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Comment: Re:Corporate desktops == corporate servers (Score 1) 648

by jtosburn (#35738018) Attached to: Bashing MS 'Like Kicking a Puppy,' Says Jim Zemlin

Well, 50 clients falls under the Small Business Server option, which is a lot less expensive. I think those 10 servers of yours would need 100 users to justify their base 6700 in licensing. Then you have cals for server, sql, and exchange. Your quote seems low. I see about 27 for server, 130 for sql, 67 for exchange, so ~ 226 per user x 100 users = 22,600. Add the original 6700 (which I believe is also low; exchange at least requires windows server to run so gotta buy server + exchange for each, and I presume sql works that way too), and you're pushing 30k, a far cry from just under 7k.

Then there are support costs. The Windows admins may need that a lot more than the linux admins, unless they are not in fact cheaper. The really good windows admins probably aren't especially cheaper then their linux counterparts.

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Genghis Khan, History's Greenest Conqueror 279

Posted by samzenpus
from the taking-the-good-with-the-bad dept.
New research suggests that in addition to being one of history's cruelest conquerors, Genghis Khan may have been the greenest. It is estimated that the Mongol leader's invasions unintentionally scrubbed almost 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere. From the article: "Over the course of the century and a half run of the Mongol Empire, about 22 percent of the world's total land area had been conquered and an estimated 40 million people were slaughtered by the horse-driven, bow-wielding hordes. Depopulation over such a large swathe of land meant that countless numbers of cultivated fields eventually returned to forests. In other words, one effect of Genghis Khan's unrelenting invasion was widespread reforestation, and the re-growth of those forests meant that more carbon could be absorbed from the atmosphere." I guess everyone has their good points.

Comment: Re:How many here have an iPhone 4? (Score 2, Informative) 282

by jtosburn (#32722234) Attached to: iOS Update May Tackle iPhone 4's Antenna Problems

I can make my iphone4 do this at will. It's especially annoying since my primary use is for web and email use, and being right-handed, I hold it with my left in just the fashion that causes this problem.

I haven't been able to test the other iphone4's in the office yet, so I can't definitively state that it effects them all, or if it's only mine. But my phone absolutely does this.

Comment: Re:ZFS comparison (Score 5, Interesting) 269

by jtosburn (#32213924) Attached to: Btrfs Could Be the Default File System In Ubuntu Meerkat

I think you don't give quite enough credit to btrfs; it isn't merely a johnny-come-lately, but rather another step forward in filesystem evolution. Try here for a good article on btrfs, by one of the zfs developers, Valerie Aurora. If you like, just skip to the section entitled "btrfs: A brief comparison with ZFS", one flamebait bit of which is this: "In my opinion, the basic architecture of btrfs is more suitable to storage than that of ZFS."

With that said, no one thinks it's ready for critical data storage yet.

Comment: Myth TV! (Score 2) 121

by jtosburn (#31338886) Attached to: Netflix Gauging Interest In an iPhone App

I'd so much rather be able to watch Netflix stuff via MythTV that it's not even funny. My iphone is for only worth using for 15 minutes or less at a time. After that, the small screen wears on me, and I realize that that may just be me. I guess an iPad would solve that problem, but really, I'd rather watch movies across the room on the tv, rather than on my lap, unable to move my arm, with my spouse looking over my shoulder.

Hey Netflix! Let us watch stuff on linux!

Transportation

Porsche Unveils 911 Hybrid With Flywheel Booster 197

Posted by timothy
from the yeah-well-I-get-better-mileage dept.
MikeChino writes "Porsche has just unveiled its 911 GT3 R Hybrid, a 480 horsepower track vehicle ready to rock the 24-hour Nurburgring race this May. Porsche's latest supercar will use the same 911 production platform available to consumers today, with a few race-ready features including front-wheel hybrid drive and an innovative flywheel system that stores kinetic energy from braking and then uses it to provide a 160 horsepower burst of speed. The setup is sure to offer an advantage when powering out of turns and passing by other racers."

Comment: Re:Surprise. (Score 2, Informative) 1038

by jtosburn (#27184219) Attached to: US Adults Fail Basic Science Literacy

I do find it interesting that many private schools have an annual tuition that's less than the average amount we are paying per student for public schools and manage to turn out higher test scores and better educated/adjusted students.

This misses two points:

1 - Most private schools are partially subsidized by their religious sponsor, so tuition is lower than the actual cost of providing the education. This serves to spread the indoctrination provided to a wider group of people, a goal of all religions. I wonder what the actual cost to provide the education is, on a per student basis. The non-subsidized private schools that I know of are more than $8300 / year / student.

2 - Private schools can give the boot to students who are unable or unwilling to perform academically. They can also expel those who disrupt classrooms. They actually have authority and cannot be sued by parents, since those parents have agreed to a set of terms at enrollment. This then cuts off the bottom of the sample set, and comparisons with public schools that include not only their own bottom performers, but those formerly of private schools, will drag down the overall performance of public schools.

I think that this undermines any idea for a market solution; indeed the point of public education is that since society benefits from an educated populace, society should bear that cost, and that to be equitable, quality education should not be available only to those with money.

No doubt, public schools in the US are not delivering nearly as well as they should, but as an idea, other places have more successful implementations that lead me to believe the problem is in our system, not in the underlying idea.

Lastly, you assertion that private school graduates are better adjusted is questionable. Reinforcing narrow minded beliefs about everything from gender equality, sexual orientation, and racial divisions, and then using guilt as a primary lever of control, does not produce well adjusted individuals. Not all private schools are like that, and certainly not all private school graduates are like that, but to blithely assert that such people are better adjusted is just too much.

Comment: Samba compatability is the big one... (Score 1) 856

by jtosburn (#26679723) Attached to: Windows 7 To Skip Straight To a Release Candidate

I agree with your comments and want to add the following Win7 debilitation:

I stopped using the Windows 7 beta, even though for the most part it is less offensive than Vista, due to it's inability to join a samba nt4 style domain. See here for MS confirming this as an issue with utmost importance: http://lists.samba.org/archive/samba-technical/2009-January/062827.html

If this gets fixed, I would be happy to move away from the steaming pile of Vista, to the merely warm pile of 7, but given MS' track record with compatibility, I'm not holding my breath.

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