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

tom229 Re:I told ya so! (158 comments)

I hate to say itodaso but itodaso... i f*ckin todaso...

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

tom229 Re:Juuust Right (264 comments)

Tablets are kinda good for playing Hearthstone. That's the only use I've found so far.

yesterday
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

tom229 Re:Misdirected Rage (569 comments)

I would, and do, buy the nexus and sony phones. The nexus 4 is upgradable to Android 5.0, and the xperia z1 is still upgradable to 4.4.4 i think.

2 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

tom229 Misdirected Rage (569 comments)

I don't really understand the rage being directed at Google here. They have fixed the issue in new versions of Android. If they back-ported the fix to 4.3 (assuming that's even possible) what would make carriers/manufacturers implement the fix when they already aren't updating the core version? Nothing. And they wouldn't. The carriers/manufacturers have financially abandoned these older models in favor or their new stuff.

People are used to a big brother company controlling everything about a software experience (Apple, Microsoft). The google approach is open. Unfortunately this requires the user to do a little bit of thinking, make an informed choice, and support the right companies with their money.

2 days ago
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Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

tom229 Re: Why oh Why (105 comments)

At least it wasn't Apple or Facebook. Take your victories where you can.

3 days ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

tom229 Re:Shame on you Google (262 comments)

Sure.

Apple >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Google > Microsoft > Blackberry

about two weeks ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

tom229 Re:Shame on you Google (262 comments)

I'm not fanboy, but I'd imagine a lot of people feel strongly about supporting the lesser of the two evils in the mobile market.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd's Lennart Poettering: 'We Do Listen To Users'

tom229 Re:The very first thing out of his mouth (551 comments)

Corporate IT is very "if it aint broke, don't fix it"., and that's both a good philosophy to have, and one that the emerging IT culture needs to re-adopt. I've worked with many young sysadmins that have what I call "update obsession". Everything always has to be the latest and greatest, and they pay the price for it. Stick with what works. This is the main reason I still use Cisco equipment that runs IOS. IOS hasn't changed much in decades, but it doesn't need to. You configure it, and leave it... for years. This new generation might cringe at the IOS CLI when they're used to web GUIs, but hey... if it aint broke... don't fix it, and Cisco knows that. Someone also needs to bring this philosophy to Microsoft, Google, and Apple. You don't need to reinvent the wheel every 5 years, just because it's been 5 years.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

tom229 Re:Where's the replacement? (640 comments)

What immediately ticked me off with 10 tech preview was how they hide creating a normal account on the local SAM database. They are really trying to force Microsoft accounts and the cloud down everyone's throat. They need to f*ck off with that immediately if they want any attention from the enterprise.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

tom229 Re:GUI Datasets (264 comments)

This. Port your entire project to Java/MariaDB and then you never have to ask this question again. Make your life easy and build your forms with netbeans.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Database GUI Application Development?

tom229 Re:Java (264 comments)

Netbeans makes working with swing forms a breeze. I'd like to vote for java as well.

about two weeks ago
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South Africa Begins Ambitious Tablets In Schools Pilot Project

tom229 Re:everytime this is tired (66 comments)

California tried to give everyone iPads: very expensive multi-purpose tablets. It was a terrible decision.

Something like this could work but the device would have to be specially designed for the purpose. Something with an e-ink display would be ideal.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

tom229 This just in (480 comments)

ghash.io has secured the presidency for [insert whomever paid the most].

about two weeks ago
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Bitstamp Bitcoin Exchange Suspended Due To "Compromised Wallet"

tom229 Re:Bitcoin is faulty by nature (161 comments)

I'll take your attempt at condescension as an indirect admission of losing the argument. You know very well that you can launder cash through gambling or currency exchange as well. The point remains that there are more ways to launder cash than there are to launder bitcoins. Bitcoins are no less lacking in "accountability" than cash, gold, or any other medium of trade except maybe digital currency controlled by the federal reserve.

about three weeks ago
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Bitstamp Bitcoin Exchange Suspended Due To "Compromised Wallet"

tom229 Re:Bitcoin is faulty by nature (161 comments)

Not true. It's a common misconception that the decentralized nature of the bitcoin protocol makes all transactions anonymous. Bitcoin is actually easier to track than even cash considering every transaction is recorded in a public ledger that is required for the entire mechanism to work: the block chain. This makes it very difficult to "wash" bitcoins as the washing mechanism could not be tied to the theif like it commonly is today (ie. a small business front for money laundering). De-centralized just means lack of control from an establishment. The actual use of the currency is very trackable and law enforcement friendly.

about three weeks ago
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Bitstamp Bitcoin Exchange Suspended Due To "Compromised Wallet"

tom229 Re:Bitcoin is faulty by nature (161 comments)

Bitcoin has problems, but a lack of accountability isn't one of them. You could argue cash has "zero accountability". What stops you from stealing cash? The law. Because the law doesn't care about bitcoin, yet, doesn't mean it never will.

Bitcoins major problems are two:

1) Fixed supply ideology. Anything with a fixed supply, when up against the nature of human economics, is deflationary. Bitcoin proponents will aruge that coins are divisible so wages and prices will scale accordingly, but this is an incorrect assumption. If that were true no amount of inflation or deflation would ever be a problem as the market would just auto-adjust. The truth is, targeting a small amount of inflation in a currency is ideal for a lot of good reasons I won't ramble on about. You will never get them to listen on this point anyways.

2) The 51% problem. The only labor involved in "mining" bitcoins is the creating the integrated circuits that can solve the SHA hash. Because only specialized industries can provide this labor a 51% monopolization of the network is almost a certainty. We can already see ASIC manufacturers getting dangerously close to this today. Bitcoin proponents will argue that ASICs ruined everything. If we could have only kept mining exclusive to general purpose CPU's everything would be fine. What they don't understand, is the problem of specialized labor, being the only labor required to mine a bitcoin. Because of this, whether it's intel, or ghash.io, or AMD, it doesn't matter. Someone is always going to be able to use their specialized labor to monopolize the market. It will never be safe.

Bitcoin is a great idea. We need something like bitcoin going forward. However, we'll see better success in something like bitcoin2.0 as the current implimentation is just broken from a technical and economic standpoint.

about three weeks ago
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New Canadian Copyright Laws Require ISPs To Retain, Share Illegal Download Info

tom229 Don't be afraid (161 comments)

This summary makes things sound worse than they are. From my interpretation of tfa it sounds like Canadians are just going to start getting a lot more warning letters. Considering that the max penalty is 5 grand, and the copyright holder has to take you to court to get it, I'd imagine these letters are going to relatively benign.

about a month ago
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The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'

tom229 Re:Automated manufacturing (327 comments)

Technicians are going to be needed to service the machines. Anyone who grew up in an area influenced by the car industry will tell you that. We all started training to be technicians and millwrights years ago.

about a month ago
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The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'

tom229 Re:What Will They Do... (327 comments)

I grew up near a national park that had lost most of its large animal populations except for deer. The deer, having no natural predators, would routinely breed out of control and cause all sorts of problems for the forest. To fix this issue, about once a decade the government would hand out extra deer tags and let the local hunters sort things out for them.

As a child I remember recognizing the parallels of this to the global human population. I remember trying to explain to people that the world was of a fixed size for us, just like the forest was for the deer. It amazed me then, just as much as it does now, that nobody wanted to talk about it.

about a month ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

tom229 Re:Speeding not always an issue (335 comments)

You're being obtuse just for the sake of arguing. Anyone who knows even 1 traffic cop can tell you that they have, what they call, "honey holes" or "fishing holes". These are areas usually at the bottom of a hill, coming onto or off of a highway, or in places where its unclear if you've transitioned to or from a highway or normal city street.

There is no magical perfect science figuring out speed limits. They are always either 30, 50, 80, 100, or 110km/h in my area. There are many areas of my city where 50 is too slow, but 80 is probably too fast... so the limit defaults to 50. And traffic police will routinely sit at these "fishing holes" and pull over anyone missing that mark by a mere 10km/h (the lowest deviation they can write a ticket for). They also always seem to be set up at the end of the month too. What a coincidence.

about a month ago

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Jar Jar a Major Character in New Star Wars Movie

tom229 tom229 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

tom229 (1640685) writes "Due to there recent acquisition of the Star Wars Franchise, a movie is already in production. Disney Starwars team has decided to go back to the basics in their approach to this new movie. An insider source has said that Naboo will be the main setting for this new blockbuster. Also Jar Jar Binks will be featured as a major character of the new movie."
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Ask Slashdot: How do I protect my business from the poor decisions at Microsoft?

tom229 tom229 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

tom229 (1640685) writes "I am the senior sysadmin for a medium sized business (about 100-150 end users). Currently we use redundant VMWare ESX hosts running a series of Microsoft Server 2008 R2 servers. All desktops are Windows 7 and nearly everyone heavily relies on Office 2010 for their day-to-day work.

Given the recent change of direction at Microsoft, it has me worried over how heavily we rely on them. They are already forcing me to buy OEM licencing for Server 2012 with downgrade rights to 2008R2. How long until this is no longer an option? How long until I'm forced to have an XBox interface on my server machines?

I'm not naive enough to assume I can migrate my users from their dependency on MS Office just yet, but I am interested in migrating the core infrastructure away from Microsoft Active Directory and Microsoft Exchange as a good first step.

I'm decently versed in the debian flavors of linux so I would easily adapt to a solution based on something like Ubuntu Server. I discovered with the help of google that Samba 4 aims to do this, but it is currently in alpha and some popular projects built around it have already been abandoned. There's also a product called Zentyal, but I'm a bit confused by their monthly pricing model.

Are any of my fellow sysadmins having the same concerns? I can't in good conscience have all my eggs in Microsoft's basket any longer. What is the best way to transition from a corporate MS environment?"

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