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Comment: Re:OMFG, stupid (Score 2) 644

by kad77 (#48029449) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Perhaps my comment was rude, and 'a bit over the top' as you say. Microsoft's VP of Operating Systems is probably not a moron.

My initial reaction to Belfiore seeming to downgrade a previous version of their flagship product by referring to it as a first gen Prius, and then extending the bad car analogy to try and sell us the new shiny pissed me off.

Comparing a previous version to an niche, ugly, low powered econobox (that is heavily government subsidized) to an electric car, made by an independent company and is decidedly not meant to be mass market cheap, nor aimed at the same demographic... Having the people in charge of these products make these statements gives me the impression the same brain trust that turned Windows 7 into Windows 8 is still running the show.

What car would he have made Windows 8 in that analogy?

Comment: OMFG, stupid (Score -1, Troll) 644

by kad77 (#48028909) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

.... Microsoft's Joe Belfiore pointed to the millions of customers still using Windows 7, and said the company wants to make their transition to Windows 10 much more comfortable than the unfamiliar leap to Windows 8 two years ago. "We want all these Windows 7 users to have the sentiment that yesterday they were driving a first-generation Prius, and now with Windows 10 it's like a Tesla." ... nice car analogy, moron.

Comment: Vendors do stupid things. (Score 1) 348

Why not try Sandboxie?

I've had similar experiences with EHR vendors requiring old, old versions. The lag time and impracticality of their limitations can be frustrating. One product I've worked on shares a parent company that was part of the Obamacare website roll-out (they wrote middleware). After spending some time working with the database on that product, I began to believe in the Infinite Monkey Theorem.

Comment: Re:slashcode (Score 1) 2254

by kad77 (#35003550) Attached to: Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Ok, I am using SRWare Iron 8 (stripped chromium webkit build for win32) with this user agent string as it's same WebKit build as Safari 5 ---

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0 Safari/534.10 ... I get SPORADIC errors trying to post comments ... site works in IE8 ... gave up on FF until they multi-thread the UI

Comment: Re:What's the point. (Score 4, Interesting) 268

by kad77 (#29566147) Attached to: FreeBSD 8.0 vs. Ubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks

I'm sort of curious why the slashdot story summary is so annoyingly biased in it's phrasing - "FreeBSD rather ends up taking a wallop to Ubuntu Linux, but there are a few areas where FreeBSD 8 ran well", when the arguably flawed test suite shows NO SUCH THING!

The FreeBSD system has very comparable or better benchmarks on nearly every metric in the test, just click through TFA and see for yourself.

Tripe.

Besides the needless and counterproductive bias, the phrase X "rather ends up taking a wallop to" Y is clunky and sophomoric. Editors, get a life.

+ - Haiku Project Reaches First Alpha Milestone

Submitted by kad77
kad77 (805601) writes "After eight years of hard work, the open source reinvention of the proprietary BeOS operating system has reached it's first official alpha (developer) release. The Haiku operating system is a very active MIT licensed project, showcasing some of the best open source tools and building blocks alongside it's massive unique codebase. Guided by their ideals, the Haiku team is steadily creating a unified user experience best described in their own words: "Haiku is an open source operating system currently in development that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the Be Operating System, Haiku aims to become a fast, efficient, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful system for computer users of all levels." More information and download options available at their website. A press release is also available."

+ - Haiku, the Open Source BeOS Project Issues First A->

Submitted by kad77
kad77 (805601) writes "After eight years of hard work, the open source reinvention of the proprietary BeOS operating system has reached it's first official alpha (developer) release. The Haiku operating system is a very active MIT licensed project, showcasing some of the best open source tools and building blocks alongside it's massive unique codebase. Guided by their ideals, the Haiku team is steadily creating a unified user experience best described in their own words: "Haiku is an open source operating system currently in development that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the Be Operating System, Haiku aims to become a fast, efficient, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful system for computer users of all levels." More information and download options available at their website. A press release is also available."
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Security

+ - Multiple .gov web sites hacked, serving exploits->

Submitted by cottagetrees
cottagetrees (1093331) writes "Security researcher Roger Thompson has discovered at least a dozen freshly hacked .gov web sites — all cities — hosting driveby-downloaded exploits and malware. Thompson blogged about his discovery here: http://explabs.blogspot.com/ and he posted a YouTube video documenting the hack here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_jh8lHb49w "The attacking pages seem to try one of three things. First they try an exploit to install their malware, and if that doesn't work, they try to trick you into installing a fake codec, and if that doesn't work, they run a fake antispy scan, and try to convince you that your machine is already compromised, but their software can fix it... just click the install button." According to the video, updated security patches will protect you from the driveby downloaded exploit, but won't protect victims of the social engineering ploy that tries to get them to download the fake codec, or install the fake anti-spyware."
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Networking

+ - What IT/Network Admin apps have not been done yet?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I have worked in IT/Network Engineering for over 10 years now and it seems that there is a constant flood of new tools/apps designed to help us better run our IT organizations. This morning I was reading a trade rag and was again bombarded with adds for IT/Network management tools on every other page. I am curious to know from the community what they feel has not been done yet. What killer IT/Network admin management app does not exist yet? Anything?"
Microsoft

+ - OOXML won't get fast-track ISO standardization->

Submitted by realdodgeman
realdodgeman (1113225) writes "International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) recently held an internal poll to determine the position that the United States should take on Microsoft's request for Office Open XML (OOXML) approval. With eight votes in favor, seven against, and one abstention, the group was one vote short of the nine votes required for approving OOXLM ISO standardization. This will mean a huge slowdown to the standardization to the OOXML format."
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