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Comment Re:What purpose does registration serve? (Score 1) 191


I didn't actually say that, but since you mention it, it's true. The Constitution does forbid it from using its power EXCEPT to the extent necessary to help regulate Interstate Commerce.

That's the way it works, man. I didn't invent the damned thing.

By the way: "Class G" airspace is COMPLETELY UNCONTROLLED by the FAA. Maybe you should read your own sources.

Comment Re:What purpose does registration serve? (Score 1) 191

You're claiming they have no jurisdiction- the FAA, Congress, and accepted constitutional law ALL DISAGREE WITH YOU.

No, they don't. "Accepted Constitutional Law" says that the Federal government has authority ONLY over the items specifically enumerated in the Constitution. One of those items is the Interstate Commerce Clause, which gives the Federal government to regulate some aspects of interstate commerce.

The Interstate Commerce Clause was the basis of authority for the Air Commerce Act of 1926, which was effectively the creation of the FAA. In fact it was a bureau of the Commerce Department. Look it up.

Regardless of attempted Federal expansion, the Constitution only gives the Federal government the power it gives it. No more, no less. Congress does not have authority to lawfully expand its own authority, nor the Executive Branch, nor the Judicial Branch.

So you decide: is the Constitution a valid document, or is it not? If it is, then the FAA can lawfully control only airspace that is regularly used in interstate commerce. That is the basis for ALL of its authority. No matter how many "regulations" it wants to pass.

If the Constitution is not valid, then screw it, it doesn't matter. The government could do whatever it wanted until it was overthrown... as it surely would be, and a new Constitution implemented.

Comment Re:I think this is fair. (Score 1) 191

Port addresses are not part of the ISP's business, either. That is an internal matter for the networks/routers at source and destination, not in between.

My ISP, for example, has absolutely no business knowing (or caring) whether I am doing SSH over port 22 or port 23456. It's just plain not their affair and should have absolutely nothing to do with how my packets are routed by ISPs.

Today's "common carriers" do in fact concern themselves with more than just the layer responsible for directing the connection from sender to receiver.

But they should not. That is the whole point being discussed here. It isn't essential for their services and it's private information.

Further, if they intentionally redirect my packets, in any way that wasn't essential for internet routing, they're interfering with a private communication, which is illegal for a common carrier to do.

Comment Re:I think this is fair. (Score 1) 191

The packet header is quite easy to see, and your analogy is like saying the Post office can't be a common carrier because they read the envelope to get the address, so the are already inspecting the mail.

Nonsense. All the information an ISP needs are in the link and internet layers. Any deeper information is none of their business. The source and destination IPs are in the internet layer, and are similar to the destination and return addresses on the snail-mail envelope.

Doing any deeper packet inspection is akin to steaming open the envelope to see whether the letter is actually intended for the addressee or her kids (transport layer, application layer, etc.), or the content of the actual message. That's absolutely none of the ISP's business as a common carrier.

There is a huge difference between reading an IP or TCP/UP header and trying to piece together a stream of packets in order to determine the content.

No. There is a huge difference between reading an IP header, and reading a TCP header. As a common carrier, an ISP has no legitimate reason to do the latter. No more than the post office has any business opening the envelope to see whether the message starts with "Dear John," or ends with "Love always".

Comment Re:I think this is fair. (Score 1) 191

I haven't looked at the actual case, but based on the summary, the judge must have issued a ruling overriding a request for dismissal of one or more counts that were predicated on the protections of the DMCA, and to do this, the judge would have to state his reasoning why.

How does that make GP wrong? If this judge does make a bad call on the dismissal, then indeed Cox could use that as grounds for appeal. Sure, that does mean the case must be tried first.

I suppose you may have meant GP was wrong about recusal or "instant appeal". It doesn't work that way. But the decision will certainly be an influential one in the following procedures.

Comment Re: Bodes Really Well for a Fair Trial (Score 1) 484

Look, you're wrong and you're full of shit. I even gave you a reference to the Wikipedia article which points out that Egypt IS in the middle east. If you think you know better than a scholarly article on the subject, then I don't give a shit what you think, you probably think the moon landings were a hoax too.

Comment Re:Can't see Circuit City anymore. CEO seeking a g (Score 1) 162

It was the CEO BEFORE the last one that burnt the company for the insurance, that is how this works. Its the same with AMD, the current CEO is trying to stop the bleeding, even going so far as to hire back the designer of the Athlon64 from Apple, but it was the one after the founder (Rory Read I think, but they went through 3 real quickly) that fired everybody and cashed out.

You see its like playing hot potato, you don't want to be the one left with the bag.

Comment Re:It's important to keep Christ in Christmas. (Score 1) 125

Well, given the the holiday is a winter solstice holiday, which people have celebrated probably since the dawn of agriculture, and it was originally a week long and involved temporarily suspending normal social rules, I'd say that was absolutely the primary reason for the holiday, as well as honoring the great Saturn.

Comment Re: Bodes Really Well for a Fair Trial (Score 1) 484

That is why I said: "middle east is not a defined term".

Sure it is, in English at least. English is defined by popular usage, so how people use it IS the definition. What I gave you was my perception (as an American) of how the term is used in this country.

You can also see what Wikipedia has to say about it here:

If you look at the map, you'll see that it pretty much matches up exactly with what I said before. Egypt in, Afghanistan out.

Point is: we define it geographically, and the americans more or less by political reasoning

However Americans have collectively come to use the term "middle east" to mean that group of countries, it IS correct, by definition.

if the regions/countries you mention are "middle east", what is then "near east"

Simple: there is no "near east" any more. No one really uses that term, so it's archaic. We use the term "middle east" now. Decades ago, we used to use the term "near east" to describe the Ottoman Empire's possessions in Asia. There might be some academics who still use the term for something, but that's jargon and not popular usage.

So calling those areas "middle east" makes no sense

It doesn't matter what "makes sense" to you. The only thing that matters is how a term is used in English, if you're communicating with an English speaker. However it's used popularly IS the correct usage. If English speakers worldwide all decided tomorrow to start calling that region "Vulcan", then *that* would be the correct term for the region. Even better, if all English speakers suddenly decided to call that region "Europe", and to call what's now Europe "the Middle East", then *those* would be the correct terms.

So calling those areas "middle east" makes no sense, not even from the point of view of the USA (world map, not political).

Language isn't defined by geographers, it's defined by popular usage. Every language is borne out of the culture of its speakers, and reflects upon their culture and their worldview to a huge extent. This term has obviously come about because of the American worldview and its involvement in geopolitics. The term may not be what geographers would prefer, but there's a lot more to the world than strict geography, and the various people who have to deal with the people and cultures in that region are worried about a lot of things other than some lines on a map, or which piece of land technically sits on which continent or which tectonic plate.

"Love your country but never trust its government." -- from a hand-painted road sign in central Pennsylvania