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Comment Re:Heu.. ???? (Score 1) 400

It would be kind of nice to be able to go back to a nice, reliable Linux system but still be able to do WMI queries against all those poor Windows boxes on our network.

The one *really* slow thing that I've had to fight with in Powershell isn't really Powershell's fault so much as Windows and/or .NET - there's no way to configure the TCP connection timeout, so anything involving an attempted connection takes forever to timeout and fail if there's nothing at the other end.

Comment Re:Heu.. ???? (Score 1) 400

I've been messing with it for a while now and I'm moderately productive with it, but I agree. It's like the powershell team has some people that really like BASH, some that really like Python, and some that really like c#, maybe one or two that like Visual Basic...and each group was assigned to work on different parts of Powershell.

Comment Re:It's heartbreaking that politicians don't do sh (Score 1) 482

The trick is that they're (probably) not actually violating the law in most of these cases. I'm under the impression that it's not the employer that normally hires the H1B replacement. Instead, they decide to "outsource" IT from their own employees to Wipro or Infosys or similar Indian company whose US subsidiaries are the ones bringing in all the H1B-visa employees.

Obviously a violation of the spirit of the law, but unless someone has some relatively damning evidence leaked from inside one of the outsourcing firms, there's nothing to stick a letter-of-the-law violation to.

Comment Re:No suprise (Score 2) 231

You don't need the presidency. It'd certainly be nice, but I don't think it's where reforms would make the most difference. It's kind of obscene the way people are led by media coverage to believe that the presidential race is the only important one.

I honestly suspect Sanders always knew his presidential campaign was a longshot. I think the only reason he's campaigning so hard is to preserve and build influence over the party platform and to keep similarly-inclined voters engaged.

Now comes the endorsing of politically-similar senator and representative candidates, fundraising, and campaigning for the more-important (but much less promoted) races for the legislature, and influencing the party platform (and maybe an influential position on one or more congressional committees). He'd be a lot less able to accomplish anything in those areas is he had been "the guy who saw he couldn't possibly win so he quit" rather than "the guy who fought hard all the way to the end, kept visibility on the issues that he'll be fighting for in the party platform, and made the establishment candidate work for the nomination in spite of the party establishment support."

If I'm right about that, there's no way he'll "Nader" the presidential election, that'd be counter-productive to what I'm assuming his real political goals are.

Comment Re:"Half" (Score 1) 242

Oh, and to expand on this: a "chimera", in this context, means it's one organism with some cells that are genetically one organism and other cells that are genetically the other, not some sort of "genetic modification" that mixes genes from two different organisms. (If you were to breed the pigs referred to in this project, you'd get plain old pigs - who would presumably end up dying not too long after being born because they have no pancreas without the human [or, hypothetically, from some other organism] cells being transplanted in to form one.)

Comment "Half" (Score 1) 242

From what little detail was in the article there on the Irritable Bowel Times, it sounds like they're talking about growing a normal wholly-human organ in wholly-"animal" pigs. (The pigs in this case being bred/modified just enough to not grow their own pigly pancreas, so that the human cells can form a human-compatible pancreas instead).

This doesn't make the pigs "half-human, half animal" any more than Escherichia coli cells modified to produce human insulin protein are "half-human, half-bacteria" (or a human with a prosthetic leg is "half-human, half-machine").

Ridiculous sensationalism. Bah.

Personally, I'd argue "humanity" is a state of mind rather than a bundle of body-parts, but that's a whole separate issue.

Comment Re:You get what you pay for (Score 2) 77

That's a good point, though it seems like a lot of effort to get a device into a random, unknown network at a random, unknown time.

To me, it merely emphasizes that being able to replace the OS/Firmware oneself is important, and should be done with any new device.

Doesn't really matter if Spyware McWebcam put a malware OS on the device if I'm just going to overwrite with a good firmware of my own choosing before putting it on my network.

Same goes for full computers, too, along with "smartphones" and tablets, which seem like they'd be bigger targets. One could do a lot more harm with a backdoored iPhone or Android device returned as "new, unopened" than a webcam.

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