Any state run by the GOP/TEA/KKK fringe already has the dictatorship.
So, which country do you live in that is more free? Or have you just given up and all you have left to offer is snarky cynicism?
I think the point is that the US used to be a fine example of what freedom should look like.
When the US starts down this road, it's terrible news for everyone else on the planet as all of the other governments say "fuck it". And, in many cases, at the request of Americans, they've made the rest of us markedly less free as we get spied on more in order to give the US a sense of security.
America used to be one of the few free places on the planet, and was what we all hoped for. Now, not so much.
Sadly, America has almost become an impediment to everyone else's freedoms. Because they're sure as hell undermining them.
Torture and the taking of political prisoners are touted as flaws of third world dictatorships and communists v. waterboarding
Of course, I'm sure the people putting that opinion forth never actually tried it themselves.
That the US might now be exerting a little extra muscle around people for simply disagreeing with them is definitely scary. When your press starts to self-censor, you are rapidly becoming anything but free.
And if you know those people you have also heard the stories about how ugly things got when the new accounting team forgot to pay the service contract
LOL, you know, I have never had an outage or problem like that from accountants forgetting to pay the bills.
Maybe your accountants suck?
This is true in general and doesn't just apply to storage devices that you think no one else here has ever managed.
I understand that
Running a NAS box for 100 people versus running big huge storage for an actual 'enterprise' application spanning hundreds of terabytes (and being business critical to a multi-billion dollar company) is a different thing entirely.
In my experience, the people doing the latter pay for the 'pampering' because the outage is ridiculously expensive to your business and trumps the cost of the support agreement. As in, your company will lose millions of dollars for every hour you have a disruption, so the support contract is considered cheap compared to the consequences of a failure.
I've certainly known people who say they work on enterprise class systems who would be laughed at by people who run some really large systems. I've known a few people who call what they do 'enterprise', but which I would call 'departmental'. It's all a matter of scale, and where it fits in your business.
And, at a certain scale, using cheap consumer drives and acting like you've got an enterprise solution is considered a business risk. Which is precisely why on the higher end of this there are such systems and vendors with support contracts and all the pampering.
I know people who do storage for companies where if the storage was to go offline, production halts until it's fixed. As in, entire plants sitting idle and losing product (and revenue) because they can't track and process it.
But consumer hard drives are so much cheaper that it's not really cost effective anymore to buy Enterprise drives.
Do you actually do Enterprise Storage? Because I know people who do.
At the really high end, the machines automatically call home and report a fault to the vendor. The vendor then dispatches someone to replace the faulty bit within the SLA.
In my experience, and from what I've been told by people who do this for a living, the Enterprise class drives come with the benefit of a warranty in which the manufacturer is contractually obligated to get you a replacement within a fixed amount of time.
Anyone doing real enterprise class storage for real mission critical things -- using commercial SATA drives is just not done unless it's cheap/bulk storage. Sure, you pay through the nose to the vendor for that kind of support, but you also have guaranteed service time and availability.
I just don't see evidence of people who do this at an enterprise scale cheaping out on disks for the important stuff.
Everybody who has anything more than a trivial amount of storage.
I don't see giant NetApp filers holding hundreds of terabytes being replaced with SSDs any time soon.
SSDs have their uses, but they're nowhere near cheap enough to replace systems with massive amounts of storage or that rely on RAID.
ust a way to separate stupid people from their money. Sort of like "premium" gasoline.
Depends entirely on your car.
For many cars, premium/high octane gas does very little. For higher-end cars and sports cars, it can make a huge difference.
And then on the really high-end there's a reason they make racing fuel (118 octane), because it makes a huge difference for some things.
A 1996 Buick, not so much. A Porsche or something like that, I bet it makes a huge difference -- both in performance and engine longevity.
Tablets tend to suck for creation. There are limited exceptions, but for the most part a mouse n' keyboard, and a screen without your fingers in the way, are what you want for creating things. This includes software, of course, but also more mundane business things like financial spreadsheets, e-mails, and so on. It applies to other creative pursuits such as writing, video editing, and so on.
Basically tablets are reasonably good if you want to consume content. You can read a book, surf the web, etc with ease on a tablet. However when you start to talk creation, they are not as good. They can do in a pinch, but much better to have a real keyboard and larger screen.
What we are actually seeing is not desktops and laptops "dying" but rather maturing. The market is more or less done growing. However that doesn't mean it is going away. The two states are not "growth" and "death". Rather it can be stable.
We've already seen this in things like mainframes. Desktops didn't kill off mainframes. You can still buy them, and people do. There are more of them now then when there were only mainframes. However it is a mature market. There aren't many organizations that want one, and you don't replace them that often. So there's no growth, but it isn't dead by any means.
That's what is happening with desktops. Go in to a business, have a look around, they have not tossed all their computers and started playing with tablets and phones. There is a computer on every desk practically. However, as noted, there is a computer on every desk. They've got their computers. They buy for replacement now largely, not to increase the numbers.
The only people who think desktops/laptops are going to "die" are either kids who just play on their smart phone and don't do productive work with a computer, or idiot tech journalists.
I'm sure the "disruption, not damage" thing is going to be very reassuring to the guy with a pacemaker.
I have no doubt about that. But the post I was replying to essentially said "why not EMP, solved problem?"
To my (very limited) understanding, that would be the theoretical difference between an EMP vs an RF pulse.
The poor schmuck with the pacemaker (or insulin pump) will not be as concerned with the nuances.
I guess shielding all the wiring harnesses and electronics individually wouldn't work since the car's body would still pick it up and everything is grounded to it?
I have zero actual advice to give on the topic, I assumed the tinfoil reference was sufficient to convey that.
A person can back-load an old portable generator into a transformer and create an EMP that will theoretically immobilize all electronics within a 3-block radius
Wait, that thing from the 'Ocean's X' movie was real?
Even in TFS, this device doesn't target cars specifically, it zapped all of the electronics *in* the car, too.
I think this would merely disrupt. I believe a full on EMP would actually destroy the electronics.
So, in theory at least, you don't wreck every bit of electronics you aim this thing at. Because if police start damaging people's cars for no good reason, there will be hell to pay as people get pissed off at ending up with a huge repair bill -- especially if the officer is mistaken or you're just collateral damage.
How can I shield my car against this? I'm willing to add up to 20lbs to do it.
Same as everything else
As an added benefit, think of all the interesting people you'll meet trying to explain why your car is plastered in tinfoil.