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Comment Re:Welp (Score 2) 306

The parent sums PCI up very nicely. My company is looking at the feasibility of implementing PCI vs outsourcing credit cards. Since we would be a Tier 4 vendor, we would be able to do a self assessment. Talking with other companies in Tier 4 uncovered a wide range of compliance from almost nothing to almost complete compliance. If the web site you're giving your credit card to is not a Tier 1 vendor, be very very afraid.


Thousands of Blackbirds Fall From Sky Dead 577

Dan East writes "In a fashion worthy of a King or Hitchcock novel, blackbirds began to fall from the sky dead in Arkansas yesterday. Somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 birds rained down on the small town of Beeb, Arkansas, with no visible trauma. Officials are making wild guesses as to what happened — lightning strike, high-altitude hail, or perhaps trauma from the sound of New Year's fireworks killed them."

Comment Re:Eheh (Score 1) 392

Yet more anecdotal evidence: we had a proprietary database system running on a old Solaris 2.6 system circa 1998. I was able to move the binaries to a Solaris 10 system and they ran without any modifications at all. Try taking a binary that ran on a Linux system from that era and run it on a modern variant. You'd have to play games with libc to even think about getting it to run.

So we only have a few data points here; perhaps if a few other post their experience you might be open to looking at another point of view?

Comment Re:IMHO solaris has a really bad userland (Score 3, Insightful) 378

True enough, the Solaris userland is not as robust as Linux out of the box. You can upgrade to a more robust userland through sites like Blastwave, that carry pre-compiled GNU-like programs.

OTOH, Solaris is much better at backward compatibility than Linux. I have a very old proprietary database that was once running on Solaris 2.6, running on Solaris 10. I didn't have to wedge in some ancient libc to get this to happen, it just worked. So like many things in life, and especially with computers, you trade have trade offs: stability or newer features. One size does not fit all.

Comment Re:ATI chipsets (Score 2, Informative) 195

The Fedora team has backported the KMS and R600/700 improvements to FC12, which I've been running for a few weeks now. While it's better than nothing, 3d performance still has a way to go. The performance of my old Heretic II game is still unacceptably slow.

The ATI drivers usually took the sacrifice of a goat to get them to work, but their performance was far superior. Too bad ATI won't support recent releases of Fedora.

Comment Re:why would you ... (Score 1) 435

I'm surprised that its taken this long for someone to mention 911. Your 911 cell call will get routed to God knows where, while your land lane gets routed to a local agency. When you call on your land line, your name and address appears on the operators screen, which might be really useful if someone who does not know your address is placing the call.

Comment Re:Poll results (Score 1) 387

How 'bout some empathy for the children he conned into sex acts?

Proof or retract.

I ran across a MJ special last night while channel surfing on, I think, NBC. At any rate, they had a bit on about his molestation trial in 2005. Although he was acquitted, two of the jurors who had originally defended the verdict came back and said they thought he was guilty. If nothing else, there's a lot of 'smoke' around MJ.

I see MJ completely differently. Thrown into the spotlight at 5 years old, he pretty much stopped maturing at that point. His fame (and, later, infamy) and riches meant that he always had "handlers" around to take care of things for him. Without having to do things for himself, he could never mature. He wasn't jaded rich. He was immature rich, and probably not by his own doing.

Yep, he had a very different life from most people. It would be hard to be a 'normal' person growing up in his shoes. On the other hand he did have the power to try to change his behaviour, and from my limited view on his life he didn't seem to try to do that. It seemed he tried to play up his odd behaviour. I suppose that keeps him in the lime light, and there's no such thing as bad publicity in the entertainment industry.

Comment Re:What are these architectures good for... (Score 2, Interesting) 190

There's a lot to be said for backward compatibility. I recently migrated a very old database off of a Solaris 2.6 system and moved it to Solaris 10. I didn't have to search for back leveled software, the application just worked. Granted, this isn't something I need to do every day, but it's an invaluable feature to have when you're dealing with trying to support enterprise applications that just refuse to die.

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