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Comment: Microsoft's strength - business software. (Score 1) 175

by zerofoo (#48940407) Attached to: Microsoft Launches Outlook For Android and iOS

I'm no Microsoft fan, but for years I've been questioning their insistence on competing in "consumer" level stuff. Bing, tablets, phones - none are market leaders - they are too little too late. These non-business products are simply a distraction from Microsoft's core competencies.

Their strength has been, and will always be, business. Their software is cheap-ish, and works well enough in those spaces. Sure, sharepoint is a turd, and there isn't a problem that can't be solved badly by excel and access - but businesses like that stuff.

There is no shame with taking billions of business dollars to the bank.

Comment: "Court-ordered" searches? Baloney! (Score 1) 431

by zerofoo (#48925309) Attached to: Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

If law enforcement wants access to encrypted data, then the court order must specify that the owner of that data must produce it (or decrypt it).

What if you lived in an impenetrable house? Could a court order force you to open the door? If so, how are encryption keys any different? Does the 5th Amendment protect physical keys? Does the 5th protect the keys in your head the same way?

Let's be honest - the complaint here is that default encryption denies access to data that, up to now, has been obtained via warrantless methods. A court can still order you to hand over your encryption keys.

Comment: All been heard before (Score 1) 598

by zerofoo (#48845851) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

When Steve jobs first left apple, we heard similar complaints of declining software quality.

Then when he returned and started the iDevices trend - we heard about declining software quality.

Then after Steve Jobs passed, we heard about declining software quality.

The bottom line is that Apple is always releasing something new - and a bit half baked. This has been going on for the better part of two decades now. If you want stable Apple products wait about 3-6 months after release before adopting.

Comment: Re:This fight is intentional - printing guns is le (Score 1) 573

by zerofoo (#48754861) Attached to: Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

Sure, the ATF could change anything they like, but are unlikely to do so without a mandate from elected officials.

An outright ban on homemade firearms would definitely trigger a SCOTUS eligible case. The ATF and anti-gunners do not want that until the SCOTUS deck can be stacked with more liberal judges.

Comment: This fight is intentional - printing guns is legal (Score 4, Interesting) 573

by zerofoo (#48747203) Attached to: Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

Most gun control laws, as currently written, are unconstitutional. The reason they have stood for so long is either challenges were not brought, or the supremes refused to hear the case.

Heller and Peruta affirmed the individual right to bear arms for the purposes of individual self-defense as well as group defense . It is legal to manufacture firearms for personal use (and always has been). Licensing and serialization are only required if you choose to manufacture arms for sale to others.

The bottom line is that manufacturing your own weapons is legal - as per the ATF FAQ:

9. May I lawfully make a firearm for my own personal use, provided it is not being made for
Firearms may be lawfully made by persons who do not hold a manufacturer’s license under the GCA
provided they are not for sale or distribution and the maker is not prohibited from receiving or
possessing firearms. However, a person is prohibited from assembling a non-sporting semiautomatic
rifle or shotgun from 10 or more imported parts, as set forth in regulations in 27 C.F.R. 478.39. In
addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and advance approval by ATF. An
application to make a machinegun will not be approved unless documentation is submitted showing
that the firearm is being made for the official use of a Federal, State, or local government agency (18
U.S.C. 922(o),(r); 26 U.S.C. 5822; 27 C.F.R. 478.39, 479.62, and 479.105).

Currently there is a very pro-gun trend throughout the country. I do not see lawmakers stomaching any more gun-control any time soon. Personally, I would like to see many of our unconstitutional gun-control laws repealed or struck down by the courts.

Comment: OK, we get it...its the keyboard (Score 2) 132

by zerofoo (#48633257) Attached to: Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

Anyone that wants a physical keyboard can have one. There are TONS of phone cases with bluetooth keyboards. I don't know of a single modern smartphone that doesn't support them.

But hey, there are dozens of Blackberry fans that will love this it's got that going for it.

Comment: Software assurance for consumers? (Score 1) 415

by zerofoo (#48557013) Attached to: Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

How exactly, is Microsoft going to get the end consumer (who just gave a bunch of money to Dell, HP, or Lenovo) to continually pay for an operating system and applications when Google and Apple are giving theirs away for free?

I guess we will finally find out how much people really like Windows and Office. Do they like it enough to pay forever?

Comment: I love the iPad....but..... (Score 1) 229

by zerofoo (#48513951) Attached to: FBI Seizes Los Angeles Schools' iPad Documents

We have iPads at our school, and they do help dyslexic kids learn how to read with apps like Lexia and Learning Ally.

That said, iPads - like most Apple products, are difficult to manage in a corporate environment. Apple's configuration tools are sparse, and they simply have no native MDM solution.

Third party solutions like Airwatch are a joke. They count on the end user to keep policies applied to the device under threat of not accessing corporate resources. Unfortunately kids don't care about that stuff and gladly remove the policies.

Things have gotten a bit better with iOS 8, but the fact remains that these devices were designed for a single end user, not for widespread, managed, multi-user environments.

We've slowed our adoption of iPads in favor of Chromebooks. They are much better for management and control of the end user experience.

Comment: Re: iPads quite simply aren't a primary computer (Score 2) 193

by zerofoo (#48511095) Attached to: Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

"A prudent school administrator could build an MS-centric environment for the same initial cost as a Google-centric one, and with the same on-going costs."

No way.

The Microsoft cloud approach still requires Anti-Virus and associated management, it still requires a way to image the computers to some configuration standard, it offers no way to distribute configuration and security policies based on computer or user profiles.

To get anywhere near what Google is offering in terms of Google's security and management will require "pro" operating system licensing, domain controllers, CALs, centralized anti-virus, and an imaging solution - none of those are free.

Brain off-line, please wait.