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Comment: Re:Do the cops (Score 0) 86

Now we just need to pass a law stating that a duty is to be collected on all such in-person transactions with random strangers organized over the internet in order to help fund law enforcement protection.

If law enforcement is present, they should collect a percentage of the transaction with a minimum $5 transaction fee, before goods or money are allowed to change hands.

If law enforcement is not present and the transaction is done on the seller's property, the tax should be a minimum of $30 transaction fee and twice as many percentage points, with craigslist required to collect and report on information about the accepted offer and parties to each transaction.

Comment: The author of the article is confused (Score 3, Informative) 99

by mysidia (#48951133) Attached to: The NFL Wants You To Think These Things Are Illegal

When NFL says "Any other use of this telecast or any pictures, descriptions, or accounts of the game"

They are not referring to you talking to your friends about the game or even you authoring an original description and publishing it.

They are essentially saying any descriptions or accounts given in the telecast or personal accounts written by staff under contract to create them are protected, which they are.

You are not allowed to copy a description or account from the telecast and reuse their description or account beyond what fair use allows, as it is subject to copyright just like the images, video, and live audio.

Comment: Re:Anyone know how Zotac cards hold up? (Score 1) 58

by zippthorne (#48950011) Attached to: GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed

...their caps on their average boards now are military grade.

I was surprised that this is part of the marketing for gaming graphics cards. I'm curious as to what specification or certification qualifies them for this classification. I'm also curious as to whether this means that they're better than "consumer" grade, and if so, if that means they're better for consumer uses.

I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to go to a restaurant offering "military grade" cuisine...

Comment: Re:Shame on them (Score 2) 179

by rahvin112 (#48941977) Attached to: Mathematicians Uncomfortable With Ties To NSA, But Not Pulling Back

Shame on them? The NSA is one of the principal funders of pure mathematical research. It was their dollars that created almost all of the encryption algorithms. Most of this research has no goal or direction from the NSA, it's block grants given based on the idea. The program isn't much different than what DARPA used to do with their pure research dollars where they had a group that threw money and anything regardless of application by the military then had a second group that put their money at only targeted research that would yield weapons or defense.

The fact is the NSA funds a LOT of pure theoretical research in mathematics, just because any of it could one day be used to create or break encryption or fit some other NSA need doesn't mean the research isn't valuable to society as a whole.

If the devil payed you to successfully research a method to eliminate poverty would you do take his money?

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Journal: Question for any reading this 1

Journal by Marxist Hacker 42

My wife is looking for a Wifi network security camera for the daycare. Ideally, we want one that we can set up an account on a remote server with a username and password that we share with parents.

Anybody have any suggestions?

Comment: Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (Score 1) 282

by causality (#48937501) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

Name calling is not shunning or shaming. It is attaching the person and not the argument and therefore has no place on civil discourse.

By the way, now that I re-read this during a spare moment and once again think about it, I can again respond to you in what I hope to be a worthy way, yet this time focus on a different dimension of the thing at hand.

I would ask you to consider, simply, this other and possibly alien point of view: the "name-calling" types are simply enacting the lower (or if you like, "gutter") form of an idea that is nonetheless technically true. The name-callers are merely those who recognize this but also have a need to make you look worse in order that they know better, or otherwise focus on what they think is wrong with you, with little or no serious constructive suggestion concerning what precisely is wrong with your view and how better to regard the situation. Liike the thinking individuals, they see what the problem is; otherwise, they lack the clarity and objectivity to identify the problem and suggest a sensible solution. By contrast, they're simply bitching. But even those people are correctly identifying that somethng is amiss. They're just the least clever and easiest to ridicule among those who all arrive at the same conclusion.

Comment: Re:that's the problem. 3/16th" hole = opened (Score 1) 368

by hey! (#48935183) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

The issue as I'm sure you know isn't "opened", but rather "opened within a certain length of time." Obviously given unlimited time you can get into anything, and you probably can get into an ATM a lot faster than a decent safe. But once you have the explosion routine down pat, you can probably be away with the ATM money in *seconds*. In terms of practicality and low risk, that's hard to beat.

Comment: Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 1) 427

by rahvin112 (#48934755) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

Free markets don't remain free without regulation.

Monopoly is the usual result of business in which there are high capital costs to enter the market. Local residential service of any sort that requires stringing wires or pipes to individual homes is so ridiculously capital intensive that it is a natural monopoly. Without regulation that market will become a Monopoly naturally and that monopoly will then begin to abuse it's position to displace and harm other business.

As others have noted, internet is the new phone service. It's almost impossible these days to function without internet, that includes finding and maintaining a job, educating your children etc. But there is big money that opposes the regulations this will inspire because there is big money to be made abusing those monopolies, particularly now that regulations that prevented these companies from controlling media systems are now gone. These monopolies can now use their position to prevent the rise of competitors to content offerings which would provide competition to their business. In time they will use the position to leverage themselves into other markets.

Comment: Re:Can we please get the fuck off TOR (Score 3, Insightful) 80

by rahvin112 (#48934571) Attached to: Mozilla Dusts Off Old Servers, Lights Up Tor Relays

There is nothing wrong with TOR other than not enough people are providing capacity. The biggest reason the government can attack TOR is that the number of relays and nodes is so pathetically small as to make it trivial to attack it for a large well funded organization. And your suggestion is to reduce the effectiveness of TOR even more AND put your trust in a system in which the developers themselves can't guarantee it's secure because it's never been audited, unlike TOR, and operates on the exact same principles and methods.

You sir are a fool.

Of I2P, freenet, Tor and all the others TOR is the only one with good financial backing and an audited codebase that more than 3 people have looked at. I2P on the other hand is built on Java with literally one developer and is even smaller of a network, and likely suffers the exact same weaknesses as TOR, the most important of which is that the smaller the number of machines connected the easier it is to crack and track the network encryption and routing.

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