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Comment: Re:fees (Score 1, Insightful) 352

by Pfhorrest (#49154907) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

It is a big fucking deal because there are long running threads of economic thought which oppose capitalism yet support free markets, and to conflate the two (and equivalently to conflate socialism with a command economy) creates a false dichotomy between capitalist free markets and statist socialism, ignoring and erasing the possibilities of non-capitalist free markets and non-statist socialism.

Comment: Re:fees (Score 4, Interesting) 352

by Pfhorrest (#49152335) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

Adam Smith wrote about free markets. Capitalism is something above and beyond a free market, first written about by Marx, who argued it was an inevitable consequence of free market and used that to criticize free markets.

When you conflate free markets with capitalism you're buying into a little bit of Marxist ideology.

Comment: Re:WTF with the /. Interface?!?!? (Score 1) 76

by azav (#49148953) Attached to: Banned Weight-loss Drug Could Combat Liver Disease, Diabetes

I completely hate the new layout.

it looks like ass on my Mac and too many buttons don't have backgrounds until I mouseover them.

There are also loads of text layout issues.

Completely sucks.

Slashdot, do not follow in this idiotic bandwagon of "flat" or minimal UI design. It sucks ass. Ass does not want to be sucked.

Comment: Re: GPG is another TrueCrypt? (Score 1) 300

by garyebickford (#49148451) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

Well put. I work for a company that provides a secure "Proof of Knowledge" support for web logins. (Proofs of knowledge include text passwords, picture passwords, Captcha, etc. - things that require personal knowledge or cognitive self-tests.) The security model for this SAAS is highly motivated by user privacy and security concerns. The actual proof - the password, or whatever - is encrypted into a hash in the browser, and stored as a doubly-encrypted hash in the server. The SAAS never knows the user's identity, only an encrypted code that identifies the user to the requesting website. So connecting the user, the website's user ID, and the proof requires hacking or compromise of all three pieces of the puzzle.

It is even possible (though we haven't rolled out this capability to production yet) for the actual challenge to be encoded by the user in such a way that it's impossible for anyone but the user to even know what the test to be performed is. I won't say how this is done, as the patent is pending.

Comment: Re:Winter... (Score 1) 266

by dargaud (#49137789) Attached to: I ride a bike ...
I commute on steep trails (on the way down), and I loose a lot of studs on the rocks. Since I have 1000m of altitude difference, there's either too much snow on top, or too many rocks at the bottom. Schwalbe sells a kit to put studs back inside the tire and I use it extensively !

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 590

by SensitiveMale (#49137587) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

You've got it backwards. Obamacare doesn't benefit an overwhelming majority. It screws over the overwhelming majority. Why do you think it isn't fully implemented yet? Why do you think executive order time and time again has been illegally issued to delay whole parts of it? Why do you think the private business mandate was pushed past another election?

Improve on the system? How? Unless something happens with the latest Supreme court case about the IRS ignoring the law, the whole system is rushing to a single payer inevitability.

Back to the original point. This entire FCC seizure of the internet is being done in secret and there is precedence of how Obama's administration does things in secret.

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 590

by SensitiveMale (#49137489) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules

"As for your fiance, you should thank me. My insurance went up 90% while my deductibles went up over 200%. What? You thought your fiance's insurance was in a vacuum?"

Horse shit!

Provide evidence to back up your claim. Provide the name of the policy you had before. Cost and what it covered. And the provide the name of the new policy you have. Cost and what it covers.

Dude you are high if you think I'm posting my insurance info for your reading pleasure. My insurance payment last year was a little over $200. My insurance payment this year is a little under $400.

Innovation is hard to schedule. -- Dan Fylstra