wdhowellsr (530924) writes "I was just finishing a client setup on a Windows Cloud server with a major vendor when I couldn't install a licensed copy of SQL Server 2008. I quickly discovered from a very reliable source that licensing of SQL has not yet been resolved when dealing with pure Cloud Servers. I have verified with one of the top Enterprise Hosting companies that as long as the server is not shared and the customer has very clear licensing, there are no problems.
Unfortunately the best part of Cloud Hosting, being able to dynamically create and destroy servers, actually makes it very difficult to license.
I would love to have slashdotter confirmations." top
wdhowellsr (530924) writes "The oil slick from the damaged rig in the Gulf of Mexico is going to hit the beaches of the Gulf Coast in three days. Some of the best beaches in the world are on the Gulf Coast. I'm not a marine biologist or oil slick specialist but wouldn't it be better to set the slick on fire when it is well away from land versus letting it hit the shores? I would think it would be preferable to deal with nasty smoke off shore then oil in all of the beaches and habitats.
wdhowellsr writes "My ten year old son and seven year old daughter are watching a live broadcast of Nick's annual kid's choice awards. For some background they received ninety million votes on their web site for the awards. Dwayne Johnson, the host, asked the TV viewers to go to Nick's site and vote for what they wanted him to do.
Conservatively there has to be at least five million viewers on the show and everyone of them, including my daughter, immediately went to the web site to vote.
If there is a slashdotter that has anything to do with Nick's site, I would love to know how they estimated and prepared for the obvious onslaught of web site hits.
wdhowellsr (530924) writes "I'm currently testing Micrsoft's Expression Studio for an upcoming Silverlight Project and discovered a very interesting bug. I have always used ftp to remotely design and update my web sites. However it turns out that Expression Studio cannot connect to IIS7 web sites because of the pipe character contained in the IIS7 username.
The exact quote is "Microsoft Expression Web does not recognize the pipe in the IIS 7 FTP username as a valid character, so it is not currently possible to use Expression Web on an IIS 7 account. If you are unfamiliar with the pipe character, it is what separates the numerals from the letters in your IIS 7 FTP username. For example: 0099999|yourdomain0. This is a known bug, and Microsoft has assured us that it will be addressed in the next major Expression Web release. We do not, however, know when that release will be made public."
I was testing the Expression Studio suite for an upcoming Silverlight project and find it absolutely absurd that they would put off a simple user name filter fix for the next major release." top
wdhowellsr (530924) writes "Slashdotters are getting way to good. I was in the middle of posting a story about "The Drudge Report" posting a link titled, "Olympics over, China counts medals and respect..." that connected to "Yahoo Sports", http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/medals?sort=gold, apparently showing China winning the Gold Count and the Metal Count. I checked back and apparently someone at "The Drudge Report" figured out that It might appear to be slanted and so now points to a less provacative story about happy young chinese citizens.
This is a perfect segue into Slashdotters opinions about these Olympics, not even politically since that horse has been dead for at least a few years now. Now that the fireworks are fake, the singers lipsync to someone else, sixteen is the new fourteen and all sorts of other fun diversions herein lies the question.
Is it possible to have Olympic Games in the year 2028 that isn't completely fabricated or at least chemically, electronically and bionically enhanced?" Link to Original Source top
wdhowellsr writes "I just received my Netflix Roku receiver today and all I can say is &f39as&(qw3*(*Y!. The picture is crystal clear and the setup took about fifteen minutes even with my locked down wifi. Although the selection is limited the technology is perfect for the application.
Has anyone else installed the Netflix Roku." top
William Howell writes "By now you surely have heard of Ben Stein's upcoming movie, "Expelled — No Intelligence Allowed". Regardless of your position on anything related to this movie or the battle between accepted science and ID, I have a rather disturbing proposition to anyone that likes to play devil's advocate.
Imagine for a moment that we were able to bring a highly regarded intellectual from the past who considers the Scientific Method as the primary means of establishing scientific laws and theories. Now imagine that we must bring him up to speed as to our current laws and theories relating to all fields of science. He doesn't buy the concept of concensus because he experienced the absurdity of "Flat-Earth" societies.
To steal a phrase from "And The Band Played On", "What do we know? What can we prove?." Clearly we are very comfortable immediately discounting scientific experiments that cannot be duplicated such as Pond's and Fleishman's cold fusion. However for some unknown reason we are loathed to apply the same level of critique upon the origin of the universe and all that it entails.
It has taken over forty years for me to have the balls to admit that I don't know. I believe that this debate over the origin of the universe and organic matter is absurd because neither party can prove anything. I defer to Stephen Hawking who said in "A Brief History of Time", that in paraphrase, "I leave the origin of the universe and life to the theologians and meta-physicists"." Link to Original Source top
wdhowellsr writes "I am currently setting up a lab that will need to provide me with the ability to test equipment for electronic systems from low voltage dc to super high voltage ac. I'm currently getting a Fluke 43b meter to be the primary testing equipment and will be wiring the entire lab to every possible variation of ac and dc voltage. My question to you is what would you consider the perfect lab not just for electronics but for computers, chemistry, and biology. I've tried to find resources on the web that would give me information regarding this but have been unable to find anything.
Hold Nothing Back,
William D. Howell"