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Comment Re:Good bye to Solaris (Score 1) 40

SPARC/Solaris is mainly used for legacy systems that are too expensive to port to x86, or where the source or expertise to do the port no longer exist. It would be insane to use S/S for any new project. So it is a dwindling market, and it just passed the point where it is no longer profitable to develop new hardware. The existing systems will continue to be available, but they will fall further and further behind and eventually fade away.

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 40

Oracle is less and less a software company and becoming more about making sales, then gouging their clients.

That has been true for 30 years. I remember making an inquiry in the early 1990s, and instead of giving me technical specs, they started badgering me for the name of the "decision maker". When I finally relented and gave them the name of my (non-technical) boss, they ignored me, and started calling him using pushy tactics that would make a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman proud.

Comment Re:Subject (Score 3, Funny) 242

It is a dumb idea. Just because someone lives in a poor country doesn't mean they are poor. Just because someone lives in a rich country doesn't mean they are rich. It would be more reasonable to consider the income of each person individually, and instead of doing it for a superfluous item like software, it is much more important to do it for critical items like food. I hereby propose that everyone should be required to bring a notarized copy of their tax returns to the grocery store, so Safeway knows how much to charge for the milk.

Comment Re:As someone with a masters in this -exact field- (Score 4, Informative) 222

Bjarne Stroustrup, Doug Lea, Knuth, etc... still make feel like a moron on a almost daily basis....

If someone makes you feel like a moron when they explain something, then maybe they are not as smart as you think they are. If you are a true master, you should be able to explain concepts in a way that even a child can understand. Richard Feynman was famous for this. So was Albert Einstein. Of course you can go too far, and simplify too much, so the children only think they understand. Donald Trump is a good example of that.

Comment Re:Firefox is back! And windows exploit more $$$? (Score 1) 50

Windows kernel exploits are worth more because they're worth more on the open market (because that's where the corporate data is and corporations pay ransoms). pwn2own has to compete with the black market, after all.

Wrong. All of these prizes are far below what a zero-day exploit is worth on the black market. This contest is not a way to overbid the black market; rather it is a way for white-hats to showcase their skills and bring attention to vulnerabilities.

The prizes a set to reflect the expected difficulty; the hardest target - the ones that involves the most work - pays most. Virtual machine escapes are considered really hard because of the very limited attack surface.

Windows 10 is considerably harder to crack than Linux and OS/X. The latter 2 still have *far* to many services running as root and still exposes a lot of SUID root executables. Windows 10 has also adopted many of the EMET anti-exploit techniques. You'd have to harden Linux with grsecurity to achieve the same level.

Comment Re:Gay people (Score 1) 342

I have literally never been propositioned by a gay man in all the time I've lived in and visited the Bay Area

Perhaps you have and you didn't realize it. If you are in SF, and a man asks you "Have you got the time?", you likely replied by looking at your watch or phone and telling him the time. But the reply he is really hoping for is "Yes, I do have time!"

Comment Re:Deliberately missing the forest for the trees (Score 4, Insightful) 342

Is the economy worse in SF than it is in NYC or Chicago?

No. The problem is exactly the opposite. The economy is booming, driving up demand for housing, and thus prices. A couple living in SF may spend half their income to rent a studio apt. There is no way to afford a place big enough to raise a kid, especially if they want to drop down to one income. So they hop on BART and head out to the suburbs.

The real problem is the stagnation of the housing supply. 95% of all building permits in SF were denied last year, and very few builders even bothered to apply. People that own property in the city see new construction as a threat to their sky high property values, and even renters tend to be knee-jerk anti-growth BANANAs. The people that want to live in SF but can't afford to, don't get a vote.

Comment Re:Deliberately missing the forest for the trees (Score 3, Informative) 342

stop immigration which is stealing our jobs.

This is the Lump of Labor Fallacy. Immigrants increase the supply of labor, but they also increase the demand for goods and services, and generally do so disproportionately thus reducing unemployment. This is not just economic theory. When Poland joined the EU, nearly every country threw up barriers to Polish laborers. The exceptions were Britain and Sweden. Can you guess which two countries had the greatest reduction in unemployment over the next few years?

If you walk down a street in San Francisco, you will see more brown faces than white, and hear chatter in several languages. It has one of the highest immigrant populations of any major city in America, and one of the lowest unemployment rates.

The notion that immigration causes unemployment is one of those things that is "simple, obvious, and wrong". It is a real shame that the Democrats didn't stand up to Trump on this issue (and many others) and speak the truth. Instead, they just tried to go "stupid-lite" and lost, because you can't out-stupid the Donald.

Comment Re:Does it run a stock kernel and distribution? (Score 1) 113

That's not what I meant. I know there are distros for each of these boards. What's lacking is any kind of standard for the platform like we have in the PC world. I don't want to run some custom hack of debian with a special kernel on each board. Arm boards will be infinitely more useful when I can download one ISO from the distro web site such as debian.org, and have it boot and run on each of these Arm boards. Right now there's no standards for boot loader let alone device tree. It's a mess.

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