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Submission + - Oracle and Microsoft to announce cloud partnership Monday 2

symbolset writes: While some might liken the deal to the Empire joining up with the Trade Federation, there may be some interesting outcomes for this one. On Monday Microsoft and Oracle are expected to announce a "cloud" partnership". Although the two companies often seem to be at odds two of their founders — Bill Gates and Larry Ellison — are partners in charity in the "giving pledge." Is this the beginning of a beautiful friendship, or an alliance of axis powers?

Submission + - Google Fiber adds 14th city: Lee's Summit (kansascity.com)

symbolset writes: Many pages have been shared here and in the popular press about Google Fiber, including some saying it is an experiment doomed to be limited, and Google saying they have found their experiment profitable and are focusing on it as a business now. On Thursday night the Lee's Summit city council passed three resolutions to welcome Google Fiber to their community. This is the 12th community in the Kansas City Metro Area to welcome Google Fiber and the 14th city overall. The KC map now covers almost all of the KC metro area with parts in both Kansas and Missouri. 8 months into the rollout two fiberhoods have been completed, 30 more are under way and 50 more are to start by the end of summer. This covers most of the territory of both Kansas Citys ahead of schedule and completes before the end of winter so the timeline has been accelerated. As Google runs their fiber across town it appears they're putting backbones down the major thoroughfares to be trunks out to the wider communities. With Provo wired with fiber already, Austin to start next it looks like Google Fiber's ambitions are not to just to deliver their symmetric gigabit uncapped, unfiltered, inexpensive fiber Internet to just a few privileged enclaves. They still have over 1,000 cities left to go who have already petitioned to be Google Fiber cities so it's not like they're going to run out of work.

Comment Re:Annoyed fanboy? (Score 1) 419

It's not that someone who spent $100 on a phone won't buy software. It's that they probably will never buy any apps over five or six bucks, and prefer not to spend more than about two. They're cheap bastards. They'll look for the free app first, too, and they won't pay more than a dollar or two to remove ads unless they use the app all the time.

Comment Re:Does Fragmentation Matter? (Score 1) 419

My completely anecdotal guess is developers can pretty safely forget v.2.x of Android without hugely harming sales.

Nope. Phones are still being sold with gingerbread. But here's the truth: developers of software which requires a powerful phone (or whatever) can ignore 2.x, because all the devices which are fast by modern standards run at least ICS.

Comment Re:Say hello to my little Friend. (Score 1) 161

You don't have to worry about sentient machines running amok. You have to worry about pre-sentient kill bots programmed by the same assholes that do shit like PRISM.

Here's the thing. Let's say, in classic sci-fi fashion, that if you get enough of these kill bots networked together, they actually develop intelligence. They're going to be polite to one another, but it doesn't stand to reason that they'll care about us if their parts can be turned out by automated machines as well.

Comment Re:What about other civilizations? (Score 1) 161

Compare, for example, your average 50 year old human to an average 50 year old car. What's that you say? Having a hard time finding a 50 year old car? Most cars (save a few meticulously maintained and barely used by collectors) are so fragile that they're buried in a junkyard by their 20th birthday.

Two points. First, if most humans were maintained as poorly as most cars are maintained, they'd die before fifty. And when a car gets in a crash that costs more than a few thousand bucks, we write it off and crush it, but we'll spend tens of thousands of dollars to merely prolong a human life for a year or two. Second, life expectancy isn't what you think. In the early part of the 20th century the worldwide average life expectancy was only 32. Today it's a mere 67. In some countries it's still in the thirties.

Submission + - CentOS releases the Xen4CentOS project returning Xen support to CentOS 6. (lwn.net)

dustwun writes: From the announcement

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability for the Xen4 virtualisation stack for CentOS-6/x86_64 The software is delivered as a dedicated repository under http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6/xen4/ and were developed with the help of the Xen Project, the Citrix Xen open-source team, GoDaddy.com's Cloud Engineering team and Rackspace Hosting.

This should help a large number of hosters more easily migrate their aging systems to a more recent version of CentOS, as well as take advantage of newer features. There have been some rumblings in the CentOS world, and this announcement seems show that they've been busy.

Comment Re:What's the difference with Linux ? (Score 1) 220

Filesystems. Linux and *BSD have *FAT*, NTFS, and ZFS in common. That's about it. FreeBSD has had ZFS for a couple of years longer than Linux.

Last I looked, Linux supported BSD disklabels and filesystems.

FreeBSD has had ZFS for a couple of years longer than Linux

Doesn't in-kernel ZFS still lead on BSD, too?

Comment Re:It just works (Score 1) 220

Back around 1990, we had a 486 system running "US Army BSD". (Whatever that really was.) Apparently our University paid AT&T enough money that this was free to use, at least on-campus.

There are (were) a million-billion variants of Unix. For a while, everyone and their mom was writing [a bad] one or doing [usually a mediocre and never-updated] BSD port. The original RISC machine (IBM RT PC, with the ROMP architecture) had a BSD4.3 port called AOS and later got a 4.4-lite port. A friend had a SAGE machine which ran a Unix called IDRIX. Etc etc.

Comment Re:Had AT&T not sued BSDi (Score 1) 220

We might be talking about FreeBSD as we do Linux these days.

Well no. The difference is that I could get a stack of floppies and simple install instructions and actually install Slackware and get it running within one day. Whereas with BSD, asking for install help was pretty much guaranteed to leave you with the mark of the idiot for the remainder of time.

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