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Comment Re:When guns are outlawed... (Score 3, Interesting) 54

Eh, it's kind of like your Android phone not making root readily available. It's there to protect the unwashed masses from themselves. Serious hobbyists (or bad actors) don't have much difficulty getting around the restrictions. I don't think anyone seriously thinks that "geofencing" software will keep a terrorist from flying a drone into restricted airspace. What it will do is keep the "hold my beer and watch this!" crowd from flying their drone into the glide path of a 747.

Comment Re:Remember when the Internet was uncontrolled? (Score 2) 111

remember, Facebook != Internet

It is to many people, particularly those that came of age after the internet went mainstream, as well as those that are older and less technically adept.

Like it or hate it, Facebook is the Internet to a lot of people. Try having a brick and mortar business these days without a presence on Facebook. There are countless people that will go looking for something on Facebook long before they think of a simple Google search. Why do you think Google has invested so much effort into social media despite their many failures? They're terrified of people like this.

At the rate things are going the "dark web" isn't going to be warez, criminals, and black hats; it's going to be anything that's not on Facebook and Twitter.

Comment Re:Remember when the Internet was uncontrolled? (Score 2) 111

The EU isn't a defensive alliance; that's what NATO is for and Turkey is already a NATO member. One that's keeping us from forming a coherent policy against ISIS, incidentally, since our natural allies in the region and only proven effective anti-ISIS force happen to be Turkey's sworn enemy.

Comment Remember when the Internet was uncontrolled? (Score 5, Insightful) 111

When USENET, IRC, and other mediums that were hard to censor were the rule rather than the exception? Now the "go to" places are all for profit enterprises, Facebook, Twitter, Google, et. al. They may profess to follow Western ideals, they may even actually believe in them, but when push comes to shove they'll always do what's necessary to enrich the bottom line.

As an aside, I wonder why the EU is hesitant to consider admitting Turkey? Or why the United States insists on advocating in favor of such a course of action.

Comment Re:Not going to happen (Score 1) 451

Do you really buy that notion? A lot of people on Slashdot were around for the Reagan-Gorbachev talks. Reagan offered to eliminate all nuclear missiles and share a missile defense shield with the Soviets. The two leaders went off on a wild spree of cooperation, leaving their advisors behind, almost agreeing to eliminate all nuclear weapons. They almost had that agreement done at Reykjavík. None of the advisors and tier-two politicians were on board at that point. As soon as they went back to their rooms the walking back began, but a deal was on the table that could have included sharing missile defense research with the Soviets, even though there was nothing that was remotely ready to deploy.

I don't know why that wouldn't count as US policy. The idea was simple..... sign a treaty to eliminate missiles that can reach each other's country. Build a missile defense system that can be used as a backup in case the other side keeps a handful of missiles around. Since you intend to abide by the treaty and eliminate your own missiles, sharing the defensive technology isn't a problem. The thing you gain is a sense of security for both sides.

At the time this was a hugely risky strategy for Reagan, because his defense department believed that the Soviets had a vast superiority in land forces like tanks, etc. Europe would likely have been apoplectic at such a treaty, since the deterrence of US involvement and their huge nuclear arsenal was a great hedge against a Soviet expansion into Europe. Eliminate the missiles and the US couldn't do much to stop the Soviets from taking over more European states - or so the thinking went. I think the conventional wisdom since that time is that the Soviet forces were vastly overrated, and their weaponry was not as formidable as the raw numbers would have indicated. But that doesn't mean it wasn't a bold move.

The Soviets had their own reasons for not wanting to do the deal. But strategically it can only mean that you either don't trust that the US will eliminate their missiles or you are worried that your armies cannot defend your country without your own missiles. (Which is the same position the US was in, they were worried that their conventional forces could not defend against Soviet invasions in Europe)

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 451

You don't like it when other folks are better than you at your own game ?

Better than us at our own game? I bet the Western World would be really competitive at manufacturing injection molded plastic garbage if we discarded all of our pesky labor and environmental laws.

"Thank you China; you make our Happy Meals possible." -Stephen Colbert

Comment Re:IE all over again (Score 3, Interesting) 367

When I upgraded to Windows 10 yesterday, there was a screen that came up that asked me if I wanted to reset the default apps. I said no for my browser and media player, and when it completed, Chrome and VLC were still the default applications. I think it's a little underhanded, but not as underhanded as the article suggests.

Mozilla is whining anyway; when they switched search providers from Google to Yahoo I had to go through and specify it on EVERY INSTANCE of Firefox I have. Since I use --no-remote and segment my web browsing this was actually a royal pain in the ass. Granted, Google was the old "default," so I had never changed it, but it was still an undesired change in behavior. If they're going to whine about Microsoft doing the same thing then they ought to look at their own behavior.

Firefox is still my browser of choice for personal use but for others I've started to recommend Chrome. It's just less hassle to support it for your luser friends. The future of Firefox and Mozilla is not an encouraging one, which is a pity.

Comment Re:Hats off, Amazon (Score 1) 205

On the connection issues, I wonder why these streaming services don't allow more caching of content. I'd expect that you could flag a movie that you want to watch and the player would download the whole thing for me in the background. I could either attempt to watch in real time or catch it much later, or anywhere in between.

But they don't work that way, which means that I have problems with amazon streaming from time to time. (I have Comcast Cable internet, and I have my suspicions as to the source of those streaming problems)

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1182

No, that would still be destruction of property. The fact that it's on your property does not give you the right to destroy it. If the neighbor's kid kicks a soccer ball over your fence does that give you the right to slash it with a knife before you return it to them? Of course not.

"Well, it don't make the sun shine, but at least it don't deepen the shit." -- Straiter Empy, in _Riddley_Walker_ by Russell Hoban