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Comment: OK MS bashers. (Score 1, Interesting) 321

by wbr1 (#47519577) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows
I am no MS fanboi. I did not RFTA. However, windows 9 is already supposed to ship with both touch and classic interfaces.The default will be chosen by device type but presumably it will be changable. The big complaint here is WinRT - which is ARM not Intel.

I would hope this unification means that there will be suffice emulation built into windows that it will pick the kernel/libs/drivers required by the CPU arch, and userland apps can run in emulation (even if slowly) if they are compiled for the wrong proc. This would be a unified windows, that allows x86 and 64 bit apps run on ARM and vice versa (although the other direction is likely not as useful). And have a usable interface. This may actually be a killer OS. It is the next version after a bad one!

Comment: what about malware ads from legit ad servers? (Score 1) 394

by wbr1 (#47491057) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'
Case in point, from a customer last week. Legit local radio, click steaming button. Stream controls in pop up from 3rd party. Stream is broken, stars then stops. Ad in same window, from ad choices, plain white misleading ad, "you need to update your windows media player 11". What do people do? Oh I need to update. Boom adware or worse. There need to be laws and real penalties for this, it does real damag.

Comment: Re:Um... (Score 2) 151

by wbr1 (#47466417) Attached to: Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes
Okay. You have a full 2-liter soda bottle. You drop it from hip height to the floor. The shock releases dissolved gas, increasing the pressure in the bottle. Now pick it up and drop it again. And again.

At some point the bottle will fail and the soda will erupt.

Can you say on which drop? Can you say how it will fail (split seam, pinhole rupture that expands, cap failure?)

No? But you can say that it likely will if the behavior continues.

Lets take another example, say HDD failure. Any HDD will fail, at some point. Is it head failure? Bearing failure? Temperature damage to the media? You do not know, but you can say it WILL fail.

So, nice troll attempt, but it falls flat.

Comment: Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (Score 1) 128

by wbr1 (#47450127) Attached to: With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto
The bottom line is that we know far more about Uranus than Pluto. Even given the wealth of knowledge and enjoyment Uranus has given generations of scientists and philosophers, the decision was made to explore strange (no not new worlds, just strange.) I think in part this is due to the fact that Uranus is massive and gassy, but what do I know?

Comment: Murphy says no. (Score 5, Insightful) 265

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.

"Someone's been mean to you! Tell me who it is, so I can punch him tastefully." -- Ralph Bakshi's Mighty Mouse