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Comment: Re:Slashdot Overrun by Luddite Barbarians (Score 1) 163

by Poohsticks (#49272297) Attached to: "Hello Barbie" Listens To Children Via Cloud
Ummmmm - no. This is not the reasoning of rabid un-thinking crazed mobs. This is the rational thinking of a distrustful public since the product and services are run by a corporation that has very little of the public trust. I actually agree with you that the technology is wicked cool. I just don't trust ANY corporation to use said technology responsibly (and F'-you to Google, Apple, Microsoft and Disney for their intrusive tech of GoogleTalk, Siri, Cortana, and the Disney wristband). We used to have privacy. I'd like mine back (thankyouverymuch). And yes - I am a grumpy old man, DAMMIT!

Comment: And you sir are the reason why developers are NOT (Score 1) 294

by Poohsticks (#46782021) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: System Administrator Vs Change Advisory Board
And you sir are the reason why developers are NOT sysadmins or typically given admin privileges on servers. Sysadmins DO evaluate the patches and updates. That's a requirement before putting them on the machines. Developers however rarely review the latest security updates and changes required by vendors as relevant to the core OS functions - because they don't have to. So they rely on 5 year old driver implementations (which SUCK) and outdated security models (because that's not their job - to deal with security - they write code and new products!). FUCKING BULLSHIT. I have had more developers take down their own machines than I can count. The original comment is right. If you're working with such brittle fucking code that you can't deal with patch deployments - then go work in VM environment where you can snapshot and rollback with a few clicks. Fucking developers always think then know everything about computers "because I make them dance!" Bullshit. I bet you never took one fucking class on OS development or kernel basics. Stupid fucking arrogance.

Comment: Re:Email isn't necessarily useful to everyone. (Score 1) 299

BULLSHIT!!! Email is still the primary communication/documentary system at every major company and government bureau. It has thoroughly replaced the paper memo system that was its predecessor. If you cannot or do not read/write/manage your email messages/accounts - then you are functionally illiterate in today's terms. Yes - I am an email administrator.

Comment: In a Casino (Score 1) 322

by Poohsticks (#46219595) Attached to: What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?
Was traveling through Temecula, CA and stopped for a drink and the buffet at Viejas Casino (not a plug - just reference) and as I was walking through the casino we had a brown-out (very high heat and massive electrical usage on that day). Was very interested to see all of the slot machines rebooting through a standard linux kernel and boot-loader straight to the "normal" slot machine game. Weird - but makes sense.

Comment: Re:Implied Admission? (Score 1) 212

by Poohsticks (#36030520) Attached to: Apple Releases iOS 4.3.3 To Fix Location Tracking
Except that - "According to tests by independent security researcher Samy Kamkar, the iPhone was also collecting new data on cell tower and Wi-Fi networks when location services were off, and sending this data back to its servers. It's unclear whether the update stops these collections as well. According to Skyhook's Morgan, the collection of the data and the downloading of the cache to the phone typically work hand-in-hand." - From an article by the Reg. So - I'm sorry but they're collecting data when location services are off and they're transmitting that back to Apple. THAT'S SPYING!!!!

Comment: Re:Redundant? (Score 1) 264

by Poohsticks (#34250214) Attached to: Minutes I spend on the phone, on a typical day:
Sorry but all of you folk that don't work in a global company are deeply out of touch with how often one is REQUIRED to be on telephone conferences. It is insanely tedious and a poor substitute for face-to-face meetings, but it's damn difficult to get a global team with representatives in London, Hong Kong, Sydney and New York all together (not to mention prohibitively expensive). There's a time and place for phone calls, and this is definitely one of them.

The REX Robotic Exoskeleton 53

Posted by kdawson
from the walk-like-a-man dept.
ElectricSteve writes "When Robert Irving was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, it was the catalyst for him and his childhood friend, Richard Little, to turn their engineering skills to the task of developing an exoskeleton that was a practical, standing-and-walking alternative to wheelchairs. The result is REX, an exoskeleton made of strong, lightweight materials that is designed to support and hold a person comfortably as he moves. Users strap themselves in to the robotic legs with a number of Velcro and buckled straps that fit around the legs, along with a belt around the waist. While most robotic exoskeletons we've looked at, such as the HAL, augment human motion, this is generally not an option for wheelchair-bound users, so REX is controlled using a joystick that sits at the wearer's waist level." The rig is expected to cost $150K when introduced later this year in New Zealand. Gizmag has an obnoxious timed popover subscription nag, so NoScript is indicated.

Comment: Re:Thank you (Score 3, Informative) 207

by Poohsticks (#28441977) Attached to: An Experiment In BlackBerry Development
Oh I get it! You're considering the BES itself as the third party software. Well sure then, adding third-party software to the Exchange environment must seem foreign. But you get a hell of a lot of functionality that just doesn't exist on a pure Exchange/ActiveSync deployment. Including the ability to push applications to the devices, S/MIME functionality, true AES encryption throughout the whole device... you name it. Yes - BES is a bolt-on to Exchange, but it's a damned useful one in large organizations. I get it if it seems to complicated for your environment or your users, then stick with Exchange/ActiveSync. I've been running it for a long time and one thing stays the same - users are still stupid and training is still required. That goes for WinMo/iPhone and any other mobile email solution you're running too though.

Comment: Re:Thank you (Score 1) 207

by Poohsticks (#28440357) Attached to: An Experiment In BlackBerry Development
What third party software is required? Seriously. I want to know what you deem "required" in order to work "in a vaguely okay way". I've been a BES admin since version 1.0 (and we're going on ver 5.0 now). I've NEVER run any third party applications on the Blackberry server or device and have nearly 100% mailbox data replicated from the Exchange server to the device (we purposely limit which mailbox folders are replicated to the device).

I can understand if you don't like Blackberry servers or the devices. They're a bit of an acquired taste perhaps, but get your facts straight because you've obviously got NO idea what you're talking about.

Comment: Re:Bingo! (Score 1) 789

by Poohsticks (#28273123) Attached to: iPhone Users Angry Over AT&T Upgrade Policy
Indeed - and even more so for those of us who've been limping along on the original iPhone. I wouldn't have bought it for myself but received it as a gift and I'm now really happy with the device (after jailbreaking to get most of the "new" features that will be included in the 3GS). But the hardware improvements are what are now driving me to upgrade. Lucky me - I've just reviewed my upgrade costs with ATT and I get the reduced rate upgrade. Wohooo! Not thrilled with the increase in data charges. It's going to cost me an extra $10 a month for the new phone, but that seems like a small price to pay for the speed and performance boosts that I'm getting.

Comment: Re:OWA Support for Firefox and Safari (Score 1) 274

by Poohsticks (#27592849) Attached to: First Look at Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta
Yes - Microsoft has committed to updating OWA to provide equivalent functionality to IE with ActiveX (the full OWA experience) for both Safari and Firefox.


There are a few differences listed in the article, but it is more uniform.

Comment: Re:Exmerge (Score 1) 274

by Poohsticks (#27592811) Attached to: First Look at Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta
Microsoft has committed to updating the Exmerge.exe tool specifically to support the Unicode PST format (20 GB limit) and should be releasing it this year.

It's low on their priority list, but since most Exchange admins love this utility - they finally agreed to update it.


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