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Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 166

Well to punish the girl might dissuade her from working in technology. We can't have that now can we?

Well, she'll just work in justice then. You don't need an understanding of technology there. And that way, she later can get back at her geeky classmate by punishing him harshly for repairing a friends' computer...

Comment Re:The Power of the State. (Score 1) 166

A right is something each individual has against the mob. Government is classified as a Mob.

This kind of thing is what happens when you don't understand what is, and what isn't a right. Rights exist and require nothing. You don't have a "right" to healthcare, because to give you "healthcare" denies the rights of someone else (Dr, Nurses ....) But hey, I'm a big fat mean libertarian who sees the tyranny as it encroaches.

Comment Re:Idiot Bosses (Score 1) 447

Some managers are good at managing, some are not. You don't even have to be a top tech wizard to be a good tech manager. (Although, zero tech experience is usually a recipe for disaster.)

And "old stuff" is not necessarily bad stuff. It's often road-tested by time and more reliable than newer stuff. For example, our ASP Classic stuff has proven far easier to migrate to different servers than ASP.Net. ASP.Net is config-picky.

Perhaps because because ASP Classic is a "dead" language, MS doesn't bother changing it every version. It's similar to the reason Latin is used in science: nobody's fiddling with it because it's a "dead" language, which makes it stable.

Comment Re:Speed isn't Everything (Score -1, Flamebait) 141

If they don't offer static addressing, then it's a waste of time.

Sorry, but that's how things are going to be from now on — a government monopoly, the worst combination imaginable. Tech support by municipal workers... Any violation of rules — and you'll get a citation from police (maybe, not today, but soon — just wait). And no alternative, because who is going to compete with the City Hall? It is hard enough to get the permits even when your service does not compete with anything the government already runs...

Ah, and look at all of these fan-boys explaining, why you "don't need" static IP...

They decided to do so because the private ISPs in the area weren't willing to invest more in the local infrastructure

So, private companies, in their greedy quest for the almighty buck, did not see this as a profit-opportunity. Which means, the local residents didn't want the service — not in the sufficient numbers to justify the cost. So, the government decided to use its power to confiscate money at gun-point (also known as "tax collection") to finance a project, that people didn't want to participate in voluntarily. Tyranny has won...

Comment Re:Speed isn't Everything (Score 1) 141

I think the model like DSL service should be the one that municipal fiber follows -- the municipal fiber just provides the layer 2 connectivity and you choose which ISP you want.

If somebody wants to start a geek-centric service with static IPs and where technical support is limited to setting reverse DNS, great, they can buy a rack or whatever at the municipal fiber hosting center and sell that service to whoever's interested.

If Comcast or AOL or whoever wants to offer their mega-consumer focused service with dynamic IPs, webmail, coupon offers, ad-injection, great, they can lease a rack, too and sell that.

Plenty of cheapskates and technophobes will pick the consumer service for all the add-ons and technical support and the geeks willing to spend the same or just slightly more for static IP service with none of the bullshit can pick that.

There was a time where a company I knew set themselves up as an ISP choice for DSL. Employees could get DSL from the phone company, choose their employer as their ISP and they had basically a hardwired VPN to work (that solution has some issues in terms of personal-vs-work access, but IIRC from the network guy at that company I talked to they had an entirely separate Internet provider they routed that traffic over). I think whatever setup and operational cost was greatly mitigated by reduced costs related to remote access and the legion of VIPs who wanted their personal ISP bill reimbursed because that "expense" got taken care off at wholesale.

The analogy that makes the most sense is the roads. The city builds 'em, fixes 'em and sets some pretty basic usage rules, but you buy your transportation and delivery services from other companies. If I want a pizza, I pick whoever provides the pizza I want and they just use the road to get it to me.

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.