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Comment Re:I love watching people reinvent the Mainframe! (Score 1) 58

You seem to be operating from a very narrow definition of "the cloud".
The cloud is not a central location, it is distributed.
Service Oriented Architectures allow an application developer to cherry pick services available from disparate distributed locations knowing that the interfaces for each will be well defined (using WSDL or the like) and the transport mechanism ( e.g. SOAP over HTTP) will play nicely and not require custom translation of inputs and outputs.
There are plenty of good examples of SOA or "the cloud" other than some naff web site which badly replicates something I can do locally. An example I recently coded is an enterprise wide token based authentication which allows field engineers access to our remote equipment via a web service. So
- engineer - contacts "cloud" (i.e an RBAC webserver), gets token, attempts handshake
- kiosk - sends token to cloud gets credentials, allows access.
"Mainframe" not necessary.

Comment Re:Bad for Linux (Score 1) 289

Technical marketing? What distro was that for? If you know anything about using a laptop on the go then you will know that by far the greatest limiting factor is battery life and this laptop offers the ability to type and do email on a full size keyboard with "ten times the battery life". There is no negative "implied marketing message" just because it is not full featured Linux. I see nothing but positives in the extra features offered on this laptop and any travelling business exec used to making do with a Blackberry until he can find a socket to recharge will appreciate this.

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