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Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

unixisc Re:Sales flow chart. (96 comments)

I don't disagree with you, but I'll also add that there are some kinds of environments which need a huge DB like Oracle.

Because, let's face it, SQL server doesn't really scale up to the same level of performance, no matter what anybody tells you.

If you're big enough that nothing but Oracle will do, this is the cost of doing business.

If you believe SQL Server actually provides Enterprise class solutions ... well, you aren't very well informed. It simply doesn't handle stuff on the really big end of things.

Not saying that Oracle aren't greedy bastards who gouge their customers, but sometimes you really do need a bigger environment.

So doesn't Oracle's SPARC/Solaris line already cover this?

2 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

unixisc Re:sure, works for France (290 comments)

He took a 20% pay cut, which sounds like a pro-rated cut in lieu of the extra day off. I don't see how his employer is any worse off: if anything, they get to save 20% of his salary, while he gets to enjoy 3 days off. A win-win situation.

3 days ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

unixisc Re:sure, works for France (290 comments)

In the case of Munich, a whole new Linux distro was created - LiMux. But here, the French could get back to what was once a great Linux distro - Mandrake. They could use either Mandriva or Mageia, and go from there. I doubt that either of those 2 would have deteriorated as far as internationalization goes.

3 days ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

unixisc Re:I have a Miix 2 11.6" (125 comments)

I don't think Windows would dethrone either iOS or Android by copying them. People are not gonna buy Microsoft just b'cos they're like Android.

Microsoft had a unique selling point that they could offer a tablet that could potentially run the vast legacy of Windows apps to date. So let's say someone bought something like a Visio, or a Acrobat that they would have liked to have been able to use w/ their tablet, either the same way (w/ an attached or wireless keyboard) or an enhanced tablet experience (if the underlying OS could modify the way the application worked w/ the new input types). Then one could have said that there is value added.

But just trying to come up w/ a better phone interface, and in the process, totally screwing up a much loved interface that people had grown used to over the last ~20 years was no way to do it. Even for people who were comfortable w/ both, there is something seriously lacking in Windows 8

about two weeks ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

unixisc Re:Does it run Linux? (125 comments)

I just wish there was a way that I could still boot into UEFI while running PC-BSD/Linux/whatever. Right now, I have it disabled, and enabled the legacy boot. But it's nice to be able to boot from USB sticks

about two weeks ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

unixisc A tale of 2 Windows (125 comments)

I don't quite get you. I've used Windows 8 in 2 environments - a Lumia and the laptop that I described above. In fact, I used the phone first. The experience of the 2 was totally different.

I had a Lumia 520, which I loved. OneNote alone demonstrated to me how handy that phone was - I could make shopping lists that I never forgot, or travel plans. Nokia's HERE was perfect for finding places. Above all, the typing experience on a Lumia was superior to both that of an iPhone as well as an Android. I currently have an iPhone and a Kindle - a Verizon deal that I got that included both - and while I like both of them, the typing on them ain't as smooth as the Lumia was. Also, Lumia's touch experience was fantastic - the entire phone seemed to vibrate when you touched it. Anyway, those 2, plus a few more apps - things like unit converters, currency converters and some other utilities really made that phone handy. I gave that as a gift to my neice before my job brought me back to the US.

Now, as I described above, I bought a new Dell Inspiron 17. It had a keyboard wide enough like the old classic keyboards, complete w/ a backlit numeric keypad. The trackpad is huge. As described above, I started using it out of the box. The first thing that I saw ticked me off. Unlike in Windows 7 or XP or 95, it forced me to either log into a Microsoft account (Hotmail/Live/Outlook) or create one - something I never had to do previously. Since I already had my Live account from my phone, I just used that and got in.

That was just the beginning. The Windows Start button threw up a lot of icons, and I used a few which I had used on the phone, like Contacts. Do these morons really think that everybody will use their laptops to make calls? One only has Skype sessions when needed. Otherwise, if I want to see my relatives, I use FaceTime. Even the other apps - like the news - has preselected channels, and doesn't let you exclude all and just use the websites you like. My other grudge.

I then decided to play about w/ their App Store. I downloaded their version of FreeCiv, one of my favorite games. Boy, does it suck - the native Windows 8 version! Yeah, yeah, I know, the Android version on my tablet sucked as well, which is why I deleted it, and I did the same w/ the one I got from the Windows 8 store, instead going to the FreeCiv website and downloading it. Then played w/ it a bit.

However, both when I was playing, as well as when I was working, the charms bar would sometimes appear w/o warning, sometimes threatening to totally disrupt my work. I had had enough. I painstakingly sat down one weekend, put in the PC-BSD disk and finally, deleted the Windows 8 partition from the laptop. I was done.

In short, Windows Phone 8.1 is great. Only shortcoming - a market one - is the lack of apps like the Apple or the Play Store. But aside from that, if you don't have to have the latest & greatest games, then Windows Phone 8.1 is great. However, even if you have that experience w/ the phone and go to a PC/laptop, w/ experiences of both Windows 7 in the past, and Windows Phone 8.1, you'll find that Windows 8.1 still sucks. (Granted, I had a non-touch screen, but guess what? When I pay $800 for a toy, I really don't want to smidge the screen. My kindle already looks pretty bad, despite having a screenguard.)

On a tablet, I suppose Windows 8.1 could be okay, if you are not forced to deal w/ crippled apps from the store, but manage to use original applications written for Windows 7 and installed via disk or zipped files.

about two weeks ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

unixisc I converted it to PC-BSD (125 comments)

I halted buying of Windows 8x machines through lack of interest as well. That and disgust at how diabolical the UI is.

I bought a Windows 8 laptop as well - a rather large Dell Inspiron 17. One w/ a Core i7, 8GB of RAM, 1TB of hard disk. Installed Classic shell & tried it out. Problem was that even when I went into the desktop and was working on an application there, the Charms bar would just pop out of nowhere. Also, despite being the latest & greatest, from the Metro screen, there was no way of starting multiple desktops, each w/ 1-2 apps, so that I could avoid clutter. Oh, and also, the trackpad was getting in my way.

Finally, I took the trouble of trying to Install PC-BSD. At first, the UEFI kept ensuring that it kept going to Windows only, so finally I hit F2 and disabled UEFI. The first few times, the PC-BSD seemed to be in a permanent loop, but after hitting F12 to select the boot from device and selecting the DVD, the installation happened. Unfortunately, it failed to recognize the Wi-Fi, so I had to keep it connected to the router w/ the ethernet cable. Also, adding another user was tricky, and PC-BSD doesn't install root as a loggable user, despite prompting one to create a root password during install. So addition of another user had to be done via the CLI.

Finally, I had the thing completely set up w/ PC-BSD. It does what I need, so I'm liking it. Yeah, it has some rough edges, but nowhere near as ugly as Windows 8. Also, I'm using Lumina - KDE still has Akonadi running in the background, and sometimes KLaunch doesn't work, whereby the Logout doesn't work.

So for now, PC-BSD and Lumina is it for me.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

unixisc Re:This is just how people are. (710 comments)

But if animals ain't gonna be eaten, why're they made up of meat?

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

unixisc Re:Wind? Solar? (710 comments)

Precisely! Wind & Solar are good for low power devices, but for heavy duty applications, such as air-conditioning or transportation, it's just the dirty fuels for now, and nuclear whenever it's ready (as in the environmental wackos not opposing it)

As for the headline, I'm one of those who don't cut energy use. But then again, I'm not concerned about global warming - so I duck the 'hypocrite' label, and instead embrace the 'callous' one

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

unixisc Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

There was a time I loathed UNIX, but Microsoft letting down their RISC platforms (Alpha & MIPS), and most recently, the forced Windows 8 UI change drove me to this. Yeah, I could have gone Linux, but had issues w/ it in the past.

about two weeks ago
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OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

unixisc Re:Something is broken (71 comments)

On SSL, they now have the choice of SSL or LibreSSL. If they wait long enough, they'll also have LibreUnicode and LibreIPv6 to choose from as well

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

unixisc Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

The sizes come in 3 sizes for some icons, and 2 for others. There is no way I can reduce the size of the tiles to be really small squares that I can just line up on one side. Yeah, same was true of icons, but at least they were small enough.

Other thing - I did install classic shell, but classic shell doesn't get rid of the accidental charms bar on your right popping up accidentally either if your cursor goes too far right, or sometimes, for no reason at all. It was frustrating working w/ it. I finally bit the bullet - had a PC-BSD CD that I had picked up from LinuxFest a few weeks ago. With some difficulty, installed it, and now Windows 8.1 is a thing of the past on my laptop. Am ironing out some rough edges, but otherwise, it works fine for what I do - e-mails, web browsing and FreeCiv.

about two weeks ago
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OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

unixisc Re:Something is broken (71 comments)

Slashdot doesn't have IPv6 support, for whatever reason

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

unixisc Re:I sold mine too! (131 comments)

Could be a new source of income

  1. 1. Buy a bunch of online games
  2. 2. Kick up huge debt
  3. 3. Sell kid to traffickers
  4. 4. Pay off debt
  5. 5. Impregnate wife again
  6. 6. GOTO 1

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

unixisc Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

Not just that, they are huge, fixed sizes & occupy a disproportionate area on the screen. Hit the Windows key again, and you get a desktop, but just 1. Oh, and when you add new apps from the Windows store, they are invisible, unless you pan down and get it added to the Metro screen

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

unixisc Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (346 comments)

I bought a new laptop last week, and wiped out Windows 8.1, replacing it w/ PC-BSD 10. It was some work, had some rough edges, but was worth it!

about two weeks ago
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Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

unixisc Plan 9 & Minix (136 comments)

Plan 9 is an academic project? I thought it was an internal research project of Lucent/Bell Labs

about two weeks ago
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Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

unixisc Re:Does this mean the death of Minix3? (136 comments)

Minix3 is a BSDL OS. So even if AST stops working on it, others can take the code as it is, and build it further, fork it or do whatever

about two weeks ago
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Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

unixisc Microkernels vs Hypervisors (136 comments)

Virtualization OSs are not microkernels. Microkernels require the bulk of everything to go into userland, such as device drivers. In Hypervisors, OTOH, device drivers and a whole lot of other common resources that OSs use are packed in the kernel.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Kills Off MapPoint and Streets and Trips In Favor of Bing Maps

unixisc Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (174 comments)

HERE Maps (by Nokia) also work offline, at least on Win8 and WP8.

Until you do a search for a new address, as opposed to something you had already bookmarked

about three weeks ago

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GNU Guix 0.4 released

unixisc unixisc writes  |  about 10 months ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "From: Ludovic Courtès

We are pleased to celebrate GNU’s 30th anniversary with the release of
GNU Guix version 0.4, representing 300 commits by 5 people over 2
months.

This release comes with a QEMU virtual machine image that demonstrates
preliminary work toward building a stand-alone GNU system with Guix.
The image uses the GNU Linux-Libre kernel and the GNU dmd init system.
It is console-only, and may be used primarily to try out Guix."

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NetBSD 5.1.2 announced

unixisc unixisc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "Soren Jacobsen has announced the release of NetBSD 5.1.2: "The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that version 5.1.2 of the NetBSD operating system is now available. NetBSD 5.1.2 is the second critical/security update of the NetBSD 5.1 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed critical for security or stability reasons. Please note that all fixes in critical/security updates (i.e., NetBSD 5.0.1, 5.0.2, etc.) are cumulative, so the latest update contains all such fixes since the corresponding minor release. These fixes will also appear in future minor releases (i.e., NetBSD 5.1, 5.2, etc.), together with other less-critical fixes and feature enhancements. NetBSD 5.1.2 is dedicated to the memory of Yoshihiro Masuda, who passed away in May 2011."
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IPv6-handling flaw found in Windows 7

unixisc unixisc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "I don't see how MS can claim that exploiting the vulnerability requires local network access, when the very nature of IPv6 will give everybody a globally routeable access, which would be reachable anyway. If they have the fix, it needs to be made available, since in IPv6, every node would have to be secured with an appropriate firewall and malware."
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AT&T plans for all networks to be on IPv6 by 2

unixisc unixisc writes  |  more than 2 years ago

unixisc (2429386) writes "US NETWORK OPERATOR AT&T believes that by 2020 most networks should have completely moved onto IPv6.
AT&T, like all major network providers, has been banging on about IPv6 for many years but with the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses earlier this year the looming change over was brought into sharp focus. The plan in the short term is to run 'dual stack' networks, meaning running the current IPv4 network and the next generation IPv6 network side-by-side, however according to a report by AT&T that will only continue until 2020."

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