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Comment Re:Look for other users of the S/W for advice (Score 5, Insightful) 150 150

Precisely this. Do not look at the hardware for hardware's sake, look at the needs to run the software as best as you can. Does it benefit from parallelism? Throw tons of Opteron cores at it. Does it benefit from speed? Get the fastest Intels. Can it do everything in RAM? Stuff the servers with it, etc. etc.. Also, if it is built to scale, start with one or two servers, then see what kind of load it causes and base the next nodes you add on that data. You might even want to consider starting off with a virtual environment for portability to other hardware or cloud providers.

Comment Re:Associate of Science in Networking... (Score 1) 173 173

First thing I was wondering about is what constitutes a "significant amount of training as network administrator" if you have to ask a question like this.
Or is an AAS so basic they don't even teach portforwarding has an option to use alternative ports? (don't ever use the standard remote desktop ports in the first place)
Having had to teach basic network troubleshoting skills to guys fresh out of school already made me doubt the level of education nowadays.

Comment Re:Real users use (Score 1) 267 267

Which is why you want a desktop environment that "gets out of your way"

Which is exactly why I went to fluxbox some time ago after having used KDE mostly with a short time of Ubuntu with Gnome 2 in between.
I just wanted to easily get to the applications I use daily and not be distracted by dialogs I didn't care about. And fluxbox gave me exactly that; simple, functional window decorations and a taskbar that I could turn off because I can open the fluxbox menu with a key combination. My desktop is empty aside from osdclock.
I also prefer any application that does what it's meant to do and not bother me with unwanted tips or tricks.
And if I want to go flashy I use feh to cycle through wallpapers (yes, of raunchy midget-horse porn with some hot grits and what's-her-face thrown in for subtle flavouring, you bunch of insensitive clods!)

Comment Re:Depends (Score 2) 517 517

every Windows installation slows down with usage, to the point of requiring to be formatted

Not neccessarily. I made a maintenance procedure clearing temporary files and registry with ccleaner and MyDefrag to organize files on disk for our customers and it solves most slowdown by far (excluding the usual malware toolbars etc.)
That eliminated most re-installs and uneccesary expenses. Not to mention losing preferences.

Comment Re:104Mb (Score 4, Informative) 85 85

Windows 8.1 can run on a 16 GB partition with 1 GB of ram

Debian testing, Libreoffice, Eclipse, GIMP, Iceweasel, a whole bunch of other programs and utilities; 10G used on disk (including 2.3G home directory), about 1G RAM actively used of 3, the rest is cache.

No matter how you look at it, Microsoft has never been in the lean and mean camp. Neither with OS nor Office, database, virtualisation software.
Maybe open source development fosters a more efficient use of hardware by its nature?

Comment Re:Dear Microsoft. (Score 1) 133 133

I don't use those one-stop-shop distros like Ubuntu, Fedora,etc.. I prefer to start with a clean distro and only add what I want to (Debian, fluxbox, links2, xmms). That's what I love about the *nixes.
And that's why I make a more concious effort on my installations which (time=money)!=cheapskate, which was my point to the parent.
Since running a simple, clean desktop I can never get comfortable using Windows (desktop nor server).

Comment Re:Dear Microsoft. (Score 3, Informative) 133 133

If by cheapskate you mean taking effort to decide on a distro, desktop environment and applications, create installation media and install from scratch making sure all hardware is supported to create a comfortable computing experience, yeah, I guess I'm one of those cheapskates.

Comment Re:'Numerotez vos abatis' (Score 1) 145 145

That's why I think it only works in static environments. Back when I set up the first Windows 2003 terminal server farm I used the builtin ability to restrict access to only those programs allowed to run.

Unfortunately in reality most offices have users with full access to their PC's (because they feel entitled to it) or at least their profile so they can run whatever they want. The only thing blocking their behaviour is up-to-date anti-virus software.

Comment Re:'NumÃf©rotez vos abatis'... (Score 2) 145 145

On the Info security blog he mentions that it's the kernel which recognises executable files.

So, how does the kernel know which executables are legit to run?
If I want to run my CreateDancingBunniesDrawingsIn0Days.exe I would give it permission just like the new update from my office suite because I don't know any better. Unless there is a program which recognises the executable as malware and warns me. Something that gets updates hourly from a central source of known malware maybe?
Better yet, we need something where we allow programs only specific access to resources. Including a buffer for disk access that can be flushed or written to disk after confirmation.
I doubt it'll fit in 100KB though.

Comment Re:Why the need to detect if you know where stuff (Score 1) 108 108

Exactly. A warehouse is nothing but a physical database.
Goods are placed and retrieved at specific locations. If something's wrong a manual check and correction can be done, or maybe have one or two robots with good visual recognition randomly check locations and the contents for correctness.

Comment Re:Think that's impressive? (Score 3, Insightful) 207 207

Static advertising.

No more audiovisually distracting intrusive advertising burning bandwidth and CPU to peddle things you've already bought or looked into.
Newspapers and magazines had people managing advertising themselves, picking relevant products and the way it's presented. Why can't websites manage it like they do and take responsibility for it?

Comment Re:Lets all chant together (Score 1) 207 207

Only after a page doesn't work in a text browser.

I use links2 as my main browser and only use Iceweasel+NoScript if the page is interesting enough to read. Haven't used an adblocker in a while since NoScript seems to work well enough for me.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long