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Comment Re:Centos = RHEL really (Score 1) 77

This is a huge part of RH's problem IMO, that they go to great pains to distance functionally identical things. For Ubuntu, the free and supported client base aren't so visibly separate, so it's hard to get a read on how many folks actually pay for it. So stories like this happen, where the gap between RHEL and Ubuntu is presented as hopelessly wide when reality is that they are surprisingly close...

Comment Re:no surprise, what people use at home they use t (Score 2) 77

It's when paid businesses go to Ubuntu they have to worry, but the requirements of the customers willing to pay out big money for licenses and support are vastly different than those of desktop users

And here's the rub, they made the desktop platform pretty bleeding edge (major kernel changes are inflicted in routine updates, breaking things like nvidia driver if you choose to use it, not merely being mostly unhelpful about closed source realities but actively making it more painful). Even if drivers didn't break, updates can change things dramatically at a whim, and there's no blessed 'long term' servicing branch that so nearly matches their 6 month cycle releases like Ubuntu does. RedHat is making the free situation needlessly complicated and risky to push people to RHEL, but instead are giving ubuntu the free market. Like you say, the free market by itself is no huge threat, but it influences the commercial market in the long term.

You could also say RedHat has very little to lose by having something more like Ubuntu in lifecycle out there for free. Those folks won't pay for anything, but their mindshare is valuable among the audience that will pay.

Comment Re:The New Napster (Score 1) 144

i love how people use things like this to reject copyright laws all together. NO ONE is bashing in your front door and tazing you because you made a copy of a DVD you purchased.

I did not reject copyright laws altogether. I complained that something that should be legal is not. The argument that no one is *bothering* to prosecute is not a defense of a law existing that could be used to prosecute. If there is a situation that should be legal, the law should be changed to allow that. That doesn't mean 'no copyright', it means that DMCA should be repealed (the things enabled by the DMCA were *already* illegal, DMCA just tries to get ahead of things to prevent even attempting, which interferes with fair use). This isn't a theoretical thing, getting software that decrypts DVD/BluRay is tricky precisely because that software is *actively* pursued.

Comment But is it useful? (Score 4, Interesting) 167

slow compared to other modern examples, but the researchers say their formal verification can also work with faster designs

If we can accept 'slow', it's not that difficult to build an always consistent filesystem. While they can formally verify a faster design should one exist, there remains the question of whether it's possible to be formally proven to be resilient to data loss while taking some of the utterly required performance shortcuts for acceptable performance. I suspect the answer is that some essential performance 'shortcuts' will fail that verification.

Comment Re:The New Napster (Score 1) 144

I agree. There are outlandish things that are forbidden. For example, the DMCA means my ripping of my own personal DVD and Blu Ray discs to HDD is not lawful, which is absurd. Sure string me up for sharing the result of that effort or selling the original while keeping my copy, but that transfer from media to disk itself should absolutely be legal.

However in the case of popcorn time, I don't really see the violation being some silly thing (though claims of how much 'harm' is done in judicial terms can be absurd, jailtime and/or unrealisticly high amounts of damage).

I can also go on an offtopic rant about how the copyright holders are unwilling to provide me a quality experience. I just want to buy a DRM-free mkv or mp4 of their media with high quality and then use some very good software to curate the content (like Emby for example). Popcorn time I've never used, but the principle of the thing doesn't appeal either, I want to actually have my library at hand at any given time.

Comment Re:The New Napster (Score 1) 144

copyright is for a non-digital era.

If anything it is more important in a 'digital era'. The whole point of copyright is to try to protect intellectual 'property' because it's been relatively more trivial to replicate the essence of your work compared to real physical goods. In the 'digital era', the contributing factors to wanting copyright are even stronger as it becomes even more trivial.

Arguments can be made about how you get people to produce this content in an ideal versus a real world, or how long copyright should ask to balance rewarding new creations versus being able to use those works in new and exciting ways. However the realities that have thus far driven the existence of copyright are unchanged.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 157

I don't know about system z, but in some designs there are even redundant midplanes/backplanes, such that you could service them independently.

Yes 'bunch of wires' (traces) can have problems. A metal can corrode, a connector can deform. It's one reason that if you have a fully redundant system and expecting 100% uptime, sometimes a midplane is a worse decision than discretely cabled components. However with redundant and indpendently serviceable mid/backplanes, that no longer becomes a risk.

Comment Re:Ubuntu?! (Score 1, Interesting) 157

you wouldn't know you're running on a "mainframe"

Your accountant would know if it were really running on a mainframe. Your users and developers wouldn't notice any benefit, but your accountant can painfully feel the weight of the mainframe.

This is IBM grasping at relevance of their mainframe platform to a wider audience. The problem is that it's not an appealing architecture for those workloads. If anything this may be making some hardcore mainframe shops wonder more strongly if they should be moving off, since even IBM seems to be legitimizing the 'not-mainframe' way of doing it for mainframe users. Along the lines of how OS/2's windows compatibility made it so that workloads shouldn't bother targeting OS/2 since IBM would support it via windows compatibility. IBM hoped windows compatibility would make users prefer OS/2 so they could run both, but it backfired on the developer end.

Comment Re: Is systemd involved at all? (Score 2) 378

Actually, Windows isn't perfect either. My home desktop will hang on attempts to suspend, shutdown, or reboot. No idea why.

My other windows systems are fine, and all my linux systems also suspend/resume without issue.

So anecdotes can be found everywhere. It has more to do with the firmware/hardware than anything else.

Comment Re:Here is an idea... (Score 1) 62

But PUE isn't that a good thing there either. It speaks to some overhead, but does not speak to how that power is sourced or how efficient it is put to use. A horribly inefficient processor that sucks down power can have really good PUE through a complex cooling system and in a region powered by coal, even if you can do the same work with a tenth of the power, but that part is not available in a design without a fan, and installed in a place where solar power provides a good chunk of the power. The more sustainable answer in that made hypothetical would be the fan cooled efficient processor getting a lot from solar, but PUE does not care about that.

"The fundamental principle of science, the definition almost, is this: the sole test of the validity of any idea is experiment." -- Richard P. Feynman