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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

gothzilla Re:Just proves the point (1226 comments)

You just emphasized his point and gave it credibility.

5 days ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

gothzilla Re: Would be awesome (727 comments)

I would if that had anything to do with our business. If we recieved docs like that from customers or business partners then of course I'd have to set up a way for us to use them. We don't though. I've never seen anything but MS Office docs come into this business, so there's no reason nor point to do the test you describe.

In business you use what works and what fills your needs. In my testing in this business, every alternative to MS Office fails testing. That is all that matters.

about a week ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

gothzilla Re: Would be awesome (727 comments)

"What really kills open source is that it doesn't have a functional GUI or a dearth of useful apps. "

Every couple years or so I check to see if we can replace MS Office in our company. I grabbed some of the larger, more complex word and excel docs we use here and tried to open them. Every time I try, all of the alternatives fall on their faces within the first few minutes of testing. In a business, if you can't replace MS Office then you're not replacing Windows with Linux.

about two weeks ago

Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

gothzilla Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

This is a city that loves open source. Do you really, honestly believe hundreds if not thousands of people got bribed and not a single one turned it down and reported the attempt to the press? That's a pretty serious and frightening case of paranoia you've got there.

about two weeks ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

gothzilla Re:Reality. (419 comments)

If he did then he wouldn't have been able to come up with the idea of teaching his kids the difference between fantasy and reality.

about three weeks ago

The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution

gothzilla Re:Hardware still matters (145 comments)

Nobody is forgetting that because it's now partially irrelevant. Need to upgrade ram in a server? Migrate the VM's to another, shut it down, upgrade, turn it back on. Have a server catch fire and die? HA has already migrated the VM's for you. Getting low on ram or cpu hits 100%? Look! An alert!

Hardware does still matter, but it's no longer something that must be watched closely and in fear.

about three weeks ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

gothzilla Re:Might that still benefit the US another way? (225 comments)

If the H-1B process increased the number of jobs in the USA and gave all of those displaced workers better jobs then you'd be right, but you're not. It's very much the opposite. Those jobs are lost and all of those people end up fighting for much lower paid work, and many times have to take minimum-wage jobs.

about a month ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

gothzilla Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

Look another Verizon shill! The expensive part is building it. Maintaining and upgrading over time is a lot cheaper.

about a month and a half ago

Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

gothzilla Re:Infectious diseases ... (493 comments)

You can't get AIDS or STD's by being in the same room as someone. Terrible analogy.

about 3 months ago

Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

gothzilla Re:Well... (493 comments)

A registry of vaccinations already exists and has existed for a pretty long time. All this is talking about is cleaning it up. If the laws of unintended consequences was going to rear it's ugly head it would have already.

about 3 months ago

Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?

gothzilla Re:Not denying something is different from forcing (406 comments)

What planet are you living on? On a normal budget, rent is not supposed to be more than 33% of your take home pay. Please tell me where in the US you can find a 2 bedroom apartment for $333/mo? Even if two people are working that's $666 per month. If you do happen to find rent that low, you're either in a very high crime area or you're in a small town with some serious limitations on employment.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

gothzilla Re:Recruiting policy (589 comments)

You changed the subject. AudioEfex wasn't talking about a ratio of competent to incompetent professionals. He's only talking about the competent ones and how there's a severe lack of competent linux professionals. If you do manage to find one, you're in a world of hurt if they leave. There may be a large number of incompetent windows professionals, but there's more than enough competent ones to make finding a replacement pretty easy.

about 4 months ago

Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

gothzilla Re:True Costs (589 comments)

The jump from Office 2003 to 2007 was the last time there were compatibility issues. We deal with a lot of very complex spreadsheets and word docs, and the only problems we see are with people who are still on 2003. Everything from 2007 forward has been compatible. I also haven't seen any issues with different print drivers in many years. I think you're working from really old information.

about 4 months ago

London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000

gothzilla Re:All that is left (193 comments)

That's mostly because kids today are too many generations away from buggy whips and don't know what they are. The analogies have moved on to things they can relate to, like cd players.

about 5 months ago

Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

gothzilla Re:No, not those who don't understand... (921 comments)

If you took your cell phone out and held it up and pointed the camera in every direction you looked, then yes you should expect people to object.

about 6 months ago

Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

gothzilla Re:NAT (574 comments)

One of our remote offices was connected via cellular. It was actually very usable and far more stable than you might guess. It's in a small town in Arkansas that didn't have access to anything but dialup. We couldn't even get a T1 without a huge build cost. Fortunately there were only 4 people there that needed access too. We just plugged a USB hotspot into a Cradlepoint router and it worked very well. We couldn't get a static IP but DynDNS + LogMeIn was good enough for what we needed there.

The mom & pop cable provider there finally got internet access a few years back so we switched to that and it's so unreliable that I wish we could go back to cellular.

about 7 months ago

HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

gothzilla Re: Well if HP didn't already have a terrible rep. (385 comments)

I can still go to Dell's site and download firmware for really old servers for free. It's one of the bigger reasons why we still buy from them.

about 7 months ago

Virtual Boss Keeps Workers On a Short Leash

gothzilla Re:Misunderstood? (664 comments)

Like what happens in the show Undercover Boss?

about 7 months ago

UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

gothzilla Re:Privacy Issues (273 comments)

Talk about FUD...

Office 2010 is the standard for office in enterprise environments. I've tried many times to replace it with Libre and OO and they can't come even close to comparing. Complex spreadsheets will not open in any other program than Excel, and nothing in either of those can replace the functionality of Exchange when it comes to having multiple apps and information sources integrated with it.

Now if you want to say Office 2013 is difficult and confusing then you could have a point, but 2010 is pretty solid. Not perfect, but close enough that everyone can do their jobs without having another product butcher the formatting of Word docs and wreck formulas and macros in Excel. Office tends to go in cycles like Windows does. Win 98 was great, ME terrible, XP great, Vista terrible, Win 7 great. Same as Office 2003 was great, 2007 terrible, 2010 great, 2013 not so great.

about 7 months ago

The Whole Story Behind Low AP CS Exam Stats

gothzilla Re:So, whom to H8? (325 comments)

If you're Mormon, girls are very much a minority. They are to stay home, cook, and make babies.

about 7 months ago


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