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Comment: I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you. (Score 0) 90 90

So, lay me get this straight...

These mood enhancers, psychotropics, antidepressants, etc., they also affect our decision making, so they change our social behavior, sometimes in interesting or even difficult-to-accept-readily ways.

And they could be used to make people more socially tolerant, or acceptable, or just kinder, easier to get along with.

And we're well along in the process of nationalizing healthcare in America.

So it's not unreasonable to expect that if things keep going the way they seem to be going, we will one day rely on a government hired and paid physician or practitioner for our primary care provider, and they will be advising us on which medications we may or may not need, or would be beneficial.

And that government provider would be just as likely to favor treatments that their employer recommended as our current provider may, since our current provider is essentially paid by our insurer.

So in the future we could be getting government-recommended healthcare.

What could go wrong with that?

Comment: Re:It's the end of the world as we know it! (Score 1) 290 290

"Almost none, except for companies that have been grandfathered in from the beginning of the Internet."

Almost one is an actual value. Better expressed as 'some'.

I'm guessing that at least some of the 20+ owners of /8 blocks could part with them entirely and manage, but who will pay that expense? A few are actually selling off space. Some have complex ownership structures now due to spinoffs and divestitures. Some will be deaf to the requests.

And some thoroughly enjoy the cachet of a /8 address space, even if no one ever really knows it.

But if you want to push this and recover some /8s, call Dick Cheney, Xerox, HP, and MI5. Let me know how that works out for ya, I'm up for a good chuckle..

Comment: Re:Industrial accidents happen (Score 1) 313 313

Sad that there is no Sarah O'Connor character in the Terminator series. Fanbois world over will go insane ignoring the two characters that differ, and this reporter will wonder what the heck is the big deal about? But she's already getting that, some people never learn.

I dated a girl named Maggie for a while, sweet girl. I never, never played anything by Rod Stewart within her hearing. Nothing. Ever.

Comment: Re:The guy is a squatter (Score 1) 190 190

So defining cybersquatting as owning domain names that you don't use is ok?

What about domains you have sites up for, though no one visits them? Or domains that you even maintain sites for, but no one visits?

How about very few visits, of family and friends?

You don't want to go down that road, or contested domain names will go to the 'best use', inevitably being whoever or whatever can get the most 'value'. Or has some claim that is unenforceable otherwise. Or tells a better story.


Comment: Re:Sounds Like A Scumbag Company (Score 1) 190 190

"apparently the company tried to transfer the domain to themselves without his authorization."

That's the basis for *one* of his countersuits.

I've been involved in similar situations, where a corporation tried to transfer a domain name, got caught, made an offer to purchase, and simultaneously sued for infringement. In one case the complainant settled for a fair purchase price with the previous owner, my service client at the time, and they got enough time to make a transition. In the other, my client actually had the suit dismissed, then auctioned the domain name off and never told me who bought it.

In both instances the court was really intrigued by the attempt to hijack the domain name. Even in the 90s judges were understanding this 'Internet thing' was real, and had tangible value.

I hope this guy sues them for the attempted theft, though a criminal case would be more appropriate.

Comment: Re:yeah yeah (Score 2) 53 53

All that 'utility' stuff shouldn't be exposed to public nets anyways, maybe not even to your intranet.

Since your threats are both external (DDOS, botnets, intrusion) and internal (malware, bots, id10ts), you need to protect your management systems from both, and segregate your networks.

Yes, a huge nuisance to be using portals, multiple authentications, etc, but the choice, for some, is having to explain how they crooks got into your corp net and picked it clean, or how they got into EVERYTHING and you can't get them out of all that, 'cause your management tools are also compromised, and they keep respawning internally, and you just can't, and they just keep, and it's so haaaarrd...

Because you can't, probably, 'just reimage' all your servers, VMs, firewalls and appliances, even the damned UPS stuff. At least not without a total shutdown, and probably without a specific ETA...


Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine. -- Andy Warhol