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Comment Re:No (Score 1) 68

"which are technically gigabit layer 3 switches"

No, technically they're routers (or gateways, if you want to use the IETF term). Switches are multiport bridges. "L3 switch" is a marketing term, created when wirespeed routing in hardware became available, in order to market them as having throughput comparable to switches.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 68

If you check out the product mentioned in the summary (Turris Omnia), they call it "open source hardware," but there's no schematic or reference design offered or even promised, they don't mention what if any network ASICs it uses - so how is it "open hardware?" Their previous offering, "Router Turris," despite having a reference design and being claimed as "open source hardware", used the Qualcomm QCA8337N-AL3C, so it isn't really open hardware, either, and is much more closed than hardware which doesn't require binary blobs to work (well). If I document a Juniper SRX in a box with an Arduino connected to its console port, can I then call it "open source hardware?"

Broadcom has the lion's share of the market for network ASICs, and is very much a closed environment. So, there you'd find all sorts of binary blobs. The Soekris' (there are no doubt similar ones from others) are really embedded PCs, with good open source driver support much like a PC. But they provide more ports with lower power, smaller footprint, and lower cost than trying to configure a PC for anything but the simplest routing. Soekris' uses the Intel 82574L Ethernet IC, which is supported by the open source e1000e driver.

It's not clear what the use case is (in the near term) for home routing with multi-GB throughput. Isn't firewall/NAT/VPN the main need, with non-routing/bridging services (DHCP, DNS, print/file sharing etc.) tacked on for convenience since consumers seem to think that "routers" do more than divide broadcast domains.

Comment Re: Why should? (Score 1) 277

It will be much less than 10_years in the long haul trucking industry. Cities within 15. The people who are really worried ate the auto insurance industry. When people only need fire and theft because accidents are covered by the manufacturer, and the car can report someone is trying to steal it, and it doesn't matter how old or experienced the driver is, don't be surprised if the manufacturers cover fire and theft as well. The only thing you'll need to cover for would be uninsured driver, vandalism,s and falling pianos. Expect vandalism to drop when the car has video of the perps.

Ask Slashdot: What Non-lethal Technology Has the Best Chance of Replacing the Gun? 640

Wycliffe writes: Most cops are not out to kill someone, but when someone reaches for a cellphone or their glovebox, the cop may assumes the worst and try to protect themselves from dying. Guns are used to immobilize the target, and aren't even that good at it when a person is charging. What other potential devices could be used to protect a cop so that guns are unnecessary? Foam? Lightweight body armor? Nets? Robots? 'M.A.N.T.I.S.' paralyzing gas? Force field? What non-lethal technology out there has the best potential to be more effective at immobilizing a target and/or protecting a cop than a gun?

Comment Re:Hipsters fight over limited supplies of juice (Score 2) 527

"One of the main advantages of EVs is that you don't need to take 10 minutes out of your day to park and wait for hydrocarbons to flow into a tank."

ITYM "10 minutes out of your week." vs. 10 minutes out of each day finding a spot with charging near where "you're stopped for another reason anyway," getting the cable out, plugging, unplugging and stowing the cable. If that's an advantage, it's one for gasoline powered vehicles.

Comment Re: SJWs, 'ten-hut! (Score 1) 766

Why are we so fixated on three-letter extensions? It's not like we are stuck with that as a file system limitation. (see .HTML as an example). And what is wrong with using a prefix, or an internal grouping of letters with a delimiter? Except for laziness and inertia?

Comment Re: Let me quess (Score 1) 766

TERFs (teans-hating extreme radical feminists) see bogeymen everywhere. Gloria Steinem is a prime example of a TERF who seems more angry that she's a has-been than anything else, and is looking for easy targets in an attempt to get attention. Only problem is, times have changed and we're no longer soft targets for a cheap shot.

Comment Re: The shouldn't have backed down (Score 1) 766

Most rational people have better things to do than try to be offended by the name of a file extension or a piece of software. What next - getting upset over gender changer connectors? MANhole covers? MENstruation? HIStory? HERpes? (OK, I WOULD get upset over herpes :-)

Comment Re: What next? City of Los Angeles: Master/Slave H (Score 2) 766

Anyone who's read any sci-fi and thinks that slaving a pair of waldos to your hand movements is racist is messed up. Good luck to the librarians censoring all those stories. Master and slave drives are perfectly acceptable, since primary and secondary storage devices can mean many different things.

Comment Re: What next? (Score 4, Insightful) 766

I just alias apropos to woman for the best of both worlds :-) Honestly, all this SJW crap is demeaning to women, as are the push for more girls to pick up coding and having it be assume that we have to be protected from a three letter file extension.


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