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Comment Re:They also believe (Score 1) 99 99

It is just an extension of religion.

Just? Just? You really don't want to be on the wrong side of a religious pogrom. Religion has changed the world, and changed it again, for good or ill, since time immemorial.

The man is created to engineer the world.

Well no. Just us engineers. Most men aren't really capable of re-engineering the world. But some of us truly are. Edison. Bell. Marconi. Savery. Wright and Wright.

Comment Re:Invasion of the DMCA trolls? (Score 1) 77 77

Give me one good reason why you ethically deserve to get the copyrighted work for free?

Because media is culture. And without a common culture, society dies. Media is the glue that holds society together. Shared music and shared images let people relate to each other in ways that are difficult or impossible to achieve in any other fashion. And I have the right to share media. Today, I have the right to play an MP3 that a friend gave me. Historically, I had the right to play a tune on my own instrument that I'd heard once the week before. I have the inherent right to reproduce what is mine and to reproduce what I remember in my own brain. Both. This is morally and actually true. This was also legally true for all of the thousands of years of human history except the past hundred. Copyright is a perversion of the natural order of things.

And yes, that MP3 is mine. It's on my storage device, not yours, protected by my password, not yours, and not some high-fallutin' Artist-King who is owed all things for all eternity. It's mine.

Your argumentation is self-contradictory and bizarre. Grave-robbers? Copyright is like the Pharaoh's code. "Once the wealthy god-king passes away, he's going to take all of his treasure, including his still-living favored servants, and bury them in a gigantic tomb for all of eternity, never to see the light of day again." That's what copyright is. Guess how that worked out for the pharaohs? That's right, empty graves. The dead have no rights, least of all the wealthy dead. The dead, even the venerated dead, will be eaten. Such is the way of things.

The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle on your snout...

That's a song. I was singing it while I intentionally misquoted it for affect, creating a derivative work. Think I should have to pay a royalty? Twice? Once for writing it down and once for singing it? Think every child who sings it in the school yard should have to pay a $0.0000006 royalty, automatically mediated by their smartphone?

Fuck you, culture thief.

Comment Re:HORNET vs Tor (Score 1) 61 61

Not "I will borrow from IP. I will open many encrypted channels, and send packets of data out each channel. The end node will re-assemble data from those channels. We will use the IP protocol to retransmit lost packets over each channel.".

It doesn't work that way. Most of what runs over Tor is TCP. TCP mandates frame arrival order within a TCP connection. Most of the TCP services being used through Tor (prominently, HTTP), do not allow establishing multiple connections to retrieve any single component of a page. Combine the two and you're stuck with a single stream of data running through the Tor network, and you can't shift the stream between nodes in a single session without doing a whole LOT of work to maintain packet order. It's been some years since I read the details of the Tor protocol, so I'm not sure if it's even possible to guarantee packet order in those circumstances. I suspect it's not.

Comment Re:I'm surprised they missed "Wi-Fi Sense." (Score 1) 482 482

The list so far of identified phone home addresses:

And no, I'm not the crazy HOSTS guy. For once, he might have a point though.

Comment Re:Solar Flares (Score 1) 869 869

But wait until that X class solar flare hits and knocks the power grid out for a day or two. Doesn't matter if you have a garage at that point. Then we'll see if electric makes sense.

Right now, if I can afford the only fully capable electric car available (the Tesla Model S), I can also afford all the solar panels and Tesla Powerwalls I need to go off the grid entirely, saving not only my electric car from the X class solar flare but also every other electrical thing in my house.

Submission + - Two Years Later, White House Responds To 'Pardon Edward Snowden' Petition->

An anonymous reader writes: In June of 2013, a petition was posted to demanding that Edward Snowden receive a full pardon for his leaks about the NSA and U.S. surveillance practices. The petition swiftly passed 100,000 signatures — the point at which the White House said it would respond to such petitions. For two years, the administration was silent, but now they've finally responded. In short: No, Edward Snowden won't be receiving a pardon. Lisa Monaco, the President's Advisor on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, said, "Mr. Snowden's dangerous decision to steal and disclose classified information had severe consequences for the security of our country and the people who work day in and day out to protect it. If he felt his actions were consistent with civil disobedience, then he should do what those who have taken issue with their own government do: Challenge it, speak out, engage in a constructive act of protest, and — importantly — accept the consequences of his actions. He should come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers — not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime. Right now, he's running away from the consequences of his actions."
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Comment Re:Insisting on organization and safety is reasona (Score 1) 298 298

When that sanitation is paid for by the local community then the local community gets a say in the matter. When large events are held there invariably is a need for extra security - even at ostensibly peaceful events not everyone behaves themselves.

The local community does not pay for it. The local community gets paid for it, usually at something higher than their cost. They invariably bill the event organizer for those services. I can't point to it, but I suspect such fees have already been upheld in court. They do not confer some magical ability to censor content. Quite the opposite.

Comment Re:Think like a soldier in the next war for a mome (Score 1) 298 298

A lot of people offering opinions here are not speaking from that perspective. They're speaking often as not from the perspective of some civilian ideologue that knows they're not going to go to war.

Idealogue? It doesn't require being an idealogue to speak as a civilian who really doesn't want to see a swarm of these things in my backyard. And that WILL happen if these things are built. They are software driven, they will have wireless networks, and there is no software made that can not be compromised. And 10 minutes later, they're stomping through a civilian backyard, under the control not of a Russian oligarch, but of a Russian 22 year old chainsmoking caffeine freebaser sitting in an Internet café in Smolensk who's fucking bored.

If you want to go to WAR, fine, go to capital W capital A capital R. But you don't get autonomous machines to do your warring for you. And anybody else with a computer and the right script-kiddie toolkit.

Comment Re:What's their endgame really? (Score 4, Interesting) 256 256

Given that their goal right now is obviously to harm they way we look for information, is there any other system they propose in place of the current one?

Yes. Tom Brokaw earnestly looking out of the picture tube into your eyes, every single day at 6:00PM and 11:00PM, telling you how the world is, and you accepting it unquestioningly. The way it was for 50 years.

I don't think people understand just how much raw power television had over the Boomers. It was absolutely all-encompassing. It could and did literally dictate how the nation thought. What was said on the nightly news was what was Truth the next day. If you dissented at all you were counter-culture hippy scum who didn't deserve to live. And everybody knew this, because TV said so.

The Internet dismantled their hegemony, and they want it back.

They correctly identify Google as the reason why the Internet is as effective as it is, instead of being the moral equivalent of a bunch of underground newspapers with strictly local circulation and zero credibility. Google made it possible to find anything you were looking for, directly, without waiting for the organic growth of HTML links to piece it together, and effectively without a gatekeeper, since Google for their first decade of operation didn't have the time or the personnel to care what you were doing. The MPAA and their decades-long political allies want Google ended, because the Internet has made it very much harder to manufacture consent, and they believe that without Google the Internet will dissolve into isolated, bickering splinters that would be easy to once again marginalize from their bully pulpit that is television.

Comment Buy a Storage Pod (Score 3, Informative) 217 217

Buy Storage Pods, designed by BackBlaze. You can get 270TB of raw storage in 4U of rackspace for $0.051 per gigabyte. Total cost for half a petabyte of raw storage: $27,686. To back it all up cheaply but relatively effectively, buy a second set to use as a mirror. $55,372. For use with off-the-shelf software (FreeNAS running ZFS or Linux running mdm RAID) to present a unified filesystem that won't self-destruct when a single drive fails, you'll need to over-provision enough to store parity data. Go big or go home. Just buy another pod for each of the primary and the backup sets. Total of 6 pods with 1620TB of raw storage: $83,058. Some assembly required. And 24U of rackspace required, with power and cooling and 10Gbe ethernet and UPSs (another 4-8U of rackspace).

Expect a ballpark price of something a little under $100,000 that will meet your storage requirements with sufficient availability and redundancy to keep people happy. It will require 2 racks of space, and regular care and feeding. Do the care and feeding in house. A support contract where you pay some asshole tens of thousands of dollars a year to show up and swap drives for you is a waste of money. Bearing that in mind, as other posters have said, talk to storage vendors selling turnkey solutions. Come armed with these numbers. When they bid $1 million, laugh in their faces. But there's an outside chance you'll find a vendor with a price that is something less than hyperinflated. Stranger things have happened.

If you don't generate data very quickly, you can ease into it. For around $35,000, you can start with just 2 pods and the surrounding infrastructure, and add pods in pairs as necessary to accommodate data growth. Add $27,000 in 2 chassis next year to double your space. Add $26,000 of space again in 2017 and increase your raw capacity another 50%. (Total storage cost using BackBlaze-inspired pods is dominated by hard drive prices, which trend downwards.) When you find out your users underestimated growth, another $25,000 of space in 2018 takes you to somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 petabytes of raw storage, that you're using with double parity and 100% mirrored backup for a total effective useable space of approximately 918TB. You'll be replacing 2-3 drives per year, starting out, and 0-1 after infant mortality has run its course. Keep extras in a drawer and do it yourself in half an hour each on a Friday night. If you configured ZFS with reasonably sized vdevs, (3-5 devices) the array rebuild should be done by Monday morning. By 2020, you'll be back up to replacing 2-3 drives per year again as you climb the far side of the bathtub curve. While you're at it, you can seriously consider replacing whole vdevs with larger capacity drives, so your total useable space can start to creep up over time, without buying new chassis. By 2025, you will have 8 chassis in two racks hosting 2.88PB of raw storage space that's young and vital and low maintenance, having spent roughly $200,000.

A bargain, really.

Comment HORNET vs Tor (Score 1) 61 61

the new onion routing network can purportedly achieve speeds of up to 93 gigabits per second and "be scaled to support large numbers of users with minimal overhead".

As someone who ran a Tor exit node for years (and has the bright green t-shirt to prove it), I don't think the protocol has anything to do with the speeds of Tor. Not inherently, anyway. Tor is slow because the vast majority of its nodes run on asymmetric consumer links. If we all had symmetric gigabit Google fiber, it would behave substantially differently. Perhaps they've adjusted the protocol, but no amount of tweaking can get around physical reality. The bandwidth simply isn't available in the network.

Comment Re:cue the nuclear fanbois (Score 1) 483 483

AND *IF* the ore grades mean the energetic input costs are low, which they aren't.

The last six words of the quote:

current world average uranium ore grade.

Your reading comprehension is incredibly bad.

That same page references both American and Japanese studies that say reprocessing nuclear fuel isn't cost effective because the price of uranium ore is so incredibly low. And it is that low. The spot price of uranium oxide is $36.50/lb, which can produce 35,000,000,000 Btu of energy. Each and every pound.

I'll refer you to chapter 16 on "Energy Debt"

After closedown of a nuclear power plants a massive energy debt is left to society, increasing over time due to the unavoidable deterioration of the temporary storage facilities and increasing leaks.

Which is from the same site that has the quote I pasted in it. Which says "measured over the full cradle-to-grave period". That includes waste storage and mothballing the site of the plant. It says so. And includes the duty cycle of the plant, in sentences just prior to the ones I quoted. There is no massive debt, by their own measure.

In other words, that site is full of self-contradictions and FUD and can't be trusted to be right about anything at all, since it can't get its own story straight.

UNIX is many things to many people, but it's never been everything to anybody.