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Comment: Continuing/Expanding a very bad precedent (Score 1) 327

by Bugler412 (#47666791) Attached to: California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla
Sometime in the late 70's, government's started bribing large companies using huge tax breaks, relaxation of regulations, land grants, etc. using taxpayer money. This has led to very little except badness and a culture of auctioning business locations to the highest (or lowest?) bidder. Nothing good has come of that atmosphere and it's continuing to get worse. How to stop it though?

Comment: Every vendor does this... (Score 1) 348

In some way every third party vendor does this. Anything that can potentially complicate their installation or support gets eliminated, rather than configured in a way that is appropriate or best practices. It reduces their support cost and increases their profits. Overspecing hardware and network resources for their app is another area where this is done.

Comment: Re:Best Wishes ! (Score 1) 322

by Bugler412 (#47528027) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows
Good point, remembering back now. Was also the source of a lot of instability because of crappy video drivers especially early. That's what drove a lot of the unidriver model or generic low level driver stuff that kinda became the plumbing of "plug and play", took a while to get there in away that worked decently. I for one was very happy when they got print drivers out of kernel mode, so many stability problems there too.

Comment: Re:Best Wishes ! (Score 3, Insightful) 322

by Bugler412 (#47519913) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows
Chicago was what became Windows 95, DOS was present as something vaguely like a "kernel" although that definition doesn't fit well. The 32 bit mode stuff was layered on top of DOS. NT4 was the first shipping version that used the NT kernel with the Win95 interface, that was codenamed "Cairo" and was really mostly a shell update using the NT 3.51 underpinnings.

Comment: We do this all the time (Score 1) 265

by Bugler412 (#47433941) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?
All sorts of automated security updates and patches during the regularly scheduled maintenance window. Couple of key things that make it work: 1. A valid and representative DEV environment or host(s) to vet and test deploy the updates using the same methods as production hosts. 2. A solid alerting system for when the inevitable couple of hosts fail and needs help to get running again. 3. A qualified and responsive on call person to review the results at or near the end of the maintenance window to make sure everything came back online properly and take action where necessary. It doesn't so much eliminate the after hours work as to reduce the volume of the after hours work to a level manageable by a single qualified tech.

Comment: Consumer level Competition (Score 1) 270

Ensure true available choices and competition among consumer level ISPs and nearly all of these problems take care of themselves. Allow local monopolies on a broad scale as we have now and we give the power to do this to those ISPs because you have no choice to take your business elsewhere. The "Libertarian" self regulating market can work, but only if monopolies are not allowed.

Comment: It's just not admissable evidence now... (Score 3, Interesting) 173

They can still virtually follow you, build a case, use the information to connect you to others, use it to indicate where to look for other evidence, etc. The location data just can't be admitted as "evidence", doesn't mean they can't and won't continue to use the information otherwise. Small incremental progress, but definitely not a full block on use of the data.

Comment: Re:prosecutions are done on law in place at the ti (Score 3, Insightful) 519

whether he is guilty or not is not a subject of voting and opinion polls. The percentages in favor or not have nothing to do with whether he guilty of committing a crime, whether the laws used to prosecute him are appropriate and constitutional, whether the governments efforts at pursuing a conviction are proper and correct, whether the public service and expression of rights done by Snowden overrides the intent of the law, etc. etc. All having nothing to do with a focus group or opinion poll

Comment: It's not about open or closed source IMHO (Score 3, Interesting) 582

by Bugler412 (#46763385) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?
I think that it's really not about open or closed source. It's about monoculture, the whole net is more resilient if we didn't do that. So many warned about that issue with the desktop/laptop running Windows, and that risk is there and real still, but while worrying about that we built it anyway in an a non-OS specific way on servers too

Comment: Dual Standards (Score 1) 322

I know that if I were to remove an antenna from a police cruiser that I would be in jail, quickly, likely bruised and beaten during the trip too. Why should it be different for the officers? Criminal vandalism charges, destruction of public property, obstruction, etc. etc. let the charges flow. Oh, wait, these are police, they're never (or at least very rarely) convicted of criminal charges for their actions, sorry for wasting your time....

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