There is a huge need for people who can write good documentation. Most sysadmins are so busy keeping the systems online and provisioning new systems that they do not have the time nor inclination to do all of the documentation work that needs to be done.
If you do go down the Microsoft path, learn PowerShell. Any admin who does not learn it will be out of a job in a couple of years.
Find a small project and make sure that you can deliver on it. There is a serious shortage of people who can perform decent business analysis and educate management on technology trends. As much as I hate to throw them a bone given what they are doing here, Dice.com is a decent source of consulting gigs.
We deal with highly sensitive client data. All network traffic is inspected. The employees are well aware of it because it is explicitly mentioned during new hire orientation / on boarding.
No, but the truthers do know what most everyone else knows. The government's claims that "Nobody could have seen terrorists using airplanes as weapons." was a complete load of crap.
Tom Clancy's most recent and last book (Command Authority) also predicted this. Just as one of his previous books anticipated terrorists using airplanes to attack America. (Clancy had them running it into Congress, not the WTC, but close enough).
I thought this was common knowledge. It is always prudent to renegotiate cable bills. Cable is a luxury for most of America. That is why the reps have so many options and various packages to choose from. The companies are all about customer retention. They cannot retain customers with their sub par service, so the only tool in their arsenal is to discount their offerings.
What is the author's beef with probiotics? There has been recent research that suggests gut bacteria directly affect the brain in positive ways.
Need teh NATz for my car!
You do know it's possible to embed binary formats in XML, right?
Yes, I do. I also know that the document as such, in OOXML is not binary encoded. The article you refer to gives a clue, it appears that Microsoft embeds printer settings in binary format in the XML. This may or may not be a problem, depending. OOXML does not as your referenced article alludes to, use the binary format to specify the document size. The paper size in OOXML is defined thusly: <w:pgSz w:w="12240" w:h="15840"
So, yes, XML can contain binary data, and yes, OOXML documents appear to some times contain binary data related to printer setup, but no, that binary data does not appear to have any impact on your ability to parse said OOXML. So, going back to the post that I replied to, no, OOXML is not opaque binary data, it is perfectly readable and parsable XML. Are there other problems with OOXML, yes, I don't think the referenced conformance clause is a problem, yes, legalistically it can be, but in practical realities, no, it is not. Non-covered implementation-defined content may be a problem, but it is currently not.
Are there problems with OOXML? Absolutely. Is it a binary opaque blob (which is what I commented on) no, it is not.
I wasn't really commenting on the transparency of OOXML, but the erroneous notion that OOXML is a binary blob...
To comment on what specifically is opaque about the standard, I'd need to know what you are specifically talking about. I've had the misfortune of having to parse OOXML through a standard XML parser from time to time, and I don't particularly care for it, but I've not had any problems parsing said documents. Perhaps I have been lucky... as I said, without more information on what you feel is problematic, I couldn't say.
You can store binary data in XML.
Yes, you can...
Which is just what OOXML does
<w:p w:rsidR="007818AD" w:rsidRDefault="004C6B94">
<w:t>Some words in a document</w:t>
Looks like text to me. Looks eminently readable too.
I used to play a lot of FPS games (Counter Strike, Unreal, etc) I was single and living with other gamers.
Now I am married, and my video game has been slightly reduced. The time I used to spend playing games I now spend with the wife, running, and both training and teaching martial arts (kung fu and tai chi). I have been mostly playing GTA:V (over it thanks to the hackers who ruined it), BF4 (over it due to Dice / EA sucking), HearthStone (great, free game that is challenging but not too mentally taxing), and the Elder Scrolls Beta (I already purchased my pre-order Imperial edition and 3/31/14 cannot get here soon enough).
That's because much of that kernel was VMS
This is absolute nonsense. Given that Cutler and team were the chief designers behind VMS does not mean that the "stole" VMS and moved it to Microsoft. In fact,we know for sure they did not. The VMS kernel is written in ASM and the NT kernel in C. Did the Cutler team bring their experience over? Sure, did that influence the design of the NT system? Absolutely. Is that the same as stealing from VMS, no more than VMS stealing from Unix, Multics and other operatingsystems. In fact, significant parts of the VMS design was found much earlier in IBM operating systems.
Microsoft didn't steal from DEC, though they clearly poached developers from them.
Microsoft hasn't changed its standpoint on trying to take control of everyone's computing experience
This is a valid goal. It is the goal of every major computer company I know. It's the goal of Apple, Google, Facebook, IBM etc. If you are a large player in the market, not having this goal is probably in fact illegal. You are required to attempt to maximize investor return, and getting 100% market share is one good way to do that. So, quite frankly, not pursuing 100% market share within your market is basically illegal.