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Comment Probably a very good thing... (Score 1) 688

There are certain things that BSD just does better than Linux, and some things that Linux obviously does better than BSD. It should be a good thing if we bring the best parts of both together. BSD is horribly difficult to get running and administer, and Linux could clearly use some help in the performance department. Apple has done a great job of hiding BSD while taking as much advantage as they can. The overall Linux community has failed to take note.

Comment Your suppositions are incorrect... (Score 1) 233

If you're running Windows 8 now, more than likely you will have a free upgrade path to Windows 10, which should take care of the OS for the next 5 years or so, so cost won't be any more of an issue. As far as maintenance, all GNU/Linux implementations will require the same type of maintenance as your Windows clients. Regardless of whether you stick with Windows or move to GNU/Linux, you will need a way to manage the periodic maintenance for security patching, etc. Although many lambaste Microsoft for the number of patches Windows requires, they fail to look under the hood to see where all the patches are actually going, and neglect the fact that with Windows patching you also get .Net updates, Office Updates, SQL Server updates, etc. In the GNU/Linux realm, many of these updates are 'hidden' in the kernel updates, so you see a lot fewer separate patches. So, neither choice is necessarily going to save you money over the other, and neither is going to be necessarily easier to maintain. Which are your students going to be more familiar with and be more likely to use in the real world? That's what should drive your decision making.

Comment OEM toners only.... (Score 1) 189

I had disappointing results using third-party toners in my HP Color LaserJet 400, so I use only HP to eras now, although I do troll for bargains and lightly used cartridges to save money. I save up several cartridges and then use the UPS label in one of the new-in-box toners to ship them all back to HP under their recycling program. It's just not worth it to me to use refilled cartridges that may be prone to leaking. I've been a laser printer user for well over 20 years, and a certified HP LaserJet technician; I had friends in the refill business that put out good product, but a lot of the refills you get online are just more Chinese crap. If you can find a local source that cares about quality, then go for it; they may also buy your empties. You could also try listing them on Craigslist.

Comment Time for a fork? (Score 2) 288

I've been using VirtualBox extensively as I've been taking some Linux classes at the local community college in an effort to brush up on my skills. I've found VB to be a great way to test out new Windws OS's and applications, and the BSD's as well. It would be a shame for this great, FREE, product to die. Sure, I have access to ESXi, and I could go out and buy VM Workstation, but VB does everything I need it to do. It can be a little difficult finding solutions to issues I have (such as multi-monitor support and screen resolutions, BSD wierdness, etc.) and could defintiely be better supported, but as another post pointed out, Oracle is the place where great software goes to die a lingering death...

Comment Welcome to the Republican Party! (Score 1) 84

Major universities all across our nation have long been doing a disservice to their customers, students, by pushing philosophy, psychology and kinesiology degrees on unsuspecting, easily duped children, only to have them turn out in droves for the 'Occupy Wall Street' camp meetings, and Obama rallies. Welcome, finally, to adulthood. Now I'll step off my soapbox, and tell you that your best bet is to start at the beginning and get your lower division requirements taken care of at your local community college, where it will be much cheaper. I've followed exactly this plan over the last two years. I started college in 1981, dropped out in 1985, and occasionally took some classes in the years since. It was only recently as my draught came to live with me to attend college that I finally resolved to get it done. I had to retake 7 or 8 classes, and finish off the English and Math requirements. Then I found a couple more classes required by the university CIS program that I could take at the JC and save a couple thousand bucks, Now I'm in my first semester at ASU and doing pretty well for a 49-year-old. I have a two year plan to finish my Bachelor's degree, while simultaneously taking some Linux courses at another local JC. School is more important than ever, but it has to be the right courses, and for the right reasons. Sounds like you have taken the first step. From here, don't lookmfor the easy way, or the fast way. Do it right.

Comment Not for broadcast... (Score 1) 559

3D is a gimmick, that just doesn't work well enough, even in a movie theater. 4K is not a gimmick, but the marketing pukes are trying to turn it in to one. 4K will be successful in the home video market, offering a great cinema experience, but as far as broadcast, it will take far too much bandwidth, cost far too much money to implement, and have far too few viewers even capable of watching it for the next 5 years to make it remotely profitable, even for the HBO's, let alone the sports networks. 4K along with 21x9 will be the ultimate viewing experience at home, allowing people at home to experience great movies in the same quality and format as at the theater. But we're just not quite there yet.

Comment Not a journalist, so not protected... (Score -1) 426

Being the 'partner' of a journalist does not entitle you to the normal freedoms of actually being a member of the press, and, as was quite rightly pointed out, the so-called 'Miranda' rights and the freedom of the press as spelled out in the U.S. Constitution does not apply in the UK. The authorities were within their legal authority IF 1) they had bona fide suspicions about this person through evidence collected or supplied, and 2) he can get his stuff back after the authorities have reviewed them and found no contraband or unauthorized data. I would suspect that someone (yes, possibly the NSA) tipped off the UK authorities as to the possibility of this gentleman being a conduit for the transfer of classified information, which is wholly possible given who his 'partner' is and who he has been in contact with. If he was transporting classified information, then I would totally support his earning a one-way ticket to Gitmo.

Comment Several different ways to skin this cat (Score 1) 383

One college I have gone to uses a separate domain for students from faculty and administration, @stu.college.edu versus college.edu. They use firstname.lastname, and then firstname.lastname#. They use Microsoft Exchange. Another college I attend now uses a unique ID created partly out of the firstname and a seemingly random 7-digit number, so John9999876@college.edu. This unique ID is also used to login to the student center to access registration, email, etc. It is different from the actual student ID number. As they use Google Mail, it may be generated by Google. My daughter's university also uses Google Mail, but she was allowed to create her own ID, firstinitialmiddleinitiallastname#.college.edu. In business, I like to use firstname.lastname@business.com or firstinitialmiddleinitiallastname@business.com, with dupes using full first name or full middle name or both; sometimes using nicknames or fullnames, like bob vs. robert. I try to respect the preferences of the user if possible. You could use any combination of these. You could use child domains based on named colleges within the university, such as wpcarey.asu.edu or engineering.stanford.edu. Or you could come up with an automatic random email ID generator or use mainframe login ID's, etc.

Comment Re:Problem is offshoring and inshoring of US jobs (Score 2) 457

If there are more engineers, but a lack of jobs, the newly-trained engineers will create startups. Just look at how many startups in this country were created by engineers from other countries who came here because of the lack of opportunity in their home country. Entrepreneurship is the real driver of our economy and of innovation.