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Comment: Re:Jail time (Score 1) 534

If Bush or Cheney had done this, we'd want them prosecuted as well.

I didn't see anyone on the right go after Cheney for doing the same thing. Most "official" correspondence was handled with "personal" email. And when confronted, those official dealings were "lost". Clinton claims to have followed the law, turning over all work emails from a personal acount. Cheney told the American people to fuck off, and the Conservatives loved it.

Comment: Re:Neat, where's HL3? (Score 1) 34

by BitZtream (#49192793) Attached to: Valve Developed an Open-Source Intel Vulkan GPU Driver For Linux

Did you do that on purpose? ;)

Yes, because you're making the point for him.

You linked to a story about things that can't actually be bought. Its got pictures of prototypes, but you can't go BUY a SteamBox or a Steam controller can you?

You can not actually buy anything in that article, nothing. The article is little more than a press release for Valve.

Comment: Re:Neat, where's HL3? (Score 1) 34

by BitZtream (#49192767) Attached to: Valve Developed an Open-Source Intel Vulkan GPU Driver For Linux

WTF are you smoking?

They're selling custom made PCs as a console, the didn't do jack shit other than design a controller to go with it, and the controller looks kind of lame too.

Didn't write the OS

They have essentially 1 title the make as far as games go, and then they sell some mods other people built for it.

So basically, you think that piggy backing on the work of Microsoft, Sony, AMD, Intel, nVidia, and all the other game developers and the groundwork laid by all these people ... that Valve is doing it all by themselves?

Vulkan isn't their work either, they are writing a driver ... Does that mean the Mesa team is a console maker? What about Linus? Perhaps RMS because some of the people involved use Emacs?

Where is the SDK for SteamOS that valve created? Whats that? They didn't make one other than an API library for access Steam?

SteamBox's are nothing like an actual console, its kind of retarded to even compare them beyond 'they both can run games'

And to be clear ... WHERE IS THE STEAM BOX? Its not like you can buy it or anything related to it, can you?

Comment: Re:Taxes suck but... (Score 1) 264

by 0123456 (#49192733) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

To use a car analogy: Most people don't, and shouldn't, forfeit owning a second car simply because the first car has most of the same advantages.

Except, in this case, the second car burns a gallon of oil every hundred miles, and randomly sets the first car on fire every now and again.

Comment: Re:Dual passports is usually a win. (Score 1) 264

by 0123456 (#49192635) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

Dual passports is usually a win.

Except if one of them is American, thanks to the IRS. No-one I know who got a Green Card has any intention of becoming a US citizen, because they don't want to be lumbered with the IRS for the rest of their life.

Plus, you continually have to be figuring out which passport you should be showing to which burrowcrat when you travel anywhere.

Comment: Re:Ah, come one, don't we trust the Feds? (Score 1) 81

by Shakrai (#49192233) Attached to: US Marshals Service Refuses To Release Already-Published Stingray Info

Ah, but how does the traffic get from Netflix's ISP to your ISP?

Hint: The actual internet is more than the oft-imagined cloud on network diagrams. Network operators agree to interconnect with each other, for mutual benefit, and if such an agreement is unbalanced (because one party is handing off more traffic than the amount they're willing or able to deliver) one of the network operators will end up paying the other.

A simplified version, wherein we're both network operators, Case 1, equal traffic flow:

Shakrai: "I have 3 terabit/s of peak hour traffic that you can deliver for me."
suutar: "Perfect. I also have 3 terabit/s of peak hour traffic that I can't deliver but you can. Let's connect our networks."
Shakrai: "Sounds good."

Case 2, unbalanced traffic flow:

Shakrai: "I have 10 terabit/s of peak hour traffic that you can deliver for me."
suutar: "I only have 3 terabit/s to hand off to you. We're going to bill you for the difference, okay?"
Shakrai: "Sure."

That has been the paradigm on the internet for a very long time, because it's recognized that it costs money to get a packet from Point A to Point B. Networks pay for connections to other networks unless they can absorb a roughly equal amount of traffic. You can't dump terabits of traffic into someone's network without offering them something in return.

Netflix wants to blow up this longstanding model because bearing the full cost of delivering their packets eats into their bottom line. It doesn't kill their business model, the fact that they're profitable attests to that, but it sure seems to keep Mr. Hastings up late at night. If you actually drill down into this issue you'll find that they've hijacked the concept of network neutrality. There a ton of arguments to be made in favor of network neutrality but Netflix is not one of them.

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