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Comment: Re:Advantages? (Score 2) 144

by laie_techie (#47526077) Attached to: Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

If an application doesn't need to listen for connections, it shouldn't open a port. A firewall won't make any difference here. If an application does need to listen for connections the firewall will need to let them through. Again, the firewall doesn't help - at least not at the level of sophistication you'd see in a home router's firewall.

Except I want my legal music collection to be accessible to computers within my home (DLNA server), but if external computers have access (without use of a VPN), I may be guilty of illegal sharing. Ditto for other things which should be available on a LAN, but not be public facing.

Comment: Re:Advantages? (Score 2) 144

by laie_techie (#47526059) Attached to: Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

Frankly there's no excuse for any modern software to be vulnerable even if connected directly to the internet with no firewall. This isn't 2003 any more, and in any case it's commonplace for computers to be connected to all sorts of untrusted networks such as public wifi. So anything that assumes "a firewall will take care of it" is utterly irresponsible.

I think you misspoke. It's irresponsible to think an external firewall will take care of it, so every computer / virtual machine should have its own. However, it's asking for trouble to allow untrusted traffic to arrive to any software. Just being accessible opens it up for a DDoS attack.

Comment: Re:soddering (Score 1) 64

by laie_techie (#47517403) Attached to: Researchers Successfully Cut HIV DNA Out of Human Cells

How about these? calm half salmon talk balk would should

"We should cut the salmon in half and talk calmy" is pronounced by most English speakers without a single audible L in it.

I grew up in Hawaii and Utah:
calm: pronounce the l
half: haff
salmon: sammon
balk: pronounce the l
would: wood
should: shood

Comment: Re:Local testing works? (Score 1) 778

by laie_techie (#47503037) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Until the country is filled with a larger proportion of people with consciences and sanity installed in their hearts and minds than it is filled with self-serving individuals who, for some mysterious reason, *want* and *enjoy* the thought of others suffering, then we will live in a miserable place which punishes people.

I obviously make more than minimum wage (I think that's true of most, if not all /.ers), but am still in the middle class. The proposals raise the minimum wage without addressing those earning more. My buying power goes down for every dollar per hour more that minimum wage increases, unless my salary also increases. I don't want or enjoy other people suffering, but I must first meet my own needs (and I do mean needs and not wants).

Maybe we should get contracts where are salaries are X times minimum wage (or cost of living) instead of a strict Y dollars.

Comment: Re:Local testing works? (Score 1) 778

by laie_techie (#47502843) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

But the point of the article is that the argument that 'raising the minimum wage will kill jobs' has been disproved.

The article cites data which shows that locally raising taxes doesn't destroy local jobs. The people who argue that higher wages means a loss in employment (or higher cost of living) rely on it happening universally. The locals earning a higher wage can purchase goods produced in an area with a lower wage, thus costs to individuals and companies haven't increased. If all states raised the minimum, there wouldn't be any domestic low-wage alternatives; people and companies would have to pay more or import from other countries.

Comment: Re:Supreme Court did *not* say corps are people .. (Score 1) 1330

by laie_techie (#47360111) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

The way to prevent their resources being used for things they disagree with is to lobby for political change, just like any other individual.

Hobby Lobby's owners find it religiously objectionable to provide health care to its female employees that includes birth control. However, they apparently have no religious objections to investing 401K money in companies that make birth control. Making money off birth control = religiously fine. Providing access to birth control = sinful and must be stopped!

Does Hobby Lobby choose which stocks are included in their 401k, or do they outsource to a financial institution?

Comment: Re:A win for freedom (Score 1) 1330

by laie_techie (#47360005) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Go get all the abortions you want, but private businesses have the option to not pay for it.

Funny, that's been my stance my entire adult life. My sect is fine with contraceptives, but sees most abortions as sinful (obvious exceptions exist, such as terminating a pregnancy caused by rape). I share this view, but recognize that others may disagree. Just don't make me pay for it.

Comment: Re:So much for that idea... (Score 1) 404

by laie_techie (#47314605) Attached to: San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

If you have a parking space for renting there, I'm pretty sure that would be illegal. Same if they decided to rent your bedroom to a tourist as a B&B. Your rental agreement provided you with your place (I'm guessing an apartment) and a parking spot. The landlord is not able to then legally rent out to someone else what you are already renting. ianal, but damn, there are some things that are pretty bloody obvious and well documented to even the public.

We didn't have assigned stalls in the parking lot (indeed, the stalls weren't even numbered). In non-game days it was first-come first-served. Each resident was allowed to register a single vehicle with the office. Temporary passes were available for visitors, and parking stickers were only enforced after hours or on game day.

Comment: Re:Of course it depends... (Score 1) 163

by laie_techie (#47305963) Attached to: I suffer from jet lag ...

It depends on the total travel time, time zone difference, and whether going east or west. I have almost no problems traveling between Utah and Hawaii (3 or 4 hour difference), but it took the better part of a week to adjust when flying from Sao Paulo to Honolulu (more than 28 hours traveling, 8 hours time zone difference). It took three days getting used to Sao Paulo when I flew there from Utah the first time (20 hours travel; 5 hour time zone difference), but only one day the second time (3 hour time zone difference).

Comment: Re:So all of South America belongs to America, rig (Score 1) 192

by laie_techie (#47297849) Attached to: China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

Not to weigh in on the south china sea thing. But we have been the "United States OF America" since we were founded.

I have my own theory about the naming of "United States of America": the US of that time wanted to eventually take over the whole continent of America, so the name "United States of America" made complete sense at that point. For one reason or another, they stopped at the border with the current Mexico, after taking over Texas and California. I know this sounds overly ambitious now, but it was a different world back then.

Please read up on Manifest Destiny before making such a claim. This idea of expansionism didn't really take off until the 19th century.

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