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Comment: Re:Why not push toward collapse? (Score 1) 350

by unixisc (#48620999) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations
But Russia's recent wars & bullying have been against groups or countries far weaker than them - Chechens, Georgia and now Ukraine. They've not fought wars against China or Kazakhstan. Going by what you said, those 2 would theoretically be Russia's greatest threats. However, China is an ally of Russia, and their only border with them is on the Manchurian side. Kazakhistan is still more or less a client state of Russia, and hardly a threat to it. In fact, before Putin came to power, when Yeltsin was running things, there were times when Moscow had a really weak hold on things, but that didn't encourage China or the stans to act up and try bullying Russia. The only group that tried it was the Chechens.

Comment: Re:Why not push toward collapse? (Score 1) 350

by unixisc (#48620931) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

The mistake in Iraq was to try and rebuild that country after toppling Saddam. Invading them and toppling Saddam was justified, given that he was housing terrorists like Abu Nidal, and rewarding Hamas suicide bombers in Israel. But once he was overthrown, the campaign should have been over, while allowing the UN to search for the WMDs. When Bush stood on that ship the first time w/ the 'Mission Accomplished' sign, he happened to be correct! The US debacle in Iraq started after the scope of the mission became 'bringing democracy to Iraq'.

No Arab country had ever been a democracy, and translated to Arab ground realities, it just meant mob rule. In Iraq, the Shiites, being the majority, came to power, and suddenly, the persecution of Chaldeans & Assyrians started, w/ most fleeing to Syria and then Lebanon. In the meantime, in Baghdad, Iraq became a new client state of Iran, who must have been laughing themselves silly @ the Great Satan (TM) installing their puppet in Iraq, and making the formation of a Shiite Crescent easier.

In the meantime, the US wasted billions in reconstructing a country that never had any major infrastructure in the first place, aside from anything that would make waging war easier. All the while battling Iraqis of all ethnic backgrounds who hated it (except the Kurds and Assyrians). Instead, withdrawing from Iraq after Saddam's overthrow and letting Moqtada al Sadr battle it out with Zarqawi and not take any Arab refugees into the US would have been the right move.

Comment: Re:Why not push toward collapse? (Score 1) 350

by unixisc (#48620829) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Yeah, we have them on the ropes!

Yes, exactly. They are as poor as a Socialist economy can be and, had it not been for Russia's support, would've collapsed long ago.

Another 55 years should do the trick for sure!

May as well, for all we should care. No skin off our back. But Fidel is unlikely to last that much longer, and this sort of regimes tend to change dramatically with each new Dear Leader.

Russian economic support to Cuba ended after the Soviet Union came apart. Question is how much longer would Raul Castro last, and whether Cuba would see another Gorby after him?

Comment: Re:a riveting diplomatic exchange no doubt.. (Score 1) 350

by unixisc (#48620715) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations
Yeah, he got succeeded by his brother. Wonder what is it about Commie countries nowadays? They started off by overthrowing monarchies wherever they could find them - Russia, Egypt, Libya, and so on. Nowadays, every surviving Communist country has de facto dynasties - North Korea, Cuba, Syria. If only the Romanovs had known and maneuvered to take over the Communist party, they may have saved themselves from getting massacred.

Comment: Re:a riveting diplomatic exchange no doubt.. (Score 1) 350

by unixisc (#48620665) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations
Maybe the interrogation/treatment of enemy combatants should be outsourced to Cuba. For a while, some were outsourced to Syria, but that's too far away, and then too, they are enemies and might like & release some of the combatants. Instead, the US could have Cuba take over all the interrogation of enemy combatants and treat them however they like, and pay Cuba a mutually agreed commission on every combatant who is executed.

Comment: Re:Yeah, sure, any day now... (Score 4, Insightful) 64

by mysidia (#48614699) Attached to: A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

And Comcast has to be careful how it fights them or it can lad itself in trouble in ALL of it's other markets.

There is one simple way Comcast can fight them.... deliver a better service with better support at lower cost to the consumer, and do it in a way that makes the customers happier and more excited about their service than Tucows.

It does mean Comcast has to probably offer the 1 Gigabit or better service at a lower price than what Tucows is rolling out.

If Comcast uses any other method to fight them, then Comcast deserves to be more tightly regulated.

Of course if Comcast actually gets competitive and causes Tucows to fail fair and square, then once there is no effective competition once again, Comcast could raise their prices or take other new actions as a result of becoming a monopoly ---- in that case, I would expect the regulators to tighten their reigns heavily and create a cap on Comcasts' revenue and requirements similar to the Telco regulations requiring the phone companies to build-out and service all customers (no cherrypicking high-revenue customers; no excluding the "Top or Bottom 2% of users" who have been deemed unprofitable customers).

Comment: Re:Joke? They're real! (Score 1) 100

by unixisc (#48610893) Attached to: The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax
For non volatile memories - EPROMs, EEPROMs, Flash, erasing means setting all the data cells (within a specified area) to '1'. Programming means setting certain data cells in a given address with 0. Writing means erasing certain data cells to 1 and then programming the bits that need to be made 0 to 0.

Comment: Re:Joke? They're real! (Score 1) 100

by unixisc (#48610851) Attached to: The Joker Behind the Signetics 25120 Write-Only Memory Chip Hoax
Those were UVROMs. ROMs were series of rows and columns, with the columns that needed to be 0 connected to the ground by diodes, and the ones that needed to be 1 left floating. As others said above, they were originally etched during time of manufacture, and once out of fab and package/test, they were done. No writing evar!

Comment: Re:Sooo... (Score 2) 184

by unixisc (#48610719) Attached to: Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography
But the US can't even drill oil in ANWR, despite Alaska being all for it, due to the huge opposition from environmental groups in the other 49 states. If US were to get the North Pole - contiguous sector to AK, how would they then allow drilling for oil there, given that environmental wackos can then campaign on behalf of the seals and walruses, instead of the caribou.

Comment: Re:A Ukrainian joke (Score 1) 130

by unixisc (#48610473) Attached to: Celebrated Russian Hacker Now In Exile
True about militaries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan. Not so true about militaries like Russia or even China. It's one thing for the US to have invaded Iraq and liberated Kuwait in 1991, and a totally different thing for the US to send troops into Donbass and drive out the Russians. Heck, the most that the West can do if Russia decides to re-annex all ex-Soviet republics and Eastern Europe would be to impose sanctions, which would do squat, since oil alone can float the Russian economy.

Comment: Diary entry from 2150 (Score 1) 428

by Sloppy (#48610355) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Told kid about nano-cam dust today. He's only 4 years old, so he didn't know about them yet, and I'm trying to teach him basic hygiene. I explained for that for nearly a a hundred years we have all lived in an environment where other peoples' cameras are always in our homes. We track them in, on our shoes. The AC intake blows them in. The servers the cameras send video too, aren't owned by people who are practicing subterfuge. It's not like they snuck "spy" dust onto our porches in the hopes we'd track them in. It just happens; it's an inevitable consequence of the stuff blowing around everywhere.

My great grandparents complained about it. They thought they had a reasonable expectation of privacy in their homes, because nanotech was new. They didn't see the dust, so they didn't know it was there. In the absence of sensual confirmation, the default expectation (at least to the layman) was that it wasn't there. That was naive, but my grandparents didn't work with nanotech or even use consumer models themselves, so perhaps their ignorance could be forgiven. (Just as my own ignorance of hyperspace can perhaps be forgiven, since I'm not a miner.)

My grandparents, though, grew up with the stuff, though it was still a bit expensive, so it wasn't totally ubiquitous yet. By their time, almost everyone at least knew about it, and if in a gathering of any five people you were to say "nobody sees me inside my home," chances were there would have been a few guffaws and someone would likely point out that the statement was likely incorrect. Sometimes the stuff got innocently tracked into your house, and sometimes it was manipulated into getting there, through subterfuge. The law and social norms lagged, though, and people debated privacy a lot.

By the time their children (my parents) grew up, though, it was all over. Everyone knew about nano-cam dust, and unless you did a rad-flash a few minutes earlier, fucking in your own bed was just as public as doing it in Times Square.

And now my kid knows too. It's just something everyone is expected to know about and deal with. If I were to write a story about it, I think I would set the story in the time of my grandparents, back when society was truly conflicted and in the midst of change. I bet those were interesting times.

Dennis Ritchie is twice as bright as Steve Jobs, and only half wrong. -- Jim Gettys