Re: Time to mount an offensive against the Arachnids!
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According to a friend, it seems that in-car recorders are now required by law in Russia, given the incredibly extreme traffic accidents they have there. The cams are used to determine who's actually guilty, and so the "Russian car crash" video collections were born. Recently, one of such cams gave us a first-person view of that plane crashing into a highway incident.
There's another article out there that mentions this. It even jokes that BYOD will eventually mean BUY your own device. And I agree.
The iTard mobs getting their company to let them use their iShiny stuff are going to inflict suffering on those who don't have the $$$ to buy expensive smartphones but will be forced by their employer to buy one, as they need it for work but the IT budget is no longer covering that, thanks to BYOD.
"1 linux box does the same work as 3 windows boxes. That's nice, any particular application we're talking about here?"
Actually, I wouldn't go that far, but I do have a particular case in mind:
2 Solaris boxes - 200k users.
11 Windows boxes - 2000 users.
The service is LDAP (on Solaris) vs. fugly Active Directory.
There are linux boxen that equally have 2 or 4 box configurations and still curbstomp the Windows boxen in performance and redundancy. Also, AD sucks even with small loads (~2k entries), while true LDAP solutions running on Solaris, AIX or Linux can handle millions of entries...
BYOO (Bring Your Own OS) is something that is practiced in some companies. Consulting firms that don't have any OS dependencies with corporate crapware shat out with VB6 means that we don't really care about the OS, as long as productive work is being made.
In our case, most stuff is either spec documents, reports, and such (PDF) or Java apps. Both of these can be made with any OS. Therefore, I use OSX & Linux, and others use Linux. There's the odd Windows user, but even then it is actually Windows under a VM running on Linux, or a dual-boot lappy. Oh, good times...
Windows shouldn't be in anything even remotely security-critical, but the OS does have a couple of gov't certs. You'd expect them to have learned their lesson after the whole McKinnon hack, but no.
That's the reason why I stopped caring as soon as I read "Retina".Especially given Apple's strange rules for "maximum RAM" on their stuff. My MBP supposedly has an 8Gb upper limit, yet I have 16GB RAM on this one.
Oh, so awesome ... my MBP just dropped $100 in its price tag. At least those of us who care about actual work being done & upgreadability are getting a better deal. Though I would've preferred to have that discount 2 months ago...
... as soon as I read "retina". That surely means it is only on the Retina models where they did the upgrade, and those are non-user-upgreadable. Hopefully they'll update the non-retina versions as well.
That's what Palm did, and look how they ended up...
When Google talks about "two-factor authentication", I assume they mean "wonky SMS auth" as their second factor, as opposed to actual secure tokens? (yeah, yeah, I know that even those have been pwned, see SecurID but at least it's much harder to do)
If you're wary of your government, they're sure as HELL going to read your incoming SMS. So that kind of 2FA is useless for them.
They were going to use ZFS, which would've been awesome given how ZFS is both a volume manager *and* a filesystem. Unfortunately, Apple didn't go through with licensing ZFS (which would've been much easier in the pre-Oracle Sun) which I suspect has something to do with Jobs' dick-wavering.
Oh well, we *do* have MacZFS, so it can be used on Macs, just without it being the bootable FS. Or encrypted using FileVault...
The Xbox *is* crap. Slowly but surely, it finally slid into 3rd place last year, though realistically speaking, that happened earlier. Of course, you'll see more Xboxes in the US but that's because the US just has bad taste. Same goes for the iPhone (hit in the US, losing ground to Android brethren elsewhere).
Hm. Having known someone who has been beaten repeatedly by his wife and yet managed to get convicted of "LETHAL BEHAVIOR" even when he was the one being beaten... yes, there's a big problem on the legal side for males, skin color nonwithstanding.
There are women that consider cheating to be a basic women's right because "he's cheating anyway". And then get to divorce the dude *and* get a pension, even if she's the one at fault.
Yes, the macho culture needed to be taken down, and to be honest there's still problems with wifebeaters and male-on-female abuse, but the opposite things SHOULD be taken into account as well. Thus groups like these.
That said, there are truly hateful groups out there, like Men Go Their Own Way. That's what Symantec must've thought they were filtering.
Expecting them to be called Mickey & Goofy.
Not to mention that Eadon's anti-windows comments have no bearing on this, as the article states that Windows *can* and *does* brick a Samsung lappy the same as Linux. IIRC the 'AC's were also mostly MS shills saying the same thing about "freetards getting what they deserved".
So it is actually the shilltards who should be apologizing to *Eadon*. My my ... the irony...
Anyone using Access for "database" stuff who has even entry-level CompSci skills is doing something very wrong. Unless the "database" is actually linking to a real RDBMS like PostgreSQL, Oracle, Sybase, DB2 or yes, even SQL Server.
The one person I can forgive for using Access would be an accountant who doesn't have programming skills, yet she was savvy enough to realize that Excel ain't a DB tool and thus built accounting stuff using Access.
Dude, you're getting a downvote just for that man!
On other news: my coworker who went down the brave path of using Win8 got fed up and is wiping that POS out, replacing it with Fedora 17. TIFKA Metro is a huge part of that decision.
Though it isn't the Ethernet we all think about these days. It had a fugly AUI port instead of either coax or RJ45. I managed our sole remaining RS/6000 workstation at our college computer lab during the early 2000's and the AUI-to-cat5 transceiver was constantly being fought for between the RS/6000 users and the CCNA dudes (the Cisco routers only had AUI ports). Yeech!
IIRC Token Ring was actually *RING* topology, hence the name.
The other ring topology network I can remember is LocalTalk, which for years was what our home network had.
Ah, that thing. Windows 3.11 with DOS 6.22, which for some weird reason broke compatibility with all the stuff in windows 3.1 and DOS 6.2. I kept the 3.1/6.2 combo because it wasn't worth doing the upgrade.
Oh the irony. Metcalfe made it big by doing a network that runs *against* Ayn Rand ideals. Interesting!
0x029A - The Hexadecimal Number of the Beast.
Plaza Carso, which can be basically described as "Slim Enterprises Plaza" (yes, *that* Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world) has some buildings with a 13th floor. The plaza was built recently. A certain company from that group has the 13th floor unoccupied ... because most people are superstitious.
OTOH, another company has a 13th floor elsewhere, and they do occupy it. Nobody cares about the superstition stupidity.
"From my POV, the real insanity is that the bad guy in the case -- Amazon -- have got away with monopolistic behaviour, peaking at 90% of all ebooks sold, while the DOJ opened fire with the big guns on the folks who were trying to claw their way up from a minority position."
... as opposed to let the publishers enter into a cartel with Apple, ensuring their ability to raise prices across the board? Because that was the point over the DOJ case. It would serve them awesomely, as Apple would say "oh publishers set the price" and publishers would go "Apple said I can't sell 'em cheaper elsewhere".
Favoured-nation distribution contracts should be declared illegal.
In fact, the book in question is back up in the Kindle Store. The author says that she has seen more sales *today* than the sales from the second half of 2012! So if you want it, go get it!
I'm guessing that Amazon saw the shitstorm and put it back up because:
- They know it's going to sell like mad
- They know that if GW tries anything, there's going to be an assload of people countering any legal action.
This is going to be awesome!
"Given a choice between 4 hours of research and practice in SharePoint Development or"
Given a choice between *anything* Microsoft, and *anything else*, I'll go for *anything else* anytime! Even more so if it's working hours. Thankfully, I rarely have to deal with MS crap.
That said, given my line of work, stuff I do on the 'home lab' will affect my future income. So sure, I can lay off the home lab, but that means I will run out of income further down the road. Sure, I *do* add up personal time & rest, so I'm not doing "home research" 24/7.
It depends on your job. If you acquire enough know-how with your home lab, it could be that you end up either outsourcing yourself (for real, not the scam that Verizon worker pulled off), opening up your own IT consulting business, or just polishing up your CV for better employers.
Either way, it'll pay off.
What would seem at a first glance as my 'living room' is actually half living room, half an unwalled space meant to be a third room. I have mostly used the latter space functionally as a "third room", and lo and behold, this is where all my IT gear lives. That includes my very first "home lab" which given that the hardware isn't top notch (and wasn't when I built it back in 2009) is now lagging. Though the 8Gb RAM helps.
These days, most of my "lab" resides in the 16Gb RAM, i5-powered MBP I take to work, which gives me the advantage of carrying my lab with me to work. For the stuff I use these days, VMs cover most of my needs.
Jobs rebuilt Apple deciding for users, but he actually knew that what he was pushing would be accepted. And he had his Reality Distortion Field to pull it off.
MS is copying Apple yet again, but this time they're pushing something that they KNOW nobody wants, their market studies point elsewhere but still they push it trying to pull a Jobs sans RDF. This is what happens.
At this point, defending MS is as bad as Eadon's MS trashing, if not worse.
They're only becoming "irrelevant" in the enterprise for those who don't have strict security standards. As it is, I know of at least two large financial entities that still rely on Blackberries for work stuff. BYOD isn't as universal as it seems.
Someone already mentioned it, given that a previous poster mentioned "raidz2"...
That particular competition has kinda produced results. Qt is the one true multiplatform GUI toolkit, and KDE was much easier to develop for.
So, should I try to get into the Nexus then?
Lack of BIS is also making me iffy on this. Maybe I should go and upgrade to a 9900 instead, and sit out on this BB10 thing. I was going to jump in, but losing BIS is well, kinda losing the BB security advantage of having a BB. Yes, the handset itself is going to be FIPS 140-2 certified, but the email is going to take longer to get there, and it'll go unencrypted, *and* eat through my standard data plan.
On the upside, by the time I jump to BB10 maybe they'll re-open BIS and they'll have more apps to boot.
The "Microsoft stack" is mostly the Linux and/or Java stack, but just bastardized into going the Microsoft way:
Active Directory is LDAP as imagined by Microsoft: weird binary objects needed to change ACLs, non-standard password management/storage, non-standard hashes, forced RDN standards on objectclasses. Oh, and once you create an AttributeType or ObjectClass, you can't never, ever delete it!
.NET is the Java/JVM part, with byteco... um... "MSIL". They added more than one language to compile to this, though.
C# is pirated Java, except a lot of the classpath is actually a wrapper over the Win32 library. (This isn't bad, actually! But it sucks for portability outside Win32). MS didn't have the balls to kill their stupid language (VB) so instead they hacked it into having something "similar" to C# and called it "VB.net".
WebServices using weird stuff that can't be read by other platforms that arent .NET. I regularly had to build shell WebServices on Java just to get a WSDL that could be implemented in .NET and not make everyone else barf at it.
The Microsoft stack is OK as long as you have everything 100% MS.
The thing with Gnome/GTK+ is that they actually implemented OO in C instead of going for C++. So the whole thing looks as ugly as MFC, because your "pointers" are actually representing objects, but instead of having the OO specific syntax, you have to use weird function voodoo to get the same stuff you get with C++.
And I don't know about Gnome, but GTK development was a nightmare. I gave up and switched to Qt real fast... and by "real fast", I mean 2002. It's much cleaner.
Hopefully, having the QNX kernel might help on that side. I do however think that they should keep the email-through-BIS feature up, it's kinda one of their core selling points, encrypted email.
"At this point, the on device encryption is not certified, but that is coming – Microsoft has stated that they are looking to get the encryption FIPS certified."
Meanwhile, the WP8 devices can't be sold to Gov't. Even WP7 isn't certified, which speaks a lot of how much MS cares about these certs.
I'm betting that MS has a worse standing than Blackberry by now.
- BB10 has the FIPS 140-2 certification, so they get to keep US Gov contracts, and have an edge over the fruity phone which lacks this cert, and WinPhone8 possibly lacks this as well, given that WP7 lacks it.
- MS has a thing on abandoning mobile platforms. Just ask anyone who used Windows CE before it "morphed" into WinMo. Or those who developed for WinMo. Then more recently the WinPhone7 OS. By now, betting on WinPhone8 would be like betting on a Pinto not catching fire.
- BB10 had something of a "beta" version in the form of the PlayBook OS. So there are already developers familiar with it.
- BB10's QNX legacy means it has features that no other OS has, like being able to share stuff between same devices (check out PlayBook Confetti)
- As the article mentioned, a pretty large user base still remains hooked to BBM.
So maybe BB does have a chance to overtake MS....
Given that those stores only exist in the US, it's no wonder it's US only!
As much as I don't like the taxman charging for unreal profits, the claim is that the 6 consecutive losses weren't real, and there was actual profit on those losses. Thus the 1.5billion is based on those profits.
There are others who died after MS got their grubby hands on them:
- Palm: tanked after switching PalmOS to WinMo.
- Sendo: oooh the humanity!
Theres a Cracked article on "stupid things you can't believe are copyrighted" and they mention exactly this thing. I doubt they could be sued for defamation. Even if they could do it, doing so would actually bring the issue to the Streissand Effect.
The "El Plato Supreme" ad might be even biting on something that is true: NFL does troll over its rights to SuperBowl. If say, Domino's offers a special SuperBowl discount package ... they can't say it's the "Super Bowl package" but they have to say something like "The Big Game Package".
One is a steaming pile of bull used a lot in web stuff ... and the other can actually be compiled to bytecode. ;)
Indeed, yesterday had 1.7.13 come out, so I do wonder if it is more of an issue with Apple sending the minimum version update before the actual update came out.
It is the browser plugin of Java. Though 1.7.13 is out, so it might actually be a matter of Apple putting the dependency *before* Oracle put out the update, not actually blocking Java intentionally.
The JRE itself isn't blocked, attested by me being able to use LdapBrowser and NetBeans. :)
They're gobbling up Quest. Dell (company) seems to be killing a certain useful piece of software Quest has, that is very good (a VDS solution) and there's no real replacement in the market. Maybe Dell (the man) might think otherwise?
Or maybe, just maybe, pull off non-MS hardware and not have to give a flying fudge? Private companies don't need to have ever-increasing profits.
Hell, everything's possible!