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Comment Re:Makes a lot of sense (Score 1) 54

What method did you use to confirm that anycasting wasn't being used and what were the exact results?

I don't run Windows 10 and I'm not responsible for any of the experiments regarding what network traffic it sends where. But advanced wizardry known as "traceroute" shows me that my traffic from the US to 94.245.121.253 crosses the Atlantic.

  . . .
  5 ae-2-52.edge2.NewYork2.Level3.net (4.69.138.227) 19.296 ms 19.289 ms 19.270 ms
  6 ae-2-52.edge2.NewYork2.Level3.net (4.69.138.227) 19.108 ms 19.011 ms 18.997 ms
  7 MICROSOFT-C.edge2.NewYork2.Level3.net (4.71.190.2) 16.850 ms 16.932 ms 16.798 ms
  8 ae0-0.lon04-96cbe-1b.ntwk.msn.net (204.152.141.190) 84.723 ms 84.726 ms 86.469 ms
  9 ae11-0.lon04-96cbe-1a.ntwk.msn.net (207.46.44.154) 84.502 ms
10 ae12-0.lon04-96cbe-1a.ntwk.msn.net (207.46.44.162) 84.467 ms
11 ae11-0.lon04-96cbe-1a.ntwk.msn.net (207.46.44.154) 87.672 ms
  . . .

The destination isn't accepting ICMP traffic, so the trace dies there in a hail of ^H, but the jump from New York to London is rather obvious. You're more than welcome to post a trace showing that your own traffic to that IP stays domestic.

Comment Let's cut to the important bits (Score 1) 5

Always-on copy protection that keeps the honest player from playing for the first month or two while it doesn't bother those copying it illegally again? Or something sane for a change.

Cut to the important parts that decide whether or not someone with half a brain even ponders looking at what the game is like before he dismisses it as "do not want".

Comment Re:1976 Copyright Act (Score 2) 77

It's long been held that "ex post facto" only considers what the law is at the time the government claims you broke it. That's how the government tends to ban things, by outlawing "possession" rather than sale or creation. If you bought something legally that the government then bans, if you are possessing it then you're breaking the possession law right now, and ex post facto does not apply.

Therefore if you make a copy right now of some item whose copyright term was extended, you're breaking the current law right now.

Comment Re:Extra battery? (Score 1) 168

They are. I have a 15000 mAh unit; two, 2.4 ampere outputs. Wouldn't be without it, can't really, at least unless the companies making the cellphones stop putting too-small batteries in them. last weekend I drove five hours, during about 3 of which we were either completely out of contact or only in distant contact with a cell tower (Montana... lots and lots of empty space.) When we left the city, my phone was at 25%. I kept the phone (a Galaxy Note III with an aftermarket "big" battery that's good for about 48 hours here, where we're within about 4 miles of a cell tower) plugged into the external unit for the entire trip, and when we got home, the phone was at 100% and the external unit at 45%, which allowed for both charging it and running it.

Really, won't even consider being without that external unit. As for a pager... no. Just no.

Comment Re:Good for France. (Score 2) 67

So what do you do when laws in different countries are contradictory? Example: Certain speech being illegal in country A, but protected in country B?

I suppose you have two real choices,

1) block the speech from being seen in country A and allow it to be seen in countries B..Z

2) remove your business operations from country A

Take a look at Google, they've used both strategies in differing countries. Facebook itself is dealing with Belgium's ruling that they're no longer allowed to use cookies to track people who haven't signed up for the service.

My primary point is that Facebook does everything it can to minimize its tax liability in the US by shuffling money around, pretending to be based in Ireland and Luxembourg, etc. That's all well and legal for now, but in doing so, you're no longer an American company and should not have any claim to force overseas legal complaints into American jurisdiction.

Comment Re:"It's unclear what exactly causes the issue..." (Score 1) 122

But Apple never signed the Temporal Convention of 2237. Their CEO Steve21 even laughed at the threat the he'd be confined to the limits of his own mainframe, citing something along the lines of "that's 90% of all virtual space anyway, dorks!"

Why would they even bother with something like that?

Comment Good for France. (Score 5, Insightful) 67

At a very basic level, here's the deal. If you're going to operate as a multi-national company, and you're going to offer and promote your services around the globe, then you need to be responsible for and liable to the laws of the land in each of those territories. If you operate in France and you violate the law in France, then you should be subject to penalty in France.

You don't get to shuffle all of your American tax liability through a double Dutch Sandwich with an Irish muffin, or whatever the hell it is, and simultaneously force French legal complaints to be arbitrated in California. You can't have it both ways.

Comment Re:Makes a lot of sense (Score 2) 54

Government grants itself authority to break the law.

And governments around the world have entered into agreements to spy on each others' citizens to explicitly skirt the law.

From several recent news stories, Windows 10's biggest telemetry offender IP seems to be 94.245.121.253, which apologists are quick to tell you is "just a Teredo server" to assist with ipv6. No big deal, it's just helping the OS function! Don't pay any attention to the man behind the curtain, he's just making sure your internet works...

Funny, though, that IP is in the UK, yet Windows 10 installations in the US insist on connecting to it. That's definitely not a matter of efficiency or responsiveness or good customer experience, as the hop across the pond adds a few hundred milliseconds to every packet. For those who might need reminding, communications originating in the US where the endpoint is in a foreign nation are considered fair game for NSA snooping. And it's been known since the ECHELON revelations in the 90s that the "Five Eyes" group of countries have an arrangement to bypass laws against spying on their own citizens by engaging in reciprocal interception and sharing the data among themselves.

Something to think about, that's all.

Comment Payments exceeding certain thresholds (Score 1) 174

If you exceed this threshold, you must be a drug dealer or terrorist and will be charged with money laundering then investigated.

If you fail to exceed this threshold, you must be a drug dealer or terrorist and will be charged with money laundering then investigated.

See also: "structuring"

Comment Re:The deep insecurity of Islam (Score 2) 246

The problem I have with the christian god is that he is inconsistent. Not only in his actions, that's normal with megalomaniac lunatics. No, in his psychological makeup.

He's insecure and jealous. Not my idea, his own manual says so. Ok. He's got the personality of an opera diva and wants constant worship from everyone. And anyone not worshiping him needs to be converted or sent on a one-way trip to hell. Because he wants a bigger audience. So far, so sensible. Typical egotist with a megalomaniac streak, which is not uncommon with people who not only get lifted on pedestals by their peers but also have a lot of power.

And then he does everything to make himself obsolete. Take this universe. Time and again I get to hear how this is a proof for god because it's so "perfectly tuned". Aside of being impossible to observe were it any other way (because we didn't exist then), wouldn't a god that wants groveling and worship ensure that we KNOW it's his doing and ONLY his doing, that keeps us alive? He's all powerful, and if only half the stories in his ad brochure are true he also has no problem observing any physical limitations or pesky little things like conservation of energy. It would be trivial for him to ensure we KNOW he's there.

But instead he hides and gives us every reason to not believe in his existence because it is possible to explain this universe, from its creation to its current state, without there ever being some kind of supernatural entity required.

How does this get together with that diva personality?

Sorry, christians, your god makes no sense. Get a more sensible one that doesn't look like something Michael Bay would want to make a movie of (seriously, he's big with the special effects in his ad publication but poor with dialogue and sensible content... much like a Bay movie) and we can talk.

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