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Comment Re:Hopefully this is temporary (Score 1) 195

It's about licensing enforcement most assuredly. They're trying to deprecate existing installations of Windows 7 via a physical over-write with Windows 10. They DO NOT want you using the same key to keep both installations of Windows 7 and Windows 10 at the same time. So they force the issue by insuring you can't just do a clean install without first upgrading the key within the existing installation of Windows 7 first. Microsoft released a newer ISO, found out it broke this licensing enforcement model, and now are pulling it ASAP out of realization. That's the only thing I can conclude from all this.

Comment Re:Channel Bonding (Score 1) 91

NIC Teaming and NIC bonding are two different things. What you're talking about is NIC Teaming. What's needed is Bonding. But that has to be supported all the way from the NIC, to the modem, and everything else in between (switch, router, etc)

What is the difference between NIC Teaming and Bonding

>NIC Teaming uses one of two methods, failover, and load-balancing with fail over. With a team you do not get a single 2gb connection (with two 1 gb NICs). You get two pipes that act as one, but merely are load balancing the traffic over each NIC, and each NIC acts as a fail over to the other. If you transfer a 100 gb file, you are not going to get 2gb of throughputyou still only get 1 gb, but you will not kill the network performance because the second NIC is still available to service other traffic.

True bonding would be taking two NICs and bonding them together to get a single fat pipe. This requires the switch to support this as well. I have not seen much bonding in the server worldmore done at the network level.

VMWare acts the same way. It is purely load balancing and fail over. Since VMWare is done at the OS level, you can mix and match different vendor NICs in a team. I have done this without issue. Just make sure they are on the HCL.

Comment Re:Is China involved in this project? (Score 1) 193

Yeah, on the cheap. You really don't want to know how badly they cut corners in civil engineering. It has nothing to do with capability; it has everything to due with corruption in materials and last minute change-outs. In some cases, omission of materials entirely. For example, no rebar in concrete when it was specifically called for and certified as having been used when in fact it wasn't.

Comment Re:But do we still need fusion? (Score 1) 193

*while fusion has the potential to provide more energy than harvestable insolation, this would represent a massive injection of heat into the biosphere and I doubt that would have good implications for climate change. It is also hard to imagine what we could possibly do with that much energy without causing serious issues."

Geothermal produces a LOT of energy. The planet expels this energy out into space as IR radiation, as do the oceans that have all that thermal momentum. So unless you're talking about humanity covering the Earth into a Borg-like mechasphere (opposed to a biosphere) plotted with fusion reactors, we won't have fuck-all impact on the planet.

Comment Re:A joke? (Score 1) 91

Next step up form 1gbps ethernet is 10gbps; and that hardware is very expensive. I've only seen 10gbps in iSCSI configuration, and I"m sure they exist in router backbones and whatnot. Point is, NONE of the consumer class hardware contains 10gbps NICs. And then there's the whole consumer class routers and the hardware needed to sustain throughput with basic firewall support.

Basically, give it another 10 years before the 10gig ethernet becomes mainstream. Until then, everyone will be capped at 1gig per device.

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 138

I was thinking exactly that; more specifically the capacitor plague in which a botched pirated formulation got let loose on the industry. Without further testing, for all we know this stealth material degrades to the point of falling off or exposing a weekness in frequency response only to be exploited later by the Chinese. Yes, it could be a trap indeed!

Comment Re:This is a good thing. (Score 2) 291

It's also a good thing that billions of people aren't needed in the work-force, but you can't deny them an opportunity for a high standard of living if the majority of people are outclassed by machines. So I see a few scenarios that will play out. 1; Those that aren't needed will be deemed no longer relevant and thus perpetually live in poverty. 2; War erupts and the "undesirables" are directed to kill each other off. 3;purposeful genocide of the "undesirable" (aka Nazi like movement). 4; Everyone enjoys a livable wage, but with strings attached via the government. And my personal optimistic favorite 5; We don't work for those that control the machines, rathe they become so commoditized that every family and community has access to machines that work for them. Everyone can live in the country and be self-sufficient with a high quality of life and luxury.

Comment Re:What is the end game to gutting the middle clas (Score 1) 284

Just what is the end game to gutting the middle class, anyway?

Frighting that you do not already know this, sincerely.

The -entire point- is to crate a have / have-not society; which BTW is the norm throughout human history. The concept of a "middle class" is but an aberration. Be it communism or fascism, by any other name it's feudal. In a democracy, people vote not for whom they like, but rather out of fear their "benefits" will be taken away. Think of it as indentured servitude.

Comment Re:Meanwhile: Corporate profits just hit All Time (Score 3, Interesting) 607

Duh! We don't have a trickle-down or trickle-up economy anymore; either one would be preferred to the "trickle-out" that we have now as it least moves money in the system. No, our nation is (and has been for quite some time now) been hemorrhaging wealth overseas. Meanwhile, our national debt is growing at warp speeds and when it finally crashes, the nation, "the union" as you know it dissolves. And as for China and everyone else, they can all go fuck themselves as there won't be an dollars to collect on!

Comment Re:AppleTV as a games console: Not Yet (Score 1) 129

Nintendo is testing the mobile waters in iOS with their first game Miitomo. I'm willing to bet that Nintendo will dive into the 4th generation Apple TV mid to late in its life; after the Nintendo NX console flops like SEGA's Dreamcast. By the 5th gen Apple TV, Nintendo will be porting their entire lineup over to iOS. Yes, 5th generation will have a full Zelda and Mario title!

As saturated as the gaming industry has been, at some point you're no longer marketable for a console only piece of hardware; and a mediocre specced one at that. SEGA had the right idea, but unfortunately forced into it too early. Being an AAA game publisher is really where it's at. But if it's any consolation, Nintendo could still offer exclusive controller and other input devices for Apple TV assuming Apple goes along with it.

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