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Comment: Re:Lots of tools, not a lot of experience (Score 1) 75

by mjwx (#49543693) Attached to: Good: Companies Care About Data Privacy Bad: No Idea How To Protect It
The big cost isn't in the software itself, but in the cost of the operation.

Even a free tool has huge costs if it requires specialist knowledge. What stops a lot of companies from being more secure isn't that they dont have the tools, its rather they dont have the know how.

AD's innate protection and logging.

Could you elaborate on this, specifically how to configure and use? Any link would be appreciated.

Although it wont be of much use in my current role (we have another system that does everything to do with user accounts that manipulates AD) but it would be good for future roles.

Comment: Re:Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score 3, Interesting) 415

by mjwx (#49543615) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

but ALL laptops were consumer-level crap. (Don't recall having seen a Dell desktop - seems companies want everyone to use laptops these days)

Look past the casing (the enterprise doesn't place any value on looks). The Latitude and precision series are extremely powerful and reliable as well as very easy to fix. Its no coincidence that organisations that use dell tend to have long replacement cycles (4 or 5 years in some places).

I've worked with procuring laptops in both small and big business, I have no problems in recommending Dells as they've demonstrated that they can:
1) go the distance.
2) bend over backwards to fix problems.
After sales support with Dell's business laptops is top notch, regardless of if you bought 10 or 10,000 laptops.

My only real complaints with them are they're fugly as hell and a tiny bit on the heavy side (as in maybe half a kilo). Both of these are easy to get over.

I've seen a few Dell desktops, SFF desktops are making a bit of a come back, but laptops are still dominant.

Comment: Re:Jenny McCarthyism (Score 1) 255

by mjwx (#49542407) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis

Why the fuck did anyone listen to a playmate, of all the people on this planet, when it comes to advice on a medical subject? Do you go to your doctor for make up tips?

It speaks volumes about the people who fall for that bunk when you consider whose advice they take on what subject.

Because people want to be reassured in the belief they already hold and they dont really care about the source as long as the source says what they want to hear.

There's a reason the phrase "mind your sources" is uttered so often in science and research. Recognising that humans have a natural bias towards what they believe is the first step to mitigating it.

Comment: Re:ASUS (Score 1) 415

by mjwx (#49542277) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Right. The desktop will die, probably in the year of the Linux Desktop. I've been hearing this for 10 years or more. Desktops aren't going anywhere soon. The market will evolve, but it isn't going to die.

Yep, desktops will die when you can plug your phone into a docking station that uses an external monitor, keyboard and mouse... erm... exactly like a desktop.

Very few people work exclusively on a laptop, most have docking stations or at the very least, plug monitors and keyboards into their laptops for most of the time at work.

You're right that the market will evolve, this includes the desktop. My bet is on a convergence of devices. Something like an Asus Transformer that has a detachable KB/track pad and can be plugged into a docking stations so it is a laptop, tablet and desktop in one. Desktops themselves wont die as PC gaming will never die and there will always be new GPU's that require more space, more power and more cooling. 49.38% of the power generated by the starship Enterprise was just to power the NVIDIA card used to run the main screen.

Comment: Re:Apple may outlive Acer - But will they make PCs (Score 1) 415

by mjwx (#49542173) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

What Apple learned from the PC manufacturers, is to not depend on anyone. They are one of the few companies who keep all design and technology in-house..


Apple are as dependent on others as any other PC manufacturer. In fact they do less in house manufacturing than many of their competitors like Asus.

First off, Apple are almost entirely dependent on external suppliers for everything. Hynix RAM, Samsung screens, Nvidia GPU's, Intel GPU's. Even their mobile SoC's are dependent on external chip manufacturers and licensed designs as well as Samsung for manufacturing.

In fact Apple is heavily dependent on manufacturers like Samsung not being as vindictive and petty as they are.

Secondly, Apple owns none of their own manufacturing facilities. Dell produces 95% of its laptops from it own factories in Malaysia (Penang) and China (Xiamen), Asus owns factories in Taiwan, Mexico, Czech Republic and more recently, mainland China.

Apple is far from being independent, the only reason their business model isn't being copied is because it's inferior to the business model currently being used. As soon as Apple becomes passe, its over for them, no other business sees any sense in taking that risk.

Comment: Re:Apple may outlive Acer - But will they make PCs (Score 1) 415

by mjwx (#49542085) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Apple needs the Mac for their own use, and so do all of the iOS developers. They won't get out of the PC business until and unless an iPad can drive a" 5K display.


There is very little stopping that. You can already stick a COTS discrete GPU onto an ARM chipset. The only reason there isn't a readily available consumer version already is because a discrete GPU would be so power hungry that battery life would be terrible on a mobile device. This is easily mitigated by having the machine plugged into the mains, as for laptops, I've had a dual GPU laptop for years now that uses an Intel GPU for low power and a NVIDIA GPU for high performance.

Apple are merging OS X into IOS, albeit very slowly. The Fan, erm... Frogboys need to be boiled very slowly. As for IOS developers, all Apple need to do is port the dev tools after all, you use Windows to develop for Windows.

Comment: Re:Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score 2) 415

by mjwx (#49542023) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Do not underestimate Dell. Their ability to sell laptops by the pallet to corporations is impressive.

Beyond that, their enterprise gear is actually quite good. For people who've only ever used Dell's consumer crap this may come as a bit of a surprise.

My biggest complaint with the Dell Latitude work gave me is that it is a little bit on the heavy side.

Reliable laptops with decent specs combined with aggressive pricing at the enterprise level that Acer is unable to match and Apple is unwilling to match there is little surprise that Dell is an enterprise favourite.

Comment: Re:Seems to be OK all around then (Score 1) 605

by mjwx (#49534777) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

That said... I fail to see what exactly their problem or complaint actually is.

In this last week an anti-vaxxer group in Australia put out a post on their FB page likening forced vaccination to rape (penetration without consent). They even illustrated it with a photo of a guy standing over a women in a menacing pose and holding his hand over her mouth.

So at this point I have no clue what some of them are thinking, and wouldn't even know how to communicate with them.

Anti-Vaxxers know their message will never be taken seriously unless they use ridiculous amounts of hyperbole. This is why they never rely on actual science and fall back on nebulous threats to other things (freedom, sexual assault, your daughters virginity). They need people to associate vaccinations with something else bad without thinking. Standard operating procedure for almost all extremist groups really.

it also demonstrates to the rest of us how out of touch with reality they are... But thats the kind of follower they want to attract.

Comment: Re:I'm driving a rented Nissan Pathfinder while my (Score 1) 617

by mjwx (#49533885) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs
"Fast"? I'll wager my full size SUV, a Mercedes GL550, is faster than most anything other than an all-out sports car


For what you paid for your Mercedes, I could buy a Nissan GTR and have change. Compared to the Nissan's 3 second 0-60 time, the overweight Merc is positively pedestrian.

In fact you'll be taken to town by a much cheaper Subaru WRX STI and struggle to keep up with my 12 year old lightly modified Nissan Silvia which does an actual 0-100 (KPH) time of 6.1 seconds. That is an actual recorded time with me as the driver. Not a time extrapolated from power to weight figures like yours.

But then again, you're just name dropping and dont own a GL550.

Comment: Re:And the vendor response will be... (Score 1) 279

by mjwx (#49533397) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

But this simply removed the overlay they use to bug you about adblock.

Sites that are serious about it re-direct you to a completely different page, for these sites my response is the same as the GGP, go elsewhere. However if this kind of thing becomes common, there will be adblock detector detectors we can use to get around it. its an arms race where the advertisers will always be playing catch up.

Comment: Re:Gas isn't free(as in beer), Many charge points (Score 1) 617

by mjwx (#49533331) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

1) ZERO MAINTENANCE (except for breaks & tires, wipers/fluid)

And CV joints, batteries, electrical systems, power steering, ABS, Traction control and all the other systems a traditional car has.

All an EV does is replace the engine and gearbox which in time will have their own issues, entropy will have it's way with it just like everything else.

Comment: Re:I'm driving a rented Nissan Pathfinder while my (Score 1) 617

by mjwx (#49533273) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

They aren't attractive, they don't stop/go fast, they can't carry much stuff. I don't get it.

Its not about having a better drive or more space than a hatchback. It's about people with little man syndrome wanting to pretend they're lording it over other motorists. This becomes readily apparent when they as "where can your car go that my SUV cant" and their dumbfounded look when you answer "fast" is priceless.

Also with Pickups or "Utes" as we call them in Australia, they're the domain of tradesmen who need the space in the tray and towing capacity that most pickups provide. A few others buy them because they're cheap proper offroaders (low range gearbox, locking diffs, underside protection... things you dont get on SUVs). Very few people outside the US buy a pickup because they want one, most people buy them because they do something they need.

In Australia most pickups are Japanese (Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Isusu D-Max) so they have a 2-3L turbo diesels and a proper 4x4 drive train. The F-series floundered over here.

Comment: Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 617

by mjwx (#49533205) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Because you do not name the SUV I do not believe you.

Well he's right and wrong.

Many SUV's are just jacked up hatchbacks. = True.
With AWD = Mostly false as many are simply FWD. Many more are just 4x4 on demand, which means the read drive train only kicks in when the front wheels lose traction.
And gets the same fuel efficiency as a Civic = Completely false as the increase in weight and ride height (worse aerodynamics) increases fuel consumption.

Comment: Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 617

by mjwx (#49533167) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Of course, fuel efficiency is not the only problem with SUVs. That extra ground clearance makes them awful for road visibility because it's much more difficult to see through or around them from a regular sized vehicle, so every SUV on the road makes driving more dangerous for everyone.

And, when I was driving my mid-engined sports car, I couldn't even see past a Volvo, because my eyes were level with its door handle. Should they be banned, too?

I drive a low car, (Nissan Sivlia S15) and I have no trouble seeing past and through an ordinary sedan or hatch as the windows are low enough that I can see through them. I've driven a Caterham 7, at no point were my eyes level with the door handles of a Toyota Camry and I'm not particularly tall either.

So this is utter bollocks.

SUV's on the other hand are high enough that when I'm driving an ordinary sedan (Subaru Liberty 3.0 Spec B) I cant see through the window to the traffic ahead.

Basically, your argument reduces to 'WAH! WAH! WAH! ME NOT LIKE! WAH! WAH!'.

Basically, your argument reduces to "WAH! WAH! WAH! ME NOT LIKE TRUTH SO ME MAKE UP SHIT! WAH! WAH! WAH!"

Comment: Re:It's Just a Euphemism... (Score 4, Funny) 194

by mjwx (#49533079) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

It's just a euphemism. I remember working for a company that started embracing offshoring, which they called "right-shoring." Layoffs were called "right-sizing." And the executives were called "cunts." Amazing how just a little "word-smithing" can make things sound better than they really are, huh?

Yes, but here "remix" may actually be the right word for it.

When you "remix" a song, you take a song that was good on its own merits, fuck with the tempo, add some annoying bleeps, warbles, gaps and/or voiceovers which completely ruins a song.

So when you "remix" a company, you get rid of all the engineers and functional people whilst keeping the designers and giving the upper management a nice fat bonus which completely ruins a company

You cannot have a science without measurement. -- R. W. Hamming