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Comment Re:Naming Names (Score 5, Insightful) 650

Out of all the problems the world faces, drugs are the least important, and I'm very tired of drug addicts ceaselessly bringing up the War on Drugs like it was the single most pressing issue our nation has ever faced.

The ease of implementation of the post-9/11 surveillance state, the increasing militarization of police forces, the fact that "the land of the free" has the highest incarceration rate in the world ... all of them trace back quite directly to the War on (Some) Drugs. So while it obviously isn't the most pressing issue our nation has ever faced, you could make a pretty good argument that it's among the most pressing issues we face right now.

Comment Re:In the voice of a British peasant (Score 3, Insightful) 99

Oh, thank you, sir! For the privilege of accessing the hardware I have paid you money for, I am forever grateful!

This is the sort of entitlist mentality that shows how out of touch some people in this community are.

So objecting to "you bought it but we still get to control how you use it" is somehow "entitlist"?

I agree people shouldn't buy shackled hardware in the first place, but that doesn't mean that it's in any way ethical to sell it. And claiming that the public has made an informed decision by choosing heavily marketed closed systems over the essentially unmarketed open alternatives doesn't pass the laugh test.

-- MarkusQ

Comment Re: THAT explains it! (Score 1) 181

Jack Russel/Doberman cross (yes, really, and no we don't know)

Well, I can guess. I met a guy once who had a Dachshund/Doberman mix; I asked him how that happened and he said he got the dog from a breeder who specializes in this cross, and did it by holding up the male Dachshund behind the female Doberman while they did their thing. Neither dog seemed to object, so what the hell ...

Comment Re:well, uh, not surprising (Score 1) 124

Otherwise there would be very little genetic diversity between father and son regarding fertility, and we know that to be false.

Not necessarily; the determining factors in fertility could just as easily be on the autosomal chromosomes (the of which nearly everyone gets one copy from each parent, and aren't involved in sex determination). Given that these chromosomes make up most of our genomes, in fact, you'd kind of expect that.

Comment Re:Come on now (Score 1) 250

[snort] Kid, I know a hell of a lot more about my body--and your body, and everyone else's body--than you ever will. And while I'm not nearly as knowledgeable about network engineering as I am about biology and medicine, I know enough to know how complex it is. So do the MIT researchers, for that matter, else they wouldn't be using the approach they are. We don't need genetic algorithms and the like to model simple systems.

The best thing to do here would be acknowledge that you said something dumb--it's okay, everyone does sometimes--and move on. Instead you're trying to defend an indefensible position, and making a fool of yourself by doing so. Just let it go.

Comment Re:Come on now (Score 1) 250

I know perfectly well that it's not "arcane magic," any more than living organisms are. It's just a very big, very complex system doing interesting and not-always-predictable things, and well worth studying as such. If you think you have some insight into the behavior of TCP that the MIT researchers lack, by all means you should let them know, or publish it yourself.

I also know you're a jackass who will do no such thing, just keep talking shit. No further study required.

Comment Re:All Jokes Aside... Still No. (Score 4, Interesting) 250

I'm shocked to read that anyone would be comfortable just ignoring the why of something just so we can progress beyond our understanding.

If you insist that we know why something works before we make use of it, you're discarding a large portion of engineering. We're still nowhere near a complete understanding of the laws of physics, and yet we make machines that operate quite nicely according to the laws we do know (or at least, of which we have reasonable approximations). The same goes for the relationship between medicine and basic biology, and probably for lots of other stuff as well.

If we don't understand the why then we're missing something very important that could lead to breakthroughs in many other areas. Do not let go of the curiosity that got us here to begin with.

I don't think anyone's talking about letting go of the curiosity. They're not saying, "It works, let's just accept that and move on," but rather, "It works, and we might as well make use of it while we're trying to understand it." Or, from TFA: "Remy's algorithms have more than 150 rules, and will need to be reverse-engineered to figure out how and why they work. We suspect that there is considerable benefit to being able to combine window-based congestion control with pacing where appropriate, but we'll have to trace through these things as they execute to really understand why they work."

Comment Re:Come on now (Score 5, Interesting) 250

As complex systems goes there are far worse. Go ask an engineer or a scientist.

I am a scientist--specifically, a bioinformaticist, which means I try to build mathematical and computational models of processes in living organisms, which are kind of the canonical example of complex systems. And I will cheerfully admit that the internet, taken as a whole, is at least as complex as anything I deal with.

Comment Re:Proof it's U.S. Government owned (Score 1) 341

You're right, of course, but I think it's pretty clear it was worse for the losers, as usually happens.

One large group of Americans was clearly better off after the war than they were before it. For a while, at least, until the losers started acting like they hadn't really lost, and the winners unwisely let them get away with it. A century and a half later, we're still not done sorting that out.

Comment Re:Proof it's U.S. Government owned (Score 2) 341

Are you suggesting they'd be capable of doing the same thing, against 300,000,000 (300 million) people in a country that is roughly 10 times the size of Iraq and Afghanistan combined?

No, I'm suggesting that not more than a tiny fraction of those 300 million would actually engage in armed, organized resistance against the government of the United States. And you may recall that the last time even a not-so-tiny fraction tried, it didn't end well for them.

Comment Re:Proof it's U.S. Government owned (Score 3, Insightful) 341

Then they will have another town to go after because where I am from, we will take up the cause if Deer Trail goes down.

There's a story from Desert Storm about an Iraqi commander who, when asked why he surrendered his unit so quickly, said it was because of the B-52 strikes.

"But your position wasn't hit by B-52's," the puzzled interrogator said.

"No," he replied, "but I saw one that was."

It's easy to talk big about what you would do. Once you saw the results if the US government decided to go all-out on Deer Trail, you might not be quite so inclined toward chest-thumping.

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