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Comment Disks from same factory run often go bad together (Score 2) 258

Yeah, and what are you going to do with 9 out of 10 of the disks all go bad, because they came from the same factory run and exhibit the same issue? This is what we usually experience, when a disk fails, most of the time it's a subcomponent issue shared by all of the disks from that and any concurrent factory runs - and we have to swap them ALL out. I guess you just throw the whole array out ... :-(

Comment Embracing as a matter of principle, or profit? (Score 2) 217

It matters. Is Microsoft embracing open source because of a change in philosophy, having committed to the principles of open source? I would assert that only a fool would believe that. So we're left with them embracing open source because deep in Redmond's bowels, they turned the crank on some Excel ROI formula, and determined that "embracing" open source gives them the greatest potential for the greatest profit ... for now.

Should this worry us? I think it should ... because that crank, they keep on a'turnin' it ... and as soon as it spits out the opposite answer, out come the knives behind open source's back, and stab stab stab ...

Comment A study PROJECTED that MS would be cheaper (Score 1) 264

Agree completely with your comment that the decision wasn't based on cost - because they were deciding based on a study. The projections in that study indicated staying with Microsoft would be cheaper. But also important to note that that's not how it played out in the end - in addition to the expected benefits of re-investing in the local economy and establishing autonomous control, they also saved money.

Comment Ubuntu explicitly favors GnuTLS (Score 1) 231

Understood about Debian, but the children have wandered. From the Ubuntu wiki:

Using GnuTLS avoids the licensing issues that can arise from employing the more common OpenSSL package. For this reason, certain packages such as OpenLDAP are compiled with support for GnuTLS instead of OpenSSL in recent releases of Ubuntu.

In fact, on one of my Ubuntu 13.10 systems I ran ldd on /usr/bin/* and /bin/*, and found many many binaries that link in GnuTLS.

Comment Could this be MS's attempt to co-opt Android? (Score 1) 105

There's nothing to prevent Microsoft from continuing this effort, and in fact offering this AOSP-based operating system to other OEMs, for their use. They can even sweeten the deal by negotiating in that no fee for (purported) patent violations will be included. That would be an interesting strategy - they could still focus on WP for mid-to-high end devices, while attempting to ride Android's app popularity into the developing markets. And if they added the ability to run Android apps into WP, then there'd be increased incentive for app makers to port their apps into their own walled-garden market. Hmm ...

Comment This means Nokia CAN'T make a "real" Android phone (Score 1) 105

Just an observation, with the introduction of AOSP-based phones that don't license the Google Mobile Services, Nokia is now no longer able to license GMS, e.g., if they wanted to make a Android-trademarked phone. That is, without ceasing production of these devices.

Comment Your comment would be relevant ... (Score 1) 105

... if the linked-to article actually said that anyone paid Google. It doesn't - there's no licensing fee for the Google Mobile Services (GMS), it's all just testing, submitting devices, and coordinating with Google.

This is Google's way of maintaining a more cohesive ecosystem, ensuring that any Android device will have a shot at running any Android app (as well as ensuring enough momentum to fund their [huge] investment in the cloud services involved)..

The real answer is they wanted to support the Microsoft ecosystem, not Google's. Good luck with that - you ain't as big as Amazon, Nokia.

Comment Hard to believe the same person said this ... (Score 2) 389

Buried in the Reddit thread, pwnies says

Use the best tool for the job. My personal setup is Windows for desktops (I think windows handles multiple monitors better than osx does), OSX for laptops (Apple's hardware is just so much better for portables), and linux for servers. I'm currently typing this on my Macbook Air. Definitely agree with you about dev tools on windows though. If you aren't bought into the .net stack, it's a bitch. For any web dev I'd recommend OSX or Linux. I'm a huge vim guy, so using windows and just ssh'ing into my linux boxes works great for me. (here).

He must have multiple personality disorder. That comment makes so much sense ... and yet his actual Reddit post is so absent of logic ...

What the gods would destroy they first submit to an IEEE standards committee.