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Comment Re: Good luck (Score 1) 167

Hardware wise: They went with IBM.

They are as serious as can be concerning " The Cloud ". Putting an enormous amount of emphasis on it company wide.

...As in Lenovo X86-64 servers? If they went with Ubuntu, then it must be X86-64, right? Sure, IBM will still be providing support for the X Server for years to come...

Comment Re:Ok? (Score 1) 167

Yes, A linux OS running enterprise applications in the cloud doesn't generate as much revenue as on the desktop.

The thing is that most companies that decide to deploy linux on their datacenter are most likely prepared to support them inhouse. In my case, only 50% of my linux deployment, which we classify as critical system, are covered with Red Hat services. The rest of them are supported inhouse. And they are inherently stable and rarely break to begin with.

Comment Re:Difficult to sympathize (Score 1) 276

It's difficult to sympathize with the economic plight of a government that wouldn't even let me board their national airline because of who I was born to.

But they aren't really pledging anything to you or anyone aren't they? In fact they are being smart and responsible by responding to their economic condition by cutting expense instead of doing business that is costing them money. Good for them

Comment Re:It's not about Android or IOS. (Score 1) 166

Interesting, because the mobile game I play "Castle Clash" which is available for just about every platform under the sun lags behind on iOS compared to Android, by a considerable amount. It can be weeks before updates to the game make it to iOS. On the other hand Amazon which has a smaller user base than iOS gets the updates much faster, usually only a day or two behind Google Play, and sometimes even in advance

Castle Clash and its' ilk are ad supported and freemium no? The likes of them tend to go with platforms that provide more eyes, in this case android (and to certain extent, Fire OS)

Comment Re: How is this relevant? (Score 1) 117

> This isn't the company's fault. They have the money and are willing to hire employees, but no one qualified is applying.

If no one qualified is applying, then you need to grow one. Get someone with general understanding of the required fields and train them. Create proper documentation and knowledge base so that people can learn appropriately. You might still not get a proper vacation next year, but 2-3 years from now you might.

Comment Re:There are Ads and then there are Fucking Ads. (Score 1) 519

I have no problem with ad on the margins of the page. Slashdot has three up right now and they don't block my view of the content, they aren't playing music or videos (chewing up my bandwidth), and nothing opened a popup. Those are Ads in the tradition of a news paper.

The Fucking Ads are the opposite. They block the content, force you to find that little X in some corner...if they didn't put a fake one in that's just a link to another page. Fucking Ads seem to be loaded first. So if some Ad service has shit slow servers, it takes forever for a simple Text article to appear. Fucking Ads also hijack random clicks. Ever click on a page to be sure the scroll is focused on the page and not something else so you can use the scroll wheel...and here comes a popup.

Fucking Ads are also dangerous. To get rid of them you have to interact with them. Who knows what the fuck will happen when you click that close button?

So if they just stick to what they've been doing for the last 200 years, we're fine.

Try opening slashdot on an android browser. Oftentimes, I got redirected to a playstore page for a games or apps

Comment Term of Use (Score 3, Informative) 80

This is from the website's TOS, which happens to be the TOS for Azure as well:

"Microsoft does not claim ownership of any materials you provide to Microsoft (including feedback and suggestions) or post, upload, input, or submit to any Website Services for review by the general public, or by the members of any public or private community (collectively "Submissions"). However, by posting, uploading, inputting, providing, or submitting your Submission, you are granting Microsoft, its affiliated companies, and necessary sublicensees permission to use your Submission in connection with the operation of their Internet businesses (including, without limitation, all Microsoft services), including, without limitation, the license rights to: copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate, and reformat your Submission; to publish your name in connection with your Submission; and to sublicense such rights to any supplier of the Website Services."

So, how are you, future microsoft's advertisement stars?

Comment Re:I patched my tape library, that changed (Score 2) 53

Comment Re:How can foreigners be charged under US law? (Score 0) 144

This is ridiculous. Law is part of the agreement between citizens and their government. Citizens get certain benefits like public education and healthcare, and in return must pay the government taxes and obey their laws. If the citizen disagrees with this, he can resign his citizenship, but by doing so loses the benefits of citizenship as well.

Foreigners, on the other hand, have no such agreement, and therefore it's ridiculous to charge them. What's next, Saudi Arabia charges me for having a beer tonight? North Korea charges me for criticizing their regime? Should I serious have to look up every single country's law before I do something, just to make sure I'm not breaking some obscure country's law?

American government consists of a creative bunch of people. If they can find a reason to invade and carpet bomb a sovereign country, I'm sure they'll find a way to harass citizens of foreign country.

Comment Re:Symmetric mouse (Score 1) 199

Having a button on either side is a horrible design. I could see accidentally pressing the far button with my ring finger or pinkie all of the time with that kind of configuration, not to mention not having the ease and natural feeling of movement of being able to roll my thumb across the two buttons.

I use my side buttons in many applications. In my browser, it's forward and back a page. In my audio and video players they are used to skip forward and backward 10 seconds. In my text/code editor, they are used for page up and page down. In games they are used for jump and crouch. Having one button on either side would be a usability nightmare.

You can always disable them or assign them to do nothing. It's a 2 minutes activity. My gripe with these kind of mice is that they advert the full number of buttons that they have on the mouse without mentioning that a couple of them are practically unusable.

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