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Comment: People are going to use it (Score 1) 71 71

Despite me or my predecessor not loading Flash onto any systems we images and put out, I found it's on about 85% of our user's systems. Today I finally caved after seeing this and pushed the latest MSI from Adobe with this patch included out via GPO. Nearest I figure you're better controlling the beast than letting it run rampant and make sure users stay up to date. Tomorrow I will checking with management and pushing Chrome MSI as well to force users to use Chrome for all non local-Intranet sites.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 2) 117 117

Rather than respond to each comment I find this easier. My general thought process is there are bigger problems to worry about. I still have one 2003 system on my network, and 3 XP systems. All are secured to the point where they're as locked down as they can be. I'm less concerned with them, than users with brand new fully patched Windows 7 systems that managed to still get malware and viruses on their system, despite a locked down firewall that has virus and security filtering on, a virus and spam filtering email service, antivirus and antimalware on their local system, and adblock installed in their browser. Those are the threats that cause problems. We got hit with a variant of CryptoLocker in late February on a user with a fully patched Windows 7 system. It managed to take out about 100gb of data, that we luckily had backups of so we lost nothing. These are the threats I'm worried about, not what some old past service date server that is attached to nothing and does not have connectivity to anything of value.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 117 117

DMZ'd, and local firewall is on. Only traffic allowed is port 80. It's virtualized as well. There is absolutely nothing vital on it as well, and its not even joined to our domain. So not much can crawl to it. I admit it's not perfect, something could still hit some old IIS vulnerability if we have a infected machine on our internal network. But all they'd get is the some non confidential manufacturing press status pages. We have local exchange server, also DMZ'd, but it doesn't even touch the internet directly. Only outbound SMTP is allowed to a specific IP range to our "Cloud Spam" service, and only incoming is allowed from it as well.

Comment: Nope (Score 1) 117 117

Nope. The end of the world bell was rung when XP Support ended, and nothing happened. I figure the same for 2003. We still have our main intranat site on 2003. The replacement plan is still 1-2 years in the works and requires a additional hire. It's internal only and doesn't face the outside world at all, so figure we're fine.

Comment: Re:Windows 8.1 on the Business Workstation? (Score 1) 133 133

I do. Just recently. Up until the end of 2014 all our engineering workstation laptops were amm M4x00 series (Some older 4600's, 4700's, and now 4800's). The two M4800's I purchased this year came with Windows 7 Pro licenses with 8.1 Pro. I said why not, gave it a try and installed it. All our major CAD software and programs all run fine, after enabling .Net 3.5 of course. Some older CAD program with specialized drivers for a USB license key HASP didn't work out of the box and required a update for the driver, that's it. I installed ClassicShell on these systems. Works fine. For 3 other regular "plane" non CAD users that run just office, I installed it, used ClassicShell, and no one even knew it was Windows 8.1 Pro vs Windows 7. I asked one user who said they'd refuse to run Windows 8/8.1 use it without telling them, didn't even notice it was Windows 8.1 till I told them. Everything runs fine.. and it's newer, so I wont have to upgrade it later on, so why not?

Comment: Bus Logic (Score 2) 280 280

Since when has traveling by car and plane been comparable? For long distances, I suppose. I'm not going to drive between NYC and LA. But on a daily basis it is not. Compare Plane Travel to Boat travel maybe, especially cargo. Or compare planes to trains. Cars should be compared to buses. Same travel medium, more directly comparable. Most cities, at least near me, have moved to around 50% mix of hybrid buses and eco-diesel buses. With that the numbers would be interesting to see.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 137 137

It's Legacy. For me, it turned legacy as soon as .Net 4.5 wasn't supported. Our in house software started using 4.5 features and will no longer run on XP. The literally two systems with XP we have left, for Legacy reasons to run specialized manufacturing software made for Windows 95, have to remote into a terminal server to run our in house software.

Comment: Backups (Score 1) 52 52

Who cares when you have backups. I've had one family relative, and a system on my network get infected. First had backups of important stuff, latter took out a few thousand folders on our network, which our backup solution recovered in an hour. We have backups daily for 8 weeks or more that can restore in as long as it takes to transfer, something around 300mbyte/s.

Comment: Maybe (Score 1, Flamebait) 303 303

A year ago... maybe two, there's no way I would even think of believing this. Given the steps Microsoft has taken in the last 1-2 years, it may be something that's possible. First they offered major OS updates for free, first Windows 8 > Windows 8.1. Then next, Windows 10 for free for current Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users. Then, on top of that, the open sourcing of .Net. Given Apple's "free" offerings, they were kind of forced to do this. The open sourcing of .Net was a surprise to me. Makes me think maybe they have gained some wisdom.

Comment: It works in reverse too (Score 4, Informative) 222 222

We live in a somewhat rural area. Fiber isn't even close, and DSL service (6mbit max) only became available a year or two ago. Cable internet through Charter has been available for over a decade though, and we've had Cable TV since the early 1990's. About 5 years ago, relatives next door finally caved and wanted cable. They are literally one house before us, and equal distance from the road. (100ft or so). Every time we called they said it was not available for their address. It took 6mo of fighting, and a call/complaint to the local cable/communication oversight committee, to get them to send a survey crew (A single guy), who immediately got out of the car, looked, said "The f**k, there's no problem here you can get it" who then went on about a rant about how their database is so messed up and inaccurate.

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