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Comment: Re:Try and try again. (Score 1) 445

by Taelron (#49183705) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough
I started with the PalmOS phone and switched to a couple of different Windows Mobile phones... Never again. Just like the desktop versions of Windows OS, the Windows Mobile needed to be periodically rebooted.

I'd miss calls and not receive a notification of voicemail. No texts... And trouble placing a call. So decide to reboot my phone, suddenly I have 5 voice messages and a bunch of text messages flood in.

I was having to reboot the piece of crap once a week on average. Not very good for someone that worked around the clock as a consultant.

I occasionally have the same issue with my iPhone 5, my work email will stop sync'ing until i powercycle it. - Never seem to have these problems with my Android phone. The only downside there is Samsung and Sprint take forever to release updates for their products. So I'm often two Android point revs behind someone on a non-samsung Verizon phone and one point rev behind someone with a non-samsung Sprint phone...

Comment: Re:But (Score 2) 640

by Taelron (#48805111) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7
The Windows 10 Tech preview is a memory hog still

Windows 7 Enterprise - Running several applications, large mail box, VCenter Client connected to 5 large clusters, and various other large programs used up 3gb out of 8gb availble.

Windows 10 Tech preview - Fresh install, NOTHING else running on it - used 5gb out of 8gb of RAM. Those "Metro Apps" are still using up memory and updating useless tiles that just make things look pretty. It also constantly calls out over the network looking for other systems, even more so than previous versions of windows.

Comment: Re:Simple solution:do not buy the game until you k (Score 1) 474

Likewise, I wont buy any game until I see a review. especially now that games have jumped from $40 to $60+ not counting the added cost of DLC's.

Most single player games i wait till they have been out 6 months or so and then Steam has a sale with the whole game and all DLC's for 1/2 or less the cost of the base game when it originally came out.

Any game that doesnt have a review or is not at least 7.5/10 doesnt get a lick of my money...

Comment: Reboot? - Load Balancers and multiple systems (Score 3, Insightful) 265

by Taelron (#47433019) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?
Unless you are updating the Kernel there are few times you need to reboot a centos box. Unless your app has a memory leak.

The better way to go about it has already been pointed out above. Have several systems, load balance them in a pool, take one node out of the pool, work on it, return it to the pool then repeat for each remaining system. - No outage time and users are none the wiser to the update.

Comment: To late... (Score 1) 681

My company has already started to ditch Microsoft over the gaff that was Vista 2.0 (Win8x). Starting six months ago as peoples machine came up on replacement schedule we started moving everyone to Ubuntu and Libre Office. (Not really all that thrilled with Ubuntu myself...) But what we are seeing here is that even companies are now getting tired of Microsoft flops every other version. With most of our software and applications being web based these days, as long as you have a web browser that works with java script you are pretty much golden. Even in the server environment now we are running nearly 50% Solaris or Linux and 50% Windows Servers, though we are replacing Windows with Unix or Linux as we can.

Comment: Cost of Court case vs buying a new one... (Score 2) 465

by Taelron (#46416773) Attached to: Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad
There is one angle everyone here is missing. It would be cheaper to buy a new Ipad than go through a court case.

Granted Apple would like that, another sale to boost the bottom line. But why would anyone waste spending $1500 or more in basic legal and court fees for an older/used $300~$400 device.

Comment: The Army could stand to be downsized... (Score 5, Interesting) 506

by Taelron (#46330559) Attached to: US War Machine Downsizing?
The Marine Corps handles 90 to 95% of all "Peace Time" military actions while subsisting on the hand-me downs from the other branches and a paltry 3% of the Defense Budget. Navy Seal teams get more money for training ammo than the entire Marine Corps.

At the beginning of the 1st Gulf War, the Marines were just getting the M1 Abrahms tanks the Army was swapping out for newer models (before that the Marines were still on old M60 tanks).

In the late 90's (97-98) the Marines were just starting to get the venerable Singars radios. Up till then they were still using post-Vietnam era AN/PRC-77 radios.

Time and time again the Army goes and asks for more men and money, new gear, etc, because they state they cant accomplish the mission with what they have.

And time and time again the Marine Corps happily takes that "old outdated" equipment with fewer men and exceed... There has long been a rivalry between the branches, but maybe its time for the other branches to take a page out of the Corps manual and learn how to do more with less. You could drop military spending by half at least, if not more, by following the Marines lead.

Comment: Re:Use an antenna. (Score 2) 578

by Taelron (#46190393) Attached to: US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online
Exactly, for those that care... The cable industry has gone out of their way to make people forget about OTA. I've gone camping and been places where the OTA regular 4 (Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC) digital HD channels came in just as clear if not better than they did over Cable. So why should I pay them $100 a month for channels I dont want? Now full disclosure, I have no intenet on watching the Olympics anyways, they have gotten stale over the years to the point of outright boring. The only entertainment i've gotten out of the Olympics in years has come from the woefully unready Sochi hotels.

Comment: This was discussed a couple of months back... (Score 1) 341

by Taelron (#46186881) Attached to: California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets
This story was ran a couple of months back.

And it was already shown/proven that the ability to remote kill stolen phones is already possible. All current new phones have this ability. Its the CARRIERS that do not want to enable it. They make money off you buying a new phone and off selling service to whomever stole your phone.

The Carriers are the only ones fighting against this.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 2219

by Taelron (#46183741) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
I went and checked out the beta site while logged in from another (older) work machine. The interface is two dumbed down. The pictures are not necessary and the add space was drastically increased. The little blocks of information (ala Windows 8) doesn't offer enough information. The current site I can scroll down and see the head lines and a heafty preview so I can decide if I want to explore that topic or not. The new site doesn't show enough to hook me to want to check the article. IE, no click through, less Ad impressions. Also with the current site I can scroll down over a dozen or more articles. The new layout only had a handful on the page. Forcing us to click through and drive up Ad impressions? Most of us don't look past the first page. A lot of other tech sites get news a day or two before Slashdot these days. I get more up to date information from theregister, and then find a recap story on Slashdot 3 days later. Its the community input that keeps the stale stories relevant. But its obvious the vast majority of the user base is against the new layout. If they leave, then wheres the incentive to come and read stale stories? The other problem with the beta site is the over sized Ad space On a normal computer the Ads are taking up the right 1/4 of the screen. On the smaller monitor computer I was on, 1024, it was impossible to read the comment section. The strict size of the ad space scrunched up the threads leaving tons of white space to the right and only 4 to 6 words per line. Very difficult to read.

Programmers used to batch environments may find it hard to live without giant listings; we would find it hard to use them. -- D.M. Ritchie