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Comment: Re:You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (Score 1) 276

by david_thornley (#46795129) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

OK, would it be fair to say that Sharepoint sucks in roles that lots of people seem to expect it to be useful for? I'm hardly an expert, but I kept getting the impression that it was a bad tool intended for general use. So, the bad Sharepoint rep is mostly due to people's inaccurate expectations and the Microsoft marketing, well, "people" seem perhaps too charitable?

Comment: Re:Yes, that was handled badly (Score 1) 170

by david_thornley (#46791423) Attached to: Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

Shutting down the servers for a day will have some really major impacts on certain companies and customers. You have to provide a very good reason to urge it, and you're going to have to convince people that you do indeed know what you're doing, apparently without telling them what the vulnerability is. At that point, people can judge the possibility that you're correct against the cost (and possibly legal liability) of shutting down the servers. Different people will come to different decisions, and you don't get to fire everybody you disagree with.

Comment: Re:Tesla needs just a few more things (Score 1) 348

by david_thornley (#46790687) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Why? Right now, Teslas are expensive, because Musk is working from high-profit cars on down. He's got plans for Teslas at $30K, and I'm not betting he won't make them. At that point, it would make a great deal of sense to get rid of the Civic, keep the Mazda 5, and buy a Tesla. My wife and I need one car each for our work, but we don't both go on separate road trips independently. Whoever's out of town takes the Mazda, and if one of us stays behind that's fine for the Tesla. (It would make even more sense when a reasonable number of charging stations get set up around here.)

You're missing the fact that we need only one vehicle capable of cross-country travel.

Comment: Re:You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (Score 1) 276

by david_thornley (#46789383) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

What you and Seraphim_72 seem to be telling us is that Sharepoint sucks. It shouldn't be installed without paying a consultant a painfully large amount of money, and that person won't be effective without getting lots more permissions on the system than he or she usually get.. It's apparently easy to make a config mistake (two separate admins did it) enables dangerous behavior (silently losing data). It may be acceptable to allow that in the config, but it should not be easy to make that mistake. It requires constant addition of metadata, which apparently should be entered by somebody who didn't create the document and doesn't necessarily know what's in it. It expects people to use it its way, and deliberately makes it hard to import files (at least, that's what "feature" suggests to me).

I'm taking this largely from what the Sharepoint fans are telling us, with only a little input from what the person who doesn't like Sharepoint said. It's actually a bit frightening.

Comment: Re:"The Register has the story as well" (Score 1) 103

by david_thornley (#46789099) Attached to: RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

I don't think I have to adblock Slashdot. I've got this little checkbox that lets me disable advertising, probably because of good karma. I haven't checked it yet, because showing the ads might benefit Slashdot financially and because they haven't been annoying. This may be changing.

Comment: Re:ZFS (Score 1) 253

by david_thornley (#46788741) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

For laptops, maybe, but I've got plenty of spare bays in my desktop. I've got the OS and related stuff on a quarter-terabyte SSD, which is very nice, and data storage on a spinning terabyte, which works just fine. Combining the two would probably cost me more and would mean I'd have one storage device that could break in different ways.

You are in a maze of little twisting passages, all alike.