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The Myths of Security

ivanmarsh Re:Thanks! (216 comments)

So this book was written to educate fanboys about their bad habits? I don't need another book on security that assumes I'm an irresponsible, apathetic, zealot. Your apparent attitude has just unsold this book for me.

about 5 years ago
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The Road to Big Brother

ivanmarsh Re:Wow. (212 comments)

No kidding. Let's wait 'till they REALLY start oppressing us before we start taking any of it seriously. Obviously he hasn't read 1984... once it's too late, it's too late. 2+2=

more than 5 years ago
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How Do You Deal With Pirated Programs At Work?

ivanmarsh Remember that you're the one that will sit in jail (958 comments)

...if you get audited and delete it all without remorse.

If your management won't support you on this you need to find another job.

more than 5 years ago
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From an Unrelated Career To IT/Programming?

ivanmarsh Re:IT != Programming (374 comments)

Well... I was going to ask why anyone would want to go into I.T. as a career change when it's the most underappreciated, disrespected field you're going to find but you guys illustrated that pretty well.

I guess if you like being treated like a janitor while having the fate of the company's operation put on your shoulders and listening to everyone's complaints then go for it.

BTW: One of my programming projects as an I.T. guy was to write an interface that sychronized an HP mainfram order entry system with a novell based MRP system... both of which I helped build.

So no, I.T. is not (just) programming.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Accused of Squandering Billions On R&D

ivanmarsh Re:Apple isn't even spending that (580 comments)

Apple had to be bailed out by Microsoft so they didn't disappear from the face of the earth. They are hardly a good example of doing things right.

more than 5 years ago
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Darwinism Must Die So Evolution Can Live

ivanmarsh Re:neodarwinism (951 comments)

Just as Newtonian or Eistienian physics don't refer only to their work but the paradigm their work created.

A stupid argument doesn't need further stupidity to resole it.

more than 5 years ago
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$2 Billion For Broadband Cut From Stimulus Bill

ivanmarsh Re:Great (658 comments)

Indeed!

We've already paid for this!

Time to turn the telcos into public utilities.

more than 5 years ago
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Average User Only Runs 2 Apps, So Microsoft Will Charge For More

ivanmarsh Re:To Err is Human--to Persist is Microsoft? (842 comments)

I have to wonder if the auto-updaters that every piece of software seems to install these days will count as applications.

It would be really cool to know that my machine can't do anything but make sure Java, Acrobat and Quicktime are up to date.

more than 5 years ago
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AT&T, Comcast To Join RIAA Team

ivanmarsh Re:Surprised? (360 comments)

Apples to Rocks?

Copyright infringment vs Constitutional violations of millions of people... both are crimes... one is a bit more serious than the other.

more than 5 years ago
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AT&T, Comcast To Join RIAA Team

ivanmarsh Re:Surprised? (360 comments)

It's terribly amusing that AT&T is going to be involved in trying to stop people from doing something illegal.

Will I get the same punishment they did?

more than 5 years ago
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Woman Claims Ubuntu Kept Her From Online Classes

ivanmarsh Re:Expected (1654 comments)

The problem is, as I've been flamed for before, Linux is still nowhere near the point where a non-techie will consider adopting it.

No... the problem is if you're too stupid to read Dells' website that tells you EXACTLY what OS will be shipping on the machine you just ordered you're too stupid to use a computer no matter what OS is on it. ...and for the record, I'd just about bet she had to physically check the box in the customization wizard on Dells' site that removed Windows from the machine and put Linux on it.

"Oh... I can save another $300 on this machine and I don't know what that is so I probably don't need it."

Ah... the future of America.

more than 5 years ago
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Lexus To Start Spamming Car Buyers In Their Cars

ivanmarsh Re:Promise to be discerning and restrained. (317 comments)

Yep... I predicted it more than a year before the product was available. Seems like it should be grounds for a great big "Bait & Switch/false advertising" class action lawsuit to me.

more than 5 years ago
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Lexus To Start Spamming Car Buyers In Their Cars

ivanmarsh Promise to be discerning and restrained. (317 comments)

Toyota officials promise to be discerning and restrained.
"We're not going to barrage customers with marketing messages," vows Jon Bucci, vice president of Toyota's U.S. advanced technology unit.

Yeah... and cable television will always be uncensored and commercial free... and sattilite radio will always be uncensored and commercial free...

more than 5 years ago
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2009, Year of the Linux Delusion

ivanmarsh Re:The big problem with "Year of Linux" prediction (696 comments)

I had my "Year of Linux" quite a while ago. I've been implementing Linux based services in every company I've worked for in the last 10-12 years.

more than 4 years ago
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2009, Year of the Linux Delusion

ivanmarsh Re:Wanna Know Why Linux Lacks? (696 comments)

...and then look at any two versions of Windows and realize they have the same problem or worse.

You lost me at command line... anyone who's using the command line isn't going to be the average know nothing that refuses to learn what they need to do.

Linux is at least POSIX... all my Linux knowledge translates to Solaris, BSD, AIX, HP-UX, etc...

The whole issue is pretty stupid anyway. The average user doesn't need a computer... they need an appliance that they don't have to worry about.

At some point the game console people are going to realize that they should be taking all the profits away from the personal computer industry.

Game machine that does e-mail, browsing, basic produtivity/office operations, plays music/DVDs and we're done. AFAIK the PS/3 and XBOX already do a lot of that.

more than 4 years ago
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Monty Python Banks On the Long Tail Via YouTube

ivanmarsh Re:They 'get it' - but today's audience does not. (222 comments)

Let's see...

"They are putting all their clips (including snips from their movies) up in a decent resolution, with the only caveat being a link to buying the movies and TV episodes from Amazon."

"Oh noes! A LINK! To a site where you have to -pay- for the content! Well that's just unacceptable! *rips the flv and re-uploads with an account.. WITHOUT THE EVIL LINK."

I think you're are being a bit ridicluous.

more than 5 years ago

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