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Comment: Userbox war (Score 4, Interesting) 282

by jbolden (#47781791) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

It is pretty easy to date the why. In 2006 there was a thing called the Userbox wars. There isn't a good page on wikipedia about this. Prior to 2006 Wikipedia user pages were sort of like myspace pages for wikipedia editors. They had lots of personal information and people chatted. Jimmy Wales wanted userspace to be about the encyclopedia. At the same time he didn't want mass deletions. There were mass deletions and the this wasn't easily reversed. The tone changed. This was one of the big steps towards the deletionists winning control of Wikipedia entirely. But if you want to know when the gender's changed this was a crucial moment.

Of course the deletionists winning even more battles probably didn't help

A few statements on Userboxes but not enough to understand what happened:
What "deletionists" are and what Wikipedia was like before them:

Comment: Re:They won't (Score 1) 115

by jbolden (#47780801) Attached to: Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

I'm an Apple user. I can accuse Microsoft of a lot but yes they are substantially more open than Apple:

a) Their hardware base system is extremely open. Apple provides very limited hardware choice
b) Their driver selection is 2nd to none. Incredible. Apple is far worse than Linux and might even be worse than other BSDs.
c) Azure (their cloud offering) is probably the most open cloud out there. Certainly among the big players. Apple's cloud is completely tied to their platform and they don't allow other clouds.
d) Their enterprise apps tend to play well with others and allow you to mix and match.


Comment: Re:They won't (Score 1) 115

by jbolden (#47780763) Attached to: Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

Microsoft sells computers without the crapware:
On the one hand they hate what the crapware does to the entire experience. OTOH $75-90 in subsidies per machine per OEM translates into about $150 to the end customer in savings. At an ASP of $550 an increase to $700 would be a 27% increase in price which would definitely harm sales. The value trap is a disaster for Microsoft. One of the points of the new interface is to drive up the price of PCs by making better interface hardware worthwhile and thus cut that number down to a level where they might be able to get rid of crapware.

I completely fail to comprehend why most Slashdotters seem to push everyone towards DRM'ed iPads and Chromebooks that put Palladium to shame instead of more open Windows PCs.

They don't. This generation of /.ers pretty much hates everything except for grey market hardware distributors. They hate Linux for failing on the desktop. They hate Apple for being vertically integrated and expensive. , They hate Microsoft for not being innovative while ignoring Azure and enterprise apps where Microsoft has been innovative. Then when Microsoft brings out their biggest innovation for home / small business they trash that because it runs badly on Windows 7 machine.

They've gotten bitter. Of course it was easier to be positive when /. started and we were in a tech explosion with salaries rapidly rising and jobs plentiful.

Comment: Re:That ship has already sailed. (Score 1) 112

by jbolden (#47773109) Attached to: IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

Obviously if Intel were to substantial cut prices that changes things. But at least the Power8 prices I saw were competitive. Their entire pitch is that Power8 is moderately better especially for virtualization. They have to know that moderately better doesn't cut it if they are way out of range on price.

Comment: OpenStack (Score 1) 231

by jbolden (#47772097) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

Red Hat sells operating systems not development tools. The big initiative for RedHat is designing a cloud based operating system which is open and at the same time supports containers -- OpenStack and Docker. They are a major leader in the DevOps approach. But even in development JBoss is a huge suite of development tools.

In terms of the complaints regarding OSes. RedHat is fine with Developers using Ubuntu for their workstations. They are getting to need something to deploy in production on and that's not going to be Ubuntu most of the time. As far as MySQL, MongoDB, or PostgreSQL they've never been a database company but they support all 3 databases. And in terms of Mongo / Cassandra / Hadoop there is no question they are far far ahead of Ubuntu in terms of deployment technology.

The summary is ridiculous. The article linked is more balanced and mainly advice for RedHat doing partnerships / distribution deals.

Comment: Re:That ship has already sailed. (Score 1) 112

by jbolden (#47759649) Attached to: IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

Welcome to the "Web 2.0" world, which is where the volume is these days, and consequently most of the money.

IBM makes 85% of their money from fortune 100. From there it falls off fast. The money and especially the margin is at the top.

If one cannot order it cheaply and easily on the web ala Amazon shopping experience, who is going to bother to go through a reseller? That was the model 40 years ago! Kids today do not bother

What kid gets to pick the hardware infrastructure for his company of any size?

Why would I pay the vendor or the reseller higher prices when I can automate hundreds of thousands of servers on x86, in a lights out management datacenters across the globe, to the point of throwaway systems?

The prices aren't higher and the system outperforms thus lowering total cost. This is the whole "why quality saves money" issue that comes up in every industry.

Comment: Re:That ship has already sailed. (Score 1) 112

by jbolden (#47759051) Attached to: IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

Please provide links with pricing.

IBM doesn't do that. They should be more transparent but they aren't. They want you ordering through a partner or for larger customers through the sales channel. There is some pricing on the website but the real prices are 20-30% lower.

DELL has become expensive as well. For the price of one DELL server one can easily put together two or three blackbox servers, from motherboard to chassis, made 100% by intel.

Not really relevant. The question was Power vs. x86 not generic vs. name brand.

Comment: How to make a telephone solicitor mad (Score 4, Insightful) 247

by goombah99 (#47758759) Attached to: TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Last century, I worked for a magazine sales company that did telephone soliciting. We loved it when people slammed down the phone because it meant no wasted time. The worst was when someone wanted to chat. One time a kid answered the phone and I asked for the dad. She said, "He's out in the garage under the car" and ran off to fetch him. It was a dillemma what to do next. Hang up? wait?. Another time the person on the other end kept repeating only the word yes during my sales pitch and then 5 minutes in switched to "can you please speak chinese". Even when I said "goodbye".

These days, I tell them I'm really glad they called and I need to move to the phone by the computer so I can purchase what they are selling. Then I set the phone down and go about what I was doing.

Comment: Re:OpenRC (Score 1) 806

by jbolden (#47755725) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

Now, that being said, systemd seems to bring on top of the previous the ability to dynamically reconfigure the system upon changing hardware. That is indeed a feature that some people may have, yet not necessarily all. Forcing the baggage of that upon the whole linux population, is the major point of contention,

Systemd is a complex system. Rather than greatest common denominator it goes for least common multiple. Absolutely it is not lightweight. It is moving towards being the daemon equivalent of /bin.

Service startup should be a like a tree, not like a chain.

It is worse than that. It is a long complex cycle for some daemons and one that is changing. So something more like an event handler that just starts from a clean initial state. This is kind of the issue. Again this would have been easier to build on top of OpenRC and had that happened the dam wouldn't have broken.


Premature optimization is the root of all evil. -- D.E. Knuth