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Comment Re:inaccurate (Score 1) 193

I won't spend time searching for you, but there are blog posts from softies describing the various attempts over the years to segregate code, and this is the result of that failure.

Well...that's in all actuality a management failure. I'm familiar enough with a lot of stories about the codebase to say that it's a massive piece of junk. There is no reason why it couldn't be managed better and segregated - that'd actually help them in many many respects if they actually took to action and did it. But they're putting the priority in doing things other than making their life better. However, like with most companies they'll only actually do the hard work that's necessary when the shit hits the fan like with the XP -> Longhorn debacle that reset and create the XP -> Vista project - the only point in their history where they did a massive amount of work on the codebase itself without adding features because it was so borked.

But then, their whole patch system is borked too - they have a long (long) history of one patch fixing something and then next unfixing it - sometimes delivered together. The WMF bug did that for years - originally fixed in the Win9x series it was still being fixed in Windows 8! Breaking apart the repository would help solve that. Treating your own projects as third-party tools helps solve that.

And git has some nice utilities (f.e git submodule) that helps bring things together when you need to - projects become meta projects and you can track dependencies easily, do upgrades, etc. in very controlled ways.

Comment Re:It's generalist vs specialist (Score 1) 177

people are locked into the idea that help desk are "ticket generators" rather than troubleshooters

Because they are! Believe it not, the primary role of helpdesk isn't to solve the issue, rather define the scope of problem as front-line triage so it can then go to a specialist . Let me repeat that. Solving an issue is important, but not as important in at least sleuthing out the actual nature of the issue. Server, Network, and Security groups are not responsible for front-line call taking. They have more important matters to attend to.

Comment Re:It's a chain of 'pass the buck' (Score 3, Informative) 177

*sigh*. Let me just say I've been doing helpdesk, server, and networking support for well over 20 years now. I will share with you some golden advice to teach any new helpdesk new hire. It's not technical, it's a frame of mind. Technical knowledge can be learned, but starting off with the right mindset pays off long-term!!

1. When an end user has a problem, it should always be assumed to be a perceived problem, and not the actual issue at hand. Sometimes you get luck and are talking with someone that knows how to communicate well; but always assume at first it's just perceived.

2. After making a determination as to where the problem actually is from the POV of the end-user, the next step involves defining the scope of the issue. This part is IMPORTANT. Having someone say "the network is down" doesn't mean jack shit if all others in the office are function just fine. It is imperative that the technician understand where the problem begin, and ends. Divide and conquer the scope until you have a definitive range to work with. It could be a switch, the desktop computer, or just isolated to that one users local profile.

3. After establishing the scope of problem, you now know what other departments this may or may not encompass. From this standpoint, you can execute against the problem with available resources.

Comment Re:On what planet is this true: (Score 1) 177

3. Those that works in IT Security generally have years, if not a decade or more, of tier 2 and teir 3 level experience. Meaning, they've long graduated helpdesk, and yet as the most experienced in the group, they're still the go-to people to seek regardless of the fact it's NOT THEIR JOB.

Or is it? It actually might be there job. First priority is to handle security. Any time left over they pick up the ticket list and knock out any outstanding helpdesk tickets on file.

Comment Re: Good (Score 1) 297

We were talking about Turks and Moroccans at that point. Groups which prove how generous family reunification laws (protected by the EU human right courts at this point), foreign brides and high fertility can explode small numbers of foreigners from poor countries ... showing your comment about the number of refugees being negligible for the lie or the naivety it is.

So lets get going shall we :

Netherlands and Denmark are pretty unique in that official statistics keep track of immigration status, parent's immigration status and whether immigrants were western or not. You can't find statistics from other countries with data sources as good as them. The reality of multiculturalism is easier to hide with poor record keeping.

Comment Re: Good (Score 2) 297

Shouldn't that be /ss as in double sarcasm?

Otherwise you unironically said Turks and Moroccans are vibrant communities which enrich an European society ... which is just fucking retarded. By any objective metric they make the country worse for being here, their community is a net tax consumer, they have far higher levels of crime than the native population etc. To deny this requires far more mental gymnastics than denying AGW. Which in the end is only ever a theory extrapolated from evidence, while the crime and the negative economic contribution of these communities are simply evidenced.

The truth isn't PC, Islamic immigrants on average would be better to not have in an European nation. The US is a little different, because of it's more mercenary welfare system, more restrictive immigration (less influx of older dependents) and since it has a smaller percentage of Muslims (ie. they don't have as much democratic/economic influence) it has attracted a better or at least less obviously negative group of Muslims for the moment.

Just a bit overrepresented in terrorism, as usual. Those kids at the concert certainly got more vibrancy in their clothing.

Comment Re:Data caps (Score 1) 194

They'll just keep tightening the data caps in their favor.

No, I don't think they will. Comcast has been very smart in this regard. The current cap is typically 1TB which is plenty enough for streaming today, but Comcast knows that eventually, higher resolution, more usage and other factors will make that 1TB a real limitation on data usage for many subscribers.

Then Comcast will leverage that limitation for greater profits, all without ever decreasing the data cap.

Comment Re:Unlikely (Score 2) 132

Except that it isn't all they need to know... the fact that this computer beat the world's best Go player doesn't lessen the worth of the player or devalue China's reputation in the slightest. The point of the exercise was to demonstrate that the game of Go is sufficiently computable that it is possible to design software that will never lose to any human player. If the program can consistently beat the best player in the world, then its victories can probably be discounted as mere luck or caused by mistakes that the human player made, and the goal has been achieved. That the best player happens to be Chinese is superfluous to this, and while I understand that there can be some sense of national pride in a country having the world's best player at some sport or other event, this match doesn't even change that fact about their player. He is still the best player in the world, and until some other person beats him, that fact will remain. Politically, the outcome of this human vs computer match is actually entirely neutral, and I am greatly concerned that a government that would want to place such political significance on the results of a game such as this that they felt the need to censor it have a sufficiently misplaced set of priorities that will invariably be quite detrimental to their country.

Comment Re:Fake currency is fake... (Score 1) 138

PMs (Gold, Silver, Platinum..etc) are limited only by what's in circulation. Fiat can be printed or digitally float the decimal point (Hyper inflation). Crypto currencies are not limited. There's nothing preventing me or anyone else creating their own standard. Too much wealth NOT too. But, the human race has yet to figure out how to create new elements and/or convert lots of energy into mass, specifically the element Au.

The only problem with PMs is that they're heavy and not liquid in electronic form. But basing fiat to a Gold standard does prevent inflation. IE, it keeps government spending in check. THAT is why we are off the Gold standard to this day, regardless of the fact getting off it it helped with international commerce. Even Alan Greenspan voiced his regret to that effect. And that man is a financial GOD. So when he speaks, YOU listen!

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