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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

urbanriot Re:Tape Culture Fallacy (284 comments)

Why would you not set the backup task to automatically print the log summary on the closest printer to the user each day?

about three weeks ago
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FreeBSD 10.1 Released

urbanriot Re: I Switched To FreeBSD (123 comments)

I know you want security and all but that's a lot of installing/updating. Do your computers ever get any actual work done for their clients?

I can't make sense of your question. Note you're replying to a post that read "I weigh my considerations" meaning it's a thought process that does not involve updating servers or systems outside of perhaps a VM for evaluation.

about a month ago
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FreeBSD 10.1 Released

urbanriot Re: I Switched To FreeBSD (123 comments)

I agree with this and with each new release of FreeBSD and OpenBSD, I weigh my considerations for each OS due to the lack of updates with pf on FreeBSD. Following firewall documentation provided for OpenBSD pf configurations is frustrating when similar FreeBSD functionality follows a different, older syntax or simply can't be achieved as easily as it can with the newer OpenBSD functionalities. However I feel that I can achieve more with FreeBSD and faster, simply because I find the OS more accessible and compatible with other packages.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?

urbanriot Re:Sensationalism? (294 comments)

Or configuring the board for legacy modes, using options found with quality boards like Asus Q87M-E/CSM or Asus H97M-E/CSM? This overall thread doesn't seem accurate to fact.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day

urbanriot Re:Netflix rating engine is excellent. (86 comments)

I've found the recommendation system an excellent experience. I rate many of the movies I enjoy and all the suggestions they give me are precisely the kinds of movies I love, either enjoyed them in the past or enjoyed them after Netflix recommended them to me.

After a few years of using Netflix, it feels like the system knows me to well...

about 5 months ago
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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Heads Into Home Stretch

urbanriot Re:Turn on the tablet (68 comments)

I learned more about bees in an episode of Reading Rainbow than I've read about in the papers, even after all the attention bees have been getting. Reading Rainbow was more than just a show that reviewed books or relayed stories, Levar Burton and others also interacted with all manner of people on all manner of topics. Regardless of the source of education, kids learn from wherever can retain their interest. You may need to partition sources of data, like TV from reading, but plenty of kids parse all the information that's provided to them and one experience does not corrupt the other.

about 6 months ago
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BlackBerry Back In Profit

urbanriot Re:Blackberry will probably be my next phone (67 comments)

You referred to many aspects of a phone that everyone seems to ignore. I despise calling some of my Android using friends as the call quality on their end is absolute crap, while people can't discern whether I'm on a land line or mobile when they speak to me on my Blackberry Bold or my iPhone 5. I'm sure there are Android phones that have excellent clarity but it seems most people forget about what I consider to be the most important criteria when purchasing a phone. Blackberry has never failed me in that category.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Early IE12 Preview As Part of Its New Developer Channel

urbanriot Re:You want IE to be relevant? (105 comments)

Our IT support experience is entirely different from what you're suggesting and typically it's "8", "9/10" and "11" in terms of compatibility, with 9 and 10 offering pretty much the same experience.
Property management platforms utilized by the majority of hotels throughout North America, like what Micros provides, automobile dealership platforms, like what Honda provides, etc., they're all either IE9 / IE10 or just IE9. Once in a while we'll see a location on an old Siebel platform requiring IE 8 or compatibility view. There are very few instances where anyone has been compatible with all three, it's typically 9/10 or 11 and large corporations have rules concerning specificity of IE version and it's almost always IE 9 for compatibility reasons.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Early IE12 Preview As Part of Its New Developer Channel

urbanriot Re:You want IE to be relevant? (105 comments)

In supporting corporate IT, we're finding that more users are having better success accessing web sites with Internet Explorer 8 / 9 / 10 and Google Chrome, rather than Internet Explorer 11. However we also find some web developers are providing platforms that are only compatible with Internet Explorer 11 so there are exceptions. With all of that being said, we're starting to push more users to Chrome since we have less compatibility issues and Google provided group policy templates. I expect IE 12 will push more companies to Google Chrome, assuming they're going to wildly change the standards again, so I'm thinking their relevancy will decline further.

about 6 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

urbanriot Re:Not so sensational... (564 comments)

Age has plenty to do with it. When you interact with as many IT people as I do, you have a large enough sample set to accurately predict behaviours based on visible characteristics. Clever young IT people are often quick to click without considering ramifications or thoroughly researching the implications of their actions, yet are often able to slip by unnoticed since they'll stay up until 2am off the click fixing their issues. Older, more experienced IT people are often thrust into technologies they don't fully understand and are afraid to admit this to their employers, since the young buck next to them claims to know everything about everything. As much as older IT folks don't want to admit it, they don't learn as quickly as they did when they were younger and they don't have as much time to upgrade their skillsets. Certainly this doesn't apply to everyone but I've encountered enough IT people to know that this is an extremely common scenario, right up there with underpaid IT people expected to know more than they're trained to know.

about 7 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

urbanriot Not so sensational... (564 comments)

Considering how easy it would be for a less-than-savvy IT person to accidentally encourage this situation, I doubt this is a sensational case of some huge vulnerability.

As someone who regularly provides consultation to IT staff, I know full well that there's plenty of 'administrators' that wade into waters they don't understand. We often encounter the aging IT staff member that's forced to interact with software they don't quite understand or we have the younger IT staff that impulsively click on what they don't understand, both occasionally leading a company to some manner of pandemonium level disaster. Or you simply have a dysfunctional IT department that doesn't communicate and, "oh, I'll just move this server into this container right here..." Just another day in IT.

about 7 months ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

urbanriot Re:You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (285 comments)

Microsoft's lack of advancement in Office is most definitely a cause as if you read all the marketing materials for Microsoft Office 2013, every single heading and sub-heading referred to the touch based experience. If you read the flyers when the software debut, there was zero reason to buy it unless you were using a touch screen.

This is demonstrably the case upon firing the software up as the interface is horribly ugly and even Microsoft Outlook 2013 can be uninstalled and 2010 reinstalled in its place, and all the settings, mail profile information, .PST, autocomplete, etc., is in place. I don't think the majority of people would actually notice a difference flipping back to Outlook 2010 from 2013, other than a better interface with the older product.

about 8 months ago
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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

urbanriot You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (285 comments)

With so many people experiencing issues with Microsoft Office 2013 activation and random requests to re-activate which result in error codes, or issues where "A problem has occurred" with no log entries or error codes when you try to install the software, it's quite possible Microsoft has strongly encouraged people to seek alternatives.

Since experiencing so many reliability issues with Microsoft Office 2013, issues that did not exist with Microsoft Office 2010, I've become a vocal advocate for making the switch from Microsoft to either OpenOffice or LibreOffice.

I often encourage OpenOffice for older folks that are looking for a more reliable experience while I suggest LibreOffice to those who want a feature rich experience and don't mind the occasional glitch or updating the software as regularly as they release updates. I feel both are great projects.

about 8 months ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

urbanriot Didn't we used to call this "speed reading"? (641 comments)

This article talks more about the feelings and emotions of experts rather than referring to any changes that have occurred physically with the brain so I categorize this into whatever mental file folder I archive topics concerning 'exaggerated digital age hysteria' as I was always a skimmer just like this woman, and when I say always it means the majority of my life that was pre-internet. Just like this woman, I had difficulty immersing myself into a book as I defaulted to skimming. This wasn't an adaptation caused by the internet, this was how my brain always worked.

Certainly I utilize this now to skim Slashdot in seconds to determine if I want to click further, just as I'm sure plenty of other higher functioning readers do, and as such I don't see this as a detriment or a negative byproduct of the internet.

about 8 months ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

urbanriot Re:Terrible summary (190 comments)

Thank you. I read the summary and then re-read the summary many times thereafter and wasn't entirely sure if they figured it out or didn't figure it out. "Scientists figured it out..." "... but then they realized that what they figured out didn't make a difference."

It seems submitters and moderators aren't actually summarizing but rather, they're cutting up quotes and links in ways that don't jive with the post title.

about 9 months ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

urbanriot How is such an unfeasible proposition news? (712 comments)

"When I grow up, I want to cure world hunger!" The coal will still exist, people will still find coal, people will still want coal, etc., etc.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Spring Update, To Focus On Non-touch Devices

urbanriot Re:Start Screen (172 comments)

... which is obvious to Windows users?

about 10 months ago
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Australia's Bureau of Meteorology Dumps Water Data Project

urbanriot More news: Slashdot dumps users with beta site. (112 comments)

In other news, a high school co-op student 'working' for Slashdot has racked up an undisclosed amount of semester time designing a new beta site, a site heavily criticized by any user that's pushed into it. Many users are attempting to pool their resources to create an alternative Slashdot site as they feel the owners of Slashdot.com aren't listening to their criticisms since the current site is fine the way it is and doesn't need any the horrid beta design.

about 10 months ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

urbanriot I won't bother reading the rest of your post... (237 comments)

... because I expect I'll enthusiastically agree with you, especially after reading "If you don't leave "Classic" Slashdot as a default option, there is a good chance that I will not read the site anymore." One of the reasons I come to Slashdot is the condensed nature of the site, the efficient design, and the ability to see snippets of other news sites on the side.

I'm rather angry with you for encouraging me to use this beta site more than I want to.

Perhaps this is a basic level computer class design project and it's leading up to a long buildup April fools joke?

about 10 months ago

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Canadian ISP Cogeco interfering with torrents.

urbanriot urbanriot writes  |  more than 6 years ago

urbanriot (924981) writes "Despite a growing number of complaints on the popular North American high speed internet and forum site BroadbandReports, employees working for the Canadian Cable internet provider Cogeco have publicly denied interfering with torrents on their network. However a recent plugin put out by the Vuze team exposed Cogeco of being the second worst internet provider globally, of those tested. So far Cogeco fails to respond to these allegations, both publicly or in their own employee visited Cogeco section on BroadbandReports; however recent CBC News and Michael Geist coverage may prompt them to finally admit to their nefarious practices."

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