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Comment: Haven't cursed in over 10 years (Score 1) 286

by zero_out (#35142958) Attached to: Only 39% Curse At Their Computers?
As a person who can honestly say that I haven't cursed in over 10 years, I find this survey to be inaccurate. Even I sometimes say non-profane expletives, such as "you STUPID piece of junk!" Knowing that I'm far from the majority, and that I sometimes find it difficult not to lose my temper, I seriously doubt that 61% of computer users, in almost any population group, would never curse at their computer.

Comment: Re:Strain on the Grid (Score 5, Insightful) 603

by zero_out (#35035406) Attached to: White House Wants 1M Electric Cars By 2015

Except that many parts of the grid heat up during peak hours, and the engineers who designed it did so with a dependency on low power consumption at night, which would allow them to cool down. If you have a bunch of cars in an area charging at night, there won't be enough time for the transformers (etc.) to cool off before companies open shop in the morning and start heating those components up even more. Then one day, BOOM!

It's not just peak performance of the grid that matters, it's the minimum, peak, mean, and average.

Comment: Re:Brilliant Jerks (Score 1) 491

by zero_out (#34768886) Attached to: When Smart People Make Bad Employees
I worked with one of them for a little less than a year. I couldn't stand it. Within an 18 month period, a team of 8 lost 2 employees, hired another, lost 2 more, then lost the new hire, but had one of the first 2 that left decide to return because the job market was a mess. This was a team developing customizations to an enterprise application, and the turnover could be boiled down to 2 things. The first is the manager, who was an overbearing and micro-managed everything. The second was the brilliant jerk. He literally wrote books about the system we were developing our customizations for, but he was hyper-critical of everyone's work, and our manager had him do a peer review of everything our team produced. It was one of the most miserable years of my life.

Comment: Re:Coming to the US and EU soon (Score 1) 219

by zero_out (#34743334) Attached to: China Censors 60,000 Porn Sites, 5,000 Arrested

...but it's perfectly OK to have people getting shot and explosions and body parts flying around at any hour, right? Heaven forbid a little kid see a naked breast, but if he sees people getting shot in the head, that won't affect him at all.

Oh, I agree that realistic violence (as opposed to "fantasy violence" in superhero cartoons) should be gated as well, but that's a much tougher sell given the current state of society. Thankfully, there are ratings at the beginning of most (all?) television programs in the U.S., but unfortunately many parents use it as a babysitter, and don't pay any attention to such things. My solution is to simply not have a television at all. That takes the probability of seeing something I don't expressly want to see down to almost nil.

Comment: Re:Coming to the US and EU soon (Score 5, Insightful) 219

by zero_out (#34722506) Attached to: China Censors 60,000 Porn Sites, 5,000 Arrested

Now you're just spreading FUD. The FCC should be preventing this stuff from showing up where it isn't expected, but it's not trying to prevent porn from being on the internet, nor is it trying to prevent it from entering your home via your TV, as long as it's clearly gated. The FCC doesn't prevent your local cable company from providing you with porn. It prevents it from being broadcast openly to anyone with a TV, who can easily stumble upon it unwillingly. That's why a breast can't be displayed during the Super Bowl. It's the wrong place and the wrong time. Families will watch the Super Bowl, including kids, because it's considered to be "relatively" safe. Although, the FCC should be doing more about the commercials shown during the event.

If you want to view porn, that's up to you, and nobody should prevent you from doing so, as long as it's behind a door that says "here there be porn." That way, I and my wards won't stumble upon it without my expressed consent. To say that the FCC is trying to prevent it from being provided to you AT ALL is a gross overstatement, and just plain FUD.

Comment: Re:Developers (Score 1) 450

by zero_out (#34699462) Attached to: Thin Client, Or Fat Client? That Is the Question
At one company that I worked for, I was part of the pilot for their VM roll-out, and I was able to use multiple screens. We used a Citrix client. I had to position the Citrix client window so that it was rendered partially on each screen, then maximize it. That allowed me to use both screens (which had very different resolutions and even different aspect ratios, but worked flawlessly). If I positioned the Citrix client window only on one screen, and maximized it, it worked on only one screen. The key was to have it positioned so as to render portions of it on each screen before maximizing.

Comment: Re:Developers (Score 1) 450

by zero_out (#34699368) Attached to: Thin Client, Or Fat Client? That Is the Question

I worked at one of the big 3 TC hardware companies and we used TCs for everything. All the developers used them to connect to their own VMs, and that is where we did all our development. It worked very well. We even had TC notebooks, which I saw being used "in the wild" by a librarian at our county law library. Our CEO's theory was that if we were going to sell our product, we needed to use our product.

That being said, you're absolutely right that they are not aimed at developers. They're aimed at any company that wants a simple, secure, easy to manage, and secure (yes I wrote secure twice) device that doesn't need a lot of horsepower. For example, they perfectly fit the need of self-serve scanners at a grocery store. Hotel and car rental chains make excellent use of them as well for their front desks. These three examples don't make use of VMs, but they were our biggest customers.

The biggest problem with using TCs and VMs is the licensing costs. The hardware needs an OS, and often times that's an embedded Windows. It needs to be remotely manageable, and that's usually Altiris. Their are Debian-based OSs available, but it still takes time for developers to customize it, secure it, etc., and those costs are built into the device. Now let's say you want to use VMs. You need servers, OSs, the VM software itself, and support contracts. The last three require yearly fees. If you're using TCs and VMs, it's going to be expensive.

Security is the main selling point of these devices, but security is also one of the least appreciated selling points for computer hardware. Speed, features, and price are the main selling points for computer hardware, with price being the heaviest factor.

Comment: Re:Doesn't the US have consumer-protection laws? (Score 1) 705

by zero_out (#34645678) Attached to: Is Net Neutrality Really Needed?

Sure there are consumer protection laws. No, they don't cover this sort of thing. A business can negotiate two different prices with two different customers for the same service. It's perfectly legal. However, the country was founded on principles of freedom, and free markets. Therefore, you find a lot of freedom for corporations to do whatever they want, because they bankroll the politicians, but very little freedom in practice for individuals. Sure, individuals can say whatever they want, but they can't do whatever they want. It's the ongoing pursuit of this mythical thing called "security" that prevents that.

Comment: Re:"simplification" ??? (Score 1) 441

by zero_out (#34644798) Attached to: Banknotes Go Electronic To Outwit Counterfeiters

Do we really want to

... simplify banknote tracking.

At the moment, cash is basically the only (mostly) anonymous means of payment available. Since when is less anonymous is a good idea?

When you're a government agency, or corporation. Remember, corporations control the (U.S.) government, and the government controls the money. Sure, any group can create its own form of currency, and some communities/municipalities have done just that. Just try to exchange that local currency for anything outside of town, however, and it all falls apart.

Comment: Re:Getting tired of this... (Score 3, Informative) 132

by zero_out (#34634524) Attached to: The Smartphone That Spies, and Other Surprises
Didn't you know, you don't BUY a piece of hardware? You LICENSE it. That means you have the right to use it only how they say you can use it. That allows Microsoft to brick your XBox if you mod it, Sony to remove features (Other OS), Apple to dictate which networks you can use your iPhone on, etc., etc.

Comment: Re:Expectation of Privacy (Score 1) 417

by zero_out (#34630752) Attached to: Woman Sues Google Over Street View Shots of Her Underwear

This is the part that really stands out. What makes you think she hung them up "for the entire world to see"? I mean, what we have today is kind of a whole new level in the public vs. private continuum. There's "private". Then there's "public". But then there's "on the Internet", which is a whole different ball of wax.

This is exceptionally insightful. It's the same sort of problem with putting "public records" online. That court document which has a person's SSN on it is a public record, but when you scan it into a database, and make it searchable online, that takes it to a whole new level, and becomes very dangerous. When I tell a new acquaintance my phone number in a public space, I expect that he will enter it into his cell phone, or write it down, and maybe a couple people will overhear it. I don't expect it to then be plastered on a billboard for all the city to see. Just because I told someone the information in a public space does NOT mean that it is meant for everyone to see. The internet a whole new kind of "public" in that it's FAR more accessible due to search engines, and the persistence of the information.

Comment: Re:Well, it's all been downhill... (Score 1) 762

by zero_out (#34592634) Attached to: Stargate Universe Cancelled
Sadly, most series don't have their entire storyline planned out from beginning to end. B5 truly is the magnum opus of space operas. I rewatched the entire series last year, and was amazed at how good the storyline was, even after I already knew it. Other than the change from Sinclair to Sheridan, and from Winters to Alexander, the entire storyline was 100% compelling and consistent from beginning to end. It was a Shakespearean epic in space.

Comment: Re:Your Rights Online? (Score 2) 90

by zero_out (#34580192) Attached to: Google Fiber Delays Broadband Award To 2011
I'd probably label it Hardware, but I think this Google fiber network has a backstory related to net neutrality. At about the time Google announced this program, they had just backed a push for net neutrality, which was defeated in some fashion, and the next day this program was announced. At least, that's how I remember it, but I'm probably completely wrong.

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