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Comment Re: Transparancy (Score 1) 44

Gary Johnson is an open borders zealot. We don't need any more of those.

So am I. Well not really a zealot, but open borders would be fine. Having governments not telling you where you can or cannot go would be nice. It's lovely to drive through Europe crossing borders without that hassle of border controls.

Comment Re:Let me know when ... (Score 1) 110

Doesn't matter.
The peaks are huge and we need to cover them.

Plus who ever said we need to get rid of base load completely? That's a very stupid argument and you should be ashamed of yourself for putting up such idiocy to deliberately mislead.

As long as all the base load is nuclear and we aren't digging carbon out of the ground and burning it, we'll be ok.

Submission + - Apple removes ESC key new Macbook "Pro" ( 2

fyngyrz writes: The Mac "Pro's" ESC key, used by many at the console / shell level, has apparently succumbed to overwhelming... courage. Er, design intent. Yeah, that's it. You have to admit, Apple is brave. No console-friendly person will be happy with this. I suspect that will be true to a degree where they'll be happy with... something other than a Macbook "Pro." BTW, those aren't "scare" quotes. Those are "no, wrong word" quotes. I could have gone with "pro[sic]", but... oy. Oh. And hey. You didn't want function keys, did you? Of course not... Okay, one hopes these missing features will at least sometimes, possibly, appear on the new touch bar, there to blunt the ends of your fingers as they use a key-striking habit to stomp on a touch surface.

Comment Re:Ah, minimialism (Score 1) 432

Alright. This this X1 is bristling with extra buttons, finger sensors, track pads, track pad buttons and other pointing devices. They went too far though I don't need that stuff, but I do use esc. My existing mac book is fine without extra buttons for volume or power but it has esc in the right place.

Perfection would be the happy hacking layout with control where caps lock usually is. That's why I use a happy hacking keyboard at my desk.

Comment Re:Ah, minimialism (Score 1) 432

>Lenovo did this with their X1 Carbon a while back too. What is the obsession with removing functionality? Sure, Mac users probably don't use the Escape key too much, let alone the function keys. However, Esc has always been the equivalent of Cancel on MacOS and Windows dialog boxes, and terminal-based applications still use it.

I'm typing this on my Lenovo X1 Carbon, complete with its escape key on the keyboard. What are you talking about?

Comment Re:Hardware is so much better? (Score 1) 77

Well, I still have to disagree, at least to some extent. And not with a -1 mod (I hate that too, btw).

I think the biggest difference is in whether you buy bottom of the barrel priced and quality stuff or not, even with computers. For example:

I purchase my computers from a custom PC boutique dealer and probably pay half again as much as a comparable brand from a box store, maybe even more. But these guys analyze each component for failure rates out in the field, and only sell the highest-rated parts in terms of reliability. They also do more extensive burn in tests, thermal and airflow analysis, etc. Yes, they're the same components everyone else uses, but there are many differences in quality among those common components, and even in how carefully a PC is built, and how stable a system is without a bunch of crapware installed. So, generally speaking, the computers I buy tend to last a long time, and that includes the PC I purchased earlier this year as well (a Linux dev machine).

By contrast, do you remember Packard Bell computers, popular a few decades ago? Those were absolute pieces of crap, and I'll bet few of them managed to last five years. Relatives that bought those computers seemed to have nothing but problems with them.

As far as early failures go, yes, you're going to have some failures at the relatively low prices we pay for electronics these days, but I'm not sure it's any grand conspiracy to deliberately make things more fragile. I just think that failures are more likely to occur as our devices push technological boundaries and get more complex, meaning they simply have more potential points of failure, while at the same time dropping dramatically in price from what we used to pay for these items. And yes, occasionally, you find a brand that is just badly designed - junk from the outset. A bit of research helps to avoid most of those issues.

Smartphones are a different matter - I agree there's some planned obsolescence forced on us, simply because the carriers and manufacturers stop supporting perfectly good hardware with updates. But that's not really a technological matter, but a policy issue. My three year old phone was top of the line when I bought it, but now is apparently "obsolete", which is ridiculous. It still can run nearly any app or OS version just fine, only it's no longer being updated.

Comment Re:Set up correct secondary DNS servers (Score 1) 341

> If the primaries were at Dyn, and the secondaries were not at Dyn, none of the sites would have experienced any downtime.

Until Dyn's secondaries are hit 5 minutes later... it's true that 2 is better than 1, but how about potentially tens of thousands?

You are still not getting this...

Dyn's secondaries were hit. If the secondaries were at Google, Yahoo, Hover, and other companies, they would need to DDOS every DNS server on the entire freaking Internet at the same time.

Say you have 12 domains, and you have a primary DNS (P) and a secondary DNS (S), and then you have 4 hosting primary companies A, B, C, and D, and the four of them get together and form a DNS pool, so that one of the other hosting companies acts as secondary for each of the domains for which they themselves are primary:

domains P....S
--------------- A -> B A -> C A -> D B -> A B -> C B -> D C -> A C -> B C -> D D -> A D -> B D -> C

Now expand that to 10,000 hosting companies. Get it now? It's called a multiply connected network.

Comment Its unlikely they are a sinking ship. (Score 1) 104

Its unlikely they are a sinking ship.

They have 258 positions currently open in sales, concurrent with laying off 300 people.

Intuitively, that means that the people being ejected are mostly underperforming sales account managers.

Other jobs are in machine learning, data analytics, and data scientists, which likely means that they are also having content control problems with troll and sock-puppet accounts, and they have little understanding of network effects, despite being a "social network".

Or... it means they have a tender offer, and want to reduce the PPE numbers to inflate (temporarily) the asking price for the company, in the same way that Word Perfect laid off all their people working on future product releases, prior to selling themselves to Novell.

Comment Re:Hardware is so much better? (Score 2) 77

I think you're suffering from a bit of rose-colored nostalgia.

I remember cars not starting on winter mornings because they were temperamental as hell, and breaking down much more often, requiring costly servicing or repairs. By contrast, today's cars run far more reliably than they used to. I've heard people complain about all the electronics packed into them, but it's all those electronics, among other factors, that keeps the car running in good condition and warns you when anything goes wrong. Many modern cars can last 250K miles if you take good care of them, which used to be almost unheard of several decades ago, when 100K miles was often pushing things.

I'm not quite as certain modern electronic hardware fails quite as frequently as you think either. Many of my current electronics (like my current computers) are five or six years old and running just fine - I'm betting they'll both last quite a few more years, easy. My last TV lasted a dozen years, and my microwave lasted over twenty years. I guess we'll have to see if my new ones do as well, but they're doing fine so far after several years.

You can greatly improve your chances finding quality hardware by doing a bit of due diligence beforehand to find which devices are the most reliable (and avoiding the temptation to rush out and buy the latest, greatest whatever). Of course, sometimes you're bound to get a lemon. For instance, I've had somewhat spotty luck with routers/wireless hubs until my current one. But overall, I'm not sure I buy the argument that everything of yesteryear was somehow better made - at least at equivalent prices.

Comment Re:Set up correct secondary DNS servers (Score 1) 341

Secondary DNS would not have helped here. The issue with DNS is that it's a centralizing service.

I understand that you have a particular drum to beat in this regard, but the problem is actually that Dyn hosted both the primaries and the secondaries, and they took Dyn offline.

If the primaries were at Dyn, and the secondaries were not at Dyn, none of the sites would have experienced any downtime.

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