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Comment Re:For limited values of 'you'. (Score 1) 79

No you think rationally. What are the huge compromises you speak of?

My accounting software is quickbooks. I also use Microsoft Office (mostly Excel and Word). Quickbooks integrates with Excel. None of that is on linux.

At work I do several things that are Windows or Windows / OSX only. (Filemaker Pro, Quickbooks, Navision, various industry tools, Visual Studio, etc) So its nice to be able to work from home sometimes with locally installed software instead of remoting to the RDP server. And we have hyperV at work, so its nice to be able to migrate/clone VMs back and forth to my home office in some cases.

Just admit up front you want to play games.

For sure. Games is a big deal as well. My HTPC is windows for the games.

And who is running IIS anymore?

Its perfectly fine for hosting b2b middleware like WCF services etc. I have no issues with it. I mean, I've got a debian box next to me with Apache and owncloud and so forth too... its not like I'm windows-only or anything. My laptop is OSX.

I pity people who can't make a living in IT without touching MS.

Its just tools in a toolbox. Use the right tool for the job. Linux is great, but its not the right tool for a lot of jobs.

Comment Re:For limited values of 'you'. (Score 5, Interesting) 79

Its rapidly becoming the case that the enterprise edition is the 'new' pro edition.

Whereas with XP through 8, I just wanted to have pro to be able to run my own IIS, accept incoming RDP, not have to deal with the idiot simplified user permissions etc, with win8 pro came hyperV... etc In each case, Home edition was awful, while Pro was a good OS.

With 7/8 Enterprise has some extra bitlocker stuff I think? And the VLA license management features that only an enterprise would need.

But with 10, "pro" is garbage too, and all the features I actually want are now in Enterprise edition. (Turn off telemetry, more control over windows update, Edge in a Virtual Machine...)

So im coming to the conclusion that us 'power users' that until now always wanted pro should now be looking for the enterprise edition.

Of course enterprise is currently a lot more expensive than pro, with recurring subscription fees.

But this is looking to be the carrot and stick approach; (and mostly for businesses -- us power users are just caught in the middle of it.) Home users are being corralled into Windows 10 Home (and Pro at this point is really just Home+) where their updates are managed and theyre expected to be all appy and cloudy and monitored with telemetry.

While businesses (and people) who need to get shit done, and don't want their windows computers scheduling an update before an important meeting, and don't want to send telemetry to redmond,etc, etc... (i.e. people like me) -- should be using enterprise.

Us power users should be looking to use enterprise. (Assuming as always that we wish to use windows at all, which in my case at least, while I love my linux -- I am not interested in the huge compromises necessary to make it my primary desktop.

Ah but Windows 10 Enterprise is nasty for individuals to get a hold of what with Microsoft VLAs and the byzantine and downright hostile Software Assuarance licensing crapola.

So when I read about something like this...

Windows 10 Enterprise E3 / 7$ seat / month. And it sounds like its being aimed to be run like office 365... suddenly things start to come into focus...

" It's worth highlighting, though, that a business of one employee can take advantage of it, however. "

Interesting right!? (I mean yeah, this is /. so the pitchforks are out in force... and I should switch to linux everything... but think about it rationally...)

There is going to be the non-recurring windows 10 home edition and the home+ (aka pro), the spyware adware versions. And there is going to be Windows 10 enterprise, the only one businesses and power users will want but at $7/seat/month.

So If one seat of Enterprise really is per user? and I can put it on my desktop, laptop, and a couple hyperv virtual desktops like i can Microsoft office... all for 84/year... and I can turn off automatic updates and do them when i want, and I can turn off telemetry...

On the one hand... ugh... rent seeking subscription -- the business model for companies who really can't compellingly improve there product but still want the same revenue they were getting when each release was a must-have. And yeah.. Windows has reached that point I guess. "XP does all I need" people are still all over the place.

On the other hand... $7/month for an actual good windows user experience with the kind of control I want over it, with continual support in the form of antivirus and security updates...ok... I'm listening.

Comment Re: I'm Confused (Score 2) 85

Agreed. I used to use StartSSL certs for several things over the last decade. And I too have moved to and endorse (for whatever little that's worth) LetsEncrypt.

The official lets encrypt client didn't meet any of my needs when i first switched although it may be better now (!?) Things seem to have been moving along over there.

I currently use the client on linux and it's been solid and easy to use. I don't have anything positive or negative to say about the multitude of other options. And again... things have likely moved along a lot since i switched a year ago.

Comment Re:Who wants one? (Score 1) 183

That's exactly what Siri does. RTFM

Link? Because everywhere i search i find references to the iphone basically recording your command, and sending the audio clip to be processed by the cloud.

It sounds like maybe in some cases it'll figure out an answer even without the cloud. But odds are it sent it to the cloud while it was processing it locally, just in case.

And while I'm find with the agent on my phone sending specific requests to the cloud, the raw audio of every command I give it... nope.

So if you have a link that counters this then enlighten us with a reference, rather than just an 'RTFM'.

Comment Re:Who wants one? (Score 1) 183

Does anyone actually know a programmer who want such a thing?

Me. I want FOSS voice commands for my phone.

I'd be much more likely to work on projects that help improve security and isolation.

That's precisely why I want such a thing. I don't use Siri etc precisely because the idea of an open mic to Google/Apple etc creeps me right out and represents a huge security hole The only software I'd begin to trust is an FOSS that I could really know what it was doing, and what it was sending.

I mostly just want it for car/bike navigation/ in can sending SMS (e.g. to an incoming phone call or text -- "reply with canned 'im driving' message"; or "tell X 'ill be there in Y minutes" and a few other commands. I'd want it to do all voice processing on the phone, and only send out specific types of requests to the internet. (e.g. if I request it to map a street address... it can send the address out.

Comment Re:You're either with us or you're a Russian! (Score 1) 195

The Clinton campaign /is/ criticizing Trump on the racism thing.

There are a few problems with that:

1. The people who are voting for him don't care. "He's racist? Yes? And? I'm racist too. Why *wouldn't* I want to vote for him?"

2. People with memories longer than a gnat's remember the whole "superpredators" bullshit. Calling Trump a racist is a bit kettle/pot.

3. The Clintons haven't been exactly minority friendly except when it's politically expedient. LGBTQI rights? Only in the past few years.

"You can't shake the Devil's hand and say you're only kidding" TMBG "Your Racist Friend"

The only one really qualified to call out Trump on racism and "othering" was given the finger by the DNC.

Trump is a bigot. He wears it on his sleeve. Hillary's bigotry is more covert. Hillary is only marginally better, and that's not saying much.


Comment From Glassholes to snapholes (Score 1) 91

Um... didn't we learn something from the abhorrence of google glass. I'd tolerate being in the room with someone wearing these as long as I knew ti was painful for the wearer to use them and put them in visible agony when they were activated. I'm thinking something like glass shard ear pieces and a 50Kv electro shock to the brain when turned on for ten seconds.

Comment Re: The power of a concentrated marketplace (Score 4, Insightful) 183

The loss of reputation has a direct impact on revenue.

And how much were you paying them before?

Even the summary mentions the companies are having a hard time quantifying the costs of lost PR.

Just ask yahoo. I trust them even less now.

And how much is your trust worth to yahoo? How much money were they getting from you before? How much now?

Most people don't really seem that affected by breaches. Hell, I would have thought the breach at Ashley Madison would have done them completely in on reputation loss alone...

Comment Mobile Data and WiFI (Score 1) 222

Verizon and the rest assume that nobody needs that much data because the phone companies make you pay out the ass for any kind of reasonable mobile data. So I never use it unless in an emergency or trying to get a bus schedule ( works quite well) in Boston. I'm halfway into my data plan and I've used 249MB for the month. I'll use WiFi or go without.

It doesn't matter what service - vzn, t-mobile, sprint, whatever. I'll only use their mobile data under duress.

4G is useless.


Comment Re:24 Hours? (Score 1) 97

What's the point of mentioning deceptive measures of time like this?

Because regardless of how long he had to work on it or how old the exploit is the fact still remains that the device was rooted within 24 hours of launch.

So if you want to root your iphone 7 ... natch... you can. Day 1. And Playstation/Xbox owners are jealous.

And if you were betting with your friends that it would be months before anyone rooted it thanks to new security features and ios10 etc... well....then you lose.

Comment Re: It uses the Handoff framework (Score 1) 200

My 'weird' personal configuration is pretty much the norm.

My kids play with my ipad. I didn't setup separate accounts for each kid just so they could play templer run on my ipad.

My parents let my kids play with their ipad when they go to visit. They don't have separate accounts.

My brother's 4 year old daughter plays with his ipad all the time. He didn't set up a separate account for her.

My neighbors 2 daughters just use their families ipad on their mom's account.

My wife's friend with a 10 year old autistic daughter has an ipad she exlusively uses ... it's "her ipad". Even that is not on family sharing. She doesn't have her own account. They just use the mom's account.

Your assertion that a rational person would just use family sharing is ridiculous. Nobody does that. Not until the kids are old enough to have their own phones or something... and even then if the kids get an android then they still don't need their own icloud account to use the family ipad.

Comment Re:universal clipboard wtf (Score 1) 200

Not giving kids their own account on the parents machine is the dumbest thing I ever heared.


Setting up an account for my little brothers (my father married again and I have two brothers 40 years younger than me) is less than a minute work.

Less than a minutes work. For you. After you thought about it.

Most people don't give a second thought to this shit. So the system needs to cope with how people actually use stuff. A solution that only /. user would think of is not a solution at all.

How many parents hand their kids their phones and ipads to play games on? Pretty much all of them. All the time. That's the world we live in. So manufacturers that want to make consumer friendly shit need to consider how consumers actually are going to use the stuff.

And: the kids can not destroy your computer with a single mouse click or download software/music/video that bancrupts you ... sorry: you are an idiot!

This isn't about me specifically. And yeah, the average kitchen computer or living room laptop is a disaster area. That's reality. In my case, I maintain separate equipment for important work, but not everyone has 20+ computers in there house. My parents for example have an iphone, and ipad, and a mac mini. And when the kids come over they're allowed to play games on the ipad. (But no they don't create a separate apple id for when the grandkids come to visit; and they don't obsessively sign in and out of icloud.) That's just normal people using ipads the way normal people use ipads: couch toys.

Comment Even bad its good (Score 4, Insightful) 86

Compared to the plasmas, rear projection screens, and even good old fasioned CRTs over the last dozen years the new LED units are positively energy sippers.

Even so, update the tests and fix the stickers; consumers should know what they are buying.

Although I do take exception to the idea that the auto dimming during the test is 'unrealistic' -- yeah its true there isn't a minute of blackness during the average superbowl. But I can't tell you how often a movie has ended, or someone walked away from the HTPC, or something and its gone to sleep. Some of the devices go idle/sleep/off the TV basically shuts the screen off. Others it goes to this blue no-signal screen which it doesn't seem to detect as idle, and will sit there glowing blue nothing for hours... so yeah... testing what the screen does when its not being used SHOULD be part of the testing.

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