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Comment: Sorry (Score 1) 4

""The answer is what is so obvious -- you immediately fly in major supplies of light weaponry and defensive weaponry, anti-tank, anti-aircraft, so you begin to arm the Ukrainians, so when Putin make a calculation, he understands there will never be any NATO troops in Ukraine to oppose him,†Krauthammer said."

/me facepalms hard.

I will not disagree that Obama has done an awful job here but this guy is nuts! What he's really saying is that he would double-down on Obamas foolish bets and deliberately start WWIII right now. Over Crimea?

Sorry man but this is the dumbest plan imaginable. Massive costs in blood and treasure over something that does not matter in the slightest to us, and that is best case.

Comment: Re:I Pay (Score 1) 316

by Arker (#46762507) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket
Problem with that line of argument (besides the stupid personal attacks which do not contribute) is that this was never on Netflix's end and that has been confirmed over and over again. Problem only affects people on comcast, and only after someone at comcast got the bright idea to shake Netflix down.  Comcast customers (the few of them with the technical knowledge that is) could get around the breakage by disguising their traffic and many did so.

I hope you are getting paid well to astroturf here, enough to compensate you for your integrity.

Comment: Re:I Pay (Score 1) 316

by Arker (#46762211) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket
"It is not Comcast's responsibility to provide enough bandwidth for you to stream a 3rd party software at maximum bandwidth"

Yes, if you paid them for that bandwidth, it is indeed their responsibility to provide it. Third party software? Everything on your computer is third party software, what else would you be using?

Your argument appears to make no sense whatsoever.

Comment: Re:Wat? (Score 4, Insightful) 484

by Arker (#46761787) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?
"The problem here is that people have been using the argument that Open Source is better because these issues can't happen "because" of the visibility."

No, just no. No one with any sort of a clue ever argued these issues cannot happen with Free Software. It's good practice, it helps, but it's no silver bullet. That's just as true as it ever was and this news in no way contradicts that.

Comment: Re:The whole approach is wrong (Score 1) 176

by Arker (#46761253) Attached to: The Security of Popular Programming Languages
"Or at least no such thing as a project that only employs or accepts contributions from such programmers."

You could probably find a few drawing decent salaries in less public areas, but certainly it's a skill that the tech world in general has no appreciation for at all. And even though I hate it I can understand why - if you have two companies developing a similar product, one does it quick and cheap, the other takes the time to do it right - the first one will 'own the market' before the second can get there. And with that position it has the cash flow to keep paying programmers, while the second one closes their doors.

The same dynamic still plagues non-commercial projects as well, a quick but shoddy project can gain mindshare and take off before one that does things right has a product to show at all.

There are a few places where people are willing to pay the price for secure code, and the way things are going I suspect that is increasing, but it's still a tiny minority of available positions.

Comment: Re:So Netflix wants to change how it connects (Score 4, Informative) 316

by Arker (#46758189) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket
You have basically everything backwards here.

Netflix is not the comcast customer. Netflix pays their own ISP for their bandwidth already.

It's not Netflix which is using all this bandwidth on comcasts network - it's comcast customers who are using it. And they already paid for it.

Comcast wants to bill twice. I am sure they would bill 20 times if they could get away with it.

And they are the 800lb gorilla with an effective monopoly position in many markets and no scruples whatsoever. Netflix folded to extortion, and the precedent is certainly not one that will benefit any users, unless it's the users that are also comcast stock owners.

Comment: Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 258

by Arker (#46757977) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers
The sanctity of treaties? That's your argument? A better argument to quit signing them so promiscuously but let that go for the moment.

The idea that the putsch in Kiev is legitimate successor to the elected government they deposed is... let's just say problematic. At best.

Comment: Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 1) 258

by Arker (#46756843) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers
"Any and all counter-arguments like "but they voted" are meaningless: first, the voting took place under the "gentle" guidance of Russian military"

By that logic the vote for statehood in Alaska was meaningless as well - in fact it's even worse, because the US troops voted!

If you are just making an abstract point, fine, conceded. If you are implying that there is any legitimate US interest to be pursued through pressing that point and pursuing confrontation with Russia? I do not see one.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.

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