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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

mpe Re:TCO (146 comments)

"the world runs windows?" have you ever entered in a real server room? do you know google, facebook, yahoo, rackspace and every other "big player" on internet?

Even if they just ment "on the desktop" Do they mean Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 ? (Not even considering the various sub versions of these.) There might even be some Win95, Win98, WinME, NT4, Windows 2000 still around. Commercial companies can be very reluctant to spend money "fixing" something which isn't "broken".

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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

mpe Re:TCO (146 comments)

Because shit won't break trying to upgrade from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008?

How about from Windows 2008 to Windows 2008 R2 :)

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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

mpe Re:TCO (146 comments)

For maintaining a farm of identical servers, I agree with you completely. For maintaining Grandma's desktop remotely, I agree with you completely. But for maintaining an enterprise desktop environment, Microsoft simply has the best tools for the job. Linux AD-via-Samba quite simply doesn't even come close for the convenience of centralized GP maintenance, and has aothing anywhere near the convenience of drag-and-drop group-based software installation (though Linux does have non-stock application deployment packages available, like Puppet, that partially fill that last point). Linux has nothing even remotely like (W)SUS. And those two alone count as complete showstoppers when it comes to minimizing the number of people required to maintain a large network.

On the other hand Windows dosn't have anything like apt :) or the ability to replace major sections of the system without rebooting.
The whole idea of "deploying" applications is very much a "Windows way of doing things" too. In many cases even Windows applications can run from networked drives.
There's also the Windows profile mechanism, with it's half baked writeback caching, which makes no sense at all in many situations.

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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

mpe Re:TCO (146 comments)

My experience is the opposite of yours with installing Windows/Linux. I've found that ghosting Windows installs requires that the hardware be virtually identical. Having a different disk controller, or switching between ATA and AHCI modes usually causes blue screens and failure to boot.

My experience is that it's Windows which is a lot more fussy about hardware and imaging that Linux. This having been the case for at least 15 years. Even to the point of Windows wanting reinstall drivers when a USB device changes which USB port it is plugged into.

Any modern Linux distro, however can quite happily run even by putting the installed hard disk into a completely different machine.

Ironically it's fairly recent additions to Linux, such as UDEV "persistant-rules" and using disk UUIDs which can make this more complex than it was in the past.

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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

mpe Re: TCO (146 comments)

I support a university campus and I'm tired (not really, but it gets boring) of being asked for copies of university software by students for whom there is no licenced copy available. The reason? The teacher will be accostumed to using that software and doesn't even consider changing to another.

Both the students and the teachers don't understand how software licencing works. Ironically OSS can easily be used the way they want.

Mind you, I'm not even talking about changing to Linux or some open source program. I'm talking about students (teachers too) persistently asking for Windows XP-compatible software to be installed in their Windows 8 computers when we aren't allowed to do it and asking for us to help them when the magically appearing copy of our licenced software doesn't work with their computers' Windows 7 or 8

Even if a piece OSS written for Windows XP refuses to run/install under Windows 7/8 there are several possible ways to fix this. Whereas with proprietary software you are utterly at the "mercy" of the vendor. They may have gone out of businessor only want to sell a much later version.

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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

mpe Re:TCO (146 comments)

Some time ago someone built their business practices around the tools that were available on the platform they chose at the time. If they choose a new platform there should be an expectation of flexibility in the business practices to match the new platform. It doesn't matter which direction you go or what you're changing. It will never be 100% the same as the old solution.

That's true even if you "stick with" Microsoft. With many organisations just recently having undergone a very complex and painful migration from Windows XP (plus Office 2003) to Windows 7/8 (plus Office 2010/2013).
With the irony that a change to Ubuntu (plus LibreOffice) may have been less of a shock to the end users.

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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

mpe Re:TCO (146 comments)

From my experience you need less Linux sysadmins to begin with. Its easier to do remote admin.

Also whilst there might be plenty of MSCEs highly skilled Windows sysadmins are hard to find. (They might even be the same people as Linux sysadmins...) There's also a certain irony in "Power Shell" becoming an important Windows admin tool.

So the TCO numbers Microsoft claims are usually bullshit.

TCO numbers are generally political bovine excrement. It dosn't matter if they are applied to computer software, electricity generation or whatever. Usually trick is to ignore some of costs associated with the "right" choice.

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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

mpe Re:Not everything that shines is gold... (146 comments)

I wonder how much influence the absence of Valencian Catalan support in Windows but availability of support for at least large parts of Linux systems influenced the adoption of this system (Windows can apparently be made to display some of its UI in Catalan, but the translation is incomplete, and the local Valencian dialect of the language is entirely unsupported).

You also see something similar with the "English" version of Microsoft Windows. With only US specific spellings being used whatever the location is set to...

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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

mpe Re:Laziness (140 comments)

The problem is worse on Android than on many other platforms because there are very few native shared libraries exposed to developer and there is no sensible mechanism for updating them all. If there's a vulnerability in a library that a load of developers use, then you need 100% of those developers to update the library and ship new versions of their apps to be secure. For most other systems, core libraries are part of a system update and so can be fixed centrally.

It used to be very common with MS Windows for libraries to be bundled with applications. A situation called "DLL hell". Which can be even worst when an application installer tries to update a "system" copy of the library.

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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

mpe Re:Laziness (140 comments)

Although you certainly have a point, the core problem is often that the documentation is poor.

A not uncommon problem being "solutions" which omit steps or assume that everyone knows how to find, what is in practice, an obscure option. Sometimes also having "boilerplate" which overexplains another part of the process.

Amazingly, security libraries are often in this category. Is there a really good writeup ANYWHERE about SSL, certificates and signing practices?

That would also have to include TLS, STARTTLS, how it can really be STARTSSL, etc. There's also the issue of what is actually part of the protocol and what is implimentation specific.

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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

mpe Re:Laziness (140 comments)

Case in point, there's a scary big number of posts from people telling developers how to turn off SSL chain validation so that they can use self-signed certs, and a scary small number of posts reminding developers that they'd better not even think about shipping it without removing that code, and bordering on zero posts explaining how to replace the SSL chain validation with a proper check so that their app will actually be moderately secure with that self-signed cert even if it does ship. The result is that those ten thousand developers end up (statistically) finding the wrong way far more often than the right way.

There are also cases where using a self signed certificate is rather more secure than using a CA to. The whole CA idea having all sorts of problems.
Though the example is one of those where only someone who didn't understand how things worked would need to ask such a question in the first place.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

mpe Re:This is not a religious problem. (489 comments)

The hard-line Jewish extremists want to take over the whole of "Eretz Yisrael." They are not interested in subjugating the entire world.

They may or may not be interested in "subjugating the entire world", but they do appear to have managed to influence governments in many places. Such that it can be very important that a politican support "Israel". Sometimes even more so than the US, Germany, UK, Australia, etc.
How is this not a form of "subjugation"?

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

mpe Re:maybe (489 comments)

Personally, I consider it incredibly sad that of all the people on the planet, of all the countries and governments on this planet... Hell, if there was ONE people, one government, one country that should KNOW for a fact that the whole crap doesn't work out and that it can only lead to destruction...

It wouldn't be the first time that an "oppressed people" turn out to be just as bad themselves given the opportunity.
However politically correct the question might be it needs to be asked why should one group of people seem to find themselves at odds with many other groups of people.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

mpe Re:maybe (489 comments)

Israel did nothing like that. The land was given to them by the UN.

The land wasn't the UN's to give, to ANYONE, in the first place. Even if it had been "Israel" dosn't currently follow the "partition plan" either.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

mpe Re:Scale and proportion. (489 comments)

More like....lies repeated by those who are useful fools at best and racists at worst. The storyline put forth goes like so: this all started when Hamas kidnapped three teenagers and then killed them in June. Israel launched a search and rescue mission, and Hamas responded by firing rockets.

The Israeli line is now "Everything is the fault of Hamas.", it used to be "Everything is the fault of the PLO."

Despite being pretty damned sure they were all dead - you can hear gunshots over one of the teens cell phones and the car was soon found full of blood and bullet casings - they spent weeks arresting Palestinians and bulldozing homes in Gaza for a kidnapping in the West Bank even after the Palestinian Authority was helping search for the missing teens.

Similarly you have israeli claims that Hamas was firing missiles from Lebanon. Something which is incredibly unlikely for several reasons.

And even Israeli outlets admit that rockets were only fired in response to IDF attacks:

The Israeli press often seems more likely to give an accurate account of what's actually going on. A similiar "oddity" is that the Israeli government often gets more united support from foreign government bodies, most notably the US Congress, than from the Kenesset.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

mpe Re:Scale and proportion. (489 comments)

That "handful of pesky terrorists" happen to be the elected Palestinian government. This is what happens when people elect terror organizations as their representatives...

Yet, interesting, that argument does not get applied to Likud. In another part of the world Sinn Féin is now treated as a regular politican party by London and Dublin.
As with the term "terrorist" itself acceptance of political parties founded by terrorists is highly political.

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

mpe Re:Should Hate be left alone? (489 comments)

The problem is that the moment you don't blindly side with Israelis you are labeled as racist nazi sympathizer.

Ignoring the irony of some of the things which IDF officers have come out with.
Actually the usual retoric is along the lines that "Zionism" is the same thing as "Judeism". A non "Jew" is "anti-semitic" for saying anything against Israel. A "Jew" who does is "self hating".

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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

mpe Re:Should Hate be left alone? (489 comments)

The problem with most of these comments is that they are vile and hate-filled toward not just a country, but an entire religion.

There dosn't appear to be any way to independently verify what proportion of comments might be being "blocked", "removed", "moderated", etc from a blog attached to a French newspaper. Never mind what the content of such comments may or may not actually be.

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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

mpe Re:Great... (534 comments)

The civilian plane would have a radar transponder that said "Hi, I am Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17".

That's if you send the plane a MODE-S interrogation. Otherwise all you will get is altitude, MODE-3A and a 12 bit number, MODE-3C.
Since the rebels had no planes of their own and apparently assumed that the area was closed to civilian traffic they may have completly ignored SSR returns.
Working out what is being targeted turns out to be the hardest part of operating such a SAM system. Especially if all you have is the TEL... Even with the additional radar and control room the system is likely to be far more less sophisticated than a Ticonderoga-class cruiser.

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Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

mpe Re:Status quo vs The Future (289 comments)

Renewable energy and "sustainable transportation" were largely tried in the 19th century and abandoned because they were too limiting.

Wind power is considerably older than that. It's actually considered to be the first form of non muscle based power used by himans.
Also "renewable" and "sustainable" have reached the point of being politcial "weasel words" more often that sensible descriptions.

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