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Comment: Solution (Score 4, Informative) 359

by TooMuchToDo (#49736951) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?

1) Get a managed switch
2) Configure all ports but one to be on their own VLANs
3) Configure one port to be a trunk port
4) Configure your laptop or other computing device to support trunking
5) Configure your virtual machine so the entire process is scripted. It should boot, execute the upgrade procedure, and then provide logging for the process to you.
6) Start VMs, with each configured on one of the VLANs.


Comment: Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 1056

by rsmith-mac (#49731289) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour

but they don't think everything else will just inflate along with it?

The increase in wages is expected to greatly outpace any increase in costs for the poor. Even if everyone gets an equivalent pay raise, that only increases labor costs, not material costs. Gas won't go up 50%, food won't go up 50%, etc.

In fact the only thing that would go up by 50% would be labor-intensive services. However since the poor primarily spend their wages on goods and not services, they are among the least impacted by an increase in labor costs.

Comment: Fiber is fast! (Score 5, Insightful) 218

Fiber is amply fast.

The bottleneck is the cavalier attitude of web designers to network resources. You do not need to load 25 different URLs (DNS lookups, plus autoplay video and all the usual clickbait junk) to show me a weather forecast. Or a Slashdot article, for that matter...


Comment: Re:And now for a real question (Score 1) 214

The lifetime of your computer is, and always will be, your motherboard. Once it becomes old, outdated, and time for a replacement*, then you also must purchase a new Windows license. That is how it already works today with OEM copies of Windows.

* If it fails, then that's a different story. MS allows motherboard swaps, but it's basically an honor system and they'll stop approving non-human activations if you start abusing it

Comment: Re:Let me tell you about mine. (Score 1) 164

by ModernGeek (#49699851) Attached to: I spent Mother's Day this year ...

I was about to say that he should tell his story on reddit so that they'll give him some money.

From what I have observed of Slashdot, everyone here made their lives for themselves with no help from anyone while working 40 hours a week going through University and then onto a graduate program. Not sure what this guys gripe is because he gave his mom a little money.

Comment: Re:The downside of owning the internet (Score 1) 57

.. the best way to address that problem would be for the EU to define the standards and the process to be followed...

This, absolutely this. In order to force someone to turn over information, I have to have a valid subpoena issued by a court with jurisdiction. The fact that they just punted this to "you figure it out" means Google is given arbitrary discretion on how they can fulfil this, and the recourse to disagreeing is to take them to court and sue them again.

If you're going to give someone a right enforced by the government, then you should provide the necessary process to issue a "strike-records decree"...

BTW, Google still tells employees not to talk about this stuff in public, because Google has to so carefully watch its steps. (Disclaimer, I used to be a Google employee this year)

The problem is also the consent decree that says "anything that Google says, it has to actually be doing"... which can end up really nitpicky if lawyers want to be... and "my various governments" are all looking to catch Google for something, anything... so, they are being a bit nitpicky...

Comment: Sounds about right (Score 1) 360

by spaceyhackerlady (#49692967) Attached to: What Happens To Our Musical Taste As We Age?

I came of age in the late '70s and early '80s, and my musical tastes reflect that.

There have been some new discoveries along the way. I adore Sheryl Crow, and thought Lady Gaga was a breath of fresh air. With those exceptions (and a few others) I haven't heard much of interest since the early '90s.

I remain baffled by rap.


Comment: Re:Goddamn Heartbleed (Score 1) 95

by rsmith-mac (#49686705) Attached to: 'Venom' Security Vulnerability Threatens Most Datacenters

We can't have CVE-1234, no no, must be RageBoner or PantShitter or no one will take it seriously!

We can't have CVE-1234 exactly because no one will take it seriously, though I suspect you have the cause and effect reversed.

When the CVE list numbers in the tens of thousands and contains everything from the trivial (program may crash) to the severe (remote code execution), CVE numbers are meaningless. It doesn't tell me just how important this vulnerability is and whether I should be concerned. Whereas if someone takes the time to name it, it means it was important enough to get a real name.

Which is a terrible precedent to set, but if anyone has a better suggestion for naming vulnerabilities that gives them unique, easily communicated names, and in the process makes it clear whether they're a significant threat or not, well then I'm all ears. Otherwise for the time being, this is like complaining that people call oranges oranges rather than Citrus x sinensis.

Comment: Dinosaur? Hipster? (Score 1) 461

If I saw somebody with an email I'd wonder if they were a tech dinosaur, a total hipster, or somebody who had simply stuck with something that worked.

I've had my Hotmail email address since 1996, prior to Microsoft taking it over. I've stuck with it because it works. It does exactly what Hotmail promised from the start, providing email that is independent of my ISP or employer.


Comment: Yes (Score 2) 435

by spaceyhackerlady (#49674309) Attached to: Will Robot Cars Need Windows?

Yes, they do.

An early example of getting it wrong was the City & South London Railway, the first deep-level underground rail line in London. The designers of the rolling stock didn't bother with windows because there was, supposedly, nothing to see. Passengers hated the "padded cells". Even if all you see is tunnel walls rushing by, people need to see outside.

I could see the utility of an airliner with no windows but cameras and viewing screens - it would solve some engineering problems - but for a car, the simplest is still the best. Windows.


Comment: Re:They're right you bunch of freetards (Score 1) 611

by snowgirl (#49658231) Attached to: To Laid-Off Southern California Edison Workers: Boo-Hoo

Worse, the H1Bs require their employer to sponsor them to remain in the United States, which they will only do if the individual is working for them.

As a result, the employer not only holds and H1B's livelihood under a Damocles Sword, but even their residence in this country. You want to quit? Well, I hope you're prepared to move yourself back to where you came from on your own dime, which is also what happens if we fire you.

So, the employer has even more power over H1B workers, to the point where the worker is unlikely to report anything but the worst abuse...

Comment: Enterprise Turnover? (Score 5, Insightful) 199

For consumers this is likely a great thing. But given enterprise customers and their traditionally fickle software, how are they going to keep up with major Windows changes every few months?

Even service packs break things, and those still aren't as complex as these proposed updates in some ways. Enterprise customers pretty much count on Windows not changing/ And even if Microsoft goes the LTS route, will they support one of these branches for 10+ years like Windows Server 2012 will be?

Comment: Details, please (Score 1) 166

I see lots of announcements - not just this one - shouting about their new microarchitectures, how cool they are, the amazing benefits, and so on. But documentation of exactly what the new microarchitecture is, exactly what it does, seems thin-to-non-existent. Maybe I'm not looking in the right place.

All "big" processors nowadays have fancy pipelines, out-of-order execution, branch prediction, multiple cores, and so on. Fine. But how is Zen different from past microarchitectures? What makes it revolutionary?

Details, please.


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