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Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 1) 347

by afidel (#48214949) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

That's just it, you can't. The classic desktop is gone..or hidden to the point where system breaking hacks are needed to bring it back, and it's bugged

What ever are you blabbering about, in Windows 8.1 you can choose to boot to the desktop, and in 8.1 Update it's the default if Windows doesn't detect a touch interface device. Windows 10 is going to extend this to automagically switch back and forth for convertible devices (by default, you will be able to turn the behavior off if you wish) and the desktop view is getting a real start menu with the addition of a live tiles interface (this is an improvement over both Win 7 and 8 as the live tiles give you at a glance information like mobile widgets but they no longer jar you out of the desktop experience like the start screen does in 8).

Comment: Re:Performance issues? (Score 4, Insightful) 168

by afidel (#48214791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

Inner tracks have better seek times, which is why high performance applications often "short stroke" drives (ie artificially restrict the percentage of the drive used so that only the inner tracks are utilized, though with modern drives and transparent sector remapping it's unlikely this practices actually works), outer tracks have better streaming performance because more sectors move under the head in a given timeframe.

Comment: Re:We have more but we USE more. (Score 2) 168

by afidel (#48214731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

YOU don't use 10's of GB at a time, but I bet your organization does. My company has expanded their storage by 50% per year compounded for at least the last 10 years (I've been here 8 and I have 2 years of backup reports from before I started), and I don't think we're that unusual if you look at the industry reports for GB shipped per year.

Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 168

by afidel (#48214483) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

Adding 10% space AND notifying the sysadmin that autogrowth has happened is probably the best way IMHO, because it keeps things from crashing/locking up (most apps aren't happy to get an out of space notification) while allowing the intelligent person to investigate the root cause if they suspect an unusual cause (ie if my database server is growing its disk it's likely to be a bad query filling tempdb, I don't want the database to halt but I also want to figure out what the bad query is, but if a file server fills a volume it's almost always just the users adding more documents which I can't really tell them to stop doing).

Comment: Re:Please Microsoft... (Score 2) 347

by afidel (#48212637) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Hasn't the remote desktop client always suppressed those options?

No, and in fact on server 2003 there's a race condition between the RDP process and the server service that will cause a shutdown initiated through RDP to go into limbo over 50% of the time (supposedly fixed in SP1 but it wasn't) so we too always use shutdown.exe with -r -f -t 0.

Comment: Re: Please Microsoft... (Score 1) 347

by afidel (#48212579) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Granted Windows itself is largely to blame, as it's incapable of understanding that force-quitting apps should never be allowed sans local keyboard interaction (i,e. direct user approval), but the typical IT approach of nuking from orbit is unexcusable.

Yes, because SIGKILL (or the equivalent) doesn't exist on every OS ever...

but the typical IT approach of nuking from orbit is unexcusable.

This part is correct, the way we handle it is to use two deadlines, the first will prompt the user to reboot, if they ignore that for x number of days (generally 2) then it will force reboot. We make sure not to schedule patch deployments around major holidays when many people will be out and likely to miss the soft reminder.

Comment: Re:Only for root users (Score 4, Insightful) 114

by afidel (#48203459) Attached to: Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

Yes, but in a well managed environment users won't get a UAC prompt because they won't be local admins, if the folks you've trusted enough to grant local admin to are still dumb enough to click ok to a UAC prompt when opening an Office file then there's literally no security system that will help you.

Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 2) 397

by afidel (#48196251) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Then you haven't been paying attention, ATS, Redflex, and the other red light camera companies have been getting bad press all over the country, from Florida, to NJ, to Chicago where Redflex personnel bribed officials to get the $2B contract there, and there are public allegations from a former executive that they routinely bribed officials in at least 13 states: California, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia.

Comment: Re: May I suggest (Score 1) 331

by afidel (#48188709) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

A good friend of mine bought a south korean air rifle, 45 caliber, 1.000fps. He bought it with a few rebuild kits, figures if he every runs out of ammo he can cast bullets and use the air rifle almost indefinitely. He's already taken a Texas deer with it on his property so he knows it's effective. I'm not really into the prepper thing myself but I did love the simplicity of the setup if you are inclined in that direction.

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