Get your car fixed. If the update bricks your ride, it's Toyota's problem. If your ride kills people because you ignored a recall, it's your problem.
And here I thought the supreme court just granted "person" status to corp's so they could lobby as much as they wanted. Darn, I always did want to see a corp get the death penalty. Would we shoot em, fry em, hang em, or gas em?
If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain.
Give me a real conservative to vote for, someone who stays out of both my pocket book and my bedroom, someone who restores free markets, someone who slashes corporate subsidies, and someone who restores the principle of personal responsibility in areas such as drugs and medical care and I will vote for him.
Sadly, the closest to a conservative in US politics are Democrats; while far from perfect conservatives, they do better in terms of liberties and fiscal responsibility. Republicans, on the other hand, restrict liberties, want a nanny state, are fiscally irresponsible, and waste even more money than the Democrats on their corporate buddies; Republicans, sadly, are even less conservative than Democrats.
> "The outage was caused by a system failure that created data loss in the core database and the back up,"
> [Microsoft Corporate Vice President Roz Ho] wrote in an open letter to customers.
It sounds like their "backup" was a replica on another connected server.
No actual offline backups at all.
When JournalSpace was destroyed, one SlashDot thread was "Why Mirroring Is Not a Backup Solution".
My favorite comment was by JoelKatz:
>> The whole point of a backup is that it is *stable*. Neither copy is stable, so there is no
>> "backup on the hardware level". There are two active systems.
>> If you cannot restore an accidentally-deleted file from it, it's not a backup.
The office application suite was a pretty nifty idea, for example.
WordPerfect did it first. As did Lotus, IIRC.
Um... hrm... Active directory? I think that was original, and it was damned nice.
Active Directory is LDAP, which was not at all new at the time. The only thing Microsoft did new was follow it through to its logical conclusion - if you've got a database available on the network which you control the schema of, why not use it to configure every aspect of every PC on the network, rather than as nothing but a fancy password repository?
Interchangeable parts won't.