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Comment Re:That isn't trustful. (Score 1) 197

Can't wait until the DoD moves forward with Windows 10 and defense contractors have to disable this telemetry reporting.

An excerpt from a leaked Microsoft document reveal that the DoD version of Windows 10 will have the following additional build step:

win10-build-server$ sed -i telemetry.dll -e 's/'

Comment Could be better. (Score 4, Interesting) 230

To really piss off telemarketers, the robot should give itself away after a few minutes by saying "this has been a recording. Have a nice day." In this sample call, the telemarketer just eventually hung up, thinking he was talking to a person who just had too much time on their hands. I think the reaction would have been better had he known he had been duped by a machine.

Comment Re:The elephants in the room (Score 1) 242

No it isn't. Just forward a few ports and you are done.

And make sure you have a public IP address and DNS entry, make sure you are up on your security patches on your server and have help desk staff to help people configure their mobiles, etc. Furthermore, outsourcing e-mail typically gives you mobile device management, two-factor authentication and a lot of extra goodies. It's very hard to implement the complete package yourself.

Comment Re:The elephants in the room (Score 1) 242

Also, mobile devices. It's very hard to support mobile devices if your e-mail server is behind a firewall. So mail naturally moved to the cloud for most businesses. Once you're paying someone to host an Exchange server, you might as well pay them manage it, hence the rise of Office365 and what not.

Comment Re:Misleading headline (Score 1) 77

We've had people complaining from headaches caused by a cell tower.. which was never switched on.
So I would not take people protests as a consistent sign that regulations must be changed. These protests sometimes just mean that something HAS changed.

According to Wikipedia, even the Eiffel Tower was highly objected to when it was first proposed. Here is the petition, which is quite fun to read, in retrospect:

"We, writers, painters, sculptors, architects and passionate devotees of the hitherto untouched beauty of Paris, protest with all our strength, with all our indignation in the name of slighted French taste, against the erection ... of this useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower ... To bring our arguments home, imagine for a moment a giddy, ridiculous tower dominating Paris like a gigantic black smokestack, crushing under its barbaric bulk Notre Dame, the Tour Saint-Jacques, the Louvre, the Dome of les Invalides, the Arc de Triomphe, all of our humiliated monuments will disappear in this ghastly dream. And for twenty years ... we shall see stretching like a blot of ink the hateful shadow of the hateful column of bolted sheet metal."

Comment Re:Why did NASA lie about it being destroyed? (Score 4, Interesting) 130

They offered me [perks], they offered me everything but cash

The deal is that thanks to Congress NASA has no budget. They are scrambling to put together a bake sale to raise money for buying the rover, but it's hard to get aerospace engineers to bake anything that someone else would want to buy and eat.

Comment Re:Predestiny? (Score 1) 144

But diesels can meet emission standards honestly if auto makers include a urea tank. They just fear consumer reaction to having another consumable fluid (that needs to be refilled every 9 thousand miles, or so) .

If auto makers were more like NASA, they would realize that the car already has a totally free and renewable supply of urea that could be tapped to solve this problem, as well as having the fortunate side of effect of ensuring a much longer uninterrupted driving range for the vehicle's operator.

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