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Comment Not just dangerous, but completely unnecessary. (Score 2) 289 289

Driver updates offered via Windows Update are always listed as "optional". Even with automatic updates enabled they would have to be chosen manually before they would be installed. On top of that, it would be easy to uninstall such an update via "Progams and Features" in Control Panel, or to click on "Roll Back Driver" in Device Manager.

Disabling updates to prevent bad driver installations is both misguided and unnecessary.

Comment Re:Dependencies (Score 1) 119 119

If I was writing a script that depended on some service being started or some other condition before it could start, I would check for that condition within my script. I would not expect some external framework to figure out what my script requires and to coordinate its startup.

Comment Risk Management (Score 1) 236 236

Risk management is not simply about the probability of an event occurring; it must also take into account how damaging the event would be. For example, events that are very likely to occur but have little consequences might be safely ignored. Events that are very unlikely to occur but have catastrophic consequences merit some effort to prevent.

Comment Wrong. (Score 1) 72 72

When you bought your Samsung SSDs you should have known they only support Windows. All their shitty fucking awful firmware tools since the dawn of time have only run on Windows...

If you bothered to look at their download site, you'd see they support Mac in addition to Windows.

Comment Not uncommon in my world :) (Score 2) 104 104

I usually figure out that a cert has expired when something breaks. For example, I like to use free certs from StartSSL on Exchange Servers. When they expire, people get warnings when accessing OWA, or smartphones stop connecting.

If it happens to be on an SBS Server it can really be a pain, however, since it will stop working as a Terminal Services Gateway, making it difficult to log back on and replace the cert.

Comment Re:FFS (Score 2) 72 72

Wow. You sound inordinately passionate about April 1st. If such articles are so much to your liking, perhaps it's you who needs to go elsewhere. May I suggest America's Finest News Source?

As for this site, the motto used to be "stuff that matters". When April Fools articles become so numerous, it's no longer amusing. It's like the same joke being told over and over again. April Fools is not a "huge holiday". It's a day literally intended for fools, and only a fool finds the same joke funny time after time.

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.