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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

deadweight Re:Yeah? (329 comments)

Actually back in the 80s some Fords were considered pretty hot cars in the UK. I had UK friends move here, buy a Ford Escort, and be puzzled as to why the car sucked and no one was impressed by it LOL. Ford is now very much doing the "world car" thing. Even the "gasp" Mustang is being EU-ified.

7 hours ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

deadweight Re:Yeah? (329 comments)

It sounded like you said Americans are unfamiliar with European cars, which is not the case. BTW, driving a Mazda now because I got tired of BMW "quality". All 4 window regulators let loose, the sunroof shade broke, had to replace the ignition coils, 2 water pumps, a radiator, and an expansion tank. ALL of them very well known and never fixed flaws. So far at 140,00o miles the Mazda is tires/brakes/and a battery ;)

9 hours ago
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Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

deadweight Re:Just one more reason (236 comments)

California prison-guard unions are/were well known for lobbying for stricter drug laws to increase their client base ;)

13 hours ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

deadweight Re:Yeah? (329 comments)

WTF? I have owned 2 VWs, 2 Mercedes, 1 Porsche, 1 Volvo, and 1 BMW. I live in the USA and these cars were not unusual. No one came up to me and said "Wow - WHAT is that car with the blue and white thing on it?" European cars and their "quality" are hardly an unknown in most of the USA. I am sure some beat coal mining town has only old pickup trucks, but outside of that........ BTW, "quality" is in quotes because exactly NONE of those cars was anything close to a Lexus in build quality.

13 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board

deadweight my monthly nightmare (283 comments)

We are a 100,000+ user operation. Our patch tracking and approval process is a giant paperwork nightmare that does nothing useful. I would get Microsoft Security Baseline Analyzer, run the report after Patch Tuesday, and send it to the management types. Say look at this nice list of required patches. If there are no objections, we will roll them out :D

yesterday
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

deadweight Re:Rewarding the bullies... (788 comments)

Not all at once. You have heard of workplace violence and "going postal", right? These workers also go to malls and bowling alleys. The shooters want to take their revenge at the site of their humiliation, not at some random place.

2 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

deadweight Re:Rewarding the bullies... (788 comments)

In my experience a significant number of bullies think being a school administrator is a *perfect* way to extend their bullying lifestyle for decades.

2 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

deadweight Re:Rewarding the bullies... (788 comments)

No - because the kids he hates are there because he GOES THERE. The *one* nutcase that attacked the elementary school was an outlier.

2 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

deadweight Re:NSA boogeyman (167 comments)

WTF??? I can only say so much on here, but NO WAY are NSA employees running around being "agents". If some guy knocked on my door and said he was an NSA agent I would be falling over laughing.

2 days ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

deadweight Re:NSA boogeyman (167 comments)

Ah.........NO. Let us just say I live in an area where you can meet these people and they are NOT agents. ROFLMAO

3 days ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

deadweight Re: instant access to computers around the world (275 comments)

Fun thing was knowing the local BBS Sysops.I could use "mysterious phreaking power" to "break into" someone's session. They never did figure out how I did it LOL ( I was at the BBS console - that's how!)

3 days ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

deadweight Re: instant access to computers around the world (275 comments)

In the early-mid 80s it was no sure thing your email and your friend's email addresses could find their way to each other. I do remember gopher and archie being very cool. The "web" was annoyingly slow to me when I first started playing with it. Also remember USENET! It still exists I guess - haven't looked - but rec.xxx had awsome "forums" and who can forget their first furtive foray into alt.binaries....

3 days ago
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New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

deadweight Re:When the FAA chimes in (269 comments)

As a commercial pilot for many years I can tell you day 1 of "how to be a commercial pilot" class was why this scheme is totally illegal and that is before you hurt someone. Do so much as shut the door on someone's hand and lawyers will rip you so many new assholes you will be farting in 5 part harmony!

about two weeks ago
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New Service Lets You Hitch a Ride With Private Planes For Cost of Tank of Gas

deadweight 134-and-a-half FAIL (269 comments)

I am a commercial pilot. This scheme will fail because the FAA really really does not want anything like this going on. Flying people as paying passengers falls under part 135 or part 121 of the regulations. People have been trying there "134.5" scams for decades now and getting busted for decades as well.

about two weeks ago
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TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

deadweight Re:Whenever I hear anti-NSA rhetoric... (149 comments)

Bletchley Park is in the UK. No doubt he would have hung, just wondering if he would have had a public trial. My guess is not. And yes - non-state actors are a bitch because they don't have anything you can threaten. The USA attacking their "home" country is often a GOAL of theirs, not a fear.

about two weeks ago
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TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

deadweight Re:Whenever I hear anti-NSA rhetoric... (149 comments)

In 1943 Mr. Snowden would have been quite lucky if he got a trial before he was executed. We were fighting for our lives back then. As to the rest, it is a matter of scale. In 1790 I could follow you around and publish your daily activities in the paper. Unless you hired 50% of the population to be reporters to follow the other 50% and then switched them off every other day, no one could possibly publish what everyone did in every country every day. In 1980 the CIA/NSA/KGB/MI5/MI6/Mossad/etc. could do a fair amount of spying, but the analog nature of much of it and the primitive computers pretty much made sure they weren't spying on YOU because no one had the time and money to waste on Joe Average. The STASI in East Germany actually did try the 50% spies on the other 50% system and buried themselves under an avalanche of data they had no time to deal with. The various agencies aren't doing anything they didn't do in 1914, it is just the scale of it is beyond the wildest dreams of any old cold war spy. We really can spy on everyone all the time forever :(

about two weeks ago
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TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

deadweight Re:Flamebait (149 comments)

Exaclty. Kind of like saying my home-A-bomb project for the kids science fair was ruined by the DOE not letting me take the secret plans home from work.

about two weeks ago
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Oxford Internet Institute Creates Internet "Tube" Map

deadweight Re:The map is Biased (56 comments)

OTOH it made instant sense to me. It looks exactly like the Metro map in DC, which I guess they copied from London. Been awhile since I rode the tube.

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: How I Discovered World War II's Greatest Spy

deadweight Re:Greatest, but maybe not the most damaging (102 comments)

Just FYI, the Boers, while "African", were either from Holland or descendants of these settlers.

about two weeks ago

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Should I roll out Softgrid or something else

deadweight deadweight writes  |  about 6 years ago

deadweight (681827) writes "I am tasked right now with rolling out Softgrid to a large enterprise. 4.5 is still in Beta, so I have a little time to plan for once :) That said, is Softgrid my best solution? Does anyone else have suggestions for a competing product? Integration with SMS is a plus in our Windows shop."

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