There is no download. Seriously.
I acted it out in my mind as I've read it, and it's been wonderful. Thank you!
In the process of migration they've also consolidated a dozen IT departments, each one doing their own thing. They've done a lot more than simply moving a well-ran Windows shop over to Linux. They've done that but also had to create a well-ran shop in parallel with the migration.
A "hand rolled" distribution is about the same amount of work as any large, customized deployment of Windows images. The "hand rolling" is what actually makes it useful, and it applies equally to any operating system, whether Windows, Linux or OS X. Just that for Windows people don't ordinarily call it a "hand rolled distro". The amount of effort is the same. If the "major corporate" players have IT departments so clueless that they won't see it for what it is, then there's truly no help for them.
You're a raving lunatic. Of course they need a custom distro, what the heck did you think? A custom distro is like a custom hard drive image: once you're past a dozen or two PCs, you'll be way more productive having the customizations official, in effect creating a custom distro. It takes someone totally clueless, or a useless busybody who want to click endlessly on people's machines "configuring them" not to see that.
As far as I'm concerned, it's not very kosher. You can't download their customized distribution anywhere. The fuck? Couldn't they at least upload it to source forge or some such if they don't want to host it themselves???
Same goes for bank account numbers - in the U.S., they are supposed to be kept private. Why? Because anyone can suck your account dry if they just have your account number! That's why. Sad but true.
Why should they avoid collecting fucking numbers? Why is it their problem? What other information they "should just avoid collecting". It's a very slippery slope I'd them rather not take. If it takes Google to get the U.S. credit card industry to wake up and realize that people need to use secure chip cards for physically-present transactions and secure pin generators for card-not present ones, like is done in a lot of more bank-developed places on Earth, then so let it be. The fallout from having those numbers visible for all to see can't be but beneficial for the consumer in the long term.
Google. They are a search engine. They are supposed to index stuff, not to censor it. It's the problem of the fucktards whose site security is so bad that a search engine can get to customer data like such (or the fucktards who leak such things on purpose). I really don't see why Google cares abbot it, and why do other retards classify this as a "security hole". It's not Google who is leaking the data, so why is it upon them to fix it? If I were running a search engine, I'd be fighting requests for such "improvements" tooth and nail. People need to realize how insecure some sites/servers are, and who is to better expose it than a large search engine. Sigh.
Ultimately, there are routers or modems involved, and they push some legacy protocols, and there's a lot of providers out there who offer modules for modern routing hardware that take those old protocols and push them quite transparently over modern data pipes. It's a reasonably well understood problem. It would not require reworking the whole thing, that's the whole point - you take what you have and push the data around using modern hardware that can ensure that the data is safe.
Even if all you have is a 7 bit-only "ASCII" link, you can still push HDLC/X.25 on top of it and then any other protocol you wish on top of that. All it takes is inserting new hardware at key points in the infrastructure. Eventually you can provision alternate links, in an emergency you can leverage public internet - it's better than downtime, and with proper cryptography it's actually more secure than legacy non-encrypted links.
It's not tone deaf, they clearly speak their mouth, and this is in perfect agreement with their customer-facing behavior. They're like AT&T of today, what with Bell labs a mere shadow of their former glory.
Well, maybe you shouldn't be buying from people who can't sell. My listings always have separately hosted pics with 1280 pixel minimum dimension. I usually don't have any problems selling my stuff, and the buyers know exactly what they are getting.
Except that people don't fly those drones, they fly themselves. That's what would allow there to be massive numbers of them, flying all at once, avoiding each other, etc. The same as if everyone has self-driving cars, we wouldn't need any roads with 3 or more lanes of traffic.
Are you nuts? I like neither eBay nor PayPal, but you're delusional if you think PayPal doesn't provide a valuable and reasonably easy-to-use service. You're similarly delusional if you think that there were any alternatives that provide similar feature set - or did at the time they were still separate entities. I've been buying and selling every once in a while on eBay for more than a decade, and at no point there was any serious alternative to PayPal.
eBay does it anyway, so if Google did it too but otherwise provided better experience, I'd be all for it.