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Comment Re:Star of David used by Neo Nazis... (Score 1) 172

My position is that anyone can have any opinion they want, and that the significance of that opinion to others depends on whatever level of trust the claimer can command. This puts some people in a de facto privileged position. This can be rational (e.g. privileging an oncologist's opinions on cancer over a layman's) and in other cases not (privileging a fellow mom's opinions about vaccines over an immunologist or toxicologist).

So my point is that you CAN make any of the claims you suggested, but your authority won't carry much weight because you're just a random bloke on the Internet. You would have to make a convincing argument. However even then there are lots of very credible-sounding arguments out there that don't sound credible to someone who has actual knowledge.

The bottom line is knowing the truth of any claim is quite difficult, particularly when it involves jargon. In general the judgment of someone who has spent some time studying an issue is more be trusted than what "stands to reason" in your own judgment. Even so, an expert should still be able to give a coherent defense of his positions.

So in the case of this frog meme, I have no particular reason to doubt ADL; however if it were important to me I would look at the evidence ADL puts forward in justification of their position. I do not necessarily agree with ADL on everything (e.g. on Muslims displaying tokens bearing the Shahada), but they have more than any other group tracked violent extremist groups and their affiliates and therefore are in at least a position to compare and contrast the symbols used. If, however, it were an organization like Kahane Chai, I would feel no particular reason to look into their reasoning because they're a racist group. Life is simply to short to treat a source that is consistently nonsense as if it might be credible.

Comment Re:Star of David used by Neo Nazis... (Score 1) 172

Well, actually technically speaking you're the one begging the question: you haven't established that either you or I enjoy some kind of privileged position in which we get to condemn other people for condemning language they don't like.

So by all means condemn them for calling things "hate speech", it's your right; but it's also their right.

Comment Re:For limited values of 'you'. (Score 1) 150

If I am going to consult I can save customers money by using the pro version.

I never said it would save money, per se. Although it might. Depending on how the per user enterprise licensing actually works out when it comes to VMs, desktops, laptops etc.

From what I read here from slashdotters the pro version has no GPO support whatsoever, all commercials that take up full screen ads, all updates forced with no settings, etc. I have news? I own 10 pro! I see nothing of the sorts other than tinfoil hats getting +5s.

I own it too, several copies (6+ at least in my household). I never said it didn't support GPOs or anything. And you are right, so far other than telemetry and some issues with updates, all the nonsense can be turned off. But I'm tired of rebooting my PC after a big update having to find some new crap that needs to be turned off on all my computers.

Out-of-the box my start menu was full of crud, it wanted me to sign up for a microsoft account, and cortanta wanted to shove msn celebrity news gossip down my throat, and suggest app store apps... when I was searching for files on my local computer. Ok, no problem, I turned all that crap off and every single personalization/advertising/privacy sucking setting I could find -- all 2 pages worth on the settings off, off, off, off, off.... and I installed spybot anti-telemetry to deal with the one item MS wasn't giving me the proper option for. I am mostly fine with automatic updates, so those weren't a deal breaker for me. And then I was happy with the desktop... a nice incremental upgrade over 7 with some cool features like hyperV and desktop workspaces etc.

Then a month later, another update, I come downstairs to find my lock screen is a full screen ad for some nonsense. So now I turn that off on all my computers. Then a month later, another update, and I click the windows logo and "Get Facebook - featured app!" has been added to my start menu. So now I have turn that off this new "Suggest featured apps to me on my startmenu" setting on all my computers.

The anniversary update likewise botched a few things -- reset Edge back to the default, and put the app store icon back on my taskbar. (Although the edge thing sounds like a bug... or at least that's their story...)

My complaint isn't that i can't turn this adware stuff off, because I can (so far). My complaint is that its being pushed on me turned on in the first place. And my understanding has been that enterprise customers are getting treated better and that these adware updates aren't being defaulted on for them. So they don't have to waste their time fixing this crap that NOBODY wants. And longer term there seems to be a pattern emerging, and coupled with the 'Windows 10 is the last version' and 'all future upgrades will be free....' I think it's reasonable to be suspicious that the consumer platform is steadily heading towards 'ad supported', so I'm looking at the enterprise platform where I'm still the customer. Maybe its not time to cut over from pro to enterprise just yet... but 2, 3, 4, 5 years from now? It seems pretty plausible to me.

Comment Re:For limited values of 'you'. (Score 1) 150

I don't disagree with you. The trouble is that I'm finding pro is steadily becoming more 'managed by microsoft' than 'managed by me', and increasingly it's becoming an 'ad delivery platform'; given Microsofts positioning of Windows 10 as the 'last version of windows' and continually supported and updated for free... I read that as with Windows 10 "You're going to be the product now. Not the customer".

So while I get the 'features' like hyperV and GPO etc... I don't get enough control over stuff like the updates, telemetry, store, and each update i find new nonsense to turn off .. "like suggested apps" and lock screen advertising. And I know the enterprise version is generally exempt from this crud by default.

With the enterprise edition the relationship is still: "You are the customer."

Comment Re:For limited values of 'you'. (Score 1) 150

You're not a 'power user' if you're looking for ways to buy yourself out of abuse.

The only 'abuse' I'm buying my way out of is the telemetry. And I agree that

The ability to manage my own updates is definitely something non-experts are terrible at, and need to have managed for them. I'm glad clueless idiots can't run around with unpatched systems anymore, not because they have any reason to avoid a patch... they just hit cancel every day straight for the last 3 years because they wanted to check facebook. And then completely disabled UAC because some antique label printing software needed them to run as administrator but rather than just 'run as administrator' they disabled UAC entirely...

Those people need their OS to just slap them forward.

And features like hyperV, RDP, and the reset of the stuff that pro/enterprise versions feature are all stuff the regular consumer doesn't know about, never mind actively uses.

You're Microsoft's bitch. Better have daddy's money on time. And get ready to get slapped around anyway, because that's how daddy keeps his bitches in line.

Cute, but the metaphor breaks down because while the consumer OS whether pro or home continually makes you feel like you are fighting for control -- paying enterprise customers get treated like... well...actual customers. The enterprise OS actually does what they want.

Comment Re:For limited values of 'you'. (Score 1) 150

No you think rationally. What are the huge compromises you speak of?

My accounting software is quickbooks. I also use Microsoft Office (mostly Excel and Word). Quickbooks integrates with Excel. None of that is on linux.

At work I do several things that are Windows or Windows / OSX only. (Filemaker Pro, Quickbooks, Navision, various industry tools, Visual Studio, etc) So its nice to be able to work from home sometimes with locally installed software instead of remoting to the RDP server. And we have hyperV at work, so its nice to be able to migrate/clone VMs back and forth to my home office in some cases.

Just admit up front you want to play games.

For sure. Games is a big deal as well. My HTPC is windows for the games.

And who is running IIS anymore?

Its perfectly fine for hosting b2b middleware like WCF services etc. I have no issues with it. I mean, I've got a debian box next to me with Apache and owncloud and so forth too... its not like I'm windows-only or anything. My laptop is OSX.

I pity people who can't make a living in IT without touching MS.

Its just tools in a toolbox. Use the right tool for the job. Linux is great, but its not the right tool for a lot of jobs.

Comment Re:I would try it. (Score 1) 120

Been there, done that. Basically had to go to the max dose of oxycontin just to take the edge off the pain.

This page you can see some pictures of the procedure and instruments people used on kidney stones in the 1600s. It seems unimaginable that anyone would subject themselves to that -- without anesthetic -- unless you've actually experienced it.

Comment Re:For limited values of 'you'. (Score 5, Interesting) 150

Its rapidly becoming the case that the enterprise edition is the 'new' pro edition.

Whereas with XP through 8, I just wanted to have pro to be able to run my own IIS, accept incoming RDP, not have to deal with the idiot simplified user permissions etc, with win8 pro came hyperV... etc In each case, Home edition was awful, while Pro was a good OS.

With 7/8 Enterprise has some extra bitlocker stuff I think? And the VLA license management features that only an enterprise would need.

But with 10, "pro" is garbage too, and all the features I actually want are now in Enterprise edition. (Turn off telemetry, more control over windows update, Edge in a Virtual Machine...)

So im coming to the conclusion that us 'power users' that until now always wanted pro should now be looking for the enterprise edition.

Of course enterprise is currently a lot more expensive than pro, with recurring subscription fees.

But this is looking to be the carrot and stick approach; (and mostly for businesses -- us power users are just caught in the middle of it.) Home users are being corralled into Windows 10 Home (and Pro at this point is really just Home+) where their updates are managed and theyre expected to be all appy and cloudy and monitored with telemetry.

While businesses (and people) who need to get shit done, and don't want their windows computers scheduling an update before an important meeting, and don't want to send telemetry to redmond,etc, etc... (i.e. people like me) -- should be using enterprise.

Us power users should be looking to use enterprise. (Assuming as always that we wish to use windows at all, which in my case at least, while I love my linux -- I am not interested in the huge compromises necessary to make it my primary desktop.

Ah but Windows 10 Enterprise is nasty for individuals to get a hold of what with Microsoft VLAs and the byzantine and downright hostile Software Assuarance licensing crapola.

So when I read about something like this...

Windows 10 Enterprise E3 / 7$ seat / month. And it sounds like its being aimed to be run like office 365... suddenly things start to come into focus...

" It's worth highlighting, though, that a business of one employee can take advantage of it, however. "

Interesting right!? (I mean yeah, this is /. so the pitchforks are out in force... and I should switch to linux everything... but think about it rationally...)

There is going to be the non-recurring windows 10 home edition and the home+ (aka pro), the spyware adware versions. And there is going to be Windows 10 enterprise, the only one businesses and power users will want but at $7/seat/month.

So If one seat of Enterprise really is per user? and I can put it on my desktop, laptop, and a couple hyperv virtual desktops like i can Microsoft office... all for 84/year... and I can turn off automatic updates and do them when i want, and I can turn off telemetry...

On the one hand... ugh... rent seeking subscription -- the business model for companies who really can't compellingly improve there product but still want the same revenue they were getting when each release was a must-have. And yeah.. Windows has reached that point I guess. "XP does all I need" people are still all over the place.

On the other hand... $7/month for an actual good windows user experience with the kind of control I want over it, with continual support in the form of antivirus and security updates...ok... I'm listening.

Comment Re: I'm Confused (Score 3, Informative) 111

Agreed. I used to use StartSSL certs for several things over the last decade. And I too have moved to and endorse (for whatever little that's worth) LetsEncrypt.

The official lets encrypt client didn't meet any of my needs when i first switched although it may be better now (!?) Things seem to have been moving along over there.

I currently use the client on linux and it's been solid and easy to use. I don't have anything positive or negative to say about the multitude of other options. And again... things have likely moved along a lot since i switched a year ago.

Comment Re:And Yawn! (Score 1) 17

A properly designed system shouldn't be highly dependent upon any kind of persistence layer, although if you follow the provider's example programs you'll tend to spread dependencies through your code. But a smart designer hides that all away deep down in some kind of abstraction.

A demonstration of exactly how little you are dependent on a vendor is probably a very good thing, if you're a big customer. Oh, we'll run *this* part of our product on the other guy's cloud service and boom. It happens. Shows the vendors who's boss.

Comment This,kids, is what it was like back in the day. (Score 2) 92

The developer of this thing has thoughtfully provided a "hello.c" file and cc. Oh, yes, and emacs. So go ahead and type:

cc -o hello hello.c

and marvel at the speed.

This environment is just like my first full-time, non-student programming job. There was no IDE, so we pretty much lived in emacs. I haven't used emacs in decades, but my fingers still remember the key bindings for the commands -- as long as I'm not trying to consciously remember them.

It was on a 68020 running at 16 MHz which delivered a grand total of 2 MIPS at 16 MHz. We shared all that computing power among four programmers, which was luxury because the system was supposed to support 16 users (32 max).

It seems almost inconceivable, but the funny thing is it was really just as fun programming back then as it is now with a supercomputer all to myself. Our office was next to a reservoir, and used to start a compile, wait five minutes for the parsing to catch any syntax error (about 75% of the time), then go for a walk on the 1.5 mile trail around the pond. Then I'd stop in at the convenience store to buy a cup of coffee, and head back to the office, and make would just be finishing up the linking. God forbid you got a link error though. That's why we had time to read the entire Unix manual (all eight sections) cover to cover. Many times.

This has fed my conviction that user perceptions of system speed are as strongly affected by consistency as it is by absolute speed. If you're used to a build taking fifteen seconds,a sudden change to 30 seconds seems unbearable.

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