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Comment: Well... (Score 1) 712

by jra (#42262049) Attached to: Windows Blue: Microsoft's Plan To Release a New Version of Windows Every Year

this is going to be as stupid as Mozilla's plan to rev a new major release of Firefox every 6 weeks.

It's easy to look at this and say "what a great idea"... but the people who do that are, nearly unanimously in my experience, people who are only responsible for 1 or 2 PC.

When you're responsible for 100 or 500 or 20,000, you come back to me and tell me how many more IT people that's going to require you to hir... oh, wait.

No; this is a *great* idea!!!

Comment: No, it's not. (Score 2) 268

by jra (#42261999) Attached to: Nokia Engineer Shows How To Pirate Windows 8 Metro Apps, Bypass In-app Purchases

> It's easy to blame Microsoft for this, but isn't this really an issue that is intrinsic to all installed applications?

No one read John Carmack's "don't let the client control anything" screed several years back, about how gaming systems cannot let the client code *know* or *control* things, because then it could be replaced with something that would cheat on the user's behalf, by looking around corners for bad guys and such?

This is the same exact thing, as far as I can see...

Comment: Maybe not Zimbra (Score 5, Informative) 554

by jra (#37014490) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?

I've run Zimbra for 3 years now, back to 5.0.9, which I installed for my then employer. The architectural people there have taken, right along, an attitude that I can characterize only as "RFCs? Who cares about those?"

It doesn't handle fixed-pitch well; its editor won't re-wrap (though they might have finally fixed that in 7), it doesn't uknow from RFC 2369 -- in fact, it handles mailing lists poorly in general; notably, you can't change the Reply-To in any way when replying, if you generally want HTML off (as I do), the only way to turn it on is to dive into the Preferences and switch it, then reload; same turning off...

Check for bugs filed on their bugzilla by if you want a full list of the ignominy. But in general, I would say: evaluate it pretty thoroughly to see if you can deal with its crap before deploying.

It's *very* pretty. I just don't know if it's worth the trouble.

Comment: FWIW (Score 1) 467

by jra (#36722070) Attached to: When Software Offends

I don't have a problem with a developer deciding to use names like this for a package, if they want to stick their neck out.

The point here, is apparently that *the developer* wasn't sticking their neck out; someone else did it *for them*. *That*, I have a problem with.

So, y'all people shooting at the name itself? That's a strawman; please look at what's actually offensive here.

Comment: Fiberglas (Score 2) 247

by jra (#36701966) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Safely Saw Up Motherboards?

Or things even worse. You can do this, but you're going to need pretty hefty realtime dust collection; I suppose it's possible that a Rainbow water-curtain vac might be enough, but I'm not sure.

I'll bet someone else will be sure. :-)

And I'm not sure if you can finish off the cut edge of a board to a point where it won't unravel -- or at least, how you would do so.

People *do* do this: I have a favorite notebook whose covers are circuit boards. But it's non-trivial.

Comment: Press Site (Score 3, Insightful) 105

by jra (#36690310) Attached to: CmdrTaco at Kennedy Space Center

I was there, for the STS-132 Tweetup, and it is absolutely incredible.

Nearly 2700 press were badged for this launch; the record was 2707 for STS-1, and they might find they've beaten it when all is said and done.

Shame the press paid no attention to the 100 or so in the middle; perhaps the public would have raised more fuss with its legislators about NASA's miserable budget.

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