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Comment Re:It's not as simple as "just switch over" (Score 1) 166

We ran into this same issue - in our case it was a video/controller board for some electron microscope - and the board itself was like 15k, and it just wasn't in the cards to upgrade it mid research project. So all dozen or so XP machines get to use the local network and that is it.

Every single other application I was able to hack/triage to get running on Windows 7 or 10 in some way or another.

I would suspect in the police dept - network security should be as concerning as physical security though - you never know when a cop turns his/her back and someone attaches a device to their XP PC or Laptop.

That said - my experience with IT law enforcement - is that its a scary world where people like to browse porn on downtime, people build all manner of in house solutions to every problem imaginable (cops are odd like that - many seem to be self proclaimed IT experts...).

Comment Re:Fashion Accessory? (Score 1) 472

Mac's don't just work either. I can't think of a computer that does just work. I have to solve just as many weird ass issues on the Mac that the Windows guys do - often times more because my solutions are often horrible hacks, where Windows actually supports things like enterprise client management.

Source: JAMF CCA/CMA - I manage thousands of them at work.

Comment Re:What's so "unreasonable"? (Score 1) 183

This actually happens in state government too - politicians or talk show hosts say the pension isn't viable (ie - they take in less than they have to pay out). You look at the data and its like yeah if every single employee retires right now this very second - no they cannot pay it all out, but the data overwhelmingly shows they can keep up with the rate of retirement.

I have no clue, but I'd guess that if everyone collecting a 401k (or a 403b if you are a gov employee) - retired today - it probably couldn't pay 100% of it out either. But that's not going to happen - you have to be 65 to even start collecting it.

I honestly think its just a way to screw over the rest of us still collecting a pension. So they can't just dissolve it with a pen, so what they do is start changing parameters on it enough until it screws over the entire organization and the people who paid into it (by law!).

Comment Not a chance (Score 1) 268

There is just about 0 chance that either Apple or Microsoft will produce even mostly open source operating systems.
I think the concept is so stupid that I'm more likely to ignore anything else he says, other than to respond:

"Use the best tool for the job. There is value added if you can read, modify, and fix tools that are open source, as is the great value of not being required to pay for it. If there is a closed source tool that is free, there is value in that as well. And if there is an expensive closed source tool that is a better value than others because it is much closer to what you need/want: Use that."

See? Easy.

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