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Comment Re: Weep for humanity. (Score 1) 290

The reason to save is so that you don't need to borrow in the future. Not all savings are immediately lent out, and it's only because of inflation that anyone feels like they have to, because savings not invested somehow will be diminished by inflation. Inflation forces people to lend and rewards borrowers, encouraging a society of people constantly scrambling to service their debts, terrified of all their "savings" (that aren't actually set aside, but are being used riskily by others) vanishing with a fluctuation of the market, and a tiny fraction of people with absurdly huge and diversified assets (the big lenders and rentiers) reaping the benefits of all that debt-servicing by other people.

Of course deflation has its own problems too, causing those who have more to get more, more quickly, without having to do anything for anyone.

What we really want is a stable currency, with no inflation or deflation, where people can work, actually save when times are good instead of "investing" their earnings in risky ventures, and then "borrow" from themselves (spend from their own savings) in the future when times are lean.

Comment Re:relative wealth (Score 1) 478

We really are.

The number of hours people need to work to obtain the basics has been dropping for a long time.

We have raised our standards in some area. Many people insist on having their own car vs using public transportation and a bicycle. Many people insist on having a private house tho shared dwellings were normal until the 1950s even in the united states.

Food has dropped a bit in quality but has dropped much more in price.

What hasn't and won't drop in price are rare, limited, and unique things.

Land in a premium location.
Time spent with attractive people (tho attractive people have become more common).

We really do give a lot of things away free as long as we don't have to admit that they are free. The government pays farmers and ranchers to NOT grow crops and animals so the prices won't drop too much.

We have a small percentage of the population taking much more than it did in the past (nine times more than even only 30 years ago). For the most part, that share of resources is parked unused in very low risk positions and is basically 'extracted" from the rest of society.

But the basics (simple clothing, food, shelter, and even 90% of health care) are cheap.

Comment Re:a classic economics problem (Score 1) 484

Interestingly, to make the economics work, you'll have to charge more for the space than the electricity.

People put a high price on the time to move their car from the spot with the charger. Many would rather pay five bucks rather than go outside, move their car, and return to what they were doing. For many activities, avoiding the interruption alone would make it worth it.

So to convince people that it's economically better to move their car would require, I dunno, ten bucks an hour? Twenty? For comparison, a dual charger can put in 20 kW, and peak rates are usually only about $.20 per kWh. That's only about four bucks.

Of course you could funnel the profits into putting up more chargers...

Comment Re:Democrats, not the "Electoral System" (Score 1) 210

The UK has a first-past-the-post system had had a coalition government between 2010-2015. It has also seen the complete wipeout of the two main parties in Scotland in favour of a third nationalist party.

The idea that a two-party system under FPTP is inevitable, is not backed by the facts.

Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 1) 216

You do realize that the Texas Board of Education decides what go into the textbooks not only for Texas but pretty much the rest of the country?

And California decides fucking emissions standards often for the rest of the country too..what's your point?

Hey, if a state wants different school books, they can demand them...just will have to pay a bit more but no one holds a gun to their head to by the one true school book.

Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 1) 216

That's true, BUT isn't in every case. The choice should be up to the states.

You are a citizen of your state first, and a citizen of the United States second. There are often vast differences in states (TX gun laws vs NY gun laws for instance), depending on how you wish to live with respect to those have full choice of those two or other states with varying differences in-between.

Comment Re:This is ridiculous (Score 1) 747

People rage about it because it is an idiotic waste of valuable time.

Yes, in this case changing a file extension of a new file format is not a big deal, and three more letters won't kill anyone. Heck, I'd rather have a command be called "brotli" than "bro" just due to fewer chances of random conflicts.

But the justification is completely illogical, and once engineering decisions start being made on the basis of stuff that doesn't even TRY to be logical but is purely emotional, the amount of wasted time can become unreal.

As an example, I am familiar with one case where a company had an internal tool for mapping internal dependencies called "Octopussy". You know, like Octopus but with James Bond connotations, because the graphs it drew looked a bit like an octopus. Well, guess what happened next .... someone threw a hissy fit and demanded it be renamed. Only problem was, the tool wasn't maintained anymore. And over time it had become an internal data source for other tools, which at that point had the name hard-coded into them (network endpoints etc). Some of those tools were also only sporadically maintained. So people had to be dragged off existing projects to spend time on "fixing" a non-existent problem that existed only in someones mind. Many, many hours were wasted and of course all the people who had to work on that learned an abiding hatrid of radical feminism.

THAT is why people get mad about shit like this story. Give an inch and suddenly the amount of money, time and mental energy being burned can become insane.

Comment Re:The North American culture-sphere? (Score 4, Informative) 747

Hunch correct. I've met Jyrki. He's a great guy. Also - a Finn who lives in Switzerland, not an American.

Jyrki is very smart, not prone to bullshit or nonsense. He surely knows this issue is ridiculous, which is why they moved on so fast with only a minor comment about "not understanding why people are upset". There are more important things to do in life than argue with people who are wrong on the internet.

(irony of me posting this to slashdot well understood)

Comment Easily? (Score 4, Insightful) 36

Let me summarise the key findings of the paper. The headline figure is stunning: over 70% of all sites they tested leaked their origin IP in some way.

But. It's not quite as simple as that. Virtually all websites that are DDoS protected are using CloudFlare, probably because it's a free service. The vast majority of the times they were able to find the origin IP address, it was due to basic oversights by the website admin, typically, having subdomains that resolve to the origin IP or simply never moving the server after signing up for CloudFlare at all. The most common subdomain that leaked the IP was called "ftp".

Who the heck actually still runs an FTP server as part of their website, in this day and age? No big websites do that's for sure.

And sure enough the paper concludes, not surprisingly, that bigger more important websites are much less likely to leak their origin IPs than smaller ones.

I think all this paper really says is that CloudFlare have a lot of small non-paying customers who aren't really playing in the big leagues and aren't being attacked by sophisticated attackers ... or possibly aren't being attacked at all .... and as a result are more likely to have made simple errors.

So when the headline says these protections are "easily" bypassed, all it's really saying is that if someone using a defensive system makes mistakes, they can still be attacked. That's not really news and doesn't tell us anything about the efficiency of these services when the people using them have done their homework.

Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 1) 216

What part of United States don't you understand? Someone has to set the educational standards for the entire country. We can't have 50 states marching to a different drummer

Perhaps you need to bone up on your old civics classes...that is PRECISELY how the US was set have a weak Federal govt. with most of the power residing in the states, which are local and more answerable to the people that live within them. If you don't like how things are in one state, you are then free to move to another state which is more similar to your beliefs and style of living.

You are in a maze of UUCP connections, all alike.