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francopoli  ·  6 days ago  ·  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.

kleinbl00  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No, but I lived in that world back when Digital Signage Networks were a thing. At the time the idea was to keep running XPSP3 until the bitter fucking end because Vista was utterly inappropriate for what we needed it to do and nobody had any better ideas. In the end the entire thing was mooted by mobile phones and the whole craptacular spectacle went tits up before Win7 was released.

And maybe if they'd tried being a bit more essential they might have not had to walk into sales meetings with obsolete tech.

'cuz here's the thing: Win7 came out ten years ago. Win8 came out six years ago. So for six fucking years every Win7 sad sack has known that shit was coming to an end and the only real question was how far to drag out the inevitable.

I recognize that there are advantages to not running bleeding edge but there comes a time when you're dealing with lagging-edge detritus. If it works in Win7 but not Win10 you're going to need a new solution anyway because the tech that underlies Win7 is gonna die.

francopoli  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Knockdown of the year? The super rare double knockdown in Japan.

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

cgod  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No argument from me.

francopoli  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Elizabeth Warren Announces She Is Running for President in 2020

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?

francopoli  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Where to watch the New Horizons Ultima Thule Encounter

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!

    The vast majority of punk rock music was utterly unlistenable. But all of it needed to happen to show there was another way to do things.

Punk Rock did not write checks to the city council and eminent domain people's homes away, either. That will be the next step. I'll be you $2 that start happening within five years.

francopoli  ·  47 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: SpaceX will Launch a dragon to the ISS at 1:16PM EST TODAY

Right as the re-entry burn was going, a part fell off the first stage booster. Once the burn was over, everything went sideways. Booster hit the water. First one of these landings in a while that has failed.

At least the boomers are all fat and unhealthy and are going to die early. So there is some good to look forward to.

OftenBen  ·  47 days ago  ·  link  ·  

In the abstract I take pleasure in this.

In reality it sucks to watch.

Kept just alive enough.

kleinbl00  ·  47 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Some financial wag or other recommended reading Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels to understand the modern Trump voter. I tried. I really did. Hell's Angels is fundamentally Hunter S. Thompson slagging on everyone for not loving petty hoodlums with hygiene issues. He never gets around to the basic issue - they suck at life so they hate everyone. They're REBELS! Not losers.

There's some very real sour grapes there. Your retirement fund is empty, your job is shit, everyone with two neurons to rub together has fled for the coast and oxycontin is about all the fun you have anymore but if you dedicate your free time to "owning the libs" you're not a loser, you're a REBEL.

francopoli  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th

Great. These idiots are going to go forth and invade everywhere else on the Internet.

ArtemusBlank  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I never really cared that tumblr had porn in the first place. So I will have no idea whose these people are and where they will go but I don't think I'll be affected by their presence?

francopoli  ·  47 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The problem with Tumblr is the same problem with 'communities' such as 4chan and 8chan and twitter etc. Tumblr contained a culture of weird people into their own little world of weird. I'm not a tumblr person; the only interaction I have with tumblr is when I see a gif with the logo in the corner, or someone would come into an astronomy forum to post an astroimage... only for everything else in their blog to be porn and fan service. Looking into some of the news, it turns out there was a massive kiddy-porn issue in the bowels of the site , a problem big enough for Apple to kick them off the App Store. Link Sex workers that were booted off Craigslist and Backpage drifted to Tumblr over the last few years as well which made the site a target for the right-wing anti-sex people who went and did mass reportings of stuff that, if we are honest, should probably be scrubbed off the internet anyway. link More news is popping up about the child porn connection, but it may just be the media hive mind chasing clicks. Link The DC article says it creeped in over the last two weeks, but there are reports from reddit posts going back a few years that there was no easy way to report illegal content on the site, along with people noting that the images would be taken down but the users who liked the images were allowed to stay on the platform.

In all my years on 4chan I do not think I've seen kiddie porn once. 14 year olds seeking attention in underwear that were immediately reported, sure. If the allegations are correct that child porn was all over the site and the operators did nothing to combat it, fuck those guys.

I'm not concerned over Hubski, as this site is rather troll resistant. But if you are in an online space allowing user content I'd start preparing for a shitstorm as all the porn people from tumblr migrate out and seek a new web community.

steve  ·  46 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    But if you are in an online space allowing user content I'd start preparing for a shitstorm

There are some things inherent to Hubski's design the slow proliferation of this kind of thing. First of all - hubski doesn't host anything but the text... so I guess if someone started posting a bunch or erotica based on children we could/should get concerned.

I remember very clearly stumbling on a post years ago with a title of something like "I wonder if we'll find a home for like minded people here" and it was a terribly graphic photo of a victim of violence. I don't remember if I replied to the post, but I certainly reached out to mk on the side and I believe he deleted the post.

Eventually - if you post a bunch of stuff that people find objectionable, you get ignored into oblivion.

francopoli  ·  48 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Hubski Funding Bar currently sits at $302
francopoli  ·  52 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 28, 2018

OH? How? By being a decent human being? :)

Jay Inslee, Gov of Washington.

Kamala Harris, Junior senator from California (wants to be president, has the funding backend, is a progressive. She runs? I'm in.)

Tulsi Gabbard (more of my VP pick)

Beto O'Rourke! Yea, I'm on the Beto train. But I would want him to spend more time in Congress so we don't get a repeat of Obama: charasmatic idea guy who cannot get shit done when it comes to moving legislation through Congress. He's gonna be President one day, and he has 20 years to build himself.

Seth Moulton went to Iowa and may make a run. He'd be the near perfect anti-Trump.

John Hickenlooper has said he'd like to run to move the party to the left. He's.. interesting. a well liked and successful governor that wold get the weed vote in the primaries.

Senator Merkley just looks like a President. He has money, has a shit ton of Federal experience, would be the adult in the room, is a Bernie Progressive, and he has been VERY VERY quiet lately.

Here are the people that if I was going to bet on, will run and be active in the primaries. All of the above have funding, experience, and want to run. Other than the above? Tammy Duckworth would make a killer VP choice. So would Amy Klobuchar. There are a lot of younger (50's) people in public office that have been quietly moving the background. The Dem's are going to have a well populated Primary in two years.

Please don't. Singed, a Berniecrat. Time for someone under the retirement age to run for President.

snoodog  ·  55 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah but who? There are no viable candidates that’s his problem

francopoli  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Jay Inslee, Gov of Washington.

Kamala Harris, Junior senator from California (wants to be president, has the funding backend, is a progressive. She runs? I'm in.)

Tulsi Gabbard (more of my VP pick)

Beto O'Rourke! Yea, I'm on the Beto train. But I would want him to spend more time in Congress so we don't get a repeat of Obama: charasmatic idea guy who cannot get shit done when it comes to moving legislation through Congress. He's gonna be President one day, and he has 20 years to build himself.

Seth Moulton went to Iowa and may make a run. He'd be the near perfect anti-Trump.

John Hickenlooper has said he'd like to run to move the party to the left. He's.. interesting. a well liked and successful governor that wold get the weed vote in the primaries.

Senator Merkley just looks like a President. He has money, has a shit ton of Federal experience, would be the adult in the room, is a Bernie Progressive, and he has been VERY VERY quiet lately.

Here are the people that if I was going to bet on, will run and be active in the primaries. All of the above have funding, experience, and want to run. Other than the above? Tammy Duckworth would make a killer VP choice. So would Amy Klobuchar. There are a lot of younger (50's) people in public office that have been quietly moving the background. The Dem's are going to have a well populated Primary in two years.

OftenBen  ·  55 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Tulsi would be a good pick.

I used to think Elizabeth Warren would make a good president. Now I'm not so sure. I worry she would be Clinton 2.0 with slightly less baggage.

francopoli  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Warren won't win a general election. Keeping her in the Senate where she can build power and influence would do us better. I'd love to see her as Senate Majority Leader under a Democratic Administration.

Tulsi Gabbard has the disadvantage as well that she was only in Congress for four years and did not build the power and networking to move legislation. I'd love her as VP tho.

OftenBen  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·  

And if Hilldawg runs again like the rumors suggest?

francopoli  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·  

She will lose in the Primaries. She is what in 2020? 73? 74? If the Democrats are insistent on running a woman for President, they have an embarrassment of talented women worthy of nominating and fighting for. Assuming that she stays healthy, sure, run again. Or instead she can be the deal maker and the fund raiser to rally the base and get someone who can beat Trump elected.

Two years is a long time, and she is not a young woman. A Campaign against a crowded Primary field will be brutal on her just based on her age.

OftenBen  ·  53 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    She will lose in the Primaries.

That's what I thought this last time around, but they rigged the primary process in her favor and nothing is stopping that from happening again, in her favor or the favor of any other corporatist dem.

Hopefully you're right. I want to think like you think.

francopoli  ·  53 days ago  ·  link  ·  

She's lost two Presidential runs. And she's old. And if the Dem's want to run the first women to be President, there are multiple hardcore political wonks that are electable without the 30+ years of Right-Wing character assassination.

Clinton and Sanders really need to stand aside and let the people in their 50's move the party forward. One can hope.

tacocat  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Cory Booker

francopoli  ·  54 days ago  ·  link  ·  

In this climate I hate to say it but we are not going to get another black President. He needs to stay in the Senate and move the place to the middle. Booker, is a Clinton style Moderate Democrat and not my first choice. But I'd not be unhappy if he ran.

OftenBen  ·  55 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Better him than Hilldawg.

francopoli  ·  56 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Great Black Friday Swindle

I was out in the sticks of the sticks all weekend and spent exactly $30 on gas from Wed-Sun. This is becoming my yearly tradition. I feel a bit smug over that.

francopoli  ·  62 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Space and Space Launch Updates

The shuttle was amazing. Bleeding edge technology that pushed just about every boundary of what was possible in space. The problem with that? Pushing boundaries is very expensive. Multiple people- from the people at the Planeteary Society, Phil Plait, some JPL people I know for example- believe that the shuttle's high cost is why we have not left low earth orbit in 50 years. A program like the Dyna-Soar or likewise would have been a factor of 10 cheaper leaving more money for things like a moon base, bigger planetary robotic missions etc.

I love the shuttle. I love listening to Shuttle astronauts talk about what it was like to be a shuttle astronaut. But my admiration for the program is cooled by the reality of what it was able to do, its costs and all the compromises that went into the design to get the funding. I saw two landings. One of my big regrets in life is that I never got to see a launch.

am_Unition  ·  61 days ago  ·  link  ·  

When I was about 10, my dad woke me up around 2 or 3 AM, with a twinkle in his eye. He told me to put on my coat and come downstairs and meet him on the front porch. I asked why, but he said it was a surprise. He told me to look up into the sky, near the northwestern horizon. Out from behind a tree emerged this bright, moving light, shimmering, and leaving a trail of smoke behind it. At first, I thought it was fuckin' aliens. I remember my spine tingling like it never had before. He explained that we were watching the space shuttle re-entering the atmosphere, and I just stood there, jaw on the front lawn, until it vanished to the east.

Yeah, my dad is the shit.

kleinbl00  ·  62 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I was so mad at the shuttle I refused to see it hauled through the streets of Compton. I mean, I coulda walked.

The shuttle was a dare the NRO made to NASA and NASA called their bluff.

francopoli  ·  66 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Bill to protect Mueller blocked in Senate

Tennessee voted in Marsha Blackburn. Fuck Tennessee.