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Comment Darkstar economy but better than hotels (Score 1) 106

Although AirBNB itself is a dark star centralised monopoly it has been a godsend for hosts surviving in places like Spain who risk a lot to use it.
  Likewise, as a guest there are some cities where I can get a room for a price which means I can actually afford to go there. I have also stayed had unique experiences through it I never would have had before AirBNB.

What the p2p economy needs is leadership from government to assist in competition, such as requirements on API's to allow competitors to search and present each others results.

Comment Re:Ringworld (Score 1) 1219

True, it's way too much for a single movie to be done right. I would just like to see a super high resolution dive into Ringworld from the edge of the solar system to the landing on the floor - something I hope to get to see before I die.

You can probably skip Ringworld Throne (#3), but you can't end the miniseries without Ringworld's Children (#4).

Also would be good to spin into the Protector story which has a lot of lead-up to Ringworld with the Pak Protectors.

Comment Ringworld (Score 5, Insightful) 1219

Oh wait, James Cameron's been sitting on the rights for that for almost two decades so he can waste our time with giant blue aliens encounter generic military stereotypes.

Either use your rights, or give them to someone else already, John. My opinion of you has gone from top-notch to meh about you over the years. Shit or get off the pot.

Comment Re:Network-wide solution? (Score 1) 67

A lot of people seem to misunderstanding the nature of my question. I understand what a site-to-site VPN tunnel is, and I can set one up. The question is, is there a reputable service out there that provides some kind of proxy or site-to-site VPN that obscures the source of outgoing Internet traffic? The point here isn't to secure traffic between two endpoints that I control, but to make it so websites see all of my company's traffic as coming from an IP address other than my own, and where the service provider won't disclose the original source of the traffic without a subpoena.

The specific concern came out of the prospect that ISPs might start selling records of their Internet activity, and businesses with security concerns not wanting their ISP to be able to track that information in the first place.

Comment Re:Ya, it's called IPSec (Score 1) 67

My question wasn't whether it's technically possible to set up a VPN. It was more, is anyone providing that as a service? Specifically, one focussed on privacy (obscuring the source of the traffic and not logging), and also that is reputable security service (marketing to businesses rather than pirates).

Comment Network-wide solution? (Score 1) 67

With all this talk about using VPN for privacy, I've been wondering if there are any solutions that are designed to provide that kind of privacy across an entire LAN. If, for example, you wanted to make sure your company's web traffic was private, is anyone offering some kind of service that allows you to configure a common SMB firewall to route all outgoing traffic through a secure VPN/proxy?

I've had some clients request this, but I can't find anything that looks remotely reputable. Most of the services getting attention right now are designed to have software installed on every device.

Comment Re:Address the gap in the lineup... (Score 1) 163

I'm not saying that console games are making PC gaming obsolete. I'm saying people who are building fewer and fewer gaming PCs and generally people are buying fewer desktops.

I'm not sure what I'm supposed to infer from this. You're not saying that consoles are killing the gaming PC, but you're saying people don't buy gaming PCs. Are you saying that nobody is gaming anymore? Or are you trying to imply that consoles are killing the gaming PC while refusing to say that, for some reason? Because I notice you're also not saying that consoles *aren't* killing the gaming PC.

Yes but how soon does that GPU become obsolete? I mean you can still use decade old CPU just fine for general computing but decades old GPUs are basically unusable by gaming.

So you're simultaneously implying that consoles are killing the gaming PC because people aren't building PCs anymore, and also arguing that people won't buy a non-upgradable gaming PC.

Comment Re:My suggestion... (Score 1) 240

is there any server management software you'd recommend for allowing not-very-knowledgeable technicians to successfully perform more mundane and routine server maintenance tasks on Linux servers?

Nope, we don't use Linux very often. On the server side, we're almost entirely Windows, largely because it's what our technicians are trained on and comfortable with. Some people here are have some experience as a Linux sysadmin, but not enough to provide adequate coverage.

Comment Re:My suggestion... (Score 1) 240

Servers don't seem Apple-esque to me as the cost to performance ratio plays a much bigger part in the purchasing decision.

You're right that servers are *more* of a commodity, but on the other hand, the decision-making for purchasing servers isn't made purely on the coast : performance ratio.

It depends on the particulars of the market you're going after, but I'm speaking as someone who buys servers on a regular basis. We're not buying the cheapest thing we can get for particular quantitative performance metrics. One of the substantial aspects of the decision is ease of management. It's worth it to spend an extra thousand dollars now if it saves us time and aggravation later.

And there are multiple reasons why a Mac server could be useful. For one, I'd like to see a server-version of Mac OS that can be set up to be a bare-bones hypervisor, so I can set up a virtual Mac lab. It'd be useful for me. Or, in cases where I have an all-Mac client, it'd be nice to be able to run Apple Remote Desktop from the server. Sometimes it'd just be nice to have an easy-to-use and supported Unix-based server OS.

Now on that last one, I'm sure that there are people who will jump down my throat and say, "Why would you want an easy-to-use GUI for a server OS? Anyone using the server should know what they're doing!" Well, to be honest, I service small businesses with modest IT needs. Not all of our technicians are very advanced and knowledgeable, and it's nice when we can let the not-very-knowledgeable technicians do *some* limited server work, both to give them exposure, and because if we're short-handed and something easy needs to be done quickly, it's nice if one of our less experienced technicians can handle it. The easier the GUI, the more I can ask them to do without providing a complete tutorial.

And I know, when someone is setting up a huge datacenter, the price : performance ratio is very important. However, not all IT is done in huge server datacenters. There's still a market for easy-to-manage small business servers.

Comment Re:Address the gap in the lineup... (Score 1) 163

I don't know if gaming has been a priority of Apple. Sure you can play some games on one but don't expect the latest AAA one that requires the newest video cards to be on those lists.

Yeah... that was kind of my point. Apple has practically been going out of their way to make sure their computers aren't good for gamers. I'm suggesting that if they just made one model that had hardware appropriate for gaming, they might see an uptick in people using it for that, and then developers would have more incentive to port games to it.

PC Gaming desktops are starting to become niche PCs themselves.

Do you have some market research to support that? I feel like I've been hearing for decades that consoles would kill PC gaming, but it hasn't happened. If anything, I feel like consoles are showing some weakness recently.

The only people that might be interested in a consumer Mac Pro would be gamers.

I can tell you right now that that isn't true. I've done professional IT for a lot of companies that use Macs, and I've gotten a fair number of requests for that kind of thing. Basically, the Mac mini can be a bit underpowered for a lot of people's needs, and the Mac Pro is way too expensive. Businesses have to instead buy iMacs, but a lot of companies are annoyed by that because it also means you have to purchase a brand new high-quality screen with every new computer you buy. Home users sometimes have the same complaint of wanting to buy a new computer more powerful than a Mac mini, but don't want to buy a $1k screen to get it.

Or to give another use-case, some small businesses want a Mac server. Again, the Mac mini is underpowered, and the Mac Pro is too expensive for their needs. They don't really want to pay for the monitor, and cramming an iMac into an It closet doesn't always work.

I can see an argument that they don't want to release a consumer-grade Mac Pro because it would cannibalize iMac sales, but I'm very sure it would sell.

The whole point of a Mac Mini is that it isn't upgradeable. Making it more upgradeable goes against the entire design.

That's debatable, but also beside the point. I didn't say that they should make the Mac mini upgradable, just that they could sell a higher-end model with a decent GPU.

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