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Apple Converting Trial and Pirated iWork, iLife and Aperture To Full Versions

Denis Lemire Excellent! (134 comments)

I originally purchased iWork '09 via boxed media... When the App Store started distributing the individual apps, I preferred this for the convenience of downloading vs inserting a disc like a caveman.

Eventually I ended up re-purchasing Pages and Numbers for this convenience but have not forked over the dollars for Keynote as of yet... With this recent change, I dusted off my iWork disc and made the leap to the App Store version of Keynote for free.

It's always refreshing when paying customers aren't assumed to be thieves.

about a year ago
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Worldwide IPv6 Adoption: Where Do We Stand Today?

Denis Lemire Re:IP6 addresses are a pain (327 comments)

I have end-to-end connectivity between home, work, family members networks, everywhere I have v6. My networks, my firewalls, my rules!

Yes, stateful firewalls that block everything inbound that wasn't setup from the inside are a completely sane default. Unlike NAT we get to choose what traffic we DO allow - even if we have more than one host that needs the same port. Why is this bad?

If the new devices don't pick up a new prefix - they're broken devices. Would you keep a device that kept its IPv4 address for longer than its DHCP lease term?

Renumbering into a new prefix is way easier than re-numbering into a new IPv4 subnet. All my suffixes stay the same, learn the new prefix and you're done.

NAT is a kludge. It needs to die.

about 2 years ago
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Worldwide IPv6 Adoption: Where Do We Stand Today?

Denis Lemire Re:IP6 addresses are a pain (327 comments)

Multicast DNS doesn't just move the problem 'somewhere else' it moves it from one or more centralized places that can fail to a distributed model. Every host responds to requests for its own name - no infrastructure required. Bliss.

I agree, layers of complexity suck, that's why I don't want NAT behind NAT connecting to someone else's layers of NAT. End to end connectivity is a huge win, if that means slightly larger address space - that's well worth it. I also look forward to "What's your IP address?" having a meaningful answer, again, less complexity.

The above aside, your argument about raw addresses is barely even valid... I've memorized my important addresses. My old colocation address was 2610:78:ad::1 - easier to remember than an IPv4 addresses. My current prefix 2610:1e8:800:100::/56 isn't all that much harder. If you rely on autoconf addresses you can even determine the IP is based on the MAC and prefix - all without a DHCP service.

The future rocks, let go of your decrepit IPv4 stack and learn something new.

about 2 years ago
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How Steve Jobs Patent-Trolled Bill Gates

Denis Lemire Patent Troll? (307 comments)

Don't you have to be a bottom feeding shell corporation with no actual products to be a patent troll?

Not sure Apple fit this definition at any stage of it's history.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Reveals More Windows 8 Details

Denis Lemire Re:I for one look forward to windows 9 (538 comments)

Care to elaborate on that? I'd be thrilled if MS offered ISO downloads. Requiring a subscription like Technet doesn't count. I shouldn't have to pay money to download software that I already have a license for. Doubly so when the system came with software but no recovery disks.

The problem is made worse when said systems are completely unusable without a wipe and reinstall with your imaginary media in order to eliminate all the crapware.

If MS has any faith in their 'activation' systems they should make ISOs available. If they don't trust their copy protection methods enough to do so, they shouldn't have bothered...

Wow this turned into a rant, but I legitimately had to wonder if you knew something I didn't - in terms of obtaining ISOs.

more than 3 years ago
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DisplayPort-To-HDMI Cables May Be Recalled Over Licensing

Denis Lemire Re:Words can't describe... (417 comments)

If General Motors and Ford participated in the same fashion as the schmuck lawyers they would have sold the person the car with a tougher bumper after he explained his intent to run me down.

more than 3 years ago
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DisplayPort-To-HDMI Cables May Be Recalled Over Licensing

Denis Lemire Words can't describe... (417 comments)

Nothing irks me more than technology being crippled for no good reason. Yay for lawyers and IP nonsense!

more than 3 years ago
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2011 MacBook Pros Confirmed To Crash Under Load

Denis Lemire Re:Gold plated (501 comments)

Yes, I rather enjoy Apple's Bluetooth peripherals, when paired with their computers. Sleek glossy white plastic and aluminum look funny next to a boring, matte and clunky looking HP ProBook (assuming it even had Bluetooth, mine doesn't). :)

My point is, I'd like to see Bluetooth (or a successor) more widely utilized for wireless peripherals outside of Apple's realm. If such an inexpensive add-on wasn't constantly treated as an unnecessary option we'd be a step closer.

Chicken and egg, no BT peripherals without widespread BT support. Why bother bundling BT in your system when they are so few peripherals?

more than 3 years ago
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2011 MacBook Pros Confirmed To Crash Under Load

Denis Lemire Re:Gold plated (501 comments)

It actually drives me crazy that PCs tend to not include Bluetooth. This means Bluetooth isn't ubiquitous, which in turn means almost nobody makes Bluetooth peripherals.

Thanks to that stupidity the market is flooded with lame keyboard/mouse devices that require needlessly wasting a USB port for a proprietary receiver. More often that not these receivers are intolerant to WiFi interference. Bluetooth and WiFi are designed to co-exist without stomping over each other RF wise.

more than 3 years ago
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Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Denis Lemire Re:This is slashdot? (2254 comments)

In contrast, I'll never understand why Windows users insist on covering their entire screen with one single window. What a waste of real estate!

Hunting through my maze of open non-fullscreen windows is made easy via expose, without it I'd almost understand where you're coming from.

more than 3 years ago
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Inventors of Unix Win Japan Prize

Denis Lemire Re:You want a flame war? (105 comments)

Flame war? Flame wars are built around personal preferences. You're stating facts. :D

more than 3 years ago
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Apple iOS 4.2 Hands-On

Denis Lemire Re:Does not require extra purchase (212 comments)

The ability to print to any Mac via AirPrint was supposed to show up in 10.6.5 but for unknown reasons this feature was pulled. Though there are 3rd party apps like Printopia and Fingerprint that will enable add the missing functionality. You can also download the missing files from earlier 10.6.5 seeds to re-enable AirPrinting.

about 4 years ago
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Official Google Voice App Approved For iOS

Denis Lemire Canada? (147 comments)

Google Voice sounds really cool... Sure wish they'd bring it to Canada... In time I guess...

about 4 years ago
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HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked

Denis Lemire This is a disaster! (1066 comments)

If the cracking of DRM tech continues at this pace, we'll soon find ourselves living in a strange world where consumers are granted the privilege of PLAYING the content they PAID hard earned cash for! Ridiculous! This must stop while there's still a shred of decency and fairness left in the world! How will the copyright infringing pirates differentiate their loot if the legit stuff become as flexible, reliable and convenient?! What a mess!

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Worry About IPv6 Just Yet

Denis Lemire Re:I have read it... (425 comments)

I don't foresee ISPs trying to pull off such stupidity in this day and age. Maybe I underestimate their incompetence. It'd be pretty difficult to market such an inferior service policy when home users have become accustomed to having multiple computers, their PS3's, HTPCs, smart phones, etc, etc, etc all sharing their Internet connection over the last decade or so.

I'd switch ISPs instantly if it meant the difference of having a single IPv6 address or a proper /64 prefix for my home LAN. If they all collude and run their network like a bunch of brain damaged idiots, well hey, I can NAT the single IPv6 address and things are no worse than they are now. Though they would have killed the most significant advantage of the new protocol.

Taking the only approach that makes sense (assigning each customer their own global prefix) would give them some advantages in tech support they don't currently have. The ISP I work for often has to suspend accounts with one or more compromised computers that end up as SPAM bots. Currently, in the IPv4 world of NAT, we can't tell them any specifics - only that one or all of their computers have been compromised. With every address globally routable, at least your ISP could shove you in the right direction and say something along the lines of '2610:78:ad:1::3' is infected.

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Worry About IPv6 Just Yet

Denis Lemire Re:I have read it... (425 comments)

I don't think my default-deny rule was necessarily off-topic. It is there to support my point, that is: if you aren't granted access to my computers, why the hell should I care if you can confirm their existence? In my opinion, hiding my topology isn't worth dealing with the kludge that is NAT. Many protocols embed IP addresses within the protocol and break when they pass through NAT. These tend to have workarounds, but who wants to bother with that?

All that being said if, in your opinion, hiding your topology is worth the drawbacks of NAT all the power to you. There is nothing preventing the use of a similar technique in IPv6. I will choose against NAT, others may strongly disagree with me.

The thing is, in IPv4 I have no choice but to hide everything behind NAT. IPv4 addresses aren't plentiful enough to have a block routed to everyone who wants one. In IPv6, addresses are plentiful and you're free to use whatever strategy you want. This is a good thing!

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Worry About IPv6 Just Yet

Denis Lemire Re:I have read it... (425 comments)

What merit does topology hiding have in your opinion? Does the default deny rule in the firewall vanish once I know how many hosts you have? The whole topology argument smells like 'security through obscurity.'

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Worry About IPv6 Just Yet

Denis Lemire Re:I have read it... (425 comments)

NAT breaks end-to-end connectivity. Its main purpose in IPv4 is to deal with the limited address space. In the massive address space of IPv6, NAT is no longer necessary.

You can still NAT everything behind non-routable ULA addresses if you wish, but I see no reason to do so. If one takes this approach and later decides they need a specific port opened to more than one machine, ie) port 80 for a couple new web servers, they won't be able to do this without re-numbering or setting up a a couple new static NAT rules. Note: I specifically say a couple (or more than one) as this is specifically where dynamic NAT based port forwarding breaks down.

A much better approach is to keep everything on globally routable IPs and adding a quick (hopefully default) firewall rule to deny all incoming traffic. This way you still protect your network from undesired incoming connections but still have an easy option later to open ports as needed without any of the limitations. This is exactly how I would set my IPv4 networks up today, if real IPs were actually available.

There MAY be niche scenarios where non-routable IPs are desirable in the IPv6 world, I honestly can't think of any. Can you?

more than 4 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Worry About IPv6 Just Yet

Denis Lemire Re:I have read it... (425 comments)

Agreed, brain-finger connection issue, I meant to say 'unique local' but typed 'link-local.'

more than 4 years ago

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