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

by rikkards (#49769393) Attached to: Microsoft Tries Another Icon Theme For Windows 10

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

by rikkards (#49737257) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

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

by rikkards (#49456669) Attached to: First Alpha of Public Sector Linux Deployment System

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

by rikkards (#49385087) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

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

by rikkards (#49364947) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

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)....

Comment: Re:Best buy (Score 2) 198

by rikkards (#49362227) Attached to: Best Buy Kills Off Future Shop

Yeah sorry, Future Shop practices were questionable before Best Buy bought them out. Once they did 99% of the stuff they carried were identical with maybe one or two things differing between them in each apartment. Surprised this didn't happen before.

One of my early jobs was working in a Business Depot and we heard and (I personally) experienced some of the crap they were pulling. An example was I had the floor model of a computer for sale and had a customer come in. He seemed interested and was going to but it but had to go move money. I promised I would hold it for him, about half hour later some guy shows up interested and really wanted to buy it (like pressuring to sell it). Told him no, other guy comes back and buys it. While later I was in Future Shop and lo and behold who do I see working there but the guy who came in after. Figure he was trying to buy it so that the guy would come back and buy his model and then return it. Not sure but this was before Best Buy bought them out.

Anyone remember Futile Shop?

Comment: Re:Well done, smart guy (Score 4, Interesting) 247

by rikkards (#49195257) Attached to: How Activists Tried To Destroy GPS With Axes

Actually Iraq handed over Iraq to ISIS since as usual:
1. most they had similar religious beliefs so why would they fight them
2. some ran away dropping their weapons
3. rest got overrun and executed

And actually there were WMDs and they found them. Problem was that they were made by allies to the US and they didn't want to embarrass them. Side note BBC had a great documentary that covered the buildup. Essentially they had one guy that was feeding the CIA info on WMDs but they were skeptical. Problem was higher ups (Wolfowitz and Cheney) decided to take him on face value until it was literally too late.

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