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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

gelfling Windows Godzilla ! (187 comments)

Only 1.5 TB and it will run on ANYTHING (with 8x8 core processors and 32GB of RAM). Of course it still comes in 24 different variations that all licensed differently.

9 hours ago
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Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies

gelfling ....In Russia (129 comments)

Oh please, Eddy, shut the fuck up.

2 days ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

gelfling no you are wrong (288 comments)

Phones suck in ways that make them suck, not in any specific way by design. Quality is shit because it's shit borne of laziness and cheapness and not the extra amount of money they'd have to spend planning out their shittiness. Cheap shit phones have no reason to try to upsell you because those are two different markets. The shit market and the poser market. And never the twain shall meet.

What IS interesting though is the razor thin differences in the quality between the shit phones and the more expensive phones. More expensive phones spend all their money on 'me too' features. Not quality.

2 days ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

gelfling Re:Make it a law (171 comments)

Or simply call for the state version of nationalization, tax it 100% and give away the cars for free.

2 days ago
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California In the Running For Tesla Gigafactory

gelfling Make it a law (171 comments)

If you want to sell a Tesla in Calistan then it has to be built in Calistan by illegal aliens.

2 days ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

gelfling nearly 14,000 of them not in the US (527 comments)

Just in case you were wondering, most of the layoffs are in the Czech republic.

4 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

gelfling Especially heroin (472 comments)

which is the cash industry for most of the UN member states

4 days ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

gelfling What about demoware/trialware? (138 comments)

Google play has scads of 'free apps' that are either severely crippled or time limited. Moreover, is it a 'free' app when there's popups telling you to 'remove advertising' eg. buy the "pro" version?

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

gelfling Re:IBM # is misleading (272 comments)

Most of MS's 18,000 terminations are in the Czech Republic and Finland per Nokia. So most people are in fact getting a little bent out of shape, ideologically, over something that won't affect them. That's why.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

gelfling Re:My experience (272 comments)

If you were an IBM staffer in the mid 90's you were about 5 levels from the CEO. Today doing the same job you're at least 11

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

gelfling IBM # is misleading (272 comments)

There are fewer than 90,000 US employees. The vast bulk of all IBM employees is in India. And as far as those 90K US employees is concerned IBM is phenomenally overstaffed with middle managers and 'program managers' who's only job is to report on the status of status reporting reporting via enormous spreadsheets and multi hundred slide Powerpoints. IBM is a company that wants to cut costs to prosperity and eventually they will have no workers and only a few hundred lawyers and accountants reporting to executives and they will finally get their way.

5 days ago
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Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

gelfling Re:"Research" does not replace leadership vision (161 comments)

IBM research appears to be little more than a marketing arm of their high end sales organization. Dazzle the suits with bullshit about Jeopardy winning super computers so that you can sell a super computer to someone. Anyway, IBM's core technologies are being sold off because it's more profitable to buy someone else's smaller company, gut it of its intellectual property and toss the dead husk in the trash. This month they slap the word 'cloud' on everything. Next month it's something else.

5 days ago
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Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

gelfling MS doesn't give a shit (161 comments)

Like all large tech companies, MS does not give a shit about what you or anyone else thinks, wants, needs, feels, says or does. MS does what is good for MS senior management. Like all large tech and and IT companies, MS is a firm run by pirates for their own sole benefit. That which is good for political turf and compensation is good. Everything else is the enemy. Lost in this weeks announcement of bloodletting is that the new CEO decapitated all his rivals and awarded his flunkies.

The organizational beast survives for the benefits of its rulers. That is all.

5 days ago
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Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

gelfling 8" is a bad form factor that's why (125 comments)

It's neither fish nor fowl. It's too small to use for more than 5 minutes and it's too big to be easily portable unless you're a woman with a handbag. The only plausible good use to put to an 8" tablet is an industry or business specific app designed for a single purpose. Think, ticket sales, restaurant management, TSA security checks, mobile cash register, that sort of thing. Where the app is designed to one thing.

5 days ago
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Microsoft CEO To Slash 18,000 Jobs, 12,500 From Nokia To Go

gelfling Awesome news (382 comments)

Another company eats its own buzzwords and kills over tons more jobs.

about a week ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

gelfling Self propelled (carries it's own jet fuel) that is (195 comments)

The French or Japanese trains are electric which means they don't carry their own fuel. A jet powered train has to carry a huge amount of jet fuel just like a diesel engine or a coaler. Which is practical only where fuel is very cheap and you have a large capacity storage tank AND there's no electrified option.

about a week ago

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I always cringe a little

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 6 years ago

When I see that someone has responded to one of my posts because if nothing else, the most common attribute of the blogerati and their wannabes is that no one really has anything to say unless it's to shriek that you're a retard asshole or that some dipshit fresh out of the 11th grade demands you 'prove' something to them. I worry a little bit about the generations behind me. I think that not only are stupider and less motivated than their elders but they angrily self righteous about it. I said back in the late 80's (yes I've been on the internet since 1989 so for you angry fuckhead teens out there, don't bother 'correcting' me, thanks) that eventually the internet would become a weapon of tyranny. Not because of control but because it collapses belief and freedom into the smallest angriest space possible. You no longer need to think.

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Now you can't even recount your own bad MS experiences

gelfling gelfling writes  |  about 7 years ago

So now you can't even recount your ongoing experiences with MS mind bendingly poor customer support w/o being modded down a troll. Why the fuck doesn't this site just admit it has paid flacks on board to do Redmond's bidding. Or, that it's just a bunch of retarded teenagers?

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gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Do you ever get the sense that there's a population of MS boosters who are here semi-officially ready to pounce on anyone who doesn't tow the MS party line?

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Intel Apple. Not so weird?

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Apple's history of switching CPUs is as old as Apple. First was the 6502 then the Moto 68000 series then the PPC and now Intel. Seems like it's not such a leap after all and isn't it really what we've been asking for for 2 decades? To build & sell a PC where the internals don't matter to us.

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Google porn: searches or results?

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

It's one thing to query results it's quite another to query searches for results. You would be in effect enlarging the child pornography statute to include looking for child porn.

And let me add - fuck slashdot and the posers who run it. Fuck them all to death.

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What are MS's own security priorities?

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Feel free to post this in the appropriate Nash interview thread. I forget sometimes that I'm persona non grata here at Anime/LotR/Nerd Porn Central.

Without saying 'everything' what are the actual ranked or prioritized security issues at MS for Windows?

DRM?
Spyware?
Integrating tools that already exist into the MS sphere?
Patch management?
Time -to -fix cycles?
Better security architecture?
Other?

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Mac security comes from doing insecure things

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Note: since I've been targetted by /. modbombers for banning and day by day my karma is being synthetically erased, I've decided to post everything here in duplicate as long as I'm permitted to post. When I'm no longer permitted to post then everything will go here. Until of course, /. admins decide to ban my IP outright. This has already happened to one of the places I commonly post from, but only after I complained to /. admins about being attacked here. That ID that I complained to them, from, has been banned permanently. Word to the wise: /. is rapidly turning into the darkest version of everything they claimed to hate.

I get regular security vulnerability email alerts all the time. Just today there was a long list of potential problems with 10 different flavors of Linux, HP-UX, Cisco, OS/400, Z/OS and of course Windows.

Now the issue is, how bad is that? And the other question is what is the cost - benefit of fixing it?

Many of the vulnerabilities in the alert I alluded have the potential to be serious enough to warrant your attention but this assumes that you already have NOTHING in place to protect yourself, that you've effectively not implemented any security infratrature whatsoever. The probability of this is quite low.

But - and this is the big issue with Windows, your exposures surface out of EVERY SINGLE ordinary everyday common task you employ the machine to do. It would be as if every Cisco vulnerability surfaced specifically and only when it routed packets and only because it routed packets.

Therein lies the difference.

In the Mac world, no one is seriously suggesting that their BSD based OS is defacto immune from problems. What they're arguing convincingly is that those problems when they arise will arise out of non common tasks and obscure problems that typically stem from operating your machines in a very nonstandard way to begin with. For instance the ordinary Mac user could, if they were motivated, run as root all day everyday. But why would they? That's a nonstandard operation mode. Moreover the common problems you do see in the Mac world won't ordinarily occur because of executing common tasks that ordinary users employ their machines to do. You won't see many vulnerabilities exploited the same way that simply using AOLIM or Limewire or reading a rich email or any of the other innumerable problems in Windows stems from.

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gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

My email alerter shows my last post was modded 8 times up and 8 times down. /. continues to be the nerds revenge for the cool table in the lunchroom in highschool. What they fail to appreciate is that social maladaption is social maladaption.

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somebody tell me why this is considered a troll?

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=173869&cid=14464389

Seriously it's a statement of fact based on real world experience.

I honestly think that /. is quickly killing itself.

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so my plan is

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

if I'm ever able to post and mod again I'll randomly single out specific posters and mod them down as much as I can. I really want to share the wealth here at slashfuck.

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gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I have been banned for the second time in 10 days. Apparentlt at this point no matter what, if anyone mods any post I've ever made I risk being banned again. There is no way to wipe the slate clean after being repeatedly banned. So fuck /. and circle jerk of anime wannabes that run it.

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Hate Mail

gelfling gelfling writes  |  more than 8 years ago

See this is exactly my point. /. has a secret modding scheme that will punish you if you don't plod along with their normal bovine groupthink. Got banned for weeks over something I never knew and the first post back when I comment on it it's back to being downmodded. This to me is the beginning of the end of /. Pretty much it's all about anime, sci fi movies and Libertarian bullshit. If you're not down with that or, perish the fucking thought, express an opinion you might actually have a knowledgeable background in, if it's not part of the official /. checklist-o-thoughts, you get punished. And it's in a very capricious way.

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