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Posts by MarkL

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  • T-Mobile’s ONE Military deal gets service members 50% off family plans

    04/18/2018 6:24:04 PM PDT · 4 of 17
    MarkL to Gamecock
    Another thing they have is for people 55 and over, you can get the same plan, for $60 for your first line, and a second line for just $10 more (you do have to agree to auto-pay, otherwise it will be $10 more.) You are limited to just two lines though, but it's a great deal.

    Mark

  • Comedian Amy Schumer Brought to Tears Lamenting the Trump ‘Nightmare’ (and how its hurt HER career)

    04/17/2018 7:35:54 PM PDT · 85 of 107
    MarkL to ethom

    I tried watching a comedy show she did on HBO way before President Trump even considered running.

    Her act is what damaged her career. I couldn’t watch it for more than about 10 minutes.

    Mark

  • Student activist David Hogg calls for boycott of Vanguard and BlackRock over gunmaker ownership

    04/17/2018 7:32:35 PM PDT · 82 of 92
    MarkL to Leaning Right

    I own Vanguard funds... I’ve got a Roth IRA with Vanguard. I’ll be certain to let them know that Hogg is nothing more than a huckster trying to stay relevant.

    Mark

  • For the first time ever, Microsoft will distribute its own version of Linux

    04/17/2018 5:47:15 AM PDT · 52 of 53
    MarkL to Billthedrill
    Yes, and I can tell you one of them. The administrator could grant specific folder perms to a user several levels down, and the user's file explorer would show the user the folder all the way down but not the contents until the authorized folder was reached. (It was very slick, but a bit difficult to audit). What did Microsoft do about that? Their reps lied about it, saying that all the content was visible all the way down and the Active Directory was far more secure as a result. In fact, AD was a mess, and mostly remains that way, with different share and NTFS perms all the way down. Sorry, this is pretty geeky but I was managing both eDirectory and AD at the time.

    I was speaking just of AD, but you're right, NTFS rights, combined with Share rights, make permission management difficult, and auditing next to impossible. I miss being able to click on a directory in a utility (or use a command line utility,) and learn every group or user that had rights to a directory. And with the GUI, you would also see which NDS objects had those rights.

    NDS made it possible to almost completely eliminate the need for groups. The last company I worked for had fewer than 5000 users, but nearly 1000 groups (between security and distribution groups.) With NDS I had customers with thousands of users, like school districts, where each student had their own account, and fewer than a dozen groups. Security management was so much easier!

    I worked with Novell's products in the field from v2.0a through v6.0, and worked as a Novell instructor as they rolled out NDS (later called eDirectory) and many of their products, like GroupWise (also a fantastic email system, far superior to Exchange/Outlook at the time,) Global MHS, NFS for NetWare, ManageWise, and BorderManager, and installed and supported them in the field. I really miss Novell and especially their technical support! Back in the day, they actually had a DJ that would take requests, and give updates on how many people were waiting in each queue!

    Mark

  • New Yorker Magazine Decries Chick-fil-A's 'Creepy Pervasive Christian Traditionalism'

    04/16/2018 9:59:09 PM PDT · 51 of 58
    MarkL to kaktuskid
    Apparently he doesn’t visit Kosher delis.

    They're getting fewer and far between in NYC. Just last year The Carnagie Deli (yes, I know it wasn't a "real" Kosher deli,) closed. Thankfully Katz's Deli is still there.

    Mark

  • For the first time ever, Microsoft will distribute its own version of Linux

    04/16/2018 9:45:48 PM PDT · 46 of 53
    MarkL to CurlyDave
    I am old enough to remember when Microsoft released a free version of Java that wrote code which only worked on Windows and not on Mac.

    Sun sued Microsoft over that. The courts ruled that since MS changed the Java VM without permission, they could no longer distribute the Microsoft JVM with Windows XP.

    This caused all sorts of problems at a client who replaced all their Windows 95/98 systems with XP. Their applications were all web apps written using the Microsoft JVM. The "real" Sun Java wouldn't work, and until I was able to locate an older version of the MS JVM, we had to hook all their old computers back up again!

    It took nearly a week for me to find a "pirate" copy of the MS JVM!

    Mark

  • For the first time ever, Microsoft will distribute its own version of Linux

    04/16/2018 9:37:52 PM PDT · 45 of 53
    MarkL to TomServo; dayglored; Billthedrill
    I remember when Novell entered the market with SCO Unix. It made them the superpower in the industry they are today.

    Actually, Novell bought Unix from AT&T. I was a big fan of SCO, back when it was a software company. I worked quite a bit with SCO Xenix, and later, SCO Unix, though both seemed to be more based System III than System V. They were rock solid operating systems, though they weren't exactly "standard."

    During Eric Schmidt's rein, Novell (which was also a rock solid NOS from version v2.0 -v6,) bought Unix from AT&T. While that seemed like a pretty good idea at the time - Netware was a fantastic file server, but a very mediocre application server. Unix filled a missing role. Then Novell decided to market Unix as a FILE SERVER, positioning it as competition to it's own flagship product.

    Novell's marketing department was the worst. They couldn't sell space heaters to Eskimos! I was convinced that they were actually all on Microsoft's payroll. For goodness sake, there are still some very useful features of Novell's NDS from back in early 2000s that Active Directory still can't do!

    Mark

  • For the first time ever, Microsoft will distribute its own version of Linux

    04/16/2018 9:22:39 PM PDT · 44 of 53
    MarkL to dayglored
    While this may be the first Microsoft distribution of Linux, an optional feature of Windows 10 Professional has been an Ubuntu Linux system that runs natively.

    Mark

  • The 10 Best Alien Films Ever Made

    04/14/2018 5:58:01 PM PDT · 188 of 241
    MarkL to Kartographer
    "Falling Skies" was one of the few modern TV shows that actually showed respect for religious, in Lourdes' case, Catholic, beliefs. I remember the episode where the people have been starving, eating outdoors, and are finally able to sit at tables and eat a good meal, and she leads a prayer before they begin to eat.

    The actress was an incredibly cute young lady, and her character was very impressive.

    Mark

  • The 10 Best Alien Films Ever Made

    04/14/2018 5:45:35 PM PDT · 183 of 241
    MarkL to 43north
    Agreed! I think Battle for Los Angeles might have been a made for TV movie, but I don't know. It was an awesome movie, though.

    Mark

  • The 10 Best Alien Films Ever Made

    04/14/2018 5:35:42 PM PDT · 180 of 241
    MarkL to rbg81
    “Day of the Triffids”

    I recall seeing DotT when I was very young, and while I have no recollection of the movie, I seem to recall something about flowers and a submarine. The only thing I remember is it scared the willies out of me. I haven't ever gotten around to watching it again.

    Mark

  • The 10 Best Alien Films Ever Made

    04/14/2018 5:28:05 PM PDT · 179 of 241
    MarkL to BenLurkin
    I had such a crush on Moon Bloodgood, who played Anne, the doctor.

    Mark

  • Blizzard conditions in parts of Nebraska leave several state highways impassable

    04/14/2018 3:17:56 PM PDT · 20 of 48
    MarkL to Libloather
    I was going to suggest suing Al Gore for false advertising.

    Mark

  • The 10 Best Alien Films Ever Made

    04/14/2018 3:16:26 PM PDT · 93 of 241
    MarkL
    Two Sci Fi movies that are incredibly fun and entertaining, but are really bad movies are "The Fifth Element" and "Starship Troopers." I remember reading that the second was originally going to be billed as "Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers," but Virginia Heinlein threatened legal action for how they changed the story. Other than some character names, two totally different stories. But both are really fun to watch.

    And so is John Carpenter's "They Live." Something hilarious is that South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone exactly choreographed their "Cripple Fight" from the fight scene in "They Live."

    Mark

  • The 10 Best Alien Films Ever Made

    04/14/2018 3:07:25 PM PDT · 85 of 241
    MarkL to Steve_Seattle

    Falling Skies was really excellent. I also really loved the reboot of BattleStar Galactica.

    Mark

  • The 10 Best Alien Films Ever Made

    04/14/2018 3:04:04 PM PDT · 76 of 241
    MarkL to Flick Lives; atc23

    OK, I’ll check it out.

    The original TV series was quite good for the first few episodes, then went really badly downhill.

    The feature film? When I bought my first DVD player, Magnavox had a surprise DVD included in the box, and it was “Lost in Space,” with Mimi Rogers and Matt LaBlanc. Somebody owes me money for the hour and a half I wasted trying to watch that horrible movie.

    But I’ll check out the Netflix version, based on Freeper recommendations.

    Mark

  • A staggering 66% of millennials have no clue their tax returns are due in just FOUR DAYS - and...

    04/14/2018 10:44:57 AM PDT · 25 of 25
    MarkL to Morgana
    I filed electronically back in February. I just sent in my checks yesterday... $143 to the state (I screwed up, so I'm having more withheld this year,) and $2 to the federal government. Not too bad. I don't like giving interest free loans to the government.

    Mark

  • Feds: Michael Cohen is barely even a lawyer

    04/14/2018 10:29:14 AM PDT · 127 of 171
    MarkL to T-Bird45

    So if a lawyer works for a corporation, or for that matter the government, does that also make them “barely lawyers,” since THEY only have one client, their employer.

    Mark

  • Madeleine Albright on fascism and the "most undemocratic president" in U.S. history

    04/10/2018 4:11:58 PM PDT · 70 of 72
    MarkL to Oldeconomybuyer

    “Fascist... I think that word means something besides what you think it means.”

    So it’s up to you, Not-So-Bright, to define these “attacks.”

    President Trump is mean to the press, so he “attacks” the press.

    Obama’s minions falsely swear out warrants against a reporter to allow him and his parents communications to be bugged. Obama’s minions bug the phones of the associated press. The Obama regime had plans to strip Fox News reporters of their press credentials, and only the objections of the White House press corps stopped them.

    OK Not-So-Bright, exactly who’s the fascist?

    Mark

  • Progressive Illinois Rep. Declares Constitution Means Nothing

    04/10/2018 4:00:29 PM PDT · 67 of 87
    MarkL to marktwain

    The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. If it can be reinterpreted at any time, why can’t ANY law, or for that matter, contract (since at its heart, the Constitution is a contract between the governed and the government, and any legitimacy of the government is from the consent of the governed.)

    I want this progressive to agree to a contract, say a mortgage, that can be “reinterpreted.”

    Progressives are disgusting creatures who hate people, freedom, liberty, and especially justice.

    Mark