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Comment: Re:And they wonder why I block ads... (Score 4, Informative) 48

by TubeSteak (#47950855) Attached to: Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

Sometimes pages serves content from a different domain but that is rare enough to manage manually.

Not anymore.
Far too many sites (/. included) have or use a CDN for content.
And they will fetch at least half a dozen scripts for bookmarking/sharing with facebook/linkedin/tumblr/twitter/pinterest/googlehangouts/etc
Then, they'll try and fetch a non-zero number of tracking/website monitoring scripts.

Ghostery says is a 1x1 pixel tracker for WebTrends.

Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 248

by TubeSteak (#47949893) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Governments' legitimate interest in regulation is in product safety and fraud prevention, not in deciding who gets to do business with whom and at what price.

That's a nice statement of "scope," to bad it completely ignores reality.
Government (in most states) sets the prices for utilities.
Government sets build out requirements for utilities.
Government prevents discrimination in the offering of services.
Government requires handicap accessibility in public accommodations.
Government prevents excessive interest rates being charged on loans.
I could go on.

Government has a legitimate interest in deciding who gets to do business with whom and at what price.
Unless you want to abandon all the existing protections of the law, you might want to redefine what you consider to be the appropriate scope of government regulation.

Comment: Re:No vote likely best long term result (Score 1) 188

by TubeSteak (#47939253) Attached to: On Independence for Scotland:

The UK parties have promised considerable additional powers for Scotland in the event of a 'no' vote

The UK parties have promised vague and unnamed considerable additional powers for Scotland in the event of a 'no' vote.
The UK Government saw the early polls, thought "well, this will never happen," and then didn't give it a second thought.
The vague, last minute promises reflect a screaming lack of contingency planning.

I mean, this vote has been years in the making and AFAICT, the UK Government never seriously sat down and negotiated "considerable additional powers" in an attempt to head off the vote.

David Cameron says he has no regrets over handling of Scottish referendum
16 Sep 2014

[Prime Minister Cameron] said that he had been right to avoid a third option on the ballot paper offering further devolution for Scotland and justified the tone and tactics of the Better Together campaign.

He said: "I had a choice. You either say 'yes you can have that referendum and here's a way of making it legal, decisive and fair', or I could have taken the approach of just putting my head in the sand and saying 'No, you can't have a referendum'.

"I think that actually Scottish independence would be closer today if I had taken that approach than it is by having a proper, legal, fair and decisive referendum."

He was unable to explain recent polls showing the referendum on a knife edge as he was "not a pollster" and his job was to change them not explain them.

The sun is setting in the British Empire's back yard.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 5, Insightful) 946

by TubeSteak (#47928517) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

I'd love to let them have the run of things for a while, except they insist on flying planes into our buildings and beheading children.

With that logic, we should go to war with our ally Saudi Arabia as well.
Saudi nationals have flown more planes into buildings than ISIS.
The Saudi Government has beheaded more people than ISIS.
(Though ISIS seems to be trying to catch up)

No, I think the only option is to go in and kill every last one of them, like the vermin infestation that they are.

The language of dehumanization is ugly.
I'm glad that Western governments have abandoned it as a propaganda tool.
I can only hope that some of the less evolved citizens of the West will abandon it as well.

Comment: Re:They are pretending that they do not know (Score 1) 103

by TubeSteak (#47927659) Attached to: NSA Director Says Agency Is Still Trying To Figure Out Cyber Operations

Admiral Rogers, I know this is harder for you than it is for a civilian, but you've really gotta stop conflating "legal" with "ethical." And if you can't do that, I can sympathize, but could you at least stop conflating "legal" with "in the interests of the United States?"

You should read what he said again.

I try to remind people that the all judgement to date find that the NSA has abided by the law. We have not been found to attempt to undermine the law.

He didn't say that the NSA abides by the law, only that no court has judged them as acting illegally.

The NSA's warrantless wiretapping was nakedly illegal and unconstitutional, but so far (AFAIK) no Judge has taken a case to its conclusion.
And Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to retroactively shield the telecom companies for their participation.
The NSA has even admitted to "overcollection" under the 2008 law, but the details are classified, so no one can claim standing to sue.

The NSA knows they've repeatedly broken the law; what's impressive is the rearguard action they've maintained to prevent & delay legal action.

Comment: Re:Attacker is your Peer (Score 1) 85

by TubeSteak (#47926867) Attached to: Why Is It Taking So Long To Secure Internet Routing?

If a route needed to be blackholed because of a DDOS, and that action had to be approved of by a central authority, which could take days to weeks for a ruling, nothing could be done because routers would not accept changes to any route until then.

Why would you need permission to blackhole a route?
The problem is adding good routes, not dropping bad ones.

Comment: Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (Score 1) 320

by TubeSteak (#47923567) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

But, yes, the US has an unfortunate tendency, since the War of Independence, and the Civil War, continued to the present, of always fighting wars off budget.

That's not even remotely true.
The US has, for most of its history, levied taxes for the explicit purpose of paying for wars.
The Federal Government didn't exist during the Revolution, so the individual states raised taxes.
I'm not going to get into the nitty gritty of pre-20th century war taxes, because they were on things like slaves, carriages, sugar, and whiskey.

Just remember, every dollar you spend for something you don't need, is a dollar spent to help the Axis
To pay for the Korean War, Congress heaped taxes on top of the already high WWII rates.
President Johnson cut domestic spending and created surtaxes specifically to pay for Vietnam.
AFAIK, George W. Bush was the first President to categorically refuse to raise any taxes to pay for his wars.

Comment: Re:Here's another idea... (Score 2) 236

by TubeSteak (#47917177) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

I live in Japan [...]

And don't come back with the "US is too biiiiig!" excuse. You have electricity, water and gas, don't you? How did you get that if the area you live in is "Too biiiig!" The density where I live is no more than a place like Nashville, or Arlington Heights, or Jacksonville, or Albuquerque, or Portland, or Anytown, USA.

You're making several wildly inappropriate assumptions:

1. Despite being the size of Minnesota, Japan has the world's third largest GDP
2. Japan has a very high population density
3. Many Americans in low density rural States don't have water and gas, they have wells and a wood stove.
4. Japan and America (and each individual State) have completely different regulatory environments and philosophies. No shit we have different outcomes.

Comment: Re:perhaps pessimism goes in cycles? (Score 4, Insightful) 191

by TubeSteak (#47914713) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Anyone remember the seventies pre-Star Wars? You couldn't produce an SF film unless it had a downer ending.

Highlights of the early 70s include the USA abandoning the gold peg, the CIA overthrowing the government of Chile, the Vietnam War showing itself a failure, the oil crisis, Pol Pot killing millions in Cambodia, African countries overthrowing their leaders, etc etc etc.

The 70s were a dark and stormy time.
And don't forget that the Cuban Missile crisis, despite happening the previous decade, had a serious effect on the US psyche.

How can you work when the system's so crowded?