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Comment Re:"public standards"? (Score 1) 46

Cloud has no real definition. I consider a "cloud" application to be an application that is relatively easy to pick up and move to a different hosting vendor.

The "vendor" definition of "cloud" is YOU paying a subscription for proprietary or difficult-to-migrate resources instead of buying a box.

Comment Laser's The Way To Go (Score 1) 175

Injkjet output has always looked like crap to me, and for a long time there I was printing so rarely that I'd buy an inkjet, print one crappy looking page with it and the next time I needed to print something the cartridges would be all dried out. Recently I had an uptick in stuff that needed printing, so I bought a Xerox color laser printer. It can do a color image on glossy paper quite nicely and its blacks are crisp and clear. I'm not printing out a ton of stuff, but so far it's proven perfect for my needs. The print-outs also won't bleed if they get a little water on them.

Funnily enough I was dreading setting it up on Linux, even though I'd specifically purchased a printer with PostScript capabilities. As it turns out, its Linux driver seems to work better than the windows one -- it's picked up different addresses from DHCP a couple of times now, and the Windows driver had some trouble finding it again. It just kept working on the Linux side. I mostly use it with LaTeX to print documents and envelopes (The LaTeX envelope style is awesome!) and some occasional pictures with the Gimp. I almost never actually print from Windows.

Comment Well That's Kind Of Their Thing (Score 1) 46

They offer, or at least offered, pretty decent incentives to file patents. Of course, the only guy I knew in the company who ever actually wrote one was the most useless software developer I'd ever met, and his patent was for some basically trivial file parsing we'd implemented with methods known since the 70's. So the quality might not always be there, but you can bet they'll make it up in volume!

Comment Some of these items look suspicious: (Score 4, Funny) 96

* Chewing gum
* Accordion
* Shoe-horn
* Pizza cutter
* 75 watt light bulb
* Dried armadillo
* Bicycle peddle
* Original painting of a bulldozer
* Rodent repellant
* 7 bottle caps
* Pillow feathers
* Rubber mallet
* Dog bone
* Green paint, exterior
* Detour sign
* Broken canoe paddle
* Decorative beads
* Baby pacifier
* Petunia seeds
* Empty ice tray
* Batman mask
* 3 human teeth
* Toothpick sculpture of a 3-legged donkey
* Drained snow-globe

As a hard-working tax-payer, I demand answers.

Like punning, programming is a play on words.