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  • The last few months I have been doing some research into the trolling phenomenon on slashdot.org. In order to do this as thoroughly as possible, I have written both normal and troll posts, 1st posts, etc., both logged in and anonymously, and I have found these rather shocking results:

    • More moderator points are being used to mod posts down than up. Furthermore, when modding a post up, every moderator seems to follow previous moderators in their choices, even when it's not a particularly interesting or clever post [slashdot.org] [slashdot.org]. There are a LOT more +5 posts than +3 or +4.
    • Logged in people are modded down faster than anonymous cowards. Presumably these Nazi Moderators think it's more important to burn a user's existing karma, to silence that individual for the future, than to use the moderation system for what it's meant for : identifying "good" and "bad" posts (Notice how nearly all oppressive governments in the past and present do the same thing : marking individuals as bad and untrustworthy because they have conflicting opinions, instead of engaging in a public discussion about these opinions)
    • Once you have a karma of -4 or -5, your posts have a score of -1 by default. When this is the case, no-one bothers to mod you down anymore. This means a logged in user can keep on trolling as much as he (or she) likes, without risking a ban to post on slashdot. When trolling as an anonymous user, every post starts at score 0, and you will be modded down to -1 ON EVERY POST. When you are modded down a certain number of times in 24 hour, you cannot post anymore from your current IP for a day or so. So, for successful trolling, ALWAYS log in.
    • A lot of the modded down posts are actually quite clever [slashdot.org] [slashdot.org], funny [slashdot.org] [slashdot.org], etc., and they are only modded down because they are offtopic. Now, on a news site like slashdot, where the number of different topics of discussion can be counted on 1 hand, I must say I quite like the distraction these posts offer. But no, when the topic is yet another minor version change of the Linux kernel [slashdot.org] [slashdot.org], they only expect ooohs and aaahs about this great feat of engineering. Look at the moderation done in this thread [slashdot.org] [slashdot.org] to see what I mean.
    • Digging deep into the history of slashdot, I found this poll [slashdot.org] [slashdot.org], which clearly indicates the vast majority does NOT want the moderation we have here today. 'nuff said.

    Feel free to use this information to your advantage. I thank you for your time.

  • Posted by michael on Tuesday February 26, @02:56PM
    from the fate-of-the-Free-world-at-stake dept.
    A little fairy whispered in our ear: "MySQL AB is

    michael A little fairy on Tuesday February 26, @02:56PM violated the-Free-world
    by seeking final release in our ear . a from the fate-of--at-stake dept.
    whispered : "MySQL AB is temporary injunction against NuSphere, even though they've ly d the

    redistribute when they violated #3 by not providing the source code originally. The FSF will testify court, according to this Newsforge article." Newsforge and Slashdot are both part of OSDN. We've done a couple of previous stories about the MySQL AB vs. Nusphere conflict: the original story, a follow-up, and a note about a countersuit.

    Irate Rod, Guru in OZ
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    4BB-02488 24 VDC, 1 HP continuous, 3,000 rpm, 41 amps,16 lbs $ 250
    4BC-01605 24 VDC, 1 HP 1800 rpm, 40 amps, 22.5 lbs, 35.75lb/in trq.
    special order item - minimum quantities may apply $ 240
    Five Star 24 VDC, 1.6 HP continuous, 2,800 rpm, 60 amps)* $ 450
    4BD-1460 24 VDC, 4 HP, 3,600 rpm, (special order item) $ 420
    * Note the Five Star motor replaces the 4BC-02775. It's physical dimentions are the same as the 02775, but operating characteristics are reported to be improved over the 02775 for EV applications.

    Curtis PMC Motor Speed Controllers (mosfet, pulse width modulated) for DC motors

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    Irate Rod, Guru in OZ
  • How to Remove Linux and Install Windows on Your Computer (Q247804)

    The information in this article applies to:

    Microsoft Windows 2000 , Advanced Server
    Microsoft Windows 2000 , Datacenter Server
    Microsoft Windows 2000 , Professional
    Microsoft Windows 2000 , Server
    Microsoft Windows NT Server version 4.0
    Microsoft Windows NT Workstation version 4.0

    For a Microsoft Windows XP version of this article, see Q314458 .

    SUMMARY
    This article describes how you can remove the Linux operating system from your computer, and install a Windows operating system. This article also assumes that Linux is already installed on the hard disk using Linux native and Linux swap partitions, which are incompatible with the Windows operating system, and that there is no free space left on the drive.

    Windows and Linux can coexist on the same computer. For additional information, refer to your Linux documentation.

    MORE INFORMATION
    To install Windows on a system that has Linux installed when you want to remove Linux, you must manually delete the partitions used by the Linux operating system. The Windows-compatible partition can be created automatically during the installation of the Windows operating system.

    IMPORTANT : Before you follow the steps in this article, verify that you have a bootable disk or bootable CD-ROM for the Linux operating system, because this process completely removes the Linux operating system installed on your computer. If you intend to restore the Linux operating system at a later date, verify that you also have a good backup of all the information stored on your computer. Also, you must have a full release version of the Windows operating system you want to install.

    Linux file systems use a "superblock" at the beginning of a disk partition to identify the basic size, shape, and condition of the file system.

    The Linux operating system is generally installed on partition type 83 (Linux native) or 82 (Linux swap). The Linux boot manager (LILO) can be configured to start from:

    The hard disk Master Boot Record (MBR).

    The root folder of the Linux partition.

    The Fdisk tool included with Linux can be used to delete the partitions. (There are other utilities that work just as well, such as Fdisk from MS-DOS 5.0 and later, or you can delete the partitions during the installation process.) To remove Linux from your computer and install Windows:
    Remove native, swap, and boot partitions used by Linux:

    Start your computer with the Linux setup floppy disk, type fdisk at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

    NOTE : For help using the Fdisk tool, type m at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

    Type p at the command prompt, and then press ENTER to display partition information. The first item listed is hard disk 1, partition 1 information, and the second item listed is hard disk 1, partition 2 information.

    Type d at the command prompt, and then press ENTER. You are then prompted for the partition number you want to delete. Type 1 , and then press ENTER to delete partition number 1. Repeat this step until all the partitions have been deleted.

    Type w , and then press ENTER to write this information to the partition table. Some error messages may be generated as information is written to the partition table, but they should not be significant at this point because the next step is to restart the computer and then install the new operating system.

    Type q at the command prompt, and then press ENTER to quit the Fdisk tool.

    Insert either a bootable floppy disk or a bootable CD-ROM for the Windows operating system on your computer, and then press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart your computer.

    Install Windows. Follow the installation instructions for the Windows operating system you want to install on your computer. The installation process assists you with creating the appropriate partitions on your computer.

    Examples of Linux Partition Tables
    Single SCSI drive
    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 500 4016218 83 Linux native (SCSI hard drive 1, partition 1)
    /dev/sda2 501 522 176715 82 Linux swap (SCSI hard drive 1, partition 2)
    Multiple SCSI drives
    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 500 4016218 83 Linux native (SCSI hard drive 1, partition 1)
    /dev/sda2 501 522 176715 82 Linux swap (SCSI hard drive 1, partition 2)
    /dev/sdb1 1 500 4016218 83 Linux native (SCSI hard drive 2, partition 1)
    Single IDE drive
    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hda1 * 1 500 4016218 83 Linux native (IDE hard drive 1, partition 1)
    /dev/hda2 501 522 176715 82 Linux swap (IDE hard drive 1, partition 2)
    Multiple IDE drives
    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/hda1 * 1 500 4016218 83 Linux native (IDE hard drive 1, partition 1)
    /dev/hda2 501 522 176715 82 Linux swap (IDE hard drive 1, partition 2)
    /dev/hdb1 1 500 4016218 83 Linux native (IDE hard drive 2, partition 1)
    Also, Linux recognizes more than forty different partition types, such as:
    FAT 12 (Type 01)

    FAT 16 > 32 M Primary (Type 06)

    FAT 16 Extended (Type 05)

    FAT 32 w/o LBA Primary (Type 0b)

    FAT 32 w/LBA Primary (Type 0c)

    FAT 16 w/LBA (Type 0e)

    FAT 16 w/LBA Extended (Type 0f)

    Note that there are other ways to remove the Linux operating system and install Windows than the one mentioned above. The preceding method is used in this article because the Linux operating system is already functioning and there is no more room on the hard disk. There are methods of changing partition sizes with software. Microsoft does not support Windows installed on partitions manipulated in this manner.

    Another method of removing an operating system from the hard disk and installing a different operating system is to use an MS-DOS version 5.0 or later boot disk, a Windows 95 Startup disk, or a Windows 98 Startup disk that contains the Fdisk utility. Run the Fdisk utility. If you have multiple drives, there are 5 choices; use option 5 to select the hard disk that has the partition to be deleted. After that, or if you have only one hard disk, choose option 3 ("Delete partition or logical DOS drive"), and then choose option 4 ("Delete non-DOS partition"). You should then see the non-DOS partitions you want to delete. Typically, the Linux operating system has two non-DOS partitions, but there may be more. After you delete one partition, use the same steps to delete any other appropriate non-DOS partitions.

    After the partitions are deleted, you can create partitions and install the operating system you want. You can only create one primary partition and an extended partition with multiple logical drives by using Fdisk from MS-DOS version 5.0 and later, Windows 95, and Windows 98. The maximum FAT16 primary partition size is 2 gigabytes (GB). The largest FAT16 logical drive size is 2 GB. For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    Q105074 MS-DOS 6.2 Partitioning Questions and Answers
    If you are installing Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000, the Linux partitions can be removed and new partitions created and formatted with the appropriate file system type during the installation process. Windows allows you to create more than one primary partition. The largest partition that Windows NT 4.0 allows you to create during installation is 4 GB because of the limitations of the FAT16 file system during installation. Also, the 4-GB partitions use 64-KB cluster sizes. MS-DOS 6.x and Windows 95 or Windows 98 do not recognize 64-KB cluster file systems, so this file system is usually converted to NTFS during installation. Windows 2000, unlike Windows NT 4.0, recognizes the FAT32 file system. During the installation of Windows 2000, you can create a very large FAT32 drive. The FAT32 drive can be converted to NTFS after the installation has completed if appropriate.
  • Published: May 2001

    Switching from Linux and Apache to Microsoft® Windows® 2000 enabled Hard Rock Cafe to easily build a sophisticated and full-featured intranet, which the company is using to facilitate all areas of its business. In the year since the switch, the powerful tools provided with the Microsoft platform have enabled the company to develop a wide range of useful applications with just two developers, resulting in lower internal costs and improving the company's ability to communicate with employees across its 50+ corporate-owned cafes. Every Hard Rock Café employee using the intranet now enjoys a customized start page, providing easy access to the relevant tools and information needed to do their jobs.

    Solution Overview

    Customer Profile
    Hard Rock Café International is a $400 million entertainment company and a wholly owned subsidiary of London-based Rank PLC.

    Business Situation
    The company's heterogeneous environment based on Sun Solaris, Oracle, WebObjects, Lotus Notes, and NetWare was difficult to maintain, and required the company to rely on expensive, hard to find external expertise. This was resulting in higher costs and the inability to keep its Web site up and running.

    Solution
    By switching to the Microsoft® platform, Hard Rock Café was able to reduce its total cost of ownership and increase its ability to deliver the new applications that will improve the company's efficiency.

    Software and Services
    Microsoft Windows® 2000 Advanced Server

    Microsoft Internet Information Services 5.0

    Microsoft SQL Server(TM) 7.0 Enterprise Edition

    Scenario
    Intranet

    Company Overview

    Founded in 1971, Hard Rock Cafe International has grown into a $400 million entertainment company that embodies the spirit of rock music through its signature cafes, hotels and casinos, collectible and fashion merchandise, live concerts and performance venues, and the Hard Rock Records music label. A wholly-owned subsidiary of London-based Rank PLC, Hard Rock Cafe International operates or franchises 104 signature Cafes in more than 36 countries, providing visitors around the world with a unique experience that combines food and merchandise with the largest collection of rock memorabilia on the planet.

    Situation

    Until recently, Hard Rock Cafe had a mixed IT environment consisting of Sun Solaris, Novell NetWare, and Lotus Notes, with the company's intranet consisting of an Intel-based server running Linux and Apache. Although the IT group had a large number of intranet applications it needed to develop, their Linux-based platform made this extremely difficult and time-consuming. "The Linux-based intranet consisted of a few simple applications that two developers had built--looking up a phone number, browsing imported POS logs, and paging a support technician--with everyone sharing the same password," said Rob Conti, manager of network services for Hard Rock Café. "We wanted to offer additional Web-based applications for accessing detailed financial data and communicating with our stores, but the lack of security and functionality in the Linux platform meant we would have to develop everything from scratch. That made these initiatives just too cost-prohibitive to pursue on the Linux platform."

    Solution

    In March 2000, Hard Rock Café standardized on the Microsoft platform to lower its total cost of ownership. This included converting the company's Internet site from Solaris to Windows 2000, migrating the company's mail and messaging solution from Lotus Notes to Exchange 2000, and consolidating the company's four NetWare-based file and print servers onto a single server running Windows 2000.

    Hard Rock Café also migrated its intranet server to Windows 2000. It still resides on a single Intel-based server, now running Windows 2000 Server with Internet Information Services 5.0 and SQL Server(TM) 7.0. In each restaurant, five or six PCs running Windows 2000 Professional and Microsoft Internet Explorer are used to access the intranet.

    "The Microsoft platform has enabled us to achieve far greater functionality than we ever dreamed, both for our public Web site and our corporate intranet. Since we migrated to Windows 2000, we've been able to rapidly deliver the tools and applications needed to support our business and reduce costs."

    Ron Ward
    Sr. Director, IT and Internet
    Hard Rock Café International

    Since migrating to the Microsoft platform, Hard Rock Cafe has enjoyed the ability to easily build and deploy new intranet applications that assist users throughout the company with doing their daily jobs. "The Microsoft platform has enabled us to achieve far greater functionality than we ever dreamed, both for our public Web site and our corporate intranet," said Ron Ward, senior director of IT and Internet for Hard Rock Café. "Since we migrated to Windows 2000, we've been able to rapidly deliver the tools and applications needed to reduce costs and streamline the way we do business."

    To create the extensive functionality now enjoyed across the company, Hard Rock Café developers used the Visual Studio® 6.0 development system. "The power of the integrated tools provided in the Microsoft platform was one of the key reasons we decided to use it as the foundation for our new corporate intranet," said Conti. "We've only had two developers working on our intranet--the same number we had working on the Linux platform--and the Microsoft platform has enabled them deliver upwards of 50 applications over the last year. We're definitely getting more results for our development dollars now. Not only have we been able to implement a great deal more functionality, but the Microsoft platform has been much easier to administer and maintain, requiring almost no effort at all. "

    Every user accessing the Hard Rock Café intranet now enjoys a personalized start page based on their role in the organization, and designed to help them do their jobs as efficiently as possible. "When a user logs in, they're now presented with a customized start page that provides links to all the functionality they're permitted to access," said Conti. "User profiles and permissions are managed using another intranet application we developed, and are stored in the SQL Server 7.0 database. This was much easier to develop on Windows 2000 than it would have been under Linux, again due to the extensive core functionality provided in the Microsoft platform."

    "Not only have we been able to implement a great deal more functionality, but the Microsoft platform has been much easier to administer and maintain, requiring almost no effort at all."

    Rob Conti
    Manager of Network Services
    Hard Rock Café International

    With the new platform, the company has been able to rapidly develop applications that improve the efficiency of the company's core business--food, entertainment and merchandising. "With the Microsoft platform, we've been able to build tools and applications to lower costs and assist with just about every part of our business," said Conti. "In the past, new menus required sending a large amount of materials to all our stores--recipes, food display guidelines, and so on. Now that we can do this via our intranet, we're saving upwards of $20,000 per year for just this one task. We've also developed a wealth of other applications, for everything ranging from gift certificate management to souvenir merchandise catalogs. We've even built a tool to control the functionality of our Cisco-based video playback system, which we're now running in some of our cafes."

    Migrating to the Microsoft platform has also enabled Hard Rock Café to take advantage of the wide range of third-party applications available for Windows 2000. "We deployed a solution from Business Intelligence Solution Group, called intelligentScorecard(TM), to provide business managers throughout the company with easy access to the information needed to run their area of the business," said Ward. "It consolidates information from systems across the company into a centralized data warehouse and gives us the ability to define and monitor key performance indicators on a real-time basis. Each café manager sees the relevant indicators directly on their personalized intranet start page, and can easily drill down to investigate the information behind the numbers. We never would have been able to deploy something like this with Linux."

    "We've only had two developers working on our intranet--the same number we had working on the Linux platform--and the Microsoft platform has enabled them deliver upwards of 50 applications over the last year. We're definitely getting more results for our development dollars now."

    Rob Conti
    Manager of Network Services
    Hard Rock Café International

    Moving Forward With Microsoft

    Now that Hard Rock Café has built an extensive intranet to service its 50+ corporate-owned cafes, the company is planning on deploying an extranet that will service its 50+ franchise locations. "We'll be able to communicate all the corporate standards for menu items and merchandise by basically cloning our existing Intranet server--just leaving out the financial reporting tools," said Conti. "This will allow our franchisees to enjoy all the benefits of the functionality we've developed for internal use, and will aid them in achieving the same high standards that we demand of our corporate-owned cafes."

    The .NET Enterprise Servers are Microsoft's comprehensive family of server applications for building, deploying and managing next generation integrated Web experiences that move beyond today's world of standalone Web sites. Designed with mission-critical performance in mind, .NET Enterprise Servers will provide fast time to market as well as scalability, reliability and manageability for the global, Web-enabled enterprise. They have been built from the ground up for interoperability using open Web standards such as XML. The .NET Enterprise Servers are a key part of Microsoft's broader .NET strategy, which will enable a distributed computing model for the Internet based on Internet protocols and standards in order to revolutionize the way computers talk to one another on our behalf.

  • Here's one for ya:

    I wrote this a while ago. Gives whole new meaning to the term crapflood. (And dammit, it's not a true story.)

    -----
    There it lay.. a thing of beauty. Little puddles of water shimmered on the surface, and small shapes of moonlight reflected off the soft yellow form of the toilet. I stood back and admired my work as the roaches scurried about. Then it hit me... I'm going to die for my sin.

    Allow me to explain what has transpired here tonight .. the fall into madness that leaves me here in this severely disturbed state, in this bathroom... the daemons which torment my poor soul on this awful night... My gaze settles on the creeping mold behind the toilet as the dank room blurs out of view.

    --
    It was earlier in the evening. I had just finished getting dressed. The rented tux was stiff and uncomfortable, not to mention expensive. The happiest night of my sixteen years of life was about to take place. It was almost 8:00, and she was going to be there soon. I couldn't wait to go to the prom.

    Jen was an interesting girl, generic though interesting in many ways. She wasn't the prettiest girl in my history class, but she was the only one willing to go out with someone like myself. She was only in ninth grade, though she was not much younger than me. The relationship between Jen and I was not as important as how this night was going to go.

    My parents were upstairs yelling and fighting next to my room as the doorbell rang. I jumped off my bed and ran downstairs. As I threw open the door, the biggest ogre I've ever known was at the door. He lived a few houses down, and he has bullied me since I was in second grade. I looked around his massive hulk to see his large, noisy, black chevy nova idling in my driveway. I did a double take as I saw Jen sitting in the passenger seat, looking in the mirror and primping. She looked down a little bit and our eyes met for a split second. She gave me a wry smile and a little wave, then glanced away. It was obvious that she was not going to be my date this night.

    I sat in the garage and cried for an hour or so, sitting on a large sack of cement mix. Fine powder had poured out of a small tear in the bag, my tears mixed with the powder on the floor. This gave me an idea. I grabbed the wheelbarrow in the corner of the garage and loaded up the materials for my dirty deed.

    Nobody was home at Jason's house, the big brute had my date ... but I was going to have my revenge. I kicked down the back door and dragged all the stuff upstairs to the bathroom near his room. There I went to work, mixing the thick concrete in his dingy toilet like a bowl of slowly petrifying hot grits. My foul, evil mixture began to harden as the night passed. Soon, all the toilets, sinks and bathtubs in the house had suffered the same fate. Even the mighty washing machine was filled with the thick stone. I prayed to god that this act of pure evil would free me from the daemons that laughed at me, the same horrible trolls that forced me to commit this terrible crime. I chuckled to myself as I imagined that cretinistic moose lugging a concrete filled toilet down a flight of stairs. I hoped that he'd break his fucking spine...

    ... but me. Was I going to live to see the sun rise in the morning?
  • Dear sirs,

    I am having a computer related problem, and was hoping that you, being mainly technically minded could help.

    Up until recently I was a proficient Java programmer, and the code that I released for my company earned us a significant revenue. I used the various coding tools available to me on the robust platform of Microsoft Windows 2000 [microsoft.com] and all of the user friendliness and support it has to offer.

    Recently, I was involved in an accident which left me immobile in hospital for a couple of months. In this time, without the ability to excercise, I began to gain weight, and would now go as far as to say I am fat. Also, because I could not get a haircut easily, my hair is long and unkempt. Fortunately, I have made a full recovery and since left hospital and gone back to work.

    Here is the problem:

    Now at work, I refuse to use Java, instead prefering to use what I used to think was a garbled mess of inefficiency - perl. Not only that, but once I have completed any code (which takes a lot longer than it used to with Java - but it can't be perl's fault because perl is perfect) I now genuinely believe that giving away the past few months worth of work for free is a valid business model! Equally, my productivity has plummeted because I have switched from Windows to Linux, as I now realise that it is better to write a 75 line bash script to copy files than to drag and drop in explorer - I think it has something to do with being l337 and having control, not like you M$ Windoze lusers LOL!!

    Clearly something is wrong with me and I would love to know what it is. Does anybody know why I have lost all common sense, personal hygiene, business sense and instead gained the ability to program in a rune like language?

    Please, I need all of the help I can get.

    --gazbo

    PS. I can't add any more details now, as I have an irrepressible urge to learn to play the GNU/flute.
  • Microsoft Solution for Windows Web Hosting Proves More Cost-Effective than Linux

    Just as a business must make a decision about which hosting service provider can best meet their business needs, service providers themselves need to determine which solution providers can best meet their needs. For XO Communications, a fully integrated communications service provider delivering local and long distance voice, data, and Web hosting services, Microsoft stands out. The Microsoft solution for Windows Web hosting puts XO in a position to offer a wide range of hosted service offerings to a wide range of customers. Moreover, XO believes that Microsoft Windows 2000-based servers are more cost effective than equivalent servers relying on Linux.

    Business analysts will not look back on 2001 as a great year for Internet-oriented businesses--unless, that is, they are looking back on XO Communications. XO's business has been growing at a rather healthy rate. In fact, XO's overall revenues in 2001 are significantly higher than the year before. Clearly, XO is doing something very right.

    "Unlike some service providers who are experiencing increased challenge due to current market conditions, XO has grown during the first half of 2001," notes James Isaacs, vice president of product management at XO. "An important factor that has contributed to our hosting growth has been adopting the Microsoft solution for Windows Web hosting, working very closely with Microsoft, and being able to sell those technologies effectively in the marketplace."

    A key to XO's success in the high volume hosted solutions marketplace? XO is delivering a range of cost-effective, customer-focused, Web hosting service offerings built on the Microsoft solution for Windows Web hosting--including Microsoft® .NET Enterprise Servers and the Microsoft Windows® 2000 Advanced Server operating system with Internet Information Services. Not only does the Microsoft solution for Windows Web hosting ensure high performance, availability, reliability, scalability, and security, but its prescriptive architecture and its rapid server deployment framework also enable XO to deliver and manage those services more cost-effectively.

    Superior Total Cost of Ownership to Linux-Based Systems

    XO's newest hosted Web service offerings are all based on the Microsoft solution for Windows Web hosting. Not only is the solution the one that customers are demanding with increasing frequency, but it is the solution that XO can manage most efficiently and cost-effectively.

    "We recently introduced a Windows 2000-based shared hosting service," says Isaacs, "and it's been very successful. We've also introduced Windows 2000 as a managed, dedicated hosting platform, and that too has been very successful. In fact, we've gone from about 50 percent of our managed hosting unit volume being Windows-based a year ago to about 80 percent today."

    A total cost of ownership (TCO) study at XO, comparing the annualized TCO of comparably configured servers built on Linux and the Microsoft solution for Windows Web hosting, reveals that a Linux system costs more per server than its Windows 2000-based counterpart. The key difference lies not in the cost of hardware or operating system software but in the annual cost of engineering, administration and security support.

    Building a Viable High-Volume Hosting Business

    "If you look at the hosting business," says XO's Isaacs, "there are really two things to consider: how can we scale the cost side of it effectively, and how can we amplify the revenues effectively? The Microsoft solution for Windows Web hosting allows us to do both of these things. We worked very closely with Microsoft in the Microsoft partnership solution center, for instance, to design automated Windows 2000 installation and provisioning scripts for use in our data center. We use these scripts to install, provision, and monitor our managed dedicated machines in a real time manner. The scripts enable us to bring up Windows 2000-based services with fewer people than we would need on another platform."

    The Microsoft solution for Windows Web hosting provides a high volume server deployment framework, which relies heavily on Microsoft's Active Directory(TM) services. In conjunction with XO's autoprovisioning scripts, the high volume server deployment framework ensures that XO can administer, manage, and secure a large number of servers quickly and easily. "What we were able to construct in partnership with Microsoft," Isaacs continues, "is something that we cannot easily duplicate on Solaris, nor on Linux. As a consequence, we're going to be able to operate a larger number of Windows-based machines with fewer system administrators."

    Indeed, over the next year, XO anticipates substantially increasing the number of Windows 2000-based servers it supports in one of its five data centers--and it anticipates supporting these new servers with little increase in the number of system administrators. Because system administration headcount, and the expense that goes with it, is the single largest constituent cost element in a service provider's hosting business, the ability to run more servers with fewer administrators goes a long way towards containing costs as the business scales.

  • Soon after Windows had dominated the market, and soon after Intel bought out AMD, the world was a different place. Children grew up in their families, who lived in their houses (Powered by the Pentium 5 processer and ran with new Windows CX planning). People went to work in their cars (Powered by the newest Celeron!). All but a few..these few..the rebels..the outlaws..they used 'other' operating systems. They used Linux..and some even used *BSD. These people didn't like 'features'. In fact, its hard to tell what they liked. Their leader was a man(?) named CmdrTaco. He led them through the years. He took of their first born. He even proclaimed himself God, and was worshipped as such. Until..that day. They had lived on the streets for too long. They had eaten Linus brand baked beans for too long. Finally, they had suffered too long. No games, no software, no houses, no cars. And Bill Gates was there with open arms, ready to lead them to their games, their software, their houses, and their Gates brand steaks. CmdrTaco was never seen again after the mutiny. It was said that he had died of exposure. Because Linux didn't support heaters.
  • I don't like the idea of teaching students, especially at a young age, about the "supposed" benefits of Linux and open source software. These youngsters will grow up malformed to a Microsoft controlled and dominated society which can cause deep psychological problems for the rest of their lives. You wouldn't want children to turn out like this [stallman.org] now would you? Closed source Microsoft software belongs in the education sector, particularly when young impressionable children are involved.
  • The existence of software inevitably raises the question of how decisions about its use should be made. For example, suppose one individual who has a copy of a program meets another who would like a copy. It is possible for them to copy the program; who should decide whether this is done? The individuals involved? Or another party, called the "owner"?

    Software developers typically consider these questions on the assumption that the criterion for the answer is to maximize developers' profits. The political power of business has led to the government adoption of both this criterion and the answer proposed by the developers: that the program has an owner, typically a corporation associated with its development.

    My conclusion is that programmers do not have the duty to encourage others to share, redistribute, study and improve the software we write: in other words, to write "closed source" software.
  • I just read the story on a homosexual news site. [slashdot.org] It doesn't mention many details but says Slashdot's founder Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda [cmdrtaco.net] has been found dead. He murdered himself after being caught by his wife, Kathleen Fent, [fent.net] while in a circle jerk [bastardgenres.com] at the local pool. News has it that CmdrTaco was with fellow Slashdot editors [linux.com] when the incident with Kathleen occurred.

    Whether or not you were a fan of his openly gay attitude [geocities.com] and right wing political views [hitler.org], you cannot deny CmdrTaco's contributions to the alternative sexuality community. [andover.net]

    As a memorial, he will be fucked repeatedly [all-gay-anal-sex.com] in his gaping anal cavity [goatse.cx] by fellow geeks. Then his pasty white body will be burried, along with the many "extra-small" sized spent condoms.

    It is indeed a black day as he will be sadly missed [bigempire.com] by his former gay geek friends [yahoo.com] and male prostitutes. [breakthechain.org] Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda was truely a homo-geek icon, and I am sure the "Open Sauce" community was proud that he was once their own.
  • Once again, this is a duplicate story. This was covered only a week ago here [slashdot.org].
  • by perdida (251676)
    so this is where trolltalk went.
  • I might need a little help with this one, I need the IP address of http://www.goatse.cx (and 'nslookup' doesn't do it because they're using some lame dns forwarding or some shiz) or something equally offensive. Thanks

    THE EASIEST WAY TO DISABLE UNWANTED ADS!

    Folks, let's face it. We don't come to Slashdot to view large annoying ads, and although I'm sure the fine folks that run this website won't say it out loud--nobody, and by that I mean NOBODY--is going to actually ever CLICK on one of those banners. I appreciate the financial situation these fine people are facing and far be it from me to stop a fella from making an honest buck, I don't want to have to view these ads, and neither do you.

    Here's a quick workaround that will rid you of these annoying ads, on slashdot and EVERYWHERE ELSE you see pop-ups or banner ads.

    1) Locate your "hosts" file. On windows systems, it will be something like

    C:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc\hosts (if in doubt, do a Start/Find Files or Folders/ and search for "hosts"), and on *nix systems, this will be /etc/hosts (again, if in doubt, try the following command: "find /etc -name 'hosts'" and you should find it).

    2) For each annoying ad server you want to block, add the following line(s):

    NEED IP ADDRESS OF GOATSE.CX PHOTO images.slashdot.org
    NEED IP ADDRESS OF GOATSE.CX PHOTO ad.doubleclick.net

    &etc. You'll probably want to keep adding lines as different ad servers come online.

    Enjoy!
  • I for one, think its great that Slashdot is using what I consider to be a well-thought-out ad program. I applaud the efforts of the fine people running this site, and in spite of what a lot of negative people have to say about it [dotcomscoop.com], I actually think it improves the site, giving it a professional look and feel that it sorely needed.


    Thank you.
  • Hidden messages of Communism in the stories of Dr. Seuss

    Throughout history there have been examples of writers of childrens' stories inserting more adult themes into their works. Many childrens' stories and Disney movies contain sex and drugs, but most of the adult themes have more to do with politics. Authors as a whole are an opinionated bunch, and every once in a while they secrete their beliefs and propaganda in seemingly innocent works. Frank Baum filled The Wizard of Oz with references to the gold or silver standard debate of the time. Mao Zedong's Little Red Book reeks of Communist beliefs, as does the Communist Manifesto. But after extensive research, I have discovered what might be the most frightening example of all. Hidden in the words and pictures of "Green Eggs and Ham" by the beloved Dr. Seuss is a veritable allegory of Communist ideology. From every innocent tongue twister springs a hidden meaning or anagram, and every plot twist shows the "struggle" against Capitalism.

    Though the characters seem innocent and pure, just under the surface lurks a deeper, redder truth. The name of the main character Sam is also the initials of the secret Socialist American Militia. Coincidence? I think not. The main character remains nameless because he represents the nameless millions that have not been "saved" and converted to Communism. When Sam brings in all the possible dining companions, it is not difficult to see through the happy childrens' book to the darker underlying meaning. The mouse in the house represents all of the little people who have been converted and now happily toil in equality. The fox shows that smart and clever people have joined the Communist side. The goat is a representative of the agricultural interests that enjoy the benefits of Communism. As you see, this is not just a childrens' book.

    The locales were also not chosen by coincidence. The house shows that everybody will have a roof over their head, while the box is representative of manufacturing. The car is just an example of the luxuries people would be able to afford in a Communist world. The train shows that the world would still be structured and happy. Just like in Mussolini's Italy, where the trains ran on time. The darkness represents Capitalism, the "darkness" that is overcome when they exit the tunnel. The nameless Capitalist is nearing the end of his journey of conversion. The boat that is his last locale is an example of the powerful navy under the Communist world, able to destroy everybody else. But the good doctor does not stop here.

    Even in his images, Dr. Seuss is pushing his Communism on impressionable children. It is no accident that the only sad person throughout the story is the only Capitalist. Nor is it mere happenstance that the sad wretch is reading a Western newspaper. And the ham that looks like Russia? Nothing between these covers is accidental, down to the red hat on Sam. Even when they go in a tree, it is obvious that Seuss understands that accepting Communism is going "out on a limb." From the red flag the boat is flying to the look of joy on the nameless Capitalist (after sampling Communism, of course), every image is calculated to subliminally drive Communism into the minds of impressionable children. They show Seuss' convoluted image of right and wrong to the world.

    When Communists tell other adults to give up their ways, the Capitalists know to just ignore them, but our children, our future, have not been trained yet, so it is very easy for them to fall for Seuss' evil words, especially after seeing the joy and hearing "I do so like green eggs and ham! Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am!" (Seuss 62). My research centered soley on "Green Eggs and Ham," but I am sure Seuss used other books to spread his evil. We must protect our children from Seuss and his kind, before it is too late.
  • You can find additional photos here [charter.net].

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