For those unaware, Oracle laid off ~ all Solaris tech staff yesterday in a classic silent EOL of the product.
Solaris was a better server and development platform than anything else (OK, after HPUX and SunOS reached EOL), but getting management to spend money up front was always a massive battle. SUN did themselves no favors by going back and forth with SPARC and x86, and getting a freebie OpenSolaris running was a challenge.
But now the world runs servers on piece of shit free-as-in-freebase-heroin Linux, paying fedora-wearing dipshits at DeadRat for "support" consisting of "no, you go fuck yourself".
This future has been brought to you by lawyers and the lowest bidder.
I'm too bummed out to make a playlist for today, so here's a couple of Apple's:
Diversity is important as long as you never disagree with Party Orthodoxy.
But A) I'm 3x their age and use my phone more, B) Throwing someone's phone is assault and destruction of $600 property, not a funny anecdote to end an article, and C) Teenage Suicide Don't Do It (now your Saturday Music)
Oh sweet zombie jesus the DRM whining again? You can have fucking Flash (you goddamned savages), or you can have DRM and a nice native player. Ebooks and downloaded music are mostly watermarked and DRM-less (except on Kindle), but you can't do that on the fly with video encoding.
You aren't going to convince Sony/Netflix/etc to just give you non-DRM copies of a $100M budget movie or series. And once in a while I like a Guardians of the Galaxy, Inception, or Justified. If you don't, the presence or absence of DRM in the browser makes zero difference to your life. You're just bitching about something that doesn't affect you.
For a slightly more calm, less profane explanation, read Tim Berners-Lee's post.
OK, what's going on in tech today?
- Apple's bragging about the fucking trees on their spaceship compound. link
Tech companies are powerless against coal/oil company politics. link
Google's ad-blocking everyone except Google ads. link
Nintendo wants you to pay $20/year for online multiplayer, still no backup, and an NES emulator (back when their games were good). link
(I don't expect to do this often, but my sarcasm levels are higher than my bullshit-tolerance this morning)