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The Case Against Gmail

Gunnut1124 Re:Other good paid email providers? (435 comments)

My company (~750 email users) bought in to the Office 365 hype while negotiating our MS licensing. We got it super cheap and thought "What the hell, 'free' DR and a cloud service to offer the end users? Why not?"... That was a year ago. In the year since that decision and 8 months in to using the product, I can say without a doubt that Office 365 is the worst email system I've ever used. Hands down, the absolute worst. Spam filtering problems? Yep, had those. Mail delivery problems? Yep, about 3 times a month (on average). Client connectivity issues? Oh yeah. Management site unavailable? It's happened more than once. 4-hour hold for "free" support? Yep, been through that too.

It's bad enough that we're spending the money to move all of our cloud mailboxes back on-prem. I can't expect that ANYONE with an expectation for highly available mail systems would use Office 365. I'll offer further details in a PM if anyone needs it.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One

Gunnut1124 Re:awesome (442 comments)

Good motivation for a jailbreak, ehe?

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Surface RT Was Doomed From Day One

Gunnut1124 Re:Meh. (442 comments)

I bought one at TechEd 2013 for exactly that amount. It's barely worth it. I still use my phone for most 'tablet-y' browsing at home. If the RT could run Android, it might be better but the Metro/Modern interface just plain sucks.

about a year ago
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DEF CON Advises Feds Not To Attend Conference

Gunnut1124 Re:And what will happen if they do (250 comments)

We've heard that "Just following orders" defense somewhere before... You might want to Google that and see how those trials turned out. The fact that they are mindless drones in a machine that is performing reprehensible acts, but hold no hate for their victims themselves, does not make them innocent. After Snowden, anyone willing working for the NSA and not looking for work elsewhere is approving of and endorsing their crimes.

about a year ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

Gunnut1124 Re:Seems perfectly reasonable (1591 comments)

Ok, um, so I'm in the know here (see user name/uid). Also, I'm a Texan, so that possibly qualifies me by birth...

The weapons you are describing are military derivative firearms and by all rights, SHOULD be banned IMO. We, as a nation, have proven ourselves incapable of properly storing our firearms, incompetent at assessing who should have a firearm, and generally promoting the glorification of firearms use via the media, games, and certain aspects of our culture.

At the same time, we have tried to claim that the right to own firearms does not come with any responsibility. If your kid leaves his toys out, after several warnings, you, as a parent, would be taking a reasonable stance to put the toys away for him. The child (in this badly crafted analogy) has not demonstrated the responsibility that comes along with the right to those toys. Same for those of us in the gun culture. We have failed at our responsibility to safely possess firearms. We do not deserve them now.

You said something that I'd like to point out to be overdramatic in the least, and possibly flat-out manipulative; "now the vast majority of us - who will never use them irresponsibly - need to suffer". Can you please tell me how much you will suffer? If we combine the total suffering from all the people in the state who will lose their guns, do you believe that it is greater than the suffering felt by any combination of the parents of the Sandy Hook victims? If you want to bring suffering into this discussion, let's keep that perspective in mind.

about a year and a half ago
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Black Hole Found That Takes Up 14% of Its Galaxy's Mass

Gunnut1124 Not that odd... (65 comments)

This is just an example of a MaCHO. We've theorized about them for a while. They are a strong candidate for a bulk of the dark matter we've detected. The other candidates are WIMPs.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon.com: Earth's Biggest Wine Cellar?

Gunnut1124 Re:Not in Alabama (118 comments)

Last time we let you people transport alcohol you invented NASCAR and we are NOT going to let that happen again.

about 2 years ago
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Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

Gunnut1124 Re:Taking a hint from the last election (881 comments)

Please, share your anecdote about how bad President Obama has been for you personally. Did he kick your dog?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Video Monitors For Areas That Are Off the Grid?

Gunnut1124 Hunters have the right gear (340 comments)

Don't reinvent the wheel, hunters have already done the hard part. Check around for concealed hunter camera gear. Already camouflaged, and able to take stills or video...

about 2 years ago
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The Google Transparency Project Transparency Project

Gunnut1124 Re:local "laws"? (50 comments)

It's a good question; Is an unjust law still a valid law? I think we can agree in some broad sense that local statutes which violate human rights are unjust. Now the trick is to agree on "Human Rights" (see the UN's work in this regard for a culturally agnostic version) and on whether it is ok to violate unjust laws... Personally, I think so.

more than 2 years ago
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Bloomberg, WSJ: Student Aid Increases Tuition

Gunnut1124 Re:This is news? (433 comments)

What do you think the proper education level of a waitress is? What about a patent clerk? Maybe you need to remember that the elite aren't the only ones who can put an education to use...

more than 2 years ago
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Mega-Uploads: The Cloud's Unspoken Hurdle

Gunnut1124 Re:Station Wagon Full of Tapes (134 comments)

It reduces the wait times for requests. More station wagons means that the average transmit/receive latency more closely represents the actual link latency.

I propose that we develop a circuit of tape drive depots along an interstate to offer proof-of-concept.

more than 2 years ago
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Photographers, You're Being Replaced By Software

Gunnut1124 Re:CGI wishes (282 comments)

Here's an idea for your libertarian brain... Let's make them liable for any images that would mislead a customer. If you offer a picture of a big, juicy, appetizing Whopper in your ad, you better deliver something that is very close to that when I walk in to your store.

The system you so hilariously defend depends upon customers with accurate information. Lies break the "free market" and cause it to be skewed in favor of the lairs. In most cases, it favors the company/corporation.

more than 2 years ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Outlines a Plan For Saving Earth From Asteroids

Gunnut1124 Re:Southern guy with three names (241 comments)

Someone call Tommy Lee Jones! He was in Space Cowboys, he'll know what to do.

more than 2 years ago
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Filesharing Now an Official Religion In Sweden

Gunnut1124 Re:Religious Prosecution of File Sharers (358 comments)

I wonder if it will protect them if they attempt to publish/promote HOW to share files...

more than 2 years ago
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Dutch Psychologist Faked Data In At Least 30 Scientific Papers

Gunnut1124 Re:Psychology is a science. (254 comments)

How about you cite something enlightening... If it's more advanced than the AC above suggested, you might change my mind, but I am seriously skeptical. I've read enough on sociology and political science to say that those fields are hopeless as far as hard science goes. Maybe there's something special about psychology that we've all missed...

more than 2 years ago

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