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Comment: Re:Please Microsoft... (Score 1) 287

by afidel (#48212637) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Hasn't the remote desktop client always suppressed those options?

No, and in fact on server 2003 there's a race condition between the RDP process and the server service that will cause a shutdown initiated through RDP to go into limbo over 50% of the time (supposedly fixed in SP1 but it wasn't) so we too always use shutdown.exe with -r -f -t 0.

Comment: Re: Please Microsoft... (Score 1) 287

by afidel (#48212579) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Granted Windows itself is largely to blame, as it's incapable of understanding that force-quitting apps should never be allowed sans local keyboard interaction (i,e. direct user approval), but the typical IT approach of nuking from orbit is unexcusable.

Yes, because SIGKILL (or the equivalent) doesn't exist on every OS ever...

but the typical IT approach of nuking from orbit is unexcusable.

This part is correct, the way we handle it is to use two deadlines, the first will prompt the user to reboot, if they ignore that for x number of days (generally 2) then it will force reboot. We make sure not to schedule patch deployments around major holidays when many people will be out and likely to miss the soft reminder.

Comment: men more likely to be harassed and threatened on-l (Score 1) 200

by Mr. Slippery (#48212345) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll
Sayth the fine summary:

In a Pew Research Center survey of 2,849 Internet users, one out of every four women between 18 years old and 24 years old reports having been stalked or sexually harassed online.

But if one actually follows the link, one reads that "Overall, men are somewhat more likely than women to experience at least one of the elements of online harassment, 44% vs. 37%. In terms of specific experiences, men are more likely than women to encounter name-calling, embarrassment, and physical threats." [emphasis added]

That blows are rather large hole in the thesis which the poster and many others seem to be implying, that internet harassment is primarily rooted in misogyny.

This is not to in any way justify the harassment of women. But if you want to know why there's a backlash, part of the cause (not a justification, a cause) may be the ongoing distortion of the facts about violence and harassment.

Comment: Re:Waa! Without 4K video, I can't get an education (Score 1) 236

by bigpat (#48212273) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Having not had enough money to get a new car or repair my old one, I can tell you the "kinetic divide" actually involves sitting by the side of the road waiting for a tow.

But the point is made... people without enough money need more money not just more bandwidth.

Comment: Re:Not just women (Score 4, Insightful) 200

by lgw (#48212167) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

you think we should simply stop trying to protect anyone from harassment and bullying because clearly it's their own fault for being sensitive

When the "offended" person is a self-righteous Western middle-class person with an entitlement complex? You betcha. You have it better than 99% of people who have ever lived - stop looking for reasons to be offended, and start realizing how wonderful things are for you.

The Nobel Peace Prize* was just awarded to a genuine warrior for social justice. Want to be a real SJW? Go someplace where it's illegal to teach girls to read, and get shot at for trying. Want to complain on the internet about your hurt feelings because someone on the internet offended you? Don't be too surprised when people tell you to be less sensitive. And go donate to Room to Read, to help those actually making a difference in social justice.

*A dubious prize in many years, but for once I'm quite impressed by their choice.

Comment: Re: Semantics (Score 3, Interesting) 200

by Mr. Slippery (#48211999) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Because what the world truly needs is you telling women how they are and are not allowed to dress.

GP poster did not say anything about restricting how women are allowed to dress. He spoke about looking at women.

How about this: women (and men) get to wear whatever they like. And men (and women) are allowed to look at each other (in public, not talking about peeping toms here) as much as they like. It's your body, you get to put what you want on it. They're my eyeballs, I get to point them whatever direction I want. Autonomy and agency for all, hurrah.

If you think that the way a random woman is dressing in public means she wants to have sex with you, you're an idiot. If you think the way a random man is pointing his eyeballs in public means he wants to rape you, you're an idiot.

Comment: Also (Score 1) 236

by Sycraft-fu (#48210809) Attached to: Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Speed matters less with each step up. Going from a modem to broadband is amazing, going from something like 256k DSL to 20mb cable is pretty damn huge, however going from 20mbps cable to 200mbps cable is nice, but fairly minor and going from a few hundred mbps to gbps is hardly noticeable.

I have 150mbps cable at home, and get what I pay for. Games from GOG and Steam download at 18-19MB/sec. It is fun, I can download a new game in minutes... however outside that I notice little difference from the 30mbps connection I stepped up from. Streaming worked just as well before, web surfing was just as fast, etc. The extra speed matters little to none in day to day operations.

Same thing at work. I'm on a campus and we have some pretty hardcore bandwidth, as campuses often do, so much it is hard to test as the testing site usually is the limit. Downloading large stuff it is nice, though really not that much less time than at home. I don't really mind the difference between a 2-5 minute wait and a 15-20 minute wait for a program. Surfing, streaming, etc all are 100% the same, no difference at all, speed seems to be limited by waiting for all the DHTML crap on a site to render, not the data to download.

While geeks get all over excited about bigger better more when it comes to bandwidth, for normal use what matters is just to have "enough" and "enough" turns out to be not all that much. It'll grow with time, of course, higher rez streaming, larger programs, etc will demand more bandwidth but still this idea that there is the difference between uber fast Internet and just regular fast Internet is silly.

It will not create any meaningful divide.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 595

by HiThere (#48209393) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

Whenever someone says "defend our proprietary IP" I expect them to be malicious liars...or worse. This isn't always true, but it's true in such a large perponderance of the cases that it's a reasonable default assumption.

The hardware may be pirate hardware. But it was probably bought by people in good faith, and doing malicious damage to them is not justified by the fact that it was (unknown to the buyer) pirate hardware. Also there is the possibility that they have made a mistake. This is not a small chance, and if they do this frequently it can be expected to happen. There are lots of models of things out their, and it's just *so* easy to forget to include one of your older models.

Comment: Re:I don't get it... (Score 1) 187

by Chris Mattern (#48208785) Attached to: Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

So take this chance to educate yourself.

Actually, this is a good chance for you to educate yourself. I'd recommend "Understanding Comics", by Scott McCloud.

Due to the format of comics (generally 30 pages, once a month, emphasis on illustration over dialog), there are certain characteristics specific to that genre.

So you think comics have to be small periodicals to be comics? You believe that Will Eisner's Contract With God is not a comic? You believe that Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis is not a comic? You believe that Raymond Brigg's When The Wind Blows is not a comic? You are letting how comics are usually publish blind you to the fact that that is not how they have to be published. And it still wouldn't make comics a genre. Yes, there are certain characteristics to publishing installments periodically, that constrain comics as a medium. All mediums have such constraints--they are better at some things, worse at others. Everything in that medium will have things in common. That doesn't make them genres. They are still mediums.

Comment: Re:Why (Score 1) 484

by sumdumass (#48208699) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

There has been what- 8 people associated with abprtion clinics who have been killed for that asdociation? I have found no indication that any church or church leadership was behind it or endorsed it or encouraged it either.

The Klan never was a church either. Of course christians made up the KKK and they attempted to use the bible yo justify their hatred but i do not exactly think it is the same.

Westboro is interesting though. As vile and insane as they were, they never advocated violence.

I think you missed an operative statement the parent made. "And try to kill in the name of". While the KKK might fit in there, or maybe at one time they would have, its only the idiots who try to kill in the name of that could be comparable.

So this excludes westboro. Would include a number of but not all klansmen, and about five anti abortionist in the US. I think you missed the limiter he put there "kill in the name off".

Comment: Re:Dear Canada.... (Score 1) 484

by cold fjord (#48208617) Attached to: Shooting At Canadian Parliament

"It's time to deal with radical Islamist extremists."

That sentence could be simplified to:

"It's time to deal with extremists."

Simplicity is beauty. And tends to get at the core of the problem.

Simplicity can be beauty when you haven't gone too far in simplifying the object of considertaion, removing so much that essential information is lost. That is what you did. You obscured the actual problem rather than clarifying it.

Comment: Re:Please Microsoft... (Score 0) 287

by lgw (#48208589) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

The end-user sees the IT person as nothing more than an electronic janitor who's sole purpose is to clean up the messes that they, the user, were too careless or too inept to prevent from happening in the first place. Thus, they don't bother to learn how to do things properly, they don't learn how to keep from getting a virus, they don't learn how to do even the simplest of things because "That's IT's job. I shouldn't have to know computers!"

That's the service they pay for, not having to "learn computers". IT is the data janitors. Most actual janitors don't despise the people they clean for, you know (of course, most actual janitors don't get hassled constantly either).

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