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Comment: How do you know they bought the CD? (Score 0) 296

by oneiros27 (#47565603) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

I think the lawsuit is stupid, as they'd have to prove that the 'primary' reason for this device is to be able to rip music.

But your claim that they're the owner of the CD isn't necessarily true. You could borrow a CD from the library, or a friend. How's the device to know if you actually own it?

And what happens if you *did* own the CD, but you then sold or gave it away? Do you still have the right to have the music in your car?

What if you haven't sold the CD, but it's now scratched or melted, and therefore unplayable? Do you still have to keep the physical copy to have the continued right to listen to it from your ripped backup, or can you dispose of the physical item?

Personally, I hope this goes to trial, and that the car manufacturers refuse to settle. I'd like a judge to finally weigh in on what is or isn't legal, so that these groups can't threaten legal action just to try to get settlements.

Comment: Phone Scoop's Phone Finder (Score 2) 539

Phone Scoop's Phone Finder allows you to search for cell phones by feature (eg, hours of standby, hours of talk, OS, display resolution).

Set 'U.S. Carrier Availability' to 'Available' and 'Form Factor' to 'Slide', and you get:

  • Alcatel Sparq II
  • HTC Merge
  • Kyocera Milano / Jitterbug Touch
  • Kyocera Rise
  • Kyocera Verve / Contact
  • LG Cosmos 2 / Cosmos 3
  • LG Enact
  • LG Enlighten / Optimus Slider / Optimus Zip
  • LG Extravert 2 / Freedom II
  • LG LX-290 / 290c
  • LG Mach
  • LG Optimus F3Q
  • LG Rumor Reflex S / Rumor Reflex / Freedom / Converse
  • LG Xpression / Xpression 2
  • Pantech Renue
  • Pantech Vybe
  • Samsung Array / Montage
  • Samsung SGH-T301g
  • Samsung Stratosphere / Galaxy Metrix 4G

Took me less than a minute, and I didn't even had to visit any stores. And if you turn off the 'US Carrier Availability' but require 'World Roaming', you can find other phones that you might be able to get. (as HP never released the Palm Pre3 in the US, so I had to get mine from other sources)

Comment: So, what does the in-memory database option do? (Score 0) 96

by plcurechax (#47551195) Attached to: Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

In the dark days of computing history before AJAX was even conceived and Mad Men were still crazies, "in-memory databases" meant that the database INDEX was in RAM (ideally if you DB admin was worth their salary), but then people wanted to pretend their were the next Google, famous for their massive search index in the pentabytes of storage, so hipsters started the NoSQL fad to be awkward like middle-aged men in skinny jeans as a vain attempt to self-proclaim their importance.

Now Oracle is making money by selling RDBM to organizations that spent more money and time on hookers and coke than doing real IT management. The Old is New, yet again.

Rinse, Lather, Repeat.

Comment: Re:$23k isn't crap to an oracle shop... (Score 1) 96

by Shoten (#47550811) Attached to: Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

$23k is nothing but pennies to an oracle shop.

Posting anon as I'm a unix sysadmin in an oracle shop.

Yes, but after becoming an Oracle shop, you don't have any pennies left to spend. And $23K per processor isn't really pennies to anyone. If you're spending the big bucks already, you have tons of processors. If you aren't, then it's massive.

But the real problem here is that it's done by default, regardless of if it's needed at all. So a client ends up spending that money, very likely on something they don't need and don't see any benefit from. Let's assume they have only two machines running Oracle, in high availability mode each running dual processors. At $23K per processor, that's just shy of $100,000 (and if tax is included, it will be over that). What can a company do with $100,000? Quite a lot. Especially if they're small enough that all they need is one database instance. On the other hand...if you take that $100,000 out of their budget, that would result in them having to cut costs elsewhere...perhaps by firing the guy who didn't catch that line item on the bill of materials from Oracle in the first place?

Comment: Re:$23k isn't crap to an oracle shop... (Score 1) 96

by oneiros27 (#47550807) Attached to: Oracle Offers Custom Intel Chips and Unanticipated Costs

So I used to be a DBA + sysadmin at an Oracle shop ~10 years ago.

Someone even managed to talk Oracle into selling us a site license for *everything* for $1mil/year. (a steep education discount; this was a university).

Unfortunately, they couldn't get the various schools and departments to agree to pool their money to buy the site license, so instead we paid more for restrictive licenses and were prone to auditing. The only reason I saw for not buying into the site license was if departments were planning on jumping ship entirely. (and as we were using Oracle Financials, and the system for class registration was tightly bound to Oracle, I have no idea why it was such an issue ... unless there were people individually getting kickbacks who would now be cut off)

Comment: Re:Surprise, surprise... (Score 0) 720

by gerardrj (#47545019) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

GCC is open source. If Linus is such a great expert on the issues with it then why isn't he fixing them? Probably because he doesn't have the skills.
If you don't have the skills to create a compiler or fix a broken one then you have no valid basis for complaining so loudly about the defect in the one you use.

You will lose an important disk file.

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