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Comment So don't use it, dumbass (Score 3, Interesting) 76

Seriously, nobody that isn't a teenager or an emotionally stunted adult uses ANY of those things.

The idea that you *need* to use all of these "messenger" apps is ridiculous. You don't need to be in constant, *pointless* communication with your friends. Or your coworkers.

Just turn that shit off, and get on with your lives. Eliminating the endless, ego-boosting "small-talk" that these apps provide is good for your soul.

Comment Re:How are light gun games developed now? (Score 3, Informative) 184

If they're using an LCD screen, the lightgun games work the same way as a WiiMote, basically. Just more accurate. There were a few "lightgun" games on the Wii, and that setup worked well enough.

If the game uses a gun that is permanently mounted to the machine, then obviuosly the gun is really just a big joystick, and the screen used doesn't matter.

Comment What an idiot (Score 5, Insightful) 277

ALL sysadmins have thoughts of what they would do as "revenge" for getting fired. Hoarding passwords is something that has occurred to all of us, at one time or another. It's such an easy thing to do.

But you can't do that stuff. It's unethical, and immature, and unprofessional. Not to mention, you'll end up getting sued, and YOU WILL LOSE.

This guy sounds like a whiny little bitch, and he never should've been hired in the first place. When you hire sysadmins, you need to hire people that seem trustworthy, first and foremost.

Comment Re:In other news (Score 4, Insightful) 141

Hell, man. I would say 90% of mobile apps are crap.

Most of the games aren't fun, and most of the ones that ARE fun throw so many advertisements and notifications at you that it's ridiculous, so they get uninstalled immediately.

As for productivity apps...they're even worse. There are precious few truly USEFUL apps on a phone. The vast majority of them fall into the "treadmill in your basement" category - meaning, they SOUND useful, but you'll never actually bother with them.

Comment It's hopeless (Score 4, Insightful) 267

This kind of "back-end" software is EXACTLY the kind of thing that contractors DREAM of. Nobody knows how it works, and the general public never has to see it, so they can't complain about it being a piece-of-shit that they paid for.

It's just like the air traffic control system "upgrade" they've been working on for nearly 30 years. The contractors have ZERO incentive to ever provide a working product. Much better to keep in in development forever.

I'm not one of those "government can't do anything right" people, but this is one of those things that is just a tailor-made pork-barrel disaster. I see why they don't want to even bother trying.

Comment MS is missing the obvious (Score 5, Interesting) 139

I still can't believe that MS blew it so badly.


1. Make a phone that could be fully integrated/managed with Active Directory and Group Policy, as if it were a normal PC. Including AppLocker functionality.
2. Put a fully-functional Exchange client on it. FULLY functional. Hell, throw Skype for Business on there, too.

That's pretty much it. Corporations would buy one for every employee. Managing Android and iPhones is a colossal pain-in-the-ass, and MS could completely take over the "business smartphone" market if they made a phone that could be easily managed. But...no.

Comment $5 million is NOTHING (Score 1) 116

This is another one of those weird "partnerships" that amounts to nothing more than an attempt to get some free press.

Toyota "investing" $5 million means that this will NEVER really be used in a production car in any real way.

And, even if it WAS something that was actually going to happen, this is exactly the kind of thing that Microsoft is truly terrible at. Have Microsoft EVER successfully partnered with a third-party? I can't think of a single time that worked. Microsoft seems to "partner" with whoever, then create some half-assed version of Windows or whatever that doesn't actually work, and then stops supporting it after the first year.

Comment Re:So Let Me Get This Straight (Score 4, Informative) 249

Full integration with Active Directory, for fine-grained permissions over all aspects of the mail/calendar system.

For example, with Exchange and AD, I can create a distribution group, and delegate "ownership" of that group to a specific user, so they can add/remove users to that group. I can set that group to "open" or "closed", meaning users can either join it/leave it without owner approval, or not.

I can give an arbitrary user access to another users entire mailbox, or give them only permission to "send as" a different user, or distribution group.

I can allow only certain users to send to specific addresses, meaning I can have a "My Entire Company" distribution group that only specific people can send mail to.

And then there are similar permissions/delegation options for calendars, and Public Folders, and even Skype for Business. If you have VoIP phone systems, and compatible phones, you can even access all of your mail/calendar/Skype messages from your phone.

I can set deletion and archive polices for each user, or a group of users. I can set mailbox size limits per user, or per group. I can create a "discovery search", meaning I can allow access to a user's mailbox, but only for mails that meet a specific search criterion.

And of course, there is a cottage industry of add-ons for Exchange to do a million other things. Mimecast, for example, allows automatic off-site archiving of all email (with an Outlook plugin to search the mail), and automatic failover to Mimecast's servers if Exchange goes offline.

It's just endless. Exchange has no real competition. Is it perfect? No. But it's better than anything else for corporate messaging, by a wide margin.

Comment Re:I'll have to give it another look.... (Score 2) 111

Do ANY Linux desktop environments save window position? I don't think any of them do. It's up to the developer of the application to handle that, under Linux.

And you know what? The "your window position isn't always saved" thing drives me NUTS on Linux. It's one of the little "fit and finish" things that Windows and OS X do so well, but never seems to get taken care of with Linux DEs.

Comment Microsoft could TAKE OVER the smartphone market.. (Score 5, Insightful) 154

All they need are these features:

A phone that can be fully-managed with Group Policy/Active Directory

A phone that has a fully-functional Outlook client, with ALL the features of desktop Outlook that are practical to cram into a phone

That's IT. Most businesses would jump at the chance for those. Mobile security is a big issue, and there *still* isn't a truly good Exchange client for any phone (though some are close).

The fact that MS hasn't realized this stuff is mystifying. What are they thinking?

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