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Comment: Re:Other than the obligatory security theatre... (Score 1) 106

by whoever57 (#48895533) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

I assume that the plane was rerouted on a pretty much direct route from where they were to Atlanta. They'd want to make sure that the airplane stayed over relatively unpopulated areas in the event of an explosion.

And if it strays off its assigned route? Do you really think they are going to shoot it down?

Comment: Re:Defective by design. (Score 3, Informative) 194

by whoever57 (#48891333) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

It doesn't help that most VPNs are so easy to detect and block at the IP header level. PPTP depends on the GRE IP protocol (47), and L2TP is usually tunneled over IPSec, which depends on the ESP IP protocol (50). By using different protocol numbers in the IP headers, the designers of these protocols made it mindlessly easy to block them, and made them harder to support, because routers have to explicitly know how to handle those nonstandard protocol numbers.

The last time that I was in China (a couple of years ago), OpenVPN using non-standard ports to my private server was blocked. In the end, I ran OpenVPN over tcp/22 (yes, ugly and slow, but it worked). I don't understand why VPN's were blocked but not SSH. OpenVPN uses UDP (by default), so no obvious protocol numbers to block.

Comment: Re:Why lay fiber at all when you can gouge wireles (Score 1) 191

by whoever57 (#48890809) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Competition is great. For the customer. For awhile. Not so good for the businesses that are competing. Perhaps you've heard of the term "dumping"? That's when a "competitor" can afford to sell below cost just to drive his competition out of business. Great for the customer, until the competition goes away and prices go back up.

We used to have a great small local magazine shop in this town. Borders moved in. They had books and magazines and a coffee shop and ... all in one place. The local shop was driven out of business. Bad for them. Then Borders lost the competition with B&N (and Amazon) and they have now gone away. It's an hour drive to the closest full-service shop. This competition turned out just great for the local shop, Borders, and the customers in this town, didn't it?

It wasn't competition from a direct competitor that drove Borders out of town, it was a technological revolution. Ask youself if you would be better off riding round in a horse-pulled buggy, or in a car. Your argument above applies directly.

But yeah, there are natural monopolies. That's why we have regulated utilities, such as PG&E.

The cable and phone companies benefitted from sweatheart deals to install their connections in cities, yet they would scream in outrage at the prospect of a new competitor getting a similar sweatheart deal to bring in service.

Comment: Re:Attitudes (Score 1) 222

by whoever57 (#48863249) Attached to: The Current State of Linux Video Editing

This.

I used to use Kino, but this doesn't work on 64-bit. I believe the developer has transferred his efforts to Kdenlive. Kino worked well, but required format conversion in most cases.

All I want is an effective non-linear editor.

I have never managed to do anything with Cinelerra. Usually, it crashes within seconds of starting, but I haven't even figured out how to open a file containing video. The "documentation" (I use the word loosely) seems to assume that you have already opened the video.

Kdenlive seems to have possibility. Let's hope that it really progresses.

Comment: Re:building municipal broadband is prohibited (Score 1) 158

by whoever57 (#48854181) Attached to: A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

I think many of us could agree that the "opinion" of the Supreme Court needs to be "revisited" in a number of areas these days.....

I agree with your opinion of the opinion of the Supreme Court, but there is a long line of decisions that underpin the Fed's ability to regulate almost anything. Expecting the Supreme Court to change its opinion on this topic is wishful thinking. It isn't going to happen any time soon.

Comment: Re:building municipal broadband is prohibited (Score 1) 158

by whoever57 (#48853101) Attached to: A State-By-State Guide To Restrictive Community Broadband Laws

Hmmm.. So your argument is that because the internet crosses state and international boundaries the Fed is free to regulate it. The problem with this is that the commerce clause is about regulating TRADE as it crosses the boundaries between the states and other countries. The Fed can regulate, tax and otherwise control things that cross the state's border, but what happens within the state is the business of the state. The Fed has been justifying a LOT of things using the Commerce Clause, which are really pushing us into some very grey areas.

Please tell me why my interaction with my local phamacist is regulated by federal laws? Please tell me why I cannot grow marijuana for my personal consumption in my back yard? Both of these are because the Supreme Court does not agree with your interpretation of the Commerce Clause. Don't blame the Feds, blame the Supreme Court which has allowed the Fed to implement such laws and regulations.

So, my reading says that the Fed can regulate buying/selling (commerce) that crosses the state line over the internet, but if the state wants to regulate ISP's within it's borders, it is free to do so w/o Federal involvement as long as the state doesn't stray beyond it's constitutional power

Both your reading and my reading of the Commerce Clause carry zero weight. Only the opinion of the Supreme Court matters and it has made it quite clear that your reading does not agree with its view of the Commerce Clause.

Comment: Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (Score 1) 308

by whoever57 (#48836767) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

The Republicans that are concerned about civil liberties (ie, those who didn't think about civil liberties when the patriot act was first signed, but have regretted it) will support this move.

Unfortunately, those Republicans don't exist. Well, to be more accurate, they exist, but not in any elected office.

Comment: Re:And that people... (Score 1) 329

by whoever57 (#48832341) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

Another person suggested creating a user that does backups, all it does is backups, and that user is the only one who has write access to the backup drive. That seems like a reasonable solution as well.

One could have a directory in the hierarchy above the backups that can only be executed by the root user. In this case, the backup directories and files below it can have normal user permissions, but the backup will not be accessible with normal user credentials.

Comment: Re:90 days is really long (Score 3, Insightful) 261

by whoever57 (#48832241) Attached to: Google Releases More Windows Bugs

Then they run that test as part of their automated "Test Windows" run (which probably takes hours to do)

I am going to nitpick on your analysis, but I have zero sympathy for Microsoft having (hypothetically) a test system that takes hours to provide a result. This is a company with billions of dollars available to it. Invest in more test hardware if the test systems take too long to run.

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