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Comment Two, both for mobile devices. (Score 2) 491

(1a) Root/jailbreak everywhere, as an easy option (not called that any longer). Rather like the security control on Mac OS. "Security" on by default, but can be turned off with a click.

(1b) An unlocked SIM socket on every device, of every size, along with a dialer/calling app for mobile networks. So that I don't have to choose amongst the limited selection of "phablets" but can instead use an iPad Mini or a Samsung Galaxy S2 as my phone if I want to.

Comment Re:Hopefully this is temporary (Score 1) 191

It's about licensing enforcement most assuredly. They're trying to deprecate existing installations of Windows 7 via a physical over-write with Windows 10. They DO NOT want you using the same key to keep both installations of Windows 7 and Windows 10 at the same time. So they force the issue by insuring you can't just do a clean install without first upgrading the key within the existing installation of Windows 7 first. Microsoft released a newer ISO, found out it broke this licensing enforcement model, and now are pulling it ASAP out of realization. That's the only thing I can conclude from all this.

Comment Re: Already solved (Score 1) 107

I bought a new fridge about 5 years ago. I moved house and worked out that the difference in power consumption between the old fridge I had and the new one that I bought meant that the new fridge paid for itself in 2-3 years. Newer utilities are significantly lower power than ones from even the '80s and '90s. I bet that the next set of low-operating-cost white goods will all have some kind of Internet-related insecurity as standard.

Comment hell yeah (Score 1) 574

Knowing the history and knowing the enormous breach of freedom this is, how can any presidential candidate not immediately answer "noooo! NO ! double no !" alone on the US and European historical precedent and the breach of constitutionality ? Remember they are supposed to uphold the constitution when elected.

Comment Re:Channel Bonding (Score 1) 91

NIC Teaming and NIC bonding are two different things. What you're talking about is NIC Teaming. What's needed is Bonding. But that has to be supported all the way from the NIC, to the modem, and everything else in between (switch, router, etc)

What is the difference between NIC Teaming and Bonding

>NIC Teaming uses one of two methods, failover, and load-balancing with fail over. With a team you do not get a single 2gb connection (with two 1 gb NICs). You get two pipes that act as one, but merely are load balancing the traffic over each NIC, and each NIC acts as a fail over to the other. If you transfer a 100 gb file, you are not going to get 2gb of throughputyou still only get 1 gb, but you will not kill the network performance because the second NIC is still available to service other traffic.

True bonding would be taking two NICs and bonding them together to get a single fat pipe. This requires the switch to support this as well. I have not seen much bonding in the server worldmore done at the network level.

VMWare acts the same way. It is purely load balancing and fail over. Since VMWare is done at the OS level, you can mix and match different vendor NICs in a team. I have done this without issue. Just make sure they are on the HCL.

Comment Re:How about fixing the systems? (Score 1) 143

Leap seconds are announced months in advance

i.e. with less warning than the revalidation time for a lot of safety-critical systems.

Anybody who knows about problems with leap days?

Well, aside from the Zune infinite looping...

Leap days (which we call leap years, because consistency is hard) are predictable. Software written 40 years ago will have the extra days at exactly the same times and with exactly the same frequency that the designers thought that they would. You never have problems where some parts of a distributed system got the update and others didn't. Either the code is working, or it's broken. It's also really easy to test.

Comment Re:This is stupid ... (Score 2) 143

You do understand that the navigation is ALSO intrinsically tied to the astronomical positioning of things, right?

Today? Mostly (for anything where accuracy matters to the degree that leap seconds will make a difference in under a few hundred years) it depends on the GPS position, or some equivalent. GPS time, unlike UTC, does not have leap seconds.

Comment Re:This is stupid ... (Score 2) 143

If we don't bother with leap seconds, then the distance that the sun will be off from being directly overhead at the equinox is about the same as it is now from being a couple of hundred miles away from the meridian. A simpler solution to the problem would be to, every couple of thousand years, have a one-hour reset. There is basically nothing that depends on the position of the sun in the sky to that level of accuracy, but there are a huge number of things (including all air-traffic control systems) that depend on keeping time in sync to sub-second accuracy and are safety critical. These things all need some special handling for every adjustment and an extra hour would be no more difficult for them than an extra second, so doing one big correction every couple of thousand years would be far, far cheaper. That's of course assuming that we still care much for a time system that's predicated on a single planet's relationship to its star in 2,000 years. It seems likely that we'll either be sufficiently disbursed that we don't, or that we'll have damaged our civilisation enough that we will have far bigger problems to deal with.

Comment Re:Is China involved in this project? (Score 1) 193

Yeah, on the cheap. You really don't want to know how badly they cut corners in civil engineering. It has nothing to do with capability; it has everything to due with corruption in materials and last minute change-outs. In some cases, omission of materials entirely. For example, no rebar in concrete when it was specifically called for and certified as having been used when in fact it wasn't.

Comment Re:But do we still need fusion? (Score 1) 193

*while fusion has the potential to provide more energy than harvestable insolation, this would represent a massive injection of heat into the biosphere and I doubt that would have good implications for climate change. It is also hard to imagine what we could possibly do with that much energy without causing serious issues."

Geothermal produces a LOT of energy. The planet expels this energy out into space as IR radiation, as do the oceans that have all that thermal momentum. So unless you're talking about humanity covering the Earth into a Borg-like mechasphere (opposed to a biosphere) plotted with fusion reactors, we won't have fuck-all impact on the planet.

Use the Force, Luke.