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Comment Re:Here's one example (Score 1) 225

I can think of a few more: the A-10 Thunderbolt II ("Warthog"), and a couple of WWII bombers. Not to mention various other airplanes made during the 50s-60s which are now retired. Back then, it seems they were able to go from a vague idea to an excellent military aircraft design in full production in 4 years, back when design had to be done on paper/vellum rather than CAD. These days it takes 15 years and the final product has all kinds of problems.

Comment Re:The US gov tried their best (Score 1) 225

I think another factor is that in private industry, you can jump around pretty easily if you're any good at all. Tired of the horrible upper management at your company? No problem, just start interviewing and get a new job. Your company drives itself into the ground (or just your division)? No problem, just go find a new job. Your pay is stagnant, and/or you're tired of the incompetence or the IT infrastructure at your job? Start looking. Of course, getting a new job isn't *that* easy, but in a tech hub with lots of openings for your skillset it's not that hard. But when you work for the government, there is no jumping around, not that easily, and you won't get a big pay raise for doing so (unless you defect to the private sector of course).

Comment Re:No more updates... (Score 1) 399

MS seems to have decided that they have the rights to:
1) Monitor all windows uses, without consent;
2) Force any software changes they wish, overriding our own settings or expressed wishes;
3) Turn windows into adware by pushing ads out to windows users - probably related to point 1;

They absolutely DO have these rights (and they DO have consent: it's in the EULA you agreed to and which has the force of law as proven in court cases). If you don't agree with these terms, then it's your job as the customer to find a better vendor.

My primary OS now is Linux, installed on multiple computers, and it would continue to be regularly updated. MS has made dumping their OS one of the easiest decisions to make.

Too bad all MS users aren't as smart as you; most of them will just bend over and take it.

Comment Re:Don't use Microsoft (Score 1) 399

Just imagine 100 applications and 70,000 computers all with different needs filled with very old quirky shit taped up where customers still demand we use IE 6 for much of it. We have a hack to get it to work under Windows 7 with Citrix. These patches break TLS 1.0 which is insecure yes, but our clients can not run without it!

Explain how we can move to Linux and use active directory and group policy and security auditing and SCCM to push applications that are all win32 based in such an environment?

I'm not sure how you're going to succeed in getting that mess to work reliably on Windows 10, much less Linux.

With the situation that bad, you need to go back to those vendors and demand better software (esp. Linux versions). If they can't deliver, it's time to migrate to new vendors who can. We can blame MS for a lot of stuff, but I don't really see how we can blame them for shitty 3rd-party software vendors requiring IE6 for their "enterprise" application to work. The blame rightly goes to the customer for selecting this crap, and then not keeping on top of things and making sure mission-critical applications will continue to work on newer OSes, and not switching to vendors who have better products (or just building your own in-house if the ISVs are this bad).

Comment Re:If you don't trust the vendor ... (Score 1) 399

When MS released the Modern/Metro interface they got ripped, big time. When Linux screwed up with KDE 4/Gnome 3 fiascos, a LOT (far too many) of FOSS advocates were quick to make every excuse in the book. "Oh, it's OK because it is Linux." A lot of that happened right here on /.

Oh, BS. I remember it quite differently: there was no end to the bitching and complaining about both KDE4 and Gnome3, and for good reason too. Gnome3 was so disliked that it directly spawned not one, but two new DEs: MATE and Cinnamon, because people were so mad about it and wanted Gnome2 (or something close to it) back. KDE4 was a disaster (though many blame part of it on distros making it the main KDE version even though KDE themselves said it wasn't ready for primetime use) that many people abandoned KDE and never came back. Both these fiascos were hugely controversial and generated a lot of ill feelings.

However this is probably the first time ever, that I've heard the FOSS community really get upset, I mean upset at Linux itself, not at MS. Not that it seems to be doing much to stop (or redirect) the systemd juggernaut.

Then you're either a liar or you haven't been paying attention. Gnome3 and KDE4.0 both caused just as much upset as systemd, if not more so (I'm leaning towards more so, because regular users notice their DE a whole lot more than they notice their init system). Personally, it sounds like you're a liar who's on the anti-systemd bandwagon and is trying to twist things there to get more people on your side.

Comment Re:What event? (Score 1) 516

The worst confidential info "scandal" was when she gave the order to send talking points for the day...

So, you either don't actually know what SAP material is (in which case you're being willfully ignorant on this topic and should stop expressing opinions until you read up on it), or you DO know, and you're just being another liar in the service of a liar.

Comment Re:You wouldn't know it was declining here.... (Score 1) 186

It wasn't just there...at major sites all over town all last weekend, I saw a surprisingly LARGE amount of people out all times of day and especially late night playing it...

Am I the only one who's reminded of the ST:TNG episode about Riker finding the head-mounted video game on Risa and the whole crew of the Enterprise becoming addicted to it?

Comment Re: How many people really support her? (Score 1) 516

The "theoretical" aspect you deride was terribly important to potential Democratic party competitors when they were deciding whether or not to run.
Sure, Hillary beat an angry old communist in a two person primary. Woo hoo. Why was it only a two person primary? Because everyone else saw the writing on the wall.

Comment Re:65 million? (Score 1) 114

Just imagine how much we could accomplish with all that welfare money? (3 trillion a year).

Where are your priorities, man!?

Don't you realize that $3T is what keeps the status quo the status quo and contributes heavily to a 90%+ incumbent reelection rate?

Why, I just heard about the new program being proposed by the administration to help quell the recent riots. It's sort of a spin-off from the 'Cash For Clunkers' program.

They believe that access to safe and stylish transportation will both assist in their financial mobility but also in bolstering self esteem.

They've floated a few possible names for a vehicle giveaway program for inner-city "justice-involved" individuals at risk:

"Caddies For Baddies"

"Navigators for Violators"

"Lugs For Thugs"

"Escapes For Rapes"

They briefly considered but abandoned an identical plan with motorcycles for those involved in gun violence they considered calling "Scooters For Shooters".

Strat

Comment Re:How hard is it to find emails? (Score 1) 516

Yeah, because the FBI knows nothing about gathering information, amirite?

The FBI can only gather what's given to them, or what can be forensically recovered. If she blew away 30,000 emails, and they've got under 20,000 of them to look at, there's some they couldn't get. It's not really very complicated.

Comment Re:What event? (Score 2) 516

seriously. What event? Aside from the scandal itself what, exactly, did Hilary do that was a) a criminal offense and b) revealed in the emails?

The emails revealed that she was incredibly reckless in handling classified information - some of it SAP-level stuff so sensitive that it can't even be talked about when it's 100% redacted, content-wise. People lose their careers and their liberty over such carelessness. And we're now seeing evidence of pervasive corruption as her family was enriched while their family business sold access to her while she was in office. So, you're either simply not paying attention or (more likely) you know all of this and are a Shillary.

While I'm on it, which is it? Is she a fool who couldn't run an email server or a Machiavellian genius who successfully evaded the FBI and an entire political party's attempts to bring her to justice?

False dichotomy.

She's had a long career of throwing underlings under the bus or having her party cover for Clinton Machine mis-steps. So yes, incompetence (but mostly arrogance). And no, she hasn't evaded the FBI or congress ... she's still hip deep in the mess she created.

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