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Sharing Electronic Schematics

mmclean Re:Why oh why (70 comments)

If you give “third parties” some advertising revenue they will create jobs.

about 3 years ago

Using Facial Recognition To Find the Best Bar

mmclean Re:Facial recognition is useless. (136 comments)

genital recognition

Isn't that the exact problem that solves?

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu: Where Did the Love Go?

mmclean Re:what? (778 comments)

This is maybe the first time ever that the word blogosphere would have improved a sentence.

more than 3 years ago

'Cellphone Effect' Could Skew Polling Predictions

mmclean Re:Lopsided summary... (836 comments)

FWIW, Nate has remained pretty much "himself" since the Times acquisition and his section of the NYT website has it's own RSS feed.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Drops Windows 7 E Editions

mmclean Re:I would want to choke someone if it was random (423 comments)

Deployment services are good beyond lab and simple environments. In fact, the job of a computer support "professional" would include using the correct deployment tool / service based on his/her needs. As to different defaults, the "professional" job is to provide a sane, baseline, set of defaults, not to dictate to everyone what they want. A professional (yes, I've given up on quoting the word) won't skip or abandon a cost-saving, time-saving, deployment process because some users want their family pictures as the desktop background will some users want their dog's pictures. Similarly a professional won't give up on a deployment process and resort to manual installs because different people want different defaults. The professional will pick the sane, standard baseline; deploy that baseline efficiently; and handle the exceptions and true customizations via a) training or b) manual work after a bulk deployment. A professional will not accept sitting in front of the Windows (or any OS, really) installer dozens of times a week.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Drops Windows 7 E Editions

mmclean Re:I would want to choke someone if it was random (423 comments)

Can you really call yourself a computer support "professional" if you are doing a LOT of Windows installs? There are these concepts called disk imaging and Windows Deployment Services (and a host of others, google is your friend) that are far more time-efficient and computer technician efficient than "a LOT of Windows installs". Might I suggest that the proper use of these tools is what distinguishes a professional from a monkey pushing the buttons in response to the visual stimuli.

more than 4 years ago

The Technology of Neuromancer After 25 Years

mmclean Re:I didn't think it was that good (203 comments)

I read it for the first time only recently (I know, turn in my geek card, etc.). In the harsh light of the real future, the book doesn't even begin to hold up. Even trying to mentally adjust for the fact that I was reading it late, I couldn't get into it much. It took me an obnoxiously long, slow time to read, with continual questions to myself along the way; "why am I reading this," "Why is it considered so good," etc.

about 5 years ago

An Experiment In BlackBerry Development

mmclean Re:Blackberry's problem (207 comments)

The author does a good job explaining it if anyone would care to RTFA.

You must be new here.

more than 5 years ago

Comcast To Bring IPv6 To Residential US In 2010

mmclean Re:Proud to be a Comcast customer? (281 comments)

Not the original poster, but ....

I hate to say it, but I agree. As bad as all the trash talking on Comcast is, I've never had a problem. Setup was easy. The 15-20 minute call to swap out my modem for a $15 one I found at a thrift store was straight forward and easy.

Don't you consider having to make that phone call in the first place a problem?

Nope, not in the slightest. I would expect to have to call to initialize service - as I do for cell phones, pizza delivery, etc.

How about their "support tools" are IE based that won't work in any browser on any platform?

Never need to use them, never bothered installing them. I've seen from someone else's connection what they are and it's nothing I can't do on my own without them (ping, traceroute, search help files, etc.). Those Comcast tools exist for the non-Slashdot crowd.

And my current issue with Comcast right now is being in California and Comast routing the IP network cross country to New Jersey at 1/4 the bandwidth I had when they were routing through San Francisco.

My Jacksonville connection routes through Atlanta, my NJ connection yrs ago routed through somewhere in NY/NJ IIRC. My bandwidth has been fine in both places.

Looking forward to IP6 also (though I'll have to get rid of my $100 cheap router for a "real" one)

more than 5 years ago

Computers Key To Air France Crash

mmclean Re:Irresponsible headline, summary (911 comments)

Well Airbus flight control systems are Windows Mobile, so a "should have used linux" is not out of the question.

more than 5 years ago

What Free IDE Do You Use?

mmclean Re:I use a magnetized pin (1055 comments)

XKCD isn't half as funny with just the image and not the ALT-text.

Real programmers set the universal constants at the start such that the universe evolves to contain the disk with the data they want.

more than 5 years ago

FMRI Shows Man Loves Wife More Than Angelina Jolie

mmclean Re:So which celebrity does he prefer? (347 comments)

Not true. Many slashdotter wives are "deeply beautiful". ...

You thought there was gonna be a joke here, but you're wrong. I know for sure that there's at least one slashdot user with a gorgeous wife (hi, honey).

You were doing excellently to this point

[note to young guys: this is how you manage to still get oral on a regular basis after 20 years' marriage]

But this is your rookie mistake, you can't let her know that you know. I learned that in year 5 (of 14 now).

more than 5 years ago

Facebook Cuts Off Pirate Bay Links

mmclean Re:They haven't ended the relationship... (137 comments)

try putting in your host file [] or setting you DNS server setting to and then going to []

Wow, they've really made SSL easy. All I have to do is over-ride DNS settings (as you stated) and I automatically get SSL and all sniffing averted. Awesome. I guess I really am behind on this inner tubs stuff. Yeah, right ... again ... I now award you a "you fail at failing teh inner tubes".

more than 5 years ago

Facebook Cuts Off Pirate Bay Links

mmclean Re:They haven't ended the relationship... (137 comments)

And just how does a non-resolving reverse IP prevent detection by a Deep Packet inspection toy? I know networking isn't my IT areas of expertise, but maybe I'm missing something here ? Yeah, didn't think so. I award scientus one "you fail at teh inner tubes".

more than 5 years ago

Irish Domain Registry Banning Adult Domains

mmclean Re:Not so big an issue (222 comments)

Slippery Slope arguements are fallacy's. There is no proof that one step forward equates the same thing as ensuring that someone is going to go the full nine yards, or even that if they were, they'd end up where you want to paint them as going.

The issue here though is that the discussion is centering around governments, laws, and lawmaking. Laws and lawmaking are based on precedent, which is just another way of saying they are based on slippery slope. Governments also are based on slippery slope using a small step (or removal of a small civil liberty) to justify and implement the next not-so-small step.

more than 5 years ago

Ballmer Scorns Apple As a $500 Logo

mmclean Re:and with that same philosophy (1147 comments)

No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful. ... I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. ... This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping ... I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older verison of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them...

more than 5 years ago

Norton Users Worried By PIFTS.exe, Stonewalling By Symantec

mmclean Re:Don't worry. (685 comments)

Nine scariest words in the English language? "I'm from the Symantec and I'm here to help"

more than 5 years ago

Bill Would Require ISPs, Wi-Fi Users To Keep Logs

mmclean Re:Just how much use is..... (857 comments)

What next - everyone must register the MAC addresses of all their network kit and sanctions if you change it ?

Hush now, you'll give them ideas!

more than 5 years ago


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