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Comment Windows server 2016 on desktop (Score 2) 572

I'm going to get a new gaming PC sometime next year, and probably I'd "have to" run Windows 10 on it.

Luckily, I can still get Windows Server 2016 from Dreamspark.

Looks like it will have all the features of Windows 10 with bits that allow you to turn OFF all the nastinesses.You can just install Audio and DirectX support and play. I know of friends who have done this with Windows Server 2012, so it should be ok.

As a bonus, I can have a domain controller in my home, so that if wife ever needs to have Windows 10 in her computer, we can just have it join the domain and remain in our control, not Microsoft's.

Comment Re:MTU (Score 1) 72

The use case here is moving uncompressed video within a studio environment. In here, you have full control over the hardware and Internet does not come into play. I'd think that in such cases they have no problems in going to jumbo frames.

Comment Re:Simple experiment-- (Score 1) 154

We rely on our server uptime because of someone else's electricity (we should just generate our own)

I haven't yet seen a datacenter (or even a server closet) that doesn't have at least a small UPS (to allow graceful shutdowns). For mission-critical environments, you actually *do* have back-up generators and the like (Think hospitals). Following that analogy, a hybrid option is actually one that might be worth pursuing, putting services into a cluster and having part of the cluster hosted on-premise.

It all comes down to cost-benefit-analysis. The problem with doing that in regards to cloud computing is that some of the variables are not only vague, but they might be completely unavailable. There is not really enough information to make rational decisions on such aspects as privacy, confidentiality, reliability, and so on. Some of these might get better defined over time (such as reliability), but with confidentiality it all comes down to trusting your cloud provider.

Comment Re:dry ink (Score 5, Informative) 223

Has solved it already a few years ago with Epson Claria inks. They are still costly (based on the cartridge-pricing-model), but the whole point of that product is that it doesn't block the heads if you don't print anything for a while.

I have an Epson PX720WD myself (got it cheap out of a dealer going of of business), and use it *very* rarely. There may be several months between sheets, and nearly a year between color printings. I've replaced the cartridges once. And never gotten a blocked printing head.

Comment Ton of legacy (Score 2) 283

There's plenty of legacy stuff in intranets that require flash that is *not* easily upgradeable, or at least up to the user.

Case example on where I run every now and then in work, Cisco IMC controllers (server management cards).

Their UI is based on Flash (and Java), for remote console, status data, and so on. If I point a browser to a CIMC server, the first thing I see is "Install flash player" if it's not already installed. Even if Cisco would release an upgrade *today*, how often are people interested in rebooting their servers for firmware upgrades as long as it's running ok?

Comment Informing the public *might* actually help (Score 1) 202

Anecdotal evidence, I know, but I've heard from a friends who has been living in mainland China for a few years now. This topic on rhino horns has apparently come up a few times.

This is one of those cases where having a public awareness campaign in China might actually help.

The issue: Lots of chinese believe that getting a rhino horn doesn't involve killing the rhino. They believe you can just pick them up from the ground - that they work like elk/deer/moose horns that drops away from the head every now and then. Once the locals have learned the truth, they have usually been apalled.

The mystical/medicinal crap aside, the fact that folks don't *know* that rhino horn has to come from a poached rhino is a big factor.

Comment Some certs are good, but not for the skills (Score 1) 296

Most certs do indeed prove only that you can answer multiple choice questions. However, there are certs that truly matter, but not from skills perspective (although that helps).

CCIE is a good example, since it requires the lab part (I know some folks actually try to do the lab part by rota, with several attempts, but it's still rare). Some others might be the architect-level certs from Microsoft or Oracle. CISSP is a bit in the gray area, it's not a vendor-specific cert, but many customers actually appreciate it.

Anyway, while the highest certs may "prove" something about your skills, the biggest benefit is actually in something completely different. If working for a vendor partner (Cisco, Juniper, Microsoft, whatever), they typically give you status levels based on the number of cert-holders in the company. So basically, if you have a good enough cert, you can waltz in and say "even if I come here to watch porn every day, you can still pay me and save money". What it really means that even if you are a slob who has just gotten the cert by rota, the company can afford to pay you due to the vendor discounts. If you actually know what you are doing, even better.

I mentioned the CISSP, it's an example of a cert where having you on the payroll does not mean discounts from vendors - but it might give the company a possibility to enter higher-paying projects. Many RFQs usually hand out points based on what certs the people involved actually have.

Comment Delay-tolerant networking (Score 1) 105

Effort has been underway for quite some time - by folks such as Vint Cerf, no less - to facilitate Internet over long delays. Surprisingly, there has been terrestrial (or aquatic) applications in the research as well, for example solar-powered sensor networks that can only transmit during daylight hours.

There's a nice overview architecture draft from 2003, especially interesting bits are in the routing section (12.3-12.4), see - the eventually published RFC has nowhere such interesting figures about routing between Earth and Mars :)

Anyway, the underlying arch is relying on putting a "bundle layer" between applications and transport, a layer 5 if you will - and the bundling will attempt to hide the long latencies. Naturally, for interactive applications this won't work, but for everything else why not...There are some implementations at

Comment Re:Modem connection tones (Score 1) 790

Trust me, they are still used in M2M connections in places that only have PSTN and where cellular is flaky. I had to set up US Robotics modem and hook it up to a Cisco router's AUX port only last week so customer could do interoperability tests with their newly ordered modems. Yes, it's mid-2010's.

Granted, the speaker was turned off...

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