19 posts • joined Tuesday 6th March 2007 16:15 GMT
Who needs an AV anyway?
Been without one for ages. Glad to live without having to endure the huge slowdowns. But then again, my OS of choice tends to be slightly harder to infect. Besides, as the only place I can write under normal times in my home folder and that gets weekly backups, if I ever get trouble, I just need to format and restore the home folder from when it wasn't infected
WinUpdate on IE was bad when it was introduced
This is one I will never personally understand. Who in there right mind said "We want to make updating the system easy, let's put all this powerful capacity in IE. We just won't explain to everyone how to use it to install file everywhere. No, even better, let's tell everyone. " instead of having a relatively simple, but dedicated tool.
Paris, cause she can't always see the consequences either.
Yes, the title is regarding the comment at the end of the show (if you haven't listened, do)
Overall, very interesting show. I would like to comment on the vmware opensource part, however.
The truth is, as far as I can see, that the benifit of VMware going opensource, for the custumor, would be minimal. Having free versions of the product lets anyone who doesn't have the money to buy it use it. The really nice features of VMWare all require a SAN. If you can afford a SAN, I don't think the licence will be that big of an issue. For small guys, vmware-server is "good enough".
To the custumor, opensource doesn't mather as much as we like to think (myself included), simply because most users do not want/cannot look at the source code.
Quebec consumer protection law
You need a law like was recently implemented in Quebec, Canada.
It states that if a product is advertised or labled at price X, but the retailer really ment price Y, if it scans at price Y they have to sale it to you at the lowest of the 2 prices - 10$. This also applies to web order in that they HAVE to honor the listed price at the time of purchase.
This was done to avoid supermarkets labeling things at, say, 9,90$, then charging you 9,95$ or 9.99$. Now, if they do that and you catch them, they are obliged by law to give you the article free. Cut down enormously on labeling fraud
@Mike : Sleepy time
If you're using a laptop, try unpluging it and seeing how much you like that option the next day. Sleep and hybernate are not the same. Sleep just powers off "most" of the computer and leaves everything in RAM. If you loose power (your battery runs out), you loose everything
It did appen in Canada
It was a year or so back. The Canadian equivalent of the RIAA took Videotron and Sympatico to court to request the information. The ISP said they were willing to do it, but needed a court order. The court refused to give the order. The ISPs aren't the ones who refused to do it, it was the court. If I remember correctly, the judge went along the lines that the cost to the users and the court system was too high compared to what the music industry had a chance to get back out of it.
Having a music tax (don't let anyone fool you, this would be a music tax in all but name) is the equivalent of paying protection money to the mob and hoping they do not come and break your legs anyway. The ONLY way this would be even remotely fair to the custumor is if the labels couldn't sue. We all know this will never be the case.
The old buisness model of taking 90% of the money and not giving any back to the artist doesn't work any more. It is time this raketiring was stoped and people realise what tapes, CDs and records were originally ment as promotion tools for shows. It's time digital music, like radio, became once again a show promotion tool, not a money maker.
The sad thing is, I am sure that if this had been properly managed, a system for booking appointments that was actually secure could be done for under 1 million. Heck, all you really need is properly constructed web forms over a secured intranet with a secured database backend!
A litle overblown
[quote]this revolutionary new technology[/quote]
So we can say MS finally implemented something Unix and the likes have had since .. the 70s, and it gets called "new and revolutionary"? Either the sarcasam is so tick it broke the floor, or someone needs a wack on the head.
1: The border between Canada and the USA is bigger. Plus, part of the contry (Alaska) is only accessible by going over Canadien territory.
2: Close diplomatic and economic relations, even considering the US constantly tries to screw us over by taxing wood and demanding we sale oil cheaper.
About waterpipe grounding
Just so you know, the reason water pipes are grounded is much simpler and 2 folds.
1: To provide a central easy to access ground for things like tubs and sinks (as those must be grounded, in case of electric items falling in water)
2: To avoid throwing electricity all over the place in case of a wire malfunction that lands a wire on a pipe.
This is clearly an extortion attempt and abuse of the system. I hope someone takes it to court and contersues in the name of all the defendents.
Would not the embalming process replace most of his organs with fluff? Also, the embalming fluid, to my understanding, would pretty much destroy everything it touches. Would make comming back as a vampire a very unpleasent proposition.