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Comment: Re:A "joint" venture... riiiight... (Score 1) 39

by kelemvor4 (#48898203) Attached to: Europe and China Will Team Up For a Robotic Space Mission

We Europeans have been trying to weed them out of our economy but apparently we need to approach it in an entirely different way, since we've only managed to hash it up so far. We'll now try to potshot them.

You must be high. We've nothing to fear from those dopes. For some, the grass is always greener on the other side.

Comment: Re:Why oh Why (Score 2) 105

Why good things are always acquired by douchebag companies and ruined to the ground? First Java, now this.

Shouldn't you also direct your ire at the people from R who decide that selling the company was a good idea. Do you really think that MS went to them and said

That's a nice company you have there. It'd be a shame if you didn't sell it to us

It's not unlikely.

Comment: Re:Suckage Waiting To Happen (Score 1) 160

by kelemvor4 (#48853885) Attached to: A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws
You've misunderstood my proposal. I am not proposing that the state or any government pay for anything.

I am proposing that the federal government step in to overrule local laws in place that prevent commercial businesses from running their own infrastructure and selling their own service. You may not be aware, but that is actually the situation today in much of the USA.

If bob's HISpeed LowDrag ISP shows up with the cash to lay lines for a service, they should be allowed to do it. Certainly there should be some amount of government oversight. For example a company should have insurance in case they broke a water pipe or any other buried infrastructure. Beyond ensuring that businesses operate safely when local infrastructure could be affected, the government should not have a role in broadband.

I know there are folks out there who want to pay for their internet access in the form of taxes, but I'm not one of them.

Comment: Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (Score 1) 640

by kelemvor4 (#48853315) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Pretty much - most corporations have just barely (as in 2-3 years ago at most) updated from XP to Windows 7.

Good luck with pushing 8 to the corporate world... it's about as adoptable as an angry badger with syphilis.

More and more, I'm finding myself working at places where I really don't have to use a Windows UI if I don't want to. Right now I'm typing this on my corporate-issued MacBook Pro, and only rarely do I bother logging onto a Windows server (vSphere client, and even then only out of habit since the web-client works pretty much as well).

Don't get me wrong - Microsoft will still be in the business world for a goodly long time - we still use Outlook/Exchange, Active Directory, and even Sharepoint (for HR/Corp crap - all the important stuff is on Confluence.) Thing is though, Microsoft's hold in business is beginning to show cracks, and I suspect in about 5 years, there will be a bit of a crisis in Redmond...

Don't be so melodramatic. I think you don't understand large corporations. I work for a fortune 20 company and at the office Win8 has been the standard for well over a year. It requires freeware start menu programs for sure but otherwise it's no less usable than 7 or xp. Of course, "mainstream support" is probably also irrelevant for any corporation since they will have their own support contracts with vendors such as Microsoft. I'm sure lots of small businesses are an exception to this. For them, the win95 (or whatever os it came with) pc that is still running may be just fine.

Comment: What it means is (Score 1) 160

by kelemvor4 (#48852855) Attached to: A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws
That the federal government is going to have to step in and prohibit state/county/city/other legislation restricting internet access. Such a thing is not without recent precedent. Our state recently enacted a law that prohibits counties/cities/towns/etc from enacting gun laws so that state laws could be followed.

I remember a few years ago Verizon stopped expanding FIOS and cited just these sort of local restrictions as the primary reason they stopped. Pity for those of you who don't have FTTP service available.

Comment: Re:SimCity 2000 available for free (Score 4, Informative) 393

by kelemvor4 (#48808103) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

How is Origin malware? What does it do that makes it malware? It does have DRM but (depending on the game) its not exactly rocket science to either remove the DRM or find an existing no-DRM crack for your purchased game.

Origin gathers your personal information, computer information, application usage, software inventory, software usage, and peripheral hardware usage. It reports this data back to EA/Origin. You can Google about it or spend a few minutes and read your origin EULA.

Comment: Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (Score 1) 790

by kelemvor4 (#48784903) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

I don't know about the US but in Ontario they use the fax a lot in the medical practice (and between pharmacies) when there is no electronic interchange available. They are not allowed to use email because it's not secure. My doctors office just has the documents go directly into their electronic system and if they need a paper copy they print it out from there.

That's a bit of a fallacy, especially if the fax is sent over VOIP as a hop along the telephone network.

"Don't think; let the machine do it for you!" -- E. C. Berkeley