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Comment Sharp PC 140x (4KB) vs. MB Air (4 GB) (Score 1) 587

140x, baby. That's how you rolled with protable computing back in 1986. Yeah! ... Still have it's successor, the 1403H with 32 KB and cash-register strip printer, peek/poke hack manual, etc. Still running on two button-cells that are more than 15 years old. Have still to find a turing complete computer that beat that battery uptime.

I, however, am writing this on an MB Air with 4BG RAM, wich makes this 1000 000 x more memory.

Comment Which one? (Score 1) 587

Which computer?

I mean, should I cumulate it all? My laptop has 16GB, my desktop has 16GB, my Xeon server has 16GB and my self-built server has 16GB, my wifes iMac has 16GB (you see a trend there, 16GB is currently the sweet spot). That's just those I'm thinking of right now, I have at least half a dozen more....

My first computer was a 486DX/2-66 laptop with 320MB HDD (I think, that might have been the second one. Anybody also had a Highscreen Colani Bluenote?) and 4MB RAM. The first computer I was exposed to had a whopping 1MB RAM. Back then 256KB and 512KB were quite current.

Comment Re:Upgrade (Score 1) 294

You'll pay the bill, I assume? If it works, there is no need to upgrade. XP is just fine, and any competent admin can secure it so that it remains usable but is less risky. Installing an anti-virus is part of it. I usually recommend MSE because it's low-footprint and free. However, I expect MS to drop MSE support for XP in 2014.

Comment Re:That's why I have been giving my internal (Score 3, Interesting) 115

On the other hand, why not simply use subdomains of an actual domainname you own?

I do realize it's inconceivable, but some people do not own domain names. Well, I do, but they don't really match my internal naming scheme. So, my internal domain is something that wasn't valid until they came up with the stupid gTLD concept: shark species as hostname, domain "sharks" on my network and in a similar vein Kiplings Jungle Book characters as hostnames and "jungle" as domain for my parents network. This works fine, looks pretty and works.

Now of course, I could use jawtheshark.com for my internal network. As a direct consequence, I'd have to either slave my LAN DNS to a public DNS and expose my internal IP numbering to the world, or keep my LAN DNS manually synchronized with my global DNS. You see, all kind of problems I didn't have because my internal domain was completely not used on the Internet. For my parents network, I don't even have a domain name that would match the naming scheme. My dad has our surname.lu, but that hardly will match the jungle naming scheme. Well, I could just buy yet another domain name and use it only internally, but that's added cost I didn't use to have.

The gTLD stuff is just stupid. That's my opinion.

Submission + - Luxembourg Prime Minister Resigns over Spying Scandal (yahoo.com)

ArsenneLupin writes: Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Europe's longest-serving leader, Wednesday said he would step down over a scandal involving the small country's small secret services, who were alleged to have created a "big mess" by indulging in a spate of misconduct on his (or rather: Mister Mille's...) watch.

When will president Obama follow suite?

Comment Errmmmh ... what was your question? (Score 5, Interesting) 304

Sorry, your rambling - that is supposed to be a question I presume - is a tad incoherrent. But I do think I catch your overall drift, so I'll chime in:

I think the overall issue is basically about programming languages. Wether it's some software runtime enironment or the other - in the case of JS Node.js just happens to be the first to revive JS on the serverside.

To the case:
Wether or not a PL takes over is dependant on things that usually have nothing to do with the PL itself. Once a PL is sufficient enough .... ok, scratch that. Take for instance PHP. PHP was a joke when it becam popular. 2 guys had a thing called Zend engine and they decided to craft it around a Perl based templating "language" that was becoming popular - mostly because Perl is quite bizar to handle and it was the most popular web scripting language back then. They built PHP 3 based on the zend engine, then a mod-php was added for the popular webserver Apache and the rest is history. All things went web, as a result we have PHP pissing into serious Java territory today. I remember when PHP was a joke and JSP seemed to be posed to rule the webworld for decades to come. That didn't happen, mostly due to political reasons. ...
Had Netscape released their webserver as FOSS back in the mid-90ies, we'd all be using JS as serverside language ever since, since JS was the serverside language on the Netscape Enterprise Server.

I think compiled languages are impractical for web environments, for reasons everyone can come up with, so that rules out C and C++. For every environment that is set up from scratch I can't think of a single expert that would recommend .Net. .Net exists because it banked on the existing Windows/MS legacy. The MS CLR may be a neat feat, but it is a MS lockin trap, and today it's mostly pointless, since abundant server power, virtualisation and simular things have made optimisation concerning multiple runtimes on one setup a non-issue.

This leaves us with JIT/bytecode compiled or interpreted languages. Here I see Java vs. all the rest (Python, PHP, JS, Ruby, etc.). It's basically Java vs. FOSS languages. Java *is* a FOSS language by now, but the problem is that Oracle is a very bad herald for FOSS Java, and the FOSS alternative, OpenJDK/SDK is bad/slow.

For the future of web I do see Node.js gaining lead position. Google put serious cash into aquiring V8 technology, improving it and putting it into Chrome. Flash was killed by Steve Jobs/iOS, pushing brilliant no-Flash-allowed devices (iPhones and iPads) into millions of end-user hands, so Google had to come up with a serious alternative. Hence JS/V8.

Not being stupid - selling software is *not* Googles business - they released the impressive V8 engine as FOSS, and some smart people put in the effort to port that engine to the serverside, where it is about to kick PHPs and Rubys ass, simply because it's at least as good as either of those *and* it is the same primary non-lockin language on the serverside as is on the clientside. Mind you, clientside JS only became popular once a guy wrote a famous blog article in which he renamed "doing important smart things with JavaScript" into "Ajax", which is a cool name and thus made JS on the clientside popular with a lot of people who formerly had no interest in looking into JS seriously. We have the same effect when some smart guy decided that plain Java objects weren't used and other things like EJBs were more popular simply because regular Java objects didn't have a cool name. So he named them Pojos (Plain Old Java Objects) and solved the problem. Any serious respectable Java toolkit today uses Pojos at its heart.

Bottom line: Wether a tech or PL catches on, gains traction and becomes the next big thing is usually rooted in issues one would not think as relevant right away - things like 'Does the tech have a cool name?', among others. That said, for the reasons stated above, I do think JS on the serverside (and thus Node.js in particular) does have a good chance of ruling the serverside future of the web. Add in nginx overtaking the conceptially dated Apache Webserver setups, and you have a safe bet.

My 2 cents.

Comment Re:Expect more of this. (Score 1) 608

That person who tries to get their friends to adopt Linux and sees their hopes and dreams dashed when they go buy a cheap Windows PC.

Interesting. Perhaps they aren't quite using their position right. It is very simple: you want my help? You'd better be very close family, for whom I'd run Windows on a dead badger... If you're not, you have three choices:

  • You buy a Mac, and I'll help you. Of course only after you have tried yourself, after all the first thing you'll hear for me is: "Mac is for people who don't want to learn about computers. Try it yourself, it will most likely do exactly as you think."
  • The second option is that you get Linux (Hey, you even may choose the distro if you're inclined to do so, but why are you asking me then?) and you get support. No questions asked. Printer doesn't work because you didn't insert the paper deep enough. (This actualy happened) Fine, no problem.
  • Finally, you get Windows. Pre-installed OEM or if I feel magnanimous, I'll even build you a machine and install it. However, from that point on: you are on your own. I will not help, I will not reinstall, I will not clean viruses. You find another idiot for that. I do not have time for that crap.

Some do see value in my help, and chose option one or two. That's how you convert people. In that sense Richard Stallman was right: "You sell on support". My support is free, but at least I don't have to deal with our friends from Richmond.

Comment Perfect natural, healthy reaction to circumstances (Score 2) 770

Seriously, I don't get the fuss. The industrial world has been overdue for a change in tactics for at least 3 decades, and the problems in society around the globe reflect humanity pursuit of things that can't work the way they used to anymore.

These are the facts (and we all know them, either intuitively or by plain analysis):

1.) We are reaching peak capitalism.

2.) Our jobs are going away, either to robots or the poorest of the poor on the planet ... and *then* to robots.

3.) We are about to reach a worldwide abundance of material goods. The last pieces of production society are on the way out.

4.) Most of our societies follow rules which, under the circumstances described above, seem bizare, arcane and silly. Each society and country has it's on set of soon to be totally pointless behaviours, but they all have them. The US has their evangelical cristian stuff, Germany spends 4.7 billion man-hours per year in traffic jams (seriously) and I don't even know where to begin in describing the bizar notions and pressures the Japanese society puts on people.

Let's face it: Most of us here on slashdot (I consider the average IQ here on /. measurably higher than average) would do the same if they hadn't developed some sort of psychological survical skill or found a nice warm place in the 9-5 jobworld where they can play with computers all day.

Bottom line: This is a totally normal reaction to environment, especially if you haven't had the luck to be introduced to stoic or zen philosophy or something simular in your teenages which might help you cope with the bizar theater going on around us in everyday life, including people presuring others to 'get a real job' and 'do something usefull'.

My 2 cents.

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