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Comment Re:Move to the latest version? (Score 1) 435

It is gonna cost probably a couple hundred million in routers and modems that cannot support IPV6

...if you attempted to replace them all at once today. No one does that. Instead, IPv6 support will become a bullet point for purchasing replacements for EOL hardware and we'll transition to it naturally as IPv4-only hardware falls by the wayside.

Comment Re:Boy cries wolf (Score 1) 435

The story never mentions that there are actually other pools that still contain a goldmine of addresses.

Such as...

I also suspect that companies own big blocks that can be freed when the going gets tough.

An entire /8 would push back the inevitable by, what, a few weeks? And who's going to gladly give up a class A? No, for all practical purposes the article is completely correct. We're out. There might be some tricks that could let IPv4 allocation limp along for another few months, but that's not going to help anything.

Comment Re:Battery (Score 1) 198

I think the hit would be on the GPU which has to manage that many more pixels, which take up more RAM, which leaves less for other processes and causes garbage collection churn, etc. In other words, it makes the system as a whole less efficient. And for what, exactly? I think that's well into the "zero marginal benefit" range for almost all human eyes.

Retina displays were are nice (and tangible!) upgrade over their predecessors. I don't think 4K offers a measurably better experience, but carries a real cost that I'd rather spend on other features.

Comment Re:So, the FBI doesn't need to ask for Android? (Score 1) 306

Part of their user lock-in strategy.

It's a piss-poor strategy, considering they host a webpage for deregistering your iMessage account.

They're actually fighting in court for the right to keep doing this, instead of not being dicks and fixing it.

Citation needed: that's an extraordinary claim, and one that's utterly failed to make headlines.

Comment Re:Well, they COULD also encrypt for the FBI... (Score 1) 306

Or maybe, just maybe, Apple really doesn't like the Gummint trying to force it to do something that could hurt profits.

Which is the absolute best possible reason for a company to want to support its users. "Don't Be Evil" is only good until it starts costing shareholder value, and then investors revolt. You want it to be in a corporation's best financial interests to act in your best personal interests.

Comment Re:Comcast giveth and I taketh away (Score 1) 229

I understand inflation, but I'm intolerant of "government compliance surcharges" and random miscellany like that. If it comes down to the point where bare Internet costs the same as my current monthly bill, I wouldn't rule out starting an ISP that covers my neighborhood.

Comment Re:Comcast giveth and I taketh away (Score 1) 229

Sure, but: 1) they're making a lot less than if they were selling me both, and 2) a bare Internet connection is (at least hypothetically) replaceable. Once you've made the decision to drop TV programming, there's not a lot to holding you to a particular ISP.

Comment Comcast giveth and I taketh away (Score 5, Insightful) 229

Every time Comcast increases my bill, I drop a feature that costs the same amount. They're getting perilously close to the point where that feature will be "TV".

An open message to Comcast execs: be absolutely sure you're ready to make customers decide between your content and Netflix. I bet you'd be surprised how often the response won't be what you'd hope.

Comment Re:Mostly troll posts (Score 1) 135

While I appreciate and respect the work that went into LILO, I'm not going to wax nostalgic about it. There were lots of things I used daily Back Then - think AGP drivers, X modelines, PATA - that served me well but that I'm happy to move past. LILO did its job and I'm grateful to it, but I don't feel like a troll for not caring about what it's been up to for the last decade or so.

Comment Re:"quality of finish" does anybody really care? (Score 1) 143

"Quality of finish" includes things like whether the seam between face and sides is smooth, if edges are nicely beveled, etc. Almost everyone cares about such things in the sense that you (at minimum subconsciously) evaluate those things when you see an object for the first time. Can you tell at a glance which swag t-shirt costs $5 versus $0.50? Guess what: quality of finish makes a difference to you.

Comment Re:another vaccine (Score 1) 96

And it's not a big deal for a young healthy person to get it...

In particularly nasty flus, a young healthy immune system is more likely to trigger a cytokine storm, a potentially lethal situation. Little kids, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to survive the really bad influenzas than your average otherwise healthy person.

Two is not equal to three, even for large values of two.