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Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 1) 212

Yep and I'll be advising customers to disable updates, which won't be an issue since the browser runs in a sandbox and all web pages are scanned before load.

Meanwhile all my business customers are looking at exit strategies, some looking at Apple, some looking at Linux with a Windows VM for the Windows centric software that is required. All MSFT is doing is shooting themselves in their face with this dumb shit because a desktop is not a cellphone and the shit people will put up with on a cellphone the majority will NOT put up with on a desktop. I should know as uninstalling windows 10 is frankly one of my most popular services, it even surpassed Win 8 uninstalls awhile back, its just too fucking buggy.

Comment Re:Phase 2 testing (Score 1) 170

Cool. Now do the same thing 6 more times, without resurfacing.

If he can do it for two months straight around the clock without snapping, my money would be on him doing two years too if he had to/wanted to. Elizabeth Fritzl did 24 years trapped in a cell in the basement, eventually no matter how bad the situation is it eventually just is. Same goes for people with severe disabilities and such, if I ended up in a wheelchair I'd get very depressed right away. But if I live through that first phase I don't see myself saying I've lived a year in a wheelchair but a year and a day is too much. I'd either have found a reason to live - or not - long before that.

Comment Re:Given the reviews (Score 1) 448

Here is a good example from the bad old days, new games aren't USUALLY this bad but I chose this because its rather easy to see the pop in...notice how it looks like the path ahead is clear then suddenly mountains and other terrain just magically appear in front of the ship? That is pop in which is caused when a game for whatever reason is simply incapable of rendering in objects before they come close enough to the player for the player not to notice their being drawn...THAT is pop in and its irritating as hell and pretty much kills any sense of immersion in the game world.

Comment DLT or LTO (i.e. tape). (Score 1) 338

Some people swear by optical media for archival and backup, but I've had trouble restoring data with different optical devices and media just 3-5 years after write, so I don't trust them.

Tape, on the other hand, is venerable and proven—so long as you stick to what the big boys use.

At the top end, DLT and LTO are both still very expensive, but as they age out, they end up on eBay relatively inexpensively. The mechanisms are very robust, repairs and replacements are readily available, media is in channels, compatibility is very good.

You can pick up a used-but-verified LTO-4 drive for $200 on eBay. SAS controller, $20-$40. Media ~$20/ea for 800GB/1600GB per cartridge. So you can get rolling at less than $300 for a complete backup and go from there.

If you want to run cheapskate, DLT-VS1 ("DLT-V4") drives often come up on eBay tested and working for $80-$100 for SATA, eliminating the need for a host adapter of any kind. The VS-160 tapes (160GB/320GB on a DLT-V4 drive) can pop up in boxes of 10 for $100-$120. So if you're patient, you can get rolling there for under $200 if you get lucky, though you'll wait around a long time and switch a lot of tapes to get your full backup done.

Just avoid helical scan tapes at all costs (AIT, DDS/DAT). The reliability is crap and the media quality is crap. Wine linear tape (DLT, LTO) is what you want if you're going to run data onto tape for backups. This opinion comes from two decades of experience.

Comment Re:It's Sony - duh (Score 1) 448

Bullshit as from all reports it would take quite a bit of time to get towards the center (where the devs said in interview after interview was where all the faction system and battles would be taking place) only to find...its not there, its all been ripped out or was straight up vaporware.

At the end of the day? No Man's Sky is fraud, plain and simple. in interview after interview, some being given mere DAYS before release they touted features that did not exist and showed content that simply did not exist in game. Since the game has procedurally generated worlds? Its quite possible you get started on some shit world where it takes dozens of hours to gather the resources required to get really up and running just to find out all those features, the faction system, big space battles, planets where you have day/night cycles and weather based on its place in the system, an economy where you can be a trader or miner or make runs for various factions....they just do not exist.

A the end of the day I see NO difference between this and Aliens:Colonial Marines. In both cases you had devs showing content that didn't exist, hyped features that didn't exist, and the footage shown turned out to be bullshit. Sorry but they deserve a refund if they ask for it because at the end of the day what was shown and what they got? Couldn't be more opposite.

Comment Re:Only SOME Optical Media Is Durable (Score 1) 379

I wonder if it's that as readers got faster, they have less time to deal with errors from disks that were crap to start with, so errors that have been there all along are now causing visible issues.

I remember a study that found there were problems caused by writing CDs at slower speeds on hardware designed to write faster -- causing more write errors. I've always written disks at the fastest available speed, which might be why I never ran into that issue. (Tho I still have an old 4x unit should I ever run into it.)

Comment Re:Yes, Because Optical Media Is Durable (Score 1) 379

Commercial disks are pretty durable, as you say (unless exposed to weather, then they fall apart fairly quick). The only commercial disk I've seen fail were bad out of the box. But burnables, not so much. Mine have done well (my oldest ones are still readable) but I lived in the desert. Dampness and CDRs do not play well together, as they're not completely sealed around the edges, so I'm not surprised by tales of woe.

I still use CDRs and DVDRs for sneakernet to the DOS machine that doesn't speak network or USB, and occasionally for a specific type of backup (movie or album) but no longer routinely use them for system backup. I can get a whole stack of DVDs on a single 128GB flash drive (not to mention backup is much faster and needs far less babysitting), and per the torture tests I've read about, flash drives beat everything else for durability (retaining data through all manner of abuse; one even partially survived being shot).

And until recently I was still using them for live CDs for testing OS distros, but along came that bootable-flash-drive app and now I have 40+ distros on a single flash stick, plus a place to save files convenient to whatever I'm testing.

I never did acquire a Blu-Ray, tho I suppose now that prices have gotten sane I'll pick one up just so I have it if I need one. Which might be never at the present rate (I don't buy BR movies, so what is it good for? burned BR are reputed very unreliable, failing in as little as six months.)

Comment Very fuzzy thinking. (Score 1) 558

We are talking about two different things here. Secure retention and secure deletion.

Clinton was very cavalier about secure retention.
She was apparently very serious about secure deletion.
And her argument is that the things retained with poor security were those of state, while those deleted with apparently deliberate security were personal.

One could easily thus infer that she wasn't particularly concerned about protecting the secrets of state, but was very concerned about ensuring that her own secrets never saw the light of day. Whether or not that's the case is another matter, but you're conflating a whole several things together here that are in fact conceptually separate—retention, deletion, national, personal.

Comment Actually the opposite. (Score 1) 204

The problem is the quasi-monopolies (i.e. industries with very few players but very high barriers to entry)—but in the other direction.

I'm a Google Fiber user, but in this area, the moment that Google Fiber announced, the two other providers both suddenly rolled out gigabit fiber plans at around $70/mo. after years of charging about that for 5-20 megabit plans. Their customers all switched to the new plans while waiting for Google Fiber to build out (took many months) and as a result didn't go through the hassle of switching to Google Fiber once it was available, since they already had an affordable gigabit plan with their current provider.

Basically, Google encountered the power of monopolies in exactly the classic sense. They found out that it was very difficult to enter an existing monopoly-served market because the large interests are able to instantly match whatever the new kid on the blog was offering.

It also demonstrates the power of competition—as soon as *someone* was offering $70/month gigabit fiber, all players in the area were. But sadly, it is the new kid on the block that suffered most by incurring the costs of trying to enter at a lower price point without realizing the expected benefits.

As an aside, I also imagine that were, hypothetically, to pull out of this area, those gigabit fiber plans from the others would suddenly and magically "disappear" again.

Comment Re:Take action (Score 5, Insightful) 259

What were you smoking? Win2K Pro was a fucking GREAT OS, rock solid, no eye candy bullshit, it just did what a great OS should do which is STFU and get out of the way so you can run your programs. XP was Fisher Price trash for kiddies, XP X64 (which was really Win 2K3 Workstation, MSFT got wind of so many of us turning 2K3 into desktops they just decided to sell it) was a damn fine OS, 7 is still a kick ass OS, and 8/8.1 is a good OS IF and ONLY IF you strip out the crapstore and spyware garbage and slap on Classic Shell, otherwise its UI will irritate the hell out of you.

But one thing we can all agree on is this...Windows 10 is trash. That is all it is, its trash. It gives you NOTHING better than the previous OSes, even its touted "features" are nothing but datamining trojan horse shit, takes away your ability to keep busted updates (which appears to be damned near a weekly thing with that POS) from being installed, has fucking ADWARE baked into the damned thing, has made BSOD a common condition again which I thought had died with XP, there is honestly not a single positive I can say about that piece of garbage.

Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 5, Interesting) 212

Ain't no suspecting required, just look up Barancles Nerdgasm's "I was fired" video on YouTube. He was part of the testing team and talks about how pretty much all the QA and testing teams for Windows were fired and makes it clear the vibe at Redmond was pretty much Insider for alpha testing, Home and Pro is the beta, Enterprise is the actual product...which is of course the only version you have to rent instead of buy.

This is why I'm telling my customers to stay far away from Win 10 and if they get a new PC with that POS OS? I point them to Win 8 OEM which you can get quite cheaply (and once upgraded to 8.1 with Classic Shell is just Win 7 with some speed tweaks) because even with the new OEM systems it doesn't take more than one or two patches before I'm getting calls that shit is broken.

Now I've had every version of windows since 3.1, including the shitastic WinME and the bloated irritating Vista...Win10 IMHO is the worst product they have EVER came out with bar none. WinME? You could hack in some files from Win98 SE and make it a decent if not good OS. Vista? You could use NLite to chop out the crap and make an okay, not as good as XP X64 but an okay OS for daily use. And of course Win 8/8.1 you could just slap on Classic Shell and take out the crapstore and telemetry crap and its a good solid performer...Win 10? IMHO its not even beta quality, with every update just as much shit gets broke as gets fixed and frankly until Win 10 I had even forgotten what a BSOD looked like simply because how well previous versions past XP handled major errors. Its just not a good OS folks, its buggy, has baked in spyware and ads, it doesn't even look nice, its just a bad product.

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. Ballmer tried to kill the company being a faux Apple, Nutella is trying to finish the job by being a faux Google.

Comment Outsourcing a national security risk? Shock! (Score 1) 252

NOT!

Anyone who's not a moron or a well bribed congresscritter or defense contractor has figured out that getting people in foreign countries involved in American technology with military operations is a huge vulnerability.

Think China or Russia buy mass quantities of military hardware and software from the USA? Surprise answer. Almost none.

Guess why?

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