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Comment: Scary stuff (Score 1) 315

by thule (#49122915) Attached to: FedEx Won't Ship DIY Gunsmithing Machine
I understand why a company would worry about this. They want to save their business and don't want to be wrapped up in something bad. But here is the thing, it seems to me that in this country where we ask the question "Is this legal?" way too often. This is just one case of it. We have natural rights in this country. The Bill of Rights limits what the government can do that could threaten those rights. Buying a machine to make weapons to defend yourself is a natural right. Note, that making a gun for yourself is different than buying one of the machines to make guns to sell to others. That *is* covered by law. Building guns for others makes you a gun manufacturer. The default position should be for a company to say there is no law that limits an individual exercising their right and until there is, we will ship it.

Comment: Re: Yes (Score 1) 716

by thule (#49036105) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?

I've been working a new new project where we are using Chef 12 and RHEL7. So far no issues. I *like* the systemd service files. We whipped up custom files in no time. SUPER simple. The /var/log/messages file is still there. No difference. My only beef is that Chef 12 server only runs on RHEL6 right now. Chef says that RHEL7 support is coming and it works in the 12.0.3 release. I haven't tried it yet.

Am I the only person that does not have trouble with systemd? I've been using RH since 3.0.3 days. Before that I was running Slackware. Maybe I am a rare sysadmin that doesn't mind some change.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by thule (#48982487) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations
That *used* to be true. If you search around, you will find the number one reason for recent newcomers to homeschooling is "Common Core". There is a lot of dissatisfaction in public schools. Many cannot afford private school. Homeschooling is the only other option for a lot of people. So, yeah, maybe religious people build the road to homeschooling, but these days the appeal is much broader.

Comment: Old narrative Google Wallet is a failure (Score 1) 631

by thule (#48252645) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

.. new narrative: Those evil retailers hate Apple and the credit card companies.

I always found it amusing that articles used to say that Google didn't know what it is doing with NFC or that NFC is lame. Some articles stated that NFC isn't good enough for Apple, but if Apple did NFC they'd win. The problem is that those articles focused on the technology and not the true gatekeepers. The gatekeepers are the credit card companies and the retailers. A person can't use NFC if there are no NFC terminals. There are few NFC terminals because there is not reason to have them. Some companies that issued NFC plastic stopped doing so because there just wasn't demand.

Now we have a liability shift deadline fast approaching. Terminals must support EMV. It's not surprising that many EMV terminals also support NFC. But who made that happen? The liability shift. Not Apple. Not Google.

So now we have a perfect storm. We have a company that is great at marketing their new NFC tech. People finally become aware of NFC around the time that banks are reissuing their cards with chips in them. We have a way for phones to easily participate in EMV transactions wirelessly. We also have a consortium of companies about to launch a mobile payment system. Who has the most power in this? They are going to shut that interface door and be the gatekeepers for mobile payments. Then they can focus on the real war. Not a war between Apple and Google, but a war between retailers and the credit card companies.

There are still ways to get around this and have "mobile payments" tied to your phone that will work anywhere. Someone needs to make EMV adapters for phones. Or maybe "Plastc" will go big. But either one of those things is too high a bar for most people. They'd rather just pull the plastic out of their pocket.

Comment: Re:Easily done: (Score 1) 331

by thule (#48197019) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Even assuming this is true, how many averted robberies are worth the loss of a human life? One? a hundred? a thousand? How many averted crimes are worth the 100 children that are accidentally killed by guns each year?

Clearly cars should be banned. What about swimming pools? I sure there are a ton of things that have value even if somehow people loose their life because those things exist

In the case of firearms, the police have no legal obligation to protect you. This has been upheld in court. This goes back to common law (aka "God given" right) for the right to protect yourself. Not a civil right, that can be taken away. We have a natural right to protect ourselves. That includes the use of firearms.

Comment: Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (Score 1) 204

by thule (#48143755) Attached to: Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

Yeah, because peering sucks. It will be the ruin of the Internet! Nevermind that peering saved the Internet when people were predicting the Internet would crash in the late 90's early 2000's.

Peering cuts both ways. A company like Netflix wants to reduce their cost of transit by peering. But then they have to make sure all those peering points are up to snuff. The mistake Netflix made was to let some other company handle peering for them. A company that had existing settlement free agreements with the target networks.

I suppose Netflix could have backed off and gone pure transit, but it would have created other problems.

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux