I have a couple that I really like and are easy enough for a simpleton like myself to understand:
US railroads: The major class A railroads in the US own the tracks that they run on. Oftentimes there is only 1 company that owns the tracks on a route. It is impossibly expensive to buy up new land and build new tracks, so each railroad has a monopoly in its territory. Also, rail is an order of magnitude cheaper than transporting via truck and this difference is magnified over very long routes (ie from the interior of the US), so other forms of transport cannot compete on price. Investors in railroads have made a killing in the last 40 years because of these regional monopolies in which they operate.
Another moat I love is billboard advertising. In a lot of locations in the US local law/permitting makes it very difficult to construct a new billboard. So, if you own all the billboards in a certain town/area, then you can 100% control the billboard advertising market as there are near impossible barriers to entry for competitors.
Let me know your favorite moats.
The purpose of this post is to give clarification to the many who have asked and are going to continue asking about Moat's (not-so) sudden fate. I was Moat's graphic designer for a time (exactly one-year) from 2018 to summer of 2019. I've been watching this spiral out of control since about mid-2019 and have been documenting the downfall on a blog called WatchMoatBurn.
Some knew me in the community as Lovely, others don't know me at all. I'd been playing since about 2016 and more prominently in 2017 to 2019. My purpose for the documentation is to give the community clarity and factual evidence on the person Moat was as he slowly regressed into the person we all know now and how this affected the community.
I had my disagreements with him, and he certainly wasn't that awful of a person when I met him. With all of that out of the way, I will end this paragraph with a small disclaimer. All the information here was kept unaltered in the best of my abilities. Some information had to be disputed as false, and the allegations concerning Moat being a pedophile are in general held in the regard of being blown out of proportion. I tried to remain as unbiased in my archiving and I did the best I could to investigate and dispute false claims made against Moat himself to be sure all of my information was correct.
There are some drug abuse mentions, a history of racism, and some NSFW images that will be mentioned or directly linked for both context and evidence purposes.
For context purposes,
Velkon, Meepen, Footisespajamies, and Ling were all developers for Moat.
Jay was a community lead early on (removed in Q1 of 2018) and was later replaced by Meepen (I forgot who was CL in-between, if you remember please clarify.)
Leo, Jam, and The Suess (I will sometimes refer to as just Suess, not to be confused with another Seuss in the community spelled differently.) were all head admins who later had issues with Moat.
Jerry was the community's PR guy who moved in and lived with Moat.
Moat also goes under several names in these screenshots here, from Cole, to Moat, Motato, inno moat, and Cap.
Mid-2017 [Moat puts entire community in danger by giving ‘Jenny’ administration access. Jenny was a man pretending to be a girl to fuck with Moat, effectively cat fishing hi... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hey, all. So, I know many people have discussed this topic. But I really have not found an ideally succinct answer to a few questions.
Let's break down what are Snowflake's competitive advantages, and, why can't, or wouldn't, Microsoft, Amazon or some other tech giant copy snowflake's unique qualities.
Snowflake is "scalable". why can't, or why wouldn't, amazon or microsoft develop a service that is equally as scalable, flexible and easy to use? (...and inexpensive.)
Snowflake has first mover position. but amazon, microsoft, alibaba, and other tech giants already have thousands of clients. if they improve their data services can't they eliminate snowflake's first mover status?
Snowflake's data sharing service. again, why should we think microsoft or some other company will not create a similar service?
As of now AirBNB seems to have the home sharing market on lockdown. But, what is to stop any other company (such as Hotels.com) from adding a home sharing division and competing at their level. To me it seems like all AirBNB has really going for it is name recognition.
With the recent news of Toyotas new battery tech being really impressive and traditional manufacturers catching up, Volkswagen Id.3 is record selling in Sweden etc.
I just don't see why anyone from the western world would buy a unknown chinese car instead of a trusted brand for almost if not the same price?
I understand there is a big market in China but they still love western cars so to think they would all buy Chinese cars seems naive.
What are your thoughts on this?
Can someone explain to me what is AirBnB moat?
I have used it many times in the past, to me, it is just like Booking.com, Hostel.com, TripAdvisor etc.
If I were a property owner, I would put my place up for rental in various site, no?
I am well aware that I should not compare it to traditional hotel brands, but how AirBnB could differentiate itself from these travel booking websites?
Been running PFSense since like 2010 on my home network. Just had my previous appliance flip belly-up (SM mitx motherboard, C2780), replaced it with a C3558 board (SM A2SDI-4C) all solid state.
Wife has been complaining about Snort blocking Google (she has a pixel phone, creating issues because of google's scanning), so I decided to try switching to OPNsense and Suricata on the rebuild instead of PFSense/Snort.
Got it up today, like everyone says, got to get used to the new OPN interface, but seems clean. Mostly like the new hardware, problem with the M.2 P2 Crucial NVMe, temperature sensor reports impossible temps, like 25^o K and 16 bit max, 65535^o raises weird asserts, which needs to scudded back to Crucial.
I lose the internet sorta once an hour, but in a weird fashion, DNS stops working, and the WAN gateway is marked as offline, but pinging IPs work fine, firewall's live log keeps cooking - with a dead gateway not sure how that works. I presume it is related to WAN DHCP renewal, being so timely. Internet does not come back until I reboot. Log shows successful renewal. The things I've tried is fairly long, yes/no Disable Gateway Monitoring, DNS config via explicit, gateway twiddling, etc.
For me, largest issue is the community size is so much smaller, making pinning down problems a harder dig. I don't think I'm outside the statistical norm, so google should be turning up this problem, but no luck on my end. Maybe just asking the wrong question.
So my first experience with OPNsense is frustration.
Anyone know the answer to this, is it a "Oh ya, ya need to..." sorta thing?
This is my last ditch before I switch back to PFSense.
So here is how I accidentally committed a terrible war crime against a peaceful nation. At least they were (mostly) elves.
I've been getting into more creative trap designs recently, and came across the 'Dorf Ideas' page on the wiki. The easiest ones involving draw bridges. For example: Too many cats? No problem! Simply place your beloved felines on the bridge, flip the lever, and watch them fly either off-screen or into a puddle of new, harvestable, cat tallow for your soap. On the more practical end- moats!
There we are, building a big 3-level deep canyon that is to be filled with water as soon as invaders set foot into it. Three bridges, two that raise up to contain the drowning enemies, and another to actually let the water from the river in.
Simple, right? Well, we decided to test it at the worst possible time.
An elven caravan was just leaving the fortress when the lever was pulled. They were in the middle of cocking canyon. Even worse at that point our Mayor had decided to have a really close gander at the entrance bridge.
So it went like this - Elves in the canyon, a dwarven mayor screaming overhead and splatting on the opposite wall, and the canyon slowly, but surely filling with water. At this point if the levers are pulled the fortress too would be a watery death trap.
I watch in horror and dismay as the elves, pack animals, and a battered grumbling mayor are washed down into the massive drain we built that splashes down into the caverns.
It... worked! Highly recommended!
Really close to clicking BUY in this dip, but one thing really holding me back.
Seems, Fisker wants to outsource all supply, and nearly all technical design save the actual car (body, etc.).
Anyone care to highlight what you think is the moat for this company? What core IP can give it a leg up? Or, is it purely a design or brand strategy?
Yeah that is right and not only that, he roasted soooo hard Franklin, you can smell it. So combinating both is something that makes you laugh out loud.