* Posts by FrankAlphaXII

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Busted Oracle finance cloud leaves Rutgers Uni unable to foot bills

FrankAlphaXII

Re: hedgerow-league

We'd call Rutgers a "Public Ivy" since they're a state sponsored and/or land grant school that offers an education comparable to an Ivy League university, and has roughly the same level of prestige but for a hell of a lot less in terms of Tuition and with a much easier admissions policy since they're public.

I finished my bachelor's at a so-called "Hidden Ivy", but I have no idea how admissions was for normal entrants or transfers because my Brigade's career counselor did most of the leg work. I was in the US Army Student Detachment, a program that Training and Doctrine Command had (and maybe still has) for Active Duty Soldiers to finish up their degree while still getting their pay, allowances, and Tricare in exchange for assisting the School's ROTC cadre with training the ROTC Cadets, and also extending your contract (or outright re-enlisting) for however many years you're in the detachment.

Hedgerow league would work I guess, though aren't most hedgerows made out of Ivy?

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FrankAlphaXII
Joke

What they're not telling you is

Oracle's system worked just fine.

Its just so ridiculously expensive that everything Rutgers tried to pay got kicked back for insufficient funds.

Give it a couple days and you'll be seeing the university's President standing next a Jersey Turnpike off-ramp holding a sign asking for a couple million in spare change, along with their gofundme URL and a bitcoin wallet address.

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Google's latest legal opponents: Shooting victims' families – and a cheesed-off ex-manager

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Sue the local highway authority

I'm amazed that noone's thought of that yet, especially if he used the Florida Turnpike Enterprise's roads or the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority's (which he very well may have done, SR 408 (Toll) has an exit onto Orange Avenue right by ORMC, about a block up the street from Pulse, and SR 528 pretty much links up with I-95) and even more so if he violated tolls and didn't get pulled over for it.

It'd be interesting to check out what TRIMS, OOCEA's internal database, had on his license plate.

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No Soylent for Santa after key ingredient supply is choked off

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Absolutely fabulous.... maybe?

Yep, and most of those compounds/substances can have side effects in significant enough quantities, Orange pulp can act as a cathartic as can sorbitol and fish oil and all three are very common. Ethanol has obvious side effects which I don't think need mentioning, Xanthan gum has a major laxative effect, and CO can obviously suffocate or poison you.

They're still considered GRAS as you'd generally have to ingest a massive amount to have any side effect (except for maybe CO). The only people who are going to actually go look at the GRAS lists are Food Scientists, FDA staff, Lawyers, and maybe the executive office of the President when time comes to update the Code of Federal Regulations. Nobody else really cares.

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FrankAlphaXII

Re: Absolutely fabulous.... maybe?

It just means that the FDA's staff scientists have a consensus that no damage or lasting harm will come to you with their current understanding of the additive if you ingest it or are otherwise exposed to it.

Thing is, GRAS substances and compounds can and do sometimes have side effects which aren't desirable, but if there's no permanent damage it can still be considered GRAS. This stuff could make you explode in the shitter like a Nuclear Test, but as long as it doesn't cause any damage to your GI tract, it'd still be GRAS.

If there was any doubt, basically if there's not a consensus, the substance would be regulated under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and can usually still be marketed within limits unless its proven to be carcinogenic, teratogenic or mutagenic and even then sometimes it can still be sold with warning labels.

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Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Condemn?

It doesn't usually matter though I'm more familiar with the Government doing that.

And if condemnation doesn't work, Google can always have the local government declare eminent domain and seize the property that way.

Personally, I'd hook up with some shady chemical company and dump a fuckload of dioxins, PCBs, and radioactive materials and other fun things on the property, then take Google's money and run. See how much they like having a worthless superfund site in their name.

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FrankAlphaXII

Almost kind of like what the Air Force is doing to the people who own Groom Mine, which faces Area 51 with an unobstructed view, so much so that the schedule at the facility was determined by whether or not the family was there as they used it as a vacation property.

Tyler Rogoway has done a couple of stories on them, including a follow up a couple of days ago. You can check it out here

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Violin Memory shares collapse as it files for chapter 11

FrankAlphaXII

You're the guy that said mainframes are rare, right?

If so, enough said.

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Push back and automate

Spam tools spam the .mil TLD. Thing is, DoD email naming conventions make no sense and change all the time. Its partially security through obscurity. Every now and then I'd get one, but it wasn't often.

Its also that DISA and the service departments are pretty good at making sure Lt. Jackov, Private Fuckwit, Airman Shitbird, and Petty Officer Tunaboat rarely see spam messages because they can and do proactively monitor incoming email along with Counterintelligence/Security and Force Protection.

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systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

FrankAlphaXII

Re: You broke it, you bought it.

The OSX init is launchd, and its pretty good actually.

There's been discussion in the FreeBSD community about using it but I don't think it went anywhere. Apple choosing to license it under Apache probably has a good deal to do with that, I wouldn't imagine it would be permissive enough for a *BSD core component.

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FrankAlphaXII

Never understood the hate for systemd. Then again, it worked pretty well with Fedora when I was still using Linux distros and I never had a problem with it. If it ate one of my systems I'd probably vociferously hate it also.

Thing that gets me though is there are so many more problems that are Linux or even distribution specific that need to tackled, much less the issues that the BSDs have, which is more my concern anymore.

It would have been nice if all the energy that was expended on both sides in complaining about or defending a fucking init system of all things had been applied toward constructively solving some of the more glaring issues with Linux (filesystems, display servers, and video hardware drivers being my big three).

Regardless, I think we can all agree that PulseAudio should have gotten Poettering disemboweled, regardless of systemd's merits or lack thereof.

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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

FrankAlphaXII

Re: That's some direct talk

Well its from the Global Times, which is basically the loudest propaganda mouthpiece for the party. If it was from Xinhua, I might be a little concerned, but the Global Times is usually extremely inflammatory. Its not uncommon from them at all.

I wouldn't say they knew that much about our executive laws to be honest. They haven't figured out that the US is indeed under a State of Emergency which in their legal opinion (which is probably misinformed) would allow the Executive Branch to raise tarriffs to 45%, actually we're under a whole slew of them. I don't think anyone ever terminated any of the pre-1976 National Emergencies and there are several from after the 1976 National Emergencies Act that are in effect according to the Congressional Research Service,

Hell, I'm pretty sure Harry Truman's national emergency about Korea specifically targets China and is still in effect, and that's from 1950.

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SSDs in the enterprise: It's about more than just speed

FrankAlphaXII

Its not entirely unique, rare yes, but they don't have a monopoly on a 10 year warranty for a consumer SSD. Samsung have the same thing on their 850 Pro, which is the reason I coughed up the extra 40 bucks for the pro instead of the evo.

I'd be amazed if SATA is still used at all in 9 years, but its nice to have the warranty regardless.

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IBM punts devs to HCL

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Is HCL an acronym?

It means Hindustan Computers Limited. No idea why they use their initials instead but someone from a Marketing consultancy probably told them it was a good idea in the 1980's.

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Four big choices

You likely did not. Perhaps the last state sponsored man on the moon (though probably not as China and India have something to prove), but probably not the last person on the moon.

My money's on Falcon Heavy and the Senate Launch System. SpaceX and ULA actually have experience. Blue Origin may have a bunch of money thanks to Bezos but they have nowhere near as much experience. And spaceflight is prone to failure before the people behind it get it right. Just how it is.

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FrankAlphaXII

Re: we celebrate Yuri's night in the US, at NASA

They do it at Kennedy, and probably also at Johnson, but the one in Florida doesn't sound like anywhere near as much fun as what Ames has going on. At the same time I doubt you're going to see anything like that at Redstone, Vandenberg or White Sands considering who their operators are.

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

FrankAlphaXII

Re: So?

>>and they managed to build it without being assholes

You know why? They had the American Theft & Thoughtlessness Corporation's (not that newfangled pseudo-"at&t", which is BellSouth and SBC running the show, I'm talking about the real AT&T that exists in a closet in New Jersey despite rumors to the contrary) department full of lawyers to be assholes for them.

And they were, USL v. BSDi kind of proves that. USL was a wholly owned part of AT&T Corporation.

Ken and Dennis may have been nice people to work around and deal with, they certainly seem to be that way, but it was in spite of who actually owned what they were doing that was the case.

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

FrankAlphaXII

If they were American they would have thought it was a City in Florida with the same name, population 76,868.

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First FreeBSD 11.0 rc lands

FrankAlphaXII

I ditched Linux two years ago on my Unixlike desktops for PC-BSD and moved my servers over to FreeBSD. And Red Hat had nothing to do with it. For my use cases the BSDs work better than Linux did without some of the common linux annoyances, plus in my experience both Free and PC-BSD possess a much more civil community without a pathological opression complex and outright hostility toward people trying to use their software that still runs rampant.

Parts of the Linux community also seem to me like they would rather bicker over pointless bullshit like init systems instead of fixing long standing but difficult issues like FOSS GPU drivers STILL sucking, file systems, an antique display server, and the like. Just because Systemd is the cool kids pet hate now doesn't mean any of tbat shit magically went away.

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Hmm

>>"Oh and it says on the 2nd amendment guns should be well regulated. Excuses excuses".

No, it does not. Sorry, Try again.

It says the Militia should be well regulated. It is. There are a set of laws under Titles 10 and 32 which exist to regulate the Militia. Therefore it is reasonable to state that the Militia is well regulated.

2nd Amendment text:

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

And before you start the usual unthinking Liberal argument about "The Militia is the National Guard, durr hurr hurr", you may want to get a glimpse of what the Militia is in US Law. I'll help since you seem to be pretty oblivious to the law. Hint: It is not just the National Guard.

10 U.S.C. § 311 - Militia: composition and classes:

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

(b) The classes of the militia are—

(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and

(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

And just in case you think there's something supporting your ignorance in 32 U.S.C. 313, I'll spell that one out for you too.

32 U.S.C § 313 - Appointments and enlistments: age limitations:

(a) To be eligible for original enlistment in the National Guard, a person must be at least 17 years of age and under 45, or under 64 years of age and a former member of the Regular Army, Regular Navy, Regular Air Force, or Regular Marine Corps. To be eligible for reenlistment, a person must be under 64 years of age.

(b) To be eligible for appointment as an officer of the National Guard, a person must—

(1) be a citizen of the United States; and

(2) be at least 18 years of age and under 64.

So, you were saying?

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Google licks Android Nougat

FrankAlphaXII

That'd be Shitty Salamander

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Looking good, Gnome: Digesting the Delhi in our belly

FrankAlphaXII

So basically...

GNOME is doing what KDE tried to do about a decade ago with the KDE Software Compilation and is going about duplicating that effort, I wouldn't call KDE SC a resounding success either since they went and split everything again (Plasma 5, KDE Frameworks and KDE applications are all separate).

I don't get why GNOME thinks they can do this better somehow. Even if Red Hat's paying for it and failure doesn't matter, it seems like a huge waste of time and effort to me.

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Objective-C can fly the COOP, says subversive at Microsoft Research

FrankAlphaXII

Research is not QA. Finding bugs would be the QA department's job, preferably with some input from users who may also be able to reproduce it.

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

FrankAlphaXII

Not sure if it is in the US, but if you go around calling yourself an engineer, it helps to be one before a real engineer appears and makes you appear to not only be untrustworthy but full of yourself. Nothing worse than a liar, except one that's arrogant as fuck about lying. I know a family of actual Engineers (combat/sapper, civil, and watershed engineering) back home, and I strongly doubt they'd be too happy with someone trying to pass themselves off as a member of their profession to get in some woman's panties or some man's boxers.

I also have a feeling that Engineers in IT wouldn't feel as strongly about someone tacking engineer onto their job title as they deal with people like the PHB calling themselves engineers and in a position to actually cause a great deal of pain for everyone else from not knowing what they're doing along with the title.

Plus, lets just be honest, calling yourself a "solid waste sanitation engineer", "water based excretion technician" or "protein spill specialist" when you spend your time mopping the floor of a shitter, chucking sanitizer into urinals, or cleaning up puke only makes you sound like a pretentious dolt.

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Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Copied? Fair Use? Not the point.

And the only people who stand to gain from any of it are lawyers. Imagine that.

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Have a Cptn Cook: VXers learn 'Strayan to plunder Down Under

FrankAlphaXII

Re: and?

Its got a figurative and literal meaning. Literally it is when you try to hurt someone intentionally in a contact sport (rugby, aussie rules, American football, etc).

Figuratively its when you bitch at someone, usually a bit forcefully.

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Systemd kills Deb processes

FrankAlphaXII

Re: That's the entire problem in a nutshell ...

BSD ain't bad on desktops either. PC-BSD and GhostBSD are actually rather good. And its closer to "real" UNIX.

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FrankAlphaXII

Re: Get me Hennimore!

I think they mean that unless the process is nohupped it should be getting killed at logout, as that's what hup does.

As Ken pointed out above though, its been reverted so its a non-issue now.

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FrankAlphaXII

It won't last unless Lennart and Co. decide its a feature, not a bug.

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Helium... No. Do you think this is some kind of game? Toshiba intros 8TB desktop drive

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Cue the pain in 2.0001 years

And have fun backing up 8 TB with consumer backup software to avoid that pain.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Too little too late

>>Every one I know hates Microsoft software

Such a representative sample. You know maybe 300 people at the most. There's a population of over 7 billion. Lowballing it and assuming that there are only 7 billion people and assuming you actually know 300, you know a grand total of 4.28571429e-8 of the population.

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Hulk Hogan's sex tape, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a $10m revenge plot to destroy Gawker

FrankAlphaXII

Re: yeah

Yeah, I'm from Orlando, I know exactly what you're talking about, actually in both regards, Florida and Illinois.

My grandmother had to pick between her deceased husband's railroad pension and her pension from the State of IL, she's lucky that she gets anything at all out of them.

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FrankAlphaXII

Spoken like a true Floridian, Eva Longoria's movie about the Orange workers is something everyone oughta see if they're not familiar with it.

What is it? Like 850 kids that DCF's missing?

Sometimes I miss the hell out of the place, but other times I'm happy as fuck that I got out last year.

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FrankAlphaXII

Judge Campbell dismissed Gawker's motions to reduce damages and a new trial. They're done. And trust me, the State of Florida will collect.

Maybe when your editor says stupid shit in the courtroom, such as the only time they wouldn't post a sex tape is if the star is four years old, in the jurisdiction that pretty much loves the plaintiff anyway, you done fucked up.

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The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey

FrankAlphaXII

Re: National Treasure

Who says that Lucy and Verity are not one and the same? I've never seen it disproven. Or even better, maybe Verity is Craig Wright, inventor of the Hoveround?

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Mozilla gathers more MOSS

FrankAlphaXII
Joke

Moss?

Had me going for a minute there, I thought they were gathering Moss lookalikes for something. Maybe to turn it off and back on again.

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The fork? Node.js: Code showdown re-opens Open Source wounds

FrankAlphaXII
Trollface

Re: FSF

Because I always do what GNU and FSF tell me to. Since they know better than everyone else of course. I can't wait til Hurd finally ships so we can abandon the Linux kernel and force everything over to GPLv3, the best license ever created.

Who needs actual freedom when we can be told what to do by our betters?

(I hope its obvious but I'm being sarcastic)

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FrankAlphaXII

A nightmare scenario

Shit, think about this Doug, Microsoft would be the least bad of the players that would be strengthened, and thats saying something. But imagine IE 6 forever, the only reason IE went further was because Mozilla presented such a major threat in the mid-00's.

But imagine a much more powerful Oracle. As well as a non-gutted IBM. Without open source they would likely be more powerful than they would have been otherwise.

Then again, maybe OpenVMS wouldn't be (virtually) Itanic only and have more marketshare, and its probably my favorite proprietary OS so maybe it wouldn't be that bad, but then again thats only one tool whereas with open source there are literally thousands. And if you don't like one (like for me, what people call "Linux" [not the Kernel, kernel's great and so is a great deal of the team that works on it]) you can pick something else (again in my case, FreeBSD) that works just as well, if not better for whatever use case.

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Crack'n'hack stack Phrack's back, Jack!

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Adobe Flash player bugs

39 single spaced pages or so for one of the two articles and 54 for the other, without the code.

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Review legacy code: Waking dragons is risk worth taking, says Trainline ops head

FrankAlphaXII

Re: So having found a bad design pattern they then proactively looked for other copies of it.

I thought CMM was a purely Military thing? I didn't know that they'd borrowed from NASA.

Can't say that I'm too impressed either as an outsider to the world of development, I thought you were always supposed to make sure new code didn't break existing stuff, and test it before deployment in the first place. I mean you're always going to have something unexpected happen, but having new code break the part that's actually selling something like in the example sounds like a piss poor QA/testing regime.

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I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

FrankAlphaXII
WTF?

I think I figured it out. aManfromMars is Craig Wright, who just might happen to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Otherwise, the answer is 42.

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Curious Results

>>Sounds like Windows 1 0...

Sounds like Windows up until NT 4 really.

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Japan's Hitomi space 'scope bricked, declared lost after software bug

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Japanese programming culture

How was Fukushima recoverable?

Preventable, yes, but it was far from recoverable after the generators were destroyed and the coolant stopped flowing, even after they reconnected the coolant systems to the external power grid to get the pumps moving it was too late. About the only thing they could have done was connect them faster, that may or may not have stopped the meltdowns, but as noone's entirely sure about just how much damage there really is to the cores noone's sure about just how fast they would have had to have moved.

Now if what you mean is that it was preventable, you are absolutely correct. They could have mitigated by not building reactors on a coastline prone to earthquakes and by making damned sure electrical power would always flow to the plant's pumps no matter what, but aside from that I don't think it was a recoverable situation, unless they had ripped the vessel heads off the reactors to pull the fuel manually (a death sentence for anyone involved after about 3 to 5 minutes inside the containment building at reactor 3) which isn't realistic at all.

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The Devils of DevOps stick it to YOU

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Going to stop reading El Reg

Been here since 2004 myself, and I'm quite tired of it too. Its too bad "articles" like this dont still have ratings like they used to a few years back, because they'd probably have the dishonor of the collective lowest scores possible.

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Comcast Com-templates Com-trashing Com-crap Com-pact Com-caps

FrankAlphaXII

Re: Yay Capitalism!

I know for a fact that Miami-Dade also has American Theft and Thoughtlessness, who will rip you off way worse than Comcast will and play games with your billing. I had them for two months and they did their utmost to ensure I'll never do anything with AT&T again. They sure as hell aren't the old school death star anymore.

They also have a local company called Atlantic Broadband but I'm pretty sure they're limited to Miami itself, Miami Beach and Miami Shores.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

FrankAlphaXII

Re: I would have expected...

I'm surprised they didn't mention that at all, plus the fact that you can't manually install it either

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FrankAlphaXII

You mean OpenIndiana? I guess you could, but unless you're already familiar with Solaris' quirks, why bother? Its not impossible to learn obviously, its just another damned unixlike, but I'd argue its a waste of time on an older niche OS that even Oracle doesn't seem to care that much about. Sort of like OpenVMS and HPE, sometimes I wonder if HPE even remembers that they own it.

Anyway, If you want ZFS and DTRACE, and a great deal more support, try FreeBSD. Its really not that much different than Gentoo. If you don't care that much about ZFS but still want DTRACE with no fuss, use OSX.

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True believers mind-meld FreeBSD with Ubuntu to burn systemd

FrankAlphaXII

I'm late on this one, but Linux isn't UNIX. *BSD is not UNIX, even though its close. Solaris, AIX, z/OS, and HP-UX are UNIX. OS X is UNIX. If it meets the Single Unix Specification, its UNIX. If it doesn't, its not UNIX. And while POSIX compatability is part of the SUS, it is not everything in it.

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US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

FrankAlphaXII

Three hours?!?

Someone's not strokin' it right.

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

FrankAlphaXII

Re: I use ZFS every day.....

>> FreeBSD, NAS4FREE, PC-BSD. It isn't hard.

No it really isn't. ZFS works pretty damned well too, I've used it and btrfs (as well as NTFS which there's no avoiding if you use MS products at all, and I do) and I much prefer ZFS. The only area that I'm not convinced of its utility is through lack of experience as I haven't used it with any of our SSDs yet, but it does work exceptionally well for complex drive arrangements with regular ol' HDDs.

I use ZFS every day as well. I don't use NAS4FREE but I do use FreeBSD and PC-BSD daily. While Linux chases its tail yet again because of people bitching and moaning we've been using ZFS for what, like 12 years now?

Its actually kind of sad really, ZFS is not a new technology at this point by any means but Linux still doesn't/can't ship with it. I hope Canonical does do this and gets away with it, and its immense popularity convinces other distributions to push Oracle to change the license to 3 clause BSD so everyone can use it and it'll still make GPL zealots cry themselves to sleep. Everyone wins.

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