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Is the Federation PC or Mac?

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lostshaker

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Report this May. 22 2011, 5:32 am

Mac. The computer's screensaver is a starfield with a light effect reminiscent of the warp drive or transwarp conduits.

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Report this May. 22 2011, 5:38 am

Quote: r3g @ May. 11 2011, 12:32 pm

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>Has to PC. If it were Mac then all of the Federation Starships that have incorporated alien technology into their systems wouldn't have been able to.

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Ships with incorporated tech would constantly be breaking down, suffering from computer viruses, and passing these viruses onto other ships... TNG's "Contagion" being the example.

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Report this May. 22 2011, 8:08 pm

LCARS looks like a MAC, but all the "controls aren't responding" I hear....


It'm gonna say they have the ultimate hybrid: The duotronic P-MAC


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Report this Jun. 01 2011, 8:24 am

I say both. both have qualitys that are needed and faults to overcome.


PC ... everytime it has updates it is a real pain in the arse. slow moving, and PC browsers really suck. based on easier math, teleporters, replicators, and the holodeck have to be PC. or playstation 54. hahahaa


MAC ... breaks just about as often as a federation starship, but its APS are the best for the bridge and engineering.


"Do you think it's possible for two people to go back in time and correct a mistake that never should have happened?" ... "On this ship, anything is possible."

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Report this Jun. 03 2011, 8:50 am

Linux!!  Sure as hell wasn't windows....... if it didn't keep crashing they would have been hacked out by the Romulans before they even cast off! 

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Report this Jul. 04 2011, 2:39 pm

I think it would be safe to say niether since as most metion the p.a.d.d. looks like an apple product it also looks like the droid products as well and the first mass market tablet computer was made by HP and ran XP tablet edition (mind you it was a POS!). I think the contral core of any ship borad computer in the star trek universe more represents a PC based system with a dragon voice command interface android market apple gui and runs on an LCARS/lynix shell. See no one wins ha ha!


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Report this Jul. 16 2011, 9:31 pm

Neither. It has voice commands.

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Report this Jul. 28 2011, 7:09 am

Porthos, I think we get the message. XD


I don't know... There would be issues with the Mac system and all, being that it is so far away from Earth and the problem with materials. Still, isn't Mac just... I don't know. More... spocktacular? 


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Report this Jul. 28 2011, 10:10 am

Well, according to Netcraft, it's Linux....  I guess that's why there's so many problems with the site....


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Report this Jul. 28 2011, 12:02 pm

I think the OP was referring to the starship rather than the website but the reference to Linux on Netcraft is with regard to the servers that host the startrek.com website.  The software used to construct the website could be Linux, MSN or Mac.


The vast majority of servers that provide internet hosting are Linux as there are no costs associated with the provision of Linux software, whereas the licence fees associated with windows and mac would make operating costs for the hosting company much more expensive.


 

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Report this Jul. 28 2011, 12:46 pm

Quote: Xtwozero @ Jul. 28 2011, 12:02 pm

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>I think the OP was referring to the starship rather than the website but the reference to Linux on Netcraft is with regard to the servers that host the startrek.com website.  The software used to construct the website could be Linux, MSN or Mac.

>The vast majority of servers that provide internet hosting are Linux as there are no costs associated with the provision of Linux software, whereas the licence fees associated with windows and mac would make operating costs for the hosting company much more expensive.

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Yes, I know what the original poll was about.... I was just doing a sideline quip.


 


And don't confuse cost to purchase software with operating costs.  Those are two different things, believe me.


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Report this Jul. 29 2011, 12:54 am

I don't believe I did confuse cost to purchase with operating cost.  I used the word 'provision',  I didn't say that taking all other costs into account it would necessarily produce a lower operating cost.  There are other considerations of course such as security and maintenance but these are areas where Linux also compares well with other operating systems due to its structured architecture and the freedom which comes with 'open source' software which allows the operator to modify the OS to suit his particular requirements using in house resources.


Wikipaedia confirms this view.....


Servers, mainframes and supercomputers The Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jaguar supercomputer, until recently the world's fastest supercomputer. It uses the Cray Linux Environment as its operating system.[62][63]
Servers designed for Linux


Linux distributions have long been used as server operating systems, and have risen to prominence in that area; Netcraft reported in September 2006 that eight of the ten most reliable internet hosting companies ran Linux distributions on their web servers.[64] Since June 2008, Linux distributions represented five of the top ten, FreeBSD three of ten, and Microsoft two of ten;[65] since February 2010, Linux distributions represented six of the top ten, FreeBSD two of ten, and Microsoft one of ten.[66]


Linux distributions are the cornerstone of the LAMP server-software combination (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP/Python) which has achieved popularity among developers, and which is one of the more common platforms for website hosting.[67]


Linux distributions have become increasingly popular on mainframes in the last decade due to pricing, compared to other mainframe operating systems.[citation needed] In December 2009, computer giant IBM reported that it would predominantly market and sell mainframe-based Enterprise Linux Server.[68]


Linux distributions are also commonly used as operating systems for supercomputers: since November 2010[update], out of the top 500 systems, 459 (91.8%) run a Linux distribution.[69] Linux was also selected as the operating system for the world's most powerful supercomputer, IBM's Sequoia which will become operational in 2011.[70]


 


Personally....  I believe it's just a matter of time and Linux will be everywhere.  Linux users already benefit from the high level security that comes as standard along with the facility to run windows and mac programs if required.  It has so many upsides over its rivals whereas its only downside is that the user does need to have a basic understanding of software architecture and some programming skills in order to get the best out of it.

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Report this Jul. 29 2011, 1:26 pm

Quote: Xtwozero @ Jul. 29 2011, 12:54 am

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>I don't believe I did confuse cost to purchase with operating cost.  I used the word 'provision',  I didn't say that taking all other costs into account it would necessarily produce a lower operating cost.  There are other considerations of course such as security and maintenance but these are areas where Linux also compares well with other operating systems due to its structured architecture and the freedom which comes with 'open source' software which allows the operator to modify the OS to suit his particular requirements using in house resources.

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okay - we're on the same page.  I was focusing on the second part of your statement about operating costs being more expensive under Windows/Mac.


I'm an IT director, so this is the area I focus on - delivering the best level and most secure service I can for the lowest TCO.  Linux is getting there - just a few challenges left to make it the dominant player.  Most enterprise shops have both Windows & Linux, but Linux is starting to push Windows out the door.


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Report this Aug. 01 2011, 2:08 am

I just read the second part of my original post again and I take your point Fleet....  is a little simplistic it has to be said.  You will know more about this stuff than I do, as I just play around with it at home and have no commercial experience or formal qualifications.  I did get a little UNIX experience when I was at college but in those days it was mostly all about COBOL and FORTRAN.  I ditched windows about 10 years ago after my GF left my laptop connected to the internet overnight and came back to it next day and someone or something had wiped it clean, despite having the latest security updates installed.


I was already frustrated with general reliability issues and other problems with certain applications after having installed 'maintenance packages' that I just decided I'd had enough.  I just couldn't believe that the 'windows experience' was something MS should be charging people for.  It was like being sold a beta product that was being marketed as 100% soak tested alpha. Switching over was tough at first cos there wasn't the flexibility to run windows and mac files routinely when required such as there is now, and spent many hours messing with the terminal to get things to run, but don't regret doing it. 


Switching over now is a breeze compared with the early days as all the hard work has already been done and most everything runs automatically from the desktop.  I recently loaded Ubuntu 10.04 on to a laptop for a friend of my GF whose windows OS had completely crashed out and couldn't be recovered. I phoned her up a couple of days later to see how she was getting on with it and she thought it was a later version of windows!!  

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Report this Aug. 19 2011, 1:06 pm

Windows. When there is a problem, they don't need to take the ship back to space dock. And all those people who brought up the Ipad, we are talking about the 23rd and 24 century, not some stupid 21st century thing.

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