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Comment: I'm so tired of this... (Score 0, Flamebait) 231

by arfonrg (#46911263) Attached to: How To Prevent the Next Heartbleed

I want to punch everyone in the head who is using Heartbleed as an example of why NOT to use open source. It actually proves that open source development works well. Once the bug was found, the fix was released very quickly. I can guarantee you that if this was a closed source commercial product, the bug would exist a long time and the bug's existence would have been denied for a long time.

If anyone thinks this is an example of open source failure, they are idiots.

Comment: Re:RCA agrees (Score 1) 87

by arfonrg (#46811745) Attached to: AMD Not Trying To Get Its Chips Into Low-Cost Tablets

I INHERITED some HP/UX servers migrating from PA-RISC to Itanium. A COMPLETE disaster. This is what happens when people are promoted above their capability and moved into IT management but, I digress.

EVERYTHING was a problem. They had custom binaries in which the original authors were long gone on PA-RISC (no idea where the source was, and Aries barfed), drivers gave me headaches (looking at you printers), changes in base commands. Just a horrible experience.

From now on out, when I get asked to spec something, I'm going with the most vanilla, common solutions (e.g. Linux on x86 and exclude java where I can).

Comment: Re:RCA agrees (Score 2) 87

by arfonrg (#46805991) Attached to: AMD Not Trying To Get Its Chips Into Low-Cost Tablets

I never understood the ARM server angle.... There are plenty of existing server architectures that work fine now, why add another oddity? If the answer is: x86 is too bloated and ARM can be smaller/faster/better, I just went through sheer HELL with a set of Itanium HP severs (which were supposed to be smaller/faster/better) and it taught me to NEVER buy/recommend buying any 'minority' architecture. x86 might be inefficient but, it's supported by everything I want.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (8) I'm on the committee and I *still* don't know what the hell #pragma is for.