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Comment: They are digging their own grave (Score 1) 392

by mediis (#31687216) Attached to: Solaris No Longer Free As In Beer
Given my current Oracle "Support" ticket (for their database) will go a weeks without them touching it, looking at it, or working it, I see no reason why I should buy Oracle hardware. We buy Dells for Windows servers. We might as well buy Dell for Linux servers. Closing out Solaris, is just another reason-- in a long line of reasons --to switch.

Comment: I'd say OpenSolaris (Score 1) 405

by mediis (#30254804) Attached to: OpenSolaris Or FreeBSD?

Or even Solaris proper. Solaris 10 changed the game from the ground up, much to the point where it's Unix on roids. Run levels have been replaced with milestones, init.d has been replaced with SMF and the contract file system. Dtrace makes life worth living. Look, vmstat is great; but with Dtrace you can recreate vmstat/iostat/mpstat from the ground up! Get the picture of what this tool can do for you?!?! Containers/Zones for virtual hosts. OpenCluster for building and working with an HA cluster. Crossbow, for building whole networks inside your machine.

I think my only complaint about OpenSolaris is packages. After 8 years of Debian apt calls I find *Solaris to be a little too retro-RedHat (before YUM) for dependencies and new software.

Communications

AT&T, Verizon Moving Into Gaming 45

Posted by Soulskill
from the stop-wiretapping-my-railgun dept.
Verizon announced today that they are working on a service to deliver games through their broadband service for a monthly fee. The service will begin this summer in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Along similar lines, IndustryGamers reports that AT&T is "investing millions in gaming." In addition to revamping the games section of their website, they are also working on an IPTV service and trying to find a way to unify the gaming experience across mobile platforms, computers, and consoles. "[AT&T's Executive Director of Gaming, Glenn Broderick, said,] 'What we're doing is trying to incentivize [gaming companies] to take some risks by tethering mobile games to console or PC experiences.' ... He continued, 'We're putting a ton of money into back-end systems for both mobile and the broadband site... We're making serious investments in the games space because it's now seen as a huge strategic initiative for AT&T. And before it just wasn't; it wasn't on the executive agenda.' Broderick also is optimistic that cloud-based gaming services like OnLive that provide games on demand will take off in the next 5-10 years, and he sees AT&T and its network as a big player in that."

Comment: If it had power it was being used (Score 2, Interesting) 576

by mediis (#27601219) Attached to: Why IT Won't Power Down PCs

... and thus could not be moved. So IT powered everything where they wanted to make a squatters claim to data center floor space. My favorite example was an SGI Challenge, we hadn't used SGI in 3 years, let alone the Challenge. The only thing plugged into this thing was power, no other cables of any type.

Comment: Workers Unite! (Score 1) 1134

by mediis (#27211707) Attached to: Are Quirky Developers Brilliant Or Dangerous?
So an individual who vastly outperforms all other workers, and who is solely responsible for making that company money, is kicked out the door because of what? Because others can't read code? Not for work performance, which is what he was hired for, but for smelling bad and having a bad attitude? If that was such a problem why wasn't it in the dress code? I thought we were supposed to tolerate diversity in the workplace? This is another example of the left wing liberal commutarians destroying the individual's ability to function!

Comment: no sudo? (Score 1) 904

by mediis (#27128669) Attached to: Locking Down Linux Desktops In an Enterprise?
It depends on what group policies you have and what you want to do? First, don't use Ubuntu, or if you do, make sure to take the user out of the mix for sudo. Remove sudo and root access. Place everyone in LDAP and restrict / grant user access via ldap groups. Make all shells restricted shells. run ssh / vnc and an automated daemon for pushing out policy changes.
Businesses

Locking Down Linux Desktops In an Enterprise? 904

Posted by kdawson
from the just-the-policy-ma'am dept.
supermehra writes "How do you move 300 desktops, locked down with Windows ADS Group Policies (GPO), over to Ubuntu desktop? We have tried Centrify, Likewise, Gnome Gconf, and the like. Of course, we evaluated SuSe Desktop Enterprise and RedHat Desktop. Samba 4.0 promises the server side, however nothing for desktop lockdown. And while gnome gconf does offer promise, no real tools for remotely managing 300 desktops running gnome + gconf exist. All the options listed above are expensive, in fact so expensive that it's cheaper to leave M$ on! So while we've figured out the Office suite, email client, browser, VPN, drawing tools, and pretty much everything else, there seems to be no reasonable, open source alternative to locking down Linux terminals to comply with company policies. We're not looking for kiosk mode — we're looking for IT policy enforcement across the enterprise. Any ideas ladies & gentlemen?"

Comment: Priceless (Score 1) 204

by mediis (#25712255) Attached to: Philosophy and Computer Science Revisited
4 years of Undergraduate Philosophy = $30K 2 years of Graduate School, Philosophy, with a GTA = $20K 8 years of Unix Sysadmins saying, "So... what can you do with a degree in Psychology" = Priceless. The double majors are growing because people need to make money. And Philosophy really isn't a money maker. Sure there is some serious overlap (logic, programming, semantics and search engines). But when it comes down to the actual use of my degree for my work? Nihil, unless you count naming my desktops after Platonic Dialogues.

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