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Comment Centers have had tech-friendly amenities for years (Score 3, Informative) 137

I've been renting facility space in a number of data centers over the last fifteen years, including Exodus (remember them?), IBM and Equinix. In particular Equinix facilities have always provided meeting rooms, work areas, (seriously locked-down) access terminals, great bathrooms and showers for visiting techs for at least 5-7 years. OK, the actual cage areas are pretty cold, but that's the nature of the beast -- I wouldn't want my equipment to overheat. Equinix also has tools you can checkout if you forgot yours or were missing something critical, and racks of screws, bolts, optical wipes, common cable adapters, blue Cisco terminal cables... just in case. (Other than paying them for service, not affiliated with or owning stock in Equinix. But perhaps I should have.)

I would always look forward to the free machine hot-chocolate when visiting for work assignments.

Comment VPNs? Port forwarding, ssh tunneling, proxies... (Score 1) 400

The article says these companies have the ability to decrypted encrypted packets on the fly, and use heuristic algorithms to detect packet
delivery patterns that can identify traffic types and vendors. Interesting. What do the VPN vendors say about this? If they are metering based
on port numbers, what about port forwarding, ssh tunneling, proxy servers and anonymous port forwarding services -- couldn't these make
effective work arounds?

I've also wondered about situations where packets flow through two different companies' pipes on their way to you, and company A charges
a surcharge for Google search packets, and company B charges a surcharge for Microsoft Bing search packets.... what happens then?

Comment Why bother trying anything else they offer? (Score 4, Insightful) 351

IMO Microsoft just made their mobile platform problems worse. They spent all that time, money and effort to roll Kin out,
made deals with other companies, blew out a huge advertising campaign, and then waited all of about a nanosecond to
kill it.

Every Kin cell phone buyer is now locked into a (usually) 2 year contract to use and pay for a phone with no future. Didn't
they do the same thing with OEMs and end-users of their DRM'ed PlaysForSure music?

Why in the world would anyone be stupid enough to skip over all that and buy into Windows 7 Phones? -- Because *this*
time they'll get it right and not drop the tech at the first sign of turbulence?

Comment Re:Parental controls (Score 1) 618

I agree with the parent poster, OS X's parental controls work really well. Unfortunately we have two iMacs with the parental controls enabled, and my boys have learned to swap machines when the time runs out, or switch to the BootCamp Windows partitions to get around the controls. What I really need is an outside (from the iMacs) arbiter running on my house Linux network server to provide those controls so it is cumulative across all the login options. I've tried to set up LDAP on the linux server, but it's still not setup correctly.

Comment How does this get traction anymore? (Score 1) 650

Any crackpot organization can submit comments to the USTR, but why does anyone, including the mainstream media, take this seriously anymore when
there are so many counter-examples of distinguished groups taking open source seriously? If the federal government "takes this under serious advisement",
then maybe the Open Group can irritate Hamilton Beach and Kitchen-Aid by suggesting that toasting bread for breakfast is the equivalent of piracy.

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