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Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 1) 107

I think if the patches are bundled together now - you basically have to treat them as one larger patch. In other words, nothing changes except any time you find you did one and it breaks something, you roll the whole collection back until it can be rectified.

To a certain degree, it's already that way.

This month, I have a customer with a Hyper-V cluster which one of the six patches screwed up iSCSI while backing up. And a customer with a Terminal Server which one of the six patches screwed up Terminal Services. And a customer with Exchange that one of the six patches broke Backup Exec being able to see inside the database to restore individual files.

Only in the case of the TS problem has it been tracked down to a single patch - by Microsoft. The other two batches, nobody knows which one is at fault. These are production machines and I don't have time to reapply patches one by one to help Microsoft isolate which one is bad. So yeah, after this unusually brutal month I'm okay with cumulative patches. I'm having to roll back batches anyway.

Comment Re:People tend to think others will behave as they (Score 4, Insightful) 133

Just as it is probably inconceivable to you that a lot of people, when given the opportunity to pay more for something than they consider it to be worth, just walk away and do without. No twisted justifications for stealing. They simply do without. Weird, eh?

Oh. I've heard this idea before. It's the "boycott X store by not shopping there" method of protest.

That's fine, but I have two responses (not arguments, just responses):

First, boycotting doesn't deliver any message to a place or business. If you just "do without", then there's no way for the business to be aware that the product they're selling is desired but that the packaging is offensive. Piracy is a long-standing issue that's been discussed and increasingly made known to be a symptom of a distribution and pricing model that is incompatible with obtaining maximized profits. Business will eventually learn, which wouldn't happen if people just "did without". Understand, I want to pay for digital stuff. Problem is the distribution model makes it artificially impractical to do so.

Second, just because a law is on the books doesn't make it moral, or even right to defend. There is a long history of lawmaking that is eventually viewed as silly or morally wrong. Being lawful isn't necessarily a good thing. In the case of digital piracy, depending on the individual involved and the product involved, it is in many, many cases a victim-less crime. Indeed, I'll admit to having pirated a few e-books which have then inspired me to spend ridiculous amounts of money tracking down physical copies of all of the author's works. Same for music. I "stole" a costless copy of a product I was never going to independently purchase, only to discover I liked it, and then spent lots of money doing so. So yeah, while it's an anecdote, keep in mind that digital piracy isn't theft because the copy we "steal" doesn't have a cost associated.

Comment Re:Barometer? (Score 1) 248

Barometers, Bluetooth and wifi are used to give more accurate location info.

And there we likely have the insight. The better Apple/Google/Microsoft/everyone can track your location, the better it is for them.

It can also be used as a health tracker, a pedometer, collecting more accurate local weather information to feed into forecast models. There's apps for all that stuff.

Yes, I'm sure that it's the missing spice in the recipe that will allow smartphones to finally stave off the tectonic-plate slide into obesity that is happening. I'm sure that "fitness tracking" applications are used entirely differently from home treadmills, stationary bikes, and weight sets. Surely people won't just buy them, try them, then lose discipline and abandon them. People just needed electronics to convince them that sweaty, tiring exercise is how they want to spend their time. Yup, unlike New Year's resolutions to eat properly, Apple's new barometer is the element that will get people to be fit.

Note: this is not intended to be critical of people who are not fit. I am speaking as someone that is at the very upper edge of their "healthy" weight-to-age-and-height measurements, and is happily sedentary. Instead, this is critical of the suggestion that a barometer is actually going to be useful to more people than a standards-compliant earphone jack. Because yeah, more people need to know their altitude so they can get thin than those who just like to listen to music.

Comment Re:why would anyone buy/sign-up for porn now? (Score 1) 48

unless ones tastes are very niche specific and peculiar, almost all the popular porn is freely available in quantities larger than anyone can consume. so if one is not a pirate freeing all that for others, no point in buying anything at all, or even giving info to obtain access.

Much like any other form of art, some people feel that compensating creators and participants is a decent and honorable thing to do. Availability isn't everything. Patronage is a thing, even in porn.

Comment Re:Scarecrow (Score 1) 260


The goal of terrorism is to strike fear into the hearts of the enemies. And for Islamist terrorism, that's pretty much the whole world. Yes, including Muslim countries for being not Muslim enough. No true Muslim country allows US military bases on its soil and all that.

The US sure are a main target, but by no means the only one. If anything, striking at other countries would make a lot more sense, the US are already quite successfully cowed into crapping their pants 'til it comes out the neck, it's the rest of the world that still doesn't fear Islamism enough.

I mean this in the nicest possible way: WOOOOOSH.

The government of the US believes that they are an exceptional target. They need the TSA when nobody else does. The boogeyman terrorists what dead Americans, and other countries not needing the TSA only demonstrates that those countries aren't as threatened as the US, not that the US isn't threatened.

Comment Re:Scarecrow (Score 3, Insightful) 260

To speed up the lines, get rid of the TSA.

Even if the TSA is practically useless, at least it scares away most people having bad intentions, including terrorists.

This is easily tested. Pick one major airport and remove TSA screening from it. Fall back to standard security such as metal detectors and explosive particle detectors as people walk through. Let people bring toothpaste and bottled water. Finally, count the number of successful terrorist bombings/hijackings that happen through that airport over the next year. If it's zero, expand the experiment.

Frankly the TSA could continue to draw their paychecks by simply charging a "TSA-free" surcharge at the airports they're not at.

I'm a simple guy, but it's nerve-wracking passing through US airports simply because I realize that all it takes is someone to misunderstand a gesture, or to mis-hear something I say that rhymes with something naughty ("no, officer, I said 'get your Mom', not 'set your bomb'!") and I'll end up missing my flight, plus get stuck on some "person of interest" list for life. The most negative thing I have any interest in doing while in a US airport is leave the country, but still I'm nervous.

Comment Re:Stop chasing the shiny (Score 1) 161

So buyers need to start asking themselves what they actually want this thing that they're carrying around eight to sixteen hours a day, and often sleeping next to the remaining eight, to do.


I'm playing devil's advocate because I'm more like you than like "most buyers", but again, why? Why do buyers NEED to ask themselves that question? What's the dire consequence of them perhaps wastefully spending some of their disposable income on redundant version++ hardware?

It's about as sensible a statement as saying "people need to stop wasting money on stadium tickets to football games, hockey games, and concerts." Gratification is gratification.

Comment Why don't we just make the pages smaller? (Score 3, Insightful) 105

These days - aside from (hypothetical and inevitably blocked) ads - it's not images that are the root problem. It's the half gigabyte of javascript.

I'm sorry Mr. Went To School For Web Design, but the moving pull-down menus and dynamic sliding content and whatnot is just not needed (except to justify your career). When I visit a website, all I really need are maybe four buttons: "BUY OUR SHIT", "DOWNLOAD UPDATES FOR OUR SHIT", "READ DOCUMENTATION ABOUT OUR SHIT", and "CONTACT US FOR ALL THE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SHIT WE CAN'T BE BOTHERED TO PUT ON OUR WEB SITE".

Skip all the embedded activity tracking, metrics, demographics and dynamic content and we could go back to the golden days when web pages were under a megabyte on average without images.

Comment Re:Rent-Seeking (Score 1) 157

Yeah about that....then WTF was it doing in a HOME OS, care to answer me that? Last I checked Windows Insiders are NOT testing Enterprise Products, all the Insiders get is the Home/Pro version.

That's easy. It's one ISO. There's been a progression over the last few OS generations that one image is used for multiple different editions. You unlock Home/Pro/Enterprise by supplying the appropriate key. Same thing for many server products.

And please do not forget it won't have been the first time MSFT has lied to our faces, remember "The Kinect is an integral part of the Xbox One, we can't just flip a switch" until they did exactly that?

Something something Occam. Last week it's "this executable is regarding Enterprise subscriptions" and this week it's "hey, we're announcing Enterprise subscriptions", and you think it's more likely both events are evidence that Home/Pro is (in the immediate future) going subscription than they are... exactly what they are?

I repeat, there are marketing trends that are valid as evidence that Windows will at some point gain "value-add" software-as-a-disservice un-features. The ass-tonnes of money being made by O365 are pretty weighty, evidence-wise. There's a huge incentive. But the executable from last week and the announcement that Enterprise is now available on a monthly basis in addition to via Volume License subscriptions... not evidence that that end.

I'm sorry but this past year with all the underhanded shit we have seen with Win 10 has proven to just about everybody that they simply cannot be trusted anymore, hell they have made Windows Update into a risk because "no means no" is something nobody has taught to MSFT. The sad part is I NEVER thought I'd see the day where I would actually miss Steve Ballmer but Nutella and all his underhanded crap pushing Windows 10 makes me actually miss the big sweaty monkey.

New word: rantagraph. Thank you for inspiring me.

BTW for those that want to lock in the "free upgrade" in case the hackers figure out a way to kill all the spying? Here is a tutorial on how to lock in the upgrade without actually installing win 10 which is a hell of a lot quicker than having to install then roll back to a decent version.

Comment Re:Rent-Seeking (Score 1) 157

MS has been introducing this change on us like proverbial 'boiling frog'. It's coming and I think even you are starting to see the light or you would have used more assertive in your statements.

I hear you. I honestly do. Market trends make it seem obvious. But the repeated "there you, told you" posts every time news is posted that ISN'T about our existing licenses going subscription is getting really, really old.

Microsoft leasing hardware and offering software that already is subscription-related (mostly) isn't evidence. It's just not.

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