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Comment: Re:MS isn't a competitor. Frenemies 4evar! (Score 3, Informative) 230

by Caste11an (#37301180) Attached to: Apple's iCloud Runs On Microsoft Azure

"Lest you forget, MS kept Apple alive with a huge cash infusion when they were about to go under."

No, Apple was not about to go under. The $150 million was a token gesture of solidarity and it purchased non-voting shares. Apple had BILLIONS of dollars in the bank at the time. Apple was rudderless, which is what led to Jobs returning and reforging the sword that was broken, but Apple didn't need Microsoft's cash--they needed Office to be supported.

Comment: Re:These patent lawsuits are getting out of hand. (Score 1) 196

by Caste11an (#37038482) Attached to: Apple Sued Over OS X Quick Boot
Presumably you're talking about a previous article on Slashdot from today regarding Apple suing Samsung for making a look-alike device when compared to the iPad and that has nothing to do with patents? That's OK though, because you bashed Apple, which means you'll get modded up anyway....

Comment: Re:Mac is not for the enterprise (Score 2) 281

by Caste11an (#37033682) Attached to: Macs More Vulnerable Than Windows For Enterprise
I couldn't agree more. I've been using a MacBook Pro in my enterprise DBA job for the last year. In that time, the Enterprise-grade AD has suffered numerous outages and fallen to two viruses. During that time, my consumer-grade laptop has powered through the darkest hours, providing me with quick access to our data centers and generally outperforming the Windows-based machine on my desk. Furthermore, our corporate wi-fi has been nearly unusable for the past two years, and because our overlords are cheapskates, our meeting rooms have four-port Ethernet hubs at best. I walk into a meeting room and set up a wireless hub via my laptop in seconds and everyone in our group is connected and working quickly. I can't even imagine the corporate nirvana that would exist if we qdid away with much of our Enterprise setup and instead replaced all 10000+ employees' machines with Macs. Long live the Mac's non-Enterprisiness!!!
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Wikileaks Movie Coming To the Big Screen 181

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-took-so-long dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "First Facebook and now Wikileaks as the Guardian reports that studio executives have picked up the screen rights to the forthcoming Julian Assange biography 'The Most Dangerous Man in the World' by award-winning Australian writer Andrew Fowler. The book details Assange's life from his childhood on Magnetic Island in Queensland, Australia, all the way through to his founding of the whistleblower website in 2006 to publish classified material. Producers Barry Josephson and Michelle Krumm, who have optioned The Most Dangerous Man in the World, say they are planning a 'suspenseful drama' in the vein of All the President's Men and with the thrill of a Tom Clancy novel. 'As soon as I met Andrew and read a few chapters of his profound book, I knew that – with his incredibly extensive depth of knowledge – it would enable us to bring a thought-provoking thriller to the screen,' says Krumm."

Comment: Who will control the cost? (Score 1) 217

by Caste11an (#31200712) Attached to: Who Will Control the Cost of the NYT On Digital Readers?

The answer to the submission's query is so simple that it's mind-boggling that folks at the NYT and elsewhere haven't even considered it. Who will control the cost of the NYT on digital readers? The Consumer.

If iPad/Nook/Kindle/netbook/etc users aren't willing to pay the price for the product, the Times will have to bring the price down until enough people are willing to pay.

This is an ongoing problem with print media. They think they're still playing in the arena they've been in for the last 100 years. It ain't so, and the awakening will be a rude one for them.

Comment: Re:Finally (Score 3, Insightful) 891

by Caste11an (#28543883) Attached to: GPS-Based System For Driving Tax Being Field Tested
My wife works 20 miles away from our home and the only viable route to her workplace is via a freeway. I work 7 miles from our home and while I could ride a bicycle there are two things that prevent it: (1) it's unbearably hot an muggy during the summer months, and (2) even my local roads which don't require me to use the freeway are extremely dangerous -- I've never before lived in a place with such angry drivers. I couldn't agree with you more that finding alternative ways to encourage the populace to conserve is a good thing, but a tax of this nature just punishes those of us who do not have alternatives.

Comment: I'm 35 and youngest in my department (Score 2, Informative) 918

by Caste11an (#27352443) Attached to: With a Computer Science Degree, an Old Man At 35?

I'm working for a leading worldwide business software provider in their SaaS division. I'm 35. I'm the youngest person on the team. While I have no doubt that ageism exists in IT, I'm very encouraged that the folks I work with are dedicated geeks of varying ages. This is also the best job I've ever had.

Go for the degree and keep a positive attitude.

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