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Comment Perhaps instead of building everything and ..... (Score 2) 204

.... a kitchen sink into the core, they could have instead done a *sane* way to include additional modules.

Perl and Python for example have no problem loading user-specific or script-specific modules, not like the "system wide or nothing" approach of PHP. ( which of course doesn't work with shared hosting. )

Comment Re:Great. (Score 1) 225

One of the main points of Pale Moon was that it was for people who NOT wanted Australis. And since the fork most of Pale Moon was completely rewritten anyway (Including dropping Gecko as a rendering engine, and replacing it with the self written Goanna.), so "re-forking" from a newer Firefox version would be pretty pointless.

Also, the new version 27.1.0 includes a completete rewrite of multimedia handling, that passes it of to ffmpeg directly in Linux. Which is really great for HTML5 video, since everything that is supported by ffmpeg *just works* out of the box.

Comment Re: but but but (Score 1) 557

He. We just found the cause yesterday. It definitely was obscure.

- The "base image" for the servers was installed by a Microsoft Consultant.
- Somehow the DVD install image he downloaded from the Microsoft website was broken (despite the MD5 hash matching, so the the image on the MS Web site bus have been broken when he downloaded it)
- The install process didn't throw any warnings that things were missing either
- Nor did the event log or anything else catch that small parts of the 32bit subsystem were "just not there" in the OS.

As for the "Wait between updates": All the "real" servers are updated and current. Just these "user desktop" servers (which are provisioned and booted into "clean images" for every user that logs on so malware is not really an issue) are so much behind, because we had to cancel the 2008 update, and had to cancel the 2012 update, and now are in the "last straw" try to go to 2016, because with every try we run into things that "just don't work" any more, either technically or for the users.

Luckily I'm the ONE Linux / Database guy, but when I compare my two to three week update test and work each year for Linux with the two or three month update test each year the THREE Windows guys are doing, I'm really sorry for them. (Especially when their "upgrade weekend" consist of continuous work while my "upgrade weekend" consist of watching movies and having an eye on the script outputs.)

Comment Re: but but but (Score 1, Interesting) 557

The funny thing is, that we are still on Windows Server 2003 in our company (We run not a single PC, just Linux thin clients that connect to Windows Terminalservers when they need a "Windows-ey" Desktop). We abandoned the move to Server 2008 a few years back, and now are trying to move to Server 2016. The main problems we are running into are compatibility problems between MS products. From what I have experienced there is that it seems Windows stability and comparability is becoming worse.

For example, one problem we are having is that about 50% of the 32bit applications we need don't seem to do name resolution for some obscure reason. Ping works flawlessly, nslookup shows everything in order, 64bit programs don't have any problems, but about a dozen 32bit applications throw "host not found" errors for an unknown reason when they try to connect to their databases / applications servers / etc... using host names. When we replace the hostnames in the configuration with IPs it works.

In my opinion everything before Windows 2000 was not good enough for a corporate environment, Windows 2000 was pretty decent (With the NT Kernel and the "W95 Desktop" experience), and Windows 2003 / 2008 was the peak of Windows Desktops for corporations. (Which would roughly equate to Windows 7 for Workstations)

Which is really a shame. There is nothing that would I like better than have decent current versions of both Windows and Linux.

Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 1) 359

With all the data Goggle has on moving vehicles, they probably know *that* Route A is faster than route B for a specific time of day, even though they probably don't know *why*

Every evening at around quitting time I go on Goggle maps to view the traffic data, and only leave work when I see that the congestion that is happening for around 1-2 hours around that time on my route home is gone for the day. Cuts my commute time by about 20-30%, and on some days I then leave work *before* the rush hour.

Comment Re:False premise (Score 1) 501

I think it "might scale back to sensible levels". ( When you look at the 1990s for example, how many people had PCs back then.)

In the private home: Perhaps 10-30% of the population?
Geeks and professionals will still need PCs. People who only use the Internet, browse, shop and watch movies will probably no longer need a PC.

In the workplace:
Before the PC most "screen and keyboard" type workstations where dumb terminals. Then there was the PC-wave, but now they have gone back to somewhat-dumb terminals. In our company we used to have ~300PCs 10 Years ago, now we have about 20 PCs and 1000 Terminals. (Which of course could still be classified as small PCs without much storage running Linux, but you can't really install much on them besides client programs to connect to servers)

Comment Re:I don't see where the "threat" is... (Score 1) 376

Just more editorial bias. The thought is that embedded wifi will only ever be a security risk, and could never possibly be of use to anyone.

Well, if WiFi is of use to anyone, they could perfectly well sell Friges which have a WiFi option. That is no reason to *force* the cost and security risk of wifi onto everyone who doesn't want it.

Comment Re:I don't see where the "threat" is... (Score 5, Insightful) 376

I wonder if have any idea in their deranged mind to *lower* the cost of the fridge, but require a monthly subscription for it to work.
Which would open up an opportunity for black-marked "DRM-Removed" household appliances....... "Download 12 month of refrigeration from piratebay!!!"

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