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Comment: Re:Cool (Score 1) 564

SCCM supports Linux and OS X clients, but as far as I know it does not support the deployment of task sequences to such clients. A task sequence is what you need to deploy an operating system using SCCM. So, the Linux and OS X boxen were likely spared (unless, by any chance, they deployed it for boot media in addition to SCCM clients and the user happened to insert and boot from SCCM boot media during this time, I guess).

Comment: Re:Cool (Score 1) 564

This is the very example needed to illustrate why "re-imaging" machines should not be done without a confirmation by the user of the machine.

I'd really hate to come to work one day and see that all the stuff I've been working on has been lost... because we were supposed to save it to the H (home) drive on the server that... also got wiped.

The SCCM server was wiped. The chances of that being the same server as the file server for H: is pretty low, and we don't know if that server was reimaged (though the advertisement was sent). In any case, all these servers were clearly backed up, so you would not have lost anything by putting it on H:, even if the relevant server was affected.

Comment: Not symmetrical (Score 1) 355

by R.Mo_Robert (#46996869) Attached to: Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Minor nitpick: the Thunderbolt connector is not symmetrical. The writer must be confusing it with Apple's Lightning connector for iDevices, from which the new USB connector probably copied this feature.

(Actually, I believe the Thunderbolt connector is more or less symmetrical with respect to the x-axis, but this is undoubtedly not what the writer meant.)

Comment: Re:Funny (Score 3, Informative) 693

by R.Mo_Robert (#46741441) Attached to: The GNOME Foundation Is Running Out of Money

As charming as your characterisation of /.s membership is, I'm more interested in whether or not there is any truth to the assertion that Gnome's funding was eaten up by outreach programmes. I managed to track down this article, so there does seem to be a certain amount of legitimacy to the claim.

You can actaully find more or less the same thing from GNOME themselves: It states:

What is the problem? The Foundation does not have any cash reserves right now.

Why has this happened? The Outreach Program for Women (OPW) has proven to be extremely popular and has grown quite rapidly.... GNOME, as the lead organization, has been responsible for managing the finances for the entire effort. However, as the program grew, the processes did not keep up.

That being said, the original poster's sexism and cisgenderism is obviously out of line in any case, but it does appear the growth of this program (which undoubtedly is largely cis women) was a large factor in creating the current financial situation. They also except to have it resolved within a month or so and don't seem to be too concerned about it.

Comment: Re:Google had to have put this in on purpose (Score 1) 152

by R.Mo_Robert (#46719261) Attached to: Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

An "accidental bug" which enables not only the microphone (even when it's supposed to be turned off) but text to speech conversion? No way.

Did you even read the summary? It offers access only to the text-to-speech conversion output, not the microphone itself. (But yes, that was my first thought, and no, this should still not be happening.)

Comment: Re:Bu the wasn't fired (Score 1) 1116

by R.Mo_Robert (#46697301) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

He fucking resigned.

Which the summary says. Or did we stop reading those now, too? I think the issue is whether this counts as an "attempt to coerce or influence" with threat of "discharge or loss of employment." The closest their official statements come to this is offering him another position, and I don't know if that happened before or after he resigned. In fact, I think even the summary of this article disagrees with the headline. What a confusing post.

Comment: Re:Why Ubuntu?! (Score 2) 208

I want to know how he matched up the pins and the baud rate.
Screw that up on something like a car you're probably in for expensive repair and a real bad time at the car dealer [...]
I cant wait to see the data on how he did the whole thing.

It's Ethernet. I'm pretty sure nothing bad will happen if you accidentally switch two of the wires. You just won't get a connection. Their job was also a bit easier in that they used 4-pin rather than 6, but I guess they decided they wouldn't need GigE for whatever this was designed for. :)

Comment: None of the above (Score 2) 149

by R.Mo_Robert (#46340615) Attached to: Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

Nobody used it because it sucked. My recollection is that it was basically another way to use Facebook Chat at first, around the same time that Chat and Messages were confusingly combined into one. I read a comment above that says it just forwards it to your registered e-mail address now. Regardless of whether they were able to monetize it or not, I can't see the appeal, and I bet nobody relied on it.

Comment: Re:An Opportunity is disguise? (Score 1) 158

by R.Mo_Robert (#46203745) Attached to: L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says

uses less power,


No commercial buildings are using incandescent lights (and certainly not this one sine they're RF quiet). Modern LEDs and modern fluoresent tubes have comparable efficiency. They both top out at a little above 100lm/W in practical situations.

IOW, LEDs won't save any money at all.

I don't think that's accurate. Most LEDs I've seen are a little more efficient fluorescent bulbs, plus they last a lot longer. While the LED bulbs are still more expensive initially in most cases, I think the increased efficiency and longer life will balance out in their favor at the end. You might be right if (only) the fluorescent bulbs were free.

Comment: Re:KY SB 16 2014 (Score 4, Insightful) 426

by R.Mo_Robert (#46069229) Attached to: Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

HS language courses are the biggest waste of time. Do you actually learn anything in a HS language class? Just enough to recognize the language you are reading, maybe make fun of the weird shit they do in other countries, but definitely not well enough to be able to converse.

Actually, I took (four years of) Spanish in high school, then tested into the advanced Spanish classes in college, which were mostly composition and literature, and I only had to take them because I had a Spanish minor (or I would have tested out otherwise). I also studied in Mexico during this time and was obviously able to converse, but I learned the majority of that during high school and would have been perfectly fine then, too. Some people are just not quite as good at learning foreign languages as others, and certainly the quality of education varies (I went to a really small school, by the way, but I think we had good teachers, including one native speaker), but it's absolutely false to claim that you won't learn anything in an HS language class.

A computer programming language, however, is completely different. While I think it's useful to learn both, this proposal seems to lump them under the same skill, and I don't think that's accurate or a good way to do it. (I have a BA in CS and an MA in linguistics, including applied/SLA, so I do have experience with both, by the way.)

Comment: Re:Tangential, but... (Score 1) 374

by R.Mo_Robert (#45978515) Attached to: Man Jailed For Refusing To Reveal USB Password

Are we really just calling this "a USB" now instead of "a USB flash drive" or something similar?

No, they just need an editor to look out for when people accidentally a word.

Really? Accidentally a word in both the article and the headline? Doesn't seem like an accident to me. I think this is usage is catching on among non-techies. I'm just surprised that such usage made it to Slashdot (where, yes, an editor should have done something).

If Machiavelli were a hacker, he'd have worked for the CSSG. -- Phil Lapsley