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Comment: Re:McArdle is astute (Score 1) 28

by mcgrew (#46794687) Attached to: Obamacare is Not a Single-Payer Conspiracy [Bloomberg]

When incompetence is pitted against extreme radicalism, I'll take incompetence any day. As bad as Quinn is, he's head and shoulders above Blago or Ryan. However, the Republican would have to be pretty bad, one I would fear would really screw the country up (anyone named "Bush" would do it). In likelihood I'll vote Greenie or Libbie, depending on their candidates.

Comment: Re:Floater. (Score 1) 3

by mcgrew (#46794655) Attached to: Mars, Ho! Chapter Sixteen

Not just Kubrick but damned near every other science fiction writer. Hell, Asimov had antique cars that were not only self-driving but sentient, six years from now.

But a few hundred years from now? I don't think ion drives driven by two fusion generators is out of line for that timeline. By then there will be technologies we can't even dream of today.

I did make a huge math error by not actually doing the math and I'm not sure how I'll fix it. Someone pointed out that you could get to Mars' orbit on the other side of the sun in three days at .8G. Damn.

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Journal: A Pretty Good Friday

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For the last several years my Easter routine has been a three day celebration. On Good Friday I find somewhere to have Walleye for lunch, which isn't hard. Most places have it every Friday. Friday nights I like to find a bunch of Christians (not hard, most bars are filled with Christians) and get drunk with them on the blood of the lamb.

Comment: Re:You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (Score 1) 275

by jbolden (#46789967) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

I wouldn't say SharePoint sucks. It sucks when you don't use it as intended. The GP was using it as a file share. SharePoint is very good as a light document management solution with MS Office integration.

As far as the rest, I said the comparison is to Documentum. Documentum generally recommends an implementation team. It is not uncommon that Documentum has a permanent IT support department (i.e. multiple people). Share Point can get by with less than 1. As for metadata and using it its way. Yes. That's standard for a document management solution.

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Imagine if someone was talking about SQLServer as a replacement for Oracle and we were discussing the lower cost and lower administrative hassle relative to Oracle. And you kept coming back with a comparison to using text files and how much easier and less of a problem text files were. SQL Server did a great job of taking Oracle administration (a skilled profession) and making it something that a moderately skilled admin could do part time on the side. Similarly SharePoint gets you 80% of Documentum for 20% of the cost.

1000 users on Documentum fully configured is probably just under $1m.
1000 uses on Sharepoint fully configured is about $200k

OTOH
1000 users on a fileserver fully configured is going to be $20k.

That's where you need to make the comparison. For smaller business, SharePoint online you can be at $7 / user / mo for a small business. There is nothing remotely like that for the higher end suites. But heck I can get 50g file share in the cloud for free.

Comment: Re:You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (Score 1) 275

by jbolden (#46787847) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

You aren't getting it. Sharepoint is a cheap document management library like Documentum: http://www.emc.com/domains/doc... not an expensive fileshare.

As for the Office integration being terrible, that's just not true. Failing silently is not alright but that shouldn't be happening there is something going wrong with your config.

As for metadata... actually the Project Managers, Systems Analysts, Business analysts.... should be doing it not the engineers. Library maintenance is supposed to be part of someone's job. Seriously your company just isn't using the product right.

Comment: Re:People getting wierd about liquid water (Score 1) 221

by meta-monkey (#46787301) Attached to: Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

Oh yes, it was the most implausibly bizarre book I've ever read. And the interior of phobos was hollowed out to be a habitat where the sentient saurians (hadrosaurs if I recall) had been living for the last 65 million years. Yes, something was done to keep the planet from freezing. I wish I could remember the name of that book...

Comment: Re:McArdle is astute (Score 1) 28

by mcgrew (#46787089) Attached to: Obamacare is Not a Single-Payer Conspiracy [Bloomberg]

What worries me about her is that she was in charge of Clinton's single-payer plan, and screwed it up royally. So far I don't like any of the candidates from either major party.

Either way I'll probably vote either Libertarian or Green. I cannot support a candidate who wants me in prison. The only way she'll get my vote is if the Republicans screw up in their Presidential nominations like they did with Illinois' Governor's race. They had one excellent candidate, two acceptable and a tea party billionaire who hates unions and middle class people. They chose the only candidate who could get me to vote for Quinn.

Morons. They'll probably nominate another tea party stinker who only cares about the 1%. If they do I'll have to vote for Clinton.

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Journal: Mars, Ho! Chapter Sixteen 3

Journal by mcgrew

Pressure
When I woke up, all my muscles were on fire. We would have had to turn the ship around today, and in fact that's what was scheduled, except for the meteors and the drama that followed.
Destiny was sleeping peacefully. I got up, thankful that we weren't at Earth gravity but wishing we had turned around for deceleration then, because they have it plotted so that you start the journey close to the planet you're leavi

Comment: Re:People getting wierd about liquid water (Score 1) 221

by meta-monkey (#46786923) Attached to: Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

There was a sci-fi book I read, and for the life of me I can't remember the title. One of the weirdest books ever. In it, dinosaurs had escaped to Phobos before they died out, and the earth had a massive world-changing event in which mountains split and formed into rocket engines that propelled the earth out of the solar system entirely and to another star. This was the aliens' way of meeting new species...bring them all to them.

It was a truly bizarre book, and I wish I remembered the title...

Comment: iCloud for PC (Score 1) 275

by jbolden (#46786855) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Are you sure about that? I tried signing into iCloud with the credentials I use for iTunes, and it said "Your Apple ID must be used to set up iCloud on an OS X or iOS device before you can use iCloud.com."

Did I go to the wrong place? Or can I set up an account even if I don't own a machine?

Oh Interesting. http://www.apple.com/icloud/se... . Seems that iCloud no longer supports account creation directly without at least one OSX or iOS device. That's a change.

Comment: Re:You can probably thank Microsoft for this... (Score 1) 275

by jbolden (#46786831) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Try copying a folder with a few thousand files in it to Sharepoint and then perform the same action on a shared network drive.

Sharepoint by default is going to want to structure information. The assumption is that thousands of files are going to be upload by an admin not a general user. Making uploading thousands of files hard is a feature not a bug.

Every once in a while, it simply fails to save the document you are editing silently

There are error messages being passed. If they are being blocked somewhere then diagnose them. Just like any other configuration bug.

I don't find the searches to be any better than the Twiki searches were with the Google appliance. Sure, the admin can require metadata to be filled in, but that is only as useful as the person who filled it in. And it doesn't help at all for older documents where search would be most useful.

Sharepoint isn't magic. Either it is going to build naive indexes like Google or people are going to have to fill in metadata. The metadata is part of what allows for intelligent searches. Also the integration. So for example "Give me all excel documents that link to our sales March forcast" is possible.

Anyway Seraphim_72 is giving you the same answer. Your problem isn't SharePoint but admins that don't know how to admin SharePoint.

This place just isn't big enough for all of us. We've got to find a way off this planet.

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