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Comment Going to spread like wildfire (Score 1) 277

I could almost put money this causing a big problem in the mobile community. Originating from a Chinese mobile app store is one thing from some very tailored application is one thing, but if it's repackaged apps out in the wild for popular (a la pirated, full-version) apps, then it's most definitely going to cripple Android-equipped phone users. Let's be honest, if you can get the app for free, who wouldn't install it? Especially half-wit phone users who have enough technical savvy to go look elsewhere for apps or got that latest 1000-app pack off of Usenet/P2P/Torrent from their buddy.

Comment Total Price Gouging Strategy (Score 5, Insightful) 611

I'm happy with my 1.5Mbps cable broadband speed, but let's face it, it's a total price gouging tactic to squeeze more money out of the end-user consumer. If I wanted to even upgrade my cable service from 1.5Mbps to 2.5Mbps, it's an easy US $30/month dent for a measly 1Mbps extra bandwidth and for what? So I can download that , depending on size, handfuls of minutes faster than I could before? Even more so, I'll go on the high mark to say it also has a lot to do with what they know you're going to do with that bandwidth and they make you pay for it (a la against net-neutrality). Almost all wired broadband companies in my area are coupled with television access, so you can buy your internet package separately or as part of a bundled set. Why would they want to give you cheap bandwidth so you can drop their cable television service and use NetFlix/Hulu/Vudu/BD-Live, ect.?

Comment Big buzzkill, over-dramatized (Score 5, Interesting) 142

I work as a federal contractor at a Department of Interior funded datacenter that is actually suppose to be taking on the 'work' from some of the downsized datacenters. Comical bit is, we've known about this for well over a year prior to TFA, and it's a total bean-counter move. The goal is "use less servers, and less operating systems". We still have zero idea what we are getting in, who we're getting it from, what it'll be, ect. To me, we're preparing more for straight P2V virtualization than we at all worried about some desk jockey's 'cloud' buzzword he put in his report.

Comment Too much over analysis and hype (Score 4, Insightful) 390

Regardless of the amount of 'fight-the-man' fame WIkileaks and Assange and Company have drummed up, I think the bigger thing to take away from this story how vulnerable Big Company still is to online DDoS attacks at any given time and for any sort of reason, inflicted or not. You can argue about the traceability and poor track covering tactics of LOIC all day, but it did it's job and did it well. The time and effort to try and even prosecute any of the thousands and thousands of 'whomever's responsible for that source IP would be staggering and it just won't happen. Like many of the /.'s, I side with the notion, "Who cares" and wait for the next front-page new post.

Comment What About Big Oil Fighting Back? (Score 1) 363

I'm glad to see an organization/company that is independent of 'Big Oil' move on this. You see the 'Big Oil' companies bragging about green energy this and that, but I think they get in on it to control yet another niche market/patents/technology that infringes on their income with the petroleum-based natural resources they pillage now. What has survived so far in this downed economy in the United States? Fuel, oil and cigarettes. I don't see the biggest renewable energy companies in the world changing their ways of currently lining their pockets with dollar bills until it's too late.

On the subject of silica/sand and the Sahara desert: regardless of how desolate or 'deemed useless' a desert is, it's still an eco-system that makes the world go 'round, so hopefully it doesn't get pillaged in the process.

Comment Too many IT stereotypes! (Score 2, Insightful) 347

I don't think IT is any more stressful than any other attention-filled, high demand position in the work field, I think what makes it stressful and piles on the anxiety is what everyone else in the world has to deal with any job: co-worker cooperation (or lack-there-of), difficult boss, tight deadlines, piss-poor-planning, busy streaks in industry or retail, demanding work performance, stupid end-users/consumers, ect. I could go on forever.

Almost every position I've applied for has asked "How do you deal with stress?" because it's something that comes along with any job, not just IT. If you don't have a particular outlet (e.g. break time to take a walk, co-worker to vent to, shruggable conscious, squeeze ball with your co-worker's face on it), then you better get one.

But let's face it, a lot of anxiety and stress can be self-inflicted, too. I've been a Systems Administrator by day profession for quite some time now and I couldn't think of a more fluid position to have to constantly get used to. Every year, I see ton's of "new guys" come in and can't handle it because they are cocky, their resume doesn't match their skillset (e.g. LIED) or just don't have common sense. If you know your job, do it well, can multi-task and prioritize without having someone hold your hand, everything else will fall into place.

Comment More hardware than open source software (Score 4, Insightful) 416

I think hardware architecture has a lot to do with this, too. Any good embedded engineering focus company can design their hardware and work with it with Android. Why? Because everyone knows the OS capabilities of the Linux kernel and how portable it is, that makes it easy. Woz has a point, but just a small one, Windows was dominant because it worked across the multitude of PC platforms and wasn't tied to specific hardware (al la RISC and Apple) Although Apple did have it's selling points, anything that's more encompassing that doesn't lock a consumer down is going to get tried and, more times than none, chosen over the competitor that doesn't.

Today, however, Apple makes some pretty bad-ass and inferior products that 'wow' you on functionality and usability from a UI perspective. I myself own a few device with iOS on them and their UI experience alone is worth the product. Android OS is just too portable not to use and it's using the Linux kernel; that alone gets you over the barrier and into competition because anyone can slap it on whatever hardware they want with for less reason and stand up a working product.

Comment Does it matter it was done with ARM? (Score 2, Insightful) 76

Maybe I'm just missing the excitement of this, but architecture aside, we know Rubik's cubes have predestined, mathematical (logical) approach to solving them, so really having any computational device (even like a microcontroller) can do that. I'd like to people fine-tune the robotic mechanics around turning and changing the cube, so it can start rivaling human solving speeds. I think that's were the feat would get a lot more interesting than seeing the next xyz-embedded computing device controlling another Lego Mindstorm.

Comment Dismantle you're entire infrastructure for OSS? (Score 1) 375

Everything you touch on is certainly feasible and (although, TONS of work) modestly achievable. However, I hate to say if you're the one who pulled out the "Linux can save us all this money" smoking gun fan boi approach, I'd say you better go back and figure out how much it's going to cost your business/company you work for how much time in training, lost productivity, transitions, oversights, and quirks associated with your mass movement to Linux. Just because you're cutting licensing costs, doesn't mean you're going to save ANY money, downtime or productivity.

I suggest you do some real, in-depth planning and perhaps identify more risks, and even go as far as picking the least ranked department in terms of criticality to your business to start with.

You're touching on changing some real core foundations of your company, so best of luck to you and your project plan. Remember, OpenOffice has no Microsoft Office alternative, either.

Comment Re:About time (Score 1) 228

Hard to say. I've wondered the same thing myself. But when pushes comes to shove, I don't really have a problem with an enterprise OS taking their time on a release just as long as it's been through a bit more of regression testing to cut some of the bigger bugfixes out of the way. RHEL5 right now is really a stable foundation OS for the most part, even when using more of the COTS packages right out of the distro (e.g. LAMP setups, PostgreSQL, vsftp, ect.).

So I guess it's now time for RHEL to live up to their hype FTFA and hope that the 4 year wait measures up to the gloat about the 10's of thousands of fixes they poured into the release.

Comment Another Columbia? (Score 2, Interesting) 104

I think I'd be shaking in my boots if I was a Discovery bound astronaut. Although, I think it's a good thing their exhaustive checkout is finding more issues, it's a real drag to see NASA struggling to get one last launch of the Discovery and having such showstopper flaws. I understand that no amount of engineering or preparation can substitute the small amount of pure luck it is to have a successful space launch with all things considered, but you can't help but wonder if there wasn't such drastic funding cutbacks for NASA in space exploration and aeronautics if we'd be seeing a different, more positive outcome from the same reporting.

Comment Get your own satellite, Nicaragua! (Score -1, Flamebait) 285

If it was it was a heavily invested militarized stronghold like the U.S., Great Britian, ect. I would have fell out my chair. I'm not surprised Nicaraguan military uses free earth imaging resources to conduct operations or remote sensing, but it's just that: Free, with a disclaimer to boot! Who cares if you're a 3rd world country, get organized! That's almost scary; wars have been waged on smaller misunderstandings than that...

Submission + - What is on that Perf board in US explosive package 1

adosch writes: CNN reports that, "Suspicious packages found in at least two locations abroad that were bound for the United States "apparently contain explosive material," President Barack Obama said Friday, calling the discovery "a credible threat against our country." In the apparent article, there are very close-up photography taken of the supposed circuit board and explosive material that accompanied the package, with what appears to be a possible cellular and GPS microcontroller driven devices. What are your speculations?

Comment Gullible users isn't a payoff or a business model (Score 1) 549

You have got to be kidding me! At what point would this hold up, ever? I beg to wonder what stakeholder douche with a slight pinch of technological know-how came up with this toilet spin idea. Besides the fact of droning on about how stupid of an idea that is, for anyone who has actually spent time cross-referencing IP address to physical users and are NOT an ISP, it's exhaustive, expensive, mildly time consuming and with all the other entities involved, you better have a damn good reason other than a flawed model to gain income from your website.

Wake up North Country Gazette and welcome to the wide variety the internet has to offer. The amount of users who will just find somewhere else to get their content far outweighs the few dumb ones that will pay for it. That's not business, that's lunacy.

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