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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Rural Sourcing Inc.
« Last post by Code Refugee on August 02, 2017, 09:49:45 AM »
It's kind of funny, I couldn't remember the name of that startup at all. I only read about it once when it came out, which turns out was 2005, 12 years ago. But I remembered in the back of my mind some hare-brained scheme to do this with old cruise ships and I just made up a plausible sounding name for the company when posting above because I didn't feel like trying to google up the real name. And it turns out that I actually did remember the exact name of something from reading one time an article 12 years ago.

Kind of like they asked Ken Jennings how he knew all that stuff to win Jeopardy and he said he didn't know all that stuff, he just hit the buzzer faster than anyone and then said the first thing that popped into his head and it was usually the right answer. There's all this info stored deep in our memory that we don't even know we know.
FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Rural Sourcing Inc.
« Last post by The Gorn on August 02, 2017, 06:34:34 AM » if anyone is interested.
A relative of mine was happily running Windows 7 and it suddenly updated to Windows 10.

He was given no notice of this forced update.

The Windows 10 update failed because his hardware would not support it.  (You'd think a forced update would check this beforehand but it did not).

He lost 3 days from his business to fix this, and the rollback required him to re-install Office and much of his software.

Needless to say, he is very anti-Windows after that experience.
I use Linux because I want to control my computer (rather than be subject to control by Microsoft or Apple). 

I can --

-- select the desktop interface I prefer
-- perform updates/upgrades when I want
-- have more privacy
-- protect my data via backups and recoveries in the manner I choose
-- etc.

Closed systems deny you flexibility because they control your use of the computer you bought.

I'm not anti-Windows or anti-Mac (though I wish more people understood the benefits of open systems). People who choose Windows or Mac have different selection criteria than I do. All operating systems have their strengths and weaknesses.
I looked into the HIPAA thing a little bit.

Microsoft says it's a "myth" that Windows 10 is not HIPAA compliant. All you have to do is buy "Windows 10 Enterprise" edition, lock it down, and disable many of its services.

If a medical facility utilizes voice-to-text technology (e.g. by saying “Hey Cortana”, “Siri” “OK Google”, or “Alexa”) to dictate notes about a patient, that information is automatically exchanged with the cloud. Without a business associate agreement, that medical facility could face a HIPAA violation.

This is phrased so it's misleading. That medical facility could face a HIPAA violation sure, but the fact is they have committed a separate HIPAA violation every single time they talk about patients near a computer with Cortana active (and even if think you disabled it it's often still running). Furthermore, these are clearly cases of willful neglect so the fine is $50,000 per violation with an annual maximum of $1.5 million.

A common misconception in the industry is that using Windows 10 opens an organization to HIPAA violations. The truth is Windows 10 can be easily configured to support HIPAA security and privacy requirements. This whitepaper outlines such configurations...

Based on hearing it from the horse's mouth, it sounds to me like Windows 10 is not HIPAA compliant at all out of the box, and therefore that's not a myth. Further, based on what I understand of it, Windows Home, bundled with most cheap computers, definitely can not be made compliant either since you're not allowed to turn a bunch of the stuff off in Home edition. The site and white paper talk about Windows 10 in a generic sense but when they get specific about changes needed they start talking about this "Windows Enterprise Edition" thing. They carefully avoid claims about Home and Pro editions, whether those can be made compliant at all.

edit: "Cortana management" is only available in the Enterprise Edition. So Home or Pro, and Enterprise default settings, are not acceptable for use in a facility that handles medical data.

Also of interest, only the top of the line Enterprise E5 Edition has "Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection" (ATP).

It appears that Enterprise requires either a negotiated volume licensing contract for an agency, as with US government agencies, or a signed contract and a monthly subscription fee. In other words, if you don't have the personal phone number of the "Microsoft Partner" assigned to handle your account, a guy who lives in your region and makes on site license compliance visits, then you're the product and Microsoft is harvesting your privacy for profit.

There's also an Education edition, which appears to be totally identical to the Enterprise one but has a different pricing structure and is only available to schools. Because of laws regarding the privacy of minors it seems it was also necessary to be able to disable Cortana (and related features such as where everything you type is analyzed and send to Microsoft for use in a "personal dictionary", claimed to be necessary for Cortana to work right) in order to use Windows 10 legally in a school.

Enterprise E3 costs $199 for a Pro license plus $300 for the E3 upgrade = $499 per computer, then (or is it or) $84 per user per year. Or maybe it costs something different. Here's an estimator app that attempts to tell you how much it will cost:

I switched from Mac to Windows and I'm never going back — here's why

The final showdown: The 30 day MacBook Pro challenge week 4 - did a Windows user become a Mac convert?

Side by side, I have to come to the conclusion that both Windows and Mac are good at what they need to do. Mac is let down by a rigid build that lacks customisation; Windows is let down by its ongoing  Windows 10 saga and security issues.

Both have ethical murky waters (as has been highlighted in the media recently) and both are massive tech giants.

So have I converted to a Mac lover? Not really. I think I can now navigate between Mac and Windows after years of one-sided exposure; but in the end they’re just operating systems that both allow me to work - and play.

The whole 'Mac vs. PC' thing is so over, and 'Android vs. iPhone' is close behind

Because so much of what we do these days is based in the browser and in the cloud, Mac versus PC is no longer a lifestyle decision like it was back when boxed software ruled all.

It's just a matter of taste. Even Microsoft knows it.

And in the exact same way, because of the rise of the App Store model, iPhone versus Android is barely a thing anymore to most people. That's why analysts now believe that iPhone versus Android is "stable" — nobody cares anymore.

The operating system wars are over.
After many years of being a Mac faithful, I've been using Windows 10 for the past year

They can both win. Windows and Apple have their die-hard fans, sure, but they can happily coexist.

The same goes for the mobile platforms, too.

Apple and Google both won. Apple's iPhone is ridiculously profitable, while Android dominates with something like 87% of the market. Each of them got exactly what it wanted from the smartphone business. Apple is selling a lot of profitable iPhones; Google gets its web services and search engine in front of more people.

Why I like Windows 10 a lot more than the latest, greatest Apple MacOS

FWIW -- I'm a Mac person.

Interesting articles but frankly I have seen these Windows articles for years talking about how Windows is better than the Mac because they have an inferiority complex. Microsoft has finally gotten around to making good hardware despite saying for decades that their business model is superior to Apple's business model of controlling everything.

I am skilled in Windows, Mac and Linux/Unix. I can go between any of them with ease. Despite all these fanboy articles Windows is a lot more work to maintain than either the Mac or Linux. The Windows rot along with the endless patching and tweaking to keep it running. If you make the mistake of turning on the automatic updates you have no idea what the machine is doing usually to your detriment. Stuff just stops working and than you spend enormous amounts of time trying to figure out why it no longer works. Anyone who says they never have these problems is full of crap. Frankly who has time for that.

What it comes down to is this - what is the value of your time?

Do you want to spend your time fiddling with settings, tweaks and other stuff or you do you just want it to work?

I choose the latter, I just want it to work. In my experience the Mac or Linux is far less labor intensive than a comparable Windows machine. They just freaking work - day after day, week after week.

As for those comments about how the OS is irrelevant. I guess that might be true if you are 100% in on Google running everything. Google already knows way to much about everyone, they dont need to know any more.
That's an astute observation . . .  I read through that site, made a few changes.  I still need to get back to Linux full time.
FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Rural Sourcing Inc.
« Last post by unix on August 02, 2017, 04:44:04 AM »
Yeah, it's surreal, except it's not.

Does the boat come with a guy with a whip?

Idiocracy meets Office Space..
FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Rural Sourcing Inc.
« Last post by I D Shukhov on August 02, 2017, 02:32:47 AM »
See Code is too funny!  That's probably my best laugh of the day. The web site is still around, but I don't know if they are still active.

My search also uncovered this:
Code on the Sea is a new kind of software engineering conference, focused on education while having a blast. We took an intensively educational conference, put it on a cruise ship, and the result is the most exciting way to learn hard, play hard.

Attend sessions from top speakers in the developer community. Workshop with others to solve your most challenging problems. Network throughout the cruise and meet friends for life.

You ruin a potentially nice vacation by doing some computer programming with the beautiful sea and sky in the background.  Instead of sitting by the pool and reading an interesting book you have somebody pull their chair up beside you to discuss the programming project you're supposed to be working on and the deliverable due that day.

FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Rural Sourcing Inc.
« Last post by The Gorn on August 01, 2017, 08:32:12 PM »
Sea Code was like something "Silicon Valley" would have come up with. I'm positive that stories like that inspired Mike Judge.

Yeah, I totally forgot about that shitty assed moronic scheme that probably violates UN regulations on human trafficking!

An IT slave ship! Arrh, ye walk the gangplank, matey, yer LOC is down this month!   >:D

It must have been dreamt up by some Elon Musk wanna be narcissist.
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