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VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

roc97007 Re:fork it? (242 comments)

And who exactly will comrpise the team that has the time and money to actively develop it?

Some organization without a vested interest in some other virtualization suite, I'm guessing.

12 hours ago
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

roc97007 artificial fear (275 comments)

> The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

Mass media over-sensationalism and fear mongering. People who have half a brain, or who don't listen to broadcast news, will be curious. The unwashed masses will be whipped into a frenzy. Looting, hoarding, a jump in suicides. The people will insist that Congress "do something". Congress will insist the military "take some action". Cue soundtrack by David Arnold.

12 hours ago
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VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

roc97007 fork it? (242 comments)

Wiki says that virtualbox is Gnu GPL2. If Oracle has abandoned, fork it?

yesterday
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

roc97007 Re:Service call? (253 comments)

I know there's SMART and other tools, but oddly enough, with offshore admins supposedly monitoring our equipment 24/7, I can still walk through our (fairly large) machine room and identify three or five warning lights that they did not know about. (I'm a "legacy" IT employee who still has access to the room.) Software alerts are important, but they're only as good as the people watching them. Even with an alert automatically spawning a trouble ticket, things can go bad if the ticket is dropped into a week-long queue, or even if it happens during local daylight hours and the offshore crew aren't coming online until 8:00 PM local time. Later, when the smoke clears, the offshore admins will insist they were just following process, and we'll just set things up to be knocked down again at a future date.

Secondly, you're right about IT making recommendations that are ignored by the pencil pushers. But in my opinion that's the CIO not doing his or her job.

yesterday
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FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed

roc97007 Re:The year of Linux? (168 comments)

Ouch. Good point.

yesterday
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FSF-Endorsed Libreboot X200 Laptop Comes With Intel's AMT Removed

roc97007 The year of Linux? (168 comments)

Are privacy and security issues the leverage that finally puts Linux in people's hands in significant numbers?"

(Are there enough people who *care* about these issues?)

yesterday
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US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

roc97007 Re:track record (290 comments)

Well I am surprised we don't have someone complaining and saying we should just by POTUS a bicycle yet.

Specifically.....

yesterday
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Proposed Disk Array With 99.999% Availablity For 4 Years, Sans Maintenance

roc97007 Service call? (253 comments)

A service call? Seriously? A syadmin (or operator if it's a big place) can't see the yellow light on a disk and replace the pack with in-house spares? Have we become so inept as an IT community that we can no longer do a walk-through of our machine room and service simple things like this? Maybe we do deserve to be outsourced.

And if one must have a service contract such that only the vendor can touch the hardware, (why would you do that? never mind) wouldn't you negotiate a provision that includes drive replacement (as drives are consumables that must eventually be replaced) without being charged for an "office visit"?

2 days ago
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How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

roc97007 Re:With a name like his (145 comments)

I've got it! The service is free to users because it's paid for by ad robocalls.

No, wait...

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

roc97007 Re:The problem is apps (297 comments)

> This has nothing to do with the RT not being able to run a plethora of Windows apps. It's a much more fundamental fail.

Upon re-reading that, I see I wasn't clear. I was trying to say that it's not the fault of the RT as a product, at all. It's entirely the lack of truly touch-centric content creation apps and a reasonable way to manipulate them. This is true on all touch platforms, and is the fundamental reason why they're largely used to watch Netflix and draw mustaches on blurry photos of kittens, not for serious work. Unless you add a keyboard and pointing device. Which defeats the point of having a tablet.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

roc97007 Re:The problem is apps (297 comments)

> the ones that exist are for consumption only

The irony is that the much reviled Surface RT tablets were an attempt to change that. It was pretty much full-on desktop Windows in a tablet format.

But that misses the point. The solution is not to make tablets more like laptops. That's just a bandaid. The solution is to develop apps that allowed people to do useful, creative things with touch only. The fact that the Surface exists, (a tablet that tries to also be a laptop so you have a better chance of being able to do something useful) is indicative of this basic fail.

Try to do power user things with Windows applications using only the touch screen. Beyond playing music, movies and checking mail, it's a pretty dismal experience. This is not the fault on the hardware. It's the fault of the software. This has nothing to do with the RT not being able to run a plethora of Windows apps. It's a much more fundamental fail.

Regrettably, the M$ of today can't find its own ass with both hands and a map, so naturally the Surface RT was horribly unattractive to consumers and failed.

Well, my own take on the Surface RT was that Microsoft spent what was actually a fairly small amount of their total operating budget on a product that allowed them to say that they had an entry in the ARM market, and to further muddy the waters in that market segment. I don't believe they were ever really committed to making the RT concept work.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

roc97007 The problem is apps (297 comments)

The reason tablets haven't replaced conventional computers is that there are few compelling apps that rely on touch, and the ones that exist are for consumption only. All those commercials we saw in the early days of people doing creative things with esoteric hand motions... yeah, that didn't happen. Not the fault of the hardware, I think, but because those touch-centric content creation apps never really materialized.

2 days ago
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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

roc97007 Re:3, 2, 1... (224 comments)

I have both flash and java turned off. It's really surprising how much faster web pages load without all those autoplay ads.

3 days ago
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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

roc97007 Re:But Steve Jobs said mean things about flash! (224 comments)

Anyone still want to bitch about the lack of flash support in iOS?

How's that android plug in working for you? Oooh. Right. The one the stopped supporting and distributing years ago.

Speaking for my wife, who bought a tablet specifically to play videos from various TV channel and sports websites, only to discover they all used flash, they've been really sucky years. Regular users don't know or care why, they just know that it doesn't work. And I have to listen to her complain about it.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

roc97007 hard disk (250 comments)

I don't trust any kind of cd/dvd/BR for archiving my stuff. I back up to hard drive, detached from the system when I'm not backing up, and I cycle the hardware every 1 - 2 years, because hard drives don't last forever either.

Hard drives are so cheap these days that backing up to traditional backup media just doesn't make any sense anymore.

3 days ago
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Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

roc97007 Re:circle jerk (180 comments)

Argh that came out all mangled. Should be:

No, it doesn't assume integrity. It works on the fact that Comcast pays more.

Seems to me that this only works if Comcast pays something now with the promise of more after the vote. -- which may be the case.

4 days ago
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Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

roc97007 Re:circle jerk (180 comments)

Companies like Comcast can rest assured that when their politicians are bought they stay bought!

Can they? "Staying bought" assumes some level of integrity, which leads one to a contradiction. It seems to me that if politicians can be bought at all, in all probability they can be bought multiple times.

4 days ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

roc97007 Re:Ouch! (158 comments)

I think you're right, they're at maximum heel. I wonder at what point the sails touch the water. Or has this already happened?

about a week ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

roc97007 Re:Bye Windows RT (158 comments)

> Despite all the bashing, Microsoft has done a decent job with server operating systems lately

Well, at least up until October 26, 2012. (Wow, was it really that long ago?)

about a week ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

roc97007 Re:Will they unlock? (158 comments)

> So if you will not be able to upgrade the OS and MS eventually stops providing updates to that OS will they at least release the keys to install something else?

No of course not. And the reason is, if you continue using your Surface RT, regardless of what OS you're running, you aren't buying some other Microsoft product. I think the expected behavior is to throw your RT away and buy a "real" Surface. So hop to it.

about a week ago

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Google Latitude leaves Google Maps, will be turned off August 9

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

roc97007 (608802) writes "According to Cnet (and notifications to google users) Google Latitude is no longer part of Maps and will be turned off August 9. The functionality will be incorporated into Google+. Is this a natural progression or an effort to increase participation in Plus? Will users migrate to Plus, or switch to competing platforms like Life 360?

I used to use Latitude to track my daughter's whereabouts, first as a child while on vacations, and again when she first started driving solo, and having it directly incorporated into Maps was a plus. But now that she's on her own my use case has gone away, so I'm ambivalent about this. Others might feel differently."
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Malware causes fatal plane crash

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

roc97007 (608802) writes "As if you needed another reason not to get on the plane: Malware, possibly from an infected USB stick, caused a fatal crash of Spanair flight 5022. From the article:

  Authorities investigating the 2008 crash of Spanair flight 5022 have discovered a central computer system used to monitor technical problems in the aircraft was infected with malware.

An internal report issued by the airline revealed the infected computer failed to detect three technical problems with the aircraft, which if detected, may have prevented the plane from taking off, according to reports in the Spanish newspaper, El Pais."

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Yorke says music industry on verge of collapse

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

roc97007 (608802) writes "Thom Yorke cautions up and coming musicians not to sign traditional record deals because the industry could collapse within months.

From the article: "It will be only a matter of time — months rather than years — before the music business establishment completely folds. (It will be) no great loss to the world.""

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First week on company iPhone

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

A week ago, my team received their new company iPhones. For the first few days, lots of playing, exploring, downloading of apps, taking pictures, putting funny faces on them, showing off various discoveries.

Today was the first team meeting since the iPhones were delivered. It wasn't pretty.

One team member has already traded in his for a Motorola Razr because "it will receive calls". Another says she keeps hers in Edge mode normally, so the phone will work, switching to G3 only when she needs to be on the internet. Another guy forwarded his iPhone to his private cell and uses the iPhone as a rather expensive iPod. The recently released firmware update made no noticeably difference to the reception issues. Our program manager described trying to make a call as "hello? I'd like to... damn" (redial) "Hello? I'd like... damn" (redial) "Hello? damn" (redial).

Other gripes -- Rapid battery death in GPS mode. The camera isn't as good as the one in the company-issued Blackberry. (2.0 Mp vs 3.0 Mp). No flash. No video capabilities. No MMS. Awkward file management. One person said "Once you get past the flashy interface, you realize the guts are five or six years old".

Early adopters. Don't you love 'em.

But seriously, I'm glad there are people out there who will put up with teething issues as the necessary price of being the first to have something shiny and new. I think the concept has merit, and will be glad to "drink the Kool-Aid" as the detractors put it, when the time is right. Which isn't now. My phone, is, like, my phone. First and foremost, it has to work as a phone. The rest is cake.

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Are the number of MS licenses significantly overreported?

roc97007 roc97007 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Yesterday I was helping move around some desktop and laptop machines at work, and noticed for the first time that every one of these units had an official Microsoft sticker with a Windows license key, the great majority of which were for Windows Home Edition, which we do not use at work. (We only use XP Professional or Windows Server.)

I asked around, and apparently all those Home Edition licenses are legitimate; they are part of the cost of the unit. The company then stages the disk with the copy of windows for which we have a corporate license.

I haven't checked yet, but I suspect the latest hardware come with a Vista Home Basic license, which is then re-imaged with corporate XP Pro. (I will check this and update as necessary.)

I'm wondering -- doesn't this effectively double the number of licenses that Microsoft can claim to have sold, at least for corporate customers?

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