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Comment: Two words: nepomuk and akonadi (Score 5, Informative) 818

by pgfault (#40284003) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

We're a Linux shop with around 400 desktops and have been running KDE for a decade. KDE3 was rock solid. KDE4, not so much. The KDE4 direction of "let's index everything" with nepomuk and akonadi doesn't work so well when home directories are NFS mounted. In fact, it killed our fileserver. Further, why on earth would I want 400 instances of mysql_community_server running and creating a 128MB DB for each user in their home directory just to index their PIM?

In general KDE login times have been getting longer and longer, and the overall flakiness of KDE up to 4.6 have led us to dump KDE in favor of XFCE. Initial feedback from users has been very positive, and we'll be completing the transition this summer.

KDE4 may have some features that are fine for a standalone desktop at home, but it took a giant step backward from KDE3 in terms of usability in a networked environment at work.

Comment: Re:Needs his organizers to stay on message. (Score 4, Informative) 745

by pgfault (#40000517) Attached to: Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign
The Constitution and Bill of Rights say nothing about the "separation of church and state." It simply states that, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." This is the very first sentence in the Bill of Rights, so the Framers considered it to be pretty important. The "wall of separation" was built by Thomas Jefferson in his letter to the Danbury Baptists. http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html. In this letter Jefferson refers directly to the text in the First Amendment, with no additional context.

From everything that I've heard from Ron Paul, he adheres to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, nothing more (building huge wall) and nothing less (infringement on the free exercise thereof).

Comment: Obligatory "Imagine a Beowulf ..." (Score 1) 124

by pgfault (#34044954) Attached to: First Pictures of the (Fake?) PlayStation Phone

Root the phone, install MPI, and you're set. Add Torque/Maui for scheduling. Or stick Condor on it. You know the drill. We all remember what Sony did to the PS2 beowulfs. >:(

Or you could just run Boincoid http://boincoid.sourceforge.net/ on it while it's sitting on the charger overnight.


GE Closes Last US Light Bulb Factory 797

Posted by samzenpus
from the bright-idea dept.
pickens writes "The Washington Post reports that last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the US is closing this month, marking a small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edison's innovations in the 1870s. What made the plant vulnerable is, in part, a 2007 energy conservation measure passed by Congress that set standards essentially banning ordinary incandescents by 2014 but rather than setting off a boom in the US manufacture of replacement lights, the leading replacement lights are compact fluorescents, or CFLs, which are made almost entirely overseas. GE developed a plan to see what it would take to retrofit a plant that makes traditional incandescents into one that makes CFLs but even with a $40 million investment the new plant's CFLs would have cost about 50 percent more than those from China. 'Everybody's jumping on the green bandwagon,' says Pat Doyle, 54, who has worked at the plant for 26 years. But 'we've been sold out. First sold out by the government. Then sold out by GE.'"

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