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Comment Ideal case for an electric vehicle... (Score 1) 330

I love all the uneducated comments about "it can't work because ... electricity."

There are very large/heavy/fast electric vehicles already. With a vehicle this large and one-off, you could do some pretty cool stuff:

    two (or more?) redundant electric motors for front vs rear drive
    inductive charging (just park next to a transformer somewhere ... haha)
    regenerative breaking for increased range in urban areas
    extreme high efficiency solar cells for maintaining charge/powering internal devices
    gas/diesel backup power plant

Also, with advances in materials, it's possible that armor isn't nearly as heavy for *better* protection.

The real limiting factor will be finding all of the components made exclusively in the US.

Comment Getting dual stack right in the DC ... (Score 1) 574

... is not always straight forward. This is especially so if you are running in a NAT environment and want to deploy IPv6 and do host resolution correctly. Internally, you want to resolve a host as: 2001:DB8::a

Since this node makes connections to the world, we need to resolve it's address for some services to work: 2001:DB8::a

Before IPv6 was enabled on this network, this node would be resolved via a generic NAT IP address.

Now you have an asymmetry in how access to/from occurs which means it can work for some people (internal hosts, IPv6 enabled remote hosts) but not for others (IPv4-only sites.) In general, asymmetry in your security with two different paths to the same host means you are less secure. Unfortunately, IPv6 is more than IPv4:IPv4:IPv4:IPv4 and requires some thought and expertise that many shops just don't have.

Comment You're doing it wrong... (Score 0) 734

What about other disruptive technologies extrapolated into the future? With self-driving vehicles, there will be less of a chance that people own their own vehicle and just tap on their smart phone (or whatever they have at that point) for the next available car to pick them up and drop them off where they are going. There should be a law of some kind about future predictions that are of the form "if everything stays the same as today except this one thing then ..." which states that the prediction is invalid.

Comment Re:hard to fault Oracle (Score 0) 223

You're doing it wrong ...

sensitive data shouldn't be written unencrypted to disk in the first place.

Init doesn't make sure programs always run, it makes sure things are run once and never cares about it again. SMF makes sure that things always run.

Solaris 10/11 has a completely rewritten network stack because the old one was getting sorely long in the tooth. As time went on, developers realized that networking has gotten far more complex in enterprise environments than an interface like ifconfig can cope with. As such, there is still an ifconfig but there are many other tools for configuring the network as well.

I stopped using any kind of Solaris once they killed off the OpenSolaris community. I was an unofficial Nexenta developer and very keen on some features (and not so much on other bugs) but overall, the changes made in Solaris/OpenSolaris were done thoughtfully and carefully. At least until Oracle took over. At that point I have no clue except that their NFS appliances are kinda buggy and we are forced to upgrade constantly.

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