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Comment Re:So much for compatibility (Score 1) 280

Here's your powershell error for that command (FYI - there is no option for "-lasrht" on the ls command: [PS] C:\temp>ls -lasrht ls : A parameter cannot be found that matches parameter name 'lasrht'. At line:1 char:11 + ls -lasrht + CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (:) [Get-ChildItem], ParameterBindingException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NamedParameterNotFound,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.GetChildItemCommand

Comment Here's something else to consider... (Score 1) 359

One thing that I did NOT expect on getting one of these (I won it in a contest) - the haptics on my wrist to notify me of new mail/directions/texts/etc. These buzzing notifications on my wrist elicit a Pavlovian response from me - I HAVE to look at my watch. I'm usually pretty good about ignoring my phone if I'm in a meeting or talking with someone, but I find that I'm constantly looking down at my watch and breaking my interactions with other people. It's really something I'm trying to control but the instinctive response to turn my wrist and look down is VERY hard to ignore. That can be both good and bad, I guess - but mostly I find myself getting annoyed. I can obviously tweak the notifications to trim down the buzzing, but it's not as easy to fine tune what you want to be notified about and what can wait. Everything else is pretty cool, and I do like the fitness monitoring - but I doubt that I would have bought one if not for the contest win. Just something else to consider.

Submission + - Microsoft Telemetry Collection- Explained (theregister.co.uk) 1

Poohsticks writes: There's a nice breakdown of the updated information from Microsoft about what they are doing with the telemetry data that Windows 10 is collecting (original Technet article here https://technet.microsoft.com/...) by Chris Williams at The Register. Interesting finds that better explain what's happening with that data (and how to control it).

Comment Re:Seems weird (Score 1) 350

In battle, officers are lost just the same as regular crewman. Don't you think it's a good idea that ANY officer can backup the navigators that were just blown to smithereens? The military works on the idea that multiple redundant systems is a good thing, and that includes personnel. For heaven's sake, the Marine Corps motto is "First and foremost - I'm a rifleman", and the Marine's are an adjunct branch of the Navy. It makes total sense to teach it to all officers so they've at least had the exposure and can hopefully recall it when necessary.

Comment Re:Slashdot Overrun by Luddite Barbarians (Score 1) 163

Ummmmm - no. This is not the reasoning of rabid un-thinking crazed mobs. This is the rational thinking of a distrustful public since the product and services are run by a corporation that has very little of the public trust. I actually agree with you that the technology is wicked cool. I just don't trust ANY corporation to use said technology responsibly (and F'-you to Google, Apple, Microsoft and Disney for their intrusive tech of GoogleTalk, Siri, Cortana, and the Disney wristband). We used to have privacy. I'd like mine back (thankyouverymuch). And yes - I am a grumpy old man, DAMMIT!

Comment And you sir are the reason why developers are NOT (Score 1) 294

And you sir are the reason why developers are NOT sysadmins or typically given admin privileges on servers. Sysadmins DO evaluate the patches and updates. That's a requirement before putting them on the machines. Developers however rarely review the latest security updates and changes required by vendors as relevant to the core OS functions - because they don't have to. So they rely on 5 year old driver implementations (which SUCK) and outdated security models (because that's not their job - to deal with security - they write code and new products!). FUCKING BULLSHIT. I have had more developers take down their own machines than I can count. The original comment is right. If you're working with such brittle fucking code that you can't deal with patch deployments - then go work in VM environment where you can snapshot and rollback with a few clicks. Fucking developers always think then know everything about computers "because I make them dance!" Bullshit. I bet you never took one fucking class on OS development or kernel basics. Stupid fucking arrogance.

Comment Re:Email isn't necessarily useful to everyone. (Score 1) 299

BULLSHIT!!! Email is still the primary communication/documentary system at every major company and government bureau. It has thoroughly replaced the paper memo system that was its predecessor. If you cannot or do not read/write/manage your email messages/accounts - then you are functionally illiterate in today's terms. Yes - I am an email administrator.

Comment In a Casino (Score 1) 322

Was traveling through Temecula, CA and stopped for a drink and the buffet at Viejas Casino (not a plug - just reference) and as I was walking through the casino we had a brown-out (very high heat and massive electrical usage on that day). Was very interested to see all of the slot machines rebooting through a standard linux kernel and boot-loader straight to the "normal" slot machine game. Weird - but makes sense.

Comment Re:Implied Admission? (Score 1) 212

Except that - "According to tests by independent security researcher Samy Kamkar, the iPhone was also collecting new data on cell tower and Wi-Fi networks when location services were off, and sending this data back to its servers. It's unclear whether the update stops these collections as well. According to Skyhook's Morgan, the collection of the data and the downloading of the cache to the phone typically work hand-in-hand." - From an article by the Reg. So - I'm sorry but they're collecting data when location services are off and they're transmitting that back to Apple. THAT'S SPYING!!!!

Comment Re:Redundant? (Score 1) 264

Sorry but all of you folk that don't work in a global company are deeply out of touch with how often one is REQUIRED to be on telephone conferences. It is insanely tedious and a poor substitute for face-to-face meetings, but it's damn difficult to get a global team with representatives in London, Hong Kong, Sydney and New York all together (not to mention prohibitively expensive). There's a time and place for phone calls, and this is definitely one of them.
Robotics

The REX Robotic Exoskeleton 53

ElectricSteve writes "When Robert Irving was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, it was the catalyst for him and his childhood friend, Richard Little, to turn their engineering skills to the task of developing an exoskeleton that was a practical, standing-and-walking alternative to wheelchairs. The result is REX, an exoskeleton made of strong, lightweight materials that is designed to support and hold a person comfortably as he moves. Users strap themselves in to the robotic legs with a number of Velcro and buckled straps that fit around the legs, along with a belt around the waist. While most robotic exoskeletons we've looked at, such as the HAL, augment human motion, this is generally not an option for wheelchair-bound users, so REX is controlled using a joystick that sits at the wearer's waist level." The rig is expected to cost $150K when introduced later this year in New Zealand. Gizmag has an obnoxious timed popover subscription nag, so NoScript is indicated.

Comment Re:Thank you (Score 3, Informative) 207

Oh I get it! You're considering the BES itself as the third party software. Well sure then, adding third-party software to the Exchange environment must seem foreign. But you get a hell of a lot of functionality that just doesn't exist on a pure Exchange/ActiveSync deployment. Including the ability to push applications to the devices, S/MIME functionality, true AES encryption throughout the whole device... you name it. Yes - BES is a bolt-on to Exchange, but it's a damned useful one in large organizations. I get it if it seems to complicated for your environment or your users, then stick with Exchange/ActiveSync. I've been running it for a long time and one thing stays the same - users are still stupid and training is still required. That goes for WinMo/iPhone and any other mobile email solution you're running too though.

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