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Comment Re:Isn't IPFS at least resistant to DDoS attacks? (Score 1) 351

Good point. This is what I'm thinking - the real solution to this kind of problem is to shift any centralized services on the web to distributed decentralized. It's impossible to DDOS Bitcoin, right? You can take out individual nodes, but not the whole Bitcoin network. I think we need DNS to work the same way.

Comment Re: BlackBox can actually look pretty neat ... (Score 1) 239

I don't own any iBubble products, thanks. I have Ubuntu 14.04 on my work laptop - it's the only version supported by my employer's VPN provider, Elementary OS on my desktop, and Ubuntu MATE on the desktop my kids use, and last year I was using KDE Plasma.

But when I look at the screens of my colleagues' Macbooks, sorry but they do look better even than the nicest KDE Plasma layout. We can hate Apple for their walled gardens and patent lawsuits and other proprietary bullshit, but Macbooks are not "flimsy proprietary gadgets" that look like a thirteen year old version of KDE.

Comment Re: BlackBox can actually look pretty neat ... (Score 1) 239

I picked some of the older desktop environments as an example. I meant no disrespect to the Blackbox developers or users. It might be pretty cool. I just remember that it's relatively old. I used FVWM fifteen years ago, give or take, and it was functional but not pretty.

Comment Re:Come on... (Score 1) 239

To be fair or maybe a little generous to the corporate overlords, there is a problem on the developer side too. Most software is in maintenance mode. Maintaining some giant ugly thing someone else built is an essential service, but it's not as much fun as building something new with the hottest... whatever. So many developers who could be doing excellent work quit because starting something new is more exciting.

Comment Re:Apple makes stupid hardware decisions (Score 1) 239

Agreed. Further, the biggest difference most people are going to notice from a 2011 Macbook and one today would be any improvements to display resolution. The latest Intel chips are faster, but not so much faster that you'll notice unless you take detailed benchmarks.

Comment Re:Apple makes stupid hardware decisions (Score 1) 239

At least in my experience, 802.11ac bandwidth drops off so rapidly with distance that if you want the advertised speed you could be using a 10 foot cat5e cable anyway.

To be fair, 802.11b is just 17 years old and couldn't beat 11 Mb/s anywhere. So the fact that 802.11ac can reach 1300 Mb/s anywhere and 802.11ad (WiGig) can do 7 Gb/s is amazing. But if I had a chance to redo my networking decisions from last year I would have saved $250 for an 802.11ac router and just bought a gigabit switch and kept using my ancient WRT54GL for everything else.

Comment Re:Opportunists, not Cultists (Score 1) 239

In theory pension plans have a government-backed guarantee. But in practice, pensions have been cut many times.

The thing to do with a 401k is change jobs. Then you can roll it over into an IRA, and invest it however you damn well please. It's not perfect, but it's the safest option we have.

Comment Re:Never Down (Score 1) 239

Upthread someone linked to (from post ) - and the writer there stated:

"It was thrilling—and terrifying. When even one percent of Apple’s traffic gets stalled, it’s front-page news. And all too often, we were dealing with problems our vendors had never contemplated, much less figured out. We began exploring radically new approaches, including a handful of supposedly open-sourced solutions so we could dive into the guts of our network ourselves—say, to look directly at the data coming off network processors. As much as we wanted these technologies to work, they didn’t. So we developed some of our own, including a provisioning tool for upgrading the software on thousands of switches without taking the network offline. If you haven’t heard, Apple likes to keep such internal accomplishments to itself, so I can’t share the results. Let’s just say we were able to accomplish in minutes what would have taken hours, days or even weeks. Slowly, our desire to share our ideas with the world began to overshadow the thrill and pride of working for Apple. My team and I left in 2015."

So if we're to believe that, then Apple was doing something like OCP internally, it worked well, and the reason the team quit was that Apple wouldn't let them share it.

Comment Re:After ripping BSD they deserve it (Score 3, Insightful) 239

You're not being fair and you know it. Most of the public, through no fault of their own, is not educated in the value of software freedom. So they take walled gardens and digital rights management as a given. Now consider the difference between an iPhone and a Macbook versus a Samsung Galaxy S-something and a high end Dell laptop.

First, Apple does have an edge in aesthetics in the judgment of most people. If that didn't matter, we Linux enthusiasts would be merrily running FVWM and Blackbox.
The iPhone is likely to get software updates and security updates from Apple much longer than the Android device. Software updates for the Macbook might only be for four or five years, while Windows 13 will probably run on the Dell. The new Apple operating systems are cheap, too.
And Apple support might charge through the nose, but it's fast and efficient. If you have to call Dell support, it's probably less painful to just light yourself on fire and be done with it.

Android and Windows own most of their respective consumer markets because the great majority of smart phone and laptop shoppers can't budget the iPhone and a $1000 machine. But for people who can afford high end devices, Apple is not a waste of money only pursued by fashion victims and phonies.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 357

The recent over reach of executive power in the US experienced a surge after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The abuses under FDR, Hoover, McCarthyism, etc.... were - as far as I'm aware - toned down or reduced over the decades since until that time. Otherwise you might as well blame Lincoln for the expansion of power during the Civil War.

I was specifically responding to BlueStrat's signature, which seems to lay government surveillance and the police state solely at the feet of the American liberals. Considering the Republican President's actions and Republican support of the Patriot Act, there's plenty of blame for both sides.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 357

Fair point. Let me rephrase. President Bush presided (pun irrelevant) over the largest increase in executive authority in decades. Yes, FDR was as bad or worse. Yes, Obama took the torch from President Bush and ran with it.

But the parent post implicitly asserts that picking conservative Supreme Court justices would fix the problem or at least slow it down - in fact the party of the Supreme Court Justices is irrelevant. Both parties are attacking rule of law.

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