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Comment: They have 2 kernels (Score 1) 394

by Stone316 (#45135637) Attached to: Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

One based off of RedHats and one based off Kernel.org. The RHEL kernel has alot more code it in, naturally.

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/linux/technologies/uekr2-features-1897094.html

Some features:
PV Huge Pages
dtrace
ocsf2
btfrs
ksplice..

From what I have seen on Oracle systems OEL is better for largest systems with heavy workloads.

If your running Oracle, IMHO it makes sense to run a tuned kernel. If you've already invested in the Oracle stack, then it makes sense to me to run Oracle Linux as well. Why have unnecessary bloat in there? Sure you could always compile and tune it yourself. Any improvements are sent back to kernel.org.

Comment: What do you expect?? (Score 4, Insightful) 394

by Stone316 (#45135509) Attached to: Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

Do you expect them to say open source has a lower TCO? They are bidding/positioning themselves for contracts. If you were a real estate agent on a client interview and asked about a competitor, would you give them a glowing review? I doubt it.

There are many factors which contribute to TCO and the code itself is just one piece.

Security, both OpenSource and Oracle have fallen short in this area. In some cases Oracle has left security bugs sitting for a very long time. Sometimes until called on it publicly. However, with open source your relying on the code maintainers to put in a fix quick. Alot of times they do but that depends on the software and how actively supported it is. Sure, you can modify the code yourself but that affects TCO.

We have both Oracle and open source software in house. Based on our experiences i'm not sure that the open source software has a lower TCO than its more commercial alternative. The upfront costs to open source are cheaper but the long term support costs were higher. Before I get flamed, i'm talking about a particular open source product. Since i'm posting from work i'll leave specifics out of it. But the point is, just because its open source doesn't always mean overall TCO is lower. You have to do the analysis on a product by product basis and factor in both upfront and long term costs.

Comment: Re:One vacuum tube away from disaster (Score 4, Insightful) 289

by Stone316 (#43549077) Attached to: Texas Company's Antique Computers Are For Production, Not Display

A week or two??? How many enterprise systems have you installed? I've been on a couple of these implementations and it just takes a team of people many months of work. The larger the company the longer it takes. One install, for a customer with less than 300 employees took 8 months. Its not as simple as you make it out to be.

Comment: One of the biggest problems with IT is (Score 4, Insightful) 289

by Stone316 (#43549041) Attached to: Texas Company's Antique Computers Are For Production, Not Display

change for the sake of change. Let me say up front that i've worked in IT for over 15 years. Mostly as a DBA but I did network admin, hardware, development and OS.

I keep hearing how the next version will do X, save Y amount of time and Z money. Won't require as many people to maintain it, etc. Yet it never seems to be the case. Vendors keep us on a continuous upgrade cycle because bug fixes aren't back ported or to get the latest security patches, etc. Managers, architects seem to focus more on resume building than a stable environment.

I can't get any commitment for maintaining production but if i'm an hour late on a project task i'll have an army standing in my cubicle harassing me. I constantly hear developers wanting to go back to the basics because the new piece of software that's supposed to make their life easier isn't as stable.

Yes, I love to play with the latest and greatest features but i'm not sure if from the companies perspective if its always worth the money. I have to say working in IT support can be a very frustrating and stressful job.

Comment: Gets old quick. (Score 1) 403

by Stone316 (#43007721) Attached to: Is the Wii U Already Dead?

We have the Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, DS XL, DSi, PSP. Old gamer dad, 13 year old daughter who games infrequently.. Mostly the Kinect/Dancing games. 11 year old gamer son.

The Xbox gets used the most, PS3 gets used for netflix (because of the tv its hooked into) and blurays. DSXL haven't seen that one picked up in awhile.. DSi, very rarely. PSP barely used since it was bought, except for some good titles like God of War.

The Wii U has some cool features. The tablet works much better than I thought it would. Some of the games are pretty fun to play, especially the party games where the tablet has a different view. As group play, its probably been the most fun of any console. However, it gets old quick. I think its been a couple of weeks since the Wii U has been on.

I think the Wii was under powered, especially for first person shooters. I think the Wii U has enough power now so that the console can "keep up" and they can focus on game play. Quite honestly, I think the graphics on the Xbox PS3 are fine. The processors are fast enough to provide smoothly play. I'm really not sure what these new systems can do other than make the games prettier. They certainly aren't going to fix the horrible spawning issues in CoD. The maps only seem to have gotten smaller.. No decent MMORPG multiplayer seamless worlds that require extra horsepower, etc.

IMHO Nintendo should have waited and released around the same time, or shortly before with a beefier system for the same price its offering now. There are plenty of one console households around. Your not going to get them to switch until they see what all the systems offer. If at that point the Wii U is slightly less powerful but cheaper, then you may have people switch over to it. If its popular, then common titles like CoD will probably be developed based on the least powerful system, so won't matter if the other consoles are better.

If the new consoles that come out aren't that much more powerful than the Wii U and the Wii U has most of the games, then I won't buy another console. If the next generation of games can't be played on the Wii U, then I'll be buying an Xbox or PS4, not both this time. I think its a gamble for Nintendo because as we have see with the Wii, casual gamers don't buy alot of games. If the Wii U can't play the next gen games then I think its long term success is dismal.

Comment: Re:Xbox is a foothold in the living room (Score 1) 404

by Stone316 (#42650601) Attached to: Will Microsoft Sell Off Its Entertainment Division?

Granted, I don't have the details on the licenses but how exactly is MS losing money? 95% of PC's shipped still have a version of windows on it. Vista was considered a dismal failure and it still brought in a ton of money. Unless new PC's are being shipped with Linux or Mac OS then i'm not sure how MS is not making money?

Comment: Are you sure? Re:Interesting Enigma (Score 2) 132

by Stone316 (#42649617) Attached to: Cuba Turns On Submarine Internet Cable

I went to a resort in Cayo Coco last year. The resort was nice and modern. Took a day trip into Ciego de Avila and it was a different story. The center of the city looks fine but you go a few blocks out of the way and it goes downhill pretty fast. In general everything looked pretty run down, especially on the drive in.

I didn't see as many 1950's cars as I thought I would. I saw plenty of small motor bikes, horses, bikes, etc. Saw newer cars at the resort but don't recall seeing many in the city. I'm sure it would have stood out.

In general it appeared that the vast majority of people lived in or close to poverty. That was reinforced by the many talks we had with Hotel staff and our tour guides. But who knows,they could have been playing us for tips. ;) They generally seem to be a very happy bunch of people tho.

Comment: Disagree Re:MS's gaming strategy has been (Score 2) 404

by Stone316 (#42649427) Attached to: Will Microsoft Sell Off Its Entertainment Division?

Personally I love playing FPS games on a console. While I may not be as accurate as on a PC I find it much more relaxing to play.

I've played my share of FPS games on PC's. From Doom, Quake, America's Army and countless others.

It just comes down to personal preference. The only games I have found that really work better on a PC are RTS games. However, after playing C&C on the xbox, once you got the shortcuts memorized it wasn't too bad at all.

Comment: Who cares? (Score 2) 553

by Stone316 (#42138131) Attached to: New Humble Bundle Is Windows Only, DRM Games

I can understand how some of the idealists are upset.. But frankly I could care less.. I've bought a few humble bundles now and the main reason is because a portion of the proceeds (or all if you wish) goes to charity. I also like this pay what you can type model. Quite honestly I haven't played many of the games but if they look semi interesting i'll by them on the off chance I will.

This deal seems to be the best value yet, so I paid more than I normally would.

Comment: Google+ and Circles (Score 2) 227

by Stone316 (#42123847) Attached to: Why Facebook Is Stressing You Out

This is exactly why Google+ has a feature called circles. Given the audience here i'm sure I don't have to go into details.

Unfortunately tho, Google+ hasn't really caught on outside some specific groups such as photographers. As well, while the tech savvy have no issues migrating to yet another social network, the problem is your not going to get most of your 'friends' and family to do so. I'm lucky my mom is on facebook, let alone trying to get her to move to Google+.

Since I live away from most of my family I use facebook to upload pictures of the kids, keep in touch etc. So as long as even a few of them stay on facebook then i'm not going anywhere anytime soon.

So given that, I basically treat facebook as a public bulletin board. I don't say or post anything there that I would be ashamed of saying in front of my mom or boss.

Comment: Re:The console has run its course... (Score 1) 368

by Stone316 (#41796273) Attached to: Wired Proclaims the Death of the Game Console

Who plays the same game for 5-6 years? How is having a game for a console any different than an Xbox? If your kids were PC gaming 5-6 years ago chances are you'd still have a ton of games on the shelf. Unless they've been stuck on WoW and only had to buy a few expansions.

Any game after about 2 years is basically worthless. You'll get a couple of bucks trading it in. At least with a console you can easily trade in a game a few months after you bought it for a decent amount. I only keep certain games, like FPS, for a long period of time. Other games, where I don't enjoy the multiplayer or played for the story I trade or sell relatively quickly and get a decent price for them.

Personally I use my xbox for games and more. If I miss a tv show or my PVR acts up, I can download it and stream it to my xbox. You can use it for netflix, hulu, some cable companies have apps, youtube, crackle, etc. IMHO the xbox is well worth the price.

Comment: What about previous generations? (Score 1) 368

by Stone316 (#41796219) Attached to: Wired Proclaims the Death of the Game Console

I grew up on Atari 2600 and Vic-20 games. Mobile platform games are light years ahead of those. Today I use mostly my xbox but have a few games on my phone for times i'm stuck in a line somewhere and bored.

I don't think you can predict what types of platforms people will use based on the games they play growing up.

Comment: Re:Another moron CEO (Score 3, Interesting) 182

by Stone316 (#41722157) Attached to: Salesforce.com's Benioff Disses Windows 8, Oracle

We have quite a few iPads at work... Along with Playbooks, iPhones, Android Phones, BB's, etc.

Playbooks are sitting on shelves and never used... I took one home for my daughter after it was on the shelf for 6 months and she barely uses it. So thats saying something. I never see people in meetings with their playbooks.. I do see the scattered person with their ipad. However, the vast majority still come to meetings with their laptops, even tho they have iPads. Myself included. Most of us also have keyboards for them which in my opinion makes them usable for "creating content".

I use my iPad for when i'm sitting around the house and when i'm on call. Its lighter and easier to carry around than my laptop and has a great battery life. I also use it when i'm at a conference to take notes, look things up, etc for the same reasons. If I want to get any real work done tho, I use my laptop/desktop.

I honestly don't see the take up with mobile devices even tho in reality (as you've said) most people don't need a full computer.

Comment: Universities teach programming? (Score 2) 630

by Stone316 (#41308557) Attached to: Is a Computer Science Degree Worth Getting Anymore?

Yes, I have a computer science degree. Maybe if Andrew Oliver went to university he would know that most of us are actually self-taught when it comes to programming. I believe I took 3 courses which taught programming and they were all first/second year. The rest of the courses were on software development, algorithms, graphics programming, etc, etc. The programming courses taught Pascal, PDP-11, etc. For the other courses you could program in any language you wanted. So if you wanted to program C/C++, Java, etc you had to teach yourself, which everyone did.

Now our local college on the other hand, did have a 2 year diploma specifically teaching programming.

Maybe he should learn how to perform an interview. Its not rocket science. Its very easy to tell in a few minutes (if you know what your doing) as to whether or not the applicant knows what they are talking about. Sure, sometimes one will slip by but that's what probationary periods are for.

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