Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Open Auto (Score 1) 122

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) 144

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) 188

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.

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 5, Insightful) 188

by Penguinisto (#48875223) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

I'm surprised to see someone still using it myself (I've seen a few of them in the distant past, though...)

On the other hand, this is some hella stark contrast to certain other OS makers, who go out of their way to dump support for something as soon as they can in order to keep you on that upgrade treadmill - even if it means being forced to buy new hardware.

Comment: Re:enterprise will need some kind of offline mode (Score 1) 567

by Penguinisto (#48870035) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Presumably 7 and 8 work the same way - if you've got a single customer buying and managing thousands of licenses you don't want to make them dick around with activating them individually. I suspect 10 will be basically the same, except for the automatically scheduled license audit if you fail to pay for your subscription on time.

Not exactly, and the reason why can be summed up in three words: Key Management Server.

Willing to bet that a KMS box will soon become required in your corporate network if you want to run 10.

Comment: Re:Yep it is a scam (Score 4, Insightful) 663

by Penguinisto (#48869241) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax

Congress may be out to do that...

I tend to be a strong skeptic on the subject, but that said, Congress has no business declaring jack shit when it comes to anything scientific. They are more than free to debate, create, and modify *laws* based on it, but they have zero authority to declare anything a hoax.

Comment: Re:A reason to go with Open Source (Score 1) 156

by Penguinisto (#48866447) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

Yep, absolutely. You're screwed once MS stops their support. In their defense though, it is quite good that they provided updates for 12 years.

Microsoft never had a choice in that matter. Back in the bad old days, you could get near-eternal support for Solaris (back to when it was called "SunOS" for the longest time), HPUX, AIX...

Shit, man - there are still people using AIX 5.1 out there, and still getting support for it.

Comment: Re:An example. (Score 2) 179

by Penguinisto (#48820743) Attached to: Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

You hunt down the offending rogue SSID and eject the offender. It doesn't take much to triangulate the physical location... a couple of security guys carrying smartphones loaded with an app like this, and the rest is pretty simple.

What you do not do is play amateur electronic warfare (one, you'll likely lose that battle, and two, you run the risk of breaking stuff.)

Fundamentally, there may be no basis for anything.