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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

jader3rd Re:Surprise? (551 comments)

But locked-down CORPORATE-user friendly? HELL YEAH. Your IT department sets-up a computer with just 5 big bright icons on the desktop. These are the only applications you use for your job. You can't do anything else but launch these applications. It just keeps working like that 99.999% of the time. When something doesn't work, you call IT about it, move yourself to another computer and resume your work there. There is no way for any computer to possibly be more user-friendly than that. Linux does it, Windows doesn't.

Are you saying that Windows can't be locked down with a white list of only authorized programs?

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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

jader3rd Re:What a bunch of Wuss (551 comments)

These Germans. Cant follow through on anything. Fascism, Nazism, linux ..... No wonder they got their asses whooped by Americans. USA ... USA ... USA ...

Because American's are following through on Linux?

2 days ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

jader3rd Re:They are clueless... (229 comments)

Why not have the auto-reply end at the end of your normal business hours the previous work day? typically no one is expecting you to work then anyway and then on Monday morning before 9am they aren't still getting the auto-replies.

You can. Nothing is preventing you from doing that.

2 days ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

jader3rd No catching up? (229 comments)

So people who go on vacation aren't allowed to catch up when they get back? How about this; if you really want people to not check emails while away, disable their remote access. Turn off ActiveSync for that user, and don't allow them to VPN in.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

jader3rd Re:question: does IE support adblock and noscript? (413 comments)

I ask this as someone who hasn't touched it in many years: does it support adblock, noscript, ghostery, and httpseverywhere?

That depends upon how much you're worried about the functionality than the brand name. IE's plug-in model is different than Firefox and Chromes (which are, or at least started out, identical). So if you look up adblock's FAQ on IE, the author pretty much says he could write adblock for IE, but doesn't feel like it. So there are other ad blocking plugins for IE. I don't know about the others, but I'm sure the story is similar. But IE does have a feature called TrackingProtection which allows you to block anything you want that's coming from a third party website. Also, plugin's can be loaded on a whitelist per website basis. So you can accomplish all of the same functionality that those brand names give you, but by other means.

2 days ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

jader3rd Re:At this rate... (140 comments)

Privacy will be a thing of the past in no time. The only matter is when do we reach the point of no return.

Start living honest lives...

about a week ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

jader3rd Re:The kids first comment will be... (137 comments)

This isn't an ipad? Crap this sucks.

That would most likely be due to the fact that they can actually learn on them instead of just goofing off.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

jader3rd Computer Science != Software Engineering (637 comments)

There's a difference between software engineering and CS. Dealing with freeing memory pointers is SE, not CS.

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Docs Offer Win 8 Tip: FinFisher Spyware Can't Tap Skype's Metro App

jader3rd Re:Switch away from Skype and Windows (74 comments)

To start, you need a pre-boot scan. The occasional scan from a USB image would provide an integrity check: EFI settings (boot order), bootloader, kernel image, and initrd.

You mean like the Windows 8 UEFI Secure Boot?

about two weeks ago
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How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

jader3rd Re:Sorry, but... why? (180 comments)

Honestly, forcing computer programming on kids will have the same effect as forcing math on them.

You mean introducing it to them? Without school "forcing" topics on kids, many wouldn't know that those topics even existed.

about two weeks ago
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How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

jader3rd Re:Sorry, but... why? (180 comments)

Instead of getting more people interested in math, I predict it will wind up getting less people interested in CS.

I don't know if it would get more people interested in math, but it would help make math less foreign/absured to them.

about two weeks ago
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How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

jader3rd Re:Sorry, but... why? (180 comments)

For ordinary programming you don't need math. And certainly nothing beyond arithmetic.

Right, which is why it should be taught around the same time algebra is taught. Lots of children struggle with the transition to math that isn't all numbers. Having X's and Y's, and other variables takes a surprisingly long time to mentally figure out. But if they had a year of programming (which only involved arithmetic), when algebra would be taught, a lot of the hurdles would already be overcome because they relate the math they're being taught to their programming experiences.

about two weeks ago
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How Many Members of Congress Does It Take To Pass a $400MM CS Bill?

jader3rd Re:Sorry, but... why? (180 comments)

Sorry, I don't buy into all this "we need to get kids using computers and programming in grade school!" crap.

Why is it crap? For years many children have really struggled with why they are learning math (at least above arithmetic). Part of the problem is that they never see how it could possibly be applied to anything, ever. By teaching programming, math can begin to be applied to something; in a way that's not doing math for the sake of doing math. It's doing something, and it just so happens to use a lot of math theory. Learning CS will really strengthen many children's ability to do math, because they'll be doing something with the math, instead of math for the sake of math.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

jader3rd Get the concerns addresssed (190 comments)

Instead of fighting it, fix it.

about three weeks ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

jader3rd Yet Microsoft spies for the gov (502 comments)

As a reader of Slashdot, I know that Microsoft only exists for the sole purpose of spying on behalf of the US government. So I know that this story is pure fiction. I mean whoever made it up didn't even put much effort into good names; Brad Smith? Come on, that's so generic.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

jader3rd With less security your faster to market (348 comments)

If you don't run a firewall and you and your clients are the only one trying to connect to your server, then people see that running a firewall only interferes with things working. Meetings with management are really fun when they run along the lines of "We turned security on and things started breaking.", "Then turn off the security". So if no one is attacking you, you might make it to market faster with less resources than your competitors when only dealing with security after an incident.

about three weeks ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

jader3rd Re:Millionare panhandlers (200 comments)

A lot of the shelters are downright evil, though, especially the religious ones. A lot of them really push religion hard, and some of them won't help you if you don't spend an hour in church or whatever. Get 'em while they're vulnerable, then do just enough to make sure they receive your message.

From a cost-benefit point of view, is having your food and housing needs taken care of, in exchange for attending a one hour weekly meeting, really that bad? Many of us here try to go to 40 hours worth of meetings a week to cover our food and housing needs.

about three weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

jader3rd Re:Why? (753 comments)

not for society to make.

I'm pretty sure that the medium for transactions is a decision made by society. If society decided not to allow physical objects to represent legal tender, I don't think that you'd be able to make many financial transactions with the physical object of your choice.

about a month ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

jader3rd Re:Why? (753 comments)

Why would you ever want a cashless society? Cash is one option you have. Taking it out removes an option and therefore freedom.

So you can audit and authorize where it goes. I can't audit a guy stealing cash from my wallet.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

jader3rd No single points of failure (265 comments)

Are you talking about servers/services? If so, every service should have some sort of failover strategy to other hardware. That way anything you need to work on can be failed over during business hours and brought back.

about a month ago

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Microsoft and Ubisoft team up for Assassin's Creed demo that runs in the browser

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 3 months ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "Neowin reports:

Now, if you are a gaming fan, the collaboration Microsoft has worked on with Ubisoft might be the best yet. The two companies are bringing Assassin's Creed's Pirates demo to the browser. Besides the technical ability of showcasing a demo like this in your browser without having to download the game, Microsoft and Ubisoft are showing how you can begin to rethink the browser as an entirely new platform, and not simply a content navigation tool.

Compared to the previous iterations of these Microsoft demonstrations of IE’s capabilities, this one seems to bridge new boundaries with the gaming community. While Cut the Rope certainly dabbles towards the gaming genre, Assassin’s Creed type games are squarely aimed at the hardcore gaming community. While it may be a bit of a stretch, it’s typically this same crowd that loves to say that “IE is only good for downloading other browsers”, so this could be an olive branch offering to help convince the crowd that IE no longer is the crappy browser because of the IE6 legacy.

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Iwata isn't Nintendo's problem. It's Miyamoto

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 7 months ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes ""Satoru Iwata's job is on the line. You can tell that it is, because he's been forced to say that he's hanging on to it."
"But perhaps — to think the unthinkable — there is another famous figurehead at Nintendo who is holding the company back; a man regarded for decades as its most valuable asset. I'm talking about the legendary game designer, the creator of Mario, and general manager of the famed EAD development teams: Shigeru Miyamoto. Lately, he hasn't been doing his job so well."

"...consider this: every one of the brilliant games Nintendo released in 2013, it had made before in some form. 3D World might be a dazzling procession of little gameplay ideas, but big ideas have been noticeably absent from the company's output for years now — completely so on both 3DS and Wii U. Its slate is a catalogue of sequels and rehashes. Nintendo's last major new IP launch was Wii Sports, back in 2006.""
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Intrade shutdown hurts academics

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about a year and a half ago

jader3rd writes "Intrade, a popular Irish website that lets people bet on anything, has shutdown. In addition to be used by gamblers Intrade has been used by academics and pundits to track public sentiment. "... broad crowds have a lot of information and that markets are an effective way of aggregating that information,” says Justin Wolfers, “and they often turn out to be much better than experts.”"
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Your PC Just Crashed? Dont Blame Microsoft

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 2 years ago

jader3rd writes "Wired writes Your PC Just Crashed? Don’t Blame Microsoft
"Chipmakers work hard to make sure their products are tested and working properly before they ship, but they don’t like to talk about the fact that it can be a struggle to keep the chips working accurately over time. Since the late 1970s, the industry has known that obscure hardware problems could cause bits to flip inside microprocessor transistors. As transistors have shrunk in size, it’s become even easier for stray particles to bash into them and flip their state. Industry insiders call this the “soft error” problem, and it’s something that’s going to become more pronounced as we move to smaller and smaller transistors where even a single particle can do much more damage.""

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Lipitor makes way for generics

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "Lipitor was supposed to go off patent in March of 2010. That was extended to July of this year. Now it's Thursday, Dec. 1 — for real, this time. But what took so long?

In 2008 — three years before Lipitor was scheduled to go off patent — Pfizer made a deal with its generic challenger, the Indian company Ranbaxy. Deal was this: Pfizer would keep selling brand Lipitor for an extra five months, until December instead of July. Pfizer would essentially pay Ranbaxy to hold off. Telling them — 'don't be king just yet. We'll make it worth your while.'"

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EPA Partners with Federal Agencies to Track Japan

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd writes "In March 2011 the Japanese tsunami released debris estimated to be in the millions of tons into the Pacific Ocean. University of Hawaii scientists have developed computer models that predict debris from the tsunami could potentially reach Hawaii by March 2012 and the U.S. West Coast by March 2013."
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How Carriers Hamstring Your Smart Phone

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "By recruiting almost 400 volunteers to run an app on their phones that probes a carrier's networks, the team discovered, for example, that one of the four major U.S. carriers is slowing its network performance by up to 50 percent. They also found carrier policies that drained users' phone batteries at an accelerated rate, and security vulnerabilities that could leave devices open to complete takeover by hackers."
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