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Comment: Re:Another failure of ZAW!!! (Score 1) 345

by MightyMartian (#48213265) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Microsoft cared so little about scripting that they left everyone for fifteen years with CMD.EXE and VBScript. I made them work, of course, because what choice did I have. Throw in some third party tools, and you had a solution, though an often very klunky kludgy one. But yes, in general, the notion was that you would just go into Administrative Tools and everything you needed was there... but everything never was there. Frankly, I don't even think GPOs became relatively complete until Server 2008.

Comment: Re:No chance (Score 5, Insightful) 540

by MightyMartian (#48213217) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

The problem here is that the word "troll" has subtly shifted in meaning. When I was first on the Internet in the early 1990s, it was basically online assholes who would make rude comments, try to start flamewars and the like. I don't remember anyone who actually made threats against other people being referred to as "trolls". Back then being abusive like that could get you kicked off of mailing lists, sent you into-moderation hell on moderated newsgroups, and possibly even having your newsfeed terminated by your provider.

This new definition of "troll" is very recent; Twitter-age nomenclature.

Comment: Re:Another failure of ZAW!!! (Score 2) 345

by MightyMartian (#48207511) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

I don't know if it ever went as far as trying to get rid of sysadmins (Redmond has made no lack of money off of MCSEs and the like over the years), but they certain encouraged an attitude that command prompts, scripting and of the more "traditional" methods of system administration had been rendered obsolete; or rather, would be with "the next version". I have been subjected to numerous issues over the years that required me manually altering the registry, registering/re-registering/de-registering COM DLLs, screwing around in the bowels of IIS, Exchange, SQL Server, and yes, in many cases, invoking the dreaded command line. It was always alright because "In the next version, this functionality will be added!"

And now, as of 2014, Microsoft has pretty much flipped everything on its head. The GUI admin tools are all but deprecated, viewed as the lesser way to administer a Windows server, and PowerShell is proper and appropriate way.

The worst part about all of this is neither Microsoft or its legion of faithful sysadmins see any irony in this. Unix, in their view, is still some antiquated operating system with dated methodologies and philosophies (despite having commands like Move-Item to *nix's mv).

Comment: Re:Remove It (Score 2) 519

by MightyMartian (#48169567) Attached to: Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Binary logs are also far more secure, but I guess that doesn't matter to you.

That has to be most bizarre justification I've yet read. How exactly is a binary log more secure?

*nix systems have had permissions systems for the better part of half a century. If you don't want someone looking at a file, don't give them permissions, but if they do have permissions, the mere fact that a file is binary isn't an obstacle save to the technically illiterate (who wouldn't likely be looking at a log file anyways).

Comment: Re:How balkanized? (Score 1) 139

by MightyMartian (#48155213) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

I think balkanization is the way it's going to go. It may suck in some respects, but if I end up paying $30 or $40 a month, but it's made up of programs I actually have to watch, as opposed to flipping through dozens of channels filled with duplication or crap I have no interest in, for double that price, then i'll be happy.

And frankly, the studios should start getting worried. With Netflix producing and buying original programming, with HBO bringing its own suite to streaming, you can be sure players like AMC will be close behind. The traditional production and distribution model is beginning to break down. It may take a few more years, but you will, in a decade, have companies like Netflix and HBO as online behemoths, and the studios will find themselves the poor cousins.

The flow chart is a most thoroughly oversold piece of program documentation. -- Frederick Brooks, "The Mythical Man Month"