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Linux PC: 11 years. Gaming mini-pc: 1 year. Laptops: 3 years, 12 years, 15 years. I back up everything to a central Linux NAS and that backs up to multiple external SSD's.

"keep your drive" option is for people that need to physically shred their drives when they fail. Many financial organizations utilize this policy and document it in their SOC1/SOC2 controls and sometimes in their customer contracts. I was in a cloud provider that did this with over 50k servers.

I’ve seen one of these shredders in action. You can just throw in a handful of full 3.5 inch drives and they just fucking vanish.

Indeed. In our case mobile shredding services would pull up to our datacenters around the world and DC Operations would bring them out on a cart. They scan the serial numbers and then same deal, into the machine, out as tiny specs of metal.

Ever do a whole chicken or pig? You know, for science?

Taking a look at the domain names it appears that would also break updating addons not just the browser updates, so all preferred addons would have to be mirrored and installed locally.

If you're running Debian you can also let the system package manager handle it, eg webext-ublock-origin.

I would give only factual statements with no emotion. I would provide steps we took to avoid the layoffs and the teams we formed, including fellow employees, managers, leaders and financial analysts to think-tank our way out of the layoffs.

As CEO I would personally offer a reference to affected employees on LinkedIn and in email to make it clear to their prospective employers that they were excellent employees and that the termination of their employment was no fault of their own. I would require my C-Level direct reports to offer the same thing at the employees request. Prior to layoffs I would require the employees managers to write up good things about them and submit them to me. If they can not give me good things to say about the employee I would question their hiring practices and review the management level employment. Should I discover that managers were doing Hire-To-Fire practices, they would take the place of the FTE's that were to be let go.

I would then document the steps we are taking to reduce or mitigate the risk of future layoffs as to not give the perception that this would be an expected annual event.


Adding to this for completeness sake, this /24 or bigger must remain in the same country. Take U.S. allocated space to E.U. and ARIN will start sending emails threatening to pull the allocation. Same with RIPE and others.

What can you accomplish with an IBM mainframe that you could not do on x86 Linux servers?

I would probably word that as what can a mainframe do that commodity servers can not. They are more reliable and allow for spinning up a vast number of workloads with incredibly fast virtual networking. If one needed a "cloud" of Linux nodes, a Z16 would be insanely fast deployment and teardown of workloads on demand and those nodes could talk to each other with very little latency and high throughput. Some companies and organizations need a small private cloud (think pod or blast-radius contained mini region) that can spin up their cloud region on demand. Even in a catastrophic failure, the fault blast radius is limited to the group of racks comprising the mainframe.

The cost is not just hardware. Anything IBM is going to be IBM supported and your business would have factored that into the ROI/TCO. The contracts are very expensive but you have the highest level engineers a phone call away and if you require it they can also remotely diagnose problems and have replacement parts in {n} hours based on the contract. Not everyone needs this of course which understandably leads many to question the cost.


Does anybody manage their own music collection anymore?

Quite a few people do. Some even have a self hosted web catalog of their collection and a sub-set of them link their instances together. [1][2] Linking to the software, not peoples collections. Most are in private circles.

[1] - https://github.com/ampache/ampache/wiki

[2] - https://ampache.org/#preview


I second this. Twitter and all other platforms need to start providing services that people might actually want to pay for and I do not mean blue checkmarks. Music, movies, games, E2EE messaging/mail, membership driven discounts to partners and so many more options... all with some guarantee of control over ones data and control over what third parties have access to ones data.

Platforms have gone from obeying laws to obeying advertisers ethical and ideological preferences. Every member profile on every system should have checkboxes in a data-sharing tab that shows who wants my data and the platform should give me a financial incentive to leave the access enabled for said party and the ability to mute ads from each third party. If I leave ads from a specific advertiser unmuted then I get discount options with them.


Elon - Please make a US equivalent to the FairPhone. They will not sell it in the US [1]. It is a highly hackable, modular phone that by default runs a de-googled OS. There are endless opportunities to make custom modules people can swap out. Don't want bluetooth? Rip it out. Replace the 32MP camera with a 127MP FLIR camera? Swap it out. FM radio? Add one... and so on. I am not saying Fairphone does all this but rather Elon could.

My personal request would be a transceiver module that can operate from 50khz to 50ghz, all modes and unlocking transmit requires cutting a diode like most HAM gear. Include an app that acts as a SDR scanner.

The baseband modem should also be replaceable so when new {n}G specs become reality the phone can be upgraded to support new modes, frequencies, etc... One phone, any carrier. Get all of the modules approve-listed with all the carriers. Verizon are picky about approving some models of unlocked phones. Or acquire a few cellular providers.

[1] - https://support.fairphone.com/hc/en-us/articles/202005103


I am surprised they did not mention bone marrow transplants. There are some studies on nih.gov [1] showing results for Remission of Psychosis in Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia following Bone Marrow Transplantation

As an interesting side note, it works both ways. A bone marrow transplant from a person with Schizophrenia to a person that previously did not will result in both having it.

[1] - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5613125/


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