economic system.

The Treasury Secretary can use its powers at any time during or after today's crisis. If this were simply about mortgages, then it is still a massive expansion of government powers with almost no oversight and a 700 billion dollar budget. Contact your representatives and demand more transparency and limited powers before $700+ billion walks out the door.

1. Treasury Secretary is awarded unlimited powers to enter into contract and explicitly excludes itself from all contract regulations.

2. Treasury Secretary is authorized to purchase all mortgage-related assets as he sees fit

3. The Treasury Secretary has open-ended access with no oversight to the funds to continue to prop up American assets up to 700 billion dollars at any one time.... This appears to be an end-run around capping the bailout just as long as the number on any given day does not exceed $700 billion.

4. Furthermore all of the Treasury Secretary's actions regarding mortgage-related assets are non-reviewable, based entirely on his own discretion, and have no other oversight, only after-the-fact reporting.

5. Designate the remaining financial institutions as financial agents of the U.S. Treasury. The cost to the taxpayer for services rendered by some of the institutions that started this mess is never discussed or accounted for. How this would work out remains secret as Treasury Secretary has unlimited contracting powers with no oversight.

6. Uncap the amount of public debt allowed to a staggering 11 trillion dollars.

Gold hawks and conspiracy theorists please keep the discussion on topic."

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How Do I Build a Micro ISP?

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mpapet (761907) writes "I live in a typical suburban neighborhood where it would be quite economical and well within my capabilities for me to provide Internet access to my neighbors. Except the problem I have is figuring out how to get neighbors connected to my data pipe.

Running an outdoor cat5 has multiples of low wife-acceptance factor (WAF) and isn't really expandable. It's easy to imagine my setup would rely on wireless, but I don't have any clear sense of how to scale it to maybe 10 houses or what kind of stuff to use. What technology would you recommend?"

Linspire's Deal With Microsoft Examined

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mpapet writes "Groklaw has an analysis of the contract Linspire signed with Microsoft. "Pretend you are using Microsoft software instead of GPL'd software. Don't think. Don't modify. Don't share. Don't explore. Don't improve. Don't innovate. Don't distribute. Don't sublicense. Don't do "unauthorized" things. Don't do nuttin' or you might get sued." That's just an excerpt from the summary of Microsoft's latest Trojan horse for Linux businesses.

Read all about it. http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=200707201 4373817"

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mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mpapet (761907) writes "A Linux distribution called Pioneer Linux distributed by TechAlign Inc. may be the first ever to claim that Linux can be pirated. The Pioneer Linux distro boldly declares As a business, you should purchase a copy of Pioneer and not pirate it.

Their announcement of a new re-branded Ubuntu distro on distrowatch.org states, " commercial establishments will be required to purchase a copy...". See the distrowatch.org announcement."

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mpapet (761907) writes "For those Windows users looking for the easiest way ever to install Linux, Debian has a new win32 installer. http://goodbye-microsoft.com/

It downloads a Debian install image. On reboot, the image is loop mounted. The installer resizes your NTFS partition and installs Debian in the freed space.

The usual "back up your important windows stuff before trying this" applies."

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mpapet (761907) writes "Debian's code name Etch (testing) has announced RC1. According to the announcement, the release is about 3 months behind schedule. To quote "Nevertheless, it would not be possible to release etch on the original target date while also meeting the Debian community's expectations of quality."

Interested parties are urged to download an install CD and give it a try! http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/

Finally, the codename for the next Debian release is Lenny.

To read the full announcement, go to http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2006 /11/msg00004.html."

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mpapet (761907) writes "According to the Debian Weekly News dated Oct 30th, the Dunc-Tank project where funds are raised for Debian Project Managers appears to be a factor slowing the release of Sid.

Debian developer Jörg Jaspert posted this opinion of the Dunc-Tank project that was signed by several other Debian devs. The summary:

"So, to summarize DTs effects on Debian: It has demotivated a lot of people who now either resigned, simply stopped doing (parts of their) Debian work or are doing a lot less than they did before DT was started. The freeze got delayed and getting the release out on schedule has become nearly impossible. We are unable to see any good virtue in this "experiment"." There are a number of other very interesting comments regarding Dunc-Tank in the post making it a very worthwhile read."

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mpapet (761907) writes "Over the last couple of weeks, Microsoft's latest attempts to defend itself against the Linux-based distro threat has been steadily increasing in intensity with the latest salvo claiming Linux infringes on Microsoft's patents. http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/17/ 1324248

Microsoft can eliminate the diversity of Linux-distros and swiftly end any hint of competition from Linux distros whenever they are ready. DSL, Slackware, Debian, Mandriva, Freespire, Mepis, are just a few popular distros (http://www.distrowatch.com) that I seriously doubt have the legal resources to go even one round in court.

What's YOUR idea to defuse the Microsoft's threat?"

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mpapet (761907) writes "According to WINE developer Tom Wickline, the Microsoft/Novell deal for Suse support controls commercial customers use of Free Software. Is this the end of commercial OSS developers who are not a part of the Microsoft/Suse pact? More details at the reg."

mpapet mpapet writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mpapet writes "According to the blog of Joanna Rutkowska, Microsoft's Patch Guard (PG) security feature has been compromised. I quote from the blog, "... almost any malware of type II malware is capable of "bypassing" PG. For the full story, go to the blog."


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