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Comment: Re:Anarchy??? (Score 1) 288

I think specifically they want to have a discussion, but one of the ideas proposed was to exploit the centralized nature of DNS to require people to get licenses before they could have a "website" (presumably each website would have it's own domain name so and would all fall under's license or something)

Comment: Re:Police?? (Score 1, Interesting) 288

Despite the horror I feel at the suggestion of requiring me to "get a license" to exercise 1st amendment rights, (what is the status of free speech in england?) I think the police are in a unique position to suggest laws for consideration by legislative branch. I mean the police might get 450 request per day, "please shut down this law-breaking website". I've also heard police Seattle police chief call for marijuana legalization, and it looks like he was heard, which I think probably means Seattle police can now be used more effectively.

What would the impact of requiring a license for 1st amendment activities be? In most cities, you already need a permit to hold a demonstration, and if you held a large showing of a copyrighted film without permission, that's not 1st amendment activity. To be fair to the police there is a lot of criminal activity on the Internet. Would central control of the internet through an authority like DNS make it easier to control?

While I am in favor of having a government with laws, regulations and police, I fear that trying to let governments control the Internet would threaten online creativity and deprive us of new developments with very little effect on Internet crime (as criminals already use compromised accounts and systems to do their dirty work) I am hopeful for a more decentralized Internet in the future.

Comment: Re:Customer as Quality Control (Score 1) 167

by cmdr_tofu (#47982011) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

In terms of laptops, it used to be my policy to stay well away from Dell. My thinkpad X61T has been going strong for o so many years, but the dell laptops from that generation were garbage:

I actually found it cheaper to buy a Dell-outlet-store desktop than to build my own.

Of course that probably doesn't reflect state of affairs today. I am a little annoyed by Dell's inferior Linux offerings. If you want the best deal from Dell, you are paying a Microsoft tax :(

Comment: Re:IT Job Market (Score 1) 250

by cmdr_tofu (#47840429) Attached to: IT Job Hiring Slumps

When you finish your degree companies will be jumping to hire you under the impression you will work harder for less (which is fine for a year or two). They will pay to relocate you to a better city if you want too. It seems like you are doing the right thing going back to school. Maybe you could land a p/t telecommuting gig instead of student work?

good luck!

Comment: Re:cultural knowledge irrevocably lost (Score 1) 108

by cmdr_tofu (#47800275) Attached to: The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction


Not so much of a problem anymore. People don't often hunt for sustenance anymore. Mostly for sport.

It wasn't sustenance hunting (at least not in the 19th century), but a mechanized industrialized hunting, processing and selling of passenger pigeons. Pretty much the same thing we are doing to the oceans. From Wikipedia "pigeon meat was commercialized as a cheap food for slaves and the poor in the 19th century, resulting in hunting on a massive and mechanized scale." ... "At a nesting site in Petoskey, Michigan in 1878, 50,000 birds were killed each day for nearly five months."

Comment: cultural knowledge irrevocably lost (Score 3, Interesting) 108

by cmdr_tofu (#47799755) Attached to: The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

I think it would make more sense to simply create a more bird-friendly environment (ie more sustainable development, no hunting, allow for return of wild forested spaces) and if there is a role for a passenger pigeon-like bird it will eventually be occupied by an existing bird species and those with passenger pigeon-like traits will be the most successful.

The passenger pigeon was killed by
1) overhunting - presumably, we can stop that, but we are doing the same thing to fish right now - what reason do we have to believe we would not immediate overhunt pigeons back to extinction?
2) habitat loss - we haven't done anything to address this. If anything in the past 100 years we've made the problem worse. Development is both good and bad, but for preserving natural habitats, we have not really solved all problems (or arguably even prioritized) allowing development in a way which is sustainable in terms of natural resources and does not threaten wildlife habitats.

Could passenger pigeons start over "from ground zero"? If they could be in a lab, I am very skeptical that such populations would survive.

I imagine if Kang and Kodoss ate all the humans and reduced all human works to rubble and poisone, then genetically engineered a bunch of humans and left them on the planet and said "go repopulate". It just would not work.

Birds are intelligent animals, require long developmental periods (with care of their already-able parents) and form complex social networks that allow them to thrive in adverse conditions. http://rstb.royalsocietypublis... Passenger pigeons would migrate 1000s of miles depending on weather patterns, and used decision-making processes we have yet to understand.

Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 4, Informative) 531

Actually, it's about stifling future innovation.

Net Neutrality is not about regulating the Internet. It's about preserving free speech on the Internet. This is what Aaron Swartz fought for, and you should too.

Where I live there are 2 broadband providers, COMCAST (cable) and VERIZON (fios). Every other place I have lived there was only one option.

Right now it would be perfectly legal for either of them to trash my traffic to or other sites and there's very little I can do about it (well I often tunnel through a VPS provider and my download speeds for a lot of content goes up dramatically, but I have to pay extra for that, and luckily comcast is not yet throttling SSH or OpenVPN!). As far as innovation, the only thing they innovate is ways to annoy me with every changing rates, arrays of stupid unwanted services and marketing calls. Currently they (Comcast) wants to raise the rate for my broadband only (no tv) from 48 monthly to 65. However if I get a cable box and subscribe for TV services it will be 49/month for a year. I don't own a TV, but I have to get a cable box and have it sit in my closet for the cheaper rate. It's obscenely stupid, but that's comcast for you. I have no doubt that this change will double or triple the amount of junk mail they send me.

What would be wonderful is if there were other ISPs that could compete with Comcast and verizon using the same wires. What would also be wonderful would be if ISPs were required to respect 1st amendment, you know to promise not to quash freedom of speech. Less important to me, but probably pretty important would be to require ISPs to not abuse their position to try to lock users into or out of one video service (like Netflix) or another.

Comment: Re:Nobody else seems to want it (Score 3, Informative) 727

by cmdr_tofu (#47716193) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

So what you are saying is that NVIDIA and ATI don't release closed source binary-only drivers? I wonder what this whole tainted kernel thing is about then?

I wrote a FUSE driver for a toy fs in Linux a VFS driver to do the same thing in kernel-space, and it's funny, I don't remember getting cooperation "from the " whole "Linux kernel team". Apparently Basil Brush and hairyfeet are involved in anti-Linux FUD.

Comment: Robert Steele (Score 1) 376

by cmdr_tofu (#47707595) Attached to: Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Is apparently heavily involved with this company:

He is a regular speaker at HOPE, and tries to stay involved with open source and hacker communities, and is a looney tune. It's gotten to the point where people who attend his talks play "the Robert Steele drinking game" and have to drink whenever he makes ludicrous unsupportable claims.

Comment: Some ISPs will love this (Score 1) 376

by cmdr_tofu (#47701961) Attached to: Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Consider from their point of view with MPAA, RIAA and other trolls constantly harassing them. They cannot police their users. They often turn over lists of IP addresses and customers.

This would allow ISPs to turn over traffic inspection, enforcement, and resolution, and let someone else deal with the headache.

I can see large ISPs having teams to deal with these issues, but small ISPs having their hands forced :(

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