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Submission + - Are you using desktop virtualisation?

Psiren writes: I'm investigating our options for moving towards desktop virtualisation. We moved most of our servers onto VMWare several years ago, and frankly I don't know how I managed without it. Server virtualiation is pretty much the norm now, but it doesn't yet seem to have taken off in the same way on the desktop. I've started looking at VMWare View, Xen Desktop and also Sun Ray's. The Sun Ray demo I was given was very impressive. My question to you all is, are you using (or about to use) desktop virtualisation, and if so, what route did you take? More importantly, was it worth it?

To give an idea of scale, we'd be moving about 100 PC's over, all running Windows 7. The vast majority will be mostly basic office work, nothing too taxing. I like the idea of continuing to use VMWare as it ties in nicely with our server infrastructure, but I suspect the cost may be prohibitive on this small scale.

Comment Re:We don't use sudo? (Score 1) 592

Years ago I created an alias for rm -rf called "nuke". I've been using it for so long that I just type it automatically whenever I need to use rm -rf. I've never created the alias under root though, so if I ever type it without thinking I'll save myself some potential heartache. It's not happened yet though.

I agree with your sentiment too. If I'm logged into a server, it's as root. I wouldn't be logged into the server if I didn't need to do something that wasn't as root, so what the hell would be the point?!

Comment Re:Class Action Lawsuit? (Score 1) 136

10 years support for a phone is never going to happen, and it shouldn't. A ten year old device like that would be hopelessly outdated. Even something 2 years old looks pretty pathetic nowadays. They should however be forced to provide updates for the duration of your contract. I know mobile contracts over in the US are pretty fucked up, but here in the UK my current phone is on a two year contract. I just got the update to 2.2 yesterday, but I've still got another 20+ months of contract to run. That's certainly going to cover 2.3, and probably the next version too. I really would like to know that I can have those updates when they're made available.

Comment Re:Simple answer (Score 1) 321

There are a lot of talented, professional people working for free: Linux programmers, Debian developers, Gnome developers....
And don't say they get paid lots of money for it: they certainly didn't get any money when they started.

Are you saying there is less free talent available in the AV arts than in programming?

No I'm not, and I didn't say they wouldn't be successful. They may well be, and I hope they are. The question posed was whether this was the future of TV. I can't see it, there just isn't enough security in it for all those people working in TV to bet their working lives on.

I think there's certainly room for projects like these, and I hope to see more of it. But it's not going to replace regular TV making, much as we may wish it to be so.

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DNSSEC and the Geopolitical Future of the Internet 70

synsynackack writes "The Register reports that the DNSSEC protocol could have some very interesting geopolitical implications, including erosion of the scope of state sovereign powers. The chairman of ICANN, Peter Dengate-Thrush, explained, 'We will have to handle the geo-political element of DNSSEC very carefully.' Experts also explained that split DNS and the DNSSEC protocol don't match very well; technically, it is possible for someone at the interface of the global Internet and a country-wide Internet to strip electronic certificates attached to data and repackage the data with a new one."

Comment Re:Except... (Score 1) 567

The main reason to upgrade is when %your_application% needs to be upgraded to get a new feature, or bug fixed.

What about just upgrading because you want to? Because you'd like to try it out. Because you have an interest in playing with the new toys? Obviously I'm not talking about doing this on a production server, but on a (spare, or virtual if required) home computer, why not?

Comment Re:Wow. Bitter much? (Score 1) 547

Doesn't matter if he plays Tetris 39 hours a week. If the project gets done, done right, on schedule - why would you care about anything else?

I understand what you're getting at, and obviously you're using an extreme example, but if you have somone "working" for you who is spending that much time not working, you're drastically underusing your resources. Either that or you have too many people for the workload.

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