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Comment Re:So the taxes were collected from salaries inste (Score 1) 230

Note that frequently one nation or another caves and has a 'tax holiday' on repatriating money. So they stockpile and invest even if it's a dead end and one day they can shuffle it around. So deferral of the tax can have very nice situations. I'm sure there's other accounting games that probably revolve around repatriating during some period with relatively poor business results to be able to avoid it looking like profit.

Comment Re:I'm glad, now, ... (Score 1) 112

Note that a 'chroot jail' is distinct from somewhat more thorough use of namespaces and cgroups for isolation. I also have the opinion that having HA is something that is better done up the stack rather than making a particular VM instance HA.

That said, in practice the namespace/cgroup isolation is coming from a somewhat permissive perspective and locking it down, whereas virtualization tends to be a bit more closed off. So in theory, the container approach should be fine and better, though the area for mistakes is larger, so I'd be wary. Additionally, with HA the same applies, sometimes you don't have the ability to make the application behave as you'd like...

Comment Re:Maybe they can make it work (Score 2) 112

I agree with you. Note I think that the value of the two together is actually less than the two separate. I don't see a lot of upside to having those under one umbrella, on the flipside I see a great deal of headwinds as former partners of EMC and VMware push competitors harder now while they were content to partner with those companies before.

Netapp, IBM, and Microsoft are in a pretty good position to get Dell competitors behind their products. Not crazy about MS' implementation, but expect there to be a push for it like never seen before.... I wouldn't be surprised to see something like an HP acquisition of Netapp in the future as a reaction to this, which too would be a shame.

Comment Re:I thought Lenovo owned EMC? (Score 1) 112

Lenovo partnerned with EMC on the low end, and EMC's ownership of iomega became a shared ownership with Lenovo. LenovoEMC is a shared ownership thing between the two companies and has zero technical relation to other EMC products.

Of course this becomes one of those interesting things, with Lenovo and Dell co-owning something. I suspect one side, the other, or both will walk away from that product line.

Comment Re:I guess they realised... (Score 1) 149

I haven't seen it in Wayland per se, but look at xpra. The way it implements remote app execution is in theory possible based on my understanding of wayland architecture. It doesn't have problems with detaching windows, etc. It currently requires a dummy X server, but it's not really in the actual display stack. It's a project that gives me hope for Wayland being able to provide a decent experience. Of course I don't know if Wayland is badly needed or not, but at least I could see a tolerable way of coping with applications that could not run over X without something like a dumb VNC session.

Comment Re:I guess they realised... (Score 1) 149

It doesn't slow down, but they also don't help. That's the point I was making, that the lines, text, and pattern primitives that X was able to simply describe aren't leveraged in modern UI.

Now I can't speak to the question of what Wayland fixes in exchange for getting to ignore having X11 as part of the core, and whether it's worth it. I can say that even if it Xorg, it's time for most folks to move on to strategies like Xpra that preserve the awesome facets of seamless remote applications, perform better, and are not sensitive to things like network disconnects trashing the ability for the application to keep running.

Comment Re:I guess they realised... (Score 5, Informative) 149

I suspect the sentiment is that X11 is better because of the network transparency angle. Of course the underpinnings of how X11 does it are actually decrepit and inefficient and compare poorly to other strategies that leverage different entry points that Wayland actually preserves. Injection into the compositing and WM provides a simpler and nowadays better performing strategy than X11 primitives. It meant something when the X11 primitives were actually used in the typical X applications with some sort of relevance, but now pretty much applications running over remote X are pretty much dumping bitmap data rather than any useful shorthand for complex UI concepts. Meanwhile intejecting the payload via compositor and the context via WM avoids a lot of the complexity that X contends with and allows a compositor freedom in picking good client-server protocol/compression.

Comment Not credible... (Score 1) 97

Dell can't 'acquire' EMC, there's no way they have the cash.

"Another report, this time fromre/code,HYPERLINK ""citesits own sources to the effect that EMC was merely trying to offload its VNX line"

This rumor is more credible, Dell could probably afford something like the VNX line.

Comment Re:Show us the data (Score 1, Insightful) 419

No, they know the medical costs, which do not reflect loss of value. If I get cancer, the health insurance costs are super high. If I get instantly decapitated in an accident, the health insurance costs aren't terribly high. In both cases, however, the 'loss of value' would be similar. The tab is picked up by my life insurance, but that 'value' was set by me, not by some third party.

The point stands, we don't have a concrete 'value' associated with loss of life and diminished quality of life associated with various energy strategies.

Comment Re:Outsider (Score 1) 174

Except market research is an indirect and often flawed amount of knowledge. It's also generally based on data sources generally available to the public.

Here the knowledge is a more direct representation of the needed data. You are betting according to the very straightforward assumption that all popular 'fantasy sports' sites have similar behavior among their members. Essentially, those with access to one site's membership data knows the odds to payoffs of a typical site, while the rest of the participants are somewhat blind to the odds to payoffs. With this knowledge, folks are able to find combinations that are almost certainly going to be profitable in aggregate, which wouldn't be possible if things were actually fair.

Comment Re:Well there goes the cipherhood (Score 2) 92

The challenge being that the dust is far from settled on the quantum-resistant asymmetric hashes, and none of them have been anywhere near as well researched as RSA or even elliptic curve.

I can't reasonably today set up a website certificate using any quantum resistant algorithm. More research and consensus are required. It may be pessimistic to say no meaningful encryption for decades (it ignores symmetric encryption, this step actually isn't *practically* any closer to producing the theoretical quantum computer that could derive private keys from public keys, and even if it were closer, algorithms that are credibly being considered quantum resistant are out there, so it may be years, but not decades from now unless something is deeply wrong with *all* the candidates).

Comment Re:Continuum could be a big hit... (Score 1) 87

Problem being that folks running Windows typically have a lot of applications that are not universal apps and likely never to become universal apps. Continuum *specifically* helps a phone provide the desktop/laptop support when paired with appropriate input/output setup, which is nice for generic applications, but more critically relevant to the applications that people run that are not in this mold.

MS without x86 has been a very very uphill situation from a business perspective.

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan