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Comment: Re:Such potential (Score 1) 520

by Lost Race (#49067573) Attached to: Nim Programming Language Gaining Traction
I would like to propose a moratorium on comments of the form, "I manage a team and would never hire you." They add nothing to the discussion and only lead to useless dick waving competitions. ("Oh yeah? Well, I'm president of a Fortune 137 company and *I* wouldn't hire *you*!" "Oh yeah? I'd never accept an offer from your crappy company and you couldn't afford me anyway! Neener neener!" "Oh yeah? [etc]")

Comment: Re:MUCH easier. (Score 1) 239

Well said. You saved me the trouble of writing a comment not half so clear and complete.

Ask professional drivers. These "ethical" questions are ridiculous. Avoid obstacles if possible; if not, slow down. It's better to crash into something you can't avoid as slowly as possible. It's also best to maintain control just in case the situation changes.

Comment: Re:Completely infeasible (Score 1) 282

by Lost Race (#47577399) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

So, what are you going to use for ID?

So, in that atmosphere, how any single website would ever be able to "authenticate" your ID, I have no idea.

How about tamper-resistant cryptographic biometric devices? Use your government-issued fingerprint reader to log into Big Brother's system, then each server is required to make sure you have a valid current login certificate from BB before providing any services. Complete records must be kept indefinitely and will be audited against upstream connection logs.

Nobody is required to have government ID, but network service providers are prohibited from communicating over the Internet with anybody who isn't logged in with Big Brother.

Obviously this only works within one jurisdiction. Foreign Internet users would have to be handled separately, if at all.

I guess it would be easiest to manage this at the ISP level -- ISPs would be required to require proof of identity (via secure biometric reader) at regular intervals from all users. Then you don't necessarily have to bother auditing web, email, etc, servers.

Comment: Re:Ads are good for the internet. (Score 1) 418

by Lost Race (#47491659) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

IMO, if ads stopped across all internet sites, or the online advertising industry completely collapsed. The internet as we know it, would be gone.

Correction: The Internet as you know it would be gone. The actual Internet would be just fine. Universities, stores, hobby sites, government, and people generally interested in communicating with each other would pay their ISP bills and continue without interruption.

Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.