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Comment Re:Blocking is illegal, but this isn't... (Score 1) 170

First, note thought that I was using the firearms example as a hyperbolic one, it's a harder argument to ban them due to constitutional protection and even so we're just beginning to see erosion of the right to ban them. Electronic devices would be somewhere far down the list. Second, we're not talking about a parking lot here, we're talking about an already secured area where many other things are also prohibited.

Comment Re:There's plenty of space (Score 4, Insightful) 170

This. The FCC is important, RF regulation is important as spectrum is a shared resource and is not contained by walls, geographic boundaries, etc. Someone needs to be in charge of preventing interference and encouraging research of effective use of a limited resource.

Side rant, I think it was a poor choice to raise a bunch of money by starting the sell spectrum to cell providers in the 90s instead of licensing it to them as had been done before and is still done for most frequencies. The FCC has effectively ceded regulatory control of huge chunks of spectrum so now a lot of power is concentrated into a few companies that own spectrum and it's not necessarily in their interest to pursue certain RF research or new RF technology and we have no societal via governmental way to force transitions to new technology. Imagine if TV stations owned their spectrum, we might never have been able to force a HD digital transition.

Comment Re:Blocking is illegal, but this isn't... (Score 2) 170

Exactly this. What the University can't prohibit is someone on different property running a competing wifi network. If they allow some hotspots or allowed you to pay a fee to run your own hotspot I could see some creative arguments to be made. What you absolutely don't have a right to do is to carry whatever you want onto someone else's property. Take for example weapons bans which prohibit students from bringing knives to school, to Disney World, etc. You can tell people that they are not welcome if they bring X onto your property all you want.

Comment Re:So They think they have a license for that band (Score 1) 170

Sort of. I may not be allowed to regulate your Part 15 device (e.g. emission levels, etc.) but I can tell you not to bring it onto my property. There are absolutely private establishments which prohibit you from taking a cell phone, laptop, or just about anything else inside. There is no guaranteed right to bring anything you want onto someone else's property. Even guns, a right specifically enumerated by the constitution, can be prohibited from a private establishment.

Comment Re:The entire security of the internet (Score 1) 111

I think it's a substantial exaggeration to say that the entire security of the Internet relies on the root CA system. There are a lot of organizations and people running encrypted communications over the Internet that are PSK or internally signed certificates. Think VPN connections. While a lot of public services such as web servers, email servers do rely on a very flawed CA system my point is that even if the entire CA system crumbled (which would be bad as I haven't seen any legitimate proposals about what to replace it with) that would not be the end of security on the Internet.

Comment Re:Here's what I did (Score 2) 138

You shouldn't do that. The US power strip is likely only rated for 120v. If you use it with an adapter in a country with 240v service you may find that some of the clearances are not enough and you get arcing, thus a fire hazard. I've actually had this happen to me. A better, but similar solution is to get a 220/230/240v power strip with surge protector. You can even get one that will accept US style plugs if you'd like. As long as your power supplies are rated for up to 240v input you'll be protected from surges.

Comment Re:Not a surprise (Score 4, Insightful) 265

This. There was a time that ISPs and people on the Internet cared about port scans, that time is long gone (by at least 15 years). If you have a public IP you should assume it's being scanned all the time. Once you assume that these types of alerts have little additional meaning. If it really bothers you then you should implement some kind of pre-filter to block the IP range. I understand that your particular device doesn't allow that so put another router with proper access control list support in front of it if it bothers you so much. TLDR, unless you live in the past it's time to get over port scanning.

Comment Re:The cries of a dying business (Score 1) 418

This! I just counted and am monitoring 15 different email boxes in Thunderbird right now as well as two calendars. What are we supposed to do? Web email clients are not an answer for power users of email. Not only would I need to login to 15 different sites to check all of the messages but I also need to periodically move messages from one account to another. That's all pretty easy from a unified email client but not from any current browser based offerings I know of.

Comment Re:"SEAL" is already a used name (Score 1) 85

Yep, I was going to say the same thing. Cisco has supported SEAL as a VPN crypto algorithm for quite a while. Not only has it been around for a long time but it's actually in commercial software (e.g. Cisco IOS) and has been refined several times (version 3 came out in 1997). Clearly Microsoft didn't do their due diligence on the name...

Comment Re:What would you use it for in the U.S.? (Score 1) 262

You might pay dividends to shareholders, you know like companies did in the good old days...or use it for employee compensation or lots of other things. You might not build factories, but on the other hand you might if there were some advantages to doing so (rapid prototyping, flexible manufacturing, JIT with tighter chain) a company could do the right thing every once in a while.

But that's beside the point, point is you're going to need to use the money somewhere (and probably not in the tax haven where you're storing it). When you eventually move the money into whatever country you are going to use it in you'll have to pay taxes on it.

Comment Re:So the taxes were collected from salaries inste (Score 1) 262

Sure, but it was money made outside the US to begin with anyway, right? I guess I don't have a real problem with it then being spent outside the US. I also question how much you can really spend outside the US which will be of any substantial benefit to the corporation or shareholders. Sure, you can buy some subsidiaries like Microsoft bought Minecraft but at the end of the day what are they going to do? probably make money? so you have just compounded your problem and now you are stockpiling even more money you can't use where you actually want to use it.

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