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Comment Re:I'll be donating to the EFF again this week. (Score 1) 301

Foreign SMTP traffic being blocked at the ISP level. Home IP block ranges being blackholed. PTR records not provided to home accounts. All these issues are solved using a Smart Host. Unfortunately, depending on the monthly fees, it might be cheaper to just upgrade to a business class ISP account or host your e-mail elsewhere.

I've only had to setup Smart Hosts for clients with an SBS box that was in rural parts of America. Sometimes netblock ranges were blackholed and/or PTR records weren't supported at the ISP level for their DSL connection. And they were lucky to even have that for connectivity.

Comment Re:A track-history of lawlessness (Score 1) 258

Well, the conversation just slipped into Godwin's Law. But I'll bite anyway, because I'm bored.

I don't know any specific allegation of selling drugs, but I've heard such rumors in the past. However, one man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. Backing and conducting assassinations? Don't know of any. I do know we have targeted killing of enemy combatants in the current war, but those are not assassinations. Jailing people without charging or trying them? I don't know of any Americans who have been held without trial by the US Government. I do know we hold foreign combatants and properly so without trial. POWs or internees should not be tried for being soldiers, as that is not a crime. They shall be held, without criminal charges for the duration of the conflict. When they have been suspected for violating the laws of war, they have been charged and brought before military tribunals. Perhaps you should read the applicable parts of the Third Geneva Convention. Coups and fabricating evidence to start wars? Well I know some intelligence information about Iraq was misinterpreted, but I don't know of any that was outright fabricated. And that war was to enforce a UN resolution that Iraq was unwilling to demonstrate compliance with. They had only to demonstrate compliance to defuse the causus belli and they refused.

Comment Re:Pros/Cons (Score 1) 301

Are those Akamai servers hosting updates in Comcast's networks on behalf of Microsoft? Or, are these Comcast's owned and operated Windows Updates cached servers? It's it's the later, I'm curious to know how Microsoft feels about not being in control of this process.

BTW, would be nice if Netflix had local cache servers at the ISP backend. But being it's in direct competition with Comcast's own VOD services, I'm sure that's not going to happen anytime soon. Not a technical issue, but one of competition.

Comment Re:Ok, sure... (Score -1, Flamebait) 164

Well, it will definitely be a case of nature vs nurture now won't it? In any case, clones are a bad idea. The copy will always suffer genome degradation over the span of many generations. Something akin to making a copy of a copy in the analog world. There will be errors in transmission. In fact, it's why all living things eventually die. You can only divide the cell so many times before it dies of corruption, or becomes cancerous and kills the entire organism anyways.

Comment Re:A track-history of lawlessness (Score 1) 258

Slavery, while unwise and wrong, was legal at the time, which is the test we are applying here. We are discussing lawlessness versus lawfulness, not your or my personal definition of morality.

What you describe as the spanish-american war of aggression was lawfully declared by our Congress under our constitution and the laws of nations at the time. You fail to explain how it exemplifies systemic disregard of constitution or law, merely that you disagree. BTW, we see this as a war against European colonialism and imperialism.

All the other things you mention, which constitutional principle do they violate?

Congratulations to Finland. But with a population (5.4M) smaller than Missouri (6M), only three ethnic groups (Finn, Swede, and Sami), and a completely different culture from us, its easy to see why you have such a peaceful society. I could pick a small American state with a mostly all-white population, Vermont for instance, and also demonstrate low levels of violence and low infant mortality. I not sure what that proves about respect for the constitution though.

Comment Re:NIMBY and a big Fuck You (Score 1) 258

Ummm no. The problem here began because girlintraining just got caught not knowing what he was talking about, again, while acting like an expert about a topic, again.

girlintraiing then just did a complete about-face attempting to salvage the situation, proving as well that honesty and accuracy on the tin isnt as important to him as appearances.

The common theme between the two posts is appearances, accuracy be damned.

Comment Re:Real-time processing required (Score 1) 637

The federal government does not have the constitutional power to order the states to do anything. At best, they can coerce them by withholding federal aid, but that part of the ACA was deemed optional by the SCOTUS - hence the 30 states that have refused to create state wide heath exchanges. That forces the federal government to create the federal exchange, but the law says that there will be no subsidies to those in the federal exchanges.

Comment Re:Just curious (Score 1, Insightful) 637

By what legal authority did Obama delay this implementation?


But then again, what legal authority did he (or HHS Secretary) have for:

  1. waivers
  2. delaying employer mandate
  3. giving Congress (and their staff) 75% price support

None are legal because the law itself doesn't give anyone the power to change it willy-nilly, as each changes the law without the necessary legislation to modify the existing law.


Comment Re:A track-history of lawlessness (Score 1) 258

Let me turn the question around; can you name a century during which no systemic corruption, disregard for human rights and life, or unjust violation of national sovereignty of a foreign nation condoned by US government did not happen?

Yes, the entire two centuries have been without systemic constitutional irregularity. There have been anecdotal violations of statutes and constitutional provisions, but never systemic. These other things you seem to being trying to introduce into the conversation do not seem to be related to constitution or statute. Are you trying to say any blemish ruins the entire national project? Or are you saying another world power lasting two centuries has a better track record and therefore the US is lacking in comparison? Name the world power? (Its actually irrelevant to the conversation, because we are talking about US law, not foreign powers) I believe you are simply an anti-american who like to shout "You're not perfect, You're not perfect".

Comment Real-time processing required (Score 4, Informative) 637

From what I heard today, the problem is as follows:
  1. 1) patient goes to pharmacy to get prescription filled
  2. 2) pharmacy contacts authorizer to find out what the cost of the prescription is under patient's plan
  3. 3) patient buys drugs for price returned by authorizer
  4. 4) authorizer sends bill on to insurance company

Step 2 is an immediate response, step 4 is handled in batch processing nightly. So far so good. Except that the Affordable Care Act makes it *illegal* to make a patient pay more than the annual limit. The authorizer and/or the pharmacy can be charged for forcing the patient to pay above the annual limit. This means that the authorizer must be aware of limit of each patient and be able to respond in real-time so that neither they nor the pharmacy will be sued. The insurance company doesn't have that information available real-time, nor do they make it available to the authorizer.

It is a computer issue, but as simple as everyone thinks. Putting individual insurance files on-line so that the out of pocket expenses can be tracked real-time isn't trivial. Now, maybe the Insurance companies were hoping the law wouldn't be implemented so they didn't do the hard work necessary to get set up, or maybe the rules were only written as to how to handle the annual limit must be handled.

Just remember, the last time companies put together a real-time on-line credit/debit system, the government decided that they charged too much to support the infrastructure, and started regulating it. That was the Durbin amendment to Dodd-Frank, which put a fixed limit on per swipe fees - regardless of what the infrastructure and support costs actually are.


Comment Re:A track-history of lawlessness (Score 3, Informative) 258

But it does! Because its not the Executive's job to adjudicate the constitutionality of the laws; that job belongs to the courts. The President has an opportunity to veto a law at the time it is passed and (not) signed. There is no constitutional provision for an after-the-fact veto.

Comment A track-history of lawlessness (Score 5, Informative) 258

You may or may not agree with the wisdom of any particular law, but the executive branch and the President have an obligation to see that the laws are faithfully executed until such time the law is repealed, even when they disagree personally (or politically) . Under the Constitution, it is not the place of President or his advisers to second-guess a duly passed law. If they think the law is unwise, they should go through the democratic process of petitioning Congress to repeal it. Just unilaterally deciding to ignore the law undermines the rule of law and the democratic process.

Here are some laws that the administration has famously ignored, instead of pursuing a repeal through the democratic process. There are probably more.
  • The Defense of Marriage Act
  • Mandatory Sentencing
  • Yucca Mountain

Again, I'm not saying any one of these laws is a wise law, but they are (or were in the case of DOMA until overturned) duly legislated, therefore the executive had a constitutional duty to enforce them until such time the laws are repealed by the legislature or overturned by the courts. Where is the Republic going when the executive branch no longer feels constrained by the law or the democracy?

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