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Comment Re:What's really happening (Score 1) 246

I think you hit the nail on the head with your "planting it" comment. There's no available computer power to search all the data in realtime, only to sift through it after the fact. Thus, it becomes all about catching someone after the fact rather than catching them before something happens. With such a system ripe for abuse, it becomes trivial to invent a crime where none may have existed so as to dispose of "undesirables." It's already been mentioned somewhere that surveillance is reaching for ever-more encroaching levels, but to what extent? What does the government hope to achieve?

I think they've seen the writing on the wall, that sooner or later our shaky systems of finance and employment are on the verge of a massive correction in the form of a significant crash, and they're hoping that by enslaving us all they can ensure their survival in the face of a massive public uprising, but that's just between you, me, and the microphone-laden wall. It won't work, never has, and likely never will. All that this will ultimately succeed in doing is guaranteeing a much harder swing-back of the pendulum when things finally do let go.

Comment Re:Innocent until proven Guilty (Score 1) 246

It's "well-regulated militia", and SCOTUS has already ruled that it's the second part that's more important, and of particular interest in firearms ownership and carry. Consider this: would that there were actual armed citizens present, with appropriate training, would 9/11 have been able to happen?

Mods: kill both this and parent, we're off-topic.

Comment Re:Consider the progression (Score 1) 735

3) Cut the cord, Great Firewall of America. We stop routing traffic to and from unfriendly parts of the world. For this work we have be willing to cast a broad net. You can't say lets cut off Afghanistan and Syria but let Pakistan and Iraq stay connected. After all the boarders weak and ISIS/Taliban/What have you will use the coffee shot the next town over if that is what they have to do. We would need to consider cutting off 'allies' (I use the term loosely) like Turkey and Saudi Arabia in regions know to be terror hot beds as well unless they are prepared to police things somewhat like option (2) although that is more practical in their societies.

Actually, it's pretty easy to do. The blocks are assigned out of a resource group, and you can simply black-hole (null-route) traffic sourced or destined to those /8 networks (for IPv4, v6 might be a little tougher). I used to block all of APNIC due to the high incidence of attacks that came from those networks.

Comment Re:Oh the Irony..... (Score 1) 735

And every Western nation that has banned firearms has seen a massive increase in every facet of crime that's not murder. Go ahead, look it up. UK Home Office of National Statistics. The UK has, by my last count, 800% higher violent crime per capita than the US, and nearly 2000% the property crime as the US. Either Americans are just way better behaved (unlikely) or guns act as a really great deterrent.

Then there's the slow creep of government overreach, but I won't delve into tinfoil hat territory just yet. Just remember that the first thing totalitarian dictators do is disarm their people.

Comment VPN works fine; Telstra is throttling (Score 2) 50

It's pretty telling that should a Telstra user (who's experiencing slow performance) activate a VPN, suddenly they have no issues whatsoever downloading from the various Apple services. The only way this could be the case is if Telstra is intentionally throttling (by way of some QoS method) traffic destined for Apple's address ranges. Their claims of a cable cut are bald-faced lies, nothing more. That they've "fixed" it shows the degree to which they've been caught, and relented their behavior. While the motives for this remain to a certain degree unclear, it' appears to be yet another case of a big, unregulated "communications" company (I place quotes due to the obvious nature of their desire to bleed their customers for all they're worth) pushing around their users as though they were a commodity to be monetized. Hey Apple, you want to not look bad? Pay up or else!

Comment Platform differences (Score 1) 227

I wonder how far off the OSX requirements will be. Typically OSX users pay a higher price for the kernel's greater abstraction between layers, although I've not really dug into the internals terribly deep for a few major revisions. Is that still the case or have the graphics APIs come along at a similar pace to DirectX? What's Apple calling it now? Metal? IIRC this is an IOS-only bit of tech, but it would help whole bunches for it to get ported to the main OS.

Comment Re: Automatic swap (Score 1) 363

Exactly since when have auto manufacturers standardized on anything? Go to AutoZone. Look at the oil filters. There are literally dozens, and that's a pretty common part. Hell, there's not even such a thing as a standard oil. Manufacturers have _never_ created a standard part, everything is unique by brand and model, and I just don't see this being any different. Exactly how large a battery are we talking here? Maybe, if the range was 5000km, it might be useful, because that's about the range of a severe-duty oil change interval, but I guarantee that it won't be as cheap as an oil change.

Comment Not ideal (Score 1) 363

At 3000km, that's shorter than even a severe-duty oil change interval. One long trip and it's done. Seriously, say I wanted to drive from Dallas to Las Vegas; the battery lasts just long enough to get me there in one shot. Sure, the rechargable pack lasts long enough for the short drives once I'm there, but the return trip is going to suck with the repeated stops for recharging, especially with the lack of SuperCharger stations along the way. So by the end of 2015 I'll be able to make it, according to Tesla, but what do I do until then? I suppose if I can afford a Model S I'm probably affluent enough to pick up a plane ticket instead?

This "battery swap" is going to be nowhere near cheap, and we're talking about adding 220lbs to an already relatively porky sedan. I think I like my chances with next-gen rechargables better than this.

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