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Comment Re: Income inequality has *RISEN* under Obama?!?! (Score 1) 729

I agree with all of that, at least the first part. If you expanded your quote a little bit more, I thought I said as much.

My point was simply that stating that renting is the equivalent to taking on unsecured debt, which seems to be expressing the sentiment that it's always throwing money away, is ridiculous. I'm not claiming anything more than that. You seem to be implying I'm claiming something about one being better than the other overall, and I'm not. Apologies if I'm misinterpreting you, but you seem to be trying to correct me ("Here's the thing . . . ") but I don't see where you disagree with me.

As to the second part, I don't think it would be a crap shoot. Much of the advantages we give buyers in the market only apply to your primary residence. (Such as the exemption from capital gains.) We artificially skew the market towards individual home ownership. It's not just a matter of price correction. If we took them away, it would make a lot less sense for individuals to own. The corrected market would have a lot more investment properties.

Comment Re: Income inequality has *RISEN* under Obama?!?! (Score 1) 729

From what I can tell, what is meant by "same" is that "both are something poor people do who aren't building wealth." It makes sense if you believe an important way to build wealth is to get a mortgage, stay in one place for a long time, and your residence is a big investment. It's an idea that makes sense if you were raised in a time where everyone believed housing could only go up.

For example, say I have 100k and am looking for a place to live. In one scenario I put 20% down on a 400k home, pay a bunch of closing costs and such. I'm left with a little leftover. I get a mortgage, build equity. Five or ten years alter I need to sell the house, but the value has fallen 20%. I pay more costs to get the place sold, and if I'm lucky, get 80-100k back.

Other scenario. I pay rent approximate to my mortgage. My 100k is invested, pretty conservatively, let's say it does 4% a year. At the end of the five years I have around 120k.

The renter has more money, and a lot more freedom when it comes time to move. This is kind of an oversimplification, but if we stopped subsidizing the first scenario (mortgage interest deduction, capital gains exeptions, etc) there would be even more scenarios where the renter builds a lot more wealth.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 4, Informative) 182

Most streaming video these days is over HTTP, divided up into many small chunks sent over HTTP. I'm pretty sure on iOS, even Netflix does Apple's HLS (a protocol, not a service Apple sits in the middle of) which was designed to make exactly this (among other things) work. I believe YouTube and Netflix both do DASH as well, which also makes this work.

What it comes down to is this: Netflix doesn't start "automagically streaming to your new IP address." The video is divided up into many small requests, and your device starts making those requests from a new IP address.

Comment Just use two KVMs (Score 1) 128

One has the KVM, the other just switches monitors, done. You'd have the inputs tied to only one monitor at all times, but would that really matter? Instead of extending the dock to display two and redirecting input, you'd extend it to display 1 and redirect input. Cheap and easy.

This seems to cover the "basically I want to . . . " part of the original post just fine.

Comment Re:light sensor (Score 1) 170

If the camera is the light sensor on his computer, he'll probably have a very dim screen, not a very bright screen.

Most devices (all I've ever seen) get brightest in bright light, so the screen is still visible, and dimmest in low light, so as to not hurt your eyes.

Comment Re:Hmmm ... why? (Score 1) 218

You're essentially engaging in a false dichotomy. I think there's a better, more precise term for exactly what you're saying but that's good enough.

Who said teaching them about computing in any way detracts from those other subjects?

This comes up in charity all the time. "You shouldn't care about that/those people because this is worse/these people have it worse!" Follow the link. Ten computers were donated, so they're being used. Maybe they should use them to teach the subjects you mention, but the two are not exclusive, and suggesting using them does not suggest they are more important than other things.

Comment Looking at it backwards (Score 1) 66

The article seems to go into solutions that let you access S3 as a fuse module, but it's failing to consider that you can go the other way. Gluster, Ceph, and probably others let you access data both as a filesystem, and as an object store. It's a little more complex to setup and maintain than what this article seems to be envisioning, but it can offer a lot of flexibility. I suppose it's not as cheap to run these yourself as to use S3 in most cases.

Comment Can GIMP not read PSD? (Score 1) 233

It's been a lot of years since I've dealt with either Photo Shop or GIMP, but I'm pretty sure it used to (at least open) PSD files with no problems.

Am I remembering wrong, or is this no longer the case?

Wanting to teach people Photo Shop is fine, but if it's just about PSD compatibility, I'm not sure that makes sense.

Comment Re:a better question (Score 4, Informative) 592

I've found two reasons for this in the more than a decade since I got my first PowerBook. There's two things: there's always a few hardware features that come at a premium, and the mac stuff has some hardware niceties that I like regardless of what OS I'm running.

Everything comes and goes in cycles, feature parity is always shifting around.

For example, when I got my first G4, comparable PC laptops didn't have:

- bluetooth
- firewire
- target disk mode
- a widescreen IPS display
- gigabit ethernet

without getting really expensive.

When I got my first intel mac it was:

- dual link DVI
- a backlit keyboard
- a builtin camera

On my current macboor pro, which I bought about two years ago it was:

- thunderbolt and the ability to drive an insane number of displays
- that screen, when the first retina came out, that screen was unmatched

Laptops that had all these features have always come in at similar costs. There's sort of an 80/20 rule in play, and Apple just doesn't bother too much with things below the 80, but this seems to change a little more every year.

Also, I really love how my current MBP plugs into my display. One cable for power, USB, and display. The thunderbolt displays are basically a solid docking station.

If you dig the hardware and want some premium features (usually really current IO options) the cost makes sense to me.

Comment Re:Risks (Score 1) 118

So in fairness I realize I started to respond to this, got distracted, came back and did not exactly respond to the question being asked.

I stand by part of what I said though "support" is not magical, a combination of both is what's desired. It's best to have both your own in house people and external sources with a commercial interest you can fall back on. There's no substitute for internal knowledge though. Staff that knows how your apps interact with your systems, with your usage patterns.

My point in both cases is it's not an either or situation, there is no single point where you stop one model and go strictly to another.

Comment Risks (Score 2) 118

"The inherit (sic, seriously editors?) risk is that the organization is accountable and accepts the risks if a major bug is encountered within any of the open source applications they are using."

I'm always surprised by this being raised as a contrast to proprietary software. As pretty much anyone who has ever relied on proprietary software for their business and had that threatened by a major bug will tell you, there's no magical protection brought about by the license agreement being closed source. I've created massive complex workarounds for bugs in software we were paying tens of thousands of dollars while waiting literally years for the vendor to acknowledge the issue, let alone fix it. I won't call out my specific employers or vendors, but I can't help but assume a lack of experience on the part of the writer when I read something like that.

In my experienced opinion the best scenario to stake your business on is open software with strong commercial backing. That way when something goes wrong, you've got a third party with incentive to help you, a community of eyes, and access to fix it yourself.

Comment Re:What an asshole (Score 2) 305

So seriously, why do they need a real name policy to prevent any of that?

Since well before Facebook sites have had a TOS that would say things like "we reserve the right to kick you out if we deem your activity may be illegal, or harasses others."

Seems to me that would more than cover all the scenarios you mention. All the cases I've seen where "real names" are supposed to stop harassment, seem pretty straight forward. Just have a policy to stop harassment. Is it easier to verify someone's identity rather than their intentions, and so easier to kick these people off these sites? I just don't see what the gain is.

Comment Re:Does it address the existing issues? (Score 1) 37

This. People get all mad at Fedora for not being something it isn't. They very vocally err on the side of including more, rather than including what works. Criticizing what doesn't work in a Fedora release, without emphasizing what does, is missing (or ignoring) the whole point of Fedora.

As a long time Red Hat user (from before it was RHEL, and before there was a Fedora "core") I still think of Fedora as the rolling beta for RHEL. It's great to have access to, and it seems to me that since its introduction, it's really helped Red Hat step up its game. I use it as a desktop and to try new server technologies. I expect to tinker and am mostly just thankful for the opportunity.

While Fedora's generally quite usable for lots of thing, they even say you can use "other" things for "long-term stability" right on the "About Fedora" page.

"We believe in the power of innovation and showing off new work in our releases. Since we release twice a year, you never have to wait long to see the latest and greatest software, while there are other Linux products derived from Fedora you can use for long-term stability. We always keep Fedora moving forward so that you can see the future first."

http://fedoraproject.org/en/ab...

*And to the installer, I love the new installer. Simple as dirt, for anything more complicated, I use Kickstart, which as far as I know is still fully supported.

Comment Think of it a slightly different way (Score 3, Informative) 265

First: I do something like this all the time, and it's great. Generally, I _never_ log into production systems. Automation tools developed in pre-prod do _everything_. However, it's not just a matter of automating what a person would do manually.

The problem is that your maintenance for simple things like updating a package is requiring downtime. If you have better redundancy, you can do 99% of normal boring maintenance with zero downtime. I say if you're in this situation you need to think about two questions:

1) Why do my systems require downtime for this kind of thing? I should have better redundancy.
2) How good are my dry runs in pre-prod environments? If you use a system like Puppet for *everything* you can easily run through your puppet code as you like in non-production, then in a maintenance window you merge your Puppet code, and simply watch it propagate to your servers. I think you'll find reliability goes way up. A person should still be around, but unexpected problems will virtually vanish.

Address those questions, and I bet you'll find your business is happy to let you do "maintenance" at more agreeable times. It may not make sense to do it in the middle of the business day, but deploying Puppet code at 7 PM and monitoring is a lot more agreeable to me than signing on at 5 AM to run patches. I've embraced this pattern professionally for a few years now. I don't think I'd still be doing this kind of work if I hadn't.

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