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Comment Re:privacy and security. (Score 1) 570

I'm not sure how any company or business that deals with information that requires security by law could be using Windows 10.

They pretty much don't care, unless it affects their bottom line, so why would they avoid Windows? As far as I know, HIPAA doesn't levy any fines for a breach; it only requires breaches be reported. Fix that, and you might fix the problem.

As an example, I work for a health insurance company, and we're currently restructuring our network. As far as I can tell (having been a security guy, in the past), they're not doing anything to actually prevent a breach. It only gives them the ability to point fingers and track down the culprit, after the fact. I'm pretty sure many of the changes will actually make a breach more likely, so Windows 10's telemetry is the least of their concerns.

Comment Re:Private e-mail servers are obsolete? (Score 1) 244

Because pretty much everyone uses gmail, yahoo, Office365 or some other mail service which already does spam filtering.

I can assure you, this isn't true. Gmail/Office365 may be okay for some companies, but others (like mine) are pretty much required to keep their email in-house. I work for a health insurance company, and the risk of having PHI in the cloud is just too great.

The only person in recent history that I know of running a private e-mail server was Hillary Clinton and see how much good it did her

She wouldn't be allowed to use cloud-based email services, either, if she's sending emails containing sensitive national security information.

Comment Re:HDMI=mostly disadvantages (Score 1) 406

I have to wonder if they really know what they're talking about, considering that, on their "HDMI to DVI cables" page, they say "the DVI standard does not support embedded audio, so whenever you're interconnecting DVI and HDMI equipment, you'll need to make sure that you've provided a separate path for the flow of the audio," yet that works perfectly fine, on a PC that I have connected to my television. Maybe the official standard doesn't support it, but enough manufacturers have apparently agreed on a "standard" for embedded audio-over-DVI that it's no longer a problem.

Comment I was... (Score 1) 320

... in college, at the time. Another student came into the room and asked, "Did you hear the Challenger exploded?" He was a well-known practical joker, so I figured this was just another one of his jokes. The fact that he was an engineering student and delivered the news in a completely deadpan voice didn't help, any. When he turned on the TV to show me, I couldn't believe it. I'm pretty sure it took about an hour to really sink in, and I couldn't do anything for the rest of the day but sit there and watch in horror.

Comment Re: Can we end-of-life Microsoft instead? (Score 1) 250

Wow, that's a steaming pile of crap. Many of the problems on that list were fixed a long time ago (printer drivers), can't be solved, because vendors won't document their products, or exist in Windows, too (out-of-the-box nVidia support).

Comment Re:Who really cares? (Score 1) 250

our industry leading (won't say what industry, but we're a 1BN corporation in the US) company (we're almost 60% of our industry)'s web interface is IE-only.

With any luck, this will hurt your company enough, financially, that your management will think twice, before they code a web application to a specific browser, again.

Comment Re:Who really cares? (Score 1) 250

I use a program that is very specific to my industry and the multi billion dollar company that runs it REQUIRES Internet Explorer to use it.

Maybe if you and your industry complained to your vendors more about allowing you to use any browser, stuff like this wouldn't happen. Honestly, any company that codes to a specific browser, these days, should be run out of business.

Comment Mod parent up (Score 1) 122

Agreed. I scanned a bunch books that way, using a commercial-grade Fujitsu scanner, capable of scanning about 60ppm - both sides. I got a little over 20,000 pages in, and I had to quit, because the work was so intense. That was more than 10 years ago, and I still haven't been able to get back to it.

There's more to scanning a book than just scanning. Between preparing the book for scanning and making sure it scanned correctly, there's a lot of work involved.

Comment Re:Change Windows' file path separator to forward- (Score 1) 508

You know you only need to use blackslash on the command line, right? And that's because Windows originally used - and still does, in many cases - forward slash to indicate command options. Changing that would break their users' stuff.

In most places other than the command line, forward slashes work fine; in C, "c:/Users/Jeff" works just as well as "c:\\Users\\Jeff".

Comment Re:The blindingly obvious (Score 1) 358

So, just from the Inspiron line, we have 3x4x3 options to choose from. That's 36 options. Alienware is a little more sane at only 16 options total, and XPS has 8 additional options.

The problem is not too much choice, but that none of the choices is exactly what you want; or you can find exactly what you want, but you can't afford it. In my experience, this is true for most things, and technology, especially.

Comment Re:PL/B (Score 1) 429

FWIW, it's still being actively used by some big/important places

While I'd debate your use of "big/important", I know it's still being used; I have to deal with it every day. I was kind of hoping to stimulate a discussion where I could complain about it, but it seems there aren't enough people still using PL/B.

Datapoint's 8-bit computers could not fit COBOL into their limited memory.

That actually explains a lot.

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