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Comment: Re:USA, the land of freedom (Score 2) 304

by Knightman (#47052167) Attached to: Why Lavabit Shut Down

You are aware that the article is from 2011? A lot has happened since that article was written.

During 2011 Chinas manufacturing output increased by 23% compared to the US 2.8%. That $2.9 trillions vs. $2.43 trillions, a ~20% difference for 2011. Since then China has steadily increased their output while the US has been at a standstill because of the recession.

If you are going to post something, please read up on it first!

Comment: Re:USA, the land of freedom (Score 5, Informative) 304

by Knightman (#47052019) Attached to: Why Lavabit Shut Down

Uhm, you know that US imports most of its consumer goods?

That means that the US also need to export things to have a healthy trade balance, otherwise the economy will go in the crapper (even more so than it is).

The US has been running a trade deficient since 1980's and if foreign countries stop buying US made products it's going to be a huge problem financially. In March the US trade deficit was a staggering $40 billion. See http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/balance-of-trade for current and historical data on the US trade.

In other words, saying that "the US is not particularly dependent on foreign trade" is patently wrong.

Comment: Re:Cool (Score 1) 564

AFIK the heterogeneous client on Linux/Mac only handle installation/removal/inventory/monitoring of applications and not pre-loading of a complete OS.

Of course, this may have changed since I last worked with it but there are some inherent problems to get that to work under Linux/Mac et al.

Comment: Multiple peering (Score 2) 410

by Knightman (#46828889) Attached to: F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

What happens if a customer uses a service that he/she only can reach through 2 jumps of peering and the service-provider (ex. Netflix) only has a contract with the first ISP in the chain?

The customer will be SOL, the small ISP's too, that's what. The small ISP's will be forced out of the market or bought out by bigger ones. Essentially this paves the way for a few big companies OWNING everything related to content distribution and access to the internet for which the customers will have to pay an extreme premium to use.

And what hope do the customers have? Google laying down more fiber?

Comment: Politicians... (Score 4, Informative) 99

I don't get it, are politicians born stupid or have their parents dropped them on their head (repeatedly) while they where young?

The possibility of abuse of this law if it's passed is mind-boggling. I do hope the Canadian people wakes up and take their politicians to task.

Comment: Re:OMG FAG LOL (Score 1) 183

by Knightman (#46591185) Attached to: Xbox One Reputation System Penalizes Gamers Who Behave Badly

If you had read the article they specifically said that reporting people of higher skill because you are a "sore loser" will be handled, OTOH we will have to see if the system will be able to handle all the ways "grief-reporting" can be done.

I do think this kind of system is a step in the right direction because so many people playing multiplayer games are total douches and they need to be dealt with somehow.

Comment: Pride goeth before a fail (Score 1) 237

by Knightman (#46166309) Attached to: Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

It seems everyone unanimously dislikes the beta. It's looks like some newly minted web-hack with no clue on usability or ergonomics designed it.

As other people have pointed out, the information density is extremely low and there are hardly any visual cues to tie the information flow together. It's HARD to read the site.

I guess it will be rolled out looking like this regardless of the given critique and proclaimed to be "a huge success" since someone has put his (or hers) pride on the line.

I tend to gravitate towards sites that are lightweight; ie. no flashy ui's, so when the classic look is retired I'll stop reading slashdot too.

Maybe we all should mail mailto:feedback@slashdot.org?s... as the post says with our concerns...

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