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Comment Stupid, stupid, stupid (Score 1) 185

Stupid for two specific reasons:

1) Stop requiring shit at the federal level. Education decisions should be made at the local and state level. You can require whatever you want in Chicago, but leave the rest of us alone. The federal government has a hard enough time doing the job that it is mandated to do in the Constitution.

2) Not everyone needs to know how to code. It's a waste of time. Not everyone needs to take shop class. Not everyone needs to take home economics.

Comment Re:Bought EMC's Avamar and... (Score 1) 96

I also ran Avamars (replicating to DR site). We struggled with the product's reliability and upgrades never seemed to work correctly. Some of the management was through the Java front end, others were using the Linux CLI. It all seemed very disjointed. Switched to Dell's Appassure about 2 years ago and haven't looked back. One management interface (website) and upgrades are pretty simple. Also much cheaper than Avamar.

One of the other issues I didn't like with Avamar was the licensing model. I bought the servers, but then had to pay again to utilize all of the storage available. This made it a very expensive backup solution. With Appassure I can attach as much storage as I want to the server and never pay extra.

No, I do not work for Dell or any of their companies. I'm just a satisfied customer with a solid team supporting me.

Comment Re: Oh great (Score 1) 96

I have 11 years experience with Dell enterprise products and pay with Net terms all of the time. Even orders up to $100k. I have also used their financing. Never had a problem with with one. I have had many good account reps over the years that work with us to get us what we need.

Comment Re:Within 100 miles of a border... (Score 1) 396

Isn't their some law that gives border agents essentially unlimited rights to search and confiscate (no warrant required) so long as they are within 100 miles of any US border? I remember seeing something like that a few years ago and thought, gee, I wonder how many people live in houses that are within 100 miles of the border....

And how is it that this law trumps the US Constitution? Specifically the 4th amendment?

Comment Re:6 years (Score 4, Interesting) 127

If they can take Android, which is open source, and create their own fork of it which is proven to be much more secure yet can still use the Android app eco-system, it could very well be a big hit when combined with good QWERTY phones.

Here's the problem: Android isn't 100% open source (at least the way I understand it). The first part is obvious: Google Play Services. This is not open source, but it is needed to run many of the apps. (this is also why I can't run some of the Android apps on my BB Z10) There are also many binaries included in the Android OS where there is no code available. Because of that BlackBerry (or any other company) cannot guarantee the security of the device running Android. So they cannot have a secure device like a BB10 device.

BlackBerry is doing what some of their supporters want: Great hardware (which is what BB is known for) running an OS with tons of apps.

BlackBerry will continue to develop the BB10 OS because they have many customers that demand it.

My disclaimer: I've had my Z10 since launch and I still love it. The BB10 OS is very well designed, fast and secure. I love it.

Comment Re:What AWS outage demonstrates .. (Score 1) 76

False. They have had multiple outages in the last 5 years:

On April 20, 2011, some parts of Amazon Web Services suffered a major outage.

On June 29, 2012, several websites that rely on Amazon Web Services were taken offline

On October 22, 2012, a major outage occurred

On December 24, 2012, AWS suffered another outage

On September 20, 2015, AWS suffered another outage

Some of these were limited to one day, some were multiple days.

Comment Looking in the wrong place (Score 1) 279

Almost all of the pirated movies that I have seen were stolen at the studio, not the theater. Some of them even had the production information still on the screen. And some of them were the complete DVD/Blu-ray movie package that was yet to be released.

The studios know their own people are stealing, but they keep blaming the general public.

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky