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Comment: Re:Jeez (Score 1) 537

by vux984 (#46764365) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

I'm pretty sure Microsoft can retag them as 'automatic'; and just hasn't done so. I'm pretty sure I've seen some of this happen previously with other updates. New IE versions start out as optional, and then get moved to automatic. IIRC.

They can even 2-stage it, similar to how the genuine advantage stuff works -- where stage one is mandatory and automatically run, but in turn it could suggest the 8.1 update, and make it as simple as hitting 'next' to initiate it.

Comment: Re:Jeez (Score 1) 537

by vux984 (#46763503) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

They most likely don't even know what Windows 8.1 Update 1 is, much less that they should be on the net researching how to get it installed.

Windows update will take care of that for the vast majority of them. For the ones that it breaks on and for which MS doesn't fix, then how is it any different than any other time a home user's windows update got messed up for any reason?

I mean, odds are when you find a home users PC with XP SP1 or SP2 still on it because windows update failed or was turned off or whatever, you'll also find they haven't done any security updates on it since then either.

Comment: Re:Jeez (Score 1) 537

by vux984 (#46760997) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

It's not obvious how to do this though. And when someone does figure it out, sometimes it breaks during the upgrade with no solution.

So therefore one should not update?

This seems at worst, an embarrassing problem (for microsoft) that -will- be sorted out soon.

I mean, I recall the various XP service packs having issues on some systems too over the years, and never once was "I guess we'll just stay on SP1" the answer I or any other competent admin ever went with.*

* - to be fair there are some bits of software that some companies relied on that only worked on XP SP2 or earlier etc, and competent admins elected to stay on the older service pack, but that isn't the case here, and isn't relevant to the case here. No one is choosing to stay pre-update because of 3rd party issues, only issues with installing the update itself, and it should be plain to all that resolutions will be forthcoming for that.

Comment: Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (Score 4, Insightful) 168

by vux984 (#46752325) Attached to: First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

Do they have standing NSLs with all the media organizations out there?

I think there'd be less Snowden leak coverage if there were. :)

You could go outside the country, but those newspapers are government by their own countries version of the NSA who's working in close relationship with ours

Like China & Russia? Governements want their own security as much as their own intelligence agencies want to break it... there's too many pieces moving in opposite directions for there to be a credible global coverup of a transparent audit of open source software.

Comment: Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (Score 5, Insightful) 168

by vux984 (#46751989) Attached to: First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

Technically, if an NSA backdoor existed in the codebase, you would be prevented from reporting it by an NSA letter, subject to immeadiate imprisonment and confiscation.

Two responses.

First, I suspect if they were confronted with an NSL they could go the lavabit route and simply suspend the audit project with no explanation. IANAL but I don't think the NSA can compel them to falsify the audit results.

Second, if they are smart, they can have it audited multi-nationally with independent auditors to make it harder for any government gag orders to stick.

Comment: Re:Medical Device Certification? (Score 2) 90

by vux984 (#46751657) Attached to: Carpenter Who Cut Off His Fingers Makes "Robohand" With 3-D Printer

If there's no surgery, it's just a object - a tool, an item of functional clothing, more-or-less

Not entirely true. Contact lenses for example are all regulated. As is pretty much anything that performs any sort of medical exam or diagnostic that a medical practitioner relies on to make a diagnosis or treatment decision.

There's also the fact that they actually are traditionally expensive to make and fit.

They are also generally each one manufactured to order.

They also tend to be loaded with patents and royalties for everything from the design to the specifics of the materials.

The cost of custom prosthetic may also presume more than one may be required to refine the fit after you've worn it for a while, or to get the fit just right.

The doctor may then take the now very high cost of the the item and build in his time to fit, assess, and follow up with you into the price of the item inflating it even higher.

So the $thousands$ you pay for "an X" might actually cover "as many Xs as it takes to get it right plus all the doctors time working with you to get it right"

Comment: Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (Score 2) 445

by vux984 (#46738673) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

The US and its allies actually killed a relatively small number of Iraqis

As for what Saddam did:
Anfal ~ 180,000?
Another 10-20,000 in other atrocities?
Call it 200k?
Which figure are you arguing isn't valid? We're looking at 100k at least, civilians directly, and violently killed. The the larger numbers, showing indirect deaths... like people dying because they couldn't get to the hospital for X or Y or Z because we blew up all the infrastructure? Easily adds up to another 100k. Multiple estimates are in excess of 500k total. I don't think you can bleat "George Soros" and pretend those people aren't dead because of the war.

Not to mention we sacrificed another 4500+ allied lives to do all this too. Again far more than Saddam ever inflicted on us, even if you give him credit for 9/11 which would be asinine.

I'm VERY skeptical of your claim that we killed fewer Iraqi's than Saddam did, and I KNOW we tossed more allied lives than Saddam ever claimed.

Comment: Re:And the attempt to duplicate their efforts resu (Score 2) 445

by vux984 (#46733793) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

The world is far better off with Saddam's regime being replaced by a democratic government.

Tell that that to the thousands of Iraqi's WE KILLED to make that happen.

We probably killed or led to the death via our war of more Iraqi's than Saddam did -- and I'm not forgetting that Saddam attempted genocide of Kurd's in the 80s either.

Comment: Re:Why is everything else allowed on the network? (Score 1) 80

by vux984 (#46732131) Attached to: Wi-Fi Problems Dog Apple-Samsung Trial

...which is a problem that is better-solved by having the local conglomerate provide a temporary, fast(ish) pipe for press over cable/*DSL, with a couple of well-configured 802.11g access points on non-overlapping channels (and another 802.11n at 5GHz, just because), with some decent QoS rules on a router and the WPA key of the day taped to the front of the judge's bench.

And the press will still ignore largely it, bring in all their crap, and turn it on.

Or, you know, hardwiring the court recorder's system...

This is the best solution. But running wire is a PITA.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 236

by vux984 (#46731185) Attached to: GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

Making mid-production changes in parts without changing the part number -- at least the customer-visible part number -- is not unheard-of, it's common.

Its not merely common its 'frustratingly common'.

I've experienced this time and again ordering replacement parts for a variety of cars. Usually the differences don't matter. The replacement is shaped a bit different, improved in some way, or the material is slightly different, the item has been cost reduced in some way perhaps, or suppliers were changed, and the part still works and still fits fine... but its not identical to the original.

That's generally not a big deal unless its a trip part. Then its maddening.

For example, I ordered a replacement rocker switch for my 911 power window some months ago, by part number. The part that arrived was in a slightly different finish -- the original was a glossy black plastic, the replacement was a slightly textured/matte black plastic. It was different, not merely "new" vs "showing some wear".

It fit and worked fine, but didn't match the switch for the passenger side window (which was right next to it on the drivers armrest) 100%.

Comment: Re:People sure do like to beat the cancer thing (Score 1) 270

by vux984 (#46729103) Attached to: The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

But GPL is indeed cancerous, intentionally so. Interacting with GPL code is a mine field if you don't want to GPL your code as well, there was no lie in that.

Cancer spreads and is difficult to stop.

The GPL is entirely opt-in, and a 4 year old can understand the so-called 'mine field':

Do I want to release my code as GPL?

Yes? Then feel free to use other GPL code in your code.
No? Then don't.

It is no more difficult than any other software development. Do you want to release something via the BSD license? Great. Can you willy-nilly link to code from other licenses as part of that? Nope. You have to be just as thoughtful with that too.

Ditto for any license... including the desire to release proprietary code. You can't just go around slurping code from around the internet -- and incorporating it in your product. Not just because of the GPL... but because you can't just include other people's random code in your product.

The GPL doesn't make this more or less tricky. It just represents a pile of code that's available to you to use if you want to reidstribute GPL code, and that's unavailable to you if you do not.

Comment: Re:"Naturally aren't comparable"? (Score 1) 184

by vux984 (#46709253) Attached to: Microsoft Launches Office For iPad: Includes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

you cannot buy iOS, Windows Store or Android apps from BestBuy

Obviously I was referring to the boxes of Office Home and Student that you CAN walk out of best buy with. Next time I'll preface it with "Windows and Mac OS" so you can keep up.

The point stands though that neither Bestbuy for windows and mac os versions of software, nor Apple iTunes Apps Store enforces any sort of "are you a business or not" when making a purchase.

if you have an enterprise account to deploy to iPads

Then you wouldn't use it. Just as you wouldn't use your Microsoft Enterprise Volume License account to buy Windows and Mac OS versions of office home and student.

You are able to mix the app ownership models on a single device; so they'd just buy office home and student on individual accounts for each ipad that needed it.

You don't necessarily need Outlook [...]

You don't necessarily need Word and Excel either. But for the sake of THIS argument, we are assuming you DO. Likewise we're assuming the need for a competent supported exchange mail client.

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