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Comment: Re:How many PCs before WSUS? (Score 1) 374 374

How many Windows PCs would a small business normally be expected to have in operation before purchasing a Windows Server on which to run WSUS?

Small companies don't need to run it on a separate server. It can be running on virtually any other server.

Provided they're already running a Windows Server. Let me rephrase: How many Windows PCs would a small business normally be expected to have in operation before purchasing a Windows Server at all?

That's kinda hard to say, it'd depend on the needs of the business. So no Windows server at all means no domain controller, active directory and all that, i.e. workstations with un-managed local logins? For me, that would get a bit unwieldy past 15-20 workstations or so.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 1) 374 374

Yeah, I need a GPO to block this from Win7 computers where users are local Admins. Yeah yeah, they shouldn't be, but some apps they use require elevated privilege.

Do your clients not update from a local WSUS server? It isn't available at all there, and would only bee seen if the user clicks the "check Microsoft for updates" link.

Comment: Dear Phi Sigma Alpha (Score 1) 257 257

Please sue me too.

Phi Sigma Sigma (PSS) secretly stands for Philanthropic Social Society. However, this is never written down or recorded (until now) because it is so "sacred". The Handshake consists of a series of motions. Member A first begins with the pointer finger and the thumb surrounding Member B's pointer finger and thumb. This is the "Phi". Then Member A wraps the remaining fingers, middle, ring and pinky around the hand as a symbol of the "Sigma". Depending on who is the senior member, the pinky finger is wrapped around the older member's hand. Next is the hand knock. It goes Knock. Pause. Knock. Pause. Knock, knock, knock. The meetings are set up usually with the President, VP and other officers sitting at the front. The President wears a yellow or gold robe and the officers wear royal blue robes. The remaining members sit across from the officers in a pyramid formation with the base closest to the officers and the apex farthest from the officers. Members are seated by class order, then by alphabetical order. The table at which the President and Vice President are seated consists of candles on each side. Two gold candles and one blue at each corner of the table. Members usually recite an oath, "We, the members of Phi Sigma Sigma, promise to keep secret and sacred all of our proceedings." The way to enter the pyramid is by using the hand knock to notify the members you are wanting to enter the room. The President will respond back with her gavel by repeating the knock. The person will enter then travel to the apex of the pyramid formation. The President will say the secret and sacred words "Remove the Veil" and then the member will respond back with the Chapter's name, example, "Zeta Eta." The Gold and King Blue symbolize "Perpetuity" and "Sincerity". At initiation, blue "veils" (tulle from the local fabric store) are placed on the heads of the potential new members and are later removed to symbolize some sort of occult transformation and that they are full-fledged members.

Comment: Bad scripts and plots (Score 1) 141 141

It isn't the actors themselves that's the problem, Patricia Arquette is fantastic when given good, dark material to work with...True Romance, Lost Highway, Bringing out the Dead. But this is just awful, every episode so far is just a re-hash of "we gotta stay determined, the bad guys are bad, trust your team" and it all works out by the end of the hour. Little cookie-cutter sized bits of drama, that's just not her. The rest of the crew...the upright white male #2 in command and the nerdy back team...are just forgettable.

Maybe that's just the CSI/NCIS formula (I like the New Orleans one though, Bakula and his 2 sidekicks work great together), but it's sputtering here.

Comment: Re:No thank you (Score 1) 267 267

But why can't there simply be room for two belief sets? Faith vs. science? Like in Anne Rice's vampire series, for many many centuries the vampires had varying beliefs on they whys and the hows of their vampiric existence. It was only later on that it was discovered that a spirit had taken over the body of a dying woman and somehow animated the cells into eternal life, but one can still view the original event as one of divinity.

Comment: Re:Solution in search of a problem (Score 1) 168 168

DeepFreeze to minimize the frequency of needing to reflash the disk images.

DeepFreeze? What is this, 2002? We dumped Faronics years ago, there's nothing it did that could not be handled by group policy and, more importantly, not giving everyone admin rights to their boxes.

Comment: Re:I hate those fucking keyboards. (Score 1) 304 304

Lucky you. We had em in the room, 1 per every 4 computers. At least printing problems were rather easier to address; most everything was either "you fed the paper in wrong" or "you didn't flip the ABCD switch to you computer's parallel port".

I'd love to time-warp away from ipad,

Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem. -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"