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Comment: Thank AT&T lawsuit (Score 3, Informative) 313

by Billly Gates (#49632119) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

We would probably be using FreeBSD by now.

I know because I remember BSD and BSDi back in the 1990s in highschool for running BBSes. MkLinux I kind of heard of but didn't know exactly what it was until the late 1990s when Linux was the only OS.

FreeBSD was the new myspace and momentum was on GNU/Linux at this stage. In tech you need to be at the right place at the right time. Linux was there when the world wide web became available to the public and BSD unix came out during hte exact same time.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 137

by Billly Gates (#49624509) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

This is slashdot hairy they will bash anything MS related :-)

There is neowin.net is the anti slashdot for Windows folks.

But what the issue is according to Neowin is slow ring is subscription only. Many who like XP and WIndows 7 do so because it rarely updates. Windows 10 will have even and odd releases where home users will get blasted with updates and eveyr release and businesses can choose just odds or evens for a price.

Windows updates have notorious problems for crappy old enterprise apps. Luckily I have not been hit by one at home but at work I know they break lots which is where the resistance comes from.

Windows 10 should have less problems if developers use the newer .NET codes and apis which are managable with the updates.

Comment: Re:Home PCs are fast disappearing (Score 1) 137

by Billly Gates (#49624447) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

Still number 1 and 2 need a filesystem. Yes the newer office tries to save to Ondrive by default but still. Even Joe Public does Turbotax and needs a real PDF saved and not gone tomorrow on his Android phone.

A good keyboard is good too.

PC gaming market is growing believe it or not according to a statistic by maximumpc.com. Basically the newer consoles are gimped with atom like cpus and a growing millennial generation. It is growing too as developers and video users do need real towers.

Also it is nice to have storage options to hook into cameras,phones, and external disks.

This is a fad like the netbooks. Not to say tablets will vanish, but rather they do not constitute a takeover. It is like the truck and SUV phase that started in the 1990s. Remember? Do we not have cars anymore? No we have both.

Pc users do not need to upgrade as much does not mean they do not use pcs anymore. Rather they have matured. Once the laws of physics hit cell phones in the next 5 years. Yes I said 5 YEARS TOP. People will no longer buy phones and tablets as what they have works.

If PC makers made great desktops perhaps I would buy them? Right now PSUs and motherboards have improved but not OEMs so I build my own for now. Yes I do recognize that as nich :-)

But the new pc will be Windows based if you need work done and will go from 9 inch atoms to requiring an external monitors to i7's.

The surface is really just a thin PC.

Comment: Re:Home PCs are fast disappearing (Score 2) 137

by Billly Gates (#49624171) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

It will and it won't be a tablet or chrome book or netbook that replaces it, it won't even be an iPad.

It'll be your smartphone itself. It'll be your work computer and your home computer all on one device with a bluetooth or some other wifi connection to pass video to a full sized monitor keyboard and mouse.

Aint matching my dual screen monitors and my raid 0 ssd and i7. Yes I am an IT professional, but others who need real work done at home (the original IBM PC users) will keep it run office and a real screen.

No a crappy docking station with the mobile version of office won't suffice. At that price you might as well get the real PC.

However, Windows 8.1 is great on a surface or tablet and Windows 10 can do both and run ported Android and IOS apps. My guess is it won't be phone vs pc. It will be one where a real Desktop and monitor is needed for real work and not a gimped OS with no file system.

Comment: Re:Home PCs are fast disappearing (Score 1) 137

by Billly Gates (#49624137) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

Home PC's are going no where.

No my phone is not a real PC.

What is happening is PC's are for the working people again and professionals and not just those who want to access facebook and browse the internet. Second, as we saw for the first time with WindowsXP refusing to die last year is that pcs are now stable and fast enough for light work use so why upgrade?

Poor people who are not educated who want to twitter with their friends may want a tablet and a nice phablet phone, but my pc is not going anywhere. Of course a fellow IT professional (80% of slashdotters are here so I made an assumption) means I still upgrade.

Windows 10 and 8.1 were attempts to go mobile. I finally got used to Windows 8.1 with a start menu replacement and started using a Surface. MS is adjusting appropriately to be a hybrid.

Once China and India's classes start growing some more you will see more young asian professionals buying their 1st computer. Last, millenials make up a large number of our population and our now buying new computers (the professional ones for college and entry level white collar work)

Comment: Re: wapr drive (Score 1) 406

by Billly Gates (#49622425) Attached to: No, NASA Did Not Accidentally Invent Warp Drive

No it does not.

No one will work or as hard if he or she has no bills due.

Question for you? Who will build your house or apartment? What happens when their is a shortage? If there is no free market then how will new units be built?

What if you want a cup of coffee? Who will pick your beans and ship them?

You are sick and need a doctor? Who will study to become one? Yes some do so from the goodness of their heart. More do so to get paid which creates more doctors.

How do you manage shortages and scarce resources?

It would be paradise if no fear, hunger, poverty, or sickness. But that paper thin house of cards come clashing with reality

Comment: Re:Personally, I'd bet on Detroit (no joke) (Score 1) 121

Detroit is HOT! So is North Dakota, and Austin Texas is trying to do some startups too. Boulder Colorado is another one.

There are very cheap rents, friendly local tax incentives, and with a low cost of living and a revitilized downtown it is a win for the employees and the employer. You can get a trendy bachelor apartment for half the price of a studio in SV and factories too are turning into office spaces that look funky too with bricks on the outside.

The rules of supply and demand will have to come down soon as only the top 4 or 5 .com's can afford to stay with money to burn. Not everyone is a facebook or Apple with hundreds of billions in cash lying around.

Comment: Re:Why would anyone start there? (Score 2) 121

This is precisely why I won't leave California. I will never sign a non-compete contract. Noncompetes are what made silicon valley exceptional. People moving from company to company is what makes companies great, and it distributes the top talent across all companies so they get what they need done at their most
critical stages of development.

Some states are coming around to this way of thinking. Massachuttes, Oregon, and Illinois are considering severely restricting the use of non-competes.

There are 3 areas of reform in United States labor law which need to happen to fully engage employees and to ensure an level playing field:

1. Ban Non-compete contracts at the federal level. Use non-disclosure contracts instead.
2. Ban pre-dispute arbitration clauses.
3. Reform employment-at-will. Move to "just cause" like the rest of the developed world.

While I sound like a jerk here let's turn the tables? You use that silly web 3.0 startup generator on here last week and want to start that insect management cloud software startup? You invest 1 million to some employees to do R&D, research, and develop ex[pertise with the algorithms.

One of them leaves to compete with you and takes half your employees with him. He doesn't have to pay back that expensive line of credit from the bank that you took to develop the product. He undercuts you and goes directly to your customers! How would you feel?

The Non-Disclosure sounds evil, but it is not intended to mess with employees at all. They can leave if they are unhappy and work elsewhere. The point is to protect your IP and investment.

Comment: Re:Why would anyone start there? (Score 1) 121

Well Silicon valley was so much cheaper than New Jersey in the 1960s so economics did the reverse.

All the good engineers lived in the northeast. 1960s titans in high tech are GE, Bell Labs, IBM, and some startups in Massachusetts. It was hard to find an engineer in Northern California before Mayfield changed this.

Now you are correct it is time for another correction but for some dumb reason people think the hills and the dirt are somehow magical and that some SV's demand relocation which is odd.

Detroit is a hot spot too. Cheap and a government who are desperate to give you tax breaks too and very affordable office and living space for yourself and employees.

Comment: Why would anyone start there? (Score 3, Insightful) 121

Ultra expensive, employees can leave for another startup, employees demand 2x their national average wage, employees demand partial ownership, highest taxes in nation, lawsuit friendly, non compete clauses not enforceable.

I can do a startup in Texas without these problems for half the cost and low taxes. I can find qualified workers too and not just self-righteous college graduates with no experience demanding 100k a year too! Before I am labeled anti employee assholes I would like to say a 70k job in Austin gets you a nice home. I pay less in taxes on you too and we both win. Try that with 120k in San Francisco?

What made silicon valley was what Texas or North Dakota is today. Cheap land, cheap employees, friendly government, no one leaving for another startup.

In the 1960s Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey was where it was out. Now the reverse is true.

Economics should be encouraging companies to leave. This whole synergy argument is bullshit

If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders. -- Hal Abelson