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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Bugler412 Re:Best Wishes ! (314 comments)

Good point, remembering back now. Was also the source of a lot of instability because of crappy video drivers especially early. That's what drove a lot of the unidriver model or generic low level driver stuff that kinda became the plumbing of "plug and play", took a while to get there in away that worked decently. I for one was very happy when they got print drivers out of kernel mode, so many stability problems there too.

13 hours ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Bugler412 Re:Best Wishes ! (314 comments)

Chicago was what became Windows 95, DOS was present as something vaguely like a "kernel" although that definition doesn't fit well. The 32 bit mode stuff was layered on top of DOS. NT4 was the first shipping version that used the NT kernel with the Win95 interface, that was codenamed "Cairo" and was really mostly a shell update using the NT 3.51 underpinnings.

2 days ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Bugler412 Re:Best Wishes ! (314 comments)

Um, Win95 predated NT4 by a pretty significant amount of time. I remember beta'ing the wn95 interface on the released NT 3.51 though

2 days ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Bugler412 There's an "ick factor" but... (242 comments)

This really isn't much different than what nature would have ultimately done with the water right? Just accelerated mechanically. Not much different than what we would have to do for long duration space travel or colonization either.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

Bugler412 We do this all the time (265 comments)

All sorts of automated security updates and patches during the regularly scheduled maintenance window. Couple of key things that make it work: 1. A valid and representative DEV environment or host(s) to vet and test deploy the updates using the same methods as production hosts. 2. A solid alerting system for when the inevitable couple of hosts fail and needs help to get running again. 3. A qualified and responsive on call person to review the results at or near the end of the maintenance window to make sure everything came back online properly and take action where necessary. It doesn't so much eliminate the after hours work as to reduce the volume of the after hours work to a level manageable by a single qualified tech.

about two weeks ago
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Robert McMillen: What Everyone Gets Wrong In the Debate Over Net Neutrality

Bugler412 Consumer level Competition (270 comments)

Ensure true available choices and competition among consumer level ISPs and nearly all of these problems take care of themselves. Allow local monopolies on a broad scale as we have now and we give the power to do this to those ISPs because you have no choice to take your business elsewhere. The "Libertarian" self regulating market can work, but only if monopolies are not allowed.

about a month ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

Bugler412 Two choices... (465 comments)

It's either actual incompetence and an accident, or it's feigned incompetence with a purpose. Either answer is bad for citizens.

about a month ago
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The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

Bugler412 It's just not admissable evidence now... (173 comments)

They can still virtually follow you, build a case, use the information to connect you to others, use it to indicate where to look for other evidence, etc. The location data just can't be admitted as "evidence", doesn't mean they can't and won't continue to use the information otherwise. Small incremental progress, but definitely not a full block on use of the data.

about a month and a half ago
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Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

Bugler412 Re:prosecutions are done on law in place at the ti (519 comments)

whether he is guilty or not is not a subject of voting and opinion polls. The percentages in favor or not have nothing to do with whether he guilty of committing a crime, whether the laws used to prosecute him are appropriate and constitutional, whether the governments efforts at pursuing a conviction are proper and correct, whether the public service and expression of rights done by Snowden overrides the intent of the law, etc. etc. All having nothing to do with a focus group or opinion poll

about 2 months ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

Bugler412 It's not about open or closed source IMHO (582 comments)

I think that it's really not about open or closed source. It's about monoculture, the whole net is more resilient if we didn't do that. So many warned about that issue with the desktop/laptop running Windows, and that risk is there and real still, but while worrying about that we built it anyway in an a non-OS specific way on servers too

about 3 months ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Bugler412 Dual Standards (322 comments)

I know that if I were to remove an antenna from a police cruiser that I would be in jail, quickly, likely bruised and beaten during the trip too. Why should it be different for the officers? Criminal vandalism charges, destruction of public property, obstruction, etc. etc. let the charges flow. Oh, wait, these are police, they're never (or at least very rarely) convicted of criminal charges for their actions, sorry for wasting your time....

about 3 months ago
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Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

Bugler412 Diesels are better? (405 comments)

Europe has far more diesels in passenger car use than is typical in the US, the particulate and Nitrogen Oxides are not nearly as much a problem for gasoline engines as diesel. While diesel gets (typically) better mileage, it comes with other costs.

about 4 months ago
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Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's

Bugler412 Re:Simple Mode? (88 comments)

You know what would be nice? A good smarthphone remote interface for this, something simple, light, fast with low latency Wonder if it could be done with a EyeFi card? Hmm. Bigger screen would be nice. They have a USB PC interface, but it's cumbersome for field use. Beyond my coding skills for sure (sysadmin, not dev), anyone want to try that? I'm ducking as I say this, but I'm a Windows Phone type (Lumia 928, awesome camera that's not as ridiculous as the 1020)

about 5 months ago
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Open Source Brings High-End Canon Camera Dynamic Range Closer To Nikon's

Bugler412 Simple Mode? (88 comments)

I really like the feature list it brings to the table and have thought about trying it out with my T4i for a while now. One question that isn't clear though, is there a "simple mode" for those times that I just want to pick the camera up and just go shooting or recording with basic automatic settings? I know there are times that I would like/need the features that Magic Lantern exposes, but I also know that I would miss shots or video moments if I had to configure 14 settings every time I wanted to shoot something. Can a current ML user educate me here?

about 5 months ago
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IE Vulnerability Exposing Banking Logins, Spreading Rapidly

Bugler412 Hmmm... (93 comments)

Given the anti-MS slant here, I think it's ironic that Slashdot is sometimes a more timely news source on exploits in MS software than of nearly any of the open source products Slashdot users are so fond of, hmmm....

about 5 months ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

Bugler412 Specificity... (491 comments)

I tend to believe that the problem is that using "STEM" as a definition is far too broad to have meaningful discussion. Many of the out of work STEM people are victims of changing technology or simply dumb luck in choosing a field that went dry when new tech appeared, studying the wrong tools or languages or techniques and not adapting to a market shift. The schools are partially to blame for sometimes teaching out of date material, also to blame would be the inevitable market overshoot of a "boom" field attracting more workers than it can absorb resulting in a glut of talent in that field for some period of time.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Lync Server Gathers Employee Data Just Like NSA

Bugler412 So? (207 comments)

This is different than any other chat/VOIP/Conferencing system in what way?

about 5 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Bugler412 Why? (2219 comments)

There's no ad impressions when we are sitting on a single page scrolling through the comments, that's why they don't appear to care about the comments, even though that is what drives traffic to the site. IT"S NOT ABOUT THE ARTICLES it's about the quality of the discussions and the mod system. Toss that and we could replace you with any of a thousand tech blog sites. STOP IT!

about 6 months ago
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Surveillance Watchdog Concludes Metadata Program Is Illegal, "Should End"

Bugler412 Re:Probably won't have much affect (138 comments)

Here's where we hit the next wall. Even if we completely purged every elected official from every level of government via the election process (damned near impossible since they have ballot access rigged in their favor too) then you hit the next level of the unelected all powerful bureaucracy that is the three letter agencies.

about 6 months ago
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Surveillance Watchdog Concludes Metadata Program Is Illegal, "Should End"

Bugler412 Re:And nothing will change ... (138 comments)

It's called "parallel construction", the three letter agency drops a clue to the more direct enforcement people about who to watch and where to look, then the direct enforcement types build a case that does not use the original evidence provided by the three letter agency. Denying you your due process rights since you cannot confront or dispute the original evidence that clued them in.

about 6 months ago

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