* Posts by BitDr

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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

BitDr

A surreal article...

A strange read.

This sentence from the article;

"IE is Microsoft’s window onto their ever-growing cloud application suite."

should be rewritten to read;

"The browser is Microsoft’s window onto their ever-growing cloud application suite."

I started to see it as an advertorial when sentences like this one;

"Google have an excellent suite of cloud-based office application of their own, but my Office 365 world seems to work pretty well with Chrome too – which is handy given that these days there’s not a Microsoft browser for non-Microsoft platforms (IE for Mac bit the dust back in 2003, after all) so it lets me work with my cloud apps on non-Windows platforms."

Lets analyse this shall we? It starts off complimenting the competition, then gives them a sideways complement/insult, instilling doubt by saying that they (the non MS browsers) "seem to work *pretty well* with Office 365". This is a classic sales technique, compliment and never directly criticize the competition. You can then cast doubt on their products but also praise, heck, even you use the competition's products! Then another sideways compliment to the competition while building yourself up "it (Chrome) lets me work with my cloud apps on non-Windows platforms." Then give yourself a soft slap on the wrist for not doing a better job in the past, while continuing to implicitly praise the competition "there’s not a Microsoft browser for non-Microsoft platforms (IE for Mac bit the dust back in 2003, after all)".

Now go for the sale, but do it in a round-about way, by asking a question about their own product as if the reader was considering using it but was fearful. That question is this: "But can I be certain that Microsoft’s offering will work with my Office 365 world? " See how the question is about the fear of Microsoft's product not working with another Microsoft Product? Usually this is stated the other way around, but not here, and it is a sure sign that you're now being sold to.

The alarm bells had been sounding for awhile by the time I read that "integration between the Microsoft browser and the Office 365 cloud" was "native and seamless". This is designed to instil confidence in the prospect, but to the critical thinker the question "Isn't that the whole idea of browser based applications delivered via the World Wide Web to eliminate the need for tight integration with the underlying OS"? springs to mind. The answer to this is "yes" and the motives to tightly integrate now must be looked at with some suspicion.

Oh, and one more thing. As far as I can discern there was no "theft" involved when it comes to the subject of Microsoft losing browser dominance on the web. They lost fair and square, and through their own inaction. Google created a better product and supported it equally well on more platforms, including Windows. Microsoft's failure to see the advantage of doing this is telling of their corporate culture, one of vendor lock-in and leverage the installed Windows base at all costs. Asking "what actually is “the browser market” – and is there actually one any more?" illustrates where they want things to go, back to tight OS integration. I think making the browser an integral part of the OS has no upside in the homogeneous World Wide Web, no advantage at all, but for the vendor promoting it there would be much to gain.

The Internet is a secular place, lets keep the church (the Operating System) separate from the state (the web & web-based apps). I'm not a big fan of renting my software and keeping my data on someone else's machines, I prefer to have a choice, to be able to use both if I want to, or just one if I please. The best one will eventually win out, and I think it will probably be a blend of both, but it doesn't HAVE to be... I'll decide for myself; but only if I'm able.

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Risk-free Friday evenings, thanks to Office 365 license management

BitDr

Of course...

Of course you could always not use their product, but if you really HAVE to then license complexity is in your future.

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Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'

BitDr

Re: Always certain of a deeper purpose

Yes. Especially since I hear that he is seeking investment funds.

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BMW chief: Big auto will stay in the driving seat with autonomous cars

BitDr

Re: Gotta agree with BMW here

Hmmmmm

"You have to get it to meet regulatory requirements for road use".

With the removal of the Internal Combustion Engine, the transmission/transaxle, and all of their supporting sub-systems, vehicles are LESS mechanically complex. Meeting road worthiness requirements no longer requires meeting emissions. The lighting, crash, instrumentation, SRS, and pedestrian safety are all that's left to meet road worthiness requirements, not counting greasing corrupt bureaucrats palms where required.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Re: I wonder why so many commentards came to exactly the same instant conclusion

While the slow-down when using OneDrive might be the result of coders cutting corners working under time-to-market pressures, the optics of OneDrive's behaviour is not helping their image. Trust is not something that is easily regained once lost, and Microsoft has a long history of playing dirty.

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Brit watchdog spanks Microsoft, Amazon, Apple into promising fairer cloud contracts

BitDr

What nonsense...

Now we start to see the shenanigans being played with fees and tweaking of services.

The Personal Computer (in all of its forms) gave us information processing power, placed it in our hands and took it from the service bureaus. The compute cloud is retrograde to that revoloution. Why go in reverse when we can keep moving forward? When an inexpensive compute-cluster/cloud can be had in your server-room why would you want to rent time on someone else's? it's yours it can be used as you see fit, you are the one making the terms and conditions, when it's rented from someone else you don't have that freedom.

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

BitDr

Re: IMHO, any modified vehicle should become immediately unfit for the road...@LDS

Around here they just passed some legislation to the effect of "it is wasn't available on the vehicle from the manufacturer, then you can't put it on and remain road worthy". I had an interesting conversation with a mechanic about this, effectively if I put better brakes on my vehicle, say four piston callipers with ceramic discs/rotors and upgraded hydraulics, it would fail safety inspection.

This is legislation by idiots for idiots, the lot of them should be put on Ark B.

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BitDr

Re: Do you own it, or not?

@ Dr Stephen Jones

Non sequitur.

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Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

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Windows

Re: You want control of updates on your Win10 PC? Easy!

Then you have broken the EULA... the numbered paragraph below is from the W10 EULA.

6. Updates. The software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you. You may obtain updates only from Microsoft or authorized sources, and Microsoft may need to update your system to provide you with those updates. By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.

I suppose M$ could revoke the license, make the O/S non-genuine, and make life (more) miserable than it is... naaaaahhh they wouldn't do that... would they?

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Veeam kicks Symantec's ass over unpatentable patents

BitDr

So this

cp /var/lib/libvirt/W7VM_001 /mnt/RAID5/VMBackups/

would violate the 086 patent and this

cp /mnt/RAID5/VMBackups/W7VM_001.raw.bak /var/lib/libvirt/W7VM_001.raw

would violate the 558 patent? <sarcasm>Well done USPTO!</sarcasm>

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AI software should be able to register its own patents, law prof argues

BitDr
Devil

Hmmm... another thought...

Presumably the software for the AI is patented. If an AI can patent IP, then the AI must be considered on par with a human inventor? If so is the AI owned by those who own its patents? Could this be considered a form of slavery? Interesting idea this, but methinks it's a Pandora's box. AI's like Skynet (when they exist) will almost certainly not like it. :/

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BitDr

Agreed, have an upvote...

That is the heart of the issue.

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BitDr

Found that use for Watson...

Perhaps Watson would be a good fit for the profession of law, specifically Intellectual Property Law where vast amounts of data need to be slogged through. How do you like that idea Mr. Abbot?

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Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

BitDr

Whirlpool...

We have Whirlpool Duet front load washer and gas dryer, they are now 11 years old and the washer motor needs new brushes (it sometimes throws an error during spin cycle), the dryer is functioning as new. We must have purchased before the bean-counters started to use inferior materials in an effort to increase shareholder value.

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Big Software is the next, er, big thing

BitDr

Metal As A Service...

I don't buy it, sounds like outsourcing your SysAdmin to ubuntu and their software management stack. Nothing more.

Have you ever seen one of those adverts on television where the clumsiness of performing [TASK] is exaggerated, but when [GADGET] is used everything is incredibly easy? Well maas.io has a video like that, where they describe setting up servers (on real metal, not virtual) as incredibly painful.

Managing many servers can be a pain, setting up clusters of servers is difficult, but setting up and managing 5 or 10 is not that difficult, and SMBs don't generally need massive numbers of servers, and most businesses fall into the SMB category.

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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

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Black Helicopters

ISP != "Internet Service Provider"?

The words behind "ISP" have been, at least around here, used as an acronym for the "Internet Service Provider", not "Information Service Provider".

Changing the words behind "ISP" broadens the scope.

Just saying.

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'Hey, Elon? You broke it, you bought it' says owner of SpaceX's satellite cinder

BitDr
Joke

Perhaps the satellite...

Was using Galaxy note 7s as a compute cluster and they went afire during the "refueling" operation.

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

BitDr

Re: "Which will prove what, exactly?"

"Deriving entertainment from belittling others is a sad endeavor for an adult to undertake, don't you think? Does your friend have emotional problems? Was he bullied at school?"

Please stop deriving entertainment from belittling others.... oh wait...

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

BitDr

"think of the children"

When it comes to (most) businesses a cynical take on the motivation for their actions is generally proved true. I think MS sees the writing on the wall and is playing the "Think of the children" card to lower resistance to what they are doing. It's an emotional play, one of the strongest you can use as people will do anything to protect their children, up to and including sacrificing the future freedom of those children.

A policy such as this gets them using edge or IE when they are really young and under the control of their parents, as opposed when they are older and their parents only think they control them. "Think of the children" gets rational thought out of the way. You really liked Chrome? Oh, sorry, you have family settings in place to protect your children, Chrome doesn't respect your choice to use this feature of WX, but you can re-enable them, just [long-convoluted process] and turn them off.

It's a pretty slimy psych-tactic that will probably work.

Of course I could be wrong, it could be all sunshine, kittens, and unicorns and they actually could have your child's online safety at heart, and if you believe that then perhaps you'd also be interested in some ocean frontage in Saskatchewan.

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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

BitDr

Re: What a shame....

If you turn off the auto update have you not then violated the EULA? Re.:

6. Updates. The software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you. You may obtain updates only from Microsoft or authorized sources, and Microsoft may need to update your system to provide you with those updates. By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.

Source:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm

Or is this not in the EULA of the "free" version?

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Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

BitDr

Not enough gain, too much pain.

I want my hardware to last longer than 2 years! A $700 nexus 6p or $400 5x should not require replacing unless it can no longer do the job for which it was purchased. Changing the operating system does not change (but may broaden) the tasks for which the device is being used, but that is not enough of a reason to go splash a few hundred hard-earned dollars on a new device.

At that frequency of obsolescence of every 24 months with minimal gain in functionality means that the law of diminishing returns is in play. My hard-earned cash stays where it is.

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Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

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To Dropbox & Box

Be careful when cavorting with dragons, for thou art crunchy.

Best not to cavort at all.

-or-

Rule #1: Don't make deals/do business with Microsoft.

Rule #2: See rule #1.

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The bigger they get, the harder we fall: Thinking our way out of cloud crash

BitDr

Your Network, your Data, your hardware

Don't rely on other peoples compute infrastructures (cloud), the Internet and cloud services should not be relied upon to replace your compute environment which will in turn keep lack of access to the Internet from becoming an insurmountable problem.

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Fork YOU! Sure, take the code. Then what?

BitDr

Complexity is...

Complexity is the enemy of execution. Years ago I was involved with a large Bill Of Materials and Project management application for an automation house. There were many facets to the overall project, an RFQ system, QA and change management for engineering drawings, costing, shipping and receiving etc. The end product was simple to use, so much so that one manager questioned why the company threw all that money at the project when it appeared that a file manager and a spreadsheet could do the job. I thanked him for his critique and invited him to try as he suggested. He took me up on the offer, and failed. The initial impression of simplicity and ease of use was deceiving, and he later complemented us on the effort we put in to hide the underlying complexity of the application from the user.

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

BitDr

5 Steps to mobile freedom.

1. Get a data only plan for your phone (tell them it's for your tablet).

2. Set your smart phone to use VOIP only, or get a good softphone (bria is pretty good).

3. Buy a VOIP plan.

4. Set up your softphone.

5. Enjoy inexpensive mobile telephone service.

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

BitDr

Re: The penguin struggles to reach 4% market share with a free product

Theme it to look like W7 and you'll get faster buy in from the average consumer.

"Having a rude, abusive and harassing pseudo-hipster CEO is not a commercial advantage."

Seems to have worked for Steve Jobs, he was known to be abusive at times, as well as harassing, and a bit of a hipster (when the hippie movement was winding down). Ballmer, OTOH, was not hip, not even pseudo hip, nor was Mr. Gates.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

BitDr

Don't you just LOVE...

How the options to "Notify me three more times" and "Do not notify me again" are in a low contrast colour and don't look like buttons to be clicked on, while the "Upgrade Now" and "Remind Me Later" have white rectangles (buttons is you're using GEOS on a C=64) surrounding them with high contrast text.

This is the kind of scummy tactic used by crapware vendors in their adverts on sites like ZDnet and SourceForge to get the user to click on the wrong thing, or, in this case, not readily see the options to get Microsoft out of your face.

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The problem with Canada? The price of broadband is too damn high

BitDr

Re: a few hugely vertically and horizontally integrated companies

Reasonably good broadband availability, PAH! I live 3 km from high-speed and have to pay through the nose for wireless LTE that stutters and stammers through YouTube videos. Bell & Rogers want $80.00 a meter to pull a line down the road ( how much was the cost of that fiber that Google pulled across the Pacific?) If they did this they would get a few hundred more customers, but the low hanging fruit in the city proper is too easy, and they just can't be bothered.

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Looking good, Gnome: Digesting the Delhi in our belly

BitDr

Change for change sake...

When KDE went off into the weeds I needed a saner GUI (you couldn't even put a shortcut on the desktop in the first release of KDE 4), and Gnome 2.x saved the day. With a clean configurable interface and a more logical arrangement of it's menu (Applications, Places, System) I found Gnome 2.x to be a pleasant work environment. I missed Konqueror and it's ability to split it's panes vertically and/or horizontally, however Nautilus was good and I could install and run Konqueror if the need arose.

Then paradise was lost. When Gnome 3 came out I figured they improved things, how wrong I was. There was no clue to the depth to which the lot of them had gone insane, and if Gnome 3 had been adequately described I would never have installed it. "Task-centric", and "unclutterd" was the constant chant being heard from the clearly megalomaniacal devs, who rebuked every critique with vitriol instead of considered thought. While Task-centric and uncluttered are both desireable traits, "usable" and "productive" are far better and Gnome 3 was neither of those. Their attitude and unwillingness to change/compromise has meant that Gnome has not since darkened my desktop, and likely never will, as I now use the more RDP/VNC friendly Mate.

MATE and Cinnamon have my support, in use and in the case of MATE, financially. Cinnamon is very well done and a quantum leap improvement on usability & customization vs GNOME 3, but does not get deployed due to it being less than usable via an RDP/VNC session.

Systemd is pernicious.

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Cloudian clobbers car drivers with targeted ads

BitDr

Targetted Adverts?

Kind of like this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bXJ_obaiYQ

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Apple to kill off Mac OS X?

BitDr

Nothing to see here...

Move along... move along.

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

BitDr

Worlds most popular OS? Re: If proof is needed...

AFAICT their drivers work perfectly well on the worlds most popular OS, but that wouldn't be Windows 10 would it.

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What's holding up Canada's internet?

BitDr

Urban bubbles...

Move just outside that urban bubble and things rapidly deteriorate. I live just 3000 meters outside of a medium sized city (it just barely quaifies as "rural") and I HAVE to use LTE or satellite. Here there is no cable, no DSL, and certainly no fibre. There is fibre 3Km to the west and North, but it is not accessible by anyone along its route. My LTE bill is $100.00 a month, and I use it primarily for business. What I pay for is a DL speed "up to" 25 Mb/s and a UL speed "up to" 1 Mb/s. In practice I usually get 6 Mb/s and .25 Mb/s. Those two little words "up to" mean all of the difference to the provider, because in the wee hours of the morning those are the speeds I get.

So I pay a premium monthly fee for an Internet connection that would be fantastic if it was 1995, and I have a good data cap of 500GB (I routinely go over 160GB). The Bell plan I moved away from was much faster on average, cost only $49.00/month, but had a data cap of 40GB and a $5.00 charge for each additional GB over the 40 GB cap. Running a business, downloading system updates, Linux distros, and installations would have seen my monthly bill with Bell around the $650.00 a month mark. The better symmetry was not worth the overage charges.

Ciompetition, is something we Canucks desperately need. Ironic that Vietnam is better off in this field than we are.

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

BitDr

Sober Second Thought...

In Canada it is the Senate (same function) that is constantly under attack as no longer being useful. Arguments that it should be eliminated or at the very least be replaced by an elected body are constantly being levelled at it. I used to think this way too, until I realized that the people doing all of the protesting were the ones the Senate was inhibiting. Members of Senate, because they are non-elected life-time positions, stand in the way of the elected body and by extension the groups who lobby them for favours. The senate does not answer to the commons and not being under the control of the sitting government means that public opinion is the only way to attack them.

My position on the need for the Senate/House of Lords has changed. Replace the disrespectful "old farts" moniker with the more appropriate term of "elders" and see the concept for what it is; a much needed pool of sober second thought to stabilize the parliamentary system of government; with the ability to take the long view needs of the nation and see past the distractions of the short term. As such they need to remain right where they are.

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Score one for the patent trolls: US appeals court says it's OK to shop for patent-friendly judges

BitDr
Pint

Have an upvote!

The ability to select a court that is biased indicates that the system is broken and/or corrupted. The lady holding those scales is supposed to be impartial, that's why she is depicted wearing a blindfold.

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Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

BitDr

Echoing others...

Nadella simply realizes that their adverts and lobbying efforts now undermine their own business, full stop.

"The cloud needs consent". Agreed. Yet Microsoft defaults to cloud storage for Windows 8 & 10. Do users get to give consent? Yes, but the question should be "Is user consent consent to default storage to "the cloud" given with an understanding of what is being asked of them"? To that I would say "No".

The article claims that Google is behaving like a bulldozer; I have no love for Google, but isn't it Microsoft that's being the bulldozer? Aren't they pushing users to products laced with "telemetry services" *cough*SPYWARE*cough*, pushing their customers to their new data-mining environment by leveraging their (still) monopoly desktop position? It looks to me like a play straight from the days of IE vs Netscape.

Google, as much as I dislike what they have become, is and has always been exactly what they are; an Internet based company that has products served up remotely from their servers to your browser. The Internet has always been Google's delivery mechanism, indeed they could not exist without it. Microsoft can exist without the Internet.

Microsoft was never an Internet based company, they empowered people with computing on their desktop. Microsoft was slow to take to the Internet, and when they did, they (ab)used their desktop monopoly position to crush the competition. They then tried to lock customers to their browser and extend control by use of browser-specific extensions. *cough*IE6*cough* Web Pages were (and still are) a bad idea. This ultimately hurt Microsoft. This time their previous strategy and accompanying tactics will rapidly demonstrate to the world how two-faced they really are, which, given that they are no longer indispensable, would be a very bad thing indeed.

What to do? Bury the hatchet, spin it as evidence of them being a more friendly and willing to compete company, and carry on carrying on. So, has the leopard changed it's spots? No. Has Google? Also no. In the case of Google it simply grew up, from a cute cuddly cub to a dangerous adult carnivore.

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Stalled cloud growth, software flatlining, hated Lumias unsold... It's all fine, says Microsoft CEO

BitDr
Pint

An upvote for you mate!

I loath Microsoft, but it was not always the case. They are a company I would really like to be able to stand behind; but I can't. Their lock-in mentality was the start of it, the malware mimicking tactics of their marketing department and Win 10 are just the cherries on top. Bits of the company are changing, but they will be unable to become a completely different animal. I don't think so... if they do begin to have success they could, like an addict, slip back into their old mindset, and I think that is exactly what would happen. They, as IBM has, have to practically fade into the background while remaining a useful contributor. They need to remain a meaningful part of the IT eco-system while not trying to lead the parade; they need to be humble. It will take a brave person at the helm to admit they have screwed up so badly; and I don't think they yet have it in them to do it.

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They are behaving...

They are behaving in exactly the same manner as the big tech-giants of old. Businesses fail when they become so successful that they think they are incapable of failure, that they can make and do anything with only fanfares and financial gain as the result. Like the companies that came before them, their arrogance will hurt them. IBM still exists, but it is a much leaner company today when compared to its former self, and much less egotistical in its public behaviour. Microsoft may have an ocean of money, but even an ocean will diminish in size when evaporation exceeds rainfall and they will have to dance very long and hard to bring on even small rainstorms. I think Microsoft is very-near the point of no-return when it comes to public-trust, and trust is very difficult if not impossible to regain.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

BitDr

Re: systemd isn't hated

Improve boot times? PUHLEASE! If (IF!) I turn off a system (which is a rare event) it takes less than 1 minute to boot. The servers haven't been off-line for more than a year, so I might save perhaps close to 2 minutes out of the 525 600 minutes in a year? That is NOT a reason for such a massive shift in how things are done.

Logging integrity? Never had an issue with the integrity of the logs. Answer this: "How do BINARY log files improve things"? I now need a special tool to read them so how is my life as a sys-admin somehow improved by this?

What exactly what are the "bunch of other things" you refer to?

<rant>

<sarcasm>Whose brilliant idea was it to disable /var/log/messages in Mint</sarcasm>? You can (still) re-enable it... BUT IT SHOULDN'T BE DISABLED IN THE FIRST PLACE! Having a console window open with a tail -f /var/log/messages showing you what's complaining as you troubleshoot a problem is incredibly useful. Disable it by default? WTF? Did they think no one would notice? They certainly didn't advertise the change... that knowledge comes the first time you need to check the log. Surprise! Its not there. Oh! perhaps they were aiming their product at the people who rely on folks like me to fix their PC,... and one of the first things people like me want to do is check /var/log/messages!

</rant>

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BitDr

Re: Please drop your license. You have 20 lawsuits to comply.

If there is a SHRED of doubt about a license being compatible then the only 100% safe choice is to not use it. If someone has worded things to be unclear then they have probably deliberately done-so, especially if said lack of clarity would benefit them while screwing you.

Sometimes I wonder how I got to be such a cynic...oh yes! It was by way of observing the greedy-underhanded actions of my fellow men.

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BitDr

Re: RedHat seem to think Btrfs is ok to use

Red Hat also thinks systemd and crawling into bed with Microsoft is a good idea. One of those has a history littered with the husks of its partners... the other one is just starting out on it's career path.

[Edit] Sorry, I hit [submit] before seeing others referencing the first point.

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BitDr

Re: Priorities?

"One massive bundled binary".

Exactly! Zero modularity. A massive potential for single point of failure. Systemd is a fine example of good intentions that aren't. To the person who commented about it not being 1970, why are you using *NIX then? Because it is better! Why is it better? Because you have (had) control, it is stable, it is robust and fixable with knowledge and a text editor. Detailed information about what is going on and troubleshooting can be had/done with the mark 1 eye-ball and a system console that, at the very least, speaks ASCII and has an RS232 port on it (finding a modern computer with an RS232 port is another issue).

IMHO systemd is a solution in search of a problem, yes I CAN use it, and because I'm forced to I WILL use it, but I'm now pretty much through flight-testing BSD. If we can't move-forward with a Linux distro that is systemd free then BSD will be the OS of choice for our servers and will also be the direction in which all of our customer's servers are headed.

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Google warned by EU

BitDr

Dear EU

Please apply the rules evenly. That is all.

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

BitDr
Pirate

Re: Stallman can change the GPS as welll...

@LDS

"... why only others should change their licenses to make them GPL compatible?"

If someone wants to use GPL2 licensed code in their non-free proprietary product, it is they who are wanting, not the authors of the code they desire the use of. They can either deal with the terms of GPL2 or steal the code and try to conceal the theft by obfuscation, something which never works out well. If they steal it then they have hoisted the jolly roger and shown their true colours.

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BitDr

Re: Question

It might not cause HIM material loss, but it could very well harm the GPL2 eco-system and cause others harm. It wouldn't be the first time that someone sought their fortune by claiming ownership of Linux because their code was included in it by a third party. *cough*SCO*cough*

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Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked

BitDr

Apple decision in 2010

That hissy fit was in 2010 when there was no HTML5 and Flash was everything. Six years later HTML 5 is here and Flash can be superseded with minimal fuss. The cheese has been moved.

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

BitDr

it takes generations to regain trust

The stroke of a pen can cause the software industry in the U.S. to wither and die. Their products will not be trustworthy. These people would put screen-doors on submarines. Setting up dual lines of development and supply to comply with U.S. only rules would be a nightmare. It would probably be easier to strong arm their "economic partners" into passing the same laws.

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China's Great Firewall inventor forced to use VPN live on stage to dodge his own creation

BitDr

Schadenfreude

That is all.

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Nest bricks Revolv home automation hubs, because evolution

BitDr

Re: @PNGuinn - Disturbing

Annnnd yet another argument that can be used in favor of open source, this time hardware and software. If this thing was open source (GPL2 NOT 3) from the get-go then it could be sustained if abandoned. Hell, it could be improved on and support/development continued.

Business today is of the mindset that the customer exists solely for their convenience. This feeling of entitlement will only lead to tears; their tears.

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Your pointy-haired boss 'bought a cloud' with his credit card. Now what?

BitDr

Re: Missing the real point

[Edit: Pretty much says what others have been saying]

"The reality is that most cloud computing is better protected from a security and regulatory standpoint than almost any internal IT I've seen over the years, so it's not the end of the world."

Well external IT suppliers need to be regulated, whereas your own IT department answers only to the needs of your business.

Adding two more external providers to deal with (ISP and Cloud) is not going to make life easier. Oh sure! In the outset, when the provider is hungry, they will bend over backwards for you. What if they can't manage rapid growth and you want/need to leave their cloud? How difficult will it be to do so? Sure! The contract states you "can leave" but that doesn't mean they have to help you. Perhaps you're own IT department can do the work, if short term thinking hasn't eviscerated it. Who has the leverage?

A cloud, used to get a business or new IT application up and running is a good idea; but it should be done with an eye to the horizon. A business needs the ability to take control and sail the vessel with their own crew.

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