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Comment Re:I'm gonna say... (Score 1) 953

Working in IT in the medical field (OB-GYN, in this case), I can tell you sometimes there aren't even alternative vendors available - either one company is the only company or the others are even worse. When there are better vendors available, the opportunity cost of migrating data may be too high (What do you mean, we have to print to PDF every medical record and manually import the PDFs to the new EMR?). Even if both of those are acceptable, you're limited by your hardware: Don't want to buy another $75,000 laser for the lab? Too bad, then, because the control software only runs on the customized copy of XP. In the case of super specialized items like that laser, a modern version isn't even available, anywhere.

The joys of a niche market.

Comment Re:Libre Office (Score 1) 349

Personally, I'd recommend you try out one of the recent mainstream distro installations - I haven't had wifi or X11 issues (or any other hardware issues, aside from sometimes getting gaming-friendly graphics drivers working) in a number of years. The installers, which maybe not quite as streamlined as Apple (PRESS BUTTAN GET OS X) is easily as friendly as Win7.

Comment Re:The reality... (Score 1) 218

Well, here's the thing: They are updated. The WISC was introduced in 1949 and updated in '74, '91, and '03. The Stanford-Binet first edition was in 1906, followed by updates in 1937, 1973, 1986 and 2003. These are easily the two most common IQ tests.

This is to compensate for the well-known Flynn effect - check the wikipedia article for a fairly good summary. Make sure you read the whole thing, and don't just stop at THE TESTS ARE FLAWED TROLOLOLOL.

Comment Re:Chrome vs IE (Score 1) 212

Except you can't actually skip an upgrade cycle, because as the systems age, they start having more hardware failures, and requiring more maintenance from IT, and needed extended warranties, and require more re-format/re-imaging - something that can be really annoying to handle once you've grown past the number of machines you can keep track of in spreadsheets.

A business that 'bills' out it's employee at a couple hundred bucks an hour really only needs a couple hours of machine failure before the opportunity cost of replacing the machine is recouped.

Comment Re:From a civil servant perspective (Score 1) 443

It helps that the government can prosecute a cleared employee in who fucks things up and leaks sensitive information criminal court, not just civil.

That aside though, while they are OK with someone bringing it into the building in most cases, they sure as hell aren't letting you plug it into the LAN - which is what this article is advocating.

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