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Comment Re:SSH? (Score 5, Insightful) 607

I'm more inclined to trust Bruce Schneier who says "I trust the mathematics," than the authors of this sensationalist NYTimes article

I trust the math, even though I don't understand it.

I don't necessarily trust the people who coded the math into a program.

I don't necessarily trust the computer that is running the program.

Comment Re:Nice summary (Score 1) 278

Yes, 2.25% for these type of patents is considered exorbitant, typical royalty rates would be a flat rate of a buck or less per unit for a bundle of hundreds of these standards required patents. If everyone in a standard required 2.25% for the handful of patents they have that are included in the standard every single device would double or triple in price.

Comment Re:Diminishing returns (Score 1) 478

Actually the people who discuss risk IN REAL LIFE do cover those things. In this /. discussion, not so much.

Risk is just one face of a many-faceted issue.

Other faces include responsibility, liability, and morality.

The liability facet is usually discussed by lawyers and financial groups. How much of the problems do we need to pay for? If we pay up front can we avoid paying later? These groups will often talk about reducing risks in an effort to cut bottom-line costs.

The responsibility and morality facets are usually discussed by social and humanitarian groups. Are we able to do something about it, and ought we do something about it? These groups will often talk about reducing risks in an effort to improve the lives of people.

Comment Re:li-ion batteries suck (Score 1) 351

No I wouldn't, I had a Palm Pilot 15 years ago =)
More importantly I try to keep up with material science research to get an idea of where things will be in 10-15 years, and there's no supercap material in development that's going to replace fossil fuels in that timeframe, at best they'll be used as part of the regenerative system in hybrids.

Comment Re:That's cool and everything, but... (Score 1) 183

Do you think a couple hundred people with African GDP will be able to pay access rates high enough to justify that kind of investment? Of course not, which is the same reason you don't see coast to coast 4G coverage except along interstate routes, there's not a high enough population density to justify the infrastructure investment.

Comment Stupid (Score 2) 40

At $100 they've wasted 99% of the funds on making people choose, when I was at Cisco anything under $10k could be put on a corporate credit card because it cost $68 in personnel time to cut a PO with approvals, I can't see how this model can possibly be effective with such small amounts of money unless it's a testbed to research the concept for bigger corporate-wide use.

Comment Re:Impressive. (Score 2) 196

Wow. No.

History has shown for centuries that the wealthier a society becomes the smaller the family size gets. The more money people have, the less kids.

By your logic the richest societies would be the most populous. Take a look at the growth rates of the top 20 economies in the world and you'll see that many of them are not only low but NEGATIVE. Plot it over time and you can see the correlation to economic growth is inverse to population growth.

Comment Re:How much RAM? (Score 1) 197

Then stick it in a closet, or a basement or the back of some cabinet. Screw the trendy little bricks. Get yourself a BeagleBone Black or a Raspberry Pi and mount it on a wall next to a switch in a closet.

I ended up buying a small rack (12U, 2-post, desktop) and putting a small 1U switch, 1U UPS and 2U mini-itx server in it. It sits in a closet where I had a power outlet installed on a separate circuit and an air vent installed. I also cut small hole in the wall to the closet to allow conduit and run networking cables. One runs to a ceiling mounted wireless access point which I plan on upgrading to 802.11ac next weekend.

Too much of what comes out (*cough* Apple *cough*) comes from the computer-as-a-fashion-accessory mentality.

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