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Comment: Re:Seems ripe for abuse (Score 1) 112

by drkstr1 (#49092947) Attached to: AT&T Patents System To "Fast-Lane" File-Sharing Traffic

While I haven't studied the bittorrent protocol in detail there has to be some likely cryptographic checksums at the heart of it. I'm guessing one per chunk. The infrastructure their talking about would also make it trivialy easy match those chunks against a list of data chunks that others do not want downloaded. Now you could trivially change a files checksum by introducing a bit error, reincoding, etc, etc, but this would still give them some impressive filtering abilities, particularly if you could say apply it to individual files in a torrent, which is likely possible.

Sure they have developed a bit of caching technology which could save them money, but I'd bet it is really about control. Charge extra to anyone who well wants to use feature X, be it the end user, a corporation, or anyone they possibly can.

They do the same idea with satellite and cable. They force you to buy dozens of channels to get one that you really want, and then make sure to break them up so you are stuck, one way or the other. They certainly are no closer to al la carte pricing than they were what twenty years ago? Heck you used to be able to get some al la carte pricing on C-band. With the internet we have, so far, managed to be able to pick and choose what we want, but for how much longer?

Oh look, you want to look at a non conservative news web site, well, we have a sponsor for those, so how about you poney up another $15 a month for our special news package? Look, you want to use that new fangled file sharing technology, well that will be $39.95 for the all you can eat buffet, but for the casual users we can give it to you for only $5 dollars a gigabyte. What? You had better before we introduced all that. Well, if you don't like it I'm sure you can choose another ISP. Of course if one moves in, we will just discount are service long enough to drive them out of business, so that won't last long...

If there was one thing important these days in America it is making sure the supreme court doesn't tilt further right... It may be that the American people will really fight to keep net neutrality, but these days, I doubt it....

Interesting reply AC. The only thing I would add is to be careful not to get fixated on the "right" or "left". These fabicrated concepts are simply two sides of the same coin. A distraction from what's really important; The protection of individual liberties and rights from buse of concentrated power.

Comment: Re:Bad comparaison (Score 1) 135

by drkstr1 (#48930285) Attached to: The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

If you divide the claimed 10 billion dollars by the claimed 600,000 jobs, you get 16,000 dollars per job. That's much lower than the average developer's salary.

If every dollar of those 10 billion went to paying salaries and every salary was about the US median which is about 50,000 dollars, it would be 200,000 jobs.

So they may have inflated their jobs figure by around half an order of magnitude.

You can miss out on some good stuff if you don't browse the AC comments :)

Comment: Re:install applications, CAs, encrypt storage, set (Score 1) 186

by drkstr1 (#48851765) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can I Trust Android Rooting Tools?

It's strange to me that there aren't many options to buy phones pre-rooted. Considering how much I value my free time and how little I want to risk bricking my new device, I would easily pay an extra $50-100 for a phone that was both rooted and under warranty. I imagine even less tech-savvy people could be sold on the idea by just demonstrating the new "features" that you gain.

My understanding is that licensing restrictions prevent o e from shipping an android device that includes any of the useful proprietary bits from google, unless you are an "approved" manufacturer. I believe this is why Cyanogen mod had to make some concessions in order to ship a product that can be sold outside the grey market.

Comment: Re:Spoofing! (Score 1) 199

by drkstr1 (#48849261) Attached to: Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking
No, that is what we get in now in the current hegemony. The i would even say the system we have now in practice was designed so the liars thieves and fraudsters can gain an unfair advantage. This is why income is unnaturally distributed to the top, rather than a nice clean bell curve, as it should be, according to natural law. What I am proposing simply boils down to a change in our priorities. One that puts the persuit of knowledge, truth, and honesty above all else. All of that behavior you describe could easily be weeded out in such a system, as no one would have any exceptional advantage over anoter. The common man is more capable than you give them credit for. Let's create a system designed for them.

Comment: Re:Spoofing! (Score 1) 199

by drkstr1 (#48848347) Attached to: Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking
PS. The merits would be a more level playing field and upward mobility, and quality of life, at the possible expense of economic efficeincy. But I would argue we are in an age where economic efficiency is no longer needed to improve our quality of life, and may even be detrimental to our long term survival as a species.

Comment: Re:Spoofing! (Score 1) 199

by drkstr1 (#48848321) Attached to: Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking
Simple. Keep capitalism. Make it so ideas and information can't be owned (copyright is OK, but affords no additional protection except for maybe the right to citation to prevent plagerisim aka fraud). In fact, let's just get rid of all the laws except for maybe a few hundred or so. The laws that we keep should be more like commandments (EG though shall not defraud another when entering into a contract). People should not be regulated. Incorporated persons should be regulated only when and if they interfere with the free market (eg. monopoly abuse, fraud, deception, etc). Let the people weed out bad behavior/ideas naturally.

Comment: Re:Spoofing! (Score 1) 199

by drkstr1 (#48847699) Attached to: Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking
TTWTF is that this is the 20th century thinking that makes such an act illegal (or even considered to be immoral). Insurance companies should be free to price their policies in any manor of their choosing, and we the people should be free to share and spread information to subvert their dirty tricks. Capitalism (as it is practiced) is not suited for the 21st century. It's time for a new economic structure, condusive to an open and free market place of ideas. 20th century thinking needs to die.

Comment: Re:Windows (Score 1) 203

by drkstr1 (#48726611) Attached to: Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

If anything is missing, it's probably only missing on Windows.

Support on Linux and Mac is jut fine, I think.

Exactly. I have used ssh for "everything" for a decade and half already. Moving files, remote word processing across town, accessing email. Anything goes when you can forward X. Might be tricker with windows - but I don't do windows and haven't used it since version 3.1.

How do you get around the lag issue? Even on a good connection down the street from my office, the lag is unbearable for me. One thing I thought might help (if anyone knows how) is to turn down the eye candy when forwarding X. If anyone has any insight on the issue, please share!

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