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Comment: Re:What's with the scare brackets? (Score 1) 101

I have yet to see any proof that No-IP are 'shady', I've been using them myself for legitimate purposes for quite a while (devices that roam physical networks, non-static adsl connections, etc) and have no reason to believe they are doing anything untoward. Also no one 'alleged' their businesses were disrupted - it is a fact that they were. It is unfortunate that some businesses don't see the value and justification of purchasing a domain, static IP and setting up DNS hosting along with other services but I do know many that use dynamic DNS services and home adsl plans at their offices instead to try to trim overheads as much as possible. When Microsoft hijacked No-IP's domains their DNS servers were not returning A-records, poorly deployed SOHO websites and self-hosted OWS become unreachable to staff outside the office and customers. Business is affected. Sure you can argue that people shouldn't use dynamic DNS services for important things but that doesn't change the fact that they do, and this affected them greatly.

Chicksdaddy's post smells of astroturfing.

Comment: nice tech, dubious products (Score 1) 149

by Sloppy (#47408181) Attached to: Coddled, Surveilled, and Monetized: How Modern Houses Can Watch You

IMHO all this tech is basically good, but I should point out that I also consider a large wooden horses to be basically good things, too. (They can be neat works of art, or convenient sources of fire wood.) That doesn't mean I'm saying you should wheel all the ones you find, through your city gates! There are other issues besides the utility value of wooden horses. It's the tech that should be celebrated, not necessarily all the products that use it. Tech and products are two very different things, even if related.

There's a pretty easy way to judge the ads for this stuff: what protocols does the product speak? Do you already have software in your repo that speaks that protocol?

And of course, you don't necessarily have to use someone else's service to get the device to work, right? (I'm not even saying you necessarily shouldn't use their service, but if you have to then the product is almost certainly garbage.)

Comment: Re:Christmas is coming early this year (Score 1) 656

But what it really means is that with this news getting out, Al Qaida is going to start manufacturing cell phone batteries that are half battery (to power up the device and show that it works) and half C4 (bonus, detonation circuit attached to the charger).

Comment: Re:For a well-written refutation (Score 1) 30

I still like the Augustinian Just War. If followed correctly by all sides, it leads to no war. Yet it still protects your people if an aggressor should violate a border.

These days, we could do it with armies of random, but GPS limited, drones pre-programed for air, sea, and land self-healing minefields.

Comment: Re:Actually makes good sense (Score 1) 656

by Sloppy (#47401455) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Nice. "Darn it, this amusingly tiny-capacity obsolete tape drive isn't powering up. I must have forgotten to bring its .. uh .. [glance around suspiciously] battery. But I paid $800 for it in 1996! *sigh* Ok, TSA agent, you can have my tape drive.. and .. oh no! My ink jet printer isn't working either! You mean I forgot both batteries!? Dammit! So much for printing those colored pie charts on the plane for my .. uh .. presentation. Boy are your kids going to be happy Xmas morning. [glare slightly unconvincingly at TSA agent]"

[Later, on Xmas morning] "Here you go, Billy. You were a bad boy. I never loved you."

[But Billy turns out to be cool] "Whoa! I can salvage the head servo and reel motor from this tape drive, and build something nifty with my Arduino! OMG, does this printer have a stepper motor?"

I think this idea is getting up into the "three birds, one stone" territory.

Comment: Re:Tits and swords (Score 2) 151

by Sloppy (#47400683) Attached to: New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

Tried to read the first book. Barely literate drivel.

Sometimes people need a little help. Often (but not always!) they'll half-suspect the problem, and will prefix their remark with "is it just me, or..."

You didn't do that, but I'm going to be a pal and pretend you did, and then answer the question for you:

Yes, it's just you.

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Journal by Marxist Hacker 42

Back in the early 1990s, when CD Roms were first invented, on major use of them was for the conspiracy dial up bulletin board system. With a CD Rom online on your bulletin board, you could "host" a CD full of downloadable text files on everything from government cover-ups to UFOs.

I was into such things at the time, and read many of these files.

Comment: Re:Article I Section 8 (Score 1) 5

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47380587) Attached to: private enterprise discouraged

"But what if I don't sell to foreign nations, to other states, or to Native American tribes?"

Works for me, but the Supreme Court had decreed that if you sell to ANYBODY in dollars, you're engaging in interstate trade.

"I suppose then your idea of communities is that they be what I'll call right now "trade immunity" zones, where as long as it's intra-community, it's sans regulations (besides things like fraud laws)?"

Not necessarily. There's still your LOCAL government to deal with- and they can have all the regulations they can convince their population to follow. But certainly, some libertarian communities, like Colton, Oregon, will keep the regulation down to "Carry a gun with you at all times" and leave it at that.

" And only trade outside the community would be where, in a sense, "foreign policy" considerations would come into play/get factored into trade regulations?"

Exactly. In keeping with the principle of subsidiarity, in which the least competent authority has the authority, and larger governments can't countermand that authority.

Comment: Re:Latest thing is the scam that is Obamacare (Score 1) 8

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47380563) Attached to: Oligarchy sucks

"It occurs to me, Lefties decry capitalism in part because of the unfairness of the "survival of the fittest" aspect of it. Yet that aspect is only absent in socialism in pie-in-the-sky theory."

Which is why I've moved away from Karl Marx towards C. Reinhard Marx. Socialism, and communism, and fascism, are all different sides of the same coin of using communalism to cheat people in a capitalist fashion. They're no different than Ponzi schemes in that respect.

Comment: Re:So what you're saying... (Score 1) 66

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#47380547) Attached to: Why capitalism works

"The last part, which I put in bold, seems overly optimistic to me. I'm not sure that social pressure was ever a solid deterrent for cheating one's neighbors."

It does when if you do, your children and wife will be hurt by your actions. It does when your neighbors can take revenge directly.

"Now whether separate currencies will help to suppress it is another matter. I'm not sure though how a large country such as the US, which presently has one currency, could realistically split up into a large number of city-states where each has their own. The division of the country does not seem that outlandish but the division of the currency seems like a big problem."

If you look at the Where's George data, we already do this. We may call them all dollars, but in actual trade, we're 11 different markets with very little to no trade between.

"I'm not sure that the loss of efficiency is a net gain for many people. While it would put a lot of people to work would it not also leave a lot of people to find themselves in jobs with no demand?"

The demand comes from the lack of trade with other regions.

" If everyone is producing food, shelter, and clothing, then what happens to the demand for computer programmers (for example)?"

Data is always good. Data is what creates more yield per acre.

" To me it seems that you are calling for a deterioration of society as we know it (I don't mean simply by reduction of that one job that I specified but others as well)."

It's worse than that. I'm calling for the destruction of the greedy, centralized, bureaucratic society as we know it.

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