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Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 483

Agreed, it has been far too long for the refresh on the Pro models - and it's very hard to recommend them at their current price.

With that said, they might not be letting them die a slow death, but rather been unhappy with that particular generation of Intel mobile chips in a "Pro" model.

Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 483

To be fair, some of us like Macs because it's a super-easy way to get a smoothly operating unix laptop. The hardware is generally within +/- 10% of equivalent Windows gear - though that calculus got difficult for a while when Apple fell behind the Intel upgrade curve. I run Linux all day, every day, but it's in a VM, so at the end of the day I don't really care what the underlying OS is.

Comment Re:Typical Conservative Response (Score 1) 550

My base ideology is libertarian, so I'm all for individual freedoms. I honestly believe that, in the vast majority of cases, a system that emphasizes strong individual freedom and personal responsibility will leave humanity better off.

With that said, all ideologies eventually smack into reality, and none to date deal with it perfectly. One of these realities are germs. Disease does not respect the individual model and demands a coordinated approach. Absent a 100% safe and effective vaccine (which would be compatible with individualism), the only way to stomp out a communicable disease is to reduce the population with it to such a degree that it fizzles out.

As such, I feel that we can and should make allowances for individuals to act selfishly or in ignorance, but only up to the point where the vaccines are no longer effective in wiping out the diseases. At that point, you have to make the pragmatic decision to set your failed ideology to the side for the moment and solve the problem at hand.

Comment Re: Should read "the intensifying Russia-China sp (Score 1) 264

Actually, I think that you have missed things: the Falcon 9 can launch ~13 tonnes to leo on a reusable, but 23 tonnes to leo if f9 is expendable. IOW, it is close to the DIVH, only a fraction of the costs. And the FH will not do a xross-over, but will still get 54+ tonnes to leo. The falcons are currently volume limited, so supposedly, SX WAS working on new fairing. I'm sure at this moment that those ppl are working on F9's situation which appears to be their helium tank.

Comment Re:Never Down (Score 1) 234

I thought it was about single points of failure. That's what I was talking about. That's the focus for network availability I generally see. People spending $10,000,000 to take a 99.999% uptime network to 99.99% and claiming victory.

In my experience, simpler is more reliable. Even when that gives up redundancy. The redundancy failure I saw last week was the secondary system failed, and nobody knew, until the primary system failed, and the backup failed to kick in. When you have one and only one system, you tend to maintain it better. No need with 10 redundant systems, and when 9 of them fails, nobody is looking.

Comment Re:Never Down (Score 1) 234

STP failures and flaps can cause outages, but requiring an admin to manually move patch cables and activate hardware almost always causes larger, longer outages.

Yes. But how often have you had an untouched cable fail? Maybe once in a lifetime career? How many times should you expect STP to take down a network? I've seen that happen many more times. Though, touched cables fail often. The barely-on connector that fails when you brush it getting to a power connection on an unrelated piece of gear. But, you are right there and prepared for it, so you can fix it before STP convergence time.

Comment Re: Never Down (Score 1) 234

(And I'm not involved in networking in our team, I look after servers and applications).

Good, because 802.1x isn't MAC authentication, so MAC spoofing is unrelated to that topic. And your solution of active/active load balancers still leaves you with a single point of failure. Active/active, by definition, has a single configuration across the devices. So one typo on one device can take down both. Back to a single point of failure.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 244

everybody that has worked on mars missions.
I worked on MGS, and can tell you that to be successful with most missions, you have to have a much higher level of quality compared to normal.
Oddly, if ESA, Russia, CHina, etc wanted to really test this, they would send a duplicate around the moon and then land it on earth.
That would test just about every subsystems in similar ways.

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