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Comment: Re:other people's money (Score 5, Informative) 354

If you read the full article, this $9.25 subsidy only applies to people ALREADY receiving it for phone service. The only change described in the article would be to allow those people to apply the subsidy to cell phone or broadband service instead. I assume there would be a few people that currently qualify but don't receive the subsidy because they don't have a land line, but $9.25 would barely cover the cheapest broadband plan the companies would offer.


Comment: Re:Win 3.0 and 3.1 (Score 1) 387

by CaptQuark (#49757109) Attached to: 25 Years Today - Windows 3.0
Windows used a special format on the floppies called Distribution Media Format (DMF). It forced extra sectors into each track, allowing them to fit 1.68 MB instead of the normal 1.44 MB ont each disk.

There were special commands that let you format floppies with DMF. You had to buy quality floppies to be sure the media would handle the higher density, but sometimes it was worth the extra work to fit a large program onto fewer floppies. It also made it harder for the average user to copy software. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...


Comment: Re:Correction: 4,300 times (Score 1) 83

Without knowing how many stingray devices they use, that is nearly two devices running every day for the 8 years they have been using them. It sounds like they turned the devices on and let them run constantly. More like a dragnet usage and hope they can find something later.


Comment: Proxies share key? (Score 1) 84

by CaptQuark (#49503359) Attached to: Google To Propose QUIC As IETF Standard

QUIC is designed so that if a client has talked to a given server before, it can can start sending data without any round trips, which makes web pages load faster.

So, if I have three clients behind a NAT or proxy, do they all share the same TLS key? Does that mean my encryption is compromised in a WiFi environment?


Comment: Re:Even worse. (Score 0, Troll) 289

OK, I'll remind you again. Snowden is currently outside the United States. He is releasing information that meets the requirements "by persons located, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States that are reasonably likely to result in, or have materially contributed to, a significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States..." The President is declaring it a "National Emergency" to be able to use economic means to block access of certain parties to donations.

Section 4 also now blocks some people from entering the US. The President finds that the unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in section 1(a) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of such persons.

As usual, non-lawyers read something think it means something that makes them upset, and it spreads and no one actually sits down to read the actual law.

Yes, you did.

IANAL, but I think there is much more going on here than meets the eye. Why block people that contribute or materially represent "certain persons"? Is this to prevent Snowden from accessing funds or accepting payments from people wanting him to release specific information? Is this to prevent other parties from accessing assets for him? Much more in play here that I don't understand.


Comment: Re:Paranoid, but mostly appropriate (Score 3, Insightful) 90

by CaptQuark (#49298841) Attached to: Amazon Wins US Regulators' Approval To Test-fly Drone
Requiring a drone operator to get a private pilot's license is just another way to discourage commercial use of drones and does nothing to improve the safety of the drone.

It makes about as much sense as requiring a bicyclist to get a motorcycle license or a snorkeler to get a diving certification.


Air is water with holes in it.