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Comment Comeon, /. (Score 3, Insightful) 306

has a hard time holding the line against health care or tax cuts for the richest Americans.

Flamebait like this in the article summary just will veer the discussion completely off-topic.

It's also why I now have AdBlock Plus turned on when I (less frequently) browse this site.

Tone down the obvious political bias! Thanks!

Comment Misleading subject. (Score 0, Flamebait) 541

Hardly cleared. Sounds like further investigation is needed (and will be performed).

The positive out of all of this is that the "skeptic" side is finally being heard instead of being completely ignored as heretical by the clergy of the Church of Global warming. There's way too much money to be made in all this carbon/green stuff for it ever to completely go away, but at least now we may be more inclined to focus on immediate and concrete issues rather than a wild goose chase.

Comment Re:Blame open-source (Score 1) 408

So true. Sun Hardware is nice. Very nice. But not nice enough to offset the fact that I can often get two or three of the "lower-end" stuff (which is often still quite reliable itself) and maybe even run Solaris on it (though Oracle, predictably, has begun charging quite a bit for Solaris support on non-Oracle hardware).

As a customer, I felt they pretty much were saying that they'd abandoned this middle-tier space to Linux...

Comment They should do it -- if they want. (Score 1) 486

If ISP's care about how their bandwidth is being used up, they should/would definitely disconnect users for even unintentional abusive behavior for this.

Used to work at a WISP, and malware infected customers were a huge source of network problems. Anyone suspected of being infected was contacted immediately, and potentially disconnected from the network if they were unreachable and/or immediate attempts to resolve their spyware problems weren't successful.

Perhaps wired ISP's aren't so concerned about this...

Comment Re:any legit crticis? (Score 1) 382

Definitely. Best place to follow a lot of the debate is LWN. See this article for starters on some of the numbers that prompt the criticism. Canonical also has developed a reputation for maintaining large patches or groups of patches for applications rather than pushing the stuff upstream. Or they fork and create a new upstream.

These are just some of the arguments I can recall popping up on LWN the last few months -- I'm sure you can find more.

Of course, the usual suspects are at work here too... jealousy for sure as the technical heavy lifting of Canonical is done by Debian, Red Hat and others who employ the kernel hackers and such. Without these folks, Ubuntu wouldn't even exist...

Anyways, not to say Ubuntu doesn't give back in their own way, but these are the meat of the technical criticisms.

Comment Re:NetApp (Score 1) 231

I can see what you're saying as well. ZFS does a _lot_ of the things WAFL has done for years. I don't really think those approaches should necessarily be able to be patented though, but as it is now, you can see how something like ZFS -- very similar to WAFL in a lot of ways would raise some red flags and at least warrant some investigation (whether or not we agree with the principles there).

NetApp should focus on their business model though instead. WAFL is still significantly more mature than ZFS and has a superior deduplication implementation IMO. Their stuff "just works". They've got plenty of ammo to continue competing... I suppose they realize this and are just doing their corporate "due diligence" in aggressively trying to protect their IP.

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