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Comment: Re:More uncalled for advice from ADD boy? (Score 1) 443

by dbIII (#47782081) Attached to: Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic
Another post devoid of any connection to the one above it. Why bother?
You still haven't told me why you chose to jump on to give me a lecture despite not actually reading more than the start of the post that was the target of your lecture. Are you the holder of both the narcc account and SuperKendall pretending to be an unrelated person? Are you the ten year old child of the actual owner of the narcc account? Is this some stupid Eliza script being run as a game? Either way, why do you feel that you are in a position where you are fit to lecture me when your own behaviour shows a distinct lack of maturity? Why should I roll over when some immature little shit attempts to bring me to task yet the little shit is in some way above criticism?

Comment: Userbox war (Score 4, Interesting) 514

by jbolden (#47781791) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

It is pretty easy to date the why. In 2006 there was a thing called the Userbox wars. There isn't a good page on wikipedia about this. Prior to 2006 Wikipedia user pages were sort of like myspace pages for wikipedia editors. They had lots of personal information and people chatted. Jimmy Wales wanted userspace to be about the encyclopedia. At the same time he didn't want mass deletions. There were mass deletions and the this wasn't easily reversed. The tone changed. This was one of the big steps towards the deletionists winning control of Wikipedia entirely. But if you want to know when the gender's changed this was a crucial moment.

Of course the deletionists winning even more battles probably didn't help

A few statements on Userboxes but not enough to understand what happened:
What "deletionists" are and what Wikipedia was like before them:

Comment: Re:They won't (Score 1) 124

by jbolden (#47780801) Attached to: Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

I'm an Apple user. I can accuse Microsoft of a lot but yes they are substantially more open than Apple:

a) Their hardware base system is extremely open. Apple provides very limited hardware choice
b) Their driver selection is 2nd to none. Incredible. Apple is far worse than Linux and might even be worse than other BSDs.
c) Azure (their cloud offering) is probably the most open cloud out there. Certainly among the big players. Apple's cloud is completely tied to their platform and they don't allow other clouds.
d) Their enterprise apps tend to play well with others and allow you to mix and match.


Comment: Re:They won't (Score 1) 124

by jbolden (#47780763) Attached to: Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

Microsoft sells computers without the crapware:
On the one hand they hate what the crapware does to the entire experience. OTOH $75-90 in subsidies per machine per OEM translates into about $150 to the end customer in savings. At an ASP of $550 an increase to $700 would be a 27% increase in price which would definitely harm sales. The value trap is a disaster for Microsoft. One of the points of the new interface is to drive up the price of PCs by making better interface hardware worthwhile and thus cut that number down to a level where they might be able to get rid of crapware.

I completely fail to comprehend why most Slashdotters seem to push everyone towards DRM'ed iPads and Chromebooks that put Palladium to shame instead of more open Windows PCs.

They don't. This generation of /.ers pretty much hates everything except for grey market hardware distributors. They hate Linux for failing on the desktop. They hate Apple for being vertically integrated and expensive. , They hate Microsoft for not being innovative while ignoring Azure and enterprise apps where Microsoft has been innovative. Then when Microsoft brings out their biggest innovation for home / small business they trash that because it runs badly on Windows 7 machine.

They've gotten bitter. Of course it was easier to be positive when /. started and we were in a tech explosion with salaries rapidly rising and jobs plentiful.


Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches' 254

Posted by timothy
from the hi-cousin-barry dept.
merbs (2708203) writes Across drought-stricken California, farmers are desperate for water. Now, many of them are calling dowsers. These "water witches," draped in dubious pseudoscience or self-assembled mythologies—or both—typically use divining rods and some sort of practiced intuition to "find" water. The professional variety do so for a fee. And business is booming. They're just part of a storied tradition of pseudoscientific hucksters exploiting our thirst for water, with everything from cloudbusters to rainmachines to New Age rituals.

Comment: Re:That ship has already sailed. (Score 1) 112

by jbolden (#47773109) Attached to: IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

Obviously if Intel were to substantial cut prices that changes things. But at least the Power8 prices I saw were competitive. Their entire pitch is that Power8 is moderately better especially for virtualization. They have to know that moderately better doesn't cut it if they are way out of range on price.

Comment: OpenStack (Score 1) 231

by jbolden (#47772097) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

Red Hat sells operating systems not development tools. The big initiative for RedHat is designing a cloud based operating system which is open and at the same time supports containers -- OpenStack and Docker. They are a major leader in the DevOps approach. But even in development JBoss is a huge suite of development tools.

In terms of the complaints regarding OSes. RedHat is fine with Developers using Ubuntu for their workstations. They are getting to need something to deploy in production on and that's not going to be Ubuntu most of the time. As far as MySQL, MongoDB, or PostgreSQL they've never been a database company but they support all 3 databases. And in terms of Mongo / Cassandra / Hadoop there is no question they are far far ahead of Ubuntu in terms of deployment technology.

The summary is ridiculous. The article linked is more balanced and mainly advice for RedHat doing partnerships / distribution deals.

Comment: Re:More uncalled for advice from ADD boy? (Score 1) 443

by dbIII (#47772003) Attached to: Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

Out of curiosity, why do you call it an "ADD comment"?

Attention deficit disorder - as in rushing in to post something without reading beyond the first sentence, as hilariously revealed above when you showed you'd entirely missed the "benefit of the doubt" in the second sentence.

I think you really need imaginary foes to fight against to make yourself feel important

That fits your ridiculous behaviour of jumping on my comment without even reading beyond the first few words to deliver some sort of lecture. I suggest you let it go instead of indulging in such petty bullying in the hope that I have a low enough self esteem for such a comment to gain traction.

So let's have a bit of truth from you now - why did you jump in too swiftly to even read my comment when I was being critical of a luddite rolling out an old and tired argument from the luddite's playbook?

why do you continue to engage me?

I found your "epic fail" above somewhat amusing and wish to know more about the clown who wrote it.

Comment: If it's as critical as that strawman (Score 1) 112

by dbIII (#47762035) Attached to: IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch
If it goes down you have another $15k box or a cheaper on that can get by, just like you would with the $25k box when you don't want to wait a day for the IBM guy to turn up, three hours to teach the IBM guy about the IBM system and another day for parts to be flown in.

There are plenty of good reasons but it's not as cut and dried as the post above. The biggest reason is capability - if the cheap box does not handle the job adequately or the architecture/platform is what you need to run your stuff then the expensive option can be more viable in the long run.

One picture is worth 128K words.