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Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 1) 73

by sociocapitalist (#47925095) Attached to: NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

Yay for Godwin's Law! Let's compare a religion to Nazis! And judge everyone who practices that religion for the actions of extremist believers!
I wonder what the percentage of Muslims who practice their religion and don't bother people is compared to the percentage of Muslims part of extremist groups?
Also, are there other religions where there are extremist groups? Hm...Christianity....Westboro Baptist Church sound familiar? Hm, all Christians hate gays etc etc.

The Westboro baptists are much better than Islam in many ways. How many people have they beheaded? How many sex slaves have they taken? How many bombs have they set off, or planes flown into buildings? Also where are the hundreds of Christians from Britain, France, Denmark, Australia and other countries leaving their countries to join the Westboro baptists and lay down their life?

And yet...

Comment: Re:Rather than address the underlying problem (Score 1) 323

by sociocapitalist (#47925029) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

the tax thieves aak "regulators" make new rules. Why not put some thought into changing the tax codes to be on a par wtih Ireland, Switzerland, etc instead of trying to preserve the high tax state?

Not sure I'd compare against Switzerland particularly:

Comment: Re:Cut The Cable (Score 1) 103

Pretty bloody easy to define the difference between hacking and act of war. Any hacking attack you can simply divert by cutting the connection is not an act of war. A major electro magnetic pulse generated by a thermonuclear war head is an act of war.

For the idiots at the NSA, permanent damage versus repaired disruption. They just need to ask the buddies at the CIA when it comes to their idea of torture, permanent harm equals torture non permanent harm according to them, based upon them being a bunch of sick psychopath sadists, does not equal torture.

So if you ain't using explosives on digital infrastructure it ain't war. No matter how badly behaved the NSA has been, their acts have not quite crossed the bounds of an act of war. Somehow I guess this will be another example of American exceptionalism and when the US does it, it is not an act of war and when any other country does it, it is an act of war and the US must spend another billion dollars on the US military industrial complex per incident or so the lobbyists say.

So if country XYZ was actively attempting to retarget and launch our nuclear weapons towards our own cities this would not be an act of war just because we could stop it?

In the same way then, would country XYZ firing nuclear weapons at us not be an act of war just because we could (imagine) shoot them out of the sky with laser satellites (or whatever)?

Comment: Re:I don't see this as so horrible (Score 1) 254

by sociocapitalist (#47833563) Attached to: UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

That depends where the cache goes. If it's at the endpoint, you're right. But this allows the cache to be much closer. In the cell tower. In the office router.

You could watch youtube video on a moving train with this. As soon as one person tries to watch the viral video of the day the train's router will store it, so it'll keep working for all even through tunnels and dropouts.

Assuming that the train's caching device could get it to start with - and even then only until the cache is full and gets overwritten by other material while at the same time you also cache a bunch of material that no one else on the train is interested in.

Comment: Re:I see it differently... (Score 1) 129

by sociocapitalist (#47832997) Attached to: The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

... it is just not realistic to learn another language to be able to support them ...

It is quite common in Europe to speak two or three languages fluently. If there are 2 - 3 engineers who speak 2 - 3 languages fluently then most of the major languages are covered.

By the way, it is often just a stereotype that all people are drunk here or there. Brazil economy grew 2.5% in 2013, it is certainly achieved by hard working people.

I live in Europe and I speak two languages fluently but I still believe it's completely impractical to learn all the languages when supporting a global deployment of systems or network devices. If you had to interface with users, then I would agree - but that isn't the case here.

Anyway, if you read the article the problems they encountered had nothing to do with language:
"Unfortunately, this was during Carnival. The local phone company did not answer, and the local employees did not answer their mobile phones. After two days we got someone from the phone company on the line — and they were too drunk to understand us."

Comment: Re:I don't see this as so horrible (Score 1) 254

by sociocapitalist (#47832983) Attached to: UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

Multicast is fine when every reciever wants the same thing at the same time. Good for broadcasting live events. Not very good for things like youtube, where millions of people will want to watch a video but very few of them simutainously, and those that do may want to pause it at any moment and resume playback hours later.

Agreed but improving the caching mechanism isn't going to remove the requirement of distributing the content, be it simultaneous (with mcast) or just in time. Either way the content still needs to be transmitted and either way it will still consume bandwidth and will still have some type of overhead.

So what it really comes down to is:
  - how efficient a caching mechanism
  - what reduction in overhead

We agree it's more likely to run in parallel - I see it more as an overlay to IP rather than a replacement.

Comment: Re:Mod up 1000+ (Score 1) 448

I immediately thought of the 1st episode of the reboot of Battlestar Galactica, where 99.9% of their modern military force was rendered inoperable. No. Thank. You.

The best "kill switch" is to kill the idea of leaving a ton of advanced military hardware in the hands of less-than-solid governments in the first place (no matter how much defense contractors want to sell their wares). You'd think we would have learned from Iran and the F-14s we left in Iran in the late 1970s as the Islamic Revolution took place.

Why not have kill switches in anything sold to those less than stable governments, while our own gear remains without kill switches?

Comment: Re:thats to spendy (Score 1) 165

by sociocapitalist (#47832537) Attached to: Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

a 35% tax on all offshore buys using a credit card

With that kind of tariff how long till all out of country purchases are made with bitcoin?

In which case such purchases would then be considered tax evasion.

Don't forget that you also need to fund the bitcoin account to start with, which is going to leave traces unless you can fund it out of country to start with, especially with governments going after cash for bitcoin exchangers.

Comment: Re:Oh, Argentina (Score 1) 165

by sociocapitalist (#47832531) Attached to: Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

Argentina was forced by some creditors to sign agreements giving jurisdiction to US courts because the creditors did not trust Argentinian courts. Argentina bartered their sovereignty on the issue for better credit terms, now they are crying because they are being held to those terms by a court that is not corrupt and subject to their own control.

This whole deal shows the world that:
1. If you're selling bonds and plan on ripping everybody off, do not mess with US courts because they are not scared of your shithole government and they will confiscate your "sovereign" asse(t)s
2. If you're buying bonds from risky countries, do so under a stable jurisdiction like the US otherwise you can be completely screwed by some populist who thinks you're a criminal because you bought what they were voluntarily selling

Not corrupt? What do you call a legal system where, for example, banks who trade with terrorist organizations and drug cartels are allowed to pay (huge) penalties instead of people going to jail?

Comment: overlay (Score 1) 254

by sociocapitalist (#47832479) Attached to: UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

It looks like this would be more likely to be an overlay to TCP/IP than to replace it, with the idea of 'protected' content distribution being a driver.

Of course, as with any other content distribution mechanism, there will no doubt be ways to copy it once it reaches your living room (or wherever).

Comment: Re:I don't see this as so horrible (Score 1) 254

by sociocapitalist (#47832447) Attached to: UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

I could totally see the two networks running simultaneously. It's completely accurate that TCP/IP sucks for mass content delivery; it's gigantic waste of bandwidth. And for point-to-point interaction this protocol would be massively inefficient.

But why can the two protocols not run on top of the same Layer 2 infrastructure?

Or use, you know, like multicast or something...?

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." - Bert Lantz