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Comment: Re:You think Greeks want MORE electronic money? (Score 4, Interesting) 313 313

by DarkOx (#50011149) Attached to: Greek Financial Crisis Is an Opportunity For Bitcoin

That is only if it buys bread and milk. The trouble Greece and most of the modern world has is that its entirely dependent on international trade. Greece can't meet its needs by itself. I am not an expert on the Greek economy. Lets charitably assume they can feed themselves. What about all the drugs that are not manufactured there that many depend upon to live for example? Can a private individual order drugs from across the boarder with gold coins? Can a pharmacy or hospital buying in quantity for that matter?

Sure there are exchanges for gold abroad, ultimately the answer is yes; for some quantity of gold you can obtain enough Euro to buy what you need. Now if the banks are closed where you are that might mean sending someone abroad to physically execute these transactions where trading desks and banks are open.

If the economy becomes truly unhinged, people stop working, stores close, etc than gold really is not all that great. If I am hungry and you are hungry, and neither of us imagines that changing anytime soon do you think I'll trade my pound of cheese for your gold?

I am supportive of a gold standard in general because I think inflation and debt based currency is an insidious trap used to enslave all of us. A gold standard would prevent the vipers from manipulating things and causing recessions that last half of peoples productive lives, it would reduce inequality, it would reduce war, in exchange for more frequent smaller booms and busts. In short it would shrink many of the worlds problems. If you already have problems like Greece does it won't provide some magic fix, don't have any illusions about that.

Comment: Re:Not me (Score 2) 146 146

by DarkOx (#49993625) Attached to: WiFi Offloading is Skyrocketing

I am not sure how much that will help you. Its still on your premiss associated with your device. The prosecutor is going to just say to the judge or jury, "Which is more likely that Bob here singed on to the guest network that is always available to him in an attempt to hide his activities or that someone sat in car outside Bob's house and did all this bad stuff."

Its not right, its not fair, its certainly not really beyond a reasonable doubt, but I would not want to bet my future on it in a court room.

Comment: Re:Prime Scalia (Score -1, Offtopic) 588 588

by DarkOx (#49988615) Attached to: Supreme Court Upholds Key Obamacare Subsidies

Would that be the party that insisted and using parliamentary tricks to prevent debate on a giant controversial piece of legislation, finally resorting to abusing the budget reconciliation process to pass it without the normally require floor votes. Next even though the law was and still is unpopular with the majority of the public continued to prevent any of the repeal measures passed in the House from ever seeing the Senate floor? That party?

See they are all petulant children it cuts both ways. At the end of the day though DNC politics always stink worse. That is why Obama wins the RNC folks at least keep trying to hold to some form of normal procedure. Bush gets a congressional authorization for his war, even goes to the UN. Obama just does whatever they hell he wants in Libya. Nancy Pelosi and friends use budget reconciliation to enact the AFCA. The RNC tries to use the budget to shut down the government and default in order to make they president bend. What the administration do they threaten to basically just pint money if congress won't act. Liberals when because they don't care about the rule of law. They don't care about freedom and what it takes to protect it. If the rules get in the way of their agenda they change them.

Comment: Re:Roberts admits to being wrong (Score 0) 588 588

by DarkOx (#49988467) Attached to: Supreme Court Upholds Key Obamacare Subsidies

What is written is not what is meant by intent, what is meant by intent is what the law was meant to accomplish

That is a dangerous and STUPID precedent to set. That is how you get the NSA collecting phone records for the entire nation when even the PATRIOT act never authorized it!

What you suggest essential dismantles any notion of rule of law. It essentially frees the administration to do whatever it wants. Independent of the current congress, no matter what the laws actually read on the books. You have essentially no recourse.

Naturally the SCOTUS will rule this way because it HAS NOT REAL CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY either except what it imagined for itself.

Comment: Re:what is interesting is not that it won (Score 5, Insightful) 588 588

by DarkOx (#49988353) Attached to: Supreme Court Upholds Key Obamacare Subsidies

Bullshit! Words need to have meanings and laws need to have concrete meanings to whatever degree is possible. Its the whole reasons things are struck down all the time as 'void for vagueness.'

If congress is allowed to retroactively decide what they intended, never mind what the wrote than we might has well go back to a monarchy and whatever the King thinks today goes. A system of laws is absolutely useless when anything can mean whatever government wants it mean. You and I just suffered a blow to any real protection any real possibility of justice. This is just one more example of turning the rule of law into a bad joke. The SCOTUS, POTUS, and Congress should be ashamed of themselves.

There is plenty of evidence in the form of Gruber to suggest that congress did indeed intend to write what they wrote to cajole states into compliance. Sates called their bluff and now congress gets a pass.

Comment: Re:This is not news... (Score 1) 327 327

by DarkOx (#49984707) Attached to: The Next Java Update Could Make Yahoo Your Default Search Provider

I agree with the parent they *can* do these things, and nobody ought should stop them. I hope the reaction from users is "Fuck you I am going to avoid using your products and those of the people you are advertising for like Yahoo whenever possible in the future."

Bad business practices should be rewarded with less business. People need to stop being sheep and just accepting it.

Comment: Re: Colorado sure has nice beaches (Score 1) 937 937

by DarkOx (#49984151) Attached to: The Vicious Circle That Is Sending Rents Spiraling Higher

We are not talking about undermining a foreign sovereign here. We are talking about people who won't move to the next county.

Lets look at it more carefully. Nobody is being chased out of any where. If you are property owner and developers are buying up everything around you. Your property just became a printing press for cash. The value will sky rocket. This is wonderful thing to have happen to you. Which is exactly why no growth policies get voted for. The existing owners know its good for them.

Now if you are a renter, its not really your home is it. Its someone elses you happen to rent. Its not like its your multi-generational familiar home. Land values go up rents naturally go up too. Yes at some point you can or should or maybe are even forced to leave. Why you might have go as many as 30miles away to find affordable property again! Big fucking deal. You can still visit your parents on the weekend etc. Its not like you have to say good bye to everything you knew.

Now see the lefty affordable hosing people show up and start building "projects". Guess what that makes the problem worse! Suddenly the barrister, the carpenter, the ladscaper have a place to live again, probably a shitty one. That enbables the wealthy to stay there in the first place and keep raising land values even higher, ensuring you the renter will NEVER be able to buy into the market and become an owner. If high prices were really allowed to chase these people out, services would vanish. You think mister million+ a year salary wants to live in a town where he has to cut his own lawn, and can't stop somewhere for a bagel? (Yes some do) but not enough to sustain those communities. Prices would head back down to earth pretty darn quick!

So its all the well meaning fair and affordable housing prolicy that enables and creates these out of control valuations in the first place.

Comment: Re:there's no subscription in the sense you think. (Score 1) 277 277

by DarkOx (#49965049) Attached to: The Unintended Consequences of Free Windows 10 For Everyone

whether the cost benefit analysis has been done

Yes it has. The costs are damn near zero the let people download software they can reproduce infinitely from servers they already on using bandwidth they already pay for. There are essentially no fixed costs beyond what is already sunk developing the product. The variable costs are so small at the scan Microsoft does anything they don't matter. So cost being nearly 0; the benefit does not need to be especially high.

Consumers don't buy Windows any more. They by new PCs/Laptops. The enthusiast era is completely over now. Its the appliance era now. Yes there may be more in absolute numbers, PC enthusiasts as ever but the part of the market they make up is tiny compared to the whole. A good portion of the ones that are left run Linux or something else. That leaves the games half of whom like to be on downlevel revs of Windows anyway.

So there are no lost sales here. OEMs will still buy licenses, Business will still buy licensing agreements or retail licenses.

So there are real downsides. Its a reasonable return the strategy of the late 80's and early 90's make Win/DOS easy to pirate. Then you control the platform. You can make your money selling them Office licenses, and server products. Control of the platform lets you lock out the competition.

Fast forward to today same deal. Get them all into your app store. You can up sell them on more stuff from there. Only its better because now you don't even need to make that other stuff, you let other people do it and just take a cut.

Comment: Re:Inevitable escalation of a broken philosophy (Score 4, Interesting) 609 609

by DarkOx (#49944263) Attached to: Privately Owned Armored Trucks Raise Eyebrows After Dallas Attack

as police have always had and always will have better access to top grade weaponry and armour.

I would argue this statement is false. When the 2nd amendment was drafted the hunting rifle in the hands of the average citizen was not especially inferior to that of the one in the hands of the local serif or for that matter the regular army soldier. Moreover the local serif and the soldier were no more able to defend themselves against said rifle than your average citizen was.

As far as larger weapons like artillery was concerned at prior to the civil war my admittedly hasty study of the subject indicates there was not much in the way of law that prevented a citizen (other than cost) from purchasing a napoleon; which would have been a state of the art field piece. Certainly there were lots of wealthy planters and the like who could afford them.

Comment: Re:Do as I say not as I do (Score 1) 86 86

"If you have done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide. " at least that is what our officials here in the States are always telling us. Governments all of the world want to backdoor our encryption and slap data retention and business records retention requirements on just about everything.

When given the opportunity to lead by example we get Downing Street deleting everything they can before it becomes subject to discovery, and here in the states we get White House E-mail systems so comically badly administrated and lacking in backups, it strains credibility to think its anything but a deliberate plot to make it possible to destroy public records with (im)plausible deniablity. A Secretary of State that uses her personal E-mail for official business and redacts documents before turning them over to the government. An FBI that simply ignores the law and stonewalls when it gets FOIA requests because their are really no consequences for doing so. This list could go on.

Two possible conclusions (not mutually exclusive):

1) The government is so corrupt and our leaders are knowingly and willful acting as criminals. By their own reasoning these records management failures are proof of guilt, at least of obstructing justice.

2) Broadly speaking records retention requirements and laws restricting ones ability to securely store records (weakened encryption standards etc) are a significant infringement of privacy rights and the right to be secure in ones documents. After all what document is more secure than one you shredded and than burned?


Comment: Re:maybe robots can fly the drones (Score 1) 298 298

by DarkOx (#49932225) Attached to: USAF Cuts Drone Flights As Stress Drives Off Operators

Exactly this. The only just war is one your fight to win. A war of half measures and changing objectives isn't a war its as arbitrary and capricious as any murder.

A cause is either worth fighting for, ie you are willing to kill, maim and destroy property as required to see your objective met; or you have no business killing maiming and destroying things.

Its like the ISIS conflict. I really sincerely believe we should stop fighting them as long as they stay in the what our maps call the middle east. They won't be stopped unless we are willing to march a few hundred thousand troops in there, sweep every building and cave, shoot anyone who looks like a combatant; and accept all the collateral damage that entails.

We are not willing to do that; not politically and not morally. The fact is what we are doing is just as bad. Its a never ending meat grinder. We knock a few heads from the hydra new ones grow up. There is no drone striking our way to victory. The guilty and innocent will continue to die for nothing alike, the conflict locked in perpetual stalemate (hint it basically has been for 30 years now). We will only be continuing to invest countless billions of our treasure to keep the horror show going.

War should be a question of "Go big" or "Go home", no justice lay in the middle.

Comment: Re:The root cause : poor unit testing (Score 1) 130 130

Root cause or not tests are what let you 'fix' the vulnerabilities, re-factor to correct design issues, etc.

I have to agree with the parent. Having good test coverage is the difference

between: We are going to be exposed for weeks while I'll 'try' to understand all the impacts of this change and hope QA spotts any potentially disastrous bugs before we go to production.

Cool fix is in, tests are passing. Lets yet QA run the build for a day or so and we can get this out the door before it hits Slashdot.


Comment: Re:Scary indeed (Score 2) 110 110

by DarkOx (#49898963) Attached to: Face Recognition Tech Pushes Legal Boundaries

For reasons of free expression to basic practicality we can't stop this stuff. As you say people can take your picture and people can produce what amounts to a hash of your facial features.

None of this stuff is a problem. It only becomes a problem when its stored and datamined. What we really need to do is actually regulate big data.

Start regulating what information about people may be stored in machine searchable formats and you can start to solve this problem. Regulate under what circumstances PII may be transferred between parties in machine readable formats and when lookup functions may be exposed to third parties.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (4) How many times do we have to tell you, "No prior art!"