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Comment: Really only two main reasons I can think of.. (Score 1) 118

by forgottenusername (#48539863) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

1) Many hardware vendors, especially storage, will give you trouble or refuse to support their gear if you're running an OS they don't bless

2) It can make business continuity easier; you'll find more people who claim RHEL/CentOS support than Debian (though Ubuntu is pretty wide-spread these days).

The rest are pretty minor. Some C level tools want to feel like they're magically protected by vendor support.

The reality is I've pretty much always had to do my own diagnostics, RCA and come up with a resolution. If there's no patch in a RHEL blessed kernel but there is in mainline, I'd just as soon pull it in and patch it myself, which is way easier to do IMO using something like Debian, or write a patch myself if necessary.

So I'd say if you're having to deal with a lot of hardware support it might be worth it just to get less pushback but if you're mostly cloud based or just have a few machines go with whatever you think rocks (unless you suck, but you would never realize that :P)

At one shop we all wanted to use Debian but the vendor only "supported" suse/rhel etc.. so we went so far as to modify uname and whatnot to pretend we were a redhat shop ;)

Comment: Wouldn't give them a dime (Score 4, Insightful) 102

by forgottenusername (#47623345) Attached to: Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads

Either they're in on the theft somehow, or they're a totally unethical company trying to extort people. No trustworthy security vendor would withhold information about sites that are compromised from the site operators.

I think it's just a marketing ploy personally. "You may have already won! Contact us for details ($1.99 a minute)".

Regardless, they're on my list of companies to never do business with in any way. I

Comment: not a good candidate (Score 5, Interesting) 550

by forgottenusername (#47524711) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

I don't have enough material in my cornea. If they mess it up, there's not much they can do for adjustments.

As long as your eyeball remains parabolic, they can correct your vision more or less indefinetly assuming there's no other issues going on. Once you get lasik, your cornea becomes flattened so they can't really correct stuff with optics so well anymore.

I'd rather be safe and be able to have my vision correctable by contacts and glasses than take a chance at having really terrible vision that is then uncorrectable.

I feel like that's something people need to be made more aware of - lasik flattens your cornea so corrective lenses won't really work as well.

Comment: Re:Linux version? (Score 1) 234

That's not real security. That's the same as security through obscurity.

Linux and open source software has always had the security benefit of the code being distributed. No matter if specific components are properly audited or bugs exist for years before being discovered, it's still a powerful weapon you don't get with M$ / OSX et al.

The more people who used Linux, the more eyes would be on the code. So yeah, it'd be more of a target, but the power of open ideals would also scale.

Comment: I gave up (Score 1) 965

by forgottenusername (#43165701) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Everyone changes their stuff around too much for me to want to deal with. So I just maintain my own desktop exactly how I want it.

Debian Testing (until the new stable is out), a custom maintained kernel (was having problems with stability on new-ish thinkpad that new kernel fixed), and windowmaker. I maintain my own versions of a few things like java and some VPN software that works with my company's old server. I also bit the bullet with wireless tools and relearned iwconfig/wpa_supplicant stuff fully so I can work in coffee shops and not need the GUI wireless config (which was actually nice and I do miss). I setup LUKS for homedir encryption and just manually mount it. My workstation isn't rebooted all that often.

Sure, it's a bit of work on occasion to keep things going the way I like it - the deal is, it's a lot of work to keep any desktop functioning the way you prefer. When things are constantly changing "for their own sake" ala Ubuntu, or win8.. and you have to fight to revert stuff how you're the most productive until it's no longer possible.. there comes a point when it's much less frustration and time to just bite the bullet and control things how you want.

I've yet to find anything I want that I can't get working. I have VirtualBox for win7 if needed for the odd work-related tool. The biggest struggle I have is consuming media I pay for ala netflix and the lack of a decent flash player in Linux. I prefer Firefox but often have to load web videos in chrome (which isn't 100% either).

It's somewhat ironic since I've come full circle; when I was younger, I enjoyed maintaining my own desktop env and custom packages.. then I just wanted stuff to work so used Ubuntu+gnome putting up with its quirks for a while.. now here I am maintaining my own setup again. Mostly because desktop UI folk can't just leave well enough alone and want everything to be designed for a tablet or smartphone.

Comment: Hard to say what's really going on (Score 1) 524

by forgottenusername (#42991687) Attached to: Mayer Terminates Yahoo's Remote Employee Policy

Yahoo is a large company that isn't doing so well. It's had countless acquisitions of smaller comanies which generally keep their middle management layers relatively intact. You have to figure there are hundreds of employees that are essentially dead weight or are at least vastly underperforming, which is made all the easier by being fulltime remote.

I read it more as "trying to shake things up / refocus / cut out dead weight" than "WFH is evil!!". I wouldn't be surprised at some exclusions or a change in the policy when things settle out and Yahoo is on a more sustainable path.

Comment: my opinion (Score 1) 183

by forgottenusername (#42834889) Attached to: Summer Programming Courses Before Heading Off To College?

No classes, go someplace fun. Bring a laptop if he must and peck around at the myriad of online 'learn to program X' or something like the MIT open courseware compsci class (which uses python).

The point is - the time between highschool and college is too precious to waste on some class, he should be out traveling as much as feasible imo. After college if he sticks with tech, he'll probably have the intro level jobs that take advantage of college kids by burning tons of hours and will look fondly on his time spent on pure vacation/downtime.

Comment: I used to use that. (Score 2) 215

by forgottenusername (#42570171) Attached to: Amazon AutoRip — 14 Years Late

I still tell people it was the only "digital music service" that I really ever liked. I like to buy CDs so I can transcode them into sensible bitrates for portable devices, but have a full on flac when listening at home. It was really convenient to grab a CD, toss it in the player, then have all my mp3s available instantly without waiting to transcode.

Really a shame that service got buried by the dinosaur music industry. They're slowly learning the lesson; you either adapt to the times and technologies, or you become obsolete and the only role you have is in preventing progress trying to hold on to your fiefdom. Which can't last forever.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990