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City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

supremebob Re:Boom in the EU = Boom in Redmond (244 comments)

Sadly, we've seen these large Linux migration stories play out before several times. Microsoft usually waits until a few months into the transistion pilot process (when users are stil learning the new system and are frustrated), and then comes in with rediciously cheap licensing deal (Like under $50 a seat for Windows and Office) to get the business back.

Microsoft loves it, because it gives their sales teams another story to tell about a "failing" Linux migration. I just hope that Canonical steps in and helps these guys in Turin out if they run into trouble, to prevent this story from happening again.

2 days ago

Microsoft Surface Drowning?

supremebob Re:It's a still a nice PC. (337 comments)

It's a nice convertible tablet, but it still seems too expensive compared to the competition. Once you get it with a decent amount of SSD storage (256 GB), it costs $1,300! For that price, you're not even getting the faster Core i7 processor that comes standard in most laptops in that price range.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

supremebob Re:Comcast Xfinity Wireless Router (427 comments)

I had the misfortune of having their new router for a few months. Not only did I have problems getting it to work with my office VPN connection due to blocked ports, but they decided to turn my house into an XfinityWiFi hotspot without asking my permission first.

about a month ago

How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

supremebob About 6 years ago for me (391 comments)

The last desktop that I built for myself was about 6 years ago.

I just got myself a new one about 18 months ago, but Dell had a sale on a shiny new XPS Core i7 desktop with all of the features that I wanted for about $100 less than I could have bought the parts to build it myself. Sometimes you just can't argue with economies of scale.

Besides, I find myself using my laptop more often than my desktop nowadays.

about a month ago

MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

supremebob Re:Here we go... (454 comments)

"Allowing farmers to work their land up to the fence"

That's code for "Allow Jihadists posing as farmers to dig a smuggling tunnel under the fence", right?

about 2 months ago

Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

supremebob Re:Makes sense (152 comments)

I wouldn't totally agree with this. Dell occasionally has some huge markdown sales where you can get a PC for less than it would cost you to buy the parts and OS from Newegg.

about 2 months ago

Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

supremebob Re:Dilbert words: Can anything be as demoralizing? (383 comments)

Actually, they sound like lyrics to that new Weird Al song "Mission Statement".

Amazing piece of music... it's like Weird Al went through my old IBM mail archive and wrote a song from the management newsletters.

about 2 months ago

Oracle Buying Micros Systems For $5.3 Billion

supremebob Re:But ... why? (71 comments)

Perhaps they want to kill off SAP's Sybase division once and for all.

I believe that Micros was one of the last big support contracts that Sybase still had. Now that Oracle owns them, you can be pretty guarantee that new version of Micros ReS will have an Oracle backend.

But, hey, Sybase is a Dead Division Walking already. When was the last time you heard about them getting a NEW Fortune 500 contract?

about 3 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

supremebob Re:Only 22% (377 comments)

I'll bet that my wife is going to be one of those people. She has a 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid, which only gives her an average mileage of 29 MPG.

They don't even MAKE new Ford Escape Hybrids anymore, and for good reason. The new 2014 Escape with the 1.6L "Ecoboost" 4 cylinder gets better highway mileage than her old car did, and it's $7,000 cheaper with a similar option package. We're not a fan of the styling (It looks more like a Crossover than a real SUV now), but I'm sure that we can get something else with the same gas mileage for the similar price.

about 2 months ago

Expedia To Accept Bitcoin

supremebob Re:bitcoin has to much fluctuation for them to hol (87 comments)

Expedia is using something like Bitpay for their Bitcoin processing, right? If that's the case, they get their payment in cash right away and do not need to worry about any price fluctuations.

about 3 months ago

NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

supremebob Re:$150,000? (220 comments)

Yeah... if this dumbass had half a brain, he would have mined a script based coin like Litecoin or Dogecoin instead. You could mine those profitably with a GPU up until recently.

about 3 months ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

supremebob Re:Android phones are also more secure. (711 comments)

The main problem that I see with Android security is that it takes forever to get security patches. It can take over six months for an Android point release to get validated by the carriers and pushed out to all of the phones, and many Android phones that are more than 18 months old aren't getting ANY Android updates anymore.

Combine that with clueless end users (like my poor Mom) who seemingly click on every e-mail and SMS link they receive without thinking twice, and you have a disaster waiting to happen. She switched to an iPhone after her old Android 2.3 phone got hacked and filled with malware.

about 3 months ago

HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

supremebob Re:Bringing in the Indians!! (288 comments)

I thought that they still relocating entire offices to third world countries, and staffing them with people making $3 an hour to do your tech support calls. You can't get H1B's for that cheap!

What... you still want tech support that can actually understand English and isn't just navigating through a troubleshooting flow chart to "fix" your problem? You better pony up for the Gold level Enterprise support package for $$$$$$ a month.

about 4 months ago

London Police To Wear Video Cameras In Pilot Project

supremebob Re:Can't turn them off? (152 comments)

Or beating the daylights out of a dark skinned person with their police baton.

about 4 months ago

Breaking Bad's Scientific Consultant On Making Meth and More

supremebob Re:The Tweeking Dead (118 comments)

There was even an episode in The Walking Dead where Walt's signature blue meth made an appearance in Merle's drug stash.

about 4 months ago

Figuring Out the iPad's Place

supremebob Re:Wrong direction? (333 comments)

I think that he means that the iPad is underpowered compared to any Mac product made in the last 5 years.

Either that, or he's complaining that the iPad software is too overly simplified. The software selection on the iPad is OK, but what you can actually DO with the software still pales to what you can do with a real computer. I sure as hell wouldn't want to write a manual or edit a film on one.

about 4 months ago

Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

supremebob Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

When did Slashdot become conservative? After seeing all of those posts supporting Mozilla for firing their CEO a few days ago for supporting anti-gay causes, I figured that most Slashdotters were left of center.

about 5 months ago

San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

supremebob Time for some new housing ideas! (359 comments)

Instead of building a giant floating barge as a sales tool, perhaps Google should have think about building a giant floating apartment buildings out in the Pacific for their employees.

The cost per square foot would probably be lower for their employees than a San Francisco apartment, and they wouldn't have to put up with San Francisco's ridiculous tax laws and building regulations. Besides, the commute to Mountain View by boat would beat taking a bus on the 101!

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

supremebob Re:u wot m8 (575 comments)

Which is great, until the update breaks XOrg and then you spend the next hour in single user mode editing configuration files in vi to get it working right again.

True Ubuntu story... thanks to those wonderful nVidia "Optimus" drivers.

about 5 months ago

Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

supremebob Re:How do you know the company is dying? (204 comments)

Yeah, but he'll probably be able to keep his job as long as he wasn't dumb enough to publically say anything bad about gays.

about 5 months ago


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Welcome to my journal.

supremebob supremebob writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Welcome to my journal. Since I don't have anything interesting to put in here, I'm planning on leaving it blank.

If I ever get a job that would be of interest to Slashdotters (like a Linux kernel developer or an Open-Source widget designer), I might reconsider.

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