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Comment: That word may not mean what you think it means... (Score 1) 128

I don't think I would say "Enthusiast Computing" are limited to people who upgrade their processor to the latest and greatest every 6 months. I would rather call those folks "PC Game Enthusiasts". I would call Enthusiast Computing things more like building Beagle Bone/Raspberry Pi clusters, or people doing more interesting things than just installing new motherboards constantly.

Comment: Re:Is it lazy to be prudent? (Score 2) 189

by GreyLurk (#42745767) Attached to: Walk or Run: Are We Built To Be Lazy?
Which is a good part of the reason that dieting and exercise are so hard to get into for a lot of people. We have deeply ingrained evolutionary drives to eat whatever food is available to us, and conserve our calories as much as possible, because as animals, we never knew when our next meal would be available, so you darn well better eat as much of that deer carcass as you can before it goes bad, or some bigger predator tries to take it from you.

Comment: Re:Manual econoboxes accelerate just fine (Score 1) 717

by GreyLurk (#41650145) Attached to: How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025
You have apparently never been to Los Angeles. The 110 Freeway (Pasadena Freeway) is one of the oldest freeways in the country, and was designed before "on ramps" were really a thing. At one point, there is literally a stop sign on the on ramp:,-118.206208&spn=0.00122,0.001446&t=h&z=20

Comment: Re:Not to be a grammar nazi or anything but... (Score 1) 111

by GreyLurk (#38832417) Attached to: Object Lesson in Non-Transparency At

From the site you linked to:

(In some varieties of English 'object lesson' is used.)
This idiom is Indian English

So given that it was an article about US government, it's fair to assume that the writer was trying to use American English idioms, rather than Indian English ones.

Comment: Re:ASP.NET and C# (Score 1) 519

by GreyLurk (#38586254) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?

Sure, $10-$15k may be "the cheapest part of running a datacenter", but for someone starting a new business, bootstrapping themselves up, A $10-$15k up front expense can be pretty prohibitive. Let's say you buy a pair of $4000 servers, (Web and DB) and drop them in a colo charging somewhere around $700-$1000 a month. With open source software, you can be up and working on about 10 grand initial investment, plus $1000 a month. After the first year, you're at $22k. Now, Let's look at microsoft licensing: SQL Server Web is ~$4.5k per processor, plus $1k for the OS so my dual core DB machine is $10k up front. The web server is cheaper, ~$500 up front for the OS, and that includes IIS. Then add in two Developers with MSDN Professional, Microsoft list price of $1,200 each ($800 might be possible with "volume licensing", but probably not for 2 developers) and you're looking at a total of $13k.

So: to sum up, Open source/free tools: $10k first month, $21k for a year. $33k for a second year, and $45k for a third year. Microsoft toolstack: $23k for the first month, $34k for the year, $46k for the second year, $58k for the third. So, basically, buying Microsoft for a small shop ends up costing you about 1 year of your hosting budget.

And sure, forums with the MS Professionals are useful, but as a secondary form of documentation. When I'm the only person at my shop, and I'm trying to solve a problem, if I have to pause my dev process for 2 days to wait for a response, that's cutting 1% off of my profit margin.

Hacking's just another word for nothing left to kludge.