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Comment: Re:Why are Zorro cards worth anything at all? (Score 1) 192

by Skuld-Chan (#47506987) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

I'd have to agree with the parent - most of what your talking about is nonsense.

I had an emplant board too - all it did is provide Mac serial (for appletalk) and a place to put roms, but I've never seen anyone use the sockets for that (admittedly we just downloaded them - and the software had full support for just using soft roms). It also had a slow speed scsi interface that no-one used.

Otherwise it was a stupid waste of money - shapeshifter was just as fast.

I really honestly can't think of any Zorro cards I wish I had still. The Rentina was buggy, the Fastlane was buggy and the VLAB was buggy. The DPS PAR was awesome, but you don't need one of those anymore. The Toaster/Flyer was awesome too - but likewise - you don't need one of those anymore - and getting it to work with a more modern workflow is a lot of work.

Oh we also tried out the Centaur Opalvision - because we hoped to use the never released roaster chip (to replace the video toaster). It was hacky, but colorful :).

Comment: Its not illegal but... (Score 1) 200

by Skuld-Chan (#47395131) Attached to: The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

Lately the media have latched onto anything drone related and put it in a bad light - and while I think the video is awesome (I'd love to do one myself!) - the media is yet again putting this in a bad light - driving the FAA further to action. I suspect too that if the pyro-technicians/firefighters below knew he was up there they would have stopped the show.

And when these "media controversies" come out its its always the DJI Phantom. When I first got into making model aircraft - the DJI kits were top notch - they didn't make pre-made aircraft like they do now. I think the process of building them from scratch, and working with the local model aircraft club taught you a certain amount of respect and safety for the devices themselves. Right now I can go down to a hobby shop - plunk down $1200 dollars and be flying within 30 minutes or less without any prior experience flying a model aircraft - quadcopters are deceptively simple to fly and lead inexperienced pilots to take risks others might not.

Lets face it though - the amount of views he's received has paid for this phantom setup - so the only risk was getting the video back off the gopro device.

Comment: Re:Administrators (Score 2) 538

by Skuld-Chan (#47291465) Attached to: Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

I can confirm this - I work at a university. The executive management there is decrying a 6-7 million dollar shortfall, but the employee to management ratio is 2:1 (2 employees per manager) at a school with 30-35k students and about 800 full time employees - and apparently 400 managers.

The shortfall just happens to equal the amount of money paid to the "executive" staff - including 180k a year for their "chief of diversity" - a woman who was a humanities major.

Comment: Re:Surprisingly Infrequent (Score 1) 564

I know a SCCM Microsoft PFE who has told me horror stories about customers doing this and paving their exchange server with Windows 7. I think it happens, but you don't read about it on a publicly readable website.

Its happen in my IT shop - although not nearly as bad as this story implies.

In our current CM 2012 environment we split Servers and Desktops and limited by security scope who can run queries and add servers to collections.

If at first you don't succeed, you must be a programmer.