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Comment Re:public routing table vs connection tuple (Score 3, Interesting) 92

I always thought the Netware IPX/SPX network numbering system was quite clever -- 32 bits of network addressing and a 48 bit node address, usually based on MAC addresses.

I always think of how much simpler IP would have been with a similar structure -- subnets could have scaled easily without renumbering or routing when common /24 limits were hit. The use of MAC addresses for node addresses would have eliminated DHCP for the most part or essentially automated it as clients would have only had to query for a network number, not a node address.

Comment Re:nothing to do with the environment (Score 1) 62

I'd take it more seriously if they were to directly power their data centers from renewables 24/7 only instead of some of the funny math of just spending more money to "buy" renewable energy from grid producers at a large enough volume to say they run on 100% renewable (or worse, carbon credits).

Because on the back end, they're still dependent in terms of actual consumption on grid baseload generation even if they have a balance sheet that says otherwise.

Further, trying to run full-time off wind+solar would require a substantial investment in energy storage to balance night/still air and storage is where we need the investment. And build-anywhere storage, not pumped hydro or other geographically dependent storage, either.

Comment Re:-Still- looking at you, BBC... (Score 1) 78

Worse than that, you still need a Windows server running Update Manager components and the Windows client to install updates.

I think the switch from a heavyweight thick management ESX to ESXi was a good idea, but the problem is that it leaves all management capability needing a VM or external server with all the associated availability problems a single point of failure.

Frankly, I'd like to see ESXi re-thickened a bit to include vCenter management into the base install with master/slave clustering and a distributed database. This would improve vCenter availability and reduce the dependence on a separate VM.

Every new host would then be a potential vCenter cluster management participant. Upgrading a node across version boundary would upgrade vCenter, so as the cluster was upgraded the vCenter upgrade came with the package.

The downside would be that it would require more storage for the base image, breaking more than a few tiny SD/USB installs. The write rate of vCenter may be a bit much for the media used in these flash installs, but not by much and if server motherboards start shipping with M.2 slots the capacity and write durability shouldn't be issues.

Comment Re:Cisco is getting worse... (Score 1) 138

I seem to run across a fair number of places with AS/400 stuff. What's kind of interesting is the AS/400 stuff and people seem to run in this parallel universe IT department with their own staff somehow immune from the other pressures of the rest of the IT department.

Once in a blue moon I'll hear mention that some kind of AS/400 update or installation is happening, so it's not like they're strictly legacy systems. And at longer term clients with AS/400 I occasionally see something new/different in the "AS/400 rack".

I don't know what IBM's growth potential is or how at risk their active businesses like AS/400 are from being eaten by Wintel/Lintel systems are, but they sure seem to have carved out a niche that seems nearly immovable.

Comment Re:Anti-Hillary is not Pro-Trump (Score 1) 844

This is not a Democrat thing, it's an anyone with an education thing. It's why even senior Republicans are distancing themselves

"Trump will ruin the country" is *mostly* a Democratic thing as an article of actual belief. Among Republicans, I'd argue it's more like "Trump will destroy party" and a dislike for his influence on political standing, not necessarily a wholesale disagreement with policy with the exception of where policy overlaps with Republican economic policies, which are mostly rubber stamps of corporate interests.

and pretty much anyone outside the US that is aware of international diplomacy is fearful of the consequences he could bring. As you say you have Congress to protect your domestic policy, but a couple of stupid comments can ignite tensions globally that can start wars.

During the Cold War, when the US faced a military opponent of near parity and the chance of a nuclear war of near extinction, anti-communist and anti-Soviet rhetoric was extremely heated. The majority of US politicians vented relentlessly against communism and the Soviets without a war starting. And none of this takes into account the reality that we fight wars all the time anyway, without any attached rhetoric.

This is not a Democrat thing, it's an anyone with an education thing. [...]This not just FUD, there is a real risk that everyone can see except a minority percentage of redneck Americans.

This is my other problem with this meme, it's usually stated in the most derogatory of terms. People that don't believe in the most hyperbolic and extreme outcomes of a Trump presidency are uneducated rednecks.

I'm willing to go along with the idea that Trump would make a *bad* President -- clumsy diplomacy, domestic political gridlock, divisive leadership. But the rest of the doom and gloom prophesy seems vastly overblown and tied to a sales technique designed to make anyone who doesn't accept it feel as if they're somehow stupid or uneducated.

Comment Re:Great idea! Articles could be categorized and d (Score 2) 203

NNTP was pretty decentralized, one of the challenges with it in the later days of NNTP was the relative ease of newgroup injection and crapflooding.

IIRC, NNTP server software on the hardware of the early 2000s scaled poorly and the traffic volumes were growing fast so you started to see ISPs get much more control oriented when it came to retention periods and which newgroup messages they would honor and from whom.

Comment Re:The new left is so violently opposed to dissent (Score 1) 626

It's the way the left has been since the 1920s. Usually it was confined to doctrinal infighting among Leninists, Trotskyites, and other socialist factions. Usually once one faction had established dominance they simply became authoritarians, rejecting any punishing all dissent.

One of the best party amusements has always been exposing conflicting elements among leftists. Years ago when AIDS was peaking, you'd find a leftist, usually a vegan, who favored animal rights, and then an AIDS activist and then introduce the topic of animal testing of AIDS drugs. If you got lucky, the animal rights advocate was straight and the AIDS advocate was not and you sat back and watched the fur fly, so to speak. I've seen vegans screamed at, accused of supporting anti-gay genocide, and pacifist gays accused of being bloodthirsty monsters who back the pharmaceutical-industrial complex.

Comment Re:then can create a single wifi network? (Score 1) 48

I'm struggling to understand what "one large wifi network" actually is.

In enterprise gear this roughly translates into broadcasting the same SSID and some back channel communication of interference, channel selection, etc, to avoid stepping on each AP too much in addition to some of the newer "roaming" extensions that speed up the process of moving between radios.

You usually can fake this by just using the same SSID on multiple standalone APs and if their channel selection process is any good you generally end up with mostly the same thing.

Comment Re:Anti-Hillary is not Pro-Trump (Score 1) 844

I used to think like this. However, I realized Executive Orders have a lot of affect.

So do articles of impeachment.

My point isn't that Donald Trump could be a low-quality President, but that the promoted level of doom and gloom and disaster is greatly overstated and fails to consider the balance of powers among the branches of government at a minimum and further fails to consider other potential problems associated with policy implementation.

Trump may throw a tantrum wanting some policy or other, but that doesn't make it so on the spot. There's a whole apparatus of bureaucracy that has to implement it, and truly loony ideas won't get implemented or at least not before they can be challenged in court.

I think the "disaster" argument also fails to consider Trump as even rational at all, as if he were really an irrational and unstable person. I also don't buy that, either. He may have a big mouth, but you don't get to where he is in life right now (fabulously wealthy, still in control of his company, and on the Republican ticket for President) if you are actually incapable of making rational decisions. Nor does it consider the persuasive ability of career people -- diplomats, advisers, military people, etc, who would counsel him against truly dangerous actions.

None of this is meant to advocate for him -- he's obviously a boorish loudmouth, but the notion that he can single-handedly "destroy America" is a bill of goods promoted by his opponents as a scare tactic because positive selling of Hillary is so difficult given her lack of likability and dissembling on so many issued.

Comment Re:Anti-Hillary is not Pro-Trump (Score 4, Insightful) 844

The one big idea Democrats have really succeeded with (at least among Democrats) is the "Trump will ruin the country" meme.

Assuming he were to get elected, he has no party structure behind him which means near zero leverage with Congressional Republicans. Congressional Republicans will (rightly, I'd wager) see him as a one-term phenomenon and begin immediately jockeying/campaigning for the 2020 Presidency.

With no Congressional support, he's a straw man. Anything controversial he would do with any executive power would likely be challenged and held up in endless court battles.

How could Trump be worse for the country than Bush II? Bush II had near complete party support, a team of long-term political insiders in his administration and significant control of Congress.

Comment Re:vote (Score 1) 253

Michigan is the land of car makers and there's still enough people employed in the automotive industry there that many of them will vote to protect the traditional automotive industry because it feels like voting for their own interests.

Michigan also has enough weirdness that politicians can easily play politics with the electorate -- there's the upper peninsula which is almost a separate state, the train wreck of Detroit, and then the suburban areas around Detroit. Ladle on a thick helping of racial politics, and you have an interesting stew.

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 2) 279

That's probably true, but we don't know.

FTL may wind up being possible due to some unknown property of physics but it may only be useful for movement through spacetime and not necessarily for the production of useful energy.

I'd wager an FTL capable but also not a free energy civilization is also a civilization that is resource hungry and would likely be exploiting sources of easy to obtain resources. It could also turn out that the atomic elements aren't well-distributed in the galaxy and that one all the min-maxing of options is done ends up being the easiest place to get them.

The challenge for Earth is that any civilization capable of easy space flight only needs to drop a couple of rocks into our gravity well to neutralize our civilization. They don't need a massive energy surplus or a lot of advanced technology beyond a useful FTL to get to us and wipe us out.

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