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Comment: Re:Ahem... (Score 1) 481

by sloanster (#34568728) Attached to: Netflix Touts Open Source, Ignores Linux

probably because they estimate that the cost per supported customer would shrink the revenue to 0.

On what do you base this statement? It makes no sense to me because first of all, linux users are absolutely the least likely of all to require hand holding and technical support.... obtw - the linux client is already done - it's been running on the roku box for years.

Canada

Feeling Upset? Look At Some Meat 155

Posted by samzenpus
from the the-calming-power-of-beef dept.
Meshach writes "A study out of Canada claims that seeing meat actually calms a person down. From the article: 'Contrary to expectations, a McGill University researcher has discovered that seeing meat makes people significantly less aggressive. Frank Kachanoff, who studies evolution at the university’s department of psychology, had initially thought the presence of meat would provoke bloodlust, believing the response would have helped our primate ancestors hunt. But in fact, his research showed the reverse is true.'" I can see all the "Make Steak, Not War!" protest signs already.
Microsoft

Motorola Countersues Microsoft Over 16 Patents 62

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the sue-sue-sudio dept.
FlorianMueller writes "As if there weren't already enough patent suits related to smartphone technologies, Motorola just announced its widely anticipated countersuit against Microsoft. Its subsidiary Motorola Mobility filed complaints with two US District Courts (Southern District of Florida and Western District of Wisconsin). Motorola already litigates with Apple in those and other courts. According to Motorola, the patents relate to technologies in the fields of operating systems, video codecs, email, instant messaging, object-oriented software architectures, WiFi, and graphical passwords. Motorola claims Windows, the Live messenger, Windows Phone, Outlook and other Microsoft products infringe. Motorola's action is no surprise given that all of the companies sued over patent infringement by Android — with the exception of Google — have already countersued."
Censorship

North Korea's Own OS, Red Star 316

Posted by timothy
from the linux-is-sometimes-for-communists dept.
klaasb writes "North Korea's self-developed computer operating system, named 'Red Star,' was brought to light for the first time by a Russian satellite broadcaster yesterday. North Korea's top IT experts began developing the Red Star in 2006, but its composition and operation mechanisms were unknown until the internet version of the Russia Today TV program featured the system, citing the blog of a Russian student who goes to the Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang."

Comment: Yes, with some reservations (Score 1) 1

by sloanster (#30481614) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are you Using SPF records?

We set up SPF records some time ago, and there is some value in them. However, they are not useful as a standalone pass/fail indicator of spam because using SPF in that way ends up rejecting way too much legitimate mail, and breaks legitimate forwarding. So we moved SPF out of the front line MX where the RBLs, greylisting and sanity checks live, and put it back in the 2nd layer with the spam/virus filtering, where the SPF result is examined and considered as just one factor among many.

Comment: Re:Well, seriously... (Score 3, Insightful) 194

by sloanster (#27188355) Attached to: Microsoft-Novell Relationship Hits the Skids

Who buys Linux in an economy like this?

Lots of people, including the fortune 100 company i work for. In fact, the linux demand has gotten much stronger, as my employer is dumping old school platforms and moving to linux in the server room.

The tough times motivate them to maximize their bang for the buck.

Oh, and trust me, big companies want the official paid support - so that basically means Novell or Redhat, though debian/ubuntu are there in some cases now too, since you can purchase support for either one from HP now.

Comment: Re:Kdawson (Score 1) 312

by sloanster (#27056351) Attached to: Portugal's Vortalgate — No Microsoft, No Bidding

Of course, if it doesn't, you have the source so fix it yourself.

Sorry, what planet were you from again? Telling Aunt Mildred "you have the source, so fix it yourself" isn't going to fly.

As for trotting out apple, you're hopelessly naive if you think that microsoft won't kill the OSX version of silverlight the minute apple's market share gets a little bigger than microsoft would like.

For the government to put microsoft firmly in control of a lever by which which can hurt its competitors as much as it likes is like putting the proverbial fox in charge of the henhouse.

Comment: Re:Uhhmmm... (Score 1) 2362

by sloanster (#25650341) Attached to: (Useful) Stupid Unix Tricks?

> Could have fooled me, I minimized a screen in firefox which for some reason resulted in x crashing and at least nicely closing all the apps I had open. Doesn't crash my ass.

Not saying it couldn't have happened under some hypothetical situation, but in 15 years of linux use I've never seen that happen. Chances are, something else was going on there.

10.0 times 0.1 is hardly ever 1.0.

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