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Comment: How does what you write connect to what happens? (Score 2) 637

by mgoheen (#47615805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?
In my totally completely unbiased opinion, I think that everyone should have a basic understanding of how computers actually work, from the ground up. A little bit of basic logic (and how that is implemented in hardware), introduction to low level programming (assembler) and using C to make hardware DO something. From there just keep moving on up until you get to Java. Learning operating system functions and why they are important (handling I/O devices, memory management, process and thread management, etc.). All that stuff helps you understand what you are doing, and potentially give you insight into how to debug it.

Nothing is more frustrating than arguing with someone about some computer bug/problem when their argument/explanation is provably impossible, based on how things actually WORK.

Comment: Just use this and your problems fade away... (Score 2) 441

by mgoheen (#41755689) Attached to: Windows 7 Not Getting A Second Service Pack

Use use a variant of this script. You may need to run it multiple times (three seems to work) -- we automate that as well (using Symantec/Altiris Deployment Solution), but that part can be done in various ways. It makes the need for Service Packs a non-issue for automated deployments, and much less of an issue for everyone.

The main problem is that if you don't use WSUS the script appears to only install Windows Updates, not Microsoft Updates. I haven't figured out how to make that work...but it mostly doesn't affect us, as we DO use WSUS, and the script retrieves all WSUS approved updates.

Comment: Re:Small business (Score 1) 2115

by mgoheen (#37442830) Attached to: White House Proposes "Wealthy Tax"

As a small business owner I can say that this is a commonly sited but incorrect assumption. For S Corp. or LLCs, hiring a new person would reduce the net income for the company owner, thus reducing the taxable income. Taxing the profit on an individual (business owner) should have no bearing on hiring -- in fact, it acts as an incentive to invest your profits in expansion of the company through hiring or other deductible expenditures.

Comment: Videographer is now in hiding... (Score 1) 190

by mgoheen (#34850704) Attached to: Covert Video of Apple IPad 2 Just Released
If you pause the video at around 0:42 you can get a fairly good picture of the guy filming this in the reflection on the screen. I have heard rumor that Apple has sequenced the several seconds that his image appears and have created a pretty good image of the culprit. Monitoring of the various clandestine networks across Asia and the Middle East have uncovered price tags in upwards of six figures for his capture and delivery to Mr. Jobs himself.

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw