* Posts by JEDIDIAH

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

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Been there. Done that.

Some of the upscale luxury cars are already equipped with HUDs.

I drove a Beemer like that in Germany. It's too bad the map data was laughably out of date.

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It's crap and a menace!

If you have to look at the interface, then it's already a big fat fail. The interface for anything on a car should be like a fighter jet. You shouldn't have to take your eyes off the action for even a split second. This sort of stuff just instituionalizes distracted driving.

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Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

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Re: Print Drivers

> It's a much better idea than requiring your printer manufacturer to provide a Chrome OS print driver for every one of their printers!

It's just x86 Linux. They could probably just ship their Linux driver assuming they have one or just let the community handle it. That's even assuming that what CUPS needs to support your particular printer even counts as a "driver" in the conventional sense.

The same "driver" source could handle Linux, MacOS, iPhones, Android, Chrome, Solaris and AIX.

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Re: Why do people need colour inkjets still?

My color printer also doubles as a scanner and copier. While it true it's not often used, it's handy to have when a color printing task comes up. I just bought the cheapest available HP from the corner store. It works fine including being supported in Linux.

There's nothing saying that you only have to have one printer. My "default" printer is a cheap mono laser of course.

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Utter nonsense.

This nonsense is why I put Ubuntu on my Chromebook. Throwing things out the the cloud is completely unnecessary as CUPS is perfectly adequate for the task and can run on any Unix variant including the ones from Google and Apple.

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'Critical' security bugs dating back to 1987 found in X Window

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Re: No worries...

Nonsense. The moment I got my first ISP account ever, I managed to see people trying to get into my Linux box. This was ancient dlalup. I'm not even sure if my modem was up to snuff in terms of speed. Still didn't stop people from the other side of the planet to probe my box.

If the "consumer Internet" was dangerous pretty much day one, then the "academic Internet" must have been similarly dangerous.

My last "pre-Internet" employer certainly took their security seriously. A bug of this kind would not have been exposed to dog+world even then.

From then to now, the number of attacks per day isn't even all that different.

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97% of UK gets 'basic' 2Mbps broadband. 'Typical households' need 10Mbps – Ofcom

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Re: Doesn't add up

The headline is certainly misleading. It seems specifically engineered to give one a more dire impression. For a minute there I thought that the UK had managed to be even crappier in terms of broadband than the US.

An intentionally false impression though. Sensationalist headline...

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Bloat and crapulence overload

Nah. With all of the crap that gets included on modern webpages these days, you need more speed just to deal with the bloat. I remember when I thought a whole 1meg down was the bee's knees. Wouldn't want to be stuck with that now. Modern web pages are far too bloated. Some sites include scripts from so many different hosts that they can't all fit on my no-script pop up menu.

Then there are things like Debian repositories, Steam, and other assorted sources of software updates.

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Which country has 2nd largest social welfare system in the world?

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Re: I think that healthcare screws the stats badly

I would rather not fixate on the poor because people are ultimately responsible for themselves. They still have some ability to control their own destiny even if they are on the lower end of things. The things they choose to do and the things they choose to value impact their lives greatly. To say that they are in control of nothing ultimately strips them of their humanity and any hope that they might someday do better for themselves.

No amount of throwing money at the problem will compensate for a pathalogical culture that actively discourages assimilating the habits of successful members of society.

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> Including the cost of the US healthcare system in welfare spending is not unlike including the price of billionaire mansions in the money spent to fight homelessness.

So what you are saying is that some of us in America are paying for "billionaire mansions" when it comes to healthcare? In other words, we are at liberty to pay more to get more. That doesn't sound altogether bad really. It sucks to be poor but then again it always sucks to be poor. It's nice that there's at least the option to do better and get better.

That's the key difference between what we have in the US and European Communism.

Although, it does make sense to compare total expenditures for both public and private payments for healthcare and taxes in general. I am in a much better position than a European counterpart to handle my own medical expenses. I have more money for housing and food and health insurance and vacations and my medical rainy day fund (HSA).

I just have to choose to prepare for that sort of thing rather than wasting every last cent I earn on consumption of consumer products. The same goes to a lesser degree for "working class stiffs". We simply choose as a nation to be irresponsible. "Saving" is a dirty word. We all must feed the economic beast. You even see propaganda about this in math textbooks (I kid you not).

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Re: But the elephant in the room...

In a nation without debtors prisons, bankruptcy should not matter. It should not be a thing for people to get hysterical over. It may suck for awhile but it's very recoverable. Or rather it should be.

Going broke in a civilized society shouldn't matter any more than getting sick in one.

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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Re: it's not the Catholics that are the problem. It's extremist protestants.

You have to keep in mind that it's not "Protestants" but rather a small subset of Protestants. A lot of Protestants are just as stuffy and conservative as Catholics. It's only a particular minority of Protestants that advocate extreme anti-intellectualism and theocracy.

"Protestant" is not a terribly useful term. It pretty much just means "not Catholic" which is as useful as "not Baptist". There are 1001 flavors to contend with and a term that encompasses 1000 of them isn't terribly meaningful.

Although people that use the term "Xian" like they own it usually are part of the wingnut crowd.

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Firmware update kills Lenovo Home Media Network HDDs. Here's how to resurrect them

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Re: Rarely update firmware

It shouldn't matter either way. Certainly HARDWARE should not be shipped in a broken state. The idea that a consumer should ever have to do a firmware update just shows how bad things have gotten. The sound engineering once expected out of hardware has fallen prey to the same sort of "ship it broken, we can patch it later" that once primarily dominated only computer games.

It's a disgrace.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: I'm a big fan of WPS Office

> Libreoffice is just a bit bloated for an SSD install.

It has no problems fitting on my jailbroken chromebox.

Affordable SSDs aren't quite THAT small.

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Re: @Chris W Haven't we been here before

Windows continues to be a festering malware infested pile even today in 2014. Nothing really changes because Microsoft still has the same bad approach to engineering it's always had. You can't take the organization that gave us DOS and Win 3.1 and expect it to create something decent. The beast simply doesn't operate that way.

At least Apple has some interest in making a product. It may not be the kind of product that some of us want but at least they give lip service to the idea of a good product rather than just being cheap Ponzi wannabes.

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Re: @Chris W Haven't we been here before

Some people have this strange fixation with Kings and Robber Barons and their products as if any of that success has any relevance for the common man beyond removing any sort of liberty. They just can't tolerate the idea that someone might deviate from the crowd and use something that suits them better.

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Re: @Chris W Haven't we been here before

> If you want to use a gui to write a letter, watch a video or manage you media then get Windows

None of that requires monopolyware. That's all pretty pedestrian stuff that you could do in just about any desktop OS and probably on all of the tablets too.

If you are going to mindlessly push the monopoly, at least include some interesting requirements.

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Author fined $500k in first US spyware conviction

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Re: FBI

Also, this sounds like something that's perfectly tolerated under corporate conditions. If he were selling this software to some corporations, so that they could abuse their employees there would be not so much as a whimper about this kind of software.

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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The devil's in the details.

The problem with this guard is that it's a double sided razor facing down towards your own fingers. It's nothing like a conventional hilt. That sword would make much more sense with a conventional hilt beneath the lasery bits.

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Re: That lightsabre...

Someone has already come out with a parody of that shot where Jesus is standing opposite with a similar lightsabre that's oriented in the other direction so that it's a cross.

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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Sorry Charlie

> Simple - if eating fat was what made you fat, then sheep and cattle wouldn't be fat.......but they are.

...except sheep are not people. As others have said, they are adapted entirely differently from us. We can't pretend that we are sheep or cows. If you do that then you end up DEAD with a gut full of grass like many of the Irish during the great blight.

You probably couldn't eat enough leafy greens in a day to fuel yourself even if you spent all day at it.

We just aren't that good at digesting leafy greens.

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Re: It's a lot easier to just not eat it to begin with.

>> "Unless you are a serious athlete, you aren't going to exercise enough to lose weight. "

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> That's not true. It's very hard because it needs commitment.

That's very much true. Moving yourself a mile will consume only about 100 calories. That's the energy of an Apple or 1/3rd of a candy bar. It's much easier to just avoid that candy bar. Cutting out the soda and the snacks is a far more easy and effective option.

Exercise is time consuming WORK vs just avoiding something.

> I still average ~500 Cals/day exercise but my Calories intake has risen to match it.

I know serious athletes that average about that much. Normal people, not so much.

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It's a lot easier to just not eat it to begin with.

Unless you are a serious athlete, you aren't going to exercise enough to lose weight. The numbers simply aren't there. It's much easier to simply eat less in order to achieve a net energy deficit.

The main value of exercise is to help keep your metabolism from crashing due to a significant calorie defecit. Your body is a complex machine and it will try to put itself into quasi-hibernation if it thinks you are in the middle of a famine. THAT will sabotage any kind of numerical advantage you're trying to get.

Some people do this "Stalingrad adaptation" thing very well. Makes weight loss very difficult.

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Re: This is what is being taught

Actually, eating a bag of sugar is very doable. That's the heart of our current problem.

That's why there's this apparent paradox of "good fat". Fat induces satiety in a quick and effective manner that carbs (and especially refined sugars) do not.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: It's all about CHOICE

The whole "just use the shim" remark only proves his point. If systemd weren't about assimilating the rest of Linux like the borg there would be no need for any "shim". There would just be a sanely designed init system with sanely designed userland services surrounding it.

However we don't have that. What we have is one big entangled mess being pushed on everyone because someone happens to be the fattest lardbutt in the room.

GNOME pushing this mess? No big surprise, they already jumped the shark quite badly and demonstrated their lack of trustworthiness.

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Re: thowing out the baby with the bathwater

"dependency based booting" is easy.

You have an ordered list and the network is higher in that list than X.

On the off chance you have a fatal failure of some kind, do you really want your system crippled or do you want it to at least boot up so you can figure out what went wrong and how to fix it? The "dependency" based approach sounds nice but it's easy to render your system completely unbootable. (been there, done that)

Some things sound cool until you actually try them.

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Re: thowing out the baby with the bathwater

> Why not solve this in the traditional Linux/FOSS way? Meaning: you want a better alternative for component XYZ, because you believe XYZ is broken?

Not necessary.

We already have a suitable component. The problem is that the other camp likes to actively sabotage alternatives. This is apparent with the GNOME3 debacle. There should have been no need to fork GNOME2 into MATE but the GNOME devs made it necessary. They specifically sought to make the obvious conservative option impossible.

Before you can have compromise you need 2 sides that are willing to do that.

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Re: Hasn't this happened already with Upstart?

One of my more complicated desktop machine requires manual intervention in order to boot. It has a combination of RAID devices and NFS shares. This box consistently gets confused and thinks it's RAID and NFS filesystems aren't ready at boot time. Startup HALTS as it requests user input of the typical Windows style (ignore-cancel-continue).

Upstart.

Oddly enough the box manages to sort itself out despite the panic and the error messages.

This is a storage server. HALTING during boot is not good.

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SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016

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Meh

> if i had a SSD that was 16 TB i would not need my spindle using HDDs.

...and if I had my own private starship I could leave this loser dirtball.

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Re: Never mind the enterprise...

You really need two. You need to have at least one full backup.

In order for this thing to relevant, it needs to be cheap enough that you could buy TWO of them and not get kicked permanently out of the house.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: Jaw is on the floor

> The 'normal' UI settings windows don't have an option for it because it's rarely changed by most people

Here is a good example of where Apple does stuff right. They hide the advanced configuration from immediate view but it's easy enough to make them visible if you want them. You don't have to go hunting for some secret handshake or Windows style "power tools".

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Time to get a less outdated FUD playbook.

> Simple things like getting a printer running, scanner or file sharing?

...things that have been sorted for a very long time.

On the other hand, scrambling the basic desktop experience is something that's a little bit more current and relevant and this goes for ALL of the major operating systems and not just Linux. The question of "Have they unf*cked my desktop yet?" will be front an center in any new Windows review.

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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Re: New study shows dietary fat doesn't cause problems

The thing about fat is that it's deeply satisfying to pretty much everyone regardless of what other differences they have in the way they process food. This is an effect that's not subject to the roller coaster of "rush" and "crash" that you have with carbs and sugar. So it ends up being paradoxically safer and self limiting.

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Re: Good stuff.

> Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim

...except once you claim goods and services provided by professionals as an "individual right", this is no longer just about "the good of the victim". You're making poor choices and then everyone else is expected to clean up after you both literally and figuratively.

You should be equally eager to sort out your own readily forseeable problems as you are to create them.

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Re: Good stuff.

I dunno. We read the local message boards for people in our part of suburbia an the level of maintenance and expense all of these lardbutts are consuming seems quite significant. Between back and knee surgeries and monthly lifestyle medications, it seems like no trivial amount when compared to the near ZERO amount consumed by my own fit household.

These people certainly sound damaged.

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CBS goes OTT, releases EVERY EPISODE of Star Trek EVER MADE

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Re: So disappointing in its execution...

if you really like the show that much just bite the bullet and get the DVDs.

Sure, it's not cheap but you will always have them and you will never have to worry about ads or any sort of mutilation. Now that the whole run has been published, the prices may even have come down some.

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YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins

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Re: One trick I heard of..

If I were terminated and then stranded, I wouldn't have to ever work anymore. Whatever company that pulled that stunt on me would be paying for my retirement.

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Re: Do this

> I take it that you haven't heard of "pregnancy"

Revoked access can always be granted again. It's not like this is a one way process. You are only removing them from some database. You aren't actually killing them.

The worst that can happen is that you inconvenience someone that's been away from the office from a long time.

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Simply astounding.

The stupidity of comparing a trained network administrator with a nanny is just mind bogglingly stupid.

That analogy only (maybe) works if the nanny also is the legal guardian of the parents as well. The IT staff may well claim ownership of the IT infastructure because they are the only ones that know how it works and no one else is even capable of supervising them.

Nothing like a "nanny".

More like the nursing home that will wipe your butt when you are old and senile and no longer capable of taking care of yourself.

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Other professionals have to worry about personal liability for their mistakes.

The problem in San Francisco is that management beyond Childs was incompetent. They should have had an exit strategy for ANY employee and made proactive steps to make sure they would not be in precisely the sort of position they ended up in.

Other professions have standards and licensing to the point where they will tell upper management to "go pound sand" because they have a license to look after.

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Hackers seize Detroit's database, demand $800k. Motor City shrugs: OK, take it

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Re: How do you seize a database?

If it was a database, the obvious question is "was it backed up". If they had a backup of some kind, the hijacking may not have mattered one way or the other.

"Hello? Iron Mountain? How soon can you ship me some tapes?"

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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Re: What's so neat about it? @ckm5 @DAM

> Federal law still considers pot illegal. Local laws does not supersede Federal Laws.

Depending on the subject, that's a point of dispute. The powers of the federal government are theoretically limited with most rights and authority remaining with the states or the people. It's by no means an "obvious and settled" issue.

States can and have given the feds the big middle finger. (even without seceding)

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Re: Sounds like Tesco taking over the Hoover building on the A40 London

...only the Western hemisphere and Japan.

Similarly, the Stanley Cup could probably be called a "World Cup" because of all of the top talent that gets poached from all over the world. The NHL has to go on hiatus during the Olympics because everyone is off playing for their national teams.

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Groupon flees from army of angry GNOMES: Trademark bid for 'Gnome' tab scrapped

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Re: Web search?

They probably thought that "they could get away with it" and that these filthy hippies wouldn't be able to lob litigation grenades in their general direction.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Re: ooh, it all sounds lovely...

The Swiss army knife is a great analogy as those things have never displaced the many more specialized knives out there. As soon as your job gets big or important or it's what you do for a living, then you have to use tools dedicated for and designed for the particular purpose.

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Re: Fascinatingly myopic

...or the PCs are just terminals connecting to web applications.

However, they still need to be proper terminals. They still need a proper graphics terminal rather than some tablet. They still need all of the biggest and bulkiest parts of the PC form factor. Even if you could replace their PC with a tablet, the rest of the graphics terminal hardware would still be there.

You could just shrink the PC to the size of a NUC and then you have diminishing reasons to displace the PC.

Although ultimately tablets are only useful as PC replacements if you turn them into proper PCs first.

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Re: "and run all the important apps"

> Yes but in your example, you need one person with a PC used for such things,

No. In that example, ANY person in the office needs to be able to do those things. Not only that, they may have to do even more interesting things that the OP didn't even get into. He only went into ONE small subset of the given use case. He only touched on the tip of the iceberg.

Flexible powerful systems allow users to do interesting and surprising things.

THAT is the whole point of the PC. You are not stuck dealing with centralized IT management to give you permission to do something. You just fend for yourself individually or collectively.

Mobile devices have to lose the whole mobile device cripple management mindset before they displace genuinely general purpose devices.

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Don't be such a cheap b*st*rd.

> Why does it always have to be a genuine honking workstation actually sitting on your desk?

Ergonomics and efficiency.

The "workstation" isn't so much important as is everything else connected to it. It's the peripherals. Although a lame locked down OS running on some slow CPU like something out of the 90s isn't going to be helpful.

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Re: I love these articles

If the most interesting thing you do is powerpoint presentations, I suppose you could get away with either an ARM device or a weak laptop like a MBA. For anything more interesting, you're probably going to be out of luck.

It's nice to have meager expectations. Not everyone does though.

Plus all the tech everywhere has to support you. Not everyone is going to accommodate your Apple device (even in 2014). I suggest always having a contingency plan ready.

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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Re: Stupid question

The problem with a "cheap" Windows admin is that you will likely get what you paid for. It's a platform that's all about the idea that you don't have to know what you're doing. A lot of people calling themselves Windows admins have no business being anywhere near a server.

The competent ones (Windows admins) will be much more like their Unix counterparts in terms of technical skills, understanding the requirements of managing servers, and price tag.

A cheap warm bodies probably make Windows more of a disaster than it needs to be.

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