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Comment: Only part of Skype functionality (Score 1) 174

by stub667 (#47814783) Attached to: Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

There are many services that tackle parts of Skype's functionality, but I have yet to see one that tackles them all. Not only does Skype to chat and client-to-client video conferencing, but it also gives you access to a global POTS gateway both outgoing and inbound, and is available to customers outside of the USA. Viber, Line, WeChat, Google and tox don't have the functionality to take away Skype's business. So we remain stuck with Skype, despite their ever worsening service and dubious allegence.

+ - PostgreSQL vs. MongoDB - Call for New Benchmarks

Submitted by RaDag
RaDag (3455045) writes "Postgres software and services provider EnterpriseDB published a testing framework on Github with instructions on how to benchmark the performance of PostgreSQL and MongoDB. Lot of claims being thrown around and advances in Postgres with JSON/JSONB on top of its longtime HSTORE capability have made Postgres a pretty strong document database and key-value store with the added benefit of ACID compliance. The testing framework and results of some initial tests were published so contributors in the PostgreSQL and MongoDB communities could prove or disprove results that showed PostgreSQL outperformed MongoDB."

Comment: Re:Deja Vu (Score 1) 222

by stub667 (#47117399) Attached to: China Looks To Linux As Windows Alternative

I thought this was a Slashdot story from years ago when China was supposed to ditch here we are again and China still has no viable homegrown distro. I thought years ago they phased out Windows and used GNU/Linux. Not so. I know a Chinese insider who tells me that the Government handed out bales of cash to develop a GNU/Linux distro of their own and all Red Flag Linux is, is Fedora with a some Catonese/Mandarin. It was a scam of public funds. They really did not develop their own GNU/Linux distro properly. was interested because, in a racist way, I thought--wow, Asians doing GNU/Linux, it must be AWESOME and kick the other distro's ass. Asians are hard working and fastidious and the distro will intall without a hitch and it will be great. Not really. One of the issues with investing in China when it comes to business are corrupt officials and lack of accountability. In China, you pay off the right people, you do what you want--until you get caught and are made an example of for the press. Linus Torvalds mentioned something about how GNU/Linux could not really come out of places like India and China as the peole are far too concerned about trying to survive, and Linux is something that came about 'just for fun'.

Ubuntu Kylin is pretty viable. Ubuntu 14.04 specially localized for China, produced by Canonical in partnership with one of the (many) ministries. By bringing in the experts, you avoid all the problems you cite, and it is open source so a Chinese group can take the drivers seat and salvage any lost pride whenever it is viable.

China is huge and the government is huge. IIRC they have had several customized linux variants in development simultaneously (of which we generally know of Red Flag because it had the coolest name).

Comment: Re:There's a gaping hole in his theory (Score 1) 405

The other gaping hole is that Amazon are going to screw their product suppliers so much that there won't be any supply.

"At which point the screws can be tightened indefinitely. And after a while, there will be no more Charlie Stross novels because I will be unable to earn a living and will have to go find a paying job."

Yeah, it would be a fantastic business model for Amazon to kill off the supply of quality books.

Comment: Re:And what's better? (Score 1) 200

by stub667 (#47057143) Attached to: China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8

If this is because they're upset at Microsoft for dropping XP support so quickly, then what are they going to? What OS has a longer support cycle than XP's 12.5 years?

Red Hat's is 10 years. AIX is 5-7. HP-UX is 8. Ubuntu LTS is 5 years. Mac OS is 4-ish. Solaris is likely the closest at 12 years... But its still less. Maybe they'll roll their own support?

Every Open Source opearting system has support for as long as you want to keep making fixes for it. It isn't like China lacks people capable managing this process and patching the code. And if they somehow can't, it isn't like Canonical or Red Hat or a hundred other companies wouldn't do it for them for peanuts compared to Microsoft licences.

Comment: Re:Stupid media bait (Score 1) 397

by stub667 (#45593895) Attached to: Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone

No, you do what normal delivery people do and leave it at the security desk. Or with the guy hanging around outside the front whose job it is to wave his arms at taxis and move the beggars on. Or the drone landing bay the building installed on the second floor terrace balcony because the tenants wanted it. Or maybe they actually won't be leaving packages in random locations, and instead require you to actually be there to acknowledge the delivery. Maybe there are solutions to problems.

I think the first place to get a system like this will be Tokyo though. The culture loves robots, and I imagine some depots could service 10 million people in that 10 mile service radius. Not only would you deliver your own product, but you would steal almost all the existing document and small item delivery market.

+ - Mark Shuttleworth apologizes for Tea Party remark and fixubuntu take-down notice-> 2

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "In an encouraging and refreshing move, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu and Canonical has apologized for calling Mir opponents the “open source tea party”. In a blog post Mark wrote, "On another, more personal note, I made a mistake myself when I used the label “open source tea party” to refer to the vocal non-technical critics of work that Canonical does. That was unnecessary and quite possibly equally offensive to members of the real Tea Party (hi there!) and the people with vocal non-technical criticism of work that Canonical does (hello there!).""
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