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Comment Re:Run them for another ten years (Score 1) 166

Despite me advocating not migrating as OP, US military is not a model of financial efficiency and thrifty organizations can probably manage a lot less than $3500/year or in total. Painstakingly make everything look and work the same in a customized image, create simple in house software to provide any missing functionality, have early adoption enthusiasts that will be on help to provide peer support, and so on, Best done by gradually bringing in new systems when old ones need to be replaced anyway of course.

Comment Re:Run them for another ten years (Score 1) 166

Just locking down existing software can be conceivably done in 100K (say a month time for 3 engineers and support for 1% of users who had an unexpected problem). You already have ability to push group policies and remotely install software in bulk right?

If your company routinely accepts 5000% overspending, this will not be the only project when this happens and expenses add up. Doubly important for a police department or other entity running at taxpayer expense.

 

Comment Re:Run them for another ten years (Score 1) 166

I am not necessarily suggesting downgrading new hardware to Windows XP. Gradual replacement provides a perfect opportunity to slowly roll out Windows 10 and resolve any problems without breaking all users at once. Once you are down to couple of thousand old PCs, by all means do a mass upgrade / potential hardware replacement to standardize.

Comment Re:Run them for another ten years (Score 2) 166

Say Microsoft is charing you $75 to upgrade each seat. Now ad in labor, troubleshooting, user training / support. Very optimistically real cost to just get built in functionality running to the same level will bring the total to $200/seat or 5.2 million dollars. I have no idea how much of your hardware will need to be upgraded, again with associated labor costs. Add in fees for upgrading Office and 3rd party apps that do not run well Windows 10. And cost of fixed in-house apps.

I will be happy to assist with locking down your existing workstations for a small fraction of what you think the total cost is going to be.

Comment Run them for another ten years (Score 5, Insightful) 166

As long as firewall is on and you run a fixed set of apps from trusted sources, you are perfectly safe. So is IE if you only visit internal sites. And for external browsing, browser security is more important than OS security. There will be forked versions of recent Firefox and Chromium builds forever.

The whole upgrade hype is largely financially motivated on part of Microsoft and consulting agencies.

Comment Don't install shit you are not using (Score 1) 228

If you just need a Web apps, go with a Chromebook. Nothing is perfect, but there is just not much running to hack. If you just want Office, stay away from Ubuntu userland. It's another thing to maintain and update, and yes an additional exploit vector. In the meantime I am psyched that I can run various home servers on my gaming box rather than having to tinker with a separate old laptop stashed on some shelf.

Comment Install and then rollback (Score 1) 503

After that, you always have an option to reinstall Windows 10 on the same machine if you need any of the new features. In terms of keeping it? I primarily care about a stable client for running Steam and Windows 10 is not optimum because of game-interrupting updates, notifications and other background activity.

Comment Re:Ban same company offering connectivity and cont (Score 1) 68

I would argue that natural monopoly is when multiple competing companies would result in unacceptably higher cost of service. Like if there are 3 competing cable providers with equal market share, a customer of one of them ends up paying for cost of laying and maintaining cable to two other homes in case they switch. So regulated utility model is best to ensure good treatment of customers while controlling costs.

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