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Comment Re:Broader problem (Score 1) 196

I disagree. When those who are not actively corrupt act to shield those who ARE actively corrupt, then they are also corrupt. So police that don't arrest officers that commit felonies are corrupt, even though they, themselves, are only passive observers. And management that tolerates such actions is corrupt, and, itself, criminal (misfeasance, at a minimum, but probably actually felonious...and if not, it SHOULD be felonious).

Police and others who are given extra authority should be held to a more ridgid standard than are others. And they should be punished when they do not live up to that standard. (I suspect that nearly half the police in this city should be in prison, mainly for aiding and abeting after the fact, but as they are in a position of power that should be grounds for imprisonment.)

N.B.: IANAL. I suspect that if I were I could name specific grounds for prosecution of those that I say "should be imprisoned". IOW, I doubt that any new laws are required, merely enforcement of laws already on the books.

Comment Re:Remember this (Score 1) 506

Sorry, but THIS isn't evidence that Islam isn't peaceful. I would agree with you that it isn't, anymore than is any other "missionary religion", and a bit less so than some. But THIS isn't evidence of that. Now if you were arguing that they were intolerant bigots, you would have a point, but that's a separate, though correlated, matter.

Comment Re:Exactly! (Score 1) 283

Well I have a different opinion and to me I am thrilled with the 3d gpu settings of aero peak, aero snap, and hardware acceleration for things like IE 10 (rendering is not still not up to par as Chrome/FF though but much better for corporate users).

The reason I love it might have to do with being forced to use Vista and hating it with a passion! I tried Windows blinds to customize the colors but each Vista service pack disabled it.

Windows 7 offered me what I wanted and it has security improvements and a resistance to Windows rot. In my mind is a superior OS to XP. No it is not perfect. It is harder to cut and paste a network share address to the title bar and other irritations over XP.

The text part ... I do not need it and that is only a problem with a black background. If you have one you can change the default text to white. To me the functionality over the tiny pixels wasted on the edge of each window is well worth so I do not care. I like it and the shadows over the plain non borders over 8's yucky desktop.

So I am biased in that regards after Windows 7 giving me what I wanted Vista to be with WindowsBlinds.

Instant search is a life saver too.

XP is too old to live on and does not offer kernel level sandboxing protection for browsers which is why XP is locked into IE 8, it offers no hardware acceleration for things like text, video sampling bit rates, and other visual effects. It has no ASLR memory scrambling for security. It doesn't scale past 2 - 4 cores well. It has no virtual 64-bit memory making it harder for a hacker to do a peak and poke exploit. The user controls allow administrative users which means malware can get installed.

I wont even go with the driver model and how EFI, thunderbolt, WDDM 1.2/Direct X11 video drivers, and USB 3 are taking over now in this decade.XP deserves to die and is not a good OS for an internet enabled machine in this day and age but that is my preference.

Unless you mean an XP UI over a 7/8 kernel?

Comment Re:150 lashes? (Score 4, Interesting) 506

Fascinating. Ouch, that could still hurt....a lot. However, its not nearly what I, or I think most people, imagine at the idea of "lashings".

That said, I don't think the description really does justice to how much pain that really could still cause. A thin reed being so small can generate an awful lot of pain without doing much damage.

I guess in the grand scheme of these whether this is better or worst than being sentenced to time in jail is a matter of personal opinion (I might actually take the beating over the time if it was more than a week or two).... totally aside from how just disgusted I am at the reasons for it.

However, lets keep this in perspective... just a few years ago they wanted to stone a woman to death for "being seen in public with a man who was not her husband".... in an incident where the "witnesses" dragged her from a car and gang raped her.... but were not themselves charged with anything. Her life was only spared after international pressure.

So I guess this is.... not as terrible as that. Um.... good job guys.

Comment Re:High School for Girls Academy (Score 1) 283

I work with desktop support.

I'd say it is about 60/40 with 40% loving XP and not wanting to change. It is familiar, it was a good os, it was the first OS that never crashed on them like ME and 98SE, and after looking similiar to Vista can you blame them for being afraid of change and assuming it is inferior?

IE 8 works. Word 2003 works. XP works fine and so does their desktop that takes 5 minutes to boot up with 512 megs of ram. Why take the risk?

After upgrading 90% are glad they did ... after a month. The whining comments here on slashdot news for conservatives are from those who switched to Linux 10 years ago and run XP in VMs or still run XP at home and do not want to change because of above. I tried to sell the benefits.

It drives me crazy to see such weird comments as I remember slashdot bashing Windows XP as A POS OMG WHO WANTS TO RUN IT!! To best non Linux OS EVER in 10 years.

But if you had a time machine and cut and paste such comments slashdotters would be on the floor laughing in disbelieve. It is 12 years old and it is time to move on Good God.

Comment Serve yourself. (Score 2) 207

You don't honestly think I liked all that hand-editing and drudging through man files and so on that I had to do to run Linux when I switched twelve years ago, do you? I switched because I knew that the major vendors couldn't be trusted, and that I needed to learn systems that weren't shielded from users auditing them and securing them outside the scope of what was marketable.

Today, I no longer need to rely on major software and service venders for most things. That puts me ahead of the game. Of course, it's only as good as the services I provide for myself, and the security of the ones I use outside my own.

Comment Re:Broader problem (Score 1) 196

The problem is, I think you're right, and I'm concerned that my lifetime may see either a total federal collapse or a revolution. I take politics seriously and pay attention specifically because I really don't want to see either of those happen. I know that neither is likely to give us a result that we actually want.

I'm hoping for some peaceful alternative, but I'm not sure enough of our elected officials at present are up to the task. That's why I put effort in at local/state level to improve the field of candidates in each election. It's not the general election where you put in guys that fix things. It's in the primaries, and it's truly disturbing how many people don't even know they're happening until they're over.

If you don't do your duty during the primaries, you're stuck with two bad options on election day. And, at that point, we're screwed.

Comment Re:FlyDrive would be a better name (Score 1) 274

That would conflict with my mapped network drives. I mapped those at A: and B: because I felt they'd conflict the least with anything else I might encounter, since first, my only personal Windows machines are virtual, and second, because I own only one floppy drive and zero computers that I actually use which could conceivably ask for one for even a BIOS update. And if I find one and somehow need to, I'll just use the floppy drive on that.

I think my logic is not that far off from yours in selecting A:

Comment Re:Misleading Article (Score 1) 555

In the IPv4 world... granting a static subnet to a consumer wastes a minimum of 3 addresses (network, broadcast, and router) and often several more as the entire block doesn't get used.

The common ways IPv4 has been provisioned for, well, ever has been PPP (both ends are a /32), or various "split horizon" multi-access setups such as cablemodems, and PONs where it's a large subnet but each node is isolated from each other. (That used to cause problems with two local nodes wanting to communicate, but modern technology has addresses that)

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