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Comment: Re:Rise of the darksite DNS (Score 1) 388

by ancientt (#48621459) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

You say that but maybe you won't be able to. When I was filtering the internet for my kids, I included an interception of anything on DNS ports and redirected it to my filtering server.

Your ISP could do the same thing, fairly trivially and if they do, it won't matter what IPs you tell your machine to use as a DNS server, it will use the ISPs anyway.

I think it breaks DNSSEC and I *know* it makes MITM easy for non-encrypted sites (because I did that too) but don't expect the MPAA and Sony to care, they're happy to break the security of the internet for everybody as long as it lets them think they're preventing copyright infringement. The ISPs would do it now to increase profit if it was worth the effort and complaints it would come with. Don't expect it to take more than a hint of government suggestion for your current freedom to disappear.

Don't feel too bad for my kids, they're old enough now that discussing and spot checking their habits is a better solution and most of my active interference was to block them until they completed a chore each day.

Comment: Re:Fire all the officers? (Score 1) 515

by ancientt (#48585971) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

The problem here is that prosecutors and cops need to get along and need to trust each other and the public needs to see cops held to account for their actions. I am leaning toward "bypass the grand jury for public servants" as a solution to ensure that not only is justice done, but so that it is seen to be done.

Comment: Re:Legal Opinion, Please? (Score 1) 699

by ancientt (#48550955) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Well said.

Customer: [turns off neon BEER sign in living room]
Police: Hey, open up, we know you turned off the beer sign!
Customer: Sure, so what? The electric company sent it over, but I pay for the electricity to power that thing and it was annoying.
Police: Sir, you cannot turn off the beer sign because then you might not buy beer.
Customer: I wasn't planning to buy beer.
Police: Doesn't matter. The beer company got an injunction against having their signs turned off. Turn it back on and leave it on.
Customer: That doesn't make sense! I shouldn't have to pay to power a sign I never wanted, this is crazy!
Police: This is France.

Comment: Re:Bullshit ... (Score 1) 219

by ancientt (#48296487) Attached to: Is Public Debate of Trade Agreements Against the Public Interest?

By way of reference, I suggest you review the Founding Fathers' thoughts on slavery and women's right to vote and stuff.

I think this is the real point and real problem. The founding fathers were creating a consortium of states with a minimal federal government and were trying to protect the freedoms they felt were important. I am lucky to have benefited from a society built on them, but our people now would never agree with our founding fathers' beliefs.

  • The people should be as well armed as the government
    • The right to bear arms was obviously about making sure they would be able to successfully rebel against the government. It wasn't that scary a thought to them because they didn't see the government as being that big or critical. The idea of citizens having the rights to nuclear bombs would be inline with what they were setting up, but nobody (sane) wants that so we (the courts and lawmakers) ignore the intent and interpret arms as guns.
  • Women weren't trustworthy and shouldn't be involved in running anything.
    • Giving them a right to vote took 142 years. We prevented that right longer than we've granted it.
  • Making someone a slave because of the circumstances they were born into was completely okay.
    • For that matter, as much as we want to treat them as if they were ultimately great men, Jefferson had a child with his slave. Which, since he had the right to beat her, sell her or even kill her without fear of the law, cannot be considered other than rape.

That doesn't even touch on preventing the poor from voting.

The blunt fact is that the Constitution of the US was quite useful and has allowed the formation of a successful society with one of the highest standards of living in the world. And it is flawed since it was written by humans who were also flawed.

We should rewrite the Constitution from scratch around the beliefs we actually care about. We can't because we can't agree about anything and we'd have another civil war if we even tried. We can't even get anywhere near the point of being able to amend it. I for one wouldn't trust either party's representatives currently in power to do something nearly as successful for so long.

The only way we could fix it would be to do the debate and drafting without informing the public. When something is done in secret, you can make deals, agree to give up one thing in order to get something you feel is more important. Maybe we'd see the right to a free press succeed because the right to marry someone of the same sex would get dropped. Can you imagine the uproar if that was a debate in the public eye? There would be riots. Ultimately I think that's why treaties are handled in secret; a public debate would cause so much fighting it would do more harm than good.

Comment: Re:Look to other jurisdictions (Score 1) 364

by ancientt (#47877441) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

There are a lot of people who think drunk driving is equivalent to drive-texting, but that's illogical since people can set a phone down and ignore it, but they can't undrunk. I think the comparison is bad because it makes drunk driving seem less dangerous than it is and it makes it sound like you don't understand the difference between being in an diminished state and avoiding a distraction.

That said, making it illegal to operate electronic devices while driving a motor vehicle is a pretty reasonable start. It doesn't matter *why* a person is driving unsafely, what matters is that they are. I find the specification of "electronic" a little silly since that makes any car with a battery (all of them in production) technically illegal, but I like the consistency. Do something that distracts your attention from an inherently dangerous activity (driving) and you break the law? Logical. Even if I don't personally like it. (I like lots of things that aren't logically supported by my long term goals; naps, beer, webcomics and cheetos spring to mind.)

"Ban cheetos! They make people fat!" Fine, I'll switch to pringles and vote against you in the election. "Ban naps and beer!" I'll drink wine and sleep in and vote against you in the election. "Ban snacks!" you say? I'll attend your funeral and eulogize "Here lies Silvrmane, at least his argument was consistent."

Comment: Re:Need harsher penalties. (Score 1) 364

by ancientt (#47877335) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Fair enough. I hope you do "buy a dash cam, record these knuckleheads and then post shame videos on youtube," but please don't just limit it to the people you know or suspect are driving badly due to texting. Driving unsafely is and should be against the law. We're in complete agreement on that.

Please don't suggest that texting while driving is "just as dangerous as drunk driving" though, as that's an illogical comparison and it weakens your position. I can set a cheeseburger down, I can leave the radio alone, I can let the obnoxious gps navigator be wrong, I can ignore the fighting children in the backseat, I can ignore the ranting of my passenger and I can choose to give my full attention to the road. I can set a phone down. What I cannot do is undrunk myself because traffic demands it.

If you're convinced that texting while driving should always be illegal everywhere and in every situation, then you have a perfectly logical argument. Don't diminish it by conflating it with driving intoxicated. It makes drunk driving seem less dangerous than it is and it makes it sound like you don't understand the difference between being in an diminished state and avoiding a distraction.

Comment: Re:Not severe enough (Score 1) 364

by ancientt (#47877247) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Fair enough. I agree the tone of the reply you're commenting on was silly, so allow me to present a counter argument, hopefully slightly more logical.

It's very hard to put a drunken state down because traffic demands it, while it is easy to put a phone down.

I routinely take calls while driving, and as the evidence indicates, I'm typical in my response of driving much more conservatively when that happens. Personally, I'm probably safer when I'm taking a call than I am normally, because I back way off and try to stay well away from other cars when I'm on a call. If I'm going to reply to a text, I'm going to wait until I'm pretty lonely on the road and start paying a lot of attention to the driving when otherwise I'd normally be pretty much on auto-pilot. If there is heavy traffic and I need to use my phone for some reason, I find an exit and pull off. If I'm averaging 5mph and take a call and traffic picks up, I switch to hands free or if it looks like it is resuming normal speeds, say I'll have to call back.

Contrast that with driving intoxicated. If I'm behind the wheel, there is nothing I can stop doing as a result of my analysis of traffic. I can try to drive slower, but cause a whole set of different problems by impeding normal traffic flow. There is no "set it down" or "I'll have to call you back" option.

None of this means that texting or talking on the phone while driving is as safe as not doing those things. I don't think anyone is suggesting that a driver should do things that decrease the safety of the situation. All I am saying is that there are clear differences between driving intoxicated and engaging in texting while driving.

If I *had* to text while driving, my driving would be significantly impaired, just like it is in a study comparing reaction times. The fatality rates of motorists has actually decreased while mobile phone use has increased. (Look it up. I had to before I believed it.) The corollary is obviously NOT an indication that mobile phone use while driving improves safety, there are a lot of other things offsetting the hazard posed by texting while driving, but the idea that texting drivers is making the roads more dangerous than they used to be is false. The idea that texting drivers is making the roads more dangerous than they need to be is fair. There is a difference.

I hate it when people confuse improper and immature behavior with the technology they're using. Bittorrent is a very logical and quite useful protocol and it has a bad name because it is associated with the behavior of many people who use it. Outlawing the bittorrent protocol is just as reasonable as outlawing texting while driving. Unsafe driving should be (and is) against the law, just as copyright infringement is against the law. The technology isn't *ever* the problem, the people making bad decisions are the problem.

Comment: Re:Is this still a good OS for desktop? (Score 1) 231

by ancientt (#47212963) Attached to: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released
Seconded. Do NOT just go with defaults. XFS is really good for serving large files like video, but when I last used it regularly, it wasn't very nice after a power loss. That isn't to say it got corrupted like resiserfs or anything, but the self check and correction process was tedious. Ext4 is pretty fast, has the journaling you'd expect and has been tested pretty well now. Btrfs looks cool, and seems to work well, but I don't know that I'm ready to trust it yet. ZFS is nice too, but I don't think it's native yet (is it?) so I wouldn't want to put it on anything I couldn't do without for a few days.

Comment: Re:Even better, use apps like Waze (Score 1) 457

by ancientt (#46169055) Attached to: Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

Just FYI for the purposes of considering how useful Waze is:

If you're a dedicated Waze user, don't worry: Google said it will leave the Waze team in Israel, where they will operate independently "for now." (That caveat implies Waze will be brought to America at some point.)

Maps App Will Remain Independent -- For Now

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he'll invite himself over for dinner. - Calvin Keegan