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Comment Re:I've had this as a plug-in. (Score 3, Informative) 148

I'm assuming HTML5 graphics and videos will still play, so if it's limited to just Flash, so what?

So what? It'll stop all drive-by Flash malware. cf. the AOL (advertising.com) attack vectors that are such a problem right now.

Amazon is refusing Flash ads on its CDN on the same day.

Comment Re:What else would the FBI (Score 1, Insightful) 83

Hey there, bucko - if the FBI could have prevented Hurricane Katrina with the use of Stingray gear, don't be so quick to get up on your civil rights high horse there and condemn it - the loss of life and property damage was pretty terrible!

Comment Re:Slow is why it's expensive. (Score 2) 192

They'd make the same money per flight if 10 people paid $1 or if 1 person paid $10. They just want to keep it greedy.

Just the opposite, in fact - they want to keep it "fair" and that's the whole problem. Reality is you get what you pay for. This is true for loads of gravel to bandwidth.

But Americans are programmed to demand "fairness" and "equality" in all things and revolt when given pricing tiers that reflect reality. The most workable option, at present, would probably be to have SSID's for "First Class", "Business Class", and "Steerage", because those discrimination levels currently exist, and price accordingly, though there's no rational reason for somebody to not be able to prefer steerage seating and first-class routing, or vice-versa.

"Fairness" is a dangerous fantasy.

Comment Re:Slow is why it's expensive. (Score 1) 192

Simple law of supply and demand. When the supply is small (relative to demand), you keep the price high

Yes, that's the basics of it, but I would bet money that if we look at a traffic graph, the link isn't always 100% full, the QoS is probably sophomoric, and the $50/flight pricing does not achieve Pareto efficiency.

A simple price rationing scheme would improve both customer satisfaction and profitability - charge $50 for priority access and $5 for best-effort access, so both the corporate raider and the teen who wants to chat with friends can benefit.

*Because* bandwidth is scarce, you want to keep it at 100% utilization (with proper QoS and debloating) at all times - anything else is disappointing to customers.

Comment Re: 24/7 here we come... (Score 1) 96

"Too cheap to meter" is typical central-planning nonsense. Fusion power only needs to be cheaper than everything else by a margin to ensure its selection and expensive enough to repay the capitalists that are risking their fortunes to make it happen. Fortunately for us, bureaucrats can only forestall markets - fantasy never works in the long game.

Comment Re: Translations (Score 2) 392

Not having Skype may be due to policy (which would apply regardless of OS), in favour of other privacy-respecting IM platform.

On one hand the German government is very angry about all the NSA spying on their officials. Microsoft is *very* clear that Skype has hooks for the NSA (thank you, fellows). And yet the German officials can't get enough of their Skype.

Blame the Germans for electing these idiots.

Comment Re:Google Maps (Score 1) 258

But I guess they aren't the government... if the government does it, it's fine.. (???)

That's the entire premise of government, dude - they're people with extra rights once they put on their funny costumes. The market rules of reason, logic, and justice don't apply - only vaguely expressed intentions and platitudes (see any recent Supreme Court decision). And if you disagree, there's a SWAT team with AR-15's to change (or eradicate) your mind.

OK, now you can skip day one of law school.

Comment Re:No excuse for them to be "unemployed" (Score 2) 751

When I've brought up the subject and suggested that they are morally obligated to give something back for the nearly $10k/year they get from a fund that they never felt the need to contribute to they freak out about how selfish that suggestion is.

God, why do you hate the poor so much? Are you a straight white guy or something?

acclimate people to the idea that they have a right to public money just because they showed up

Get yourself a fiddle, Nero - all this has happened before.

Comment Re:The New Napster (Score 1) 144

The news here isn't that the users got busted, it's why it took so long.

That's why it's good news. Before they never dared or face public backlash and clog up all the courts with cases. Now that they're "going there", the system can start to break down. Thank goodness (sorry for the poor sods who get caught in the crossfire but the government will show up with guns, not has-been Adam Sandler's lawyers) because copyright is for a non-digital era.

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