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Comment Re:we ditched vmware for xenserver 2 years back... (Score 1) 86

Well for starters, ditch Sendmail, use Exim, and then implement DRBD with linux HA, Dovecot, and Perdition.
If by enterprise grade, you mean "good enough for an ISP to use", then open source does just fine with a bit of tweaking and fine tuning.

So spamassassin uses a lot of CPU? Have you seen the resources an exchange DAG requires?
Granted, exchange has a nice calendar system and the extra goodies that businesses want, but that's a real cost/benefit analysis given licensing and the amount of hardware you have to throw at it.

Comment Re:Future regulation (Score 1) 396

Once it has worth of its own (the ability to receive a salary and to buy bread and pay rent w/o relying on converting to an outside currency) then it will be a currency. Right now it's a digital commodity, much like gold or gemstones.

And that will never happen, because governments will want to be paid tax in the currency of the land. That means that conversion will always have to exist, and whilst it always exists, they will regulate it.

Governments and the banks will fight tooth and nail to maintain the monopoly over their money that they enjoy. They won't stand for a second to have all their assets devalued because nobody wants to trade with them.

Comment Re:Sony Hackstation (Score 1) 457

Well that would prevent users from running "Other OS" on the PS4... but to lift the OS off the PS4 and import it elsewhere?

I suppose you could simply encrypt the entire OS on the drive, and have that encryption key signed in Secure Boot inaccessible to the casual user.
Sony would then want a cert revocation and update mechanism though, to prevent what happened to the PS3....

Comment Sony Hackstation (Score 3, Interesting) 457

So how trivial will it be to slurp the OS out onto a AMD card enabled PC and have our own "HackStation4"?
Or... how would one modify FreeBSD to run PS4 software?

I'm sure there'll be encryption up the wazoo anyway... and potentially software could specifically check that the graphics chip is not some off-the-shelf AMD card... ...but it begs the question.

Comment This is typical of any Vendor-slave environment (Score 1) 118

Some of these vendor-ware boxes are so hard to install, patch and maintain, that quite often they are left alone to run for years in production until the hardware dies.
If it gets hacked... it's the hacker's fault.
When the hardware dies,... it's the hardware vendor's fault.
If it's left unmaintained, the company saves money
If it is maintained, the admins won't be allowed to do anything when the company won't give them an update window, out of fear of breaking it. So the admin's sit on their hands and spin in their chairs every day.

It's always someone else's fault when the server goes balls-up, and when that happens, they get someone in to reinstall the server on new hardware.
(after lengthy outages)

Comment Re:Waiting for Apple (Score 1) 154

Just because we never used a particular function doesn't mean other people might want to.
(which is why I don't get why comparing the Sony to what Apple could presumably do got shouted down as being offtopic. Yes, some people have to, or prefer to use Apple products in their daily work and won't get this Sony laptop.)

But support for 4K for the video editors sounds pretty cool in TB2
My bet is that the new Mac Pro redesign will get it too.

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