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Comment: Re:Another failure of ZAW!!! (Score 1) 313

by MightyMartian (#48213265) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Microsoft cared so little about scripting that they left everyone for fifteen years with CMD.EXE and VBScript. I made them work, of course, because what choice did I have. Throw in some third party tools, and you had a solution, though an often very klunky kludgy one. But yes, in general, the notion was that you would just go into Administrative Tools and everything you needed was there... but everything never was there. Frankly, I don't even think GPOs became relatively complete until Server 2008.

Comment: Re:No chance (Score 2) 303

by MightyMartian (#48213217) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

The problem here is that the word "troll" has subtly shifted in meaning. When I was first on the Internet in the early 1990s, it was basically online assholes who would make rude comments, try to start flamewars and the like. I don't remember anyone who actually made threats against other people being referred to as "trolls". Back then being abusive like that could get you kicked off of mailing lists, sent you into-moderation hell on moderated newsgroups, and possibly even having your newsfeed terminated by your provider.

This new definition of "troll" is very recent; Twitter-age nomenclature.

Comment: Re:Another failure of ZAW!!! (Score 2) 313

by MightyMartian (#48207511) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

I don't know if it ever went as far as trying to get rid of sysadmins (Redmond has made no lack of money off of MCSEs and the like over the years), but they certain encouraged an attitude that command prompts, scripting and of the more "traditional" methods of system administration had been rendered obsolete; or rather, would be with "the next version". I have been subjected to numerous issues over the years that required me manually altering the registry, registering/re-registering/de-registering COM DLLs, screwing around in the bowels of IIS, Exchange, SQL Server, and yes, in many cases, invoking the dreaded command line. It was always alright because "In the next version, this functionality will be added!"

And now, as of 2014, Microsoft has pretty much flipped everything on its head. The GUI admin tools are all but deprecated, viewed as the lesser way to administer a Windows server, and PowerShell is proper and appropriate way.

The worst part about all of this is neither Microsoft or its legion of faithful sysadmins see any irony in this. Unix, in their view, is still some antiquated operating system with dated methodologies and philosophies (despite having commands like Move-Item to *nix's mv).

Comment: We need a whitebox mobile device. (Score 4, Interesting) 78

by jellomizer (#48204749) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

One of the things I am missing is the idea of a whitebox mobile devices. so you can build your own phone and your own tablet.
It may not be Sexy as an iPad, but you can configure in ways to get what you want out of it. More speed, more memory, better video, or huge battery life...
That is what made the PC popular, was the fact that you could get a PC configured for what you need it for. A cheap low end box, to a high end system. Was all possible.
This also allowed for a bunch of small companies to start building computers.

+ - FTDI updates windows driver, causes fake chips to be bricked->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In the latest windows update from FTDI (maker of usb/serial converter chips, very often used in arduinos and their download cables), the driver will look for 'fake' chips and overwrite their USB product id (PID), making them useless (unless you work-around it and re-flash the chip with the proper PID). The linux driver is still safe, but the binary blob from windows update is now something that we should all blacklist and uninstall, for our own safety."
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Comment: Basic Medical Technology 101. (Score 1) 76

by jellomizer (#48203341) Attached to: DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

Data Protocol: HL7 While 3.0 is XML based, almost everyone uses v.2 which is a multi-row Pipe (Technically is is definable, but everyone uses pipes) delimited file.

How the data is transferred.
There are two common ways to transfer HL7 data.
File Drop and read,
Push via a non encrypted TCP/IP.

Most healthcare systems try to put in VPN and separate networks in place to minimize the damage. But if someone was on the network they could say data update new dose, on the OBX.

We need to get technology to support encryption better. But health care system are notoriously decades out of date.

Comment: Re:All the movies had women in business (Score 1) 739

by jellomizer (#48202575) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

That and everyone has their strong and week points in coding.
I have seen code that has no structure what so ever and is just spaghetti code, then I have seen code that is so overly structured that you have no idea where that glitch is residing in because the error is in a base class of a class that has been extended into an other class which is wrapped in a bunch of other classes.

If you go back to your old code you will often find that you go to yourself why did I do it that way!
The solution to you now is simple and easy, while at the time you had a complex set of things going on.

Also we get scope creep and people providing information who demand that you do something a particular way, or assign similar tasks to different people, because the business requirements are different however the coding is nearly identical and a simple IF condition with 3 lines of code is all that is needed for one method or the other.

"Life, loathe it or ignore it, you can't like it." -- Marvin the paranoid android