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Comment: Routers? (Score 1) 241

by damn_registrars (#48656315) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

This is consistent with a DDoS attack on their routers,

I honestly didn't think they had more than one. Considering how few people there are allowed to leave the country - physically or digitally - I really expected there would be only one router. They have only one neighbor who they share a land border with who will talk with them, so they likely don't really have a way to set up a redundant second route.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 120

by SydShamino (#48655777) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

Let's assume he earns 3% interest on his money. That's in the ballpark of realistic. Let's also assume (for the sake of argument) that he took out a 30 year mortgage on that $70M mansion, like those people you have a nickname for. That means he'll pay maybe $150M total for it over 30 years, or $417k per month.

He earns $6.25M per month on interest alone, so his house payment would be less than 7% of his income. (Let's say less than 15% taking into account electricity, cleaning, taxes, etc.) That doesn't make him anywhere close to the 50% rate you cite for "poor people living in a big house". And that makes him pretty smart - not and idiot.

Comment: Re:Waste (Score 1) 120

by SydShamino (#48655713) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

Your logic is... flawed. Well fed, educated children have fewer children than those that live in poverty. And the mentally ill account for a full third of the homeless. Add in those genuinely down on their luck and in need of a better safety net, and we'd be over half the homeless through no fault of their own.

Comment: Re:Waste (Score 1) 120

by SydShamino (#48655689) Attached to: Minecraft Creator Notch's $70 Million Mansion Recreated In Minecraft

At a measly 1% rate of return, he'll make 25 million a year for life on the interest from that one-time paycheck. If he'd gotten $100M for Minecraft and just spent $70M of it on the mansion, I'd agree with you. But he got $2.5 billion. If he doesn't want to maintain the mansion, he can just give it away and buy another one every other year for the rest of his life and he'll be okay.*

I'm ignoring taxes and stuff. I have a headache.

Comment: Re:Nothing can go Wrong Here (Score 1) 260

by SydShamino (#48654583) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

Thiel also plans to launch a floating sovereign nation in international waters, freeing him and like-minded thinkers to live by libertarian ideals with no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons.

...and then his plans to live to 120 are spoiled when he's mugged by a starving beggar with an assault rifle, or is attacked by pirates or the warships of a rogue nation, or maybe just when his house falls down on his head.

Comment: Re:And how many were terrorists? Oh, right, zero. (Score 4, Informative) 229

by SydShamino (#48653657) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

Err, you know you are not only allowed to lock luggage containing a gun, but you are required to do so? It's spelled out explicitly in the rules.*

While it was a few years ago and the laws may have changed, I read somewhere that you should travel with a starter pistol. The TSA considers them guns, which means you are allowed (required) to securely lock your checked baggage, but (most) states don't consider them weapons, so you can travel with them to different states without multiple concealed carry permits.

* this is with a real lock, not a TSA lock

Comment: Re:This looks like pre-paid corruption. (Score 1) 141

by SydShamino (#48649841) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

I'm likely not that much younger than you are. We're both six digit UIDs. And you're term limit yabber has been around just as long and is just as hopeless as campaign finance reform. Ultimately we're all screwed either way, but your proposal to fix things would make stuff worse; I note that you have no actual rebuttal to the quality of my position, just that it's unlikely to happen.

Comment: Re:You forgot something... (Score 1) 258

by damn_registrars (#48648891) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

In America we hardly have unions any more...

I didn't realize that 11.3% of the US workforce hardly exists.

Every year that number goes down or at best stays the same. Either way every year the unions give up a little more of what little power they have. Bargaining is supposed to be a give-and-take procedure where labor gets some of what they want and management gets some of what they want. Yet every time labor comes to the table management further diminishes their clout. With union enrollment this low it is very easy for management to say "we'll just hire non-union replacements for you" and labor knows that they can do it.

Coincidentally, when was the last time you got more than a token raise or a meaningful increase in your benefits? This is what happens when all the power shifts back away from the worker.

Comment: Re:Copyright trolls (Score 1) 591

by mcgrew (#48647959) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

If you're writing music that is indeed a concern; I'm sure Seether will be sued for same damned life; its rhythm guitar is note for note identical to the melody to I Will Follow Him (a bad pop song from the early sixties). There's a suit against Led Zeppelin for a guitar riff that sounds vaguely like Stairway to Heaven; I think Zep will win, but it turns out that the guy suing would have had no standing if Zeppelin had never heard the song.

Other art forms don't have that problem.

The meta-Turing test counts a thing as intelligent if it seeks to devise and apply Turing tests to objects of its own creation. -- Lew Mammel, Jr.