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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

FuegoFuerte Open-Source? (177 comments)

many open-source apps can be found at the store from unofficial sources that have a cost

So, serious question... is this a bad thing? With a few caveats, I don't really see a problem with someone making a bit of money from packaging an open-source program for a different OS, if they're going to the work of compiling, testing and packaging it. Obviously they should somehow make the source available if the license requires it, but beyond that they may be doing that software a favor, assuming an official package doesn't exist (which for the Windows app store, may very well be the case).

2 days ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

FuegoFuerte Re:Windows 8 app store? (177 comments)

So their brainless store got filled with brainless garbage to take advantage of the brainless users who'd use it.

So, they succeeded in being like Apple?

2 days ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

FuegoFuerte Re:Embrace or Expire? (337 comments)

Easy... Windows phones run their services. Google phones do not. Apple phones might.

If you want people to start using all your services, and the only hardware using all your services by default is a Windows phone, and the company making 80% of all Windows phones is about to start making Google phones instead, it makes sense to buy the company and keep them making Windows phones instead of letting them turn into a competitor or die a slow and painful death.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

FuegoFuerte It's like the Orinoco Gold... (426 comments)

There is no modern equivalent. Sadly, I'm getting rid of the Orinoco because:
    a) It's slow
    b) It doesn't support WPA/AES
    c) It requires a PC Card slot, which nothing modern has anymore.

But I still remember driving down the highway through Dallas with an external antenna hooked to that card, cataloging hundreds of APs as I passed by, many of them wide open. Ah, the good 'ol days.

about two weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

FuegoFuerte Shorting? (502 comments)

All these gloom-and-doom reports from an investment company? I wonder if they're shorting the utility companies.

1) Short the stock of the utility companies
2) Release predictions of doom
3) Wait for stock to drop
4) ...
5) Profit

But naw, that would be unethical, our banks and investment companies would never do something like that. Obviously.

about two weeks ago
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Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

FuegoFuerte Re:In Korea... (125 comments)

Like I used to do racking servers in the datacenter, anywhere from 12-17 hours at a time. *yawn.* Yeah, it was tiring work, but it was by no means something that needed a robo-suit to accomplish. Call me when it can pick up fully populated 6509s all day long.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

FuegoFuerte Re:use SMS (113 comments)

The point of 2-factor auth is someone (like a criminal) can have one factor in their possession without it being any good. So with the SMS just being a form of "what you have" (it goes to your cell phone, and in theory only yours, and is time-limited to prevent re-use), an outside attacker would still have to gain the "what you know" or "what you are" factor (either your password/passcode or biometrics of some sort).

True, I wouldn't use SMS for highly classified document protection, but for most things SMS is just fine as a second factor.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

FuegoFuerte Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (322 comments)

I think that's changed in newer versions of Windows Server.

Think of Server 2008 as Vista for Servers: Lots of good ideas, but kicked out the door long before it was ready.
Server 2008 R2 is basically Windows 7 for Servers: Most of the things that were cut to get Vista out the door were finished, so it's actually a pretty good, solid OS. As part of that, many management things that were done through CMD in Server 2008 were moved into PowerShell. I *think* it was at this point that Server Core started supporting PowerShell, but in my world Server Core was always more of an "oh, that's kind of interesting" side note.

In the interest of completing my Server OS list above:
Server 2012 is like Windows 8: It had a few decent improvements under the hood, but with a UI designed by, but not fit for use by, a chimp on acid.

Anything newer than that I haven't used, but I have to believe after the debacle of Server 2012/Win 8, it can only get better again.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

FuegoFuerte Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (322 comments)

Look up "Server Core." I'm not certain if it has an SSH server by default, but MSFT has done an incredible amount of work in recent years to allow everything to be managed through PowerShell.

about three weeks ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

FuegoFuerte Population Control... (342 comments)

Thankfully, we have people like the Arabs and the Russians helping us keep the human population under control. All in the name of saving the animals, I'm sure.

about three weeks ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

FuegoFuerte Re:But what IS the point they're making? (342 comments)

Too much fiber, and you'll help keep the open sewer running.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

FuegoFuerte Re:Death bell tolling for thee.... (322 comments)

I think/hope you misunderstand. Where Ballmer really wanted to have one Windows to rule them all, with one crappy UI on all of them, I'm hopeful Nadella is talking more of a unified base with UI adjustments/differences as needed for each device type. You can have a unified release of the base OS with one style interface for tablets, another for desktops, and possibly another for servers. Windows Server has been doing this for a while, with some versions coming with full UI and others with just the CLI. They're a unified release - they come out at the same time and use the same base, but there are different UIs available, similar to one release of Slackware coming with multiple window managers and it being the user's choice which one to use (if any).

So, to give people their "bad car analogy" it's like selling an International DT466 engine in a school bus, a semi tractor, a very large pickup truck, a combine, and a tractor. It's the same engine ("unified release"), but the user picks the chassis/body appropriate for their need. If Microsoft can successfully pull that off, it will be a big win for both the company and consumers.

about a month ago
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

FuegoFuerte Re:MegaDuh (92 comments)

Also, your car analogy fails, because a computer is nothing like a car.

about a month ago
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

FuegoFuerte Re:MegaDuh (92 comments)

It depends on the device. Most manufacturers don't drastically over-spec their PSUs for a purpose-built server, because to do so is highly inefficient. In practice, most enterprise-class devices will use somewhere between 65-80% of their max PSU rating under load. In this case, that's somewhere between 302 and 372 Watts, so I settled on a nice even number sort of in the middle. Since the spec sheet I found only listed max power draw and not typical, I used a reasonable estimate based on typical enterprise equipment that I've dealt with. These numbers don't have to be exact, and in fact aren't meant to be - the point is the same; even if the server only used 200W, you'd be looking at somewhere around $13k for power and cooling in a typical datacenter environment over the 8-year lifespan cited. For that much, you can EASILY get a more capable server which will use substantially less power/cooling.

about a month ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

FuegoFuerte Re:2 year degree ya right. (225 comments)

I worked there (as an FTE) for 4 years, and my only degree is an AA (2-year degree in Nothing of Value) from the local community college. Like most at MSFT, I started as an agency temp, showed them I knew my stuff, and then got hired full-time when they had a spot open up. Thankfully I got out of there and moved to a company that treats employees like people instead of cattle, but the lack of a 4-year or higher degree hasn't held back my career one bit.

about a month ago
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

FuegoFuerte Re:Duh (92 comments)

Sunfire v20 has a 465w PSU, so figure about 350w under typical usage. Once you figure power and cooling in a typical datacenter environment, cost hits somewhere around $2,900/year (at $25/watt over a 3-year lifespan). So, over 8 years, you're looking at $23,200 for that old Sunfire. I find it hard to believe your new more efficient machine of equivalent capability will cost you nearly $23,000.

Or, you're running it in your mother's basement where things like power and cooling aren't an issue.

about a month ago
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Buying New Commercial IT Hardware Isn't Always Worthwhile (Video)

FuegoFuerte Re:Duh (92 comments)

If you're saying HP doesn't produce quality gear, you have apparently not used their servers. There's a reason they're one of very few top-tier server vendors, and it's because they do produce some great gear. I came from an all-HP shop, and I'm currently in an all-Dell shop. Both manufacturers have their strengths and weaknesses, but all things considered they're approximately equivalent.

about a month ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

FuegoFuerte Re:Signal light (196 comments)

Dammit Jim, BRAKE!!! It's a BRAKE, not a BREAK. BREAKS keep your car from working, BRAKES keep it from BREAKING.

about a month and a half ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

FuegoFuerte Re:Good! (619 comments)

This is actually false. In some countries it's substantially cheaper; in many of those, it's subsidized by the government (instead of taxed) because they understand that it keeps their economy moving.

Also, in many countries where gasoline is expensive, they've switched to LPG and/or CNG for most cars, which in those countries is FAR cheaper than gasoline (in either their country or the US).

about a month ago
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Kingston and PNY Caught Bait-and-Switching Cheaper Components After Good Reviews

FuegoFuerte Re:And another on the ban pile (289 comments)

If you're adding aftermarket RAM to a server, why the hell would you use anything other than Crucial or maybe Samsung? Crucial will tell you exactly which RAM is best for your system (including timings and such), and will guarantee compatibility. Prices aren't the absolute lowest but are competitive, warranty is top-notch, and the one time they accidentally shipped the wrong product to me they shipped a replacement overnight.

Since I work with more mature businesses that buy major name-brand servers, we buy our RAM through the same channels. If we were running white-box and didn't care about overall support for the server though, I'd go Crucial as an easy single-source for RAM without hesitation.

about 2 months ago

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