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Carmakers Promise Not To Abuse Drivers' Privacy

Bugler412 My promise to automakers... (98 comments)

I will remove, shield or power down whatever transmitter and antenna you install into my car. No need for the FTC to monitor compliance with that promise.

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

Bugler412 Opening for the competiton! Yes! (308 comments)

I guess that stopping deployment will cancel some of those exclusive franchise agreements and create openings for municipal or less dominant providers to fill the void. I for one hope that AT&T "pauses" more deployments. And their use of the word "pause" is rather funny in that they haven't deployed hardly anywhere yet. It's just strong armed media manipulation is all.

about a month and a half ago
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US Postal Service Hacked, 500k+ Employees and Public Data Breached

Bugler412 Never gloat (46 comments)

Never, ever, anywhere should you gloat about your security, we are ALL vulnerable. If you think otherwise and gloat about it you only increase your risk.

about a month and a half ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

Bugler412 Questionable Methods (282 comments)

How could you have an "objective" and controlled study of this phenomenon if you use subjects of which the participants have at least partially formed an opionion and bias? I'm not denying that this psychological situation exists, but this "study" hardly proves anything. With the topics they used here, all that they have done is to identify existing political thought.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

Bugler412 Re:Picked mine up yesterday (135 comments)

well, it's lighter and thinner than the Citizen chronometer I had been wearing, and the 18 hours or so I've worn it so far (including while sleeping), the flat screen hasn't been an issue. It lies very comfortably and unobtrusively on my wrist. Yeah, a curved screen would have been somewhat better, I'll agree. And yes, a VERY limited version of metro is there, it works for this purpose.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

Bugler412 Picked mine up yesterday (135 comments)

Go ahead and accuse me of being a fanboy, but this is the first smartwatch in my view to hit the right balance of functionality and design that I would be willing to wear regularly. It's function because MS didn't overreach and try to duplicate the smartphone in a tiny wrist device, it's an adjunct. It's also the first wearable not hideously designed like some sort of oversized geek bling. So go ahead and hate away MS haters, this is a good device and MS squarely hit the mark for me at least.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Works On Windows For ARM-Based Servers

Bugler412 Re:Those who don't know history... (113 comments)

100,000 Model T's will beat a 100 Cadillacs in the car business every time.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Works On Windows For ARM-Based Servers

Bugler412 Re:Those who don't know history... (113 comments)

You are correct in all that you say here. The question still comes down to market share and whether MS was willing to devote the support and development resources to a product (Alpha based systems) that at the time was less than 1% of the total market. Could they ever have turned a profit in that scenario? Not likely. Like so many other instances, quality does not always win over quantity I suppose. Alpha was a better platform, I have no doubt, but that wasn't enough to make it a winner. Power and MIPS were also solid platforms at the time with some aspects superior to Intel, but no one was buying them, so similar end result.

about 2 months ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Bugler412 Wired has a directly opposite take... (631 comments)

http://www.wired.com/2014/10/s... But seriously, give Walmart et al direct access to my bank account using 40 year old ACH technology? And trust them to have no security holes, fraud protection that credit cards provide on individual transactions, etc. etc. etc. I think not.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Works On Windows For ARM-Based Servers

Bugler412 Re:Those who don't know history... (113 comments)

The only reason NT on Alpha failed was market share driven by DEC's hardware prices (the only source of Alpha based servers at the time) was about three times the equivalent i386 server from Dell or Compaq. I ran a shop fully populated with Alpha's running NT 3.1, 3.51 and NT4 at first, we switched to Dell i386 servers because of this. The DEC Alpha's did have very good availability and uptime, but for three times the cost, and very limited to non-existent third party software (backup software, security software, etc.). It was very hard to justify the expense. Not to mention being locked in to DEC for auxiliary hardware like NICs and RAID controllers which limited the selection severely, and again at triple the cost per unit. DEC Alpha's running NT were great runners, but their hardware pricing, selection and availability is what did it in, not weakness of the OS on that platform. Methinks you should get your facts and root causes for the failures in the market of the Alpha/NT product straight before you spout off.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Bugler412 Re:Sorry. but you've got that backards mate (172 comments)

Also not to mention that MS produced it's first "smart watches" in the mid 90's (Timex Datalink) in cooperation with Timex, and also the SPOT watches from middle of the last decade. Not exactly market success, especially the second one. But MS was working with watches, tablets, PDA's etc. back when Apple was a just few dollars away from collapse and bankruptcy

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Bugler412 Re:Experience with watches.... (172 comments)

Timex data link watch (developed in partnership with MS, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... ) that had synchronization capabilities with Outlook/Schedule+ in the early 90's, sync'd up via barcodes flashed on the screen of the PC. In the previous decade, SPOT watches ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... ) that offered limited data and IM capabilities through FM radio sub carrier signals. I owned on of the datalink watches for years, worked very well and reliably. Handy. The SPOT watches looked interesting to me tech wise, but couldn't justify the service cost.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Bugler412 Experience with watches.... (172 comments)

We should remember that even though they weren't exactly world beaters or "killer apps", that MS has more experience with watches than any of the large tech vendors, including partnerships with existing conventional watchmakers. They could very well be the first to get something close to the right balance here, and the fact that they appear to be making it compatible with ALL of the major smartphone platforms is an encouraging sign. We shall see.

about 2 months ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Bugler412 Troubleshooting skills (299 comments)

(former Navy nuc operator here) Although the direct technical skills from my time really don't apply. The idea of the "block diagram level" knowledge in your mind and the basic troubleshooting process instlled in me there in my training has served me VERY well over the course of my IT career. Not to mention the broad (not necessarily deep) mechanical system knowledge of things like power, HVAC, emergency generators, UPSs, etc. Data center infrastructure has a lot of similarity (at a smaller scale) to safety systems at a nuc plant. Yeah, not broad based the way the article says, but for my more specific part it worked for me!

about 3 months ago
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Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

Bugler412 Why is this here? (240 comments)

I had thought Slashdot was a bastion for the (mostly) technically competent and (mostly) intelligent. Thanks for dragging it down mods....

about 3 months ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Bugler412 Continuing/Expanding a very bad precedent (327 comments)

Sometime in the late 70's, government's started bribing large companies using huge tax breaks, relaxation of regulations, land grants, etc. using taxpayer money. This has led to very little except badness and a culture of auctioning business locations to the highest (or lowest?) bidder. Nothing good has come of that atmosphere and it's continuing to get worse. How to stop it though?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

Bugler412 Every vendor does this... (348 comments)

In some way every third party vendor does this. Anything that can potentially complicate their installation or support gets eliminated, rather than configured in a way that is appropriate or best practices. It reduces their support cost and increases their profits. Overspecing hardware and network resources for their app is another area where this is done.

about 5 months ago

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