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Comment IPad Multi-User (Score 1) 301

I had an iPad and it was fine when it was just me using it. When my kid started to get old enough to play games on a tablet I found I wanted something multi-user and with parental controls. I eventually went with the Kindle because of said parental controls. I can leave wireless on and he can do streaming of things without being able to drain my bank account. Let him have the iPad with wireless on and within about 60 seconds he had purchased and downloaded a movie (from flailing about more than from doing it on purpose). While you can lock down an iPad to some extent I found it to be a lot more user friendly and flexible when using the Kindle.

So I think besides the issue(s) that people have talked about already with they bought one and it is still good enough, I think that they are also not really starting to think about families using them. They still want you to buy an iPad for everyone if you secure it which isn't very realistic. Even if the device is 'better' if it is missing something that is crucial to most people they are going to move on. It is suffering from good enough syndrome, cost comparisons, a lack of good multi-user functionality and parental controls far behind their competition.

Comment Motion Sickness? (Score 1) 341

I have read about these off and on for a few years, but a few years ago they said this standard wasn't really taking root because at these resolutions people were experiencing motion sickness when viewing the images. I wonder if they have been able to do anything to alleviate that in the newer televisions or if that is still going to be an issue.

Comment Wrong conclusion by FB (Score 1) 553

Schools nowadays deal with a lot of cyber bullying and the like. These students/teachers know who the poster is and who the intended target is in most cases. So there is no anonymity there and people still act like jerks.

I think in reality it is not being anonymous that leads people to be jerks, it is the knowledge that they have no consequences for their actions. The internet seems to be a fine line between no consequences for being a jerk and massive overkill if you piss off someone with the appropriate technical skills (or a stalker I suppose).

Just because anonymous people are jerks does not mean that being a jerk is caused by being anonymous. So really all you are going to do is make it easier to harass people on the internet without really weeding out the people being jerks. So not only is this solution infringing on a lot of rights, real and perceived, it wouldn't even accomplish anything.

Comment Re:PowerShell Integration? (Score 1) 184

You can use PowerShell and plink to write PowerShell scripts. You can login to a router, run commands, go into enable mode and tftp off a backup for instance.

You can also do something semi-dynamic by dumping the output to a script file with PowerShell and using plink to run the commands in the script file.

Not a built-in cmdlet, but you can still accomplish what you want pretty easily.

Comment Support? (Score 1) 482

Are there any options that would work for internally hosted solutions (your data center not theirs) that would have support?

I have heard this question multiple times, but one of the requirements for some enterprises is to have support. Do any of these products (or similar, open source or not) that include support?

Comment Other reasons as well... (Score 1) 396

A lot of compliance audits have requirements that are not OS specific and one of them is having anti-virus (among other things). So a lot of large companies just find it easier to have something that supports all their systems so they don't have to get into an argument on every audit.

Whether it is right or wrong, or a system needs it, isn't the point. Audits can be very expensive and sometimes having those boxes checked can be an easier route to go.

Comment Re:Still no virtual desktop (Score 2, Informative) 848

I haven't tried it, but some of the Linux administrators at work just download the add-on from Sysinternals.

It doesn't come with the operating system but it is free, produced by the vendor and most people seem happy with it. Of course this only applies if you actually want to use virtual desktops over slamming Windows - but if so here is the link:


Submission + - Disney asks UW for Baby Einstein video retraction

reube writes: "Robert A. Iger, President and CEO of Walt Disney, has demanded an immediate retraction and clarification of a press statement issued by the University of Washington (UW) and described the press statement 'misleading, irresponsible and derogatory.' The press statement says something about 'Baby Einstein' marketing claims and its failure to boost learning language in infants and yet the study by which the press statement was based did not specifically say so. The press release read as:
'Despite marketing claims, parents who want to give their infants a boost in learning language probably should limit the amount of time they expose their children to DVD's and videos such as 'Baby Einstein' and 'Brainy Baby.' Rather than helping babies, the over-use of such productions actually may slow down infants eight to 16 months of age when it comes to acquiring vocabulary, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute.'"

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