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Comment: Re: Windows is less expensive than Red Hat (Score 2) 240

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:It is not just the "extra" channels... (Score 3, Informative) 102

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:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (Score 5, Informative) 458

by whoever57 (#47884743) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Oh I understand the issue just fine. But, they have to have a minimum level of proof to do the seizure and they also have to defend the action in court if/when the property owner objects.

Neatly proving that you don't have a clue. Read this and see how asset forfeiture happens in the real world.

Comment: Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (Score 3, Informative) 458

by whoever57 (#47884021) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

and that requires that they actually have some level of proof that illegal activity was going on.

You haven't been following this issue very much, have you? Siezures have been made where there was no proof, only suspicion (based on the flimsiest of evidence). As the owner, you don't have the right to challenge the siezure -- the siezure is made against the property itself.

I don't expect that I have much to worry about, but that probably has more to do with my socio-economic status and the color of my skin than any other factors.

Comment: What's suprising (Score 5, Interesting) 362

by whoever57 (#47859301) Attached to: BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

What's surprising, based on this article, is the minimal checks that the BBC's geolocation blocking uses. It's purely DNS based. Just set your nameserver to a UK-based DNS nameserver and you can fire up and watch programs using the BBC iPlayer.

The ITVPlayer, in the other hand requires the actual program streams to be pulled using a UK-based IP address.

For people with the technical skills, a London, UK based virtual private server can be rented for about $10/month and perhaps less.

Comment: Re:Undercover cop issue a non argument. (Score 1) 142

by whoever57 (#47855713) Attached to: Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

Civil forfeiture consists of your property being the defendant, and you have no standing in the case.

It's things like this which convince me that the majority of the Supreme Court justices don't give a flying f*ck about the text of the constitution. Instead, they make up ridiculous justifications for any pro-police/pro-government/anti-civil rights judgment.

Comment: Re: Anthropometrics (Score 1) 811

It's not even that expensive... there's usually plenty of Economy Plus available ranging from $50-$80 on a cross-country flight, down to $30 on a two hour flight (not exact, just my recollection)

I qualified for lifetime Gold in American's frequent flyer program some years ago and now I always get my pick of the economy plus type seats, but without having to pay extra for them.

Comment: Re:At home too (Score 1) 185

by whoever57 (#47842221) Attached to: Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Which means you don't actually konw how one could possibly reproduce such an issue, but you're going to offer your opinion that I don't know what I'm doing.

Based on the fact that I have performed many successful installs of Ubuntu on Thinkpad laptops and you have not performed a single successful install of Ubuntu on Thinkpad, my opinion of your abilities is quite reasonable.

pop Windows back in

No indication that you put a drive containing Windows back in. Also, "dump" is not synonymous with "remove". As for "professional", see my comment above.

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