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Comment Re:I think this is fair. (Score 2) 222

Did you willfully ignore the first part of that post "If ISPs want to function in a way that disregards their common-carrier status,"

If you don't disregard your common carrier status then... etc.

The phone companies have common carrier status, and for the exact hypothetical you posted, keep it that way. Its the ISPs that don't want to be covered under common carrier (for some reason [cough monopolies])

Comment Re:Police? (Score 1) 370

This is a legitimate topic of conversation. "No doxxing" rules (and said enforcement) are really a measure of the forum. Is publicly available information 'dox'? Ostensibly yes, but where do you draw the line? Sometimes its hard to say. If someone goes around with a pseudonym all the time, but then files legal papers, are you forbidden from talking about or linking to the documents because it has that person real name and other public info on it? Does it mean you can no longer reference the public record?

Restriction on doxxing appear to exist for the purpose of preventing overly lazy persons from acting badly. However, as above, once you even talk about the existence of a document in the public record all it takes is to be slightly less lazy to find information. How far do you go? You cannot stop bad actors from acting badly.

Comment Re:No thanks (Score 1) 207

Its funny you mention spreadsheet. This whole commentary from this guy very much feels like what it means to poorly grasp a field/ technology.

Back to my analog, people see spreadsheets with data on them, and think "this is how i should interact with data", being (intentionally) ignorant on how data come together for it to be presented to them. And yet they will pass the spreadsheet around via email, oblivious to all the bad info anyone can put in, and when it comes back to them they have giant "?" over there head as to why all the info is now hopelessly broken and unusable.

Comment Power (Score 3, Insightful) 167

My understanding (as very limited as it is), is that you'd need to ablate enough material off the object to knock it out of orbit and to fall to earth.

However do you even need to hit it that hard? Can you just put enough laser energy on to it to perturb it out of orbit without ablating/vaporizing material? More massive objects would of course require more power applied.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.