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Comment Re:Lockbox (Score 1) 366

I have an old 5.25" lockable, swappable, IDE caddy. Since USB drives came out and are way better at hot plugging than IDE I no longer have a drive in it. I use it to store usb sticks, password list on paper, other bits of things. Keeps the PC stuff out of the desk drawer. I just checked and it doesn't fit DVD's. It normally hold a 3.5" drive and the area where the lock is is 'fixed' so a DVD can't be inserted.

Comment Re:University of Phoenix (Score 1) 428

I did my undergrad (upgrading from college) at UoP from 2000-2004. When I started they had something like 35,000 students. I met many of the same people as we progressed through the B.Science Business major. I learned TONS as I had never taken business before. It was all good and I really advanced my position in my firm by knowing HR, finance, accounting, etc. (Why would anyone study things they already know? I already knew IT, so I took business) As a Canadian living in the US I didn't qualify for any loans so paid cash for each course.

I took a 1st yr course in my last year to put me over the credit requirements. I was appalled. The students were lazy, couldn't read/write and were all given A's. The new UoP was 'pay your fees, and pass'. They expected to do nothing and pass. I was really annoyed that all my hard work was being wasted as UoP pursued expansion at all costs. They hit 250k students in 2006 I think.

I covered up my UoP BSB with a big buck MBA and haven't looked back. Am I happy with what I got from UoP? Yes. Would I enroll there today? Doubtful. Too bad, they took a great concept an ruined it for everyone...

Comment That's not a strategy.... (Score 1) 490

The msft cost is probably amost free. They like lockin that way, until you have everything, then you get to pay full price.

In health care the individual departments often buy their own PC's (and pay for support)

The sad part here is that Microsoft has convinced most of IT that going with all Microsoft stack is an 'IT strategy'. They have succesfully perverted the entire 'business strategy aligns wtih IT strategy' that IT has been working for the last few decades. I see no need for the CIO of this organization to be 'at the table' when major business decisions are being made. After all, the IT 'strategy' is already set, right? No need for updating of for any correlation to the business strategy, ever.

The clowns running this organization should be ashaed of themselves for making such a clueless statement. Then again, welcome to public healthcare....

Do some basic research on IT strategy (hint: look for a pyramid shaped thingy) and ask the masters how 'windows shop' aligns with Business goals? Watch them struggle with the basic concepts....

PlayStation (Games)

PlayStation Network Expanding To Involve Other Devices 63

At CES, Sony's Kaz Hirai confirmed that the company will build out its PlayStation Network for use with other devices, such as televisions, Blu-ray players, and PCs. Quoting: "... the expansion starts next month with the availability of the PSN video store on these other devices, and Hirai explained they are constructing a mechanism to create a single user ID across the entire network (if you have a PSN account, it's good to go on any other applicable Sony device, and if you create one on another device, it'll work on PSN). And finally, Hirai also announced the formation of a new Sony division — called Sony Network Entertainment, Inc. — to drive this expansion of the PSN service into a Sony-wide network."

Comment Re:Missing something here? (Score 1) 457

lol, yeah, shut yourself off from the rest of the world. Screw internationl agreements. It's every country for themsleves now! That will definetly help security!

Americans generally can't get to Europe or Asia without flying over Canada. So does Canada get your name, address, phone number and drivers license number when you go to Europe? Great!

Comment Will be resolved CRIA favour (Score 5, Interesting) 280

This will be settled ASAP by CRIA. They simply can't risk this case coming anywhere close to a decision. If they 'win' they set a precedent that borrwing files is OK. If they lose, well, they lose big!

When they settle, they will have strong 'proof' that they 'represent the artists' and will use that to help their cause. This will be over in weeks, the actualy lawsuit is just a bargaining tactic.

Moving on...

Comment how does that parallel port work for you? (Score 1) 557

everything has a PS option these days. I replaced an aging lexmark model K tank with a lightweight, fast lexmark 250dn duplex/network. Of course it has 16M, PS3, PCL6 etc.

The real problem with the K was the ports - it has a paralell port and an optional, wonky, lexmark 10Mpbs tcp/ip adapter. that worked sometimes.

Are we all sure USB and 100M will be the standard in ten years?

Never used the offical lexmark drivers with the 250dn. it just works. I'm at 7000 pages over last two years. Shrugh.

Comment Re:Prior art? (Score 3, Interesting) 307

No, the prius is a paralell hybrid with electrical and fuel storage. The gas engine can drive the wheels directly. The electric motor can also drive the wheels directly without the gas engine running.

Locomotives wheels are only driven by electric motors, and the electricity comes from the gas engine. There is no direct connection between diesel and wheels. There is also almost no electric storage between diesel and electric motors, so if the diesel engine stops, the electric motors stop.

The prius real advance is the ability to manage and smoothly use whatever power source is best suited at any time.

Comment Re:Where do I sign up? (Score 1) 602

Fifty years of the most luxurious lifestyle imaginable, every financial dream at your dospaoals, walthy than the ealthiest kings - without all the hassle.

Sweet lord is SD ever slow. Preview is like torture. I skipped it. Can you tell. Still took 4 minutes to post this...

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