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Comment BT,MakeMKV/HandBrake,Synology,Roku,DirecTV,Netflix (Score 1) 236

I DVR what shows I care to watch off DirecTV as a figleaf to the media cartels, then frankly pull the commercial-free copies by torrent. I have a 2-bay Synology NAS running Twonky DLNA feeding Roku boxes in the two rooms with TV (grownups & kids). Netflix for streaming media, and I use a combo of MakeMKV and Handbrake to cook down optical discs (yes I still get them) to add to the NAS tank. And NO, I don't torrent the disc contents; why bother? I can stuff the MP4/MKV files onto a thumbdrive and carry them when I travel so I don't have to be concerned with pulling them from my home box over questionable bandwidth.

Comment DevOps = ?? (Score 2) 65

DevOps is a model where developers can spin up a VM via some cloud mechanism, throw in their code and launch without having to get an SA involved. This is great for lower environments, and lets you use CI tools like Jenkins to do a build/test/refine loop, but once you get near production, presumably you don't want the code churning so much. Then you want the SAs in the loop to manage environments for stability and to tune for performance. What the suits want is an "easy-button" solution that does all the provisioning/tuning/deployments so they can drop all those knowledgeable, expensive SAs and just let the developers handle it all. This is probably suboptimal as you don't necessarily get the benefits of performance tuning and looking at the overall structure.

Comment Re:Innovate, not litigate (Score 1) 457

"Who owns the old AT&T Unix stuff? I have no clue, and I'm not sure even an army of lawyers could track it down at this point."

AT&T had partnered with Novell in the late 80s to promote System V as Unix System Labs (I remember visiting the Summit NJ offices while I was at BTL myself). Early 90s they sold off their share completely to Novell (prompting Dennis Ritchie's quoting Genesis and Esau selling his birthright for pottage). Novell took over the various OEM licenses to IBM, DEC, etc, but eventually outsourced the royalty collection business to Santa Cruz Operation as part of their licensing to produce UNIX on Intel CPUs. They very clearly kept the copyrights (such as they were - see Groklaw getting the AT&T v. BSD settlement unsealed), which was the basis for the Novell lawsuit after Caldera bought out the old SCO and claimed All The Rights while suing IBM for beeelyuns of dollars.

Novell has since been bought by Attachmate, who now nominally owns the source rights. The UNIX trademark was donated to The Open Group by Novell early 90s.

Comment Re:Why would anybody do this? (Score 1) 229

The problem with this is that in some cases, the workers' severance packages have been directly tied to said training. If you had something lined up immediately it might not matter, but if you needed some cash to tide you over while you job-hunted, it might be necessary to swallow your pride and deal with it.

Comment upgraded this spring (Score 1) 558

Old system: AMD FX-6100, Asus M5A99X EVO R 2.0, Tuniq Tower 120 heatsink New system: Intel i7-4790K, Asrock Z97-Extreme 6 mobo , Noctua NH-U14 heatsink Carryover from previous system: 32 Gb DDR3-1600, Samsung EVO 840 256 Gb SSD primary drive, three 1.5 - 2 Tb secondary drives, Coolermaster HAF 922 case with front/side/top 200mm, rear 120mm fans Currently on Fedora 22, lots of cycles & space for tinkering w/VMs

Comment Re:Real porpose of the road (Score 1) 226

Given what happened in Sochi, the *primary* purpose of a project like this would be to siphon off unholy amounts of construction funds into the pockets of Putin's inner circle of supporters. The idea of driving "the long way around" from UK to US is ludicrous at face value, and I'm not aware of any particular resource areas that would be opened up with this.

Comment Re:IBM should put SCO out of misery (Score 5, Insightful) 170

This was obviously what SCOXQ.BK wanted to begin with, a nice payout to STFU and go away. Problem is, given IBMs deep pockets, it would encourage all the other trolls to come out of the woodwork looking for a similar deal. IBM is making them the latest Horrible Warning about frivolous lawsuits against them. The other issue, that I honestly think the SCOundrels didn't take into account, was that charging IBM with stealing code, when their consulting arm works with any number of Fortune 100 companies, was a charge they couldn't let stand. Buying them off gives that charge credibility, where reducing them to a greasestain on the Utah sands proves the baseless nature of the case (the millions-for-defense-not-one-cent-in-tribute argument). SCO's lawyers took a flat fee for handling the case through all appeals; at this point they're running up time they can't bill for. IBM can post a couple of interns on the case and wait until what little cash SCOX has left is burned out, then graciously propose a settlement involving the public flogging of all current and former SCOX execs and a full-page ad in the SLC Tribune calling SCOX out as a malicious copyright troll. [ Disclaimer: 12 years at ATT; seeing these vermin trying to troll based on the legacy UNIX source code has pissed me off to no end, and wrapping them in bacon and trolling them through a school of great whites would be less than they deserve. ]

Comment Re:new argument to undo copyright extension (Score 1) 99

The extensions to copyright haven't revoked the public-domain status of any material where the copyright has expired; what is *HAS* done is delay, again and again, the point at which existing copyrighted material falls into public-domain. This is popularly attributed to Hollywood, especially Disney, not wanting to see their properties fall out of copyright. It's believed, for example, that the inclusion of the legacy Oswald Rabbit character in the Epic Mickey videogames was a deliberate attempt to 'refresh' the copyright to avoid it falling into PD status. Sadly, the arguments to SCOTUS have failed to produce any improvement on this; the Justices have basically said that setting copyright terms falls to Congress, and that "securing for limited times" theoretically means eternity-minus-one-day if they so choose. Practically speaking, someone with an interest in bringing material out of copyright is going to have to out-spend/lobby Hollywood to overcome the MAFIAA wishes to keep extending terms.

Comment Re:Does that explain 2 origins? (Score 1) 98

The "explanation" is that Sony had to keep producing Spider-Man movies or lose rights to the character back to Marvel/Disney, as recently happened with Fox & Daredevil, and IMHO should have happened with Fantastic Four. Sony's answer was a reboot, with just enough tweak to the storyline to avoid a complete duplication of the Tobey Macguire films. Given the comparably lukewarm reception of the new ones, Sony is hooking themselves to the MCU money machine to presumably get some promotion for whatever they do next to maintain their rights to the character. Just *please* don't do Yet Another Origin in Cap 3; just have Peter (yes, Peter, not Miles Morales) show up in NYC as if he's always been around. Now if they can only get a similar deal with Fox, at least for Wanda & Pietro.

Comment Attempts at validation (Score 1) 1007

What's obvious from this is that the campus religious group was played by the creationist organization, getting space at a public university vs. some random Baptist church hall in Alabama, to spout their nonsense. They'll then turn around in their next round of PR blather and claim these views were debated, successfully (since I doubt they'll accept any counter-arguments) at said university, so clearly they're valid. The problem is a) the lack of actual debate vs. simply getting up and talking b) the appropriation of the University's name for their future publicity. If I were MSU's front office, I'd be very watchful of the latter for the near future.

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