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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 product.....so 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.

Comment: When it comes to security, architecture matters (Score 1) 193

by zerofoo (#48510981) Attached to: Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

Microsoft's legacy architecture means that there will (realistically) never be a really secure version of windows. To properly secure windows (as I did when I ran a network for a bank) you need to disable practically everything and limit what the end user can do online. In those scenarios, Microsoft operating systems can work, but it is far from ideal.

The "walled garden" approach of companies like Apple and Google is fantastic for organizations like schools. We can allow staff and students to run apps from a safe repository in the cloud. Their data lives in the cloud - decoupled from the local operating system - and even the local network. This combination of control and flexibility as well as the walled garden approach is ideal for schools.

To be fair, this is possible in the windows world, but it requires quite a lot of administration and work. It requires group policies, careful delegation of permissions, patch management, anti-virus, disk imaging...etc....etc.

The Google Apps ecosystem does away with all of this - and the cost benefits are undeniable.

Comment: Re: Schools can get enterprise tools (Score 1) 193

by zerofoo (#48510151) Attached to: Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

The problem is not active directory. The problem is the "cloud login" used on these low cost Microsoft computers is a Microsoft live login and not an office 365 login.

It's a stupid oversight that complicates management and the overall user experience.

The Google Apps way is simply easier and cheaper.

Comment: Re: So much so that Microsoft is trying to get in (Score 1) 193

by zerofoo (#48510125) Attached to: Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

You've never had to deal with students and staff remembering their logins and passwords I'm guessing.

With too many logins to remember you'll need a full-time help desk just to deal with password resets.

The beauty of the Google Apps ecosystem is that you can deploy and manage tons of these things with minimal staff.

Lend money to a bad debtor and he will hate you.