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Comment: Re:Easy (Score 1) 460

by FienX (#41309477) Attached to: Why Are Operating System Version Names So Absurd?

Sigh, the two oldes systems at my (current) company (mainframes actually) are called Yoda and Vega. Then we moved to very arbitrary names like xyzapp201 (xyz being company name), and xyzVTapp201 for virtual systems. of course no one could tell you what exactly application was on app201. Now they're a little better about naming them after the system (xyzSQL05 is a sql server boxen), but - and get this - you only get 3 characters for your app name, because - according to our server guys - the maximum length of a host name is *8* characters.... Err... wha? And believe it or not, this apparently is being caused by the linux (RH) servers we're starting to buy. I have long since given up on arguing with them on it.

Comment: Re:This happens in other disciplines. (Score 3, Informative) 317

by FienX (#38695166) Attached to: Code Cleanup Culls LibreOffice Cruft

I've worked on enterprise asset management systems in a number of different industries including electrical utilities, natural gas pipelines, and military. In almost every company they've had some variant of an "abandoned in place" asset status. In cases like power plants, trying to remove a single cable from a series of cable trays or raceways is rarely, if ever, worth the effort and risk. Some cable trays have dozens of cables (and I'm not talking cat5) in them, sometimes half of which are "dead" but removing those from the middle of a stack of hot cables in a working power plant doesn't have much of an ROI.

Microsoft

+ - Windows ME is an Apple OS?

Submitted by
Dmpstrdvr
Dmpstrdvr writes "We have all heard that Microsoft has terminated support for Windows ME/98 etc. I still have several Windows ME machines that dual boot with Linux. Some applications only supply Windows client software.. but, still support Win ME. Today, I ran "Windows Update" on one of the Win ME machines, and got the following message: "Thank you for your interest in obtaining updates from our site. This website is designed to work with Microsoft Windows operating systems only. To find updates for Microsoft products that are designed for Macintosh operating systems, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/mac/. " link to the page here: http://update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/thank s.aspx?ln=en-us&thankspage=2& I repeated the "Windows Update" with another machine — same result! It appears that they are trying to "distance" themselves from Win ME!"
Security

+ - Myspace Lockdown: Is it possible?

Submitted by
Raxxon
Raxxon writes "We (my business partner and I) were asked by a local company to help 'tighten up' their security. After looking at a few things we ran some options by the owner and he asked that we attempt to block access to MySpace. He cited reasons of wasted work time as well as some of the nightmare stories about spyware/viruses/etc. Work began and the more I dig into the subject the worse things look. You can block the 19 or 20 Class C Address Blocks that MySpace has, but then you get into problems of sites like "MySpace Bypass" and other such sites that allow you to bypass most of the filtering that's done.

Other than becoming rather invasive (squid with customized screening setups) is there a way to effectively block MySpace from being accessed at a business? What about at home for those who would like to keep their kids off of it? If a dedicated web cache/proxy system is needed how do you prevent things like SSL enabled Proxy sites (denying MySpace but allowing any potentially 'legal' aspects)? In the end is it worth it vs just adopting an Acceptable Use Policy that states that going to MySpace can lead to eventual dismissal from your job?"
Microsoft

+ - Opera CTO hits back at Microsoft's standards push

Submitted by
Michael
Michael writes "Opera CTO Håkon Wium Lie hit back today at Microsoft's push to fast track Office Open XML into an ISO standard in a blistering article on CNET. He also took a swipe at Open Document Format: "I'm no fan of either specification. Both are basically memory dumps with angle brackets around them. If forced to choose one, I'd pick the 700-page specification (ODF) over the 6,000-page specification (OOXML). But I think there is a better way.". The better way being the existing universally understood standards of HTML and CSS. Putting this to the test, Håkon has published a book using HTML and CSS."
Censorship

+ - The United States is Insolvent

Submitted by
The True Messiah
The True Messiah writes "What the BIG Media is not telling you! Prepare to be shocked.

The US is insolvent. There is simply no way for our national bills to be paid under current levels of taxation and promised benefits. Our combined federal deficits now total more than 400% of GDP.

That is the conclusion of a recent Treasury/OMB report entitled Financial Report of the United States Government that was quietly slipped out on a Friday (12/15/06), deep in the holiday season, with little fanfare. Sometimes I wonder why the Treasury Department doesn't just pay somebody to come in at 4:30 am Christmas morning to release the report. Additionally, I've yet to read a single account of this report in any of the major news media outlets but that is another matter.

The Complete story."
Privacy

+ - March is Boycott the RIAA Month

Submitted by A Name Similar to Di
A Name Similar to Di (875837) writes "Sick of the RIAA's actions against consumers, Gizmodo has declared March Boycott the RIAA month

Gizmodo is declaring the month of March Boycott the RIAA month. We want to get the word out to as many people as humanly possible that we can all send a message by refusing to buy any album put out by an RIAA label. Am I saying you should start pirating music? Not at all. You can continue to support the artists you enjoy and respect in a number of ways."
The Almighty Buck

+ - Best Place to Sell Used Computer Equipment?

Submitted by
pkcs11
pkcs11 writes "I have been trying to sell a PC I recently bought from Dell. I was a mac user prior and thought a pimped-out PC might be just as useful as a mac....needless to say I was wrong. The problem is, I listed it on Craigslist but only got 419 Scammer responses. I listed it on eBay but found more 419 Scammers and no serious bidders.
Is there a site that specializes in re-selling (or auctioning) PCs where good results are the norm?
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