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Comment: Re:Hardware requirements (Score 1) 641

by geogob (#46694403) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

This is the solution we are implementing in most cases. Firewall the computers with hardware bridges (either other computers or otherwise). We have been using local independant LANs in laboratory environment all the time for different reasons.

But in some cases, the computers running the old hardware must also communicate with other computers in the institutional network. Examples I can give are for floating network licences of specific software or for high-load data production/tranfer.

Comment: Re:Hardware requirements (Score 4, Insightful) 641

by geogob (#46693173) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Yes! I'll make sure to pass on the message to that company that closed down 3 years ago and to the guy who retired 8 years ago.
Its a shame indeed, all the self inflicted toture they are causing me.

But I'll bet they answer that themselves find it a shame that non of the companies producing the hardware respecting the requirements for the sub-components themselves only supported windows. In that sence, I guess on could say it's a second level indirectly self inflicted toture.

Or they will remind me how there is a real world, with real problems, real limations and where you do not have the control on everything.

Comment: Hardware requirements (Score 5, Informative) 641

by geogob (#46692867) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Everyone running old specfialized hardware which is not compatible with windows 7 or later feel the pain of the XP end of life.
Its not about refusing or not. Some simply don't have the choice and must stick with XP.

We migrated 100% of our windows-based computers used for typical applications (office work, CAD, data analysis, etc.) to windows 7 or 8. But some machines working with specialized hardware, that is either too expensive to replace or for which simply no replacement exist, can't be migrated. They must remain with XP.

This actually creates a lot of frustration and administrative problems, as after the end of the XP support, those computers are not allowed to remain on the institution network anymore. A clear solution has still to be found (hint: ghostery and co. are not part of the solution).

Comment: Re:Looking for life (Score 1) 100

by geogob (#46685639) Attached to: NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

Going back to my original thought and question... Why is exobiology one of the most well-funded "division" of the administration? What does it bring us, as a society (or to the scientific community), if not in parallel to equally or more important goals? Why put this goal before most others?

It almost feels like Christopher Columbus going to the King, asking for ship and crew to see if grass may grow somewhere else,

Comment: Looking for life (Score 1) 100

by geogob (#46685501) Attached to: NASA Laying Foundation For Jupiter Moon Space Mission

I have the feeling at every new news report from or about NASA, that its all about "finding life somewhere else". Of course, there is much more to it and this is only the perception.

Still, this seems to be the main message/theme/goal. How about bringing life somewhere else?
How about engineering goals and challenges? Why not "because we want to see if we can"?
  I known these are harder to "sell", but thats also the outreach job of NASA. If they cannot sell the importance of developing new technologies, them who can?

Im not implying not development is being made. Its just not set as a goal. And I can only wish for more and more diversifiied goals them.

Comment: Re:Factories are vulnerable. (Score 1) 70

by geogob (#46675431) Attached to: Bugs In SCADA Software Leave 7,600 Factories Vulnerable

I beg to differ. For critical applications where down time costs millions, I would use a dedicated line. I'd even consider a dial-in modem interface rather than an Internet connexion. I'd even rethink remote monitoring. Is it really needed? But connecting critical applications to the Internet, especially when you have hardware requirering old OS verions that are full of holes and unsupported, is playing with fire.

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