Ruby is only a liability.
You can use one of the open source distributions that were forked from OpenSolaris (more or less): Nexenta, Illumos, etc
ZFS alone makes this more than worthwhile, although you can now have ZFS with FreeBSD, OS X, and even Linux.
Anyone who wants "raw, uninterrupted, chaotic thrill of anarchy" just needs to observe Wall Street and banks.
Watch Inside Job to get a look at the greedy scum who've infiltrated and taken control of every institution including our governments.
1. NY to declare war on LA!
2. Money piñata!
you can probably find a company whose culture is a better fit for people over 40.
"Case in point NoSQL. Who had it first? Open Source"
Depends how you define NoSQL. DynamoDB paper was published circa 2007 but the product is not open source. What open source product did you have in mind that defines NoSQL? BerkeleyDB?
NodeJS, PHP, Ruby are the village idiots... not really worth bragging about
The only metric being optimised is profit for $BIGCO's owners; the wellbeing and prosperity of Iowans is irrelevant. Ask Indian farmers how Coca-Cola bottling plants (and bottled water plants) are helping THEM.
You're aware that data centres like this employ about 50 people, right? This is not a business that sustains the local economy.
Slashdot's libertarian reptile brain really should try harder.