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OS X Lion Ships With Faulty NVidia Drivers

polaris20 Re:In this thread...... (284 comments)

I was under the impression that the article's hyperbole was understood, but technically you're correct.

more than 3 years ago
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OS X Lion Ships With Faulty NVidia Drivers

polaris20 Re:In this thread...... (284 comments)

My point is people chiming in with just one machine is irrelevant as a yard stick for the problem, whether they're experiencing the problem or not.

more than 3 years ago
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OS X Lion Ships With Faulty NVidia Drivers

polaris20 Re:Faulty specs? (284 comments)

Then why did these machines work perfectly fine under previous versions of the OS?

more than 3 years ago
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OS X Lion Ships With Faulty NVidia Drivers

polaris20 In this thread...... (284 comments)

anecdotal evidence of single experiences are given as credible information. One laptop != significant indication of reliability, or lack there of. We've got a couple nVidia-equipped machines that are working fine too, but that doesn't mean there isn't a problem, despite my vast Lion user base of four users currently testing the OS.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu Switches To OpenStack For Cloud

polaris20 Re:Ubuntu (55 comments)

You are using of course LTS for your servers, right? Because otherwise it would be stupid... So, is 3 years support not enough for you?

Actually, Ubuntu LTS server is five years. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(operating_system) In fact, 6.06LTS server support is just wrapping up this June. Desktop versions of LTS are three years.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

polaris20 I don't don't know about other IT departments, but (1307 comments)

My current IT department, in addition to every IT department I've worked with in the last ten years, would be pretty damn pissed that you took it upon yourself to set up your own server and stick it on a network we're responsible for, to the point of our jobs being on the line. So yeah, give them the password. Then explain to the accounting department and purchasing department why you didn't go through the proper channels there, either.

more than 3 years ago
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Today Is Record Store Day 2011

polaris20 Re:I really miss record stores and (small) booksto (108 comments)

Yeah, I agree. It's kinda like that with musical instrument stores. I'm a guitar player too, so inevitably I find myself browsing the online sites, or going to Guitar Center or whatever. But nothing beats going into a small family-owned shop and talking to some guy who really loves music, loves playing guitars, and doesn't pull the "used car salesman" BS like the big box stores do.

more than 3 years ago
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Today Is Record Store Day 2011

polaris20 I really miss record stores and (small) bookstores (108 comments)

I really miss the one shop record stores, even as they transitioned from vinyl to CD. There's just something about flipping through the disks, looking at the covers, checking out all the knicknack crap they'd have, T-Shirts, posters, etc. For bookstores (not the mega stores) it was always awesome to go through their collections, grab a paperback and a magazine, and then go grab a cup of coffee. Borders and B&N commercialized and neutered that experience, and Amazon obliterated it. I guess it's our own fault though; the public's continued demand for speed and convenience seems to always outweigh the experience. Like comparing a nice train ride to a flight. I'm really not that old, honest. ;)

more than 3 years ago
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LHC, CERN Has Found the Hugs Boson

polaris20 Am I the only one (86 comments)

who doesn't find April's Day joke articles all that funny anymore? They remind me of the Super Bowl ads......formerly funny, now just tired. The Thinkgeek.com fake products are good today. I totally want the Angry Birds pork rinds.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Remove Samba From OS X 10.7 Because of GPLv3

polaris20 Re:GPL is the problem (1075 comments)

What an extraordinary rebuttal.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Asks Security Experts To Examine OS X Lion

polaris20 Re:Am I reading this correctly? (417 comments)

Apologies, I didn't mean to suggest that safer means less secure. Obviously the two aren't always hand in hand. And a bullet proof vest probably is a bad analogy; how about wearing a vest made of aluminum cans? I kid, I kid. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Asks Security Experts To Examine OS X Lion

polaris20 Re:The opposite??? (417 comments)

Hard to say. What's worse, smugly saying "My computer just works, and it's totally safe" or "I can build a more powerful PC for half as much as your shiny Mac!". I guess we're all douchebags. Since I use both, I guess that makes me a confused douchebag. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Asks Security Experts To Examine OS X Lion

polaris20 Re:The opposite??? (417 comments)

Just because it's not widespread doesn't mean it doesn't exist. I don't see the harm in exercising a little caution and common sense when downloading and installing apps, even on OS X.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Asks Security Experts To Examine OS X Lion

polaris20 Re:The opposite??? (417 comments)

There are no viruses in the wild for OS X. There are, however, Trojans in the wild. Not the same thing. However Apple users by and large are quite arrogant and care-free about the security of their OS, and IMO are just asking for it. BTW, you can easily run OS X in a non-admin account without issue, which is more than can be said for Windows 7, which is irritating as all hell unless you run as an admin. At least OS X has that going for it.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Asks Security Experts To Examine OS X Lion

polaris20 Re:Am I reading this correctly? (417 comments)

The wording is indeed poor. Charlie Miller (made famous by Pwn2Own, hacking OS X and iOS) has stated several times that OS X is not more secure than Windows, it is safer. Safer != Secure. He goes on to say he prefers OS X, and still recommends it over Windows. Would you rather be the guy wearing a bullet proof vest running into gun fire, or the guy wearing just a T-shirt, but not even in the same county? Until OS X reaches a level of market penetration that Windows has, it'll continue to be less attractive to hackers for profit. Sorry OS X users (myself included): our OS isn't the most secure out there. Security by obscurity isn't security.

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II

polaris20 Re:Great! Another device they won't update... (161 comments)

buying a device for future (and in sony's case current) functionality is stupid, and has always been stupid in the world of technology.

Sure, the expected 2.2 update was an argument for picking up my current HTC (and they actually did update), but i would have been satisfied with the device with 2.1 loaded just fine.

when you buy a device, buy it based on the current specs/features and be happy with it, anything else is just gravy

I see your point, but I respectfully disagree. These aren't just simple consumer electronics. They are mini computers that store a lot of personal information in many cases. There are a lot of security holes that Google has been either slow to patch, or not at all in earlier versions. If these vendors don't release updated versions of the software, they're leaving their customers at a risk. It's not just about features. Not only that, but Apple has been fairly decent about giving a fair life to its devices. My 1st gen iPod touch went through three major OSes and several point releases. My iPad is already on its second. Imagine if you bought a computer because "you were happy with it when you bought it" but couldn't upgrade past the current OS. You may think that's not a fair comparison, but as these devices get more advanced, it's definitely becoming a fair comparison. That being said, Apple is certainly not perfect either. I had to jailbreak my iPod touch because Apple not only refused to allow me to update to 4.0, they didn't patch 3.1.3 which contained a fairly serious PDF vulnerability. Luckily with the jailbreak, I could patch that, and it continues to be a great device 3.5 years after buying it.

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II

polaris20 Re:Great! Another device they won't update... (161 comments)

I agree. Android is great, but Samsung is definitely not the company you want to pick for devices. Will the Galaxy Tab ever get the 3.0 update? Probably not. Will it even get 2.3? Probably not. Nice $600 device.

more than 3 years ago
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The Matrix Re-Reloaded

polaris20 Re:No. (640 comments)

Somebody mod this guy up. Walken as the Architect? Doesn't. Get. Any. Better.

more than 3 years ago
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Should Employees Buy Their Own Computers?

polaris20 Re:Good for everybody but the IT guy? (498 comments)

I am working on a first generation Intel dual core, 2 GB of RAM and Windows XP. I am expected to run Virtual Box with about 2 VMs and up to 2-3 instances of Visual Studio. While this is work, it's a pain in the ass to work on a shitty machine like this. I would love to be able to work on my laptop that is light years ahead of this piece of shit, performance wise. Of course, IT doesn't want it. Not everyone is lucky to work on machines that can get the job done.

Thank you for your anecdotal evidence containing a sob story. It's been noted. Signed, The IT Staff

more than 3 years ago
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Can Windows, OS X and Fedora All Work Together?

polaris20 Re:Why? (375 comments)

Oh, my opinion is BS, but yours is valid? LOL typical Slashdotter mentality. The godawful ribbon makes far more sense to the several hundred users I support than 2003 or 2007 ever did, and some of these people struggle with remembering how to tie their shoes. As for good luck reading it outside Outlook, I must be a lucky man, because mail from it read in Apple Mail, iPad, iPhone, Android mail client, GMail web client, Evolution, and Thunderbird all look fine. Maybe your interwebz is broken?

more than 3 years ago

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