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Comment 2 things (Score 1) 193

1, an aside: why does the Slashdot AI/GS* think "You may like to read" a year-old story about a shooting in relation to this article? ("10 Confirmed Dead In Shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College") Seriously, fuck that thing. It's USELESS.

2, back on topic, HELL NO. Why would I want to pay more for "unlimited" data that I will never use? I'm doing just fine with my cheaper, 2GB-per-line plan as it exists now.

* Artificial Intelligence/Genuine Stupidity

Comment Just checking (Score 1) 239

Software still needs hardware to run on, right?

In other news, layoffs of this size baffle me. This, and the 12,000 from Intel a few months ago are almost too large to comprehend. And why so sudden? Have you ever woken up one day and decided that you didn't need 20% of your stuff? Is Cisco really so sure right this second that they need to change what they're doing so much that the only way to accomplish this change is to hack away a solid fifth of the company? And are they getting rid of 20% of their executive team as well? How many of these people will be looking for work in the near future? Out of those 60-odd people, I expect to see 12 of them out of a job. Right?

Comment Ugh (Score 4, Informative) 145

Do reporters even read these stories as they are writing them?!? "Airlines will likely suffer more disruptions like the one that grounded about 2,000 Delta flights this week because major carriers have not invested enough to overhaul reservations systems based on technology dating to the 1960s... [TPF] is still updated by IBM, which did a major rewrite of the operating system about a decade ago."

Big, complicated system, written by a big, experienced company, still maintained... Do they think we'd be better off if it were rewritten from the ground up as a Ruby on Rails app or something?

Psst, I don't want to cause a panic, but I heard that large, important chunks of the Internet run UNIX, which also dates back to the '60s.

Comment speakers will always be analog (Score 4, Interesting) 394

Speakers will always be analog so the easy workaround would be to source "digital speakers" that utilise a single high quality full-range driver, snip the leads to the driver and hook up a LOC and record the analog level coming out of the LOC. There will always be an "analog hole" which can be used to bypass any and all DRM.

Comment Re:Simple question (Score 1) 162

> How does this affect anyone at all? I don't know anyone who has or needs anywhere close to this amount if storage.

Whether you realize it or not, you probably use multi-petabyte storage arrays daily or have some running nearby without even realizing it.
Walk into a large modern casino with thousands of cameras following your every move, there is probably a multi-petabyte SAN with video footage of you.
Do you use Bank of America, Citicorp, etc? You're accessing data that are stored on SANs that are many petabytes in size.
Do you have a VPS with a larger hosting company? Chances are it's on a half-petabyte or larger SAN.

This will be a huge breakthrough - for data centers they will pay for themselves in energy savings pretty quickly, and also will allow for installation of physically-smaller SANs, with buildouts only being needed as storage bandwidth is saturated.

Plus, Windows' install footprint could be approaching a terabyte in a decade. I'm joking but think it is plausible that this may actually come true. >_>

Comment Re:Wait..what? (Score 1) 472

All right, Gramps, we'll get off your lawn.

You DO realize that we're not actually STUCK in the 1960s, and that Ferraris no longer suck?
Did you know Pontiac doesn't even exist any more, let alone make the goat?
And, the goat's latest iteration was little more than a rebadged Aussie family sedan and in no way compared to any contemporary Ferrari?

There are some treatments available for Alzheimer's disease now - I suggest you start looking into the various options. ;)

Comment Re:Fashion Accessory? (Score 1) 472

> Linux still doesn't "just work." If it does "just work," it's probably because you have old hardware. Linux will probably never be ready for the desktop unless hardware stops changing.

Your post would have been true ~15 years ago. Around 2005 it became far more plug & play than Windows ever will be. Sometime between 2007 and 2009 it became much better than Windows at supporting various WiFi chipsets out of the box. Even setting up printing is stupid-easy in Linux now (ironically, largely due to Michael Sweet, then later, Apple - THANK YOU for CUPS!).

Is it perfect? Hell no. However it is much closer to the ideal than the state which you imply.

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