* Posts by admiraljkb

518 posts • joined 15 Oct 2010

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Samsung shows off Linux desktops on Galaxy smartmobes

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Re: I hope by Linux they don't mean Tizen

It is effectively running a chroot environment. Android is already running on top of Linux. This just presents a different user environment.

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FYI - The DeX dock has a fan on it to prevent overheating the docked phone. I got one to just play around with. Turns out, for normal (non-dev) usage, it can already replace a laptop in an office setting, even without Linux mode. BUT - undocking closes apps, so re-docking doesn't go back where you started. That gets annoying when you redock after taking the phone out for a quick coffee run or bio-break. As a result, I'm back to the laptop until that gets fixed.

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Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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Replaced the stick actuator (pilot), operation check tested normal.

LOL. I've done similar.

Had a new employee that kept having problems and turning in tickets. A new ticket came in midday Friday, and by the time I got to their desk on Monday morning, there was a different person sitting there. Verified everything was working, and closed the ticket with "Replaced user, Tests OK.". Waited on an angry call from the help desk manager who'd I'd had discussions with before over resolution comments, but apparently said user had ticked her off as well. :)

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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Re: I rather suspect

"KeyWord Theatre."

Hmmm, I wonder what would happen if you walked up to the door and just said "Alexa, open the door" ?

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Re: Security Theater

"Realistically we're in far more danger from a bent laptop battery in the baggage compartment."

or just in the passenger area via a bad battery in a phone, tablet, laptop, baby toy, etc etc etc...

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Re: try 1234

don't tell anyone, but the new keycode sequence is 4567 (keep it under your hat)

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Yahoo!'s Marissa! will! eject! with! $186m!.. $185m!.. $184m!..

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Re: Rinse, Repeat

"...and get another nice paying gig ..."

except she no longer needs another gig, EVER. As long as she can keep her living expenses reasonable (actually even unreasonable, just not NFL player crazy spending), she and her family are set for life, all the way to her grandkids' lives, and possibly beyond that with nobody "working" again. Hats off to her for accomplishing that trick while putting the last torpedoes into the USS Yahoo! of which she was captain.

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Android's February fix-fest flings 58 patches

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Re: "Nexus owners are sweet."

To keep them relevant, I had to update both my original Nexus7 and Nexus7 2013 to the current LineageOS 14.1 version since Google EoS'd them ages ago, but at least I have Android 7.1.2 now. Installing 3rd party firmware isn't for everyone though.

(I'm not sure why I still hold onto my original Nexus7 since I replaced it a couple of years ago. Well, actually I do know, I'm a hardware hoarder, but am seeking treatment for it. :) )

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"My Moto G4 ( expected to get Android 7 in Q4 2016 I believe ) has a patch level of July 2016."

I feel your pain. Last unofficial word, is that it got pushed from mid-Dec, to mid-Jan, to Febs-whenever, and now out to March-whatevs. Really getting annoyed by the repeated slips and no security updates either in the meantime. Prior generations of Moto G series got updated pretty quickly.

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Intel Atom chips have been dying for at least 18 months – only now is truth coming to light

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Re: Corporate weasels just can't learn

@Atilla_the_bun - The antenna fiasco as I recall was that the proto case (a mod'd iPhone 3 case) they were testing in the field before release, was NOT the case that went into production. In the pursuit of external design secrecy ahead of the big reveal, they ended up using their customers for alpha testing of the antenna in the final case.

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"...weren't Intel phasing out Atom? What is Intel going to do for you? Even if they do have a replacement, those embedded boards with the CPU soldered in... they just increased vendor costs."

This is (mostly) the embedded space, so Intel has contract obligations to continue supply these for as long as the customer contract specifies. :) So Cisco/Dell/Synology/etc are probably taken care of. Smaller end users though, that could get interesting. For the second part - yeah, its OUCH time for Intel. Whatever profits they got off these incredibly low margin and custom chips will get wiped out and then some.

re the phase out and this is somewhat unrelated to the current issue - unless I misunderstood, Intel is going to use their normal x86 Architecture du jour as the base of all the new low power x86 stuff rather than continue to have the expensive one-off that Atom was.

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Re: sanmigueelbeer

"It might also explain why Intel quit making the Atom line."

You might think that, but these were special purpose Atom based SoC versus regular garden variety Atom's. Trust me, the regular Atom line has plenty going against it, mainly the age of the architecture. There was only so far Intel could tweak on it before the engineering costs on an outdated arch (unrelated to their primary bread/butter x86 cpu lines) outweighed the rewards/profit margins.

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If USA wants a say in 5G, Cisco HAS to buy Ericsson

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Re: That cat...

I was thinking it looks like a "Briitsh Blue" laying on the US flag. Decidedly chuckle worthy. Hopefully The Register's staff put that in on purpose as an in plain sight hidden joke? :)

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Re: Disappointing article

agreeing with JetSetJim for his reasons, but will add what might be a bigger one: Ericsson has pretty big corporate operations already in the US. They may not be a US company, but they employ a lot of US citizens already.

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Re: What if Huawei builds an American factory?

"OK, fridges are less sensitive to arguments about the security of national infrastructure..."

hehe, USED to be less sensitive. How about the "Internet/IoT" enabled ones? :) Yeah, that starts to get interesting.

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Re: But...

"Made in Mexico"? No. A couple of years ago, the final assembly was in Mexico which then gets it a legal "Made In" badge for NAFTA purposes, and a lot of that assembly was in Foxconn facilities... I'm not sure about the current manufacturing situation.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Re: Fimbulwinter FTW

"I interpret the existence of the DMCA and copyright lawyers as a sign of coming Ragnarök"

Ugh, I think you're right. So Winter IS Coming!

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Fimbulwinter FTW

Hmmm, for "art/entertainment/poetry/story" purposes, I interpret the phrase "Winter is coming" as referencing the "end of the world/Ragnarök" Fimbulwinter from Norse mythology. There is a REASON its a common phrase for literature/arts and such, even if the majority of the population doesn't understand the significance. Not sure how HBO can issue a takedown on that with a straight face, but I assume their lawyers aren't well versed outside of law classes?

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AMD virty encryption not quite there, claim boffins

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Re: Wait...

They did some real world testing. But basically you've got it - under normal circumstances with SEV you are much better off. The VM(s) are shielded against other VM(s) on the same host with the proviso that the underlying host has NOT been compromised. Of course, if the underlying host is compromised, you're bantha poodoo anyway, so...

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Google turns on free public NTP servers that SMEAR TIME

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Re: Smearing

"Second point - ..."

So was that on purpose, or just accidental? Either way, pretty funny, and "its about time" someone made that crack.

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CloudFlare warns of another massive botnet, er, flaring up

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Re: Usual White House clownshow

sar chasm, thats near the Grand Canyon right?

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US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

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Re: You illustrate this perfectly!

@Tikimon - dude, I really wasn't trying to single out anyone. Yes, I called out Trump first since a) pollsters said he'd lose b) I could make the "red state" observation, and c) I don't live in a Blue state to make a direct observation on people who were reluctant to make their choice known. I could only observe those around me in a red state who were extremely reluctant to declare anything, and who had not been so reluctant in prior years.

I suspect since pollsters said their numbers were underreported on Clinton as well in several areas, that many voters that selected Clinton were equally reluctant/ashamed to do so. Hence me postulating the theory of maybe pollsters just ask people who they will NOT vote for. :) Sorry if I had some clarity issues in previous post.

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Elector allocations

its done that way to make sure that the large pop states (TX, NY, CA, FL, etc) can't run roughshod over the rest of the country. Even so, it could be argued that with 55 votes, CA in particular may already have too much influence in a Presidential election, particularly with the statewide winner taking all the State's electoral votes.

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Well, before the election, I knew very few people (in a heavily "red" state) that would fess up to wanting Trump. Based on that observation, I suspected they were probably too ashamed to admit that to an anonymous pollster and possibly to themselves. I figured *if* Trump was within 10-15% of Hillary poll-wise, he'd probably win, and he was within 10% at the final day... Not a terribly scientific observation, but it turned out a good guesstimate. Somehow have to factor in the psychology of people who vote not FOR a candidate, but AGAINST a candidate. (which seems to be most of the votes submitted this cycle were either AGAINST Hillary OR Trump, but not actually FOR either and might not admit to voting for either) . Maybe they need to change the question - like "which candidate(s) would you NOT vote for?", and not even worry about the "who are you voting for?" questions.

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Linus Torvalds finds 163 reasons to wait a week for a new Linux

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Pint

Re: Take Christmas and the new year off, please.

"I've had a few long lunches* and come back to put in a few really productive hours at the office (or so I thought at the time) only to come in the next morning and look at the code and think wha???"

I've had something similar... Had an accident during a weekend where my hand got sliced open and had to be sutured, the obligatory shot of morphine, then some oxy-codone for afterwards... I felt FINE (morethanfine) the following day as I was still taking pain pills, and since I thought I felt "normal", just WFH'd and got some code knocked out. Unfortunately/fortunately I didn't have anyone to code review, so I left it for the following day. Yeah... next day rolls around, and I'm NOT on pain pills... Looking at the code... WTF, who the HELL WROTE THIS? Uhhh, It was indeed me, but I didn't actually recognize "this brilliant code I wrote yesterday". Thankfully I didn't check it in...

the Beer for obvious reasons... Don't drink and code kids! :)

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Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

admiraljkb

Back in the "olden days" companies would give campaign contributions to both parties, and just kinda stand clear otherwise in order to not make enemies with whomever was elected. Taking sides is a risky business that puts the business at risk. I suspect the various Boards of Directors will put a muzzle on high ranking execs from here on out.

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Forget 'shadow IT' – it's 'self-starting IT' now

admiraljkb

Re: Shared IT

"Might give pause for thought about who they are sharing with and also those "high enough up" to ignore policy wouldn't want to share, they want their own ;)"

Yep, seen that, and as a result, NOT a fan for outsourcing anything other than janitorial services. After having gotten a contract QA engineer up to speed, they were re-assigned to a DIRECT competitor. I was LIVID, and objected to the higher ups. I don't know if it did any good, but the QA Engineer was reassigned back to us a quarter or two later. You really have no idea on contract stuff WHERE your trade secrets go ultimately, and there is no real way to protect yourself and still have the outsourced resource do their job.

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Re: This isn't "self starting" ...

"... this is going against corporate policy and procedure. In my world, such loose cannons are terminated without so much as a by-your-leave."

Agreed, but my experiences with these type of folks, is they are smooth talking, fast walking snake oil sales types that come in schmooze/dazzle the board with what they say they can do for their dept, and get approval to pull their whole dept off the grid from normal IT.

Oddly enough they actually do have the talent necessary to do it (at first), some brilliant engineers who can handle it, and it works great for about a year, maybe TWO. Their brilliant/but short handed staff which had been working just fine? They've had attrition, and the replacements aren't as capable as their predecessors, OR their predecessors didn't document themselves well enough for a replacement to step in and have a snowball's chance in hell at success, and they leave. Starting in on year 3 or 4? Its falling apart or has collapsed completely, the department is in a lot of trouble, and begging corporate IT to help out, and bad mouthing IT to the board for not being team players... Effectively a Kobyashi Maru scenario for Corporate IT... (I've also seen where it went wrong from the get go, but the end result is the same, somehow the rogue's failure was still IT's fault)

Moral of the story, hire/retain ONE smooth talking snake oil type in corporate IT to politically counter the rogue in whatever dept that is pitching a breakaway movement.

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Magnetic, heat scanners to catch Tour de France electric motor cheats

admiraljkb

Re: UCI can "fix" this by removing/reducing minimum bike weight rule...

> "Especially considering that they have no minimum weight limit on MTB's"

Good point, given the amount of abuse a MTB takes, you would figure UCI would have a minimum weight there too.

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FAIL

UCI can "fix" this by removing/reducing minimum bike weight rule...

Its because of UCI regulations with a MINIMUM bike weight that make it possible to have a hidden motor on the bike without a weight penalty. You can't use a hidden motor for very long due to battery capacity restrictions. Any benefit of the motor is cancelled out by the extra effort of hauling an extra kilogram or so for 200km. HOWEVER, since the weight rule took effect, bike weights have come down dramatically due to better manufacturing techniques. Since you have to make up the difference to get it back up to the minimum weight, it paves the way to put a motor in, either that or lead weights. Bikes you see at the Tour, have to have weights added to them to make them "legal", or at least this year they did. Not sure what was used for "ballast" last year.

UCI response on all this- "Are we going to repeal/revise the weight rule? Nawwww, we're just going to spend a lot of money on testing equipment (some of it dubious) to find motors that likely wouldn't be there if we didn't have a minimum weight restriction...."

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Re: Tech

"Let's face it. Bikes need some new technology besides weight shavings and hipster wood paneling."

There is a lot of new tech like electronic wireless shifting and such, as well as much improved data recording and analysis tools of rider performance.

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NIST: People have given up on cybersecurity – it's too much hassle

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the 40 they interviewed...

may not be enough for a proper statistical sample, but it does match what I've been seeing out in the real world where people just don't give a flip anymore. I've basically been told repeatedly by different people (and I'm paraphrasing) "All this security stuff is just a downer, so stop harshing my mellow." and this was corporate IT folks, although family members and friends have been no different.

I agree with their findings that there is massive security burnout in a large swath of the population.

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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

admiraljkb

Re: More than one

"Just like TV, people will want more than one iPhone..."

Based on what I've seen around me (and YMMV), people that would have more than 1 phone would not have two iPhones they'd have two or more Android devices for playing around with (like one they didn't mind getting lost/broken/whatevs at the concert,vacay, or at the lake), or they'd have one of each (like an iPhone for work and Android based for personal). Those are the scenarios I see around me currently for people that have more than one. In either scenario, its not ultimately good for Apple since both devices aren't Apple.

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Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

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Re: So it's time...

"Or a HD recorder. ..."

I refuse to spend $100/month to have to fast forward constantly. Last time I had cable TV, the channel providers had gotten sneaky putting up a quick splashscreen making it look like the program was starting, but then shove two-four more commercials.

Its far cheaper to have Netflix/Hulu/Prime and for stuff not on them, to just buy it outright, and then you don't have all that annoying fast forwarding nonsense. (I pay the extra $ for ad free Hulu, so awesome)

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Smut shaming: Anonymous fights Islamic State... with porn

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Re: Click the bottom one

ummm, how often is clicking on bottoms SFW really?

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

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Re: Do I really want Microsoft to have full access to my professional history?

"Why LinkedIn Monetizers yes, and Microsoft Monetizers not?"

LinkedIn is mostly neutral with no direct ties to anyone. Microsoft has a vested interest in Microsoft (as it should). So now, a site used mostly for professional networking* is all of a sudden owned by a very biased party.

* so there HAVE been an awful lot of Facebook style posts there lately, which is forcing me to re-eval my relationship with them, prior to the MS buyout.

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

admiraljkb

Re: Church of Agile and Evangelists

I follow the religion of Pragmatism, pragmatically of course.

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Re: Organizational microsoervices?

"Maybe the "guys in their 50s doing COBOL" who quit when hearing "agile" were like that, in which case they deserve the job market they will encounter"

@DAM - actually - the COBOL guys have been making BANK for a while (since before Y2K), so at this point unless they did something foolish with their money, they can just retire and be done with it. If they quit when they heard Agile, I suspect they could have left at any time and were just there for "fun". Let that be a lesson for anyone with legacy systems where the only folks that can *properly* develop on it are in their 50's. Its time to do a crash program migration (or get fresh blood that likes COBOL ha), since many folks in their 50's can just up and walk at any time if they so choose, and those two did so choose. I've seen well positioned guys in their 40's do that as well.

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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Re: Shouldnt the American Bar Association be delisting this douchebag?

The Indiana Bar Association would be responsible if he was a lawyer licensed in Indiana, and he's not a lawyer, nor is he licensed in Indiana.

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"The fundamental difference in US and UK legal systems in this regard is that costs in the UK can be awarded to the winning party...so if you issue frivolous lawsuits in the UK and keep losing you'll have to pay my legal bills as well.....whereas in the States each party is responsible for their own costs"

In Texas and several other States, same thing in order to keep frivolous lawsuits down. Its just Indiana that hasn't caught up with the times.

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just Indiana and other states like it.

"The problem with this case is that the US legal system doesn't have any allowance to recognize that some people are just grade A nut jobs."

Correction - Indiana legal system. Several US States DO have measures to prevent this and punish the plaintiff severely for bringing such a frivolous lawsuit.

Common misconception that its all the "US", but in truth the United States is still 50 independent States under a Federal style government. So there are 50 independent sets of legal systems (not including the various American Indian Nations and other Federal Protectorates like Guam and Puerto Rico), then the Federal Legal System on top of all of that when dealing with interstate legal disputes, legal issues crossing State borders, or things that affect multiple States in general. Most States' legal systems are based on English Common law, but some like Texas are based on Spanish Common Law, so there isn't one heterogeneous set of laws spanning the country per se.

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admiraljkb

"Pony up $500 and have him buried."

@John - That's in Illinois (Chicago area to be more precise), but it is next to Indiana...

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Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs

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Re: I'm frustrated with the Pro/Enterprise distinction

"No joke. Azure, Sharepoint, Hypervisor and 365 (or their decedents) will be ALL that is available to end users within 10 years. You will then be micropayment'd to death and not even realize how useless and expensive your computer has become for real work"

@ecofeco - yeah, combined with other recent moves by Nadella, it would seem to indicate that MS might abandon the desktop/laptop market entirely after 2020 or so and go straight cloud services which have higher profit margins than WindowsOS. Building/maintaining an OS is pretty expensive.

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Re: I'm frustrated with the Pro/Enterprise distinction

1Rafayal - I've read the marketing stuff as well, and thought the licensing stuff had been taken care of after the Vista licensing debacle just like you until I was in a position being over it. Have you TRIED getting MS desktop licenses lately for a small enterprise? I have, and it wasn't as cut and dry as its SUPPOSED to be, nor could I get good answers from MS or CDW for what licenses I really needed. Particularly when you are doing VDI and attaching the occasional non-MS (Mac, idevice, Linux, Android) endpoints into the mix. Most of the "Enterprise" license schemes allow VDI only when its another Enterprise endpoint.

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I'm frustrated with the Pro/Enterprise distinction

<rant> If you are in a Corp IT environment, you logically would go out and get the corp IT version, which used to be PRO. Now Pro isn't really any different than Home that can join a domain, so maybe it should be now called HomeLab version because you really shouldn't use it anywhere but labs/homelabs? It certainly isn't the real Professional version. What was Pro is now called Enterprise, but you can't get Enterprise licenses without having a Pro License first? ugh...

MS is killing themselves and the rest of us with them by complicating their licensing to such a degree that regardless of how hard you try, there is no way to be in compliance now on the desktop, unless you stop using MS for all but bare essentials. The desktop/laptop licensing garbage has gotten so bad, that for VDI environments, its cheaper just to get a datacenter license on the server and have everyone use Windows Server as their VDI desktop... Not to mention its easier to do that and be in licensing compliance than trying to do it "legit" with Win7 or 10 Ent licenses. MS licensing Attorneys and Marketing weenies have lost their mind and probably a LOT of revenue with the current scheme. </rant>

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Speaking in Tech: The Gartner and OpenStack smack-talk episode

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Re: Clarification

@Knieriemen Poor Linda is just out of touch with the industry and even with her employer Gartner who did an abrupt about face on her.

Given that ATT, Verizon, Deutsch Telekom and Walmart along with many, many others are betting the farm and their networks on OpenStack, its no longer some fringe tech that she thinks it is. OpenStack has already passed the tipping point adoption wise just due to the sheer scale of the behemoths now involved who are moving off proprietary solutions (and dedicating development resources to the project) in order to increase their pace of innovation, and better their bottom lines because time is money. What was said over and over from the Telco's in particular at the conference last week is they took 6 month odd lead times and turned them into days, hours or even minutes depending on what was being done. Thats just like printing money for them. Those folks aren't going back to old school stuff that Linda is apparently attached to (or being paid by?).

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VMware's Photon Machine 'microvisor' may not be so small

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Joke

So Photon as a pure microvisor...

has been torpedoed?

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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

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Re: Wonder what this kind of news means for AMD

AMD's been cutting and cutting for years, so cutting too many more at this point would seem a bit scary if they are to survive.

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Intel preps for layoffs: Chipzilla sharpens axe for deep job cuts

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Re: Doing the time warp?

"Or are these redundancies so hard-hitting that they're being backdated?"

Retconn'd redundancies? That'll be a new way to handle accounting "challenges". :)

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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Re: Devils advocate.

bounce is better. That way as an admin you don't get into a situation you aren't comfortable with. Lets face it, that's between them and their SO's unless it impacts the business, and then its up to their managers and HR to request logs. Whatever my personal feelings are on it, my business one pretty much ends up correcting it and letting it go since that is/was the policy. Of course, I'd then immediately change the policy next week to bounce typoed internal emails after that. I generally follow a don't ask, don't care policy regarding people's personal crap at work...

I've accidentally ended up in similar situations myself on occasion due to monitoring the internet firewall for things like blocked legit sites that needed unblocked and run into someone surfing NSFW's. I'd typically just take them aside, QUIETLY, let them know they could get in trouble if another admin or the security guys saw that, and then let it drop. I generally wouldn't see their userid again pop up again, except for one of the night security guys... yeah, you don't wanna know...

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