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Comment: Re: You probably have one, though... (Score 1) 255

by Penguinisto (#48924991) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Agreed - parts of downtown Portland were a huge clusterfsck for months after the first protests.

It started with somewhat of a goal - a protest against "the rich", and against a laundry list of financial predations against the masses. Then, it quickly devolved into one massive slack-fest/camp-out, with the last holdouts finally leaving months later.

Comment: Re:copper lines going away like analog TV (Score 1) 94

by Penguinisto (#48918285) Attached to: FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

Still can't get broadband other than via the cell phone. And that's expensive. Even the "unlimited" plans only come with a few Gb of 4G, then it drops to Edge.

It's still a raping, but satellite Internet is miles cheaper overall than cell, and there's some actual competition for it other than Hughes.

Comment: Re:Cam-tastic (Score 4, Informative) 152

One state at a time. Once all states (or at least a majority) have it legal, then the feds will have to either re-evaluate, or double-down on their stance. Considering that the foundation for the relevant laws are tenuous at best, they'll become pretty much useless anyway.

(I live in Oregon... come July, it'll be perfectly legal here. It's already legal for all uses just over the river in Washington. I don't partake, and haven't for 23 years; OTOH, my wife has a medical license, and it works far better for her than the Oxycodone did. After seeing the improvements it's made in her life, well, the DEA can go fuck itself.)

Comment: Re:Open Auto (Score 1) 128

Consider that Local Motors most likely found and are exploiting loopholes (e.g. hobbyist car-building from scratch, which is still quite active.) Consider further that they wouldn't have attracted a dime of venture funding without at least some plan to exploit existing legal loopholes.

So - you made the assertion, you get to prove it by naming at least one existing rule or law that could be used to slap them down.

Comment: Re:Why would you want this? (Score 1) 178

by Penguinisto (#48886813) Attached to: New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

Dude - this is nicotine, not heroin or meth.

Going cold-turkey on cigarettes is nothing more than an annoyance for most folks who do so. This vaccine only means that once your body is rid of the cravings (anywhere from 3 days to a month), you won't want to return to it, since doing so wouldn't give you what you were seeking when you did fall off the wagon, so to speak. After a year, you don't want to bother anyway - at worst you'll occasionally dream of lighting one up, but then feel perhaps a little guilty about the dream in the morning.

Comment: Re: No! (Score 2) 148

Not to drift too off-topic, but I noticed something WRT Sharepoint...

In most companies that I've seen, Sharepoint runs the company site that has all the HR and official corporate stuff (schedules, forms, etc), but that's it. Usually only one or two departments take their chunk of it even halfway seriously, while the rest put up some perfunctory content (if they even bother) and ignore it. Individual user content? Unless it's a multinational corp, you won't really see any of that, if at all.

Meanwhile, in the departments where the developers/sysadmins/engineers live, Confluence and JIRA dominate for content and ticketing, respectively (and before that, basic Wiki pages like TWiki held all the tribal knowledge). Sales departments usually turn to Salesforce, SAP, or similar.

I'm really not sure if any company uses it any differently outside of Microsoft itself. I think the only reason any organization bothered with Sharepoint in the first place is because the beancounters think it's "free" (nevermind the OS licensing and infrastructure requirements).

That said, Sharepoint has document versioning, sure... but that's about where the similarities to Git or Subversion end (CVS? Okay maybe, but only because CVS is outdated simplistic crap compared to SVN or Git.)

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 5, Insightful) 189

by Penguinisto (#48875869) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

So basically you want Apple and Microsoft to keep supporting your crusty old hardware with new features that it doesn't support anyway?

You're approaching it from the hobbyist/end-user viewpoint - turn in your geek card, please. The corporate/enterprise side of things will actually keep hardware around a whole hell of a lot longer, and industrial use cases keep old crap around the longest of all.

Example? No problem, I got a ton of those, including this little gem I dealt with a couple of years ago: Company spent millions on a certain specialized (solar cell) wafering machine whose computer still uses a parallel port (remember those?)/ It's a year or two out from ROI when it breaks down, but the manufacturer won't update or repair anything w/o the company spending millions on a new machine. Why? Because they stopped issuing patches/drivers for the machine long ago when Microsoft decided to drop their OS support, and the old stuff won't support USB enough to allow for a USB/Parport adapter.

This has fuck-all to do with fanboy ideology, and everything with having to keep systems up in situations where they need to.

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