I believe congratulations are in order amanfrommars1, for landing a new job. Well played.
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I believe congratulations are in order amanfrommars1, for landing a new job. Well played.
People want free/cheap, and then complain when the very model that gives them free/cheap comes with decisions made in the best interests of those providing free/cheap. That you would expect anything else is what's surprising.
Maybe, just maybe, all the email sent (including mine) opposing the merger actually had some effect. At least that's what I'll tell myself for today, before we find out the real reason they killed it. Still good news regardless. The very last thing we need is Comcast controlling/destroying more of the market.
It's really telling - and cause for optimism - that 170 complaints is "unprecedented". What it means is the lot of us (me included) need to stop spending all of our time bitching on forums and start voicing our complaints where it can actually make a difference.
If all it took was 170 complaints to get them to actually DO something that caused Bell Canada to back down, there's still hope!
IISCrypto (https://www.nartac.com/Products/IISCrypto/) is your friend. Makes seeing, changing, reordering and disabling cipher suites in Windows a breeze. No affiliation - just a happy user. And it's free!
That's the patch for VSTO, and it hangs WU. Lots of reports of this today so it's another MS Patch Tuesday screwup. What's funny about this one is, I installed it first on a test machine using Windows Update and when the VSTO update ran it prompted me to accept the EULA, but when I ran it on machines served by WSUS it just hangs, preventing all other updates from running, and short of a reboot you can't kill it. Wanna bet it's waiting for an answer to the EULA without actually displaying it??
I think you'll find they want to fill your back account.
If it's any good at that, they have all the funding they need.
"...And there are a number of significant issues that have not received adequate consideration." translates to:
"We haven't even begun to shake down the cable/telcos yet. Give us some time work out how much our vote's worth, will you???"
"Why do things need the internet?"
How else are they going to collect subscription fees?
"We’ve learned a lot in four and a half years"
Yeah, and clearly now you're going to abuse it for all it's worth!
We were one of their targets. Got multiple letters threatening a suit. Sent it all to our attorneys who basically told the trolls to fuck off, and if they came back again we would take action. Never heard from them again.
Nice to see the FTC finally acting, but I do wish they had given recourse to firms like ours who already spent money making these guys go away. 16K sounds about right.
Oracle is now recommending Java 8 U25, and if you install it over Java 7 it helpfully offers to remove the old "insecure" version (their words on the dialog box). The only trouble is, if you say "yes", it dutifully claims to have uninstalled version 7, but has not. It's still there, and still enabled. Way to go Oracle.
It gets better. If you then do the version check using the Java website and have only 8U25 installed, it tells you that you have the latest version installed and it found no insecure versions. But guess what? If 7 is still hanging around all you get is a message saying you have the latest version installed - zero mention of the insecure version of 7 still on your machine.
Seriously, you couldn't make this stuff up.
"Are the techies on here not aware of how bad it is or are they just apathetic?"
Neither. Most simply don't have the decision-making and budgeting authority needed to make a difference.
It all sounds really appealing and I'd love to give it a try, but the minimum buy-in just to test a couple of VMs is $1,000/mo., and that's for a very small Virtual Private Cloud offering. If I want dedicated, and I do if I have any hope of pleasing the auditors, then multiply that by 9x.
I just took a quick look and to replace my existing infrastructure with vCloud Air I'd need at least 2x Dedicated Cloud instances - nearly $220,000 per year, NOT including backups. My current costs including multiple backups and a fully replicated environment in two DCs are 1/3 what it would cost me in Air. I just don't see how Air makes financial sense when you really start comparing costs.
Amen to giving up building crap and spending time solving business problems instead, but who can afford it?
Just went to the Flash Player distribution page, where you can download the latest installers for Flash. The page says it's version 22.214.171.124 but when you download the files (active x or the plugin) they are both still version 14. Someone at Adobe needs a serious ass whoopin'.
That's easy. So Company X can extract a monthly subscription from you for something that has zero technical need to be controlled from someone else's server. It's yet another race to see who can create the biggest walled garden for no benefit to the consumer. (And data slurping too of course. Icing on the cake.)
"...explosives dogs are more or less useless as detectors..."
They seem to do quite well at detecting drugs, and now it seems, even cancer cells. It's interesting they do poorly at explosives. Any particular reason why? Is it poor training, or a "nose" thing that makes them less effective at detecting these particular types of molecules?
"Let me know what my cost is and what I need to do to purchase this."
That's a unique vendor negotiation strategy. Please do let us know how that works out for you.
Thom is way to modest to post a link to his own site, but if you think he's uninformed I'd recommend you go to bythom.com and look around. He has an interesting take on Apple's Aperture announcement, and it isn't "the sky is falling".
No finer goal than that. Good luck, and may I be lucky enough to join you in a few years.
"Just FYI, TaabuTheCat, Verizon owns more than the last 100'"
Sorry I didn't make myself more clear. There are users connecting Netflix capable devices via WiFi, and that really isn't something Verizon can control. Don't misunderstand, I dislike Verizon with a passion and they deserve every bit of a beating they can get, but Netflix needs to be careful here or Verizon will dig up one actual case where the problem was the home network triggering the alert and their PR machine will go to 11 in an attempt to portray that as happening in every case.
I do wonder though what Netflix is doing to isolate the problem to upstream provider (Verizon controlled) issues and only warn on those, vs. triggering the warning when the problem lies in the last 100ft of the connection...
Really? They all look like players there to talk about VDI performance. Where are the profile management and app management vendors? If you're in the non-persistent VDI world that's where some of the toughest challenges lie, not in accelerating 3D or managing boot storms.
If you can, you should add the likes of a Unidesk, VMware or Citrix to talk about how to handle some of the messier USER issues with VDI.
What are they *hoping* to find in the samples that would justify the expense/risk of this sort of mission. I'm all for understanding planet lifecycles and core science (pardon the pun), but shouldn't we be spending money learning how to get further, faster so we don't have to limit ourselves to close-in dead (for us at least) planets to explore?
Sometimes I think we set the bar too low, and if we're going to risk money and time, let's take the risk for something more than a box of rocks. Maybe I'm proposing we run before we walk, but will bringing back samples from Mars help us get to someplace inhabitable any sooner?
This one bit me twice - once about three months ago before anyone at VMware could tell me what was happening. After five hours on the phone with support we just ended up rebuilding vCenter to get running again. And it happened again last week after upgrading my vCenter virtual appliance to U1. This time support was able to find this KB article after several hours on the phone - turned out to have nothing to do with the upgrade, it was the reboot afterwords that triggered it.
Won't hold up. Read the language of that CFR - it talks about "delivering or retrieving" something. That doesn't describe what people are doing with their drones, not at least if all they're doing is flying a camera around. All it will take is one person willing to spend the money and time to fight it.
Legislation is simply not there yet to deal with this new, cheap drone world. Look how hard the FAA is struggling to find ways to limit their use - no "commercial" purpose - just defeated BTW, as there is no regulation that actually says that. Flying limited to 400 ft ASL - again, not a regulation, just guidance that can be ignored (at your own peril of course).
I suspect before this is all over we'll have designated drone flying areas (drone "parks") where we can all go fly into each other on weekends, and they'll be banned everywhere else.
But if all your distributed controllers have the same bug or are sent the same commands with unintended consequences (in part due to their desired ability to hide the underlying complexity), then what happens? That's the big kaboom I think some of us are concerned about.
Just like it's a whole lot easier right now to take down 500 servers at once in a VMware environment with one wrong distributed switch config change than it ever was with 500 physical servers, same will hold true for SDN. Will the benefits of SDN outweigh the risk? Absolutely. The same way I;d never want to manage 500 physical servers ever again. I'm just not so convinced the road there will be as smooth as many (vendors) would like us to believe.
"I can already see the mega-outages a bug at the controller level will cause..."
Totally agree. I bet we're going to see some spectacular failures that take down huge chunks of infrastructure, not only from bugs or poor design, but from good ole human mistakes. If you think understanding the network is hard now, wait until you can't understand it - where only the SDN controller truly knows what's going to happen when you make that next change.
Still, I really like the idea of SDN and it's uptake is inevitable. We're just going to need some really good modeling tools for SDN that allow you to test changes virtually before anything bad actually happens.
until they reach the Le Petomane tollway. "Somebody go back and get a sh!@load of dimes!"
"...as nothing is more apt to imperil civil liberties than the success of a terrorist attack on American soil"
As 9/11 proved. We have fewer civil liberties now than ever before, and each additional attack, suspicion of an attack, the mere *thought* of an attack, and we lose even more.
Hint to judge: It's not the terrorists taking away those liberties.
Here's the problem I'm seeing with vSANs (from all the vendors), and that's the node licensing costs, especially in the SMB world. I may only need two nodes to carry all my compute/storage requirements, but from a redundancy standpoint that's not enough. So I pay VMware for more node licenses, more maintenance, etc. just to get vSAN reliability, and I start wondering if all I'm really doing is changing the name on the check.
"The last BlackBerry Live conference was held in May 2013 in Orlando, Florida."
You just had to put that song in my head, didn't you?
"But when it's breaking things like Outlook.com, that's pure idiocy."
Nah - the IE team's just not ready yet to give up their GMail accounts.
Have you ever looked at the "deals" these non-IT guys make with vendors? More often than not they are getting screwed over royally by that slick sales guy, and even worse, they get talked into signing long-term contracts with god-awful T&Cs and exorbitant costs simply because 1) they don't understand all this stuff is negotiable, and b) even if they did understand it they wouldn't recognize when they were being screwed.
So forget the IT aspect. From a purely business/finance perspective they are making terrible business and spending decisions for the company, usually out of pure ignorance.
No kidding. Talk about 9 women trying to make a baby in one month...
Not only did they get pwned, I got one of the lovely letters from them saying they were so sorry my info had been taken and here's an authorization code to sign up for free credit monitoring. So I go to the Experian site to sign up and guess what, the code doesn't work. Thanks for your concern.
FYI Adobe... I just finished uninstalling the last copy of Acrobat on our workstations at the office. It won't be missed.
We were a big BB shop and have gradually moved everyone over to BYOB this year. Can't say I miss supporting all the BB users but for the most part the devices just worked and we were confident in the security they provided.
I still haven't given up completely on BB but I'm close. The real killer for us has been lack of carrier (Verizon) support for upgrades. We tested the Z10 when it came, then the Q - both decent devices that desperately needed updates to get better. Nothing from Verizon, and I fear the same for the Z30. No carrier support = no BB for us.
It's absolutely the beauty, yes. And as of Saturday night I'm seeing exactly what Proximal will do for my environment. :)
Fascinating and cool? You bet. Without that I'd of long ago found other work.
Trevor, you don't say much about VMware's vFRC. It's going to be tough to compete with free (assuming you already have Ent Plus, and many of us do) and supported so what's the future for the Proximals of the world?
I guess I'm wondering why I'd buy Proximal if vFRC is free? Have you played with vFRC yet?
All those security issues in Acrobat that Adobe couldn't be bothered to find? I think that problem's just been solved. Unfortunately, not by Adobe.
By not releasing updates - I'm looking at YOU Verizon - they all but guaranteed the experience on BB10 would never improve. Not sure what RIM did to piss them off so badly, but when your "partner" has direct control over the user experience on your phone, you'd better give them a reason to support you.
to see Bill's roof six months from now, covered with antennas. No good deed goes unpunished! :)
The only reason we haven't seen an Apple TV (and maybe never will) is because Apple haven't found a way to lock the content to their ecosystem. The content producers got burned once by Apple - it will never happen again. The future is controlled by content producers/owners.
Remember Ricochet? (Probably not.)
The old transceivers are still hanging from the lamposts in my town. Totally dead of course.
"I see BlackBerry to be the absolute leader in mobile computing - that's what we're aiming for…I want to gain as much market share as I can, but not by being a copycat"
I know he has to say that but I pray to God he doesn't really believe it, or they really are dead. The only way to be #1 is by chasing consumers and that's never been what RIM was about.
Why can't companies be content knowing who they are and owning their own corner of a market? Why do they all believe it's world domination or nothing - and then proceed to drive a profitable business straight into the ground just to prove it?
So they have time to add this functionality to BBM, but don't have time to add Profiles, Level 1 escalations, redirection filters, and a host of other really useful features that were in BB7, 6, 5, etc. to BB10?
RIM just doesn't understand their place in the market. They had the world's best email client, with truly useful functionality that has been completely stripped out of BB10. I have a free Z10 that just arrived two days ago and I'm ready to scrap it. It can't do what my aging Tour will do - not even close, and as a useful work device the Z10 sucks. But I'm thrilled to know I can share my song preferences.
Rock on RIM - been nice to know you.
I think the point he's making (though maybe doesn't really want to admit) is that the younger generation expects and is used to so much less they'll see no problem dropping their services there. After all, Facebook, Twiiter, Google, MS, etc. have outages all the time and it's no big deal. Just invent some cute corporate equivalent of the "fail whale" and you're good to go.
He is right about one thing. When those of who keep hitting management over the head with the reliability and security arguments are gone, and there are no throttling voices left to remind the beancounters about enterprise risk, this stuff will all move to the cloud. And you know what? If everyone does it and failures are common for everyone, will it matter?
I am the guy he's talking about, and the reputation I've built over the last 35 years protecting the enterprise is still worth something today. Ten years from now, who knows? Luckily for Rackspace, I'll be out of the way by then.