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Comment VMware licensing (Score 1) 417

VMware is still the best product for hardware virtualization, and they do have some great home/consumer products. The biggest issue right now is their change in licensing to start charging you for how much RAM you plan to use. For a lot of customers, this may not make a difference, but at the enterprise level its definitely a nuisance and causing irritation. Will that irritation be enough to change vendors? I don't think so although managers may want it.

Comment Who isn't? (Score 1) 722

It seems like any tech company (we stick with that since this is a geek/tech site) gets this adjective attached at some point. Either a company is not a threat or they are evil. Are there big companies that don't fall into this? Microsoft has been evil forever at this point, now they are falling by the wayside a bit in browsers and devices, so no one says it anymore. Google was great, until they weren't. Now they are evil because of ads and clouds and random other buzzwords depending on the article. Apple was the well designed underdog until they got popular, then they became evil because 'hey my iPhone and iPad are locked down'.

I think the problem often is 1) we are not normal users 2) we have our own biases and can't agree on a damn thing. The user part you can get past. Just go to the store with your spouse/friend/mom and you can see their reaction to devices/features and get a better understanding. The bias part is much more difficult. We all know (and maybe you are) someone who you can't have a discussion with because Apple/Google/Microsoft/Sony/etc are Evil (TM). End of discussion. Nope don't tell me about the good points, I just want to be happy in my hate towards them because you know they do it just to spite me.

Everyone thinks someone else is evil, so in the end either everyone is evil or no one is because our definitions need to be adjusted a bit.

Comment Leaks (Score 1) 368

Of course I read earlier today that there were rumors that it was being pushed back a month or two. Everyone likes rumors because they seem illicit. You weren't supposed to know that! Much sexier than an official announcement of some kind.

Comment Does it matter? (Score 1) 2

This is one of those geek debates that most of us don't care about except for a fun discussion. The people who are really pushing from one side or the other have motives of some type. I like the idea of tablets, am planning on buying an iPad, but I don't care if it's considered a PC or not. I'm going to use it regardless.

Comment O.M.G. (Score 1) 633

What? What?! Really? Again? Someone tried something, so NOW we will make it illegal. Yes, that makes so much sense. So by this logic, if someone tries to smuggle a bomb on themselves, the TSA will then begin banning passengers. You know, because someone may try again ! I'm not saying these is an easy solution to this, but really the solution is not banning random items that have been used in the past. How about spending money on good training and good employees? How about having a dozen lines for screening so that there's less need for urgency because there are plenty of screeners who can take their time to be effective?

Comment They want me on their site right? (Score 2, Insightful) 450

The quickest way to get me off your site/article is by making me watch an ad before the video starts. I don't like watching videos when I could just read an article in general, but something occasionally seems interesting enough that I click play. As soon as I see the 'your video will begin in 15 seconds' or hear some ad start, I close the tab and move on. I understand that ads are needed for some sites to generate revenue, but you've got my attention for _seconds_ so when I have to spend any length of that time watching a commercial I just move on.

Comment Not planned (Score 2, Insightful) 186

I think it can be hard to plan for this far into the future. Look how much the web has changed, and the things we do now with even just HTML and CSS that people back in the beginning probably would never have even considered doing. You build something for your needs and if it works then you are good. Sometimes you don't want to spend time planning it out for the next 5, 10, 20 years because you assume (usually correctly) that what you are writing will be updated long before then and replaced with something else.

Comment Not really news (Score 1) 394

Don't we already know that babies can pick out shapes/voices/etc that take computers all sorts of processing power to figure out. Or how we are still trying to refine things like recognizing a face or depth or whatever, when people just 'know'. The brain is still amazing despite all the power computers now have, regardless of human or insect species.

Comment Too many distros (Score 1) 1348

It's certainly a strength to have so many options available for technical users, but normal users get confused by just the few version of Windows out there. Try and explain the various versions/distribution options for Linux and they immediately start thinking how maybe they'll just stick with Windows. I personally love OS X, and even among friends/family who know that and trust me for tech advice, they have a hard time thinking of anything outside Windows/Microsoft. There are lots of reasons why Linux hasn't taken off, but I don't know that I'd call it dead.

Comment Videos vs Text (Score 4, Insightful) 240

I can agree with the complaints about some of this at least. I hate when I go to read an article and instead its a video piece/interview/etc about the topic. I can't just open it and read at my discretion, not to mention how almost every video link seems to start with some commercial. Sure, you need to make money, but you just lost any interest I have. I do fear that this will become what the web is. I also can't be doing much else, I have to stop and engage directly with the video instead of opening interesting sounding articles that I can peruse anytime I want. I suppose I could re-watch the video or pause/rewind/play but that's not what I'm after.

Comment And..? (Score 3, Insightful) 181

I know companies that don't bother figuring out the 'hidden' cost of keeping their workstations or servers up to date. Then one day they realize they need to upgrade 30+ system all at once for some new piece of software they want. When they can't budget/manage/understand something as straightforward as hardware maintenance and upkeep, how are they going to understand something less physical like software 'debt' or whatever they are labeling it now.

Comment Re:It's funny - laugh (Score 1) 269

Thank you. I was thinking the same thing. My wife always gets a laugh when some TV show makes some terrible geek stereotype (especially roleplaying games), and I just shake my head and think it's funny how much she gets a kick out of teasing me.

We make stereotyped jokes about rednecks and users and outsourced tech support and whatever the enemy du jour is of the day. It's ok to laugh at ourselves, and realize that people are making the same jokes about geeks that we are about everyone else.

Comment Volunteers (Score 4, Insightful) 338

I think the point they are trying to make (and perhaps badly) is that anytime you have to rely on volunteers you have the potential to get bit in the ass. Any volunteer organization or group has this problem, it's not just open source. Churches, after school groups, the Elks, etc. When volunteers are the main way you expect to get support, you are at their whim. This week people are busy, so no one shows up, or the kids have a soccer game, or some new more exciting group has their interest so you lose a few people.

I don't think the idea is that the open source community is going to screw people, but that the idea of expecting volunteers to always be plentiful and useful is a good way to cause yourself problems.

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