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Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 1) 151

What's really funny is that the apologists/shills (I think most of them are really apologists, not paid shills) have long trotted out the tired old meme about Linux "not having drivers", even though it's mostly BS. Yet Linux never has problems like this where drivers actually get broken in new releases, whereas apparently it's now a real issue with Windows.

Comment Funny bit was the turnover (Score 1) 144

The feeling was that young people had a better promotion path.
Old people might quit.

The reality was that young people repeatedly quit after 2 years so their resume would look like they were "go getters".

The old people kept the department going (including one in his 70s).

The young people turned over like crazy.

Comment Re:The problem isn't that they're old... (Score 1) 144

Expense isn't the issue. OIder employees with similar experience (and similar compensation) are also discriminated against.

It's really blatant in some of the ads.. "Looking for YOUNG, dynamic, candidate who works to deadline" has actually be used by someone who was stupid in placing their ad. Usually they use dog whistles or (Infosys) require your resume have the date you graduated high school (so they can cull you before you wall in the door - and yes it's illegal to do that).

IT is incredibly low status, good play, but lacks a career path for 90% of workers. 20 years is insufficient. Being dumped on the street at 52 when you haven't been saving over half your salary means homelessness and dog food (or public assistance) by the time you are 70.

Avoid IT.

Comment Re:Here's one example (Score 1) 228

I can think of a few more: the A-10 Thunderbolt II ("Warthog"), and a couple of WWII bombers. Not to mention various other airplanes made during the 50s-60s which are now retired. Back then, it seems they were able to go from a vague idea to an excellent military aircraft design in full production in 4 years, back when design had to be done on paper/vellum rather than CAD. These days it takes 15 years and the final product has all kinds of problems.

Comment Re:The US gov tried their best (Score 1) 228

I think another factor is that in private industry, you can jump around pretty easily if you're any good at all. Tired of the horrible upper management at your company? No problem, just start interviewing and get a new job. Your company drives itself into the ground (or just your division)? No problem, just go find a new job. Your pay is stagnant, and/or you're tired of the incompetence or the IT infrastructure at your job? Start looking. Of course, getting a new job isn't *that* easy, but in a tech hub with lots of openings for your skillset it's not that hard. But when you work for the government, there is no jumping around, not that easily, and you won't get a big pay raise for doing so (unless you defect to the private sector of course).

Comment Re:No more updates... (Score 1) 399

MS seems to have decided that they have the rights to:
1) Monitor all windows uses, without consent;
2) Force any software changes they wish, overriding our own settings or expressed wishes;
3) Turn windows into adware by pushing ads out to windows users - probably related to point 1;

They absolutely DO have these rights (and they DO have consent: it's in the EULA you agreed to and which has the force of law as proven in court cases). If you don't agree with these terms, then it's your job as the customer to find a better vendor.

My primary OS now is Linux, installed on multiple computers, and it would continue to be regularly updated. MS has made dumping their OS one of the easiest decisions to make.

Too bad all MS users aren't as smart as you; most of them will just bend over and take it.

Comment Re:Don't use Microsoft (Score 1) 399

Just imagine 100 applications and 70,000 computers all with different needs filled with very old quirky shit taped up where customers still demand we use IE 6 for much of it. We have a hack to get it to work under Windows 7 with Citrix. These patches break TLS 1.0 which is insecure yes, but our clients can not run without it!

Explain how we can move to Linux and use active directory and group policy and security auditing and SCCM to push applications that are all win32 based in such an environment?

I'm not sure how you're going to succeed in getting that mess to work reliably on Windows 10, much less Linux.

With the situation that bad, you need to go back to those vendors and demand better software (esp. Linux versions). If they can't deliver, it's time to migrate to new vendors who can. We can blame MS for a lot of stuff, but I don't really see how we can blame them for shitty 3rd-party software vendors requiring IE6 for their "enterprise" application to work. The blame rightly goes to the customer for selecting this crap, and then not keeping on top of things and making sure mission-critical applications will continue to work on newer OSes, and not switching to vendors who have better products (or just building your own in-house if the ISVs are this bad).

Comment Re:If you don't trust the vendor ... (Score 1) 399

When MS released the Modern/Metro interface they got ripped, big time. When Linux screwed up with KDE 4/Gnome 3 fiascos, a LOT (far too many) of FOSS advocates were quick to make every excuse in the book. "Oh, it's OK because it is Linux." A lot of that happened right here on /.

Oh, BS. I remember it quite differently: there was no end to the bitching and complaining about both KDE4 and Gnome3, and for good reason too. Gnome3 was so disliked that it directly spawned not one, but two new DEs: MATE and Cinnamon, because people were so mad about it and wanted Gnome2 (or something close to it) back. KDE4 was a disaster (though many blame part of it on distros making it the main KDE version even though KDE themselves said it wasn't ready for primetime use) that many people abandoned KDE and never came back. Both these fiascos were hugely controversial and generated a lot of ill feelings.

However this is probably the first time ever, that I've heard the FOSS community really get upset, I mean upset at Linux itself, not at MS. Not that it seems to be doing much to stop (or redirect) the systemd juggernaut.

Then you're either a liar or you haven't been paying attention. Gnome3 and KDE4.0 both caused just as much upset as systemd, if not more so (I'm leaning towards more so, because regular users notice their DE a whole lot more than they notice their init system). Personally, it sounds like you're a liar who's on the anti-systemd bandwagon and is trying to twist things there to get more people on your side.

Comment Re:You wouldn't know it was declining here.... (Score 1) 187

It wasn't just major sites all over town all last weekend, I saw a surprisingly LARGE amount of people out all times of day and especially late night playing it...

Am I the only one who's reminded of the ST:TNG episode about Riker finding the head-mounted video game on Risa and the whole crew of the Enterprise becoming addicted to it?

Comment Re: Linux. (Score 1) 399

Good point. I've never actually used Ubuntu after they moved to Unity (I started with SUSE KDE, went to Kubuntu, and landed at Mint/KDE but I have a CNC machine running Ubuntu with Gnome2), so I just assumed they only put the 'X' button on the left since that's what the OP complained about (though I see now I misread what he wrote).

No, I'm quite sure there's no easy way to move the buttons around on Windows. On KDE, however, it's pretty easy and extremely configurable; you can put space in between buttons, you can move them around anywhere on the bar, you can put in different buttons for more functionality, etc.

So mea culpa; I really don't see a good reason to move all three buttons to the left since that just gives you the same problem but in a different location. However, if they'd make it configurable (and according to you it is on Unity, I don't know about others except KDE), that's a great feature.

Comment Re:Just roll with it (Score 1) 399


If you've decided you trust Microsoft to provide you the operating system that controls your computer and gives you access to all your critical data, then why are you doubting them when it comes to telemetry and spyware and advertising? Your chosen vendor has decided these things are best for you. It's asinine for you to say otherwise.

If you disagree with your vendor about the software they provide you to this extent, then why are you still using them and their product? You don't trust them with their spyware, but you do trust them to give you a secure OS to protect your data? Is it not obvious how twisted that thinking is?

Comment Re:I won't (Score 1) 399

The problem is that we still have to actually use Windows at work, which sucks. But oh well, the way I look at it, that's part of what I'm getting paid for: to put up with bullshit. It's called "work" for a reason.

Hopefully I can get back to an all-Linux job sometime in the near future. But for now, I'll collect my nice paycheck and put up with the bullshit; if there's a problem with Windows, I call the IT people and let them deal with it, then make sure my manager knows that's why my work is late so the blame is assigned properly.

Comment Re:Whining about what, exactly? (Score 1) 399

Frankly, I'm all for this latest brain dead move by Microsoft. ... Same result in both cases; more pain for using Windows and a greater chance that alternatives will be considered, and anything that disrupts the Microsoft monoculture is fine by me.

Me too, but after so many years of seeing what MS users are willing to put up with, and how few people ever actually do try any alternatives, I seriously doubt MS is going to lose any significant number of customers with these user-hostile moves. They're getting bolder and bolder, and do we see anyone actually switching? No, not really. Most likely, they've finally figured out (as I've been advocating for quite a while) that they can easily screw over their customers for greater profits and still afford to lose a few; the greater profits from the remaining customers will more than make up for the loss, and since most people (and especially businesses) are completely unwilling to leave the Windows ecosystem, there's really not much limit to how much they can be screwed, so MS might as well do so. It's every corporation's mission to maximize profit, and MS has the somewhat-unique position that their customers are locked-in and won't leave, so it's to their advantage to screw them over however they can for more money: higher license fees, advertising, spyware, etc. The biggest problem MS has, and the biggest competitor, is their older Windows versions, so the biggest danger is people just sticking with old versions. Well MS has figured out how to deal with that: forcibly push everyone to Win10 and then force-feed them advertising and spyware and use that to make more money on them. Maybe they'll intentionally break old hardware with Windows updates to get people to buy new PCs, which means new Windows licensing fees.

Anyway, I don't expect them to lose very many users no matter how awful they get, but things have gotten easier for Linux users (such as things like online tax prep services, Firefox/Chrome taking over the web browser market, etc.), so I'm enjoying sitting back with some popcorn and watching all the Windows users suffer with some new outrage every week. It's a lot like watching Game of Thrones and seeing people constantly getting murdered or brutalized; most of them are jerks anyway so I don't feel too bad for them, and the same goes for Windows users: they made that choice, so they have to suffer the consequences.

Comment Re:Ah the old "And this time I really mean it" (Score 1) 399

I've read similar stories too. On Slashdot, I totally dismiss them; Slashdot readership is not representative of computer users in the slightest. I haven't used Windows for years for personal machines, but I also don't think of myself as a typical computer user; if I were, Microsoft would have been out of business ages ago.

I've read similar stories elsewhere too, but only a handful. Guess what? They really don't matter. 0.1% of MS users defecting to Mint or Ubuntu or OSX just isn't going to affect them significantly, when they're using their new techniques (spyware, advertising, Windows Store) to significantly increase their profits on the users who do remain, which is almost all of them.

I applaud the tiny, tiny minority of Windows users who have finally decided enough is enough and at least tried switching to something else. I wish they had done it sooner instead of waiting until the abuses were this bad, but I guess it's better late than never. But there's just no evidence that these people are really that significant in number. MS doesn't need 100.0% marketshare to continue its evil ways; a nice 94% or so is plenty. With so many customers absolutely refusing to leave them no matter what, it's entirely to their advantage to abuse them as much as they want instead of trying to keep them happy. I'm really not sure what took them this long to figure out they have a captive audience.

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