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Comment Re: Systemd! (Score 1) 305

Again, quote met where I am echoing empty hype. I was merely correcting your idiotic statement that hotplugging had nothing to do with servers, that's not echoing hype.

For the record: my use case for systemd is resource control, which it does a hell of a lot better than any of the alternatives, even if the interface is a bit too arcane to my tastes.

Comment Re:seriously? (Score 1) 181

These are people I know. White Americans who live and work among Latinos typically don't hate on "The Mexicans". Those that do hate are usually too scared to get too close. Of course, not every suburbanite is a bigot.

The 'Stone Cold Racists" are real individuals, not stereotypes. Maybe not every stone cold racist will eschew New Orleans, I haven't met them all, so I might be stereotyping stone cold racists as afraid of the cities.

Missoula being afraid of Sharia is specific, true, and totally insane.

Comment Two ideas (Score 1) 189

I have found two ideas that came from Lisp that are invaluable.

Minimize side effects in most functions. Any effort to reduce side effects will be repaid tenfold the next time you have to fix a bug or add a feature.

Keep data objects immutable. This is the key to the easy life if you have to do concurrent programming (and who doesn't these days?).

Comment Re:A few ideas (Score 1) 71

Why would I need to ping my neighbors to decide if my internet connection is working? I was saying when you call Comcast and report your connection is down, rather than instating on sending someone to your home between the months of June and July, THEY should try to other modems near you first to see if it's more likely a line problem.

Comment Re:A few ideas (Score 1) 71

Comcast knows the MAC of every modem connected to their system and the associated account and service address. They HAVE to. So it's a simple matter of a database lookup. The customer doesn't get to control anything on the cable side of the modem so they can't block the ping (Which I believe is more akin to arping anyway).

So they know your address and they know the MAC addresses of the other modems on the same cable segment. Where's the problem?

Comment Re:What's changed? (Score 4, Interesting) 181

The problem is that social media reduces us to the way we present ourselves. While that certainly is part of who we are, it's not the whole story.

One of the most popular maxims of ancient Greek philosophers was "know thyself", and the reason they considered it important is that it turns out to be a lot harder than it sounds. You think you know yourself, but chances people who spend a lot of time in close physical proximity to you understand you in ways you don't.

But online your identity is mediated by how you present yourself. This is not only inevitably somewhat dishonest (in ways that may be more obvious to others than to yourself), even when you are trying to be honest you at best are presenting who you think you are.

Comment Re:With all respect (Score 1) 71

Yes. For a company of that size, peering is on the order of $10 per Gbps per month or less (including amortized hardware cost for those links). With 10,000 customers aggregated per $10 per month, "peering" is probably about 1/10th of a penny per customer. Why yes, I have worked for a large ISP with millions of customers. And yes, I've seen the cost to "peer"

I put "peer" in quotes, because "transit" is what you meant. Peering, by definition, is free (Aside from hardware), as it's a mutually beneficial agreement. Paid peering should be referred to as "transit".

Comment Re:seriously? (Score 1) 181

Amen. It's the people that don't know anybody that hate the most. In rural Louisiana, it's the stone cold racists who never go to New Orleans who'll tell you it's not safe. They would be relatively safe, compared to the black kid from the city coming out to their town.

It's the good folks of Missoula Montana who've probably seen a couple of Muslims their whole lives who feel the need to take action to prevent Sharia Law from taking hold in their city.

It's the folks who've fled to lily white suburbs who are up in arms about all the "Mexicans" flowing in over the borders.

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