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Comment Re: Big (Score 2) 175

You should check again. I was looking at this a few days ago and saw the same thing. Heard about it being released today and checked again and that line was no longer there. Regardless I installed it and it works with my work exchange account. Removed it though since it does not have sync schedules like the native client.

Comment Re:Finland will save money on napkins (Score 1) 523

I'm not sure if people consider it barbaric, but simply not necessary. Wait staff make an OK salary, plus extra for nights and weekends. I have quite a few friends in the service industry that as bartenders, waiters, even grocery store clerks, etc make as much as I do (in a professional job) so why tip? Especially if depending on the day, they make more than you. With that said, they DO appreciate tips.. Does not have to be 15-20%, but round up on the bill (leave the change). The level of service here is not as good (coming from the States) because they make the same if they do a shit job, or do a great job. I like the incentive of tips because people do better when they can make more money doing it. If you are a bartender at a bar and make 12 Eur an hour and no tips, or make 5 Eur an hour but get a 1eur tip for every drink you serve, which one do you think is going to work harder that night?

Comment Re:Backups (Score 1) 564

Most likely if it was advertised to a "All Windows Machines" collection, then only computers in that collection would have been it.

The task sequence was most likely configured to be mandatory/assigned and thus initiated automatically with little to no intervention.

If that collection included the "unknown computers" collection then if those machines PXE booted and PXE support was enabled, then those could have been hit as well.

The safest way to advertise a task sequence is to the Unknown Computers collection, (or a collection specifically for imaging) and not make the advertisement mandatory. There are reasons to advertise it to a collection with computers, one being that you can re-image a computer without having to remove it from ConfigManager (since you are advertising to UNKNOWN computers). This is really handy especially for the guys doing the re/imaging of computers. Saves a lot of time.

But as we see here, there is a huge danger. You can reduce the threat by advertising the task sequence to only media and PXE.. that prevents it from showing up on production workstation. You can also configure the advertisement to only run on an OS you don't have in production, again, making the advertisement optional rather than mandatory helps too. But there are situations where you do need to have it mandatory so extra caution applies.

I've not worked with deploying a task sequences to running computers, but you can do them where they will copy the users files offline. Then the boot image is downloaded and the system reboots to that and performs the wipe, install, etc. Then once the system is back up, it copies the users files back (for something like xp to 7 upgrades)

SCCM is a great tool, but like any great tool, it can do great bad if you are not careful. Happened to this company a few years ago.

btw, here are the steps you should follow should you be lucky enough to experience it :)

Comment Re:American Wage Slaves are an Even Better Value (Score 1) 1313

I agree. Working in the US for 20 years, 8 different companies, never did I have a problem taking vacation or was penalized for it.

Sure at one job I was one of the only person in my position who knew how to do my job so I would get the occasional call to help when I was on vacation, but I loved my job and my co-workers so it did not bother me.

Now that I live in Finland, things are kinda the same, kind of different. We get bonuses for going on vacation. Kind of nice to get paid to go on vacation so you actually have money to do something. If we accrue too much overtime, we are forced to take time off. Had a nice 13 day extra winter break last year because I had so much extra time.

Oh, and check this out. If you are on vacation and get sick or injured, that vacation time does not count and you get to take it again :) Had that happen to me during my summer vacation and because of it got to take extra time off this winter.

Coming from the US I felt weird with all these benefits but I think over here its more pro-employee than in the US. But like I said before, I never really had a problem. (except here, calling someone on vacation is pretty much unheard of.. and if you don't answer the phone no one gets upset) :)


Call of Duty: Black Ops the Most Pirated Game of the Year 5

Torrentfreak reports that after calculating download frequency for pirated copies of popular video games, Call of Duty: Black Ops has won the dubious honor of being the most pirated game of 2010. The PC version of the game was torrented roughly 4,270,000 times, and the Xbox 360 version was downloaded an additional 930,000 times. (The most pirated Wii game was Super Mario Galaxy 2, and Dante's Inferno somehow managed to accrue the most downloads of Xbox 360 games.) Fortunately for Activision, the game has still made over $1 billion in sales, and its 20,000,000+ players have racked up over 600,000,000 man-hours of play time since the game's launch in early November.
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Periodic Table Etched Onto a Single Hair 59

adeelarshad82 writes "The University of Nottingham's Nanotechnology Center decided to help Professor of chemistry, Martyn Poliakoff celebrate his special day by 'etching' a copy of a Periodic Table of Elements onto a single strand of the scientist's hair using a 'very sophisticated' electron ion beam microscope. The microscope creates a very fine etching of the periodic table only a few microns across by shooting a 'focused ion beam' of gallium ions at the hair. The technology here is nothing revolutionary, but it is inspiring to see a grown man get so giddy with the prospect of seeing science in action."

Comment Re:Nothing bad to say about Sprint. (Score 1) 153

I agree. 10 years w/sprint. Zero problems. Excellent coverage and service. When I have questions I email them and always have a responce/resolution within 24 hours. Telephone support has always been excellent. The only issue with them is I can not text friends on several eurpoean GSM carriers nor can I use my phone over seas. I'd love to switch to a GSM provider such as ATT but at $30 more a month for less service w/att than I have with sprint its hard to make that jump.....

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