* Posts by admiraljkb

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Linux 'GRINCH' vuln is AWFUL. Except, er, maybe it isn't

admiraljkb

Re: did I miss something?

@Jim 59 - you didn't miss anything. The vulnerability is limited to users that could already utilize it. With that said, if an application got fired off with that user's rights and then escalated, then we might have a problem. :) As always on servers (regardless of OS), if you are on the physical console (or virtual physical for vm's), you should have a good reason for doing so.

Net takeaway - be sensible in your assigning of sudo rights, and be sensible in how you access your servers. That is nothing new to seasoned sysadmins.

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We are never getting back to... Samsung's baking Apple's 14nm 'A9' chips?

admiraljkb

Re: Ha-Ha!

Keep in mind the entire industry is made up of "Frenemies" who are trying to slaughter each other in one arena, and are highly dependent business partners in another.

I highly doubt Samsung's Chip division will price it any higher (or lower) than normal for chips manufactured with a reasonably rare advanced fab process based on whatever volumes are negotiated in the contracts. Gotta recover costs for the fab, and there just aren't very many 14nm fabs on the planet.

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No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

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Re: The Dinosaur in the Room.

>I fail to see how MicroSoft can ever get back on their 90s/00s track ever again.

based on Nadella's moves so far- he's killing the old MS, and initiating a new post Windows one. Heaven knows if it'll get them back to previous glories, but if nothing else, it'll keep MS in the game versus getting pushed out entirely. I agree that its unlikely they will ever have that level of dominance again.

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Re: Ongoing revenue stream...

Ongoing revenue stream is indeed what its all about. Subscription revenues from the cloud man! Lets face it, so far it is generating some impressive new revenue for them.

I could be wrong, but I'm suspecting that with Nadella's current cloudy focus areas - Windows 10 will be the LAST true Windows desktop OS. (building an OS from scratch is an expensive, time/profit consuming, and thankless business.) With Nadella at the helm, if there is another Windows release after 10, I fully expect them to follow Apple's example and outsource the underpinnings to BSD Unix for some serious cost savings (ie reduced staffing), and then just be responsible for the GUI, API's and MS Services (like AD and Exchange) where the easy profits are, and where their core competencies (1) are.

1)--ok after Win8, count GUI as a *former* core competency. :)

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

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>For the corporate user, this saves licensing costs, which can be really, really absurd, and their whole licensing can be really, really confusing.

Agreed. For the enterprises (large and small) there are some serious savings if you can eliminate at least *some* of the software assurance crap for craptons of desktops and servers and all the supporting costs of running/managing them and the underlying hardware.

In looking at this, it looks like part of Nadella's continued positioning for MS to survive (and possibly thrive) in a post "Windows Desktop" world that now appears imminent.

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Oh SNAP, Microsoft! Asigra steals a march with Office 365 cloudy backup

admiraljkb

Interestingly...

o365 isn't actually cloud in the conventional sense of a flexible cloud app. Its a relatively standard hosted email solution tied to specific DataCenters (that from experience with o365 - can and do go down and don't get spun up automagically at another DataCenter). That was something the Microsoft Azure reps were quick to clarify that in a meeting to my then VP as he spouted something about having "email in the cloud".

Backing it up like this actually does have some appeal to me, in that properly done, it could ease a o365 to on premise migration, or maybe migration to other provider.

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Apple denied 'App Store' trademark by Australian court

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Yeah, App Store was and is too generic. "Apple AppStore" would be much easier to legitimately defend, similar to Microsoft Windows. (ala Windows by itself isn't defensible.) If wanting a single word, App$tore would work. or @ppStore, or perhaps AppStor3? I'd think a company of "think different" would come up with something really creative there. :) Lets face it, App had already been in widespread usage because who wants to type "Application" in an email? I always shortened it to app, and that was in the days of Compuserve.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Re: LibreOffice

>> Still waiting for it to open docx files without completely messing the layout...

>I use LibreOffice a lot and it hasn't messed up any docx files. Can't say the same about MS Word, of course.

The last part is something that's an open secret. Since Office 2007 came out, I've noticed I have to open some Word 2003 (and below) docs in LibreOffice and then re-save them for Microsoft Word to be able to read them. Libre can read them and apparently fix the formatting in a way that newer versions of Word to process.

For long complex docs like product documentation, LibreOffice is my hands down go to tool and has been since the mid 2000's (when it was OpenOffice) after I had Word (usually when doing final revisions an hour before a release) screw my document formatting up one too many times.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Am I the only one surprised/disappointed that...

The female Time Lord wasn't the Rani? Seems like most of the dialogue and character manner was more befitting the Rani than the Master, so I have to wonder if that wasn't a last minute change?

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

admiraljkb

Re: Stupid question

pyite "Finding Linux admins willing to take a pay cut to match Windows admin salaries is the hard part."

Hence why I jumped ship on MS since I was both Windows and Linux. Linux pays better, and generally requires less employees to maintain. Fewer higher paid employees is better than many slightly less paid ones.

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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

admiraljkb

Well, one of the WinNT features from the early days is the POSIX and OS2 subsystems (the latter being removed finally). The mechanism is already there. MS could add a full on Linux subsystem to run existing Dockers. That might save Windows Server as an OS in the cloud era.

Disclaimer - I'm really not a fan of the above as I think its sub-optimal, just mentioning it is possible.

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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Joke

"I wonder if Microsoft CEOs are hand-picked to have foot-in-mouth disease?"

I think you'll find the corner office's bathroom medicine cabinet has been stocked with an anti-fungal mouthwash for some time now.

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Gates and Ballmer NOT ON SPEAKING TERMS – report

admiraljkb

Re: Your "best idea was to quit reading."?

Other significant quotes:

" "He didn't know how to let me be CEO, and I didn't know how to do it," Ballmer said "

" "The worst work I did was from 2001 to 2004," he told the magazine."

The former marketing drone knew he wasn't cut out for the top position in what was then an engineering company almost immediately and soldiered on anyway. Kinda turns him into a more tragic character who really struggled. A guy that wouldn't leave his post because he was eiither too proud, not smart enough or both, and then made a LOT of bad decisions because he lacked the technical chops of his predessor and his successor. This partly explains the angry outbursts, chair throwing and losing a good chunk of the best/brightest software engineers they had as he had no idea how to lead a monstrosity of that size and still let his employees properly innovate.

Marketing weenies have no business being at the CEO/Chairman positions in a TECH company. Yeah, I'm looking at you John Chambers...

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Desktop, schmesktop: Microsoft reveals next WINDOWS SERVER

admiraljkb

Re: Powershell 5 and W7 / Svr2K8r2

The only thing I found was the current tech preview, which looks (to me) to be the last one before release, and no support indicated for anything other than the ultra current Win codebase. Without any indications to the contrary, I can't assume it will be backported, particularly with their push to get people to Win8.x based platforms. For admins, this would make for a good upgrade carrot...

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admiraljkb

Re: Powershell 5 and W7 / Svr2K8r2

>> It doesn't look like Powershell 5 will be backported to Windows 7 or Server 2008/R2?

>Source?

hehe - curiosity got the better of me, and I had to look as well. Not only is it NOT for 2008r2, but its NOT for 2012 either (tough luck for those folks who are resource bound and unable to get the 2012 servers up to date. err damn, that's my shop as well....)

Check the bottom of the MS Powershell blog stating Win 8.1 and Server 2012r2 only....:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2014/09/04/windows-management-framework-5-0-preview-september-2014-is-now-available.aspx

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Pint

Re: hate for powershell?

@Trevor_Pott - well clarified sir. I don't often say this, but agreed on all fronts.

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Re: User Interface

@Trevor Pott - same here on installing Webmin on everything now, and using the repo so it doesn't get stale.

Webmin's pretty cool overall. I had one situation recently with a chroot'd sftp config where I was banging my head on what I had missed on config (it was JUST like what I'd already done a couple times before successfully, but on older SLES versions), installed Webmin, did the config there and learned a couple of things by watching what it changed.

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Re: hate for powershell?

I don't have hate for it. Powershell is great for windows automation tasks, and should have been introduced 15 years or so ago when MS was still a monopoly and sysadmins largely only wore a Windows hat (well the ones that weren't Novell). With the rise of Linux in the datacenter, I had to pick up BASH and Python, and now am over on the other side of the fence. So as it is now, you need cross platform languages. It would have been better had MS picked up Python, made libraries for it, and used it rather than introducing yet ANOTHER language for the toolkit. Windows Admin'ing doesn't pay as well, so *SHOULD* I fully pick up Powershell? For me the answer is no. I dawdle with it here and there, produce a few small scripts, edit on some others, but I really don't see the need to go all in on it.

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Joke

Re: User Interface

>Let's hope the version has a user interface suitable for use on a server...

Yes indeed. MS is also going to Unity.

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POISON PI sniffs WiFi from your mail room, goes on rampage

admiraljkb

Re: Not likely to succeed

For sake of the mail theme - make it look "laptop'ish" instead of looking like a bomb straight out of <name your favourite cop show here>, and it would make it through the xray's on the perimeter. Besides, done "properly" it doesn't have to be inside company wifi range for too long if it finds the security holes its looking for and breaches them. Lot of trouble though, and some risk of it getting traced back.

It'd be easier for a "guest" carrying a briefcase to just waltz in, and sit in the lobby for a while. In this era of self-service front desks, someone sitting idly by "waiting for someone to come get them" is so common that nobody bats an eye, or even NOTICES them.... I suspect this already occurs a lot, and would be a good reason to hire receptionist/greeters again for each company building.

For pure chuckle value: Maybe it would be a good idea to locate the mailroom at Ted Kazynsky's log cabin.

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Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

admiraljkb

The iPhone 4/5's are short/squat/fat devices so bending them is harder with them being relatively thick but small. Although I do wonder about a 5 series being long/skinny... The 6 series is more spread out so you get greater leverage on bending with the same material thicknesses. Then we're dealing with a cheap aluminum exoskeleton that doesn't like to get spread out thinly like that, and it sure enough doesn't like to have holes in weak spots. Not sure why Apple didn't move the controls to the top/bottom where there is more structural strength.... That would increase the force required to bend, OR just make it 2mm thicker and beef up the frame and materials a little so it has the same rigidity as previous phones.

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Joke

Hmmm, this gives me an idea

Any chance we could get David Beckham .to do a iPhone bending video ?

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Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack

admiraljkb

Even Mythbusters has done a thing on fingerprint readers. Some cellophane tape to grab your prints off of a glass, transfer to some melted gummy bears in the shape of a finger, keep warm, and et voila! Fingerprint Biometrics have been vulnerable like that for years. Every so often see a new study on it as breaking news, but its just the media forgot fingerprints have already been cracked for 10-15 years at least.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

admiraljkb

Re: "... The interface is terrible. I mean, it’s awful!”

"....and each one of them has a different interface for the same service."

Yeah, I was trying not to expand my rant more than necessary. I've got the same problem with all sorts of different streaming devices. The whole experience is annoying, but with that said, I'm still more OK with getting a little jarred going back and forth from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon on different streaming boxes than I am trying to navigate the craziness that is the US cable boxes which seem completely random/chaotic after getting used to being able to just simply find/play exactly what I want to watch and completely on my schedule without DVR's, without commercials, or any of the normal annoyances (except for Hulu, but their commercials are reasonable at 30 seconds to a minute instead of 6 minutes like commercial TV).

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"... The interface is terrible. I mean, it’s awful!”

Its OK Mr Cook. Its just a standard point and click interface.... :)

Since "TV" is now much of the time Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, AppleTV and others, then combined with all the different "cable boxes" for those who still have cable, or TV tuner itself for those with an antenna, and what you have is a metric crapton of completely different interfaces. I myself undergo a little UI shock/adjustment all the time switching back and forth between different providers, with the "cable boxes" being the WORST for actually finding something to watch (and one of the reasons I dropped cable). Inconsistency reigns currently...

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

admiraljkb

Re: Another one bites the dust...

I haven't been in a Radio Shack in 10 years due to their refocus on phones, which meant less transistors, circuit boards, relays, speakers, etc etc that I went into Radio Shack for. I'll miss the the old Radio Shack, but I won't miss the new/improved Radio Shack... Luckily Fry's Electronics and Altex have the electronics stuff I want/need that I used to go into Radio Shack for.

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Use home networking kit? DDoS bot is BACK... and it has EVOLVED

admiraljkb

ISP's when leasing equipment to the end user, technically would have an obligation to keep it up to date for security purposes. That includes no default passwords and providing firmware updates to close security loopholes.

The last "Residential Gateway" device I received from ATT a couple of months ago was actually secured fairly well on the defaults front. It was a forced upgrade off the old one that wasn't supported any longer. That old one when I got it wasn't secured in the slightest. So I'm at least seeing progress on this front. Hopefully other ISP's are also *starting* to finally take at least basic security seriously...

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

admiraljkb

If the Beebs offered a monthly subscription worldwide for content

I'd get one. I already pay Hulu, Netflix and Amazon, whats one more? The BBC leaves a lot of revenue on the table due to not understanding what it is being a global commercial enterprise with a proper desire to make money, versus being a local Government enterprise whose desire it is to tax locals in the UK.

I don't (knowingly) know people using VPN's for piracy, but it is extensively used for business for those of us that work from home or the field a lot.

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

admiraljkb

Re: 2 year ATT contract?

Yeah, there is NO discount. For a 2 year subsidy contract, you pay 99 cents upfront for a Fire Phone I wish the US Trade Commission would start calling the telco's (and others like Amazon) out on this. "Free" Phones really, really aren't when you pay a subsidy like that. Its just "Zero down and pay it off for two years."

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Not so ESXi? Open sourcery could help VMware win... virtually

admiraljkb

Re: Most large companies are running at least two virtualisation platforms

Where I'm at, we were just VMWare, but Oracle prefers to be running on OracleVM, and there is about $300K/yr to save in licensing and support costs by the switch, so over time VMWare is probably about to slowly get pushed out. Starting with the Oracle DB/App environments (tired of fighing with their support regarding running under VMWare), and then potentially spreading out from there. No telling if KVM and HyperV won't both also get picked up along the way...

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VIA looks to be counting down to launch of Atom competitor

admiraljkb

Re: And then there were four

@John Savard

IBM has licenses and is cross licensed on all sorts of stuff, so it *probably* still has an x86 license.

VIA bought and gutted Cyrix ages ago. The current VIA procs are from their other acquisition, Centaur.

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

admiraljkb

Re: salaried employees

since its all about content, and content alone, in the end the engineers who are building the tools do work for the Wikipedieans, but draw their salary and take their orders from the WMF. A fine, but important distinction. Since Wikipedians produce the majority of content, so without them, the software engineers would be writing for nobody. :) The engineers haven't done anything wrong though, thats the WMF for giving crap orders.

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

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Joke

"after 40 hours of investigation"

So 40 engineers spent 1 hour taking a quick glance? (probably before lunchtime)

Joke icon for the obvious reason, although I fear there might be some truth in my joke. Truthfully, I would have expected more than 40 staff hours spent on something of this magnitude.

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Ouch... right in the VIDEO GAME: Lizard Squad attacks XBox, Twitch

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Joke

Re: "ZERO FUCK"

@i like crisps

"I forget, is that Celsius or Fahrenheit?"

Neither, its "Fuckinheit", or in warmer climes, its pronounced "Fuckinhawt".

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Joke

Re: Sounds like they doing it for the LOLz

@Mtech25

3rd armed division? Shows what you know. Obviously the 4th armed division would be deployed while holding the 3rd in reserve. :)

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Hyperconverged kit is SO HOT right now. $140m sound about right, Nutanix?

admiraljkb

Re: AC, using reverse psychology ?

You really have to wonder about issuing absolutes in a market that has been getting turned on its head for a while, is in the middle of a refresh cycle, and nobody is truly dominant YET. At the current rate, it looks like dominance may not be achieved by a single player, but possibly several players in their own niches. So far its been interesting to watch.

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Holmes

"... needs to develop its channel beyond Red Rock."

ahem, scuse please - its "Round Rock"

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

admiraljkb

I'm seeing longer upgrade cycles as well now

Still running an original 2012 Nexus7, a FireHD8.9, and a newer FireHDX. I retired my original Fire as it was definitely too slow, but it was an earlier design. The Nex7 will get replaced soon not for performance, but because its my Dev and test tablet, and I need to move on to something current.

Most of the recent tablets do just fine for light usage on the go and the sofa and reading. If I go for heavy usage I switch to the laptop or desktop. I'm thinking other folks probably do the same?

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Cult of T-Mob US wants you to INDOCTRINATE your friends and family

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Joke

John Legere now starring in....

SNARKNADO!

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RealVNC distances itself from factories, power plants, PCs hooked up to password-less VNC

admiraljkb
WTF?

these are probably RealVNC installations

just probably 4.1 and lower. Who knows how many people are using 3.3.x still....

I thought passwordless VNC was over after the 2003 virus scare that pwn'd all the VNC servers that didn't have a password set. Guess not, or folks have short memories.

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admiraljkb
Paris Hilton

No passwords? Its pwnage time!

". My workplace does passwordless vnc too.."

Might want to look at UltraVNC (also free) then and enable the built in domain authentication. That way your users can get in provided they can remember their own passwords into their pc's.

Back in 2003, there was a virus out that used passwordless VNC's to spread. Once its inside your firewall, it was also kinda hard to stop at that point. This caused me to have to have to build a specific patch for a commercial product (that will go unnamed) to disable VNC if the install detected no password set. I'm flabbergasted that this is still occurring 11 years later...

Here is a forum posting from REALVNC:

https://www.realvnc.com/pipermail/vnc-list/2003-March/037830.html

(Paris, because she probably has passwordless VNC as well)

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LulzSec supergrass Sabu led attacks against Turkey – report

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Joke

"The revelations also renew questions about whether the FBI – or some other agency working with the former LulzSec co-founder – was using hackers to gather foreign intelligence. The FBI has consistently denied doing so. "

If I've learned anything from Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister - never believe anything until its officially denied.

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'Guess what: If you use the internet, you’re the subject of experiments'

admiraljkb

Re: The DOC format is dead.

100% agree that o365 is the new way they're going for vendor lockin.

Truthfully - Microsoft spent too long after getting their OOXML standard adopted before they actually adopted it themselves and that provides a lot of ammo against them in political arenas. MS Office 2013 is the first edition of MS Office that fully adopts the ISO OOXML standard after that standard having been adopted by ISO in 2006 (and adopted under dubious circumstances)... Open/LibreOffice have improved dramatically in that same timeframe while MS Office other than UI has largely been static. How many companies have deployed MS Office 2013 so far? Many offices like the one I'm in are just BARELY getting 2010 deployed after having avoided 2007... Meanwhile, ODF has been an ISO standard since 2006, actually in the field since 2005, while MS also supports it, soooo not much risk moving to ODF now.

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Retailers shot up by PoS scraping brute force cannon

admiraljkb

Re: Just use Cash

@Gene Cash - well Checks (and Debit Cards) make it easier to empty your bank account directly. At least with a Credit Card you are shielded from anyone having a direct line to your money, and have some additional legal protections as well. Its fairly easy to empty your account once someone has your ABA and account number, and much harder to recover the money stolen. Checks in the modern electronic era are unsafe at any speed, and weren't that safe before - see Frank Abagnale's exploits in the 1960's

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Re: Hesitant to upgrade because of costs?

@cortland

I've been finding that a risk averse corporate culture is starting to play into it as well. Sometimes its not strictly financial, its simply "perceived" risk. I've been in similar situations as yours. I suspect in a meeting, someone (pointy hair manager type) said it was less risky to keep the same electronics and have someone just "fix it" with software, not understanding the levels of complexity that are truly involved.

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Dead letter office: ancient smallpox sample turns up in old US lab

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Joke

Re: Unused?

Presumably there was a sign nearby that said "Beware of the Leopard"?

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Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online

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Joke

I found the final bit of the article amusing

"Jonathan Carlyle, identified by ABC radio as a moderator of Doctor Who forums, said he read the scripts, but only so it will be easier to find and delete spoilers posted to the boards he tends."

I fully understand. We also only read Playboy for the articles too. (wink and a nudge heh heh?)

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

admiraljkb

I agree that Aereo is basically a cable company. I think the law itself need rewritten though. The law itself was to protect the local affiliates, although I'm not sure how exactly. Since they are advertiser based and OTA, the local cable company at most needs to carry them in the local market, but there should be NO money required to change hands. Thats what the advertisers are for. There are now 12 minutes of commercials per 30 minutes, so the local affiliates *should* be ok.

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