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Comment Re:Why would I even consider using OpenSolaris? (Score 1) 342

Backups are necessary. But, you know, it's nice to avoid restoring a backup if you don't need to.

Furthermore, backups don't help with data that flips bits on disk without being noticed, then consumed by the system in some calculation. A lot of filesystems do not notice non-metadata bits flipping, so you could end up end up with false suddenly becoming true in your database, affecting future calculations.

Once you add RAID, failure conditions become yet more complicated, although some of them become less likely. I don't even know where to begin on that one, except that it isn't a panacea.

It's easy to go "F***" if you're clueless.

Comment Re:Why would I even consider using OpenSolaris? (Score 2, Insightful) 342

Most of OpenSolaris was under the CDDL, which provides protection from patent claims from Sun (now Oracle). So if you used OpenSolaris, they wouldn't have a case through copyright infringement -- it's an approved open-source license -- or through patents they hold. Reality is complicated, so it's always a good idea to read the license code is released under: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/cddl1.php

In other words: your concern about OpenSolaris specifically is unfounded. DalvikVM wasn't make by Sun and released under the CDDL, so there was no patent protection. This will still have a chilling effect on the Java ecosystem, of course.

In practice I would use Solaris for databases and storing other critical data. Linux has a long way to go before it has something as mature as ZFS, and I wouldn't trust important data on anything less. DTrace adds introspection that is wonderful on a live database as well. Operating systems are tools, so use them for what they're good at.

Comment Re:Oh Canada (Score 1) 359

OECD data that shows countries with universal healthcare spend less and have better outcomes in quite a few important metrics.

Here's a summary for the US: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/46/2/38980580.pdf

Not to put too fine a point on it, but libertarians live in a fantasy land. They talk theory, when hard data has been available for years. Empiricism > Wankery.

Comment Re:VIDEO tag? (Score 1) 325

IIRC, Opera was actually the first browser to release a (alpha?) version of their browser that supported <video>.

For whatever reason they haven't released one since.

Comment Re:I'm a sinner on this one... (Score 2, Insightful) 620

And I do understand why it's forbidden.

But you're special and won't screw up, right?

It's amazing the rationalizations that people go through. Stop coming up with excuses and pay attention to the road.

You're not special, and you're threatening people's lives with your selfish stupidity.

Comment Re:Actual risk? (Score 1) 620

Talking on a phone is equivalent to DUI: http://hfs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/48/2/381

It doesn't matter if you're using a hand-held or hands-free phone: http://hfs.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/48/1/196

In other words, the danger lies in your concentration not being on the road. If you're writing text, you're not concentrating on the road. Therefore I'd be surprised if texting didn't have similar risks.

Please, do the right thing. It won't kill you to wait till you're at a destination to text. It might if you do (and others, unfortunately).

Comment Re:Uh huh. (Score 1) 1089

What decade do you live in, man? The 1980s? :/

http://www.xfree86.org/current/mit-shm.html

Also, I used to use X on a 486/66 with 16MB RAM -- and it worked comparable to Win95, which was quite good. My mp3 player has far more juice and memory than that machine did, let alone a netbook.

Please don't take about things you don't know about as if you do.

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