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Comment Re:Sad news (Score 1) 73

He was perfect for the role and he played it well.

Agreed. He and Peter Jurasik were particularly brilliant in their roles.

Although I've heard his marriage with Andrea Thompson (Talia Winters) ending and the circumstances around it may have led to some of the some of the cast and plot issues issues with her sudden departure. Not suggesting Doyle was even at fault there... just an interesting behind the scenes footnote that reverberated through the show.

can't speak much for his political leanings

Yeah, he was practically channeling Rush Limbaugh on his show at times. And that I will fully put at Doyle's feet. I would probably despise the guy, but for his portrayal of Garibaldi.

As a human being, I agree, that he seemed to be a genuine and authentic person. RIP Jerry Doyle.

Comment Re:The RX470 makes me want to try AMD again (Score 1) 42

The problem was their damned Nforce boards, a ton of really nice C2Qs and Phenom I quads came with Nforce and it will NEVER EVER WORK with anything newer than Windows 7. Sure you can tweak the .ini to get the GPU to work....WTF good is that gonna do when you have no networking and no sound?

Comment Re: Normalize to a normal P/E (Score 1) 62

Yeah, except they're twice the size of Target and revenue is still growing at 20+% per year so the multiple is probably justified. If they can keep it up they'll surpass Walmart in under 10 year and then they can stop putting capital into growth and really start making money. Imagine if Walmart could throw off 10-15% instead of 2.5%h

Comment Re:The Latest Innovations (Score 1) 528

As a private buyer, you can install and use Enterprise any time you want - you just need to buy 500 licences. No problem, right?

5 licenses total. (Of anything; even a mix) And then once the VLA is established you can add one-offs.

Its been a long standing loophole, that you could be 1x-4x of some product you actually need and then pad out the 5 minimum with whatever is cheapest. (often under $10.00).

Once the VLA is established and current, you can then add oneoffs to it as needed.

The VLA minimums are usually not the biggest obstacle to getting in. The obstacle for small businesses has typically been the price -- they aren't big enough to get concessions and free stuff etc... and the Software Assurance costs more than just buying it retail, and then buying the upgrades at retail. But it was a lot easier to manage licensing. But the licensing management advantages really only start to hit when your up to at least a medium business or larger.

If the windows enterprise licensing got rolled into an office 365 type offering though, that might be simple enough and attractive enough for small businesses.

Comment Re:The Latest Innovations (Score 1) 528

Power users have been running server editions of windows for a while to over come various limitations of Windows desktop editions. But in my experience they were usually 'abusing' msdn or technet subscriptions to get the licenses.

I don't see any reason why you couldn't run a server, except that the licensing situation is still obnoxious.

Server essentials is kind of of a messed up product, like SBS was and I hate both. (I mean, if you sold 2 lathes for example with systems running SBS the customer would have a big mess since only one computer in the domain can run SBS...)

So that bumps you to server standard, which as you said works brilliantly, but at $1200 it just doesn't make a lot of financial sense to put that all over the place.

I guess on a $200,000 to $1.5M piece of kit, it's a footnote in the price tally... but still... its a ripoff; and probaby cheaper to stand up an azure domain controller, and run windows enterprise on the units; at least assuming you need more than one computer in the environment.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 1) 211

You're assuming that this would be a "miscarriage of justice" to Getty

A billion dollars? Would be a miscarriage of justice. I expect you could buy and sell the whole company several times over for that.

It would not be a "miscarriage of justice" in this case to sue Getty out of existence, along with any other entity who systematically tries to deny the public access to free intellectual property when it has been released as such.

I'm pretty confident there is a number far lower than a billion dollars that would straighten Getty out.

Comment Re:The RX470 makes me want to try AMD again (Score 4, Informative) 42

The stability issues have been fixed at AMD for years, once the AMD team took over from ATI who were always hit and miss when it came to driver releases. I've been using AMD exclusively since the HD 4850 (currently on the R9 280) and I honestly cannot remember the last time I had a graphics driver issue, now you are more likely to get a bad Windows patch than a bad GPU driver.

One thing I have to give them credit for is when they EOLed their ancient VLIW card line they made one last driver so that if you wanted to run newer versions of Windows, even Windows 10, then you can. I just wish Nvidia would have done the same as I have a ton of hardware at the shop that I couldn't lock in the Win 10 free upgrade for (just in case the customer might want Win 10 later) because there simply wasn't an nvidia driver that would function. But just to see if it worked I decided to lock in the upgrade with my netbook which has the AMD E-350 chip which has the very first gen APU the HD 6310, a really old chip, worked perfectly fine.

So if you want a good GPU at a cheap price I'd say go for it. I'd get one myself but my R9 280 runs all the games I play at 60 FPS+ with all the bling cranked so I don't see a point ATM in upgrading but when it gets to the point that isn't the case? I'll get another AMD GPU.

Comment Re:The Latest Innovations (Score 1) 528

Ok.. that TPM; that's been around for 10 years already. Its a double edged sword.

Can Windows 10 Enterprise be used in this role?


Say I build a machine and need a PC to control it. I need my customer to have complete control over that PC, but I need to buy the PC (say with Win10 enterprise license) at my factory, set up the instrument, test everything, and then ship it to my customer

It could be preinstalled with 10 pro, shipped to customer, and they'd convert it to 10 enterprise at their site with their site license. (no reinstall, not even a reboot required according to their press.)

I agree though that this is... clumsy. But a lot less clumsy if windows enterprise becomes widely deployed at your customers sites. Big "IF", yes I know. On the other hand, these aren't cheap toys you are pairing them with either. Specing that the customer site have a domain controller to manage its settings isn't completely unreasonable.

But yeah, I can see Linux potentially making inroads here if Microsoft doesn't improve the situation. Then again... does microsoft care? And how many manufacturers are going to switch vs just sucking it up... one of our lathe vendors still ships with DOS; another with Windows XP. Maybe these guys will just keep shipping win7 pro until 2030.. and by then the windows 10 launch issues will have worked themselves out.

Comment Re:Rules for thee, not for me (Score 1) 211

Not when we have court judgments standing against ordinary citizens for non-commercial infringement of over $10,000 per violation.

One gross miscarriage of justice is not a rationale to commit another one, nor to entrench systematic miscarriages.

f the infringing fees were more reasonable (particularly for first-time offenders), that'd be one thing... but they're not.

They are in some civilized countries.

Bill C-11 passed in 2012:

38.1 (1) Subject to this section, a copyright
owner may elect, at any time before final
judgment is rendered, to recover, instead of
damages and profits referred to in subsection
35(1), an award of statutory damages for which any
one infringer is liable individually, or for
which any two or more infringers are liable
jointly and severally,

(a) in a sum of not less than $500 and not
more than $20,000 that the court considers
just, with respect to all infringements involved
in the proceedings for each work or
other subject-matter, if the infringements are
for commercial purposes; and

(b) in a sum of not less than $100 and not
more than $5,000 that the court considers
just, with respect to all infringements involved
in the proceedings for all works or
other subject-matter, if the infringements are
for non-commercial purposes.


Give that a good read. Statutory damages in Canada, for a noncommercial infringement starts at $100, and tops out at $5000; as a single payment for all infringements involved ithe proceedings. (so not 'per song' )

Comment Re:The Latest Innovations (Score 1) 528

They wasted time to prevent booting straight to desktop.

And then rolled it back in the 8.1 update. How do you explain that in a way consistent with your argument?

They are now wasting time to prevent the Windows Pro users from using common settings in group policies. None of this affects the average user.

This, as was previously argued, is to push enterprises to use the enterprise edition. That argument makes a lot of sense.

The effect it has on privacy & security conscious power users is just incidental.

Comment Re:The Latest Innovations (Score 1) 528

Can you clarify ...

First what is the "new TPM" you refer to?
Second, how is both Win10 IoT and Win10 enterprise not suitable for these systems exactly?

I'm not arguing, I'm just curious. I've often thought that Windows really wasn't ever ideal for embedded systems and management PCs. (One of my clients runs lathes for example, some on DOS, some on WinXP; i wish they were on linux... even if they were stuck on an old version, it would be preferable...) but really can't see windows 10 enterprise being worse than win7 for some of the systems I work with hooked up to medical diagnostic instruments, nor can I see win 10 iot being any worse than win embedded on the lathes... for example.

Comment Re:It will succeed, or at the very least, won't fa (Score 1) 157

Those systems already had a huge install base which made it profitable to port...yeah how did that work out for the Wii U? Oh yeah they didn't get shit for ports and it tanked.

You are gonna have 2 octocore APUs at 2Ghz+ versus...a cellphone. Yeah I don't see them getting shit except for Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja which I really don't see selling many units, do you?

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