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Comment: Re: So... (Score 1) 98

by DigiShaman (#47573901) Attached to: Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

...and they were finally expended and discarded like a used husk.

China and their government isn't a mystery, enigma, or anything of the such. Due to the Cultural Revolution, their entire society was "rebooted". As such, both nationally and culturally, the modern Chinese are younger than America! The government further reflects this with rampant corruption and the two-faced attitude that comes from it. Today they 're your best friend; tomorrow they stab you in the back. That's China!

Comment: Re: Confusing position (Score 1) 482

by DigiShaman (#47573607) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

While I admit that it's a bit of a chicken / egg problem, there's no reason for an African American to not get both the training and education required to land an interview and do the job.

As with all the race-baiters and those that fall for their BS, he's conflating race and culture. I still contend that as with women in IT, African Americans don't want to be a part of the IT culture too. So why force the issue as a corporate responsibility? That's the underlaying issue I have with his message.

Comment: Re:Zalman heat-sink case (Score 1) 163

by DigiShaman (#47568863) Attached to: Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

It still is. The physics of oil cooling is good, but it's not practical in terms of the effort it takes to both administer and replace/upgrade hardware. If left in an enclosed system like power transformer, sure. But then again, those are mainly "set it and forget it" devices rarely touched once in place.

Comment: Re:Confusing position (Score 4, Insightful) 482

by DigiShaman (#47568547) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Reverse discrimination. Jesse Jackson is putting race, not skill level, as the priority imputes to employ more blacks. In his world view, society must bend over backwards to cater to the African American.

Hey Jesse!!! Yeah you. They don't want to be an Uncle Tom. The idea of "white" culture (a culture of being educated and the further pursuit thereof) is what may of the blacks are against. Those that you represent value ignorance over everything else. For them, they derive power through victimization; and the liberal society is all to willing to go along with the coddle-fication of victimization attitude!

Comment: Comcast Business is anything but! (Score 1) 229

by DigiShaman (#47565645) Attached to: Comcast Confessions

So a client of mine uses Comcast Business as their ISP. I drove on-site to configure a SonicWALL. Their modem was in bridge mode with the only option of turning into "pseudo bridge mode" (something like a DMZ). Also, the modem wasn't yet provisioned for their assigned static IP pool. Only Tier 1 answers the phone. If you require Tier 2, a call-back within 24 period IS THE ONLY OPTION! And most of the Tier 1 guys don't know how to do anything other than provision modem, basic reboot troubleshooting, and scheduling a truck roll for physical coax connectivity problems. Or put it another way, I can't schedule in advance (proactively) to setup a business gateway firewall. You have to wait and be reactive, then drive X amount of mile on-site all while the customer is left offline with a business that can't function (IE losing money!!!). But it gets better; Tier 2 will configure the modem and reboot the unit without calling first. Epic fail!

Problem 1: I can't get a modem that will drop down to true bridge mode

Problem 2: Business class support is inharently reactive and not proactive with regards to scheduling downtime.

Problem 3: Tier support of all levels wildly range in competency.

Problem 4: -fill in the blank because I'm sure I missed something here-

Comment: Re:You needn't charge anything (Score 1) 558

by DigiShaman (#47563265) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'


You credit history is based off a low ratio of revolving credit and never missing payments. Paradoxically if you're constantly zeroing out the card balance, you're not really establishing how well the borrower can manage debt carried over. So essentially, credit is built on having low debt ratios that's being managed conservatively (low risk) and consistently.

Comment: Re:Lies and statistics... (Score 1) 558

by DigiShaman (#47563125) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Say what?! My deductible for the year is $3,000 per person under our family plan. So when my son was born, both him and my wife maxed out for a total of $6,000 in checks I had to write out to the hospital. My insurance picked up the tab for well over double or even triple digit grand. There was -zero- complication in the birthing process and we didn't overstay our 2 or 3 day insurance covered visit.

For getting sick and seeing the doctor, yes, I just have to pay the co-pay. You got bit by a bat! That's pretty fucked up. I'm really surprised you didn't at least have to pay the $6,000 in full. You're damn lucky for multiple reasons BTW!

Comment: Re:NO, all candy bar (Score 1) 540

Depends on the pants. The iPhone5 fits nicely in my front jeans (deep) pocket . The larger phones make sitting down difficult as the phone now presses up against my hip. I was thinking about upgrading to an iPhone6, but now i'm not so sure. The "phablets" can die in fire for all I care. I want my smart phone to be a phone first and foremost; that includes a small form-factor.

Comment: Re:Server 2012 already looks like Windows 8. (Score 1) 322

by DigiShaman (#47524425) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Server 2012 Essentials. As an MSP, we admin plenty of new 2012 boxes for the SMB market as they're having to replace their aging SBS 2008/2011 boxes. And while I like the idea of Office365 hosting e-mail and off the server, it's a damn moving target. Just this week they changed the admin GUI all over again. That, and my Azure PowerShell commands no longer function. Apparently the commandlet got renamed or some such. IT has always been a game of cat-and-mouse, but this is getting ridiculous!

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