Sorry but currently we need more weapons, not less weapons.
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The management layer above me exist to shield me from crap coming from above.
So basically the whole management pyramid is some sort of umbrella to protect the workers from the shit falling from upper management? Great, just fire the whole pyramid and let workers work.
(I'm a freelance, so I take the shit in my face anyway)
Too late. As for the atomic bomb, there is no way of undoing what has been done. AI image generation is something that people can do at home now. So even if the big players will try (and fail) to block porn, home users will make it. A LOT of it.
There will be laws, rules, the whole lot of useless regulation, and this will not stop deepfakes, in porn and in scam or voters manipulation, fake news, etc. But regulation will surely hinder legitimate users, as it always happens.
Speaking of something much more mundane, for example, some 30 years ago I made model racing cars with two stroke engines. They ran on alcohol, oil and nitro methane. We bought the three components and made our fuel at home for a low cost. Then laws came that made it impossible to buy this "industrial use" alcohol because someone abused it to make alcoholic drinks. The abusers still have a way to get alcohol, and we could not make our fuel at home. We had to buy it already made at 5 times the cost.
.local has been grabbed by someone at Apple (I believe) for their mdns / bonjour service, thus damaging a lot of people that used .local as their internal domain. Nowadays the resolver libraries tend to send out mdns broadcast requests for .local and don't as the dns server at all, making it unsuitable for use.
This is a good point: lots of open source (and commercial, too) virt solutions are based on KVM, so Veeam could gain a lot of compatibility with different solutions by supporting KVM. They could help build a KVM backend that supports starting VMs from Veeam repository without restoring the backup, for quick access to a backed up vm, and this could be used on every KVM based system.
On the other hand, Veeam is a commercial / closed software, and it can be quite hard to make it work properly with open solutions, both on a technical standpoint and on a commercial one.
In the end if Vmware fails and disappears then Veeam has only one big product left to support, that is Hyper-V.
Actually proxmox has a backup solution in itself and also a more advanced backup server. All for free (unless you want support). So Also in proxmox there is no "need" for a third party backup solution. Maybe Veeam can do better than PBS, but I'm using proxmox with its integrated backup and I don't need to buy a third party product.
The issue with Veeam, in my opinion, is that it's quite expensive, so it's something that has an appeal to users of expensive virtualization solutions. No one using a free or cheap virtualization solution will buy an expensive backup solution. Also, no one using a virtualization solution that has a good internal backup system will need an external one at an extra cost. This is why Veeam has always been the right solution for Vmware, because Vmware does NOT have a backup solution built in at all. If Vmware disappears, it has the power to drag Veeam with them into bankruptcy.
I'm not a BT engineer but I expect such cabinets to have no "real" power delivered to them, but instead simply a remote 48V or so from the phone exchange, at low power. I know that some FTTCAB boxes here in Italy have mains supply at usually no more than 1,5KW, because it's a bunch of routers and not an EV, so not much power is needed anyway.
Maybe some of these installations are connected to high amperage mains wiring and it's maybe possible to get 15KW out of them with little modifications, but probably a lot of these are actually not able to ramp up their power a lot. And 15KW is still slow for an EV charger.
In the end I suspect that this whole idea is quite useless. I mean, you could deploy chargers in more suitable positions (parking lots?) or where there is a high power mains line already installed.
What do these boxes have as an advantage? Maybe just the fact that their physical space has already been allocated to a cabinet and so not so much has to be done in terms of regulations and permits?
Computers did actually get faster and cheaper but the whole ecosystem grinded to a bloated halt. Software is poorly written, incredibly bloated, full of useless functions, made to help software and hardware sellers make more money and NOT made to help users do their jobs. Everything is a poorly written spyware full of DRM. Malfunctioning, slow, defective, made to be obsolete tomorrow morning. We are not going to experience another real revolution until the AI actually takes over and wipes us.
Interesting comments, both of these.
I suppose that in case of something that is not a real extinction level event, but something less, the collapse of modern society will kill everyone who is not already "primitive". Populations that are already primitive (people living in self sufficient small communities without modern technology and medicine and whatever) will most probably survive quite unscathed (unless the bomb hits them directly). Even in a fallout scenario they are best suited to actually suffer from it (cancer, etc) but not be wiped by it. In the end they will survive because they still have something to eat and drink, even if it's somehow contaminated. They will live 30 years instead of 80, but they will live on as a species, if not as individuals, just like the wildlife has done around Chernobyl even in the worst radioactive places.
You are an ecologist that actually uses his (or her) brain. Usually the "green" are just incompetent people that shout slogans or snobs that show everyone how rich they are with their Teslas, or businessmen happening to be selling those Teslas and other not so green but profit making items or ideas or whatever.
Anyway, the issue with Windows 11 is that while it's possible to install 11 on unsupported hardware, or it's possible to run Linux (as I do), it's not a good idea in a work environment. Linux is sadly not good for the common office worker (guess what? it lacks MS Office), and hacking around win11 is not a good idea because we all know that any update can break it. Imagine what will happen if one day a patch disables all of your organization desktop pcs at the same time. So to the landfill they will go, all of them.
Which are probably fine from an hardware point of view, but what about windows? I mean, windows will surely need a new hardware every 5 years (they have to suck your money, after all) and unless you are fine using Linux (as I am) then you will not get 10 years of "official" support.
So this law will make commercial software more secure (we hope) and far more expensive (to cover for the cost of abiding to this law). And maybe it will not change anything for open source software (unless it will hit it badly anyway because of a lot of grey areas and dubious meanings).
Then someone will just say "see, commercial software has to meet higher standards, while open source is rubbish, security-wise" and the next "best practices" (or even the next law) will REQUIRE businesses to use only commercial software because of its higher security standards. So if you are to be compliant with newer rules for software USERS, and not for software authors, you'll HAVE TO USE COMMERCIAL SOFTWARE.
At this point open source will become irrelevant and commercial software will double its cost, since you will not be able to avoid using it for anything that's business related.
The whole issue here is that Europe is good at making laws that require easily reachable subjects to bear the burden of infosec, while hardly reachable subjects (the cyber crooks) will NEVER BE PUNISHED. Basically we are punishing the victims.
After having worked with MS poor excuses for operating systems for a long time (win 95, win98, winME, Win Vista) I jumped ship to a linux desktop after XP was deprecated.
And anyway it just fits MS one decent / one trash scheme for desktop OS (I have omitted winNT, Win2000 here):
win2 - trash
win3 - decent
win95 - trash
win98 - decent
winME - extra trash
win Vista - extra trash
Win7 - decent
win8 - trash
win10 - decent