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Comment Re:How does it compare? (Score 1) 400

I agree. It's not just the registry though. Everything is treated as an object in PS. I find it very easy to use. I've seen a couple of attempts to create a powershell-like, object-oriented shell in Linux. I've even tried out a couple of them, but the Linux commandline just isn't designed that way. The thing about PS for me is that I was already scripting Windows using vbscript and PS is much simpler and come with a whole host of functions (cmdlets) built in, including those that come with the server tools (Active Directory cmdlets, etc.).

Comment Re:Q and A Time: What can Powershell do... (Score 1) 400

I find that they both make sense in their environments. I have no problem with piping in Linux because that's the way Linux command want to work. I sometimes find bash syntax cumbersome, but that's just because I'm unfamiliar. I love the pipeline in PS too. I use it all the time. I found PS much easier to learn from scratch than bash has been over the years. The Powershell_ISE is great too, and helps a lot.

Comment Re:How does it compare? (Score 4, Interesting) 400

I use Powershell extensively to deploy applications using Microsoft SCCM at work. I use Linux the rest of the time. Bash scripting is very suitable to the way *nix commands work. Powershell is very suitable to scripting in Windows. I find PS very easy to learn and to work in, but only because I was already familiar with concepts like the pipeline (from Linux) and objects (from python ;-). I can create a PS script to install and configure an application quickly and easily because, just as in Linux there are commands that do everything you need to do, in PS there are cmdlets that allow you to easily (for the most part) access the various subsystems of Windows. I see PS as a greatly improved, much easier way of doing what I used to struggle to do with vbscript or, a long time ago, with batch files.

Comment Re:Not running Windows 10 seems like a total fix (Score 5, Informative) 369

I agree. We bought a little Acer E3-111 for my wife with Windows 8.1 awhile back. It worked just fine. We had some problems with the touchpad recently and I figured, why not upgrade to Windows 10. We've both regretted that decision. It run slowly, and every few days there's new reasons on Slashdot and elsewhere not to run Windows 10. A few days ago I booted Linux Mint 18, Mate edition from a USB stick. Firefox (my wife's preffered browser) started so quickly we were startled and everything was very smooth. I looked at the hits on my firewall/proxy server from her IP and they were down to almost nothing. I'll be upgrading her to Linux this weekend.

Comment Re:Normally I side with the EFF, BUT (Score 1) 143

You're right, of course. China's laws and the laws of Western countries would be in conflict here. We can't impose the rule of law on them, but a Western-based company knowingly supporting this sort of thing is wrong. If we're going to say that China is wrong and we're right, we need a solid premise beyond just invoking the term 'Human Rights' from which to argue. Then we could argue that sanctioning Cisco is an appropriate response.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 528

I disable AdBlock on websites that I want to support. Some of them notify me that AdBlock is installed and that they support themselves with ads. If I want to support the organization or if the product adds value to my life, I often disable the add-on and leave it disabled as long as the ads are not too terrible.

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