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Comment: Murphy says no. (Score 5, Insightful) 251

by wbr1 (#47432033) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?
You should always have a competent tech on hand for maintenance tasks. Period. If you do not, Murphy will bite you, and then, instead of having it back up by peak hours you are scrambling and looking dumb. In your current scenario, say the patch unexpectedly breaks another critical function of the server. It happens, if you have been in IT any time you have seen it happen. Bite the bullet and have a tech on hand to roll back the patch. Give them time off at another point, or pay them extra for night hours, but thems the breaks when dealing with critical services.

Comment: Re:I dont see a problem here (Score 3, Insightful) 146

by wbr1 (#47387829) Attached to: NASA Approves Production of Most Powerful Rocket Ever
In my opinion the problem is not reuse of existing tech. It allows reuse of manufacturing capability, it comes with well known maintenance and troubleshooting procedures, etc. The problem is handing the gov a huge bill for doing very little, and using existing tech to milk out a big payday, and not choosing the tech based on suitability, or using it to advance the science any. The latter is something Boeing has been very good at.

Comment: Re:One switch to rule them all? (Score 5, Interesting) 673

I taught inmates with no past computer experience both versions of Office, 03 and 07. I hated 07, and the ribbons at first. It made my day to day tasks take much longer. However, I had to learn quickly as I was teaching it.

I have to say that seeing people with no computer experience learn both. The ribbons are better. People grasped complex workflows easier, effecience was improved, and the learning curve was significantly reduced. Is this anecdotal? Yes. But I stand by it.

Comment: Re:Some people would like to outlaw the Internet (Score 1) 210

by wbr1 (#47348943) Attached to: Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service
Yes, I use adblock. Not because I am opposed to ads, but because they have become overbearing, in the way of actual content, and oftentimes, infection vectors. I do not want content for free. I want a model where wealth and power are distributed more evenly, a model where I am FREE to choose what I want to watch. I am free no not watch, and that is what I currently do, but that is a false choice.

In the current model, a select few fleece the users and call it the cost of buinsess, because we steal and they have to 'legally license' from EACH OTHER, essentially handing the money they get from us back and forth with a bunch of hand waving and doublespeak. They then use the excess to further monopolize and entrench this model.

Comment: Re:Some people would like to outlaw the Internet (Score 2) 210

by wbr1 (#47346405) Attached to: Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service
The problem is, they are winning. I have no cable subscription (except business class data, as it is what I need, and all that is available to me).

The more I look, the LESS content is available legally without having a cable sub and piping in valid creds.

Pretty soon (if they haven't already) they will further limit such streaming to IP address known to be the same customers node. To prevent you from using your friends login and not having your own of course, even though it keeps legitimate customers from streaming abroad.

Further, at least with Comcast, business class connections had been exempt from DMCA threat letters. No more. I received my first this month, and it is no mistake as it mentions home or business-class internet in the letter. It apparently does not matter to them that all sorts of random computers connect to my network. In this case, for repair, not as an open WiFi.

Expect things to get worse as they squeeze other players like Netflix out of existence, and splinter different studios, and such into their own separate services. Expect them to get worse as they use their riches to bribe congress/FCC/courts into doing their bidding.

In ye olden times, the buggy whip makers were a weak, splinters force. The media companies of today are the opposite. Financially and politically powerful, with unified goals, and fewer dissonant voices within their ranks (being only a few inbred corporations anymore, this is not hard to achieve).

Comment: Oh really? (Score 1) 64

by wbr1 (#47297985) Attached to: New Sensors Will Scoop Up "Big Data" On Chicago

But computer scientist Charlie Catlett said the planners have taken precautions to design their sensors to observe mobile devices and count contact with the signal rather than record the digital address of every device.

That may be how it is designed now, but without (actually enforced) laws about the data collected and the legal uses thereof, tracking phone addresses and individuals is only a firmware update away.

Refreshed by a brief blackout, I got to my feet and went next door. -- Martin Amis, _Money_