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Comment Re:teh reaperening (Score 1) 320

So you think that only cultural encouragement lends people to committing acts of terror? There's no other reason someone might engage in asymmetric warfare? More to the point, did the IRAs culture encourage them to carry out bombings? There have been terrorists at different times, including organized groups, that to my limited knowledge are not muslim, and don't have any "tenets of faith [that] death while killing infidels will bring them paradise".

Comment Re:teh reaperening (Score 1) 320

The US isn't really a melting pot, it's a bunch of groups sort of working together. There are issues - but they're not regularly committing terrorism against other countries either. They're not recruiting people in other countries to come and fight here. They're not even often attacking others inside their communities in the way ISIS / Taliban / etc have.

I'll take the US level of getting along, as low as it is, over the Middle East level of exporting terrorism.

Comment Re:Nope. (Score 1) 362

The longer I work, the more "new technologies" seem retarded, or warmed over retreads of bad ideas that didn't work last time. Many "new technologies" seem pointless, or at least solving a problem I've never had. They often seem to make less and less of a case as to what anyone would do with them beyond "they're new!"

That's not to say I think all new technologies are retarded - just less of them per year as I get experience.

Comment Re:That's not the answer! (Score 1) 228

(Nevertheless, taking "clear images" from 300m away from a shaky drone is pretty tricky; image stabilization is not that good.)

Have you tried any of the ones with a gimbal? I don't know about using a zoom lens, I don't have one, but I have used OOTB DJI Phantom Vision II v3 and it's pretty amazingly stable in the pictures or video. As stable as I can get holding a camera anyway.

Comment Re:That's not the answer! (Score 1) 228

I thought about it, then realized it was a pretty stupid idea, at least with current law and even somewhat affordable drones (DJI phantoms).

Then again, it's more curiosity like what's behind their house etc. And probably crosses some line, but I'm not about to set up some sort regular overflights. I mostly fly over my own property, or places where I've gotten permission by the property owner. I also stay below 400ft by settings in the software. I don't want to impinge on any manned aircraft.


Comment Re:OneNote (Score 1) 147

Isn't that what EverNote's (and all the evernote compatible clients) are for? Then again, I can't figure out what to do with any of these note-taking programs, so . . . I'm not really in a position to judge.

Comment Re: Switching (Score 1) 147

Honestly, for the little I do, LibreOffice is fine. No one seems to notice that I used it to generate docx or, more frequently xlsx. That said, they're also used to dealing with docs from Mac MS Office, which seems to foobar formating about as often as LibreOffice or other versions of MS Office... so where I work, unless it's a PDF, no one expects it to look the same between computers anyway.

I do have Crossover and Office 2010, which... kind of works well enough, and I'd rather do that rather than a full VM myself. That said, most docs we work on are on our FOSwiki so it doesn't matter what OS you're using.

Comment Re:Ask the NSA (Score 1) 122

This is why you need something like the old Freenet, except of course it's almost unworkable for normal users because of the crap that ends up on such a system, and the fact that it is only internal, so not much use for obscuring you connecting to internet sites, oh and it's slow as hell.

Comment Re:Presuming this means "replaced by a new guy" (Score 1) 233

I don't know. Internal IT often is not there to be an internal "Geek Squad" but to manage the entire companies technology stack. They are charged to do what's best for the whole company, not what's best for each individual user.

Plenty of people hate accounting and PO processes, but that doesn't mean that most people are thinking of just handing each employee a corporate credit card with a 200k limit and letting them do what they want.

Have you ever worked with outside collaborators? Even where you are allowed to be your own IT, it gets pretty crazy fast - one person insists on Skype, the next Vydio, the next SIP, the next WebEx. Now you have how many different clients installed and trying to keep up to date, not to mention potential licensing or service fees? Now think about document exchange - one group might be Wiki, next EverNote shared notebooks, next OneNote shared notebooks, next Word docs you e-mail around, next PDF, and the last LaTeX.

And what do you as a user, or even as IT do when suddenly the LaTeX people running Ubuntu need to work on a project with the OneNote on Windows 8.1 people? Good luck with actually getting them to do more than maybe mail around PDFs.

This is why internal IT tries to standardize and becomes a 'preventer' - because you can't all use the random software on the random platform you found that you liked today. Not if the Company wants to have work output they can refer back to after you leave, or want you to work with anyone else on a project...

Comment Re:PP slogans won't cut it (Score 1) 233

I honestly think this AWS has to be an artifact of our accounting system where OpEx is better than CapEx, and you want to minimize CapEx in IT. Otherwise, I never see how it pans out - if you can't lower headcount, and you can't use less hardware (assuming you didn't massively overbuild every time you do an infrastructure refresh) then logic for me would say adding a profit in there will always make AWS more expensive than owning your own. It sort of has to be?

It seems to me like many people are going P2V as well as to the cloud, and mistaking the benefits of virtualization as benefits of the cloud...

Or... I'm missing something major.

Where I work we have moved lots of things to the cloud. It pretty much always got worse. We couldn't escalate a ticket like you can in house. You can't flexibly set SLAs. You make scads more work for your legal dept doing contracts for the cloud providers - which don't actually help uptime. You make scads more work for your security dept doing vendor analysis in addition to the existing application security checks they still have to do, etc.

Comment Re:Not really. (Score 1) 233

The interesting thing for me is we have a compute cluster running OpenGrid Engine (SGE). It seems like one of the best fits for cloud computing at first blush. Much of the time it's idle, so "in the cloud" it costs "0" when not using it. (there's always an OS image storage cost or something so keeping it ready to go isn't truly $0 but closeish)

The problem is data access. We have tens of GB of data and a 30Mbit pipe at best to the cloud. The compute is worthless if they can't access the data, and local 1Gbit has too much latency for network operations - it can cause orders of magnitude slowdowns in waiting for the NFS transactions to occur. For certain data sizes, you can locally RSYNC the data in for processing and then RSYNC out your results. But if it takes 4 days to upload the dataset - even if you could use 10x as many nodes, you're still done sooner on site because the data transfer is 1Gbit instead of 30Mbit at best. And on site you can limit to where the transfer is 10Gbit (some nodes support it).

Latency, difficulty of accessing local environment, accounts, network storage, throughput limits all ON TOP OF constant billing which is usually not any cheaper TCO compared to lower maintenance costs on owned hardware and depreciation.

Heck, even for a simple tiny multi core process, we tried cloud and it went no where. We could get a 16 core machine for $2 / hour. The problem was we either had to pay for the whole month, or there was a variable 10min-1hr startup time before you could then log in to the machine because shutting down the VM didn't stop billing - you had to decommission it, and recommission it each time, which meant waiting for the whole OS to load over the SAN at the cloud vendor.

Our users found it cheaper to buy a 8 core machine than pay for 3 months of the cloud service. And they refused to wait that long each time they wanted to use the software - they'd get distracted and never run the calculation with that lag to starting.

Even e-mail is crappy in O365 for us. We went from broadly supported IMAP standard e-mail, to whatever MS thinks is IMAP, OWA and Outlook. All of which end up worse for most of our users, but especially vexing for the Mac and Linux users.

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