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Comment Borland, C programming, and tech support (Score 1) 351

I was a Junior in high school, the year was 1993. 2 of Borland's Tech Support representatives in the C++ group, Jeff Peters and Tom Orci, offered to run a class on C programming for a few interested high school students. We would go to Borland after school on Wednesday (IIRC) evenings and they would teach a class on C programming.

Well, back in the day, the tech support department was a fertile ground for software hacking of all types and they were a Beta site for id's DOOM. I remember sitting down and playing 4 player IPX networked DOOM, it was so scary and amazing!

One of the guys there was actually hacking together a map editor while it was in Beta, he reverse engineered the WAD format and built the first viable 3rd party map editor for DOOM.

I recall those Wednesday evenings with great fondness, I made several good friendships that lasted for years after that, I learned how to program in C on DOS with Turbo C++, and the experience cemented my path in life, giving me skills and a vision of what I wanted to do. Now, almost 23 years later, I owe much of my success to those early formative years in high school.

Comment Re:What is being missed... is the $2 million part. (Score 1) 456

It sounded to me like they were using APRS for the comms, which would match up nicely to the 155mhz business frequency the school uses. The problem is that they used the single allocated channel for both voice and data traffic.

It sounds like the Amiga is part of a control system that was replaced in the 80's, I would imagine that they are replacing the control system once again, including actuators. $2mn isn't enough to replace all the HVAC stuff in 19 schools.

Comment Idiotic (Score 0) 417

I know a Walnut grower and an Almond grower, this whole concept is a load of shite!

You can't just whimsically decide not to grow Walnuts or Almonds because water has been tight for 4 years, these orchards take 20+ years to become fully mature.

The idea that Almond or Walnut growers are choosing those nuts like you choose a different colored filament for a 3D printer is ludicrous.

The other problem with this notion is that they want to yet again increase the price of water, what California needs to do is stop giving all their damn water to the cities and return it to the farmers. California had plenty of water before the cities got overgrown and portly.

Stop making a bunch of useless new legislation, stop growth in big cities, encourage farming, and stop stepping on individual rights!

(A former Californian who can't stand how the state has become)

Comment Clearly the cloud is nebulous! (Score 1) 409

Surely you should switch to the cloud, because the cloud is nebulous! In the cloud there are no servers!

Oh, wait, umm, yeah, uhh, in the cloud all your stuff runs on servers.

Yeah, some companies call a XEN virtual machine on a box with 15 other virtual machines a "cloud" server.

Umm, does your "cloud" support online migration from one server to another server?

Does your cloud provide deterministic performance? Oh, wait, what's that you say?

Comment Let's be clear what this actually is, NOT OpenSSL (Score 1) 379

This is NOT OpenSSL they are working on, this is a private fork of OpenSSL that is intended for OpenBSD only.

They are taking big hatchets to interoperability code to simplify it, with the sole intent of targeting it at OpenBSD.

This is the walled garden approach to improving the software, only OpenBSD will have the *new* OpenSSL and it will be a non-compatible fork of the old OpenSSL.

I understand their personal motivations, but everyone has to understand that this does not make the OpenSSL ecosystem safer, it only makes the OpenBSD specific port of OpenSSL safer. The rest of the world will still be subject to any vulnerabilities and shortcomings in the code, because they are not intent on contributing this code back to OpenSSL.

That said, someone will have to further backport these changes into the baseline OpenSSL, eliminating all of the commits that remove interoperability.

Comment Re:oracle and aquisitions (Score 3, Informative) 223

This comment, and the other 3 that replied to it before me, show a huge lack of knowledge or care. Oracle isn't very transparent, but it only takes a small amount of effort to see that neither MySQL or VirtualBox are in danger of perishing. There are many people who left Oracle/Sun/MySQL for Percona and MariaDB/SkySQL, but most of those people left for their own reasons and *many* left before and Sun or Oracle influence was upon them.

I get to see it from the inside, and MySQL is growing and has more market share than either of the other competitors. The newest developments are really spectacular improvements. I get to see the walled garden from the inside, and it's anything but dying, it is in better shape as a product than it has ever been. Oracle is anything but stupid and doesn't have a track record of making stupid decisions with their products, which can't be said for some companies. Oracle is putting a lot of resources into MySQL to make it even better.

VirtualBox is a fairly decent team and they are not just working on VirtualBox, there is a reason it continues to be developed and the technology doesn't have a dead end to it.

I think that most of the comments I've read are uneducated and purely people spouting off uninformed opinions mixed with conjecture and hyperbole. The people I work with are the brightest group of people I've ever had the privilege of working with, there are some really notable folks that work on MySQL and you wouldn't know it unless you paid attention to the blogosphere.

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