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Submission + - What's keeping you on Windows? ( 11

tearmeapart writes: "It may be time again for another discussion/flamewar on the reasons why a lot of us are (still) using Microsoft. The last big discussion on Slashdot was close to 10 years ago, and a lot has changed since then:
  • Windows XP and 7 have proven to be stable (and memories of Windows ME are mostly gone)
  • There are many more distributions for Linux, esepecially commercial options
  • Distributions like Ubuntu and CentOS have made GNU/Linux more friendly
  • Options for word processing, spreadsheets, etc. have grown
  • Apple and their products have changed considerably. However, their philosophy has not seemed to changed.
  • Microsoft Silverlight came and is on the way out.
  • Wine and solutions like Transgaming have matured.

However, many things have not changed, like the Microsoft FUD war, the BSDs' installation UI, and the sky is the limit for Linux (except when it comes to the year of the Linux desktop).

So... why are a lot of us still using Windows? What would it take for us to switch?"

Comment Wireless (Score 1) 608

Anyone else with me that just suggests to use wireless instead?

Sure, i have gigabit and 10gb in my server room, and one gigabit wire going from the server room to where i watch 1080p movies (which i have used once for about 5 minutes), but otherwise, 802.11b/g/n works fine. If it is an issue with conflicting channels with the neighbours, you are not trying hard enough.

And for the next time you build a house: There is no standard wire that will last forever. Coax was the standard about 20 years ago (and it /really/ appeared to be that way, especially as it can handle more GB/s reliably than the cat5), and the cat5 will only last until 1gb/s (with Cat6) or 10gb/s (fibre) is the standard.
Thus, you should have wire conduits, with fibre's limited ability to turn corners in mind. Another option is to have the ability to drop wire easily from the attic between the walls all the way to the basement, and/or to have removable ceiling tiles. Be careful with insulating though, because a big whole in an outside wall can ruin your heating bill.

Comment Correction: He did not complete the game (Score 1) 655

According to , he still has one world event to attend. He also has not reached the top of the ladder for 2v2, 3v3, or 5v5 matches.

However, he did finish 165 out of 164 player versus player matches. I am not sure how that works.

Also, why are we presuming this person is a he?

Comment Re:Lets be civilized people. (Score 1) 187

I find it hard to believe you can post that just a few hours after the "Microsoft Tries To Censor Bing Vulnerability" story was posted ( ).

IMHO, Microsoft's lawyers (collectively) are faster and better than Microsoft's developers (collectively).

Just from that, I believe your arguments are mostly moot.

Also, Microsoft's legal department and development/maintenance team are two separate entities. Legal will do what it needs to do to protect the company (which is what it is trying to do here) and get more money. Microsoft's developers (whether hired by Microsoft full time or via a contract) will try to avoid boring work, which is why they used the GPL code.

However, I still agree that contacting the person/company/organization/corporation before spreading the news is the right thing to do, but it is not absolutely necessary.
I do not doubt that the lawyers at Microsoft will use the full extent of the law (and even go beyond when it can) to protect Microsoft and themselves, so I would not want to ever (non-anonymously) release a vulnerability.

That being said,
Please fix the vulnerabilities I sent to you last year, as I am very tempted to spread them or use them. I know your people can sleep knowing a few critical vulnerabilities exist with IIS and Windows, but I sometimes cannot.

Comment Re:Heh (Score 1) 118

More information is available from the NANOG (North American Network Operator's Group) list: .

Fisher Plaza, a self-styled carrier hotel in Seattle, and home to multiple
datacenter and colocation providers, has had a major issue in one of its
buildings late last night, early this morning.
The best information I am aware of is that there was a failure in the
main/generator transfer switch which resulted in a fire. The sprinkler
system activated. From speaking to the fire battalion chief, I am under the
impression that Seattle Fire did use water on the fire as well, but I am
unsure of this.

(Btw: Water + Lots of electricity = not good. I bet the electricity got turned off.)

I would copy and paste the rest with reference, but people are posting more details as they come.

Comment Re:Great, another PHPNuke and Wordpress (Score 4, Insightful) 133

...and I think the others are usually a lot easier to install. Microsoft's takes at least 5 steps (with steps like 1. "Download, Configure, Install MySQL").

Meanwhile, on many other systems, it is a lot less work:
1. In the Programs menu, click "Add/Remove"
2. Select the CMS (or whatever) that you want, and click "Install"
3. Enjoy.

Other debian systems:
1. apt-get install my-favourite-cms

1. cd /usr/ports/www/my-favourite-cms; make install

And finally, a quick comparison between this new Microsoft way and the usual ways with GNU Linux/BSD:
Installing is easier with GNU Linux/BSD
Configuration is easier with GNU Linux/BSD
Support is generally more available with GNU Linux/BSD
Writing plugins is generally a whole lot easier with GNU Linux/BSD because the code is available

Especially with the new tools available, I believe IIS deserves to die.

Comment Re:Retarded (Score 1) 874

And I believe your argument of "booby trapping" something can be turned against you:

The software companies generally booby trap the software agreement, so basically any person will agree to it whether they are in their right mind or if a kid or cat is agreeing to it.

For instance, if I install Windows XP, the only option at one point is to hit F8 to agree to the license. Therefore banging on all devices (including the keyboard) will generally cause the computer to believe that you agreed to the license.
I do not believe a contract that has random scribbles all over it is considered a valid contract.

I still do not believe the EULA has been tested in court in any major country, as all law suits have assumed that it is valid, which might go against my/this argument.

In other news, IANAL.


Submission + - Network Admin gets so mad he writes a haiku (

tearmeapart writes: "NANOG (North American Noise and Off-topic Gripes/North American Network Operators Group) has a mailing list where network admins usually discuss networking issues and ask for contact to other companies to help assist with networking issues. However, at some point, failures happen, and it leads to the ultimate end: A Haiku. (And no, not the Operating System.) The archive of his post is at gmane."

Comment Solaris systems (Score 1) 480

Apparently many Solaris systems restarted. People at NANOG are reporting this. A few banks' systems were rebooted as well: TD, Scotia, American Savings Bank, US Bank, and many more...
I saw many operating systems rebooting, even though this did not happen the last time in 2005.
Good thing I use ZFS on FreeBSD, and after I changed the loader.conf, I have a system that has stayed up for more than 2 months now, including last night.

Submission + - Linux users sign petition to say they use BBC web

Richard Bennett writes: "The BBC's head of technology, Ashley Highfield, in making excuses for the
iPlayer, claims that only 400-600 people access the BBC website using
A petition was setup to help assess how wrong he is.
So far all the BBCs Linux users have signed it already!

Here's the article where he justifies a Windows-only iplayer because Mac
users are only 5% and Linux 400 to 600 people out of their 17 million
The Courts

U.of Oregon Says No to RIAA 241

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The University of Oregon has filed a motion to quash the RIAA's subpoena for information on student identities in what is believed to be the first such motion made by a university with support from the state Attorney General. The motion (pdf) explains that it is impossible to identify the alleged infringers from the information the RIAA has presented: 'Five of the seventeen John Does accessed the content in question from double occupancy dorm rooms at the University. With regard to these Does, the University is able to identify only the room where the content was accessed and whether or not the computer used was a Macintosh or a PC ... The University cannot determine whether the content in question accessed by one occupant as opposed to another, or whether it was accessed instead by a visitor.' The AG's motion further argues (pdf) that "Plaintiffs' subpoena is unduly burdensome and overbroad. It seeks information that the University does not readily possess. In order to attempt to comply with the subpoena, the University would be forced to undertake an investigation to create discovery for Plaintiffs — an obligation not imposed by Rule 45. As the University is unable to identify the alleged infringers with any accuracy, it cannot comply with its federal obligation to notify students potentially affected by the subpoena. One commentator has likened the AG's argument to saying, in effect, that the RIAA's evidence is 'rubbish'."

Submission + - How was the tenth anniversary party?

tearmeapart writes: How was the tenth anniversary party?
1. I do not remember. Too drunk.
2. All the people were n00bs.
3. The person with the 3-digit UID is a demi-god.
4. No swag = Not fun.
5. I got swag, I am happy.
6. It was Nealicious.

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