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Comment: Well to start.... (Score 5, Funny) 52

by ssufficool (#46489449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Easiest To Use Multi-User Map Editing?
You will need a spatial database (I prefer PostgreSQL + PostGIS), but you might want to try SQL Azure with their supreme Geography types. Then I would create a WFS (web feature server) on top of that from scratch using a compiled c++ CGI backend running on NGINX. Then I would create some JSON web services to handle the back and forth in PHP5 on a separate server running Apache2, because you need that multi-tiered scaleability eventually, so start now. Then I would hobble together a javascript mapping API to interact with the WFS and JSON web services. After I reach a performance impact from the CGI doing on-demand rendering, I would create a server process in Python to generate and cache tiles to a web tile server, then rework the JSON and WFS server to serve those up in addition to the overlay of the more dynamic layers. Then I would flush that all down the toilet and do what the other guy said.

Comment: Lack of upgrade utility (Score 1) 860

by ssufficool (#46415445) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
So users expect an upgrade path from a 10 year old OS to the current version? I have a server running Gentoo that is 3 years without updates and I have no upgrade path. How many other operating systems will allow a direct upgrade to the latest branch without intermediates? Oh yeah... fuck Windows 8. And while I'm at it... Unity too. I'm going to need more lube.

Comment: The real money is in support (Score 1) 392

by ssufficool (#46378985) Attached to: Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon
The "Enterprise" company I work for spends more money on the support end of things than the licensing. We pay once for the license and then as a budgetary lock in, we budget or yearly guarantees for the latest versions and Enterprise support. If Microsoft gave away the software, they would still make good money in the support arena. Red Hat and many other no cost software providers learned this long ago. No Enterprise will get software that does not come with support, no matter how talented their internal tech staff is (pats self on back).

Comment: Serial Numbers Work Just Fine (Score 1) 250

by ssufficool (#46317901) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?
I was never a fan of re-labeling anything. It makes it obvious it's being tracked and is another layer of complexity in tracking the item. Most serial numbers are embedded in electronic device bios / firmware so this makes it easy to query using remote management (e.g. WMI, SNMP) as well as tracking software. The serial number is usually printed on the device and bar coded for your convenience. Most small claims courts (if it goes that far) won't argue with you if you have a record of the serial number in your possession.

Comment: DVR Fee (Score 0) 318

by ssufficool (#45088441) Attached to: The Ridiculous Tech Fees You're Still Paying
I currently pay $30 a month for a DVR device. This includes the TV listings service that enables the DVR to automatically record my schedule programs. Sp, I purchased a basic TiVO HD model at around $150. I then need to subscribe to TiVO service at $15 a month for a 1 year contract. But then I need the Cable M-Card (tuner decoder) to enable the TiVO to see the cable signal at $3.50 a month fee. Another option is to get a 6 tuner DLNA ethernet device for around $300 which also requires the $3.50 monthly M-Card. I can then deploy Android set top devices to tune to the DLNA streams, with the bonus of Angry Birds, Chrome browser and Netflix. TV listing services are available for around $25 a year from Schedule Direct. This is where I am heading eventually (still searching couch for the cash). In short, there is a LONG recovery time from the purchase price of the equipment to realize an actual cost savings on DVR rental fees.

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