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Comment What computer? (Score 1) 114

When I got to college I was able to sneak into a lab and use an ASR33 teletype on the Telex network to remotely log on to Dartmouth to use BASIC.

At my own school it was cards in a window, come back later for the printed output. And you'd better have an account that paid for it.

Didn't really get to 'cut my hacker teeth' until my sophomore year, when some oddball ins-and-outs of contract financing left me with a student job where I had, a couple times a day, the remainder of a one-hour time slot with my work on the machine done, blocked waiting for the other department to do my output's tape-to-print, and a mainframe computer all to my self, on which I could do what I wanted while waiting for the results of the real work (or compile attempt) to be printed.

(What I did with it was talk the hardware tech into getting the paper tape I/O working, then bootstrap up a card-image editor, from scratch, on paper tape, to where it could emulate the Dartmouth BASIC environment - with Fortan on card-deck images in RAM or on a tape library - including the RUN command; Once that was working I'd get one compile/debug turnaround per three-to-five minutes, for a couple hours rather than two per day. This ended up with the lab management impressed and me reassigned to be in charge of the OS, library, and doing much of the lab's software.)

Comment Re:Literally in the Summary (Score 1) 289

So, if you paid taxes for years, building taxable assets, then transfer them away, then renounce, you can't voluntarily avoid taxes, because you already voluntarily paid tax on them. I don't think you even read what you wrote.

And the exit tax is only used for billionaires. I'm an expat, and I've met a number of ex-citizens. None have ever paid an exit tax.

If Joe Average wants to never pay $1 in US tax, he can move and renounce before his first job, and he'll never pay a penny, and have no assets to tax on an exit tax. That so few do it is proof that the "tax is theft" crowd are whiners who want to complain, not fix it.

Comment Re:App is not gone (Score 1) 117

If the app has permission to open a port that means it had permission to have a long-running service sitting on that port.

Nope. That's not how it works. An app installed with permission to open a port can't open that port until you run the app. That alone proves you wrong. Also, the app will shut the port when the app is closed.

With mobile data, the "cheapest" bandwidth solution for a chat app is to open a server connection when the app is opened, then, if the phone is reverse-reachable, close all connections. When a message comes in, the server sends it to the phone. The other way is to leave a connection open permanently. This uses more resources and data than an open port. Most don't do this because the NAT used blocks everything. And if that's the case, your complaint about open ports being a security risk seems unfounded.

Comment Re: Open ports (Score 1) 117

Why do you pretend P2P doesn't exist? I guess every P2P app should be blocked because you can't think of a good reason for P2P to exist.

How would you have IoT? Every device calling to a paid central server that can lock you out of your house/garage if you give them a bad review? Or a secure P2P communication so your devices can talk to each other without using ransomware, I mean central server?

Comment Re:Open ports (Score 1) 117

None. Though that doesn't address the issue that there has to be a vulnerability to exploit. If there's no vulnerability, more open ports don't decrease security.

And you've illogically assumed that N+1 is always worse than N. By that reasoning, as we know windows are less secure than walls, no building should have more than one window. Everyone can share it. Any more than that must be, by nyet's definition, insecure.

Comment Re: Routing (Score 1) 156

I wrote it elsewhere, but back when this site was still very new there were mesh projects with "backbones" of a sort where the owners would always keep their nodes on. Routing doesn't have to be much more insane than it already is.
There's also been a few more recent papers about large IoT mesh networks and how to handle getting signals around without everything just blasting a central node with raw power to get heard. It's a pity the IoT people don't read such things before building their stuff.

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