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Comment: Re:Impressive... (Score 2) 150 150

I'll share an anecdote with my story from Microsoft.

Way back in 2007 I bought a Microsoft bluetooth keyboard and mouse to replace my Logitech that kept dropping connection and "sticky key"ing (connection drop, last key hit was repeated until I could reconnect). For some reason, the driver install would complete, but it wouldn't actually pick up the keyboard and mouse. Then I read it needed Windows installer 3.0 (I think?), but I had 2.something. Uninstall/reinstall a few times, nothing. So I call tech support and get an Indian listreader. Nice enough guy, but stuck to his script, and I uninstall/reinstall/reboot a few times. Then he asked a couple pointed questions and said he'd arrange to have an OS guy talk to me 'tomorrow', so we set up a time.

Tomorrow hit, I did get a call from the same guy, and he patched in one of the MS OS guys. The OS guy sounded like he was from the West coast. He runs me through a couple things, gets me to boot into restore mode and gives me this arcane command line to try to force remove or update of the Windows installer. No such luck. He then tells me "you know what I'm about to tell you, don't you?" "Yup, reinstall and patch up the OS" "Do you have a backup?" "All my files are on another partition" "I do that to!!". Turns out you need Windows installer to add, remove, or update windows installer. And if windows installer goes tango uniform, you're S.O.L. and J.W.F.

So yea, at least in this story they start with the lowest common denominator, but they were able to get the right level soon enough.

Comment: Re:I'll bite (Score 5, Insightful) 265 265

Im of the opinion that it takes all of about 8 hours to learn to do the majority of things you would want to do in powershell (partly because thats about how long it took me). You just have to take some time to sit down and learn it, and then make an effort to use it instead of GUI administration tools. It is far, far superior to old windows command prompt and vbs,

I think the same can be said about any *nix shell. Having used powershell a few times, it really just feels like a kludged attempt to bring CMD.exe to something closer to bash.... 20 years later. Now the question becomes just because you can use it, does it mean you should? Last I checked, Windows still has a lot of protections from even the simplest modifications. I much prefer being able to see /etc/fstab than working with some nebulous class with functions that barely make sense.

Comment: Re:Not necessarily! (Score 1) 140 140

My own story, in a nutshell. I had Comcast in my own town, and through a couple moves the same story happened. Each time I've said I want only internet, and they come out and disconnect me completely, i call them back, a goon comes out and reconnects and I have TV too. Funny thing is, an ex I had was fundamentally opposed to TV for whatever reason, so I kinda stopped watching it myself. That was 8 years ago. Now I'll watch the occasional thing on Netflix, maybe a few youtube channels, but that's about it. I haven't had a need or missed TV in near a decade.

Comment: Re:Now anyone can be CEO (Score 1) 194 194

Did everyone forget that many CEO's show signs of psychopathy? (now called something more P.C., like antisocial personality disorder) Some sources:

Is anyone really surprised that CEOs don't show the slightest regard for the well-being of the lives they can impact the most?

Comment: Re:Giving the customers what they want (Score 1) 216 216

I hope the Hulu people figure their shit out eventually since there's a handful of shows I would watch (like South Park) if they had a reasonable streaming service that didn't try to double dip with both ads and subscriptions.

I'm not even a fan of South Park (anymore) and even I know you can watch any episode any time here: here. Why bother with Hulu?

Comment: Re:It doesn't have to get it right (Score 1) 489 489

This, entirely this.

I don't know of any large companies that had a mass deployment of Vista, I only know my own personal experience was a jump straight from XP to 7, which happened after 7 had been out for nearly 2 or 3 years. Corporations (and small businesses) need stability, configurability, and to some extent user familiarity. Win 8 may be the most stable thing they've produced yet, but when you have to train 100k+ employees how to get to their email, you're talking a massive expense for little to not real productivity gain. If 10 maintains the AD mass-configuration, with the well-known look and feel, then they may have a corporate winner.

This is the same reason you don't see wide-spread Linux adoption in corporations. The look/feel is just too different for those folks used to clicking on the little blue 'E' for "internet". Combine that with all the "Microsoft certifications" that know "file->add" but not the nuts and bolts of how to actually add a user/group, and you're looking at retraining your entire workforce for a new OS. It seems they would rather pay $100 per seat for a new OS, than get a free OS and suffer $200 per seat in training, not to mention lost productivity.

If MS somehow does manage to screw the pooch with 10, we may see corporations either stick with 7 and weather the storm, or you might actually see some start to look for alternatives.

Comment: Re:Human language has evolved to help our ancestor (Score 1) 154 154

It means the connection between your PC and printer has had an underflow of "LETTER". Best fixed by sending another 100 copies of War and Peace to the printer. You know, to get those fat electrons moving down the wire again.

Comment: Re:Kids these days ... (Score 1) 388 388

I used to work in a proposal center, where people should know a good deal of the basics... such as using Office and assorted graphics/layout programs. One morning as I'm walking to my desk I see someone on the phone, obviously talking to the help desk, and there is an ominous message on the display:

Non-system disk or disk error. Replace and press any key.

So I ejected the floppy and tapped the space bar. About 3 minutes later I got some of the most intense thanking I've ever recieved. You'd think I'd just saved a years worth of rework for them. I still don't know why they'd bother with a floppy disk, none of the files we worked with would have fit on the dumb thing.

Comment: Re:Transgender Persons (Score 2, Insightful) 412 412

I think this is an incredibly short-sighted look at this. What we are talking about is changing genes, changing neural links, or fundamental brain chemistry (which we kinda do already... see medications). The human brain is incredibly complex and the only way we know to "fix" it is surgery to remove something like cancer, or via medications. To fundamentally change neural pathways or genes would be to fundamentally change the person, with unknown side effects. To suggest we can simply "fix" them ignores some well observed side effects of "traumatic brain injury". Likewise, the brain will adapt in a concept called neuroplasticity, it will rewire a damaged portion to a new section of the brain.

There are people out there who have no choice in the matter. For example intersex individuals, such as those born with 2 X's and a Y, are uncommon, but are out there. We are not necessarily talking gender dysphoria. Rather, we are talking someone who does not strongly express either gender. My understanding is that parents typically want males, so given the choice early on that's what they opt to have the doctor go for (and resulting surgery). Later on in life that may impose gender dysphoria, not because "he feels like a woman", but because his body is actively producing hormone levels of both, perhaps with a leaning toward one or another. This is not some psychological conditioning, this is a fundamental issue with the chemistry of their body. How do you suppose we fix that? A series of invasive surgeries? Years of therapy to "deal with it"?

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