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Comment Re:Serves them right (Score 1) 578

It's like the argument put forward by Neal Stephenson in Cryptonomicon - the Allies won WWII because they had the best technology,

Really? It's been a while since my history classes, but I thought it was the U.S. ability to manufacture more tanks and ships and trucks and things. The Sherman was outclassed but was sent in much larger numbers. And their bomber's couldn't reach the U.S. factories whereas the German factories were having to move into hollowed-out mountains and such. The Germans had ballistic missles, cruise missles, superior tanks and were on the verge of intercontinental flying-wing bombers.

They also were fighting a two-front war.

Japan put a prototype jet fighter in the air during WWII.

I don't think the Allied Forces had superior tech in WWII.

Comment Re:Downgrade rights (Score 1) 671

If anyone had actually spent time using it, or if CowboyNeal was attempting anything other than a flamefest to drive ad impressions, perhaps that'd be more clear to people.

Imagine Windows 7 where the start menu opened at login and took up the whole screen. That's it. If you don't use any modern apps, you won't ever see the WinRT part of the system. Start an application, you're on the desktop.

Simple question: Do you use Metro IE or desktop IE?

I'm trying to run Win8, and when I'm living on the desktop I'm okay. But then I try to open up a PDF, media file or image and suddenly the default Metro-based app launches and my desktop and task bar are gone. I haven't yet figured out how to close the Metro app to return to the desktop. I have to alt-tab back to the desktop and then right click in the top-left hotspot to close the Metro app. Instead I am now manually dragging PDFs into Chrome (the desktop version) and right-clicking media files to launch in desktop WMP. (Adobe's PDF reader annoys me, too, so far I am avoiding installing it.)

I've installed Win8 on my main home machine to force myself to get used to it, but I have yet to like anything about Metro. Shutting down or sleeping the computer takes several gestures and clicks.

When I look at the Metro screen my brain wants to explode. The Win7 start menu does a decent job of promoting my commonly used links while allowing me to pin items if I want, but I can also search the start menu, and unlike Metro it will show me apps, files and control panel items in the search results. In Metro I have to move the mouse a lot and click to search files, apps or control panel items. In the Win7 menu I have the option of browsing the hierarchical folder structure, too. In Metro I get the mass of gaudy tiles that make no immediate sense to me and then a bunch of ugly tiles for installed programs and all the items that might have appeared buried in the hierarchy in Win7. I am not liking it yet and haven't yet figured out an advantage for me with Metro.

Comment Re:Incredibly stupid (Score 2) 231

Seriously? People that use such easy to guess (and therefore pointless) shouldn't even have access to anything that needs protection...

Pfffft. You ever worked for a Director/VP or higher? Try telling them how to set their passwords. I've seen "boss", "super" and other motivational-poster-worthy simple words. And they want everything to auto-login. One of the last major worm outbreaks I encountered originated in the senior executive offices.

Okay, that was a few years ago. Maybe that company has learned a few things since then.

Comment Re:I'm not changing to IPv6 on a specific date... (Score 2) 463

Um, even Win2k had IPv6 downloadable. WinXP just needs it turned on. Vista an 7 have it on by default and will use it for file sharing and terminal services.

Outside of ISP availability and SOHO router support, the only current stumbling blocks with IPv6 are programs that try to store IP addresses and haven't been updated to store IPv6 addresses. Programs that use or store host names and use the OS'es name resolution work fine as-is.

Having IPv6 to the router and IPv4 behind it doesn't make a lot of sense. Layer 2 and client IPv6 really isn't a problem.

But no, IPv4 isn't going away soon. Dual-stack will be a reality for at least a few years, probably 10-20.

Aside from IPv4-only servers, the biggest stumbling block to ditching IPv4 entirely (once IPv6 is ubiquitous) is that there is no PXE boot for IPv6 yet. Will somebody please develop that and start getting it into boot firmware?

Comment Re:I'm not changing to IPv6 on a specific date... (Score 3, Informative) 463

Plus wastage due to subnetting (network address, broadcast etc)...
Imagine trying to segment a network of that size, and then trying to keep track of what was in which segment etc... Would be quite a nightmare.

Allow me to point out a couple of IPv6's features for you:

- IPv6 is designed to be hierarchical, so knowing the location of a segment will be easier than IPv4. Each /64 is routed under a matching /48, which is under a /32, etc..

- All subnets should be /64's

- IPv6 does not use broadcast IPs. It has various multicast addresses with the prefix ff00:/8 to address the link-local domain (~=broadcast), site-local domain, etc.

- Don't think of "wastage". By design every subnet should be a /64. The host address is intended to be globally unique, so there are 2^63 available globally-unique host addresses that by design can move to another prefix and still be unique within that prefix. If you don't want to use a globally unique ID, there are also 2^63 non-globally-unique IDs, and for example prefix::1 is one of them. By your thinking the IPv6 waste is colossal, but it's not waste, it's a design feature which allows hierarchical routing and collision-free merging of subnets.

- Routers need not take up a public IPv6 address if you're that desperate for space (which you aren't, I promise). All IPv6 hosts have a link-local address (think 169.254.0.0/16, but always there), and the router can advertise a route on the link-local address

Comment JaguarPC (Score 1) 375

I switched to JaguarPC for an unmanaged Debian VPS after my old provider had my VPS down 5 days, didn't communicate with me well and ultimately never got my VPS and data back. (I kept my own backups, luckily.) JaguarPC had a special running and had been in business 10 years at the time, so I gave them a try. Never a problem. 3 years later they upgraded my resources and lowered my fee, and did it without having to restart my VPS. I once got an email that they were experiencing a DDoS attack that might affect me and pointed me to a website with running updates, but it didn't seem to affect me. Much better service than I had before and have seen with my friends' providers who would have issues, look at the status page and get a false "everything is fine!" message. I'm about to leave them to self-host at home, so I wrote them a thank-you blog singing their praises.

Comment What about prostitutes? (Score 1) 454

Crap, how would I pay for prostitutes?

On the other hand, I just wrote two checks to family (um, not for services previously mentioned in this post). It seems like there should be a way to wire/ACH funds between individuals.

Then again, there are certain places (besides prostitutes) I would not trust with the information necessary to debit my accounts.

Comment Re:DJBDNS does not request DNSSEC (Score 1) 132

djbdns is a collection of programs. The 512B limit doesn't apply to all of them. The resolver dnscache would be the program of concern in this context, and it can both request and serve requests over 512B on TCP in the default build. I am currently using other resolvers for IPv6 reasons, but I don't expect dnscache to have a problem with DNSSEC on the root servers.

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