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Comment Re:Oracle sucks. (Score 1) 409

VMS isn't a Unix, and I don't believe you can get ahold of VMS any more. The IBM mainframes are too expensive and not open source, so there's no point in comparing them to Solaris.

What's your point exactly? My point is that Solaris is useful, even in its somewhat dodgy state (thanks Oracle for the paid update program you fucks).

OpenVMS is available. For free if you get a hobbyist license. You can then either run it on Itanium, Alpha (real or emulated), or VAX (real or emulated).

There are several Alpha free emulators out there for Windows. There's also Simh which emulates VAX servers and is available for Linux, WIndows, and probably others.

IBM mainframes may be expensive but when you're talking about mission critical things like core databases for your statement of record at banks, expense becomes a little less significant.

Comment Re:Sure it's the Itanic (Score 1) 109

They've got the HP 3000s which run MPE/iX but that was EOL'd so I'm not sure if that's what you were referring to, though they do run on PA-RISC.

They've also got Tandems which are considered mainframes by some.

Honestly, I think HP can move the Tandems and OpenVMS to Xeons, though OVMS may be a bit of work.

Comment Re:What? (Score 4, Informative) 117

I had a friend work at a large company that began moving to working from home. He jumped at it, rented his house out, and rented a place out in Hawaii with his girlfriend. He loved it. Not too many others jumped in. He was baffled and started asking why. No one wanted to be at home all day. Some found being at home too stressful; spouse, small kids, noise, etc. Others simply liked being around other people they know for a part of the day. Others were too programmed with the office/home mentality of work/not-work.

Comment Re:A Brave New World (Score 3, Informative) 399

It's not the touching of something riddled with germs that's the problem. It's actually seeing what's on the screen between the smears and smudges that's at issue. I don't think most of us are going to be terrified at the thought of germs from someone else. We'd simply like to see what's on the screen. Hence the comments on clean screens, etc.

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 372

You'll still have Windows in a corporate environment for a while, so long as MS Office remains king. That is a tie you're going to need to break before you can start to say, "no one needs Windows any more." Even then, that's only one major piece. There are still many others to follow.

One picture is worth 128K words.