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Comment: We did... (Score 1) 432

by npistentis (#36400486) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Support In Universities?
When I worked at a major US university, we would test new student-facing systems against Windows, Mac, Fedora and Ubuntu. There wasn't a ton of demand, but we never wanted to invest a ton of money in a solution only to find there was some percentage of users - likely the savviest of them - were guaranteed to be left out in the cold. My team made a genuine effort to engage the uber-geeks on the network - they could either be your staunchest ally or your loudest critic, and I never felt that their requests were unreasonable. In terms of "support", we all had a bit of knowledge and could help if need be, but we rarely got support requests from Linux users - if they had the skill to install and run a linux distro they probably didn't need much of our help.

Comment: Re:The beginning of the end (Score 1) 798

by PJ1216 (#27226467) Attached to: Sci Fi Channel Becoming Less Geek-Centric "SyFy"
Anyone who confuses "science content" with "scientific method" is kidding themselves. It has science content, they just don't adhere strictly to the scientific method. i'll admit sometimes i disagree with their conclusiveness (even if i don't always disagree with the conclusion), but I still find it entertaining. Can you imagine if they had to actually follow the scientific method? It wouldn't be nearly as entertaining. As it stands, they may get some people turned on to the various fields of science through entertainment as opposed to making people think science is ridiculously boring (which as a spectator sport, it is).

Comment: Re:if they do that (Score 1) 476

by DragonWriter (#27217485) Attached to: Intel Threatens To Revoke AMD's x86 License

Back in the day, Microsoft had ports of NT for Alpha, PPC, and MIPS.

And Windows Server still supports Itanium.

Alpha and MIPS are both dead and gone, while SPARC and PPC have corporate overlords who seem to have no interest in catering to the consumer market.

Meanwhile, Itanium is still actively developed, and has a corporate overlord that had announced plans to move it to the consumer market, before abandoning those in the face of the popularity of x86_64 which it cross-licensed from AMD, reserving Itanium for the enterprise server/HPC market.

Comment: Re:What the hell? (Score 1) 653

by caitsith01 (#27176561) Attached to: Suspect Freed After Exposing Cop's Facebook Status

The simple fact that police carry lethal weapons has more than a little to do with the "sirs"...

That's kinda the point. If you call them 'sir' then it legitimises the thinking that "carrying a gun = creation of authority". If you treat them like an ordinary public servant, it emphasises that "carrying a gun = part of your job and not the thing which gives you any power over me."

I.e., their power comes from the law, not from the fact that they wear mirrored sunglasses and can hypothetically kill you.

Comment: Re:Here is what I do (Score 1) 417

by Just Some Guy (#27170295) Attached to: How Office Depot Pushes Service Plans On Customers

I did exactly that when trying to buy an iMac without Applecare. After being held up for 5 minutes at the checkout while he kept trying to coerce me into getting the warranty, I loudly asked him exactly how big a piece of crap this thing was if it's so likely to break in the next 6 months and started to walk away. He decided that maybe it wasn't absolutely mandatory after all.

Comment: Re:Holy Shit (Score 4, Insightful) 325

by npistentis (#25607587) Attached to: Behind the Cogent-Sprint Depeering
Feel free to correct me, but I seem to remember Cogent and Level-3 having a similar disagreement a few years back, with Cogent being just as intransigent then. Peculiar that a major peer like Cogent would be unable to resolve peering contracts twice in such a short period of time - were I a Cogent enterprise customer I'd be pretty concerned with the pattern that's developing here.

The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins