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Comment: Re:Not an American, not doing business in America. (Score 4, Insightful) 102

by SumDog (#49068663) Attached to: Kim Dotcom's Lawyer Plays Down Megaupload Worker's Guilty Plea

Extradition treaties are if someone commits a crime within your country and then flees to avoid prosecution. If a Japanese company uses Amazon Web Services to facilitate something that's a crime in the US, but not in Japan; should all of Amazon's assets be seized and their executives be arrested? or should the US demand extradition of the Japanese business holders?

This has nothing to do with law and more to do with big movie industries continued extension of the entire Napster / MPAA / RIAA bullshit.

Comment: Re:Why plea deal? (Score 1) 102

by SumDog (#49068595) Attached to: Kim Dotcom's Lawyer Plays Down Megaupload Worker's Guilty Plea

The justice system in most high income countries, including America, is fucked. It favours those with money or who are willing to be disloyal in exchange for pleas ... it favours the most unfavourable people while keeping the people most rehabilitation in a perpetual state of incarceration.

Comment: Re:Great for Cuba (Score 2) 166

by SumDog (#49063457) Attached to: Cubans Allowed To Export Software and Software Services To the US

I'm a computer scientist who moved from Cincinnati to Melbourne and worked for a year there. Even with the cost-of-living, I worked a contract for $75k/year and could live very comfortable in Melbourne. I even left with more money than I arrived with (and I didn't even work the entire time; really only about 4 months total with some remote work still coming in from the US).

Minimum wage is Victoria was $14 an hour. Oh yea, and citizens got free medicare.

Don't confuse cost of living with cost of cheap electronics. They're two very different things, and the US gets one to keep the middle class complacent and ignorant

Comment: Wasn't there an attempt on this in the 2000s? (Score 1) 123

I remember back in the 2000's, some company was talking about putting up a ton of low-earth-orbit satellites to provide 2-way satellite Internet (I think at the time, you could get satellite via Dish network, but you still needed a phone line to transmit and it was way overpriced)

Comment: Re:Then again, maybe it _is_ good news. (Score 2) 172

by SumDog (#48510551) Attached to: Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

I know we've found some of these "elite controllers" in the form of children; families who adopted kids in the late 80s and early 90s. The drugs were so hard on kids that many would get sick immediately. So you you give the kids drugs so they can live until 15 or don't and they live to be 8 (but happier for a bit).

Some parents chose to take their kids off the drugs..and some of those kids are in their late 20s today! But many of them aren't.

My question: how do you find these cases in adults? You can't ethically give someone a placebo for 5 years! Are these people who the point of infection can be narrowed down to an instance and who discover they have HIV 6+ years after the fact?

Comment: But that's not the ISPs job (Score 1) 200

by SumDog (#48321553) Attached to: Net Neutrality Alone Won't Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here's Why

Quality of Service is built into IPv6. The ISP shouldn't have anything to do with QoS. That is solely the discretion of the service or client. If I want, I can configure my servers so that SMTP traffic has a very low QoS for IPv6 based networks. Network Neutrality ensures that ISPs don't alter that QoS along the way.

We're a long way off from IPv6, and we shouldn't be. But that's another issue. ISPs shouldn't handle the throttling. They should give equal priority to everything.

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