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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

operagost Re:All the happy (125 comments)

Well, that's not quite correct as the first line of Integrities (Merced) were not OpenVMS compatible. I was part of the team that launched our company's product on Integrity back in 2004/2005, when VMS was still in beta on that platform.

38 minutes ago
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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

operagost Re:VMS user interface is utterly obsolete (125 comments)

So you're a one or two-issue kind of guy, huh? I find the problems you mention with the CLI pretty small when compared to:
- Being able to abbreviate commands (SEARCH to SEA, BACKUP to BACK, etc.)
- Having commands that abbreviate means the commands can make sense in English and still be truncated by experts for speed (e.g., no commands like "ls", "rm", "tar", "man")
- CLI integrates with system calls, so you can write quick scripts for web services or to obtain system information without doing SEARCHES (excuse me, I think that's "grep" in your world) on text dumps
- ISAM databases (RMS) can be created, designed, and updated from the CLI

ODS-5 only handles 2 TB volumes (or 2 TB files) right now, but I don't see why this can't be improved. It's slower because, besides not increasing the maximum size of volumes, HP didn't bother implementing the full XFC caching. It's clear they were preparing for this rundown for some time. Files-11 volumes have been the most robust I've ever worked with. I haven't seen anyone corrupt a file from an unexpected shutdown in 15 years, which I can't say for any other file system (although recent NTFS versions are close).

about an hour ago
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Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

operagost Re:Change management fail (134 comments)

Of course, someone who is learning Mandarin needs to understand that. But someone who is Chinese needs to understand the concept of "yes" and "no" in English. Why hold them to a lower standard-- are they subhuman?

1 hour ago
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Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

operagost Re: Change management fail (134 comments)

Having excellent language skills does not mean you are intellectually superior any more than my being able to play many musical instruments does.

1 hour ago
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The CIA Does Las Vegas

operagost Re:or credibility of the government (69 comments)

Some are still playing 'there are 400 communists in the Obama white house' card or claiming so other such nonsense and trying to use it to limit rights

Who in government is saying that? These guys, Democrat and Republican, go out to have lunch and drinks with each other. Then they pretend their polite disagreements about how many freedoms to take from their subjects are actual drag-down fights in front of the mainstream media, to suggest there's any real difference between the parties. It would be nonsense to slander the president and his staff and use such deceit as an excuse to impose restrictions on the public.

1 hour ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

operagost Re:I don't assemble computers. (229 comments)

Yup. I'm pretty sure I fried a flash drive by plugging it into a port I had miswired, but Sandisk replaced it for me anyway.

1 hour ago
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Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

operagost Re:Fatsos (87 comments)

I wonder if either of you see the irony-- because the government arguably overstepped its bounds by forcing everyone to buy health insurance, now it gets to claim it can overstep its bounds even further by telling you what you can do with your body.

Government is the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.

yesterday
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Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

operagost Re:Fatsos (87 comments)

Maybe we can now take basement-dwelling slashdotters and put them in the body of someone who goes outside and actually contacts other people in meatspace. The only problem I can see is the brightness of the daystar causing sensory overload.

yesterday
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

operagost Re:Who owns the island? (168 comments)

Sorry to crush your cocky statist attitude, but he'd simply assumed the island was privately owned and was incorrect. It has nothing to do with whether he's a libertarian or not, although I'm greatly concerned if the concept of private property is now only the province of libertarians.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

operagost Re:PCI Compliance (341 comments)

No auditor I have dealt with in five years of PCI DSS has demanded software firewalls. They do require that systems be monitored for changes and only critical services be running.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

operagost Re:Fire(wall) and forget (341 comments)

Ironically, the software that most often makes it difficult to run a local firewall is AV software. Symantec is notorious. They need dozens of ports opened. And when you upgrade, suddenly they need a different set.

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

operagost Re:medical services need a billing time limit (560 comments)

We gave up our freedom through the ACA, and yet this continues. It's not about being billed, it's about being billed incorrectly and not having any control over the process. The UK has fully socialized health care, yet people are denied care or left to die waiting... sometimes, literally waiting in the ER.

Clearly, giving up more freedom isn't the answer.

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

operagost Re:Past due not reported by companies (560 comments)

I have two recommendations:

1. read your mail daily, in case, you know, you get bill reminders or court orders,
2. Don't trust anyone to pay your bills; verify that they were paid. It's still easier and quicker than using checks.

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

operagost Re:The American Dream (560 comments)

Goldberg was not a madam. Creepy? Yes.

I told you to keep taking your meds.

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

operagost Re:The American Dream (560 comments)

You don't understand enough about real estate, or finances in general, to make statements about mortgages or rent.

My mortgage is about $1,200 a month. Could I rent my 2,300 sq ft home for that? Perhaps, but unlikely. And the landlord could kick me out once my lease expired. And he gets to say what I do with the property. And he owns any improvements free and clear, unless we make written agreements.

Besides appreciation, as you pay your mortgage you gain equity. Equity is the difference between the property's value and your loan balance. Even if it doesn't go up in value at all, you "own" that equity. When you rent a property for 10 years and move, you get nothing (except perhaps a little interest on your deposit). When you sell your home, you get back your equity.

Should people not be buying extravagant homes and calling them an "investment"? Indeed, they're a liability, considering the money you have to put into them all the time. But sweeping statements, like "rent is cheaper", doesn't show the whole picture. Right now, rents are still pretty high, so those who can find a way to make deals on property are winning.

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

operagost Re:The American Dream (560 comments)

Anyone who believed that equality of opportunity meant equality of results is the fool. Just because you were fooled doesn't mean you get to have the government steal from others in order to give you equal results.

We have a half-black, half white man who grew up poor, and had his father walk out on him, and was basically raised by his grandparents-- become President of the United States. Yet this same man (and a Caucasian woman who also grew up poor yet became a US Senator) tells you that you can't make it: you need government to do it for you. Well, apparently the way to succeed if you're poor is to tell everyone they can't do it without government intervention, then get them to vote you into public office.

Stop making excuses.

2 days ago
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

operagost Re:I had to look up the AARC (306 comments)

The AHRA predates DMCA by several years.

2 days ago

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