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Comment Re:The Cloud: 1, Users: 0 (Score 1) 432

That's basically the main difference between "centralized administration of things" and "the cloud".

With "centralized administration of things" you still know what those things are, and who administers them. With "the cloud" you have something, somewhere, but you are never quite sure what you have and where you have it.

Comment Re:They Made Mozilla Their Bitch For a Reason (Score 5, Interesting) 406

Funny anecdote:

One site I frequent now and then shows short ads before the clips (with a timer how long the ad takes). So I usually open the tab, look how long it takes, then go on to another tab to do something else in the meantime. Works great. Only ONE time I got back to the page, see the last few seconds of the add, think "this looks interesting, what was that?" Of course they not only restricted fast forward during the ad, they also restricted rewind. So they themselves prevented me from watching the ad. Well. Serves them right. ;-)

Comment I don't get it. (Score 1) 140

According to the article the x.org domain was registered to X.Org Foundation LLC, which got dissolved when the 501(c)3 organization was created.

But some organisation (presumably the 501(c)3 organization) must be the legal successor to the Foundation LLC. If they are not able to get the registration renewed just because the PERSON who wound up in the administrative/registration contacts doesn't approve it, then any employee that is in that contacts for any company could hold the companies domain registration hostage. If it where that easy it would happen all the time when a disgruntled admit is fed up with management.

Comment Re:Why, not how (Score 5, Informative) 142

Wall Street Journal seems to know. Sub-Sub-Sub-Contractor mix-up it seems.

The people familiar with the case said the missile was sent to Spain and used in the military exercise. But for reasons that are still unclear, after it was packed up, it began a roundabout trip through Europe, was loaded onto a truck and eventually sent to Germany.

The missile was packaged in Rota, Spain, a U.S. official said, where it was put into the truck belonging to another freight-shipping firm, known by officials who track such cargo as a “freight forwarder.” That trucking company released the missile to yet another shipping firm that was supposed to put the missile on a flight originating in Madrid. That flight was headed to Frankfurt, Germany, before it was to be placed on another flight bound for Florida.

At some point, officials loading the first flight realized the missile it expected to be loading onto the aircraft wasn’t among the cargo, the government official said. After tracing the cargo, officials realized that the missile had been loaded onto a truck operated by Air France, which took the missile to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. There, it was loaded onto a “mixed pallet” of cargo and placed on an Air France flight. By the time the freight-forwarding firm in Madrid tracked down the missile, it was on the Air France flight, headed to Havana.

Attempts to reach Air France were unsuccessful.

Comment Re:First world problems... (Score 1) 227

I'm fine with technological limitations. But what about those "business limitations"?

Wasn't the whole concept of the "free market" based on supply and demand? If a person has a demand to get all technical available LTE speeds 24/7 shouldn't there be some business jumping at the chance of offering it? Otherwise isn't it just like in the former eastern block economies when there was a shipment of oranges into town you had to queue up at five in the morning so that the four oranges per person could be distributed throughout the day?

I somewhat get the feeling that having an economy that is steered by "the shareholders" instead of "the party" is just as bad in the long run.

Comment Re:Too Late (Score 3, Interesting) 237

I always like "update holidays" in our company.

The Windows Admins run around sweating, clicking this clicking that, checking there, trying thing a couple of time in the test environment, then switching to live, etc.....

I recline in my chair, open a terminal to run the update scripts I have tested beforehand, and a Media Player to watch some TV shows while they run. The thing is, the "little things" I have to install on the Windows machines are also scripted the same way, while the "Little things" the Windows Admins need to do on the Linux machines they also use some GUI Tool.

90% of "System Administration" is "knowing how things work" For example the technicalities on how IPs/Network-Masks/Gateways/routes, etc... work are absolutely identical in both Windows, Linux, IOs, whatever. There used to be a time when the only way to set them in Linux was the CLI, and the only way to set them in Windows was the GUI. That is no longer true. Now you can also use a CLI in Windows and GUI-Packages to manage them in Linux. The same way that most Cloud/Web/Whatever applications can be administered either via a GUI or a CLI.

So the difference is not really Linux/Windows any more, it's more of a GUI / CLI thing. So any admin might need to learn three things:

- How "Stuff" works.
- How do set up "Stuff" via the CLI.
- How do set up "Stuff" via the GUI.

It's interesting that even Microsoft (for example with SQLServer) only expose "the most commonly used" settings via the GUI (SQLServer Management Studio), while "all" are available via the sp_configure procedure that can be called from the CLI.

So in system administration I have either the option to:

- Learn "Stuff"
- Learn the GUI
- and then a few month later when I'm bored out of my skull by repetitive steps I need to do over and over in the GUI to learn the CLI to automate it maybe sometime later.

- Learn "Stuff"
- Learn the CLI
- go on learning new "Stuff" after the boring jobs have been automated.

Comment The "inventors" of free speech ... (Score 1) 229

... of course only meant to prevent the *government* from interfering and preventing free speech.

That was back in the days when saying something really stupid or wrong would get you mixed up in a duel or shunned by the entire community so that you had to leave that community pretty quick. Which, somewhat, has it's modern equivalent in those Hacking Vigilantes.

Comment Re:Parental responsibility (Score 2) 540

But neither should Apple be required to "treat every user as a stupid child" by default, just because they technically can't know if the user is actually the adult device owner or the child of the device owner that got told the password.

But basically it's the way the whole "intellectually property" system is set up: Smart (ruthless) people extracting money from the dumb (naive) people.

Welcome to Capitalism 2.0, which the dad supported in the first place by buying an Apple product.

Comment Hmpf. Probably 90% of the problems also apply ... (Score 5, Insightful) 349

... to other OSes.

For example:

It should be possible to configure pretty much everything via GUI (in the end Windows and Mac OS allow this) which is still not a case for some situations and operations.

If "Configurable via GUI" in Windows means you "add some arcane registry key via the registry editor", then *maybe*.

Comment Re:End of life? (Score 1) 388

Huhnh. I on the other hand would have seen that feature being *added* as a sign of "too many developers who don't know that else to do".

With the thousands of "file storage options" available on the internet, what sane developer would build support for a specific ones into the mail client? It would be a never-ending nightmare to update it all the time when the way the storage provider works changes. (as it seems to have happened here)

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