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Comment Let us know if you need to support for older (Score 1) 255

> The industry I'm in requires 7-10 years of future supply availability for things we design/validate... so, we tend to stay away from the EBay bargains

Which pretty much ends up being the same thing, as far as driver support goes - you need to have confidence that it will still be supported in the future, when it becomes an eBay bargain. What you're starting to use today, I'll start using in five years - and you'll still be using it.

It's not uncommon on the Linux Kernel mailing List to see a post "is anybody still using 1999-era Foo hardware from Bar Inc? If not, we may remove support." If somebody is still using it, the general policy is that the newest kernel should keep supporting it. Of course we have to *know* that somebody is still using it, so if you rely on hardware that's 15+ years old it would be good to monitor support.

My understanding is that the same is not true of Windows - you can't even email their engineer in charge of hardware X, much less will he continue support for you. You -can- email most any Linux maintainer, and they'll respond (but see ESR's Smart Questions document).

As you probably know, enterprise distributions like RHEL/CentOS support the entire distro for up to ten years. Red Hat / CentOS 7 EOL is 2024, so anything supported by CentOS 7 today will still be supported at least until 2024.

If it were me, if I wanted support for a brand new consumer device that just came out last week, I'd bet on Windows. If I wanted long-term support, to have the device supported when it's ten years old, I'd definitely bet on Linux.

Comment AND they know the truth is better than the spin (Score 2) 85

It sure sounds to me like they are prohibited from talking about, so to get any information out they have to ask the FBI to do so.

ALSO this suggests they WANT information released. They could just say "we can't discuss that article". Instead, they are trying to get a copy of the order published. That strongly suggests that they believe once people see what's actually in the order, it'll be better than the speculation. Further, they calculate it'll be better *even though it'll renew interest, creating another round of news stories*.

Comment Can't read my posts either. Strange obsession (Score 1) 511

You seem to have a rather strange obsession here. Let me try saying it one more time for you, in all capital letters maybe so you can see it:


"Republicans won't admit it"you say - in the very article you linked to, it quoted the Senate majority leader saying they would wait until after the election, that they weren't going to confirm the kind of justice Obama would appoint.

You seem to have a strange obsession with this idea of yours that senators selected by the voters should abdicate their Constitutional duty to ensure a justice is fit for the job (based on what the majority of voters consider fit), and instead confirm whoever Obama chooses. I don't know where you get that idea. Oddly, it seems you'd also rather them play around and pretend to hold hearings about the guy, knowing they aren't going to confirm him if Trump wins. Why would you *want* them to waste time playing games? The people didn't vote control of the Senate to the Democrats, they voted the Republicans in, in many cases one reason they voted republican was to check Obama's appointments of liberal judges who re-write the Constitution to their preference.

Comment I do. HP's Linux driver more up to date than Windo (Score 1) 255

I buy printers at Best Buy or wherever. I have no doubt that you had some problem with some printer, I haven't so much. I once noticed that HP's printer driver for Linux was more up to date than their Windows driver. Mostly I buy HP and Lexmark, maybe some other brands are different, or maybe you installed the wrong driver or something, I don't know. Most of the time, the latest version of Windows is supported by the the newest consumer-grade stuff at Best Buy, though, sure. It's the older and more professional stuff that's weak im recent Windows.

What I DO know is that because of the huge difference in support for older hardware, by the numbers Linux supports far more pieces of hardware. For me, I often buy hardware like RAID cards that cost $1,400 a few years ago; I find them for $85 on eBay. I have the equalivent of a $12,000 workstation or server cluster from few years ago, for about $1,000. A lot of that hardware isn't supported by Windows 10.

Comment Forgot to read it before linking it? Agrees with m (Score 1) 511

Did you forget to read that Politifact page before linking to it? It says all the same things I said about Merrick Garland. The very page you chose to link to says he's "known as a liberal", which isn't what Republicans want, and says liberals criticized the pick for EXACTLY the reasons I said they did, "Democracy for America expressed disappointment that Obama selected a white man rather than a woman of color".

You might as well have linked to my own post as your "refutation". Except of course Politifact is a more credible source, saying exactly the same things I saidb

Comment Re: PS "grep | wc" says Dems 25X more racist (Score 3, Insightful) 511

> > In my opinion, the constant focus on race and gender is stupid and highly counter-productive. I think we should be talking about the QUALIFICATIONS of Supreme Court nominees, not going on and on about where their great-great-grandfather was born, nor the contents of their underwear.

> Let me introduce you to Merrick Garland.

Sure, let's talk about Merrick Garland. Judicial experts considered him to be one of the most qualified candidates in 2009. Clinton chose a less-qualified candidate with a vagina and darker skin.

In 2010, there was another vacancy. Commentators again pointed to Garland. Obama appointed a less-qualified person with a vagina and darker skin.

In 2016, with no more political elections ahead of him, Obama nominated Garland. Certain Republicans decided they'd rather a 50%-50% chance of getting a justice who follows the Constitution as written, appointed by the next president. They think Merrick Garland's type of judicial reasoning is fundamentally wrong. Liberals, on the other hand, criticized the pick why? Because of his lack of experience? No, he had experience. They complained that Obama should have picked someone with a darker complexion.

Comment Who *created* binders full of women? (Score 1) 171

Romney reported that "women's groups" brought his administration "whole binders full of women". Who exactly created "binders full of women" and brought them to the state house?

That would be MassGAP, an organization created by and affiliated with the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. The front page of their web site lists the candidates they are endorsing this year. Guess which political party they all belong to? That's right, the binders full of women were created by a bunch of Democrats. Because that's what Democrats DO, that's how they see the world, men vs women, black vs white, us vs them.

Comment PS "grep | wc" says Dems 25X more racist (Score 1) 511

On a separate but related note, although the liberals' implied, assumed racism in most of their policies is the most infuriating to me, there's another kind that also bugs me greatly, one that is easy to quantify objectively and see the difference.

In my opinion, the constant focus on race and gender is stupid and highly counter-productive. I think we should be talking about the QUALIFICATIONS of Supreme Court nominees, not going on and on about where their great-great-grandfather was born, nor the contents of their underwear. I raise my daughter to see individual people for who they are, not to start by categorizing them as black, latino, white, male and female. 99% of the time, those categories are completely irrelevant to the topic at hand. So I think we should cut back about 99% on how much time we spend categorizing people like that; don't teach the next generation to be always looking at race and gender, all the time. On that note:

About 18 months ago I grabbed a random sampling of 8 Democrat speeches and about 8 Republican speeches. Democrats brought up race 26 times more often than Republicans.

Comment Agreed. Personally, liberal condescension offends (Score 3, Insightful) 511

In my opinion, Trump is a loudmouth not unlike Howard Stern, and definitely should not be president. When it comes to RACIST remarks, these are some of the comments I've come across:
Calling employees "n*gger" (Hillary)

Calling people "f*cking Jew bastard" (Hillary, confirmed by three witnesses)

Hillary said publicly that her mentor is Robert Byrd, former KKK leader.

That idiot trump *has* talked about building a wall; Hillary actually voted to do so.

What bothers me much, much more, though, is the condescension of Hillary and friends towards my family. It *really* bothers me that they tell my daughter, in effect, "we'll give you an extra ten points on this test since you're black, and obviously black people like you are too stupid to actually learn the material like we white people can do". The hidden, implied racism and bigotry that runs deep in all of their policies is infuriating to me. When my daughter hears Hillary call someone a "n*gger" or a "f*cking Jew bastard", I explain to my daughter that Hillary is wrong, very wrong. Some people are stupid and say stupid things; that's simple enough to understand and accept. But when the entire school system, through college, is predicated on the assumption that my daughters complexion makes her less capable, it's harder to convincingly explain that EVERYONE setting school policy are ALL morons. I'm sure she will at times wonder if they are right; and that saddens and angers me tremendously.

Comment No to IP address, phone number (Score 1) 37

> I thought my IP address was the property of my ISP.

It is explicitly NOT. The agreement an ISP signs to get numbers includes these terms:
Legacy Holder acknowledges and agrees that: (a) the number resources are not property (real, personal, or intellectual) of Legacy Holder; (b) Legacy Holder does not and will not have or acquire any property rights in or to any number resources for any reason

See also:

The most important practical implication of that fact is that ARIN can, under the contract, revoke IP assignments from ISPs that aren't actively using them.

> my phone number is property of the phone company

Two words: Number Portability.

Comment Predicting the past again (Score 1) 171

> Also, I highly doubt that Republicant part would differently strategize their plan.

We do not have to guess what Republicans *might* do, we *know* what they did.

On choosing Paul Ryan, Romney sought to balance what he thought was the important, difference, political positions on the issues of the day.

With Pence, Trump sought to balance on what he thought was the important difference - temperment and government experience.

Clinton sought to balance what she thinks is important - gentals.

Comment Re:Interesting, but not suprising. Identity politi (Score 1) 171

> Romney chose Ryan because Ryan was respected by the Tea Party (which was very dubious of Romney).

Romney sought to balance what he thought was the important, difference, political positions on the issues of the day.

> Trump chose Pence to reassure the GOP that Trump would be under adult supervision.

Trump sought to balance on what he thought was the important difference - temperment and government experience.

Clinton sought to balance what she thinks is important - gentals.

Comment My network has 100% uptime. 2-0 team is undefeated (Score 3, Insightful) 230

100% uptime means the network wasn't down in time period you're talking about. My network has 100% uptime this week.
Maybe last year I had crappy up time, but this year my network doesn't go down (hasn't gone down).

I enjoy the first few weeks of football season because my team is always undefeated, at least until the end of the first game.

Actually 100% uptime even over a long period isn't THAT difficult - heteregenous reduncancy pretty much does the trick. That's heterogenous, not homogenous. In other words, you have redundancy for everything, but not by having two of the exact same things. You have a pair of connections (or sets of connections) to the outside world - a metro ethernet connection from one provider, and a direct MPLS connection from another. A Cisco router in the metroE and a Juniper on the MPLS.

  It's extremely unlikely that both providers will go down at the same time. It's extremely unlikely that both the Cisco (or pair of Ciscos) and the pair of Junipers will crap out simultaneously.

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