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Comment: Re:Natural immunity (Score 1) 43

by whoever57 (#47924361) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

the courses prevent enough sickness that farmers that ONLY give antibiotics to sick animals, at much higher doses, actually use just as many antibiotics.

You seem to be under the same misapprehnsion as much of the farming community -- that high doses of antibiotics are dangerous, whereas the reverse is true. Low doses are far more likely to cause resistance than high doses given for the proper lenght of time.

Comment: Re:Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (Score 1) 345

by whoever57 (#47922879) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

Any time I try to explain it to someone who has never used them, they always ask me "Why would I use/want that?" and then they always jump on the multi-monitor mantra and say "Why not just get X number of screens?"

You make it sound like multi-monitor and multi workspace are options of which only one can be chosen. Using two monitors and eight workspaces here!

Comment: Re: Windows is less expensive than Red Hat (Score 2) 245

by whoever57 (#47895705) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

We've done everything we can in our Active Directory network to overcome roaming profile issues.

I believe that a lot of Windows users (including administrators) simply don't understand anything beyond the personal computer. They just don't understand a world in which one can sit down at another machine, log in and continue working just like they had sat down at their regular workstation. It's an alien concept to them.

Comment: Re: Windows is less expensive than Red Hat (Score 1) 245

by MightyMartian (#47895607) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

We've done everything we can in our Active Directory network to overcome roaming profile issues. Even with folder redirection, you have a huge fat ntuser.dat for prone to corruption. Users' home folders on a server, with discrete text-based configuration files would be a dream.

Did you know that in 2014 you still can't safely put risking profiles on a DFS share?

Comment: Re:... and back again. (Score 2) 245

by MightyMartian (#47895587) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Metro is dying before our very eyes. It has been deemphasized in Windows 8.1 and by Windows 9 will be little more than a fancy start menu.

For chrissakes, most suppliers if enterprise systems I deal with still happily ship you Windows 7 Pro machines, or at least heavily advertised downgrade rights. "Business class" systems still ship with Windows 7 preinstalled. The enterprise customers never bloody wanted Metro to begin with, and so act as if Windows 8/8.1 didn't exist.

Comment: Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (Score 3, Informative) 108

by whoever57 (#47894505) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

But I would most people to continue paying for cable tv. Someone has to foot the bill, making tv shows and content is expensive.

How about the people who watch those shows? Why should I pay for the most expensive group of non-premium channels (ESPN) when I never, ever watch any ESPN channels? Today, my choice is limited to paying for ESPN or not getting the channels I really want (BBC*)

Comment: Re:Double-edged sword (Score 3, Interesting) 110

by MightyMartian (#47892735) Attached to: Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court

It's my firm belief that one cannot write any software of any moderate to large size without inevitably running afoul of some software patent. There are only two things that protect any developer:

1. Distribution of their software is sufficiently small that it escapes the notice of patent trolls.
2. Being a large company with a legal department capable of dealing with patent threats, and a bank account big enough to buy them off.

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