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Certificate Expiry Leads to Total Outage For Microsoft Azure Secured Storage

ixnaay MS cloud services have been good to me (176 comments)

I probably need to find another website to chime in on my opinion on the subject (confirmation bias anyone?) but after working with skydrive (consumer cloud storage) and MS office 2013 (not the 365 subscription one, I can't address that). The pretty much seamless integration between the two, with native app support on a few platforms I use frequently (android, iOS, windows) as well as a pretty solid web based version of office for many other situations has been great for me. I haven't had any down time (probably happened - didn't affect me yet). Since it automatically syncs to local storage on as many platforms as you want, a dropout (short-term) wouldn't hurt too bad.

There are some downsides - only basic file system usage on Linux - can mount it R/W but that's about it. I spend about half my time doing tech work in the Linux world and the other half doing reporting, analysis, power point engineering and other administrative work in the windows world. I suggest anyone with a similar mix (or more slanted towards windows) give it shot. For much of my work none of the cloud services are secure enough for usage, so there are some limitations. I was using Google for these activities, and for me MS is the clear winner on this type of service.

So don't focus completely on the bad news with a dropout on a MS cloud service, and open your eyes a bit on their other progress on the user experience with consumer cloud services. You might be surprised. Or you might have your mind made up before you do.

I'm not a shill, I like all OSes from Windows to VxWorks - they ALL have their uses in the right environments depending on your needs.You may note I didn't crap on any of them.

about a year and a half ago

What Are the Unwritten Rules of Deleting Code?

ixnaay Re:How can ... (384 comments)

I need a moderation option for 'good points, but excessive dickishness' Anyways, I do pretty much exactly the same as you do; although in the firmware world.

about a year and a half ago

BP and Three Executives Facing Criminal Charges Over Oil Spill

ixnaay Re:Corporations are people (238 comments)

First time I've seen compounded "That is to say's" in the wild.

about 2 years ago

The Internet Archive Has Saved Over 10,000,000,000,000,000 Bytes of the Web

ixnaay Re:Future Generations (135 comments)

The First Council of the Druids will find a way to recover the data.

about 2 years ago

New Study Shows Universe Still Expanding On Schedule

ixnaay Obligatory Spelling Comment (173 comments)

Not to be pedantic, but that is an impressive way to misspell 'messureents'.

about 2 years ago

Peter Jackson Announces Third Hobbit Movie

ixnaay Internet contrarianism is so much fun.... (303 comments)

Some options for all the knee-jerk complainers (pick the one that fits):

1. Don't watch any of them.
2. Wait until they are all out on blu-ray; then watch them (see Misagon's post)
3. Peter Jackson (and co.) can make as many movies as they want with the IP they 'own'. Get over it. See tip #1.
4. If you want a different story told, write some fan-fic. Otherwise either enjoy his vision, or go to tip #1

I guessing I'm whining now too; it's contagious.

I'll watch them when they are released - I enjoyed his interpretation of the LOTR books, and I expect to enjoy the Hobbit movies as well. If not, then that's a bummer; not psychotic nerd-rage inducement.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Stepping Down From an Office Server To NAS-Only?

ixnaay Re:NAS (227 comments)

What does NAS stand for in this context? The only NAS that I know is Naval Air Station.

more than 2 years ago

The Shortage of Women In IT

ixnaay Re:Quota system = degradation of standard (697 comments)

Little bit of hyperbole there - IT systems are absolutely critical in many ways, but I think you might want to consider other areas where inferior quality introduced by quota systems could be more or at least as harmful: Infrastructure design / construction, military contractors, nuclear site security, etc.

Just a nitpick; I agree with you in general. This is a situation where the policy may be well meaning, but it needs an exit ramp for situations where it is not applicable - first pass being qualifications, second pass being quota based; final choice then based on full project criteria - Obviously if there are insufficient qualified companies / individuals, the related quota must be irrelevant.

more than 2 years ago

Disentangling Facts From Fantasy In the World of Edison and Tesla

ixnaay Re:Irrefutable fact (386 comments)

Archer > Janeway > Kirk > Picard. Somebody had to state the painful truth.

more than 2 years ago

Egg-laying, Not Environment, May Explain the Size and Downfall of Dinosaurs

ixnaay Re:God is an idiot. (123 comments)

I followed your link, and read the following, which is incredibly depressing:

When asked for their views on the origin and development of human beings, between 40% and 50% of adults in the United States say they share the beliefs of young Earth creationism, depending on the poll. The percentage of believers decreases as the level of education increases—only 22% of respondents with postgraduate degrees believed compared with 47% of those with a high school education or less.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: A Cheap, DIY Home Security and Surveillance System?

ixnaay Re:Reputation (508 comments)

If you aren't in Texas, I would be a bit worried about this being looked at as a 'booby trap' as opposed to a honey pot. If the barrel is solder filled, and it's not obvious to the thief, the first time they try to fire that gun - bye bye hand / arm / face. This assumes that you hid the solder 'work' sufficiently that the thief would even bother to take it.

Not saying I disagree with you though - good thinking!

more than 2 years ago

NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

ixnaay Re:Garmin lobbyists (516 comments)

Having driven on rural roads in Nevada, I would hope you don't need a GPS for help - i.e. take next left turn in 115 miles. First business on left (28 miles).

more than 2 years ago

Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

ixnaay Re:so it was hot for a few days in March? (618 comments)

I'm flying out for a 2 week vacation in April, I'm assuming we will get a season's worth of snow the day of the flight as well. (New Hampshire - only real snow this year was just before Halloween).

more than 2 years ago

Heartland Institute Threatens To Sue Anyone Who Comments On Leaked Documents

ixnaay Re:Here iz me commenting on ur leaked docz. (517 comments)

I would have modded this up, but I am terrified that could possibly be construed as a 'comment' by our Heartland masters.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Life After Software Development?

ixnaay Re:Find your passion (416 comments)

I've been struggling with the same issue and what I did is oddly similar to you - my well paying job has become a nightmare of incompetent management and soul-sucking grinds.

Looking for a change, I found a new passion for (substance abuse).

more than 2 years ago

Legislation For 18+ Games Hits Australian Parliament

ixnaay Re:Also a win for those wanting stricter limits (45 comments)

There is a ton of effort going on to prove that P != NP ... I think you may be coming at this problem from just an odd enough perspective to finally solve it.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Patents Bad Neighborhood Detection

ixnaay Re:Another stupid patent (317 comments)

Newton? You might want to check up on that.

more than 2 years ago

Ohm's Law Survives To the Atomic Level

ixnaay Re:Just a rant (104 comments)

The chart you referenced has a logarithmic y-axis; a 'straight' line in logarithmic space is not linear; it's exponential. Try plotting the same data with a linear y-axis.

more than 2 years ago

Sony Sued Over PSN 'No Suing' Provision

ixnaay Re:EULAs (384 comments)

I'm sure it's not, but this really looks like you responding to yourself with an anonymous sock-puppet. Just saying. Please continue with the rational discourse.

more than 2 years ago


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