* Posts by John 104

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

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What I'd like to see...

Is auto companies providing a display that gives you the option of using whatever platform you want. Or, better yet, just a display that interfaces with your phone. No extra cost to the buyer, and no huge layout for the manufacturer. Simple! Which is why it won't happen...

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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Re: The public accepted Windows 95

@andy Non

Then you, sir, are the target "user" for Windows. There were and are all sorts of ways to get things to happen in Windows from the keyboard. The windows key is very useful in this respect. Hold it down and start pressing keys on your keyboard. You find it does useful things...Or you can continue to use the mouse like the rest of the unwashed.

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'I don't recognise Amazon as a bullying workplace' says Bezos

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Interview Experience

I interviewed there several years ago for a corp side engineering role (Exchange, AD, etc). It was a most of the day event, lunch provided. Manager was nice, most of the folks I interviewed with were nice, but by the time I was finished, I didn't want the job.

Each engineer revealed more and more about how things worked, what they had to work with and how overworked they all were. I love tech, but I have a family to raise and a life outside of work. This just seemed like a self inflicted prison term!

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Dell, Google dangle Chromebooks over IT bosses sick of Windows

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Re: $900 ??

Privacy for business is kind of a big deal...

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Re: Fail

@Arnaut

You are describing a home use scenario. Probably good kit for such a thing (although a tablet may suit casual use better). The Marketeers are pimping it as a business solution, however. :)

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Fail

I still don't see the value. For $600 you can buy an Asus ultrabook with Windows 10 installed. Don't like Windows? Wipe it and put your favorite version of Linux on it. Now you have a fully functioning ultrabook with real storage, real processing power, all the abilities of a Chromebook, and a similar battery life.

As far as manageability goes, how is this better? Not being a Windows notebook doesn't exclude the device from having to have patch management in place, nor does it remove data integrity requirements and the ability to manage users, etc.

Management doesn't just magically go away in the business sector just because you move away from Windows workstations.

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Pluto revealed as KING of the Kuiper belt

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Brontosaurus.

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Gartner, Gartner, on the wall? Who is the fairest IT backup biz of all?

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DING DING DING! We have a winner. It's all nonsense. Businesses pay to get where they are and Gartner says they are wonderful. Not making this up. A shop I was at was poorly rated. They paid Gartner to review, and suddenly they were in the magic quadrant.

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Microsoft starts switching on paid Wi-Fi service with latest Windows 10 preview

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1990s All Over Again?

Your time starts right after you buy a Microsoft Wi-Fi plan through the Windows Store and ends at the specified time. For example, if you buy a two-hour plan, your time will end two hours later, regardless of how long you're actually connected to Microsoft Wi-Fi. You can't save time for later.

Smells a lot like AOL monthly minutes to me. Except with AOL, you didn't get charged for your minutes whether you used them or not. What a joke.

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Re: Feaping Creaturitus

To wit, it probably isn't in the kernel. Likely, it is one of the many svvhost processes running and is tied to the networking stack. That being said, its still bullshit. having it pop up any time an MS network is near and prompting to buy is annoying at best, and probably misleading. Uneducated folks will unwittingly buy something they don't need...

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HP one of the fairest, claims Gartner's magic quadrant on the wall

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Re: Bias All Around

So true. If you want to be in the magic quadrant follow this recipe:

Come out with a product of some sort.

Get a few customers.

Pay Gartner a shit ton of money to "review" your product.

You are now in the magic quadrant.

The whole thing is a joke.

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BOFH: Don't go changing on Friday evenings, I don't wanna work that hard

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Friday Fails

As stated above. No change Fridays.

Devs are gone, management is gone, and you are expected to get it all done and resolve any issues.

No thanks. Did that for years at a shop. Devs didn't test their code well enough often enough that it was just predictable that things were going to sideways once we deployed. And it was just as predictable that they would be impossible to get ahold of for a good hour or more. On a Friday or Saturday. Then you have to wait for a fix. Re-deploy. Oh, and all of this on site. Just in case...

Now, if shit breaks over a weekend for some other reason, well, I'm there and will ride it to conclusion. But planning on ruining a weekend? Fuck off. :)

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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

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Hope is not a plan.

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Did climate change scare off vegan dinos for millions of years? 'Yes'

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Extra thumbs up to that one. I wonder if these people even read what they write.

"The conditions would have been something similar to the arid western United States today"

Last I checked, the Western States aren't experiencing out of control heat waves, causing 600 degree C fires... Excellent scientific conclusions there...

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Limited edition Iron Man S6 sells for $91,000 thanks to ... serial number

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Lost in translation

Are you sure it didn't sell for 91,000 Yuan? Still a tidy $14,560, but not quite so embarrassing...

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'Snowden risked lives' fearfest story prompts sceptical sneers

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Fixed

How many [Bothan] spies died because of this? Er...

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Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

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Re: what..

Gads, I hope you are joking!

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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Re: It's nothing to do with the users, and everything to do with the IT department

Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner.

Linux based machines are great. They really are. And as one off's, I salute those who use them. In an enterprise environment they are absolutely rubbish. User management is a pain, patch management is non-existent, and app comparability can be problematic.Cost of support is the bottom line. Being able to manage machines through group policy, centralized anti-virus, and other tools is the best way to keep costs down. And cost is what drives business.

* me, I'm about done with Windows for personal use. 8/8.1 are really annoying. Maybe MS will gain back some loyalty with 10 but I'm afraid their best days are behind them for consumer OS's.

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'Draconian' French Charteur des Snoopeurs gets senate approval

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Branding

You really should spell hoover Hoover. It is a brand name after all.

I'll get my coat...

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Re: France is a police state anyway

Don't misbehave and you won't get shot by the police...

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Let's kill off the meaningless concept of SW-defined storage

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Your point?

Other than to be a ranting dickhead?

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

John 104

Firefox = The Funny

This just looks like more of FF trying to stay relevant - and failing. First they were going to own the mobile space with their new browser OS, now this. Looking forward to more antics.

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Forgot to mention network printers - how many of them support https? And how well is that going to work with DHCP?

What does DHCP have to do with HTTP/HTTPS? Oh yeah, nothing....

Also, you do a dis-service to systems admins/engineers by repeatedly writing that only developers can manage redirects and handling the nuances of making SSL work. I've seen both sides do their part and realistically, the sys/network camp method handles all transactions for a given name space far better than coming from code by using the tools that were meant to do it.

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'The Internet of Things is like the Cloud 8 years ago' ... Boss of Dell's new IoT biz spills beans

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Re: "95 per cent of IoT data is useless"

95% of IoT data is useless. And will remain so, despite our pathetic attempt to enter the market"

And I say again, why are people so quick to spew their personal habits to the world?

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

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Pathetic

"This is my life," he said. "Its products have really helped me."

Time to get a real life my friend...

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Google I/O FORTRESS: Sold-out dev conference is in LOCKDOWN

John 104

Anyone who scans the code will be able to read not only the name associated with the badge, but also the email address. Not sure I remember signing up for that feature.

Then don't go...

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Mozilla: We don't give a damn about cheap smartphones

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Funny

Mobile, that's it, Mobile!

How do people like this stay employed?

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Multiple fondling on the MIGHTY 12-INCH iOS 9 SLAB — so, so close now

John 104

Re: two screens? good idea! Proposed by Microsoft in 2008...

Yes, but when Apple invent it it is new and magical.

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John 104

Tossers

This reminds me of the amazing feature they introduced in the iPhone of being able to *gasp* talk AND do something outside of the dialer at the same time!

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John 104

Re: Double the pane?

@Will Godfrey.

Have a pint on me.

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Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'

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Re: Love that last paragraph

@daggerchild...

So what you're saying is, ban Twitter for its libelous content, and Ebay for its counterfeit products. Wikipedia for factual inaccuracy?

The difference here being that when someone gets bent or ripped off on one of these sites, they aren't getting to rape a minor as a result...

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Apple announces 'Home' iOS 9 app to run the Internet of Stuff

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in creating networked devices which can share data with manufacturers, it is hoped some of that data might, eventually, one day, maybe, be worth something.

Why are there so many idiots out there seem to think that it is OK to just spew their personal details to the world? Do I really want my light bulb or refrigerator habits living in a DB somewhere? Perhaps when I leave my house and when I come back? Because that data would NEVER get compromised. No thank you.

This is the same reason why I didn't buy a Cisco wireless router a few years ago. It was cheaper than the Asus I ended up with (RT-N66U and loving it). However, Asus doesn't require the user to create an account online to manage advanced features.

Maybe I'm just too rooted in reality and don't get all jittery when the opportunity to be a "geek" presents itself. Or maybe its because I work in the industry and know how badly corporations take security...

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Microsoft's certification exams: So easy, a child of six could pass them. Literally

John 104

Kudos to the kid.

My son took his power point and word exams in middle school. It was NOT part of an IT curriculum, however.

Now in high school, he is taking engineering classes as a freshman. So far this year he has learned auto cad, 3d printing techniques, laser etching, and vacuum molding. He's done some cool stuff and is well on his way to a non-IT career in aerospace or mechanical engineering.

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Re: Why Reg, Why?

And while you're at that, at least change the photo out for a boy.

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Use your Apple gizmos only for good, says Tim Cook

John 104

Re: Wow...

You got that wrong, return...

Timmy doesn't give a tuppeny for your iPod, he got your money already.

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John 104

Re: cook meeting wallace

In Birmingham they loved the gov'ner, boo hoo hoo

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Funny

Cook noted that Steve Jobs envisioned the company as one which "turned powerful technology into tools that were easy to use, tools that would help people realise their dreams and change the world for the better".

Since the rebirth of Apple via the iMac, I've always looked at Apple like I look at Harley Davidson.. HD is NOT a motorcycle manufacturing company. They are a wann-be tough guy looking, Easy Rider Born To Be Wild dreaming marketing machine that happens to sell motorcycles along with their branded clothing, accessories, etc. There motorcycles are adequate but overpriced. Just like an iPhone...

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John 104

Re: LOL - how?

Apparently you aren't into mob's as much as you say you are... Holding the volume down to go into silent mode has been a feature since... Well, my original Galaxy S had that feature...Not sure about prior to that.

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Instagram's HTTPS cert expires, millions of crap photographers panic

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FAIL

Inexcusable

Completely inexcusable. Certs can be bought for next to nothing and can have expiration dates that span years. We all know this. How is it that no one at IG noticed that this certificate was expiring? Bad management, rookie admins, and overall unprofessional work ethic.

Then again, what do you expect from the likes of social media megas like FB and their minions. Somehow these business are surviving with one of the most pathetic products I've ever seen. FB reminds me of the web in the 90s...

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

John 104

Alias

Don't fret, children. You don't really have to type get-childitem to get the contents of a directory. Those memorable commands still work as aliases. You can also type ls. That's what I usually use. I'm thankful they added that in as a default alias. Switching between Linux and Windows systems I used to always manage to type the wrong one... :)

As for the cmd line being dead. It isn't really. You can still type it from the run box or a powershell window and get all your old commands back.

You can also run commands the old fashioned way in PS by using invoke-expression or invoke-command. Then you can do all sorts of nifty management things with it like error control, writing events to log files or the windows event log, etc.

To all of you die hard batch writers, give PS a chance. You may just expand your scripting chops and stay relevant to the IT world while you are at it...

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John 104

Re: Which is to say...

Microsoft is still learning to reinvent Unix -- slowly separating text-mode core OS from graphical layer; learning the importance of a rich command line; learning to write graphical commands that emit said CLI, easing automation. But it's not doing it terribly well.

You could say the same thing in reverse for Linux and the desktop. I can't recall the number of flavors of Linux GUI/Apps I've tried over the years just to toss them out because they were too much hassle to make work.In the end, as a consumer of a desktop OS, I want to use it for productivity.

Ubuntu is the latest trend and it is getting better, but I would never throw it at my users.

And managing users in nix is a joke. LDAP is the king, and MS has the single best implementation of that technology to date.

Back on topic, Unix systems have had, hands down, the best command line power for decades. At this point, I'd say PowerShell is getting MS to where it needs to be to be a serious tool for command line junkies. But it sure wasn't there to begin with!

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Re: Piping and conditional logic

(Note to kids: a pager was a sort of proto-smart watch that you wore on your belt rather than your wrist, but it had it's own radio so you didn't require a phone)

Wins the internet for the day.

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Re: Obscure knowledge got me a job ....

The trick to remembering "what the fuck did I do here" is to write comments in your script so you don't have to remember in 6 months...

And in case you don't know how to do that....

#

Personally, I've been using it since inception and it is hands down better than the endeared dos command line. And it blows the shit out of VBS.

Stay current, learn new tools, stay employed...

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Looking for laxatives, miss? Shoppers stalked via smartphone Wi-Fi

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Coat

What Stores....

I'd like to know what stores employed this snooping so I can stop shopping there...

Oh, and first post.

Mine's the one with the 386DX-40 in the pocket...

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Apple Watch shipments: Pick a number, double it. Hey, it worked for them

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Troll....

Except that in this case, Apple are copying Android...

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The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons

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Cold Air And Things

you wouldn't want the opposite, after all, because it'd mean using the hot efflux to gently cook whoever is standing in front of the cabinet typing on the keyboard.

Try working in a server room for more than an hour and you'll be wishing for trips to the hot isle just to get the circulation back into your fingers...

Raised floors are actually not quite the fashion these days either. While they provide a nice place for cables and such, they also provide a huge amount of volume for all your expensive cold air to hang out and do nothing. Cold goes down, hot goes up... Newer data centers will have your described hot/cold isle and curtains, (captain obvious), but dump cold air from above, letting physics do some of the work. Hot isles have returns that draw that heat away located up top as well.

Either way, its damned cold for anything after 30 minutes, which is why I keep a nice coat at my desk for those longer work sessions (and headphones because damn its loud in there!)

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Amazon CTO destealths to throw light on AWS data centre design

John 104

Sales Pitch?

This article was more sales pitch and regurgitating known practices than revealing of how big As infrastructure is set up. Yawn...

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Is hyper-convergence a good thing? Ask a mini computer veteran

John 104

Re: Looks like someone got the EMC marketing packet

No kidding. I couldn't even get past the first page. Came to the comments to see if I was missing anything.

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Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

John 104

Old Tricks are the Best

I'll stick to my never had the case opened, battery has been pulling strong for 10 years Citizen EcoDrive. Looses a second or two every 6 months and charges in about 15 minutes in direct sunlight (longer under indoor lighting), which is good for 6 months.

It does one thing and it does it very well and will continue to do so for many years I expect.

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John 104

A hearty downvote for you sir.

Just because technology is old, doesn't mean it isn't cool. A precision built watch or clock is just as technically challenging to engineer as a smart watch or other gadget. The quartz movement was brought to the consumer in the 70's. To date, it is still an accurate method of keeping track of time and has been improved upon immensely.

Oh, and all those old timey watches that tell time and maybe the date tend to go for years on a battery, not a day.

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