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Comment: Re: I never thought I'd say this... (Score 1) 353

I think that a pretty lose use of the of word "subsidy", but the idea is that the providers won't build the infrastructure at all without a carrot up front. The large ISP's believe that those low-density areas aren't sufficiently profitable. I live in Montana and rural areas are ofter served by small local ISP's. The big ISPs come into the smaller towns with wired access, prices and speed that the small guys have a hard time matching, pushing the smaller ISPs out to the less-profitable rural areas, often using wireless. What would help the small ISPs is high-speed fiber to small towns that they could access at a reduced price. Many small towns are supposed to get high-speed fiber for schools and libraries, but I don't believe that small ISP can access this.

Comment: Re:No offense to Unbuntu but.... (Score 1) 232

by Larry_Dillon (#47769563) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

I have to disagree. I think tons of things are broken in Ubuntu. They usually get the GUI right, but the underlying system is a mess, especially if you want to configure things from the command line. hostname -f has been broken for years. I like sane limits in ulimit. I agree with you on the aliases to rm. Training wheels.

Comment: No offense to Unbuntu but.... (Score 2) 232

by Larry_Dillon (#47768211) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

When someone asks me to connect to a Linux server, I think "Cool". When I find out it's Ubuntu I think they probably don't know much about Linux or they wouldn't be running Ubuntu as a server. My sampling is probably biased, but most of the Ubuntu user's I've met are beginning desktop users.

+ - OpenVMS gets new leason on life through VMS Software, Inc->

Submitted by Larry_Dillon
Larry_Dillon (20347) writes "It appears that the death of OpenVMS has been exaggerated. VMS Software is taking over exclusive development of OpenVMS and is planning on porting to x86. A road map of planned enhancements and developments is available at http://www.vmssoftware.com/new... OpenVMS development languished under HP's stewardship, never finding a good fix in HP's portfolio. Hopefully independent leadership will breath new live into this venerable OS that still sees widespread use in banking, medical and financial applications."
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Comment: Resturant seating (Score 1) 404

by Larry_Dillon (#47309113) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

This isn't exactly the same, but it reminds me of the restaurant seating problem that happens when patrons, upon seeing that there's limited seating, have members of their party camp on a table before they've ordered. It exacerbated the problem. People who have just got their food can't find a seat because table-campers have what would be empty seats.

Comment: Re:Families come first (Score 1) 370

by Larry_Dillon (#47298685) Attached to: Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

The problem I've seen is that no one want to train anymore. Every company thinks they can get the perfect employee off the shelf. That a big part of ageism. Companies want young grads that have just been trained in the new technologies. But the flavor of the week will change again. Some will argue that it's up to the employee to learn new technologies, and that's true to an extent, especially if the company you work for says, "We're switching to technology X in two years," but that seldom happens. It doesn't make a ton of sense, from an employee's point of view, to learn some random new think hoping the current company or the next job will want it. If you don't use the new thing you just learned everyday, you'll just forget it anyway.

Comment: Re:And another on the ban pile (Score 3, Interesting) 289

I'm not trying to defend Kingston or PNY but it may be that they had supply problems or other issues with the original part. It seems that Joel Hruska is assuming intentional deception/malice where none has been proven. I do think that companies should be required to change the model number when they change critical internal parts.

WiFi cards used to be horrible about this. Companies would change the WiFi chipset, requiring a totally different driver, and nothing on the outside of the box would give any indication. Somewhere on the card it would usually say rev b, etc.