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Comment: Glory Days (Score 1) 281

by randomnote1 (#42870109) Attached to: Of the Love of Oldtimers - Dusting Off a Sun Fire V1280 Server
I had the privilege of supporting Sun servers for a couple years out of school. They are by far the most robust pieces of hardware I've ever worked with. I remember vividly being introduced to the 1280r as it was the largest server we had in the lab. As a young and fairly inexperienced technician that thing both wowed me and scared the crap out of me. Sun's awesome old hardware prompted me to obtain a 280r, but I due to life and kids I haven't had time to do anything with it! I imagine it would do quite well as a web server or a front end to a storage "farm". But alas...time and money.

Outlook 2010 Bug Creates Monster Email Files 126

Posted by timothy
from the rodents-of-unusual-size dept.
Julie188 writes with this snippet from Network World "Office 2010 is still in beta and a patch is already out. Microsoft is trying to fix a bug in the email program Outlook 2010 Beta that creates unusually large e-mail files that take up too much space. The Outlook product team has offered a bug fix for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems that fixes the problem going forward, although previous emails will remain super-sized. This could be a problem for email programs that limit message sizes, such as Gmail or BlackBerry."

Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes 538

Posted by samzenpus
from the less-math-more-social-science dept.
artemis67 writes "A man studying in London has taken a mathematical equation that predicts the possibility of alien life in the universe to explain why he can't find a girlfriend. Peter Backus, a native of Seattle and PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, near London, in his paper, 'Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK,' used math to estimate the number of potential girlfriends in the UK. In describing the paper on the university Web site he wrote 'the results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy.'"

Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the living-in-the-hive dept.
afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”

Comment: Re:Google Chrome (Score 1) 438

by randomnote1 (#28812675) Attached to: Microsoft Agrees To EU Browser Ballot Screen
Mod this insightful! I think you've hit the nail on the head. The average user knows nothing about the browser, just what they want to see. I think since Google is so highly used, if the browser choice is labeled "Google Chrome" a vast majority of users will click on that. On the other hand if it is just labeled "Chrome", then you're right back to everybody clicking the blue "e".

Comment: Re:Sun Microsystems: What are your theories? (Score 5, Interesting) 152

by randomnote1 (#28722985) Attached to: 62% of Sun's Stockholders Vote For Oracle Deal
As a former partner with Sun, I strongly believe that Sun's insistence on using an Oracle out of the box solution to for its company wide sales to service system is what caused its demise. This software never worked and increased case handling times in the call center. That decreased customer satisfaction to such a point that customers started going elsewhere. I also believe Sun should have never gotten into the x86 server/workstation market. Instead they should have focused their energies behind their flagship SPARC lines and actually produced a processor of their own rather than buying Fujitu's technology. Overall I think Sun offers superior products, but their customer support system is rather terrible.

Comment: Support them all (Score 1) 392

by randomnote1 (#28633973) Attached to: HTML 5 should support ...
It would make sense to me to support as many video formats as possible because it does offload the codecs from the host OS making compatibility between different operating systems transparent. This would benefit the technically challenged people of the world who have trouble pulling up the web browser in the first place! It would also make the job of website admins easier because they would be able to use whatever video format came there way. I'm sure that's not going to happen, so give me as many options as possible. BTW...why are we waiting for these companies to agree to the spec? I believe the spec should be written and if these companies want to be in compliance then they will write the code to support it. Not the other way around. Anyway...good luck HTML5 guys!

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