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Comment Bad data, poor credibility (Score 3, Informative) 305

Folks, all of this is from numbers pulled out of some IDC analyst's rear end. Their estimates are no better than SWAG's. I should know, I've had to use their reports in a past life. Sometimes they're accurate, as companies will report otherwise confidential numbers so long as they can't be backed out of the reports. However, Apple doesn't play those games and in this case it's explicitly some analyst's best guess. Most analysts badly misunderstand Apple, and when you misunderstand the biggest player in the market your analysis is almost certain to be wrong.

Also, Garmin's growth was from a very low base. It's easy to grow by 300+% if you start from almost zero.

Comment Re:Sounds like author hasn't been sick enough (Score 2) 294

"It seems when you are sick and laying in a hospital bed and have trouble sleeping, the single LED shining in your eyes is an issue,"

A LED shining in your eyes is the LEAST of your worries when trying to get to sleep in a hospital.

Actually, it IS a big deal. Sleep is important to a patient's recovery, and a lack of good sleep can slow healing.

Patients in a hospital are constantly being disturbed at night due to vital signs checks, administration of medication, pain medication wearing off, etc. Sometimes the disturbance is not even for the patient but for the other patient in the same semi-private room. Falling asleep is difficult enough; getting back to sleep can be worse. Lots of strongly glowing and flashing LEDs and other indicators can make it darn near impossible, especially if the patient is already in pain and having to lie in an uncomfortable position.

Imagine you were trying to sleep in the middle of Times Square at night, with all of the lights and noise. That's what it's like. As IT professionals we can at least cut down on the lights and beeps, even if we can't do anything about the other disturbances.

Comment Completely unreliable poll format (Score 4, Insightful) 629

"...responding to an informal internet survey"

That pretty much says it right there. The numbers in this survey can be given about zero credence. There is no sign of vetting of the responders (are they even really MD's?), no pretense at a representative sample, and no sign that there was any attempt at all to prevent ballot stuffing.

There were also no questions concerning Donald Trump's health, which makes me think that this group is partisan and has an axe to grind.

Editors, can we please not publish click-bait non-news like this? I'd like to downvote the whole damn story.

Comment Hostname leaks and internal CA (Score 5, Insightful) 62

1) Hostnames leak all the time. A client will make a DNS request and the name becomes known even if it is not resolvable on the public Internet.

2) If you really care that much, run an internal CA. Lots of ways to do it, most server OS's have built-in or easily available internal CA software.

Keeping a hostname out of the certificate log is pretty much pointless security by obscurity.

Comment Old stuff "discovered" by the ignorant (Score 5, Informative) 519

I am an economist. Economists have already extensively studied this kind of approach. It's called an Input/Output Model. Communist countries used it in their approach to central planning during the 1970's. It failed miserably for two reasons:

1) It assumes zero substitutability between inputs. E.g., to make a car you need exactly 1.35 tons of steel, 52.7 kg of rubber, 217 kg of glass, 1.73 KW of electricity, 29.4 hours of labor, etc. No other formula is possible, you can't use more energy and less labor, for instance. For reference, the production function is known as a Leontief production function. To be fair, adding any kind of substitutability between inputs results in a completely intractable problem. However, without substitutability this is a lousy way to actually model an economy.

2) It assumes perfect information on the part of the central planner. While this is an oft-used simplification in economic models, it's a lousy reflection of reality. It's simply impossible for a central planner to gather and correlate sufficient information to make it work.

Yet another piece-of-crap opinion article written by someone who couldn't be bothered to do an hour's research on Wikipedia.

Submission + - Asian Americans use Google Docs to Fight Prejudice

plsuh writes: Little-known outside the Asian American community there is a strong strain of racism against blacks, especially among the older generation. As reported in the Washington Post, in the wake of the shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota Christina Xu and a group of online contributors used the joint editing capabilities of Google Docs to create an open letter about the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement. The letter is addressed to "Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie" — the first generation of immigrants who may not understand and harbor prejudices of their own from the old country. Translations into Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, and tens of other languages are in progress.

Submission + - Fedora 24 Now Generally Available, Delivers New Cloud and Container Features (

An anonymous reader writes: The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc., sponsored and community-driven open source collaboration, today announced the general availability of Fedora 24, the first 2016 release of the fully-open Fedora operating system. As with previous Fedora releases, Fedora 24 comprises a set of base packages that form the foundation of three distinct editions: Fedora 24 Cloud, Fedora 24 Server, and Fedora 24 Workstation.

At a foundational level, Fedora 24 now includes glibc 2.23 for better performance and improvements to POSIX compliance and GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 6. All base packages have been rebuilt with GCC 6, providing better code optimization across all Fedora 24 editions and improving the overall stability of each addition.

While enhanced features and bug fixes have been delivered for all editions, Fedora 24 emphasizes new tools and capabilities for developers seeking to better leverage Linux containers and orchestration technologies, like Kubernetes. This is highlighted through the inclusion of OpenShift Origin, a Kubernetes distribution for application development and deployment, with Fedora 24 Cloud to help create an overall smoother experience for Fedora Cloud users building and launching containerized applications.


Red Hat and Microsoft Partner On Azure ( 130

An anonymous reader writes: Satya Nadella has made some interesting reforms to Microsoft. Today, Red Hat and Microsoft announced that they will partner to deliver Red Hat's product suite in Azure. Red Hat will also support .NET core in RHEL. Additionally, Red Hat's CloudForms product will now work with Hyper-V/Azure, RHEV, VMware, and AWS. Microsoft has certainly come a long way from the Halloween Memos. Here are Red Hat's blog post and Microsoft's blog post about the announcement

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