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Comment: Re:About time! (Score 2) 306

by WillerZ (#46827231) Attached to: ARIN Is Down To the Last<nobr> <wbr></nobr>/8 of IPv4 Addresses

+1, accurate.

One of my peeves with IPv6 is that in v4 I had over 16 million legal loopback addresses out of only 4 billion addresses; now in v6 I have exactly one out of a much larger pool. It is not often useful, but it isn't always useless to use more than one of the loopback addresses on a host.

I would have preferred loopback to be a /64 rather than a /128 in IPv6: it's not like the address-space is too small to afford it.

Comment: Re:Can you replace your whole system for that pric (Score 1) 380

by vlm (#42882013) Attached to: Home Server Or VPS? One Family's Math

That is the crucial difference between salary and hourly. As a welder, you would get a nice 50% rate bonus if you have to work late.

You're confusing "if you have to" with "I want to". There's a huge difference between being ordered to work extra or get fired, vs, I'd like to work an extra hour today. If no one wants to sign off on overtime that day, you aren't getting a 41st hour, doesn't matter if you want it or not.

Comment: Re:Can you replace your whole system for that pric (Score 3, Interesting) 380

by vlm (#42871705) Attached to: Home Server Or VPS? One Family's Math

Other people could use that time for e.g. watching the TV, but is that really any more a valuable way of spending one's time?

Also just because I make "skilled craftsman" type hourly rates (about as much per hour as a plumber) unlike a plumber I can only realistically get precisely 40 hrs per week. Not 39, not 41, but exactly 40 hrs at that rate.

Yes hrs 1 thru 40 I get about plumber income per hour, but as soon as I hit that 41st hour at home, I would have to hunt for a job and in this economy blah blah and with the flexibility required for a second job, and only wanting to work precisely one hour not 20 every week etc, I think I'd be VERY lucky to cashier at quickie mart for $7.25/hr, if that is even possible.

So unless you can actually do it, and you want to, don't assume the cost of a marginal extra hours labor is your regular pay rate. In other words the cost of an hours labor at $job during regular business hours is plumber-ish hourly rate, but at home after hours I cannot realistically earn more than a couple bucks per hour.

Comment: Re:Only Minecraft? (Score 1) 380

by vlm (#42871611) Attached to: Home Server Or VPS? One Family's Math

If it is only for minecraft? If so, and you are trying to pinch pennies, have the kid stop playing minecraft and get a job.

Or do more than minecraft. Home file server to start (try not to turn yourself into a world wide warez site... unless you really want to of course). Then stick some PCI video cap cards in, some mythtv backend software... Add a X10/insteon controller and misterhouse for home automation... Wire up cheap tiny speakers all thru the house and install some jukebox software for whole house audio...

Comment: Re:TCO fail (Score 3, Insightful) 380

by vlm (#42871559) Attached to: Home Server Or VPS? One Family's Math

I hope this guy is not anyone's CPA or handles and sort of financial analysis/projections at his work.

The most likely indication that he is in financial management, is you figure out the aggregate total sum of his, PLUS all involved /.ers hourly rate, and the cost of debating this probably has at least 3 or 4 more zeros than the expense involved. Penny wise and pound foolish and all that.

Everyone at work has had the experience of a two hour meeting with 15 devs at $100/hr to debate exactly how in painful detail the group will pay roughly $5/month for coffee, and whoever saves the most pennies (at a mere cost of $3000 labor) will get some kind of BS award on their annual review. Why if we save 30 cents a year, at a cost of $3000 we'll be rollin in the profits by 1st quarter 12013... of course a real NPV calc based on real rates would make it pretty hard to ever profit off an annual return of 30 cents on a 3000 dollar investment...

The only thing the dude needs to do is:
1) Is it possible? Yes, obviously
2) Is its cost in line for a hobby expense? Yes, its cheaper than golf or watching cable TV or pretty much anything other than watching paint dry. Heck, even then you'd have to buy paint and paint ain't cheap.
3) Is it fun? Well, its probably more fun to host at home, than pay an intermediary to do it for you. Much like its a hell of a lot more fun to cook than order delivery.

So yeah .. just do it.

Comment: Re:Banking passwords are overrated (Score 1) 195

by vlm (#42871181) Attached to: Everything You Know About Password-Stealing Is Wrong

and off the money goes.

off the money goes really Fing slowly. There is no technical reason why a credit card payment can't be posted as fast as a charge, for example, in minutes at most. I get an alert when I make a credit card charge and the alerts usually arrive in minutes at most. However, intentionally... probably... my bank's bill pay system takes an absolute minimum of one business day to process a bill pay (sometimes more) and they send email alerts to me both when its set up and on the morning of the actual day of the transfer (at least one day in the future) when it could still be reversed. So if someone broke in and tried to send my whole account to or whatever, I would have instant warning someone is screwing around and at least 24 hours to prevent the transfer.

I use the word "bank" but its actually a local credit union. Maybe some weird credit union reg paid for by banks that CUs must not do instant payments, who knows.

Comment: Re:Problem for companies competing internationally (Score 3, Insightful) 159

by vlm (#42871093) Attached to: Adobe Bows To Pressure and Cuts Australian Prices

Software should be sold as a commodity not licensed.

If country A and country B both had furniture business, and exporter Z arbitrarily sold wood at twice the price to country A, in the medium term the price of wood in country A would approach the cost of country B's cheap wood plus trucking wood from B to A, no huge deal.

But if you licensed fine grain furniture grade oak by the individual plank and certain planks could only be used in certain countries... this is the software license problem...

Comment: Re:Why so high? (Score 2, Interesting) 159

by vlm (#42870979) Attached to: Adobe Bows To Pressure and Cuts Australian Prices

The USD used to be worth a hell of a lot more than its worth now. Even compared to just recently. One of the many fun side effects of the collapse of empire.

About 10 years ago the conversion from USD to AUD was darn near 60 cents to the buck. So a "$600 USD" thing really should cost "$1000 AUD" because of currency conversion rates. Today the ratio is very near 1:1. But if you've trained the kangaroos or whatever to expect to pay darn near twice as much in AUD as USD, then why not keep doin it if they're dumb enough to keep paying it?

The government involvement is the .gov always gets worked up over black market currency transactions. You go ask them to explain, I donno. Something about pretending to be an unregulated currency exchange. Combined with some weird money laundering possibilities. Also one of many reasons a country crashes its currency (competitive devaluation, etc) is to increase exports. But if the disobedient companies refuse to recognize the new exchange rate, that kinda defeats the purpose, thus they get pissed off. Also there's a lot of game theory in international economics where all the big players (the nations) agree to keep all their minons in check, otherwise things don't go so smooth. So if we start a mini-trade war over crappy web dev software, the aussies might fight back by not selling us Crocodile Dundee sequel movies or WTF they sell us. Probably most (semi-valuable) rocks aka ores of some sort. We probably sell them as much horse piss beer as they sell us so that would break even and not matter too much. So... anyway...

The same thing has pretty much happened with the Canadians. A decade ago $1.40 CDN bought you a buck, now its darn near parity $1 for $1. In the olden days paperback books and magazines always had something like $4.99 USA $6.99 Canada printed in ink on the cover. Obviously that would be a tremendous ripoff now that $1 equals about $1.

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