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Comment: Re:XP? OK. But, Office? (Score 2) 192 192

We spent the last year doing the same thing and are down to about 400 XP machines out of 110,000. Why 2003? Here is why we didn't
1. Too much inhouse custom crap on user machines to go through the testing cycle to make sure it worked with 2010. Which equals more money spent
2. We are moving users to Windows 7 in a short time why go through Step 1 for practically no gain
3. We have enough protection on the desktop and procedures to not worry about an infection spreading if a machine was hit. Essentially things are locked down enough and monitored enough not to worry too much.
4. Great motivator to get local admins to start moving their users when they are bitching that they want Office 2010.

Organization that big, stability is key and changes are a big deal. We had to pay for support last year for nearly 60,000, now it is a handful of critical machines that can't be migrated due to software yet.

Comment: Re:Secret, covert spy knowledge (Score 1) 286 286

Have you looked at most of the suicide bombers? They were mostly college students when they were indoctrinated. Perfect age for being susceptible as they are wanting to belong to some group. It's not like they walk up with a suicide vest and they go and do it. There is a lot of manipulation going on

Comment: Re:"stealing just like stealing anything else" (Score 2) 408 408

Except Netflix is available in Canada but with a more limited selection due to agreements with the varying media houses. Bell and Rogers can compete with Netflix Canada, they can't with Netflix US hence why they are bitching about it.

Comment: Re:flat as a pancake: invasion pending (Score 1) 236 236

You missed the Powershell train. Microsoft spent so much time trying to come up with a command line based admin tool when everyone griped at how bad vbs was for it that by the time it was done people had worked around it using vbs and had no need for Powershell.
Microsoft's solution was to force the admins to use it either by hiding the usual admin tools or making them so slow that if you wanted to get anything done you would learn Powershell.

Comment: Is the software locked down to the specific IPs? (Score 1) 384 384

Basically what I wonder is if although the units are locked down to a specific IP is the software used to do the uploading?
If not, you can use arp to give the machines a new IP against their MAC addresses. Then run multiple instances of the install software and point at each IP.


Comment: Re:That's nice (Score 3, Interesting) 84 84

I think he was talking about SMS and at least SCCM 2007. I work in a 100,000+ environment with over 300 DPs on varying links from fast to abysmally slow satellite and yeah package replication can be annoying. Usually have to refresh a couple DPs a month. Not a huge deal except when it is part of a task sequence and someone tries to migrate a couple hundred machines overnight.

Comment: Re:Maybe because the movies were not that good? (Score 1) 360 360

For myself, I had not watched 4-6 since 6 came out when I was a kid so I had put it on a pedestal. I read Alec Guinness' comments on how bad the 4-6 were which opened my eyes so I rewatched them and realized they are no worse than 1-3. 5 was only a bit better because it was directed by someone other than Lucas.

Comment: Re:Monopoly (Score 1) 198 198

That was Business Depot not Office Depot. They weren't bought out they were the same company but there was an issue with trademarks so they couldn't call them staples. I guess at some point that got dealt with.

One of my first job was working at the East end Business Depot in the early 90's right behind Future Shop.
Want to know where they are burying FS as I want to piss on their grave. Oh the stories I could tell about their lack of ethics (let alone skeevy sales practices)....

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?