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Comment The Reality of the Situation (Score 1) 219

Where I work, and at most of the companies I have worked for, the vast majority of the software used, ran on Windows.

Whether it was servers or workstations, Windows was the choice. This was because the software used could only be ran on Windows. I suspect there are many companies/government agencies/schools, etc that are in that same situation. Sure, there may be a *nix server here, an Apple product there, etc, but Microsoft definitely has the stranglehold.

Since Microsoft is in this position, and the software used by my workplace runs only on Windows, there will eventually come a time, when vendors have put out versions of their software that will run on WX, that all workstations in our workplace will be WX. I don't see this NOT happening.

This means, that unless someone took the time to configure a firewall to block all of the telemetry, etc, connections going out to Microsoft's "user data and profiling aggregation infrastructure", anything someone did on one of those WX machines, while at work, would essentially be tracked and logged by Microsoft and whoever they were sharing that data with.

I don't think people really understand what this means.

Oh, and do me a favor. Please don't suggest I use Linux. If a workplace like mine, or the others I've been at, could have used Linux instead of Windows, that transition would have happened years ago.

And another thing, there is a false sense of privacy among many about BYOD. As if using your iPhone or Samsung is going to leave you a trail free of crumbs. Free from every comment you make online, free of every post or update.

Comment Re:Longer commute, here I come (Score 1) 217

Have you ever worked for a company with many employees telecommuting? They tend to be dysfunctional, with many workers out-of-the-loop, and poor coordination. It is surprising how much companies rely on informal communication around the water cooler, or chance meetings in the break room.

Correct you are.
The real key is communication skills. Most people don't have them, or have them just enough to get by.

Face to face communication is by far the best way to communicate critical or time sensitive info. Email, phone calls, etc will work, but they just add time and inconvenience.

Comment Re:Discovery Channel is all BS reality TV now (Score 1) 164

As a Gen-Xer, personally despise anything with hype, melodrama, and electric guitar riffs in a DOCUMENTARY!

As a fellow Xer, and a fan of PBS/Nova/Frontline, I agree completely. However, we have to be fair here and acknowledge that those things you describe started when Xers started getting into their 30s and watching programs like that.

Comment Re:Discovery Channel is all BS reality TV now (Score 1) 164

You missed the WW2 obsession as well.

Next up:
"How the destruction of the Axis Hidden Rubber Factories of Java and Zimbabwe turned the tides of Global War"
"How the Secret Bridge Game between Stalin, Hitler, Churhill and Roosevelt turned the tides of Global War"
"Amazing Cornbread Recipes of American POWs in Germany: How our POWs secretly culinary arts turned the tides of Global War"

Comment Re:They got off easy (Score 1) 336

You bring up some good points.

However, I never compared them to "terrorists", which as we all know is a politically heated phrase that can be used against anyone the media/government/corporations and others can use. I compared them to criminals, which is what they are.

Think about this in the context of our current "law enforcement paradigm" of shooting first and asking questions later, which hasn't abated since Ferguson or any of the other incidents where police just decide to kill someone, because they were nake, high, unarmed and not following directions. Here we have armed trespassers, who flagrantly voice their intent to commit crimes and harm law enforcement, etc;

Hey, thats some double standard were seeing up there in Oregon.

Comment They got off easy (Score 4, Informative) 336

If you look at what the Hammonds have done over the last twenty years or so, what the "militia" up there has done, etc; These clowns got off easy.

Because they quote "scripture" and wear cowboy boots, they have gotten the soft approach from law enforcement, and everyone knows it.
Just imagine if something similar had taken place, except the "militia" was composed of African Americans, say, in Oakland or Memphis? It would have been a blood bath from the get go.

Also, why do these militia/patriot types think its their prerogative to use lethal force or violence to get what they want? WTF?!? That is what criminals do. Isn't this obvious enough?

Comment This sounds strangely familiar... (Score 3, Interesting) 62

Like the time Conway Twitty received Cobol source code printout in a manila envelope with a Valentines card from his cousins ex-wife. Being curious, he input and compiled the code on his PC DOS workstation, and then ran it, discovering a surprisingly nimble calendaring/appointment/contacts program.

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