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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

jfdavis668 Re:Are the sites you want to visit ready? (247 comments)

I don't want to visit sites. Our users visit our site. IPv6 can be tunneled through IPv4, if the ISPs support it. IPv4 can be tunneled through IPv6. You can start the conversion in many places, and support the rest until the transition is done.

about a week ago
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The IPv4 Internet Hiccups

jfdavis668 Yes, Please (247 comments)

We changed all our systems over time to handle this great IPv6 change, and haven't used IPv6 yet. Our service provider doesn't even offer it. Come on, some of us are more than ready. We will probably have failures, because it hasn't been truly tested, but we are far more ready than we were for Y2K.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

jfdavis668 Re:Politicians - Ignorant, Stupid, or Conmen? (391 comments)

and NASA gave up on the LEO mission, and decided to contract it out. Spacex is much farther along on that mission than anyone else.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

jfdavis668 Re:Su-35 (391 comments)

The Su35 is an obsolete design. It may be new, but it is based on a very old aircraft design. It would be like saying that the F15E is state of the art. And, the Su35 is so great that no one but the Russians even want it. And the Russians only have 34. There are about 150 F35s completed or being finished.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

jfdavis668 Re:Not So Fast... (391 comments)

But, it was NASA who wouldn't let them deploy it, due to safety limits placed on ISS support missions. The company who contracted them to launch the satellite knew that was a possibility before the launch, and were willing to take the risk. They gambled on getting a discount on the launch, and the risk didn't pay off. That isn't Spacex' fault. The Falcon 9 could have done both, but doing so would have violated NASA's huge safety margin.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

jfdavis668 Re:Not So Fast... (391 comments)

Um, what satellite has Spacex blown up? They had 3 test failures of the Falcon 1, which is retired. The Falcon 9 has yet to fail. That's a better record than anyone else.

about a week ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

jfdavis668 Re:You don't say.... (391 comments)

If the F35 is obsolete, all other aircraft in the world are also. To make an aircraft which is not already obsolete requires trillions of dollars. No one has come up with a way to build a war winning aircraft which is not complicated and expensive.

about a week ago
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Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

jfdavis668 Re:Big Challenge (135 comments)

The Chinese will be able to hack us 100 times faster.

about two weeks ago
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Skype Reverses Decision To Drop OS X 10.5 Support, Retires Windows Phone 7 App

jfdavis668 Do they still support Windows 3.11? (99 comments)

I would hate to have to upgrade my system just to use Skype.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

jfdavis668 And I am reading this in IE 8 (138 comments)

We are so far behind. Still using IE 8 because our systems were developed for even older versions of the browser.

about two weeks ago
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Aaron's Law Is Doomed and the CFAA Is Still Broken

jfdavis668 Re:Oracle trying to protect trade secrets (134 comments)

Well, maybe if people stopped deciding who to vote for based on television commercials and put some actual thought into it we would get a more responsible government.

about two weeks ago
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T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

jfdavis668 Re:And T-mobiles software is terrible... (127 comments)

On my T-Mobile phone, a compass app and Weatherbug are the highest usage software. I removed the compass, and turn some features off on Weatherbug. I'm glad I checked.

about two weeks ago
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Getting Back To Coding

jfdavis668 Re:Tool complexity leads to learning the tool (240 comments)

Oh, they learn all right. I only fix what is necessary to correct a production problem. It then goes back to the programmer to figure out why it was wrong coming out of the IDE. If 2 servers are not communicating properly, I know where the code executes which does that communication. Once band-aided to work, the programmer goes back to make the permanent fix. This often means wandering through configuration panels and wizards to determine what was set to generate the problem code. Once we figure out how to fix it, we then deploy over the patch to create a proper deployment package. Again, we are learning the tool, not the code.

about three weeks ago
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Getting Back To Coding

jfdavis668 Tool complexity leads to learning the tool (240 comments)

I have an issue with my programmers when they know how to use the tool, but don't understand what they created. I overheard one group discussing a new system, and the one stated she didn't know where the code actually ran. No one in the group did. The Integrated Development Environment hid the details. No wonder people leave gaping security holes in systems if they don't understand how they work. I have really smart people who don't understand how the application server accesses the database. They just write code, and it works. They get used to figuring out how the tool works, not how the system works. If the tool is replaced, they are lost. If required, I'll go fix it in a text editor, because I understand what it's doing. I don't need an IDE to tell me. I know what information is flowing through the system, and how it does it. That way I can prevent inappropriate data from being exposed to outside users. IDE's are very useful to speed development, but you can't base your entire knowledge of programming on how to use a tool.

about three weeks ago
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Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

jfdavis668 Finally! (110 comments)

Microsoft will be forced to unbundle Internet Explorer from Windows 95!

about three weeks ago

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Eliminate Windows Drive Letters, the time has come

jfdavis668 jfdavis668 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jfdavis668 writes "Isn't it about time we eliminate Drive Letters from MS Windows? What other modern OS still saves A: and B: for floppy drives, and demands that the boot drive be C? Since the days of LAN Manager and its predecessors, drives could be accessed by \\ServerName\ShareName. I have been using drive letters since college, on VM/CMS and Bondwell CP/M machines, but that was almost 30 years ago. Isn't it about time we stop reserving A: for the floppy drive? We no longer need to save keystrokes by mapping names to drive letters. This may be too late for Windows 7, but needs to be eliminated in Windows 8."

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