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Comment: It's not simple to just go and upgrade (Score 4, Informative) 156

by Neo-Rio-101 (#48863975) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

The reason why a lot of these businesses haven't upgraded is because it usually takes years to make this happen.
If you're a business who IT department or enterprise support vendor is running in full ITIL mode with a few ISO business standards thrown in for good measure, it really does take that long.

The amount of paperwork and busywork that needs to go into something as relatively simple as an OS upgrade is something to be marvelled at when you actually have to work in that environment. There are whole massive bureaucracies and months of meetings, followed by change review boards, and more change review boards and testing and more testing and backout plans, and risk registers, and more meetings, and then you have to wait for the next meeting to come along before going onto the next stage.... and and and......

So to all these people saying "just run open source" have never run a multimillion dollar business and relied on Windows to bring home the bacon. Much less have they ever considered being a large collossal IT support vendor that has to maintain SLAs and can get hit for penalities of millions of dollars if those SLAs are breached. These are not nimble organisations. They are not cowboys. They cover all possible failure scenarios and document everything from multiple support networks before they lay a single mouse click on the box.

Comment: Re:Sell your Amazon stock now! (Score 1) 92

by TheoMurpse (#48852909) Attached to: Amazon Plans To Release 12 Movies a Year In Theaters and On Prime

The musical adaptaion of The Lion King had a ten year run in London.

Not just that - you'd be hard pressed to find more than a couple popular musicals on Broadway right now that isn't one of three things: (1) revival; (2) jukebox musical [i.e., one that is a thinly-written story wrapped around a Greatest Hits album]; or (3) big Disney production.

Comment: Re:Stands to reason (Score 1) 181

by TheoMurpse (#48852623) Attached to: NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

Correct. The US hacked a hostile nation's government, one we're technically at war with, that has repeatedly declared it will attack the US and has fired weapons at our allies, and that kidnaps our allies' citizens.

North Korea hacked a private corporation's network to disclose random people's private information and to engage in artistic censorship.

Totally equivalent, yup.

Comment: Abandoned apps are worse (Score 3, Interesting) 89

by Neo-Rio-101 (#48519283) Attached to: Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

As the versions of iOS increase, many of the apps that I purchased don't even work anymore and are still on the app store.
Perhaps the developer just forgot about them, or couldn't be bothered spending the time or money to update them to more current iOS versions.
It seems that there are a lot of abandoned apps out there.

Comment: I just don't get it (Score 4, Insightful) 229

by Neo-Rio-101 (#48511611) Attached to: FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

I can't understand why schools are in such a massive rush to buy iPads before they've even figured out how to use them, and where they fit into the curriculum.
They all chase after the "new-shiny" and plop down a bucket of money before considering or testing the impact, much less training teachers. ...and the fact they were hacked... but yeah. We all had fun doing that on the Apple IIs educational software and with game disks we brought to school back in the 80s. Probably more valuable education looking back. It was fun to strip the "mathbooster" mathematics space-invader game of the actual maths and then play it as Taito originally intended ;)

Comment: Jack Tramiel (Score 4, Interesting) 189

by Neo-Rio-101 (#48475997) Attached to: Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Sounds an awful lot like Jack Tramiel's questionable business practices while at Commodore:

1. Make a large order to a supplier for parts
2. Supplier runs up costs and works to complete the order
3. Fail to pay the supplier in a timely manner
4. Let the supplier go bankrupt
5. Buy the supplier at liquidated prices
6. Profit!

Comment: Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (Score 5, Informative) 523

by spooje (#48423261) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?
NASA is almost out of Plutonium. With the end of the cold war the US stopped refining uranium and producing plutonium. There's not much left and it's becoming a real problem for the designers of long term space missions, especially ones that are far enough that solar power isn't a viable option.

Comment: Unless the plant is surrounded in a glass dome... (Score 2) 128

If someone were so morally bankrupt enough to create a drone army to infiltrate certain gaps and structural weaknesses in the plant and detonate significant payload to disrupt cooling/power/containment, surrounding area is going to be uninhabitable for a looong time.

Time for plants to consider netting, maybe? If it would help at all? Perhaps reinforce areas so that drones can't easily fly into them?

"Don't think; let the machine do it for you!" -- E. C. Berkeley