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Comment: Re:One fiber to rule them... (Score 1) 221

by ebrandsberg (#48714527) Attached to: Google Fiber's Latest FCC Filing: Comcast's Nightmare Come To Life

In the area I live in, we have a utility of power generation and a separate utility power supply. On our power bill, we have the power supply charging for the utility of bring the power to us. This includes maintenance of the poles that carry any of the rest of the utilities, but each have their own height on the pole they are allowed to use. As such, the power supply company maintains for example a high strength wire at the top of the poles, so that a tree is unlikely to hit the lines below it (often we have trees leaning against it until they take care of the problem). Then the power lines are strung below this line, then the Comcast cables, the FIOS runs, etc. The all are on a single pole, but a single player is responsible for maintaining the infrastructure itself.

Comment: Re:Prison population (Score 1) 407

by ebrandsberg (#48168329) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

I'm not sure you are aware, but crime rate has fallen across the world, even in countries that never went through a "get tough on crime". One plausible theory (I won't say it is correct, just possible) is that Lead poisoning in youth resulted in criminal tendencies later (http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2013/01/03/how-lead-caused-americas-violent-crime-epidemic/). Attributing to the incarceration the reduction in crime though is a pretty tough sell, in particular when you look at crime statistics of juvenile offenders who's father is incarcerated: http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/sites/default/files/ssn_basic_facts_swisher_on_children_of_the_incarcerated.pdf.

Comment: Re:Reagan: the environmental governor? (Score 1) 327

by ebrandsberg (#47668085) Attached to: California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Good point, in addition, the question can be asked that if Tesla builds the factory (which they will in one state or another) will they be controlled under the remaining CA regulations better than other states. In other words, CA can say "this is such a big factory, we need to look at the big picture and understand that if we can regulate them, it will be better for the overall health of the WORLD than if they go somewhere else. As such, we will reduce some of the requirements such that the overall benefit will be greater." It isn't necessarily a "one state vs. another" but what is best for the world. This is such a big project that it is likely to be better managed than most by both the company and the state, that they can agree to cut some regulations simply because others will be better enforced.

Comment: Re: Automated notice not necessary here (Score 1) 368

by ebrandsberg (#47657965) Attached to: Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

The infamous commerce clause trumps states rights

No it doesn't. It's just abused as a power grab. It was only meant to apply to a limited number of things.

See, it DOES trump states rights, as proven by matters of law. You may not agree with it, but that doesn't change the facts. In this particular case, I think that there should be Federal Law to unify what everybody should expect as far as recording rights are concerned, and the law should be "anybody can record any conversation they are having at any time through electronic means". Since any conversation could in theory result in a verbal contract, it is only reasonable that said contracts should be legally recordable to protect the individuals entering into said contracts.

Comment: Re:PCI Compliance (Score 1) 348

This requirement is normally done at the network boundary, so a hardware firewall will meet this requirement, although for web facing servers, often companies also like having application level firewalls (protocol level) that can inspect for suspicious activity at layer 7, not just the simple stuff. There is a huge business around certification and auditing for this, nobody should just jump into handling credit cards without knowing what they are getting into.

Comment: PCI Compliance (Score 4, Informative) 348

As soon as they start handling credit card transactions, they will need to conform with PCI standards, which will mandate much much higher levels of protections. There are significant fines associated with non-compliance so you may want to forward them over information about this.

Comment: Re:Child Support Nightmare (Score 1) 146

by ebrandsberg (#46361915) Attached to: UK Government Proposes Rules To Allow 'Three-Parent Embryos'

DNA testing would see the parentage of the third doner without specialized testing. Mitochondrial DNS are ONLY passed to offspring by their mothers, and given the procedure, there will still be a "DNS" mother involved, insuring that a reasonable set of parents can still be determined using the normal procedures. Not a nightmare at all.

Comment: Re:Still abusive (Score 0) 511

by ebrandsberg (#46276651) Attached to: Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

Not a valid comparison, because even then, they don't actually send the dns names. They send a hash of them, meaning you can't reverse the hash and find the name. In your comparison, they would send a value that allows them to determine if someone else's webcam had the exact same image visible, but nothing more. Privacy is protected.

"Being against torture ought to be sort of a bipartisan thing." -- Karl Lehenbauer