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Comment: NAT? (Score 1) 362

by MightyMartian (#49737049) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

I guess you could throw each one behind some sort of NAT router; maybe something like a Raspberry Pi, so that to the actual LAN they each have a unique IP. But even going for a low end computer-on-a-stick solution, you'll need a second USB ethernet adapter, or ethernet-to-WiFi bridge, not to mention it sounds like they are still air gapped, so can you reasonably get cabling to the pumps? So you're talking here about 20-30 NAT routers plus cabling. A big cost, with some security implications that need to be thought out.

Have you thought about talking to the vendor?

Comment: Re:One Assumption (Score 1) 599

by MightyMartian (#49729025) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

Exactly. I'd argue that there was, early on, a largely Libertarian organization known as the Tea Party which was primarily concerned with sustainable and minimal government, but that it was, like Libertarian populists movements before it, taken over by Conservative interests as a vehicle for social conservatism.

Comment: Re:One Assumption (Score 4, Insightful) 599

by MightyMartian (#49725211) Attached to: The Demographic Future of America's Political Parties

Exactly. The Tea Party and similar ultra conservative factions are forcing Republicans to keep fighting culture wars that the majority of American society has already moved past. That may win Republicans votes in Congressional and state level races, but in the long term it is unsustainable. Just look at a map of Obama's 2012 victory. The Democrats are making inroads in conservative states.

The problem for.Republicans is that their own political machine is strangling them, forcing candidates on voters that voters are far less likely to vote for, or even if they do, are so noxious to voters elsewhere that it has the same effect.

If the Republicans can't figure out a way to marganilize people like Ted Cruz and prevent them from grabbing the microphonez they're doomed.

Comment: Re:First understand money (Score 1) 294

Since value is relative, then being the best currency means being the best currency, even with the shortcomings.

So far as I understand it the US has carried debt uninterrupted since the Civil War (maybe even before). Even in times of war and national emergency (including a few self-inflicted ones like the Tea Party trying to go kamikaze), the US Government has demonstrated its will to honor its debts and back the US dollar. It may be overvalued by some standards, but in general, I think the US dollar remains, and likely will remain for decades to come, the most important currency in the world. It really has no competitor.

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759

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