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Comment: Re: More useful if symmertical (Score 2) 115

by jeffmeden (#46832043) Attached to: How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

Not a problem. You watching a movie file doesn't physically remove the file from the server, like loaning a DVD out does.

Stop thinking of digital data as physical objects.

Unfortunately the law still treats digital data as a physical object in most instances. Until that changes it's appropriate to discuss it as such.

This is exactly right. Truth is, just having a digital, DRM free copy (even if 0 people are watching it) is pretty much illegal. In order to get it you had to either a) pirate it, or b) break the legally-protected encryption on the media you do own. You own the disc, and the right to put it in an approved player and watch it, but anything else you do with it is technically illegal.

Comment: Re:Making a Safer World... (Score 1) 337

by jeffmeden (#46815521) Attached to: Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

1) Live near family (ie, grandparents) that can care for your kids and assist with transportation

This will bite you in the ass... just as soon as your kids are ready to start college (probably at your expense) your parents will be calling dibs on their bedrooms so that you can support them in return... while keeping your kids' tuition paid. It might be worth it, or might not.

You sound like my sisters, and my wife's brothers and sister.

In both cases, they tossed off any responsibility for any of our parents, who managed to all die off within 7 years. So it was my wife and I who cared for them.

Anyhow, the siblings were surprised when my wife and I got the lion's share of all the inheritances.

The irony is that I'd told all the parents that I didn't like dead people's money, and our siblings are all about money.

Perhaps your parents will end up feeling the same about you.

Hm nope, that's already taken care of, but thanks for being a condescending asshole anyway. Your siblings must find you delightful.

Comment: Re:Please don't (Score 1) 349

by jeffmeden (#46814429) Attached to: Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

OpenSSL 2.0 or LibreSSL - what's the difference? The OpenSSL guys don't have the resources/time/funding/whatever to do it, and the OpenBSD guys apparently do.

Rather, they apparently don't (hence the donations plea). What they do have time for is forking OpenSSL, cutting out the stuff they don't care about, and slapping each other on the back for giving OpenSSL a good poke in the eye.

Comment: Re:Graphic design geniuses too (Score 1) 349

by jeffmeden (#46814397) Attached to: Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

I'd say it's puerile -- and a bit alarming, considering these people are building something so important to the continued health of the internet.

But it goes right along with the notion that they are not even considering helping the original OpenSSL project (one that they have benefited greatly from in the past) and instead simply forked it in order to do only work that benefits themselves. The "we will get around to multiplatform when the donations pour in" is about as pathetic as the "we will get around to fixing that vulnerability countermeasure code later" that caused Heartbleed in the first place. If Heartbleed didn't scare people away from Free/Open Source software, then this surely will. Mission accomplished, Theo!

Comment: Re:Graphic design geniuses too (Score 2) 349

by jeffmeden (#46814373) Attached to: Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

Comic Sans doesn't exactly inspire confidence for people who now view the open source development model as dubious.

Maybe in 2000, I would have cared but no longer. OSS is very well established and is in plenty of cases the leading option. If people want to make stupid emotional decisions, then it's time to let them. No actually, it's time to encourage them because it means I will have fewer serious competitors of the competition hamstring themselves with ill-informed emotional decisions.

They're pleading for donations. Are you comfortable being the sole donor, too?

Comment: Re:Graphic design geniuses too (Score 1) 349

by jeffmeden (#46814365) Attached to: Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

In the wake of the OpenSSL bug, many people were questioning open source in general, saying (not rightfully, but saying nonetheless) that the Heartbleed bug was caused by a bunch of amateur volunteers. i.e. open source is not developed by professionals

Except you're right, it was caused by half-assing what was supposed to be a good feature, because the programmers decided they would just stop and come back to it later. But now we have *different* amateur volunteers working on it! Problem solved!

Comment: Re:Making a Safer World... (Score 1) 337

by jeffmeden (#46809495) Attached to: Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

By the way, he said that he is the only person who works, so his wife income has no place here.

By the way, I said "income potential" which is to be considered as an opportunity cost. I am thinking of this purely from an economical standpoint as there are several other non-economic factors which may easily override this. Hence I made no attempt to state what is right/wrong for any given person or family.

Comment: Re:Making a Safer World... (Score 0) 337

by jeffmeden (#46808477) Attached to: Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

1) Live near family (ie, grandparents) that can care for your kids and assist with transportation

This will bite you in the ass... just as soon as your kids are ready to start college (probably at your expense) your parents will be calling dibs on their bedrooms so that you can support them in return... while keeping your kids' tuition paid. It might be worth it, or might not.

Comment: Re:Making a Safer World... (Score 1) 337

by jeffmeden (#46808301) Attached to: Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

You may have to consider several factors involved your statement. Speaking of that, there are many questions to be asked in order to understand how and why you said it. 1)Who paid for both of your education? 2)Where do you live? 3)What help did you get from the Government along these years? 4)Who else help your family during these years, or only two of you?, 5)How much did you claim your kids for tax deduction? and 6)What does your wife think about raising 7 kids?

Having someone else care for 7 children (even if only 3 were in daycare at any point) would almost certainly be more expensive than working unless his wife had particularly high income potential (if she went to school to be a pri/sec teacher then forget about that.) However it goes without saying that having 7 children is the exception, not the norm.

Comment: Re:Making a Safer World... (Score 1) 337

by jeffmeden (#46807781) Attached to: Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

Sadly. most parent with two working parents and a child in day care would be better off with one working parent, cost wise.
I've seen that a lot.

Given you can pay for $5000 of your annual daycare expenses with completely pre-tax money, for the first child you would have to earn less than minimum wage (working full time) to make that true (assuming the US average center based daycare cost) so I don't think your experience is typical (based on median wage data). If you opt for an in-home care situation (i.e. at your neighbor's place who watches kids for the thrill) then you can probably find a spot for 2 kids on what amounts to a $15/hr wage. Two kids at an average center-based daycare gets tough, and by the time you get to three you are probably in the red unless you make significantly above the US median wage. I have sticker-shocked many prospective parents with cost figures on child care, but always follow it with this: "if you think daycare is expensive, try not working."

Comment: Re:Making a Safer World... (Score 1) 337

by jeffmeden (#46807061) Attached to: Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

Sure you could buy $200 shoes for your kid, but they definitely don't need any of that stuff. My kids get plenty of enjoyment from going out for a walk in the woods, which is free, and don't need to go to amusement parks all the time to be entertained.

That's really only a half-truth. Kids cost either A) the net of the salary the parent gave up to stay at home to raise them or B) the price of the daycare so that the parents can continue to work. The presumption that there is a careerless, stay-at-home parent by default is rather quaint, so A is usually a pretty high number. If you live in a particularly populous area, the cost of B will be rather high if you want your kids to be in a well-staffed facility (and who wouldn't want that?) So, there is a specific and considerable cost to having kids, and backend-loading the cost after your earnings have risen is a very attractive proposition, especially for people who are accustomed to a pretty high standard of living, i.e. a roomy house, vacations, driving a "newer" car, etc.

Comment: Re:Getting attention at the expense of 3D printing (Score 1) 207

by jeffmeden (#46805077) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

So if I'm the bad guy with the gun I just need to wait until my panicked, untrained victim with his low-precision gun has wasted its two bullets somewhere into the landscape and then put a bullet into his head?

No, you just need to shoot him. It's a murder, not a duel. You're the bad guy, you get to shoot first, since you initiated the conflict.

The "Bad guys" that any subversive gun is intended to defend against is not some random assailant on the street, it's a totalitarian regime in which the occupiers are not going to be as blunt as to simply try to murder all the locals (maybe some of them) rather it's for a guerrilla style resistance to allow bands of "minutemen" to have some chance at putting up a fight with particular tactics. With that, any gun that is not effective at least at 100+ yards (typical duck/shoot situations) is really not going to help, hence why this whole charade was (in the case of WWII) and still is a bad idea.

Comment: Re:Same problem as the anti-glasshole movement (Score 1) 140

by jeffmeden (#46781911) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

Sadly there is no supremely high-tech activity at work in this patent like sending out a flash and scanning for feedback from lenses, instead it is basically an automated anti-glasshole ready to punch anyone who is idly passing by with a recording device, but will completely miss the person with a hidden camera recording them for some time from arms length.

Yea, seems an expensive and obtuse solution for a problem $10 worth of wire and high-intensity IR LEDs can fix.

That reminds me, pick up an IR filter element for my hipster coat button cam...

Which, in turn, reminds me to ask - do we know if Glass has an IR filter built into it? IF so, then my high-powered IR LED system won't be very effective against them (although, it will still be highly effective against traditional security cameras).

Hmmm.... maybe some sort of pocket-sized EMF pump?

I can't imagine any issues with carrying something like that in close proximity to your genitals...

Side note, RE: EMF pumps - I love how a Google search of that term brings up nothing but "ghost" sucker, er, I mean hunter, equipment sales sites. Nothing funnier to me than droves of people doing their damnedest to prove P.T. Barnum right.

Outdoor photos (and even some indoor ones) tend to look like complete trash if a camera has no IR filter, so I would venture a guess that it does indeed have a decent IR filter in place.

Comment: Re:Old proverb (Score 1) 396

America learned once why it can't let dictators like Putin just invade
their neighbors with impunity.

Well then maybe they should stop putting people like Putin in power.
The current political system in Russia is the direct result of the
disastrous neo-liberal economic policies imposed by the West after the
collapse of the USSR.

Let's stop fucking up other parts of the world and then fucking them up
further by using military intervention to clean up our previous fuck
ups. How quickly we forget where this all goes.

lolololololololol. Or is it Troooooooooolololololololo?

Anyway, saying that the west had more than a whisper of influence on the resurrection of post-Soviet Russia, you are seriously delusional. They basically took everyone from the old club (Putin included) and shook them up in a snow globe, and let them fall in to place in the new club. Then, they passed a "constitution" that did little more than switch on the faucet of capitalism, and allowed money to gather into any oligarch that still had a piece of Old Russia. Is the west in the picture yet? Nope, didn't think so. Then, as energy prices rose from the rock bottom 80s level, money flew into Russia faster than anyone could even catch it. Billionaires were being minted weekly and so many were from the old party that corruption surged to all time highs. Aha! That's what the west did! They bought all that Russian oil and gas! How dare they, those meddling westerners.

Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 0, Troll) 396

He probably could have tried legal measures to implement reform if it was actually more important to him than being famous

Really? What legal measures could he have tried while remaining in the US? He would have been arrested faster than SSD read times, and never heard from again for "national security" reasons. The government's first response was to label him a traitor - they don't let you have much freedom as a traitor, in case you didn't know. I doubt any legal measures he could have tried before being arrested as a traitor would even have been reported on by the press, again for national security reasons.

Whether you think his revelations were right or wrong, I think you'd have to agree he couldn't have truly revealed anything successfully by staying in the US.

The government's first response to someone who was tasked to keep secrets safe and secure, but instead rounded up many thousands of said very important, sensitive national secrets and shared them with several reporters and then gallivanted across Asia with them in tow, was to call him a traitor? Hmm. How out of line. You can't argue for a second that he didn't completely betray his duties at the NSA, the only outstanding question is whether or not his betrayal was warranted given that the secrets he shared appear to illustrate abuse of power by the NSA. Had he stayed in the US and given his evidence to trusted sources within the US, the government's reaction would have been much different. Grassroots support would have been a lot more organic and presistent, too. The "Free Snowden" crowd can't exactly picket at the Russian embassy with any effect.

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