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Comment Re:Soon: One last update to end all misery (Score 1) 169

Why is it that every time I make a comment about Seattle, referencing posts like yours here (I haven't actually been to Seattle, much less lived there and tried to sign up for ISP service), some Seattle person chimes in telling me that it's all lies and they have no trouble getting high-speed internet service there?

Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 1) 169

Hopefully by the time 8.1 (if not 7) is reaching EOL they will have given Nutella his walking papers, if they haven't? Well I don't think there will be a Windows business to worry about really, it'll just be legacy installs while everyone is on Google or Apple OSes.

I'm sorry, I completely disagree.

First, I applaud Nadella; he's doing a great job. I for one am really enjoying watching this shit-show. It's very entertaining watching Windows users suffer.

But this idea that MS will go under due to this is silly. We're already seeing it now: Win10 is a semi-disaster, but it doesn't matter because customers are sticking with it anyway. It really doesn't matter what MS does, as long as Windows mostly works (just like old British cars mostly worked, they only needed to visit the mechanic a few times a month or so, but they could probably be counted on to work about 50% of the time); most customers simply will not abandon the Windows platform, no matter what. Some home customers might, going to either OSX, iOS, Android, or Chomebooks, but enterprise customers absolutely will not. After all, if your business gets its IT support from HP Enterprise, you already have bigger problems with reliability than Windows 10.

I'm just surprised it took MS this long to realize they had free reign to screw over their customers without any repercussions. It's about time. This will be good for their profitability and their stock price.

Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 1) 169

The least they could do for this compilation of fail is give us machines that are reliable.

Why should they? Reliability costs money: it takes more engineering resources (and higher quality ones too) to make software reliable instead of just slapping features in . Why should MS do this? It'll just detract from their bottom line. They can be more profitable by doing less engineering (and having less engineering staff too), and just letting customers deal with the problems. It's not like the customers are going to abandon Windows.

Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 1) 169

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 Re:Here's one example (Score 1) 230

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) 230

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).

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

Comment Solution: Buy legislators. All of them. (Score 5, Interesting) 184

Captain Obvious Competition.


These companies already have your money, so updating a device that's already been sold is a needless expense. There's also a good argument to be made that updating a device hurts future sales. If your phone isn't updated, it will start to feel old, so you're more likely to buy a new phone sooner.

Yes. I have a high-end preamp-processor, updatable over the net. Plenty of bugs. Did they ever fix them, much less add new features? No. Did they release a new model? Yes. I have a high-end camera. Updatable over the net. Plenty of bugs. Did they ever fix them, much less add new features? No. Did they release a new model? Yes. I have a high-end radio transceiver. Updatable over the net. Plenty of bugs. Did they ever fix them, much less add new features? No. Did they release a new model? Yes. And so on.

The whole "we can update your device" bit is a scam (and often, so is the "we can update your software" bit.) The only way a corporation is likely to actually update hardware responsibly is if legislation forces them to. And good luck trying to get THAT in place when corporations outright buy the decisions of the legislatures.

Comment Re:No more updates... (Score 1) 400

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) 400

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) 400

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.

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