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Comment: Re:How Does this Effect Rural? (Score 2) 304

They might have to use the piles of cash they get to actually upgrade them. We have paid to connect every rural home with fiber several times over. Instead they foisted off outdated slow gear on them and used the fund to pay for it.

Sure their might be some places in the US that are more than the 130ish km allowed by standard optics, it's not like we don't know how to stick a DWDM light pump on a pole for those are are to far.

Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 1) 154

by silas_moeckel (#47914817) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Some parts are complex and successful company's often part out things to others. To bad most of the changes that drive up the price are cosmetic. Does every model year need new headlights and thus slightly different body panels? A different but otherwise the same stereo?

Frankly cars should be a platform. More like a piece of farm or construction equipment where refinements are made to efficiency, durability or safety. Upgrades are made where it makes sense, engine blow well might as well get the new one 15% better mileage.

Comment: Re:law enforcement scams (Score 3, Insightful) 462

by silas_moeckel (#47884127) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

And there is only one group who puts them in a position to do it the Democrats?

Please there is no effective difference in US politics, it's the same group. Hell politician's change affiliation and still get elected. Sure one side tends to do one thing or another you need something to campaign on after all. Neither wants any real change.

Comment: Re:It should be (Score 1) 363

by silas_moeckel (#47871753) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

Because we have little to no functional mass transit. That is pretty much a lifetime imprisonment being forced to live in a city to be able to get a decent job. Forget being able to take care of family life.

We really need to rethink our transport related laws, were effectively removing peoples freedom to associate/travel on the mere accusation that they did something that might hurt somebody else. It frankly seems like the buggy whip guys started us down this slippery path trying to throw roadblocks at the switch to cars. The move to self driving cars may be the answer, with licencing turning into something for enthusiasts.

Comment: Re:Or so they say... (Score 4, Insightful) 142

by silas_moeckel (#47852321) Attached to: Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

Parallel construction is a farce and has no place in a legal system. The defendant is being intentionally lied to and thus unable to defend themselves. If you can not say how you got the info they should not be able to use it. Same goes for confidential informants. The people the NSA should be spying on are supposed to be dealt with via the CIA aka outside of the country assassinations.

Comment: Re:Look at the ELK Stack (Score 1) 137

by silas_moeckel (#47843565) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

ELK works but frankly it's defaults do just about nothing. As a stack sure it's great but it needs to be added as an adjunct to a real monitoring system and it needs useful defaults and/or some sort of add on repository. The opennms boys are working on showing rrd data into ES.

Pretty much you set up ELK and go great my logs are all one place but it does nothing by default nor is it easy to do anything useful with it. Adhoc searches of logs is great in all but your basically replacing ssh cat | grep. Take a common thing like percolating up an alert when a bit of redundant hardware fails and pushing that event into a ticketing system to the correct group and priority and ELK needs a lot of customization to do anything useful. Sure you can put an search in a window somewhere and make a human look but that is frankly going back 2 decades in sysadmin space. Devs seem to like it but it's pretty much an adhoc reporting tool for them.

Comment: Re:customer-centric (Score 1) 419

That is a very different thing, if it was the companies data it matters not where the data is they have to produce it. This is about Microsoft trying to comply with an order for somebody else's data that is not under their control but they do have access to.

I run an IT business, this is much like getting an order to produce a clients data. Can I technically do it sure. If it was in the US I'm covered legally via the judge made me do it and possibly a gag order precluding me from disclosing that we did so. Now if it's foreign I'm committing a crime and do not have legal cover, some of us still want to leave the US from time to time. In neither case should my company be compelled to deliver that data, it's not ours to give. Doing so has the potential to ruin business relationships. Having it be the law in the US leads to no foreign company allowing a US one access to it's systems.

It is not hard ask an Irish judge to issue the order to Microsoft EU (or whoever). It seems they do not think disclosing this data would be legal in the EU and the request would be denied thus this end run. The US can and does get just this sort of thing all the time the EU just has better protections and thus a higher bar to meet to avoid fishing expeditions like this one.

Comment: Re:customer-centric (Score 4, Insightful) 419

Actually they data is in Europe the judge is trying to say since they have access to it from the US they need to turn it over. The data is under the control of a division incorporated in Europe.

There is established procedure to get this it called ask the European courts.

Comment: dash cams. (Score 1) 455

by silas_moeckel (#47777619) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Even simpler if no recording then charges must be dismissed without other testimony. This should be belt and suspenders dashcam, bodycam and guncam all working together. Chance of 3 things failing at the same time for a fatal shooting are very low. Sure they might not be on the dashcam but a gun cam gives a great POV of the cop right before they fired and a body cam gives a more general overview.

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