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Comment Re: There are legitimate use-cases... (Score 1) 57

It's ENTIRELY relevant to risk mitigation.

An online connected system is much more at risk than one needing an inside manual hand. it's why air-gap networks exist.

Mission critical should be air-gapped so that the risks can be reduced.

Updates are only applied after scanning and deployment in test systems, period.

Are you going to stop everything? of course not, but you'll stop a damned lot more than with internet connected mission critical computers.

Comment Re: There are legitimate use-cases... (Score 2) 57

These computers are beyond mission critical. It is entirely possible to update from a local source.

Any even medium sized site will update via a designated update server so you aren't downloading the same update 500 times.

And since your mission critical Machines aren't connected they don't need Adobe updates etc.

Comment Re:And that's a bad thing (Score 1) 133

It's not just the modules themselves; npm is also horrible.

For starters, npm is non-deterministic. Yep, you've read it right: you can install the same packages on two different machines, but if you do it in different order, you can end up with different dependency trees. And yes, despite what the npm maintainers say, it can result in different versions of packages being installed for the same set of version constraints.

Then there are major bugs that have been open for over a year, and can be blocking (as in, no way to install a package) if you happen to be the unlucky one who is affected... but there's no fix. The bug still says "needs repro", despite 80+ comments and 24 upvotes on it, and one of npm developers saying that he "ran into this a few times".

Comment Re:Hey, cable companies: (Score 2) 200

The gov't doesn't have to manage it any more than they manage the water or electric networks. You can totally pay a private company to run said network.

But there needs to be ONE network on which all providers provide the service. Just like water and electricity.

I know that's basically what you meant, just stating it explicitly for the trolls :)

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1, Interesting) 196

Really? I don't ever remember a cell phone contract specifying an 'end' date. They sorta want you to keep paying them forever.

As far as assumptions, they are irrelevant. If a company signs a contract, they should have to honor it.

Specifically if they said 'unlimited' date.

I will of course be willing to trade unlimited cell contracts for the revocation of ISP's apparently 'unlimited' life franchise agreements. It's a 2 way street...

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 2, Interesting) 196

If a company signs a contract...they shouldn't be held to that contract?

They've presented zero evidence that the network is suffering reliability...their commercials seem to indicate it's rock solid. The 'best' even.

This isn't costing them a viable economic business....they are still raking in profits hand over fist.

This is nothing but a pure money grab by violating their own terms.

Nobody would argue with throttling on specific towers WHEN congestion arises. It's funny how that isn't their solution...it's ban the heavy users even when there are plenty of times the heavy use doesn't impact anyone.

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