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Comment Re:C!=C (Score 4, Insightful) 273

Also, bright people might realize that the world has problems.

There's not an objective measure of "mental illness", and determining whether you're suffering from mental illness has a lot to do with how well you fit into your role in society. A big part of the definition of mental illness is that it has to cause distress. When a person looks around at this world and their place in it, they should be distressed. If you're not suffering in some way that could be labelled "mental illness", there's probably wrong with you.

Comment Re:If it aint' broke (Score 1) 420

Also, the longer you go without learning how it works, the more information about it will be lost. Documents will get lost, and memories will fade.

If something has been working for years and you don't know what it does, dig into it in as unintrusively and non-destructively as you can, figure out how it works, and document it. Then see if you can re-create it in a lab environment.

Comment Re:The Cloud is your enemy. (Score 1) 420

This is more or less what I was going to say. If you were to compare the price of buying and running a simple server vs. the cost of running it in the cloud, then in many cases, yes, running it in-house might still be cheaper. I think that often, the real value of cloud services is the expertise that comes along with it.

In my mind, Exchange is a great example of why cloud services are good. There's a lot involved in running and maintaining an Exchange server, backing it up, and troubleshooting if something goes wrong. You have to make sure you deploy it in a secure and sensible way. If you want it to be a robust solution, you'll want to make sure there are redundancies. There are a lot of areas of expertise that may come into play.

So yes, it's relatively cheap to buy an Exchange server, but it'd be extreme overkill for a small business to hire Exchange experts to build out all the redundant infrastructure to make it secure and robust, and then to maintain the whole setup, upgrading everything every few years. When you add in all the associated costs, Office 365 ends up looking like a steal.

And I know, someone will say, "I don't trust my email to a cloud provider." If you don't trust Microsoft with your data, then you should get off of Windows and Exchange anyway.

Comment Re:LOL that's funny (Score 1) 452

That depends on how you've landscaped your yard, I guess. I plant edibles. Which in addition to my canned and better yet, my vacuum extracted preserved foodstuffs, my low voltage back up energy system, and yes, my squirrel hunting (everybody else will go after the big game, I'll go for things I can take down with a 180 FPS air rifle, both less likely to be taken from and turned against me and much easier to find/manufacture ammo for) I think I'll be fine.

My neighbors, not so much, I'd think, despite the fact I live in a temperate rain forest where wild foods abound.

BTW- your Year 100 is off. Small isolated populations (which this would certainly turn into) leads to language *fracture* , not language extinction. Only large culturally imperial armies lead to language extinction. I suspect within 200 years, you'd see the number of languages explode.

Comment Re:Another reason why cash is garbage (Score 1) 452

I like my non-lethal shotgun. It has a magazine of 80 shots, and I can just break into the table salt at any restaurant to find another 80 shots.

https://bugasalt.com/

Aimed in the eyes, it causes temporary blindness. Aimed at a fly, it knocks them out of the sky so you can swat them.

Comment Yeah but.. (Score 3, Interesting) 412

MS but huge efforts into wiping out all that office tools knowhow in the past decade and now it is debatable how much you can trust that they don't try to do it again.

the thing is, MS had good solid experts on refining the basic rules of interaction, double click to select a word in the early '90s, how the windows behaved and so forth, including what was interactable - even switch to having a taskbar and a button labeled as Start needed no new basic training. all the features of the text editor you knew where to find - the applications came with solid built in help tools - and the interaction remained the same for advanced users.

they have dialed it back a little bit with windows 10 compared to windows 8, which was so bad that it made necessary in the first time since 1990 to retrain office personnel for a new operating system in the companies that were too stupid to upgrade to it(it offering no benefits to any business users over windows 7).

currently microsoft throws still that out good research with windows 10 install procedure even - clearly separate paths are not marked as clearly separate paths but instead another is just a word and another is clearly marked as a button(the purpose is to increase the number of people creating new online ms accounts, which is not necessary to use windows 10 but they do make an effort to _not_ be clear about that).

add all the walking backs on having all the applications friendly for font size choosing and all that to the mix with metro apps, the dialed back enterprise control functionality, the options that are supposed to shut down call home, the random upgrades/updates that can do all kinds of breakage and well... the ms option has to be goddamned cheap to be cheaper actually and a lot less predictable in expenses. you cannot know when they decide to switch off support for old hardware and roll out the upgrade on exactly that hardware they no longer support.

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