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Comment: Re:Oracle sucks. (Score 1) 409

by Niomosy (#43180113) Attached to: Solaris Machine Shut Down After 3737 Days of Uptime

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

by Niomosy (#40856957) Attached to: Judge Rules Oracle Must Continue Porting Software To Itanium

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

by Niomosy (#40104821) Attached to: Mobile Workers Work Longer Hours

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

by Niomosy (#39296351) Attached to: 'Of Course We Are In a Post-PC World,' Says Ray Ozzie

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.

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