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Comment: Re:Not a market back then (Score 1) 266

by rsclient (#46771933) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

I've used some of the earlier "internet tablets" (e.g., the Nokia N800) and PDA. Early machines had real issues with being powerful enough to actually work well -- something my low-end phone still struggles with.

(Not to mention the terrible, terrible connection managers. For one particularly horrid PDA, I spent more time trying to get on the internet than actually using the internet)

Comment: Re:see where your taxes go (Score 1) 322

by rsclient (#46738149) Attached to: IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

That's a pretty strong accusation. Other than, "I don't know anything about this government department, so I'll throw around a random accusation", do you have any actual evidence?

For example, how well do they handle paperwork compared to a typical insurance company? Personally, I find the IRS documents more straightforward and less confusing.

How do they compare in cost to a typical payroll processor like ADP? They have about the same scale; according to because ADP is private and the IRS is public, ADP should have radically lower costs. Do they?

In short, just because they are big, that doesn't make them "inefficient".


Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation 306

Posted by timothy
from the now-it's-ours dept.
An anonymous reader writes "As if the automated take downs on Youtube weren't already bad enough, today fans of the popular open source 3D software Blender were greeted by a copyright take down notice for their third open movie, Sintel, despite it being released under a Creative Commons license: 'This video contains content from Sony Pictures Movies & Shows, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.' It is believed that the takedown was a result of Sony Electronics adding Sintel to their official 4k demo pool."

Comment: Re:Tip from a programmer (Score 1) 78

by rsclient (#46625559) Attached to: FTC Settles With Sites Over SSL Lies

OK, I'm a little late to the party here. The issue with the apps isn't that "SSL is insecure" or that "SSH is better". The problem is: most security APIs require multiple levels of APIs to work correctly, where each level is hard to get right, and easy to get wrong.

Worse, a substantial number of apps will turn off one level or another "for debugging" and then not turn them back on for their release version.

Comment: Re:Not pro-business? (Score 1) 917

by rsclient (#46340899) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

Some of the earliest (European) laws are about the duty of hotels to serve all comers. If you're a country, and you want people to travel to market towns to buy and sell, it turns out that you have to make laws requiring that hotels treat everyone uniformly; that traders can go to a town knowing (with high confidence) that they will be able to eat and sleep.
In some places, there were additional requirements that hotels be able to feed and care for a herd of animals, too.
This is also why hotels are required to safes: traders have to know that their goods are secure, especially from the people most able to steal it (the hotel workers)

Comment: Re:Fireworks in 3...2...1... (Score 1) 1251

Ummm-- nonsense? Lots of people have one person, above all others, that they cherish. And for most of life, it doesn't really matter that this is the case (but like, for most of life, my hobby doesn't actually much matter to other people). But sometimes, that one person I cherish really does have extra power. Who gets to visit me in the hospital (answer: the one I cherish does!) Who gets my kids if I die (answer: the one I cherish does) Who gets my stuff if I don't have a will? (answer: the one I cherish does).

And hey, isn't it handy that there's a super-simple, cheap way to tell who I cherish: it's the person holding the marriage certificate! So an entire mass of horrible, messy, expensive problems becomes simple and clear.

Oh, and it also turns out that there's a nasty problem with the way that humans procreate: it's really long term, only one gender can do a bunch of the hard work. And often people who cherish each other have a commitment that one will do more of the looking after kids and the other more of the earning money. And because it's two people that work like one unit, it makes sense to fiddle the tax codes a bit so that it's more or less fair. (Like everything in tax code, there's always corner cases)

Comment: Re:Oh noooos! (Score 1) 509

by rsclient (#45590195) Attached to: The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'

You're not trying very hard to find any counter-evidence, are you? The fact that other STEM fields are experiencing increasing balance, and our is increasingly unbalanced doesn't register for you? The many personal anecdotes are not in your site?

Worse, you don't see the increasing evidence that men and women are much, much more alike than non-alike? That both sides are fully capable of essentially all tasks that the other can do?

In ever so many fields, over the last hundred years, men have declared that only men can do job A, B, or C; it's been clearly proven wrong in basically all cases. Is our field so very different? History would say no: we are like cooking (once a male prerogative), telephone operator, surgeon, and CEO.

Comment: Re:The public Internet is NOT a government project (Score 1) 1030

by rsclient (#45501159) Attached to: A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

Yes: they would have been one of "n" winners, each with incompatible content. You'd be in the situation (like the old phone companies) where a person on network "a" couldn't contact a person on network "b". That would be substantially less valuable than the fully interoperable internet we have today.

Comment: Re:The public Internet is NOT a government project (Score 5, Informative) 1030

by rsclient (#45494299) Attached to: A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

You're rather cherry-picking your data. Solyndra made a big bet: that the raw cost of the silicon in solar power would be important, and that a remarkably cool manufacturing technique to use a lot less would have a ton of value. As it turns out, that's not how the industry went: silicon costs dropped faster than anticipated, and the manufacturing costs of the Solyndra didn't.

We weren't "picking winners and losers" here: we enabled a big bet. Big bets don't always work.

And the internet was absolutely funded for years by the public purse to develop all of the major technologies and to make the same set of "big bets" about the valuable and non-valuable aspects of internet communication. Private people only became interested because of that investment.

And part of the investment was the "picking a winner". The key to the internet is that it worked across multiple vendors. If we hadn't have done that, there would be an ATT network, an IBM network, a Unisys network, and so on. The government chose a winner (cross platform) and a loser (per-company networks).

Comment: Re:Major extension to TCP? (Score 1) 172

by rsclient (#44895823) Attached to: A Little-Heralded New iOS 7 Feature: Multipath TCP

Yes, but that not how IP networks work. When the server sends you a packet, it needs to pick exactly one IP address as the destination. Because your WiFi and Cell are on different networks, they give you different IP addresses. So the server has to pick either your WiFi or your cell IP address. Once that packet is sent, it's not going to ever get to you via the "other" network.

That's why the multipath needs special support. Among other things, lots of web sites which are on multiple load-balanced servers need to affinitize your session to a single server. Those load balancers are currently (AFAICT) knowledgeable about Multipath.

My prediction: apps will have to opt-in to get this feature, but beyond setting a flag when they set up the connection, nothing more is needed.

The Military

Sunken WWI U-Boats a Bonanza For Historians 161

Posted by samzenpus
from the dive-dive-dive dept.
schwit1 writes "Archaeologists have found the rusting remains of 44 submarines off the United Kingdom's coast, an oceanic graveyard made up mostly of vessels from the German Imperial Navy dating to World War I. Der Spiegel reports a quartet of divers are now at work probing the massive trove of 41 German U-boats, and a trio of English submarines, found at depths of up to 50 feet, off England's southern and eastern coasts. 'We owe it to these people to tell their story.' says archaeologist Mark Dunkley."

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