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Comment: Re:Illegal to use proxy services [Re: So-to-speak (Score 1) 418

by Geoffrey.landis (#47914717) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

The straightforward reading, however, is that it is forbidden to use proxy services. You're also not allowed to run them, but that's specified separately.

No that's not a straightforward reading at all.

Lets drop the 'or run' to simplify it slightly and read that:

You're right: if you change what it says by deleting some of the words, then it says something different.

In the next sentence, it says in particular what you're not allowed to use or run, including proxy services.

Use or run: It's not merely that you're not allowed to run proxy services: you're not allowed to use them, either.

If that's stupid-- well, how about that.

As I said: the interpretation of this text could be ambiguous. You could do the lawyer thing and claim to interpret it the way you say. But the clear straightforward text is: proxies are listed on the list of things you are specifically not allowed to use or run.

Comment: Illegal to use proxy services [Re: So-to-speak le (Score 2) 418

by Geoffrey.landis (#47911003) Attached to: Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Huh? It is a violation to RUN a proxy. Not USE a proxy.

Here is the text of what's forbidden, from TFA. Note the bold face on the word use (bold is from the original):

use or run dedicated, stand-alone equipment or servers from the Premises that provide network content or any other services to anyone outside of your Premises local area network (“PremisesLAN”), also commonly referred to as public services or servers. Examples of prohibited equipment and servers include, but are not limited to, email, web hosting, file sharing, and proxy services and servers;

Agreed, the interpretation of this text could be ambiguous. The straightforward reading, however, is that it is forbidden to use proxy services. You're also not allowed to run them, but that's specified separately.

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 3, Insightful) 499

The report is pretty clear. In her original interview, she denies involvement:

During that session, Barr answered “no” when asked if she had ever been a member of an organization “dedicated to the use of violence” to overthrow the U.S. government or to prevent others from exercising their constitutional rights.

Then, they actually checked what they told the interviewers. Despite being a self-described "worker bee," she had been involved with a groups actively dedicated to the use of violence to overthrow the government.

Nope. Actually read the article, instead of just skimming. The two groups that she was involved with in the 1980s were not "dedicated to the use of violence to overthrow the U.S. government." That was a different group, which OPM said "had ties" to the organizations she'd belonged to. She wasn't a member of the third group, or, as far as I can tell, the OPM doesn't claim she was.

I don't know what "had ties" means. But, was she a member of a group dedicated to the use of violence to overthrow the government: apparently not.

Comment: Gibbs Free Energy (Score 2) 211

by Geoffrey.landis (#47871707) Attached to: Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

Meh. Information is basically tied to entropy. You can reduce entropy (which is to say, you can order information); it just takes energy to do so (and in the process releasing waste heat).

So, basically, this says nothing more useful than "Life requires a source of free energy, and a way to reject waste heat."

Sure, but we knew that already.

Comment: Re:Given that PayPal, banks make mistakes regularl (Score 1) 142

by Geoffrey.landis (#47852879) Attached to: Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

I find it a bit hard to believe that a guy who is able to get one of the largest black-market enterprises running on a server/farm connected to an anonymous/decentralized network isn't smart enough to *not* give it a public IP and/or put the equivalent to a home internet router in front of it.

People make mistakes all the time. Even smart people.

You've never made a mistake? Never missed a bug? Never misconfigured a system? Ever?

Do a hundred things right, and one thing wrong, and just guess which one will get caught.

Comment: 3:2 resonance (Score 5, Interesting) 101

What I find cool about this asteroid is that it's in a 1.5 year orbit. That means it's in a 3:2 resonance with Earth. So it'll come by again if you miss it this time, every 3 years.

Normally you'd expect asteroids that makes this close an approach to Earth to have a bit of a change in orbital parameters after the flyby, but that 3:2 orbital ratio is unlikely to be a coincidence-- it looks like a resonant orbit, in which the Earth's gravitational perturbation has already modified the orbit until it reached that stable resonance.

The small-body page allows you to propagate the orbit into the future, if you're interested. (Not a good tool to use if you're calculating missions, though-- you'll want a more accurate simulator! The V_infinity is a bit large for a rendezvous, though.)

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