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Comment: Re:Development cycle (Score 1) 198

by thule (#47771499) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest
RedHat has options for you. There is Software Collections that package multiple versions of python and ruby. The versions can be pivoted at will. Then there is Docker in RHEL7 which allows shipping of containers as apps. Not to mention Fedora is heavily supported by RedHat and offers very recent packaging of almost everything.

Comment: Re:Why not some really old movies (Score 1) 112

by tepples (#47769971) Attached to: GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

you can also find old TV shows and music that are no longer under copyright

How is that possible? Practical TV broadcasts didn't begin until years after the January 1, 1923, cutoff for the Copyright Term Extension Act. And U.S. copyright law allows state copyright in sound recordings to continue until 2067.

Comment: The other provider is even worse (Score 1) 216

by tepples (#47769863) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

A lot of geographic areas don't have a second provider other than satellite and cellular. In most cases,* switching from a provider with a 150 GB per month cap to a provider with a 10 GB per month cap (source: isn't a good idea. Nor is moving to a different town.

* Watch someone come up with an edge case.

Comment: Re:Consider being a subset of SC (Score 1) 104

by the eric conspiracy (#47769005) Attached to: Statistics Losing Ground To CS, Losing Image Among Students

That's complete horseshit (along with this article). It's like saying math is a subset of CS because nearly all maths will be calculated by CS.

Stats is orthogonal to CS. You don't need one to do the other.

Having both though can give you a skill set that's quite useful.

Comment: Re:Abandoning Desktop was a BIG Mistake for RedHat (Score 1) 198

by thule (#47768655) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest
PPA's are similar to adding a -release package to Fedora/RedHat/CentOS. So for example, I was to add EPEL to my repos. I just click on the epel-release rpm and it installs it. I'm not so hip on the Software Center. I like to stick to core debian tools when using a .deb-base system.

Comment: Re:Red Hat distribution. (Score 1) 198

by thule (#47768469) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

We are an agile shop. We have pair programming, continuous integration, and continuous delivery to AWS. The pipeline runs RedHat. We have also have some CentOS.

Fedora is not a bone, it is a great way to know what is coming in RHEL. CentOS (which RedHat supports) is a great server distro for everyone.

Comment: Docker & RedHat's Software Collections (Score 5, Informative) 198

by thule (#47768129) Attached to: How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

The tension is stability versus the latest tech. RedHat purposely moves very, very slowly. The same can be said about Debian stable. As an admin I like slow moving targets. The problem is that developers want to use the latest stuff. So what does RedHat do about this? I think they are trying to solve it in two ways. First is their Software Collections. These are packages that site outside the base OS and are easy to pivot to the newer version. This allows for multiple versions of things like Python to be installed in parallel. Very handy!

Another thing that is helping quite a bit is Docker. RedHat is big on Docker. By packaging containers as apps, this allows a developer to easily control the dependencies outside of the OS that the app is running on. This makes everyone happy! Fedora is tracking some interesting tooling with Docker (geard, os-tree).

I like that RedHat tries to solve bigger problems than just packing and releasing a distro. They are trying to make things manageable (see FreeIPA, OpenLMI, RDO, CloudForms, oVirt)

Personally, I like RedHat. I like Debian. I run Fedora on my desktop and notebook. I maintain a CI/CD pipeline on RedHat at work. I never jumped on the Ubuntu bandwagon. It seems to me that Ubuntu has made quite a few more mis-steps in their short existence than RedHat has over the years. I get the feeling that a lot of people are just dropping back to Debian, which is just fine with me!

Comment: Re:Why hasn't it happened already? (Score 1) 233

by StikyPad (#47764713) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

Social engineering - not the same thing as hacking the bricking/remote wipe protocol.

Your original post didn't restrict itself to protocol attacks, even tangentially. There are no "extra points" for using one method over another.

At any rate, the law permits the user to opt-out of the technological solution, so that's the protection, not the fact that the protocol is secure (which is unknowable/unprovable). If someone is uncomfortable with it, they can disable it. Although disabling a disabling feature might be a double negative.

Comment: Conditions of admission vs. copyright (Score 1) 58

by tepples (#47764091) Attached to: Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million
Privately recorded videos fall under the conditions of the ticket granting admission to said insignificant local games. If said conditions include an assignment of copyright in any privately recorded video to the league, it could produce the situation you describe. But such conditions would not apply to, say, recording your kids playing soccer at a public park because nobody owns the exclusive rights to the sport of soccer itself. A video game publisher's copyright is different because it affects your ability to broadcast game play even if you start your own league or even if the match is not associated with a league at all.

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