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Comment Re:What the Idiotic Hell./ (Score 1) 352

Popularity of a language is immaterial to the usefulness of a language,

Popularity = developers = tools and libraries = usefulness.

No matter how inherently superior a programming language might be, if nobody is working on it its ideas will never go anywhere except by being grafted onto other, popular languages.

Comment Re:This simply means we're succeeding. (Score 1) 164

That's a good point, but it's going to be a while before we get to that point. A lot of people are going to insist on keeping their non-autonomous cars. But you still have to worry about things like the car sliding off the road due to icy roads, and crash resistance is important there too. Finally, you can't shave *that* much weight off the car even if you stopped worrying about crashworthiness altogether; you can only make a steel box for 4/5 people so light, and still make it ride nicely, not be noisy inside, have comfortable seats, be able to fit people over 6' tall, etc.

As for solar panels, again, no, it's completely impossible. At highway speeds, you need tens of horsepower to overcome air resistance. There's no way you'd get even 10kW out of solar panels on a car's roof and hood, you need a house-size roof for that much. And that's just steady-state cruising, with no acceleration.

Comment Re:For limited values of 'you'. (Score 5, Interesting) 48

Its rapidly becoming the case that the enterprise edition is the 'new' pro edition.

Whereas with XP through 8, I just wanted to have pro to be able to run my own IIS, accept incoming RDP, not have to deal with the idiot simplified user permissions etc, with win8 pro came hyperV... etc In each case, Home edition was awful, while Pro was a good OS.

With 7/8 Enterprise has some extra bitlocker stuff I think? And the VLA license management features that only an enterprise would need.

But with 10, "pro" is garbage too, and all the features I actually want are now in Enterprise edition. (Turn off telemetry, more control over windows update, Edge in a Virtual Machine...)

So im coming to the conclusion that us 'power users' that until now always wanted pro should now be looking for the enterprise edition.

Of course enterprise is currently a lot more expensive than pro, with recurring subscription fees.

But this is looking to be the carrot and stick approach; (and mostly for businesses -- us power users are just caught in the middle of it.) Home users are being corralled into Windows 10 Home (and Pro at this point is really just Home+) where their updates are managed and theyre expected to be all appy and cloudy and monitored with telemetry.

While businesses (and people) who need to get shit done, and don't want their windows computers scheduling an update before an important meeting, and don't want to send telemetry to redmond,etc, etc... (i.e. people like me) -- should be using enterprise.

Us power users should be looking to use enterprise. (Assuming as always that we wish to use windows at all, which in my case at least, while I love my linux -- I am not interested in the huge compromises necessary to make it my primary desktop.

Ah but Windows 10 Enterprise is nasty for individuals to get a hold of what with Microsoft VLAs and the byzantine and downright hostile Software Assuarance licensing crapola.

So when I read about something like this...

Windows 10 Enterprise E3 / 7$ seat / month. And it sounds like its being aimed to be run like office 365... suddenly things start to come into focus...

" It's worth highlighting, though, that a business of one employee can take advantage of it, however. "

Interesting right!? (I mean yeah, this is /. so the pitchforks are out in force... and I should switch to linux everything... but think about it rationally...)

There is going to be the non-recurring windows 10 home edition and the home+ (aka pro), the spyware adware versions. And there is going to be Windows 10 enterprise, the only one businesses and power users will want but at $7/seat/month.

So If one seat of Enterprise really is per user? and I can put it on my desktop, laptop, and a couple hyperv virtual desktops like i can Microsoft office... all for 84/year... and I can turn off automatic updates and do them when i want, and I can turn off telemetry...

On the one hand... ugh... rent seeking subscription -- the business model for companies who really can't compellingly improve there product but still want the same revenue they were getting when each release was a must-have. And yeah.. Windows has reached that point I guess. "XP does all I need" people are still all over the place.

On the other hand... $7/month for an actual good windows user experience with the kind of control I want over it, with continual support in the form of antivirus and security updates...ok... I'm listening.

Comment Re:US is tops in freight rail (Score 1) 164

US freight rail used to be a lot better. The problem was that back in the 50s, rail was highly regulated, but trucking was then deregulated, so it became cheaper to ship a lot of stuff by truck.

I'm guessing the reason freight rail isn't that great in Europe is because Europe isn't a single country (yet), so getting so many squabbling nations to agree on things and build a continental rail network hasn't been easy. Even worse, the continent was split in two by the Cold War until ~1990, and IIRC, Russia and its buddies used a different rail standard than the western nations which all used the UK standard. We never had either of these problems in the US. Being a single nation, composed of federal states with rather limited power, and occupying a whole continent, has been the biggest factor in our economic success. We tried letting the states have a lot more power back in the late 1700s under the Articles of Confederation and it didn't work out because no one could agree on anything and the central government didn't have the power to overrule them.

Comment Re:This simply means we're succeeding. (Score 1) 164

Vertical-axis mills should be better for another reason, however: they don't care which direction the wind is traveling. Regular (fan-looking) windmills have to be actively turned into the wind. Also, they should have lower maintenance requirements as they should be mechanically simpler (just a straight vertical shaft, no 90-degree turn at the top).

Comment Re:Bandiwidth is *free* fallacy.. (Score 1) 110

Once sufficient bandwidth is in place, it costs an ISP nothing if you're downloading at 1 MB/s or 1 GB/s.

That's not exactly true. The equipment is still using power regardless of whether or not it's transmitting anything. They could charge people flat rates based on rough estimates of how many users it would take sending "normal" (however that gets estimated) data to fill the equipment. If 1,000 users could each transmit at 1mbps through their equipment before it reaches capacity, then they could charge each user 1/500th of the cost of the electricity that equipment uses, for example. They would make a profit when a lot of people are using their network, but would lose a little if it's well below capacity. In reality they want to charge many times that, though. It seems like it's almost to the point where any individual user could pay for all of the power for the equipment they're using.

I remember back when cell phone companies charged a price per text message, the calculations were done to show that it cost more to send 1MB of SMS data than it did to get the same amount of data from the Hubble telescope. ISPs and cell carriers will always want to charge as much as people are willing to pay, I don't think any of them tries to come up with a pricing scheme were people only pay for what they're actually using (as in, what it costs the carrier) plus a little extra for profit.

Comment Re:Yup (Score 1) 249

If I claimed that I always followed every law then I would be a liar.

If you don't like Joe, we'll take him.

Good, please do. Write to him and let him know where he should move his campaign to. And take his legal fees also.

All he does is enforce the laws that the Federal government won't.

Turns out that's not actually *all* he does. He also uses his power to intimidate his political opponents, hires private investigators (on the public's dime, of course) to dig up dirt on his political opponents, hires family members for big prison contracts, and yeah, openly violates court rulings that specifically block him from certain actions, like target Mexicans because they're Mexican. He's a wanna-be celebrity sheriff more concerned with a photo opportunity than doing his job. Go ahead and figure out how large the backlog for processing rape cases is right now. Instead of processing rape cases he would rather investigate Obama's birth certificate. If you want him, take him.

Comment Re: I'm Confused (Score 1) 64

Agreed. I used to use StartSSL certs for several things over the last decade. And I too have moved to and endorse (for whatever little that's worth) LetsEncrypt.

The official lets encrypt client didn't meet any of my needs when i first switched although it may be better now (!?) Things seem to have been moving along over there.

I currently use the client on linux and it's been solid and easy to use. I don't have anything positive or negative to say about the multitude of other options. And again... things have likely moved along a lot since i switched a year ago.

Comment Re:There *was* a proposal simpler than IPv6.. IPxl (Score 1) 116

What hardware concerns does IPv6 actually address? Far as I can tell it was created without too much concern for hardware. 128 bits for example. Most cpu's are going to have to use multiple cpu cycles. Due to registers being 32/64 bit (not including simd extensions.) These aren't really a concern considering how fast our computers are and that networking gear has special processors.

IPv6 fails in a few areas that some people refuse to even acknowledge. If they wanted IPv6 to be successful they would have kept it simple. For example getting rid of broadcast in favor or multicast. Another is the complete waste of addresses, each of my interfaces gets multiple /64 and then assigns the rest of the 64bit (randomly or from the mac address) if we were going to waste that many address we should have just stuck with 64bit.

64 bit addresses would have hit all the boxes of needs that ipv6 provides. BGP routes not taking up so much memory and being simpler globally. Every device being able to reasonably have it's own globally unique address.(Not every device needs a unique address) 128 bits is stupidly large, 33 bits for example is double the size of 32 bits. For each bit we are doubling.

IPv6 fails because they didn't think to make it simple. Embedded devices need to be simple, not every manufacturer is going to pay for the best programmers. I've dealt with too many "modems/routers" that barely understood ipv4 let alone ipv6.

IPxl if implemented could work. I see it as the same hack that UTF8 uses. It faces the same exact problem the IPv6 faces, Software/hardware would have to be upgraded. IPxl could then take the good stuff such as prefix delegation. (We are keeping dhcp and arp)

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 314

I'm not speaking of the right answer, I'm speaking of what teachers and councilors are saying to the students (many of the parents as well).

Perhaps they SHOULD be talking to graduating high schoolers about the substantial risks of student loans and the benefits of avoiding them even if it means taking an extra year or two, but they're not.

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