Before launching their mobile telephony offering and forcing the previous oligopoly to slash their prices, Free did the same with ADSL Internet (and ISTR with dialup before that). I pay something like USD 45/month for:
- uncapped broadband with static IP and valid rDNS (living in an area well covered by DSL that is about 17 Mbps down, but if/when their fiber gets here I'll pay the same price for 1 Gbps!)
- plus unlimited telephone to fixed and mobiles in France, to fixed in some 100 other countries and to mobile in some countries, relatively low rates otherwise
- a SIM card with unlimited SMS, 50Gb 3G/4G data/month, 2 hours phone (the unlimited version would set me back some USD 22/month more) and extremely competitive rates for anything not included
- Some 600 television channels (some of which you have to pay extra for, sure), with timeshifting, pay-per-view video on demand, and free replay (usually the last week of popular series, depending on the channel)
- an ADSL box "Freebox", extremely well thought out (hello Rani) with a really excellent user interface (web browser, games, what have you), a 4-port gigabit switch, a Blu-Ray reader, a 250 GB disk that can be used as a NAS and for recording television programs
- lots of techie goodies (IPv6 if I want it, messages left on my answering machine can be forwarded to an e-mail address, I can force certain MACs to an IP so that I have the same IP whether connected by WiFi or Ethernet, and, and, and, isn't there a length limit on comments here?)
I'm looking at moving to the US (like SF or NY, https://www.linkedin.com/pub/l... ), so I read the Comcast horror stories with interest. In comparison, I have called Free tech support once in six years, after a storm killed my Freebox. It was replaced (without charge I believe), and nobody even hinted that I might like to buy anything more. If they manage to buy a US provider, no question, I'll be their client.
The "commands everywhere, hit enter to resample them" existed back then for macintosh programmers Workshop
The Commodore interface was like that too.
Oh, thought of another one, just to mess with other admins:
# chattr +i
Wouldn't notice until kernel upgrade time:
$ ls -d
Visualization is also great for evaluating randomness; remember the images of broken RNG implementations a few years ago? http://lcamtuf.coredump.cx/new...
Dress up as Mark Zuckerberg?
Could be a good idea... but you'd have to find a lawyer with a terminal illness and arrange for payment to the soon-to-be bereaved.
In the beginning, Linux was free. I remember using it in college and learning about it and getting excited. If these big corporate players want traction against AWS and the like, they should be giving out free hosting to college students so they can tinker with it too.
And so they are. Look at Red Hat's Openshift.
Umm, offline backups?
That's why you have off-line backups, indeed. Also filer snapshots. Otherwise, instead of a rather big problem you have a gigantic showstopper problem.
I thought the monkeys were actually helping the guards... like baboons in ancient Egypt were used as K9 patrols are today.
Exactly, the equipment is expensive and slow if you need to do any kind of random access, which is like 95% of all necessity for reading and writing to media.
There's good money in that 5% of that very big and rich market
False. It's a nice myth of antiquity, of the good old days being better than today but it is totally false.
Today's concrete is far better than what was produced in the past. Of course, I'm not talking about crappy badly done concrete but the good stuff that is used in most good engineering works. Sure, you can point to a government bid sidewalk falling apart but that is meaningless anecdotal evidence in this discussion. That's politics and greed, not materials science and chemistry.
The most common blend of modern concrete, known as Portland cement, a formulation in use for nearly 200 years, can’t come close to matching that track record, says Marie Jackson, a research engineer at the University of California at Berkeley who was part of the Roman concrete research team. “The maritime environment, in particular, is not good for Portland concrete. In seawater, it has a service life of less than 50 years. After that, it begins to erode,” Jackson says. The researchers now know why ancient Roman concrete is so superior.[...]the findings, which were published earlier this month in the Journal of the American Ceramic Society and American Mineralogist, are considered so important[...]
The concrete used by the Romans was apparently much better that the ones we use today. Since the Roman formula has been rediscovered, does that mean that todays diverse republics will be replaced by the Empire, and if so which Empire? Russian? Hegemon? Sith?
I want more stories about critical backup units. I don't like plain non-critical backups, or redundant systems, or backups of critical systems, just critical backups.
Or Russian Wodka. It would give them a good excuse to take over Ukraine by accident - sorry wrong turn!
They've already used that excuse, without the vodka: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_submarine_S-363
"Coronal mass ejections, with in 2012, according to researchers.
Yea, researchers for the win. According to grammar researchers (with in 2014), no verbs in this sentence either!