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Comment It's too late now (Score 5, Interesting) 312

It's too late to jump in the bitcoin market now. The run is nearly over and everyone and their dog are now jumping in - which is a pretty good sign that a drop in price is imminent.
The suckers are lining up and the people with all the amassed bitcoin will likely sell it off to the suckers at the top of the market.
Then the price will fall out of the bottom as demand is saturated.

Economics has everything to do with value and what people are willing to pay, and especially in the case of currency trading, which prices the orders and money sits at and NOTHING ELSE. Sure, news may influence people's positions, but at the end of the day - money talks and BS walks.

You never try to chase after a quickly falling or rising price by jumping in the market going in the same direction.
Where people see a dropping market, you have to be thinking as a buyer.
You buy at the low prices and sell at the high prices, and never EVER the other way around.

As the bitcoin price goes up, those holding bitcoins will be thinking of selling and taking profits.

Comment Re:Having it NOT be in upstream is more flexible (Score 2) 131

Now, it would be nice to relicense ZFS under GPL so that it can be included in the kernel. But this should wait until the port is a bit more mature. Right now development is very active on ZFS and we have new versions coming out every few weeks; having to coordinate this with kernel releases will complicate things.

Funny, I thought ZFS was very mature by now.
Getting it open and into Linux would result in perhaps some cross-pollination between OpenZFS and Oracle's official ZFS.

Comment Literally Hitler (Score 1) 97

Turns out that policies to limit population growth are pretty unpopular, and if you even suggest them you are "Literally Hitler", which is why it will never happen unless you are Communist China.

Well it is pretty hard for a democratic society to legislate for people to die, and harder to legislate for one-child policies.
Same deal with banning the sending of food aid to needy people - after all - once poor people have been allowed to live, they'll only breed more of themselves and create more of the conditions for entrenched poverty.
The best method governments had for reducing population was to leave smoking laws in place, not force people to wear bicycle helmets and seatbelts etc, leave dangerous playground equipment intact, take away many operational health and safety regulations etc.

We cotton-wool wrap ourselves so well these days.

Comment Re:Leverage that GO playing AI (Score 1) 183

The actual algorithm is to know what markets are - and what they repeatedly do - day in, day out.

A market has either found an area where the market thinks prices are reasonable, or it is going up to probe out a new high price before dropping down to probe out a new low price, and then returning to a new reasonable price that has taken into consideration everything it has learnt from it's journey to the extremes.... including where everybody has their orders.

Then the cycle simply repeats, although sometimes it flips a coin on whether it goes to check out higher prices or lower prices first.... but it needs to check them both out to see who wants to trade there before coming back to balanced value areas.

Comment Leverage that GO playing AI (Score 3, Informative) 183

All one needs to do is leverage that GO playing AI to trade the financial forex and commodities markets.
Once it figures out how those markets routinely move - AND THEY WILL (because the "business model" that runs them simply doesn't change - evidenced by Wall Street millionaires), then all one has to do is keep a server running and exploit the market for millions at a time while it makes automated trades.

I'm not even talking about HFT trading. I'm talking about standard swing trading.
Of course the only possible downside to this is EVERYBODY having an AI that can do this, and then the system will likely come crashing down, or become as volatile as BitCoin - with the key difference that it will affect actual world economies.

Comment Banned for toying with the ini file (Score 1) 184

Friend of mine was banned for toying with the ini file in an attempt to try and get the game to actually run at decent frame rates on his hardware.
Anyone who has PUBG knows that it is quite resource intensive.

Given that it's an early access title, he figured that the ini modifications were fair game... but Battleye thought otherwise and called him out for doing a rendering hack and banned him.

Comment Re:Linux has no Office, Exchange, Sharepoint kille (Score 1) 412

The issue is that LibreOffice doesn't have integration with Sharepoint.
In fact, LibreOffice doesn't have integration with any Linux variants of Sharepoint, like Atlassian Confluence or anything like that.

Also, there's no support for any of these applications. The reason why Microsoft gets money is because they exist as an entity to blame when something goes wrong (which it inevitably does)

Free Software has who exactly to support it? Unless you're dealing with vendors like RedHat or even Oracle (and it's excuse for support) - you're out of luck.

Comment Re:Linux doesn't even have a good desktop environm (Score 2) 412

The issue is when you have multiple office users and computers, and printers, and applications which only run on Windows.
That's when user and computer management and application support gets to be a real problem. You won't notice these issues as a home computer user.

Bag on Active Directory as much as you want, but there's nothing comparable in Linux. I've deployed OpenLDAP before - but holy shit I wouldn't want to have to manage that by hand on a daily basis.

Windows server is more manageable. That said, it is a flaky POS and I wish it would die.

Comment Re:Cheaper to license, costlier to support (Score 4, Interesting) 412

There are many Microsoft "engineers" simply due to Windows being easier to use, but many of those people couldn't script themselves out of a paper-bag.
When Windows decides to break (which is all too often), the most common fix is to reboot the server or restart the service.
Windows Server is a black box which nobody really understands... but people manage to live with it somehow, and "trick" it into working.

This is unlike Linux engineers who can generally fix problems due to source code or good scripting skills. ...but mostly what tips people over to Windows are the apps that businesses need to use. They're just not available on Linux.

Comment Linux has no Office, Exchange, Sharepoint killer (Score 4, Insightful) 412

As much as I am a vocal Linux supporter, the fact of the matter is that Linux has no comparable turnkey Office, Exchange, and Sharepoint killer.

Oh yes, there are comparable applications - but none of them work together in an easily managed way.

Until something unified and stable can actually compete with the ease of setup of Microsoft's office suite, Linux has no hope here.

So it looks like we'll be stuck with Windows Server and it's regular RDS server dropouts, printer spooler issues, DFS shares disappearing, and random Windows hangs for a long time into the forseeable future until someone can do something about it.

Comment Article make logical fallacy (Score 1) 154

Silly article. Person writing the article presumes that:

1) People's time is free, and/or already have large fortunes enabling them to focus on pet projects
2) Everyone has the same moral compass, that nudges them towards helping humanity where (1) is true.
3) Recent inventions of the smartphone and other internet developments are somehow not good enough and don't help the world in any way.

Comment Re:A lot of money does not make you a good person (Score -1) 154

Well, assuming that money can be traded for goods and services, technically speaking if you have a lot of money it's because you have done something of great value for a lot of people - therefore you are deserving of the wealth.

Money doesn't make you a good person (citation needed - define "good" in this context), but it makes you a free person and a useful person.

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