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Comment Re:Apple is the Trump Towers of computing. (Score 1) 214

What would it actually cost to produce a MacBook in the USA? My guess is that it'll be more expensive, but not by a factor 4. And in case of iPhones, which are sold at 3x the cost of manufacturing, I bet they could sell them at only a slightly higher price if they *gasp* would accept a lower markup.

Even so, I still expect people to go for the slave labour Macbook at $1699 instead of the $1899 "proudly manufactured in the USA" model, when given a choice. Especially when no one is looking.

My prediction is that as robots become more prevalent in industry there will be a gradual shift of manufacturing/assembly back to the US. It's already slowly happening in the auto industry.

Comment Re: Hmm (Score 3, Insightful) 923

Nearly everything the mainstream news has been feeding you about Trump is either taken out of context, twisted, or just an outright lie. Assuming that people are only voting for him because they are "racist, sexist morons" is childish, simplistic thinking at its height that was also programmed into you through the media by those currently in power.

I'm amazed at how otherwise intelligent people can be so easily manipulated by lies that come from so-called experts that the media routinely trots out on stage.

Lets assume for the moment that all of that is true, even a cursory review of his speeches shows that is lacking in emotional stability, easily riled, not interested in changing his position when factual information is presented, and knows very little about the constitution (i.e. a president appointing a special prosecutor goes against the separation of powers). I would think that any one of these would be a red flag no matter what your position is on the issues.

What you are saying is that voters should ignore these very real concerns and assume that it will all work out in the end...

Comment Re:Taking CO2 out?? (Score 1) 367

Or just take the money you would have spent building all of those plants deploying solar and wind all over the place. Problem solved in far less time.

Except for the pesky problems of storage, transmission, capacity, and effects on the environment.

The sun doesn't shine and the wind doesn't blow at the right times in all the right places. There isn't enough acreage to lay solar farms to meet our energy needs without affecting the ecosystem, there is no way to efficiently get the energy from point A to point B when they are long distances apart, and lets not forget about how bird kills will affect the bird population if we put wind farms everywhere.

One technology that can be added to the mix is tidal power. Trials are underway in an effort to tap tidal flows to create electricity. But there are those that are concerned that Tidal generators will harm the marine ecosystem.

Each of these technologies are part of the future mix of energy sources, but they all have limitations. We still will need power plants. Do we continue to send CO2 into the atmosphere or do we realize that modern nuclear power can be a part of an overall mix of power sources?

Comment Re:I am amused by this. (Score 2) 236

Some have said it's just problems with wireless connectivity and thousands of fans in the same place all using their cell phones but couldn't they overcome that if it is what the problem really is?

No... Just take a look at how often the NFL still has problems with wireless headsets and this is something that the people who put on concerts have solved long ago.

Comment Re:Hardware or Software? (Score 1) 236

Ya, I know I've noticed this too. Mice works flawlessly on Linux and Mac OS X yet plugging in a standard mouse like a Logitech or Microsoft and it screws up on searching the drivers. It's a mouse, which is a standard HID compliant device. No special drivers should be needed for regular use. Sure, some extra fancy buttons MAY not work without the special driver.

What Windows version? Was it the OEM install? Installed from scratch? Upgraded?

What I find is that if common USB devices (keyboard, mouse) are not being detected and installed properly by any of the USB ports then that Windows computer typically does not have the right versions of the chipset drivers and/or the USB drivers installed. It's interesting that people here are willing to put a tonne of effort to get Linux to work but aren't willing to go through basic troubleshooting steps, such as downloading the latest drivers, to get Windows to work.

Comment Re:Were the users randomized? (Score 1) 524

Yes, I really asked what a domain controller is.
Neither Macs, nor any other computer, unless it is windows, uses/needs them.
Obviously ... white screens and such ... hardware fails regardless if brand, facepalm.

In Linux it's usually a LDAP Directory Server. And yes, for any decent sized organization with LINUX or Windows, you do need a Domain Controller / Directory server to manage user accounts and permissions. Otherwise you are creating local user accounts all over the place with no control over access.

Comment Re:Adaptor solution (Score 1) 192

Can't we have a micro-USB to lightning connector adaptor, so that anybody w/ a common microUSB cable can just plug it into that, and the combination can be used to charge iPhones, iPads and the like? Apple can make that as well, just like they made the microUSB to 32-pin adaptor

Yes.... yes, we can... In fact, I only buy micro USB cables at the moment because most of USB devices that I have that require charging are Micro USB. For the rest, I just buy the Micro USB adapters for Lightning, Mini USB, etc. At least until USB-C starts taking over my gadgets.

Comment Re:Live by the media hype die by the media hype. (Score 1) 269

I don't entirely disagree with you, but I also think his "panties are in a wad" because while the media may have been skewed both for and against him, in this case it's at the expense of peoples lives, not just his ledger numbers.

His premise is pure bull at this time...

There is no demonstrable or concrete evidence that supports the assertion that implementing self-driving cars in the state of the technology today will save more lives than it would end up costing. In my opinion, we still need much more testing and development.

In all reality, Musk is mostly pissed because he views his company as having a lead in this area and it's being eroded by roadblocks enacted through regulations (good or bad), allowing competitors to catch up.

Comment Re:You can't protect against everything. (Score 1) 237

I used the Carrington Event as an example because its effects were so spectacular, and its effect on the modern power/communications grid (and the computers that run it) could be equally wide spread. Take your pick of any kind of disaster that brings down a major portion of the grid and the result's the same: the data centers only stay up until their reserves of generator fuel runs out.

Multiple data centers in multiple regions will keep the corporate lights on... There... solved that for you... next... (grin)

Comment Re:Never Down (Score 2) 237

Basic networking. What's your redundancy? HSRP? What happens when someone spoofs your VIP/virtual MAC? Everything is down. I've seen large offices taken down becuase they used as an important device, and someone plugged in a home router under their desk as an AP, causing a conflict that took down a "redundant" network.

Someone can always take it down. So, go for 802.1x on every port to combat that. Now, if you radius server has an issue, nobody can work. Brilliant. Redundancy and security reduce stability. Go back to networking 101. Even redundant SUPs in a chassis-based system have a single linked management. One wrong command in one of the SUPs and you can take down everything. Redundancy rarely survives user error, and makes it harder to bring it back up.

Um, you do realize that there are networking technologies to protect the network from practically every scenario that you mentioned? Even your port security example falls flat on it's face because you would have redundant radius servers, etc.

And no, redundancy doesn't make things harder as long as it's implemented properly (i.e. you have a well documented primary path that's always used unless there is a problem in which case the network switches to a well defined backup path). As for redundant Sups, most large companies that need up-time have redundant hardware/chassis rather than relying on line cards in a single chassis. Removes the human error and hardware failure. Because you are right that the biggest problem is human error.

The key to any network implementation, same as any other IT service, is that you have experienced network engineers to architect the network, well defined standards, and good support engineers to run it and follow the standards.

Comment Re:This rant left me feeling...deflated (Score 2) 187

Funny thing is that he's the reason why the NFL maintains control of the equipment. The Patriot's have been caught before spying on other teams using that same tech. As for the MS Surface crap that's just part of a very lucrative deal where MS basically pays the NFL to use it so they can advertise how great it is. Bill isn't the only one caught throwing the shitty things around. Several players and coaches have been seen tossing, smashing and stomping on them. Somehow I'm sure MS isn't happy about the negative image they're getting from this. I think it's funny as hell.

There has been no "spying" using headsets or WiFi technology. The NFL controlled the wireless technology from the beginning prevent teams from intercepting the radio transmissions from the other team. There have been instances where teams have been able to hear the other team, but this has always been due to configuration or headset issues caused by the NFL tech team. Some like to blame other teams, but the whole thing is controlled by the NFL.

The biggest problem, as I see it, is that the NFL spends as much money on wireless technology as they do on Referees...

Comment Re: Hilarious (Score 1) 187

When you have a tablet, you can do things like punch in what defense the other team just used to provide statistical analysis of what the next best play is, or what kind of defense to run if your opponent is doing X often. These are things a coach can know, or have on paper, but the ability to quickly look things up for an effective response or plan is probably very beneficial.

What I don't know, however, is why they would need "connectivity." Why do you need wi-fi operating your iPad or Surface if you have all of the relevant info on the device? If they don't have all the relevant info on the device, what do they need it for?

Um... Live replay, maybe.... Oh, forgot, the NFL is the No Fun League so "No replay for you....." Actually, they are using it for downloading photos and drawing up plays, same as the paper copy.

The NHL has gone to live reply on tablets this season. Saw it being used during the Pittsburgh game a couple of nights ago.

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