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Comment Why? (Score 3, Interesting) 33

This acquisition doesn't make any sense to me. Broadcom is buying all of Brocade, selling off the pieces poised to grow in the wireless and IP networking segments, and keeping the part that serves the shrinking storage-specific networking market? Can somebody explain this to me?

I hope they don't wreck the IP networking and wireless companies. I really like the Brocade VCS fabric stuff and Ruckus wireless kit..

Comment Re:Story's Not Over (Score 2) 207

If I understand this correctly, Akamai threw Krebs out because Akamai could not handle the DDS. This means I'm never sending any business to Akamai because they can't handle it properly. But it doesn't mean Krebs is off the air for long.

Do you have a source for this? All I've seen is that Akamai/Prolexic was unwilling to keep doing it for free, because it was getting really expensive. That seems like a significant difference, especially from the perspective of somebody intending to pay money for the services rendered.

Comment Re:Dumb (Score 1) 145

Well, mainframe computers have such excellent uptimes (you almost never reboot one) because everything is hot-swappable. CPU failure? Remove the CPU module, insert new one, and continue - all while powered up. The OS takes care of suspending the failed one and scheduling around it. Ditto all other components. Effectively, you should never reboot them.

That's interesting. My recollection from working on them a bunch of years ago was that our mainframes were IPLed on a regular, scheduled basis, because the folks responsible for them were disciplined about it and wanted to make sure there would be no surprises when one needed to be restarted. The fault tolerance you mention was used to make sure that the scheduled IPL's were the only times they went down though, and I never saw any unplanned downtime on them.

Comment Re:Intelligent (Score 1) 406

While it is unfortunate for the opposition candidate to flaunt the Constitution in such a manner, note that we can also see the establishment candidate, Evita Peron^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Hillary Clinton, is actually proposing to amend the Constitution in order to reverse a Supreme Court decision which allowed a group of people to advocate against her as a political candidate. She also has designs on her political opponents' second amendment rights.

Comment Re:Stranger Danger! (Score 2) 211

Luxury housing is always the first to be built in a highly constrained, under-built market like New York City. If you need to strongarm the city to get any development done whatsoever then you're going to focus only on the highest-value projects.

It upsets peoples' sense of egalitarianism, but it's still better for the overall housing situation than nothing. Of course, building enough housing on all levels of the market makes too much sense and will continue to be disallowed.

Comment Re:Benjamin Franklin.... Cruel irony? (Score 3, Funny) 265

Benjamin Frankly surely would have been pissed if he knew that his name was stamped on the ass of a megaship designed to carry everything from wind-up frogs to American flags all made in China while the American's shipped back raw materials and money.

*ahem*

"No nation was ever hurt by trade, even seemingly the most disadvantageous." -- Benjamin Franklin

Comment Re: Jingoism and Nativism (Score 3, Insightful) 242

Yes. Yes it can. Because that means you can't have a shop that really specializes in imported goods: you're burdening the shop operator with a responsibility to find local goods, stock them, sell them, keep track of exactly the amount sold of both, and stop selling the imported goods if the local goods aren't doing well enough (so unless you want to turn people away from time to time you'll need to maintain a decent safety margin). It rules out entire classes of very effective, proven business models (like the Apple store, or really anything you'd find in a mall that is focused on a certain brand. Swatch. Tumi. Banana Republic. Hugo Boss.)

Retail operations cost money. Tacking on a 30%-local-goods operation isn't going to be straightforward for many businesses, and ensures that only the largest players operating at scale are going to be entering the market. A straight-up punitive tariff might be less harmful for many businesses.

Comment Re:Remember where the responsibility is (Score 2) 392

Well, the voters approved a Constitution under which they have subsequently elected Congresspeople who have made laws (the tax code) that Apple follows. That's why Apple is being reported on for tax avoidaince and not being investigated for tax evasion. The voters also elected Presidents who appointed a Supreme Court who in turn have assured us that tax avoidance is perfectly legal and that no one has any patriotic duty to pay more tax than they are required to by law (see Gregory v. Helvering).

But if we'd like to talk about how the tax code itself is letting down the voters, we need to be sure to talk about how US corporate taxes have gone from "some of the world's friendliest" to "some of the world's worst" and encourage investment overseas instead of at home... in light of the fact that businesses should be investing money where they can get a better return (often in a region which has very little investment to begin with, like some places overseas - diminishing marginal returns and all that) and that, on top of that, chastising them for wanting to hold on to more money instead of surrender it for the good of the US state is a position worthy of ridicule. They're big businesses: figure out how to align some incentives at them, instead of making it about the one single part of Patriotism that the American left still seems to respect and celebrates. We don't need to celebrate their work creating jobs and paying taxes or whatever - the profit, the money is its own reward - but we do need to make sure that they're making money for doing the right thing because the money is its own reward.

Then we can talk about how the government does a crappy job of spending the money it already has, perhaps by celebrating the Stimulus or the Iraq War.

Comment Re:Gold is the only real money (Score 2) 306

Your whole argument is based on gold not as money, but as an asset valued in fiat currency.

No! It's not the fiat-currency-price of gold which doubles and halves, it's the real price, the only price that matters, the amount of goods and services which you need that you can purchase with it, which is the only real way to value an asset. (It's one of those terms of art in economics that actually means exactly what it says on the tin.)

And the amount of gold may be stable, but its value is not. You don't hold gold because of its intrinsic value. If no one else wants gold anymore you will not benefit from its intrinsic usefulness by turning it into pretty jewelry or using trace amounts in the manufacture of electronic components. You hold it because it has an effective value, because people demand it, and that demand is just as artificial as the demand for the "fiat" US Dollar, which is a bedrock of stability in comparison. For all the laser-focus on the supply side, gold-bugs have lost sight of the other half of economics, demand.

Oh, and fun fact: You can convert between fiat-currency price and real price using Math. The typical math involved is a little thing you may have heard called the "consumer price index" that measures inflation. In its worst year ever, US dollar inflation once hit 14.76%. Of course that kind of yearly change from gold is just business as usual.

Comment Re:Gold is the only real money (Score 3, Insightful) 306

Gold is crap as money. Good money needs to be a medium of exchange, store of value, and unit of account. It fails at all three of these. No one accepts gold as payment - we've moved on to other technologies. No one uses gold as a unit of account - considering its value can literally double (or fall in half) in the space of 1 calendar year, it'd make business wildly unpredictable. (Just imagine... that mortgage you got denominated in gold? One year later you owe twice the value of the house.) The only thing it sort of works for is being a store of value - it's deficient there, due to its volatility, but the volatility is different than other asset classes' volatility, so works as a hedge against a crisis. It's more insurance than it is money.

Comment Re:VPN Difficulties (Score 1) 197

I use Cloak on iOS, and it supports this functionality. I configure it to allow unencrypted traffic on specific trusted networks, and the VPN auto-connects on any network that I haven't approved, blocking other traffic until the VPN comes up. It seems to use the enterprise features Apple has provided to do this via a VPN profile, and it works very well. I have no idea what features it supports on Android and/or Windows Phones, but I'm very happy with it on Apple devices.

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