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Comment Re:Great response. NOT. (Score 1) 56

It wouldn't surprise me if the full consumer install on these printers has a "keep my printer software up to date" opt-in selected along with "spam me with offers" and "upload my information to HP and our partners every hour".

It also wouldn't surprise me if they mean this to be a temporary solution for the average consumer -- OK, add this firmware, use up the remaining third party ink, and in 4 months we'll issue a new auto-installed firmware which makes them unusable again.

Comment Re:Now this, (Score 1) 49

NOW is the time to start planning for how to deal with the protomolecule.

I sometimes wonder if The Expanse series will end with a Terminator-style time travel conclusion where they end up going back in time to vaporize the protomolecule on whatever moon or asteroid it was found on before it can be discovered and set loose.

Comment Re:don't get your hope up (Score 4, Insightful) 179

It doesn't matter how many hours you put in if you were enticed by and promised things that don't exist in the game. You could love the game, give it honestly rave reviews, and play it every day for 8 hours. Doesn't matter. Your playing or not playing the game, or a better way to put it is, the behavior of the purchaser subsequent to purchase has no bearing on the advertising tactics and their honesty/dishonesty in describing the game. Money should be refunded based on the request of the purchaser because of the actions of the selling company previous to purchase. Everything that happens after purchase is immaterial.

Why? Because even if someone played the game for 400000 hours, they would never get what was promised in the advertising. IMHO the penalties should go up with play time. It means that person has been defrauded of the missing material more than someone who barely plays the game.

Comment Re:Simple fix, just requires money (Score 2) 165

The reason this is not implemented is that governments and/or tax-payers don't want to pay for logging features and auditors.

While the cost is real, I think it gets inflated or used as a red herring to prevent implementing audit features.

Removing the ability to search at will is like taking away a job perk.

Comment Re:To what purpose? (Score 1) 151

Not a great comparison, the 10 gig switch is mostly SFP ports which are only useful for short run twinax or with fiber optic SFP modules for anything beyond twinax lengths. 10g copper SFP modules don't exist. Useful in a rack with servers with SFP NICs or if you want to fuck around with fiber, but in my mind that rates them as less useful than base-T which has much simpler and cheaper cabling demands.

I see a lot of twinax/optical deployments as converged core server + iSCSI storage but mostly in new cluster deployments where the expectation is everything is new and there's a few fiber handoffs or for core network deployments in larger networks.

But the most useful is always the base-T version because it drops in easily and handles pre-existing equipment with only 1g copper connections.

To be slightly fair with switch vendors, there is something complex about 10g-baset PHYs which makes them more expensive, but not THIS expensive for this long.

I still think IEEE messed up by not rolling variable (2.5/5/10) link speed into the 10g-base-t standard up front. It would have driven switches with broader footprints and driven more adoption by giving full speed where the cabling was good and 2-5x speed where cabling was just OK. More adoption, more unit volume and lower prices.

Comment Re:Beautiful (Score 1) 151

You mean it will cost a lot of money.

Vendors will end up playing games where the features you want won't be available unless you buy into their new product lines featuring 802.3bz ports at increased prices. Dumb, unmanaged 1 gig at today's managed 1 gig prices or managed L2/L3 802.3bz at the price you paid 5 years ago for 1 gig.

Server and desktop vendors will have a new upcharge option for 802.3bz ports that will allow them to hold the line on 10 gig port prices, and stupidly, many people will go for it thinking "bargain!" and we'll end up with a bunch of deployed 802.3bz as a sunk cost, further pushing out widespread adoption and the commensurate economies of scale and price cuts for 10 gig.

IMHO, this is a solution looking for a problem. Too much speed ot justify to the desktop and not enough speed to justify the price increase over 1 gig. If anything IEEE should have built this into the 10G-BaseT spec, knowing full well that the copper restrictions would hinder adoption and economies of scale. Had they put a variable signalling rate of 2.5/5/10 into the 10G-BaseT spec we'd be paying 1 gig prices for those ports now, instead of the highway robbery prices 10 gig gets now.

This will only be a useful spec if it replaces the commodity 10/100/1000 ports out there now and becomes the defacto baseline ethernet option.

Comment Re:The Climate has always been changing... (Score 1) 181

In that vein, how much will the climate change in the future and how does that impact the long-term survival of humans? The Earth has been considerably hotter at times in the past, even without anthropocentric intervention (that we know of.) Additionally, the Earth has been considerably cooler at times in the past. If the past is the best indicator of the future, and you extrapolate forward into the future on a long enough timeline, it becomes self evident that we are ill prepared for what inevitably will come.

So, the question arises again, "Will our shortsighted, selfish approach to existence do us in (finally!), or will our wily human ingenuity find yet another way out of the hole we have dug ourselves into?"

Comment To what purpose? (Score 1) 151

I'm kind of struggling for what this is good for besides giving switch vendors a reason to push needless IDF upgrades and technology vendors yet another upcharge option.

1 gig Ethernet is already overkill for just about every desktop purpose and still has some useful life left in many data center applications, especially for lower performance areas, even in network storage.

The only place it becomes somewhat weak is in heavy use AC wireless deployments where it can be truly taxed, but most often even these deployments the vast majority of use reverts to the average of typical cabled clients.

It also feels like a reason to keep prices artificially high on 10 gig copper. 1 gig was sky high expensive when it first came out, but quickly became commoditized and very soon nearly everything came with 1 gig ports. 10 gig base T seems like it's been out for ages but prices really haven't dropped nearly as fast and I can't quite figure out why, other than it's fast enough to cut port densities by at least half while still providing 5x or greater throughput of 1 gig ports in most server deployments (ie, if you had 4x 1 gig ports and switch to 2x 10 gig ports, you have 20 gig aggregate vs. 4 gig aggregate and single stream throughput 10x the 1 gig solution).

And as usual, vendors can't stand the idea of the customer buying half of what they did before and getting 5-10x more value than they used to.

I guess the new standards will be great, but only if they replace 1 gig wherever you used to expect 1 gig, ie, everywhere. Otherwise it's either irrelevant or a new way to pay higher prices for 25-50% of the performance you should be getting out of 10 gig at the price -- or higher -- you ought to be paying for 10 gig these days.

Comment Re:Yay! Sharepoint! (Score 2) 44

My guess is that MS really wants to kill of basic (SMB) file sharing. The protocol is open enough that world+dog has already implemented in everything, so every file server upgrade faces the prospect of losing out to something else -- shit appliances all the way up to big ticket EMC devices.

Trying to move everyone to Sharepoint has so many layers of lock in I get dizzy just thinking about them. The endless licensing sales for server, SQL and 3 different kinds of CALs. Relentless sunk costs of developer time and migration. Files sequestered away in a database unmigratable to competing file sharing platforms.

It's a perpetual motion machine of IT spending, right up to and including Office365 hosted migrations once the painful costs of adopting and infrastructure become realized.

I've never understood the attraction to it. I work at an IT consulting firm that sells Sharepoint services and our site is a complete joke, used mostly as a way to host OneNote notebooks.

Comment Re:Left field / outside the box is American cultur (Score 1) 454

Until then it fits in the bucket of "it's only wrong when a white male does it".

Looks like the ante has been upped and the phrase should be amended to reflect the new reality: "it's only prosecutable when a white male does it"

Seen through that lens it may reveal the prevailing winds of racism in this country.

Comment Re:Californa Uber Alles (Score 1) 312

How could you call yourself culturally aware and not know of the Dead Kennedys? While "cult" stars at the peak of their performing career, they remain a defining element of punk rock music.

They and their lead singer Jello Biafra made the national TV news when they were charged with "obscenity" for a poster included in their albums. Tipper Gore, Al Gore's wife, a critic of "offensive" rock music, sparred with Jello.

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