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Comment Re: How much of that is entirely Microsoft's fault (Score 1) 387

IBM's sample size isn't statistically important because it's not randomized, and it's not representative of anything other than IBM and their failure at managing Windows systems and them not learning how to lock down systems once they get everything working.

Comment Re:How much of that is entirely Microsoft's fault (Score 1) 387

The result is an obviously incompetent IT staff at IBM. That's all there is to it. If they haven't locked their systems down after getting everything to work flawlessly like any smart business would do, and then things like updates come along and break shit, that's IBM's fucking fault, not Microsoft. This kind of thing is expected from Microsoft as it has been an issue since Windows 95. If IBM hasn't learned this lesson in over two decades and done due diligence to prepare for it (and the solution is way cheap per license, keeping the TCO way under anything a Mac costs) then they likely never will.

When I worked at Flextronics, we had far, far, FAR more problems with your Apple servers hosting OS images than ANY of the Windows Servers in the same building. Literally the TCO in lost time alone from the Apple server trumped the cost of every computer on the repair floor.

You've been shilling it all these years, but someone who's worked both the hardware and software side of Apple, like myself, knows far better.

Comment Re:easily made up in peripherals. (Score 1) 387

Your suggestion, in a thread about relative costs of systems, is to buy a custom piece of hardware, from a vendor who's website doesn't actually list a price.

Y'all got Amazon where you live? Or access to any of the vendors they list on their website?

But it's not like Windows can backup to thin air. You have to have something on the other end of that CAT-5, so it's probably a wash hardware-wise.

Do you know what I think when I see a website selling a product but not listing a unit price.

"Huh, I wonder if Amazon has them?" would have been my first thought, but apparently it wasn't yours.

Comment Re:First lesson (Score 2) 90

NAT may do a good job obscuring internal topology, but it does saw at considerable cost; breaking the end to end concept of the original ARPANET structure, requiring more resources, and creating far greater complexity for routers. Yes, a flat address space that sits in the public address space might, on the surface, expose more devices, but this is where firewalls come into play. I can still have a rather complex topology, but now I have to worry less about routing and connection tables, and can use less resource expensive techniques like tagging.

It was never IPv6's intention to be more secure, and you're right that many existing issues will remain with IPv6, and there will likely be new ones, but one thing is certain, if the solution is NAT, then that solution is worse than the disease it purports to cure. And it isn't as if NAT can't be vulnerable in its own way, and the only way to make it less vulnerable is, you guessed it, firewalls, authentication, and other security measures which are also needed in an IPv6 world.

Comment Re:Upper class gets 100 Gbps (Score 1) 69

Valid criticism. However, I'll be honest, I always could afford a T1 line at work and at home.

People in Africa spend 1/8th of their income on cell phones and charging them.


To you it's only $20, to them it's half of what they make in a week.

To them, 10 Mbps is not bad. But it's still a fraction of what the rich can afford (but choose not to).

Comment Real Business Implications of Internet 3 (Score 2) 90

Look, when we built the Internet (back in the ARPA days), it was restricted to trusted players at military and research universities.

Then we let in the unwashed masses.

Then some morons decided to give Internet capability to every single device in the Internet of Things.

First principles, people:

Build one Internet based on IPv6sec for the trusted peers. The backbone.

Build a second Internet for the identified non-object computers based on IPv6sec. The unwashed masses. If parts misbehave, turn off their feeds until they fix them. Drought solves lots of problems.

Build a third Internet for the Internet of Things based on IPv6 and IPv4. Restrict the ports and traffic to essentials. So you can't play Disney in your car, too bad.

Comment Re:6.8 Billion (Score 1) 298

Yes. I've run numbers before. No, I'm not going to be bothered to do them again for a Slashdot chat on a thread that's rapidly becoming out of date. Feel free to do your own if you doubt me. Take a sampling of solar plants with a realistic capacity factor and a sampling of hydro plants with a realistic capacity factor, and compare. You'll need a broader sampling on hydro because solar thermal plants are "fairly" consistent (with the exception of compact linear fresnel plants, of which last I checked there was only one), while hydro reservoir sizes vary wildly for a given output.

Comment We used to keep local DNS (Score 1) 241

When we created the Internet (ARPA) we had local DNS files, and would only download fresh copies of other DNS when we needed them, or on a periodic basis.

Maybe we should go back to that, and cut off entire countries when they DNS attack us?

Comment Re:easily made up in peripherals. (Score 2) 387

if things ever get too hairy for a dell, your restore process is entirely automated in windows or linux. restoring a mac is nothing short of corporate witchcraft.

To backup: buy a Synology NAS. Enable the Time Machine service. Configure your Macs to back up to it. Voila, done.

To restore from scratch: hold down Command-R when booting a Mac. Tell it to restore from Time Machine. Wait an hour. Voila, done.

Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 387

because Mac is like 10 percent of the worlds PC sales, and the viruses usually dont survive that far when the percentage of ownership is that low

That has zero to do with the relative dearth of malware on Macs. (Pausing for a moment for a pedant to point out the one or two Mac bugs they've read about. Yes, we know. It's still proportionally much less than Mac's market share so move along.) Macs are initially more expensive, but that also means there owners tend to have more money and therefore the machines are more valuable targets. There are also still tens of millions of Macs out there in the wild. Even if there are more PCs, there are still a hell of a lot of Macs to be owned for anyone interested and capable. The fact that they're not is an indicator that building a nice interface on top of a solid Unix platform is a good way to end up with a stable, secure desktop.

Comment Re:Clever design (Score 1) 255

You don't make new friends at work

Co-worker friends who are non-gamers don't help for this. I'll have to figure out how to approach my co-workers to ask if they're at all interested in gaming.

or at the bar/club/activity that takes place outside of your own home?

Finding a physical third place is the one thing I haven't figured out, especially for someone such as myself who has chosen not to drink alcohol and isn't interested in the more cult-like aspects of religious organizations such as Jehovah's Witnesses.

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