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Comment The Cisco way seems.....old (Score 1) 38

I've got a stack of Cisco gear in my basement while studying for Cisco certs and I've managed Cisco gear in production. The stuff is solid, but managing it feels like it's 1999.

Meanwhile, there are tons of SDN vendors that feel like 2017 - single pane of glass management and monitoring without nickel and diming you on each feature and smartnet contracts. (Cisco knows this and that's why they bought Meraki).

Cisco still makes great carrier grade high-end gear, but the middle and low-end stuff is displacing Cisco fast. Meraki is nice, but the recurring cost makes it a tough sell compared to others.

Guys like Ubiquiti are pretty standard in emerging markets. Cisco is so highly priced that they may never see a presence in those markets. I like Cisco and ran it for many years, but It's hard to see a future for them.

Comment California and NY do not select our president (Score 0) 297

Unless your definition of the "the people" really means "Californian people" - the election results disagree with you:

Number of states won:
Trump: 30
Clinton: 20
Trump: +10

Number of electoral votes won:
Trump: 306
Clinton: 232
Trump: + 68

Ave. margin of victory in winning states:
Trump: 56%
Clinton: 53.5%
Trump: + 2.5 points

Popular vote total:
Trump: 62,958,211
Clinton: 65,818,318
Clinton: + 2.8 million

Popular vote total outside California:
Trump: 58,474,401
Clinton: 57,064,530
Trump: + 1.4 million

Trump won more counties than any candidate since Ronald Reagan:

The "the people" did vote for Trump. Our country is a Union of independent states. To win the presidency, you must not simply win the popular vote - you must win a preponderance of states. Disenfranchising low population states is how you start a civil war.

Comment 24 hour news did this to themselves (Score 1) 245

It wasn't enough to simply report the news - to fill 24 hours of programming "news" agencies had to throw their opinions into the mix as well.

Opinions, by their very nature cause division. Eventually you will push enough people away from your narrative and you will lose the information war.

If the mainstream media is honestly and truly concerned with winning the information war they need to bring back old school journalism. Only publish if you can get two reliable sources to corroborate a story and NEVER give your own damn opinion on the matter. Do that for the next 5 years and you might just get the respect you once had.

This last election cycle turned me away from all national TV news. Local news is as close as you can get to unbiased news and even then you need to be skeptical.

Comment Don't blame a filesystem for your lack of backup (Score 5, Insightful) 181

If you lose data due to a corrupt filesystem - it's not the filesystem's fault that you didn't backup your data.

Even if you had the most reliable filesystem in the world - it would, most likely be running on spinning disks or flash media - both fail quite regularly.

Backup your data frequently and test your backups regularly.

Comment "Free" is an economic impossibility (Score 1) 280

The "Labor Theory of Value" says that the value of an item is equal to its labor input component.

That's a nice theory - but ignores the concept of scarcity. Even if you have unlimited energy (which we don't) and unlimited labor (provided by robots in theory), you still have the problem of scarcity of materials.

Our economic world has unlimited demand. Humans generally are not satisfied with what they have and want more. Scarcity of materials will still require some sort of cost structure to satisfy the supply/demand curve.

So long as humans compete for scarce resources, there will need to be an economic system to facilitate that. Free labor won't eliminate it.

Comment Return of the barter system? (Score 1) 280

There are a number of ways this could play out.

If the robotic means of production are owned by the few - the remaining many may simply revert back to a barter system (you reload ammo for me and I'll grow food for you...etc).

The other possibility is that the robotic means of production become SO cheap that everyone owns a robot to take care of their immediate needs. It's a futuristic stretch of the imagination, but think of a 3D printer on steroids - the robot(s) build your house, grow your food, treat your medical needs...etc.

That would be an interesting way of distributing the methods of production among all.

The dystopian "robots take all the jobs away" option doesn't seem all that likely.

Comment Verizon gave me a cable box I never used (Score 1) 143

Verizon also made me an offer I couldn't refuse - a triple play at the double play price. The installation tech said that he had to activate the box, but that I didn't have to use it.

So he powered up the box, activated it, and then stuck it on a shelf in my basement.

I guess Verizon was hoping I would rent a movie from them instead of Amazon.

Comment Another who knows nothing about Libertarianism (Score 4, Informative) 499

Libertarians believe very strongly in property rights and that one of government's most important functions is to preserve property rights:

The only proper role of government in the economic realm is to protect property rights, adjudicate disputes, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected..

I don't know of any Libertarian that would consider a tractor, whole or in part, that would belong to John Deere after a farmer has voluntarily paid for it.

Comment Community college is a great deal (Score 1) 374

Around here, you can do two years in a community college and transfer all the credits to a bunch of decent 4 year state schools.

In the end, you get the same 4 year degree as everyone else - while saving a boat load of money.

Sure, mom and dad don't get to put an Ivy League sticker on their car, and Mary and Johnny may have to live at home and commute to the college - but that's what the smart money does.

Stop paying for country clubs for your little crotch fruit.

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