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Comment Re:Transparancy (Score 1) 58

I'm suggesting that we know exactly what Hillary is going to do, and we don't really know what Trump's planning. If you don't like the direction the country's been heading for the last eight years, you shouldn't vote for somebody who's committed to continuing BO's policy and hope that whatever Trump's plans are they won't be as bad as what we've got.

Comment Re:Been using Linux since 1.something, and Really? (Score 1) 268

upgrade screws everything up because new-GNOME has no relationship to old-GNOME.

There's a simple and obvious fix for that: don't use GNOME. Most of the other DEs I've experimented with respect your decisions about how you want your desktop to look and don't reset everything to their ideas of perfection with every upgrade.

Comment Re:You can't protect against everything. (Score 1) 238

But really, the typical solution is that you have data centers all over the country.

This is why I specified a world-wide disaster. Yes, the probability is very, very low, but the point I was making was that there's no way to be sure that you'll never be brought down no matter what happens.

Comment Re:You can't protect against everything. (Score 1) 238

Notice that I specified, " Even if your data centers are hardened enough to keep the flare from frying your servers and routers..." to point out that your equipment doesn't have a good chance of surviving such an event, but I was trying to make the point that even if the machines are still functional there's a limit to how long they'll stay up if the power's down.

Comment Re:You can't protect against everything. (Score 1) 238

I used the Carrington Event as an example because its effects were so spectacular, and its effect on the modern power/communications grid (and the computers that run it) could be equally wide spread. Take your pick of any kind of disaster that brings down a major portion of the grid and the result's the same: the data centers only stay up until their reserves of generator fuel runs out.

Comment You can't protect against everything. (Score 1, Troll) 238

It's nice to talk about 100% uptime, but you can't protect your network from everything. As an example, what do you do if/when there's another Carrington Event and much of the power grid goes out? Yes, some of the backbone will still be working and you have backup power, but how much and how long will it last? Even if your data centers are hardened enough to keep the flare from frying your servers and routers, all you can do is hope that the electric grid comes back before your generators run out of fuel because if they do, you're going down no matter how good your plan is. And, as you can only stockpile a finite quantity of fuel, you can't guarantee staying up until the power's back. Yes, that's not the only disaster that could bring Apple and Google down, but most of the others are man made, and I wanted to show that even a natural disaster (or Act of God if you prefer) can overwhelm the best laid plans of mice or men.

Comment Re:"have sued Comcast" (Score 2) 81

IANAL, but my understanding is that a contract is supposed to represent a meeting of minds. If the terms are non-negotiable, no meeting of minds is possible and the document is not a contract, even if it calls itself one. Please read and understand the beginning of this post before basing any actions on it.

Comment The "bugs" aren't even in bash itself. (Score 1) 163

I must say that I'm completely underwhelmed by the reviewer's knowledge of his subject because ignoring bash itself, only two of the commands listed (cd and the two redirection commands, > and >> ) are built into bash. The rest of them are separate programs that are called by bash. And, calling a package of Linux utilities by the name of the included shell program doesn't exactly increase his credibility.

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