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Comment: Dubai has bigger problems (Score 3) 265

by ADRA (#47420589) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

Dubai a city with a significantly challenging future and it has little to do with a dome. It's the center of little, its propelled by wildy deep pockets vs. social need, and wealth centers in the middle east are already distributing their investments to other regions. Forget the fact that once the oil's gone the wealth remaining in the region will leach away as there's so few people (though it'll take a very long time). UAE: 9mil, Yeman: 23mil, Oman: 4mil, Saudi Arabia: 30 mil. They have huge gulfs of weath distribution, and generally horrible climates. Why would people go to Dubai if it wasn't a spectacle or a huge weath gaining opportunity? My advice: Bilk Dubai for all its worth now, because in 50 years it'll be a distant memory of largesse gone awry by modern standards.

Comment: Devil's Advocate (Score 1) 309

by ADRA (#47417473) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

I can't say much about the merit of the case or common sense, but considering radar jammer manufacturers can be held accountable for miss-use (intended abuse of the law) its at least possible that the case will go to trial. The significant note of the case (if it continues) will be if TOR is designed to facilitate breaking the law or if it has enough legal uses to be considered incidental support, like the internet, air, electricity, etc...

Comment: Re:i remember when (Score 1) 218

by ADRA (#47416673) Attached to: Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Well, you don't remember very clearly then. People's 'rights' have always been trampled on when the state deemed it necessary. This is nothing new to the US. It's happened since the dawn of time. Human's requirements for security will always trump their desire for equality (well unless you're the top of the pyramid I suppose). Once things 'calm down' on a global scale, expect more politicians massaging away the bad bump in these laws. Then expect 'the next great calamity', which will again cause more knee jerk laws to be passed with roughshod through the political spheres.

Comment: Re:Incorporate (Score 1) 218

by ADRA (#47416617) Attached to: Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Generally speaking, if you're a major shareholder with inside knowledge of wrongdoing and the power to change it, you can be personally held accountable for the actions of ' the corporation'. Since you're a 1 man band, you'd be guaranteed to meet the two conditions and be thrown in jail regardless of the veil of a 'corporate shield' or not.

Comment: Uhh (Score 1) 148

by ADRA (#47377649) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

I can't say anything about the rest of your post, but being the 'owner' of your domain, you ARE the target of a DMCA takedown, not the hosting provider since you control the content on your site ultimately. They'll hit the provider first, but eventually get to you, as the lawful owner of the domain, DMCA is about you, not them. If the provider sends along your personal contact information as is probably required for a subpoena (maybe a take-down, but I doubt it) then that's what they'll do.

Comment: Trust (Score 2, Interesting) 273

I'm not really following what the guy's saying, but it all comes down to trust.

In the US, I assume you need to have a certain level of certification to both open a cab company as well as be a driver in said cabs (insert rude jokes about cab drivers here..) and Uber is the laizez faire of cabs. Anyone can become a cab at any time, sort of like a car share, but on demand, and most likely participants who don't know one another (like cabs).

The problem comes from trust. When you step into a cab in the US, you have the assumption of not being ripped off, driven around the block, driven dangerously fast, robbed blind, etc.. If lets say I pull up into the Airport and see "NY Taxi Service" or "NY Economy Taxi Service", "Or NYC Taxi's" all posted on their cars, I have no idea if this is a legit signage from a company that has long ties to the area, or a fly by night that is going to take me for a ride.

Try going to countries that have any less enforcement and you get all people trying to look out for you to AVOID xyz because they'll take you for a ride, and maybe they won't and the helpers are just paid by a competing taxi service. Losing an industry that may be fat, but is forced to follow stricter rules for the public good seems like a justifiable trade-off, but I'm open to hearing other opinions on the matter.

Comment: Re:"The Internet" (Score 1) 209

by ADRA (#47282783) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

That all may be true, or it may not. Taking power away from the fed means that that vacant space is going to:
  1. State / local governments
  2. Organized groups with special interests
  3. The populace

Odds are #3 will have exactly as much say as they've always had, and there's more money to be had be groups 1/2 if the fed shrivles up. My opinion is that if you want power, you need to trade it off with harsh real panalties for violating the trust put upon you. The problem is the people with the most to lose from the scheme are the only ones who have the power to enact it (barring armed revolt). Have fun!

Comment: Re:Nothing new to see here. (Score 2) 209

by ADRA (#47282719) Attached to: Steve Wozniak Endorses Lessig's Mayday Super PAC

That's an easy one too. Set caps on campaign spending or set limits on the amount of TV/radio based ad time that can be spent on a campaigner. That would very quickly set a more balanced playing field for having people over the top bombarded with the message. It still allows for street signs, internet bombardment, etc.. but those are also generally grass roots in nature, so it may actually benefit people getting elected where they may not have been recognized prior.

Comment: Re:So how is that going to work (Score 1, Insightful) 188

by ADRA (#47277239) Attached to: Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

If I wanted to block all telephone signals, I should have the right to. If I block emergency radio signals, I should have the right to. If I block all wireless communication signals on the planet, I should have the right to. Wahh wahh wahh. Oh my god, do you troglodytes live in a fucking bubble or what.

Comment: Re:Yes, let's tax the poor (Score 1) 619

by ADRA (#47275929) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

The poor also buy cheaper cars that are generally lower consumption than the gas guzzling behemonths that roam the American streets. It may disproportionately tax the poor (that drive anyways), but at least its fair in the sene that its based on consumption. Fix the poor with income tax breaks if you must.

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