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Comment: Re:what is this even talking about? (Score 1) 105

by MightyMartian (#47937617) Attached to: An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Indeed. And quite often even dead FOSS projects can be cannibalized. The difference between dead open source and dead closed source projects is that the bones of one sit in an open pit that anyone can pick at, and the other sits in a concrete bunker twenty miles underground.

Comment: Antiquated features, disloyal to paying users (Score 4, Interesting) 96

by dutchwhizzman (#47931763) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers
Flickr made paying users regret paying for their service, since they suddenly gave away almost all of the premium features for free. Antiquated features aren't really updated (where's the password protected gallery?) and the forum/app that they have to request features is broken since months. At this sort of pricing/service, I'll get a VPS and use that for hosting my pictures before my subscription us up for renewal again...

Comment: Yes there was (Score 4, Insightful) 36

by dutchwhizzman (#47931719) Attached to: eBay Redirect Attack Puts Buyers' Credentials At Risk
Although a vulnerability to XSS isn't directly a hack of eBay, it *is* a hack of everyone visiting that page. *Every* visitor would be redirected to the malicious page automatically and their credentials would be stolen there if the user would re-enter them. Since eBay left their website vulnerable to this sort of malicious automatic redirect, abusing this vulnerability to place malicious code on eBay's website is technically a hack.

Comment: Yes they need individual desktops (Score 2) 245

by dutchwhizzman (#47895707) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Yes they do, because ergonomics require decent keyboards, screen and mouses. They may not need fat clients and would be off just as well with thin clients, but laptops or that form factor do *not* replace desk top systems since they still need the keyboard, mouse and screen and will essentially be used as a desktop almost all of the time.

They need access to their individual applications and data too. While it may be possible migrate all those to web applications or some client-server model, I doubt Turin has managed to finalize that sort of thing yet. Most EU cities have over a thousand custom applications that often run on antiquated proprietary systems and they will still have a burden of those for a long time.

Getting people the cheapest computer possible sounds like an easy way to save money, but in the end the price of the hardware is only a fraction of the costs and often the extra costs incurred by buying cheaper will make it more expensive. Starting with migrating just the desktops to linux and running the proprietary cruft on things like Citrix servers will save them a lot of money without a significant down side.

Oh, because they're not running windows, they can probably use their older systems a bit longer too, if electricity costs don't make it cheaper to upgrade anyway to more energy efficient devices.

Comment: Re: Windows is less expensive than Red Hat (Score 1) 245

by MightyMartian (#47895607) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

We've done everything we can in our Active Directory network to overcome roaming profile issues. Even with folder redirection, you have a huge fat ntuser.dat for prone to corruption. Users' home folders on a server, with discrete text-based configuration files would be a dream.

Did you know that in 2014 you still can't safely put risking profiles on a DFS share?

Comment: Re:... and back again. (Score 2) 245

by MightyMartian (#47895587) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Metro is dying before our very eyes. It has been deemphasized in Windows 8.1 and by Windows 9 will be little more than a fancy start menu.

For chrissakes, most suppliers if enterprise systems I deal with still happily ship you Windows 7 Pro machines, or at least heavily advertised downgrade rights. "Business class" systems still ship with Windows 7 preinstalled. The enterprise customers never bloody wanted Metro to begin with, and so act as if Windows 8/8.1 didn't exist.

Comment: Re:If it happened in China or North Korea or Iran (Score 1) 223

by Pharmboy (#47893669) Attached to: U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

As you point out, not all birds of a feather stick together. I'm not a Tea Party guy. I'm just not closed minded enough to judge a friend by their politics. If you only have friends that agree with your politics, you are probably narrow minded or take politics too seriously.

Time sharing: The use of many people by the computer.