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Comment Re:It's not about "convergence". The cloud is dyin (Score 1) 349

I'm posting this from the Google CR-48 ChromeOS notebook I just received today. It's pretty neat.

I agree with you about there being a market for cloud based computing. Some people will be happy with just the services they can receive from the cloud and not need a really powerful computer.

I haven't had a chance to really play with it but I've been thinking a lot about it since I was invited to get one. Just as WebTV and thin clients have a market, so will this, although it doesn't sound like it will stay in this current form. For some people what they can do with their smart phones and other advanced internet devices will be more than enough.

Comment Re:Business vs Open Source (Score 2) 408

Did you read the article or any history of the Microsoft/Sun legal battles?

Sun wasn't battling Microsoft because they were bored. When Sun first came out with Solaris for x86 in the 90's they decided to not produce or sell their own x86 hardware, instead they partnered with the big server vendors to sell and support Solaris x86 on their hardware.

I remember working on Compaq servers back then that had Solaris as an option for the OS in the BIOS.

The problem was that Microsoft had a stronghold over the likes of Dell, HP, Compaq because they were making most of their money from Wintel boxes and it was easy to keep other OS's out of that channel.

It's still not easy to go to these companies and order a server with Linux on it. You can do it but it's not promoted as much as Windows but it's a lot better than it was a few years ago. The reason that is, is because of the result of Sun's (as well as other's) fight against Microsoft.

Comment Re:Business vs Open Source (Score 3, Interesting) 408

"Those "valuable assets" of the business are now worth nothing, better free alternatives exist."

I use and like linux and I'm not trying to bash it but I like Solaris a lot more expecially since Solaris 10. In my tests it was faster and easier to manage for the things I needed to do and had features that helped it be that way before linux was able to catch up and in some areas, even so many years later the catch up features aren't quite there yet in linux.

I'm going to miss OpenSolaris (and still am uncertain about the forks) but Solaris offers a lot of value in the data center.

McNeally admits they made a big misstep when they partnered with AT&T for SRV4 and had to go closed source. He thinks that if Solaris kept with BSD only and didn't spaz on their x86 version there might not have been a Linux.

I think he's right but I also think he might be remembering things a bit incorrectly.

Comment Re:and? (Score 2) 200

"The problem is that Oracle is "perceived to not be that concerned about the Sparc platform"

I don't know where people get that impression. Hasn't Oracle always been saying that their customers use Solaris/SPARC more than any other platform to deploy Oracle products on? This move makes sense in that regard as fewer faster cores are better to run Oracle's database on.

Oracle bought sun to be able to deliver an end to end solution to it's customers and extract more revenue from them. A recent interview with McNealy indicated that Sun's lack of a DB solution allowed Oracle to get more revenue from Sun customers that Sun was hoping to retain. Combining the two companies that were already selling to the same customers reduces overhead and should increase profits.

I just hope that Oracle doesn't try and limit their product range to only appeal to their base customers and instead try and expand that base. Though most of Oracle's customers will need both fast cores for the back end DBs and multi-threaded multi core systems for the front end application/web servers.

Comment Re:Ut Oh! (Score 1) 919

There are a number different types of DDoS attacks that don't overwhelm the website per se but attack the lower level networking layers.

I've always been curious though.. who pays for the bandwidth? 10Gbps doesn't sound cheap.

Submission + - Woman avoids scanners by wearing bikini (

PORNorART writes: "Well here's one way to get through airport security quicker.

"Corinne Theile breezed through airport security at Los Angeles International Airport on Thanksgiving Day, thanks to her revealing ensemble.
Speaking to NBC-LA, Ms Theile said: 'The woman [security officer] looked at me and said, "Girl, you wearing a bikini. Come right through." She had a big smile on her face.'
She added: 'This might be the way I travel from here on out. So, we'll see'"

If more people follow her lead, travelling might become more enjoyable."

Comment Re:Class action suit? (Score 1) 548

Consumers will tag along for the $15 coupon but the attorneys will drive the case for the millions they get out of it.

At some point I guess everyone gets to be part of a class action lawsuit. You don't really do anything. They send you some updates.

I've recently been getting email updates about a couple different Google class action lawsuits that might affect me yet I have no idea what they're about. All I know is google is sending emails and some lawyer is getting richer.

Comment Re:Apple getting desperate? (Score 1) 574

This seems like an act of desperation. Is Apple that insecure that it can't allow a stupid app like this onto its platform?

On the one hand I don't think it's a big deal. I don't walk into Lowe's and expect to see find Home Depot repair books.

On the other hand.... For most of Apple's existence they haven't been leader of the pack. Then the iPod comes along and all of a sudden they're finally top dog for one market segment. The comes the iPhone.

AAPL has trippled in price (or somewhere around there) since the iPod came out.

Google could be a real threat and Apple could go back to becoming "that company that has similar products but nobody really uses them except freaky design people". They fought hard to get where they are and they're probably worried about going back. It's hard to go back to coach after you've spent so much time in first class.

Comment It's more than just add-ons (Score 1) 293

At least in regards to Google. I think they're getting too greedy with gathering information.

I was deploying a new website over the weekend and decided to run some stress tests on it to make sure everything's ok.

I used the record script on the web stress tool to record my interaction with the site using Google Chrome. When I analyzed the requests that were recorded I saw a bunch of requests to even though I've turned off all extra services that would require contacting google. I was even browsing in an incognito window.

I also routinely see googlebot trying to access content on some of my sites that isn't in my sitemaps, isn't linked to from anywhere. The only person that accesses those pages are me and I have them bookmarked in my browser. Yet somehow googlebot knew they were there.

Google might need to tone things down a bit.

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