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Comment No, the disclosures harmed it. (Score 0) 330

Had someone decided to keep secrets secret, sales would have been unaffected. The improper disclosure is what is harming the economy, not the NSA.

On the other hand, he has said nothing about Huawei, a government-linked/owned entity with security issues (never mind their theft of Nortel IP). Their association is even closer and damaging than what Snowden alleges of the NSA - given Huawei's rightful rejection in the US and Australia.

(Think about it before pressing -1, Disagree.)

Comment Re:By mobile broadband they mean.... (Score 1) 93

These towers typically only have a T1 backhaul

That's a pretty impressive T1, since my LTE speed record with Verizon Wireless is 49mbit/s, with typical day-to-day speeds of 8mbit/s to 12mbit/s. Have you actually talked to a network engineer for any modern cellular provider or are you just making assumptions? The few times I've worked directly with the wireless carriers (on behalf of two clients with buildings the carriers wished to install base stations in) they've pulled fiber in to feed their equipment. T1s might still be used as a last resort for 2G/3G-only rural base stations, but they are not being utilized to feed modern base stations. Verizon's 2x10mhz LTE deployment provides a theoretical maximum of 75mbit/s downstream and ~18mbit/s upstream. They aren't feeding that with T1s....

Latencies far above what even 90s-era modems provide -- 500, 800ms easy.

My latency (tested via pings to 8.8.8.8) on Verizon's LTE network is around 80ms, on the EVDO network it's about 200ms. The only way I can spike a wireless ping test to the numbers you're talking about is to saturate the link beforehand with a huge download.

Comment Re:in sue happy america (Score 0) 519

Cats are predators.

Who aren't native to the Northeast United States, where we don't generally appreciate our wildlife being killed by well-fed domestic animals purely for sport. There are a TON of ways to satisfy your cat's hunting instinct without assisting in the destruction of the local wildlife population.

It's also not your responsibility to keep your cat away from dogs or people, the cat is perfectly capable of doing that itself.

Tell that to the cats my old dog killed on a regular basis when they were foolish enough to wander into her yard. Bonus points if you try to sue us after your cat dies inside our fenced in yard, like our neighbor did back in the day after the dog bagged three of her cats inside of two weeks. That dog was a cat terminating machine, she killed more than twenty of them over the course of her life, all of them inside of the fence-line. Interestingly enough she never bothered our cats, just the strange ones that were foolish enough to come into her yard.

One of them got ran over by a car

Good job failing as a pet owner. Guess how many of my pets have died because of my negligence? Zero.

Comment Re:in sue happy america (Score 3) 519

This person's girlfriend accidentally killed a pet rabbit by not remembering to feed it, and she is facing jail time.

For what charge, and in which jurisdiction??

In my state that would be a Class A Misdemeanor, at most, and you don't do jail time for those unless there are aggravating circumstances and/or you already have a lengthy criminal record.

Comment Re:in sue happy america (Score 1, Insightful) 519

Stopping my cat from assisting in the destruction of the local ecosystem is selfish? Keeping her away from traffic, aggressive dogs, and asshole humans is selfish? Preventing her from getting fleas and ticks is selfish?

Every cat owner I know who lets their cats go outside has lost at least one of them. The shitty part is they almost never find out why. Did the cat get run over? Did it become a meal for a larger animal? Was it taken in by the crazy cat lady down the street?

A cat's natural instinct is to kill as many small animals as possible while producing as many kittens as she can. We stop them from satisfying these urges all the time and I've never heard it called inhumane. I think the medical care, limitless supply of food, and shelter she doesn't have to compete for is a good trade off, from her point of view, particularly given the alternatives. There's a reason why cats domesticated themselves....

Comment Re:in sue happy america (Score 1, Insightful) 519

Keep your cat indoors. Problem solved. It's more humane for the cat (indoor cats live longer in general), better for the neighborhood wildlife, and makes it impossible for your cat to suffer traumatic injury from automobiles, dogs, etc. The cat may not like it as much, but there's a reason why you're the owner of the animal.

And yes, I am a cat owner. Rescued one of the neighborhood strays. She still wants to go outside, but it's not happening. Her quality of life is higher and I don't have to worry about her never coming home for reasons forever unknown.

Comment Re:Safe = Slow = Low? (Score 2) 567

The hard brake (defined by them as deceleration of >=7 mph/sec) is the metric they care the most about. I logged only four of them in my six month evaluation period and received the full 30% discount in spite of a daily mileage average of 61 miles, back when they supposedly wanted to see an average of <=30 miles/day.

A large number of hard brakes would seem to suggest a driver who is frequently distracted. An attentive and defensive driver should be able to avoid the majority of them, even in traffic and even when other drivers do something stupid. There are a few occasions that will be unavoidable but they're the exception, not the rule. Only one of mine was unavoidable (deer ran in front of me), the rest were caused by my own failures.

Comment Re:in sue happy america (Score 5, Insightful) 519

That's how the system is supposed to work. I'm assuming you went to small claims court, right? Small claims courts can't offer injunctive relief (i.e., a court order compelling her to keep the animal off your property), all they can do is offer monetary relief, and you didn't have any monetary damages.

Frankly I think that's a pretty silly thing to sue over and it must have made you really popular in the neighborhood. There's a ton of effective ways to keep cats out of your yard, ranging from harmless (garden hose) to nasty (anti-freeze), hardly seems like something worth dragging the courts into.

Comment Re:Fuck the TSA (Score 1) 337

No.

Keep the cockpit door shut and locked.

If a hijacking occurs and the hijackers somehow control the cabin, as long as they can't get through a locked, (hopefully) bulletproof door, there isn't much they can do to anything outside the plane. As soon as the pilots know something is up, they can make an emergency landing and let ground response teams take it from there.

But without access to the cockpit, they can't turn the plane into a missile, and if they can't get into the cockpit, what do pilots need guns for?

Comment Re:Fuck the TSA (Score 1) 337

Follow your skepticism through to the people who have actually analyzed all the "skeptics'" claims, only to find that they have no merit.

I used to be skeptical, too. I was reluctant to trust the "official" story. But I studied both the conspiracy theories and the analyses of them, and as more and more information came out, it became obvious that what really happened is more or less what the official story says.

WTC7 is viewed by conspiracy theorists as the best evidence for government deception, however the building was severely damaged by the falling towers (there are photos, look them up), and fires raged within until they compromised the building's structure, causing a collapse. There are first-hand accounts describing the damage and the intensity of the fires. I'm more inclined to believe people who were actually there, who made decisions about whether to continue putting firefighters' lives at risk (what got "pulled" was not the building, but the firefighting crews), than guys on the Internet who just want to think they're smarter than everyone else.

Comment Re:Video only? (Score 1) 222

And just where is a lack of neutrality a problem? People always talk about this, but aside from the most obvious examples (Comcast and bittorrent, which was arguably a reasonable attempt at managing congestion....) I've yet to see an American ISP that's been brave enough to proactively stomp on network neutrality. I'm sure that some of them would like to, particularly the MSOs with the legacy video business to protect, but where has it actually happened on a significant scale?

There are things that my ISP does that irritate me, DNS hijacking being the most obnoxious behavior, but I haven't noticed any intentional degradation of specific protocols or content. Last mile congestion was historically my biggest gripe, but that doesn't seem to be an issue around here anymore since they finally deployed DOCSIS 3.

Comment yes and no (Score 0) 337

It worked just fine for the most part, and the locks and passengers no longer being instructed to sit quietly and enjoy the stopover in Cuba would have taken care of 9/11 just fine.

Well, yes and no. The folks on Flight 93 paid the ultimate price for resisting the hijackers. They saved a lot of lives on the ground, but the choice between "take the bastards with us" and "keep the bastards off the flight to begin with" is a no-brainer.

That isn't to say that a lot of what TSA does isn't pure security theater. The liquids ban makes precious little sense to me, and even less to those who know more than I do about explosives. Ditto for having to remove your shoes. Both of those were knee jerk reactions to "what might have been", rather than sensible reactions to things that actually happened or were likely to happen. The most effective security is the security we never see, intelligence gathering behind the scenes, catching and/or killing the bad guys before they even get to the airport, that sort of thing.

Few people would advocate a complete return to the pre-9/11 regime. Random example: Do you think people should be allowed to carry box cutters in carry-on? It's inevitable that a few bad guys will slip through the cracks, and if I'm unlucky enough to be on the flight where it happens I'd rather be facing fists than edged weapons. Put edged weapons back into that environment and I want the ability to carry my firearm, which all will agree is a political non-starter.

Comment Re:How would you avoid MITM? (Score 1) 320

I'm sorry, what part of my post made you think that moving tens to hundreds of millions of dollars was part of my "day to day activities"?

Compromise my online banking if you wish, it's an consumer account and you won't gain anything other than the ability to move funds between my accounts. No real way to "drain" my accounts through online banking, and even if you managed to do so my liability is limited under the law. It'd be a royal PITA to be sure, but at the end of the day I'd be made whole.

Comment Re:surcharges aren't a profit center for auto ins. (Score 1) 365

New York State has a service like that, called LENS (license event notification service), where you can get near real-time notification on convictions and accidents. It's primarily used by employers to monitor employees driving company vehicles. AFAIK it would be legal for insurance carriers to use it, but it's not cheap, and I'm sure they've crunched the numbers and concluded it would be a financial loser for them. I'm not aware of any carrier that uses it, mostly they rely on MVRs when the policy is first issued, then randomly at renewal, and of course self-disclosure.

WA could be different of course, but my hunch is you lost the dice roll and were a victim of crappy luck/timing. Did it happen around the time of your renewal? My condolences on the three year traffic ticket, that was my pattern for the longest time, one every three years.... then I got three inside of two weeks. After that I invested in a car with cruise control. :)

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