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Comment VLANs are your friend (Score 2) 384 384

I think you could configure each port on the switch with a different default VLAN and plug those into the terminals (e.g. Port 1 gets VLAN 1, Port 2 gets VLAN 2, etc). That will by default separate each port into a separate network. Then use VLAN tagging on your XP VMs that you were going to spin up, so they each are effectively connected to a separate port on the switch (e.g. VM 1 is tagged for VLAN 1, VM 2 is tagged for VLAN 2, etc).

This is just the high-level details of what you'll need to do. Most lower-end consumer grade switches don't have VLAN support, so you may need to spring for a better switch, and make sure your VM software supports VLAN tagging.

Comment Tracking Beacon? (Score 4, Insightful) 40 40

potentially turning every coffee consumer's device into a tracking beacon

Sensationalize much? Maybe it's just to tell which Starbucks you're closest to so it know where to place the order or narrow down the nearby store results? That would be the more likely reason.

Do people seriously think that any app requesting location services is turned into an always-on tracking beacon sending their every move back to Big Data(tm)?

Comment Build better infrastructure (Score 1) 619 619

Don't just update the existing crumbling infrastructure, build better infrastructure!

If you're going to raise the Federal Gas tax by $0.10, you might as well use it to build Hyperloop infrastructure that individuals could ride for free:

https://github.com/OpenHyperlo...

Comment Why do they need to unlock it? (Score 5, Informative) 465 465

Did she bequeath the iPad or the apps/data on the iPad and the iTunes account to go with it? I'm pretty sure that even if the device is locked, that you can still do a factory reset on it and then have access to the iPad. Granted you would lose all the apps and data on the device, but you would still have the device to use as you wish.

If she bequeathed the iTunes account, then the account email and password should have been in the will or related documents, if not, then it's reasonable to assume she just left the hardware which you can reset and then have full use of.

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