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Comment Re: I'm pretty sure that's not the case (Score 1) 123

Sixth, there is no means in any current MDM to enable or perform any type of screen sharing or access anything like cameras or other electronics.

Bottom line, MDMs are quite limited in their ability to do any snooping of any user data. The worst that can happen is someone issuing a remote erase command or device lock command. Nothing more invasive can be done.

How does TeamViewer's mobile app fit in with that? I'm guessing different because the user has to agree to some sort of pop-up?

Just curious. I know they advertise some of that functionality, but I never got around to demoing it.

Comment Re:Ugh (Score 1) 191

Too late. "Begging the question" has now entered common usage as meaning "raises the question." You can keep jousting at that windmill or accept the reality that it has two definitions and the stupider one is the prevalent one.

And "literally" has now entered common usage to mean "illiterally". But people who use it that way are still literally ignorant.

Comment Re:Dosage (Score 1) 310

Sudafed has 120mg of PE HCI. That seems to be more than 10mg in the study?

Anyway, decongestants with PE are the only ones that work for me. I really don't know why so many people here are saying it doesn't do anything. And no, it's not the placebo effect for me.

Reactions to drugs vary widely. Morphine doesn't work for everybody, but it works for most. PE doesn't work everybody, but it also doesn't seem to work for many.

When a drug has no effect for most people, people are allowed to say "drug does not work" rather than "drug does not work for most people, except for a few ACs on slashdot who say it works for them"

Comment Re:Some pro/cons (Score 1) 116

The general vibe I've gotten from other peers is to stay away from Dell Storage with a 10ft pole, but EMC hardware was pretty good for traditional storage.

If I was you it's those peers I'd stay away with a 10ft pole, and this for two reasons:

1) Dell has sold Dell-branded EMC hardware since forever

2) Any of the few acquisitions made by Dell in the storage space over the last 10 years is absolute science-fiction compared to "bleeding edge" EMC

EMC is a terrible company and they have dragged VMWare down. Hopefully Dell can salvage it.

Isilon is still good. It's basically everything I like about ZFS... with clustering. I'm not saying it's cheap, or that it's always the best solution, but Isilon is damned good at what it does.

I'm curious to see what Dell does with it. And how long Isilon can keep using supermicro when they're part of Dell.

Comment Re:Heard this before (Score 1) 133

My father, who's 87, has smoked since he was 12. He started rolling his own and smoked Camels, sometimes two packs a day. Yeah he's one of those data points that contradict what we're being told and know but there he is still.

A friend has done research on this. The latest indicates that your father likely has really, really good genes that have done a great job of protecting him from the ill effects... but that he'd still be better off if he hadn't smoked at all.

And yeah, I'm waiting for the Cheeto Man ads. Pictures of attractive, skinny women eating big juicy burgers come close, though.

Comment Re:MacBook Pro (Score 1) 237

...but the distinction should be maintained.

Why? How "unixy" Linux or MacOS is is a really rather tired argument by now, isn't? Having cut my unix teeth on Solaris, AIX, and HP-UX, seems like I should be able to tell how "unixy" something is. I have MacOS because of my work, but I hate it. It doesn't really fee like unix to me at all, and I have a hard time understanding how "unixy" it really is since the kernel is a heavily modified mach clone. But whatever, just saying your reasoning on how "unixy" Mac is seems a bit strained to me, even with a big web page with small characters explaining how "unixy" it is.

The point of my post was more to correct the semantics in the discussion than to debate how unixy either OS is. Mac, Linux, *BSD, and Solaris are all sufficiently unixy for me. But I'm not a real neckbeard--I never used AIX or HP-UX.

By "the distinction should be maintained" I meant the distinction between OS and GUI. Why not? GUIs are interchangeable and optional. I do the vast majority of my work in terminal, my cross-platform text editor, and a browser. I care a lot more about how the OS handles path resolution, variables, ssh, port forwarding over ssh, symlinks, shell expansion, regex, etc. than crap like launchctl or X. Is there even a POSIX standard or anything similar regarding windowing systems?

I'd agree that Mac doesn't "feel" Unixy. But in my experience, it implements the standard reliably enough. I'm curious where it falls short for you (aside from personal dislike, which I totally get).

If you haven't read the standards, you might want to glance at IEEE Std 1003.1, 2013.

Comment Re:MacBook Pro (Score 1) 237

Let's clarify real quick. Overall I agree with your point, but:

  1. 1) OS X is not Linux. It's also not "Unixy". Linux is a Unix clone, and OS X is UNIX. Full stop.
  2. 2) "You're in at the deep end of the pool now, so it better be good" and "If you like, I can give you his contact info so you can tell him how wrong he is." come across as very petty and childish. Along the lines of "my dad can beat you up!".
  3. 3) The "main attraction" of Linux is not that the GUI is configurable. The main attraction is that it's stable, free, and easy to manage at scale on servers. The main attraction of LInux on the desktop is... bragging rights? Desktop usage is what, 1% of Linux usage?
  4. 4) sunderland's post equates the GUI with the OS. I am sure he understands the distinction, but the distinction should be maintained. OS X's OS is UNIX. It has a ton of room for customization, replacement with a lot of GNU binaries, etc. It's extremely powerful and compatible with other *nix systems, and absolutely a good base for learning *nix methodology and utilities.
  5. However, the windowing system is not highly customizable. I'd argue it's far better than Windows, and provides a better user experience for the majority of users than GNOME, KDE, etc... but no, you're not going to be editing the source and recompiling with new features.

Personally, I am happiest with Mac on my desk and Linux in my server room (or cloud). The MacBook Pro isn't that much more expensive. It's a great computer with a good (paid) warranty that gives me full support and compatibility with all the tools I need, and I'll never have to waste time fucking with drivers or the latest GNOME stupidity.

Comment Re: Glad to have it (Score 1) 451

I get the point you're trying to make, and don't have data to argue either way, but let's be real here. A high number of dash cam videos being from Russia is evidence of one thing, and one thing only: dash cams are far more popular in Russia.

Yes, yes, actually it's not even evidence of that. It really only tells us Russian dash cam videos are more common online, whether because Russians are more likely to upload to Youtube, more likely to use dash cams, etc.

Comment Re:Key word, "home" (Score 1) 190

You need to quantify what you consider "good enough" in order to answer that.


Second, in more relaxed terms of bandwidth, when do we reach "enough" so that even revolutionary improvements don't really matter any more? Do I really need the ability to download a full 4k movie in under six seconds? I don't mean that as a "640k should be enough for anyone" argument, but at a point in time, yes, 640k did count as "enough" for most purposes, even though at that same point in time we had supercomputers with a whopping 16MB of main RAM.

Doesn't your first statement really answer that?

What we have is already "good enough" for everyone... if all everyone needs to do is communicate in near real time. But we can make use of more. And we will probably always be able to make use of more.

If we want higher video resolution, more video streams, futuristic smell-o-vision, and internet-enabled cyber-robot sex, we'll ask for more speed. When that becomes commonplace, but we want to be able to exchange DNA sequences on dating sites, then we'll need more.

I think, when it comes to technology, everyone has it backwards. Supply drives demand.

Comment Re:Where in the US Constitution..... (Score 1) 574

...where within the enumerated responsibilities and rights of the Federal Govt. that it is charged with picking winners and losers in industry

I hate the "picking winners and losers" argument. The phrase needs to die. Every single thing the government is tasked to do requires picking winners and losers.

Judicial Branch - inherently picks winners and losers
Congress - inherently picks winners and losers -- every spending bill, appropriation, regulation, trade treaty, etc. has a winner and loser in the private sector
Executive - need I continue?

Comment Re:Iran is not trying to save money (Score 1) 409

> They are trying to build a nuclear weapon

Prove it.

So far everyone who has tried to prove this claim - including the CIA and Mossad - has come up short.

No, nobody seriously thinks that. The CIA isn't even trying to prove it.

Unfortunately, everyone is reading a bunch of journalists who lack even the slightest ability to parse nuance. Iran is trying to build a nuclear breakout capability.

Every serious report that has ever been issued says exactly the same thing: No evidence of a nuclear weapons program, undeniably overwhelming evidence of Iran attempting to gain breakout capability.

Yes, there is evidence of weapons-related development (delivery systems, etc.). Yes, they have a growing enrichment program that is geared towards weaponization. Yes, they want to be able to build a weapon. No, there is no evidence that they have built a weapon or plan to immediately do so.

Breakout capability is still scary, though. It means they can have all the pieces in place to produce a weapon before anyone can mobilize sufficient resources to stop them. Given the regime's behavior, you should be able to understand why that concerns the rest of the region.

I've posted this with complete links and lots of details, but I'm not bothering to do it anymore.

Comment Re:Yes, it's called redundancy (Score 1) 107

I fear you may be right, and that's exactly why they don't do it more often... but I think that also underscores my point a bit. Shouldn't they work to get it to the point where users won't be impacted?

Netflix does this pretty aggressively and users don't seem to notice. Though I realize for most companies I am being very idealistic.

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.