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Comment: Re:Blah (Score 1) 146

by jafac (#47781517) Attached to: Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

No - this is exactly what happened with Television.

We had 3 broadcast channels which were ad-supported.

then we had the option to purchase around 20 channels.

Then, all of those channels which we PAID for with cable, became ad-infes.... ad-supported. And you had to pay EXTRA for more ad-free channels.
Then many of those extra channels also became ad-infested.

Then we got the internet, and the option to pay for ad-free TV. Then motherfucking HULU comes along, and rams ads down your throat for content you paid for.

They don't "get" it: people want a way to escape the fucking ads.

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 1) 674

by jafac (#47780643) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

There was no "understanding that we would come to their aid". The deal was: they get rid of their nukes, and Russia promises not to invade. Has nothing to do with the US, but it's a very stupid move on Russia's part. Ukraine will be the first and last nation that voluntarily disarms. I suspect many of these other countries who are flirting with nukes, will be encouraged, now, to obtain them.

Comment: Re:Docker & RedHat's Software Collections (Score 1) 231

by jafac (#47769001) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

Very important for certain customers:
RH has a Common Criteria certificate. So, it's basically the ONLY Linux you can run in an IA environment. The other option is Windows. I don't even know if Solaris is there, still. I've seen customers migrate entire Ubuntu networks to Red Hat, to meet this set of requirements.

This means revenue for Red Hat, and this drives them to work towards being a one-stop-shop for IA Enterprise systems.

With other environments leaning towards HIPPA and other sets of security regulations, the fact that Canonical doesn't really play in this space means that Red Hat is pushing in this direction.

Comment: Re:Welcome to the Information Age! (Score 1) 144

by jafac (#47731749) Attached to: It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

Not only is it that the guys making big bucks making decisions are horribly undereducated: they won't pay for security because that would cut into THEIR compensation (to have to pay competent engineering staff). So not only are they undereducated, they have a conflict of interest that promotes horrible engineering practices.

Comment: Re:Job Security (Score 1) 160

by jafac (#47683469) Attached to: The Flight of Gifted Engineers From NASA

The point to this practice (yearly rank-n-yank) is really nothing more than a little S&M show to keep the shareholders and investors hard, and to keep them pumping. There is little actual value to this practice, and it has been shown to be actively BAD for overall performance. (don't get me wrong, you can still fire the slackers for slacking) - but in the commercial world, you have to occasionally perform these human sacrifices to the golden calf.

Same actually goes for outsourcing and offshoring. Long term, losing practice. But it gets those shareholders WET WET WET to believe that management is tough on the mythical "undeserving bottom 10%".

Comment: Re:keep calm everyone.... (Score 2) 183

by jafac (#47631325) Attached to: WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

I think this is panic, mainly because experts are afraid of some mythical nightmare scenario where it gets into a large city and overwhelms the medical infrastructure's ability to cope, and it infects millions.

I think it remains to be seen whether such a scenario would actually play-out that way, or whether other factors would intervene. We've seen situations in history, like Black Plague, and the Spanish Flu, where they did, indeed balloon up beyond anyone's expectations - one wonders whether that will happen with Ebola, which is harder to transmit human-to-human than flu or plague. But I think that health officials don't want to be blamed for any political/social/economic fallout that results. A major African city or region becoming impacted like this would likely bring on war or genocide on a massive scale, because of the general nature of the region. But there are a TON of what-if's in these assumptions. It really just comes down to nervous officials, IMO.

Comment: Re:Check out Detroit (Score 1) 100

by jafac (#47609303) Attached to: Tesla's Already Shopping For More Office Space

I'd really be more concerned about infrastructure. When you're mass-producing something like automobiles, you need good access to either a world-class seaport (which SF bay area IS), and/or rail network center (which noplace west of the rockies really does well, and probably LA does best). You need to be able to bring in lots of raw materials from diverse places, and ship your product out. For most purposes, even with the port of SF, SF is a terrible location.

This is why internet startups were able to thrive - because they had those phat pipes.

Comment: Re:ARCH LINUX WIKI (Score 1) 430

by jafac (#47601515) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

I agree; the archlinux wiki is one of them most helpful sources out there. The arch distribution, however, is basically unusable, unless you personally have the hundreds of hours required to gain proficiency in every aspect of OS operation and configuration that, in nearly every other distribution, is basically 80-95% functional without the heroic levels of user intervention that arch typically requires.

Comment: Re:Nothing (Score 2) 430

by jafac (#47601491) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Even as a coder, I've had this problem when trying to contribute to documentation. Even writing howto's for specific use-cases. There are a few good developers out there who are capable of communicating, answering questions, etc. - to help make sure that the documentation I write is accurate. But they're few.

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