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Comment Private Security Contractors in Boston helped 9/11 (Score 1) 260

Note that the 9/11 terrorists selected their departure airport carefully. Boston was already _infamous_ among American airports for having untrained, overworked, underpaid, incompetent airport security personnel.

This is not to support the TSA's expensive and fraudulently advertised radiation based scanning, nor to support the genuinely physically invasive searches and abuse of passengers that has occurred under their more rigorous searches. But the handling of private contractors is rife with opportunities to let security systems fail very badly indeed.

Comment Completely correct but too expensive (Score 1, Interesting) 160

"rms" as he's preferred to be called for decades, has repeatedly proven quite correct about technology freedoms. This seems to be another case where he is correct, but will mostly be tuned out becuase publishers think that they, individually, will benefit from reducing their client's freedom and protection.

The individual data of purchases and of personal interests and subscriptions, and even data on interest in particular articles, is being collected and analyzed to tune advertising and to provide links to content the publishers wish to highlight and wish to ease the reader's access to. The data is also being resold, allegedly as metadata but far too often as raw data, to anyone who can pay for or _trade data_ for it. The result is a quite amazing loss of privacy due to this data harvesting. This loss of privacy is _dangerous_. Government interest in political speech and membership always has to be balanced between a good government's desire to know the citizen's real needs and desire's, and a dictator's need to strangle opposition of any form.

Unfortunately for what rms proposes, targeted advertising _is_ effective for increasing advertising effectiveness for the businesses that provide it. It does not necessarily increase _profit_. Many such schemes are done quite poorly, so poorly that subscribers leave the site. Slashdot almost fell prey to this kind of advertising over content approach to publication, when they tried the new layout and it was roundly rejected. But there are _many_ jobs of advertisers, and a _lot_ of marketing money, tied to targeted advertising. Buyer anonymity interferes profoundly with that and will be battled in the boardroom and in the courtroom. If it goes to court, it will be battled with "think of the children" and "war against terror" claims that genuine reader anonymity cannot be permitted.

Comment Re:The whole idea is stupid (Score 2) 220

Three are actually some good reasons for providing a real ID and paper trail for hazmat truck drivers. Hamat disposal has often been simply _discarded_, dumped in open sewer drains or in inappropriate landfill, or dumped out at sea. The results have included medical refuse washing up on beaches and mercury in water supplies. Other hazmat materials have crashed and _leaked_ in residential areas where they were legally forbidden from travel. A basic ID and criminal check for handling such materials may exist for anti-terrorism reasons, but it has sensible use to prevent truck drivers who've been convicted of mishandling hazardous material in one state from being re-employed in another state.

Because of the money involved, and the opportunity to increase profits by cutting corners, hazmat _needs_ to be carefully regulated. Even if it's promoted for "security theater" reasons, it's a field where safety and verifying the source and delivery of material is important to commerce and safety.

Comment Re:There are 5 trillion /56 blocks (Score 1) 150

> It may surprise you that 64bit processors don't limit your ability to work with numbers higher than that.

Larger numbers create an additional storage, memory, and data access cost at some very deep layers of the stack. That cost is, in fact, a profound limit on the ability of network software, and hardware, to operate under load.

Comment Re:Get with it cloud providers. And network provid (Score 1) 150

> 's amazing IPv6 has as much traffic as it does.

It's really not been necessary. I've not seen a single business or service provider failing to find, or provide for its customers, some IPv4 space to host their services, even if it's a name based proxy. Can you think of or find a single commercial service whose IP addresses are only IPv6, without any accompanying IPv4?

Comment Re: Impossible... (Score 5, Insightful) 332

> They could likely afford it, but the typical H1-B is hoarding as much money as possible so they can take it back to their country.

Of course they are. They're being thoughtful, responsible people planning for a future, and perhaps even planning for their family's needs. Americans spending s much as we do on "entertainment" as part of our work life, on expensive lunches and expensive hobbies is why so few of of my younger colleagues in the field have any savings, or fallback plans if their startup stock options turn out to be worthless.

There are reasons to dislike the results of H1B immigration. Fiscal caution by the H1B holders is not a reasonable one.

Comment Re:I'll bet it's all Larry (Score 5, Interesting) 156

"Microsoft says it is not involved", as quoted in the article, is not precisely the same claim as "Microsoft is not involved". Microsoft demonstrated during the SCO/Linux lawsuits that they could, and did, hide their business sponsorship of morally bankrupt legal fraud by encouraging their business partners to engage in support of the fraudulent litigants. That effectively kept Microsoft funding of the lawsuit from showing up in any directly traceable payments.

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