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Comment: Re:Precedent set? (Score 2) 5

by geekgirlandrea (#42136785) Attached to: Austrian Man Raided For Running Tor Node Exit

No, client-side Tor only makes outgoing connections to relays. If you configure it as a relay it also passes traffic, but always encrypted so it can't be linked to any particular circuit elsewhere at any other node. Legal hazard for Tor node operators is only an issue for exit nodes, unless things get so bad that cryptography itself is targeted.

(Disclosure: I am a Tor developer)

Comment: Re:It's called "Get A Grip!" (Score 1) 1127

No, getting 'razzed' isn't fine. A certain subset of mainly hetero men seem to think 'friendship' is expressed through taunts and insults, and the rest of us wish they'd knock it the fuck off but know it's pointless to say anything because they'll take that as a sign of weakness and get even more obnoxious. This does not constitute a 'fine' situation for anyone other than the overgrown frat boys in question.

Comment: Re:It's called "Get A Grip!" (Score 1) 1127

On the opposite end she could be a geek girl herself and know even "better" jokes than the guys.

Just because she knows how to respond doesn't mean she should have to. Shockingly, not everyone enjoys the way groups of straight men always seem to set up a status hierarchy expressed through 'harmless' jokes. I've even (*gasp!*) heard a few guys complain about it now and then.

Comment: Re:Oh Boy... (Score 1) 230

One IP or AS number is just like another, so all you need is a simple administrative body to make sure two people don't try to use the same one.

Yeah, true with current or foreseeable future protocols. Not necessarily impossible to avoid, though - what if networks were addressed by public keys in a large sparse space, and you could just randomly generate them when needed?

That's a source of endless disputes, and so long as those domains remain a source of substantial income that will be the case. So a body is needed to resolve them.

You're presuming I recognize the legitimacy of intellectual property there, I think. I do not, and see no reason to object to "whoever claims it first owns it".

On the other hand, DNS is probably the most administratively problematic protocol around due to the need for someone to run the root zone. That one would sure be nice to find a workaround for....

Comment: Re:Lyle Myhur said it best (Score 1) 616

by geekgirlandrea (#39818561) Attached to: House Passes CISPA

Please do kindly explain how you can censor a corporation without censoring some specific person associated with said corporation? Have you merely never thought about it for the two seconds it takes to notice that before regurgitating this tripe, or do you simply not care about censoring people as long as they're evil corporate-type people rather than saintly progressives who plainly can do no wrong?

Comment: Re:Tokamak vs. Cold Fusion Concepts (Score 1) 318

by geekgirlandrea (#39443067) Attached to: Ask MIT Researchers About Fusion Power

Or is it that Cold Fusion is totally dismissed in the serious science community for obvious reasons that escape a novice like me.

That. There's no source of energy to overcome the electrostatic repulsion between nuclei in any of the (quite implausibly) alleged cold fusion reactions.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.