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Comment Linux OS tuned for Intel hardware on emulated hdwr (Score 2) 24

Are not Cloud VM's isolating and emulating hardware so to what end is running Intel's hardware tuned Linux on MS Azure of any benefit?

Directly on the iron might seem interesting but then I wonder what's the difference compared to say Gentoo.

Microsoft and Intel have lots of money so we get a press release I guess.

LoB

Comment If you mean those using PC's for browsing/email (Score 1) 495

The only ones leaving the PC market are those who didn't use it for anything but web browsing and email and even email is mostly now a browser task.

Given that, it does mean that households will no longer be an easy place for the kids to learn some of these other tools which require local CPU/RAM/storage to run but how widespread is that even. Lots of middle and high school kids have their own laptops from what I've seen.

The business sector will continue with desktops and laptops but in some cases might go with lower end models with many tasks operating from their own cloud apps. Not a complete elimination or even close IMO.

What I do see is more schools using Chromebooks and more interest and usage of Linux.

So yes, Bill Gates' idea of many Windows PCs in homes is fading quickly. And good riddance to that IMO
Also, wow to how many Mac laptops I'm seeing in the geek community. Just wow.

Comment Re: Great way to take the family on Summer vacatio (Score 1) 250

I just prefer to work for a company that offers unlimited vacation and allows me to take extended time off, more than once a year.

We usually do 3 weeks in July and I take off another 4-5 weeks of time off throughout the rest of the year.

Modern, forward-thinking companies have been moving this way as of late in order to attract and retain top talent. I'm kinda surprised it's not talked about more here on ./ considering the audience.

Comment Re:Always blaming the wrong guy (Score 2) 166

Pretty soon all those scrubs who ditched cable will discover they are having pay twice as much to get the same content they were getting from cable.

Sorry, but as someone who dropped CATV/SATV in 2008 due to the cost increases and has never looked back, I don't pay double for content; I simply don't consume anything that's non-free outside of what I choose (Netflix).

I mean, when you cut the cord you expect there will be content losses. I don't know of anyone who opts out of TV subscriptions that expects to somehow save money while keeping the same amount of content.

Comment Re:Imaginary benefits of social media advertising (Score 1) 36

I work in the marketing analytics and attribution space and can confidently speak to this topic. While Social isn't the BEST performer, it doesn't carry with it the dire statement of a "complete lack of results" as you state.

With dependencies on vertical and how the advertising is used in known conjunction with other channels, Social definitely does have an assister effect on those other channels. The problem you may be encountering is relying solely on outdated analysis methods which do not appropriately track credit for known users across the entirety of their path to purchase or you're simply just looking at in effective ad buying behavior resulting in poor ROAS.

Done right, Social is definitely valuable for relatively low cost when compared to the much larger channels (based on investment) and can absolutely jack up your return on those other channels as an assister but definitely is not going to be a 1:1 return as the only advertising channel you should leverage if you are hoping for conversion.

Comment Re:Another spam ad (Score 1, Informative) 84

I am not a shill and I have a Tap because a friend of my had an Echo and I loved it, mostly b/c I use Prime Music a ton and my young kids can easily interact w/the device to play what they want. Several of my friends have purchased the devices after using mine.

I mean, popular? No, not nearly as much as Amazon may like you to believe; however, they are pretty great devices for what they are and I think the recognition software is world's better than Siri (which, IMO, is completely and utterly useless and I never use on my Mac or phone).

By all means, be skeptical, however it doesn't mean they're not being used by people and they're not any good.

Comment Moving to another star? (Score 2) 522

In the span of 1000 years, I can certainly see humans being able to travel and inhabit other nearby planets but do we really think we'll be at a point where we can move large groups of humans >25 trillion miles away? Or does he see this more as we'll be putting civilization into space for centuries-long travel toward those other systems?

Comment Judgement gives no protections! (Score 4, Insightful) 56

Privacy International said the judgment did not specify whether the unlawfully obtained, sensitive personal data would be deleted.

And, more importantly, it doesn't say who, how, or when the individuals responsible for the initial collection and later usage of those data will be prosecuted and/or fined for their actions.

So basically this is, "yup, we have your data and you know about it. Tough shit."

Sad.

Comment Haven't we seen this before? (Score 3, Insightful) 106

It was a Microsoft program called WISE and licensed to Bristol, Insignia, MainSoft and Locus( https://goo.gl/nrk4ML ). It allowed these vendors to build libraries for UNIX which let Win32 sources be built on UNIX systems. Lots of UNIX app developers porting UNIX apps to Windows since they could sell their apps for both Windows and UNIX. Only one problem, Microsoft pulled the rug out from under them all( save one ) and left all those UNIX software vendors with no path for their UNIX customers but moving to Microsoft Windows. They more than quadrupled the WISE program cost and only one of the vendors could afford to pay it. The one vendor who could still pay the licensing fee was also the one vendor Microsoft hired to port Internet Explorer to Sun Solaris.

So unless every single bit of this ChakraCore stuff is open source and under a BSD or MIT license(ie loose) then stay away, far far away. IMO

LoB

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