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Comment Re: Were the users randomized? (Score 1) 492

You forgot installing weird things like asset management software and anti-virus, on top of being based on an enterprise distro with poor desktop support to start with, and *then* holding back updates on top of that.

Funny thing was, the anti-virus software at the time *only* supported detection of signatures of Windows viruses. They supported linux with the use case of a Samba file server to protect Windows clients, but they put it on all the linux desktops and sucked down tons of resources and brought things to a crawl.

It was the moment that I got a 'blessed' configuration of Linux to run on my laptop that I finally had some sympathy for Microsoft and how their platform is treated by vendors and IT departments and how much of MS 'badness' is due to preloads and IT department loads being very stupid. Of course Microsoft hasn't done any favors with poor QA on updates causing that mindset in the first place, but the avoidance is worse than taking the updates.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 1) 264

U lock != padlock.

A U lock is a big old U that goes through the wheel and frame. Even if strong a padlock leaves the chain as an obvious weakness.

Padlocks are jokes. Boltcutters are the appropriate tool for them. (I remember the first criminal kid on my block that got a set of bolt cutters, for about 3 months it was better to not put padlocks on anything, as they attracted Kenny. Then he cut the padlock off a railroad switch and derailed a freight train into the little blue river, then bragged about it...We didn't see him for a while, he was real lucky he didn't kill anyone.)

Comment Re:We Were Attacked! (Score 2) 66

The problem is this philosophy tends to create targets of great value by putting so much infrastructure into so few places.

It's been a curious development in the internet. In the 90s, there was a trend from walled gardens and centralized resources to more federated approaches. In the last decade, the trend has reversed.

We have increasingly powerful endpoint devices, even as their form factors have shrunk. This *should* have led to the reduction of the importance of 'datacenters', but now they are more important than ever *and* so much function has been consolidated into 3 or so companies, and a handful of physical locations.

Now it's not as bad if everyone at least had their infrastructure to bank on a couple of providers as you do (so long as they all don't bank on the *same* two, but generally there's only a couple of companies people go to.for services)..

In a decentralized case, a random entity is doubtlessly unlikely to withstand such an attack, but also they are far less likely to be the target of such an attack (being a bonus effect of taking down a target versus *being* the target).

Comment Re:You're being silly (Score 1) 373

The evil libtardos aren't coming for your guns

They've been trying for 50 years and their repeated failures have been precisely because we take a hard line on the issue. Not one inch.

It's been 8 years. Don't you think if he was going to do it he would have?

He has done everything within the power of the executive branch. Operation Chokepoint was instituted to make it hard for gun related businesses to do business. He has blocked importation of perfectly legal guns from Russia and South Korea. He has been hostile to the American gun owner, even if he doesn't have the votes in congress to pass a new anti-gun law.


Comment Re:Misplaced effort (Score 1) 64

We need to keep working toward a system where our Senators and Representatives actually know what We The People want and need.

What makes you think that they don't? I'm rather certain that most of them know that most people don't want children used as experimental subjects without their parents permission. But the legislators have other priorities.

Comment Re:I don't agree that these are "conservative" vie (Score 1) 221

There *IS* no conservative candidate for Presidency. A conservative is one who wishes to conserve some currently existing state or feature. I often think of myself as a conservative, though only on some issues. The Green party is traditionally the most conservative of the existing parties, but it's never been all that conservative. People who want to "go back to the good old days" are not conservative, they are reactionary. Being conservative often works, but being reactionary never does. See "Dollo's Law" with particular attention to why it is valid.

Comment Re:I don't agree that these are "conservative" vie (Score 1) 221

This may depend on exactly how one interprets the phrase "wall". In a figurative sense one could interpret, e.g., the very existence of the border patrol as a wall. In that vein anything that one did to hinder immigration could be interpreted as fulfilling that pledge. Say letting contracts to build radar stations to companies that are subsidiaries of Trump, inc.

Comment Re:I don't agree that these are "conservative" vie (Score 1) 221

It's not new. The specific ideas that they are intolerant about have changed, but there's long been a large group of people on slashdot that are intolerant of ideas they don't like. In this it reflects society pretty accurately. The difference is that consequences of intolerant actions (downvoting) are separated from intolerant speech. Some of the separation is in time, but other are not. If you prefer to vote something up, you look for ideas or statements that appeal to you. If you prefer to vote something down, you look for ideas or statements that distress you.

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