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Comment Re:Uh huh (Score 1) 570

Sure. But I know lots of cases where a large windows shop has Linux because they have to. The cases I'm aware of where a large Linux shop has a copy of Windows to run Exchange, that's the _only_ windows machine in the shop, and it does nothing else, and it isn't even an outward-facing SMTP server. If you have data to the contrary, by all means trot it out.

Comment Re:Uh huh (Score 3, Informative) 570

Added bonus: they can use it to heat their building in the winter. I once spent a couple of months sitting next to one of those babies in an un-airconditioned space in the summer. Despite being close to the water, where it was consistently cool outside, that machine kept it nice and toasty inside. I still twitch a little if you say dazzdee. You can keep amortizing a machine while it's powered off and in a warehouse, and save yourself a bunch of money emulating a 370 in software on some reasonably powerful Xeon server. Or just sell the thing for scrap and write it off as a loss.

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The Steady Decline of Unix 570

stinkymountain writes "Unix, the core server operating system in enterprise networks for decades, now finds itself in a slow, inexorable decline, according to Network World. Jean Bozman, research vice president at IDC Enterprise Server Group, attributes the decline to platform migration issues; competition from Linux and Microsoft; more efficient hardware with more powerful processor cores; and the abundance of Unix-specific apps that can now also run on competitor's servers."

Comment Re: Drug dealers (Score 1) 223

This is no longer a valid argument. The Silk Road online marketplace now represents less than 1% of all bitcoin transactions, and there are now over 7500 merchants using just one bitcoin processor (BitPay) to convert their sales to local currency.

The main reason for merchant adoption is they can save an average of 3% on bank card fraud and chargebacks + 2% on normal bank fees. 5% savings on sales is *huge*, it often is as much as their profit margin, so doubling your profit is a heck of an incentive.

Comment Re:Reuters lies (Score 5, Insightful) 321

Just publish the dam stuff and be done with it.

They are intentionally selectively releasing the data in order to catch the government in more lies. First the government says "we don't monitor Americans". Then the media releases proof that they do. Then the government says "OK, we do monitor, but we have oversight". Then the media releases proof the oversight is non-existent. This is more powerful than indiscriminately releasing it all at once, because it shows how willing the government is to lie about what it does.

I expect the remainder of the files to be released once all the lies that can be proven false are done with.

Comment Re:Journalists licking Obamas boots (Score 2) 490

Look at his most vocal supporters during the elections and at the people who still support him now. The ones I know who still have Obama bumper stickers on their car and storm out of the room when we discuss drone bombings and warrantless wiretapping (or start yelling, "But Bush...") self identify as progressives. Who supports Obama now, except progressives? Even though his policies are not at all progressive. Cue the GP's post about the reality gap...

Or are you going to pull a No True Scotsman here?

Comment Re:Idiot (Score 4, Insightful) 490

We're getting there. Really, I think this is the most horrible part of all of the fictional dystopias. All too often, it's not all of humanity stuck in a cage sharing a common plight. The rest of humanity embraces the cage, they make up the cage, and you're all alone in feeling captive.

The mindless, unfocused anger this guy feels is not uncommon. He is stupid enough to let the people in Washington pick the targets of his rage, which isn't uncommon either. We've been building this world for a long time now.

Comment Re:Not me but friends (Score 1) 189

Knowing GL/DirectX is pretty meaningless in games unless you're looking to be hired as a graphics programmer. Even more interesting these days is that as more of the gaming experience moves online, we're seeing fairly traditional skillsets such as DBA or server side programming become much more in demand. It all depends on what you want to do *on* a game development team. Knowing graphics programming doesn't guarantee you a job anymore than being demonstrably skilled in any other facet of game programming. In fact, going in and thinking that just because you can write a hobby game front to back yourself is far less interesting to employers than being able to demonstrate an interest in a specific area.

Comment Re: What does the job entail? (Score 3, Informative) 189

I work for one of the top 5 developers on console games, as a programmer. Are there crunch times? Yes. Do you get comp time? Yes. I'm going to be taking 35 days vacation this fall. The work itself is vastly more interesting and personally rewarding (to me) than working on business intelligence software, which is probably where I'd be otherwise.

You get what you put into it, and you also get what you put up with. I don't recommend that anybody sacrifice their quality of life simply to be in games, and certainly some studios are worse than others, but in making games for 9 years, if you can put up with a some crunch every year or two, it can be a really fun job. Just put up resistance if you're being treated unfairly (80 hour work weeks? Never.) .. once you get some experience, you can move around. The entire industry is a game of musical chairs, so you should be able to find something at your 'pressure' level. Some people will put up with those insane for the privilege of working on a GTA title, but there is plenty of middle ground.

And as somebody else pointed out above, just because you like playing games (or even making them for yourself) doesn't necessarily mean you'll like making them in the AAA game space. I just wrapped up a title where the credits take about 40 minutes to watch, so there are lots of considerations in terms of how much time you're willing to put in, how much individual credit you're looking for, etc.

Comment Re:Fool me once.... (Score 1) 217

Basically, your whole argument boils down to "they say...", "they say...", "they say...", but you're given no means to verify any of it. That's not how you do security.

Do you know the people running SpiderOak? Then why do you trust them so implicitly?

Even a layered approach, like TrueCrypt on Google's "encrypted" Cloud dilutes the trust you need to put in any one party. You're putting all of your eggs in one basket, which has exploitable holes, and trusting that basket entirely because of the basketmaker's advertising. That is not a fair strategy for proper security. That's the illusion of security.

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