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Comment: Re:what is this even talking about? (Score 1) 95

by MightyMartian (#47937617) Attached to: An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Indeed. And quite often even dead FOSS projects can be cannibalized. The difference between dead open source and dead closed source projects is that the bones of one sit in an open pit that anyone can pick at, and the other sits in a concrete bunker twenty miles underground.

Comment: Re: Windows is less expensive than Red Hat (Score 1) 245

by MightyMartian (#47895607) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

We've done everything we can in our Active Directory network to overcome roaming profile issues. Even with folder redirection, you have a huge fat ntuser.dat for prone to corruption. Users' home folders on a server, with discrete text-based configuration files would be a dream.

Did you know that in 2014 you still can't safely put risking profiles on a DFS share?

Comment: Re:... and back again. (Score 2) 245

by MightyMartian (#47895587) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Metro is dying before our very eyes. It has been deemphasized in Windows 8.1 and by Windows 9 will be little more than a fancy start menu.

For chrissakes, most suppliers if enterprise systems I deal with still happily ship you Windows 7 Pro machines, or at least heavily advertised downgrade rights. "Business class" systems still ship with Windows 7 preinstalled. The enterprise customers never bloody wanted Metro to begin with, and so act as if Windows 8/8.1 didn't exist.

Comment: Re:Double-edged sword (Score 3, Interesting) 118

by MightyMartian (#47892735) Attached to: Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

It's my firm belief that one cannot write any software of any moderate to large size without inevitably running afoul of some software patent. There are only two things that protect any developer:

1. Distribution of their software is sufficiently small that it escapes the notice of patent trolls.
2. Being a large company with a legal department capable of dealing with patent threats, and a bank account big enough to buy them off.

Comment: Stonehenge (Score 5, Interesting) 28

by MightyMartian (#47876285) Attached to: Hidden Archeology of Stonehenge Revealed In New Geophysical Map

In ancient times...
Hundreds of years before the dawn of history
Lived a strange race of people... the Druids

No one knows who they were or what they were doing
But their legacy remains
Hewn into the living rock... Of Stonehenge

Stonehenge! Where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Stonehenge! Where a man's a man
And the children dance to the Pipes of Pan

Hey!

Stonehenge! 'Tis a magic place
Where the moon doth rise with a dragon's face
Stonehenge! Where the virgins lie
And the prayers of devils fill the midnight sky

And you my love, won't you take my hand?

We'll go back in time to that mystic land
Where the dew drops cry and the cats meow
I will take you there, I will show you how

Oh!

And oh how they danced
The little children of Stonehenge
Beneath the haunted moon
For fear that daybreak might come too soon

And where are they now?
The little children of Stonehenge
And what would they say to us?
If they were here... tonight

Asynchronous inputs are at the root of our race problems. -- D. Winker and F. Prosser

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