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Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 4, Informative) 178

by mysidia (#48042283) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

This means that a WinSxS folder that is 6GB costs around .90 Cents, and uses slightly more than 1 Percent of the drive.

I think you just don't understand what WinSxS is, how it works, and what the problem is that it is designed to address, suggest you start reading a bit more.

The reason the old Sxs assemblies need to be kept, is that installed software may require the usage of an old assembly.

Just because an update has superceded a certain library version, does not mean that all applications that still rely on it should be broken.

The SxS assembly backups have a vital role, and they don't actually use as much disk space as you think, due to hard linking --- Windows Explorer gives you an impression that more disk space is consumed by this folder than actually is.

The reason is... various installed files throughout the system will be hardlinked here, causing an appearance that a lot of space is in use here, but in reality --- these hard links are just a second Zero-usage copy of files that are installed elsewhere.

Only a couple gigabytes worth of files that have been updated and no longer have other hard links here, should actually be considered usage of the SxS system.

Comment: Re:Study is quite incomplete (Score 1) 231

by mysidia (#48040979) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

It's unlikely there's any significant "self reporting bias," as you seem to be implying

The question will be.... what are the circumstances surrounding most insurance quotes with these sites.

Are people obtaining new vehicles, or needing new insurance for existing vehicles, because the rates are too high?

Is a greater portion of the people applying for insurance SURVIVORS of an accident they were responsible for, therefore more likely to have gotten a ticket than a totalled vehicle ?

These are some of the questions that come to mind

Comment: Re:Clipper Chip Anyone? (Score 1) 374

by mysidia (#48040713) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Who remembers the failed Clipper chip pushed during the Clinton administration and advocated by VP Gore?

Who remembers why it failed?

Who remembers CALEA? Who remembers why it didn't fail, and why the feds can now snoop on VoIP traffic?

Wann bet on a CALEA Version 2.0 coming out, which will dictate the manufacture of consumer devices and software, requiring a federally approved backdoor or key escrow system?

Comment: Re:Asymptomatic people are not contagious (Score 1) 445

by mysidia (#48031759) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

I imagine a person who is not intending on doing ill will with the disease could self monitor and quarantine himself if needed.

Could in theory, but they are not likely to do so, not only because they might miss the symptoms or be in denial about them, BUT self-quarantining would seriously inconvenience them, and it would be against human nature and not what the average person would do, to decide you're sick and impose this on yourself.

Most people would just rationalize it internally to themselves "It's probably just a cold," or "I'm just tired." "It's stress-related"

Comment: Re: Asymptomatic people are not contagious (Score 1) 445

by mysidia (#48031747) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

None. Just add a quarantine user fee to their ticket.

Try again. Enstating a quarantine policy would drastically reduce the number of travelers until the policy was over. Or it would likely increase the number of travelers using various tactics of avoiding the airplane quarantine, such as travelling to an intermediary country first, and then crossing in through the land border.

Comment: Re:static versus dynamic, access & post proces (Score 1) 179

by mysidia (#48022355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

The CEO may not, but you're boss's boss might; or your boss might condense that 100 page report to 50 pages for his boss who might make it 5 pages for their boss

My direct boss is at the top and doesn't have any bosses, and while there is information about IT disseminated, I believe it is mostly all financial in nature, or related to the performance of individual workers and the performance of networks with regards to uptime and usage. There are no "Reports" gathered directly from any IT central logging systems, which are mostly applicable for troubleshooting issues anyways --- summary information from a central logging system, simply has nothing to do with running IT or the company, other than maintaining the logging system itself.

In other words... it's probably a report nobody needs anyways.

But if you do, your department should probably be writing custom scripts to gather and report on the data, just as they apparently have.

Comment: Re:static versus dynamic, access & post proces (Score 1) 179

by mysidia (#48014777) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

Even the manager above you wants a report they can easily edit, merge, and send up the chain; it makes reporting on multiple projects a lot easier to do.

Just open the region selection tool, draw a rectangle around the parts of the data you want, Control + X, and then Control +V the picture into your report... . easy as pie ^_^

Or print it out, and they can grab scissors and cut out the data and paste it onto their report.

There are a lot of legit ways to handle this one.

Comment: Re:I can't quite decide (Score 1) 82

by mysidia (#48007451) Attached to: How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

In general self-funding government agencies are terrible idea-- that's why running the government "like a business" sounds good but is a lousy idea. Government agencies should serve the public, they shouldn't be profit centers.

Even in businesses..... a department cannot do other things on the side that generate lots of extra revenue and keep the proceeds within the department -- all inflows have to go to receivables accounting, and use of moneys to fund a department is at the discretion of management; just because department X generated an extra $1 million in revenue this year, does not mean all the extra cash coming in will be allocated to that department; it may be used to fund a new project, or it might be returned to shareholders ([taxpayers]) instead.

Comment: Re:Slightly different take on that. (Score 1) 82

by mysidia (#48007427) Attached to: How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

The NSA is developing X and licensing it to selected corporations. So, 100% wrong to be licensing it and 100% wrong to be doing so to non-government entities and 100% to be doing so selectively.

And if the NSA IS generating any revenue, then all that revenue should be going to the treasury slush fund.

The purpose of government departments is NOT to create a profit for the department.

Comment: Re: Forest Circus. (Score 1) 299

by mysidia (#48005127) Attached to: Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

This will never fly. Wilderness areas like that are considered public property and as such the government cannot prohibit people from taking pictures.

This is not unprecedented. L.A. already has similar rules if you want to take pictures from any of their public parks, forests, or other public property, you need a permit for each day from FilmLA, costing several thousand $$$.

In particular you need a permit to take pictures of the Hollywood sign, in addition you have to pay a license for trademark rights, if you want to use any of the images in a publication.

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 1) 904

by mysidia (#48000321) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

All good until they come to your house or place of work and tow it away anyway.

In many states, they cannot do this without a judgement in hand from a court of law, unless there has been a payment default for a minimum of at least 30 days. I think the issue with this remote immob. crap is they are deactivating cars whose payment is a few days late.

Then Yes... they might try to steal the car in that manner. However, you may keep it in a closed locked garage at home, and at work you may keep your vehicle in a secure area, where there is no access to it.

You might also park in one of the higher floors in a large private parking garage in an area where there is low clearance and no truck access -- back into your space; close enough to the wall that nobody can get behind the vehicle or see the plates.

Cover up all locations where the VIN# or other vehicle id numbers may be displayed visible from outside the vehicle, by laying a map, or some papers over it, so that definitive identification would be impossible without breaking and entering.

Attach an anti-theft wheel clamp to all four tires.

Remove any visible logos or dealership names on the vehicle and repaint the vehicle yourself, without providing information about new color. Rekey the lock cylinders on all 4 doors with something non-standard, to ensure no master keys will work.

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