I've also personally witnessed that the Dutch tend so speak a much, much better English than the rest of Europe. I'm saying this as a French, who is generally a people who don't speak other languages very well. I believe this is because in the Netherlands almost no English program is dubbed, so people develop a good skill for the language. Since I travel across all of Europe, I've noted that countries that usually dub the English program (Germany, France, Spain, Italy) tend to have a lower English level than the countries who don't (Portugal, Netherlands, Nordics,
I'm all for preserving languages with a strong literary background (I'm mostly familiar with France's, obviously, but I do believe it's known worldwide thanks to people like Victor Hugo, Balzac or other great authors), but when it makes those people basically speak only their native tongue it's a little sad.
Disclaimer: I'm French.
At school I was taught how the French Revolution was an amazing thing. It freed us. It was the end of a time of the absolute, divine right monarchy that France and other European nations had for almost a thousand years. I learned later about The Terror, where nobles would get their heads chopped off. Including the wives and kids, and I reckon some servants too. There's probably been a rape or two, as well, since that's what you get when a mob forms up and there's nobody to police them. They don't teach you much of that when you're at school. I guess it's understandable, since you don't want 12 years old to learn about rape and kids their age being killed just because they were born in the right family. Or do you?
Anyway, I learned much, much later, in my late 20's, that the actual History is much more cynic. It was not "we, the people" (to paraphrase an American concept) who started this. People got riled up by the bourgeois. A bourgeois is a very, very rich commoner. He can hardly hope to ever become a noble. That limits, right there, the richness he can ever hope to achieve. He'll always be looked down from the nobles. He can be killed for talking wrong to a noble. It's better to be a poor noble than a rich bourgeois. So, they didn't like that very much. They started the Revolution. They manipulated the peasants and poorly educated population to do the Revolution. Just so they could usurp the power from the nobles.
Note that I'm personally fine with the fact that we took the nobles out. Nobody should have a birthright over somebody else, just because. This is unfair, this is archaic, and it doesn't make the society move forward. The problem I have with the Revolution, besides the way it's taught (unless you do a History Major you won't hear much of this), is that it replaced one nobility with another. At least the previous one, the actual nobles, where honest about their absolute power. They said "I'm better than you, you're lesser than me, fuck you and fuck off." But the Bourgeoisie, which is still in power today (we call them Oligarchs, because they are the ultimate Bourgeois and there are not so many of them), is much more hypocritical. They will make you think you're in a Democracy, when really you're not. When the Banks can decide whether or not a state will default its credits, after pushing them towards into a mass debt, it's not a democracy. It's an illusion.
I'm not sure where I'm going with this, as I just started typing with no set plans for the post. I guess my point is, I'm fed up of hearing we are in a democracy, and we should feel lucky, because more and more I feel I have no choice and no say. Even if my situation isn't as bad as a serf from 400 years ago, it sure as hell isn't as good as the people back them wanted my life to be.
Disclaimer: I'm a network engineer in performance testing.
It certainly isn't cheaper to run a router on a PC than on appliance. A stock Linux has pretty bad performances, and the hardware is not as tuned as an appliance. Mostly, they take up more space, use more Watt per Gbps, and don't provide as much performance. There's a reason why these pieces of software are highly tuned, and performance usually is the main goal right after features.
The evolution of the market however is towards virtualisation. They call it NfV - Network functions Virtualization. They (the Network Equipment Manufacturers) provide virtual versions of their appliance, but not the binaries themselves because their (usually Linux) OS is so tuned, it can't be used on a generic platform if you want any kind of performance. Now this brings a lot of problems, such as, again, performance - a lot of these guys have FPGA/ASICs that do a lot of hardware acceleration (IP or TCP layers offloading, like calculating the CRCs in the headers), and removing that is a problem. Maybe paravirtualization will help but they're not there yet. The second problem is the overhead of the hypervisors. Whatever VMWare and others will tell you, it's more than 3%, and even if it's 3%, the scale of the data centers make these 3% turn into millions of dollars each year.
Funny that the people he duped to obtain some of the information are being relieved of their jobs.
No it's not. If you work for the NSA, or within its ecosystem, and hand out your password to *anyone* all you are is a really bad testimony to the training the agency give so its employees. When the IT in my company asks me for my password I always cringe and want to tell them "just set a new one, you're a freaking admin on the AD." If I was working in Intelligence I'd probably become very highly suspicious if a colleague was asking for my credentials and you probably tell on him.