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Comment Re:Toilet paper and timber? (Score 2) 245

With paper, the tree is crushed. Why would you need a large straight tree for that? Economics re-enforces this. You're not going to pay extra for a large tree just to crush it

What? Have you even been to an active paper company forest?

Yup! My cousins used to cut trees for the paper mills.

Comment Re:Toilet paper and timber? (Score 4, Interesting) 245

It wouldn't make any sense to take a nice large, straight tree and turn it into paper of any sort. If you need a roof or wall, you have to start with a large straight tree. With paper, the tree is crushed. Why would you need a large straight tree for that? Economics re-enforces this. You're not going to pay extra for a large tree just to crush it

It amazes me that people think they are saving a tree when they don't use paper. I highly doubt they have even seen what kind of trees paper is made from. When I explain this, people usually tell me, "That makes sense." Of course it does!

This reminds me of the Mike Rowe's TED talk about how a lot of people talk about things they think they know. Until a person actually tries sheep farming, they really don't know a thing. I ask my dad (grew up on a farm) about the subject Mike Rowe covered in his talk, and sure enough, he knew about it.

Also of note, the abstract mentions that the number of trees has been too low in previous estimates. I wonder how this new estimate will change climate/CO2 modeling:

"This map reveals that the global number of trees is approximately 3.04 trillion, an order of magnitude higher than the previous estimate."

Comment Re:Goodbye Redhat, keep making the same mistake.. (Score 1) 167

What Microsoft turned WBEM into is a monstrosity. WBEM was just supposed to be an enhancement of SNMP. Instead of key/value type system, it allows real parameters to be sent to the remote system. But then, Microsoft. And now Microsoft is abusing it even more with DSC! WBEM was never intended to do some link DSC. What RedHat is doing with WBEM is exactly what it is supposed to be used for.

Comment Re:Ubuntu was great on the desktop (Score 2) 167

RHEL has a solution for this now. It is called Software Collections and the Developer Toolset. A developer can use latest Python, but the base system still uses the "stable" packages. All of this is still packaged as rpms, so the same management tools still apply. Note that the support cycle is much shorter for packages in the Software collections, but it is easy enough to take upstream and use the .spec file to roll your own.

Comment Re:Goodbye Redhat, keep making the same mistake.. (Score 1) 167

Which projects are 'not invented here' by RedHat? I suppose you could argue that buying iPlanet/Sun LDAP server is a rejection of OpenLDAP, but at the same time, they were trying to build something much more comprehensive. The fruits of that purchase is FreeIPA. FreeIPA is awesome.

They are also trying to introduce a proper management layer using WBEM. But it doesn't stop at just installing an OSS WBEM server. They are building out an entire management interface which in turn requires them to write more providers. Not invented here? There isn't really anything out there, so they are making it themselves. All opensource.

So beyond RedHat contributing to a ton of existing projects, they are building things (hard things), not only to make a better distro, but things that help the entire Linux universe. But hey, Ubuntu is making Mir. So there is that.

Comment Re:Goodbye Redhat, keep making the same mistake.. (Score 1) 167

Is Gnome 3 that controversial anymore? I thought Unity surpassed it in controversy.

I've been running RedHat/Fedora since 4.0.4, so as far as I can tell, RedHat has never left my desktop. One box has been updated for each release since RedHat 9. That included switching to x86_64 when I replaced the motherboard, but kept the HDD.

Comment Re:What makes Ubuntu Server unsuitable? (Score 5, Informative) 167

RHEL has good 3rd party support for when you need it. RedHat also spends a lot of work and money on compliance testing (e.g. Common Criteria and SCAP). This helps out with HIPAA and PCI regulation. It helps fill out that little check box so we all can get back to worrying about real security. I personally use RedHat's IdM (which is really FreeIPA). FreeIPA is awesome.

Comment Re:Centos = RHEL really (Score 3, Interesting) 167

40% ain't bad for CentOS/RHEL. I'm a bit surprised that Debian, which Ubuntu is based on, has fallen so far.

Ubuntu is a fine distro, I just don't like the company and the leadership. RHEL is a fine distro, but it purposely has a slower update cadence. I love the RedHat company and how committed they are to OSS. Everything they buy (and they've spent a lot on acquisitions over the years), they open source.

Comment Re:Bullcrap (Score 1) 515

I've never been in a situation where I didn't find a solution, but I suppose that it's a "YMMV" situation...and there have been times on both Windows and Linux where I've gotten the system screwed up enough that it would take less time to just do a wipe+reinstall. I've spent at least as much time trying to find something remotely useful in Microsoft KB articles as I have in researching Linux problems, but I suspect that has more to do with the patterns of abuse that I tend to put my systems through than the OSes themselves.

Comment Re:Bullcrap (Score 4, Informative) 515

I'd usually boot a livecd, mount my partitions, and chroot into my install to fix whatever was broken. Usually, it's something that I did recently, and that I know how to undo. I've had to do that about as many times as I've had to boot from a Windows disk to restore corrupted files, fix the mbr, or some other such nonsense. That's not counting trouble with updates that won't install and can't tell me why or that put the computer into an unbootable state.

In Linux, I can usually trace problems to something that I did. In Windows, I can usually trace problems to something that the OS did. Each system has it's own philosophy of repair. For Windows: Use the Microsoft-supplied tools, and hope that you can get things working well enough. For Linux: Hope that your knowledge or search engine skills are enough to fix the problem. I like the second approach, because it feels like it relies on my own cleverness than it does the engineers that wrote the software.

Comment Re:Nope... (Score 1) 528

In my particular case there can only be one reason, realistically.

True; as you've been saying, you live in a fairly secluded part of Maine. If someone's hovering near your home with a huge bunch of land around you, there's probably something a little fishy going on....and that's another aspect that needs to be considered (location, that is).

And hundreds of feet?

Two or two point five hundred is technically "hundreds", although the wording generally implies more. I was thinking in orders of magnitude.

There was someone else that I was discussing something similar with the other day. His perspective was that someone flying near where he lived (a multi-story apartment building adjacent to a busy city street and sidewalk) would be a safety problem. I think that most people imagine a specific place that the theoretical drone is flying and make up their opinion partially based on what they visualize.

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