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Pushing back the darkness by kindling the minds of my fellow man with science outreach.




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francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Windows 7: One Year to Go

Fun thing. Turning off Cortana broke Sharepoint before MS bent to people. I know people that work in secure areas that cannot run Win10 due to the possibility of a mic being turned on by software, even accidentally. Some of those people are now moving to Linux.

Decrap will also fuck with GPO stuff we run. I wish I could use it at work.

francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Windows 7: One Year to Go

    I musta missed a hell of an OS with Win7 but when I've touched it I haven't felt that way.

Pure nostalgia glasses. We went from WinXp (shit) to WinXP Service Pack 2 (FANTASTIC OS!) then to Vista (SHIT) where they tried to change everything all at once and fucked up networking, sharing, filesystems and USB plug and pray. Windows 7 came out and they took a step back and fixed a ton of shit, held the bloat down and compared to Vista it looked as if the pure embodiment of light that was Steve Ballmer touched you and blessed you. Hell I had Win7 running on original Pentiums it was that slick; no way Vista was going to pull that one off. Win7 also went easy on admins and people running big networks, fixed a shit ton of security stuff and thankfully killed Vista once and for all.

Windows 7 was great and did good things. But the fuckup that was Vista is what people remember more than the stuff that Win7 fixed. If you ever used Millenium Edition, then went to XP, same thing. Me sucked. XP on release was not much better, but it was not ME so people liked it and put up with it.

I pay extra for Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows. I should not have to fight my software every fucking update cycle. Those of us here in this thread? We are not the normal people using this stuff; we need our computers to do actual work and be productive. The people I work with? Some days I wonder how they can operate a car or turn on a TV much less navigate a computer. Most people, the extreme majority don't give a shit about Windows, Apple, Linux. They want to punch a clock, do whatever it is they do to grind for a paycheck then go home and watch netflix and do facebook. How many people build their own machines? 1% of the user base? Maybe up to 5%? We are a rounding error, at best on a good day.

And since Silicon Valley is out of any and all ideas that do not involve throwing ads and "play stores" in your face to maximize stock value, we get an ad platform that also works as an OS.

francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Windows 7: One Year to Go

To be fair, you are not managing a network of 950PCs, 100 servers. Many businesses are running older software, EHR's for example, that break every time MS decides that the new .NET update is going to be installed whether you want it to or not.

Windows 10 is a fantastic OS for the end user. The security and taking the updates out of the hand of ma and pa Boomer is stopping spam and virus propagation. With Chrome and ad blockers, the likelihood of getting a PC infected, even by a total moron, are slim. The problem is that I spend a shit ton of money to license an operating system that is now more an advertising platform than what I need it to be.

francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 9, 2019

Cleveland Clinic is awesome. I've known some people that went through there and came out almost crying from the way (positive) they were treated. Ask questions, listen to the answers and good luck on getting a diagnosis and treatment plan.

francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: RIP Sears Roebuck & Co

Lampert does not get to use Sears to fuel his hedge fund any more. Company is going to liquidate everything. Nobody else put in any bids, and I don't blame them; the last decade of neglect has destroyed the brand.

Something just digested in my head:

    But Lampert was battling a national decline in the department store industry, as shoppers abandoned the mall and favored casual over formal wear. Department stores accounted for 14.5 percent of all North American retail purchases in 1985 but only 4.3 percent last year, according to Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail. Sears' peers, like Bon-Ton and Mervyn's, whittled away, while rivals like Macy's and Kohl's poured money into their businesses to be among the ones left standing.

People are still buying shit in stores; online sales are some 10%-14% of all retail. People are not buying shit IN MALLS You had an entire generation of people who were treated like shit by Mall 'security' and seen as a problem, then golly, almost like actions have consequences, that generation told you go get fucked when it had disposable income. The kids of that generation have a trillion dollars in college debt they can never get rid of, and a broken housing market, and a broken health care system, so then have no money and have to shop online to save a buck here and there.

Malls suck. Malls have sucked my whole life; from when we were chased out in the days before a malls was an entertainment destination, to the shit stores, the "specialty" shops that always felt as if they were run by trophy wives and trust fund kids who did not care if the store made money, to the management not realizing that kids in malls spend cash. Not a lot, but they do spend money. Add in traffic, parking, higher prices, and now in the age of downsizing no help and empty shelves, no wonder malls are dying.

Sears is dead because they are attached to dying malls, massive edifices that refused to modernize to save themselves in time. KMart is dying because it is attached to Sears.

Two dead malls in town are being bulldozed and turned into livable space. One is going to be 500-600 apartments/homes. The freeways are there, the mass transit is there and my hope is that this works at the other space that is in the process of deciding how it wants to die and how quickly. The only malls working, as we have talked about in the past, are the rich people malls. We have one and it seems to be OK, not amazing, but OK.

francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: No one makes a living on Patreon

I've not done any kickstarters. I have bought products that were available after, a few board games and a video game or two. Then again I will never pre-order a creative product, either.

I was wondering if someone was going to comment that Kickstarter is a very different funding idea than Patreon.

KSR gets into the weeds and wants the reader to sniff his farts and believe its a bacon scented candle. He's not a bad writer, but Bear is much better at developing a character. Now that I have a Kindle and access to the Library, I should sit down and re-read Green Mars. It was 20ish years ago and I barely remember it.

I posted a list of people that I'd like to see run for president back in, hell feels like a million years ago. The person that wins the nomination will sit quietly in the background, building cash and good will, then pull a Bill Clinton and jump in in late 2019 just in time for everyone to be talking about them in Iowa in Feb 2020.

Warren will never be president. Then again, I said that about Trump. So, who knows?

There is the best take down in the last five years. Debate me. Also, fuck this timeline.

I just finished Moving Mars by Greg Bear. Not a bad book. There was an interesting "Woo Woo" mechanic at the end.

A while back, they got a stellar occultation of Ultima. They got data that it was a contact binary

The results match what these images show.

The 20 months it will take to get all the data are going to drag on! Also there was a comment in the press conference that they are looking for one more target. That will be fun!

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