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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 430

It sounds more like state legislators (who have received political donations form the cable/phone incumbent internet monopolies) want to protect the markets from stupid (unbribed) city officials who obviously don't have the intelligence (incumbent cable/phone bribes) to make wise choices for their cities. It's too late, monopolies have already been setup, this is just about the early guys protecting their turf. There's no doubt in my mind that phone/cable monopoly money is behind this bill.

Comment Forget LAMP, use GAE, 'servers' are so 2 years ago (Score 1) 456

Convert your site to python/big table and use Google App Engine. Great up time, free (besides dev time) to get started and cheap to scale. You could do java also but I like python much better.

PS: Of course there will be people who will tell you GAE is a bad idea, every solution has negatives, you never will find a perfect one. It is better to know the weaknesses than be surprised later. I've done site with LAMP and GAE, I like GAE better. The best thing about it is you spend a much higher percentage of you time on your web app code and less on hosting, provisioning, load projections, deployment, scaling issues, server config, extension updating, etc.


EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios, Cuts 200 Jobs 161

lbalbalba writes "Electronic Arts is shutting down its Westwood-based game developer Pandemic Studios just two years after acquiring it, putting nearly 200 people out of work. 'The struggling video game publisher informed employees Tuesday morning that it was closing the studio as part of a recently announced plan to eliminate 1,500 jobs, or 16% of its global workforce. Pandemic has about 220 employees, but an EA spokesman said that a core team, estimated by two people close to the studio to be about 25, will be integrated into the publisher's other Los Angeles studio, in Playa Vista.' An ex-developer for Pandemic attributed the studio's struggles to poor decisions from the management."

Submission + - JetBlue's Windows Infrastructure Crashes

hawks5999 writes: JetBlue's reservation and communication systems have been down for 5 days leaving thousands of passengers stranded and stockholders seeing red. It was almost exactly 4 years ago that JetBlue trumpeted it's reliance on Windows to help it see black. From a 2003 article:

So we marched down the road of the Windows platform. We don't have any Unix; we don't have an AS/400; we don't have any mainframes — we don't have anything outside of Windows. There has been tremendous cost savings. ...everything's Windows. Every technician that works on a server works on a Windows server. Every technician working on a desktop works on a Windows desktop. That's quite a bit easier than other flavors of desktops or OS/2 or whatever else is out there.
I guess they didn't look at redundancy or reliability in their cost equation...

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