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Comment: Too many languages (Score 1) 274

by Thraxy (#49281677) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World

I speak 3 languages and I think the world is generally shit. Maybe if I unlearn one of the languages I'll have a "best" world view. I'm thinking it has something to do with odd and even numbers. Odd number = oh everything is shit. Even number = flowers and unicorns.

I didn't read the article. I just came here to make pointless satire.

Comment: I hope they have fun with that (Score 1) 85

by Thraxy (#49281649) Attached to: Australia May Introduce Site Blocking To Prevent Copyright Infringement

The fact is, youtube is the biggest host for copyright infringed material and google search is the best way to find other sources for pirating. So unless they plan on blocking all Google services they can stick their legislation in their down under.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not advocating piracy or anything. I just find it funny how people who seamingly know nothing about how the internet works can be tasked with writing legislation for how to police it. What we need to do is make a public collection, so we as people can start throwing money at politicians, just like the big companies do. That way maybe we'll get something done that actually means a damn to humanity instead of big business.

Comment: Suicide application form (Score 2) 498

by Thraxy (#49223799) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

How about we make suicide completely legal? Think about it. We make suicide legal, but you have to apply for it. Then you have to show up at the Department of Social Health and wait in line for 5 hours, and if that doesn't make you go "man this is ridiculous... I'll just go on living" maybe you'll actually get some real help.

Anyway, you might be right. Lets put corks in tailpipes and ban metal cutlery. That'll show those damn commie suicidal bastards that they can't take away our freedom.

+ - Brazil Is Keeping Its Promise to Avoid the U.S. Internet - US to lose 35 Billion-> 1

Submitted by bricko
bricko (1052210) writes "Brazil Is Keeping Its Promise to Avoid the U.S. Internet


Brazil was not bluffing last year, when it said that it wanted to disconnect from the United States-controlled internet due to the NSA's obscenely invasive surveillance tactics. The country is about to stretch a cable from the northern city of Fortaleza all the way to Portugal, and they've vowed not to use a single U.S. vendor to do it.

Brazil made a bunch of bold promises, ranging in severity from forcing companies like Facebook and Google to move their servers inside Brazilian borders, to building a new all-Brazilian email system—which they've already done. But the first actionable opportunity the country was presented with is this transatlantic cable, which had been in the works since 2012 but is only just now seeing construction begin. And with news that the cable plan will not include American vendors, it looks like Brazil is serious; it's investing $185 million on the cable project alone. And not a penny of that sum will go to an American company.

The implications of Brazil distancing itself from the US internet are huge. It's not necessarily a big deal politically, but the economic consequences could be tremendously destructive. Brazil has the seventh largest economy in the world, and it continues to grow. So when Brazil finally does divorce Uncle Sam—assuming things continue at this rate—a huge number of contracts between American companies and Brazil will simply disappear.

On the whole, researchers estimate that the United States could lose about $35 billion due to security fears. That's a lot of money."

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+ - Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Warg faces Danish jail time.

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "BBC news reports that Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg has been found guilty of hacking into computers and illegally downloading files in Denmark. Found guilty of breaching security to access computers owned by technology giant CSC to steal police and social security files, Mr Warg faces a sentence of up to six years behind bars. Mr Warg argued that although the computer used to commit the offence was owned by him, the hacks were carried out by another individual who he declined to name."

+ - First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "John Oliver calls it "cable company fuckery" and we've all suspected it happens. Now on Steven Levy's new Backchannel publication on Medium, Susan Crawford delivers decisive proof, expertly dissecting the Comcast-Netflix network congestion controversy. Her source material is a detailed traffic measurement report (.pdf) released this week by Google-backed M-Lab — the first of its kind — showing severe degradation of service at interconnection points between Comcast, Verizon and other monopoly "eyeball networks" and "transit networks" such as Cogent, which was contracted by Netflix to deliver its bits. The report shows that interconnection points give monopoly ISPs all the leverage they need to discriminate against companies like Netflix, which compete with them in video services, simply by refusing to relieve network congestion caused by external traffic requested by their very own ISP customers. And the effects victimize not only companies targeted but ALL incoming traffic from the affected transit network. The report proves the problem is not technical, but rather a result of business decisions. This is not technically a Net neutrality problem, but it creates the very same headaches for consumers, and unfair business advantages for ISPs. In an accompanying article, Crawford makes a compelling case for FCC intervention."

+ - Has the time come to rebrand open source?->

Submitted by jenwike
jenwike (2888285) writes "How do others do when selling FOSS solutions? Does your sales team tell you things like this? "The customer is worried about this open source software... they think its insecure." As a developer, Robert Lindh had heard many similar myths and misconceptions concerning free software back in the day, like "How can you sell something that is free?" or "We don't trust or value software that we don't pay for." But, he's hearing them again, thus he nominates a new name for FOSS and open source... Community Software."
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