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Comment Re:I didn't want the CD anyway (Score 1) 215

Most CDs don't have that problem, and since Sony had to make the discs work in existing players, the DRM was easy to disable. I think just not having your computer auto-run CD software was enough. (Or sticking some masking tape on the outer edge of the disc, or not using Windows...) The second link you provide says that none of the four labels even try to DRM CDs anymore. (That rootkit fiasco was a hoot. I'm so glad I don't use Windows at home. Sony really is an entertainment company.)

Even if CDs did have that kind of DRM on them, I'd still buy them. If it works on old CD players and on my computer without running their software, the DRM can't restrict me. If they don't make it red-book-compatible, I'll know the first time I try to use it, and I'll return it. This is a non-issue.

Comment Re:For clarification (Score 1) 215

Are you saying that they argued that streaming is a "performance"?

I've heard that the labels bought after shutting them down, and then (as sued the lawyers to strike fear into the lawyers of any other potential competitors. Do you know if was bought before it sued the lawyers?

Comment Re:I didn't say it was anarchy. (Score 1) 692

no overrarching formal authority that is going to prevent Libertopia

You'd still have to fight for it just to start. Going to Somalia would have you competing against the people already there, and anyone else that wants to barge in. Plus some people would like to do this without taking someone's current country away from them. (Not that Somalia would be a big loss, but still.)

Also, I think people are misinterpreting what they're trying to do. This isn't to make "Libertopia". (Though it sounds like they certainly wouldn't mind that.) They want to enable *experiments* with government. If you want experiments, you want a plan that allows for multiple running at once, without having to wreak havoc on people that don't want to be your test dummies.

Although, I admit that a society with "99%" of it's laws and courts removed, no law enforcement agencies, no paid defense, no tax collection, no regulatory bodies, no government facilities, etc. looks strangely similar to anarchy to me. I get these ideas from the post I replied to elsewhere.

People disagree on what, exactly, libertarianism is. A few *very* different visions get lumped together. (I guess we need to start using more specific terms...) To me, the libertarian philosophy means that everyone gets the right to do whatever they want, so long as they don't interfere with others. My idea of a libertarian government would be one that seeks to prevent people from violating each others' rights, and that's it.

Some things that I think help prevent others from violating rights:
police (especially detectives)
written laws
tax collection (since the rest of it isn't coming for free)

In my version of a libertarian society, smoking in public wouldn't be allowed, because that causes harm/risk to people that didn't consent to that risk. Others think that it means being able to do whatever drug they want, anywhere they want. While I think those people have serious problems, to me, it ultimately comes down to being able to make choices, including choosing what system of law you're in.
In my "ideal" world, it would be easier to move to another place in order to live under more favorable laws. Being able to move more easily is especially important for experimental governments. *If* anything is going to work for that, modular floating buildings might be what makes it work.

The point is, people have different ideas on how things might be made better, but often there are effects that aren't foreseen. What do we do? Try them on an existing country, making people be part of an experiment when some/many of them think it's crazy? Ignore these ideas, missing out on what might have been a major advancement?

Island building has problems, too, but they're only imposed upon whoever *decides* to risk it.

I don't have anything to do with the Seasteading Institute, but if you want to understand them, read their FAQs:

Comment Re:Unbreakable? (Score 1) 176

OTP is unbreakable, but you could argue that it isn't a "solution". :^)

Or, if a user needs to secure the confidentiality of data, can the crypto solution assure effectiveness until the data is either destroyed by the user, or until a new confidentiality solution is implemented, or until the user decides it no longer requires confidentiality.

If I steal your hard drive, you can't destroy the data anymore, or replace the solution on that hard drive. Even if I don't steal it, you're relying on having a secure way to destroy the data. OTOH, how much is a few bad sectors of old data worth?

If you can count on detecting the breach, and can take steps to make the data unimportant more quickly (change passwords, report card numbers stolen), then you just need enough time to react. If you can't do something like that, then the crypto needs to last until the data isn't sensitive anymore.

Comment Re:And who pays to keep it floating? (Score 1) 692

You can live this way today if you want. Move to Somalia, and you can do whatever you like, including establishing Libertopia, unfettered by any sort of recognized authority, once you leave the tiny bit of territory "controlled" by the "central government." Let me know how you like it.

Libertarianism is not anarchism. Why don't people get that?

Comment Re:And who pays to keep it floating? (Score 1) 692

you don't need [...]

You may not need a government to provide for your defense, but you're still paying for it. When someone commits a crime, some people will want to have them punished, and some people won't like it if they think you're punishing someone that shouldn't be punished. So you still need some kind of court, and lawyers are handy for that, even if the laws aren't complicated. A good lawyer asks good questions, you need that kind of person on your side to argue your case to whoever decides it. Welfare and much of the rest would become charity, which you would still pay for.

Now, you can argue that you'll be more efficient about all that, but how's the overhead of building and maintaining an island, and shipping in whatever you can't make?

Nice idea, but "if you love an idea, then you love it a little too much."

(BTW, cool website.)

Comment Re:Only as "free" as your ability to defend it (Score 1) 692

They all vanish after a few years

How do we know that we know about them all? Odds are that we're more likely to hear about the ones that are more likely to fall apart. Whether others exist seems indeterminate.

stay small and completely under the radar

What's wrong with that?

The more I hear about Libertarians, the less I'm impressed. None of them seem able to learn from past mistakes, understand why things are the way they are now or what the straightforward, repeatedly demonstrated consequences of their pipe-dreams are.

Not all Libertarians are island builders. Also, show me any reliable way to get the kind of government you want. Reforms are hard, and often fail. Revolution is hard, and usually fails. Island building is hard, and usually fails. "Nations" within nations appear less hard, and often fail. Much the same all around.

Looking at it that way, the ones that stand out are reform (more likely to last if you get it at all) and "nations" withing nations (probably the easiest option in the short run).

Comment Re:Even if he's right (Score 1) 186

Actually, you can't demand anything. You can ask. If they ignore you, then the COPYRIGHT owners can go after them. But not the end users. The GPL provides no legal recourse for users.

We should fix that. Users probably shouldn't get to enforce everything in the GPL, as coders should be able to show mercy, but we should be able to demand source code.

You'd have to prove that they got code under the GPL, though. That'd probably mean showing that they didn't write it, that the author released it under GPL, and that they didn't give them alternative terms. Sounds like you'd still need at least testimony from the rights-holders.


Comment Re:Nobody cares about Scam Radio (Score 1) 102

How about a global RF-based internet, controlled only by the UN and free to all people on the planet? High-speed high capacity links on microwave and UHF, slower-speed longer-range links on VHF and HF. Free internet, controlled by no government and no corporations, for and by the people. The technology exists. The frequencies exist. We just have to get rid of the hams and get the work done. The broadband monopolies would die, and their regimes of censorship and thought controls with them.
This would be a great leap forward for all mankind, and all we have to do is clear out the hams and then make it happen.
This is the kind of stuff the hams are SUPPOSED to be doing themselves, but they're too lazy and/or invested in the existing regimes to do it.

Why would the UN get involved with this? What makes you think that UN control would mean no effective governmental control? A UN-controlled internet would likely turn into a recording/movie industry-controlled internet. It would have every spy agency getting whatever access they wanted. Countries would force each other into it, and blame the treaties they signed so no one has to answer to their people.

Free? Yeah, right. Who would pay for it? Are you talking about a zero-infrastructure network? If so, it's easier said than done. If not, who pays for the relays that have to support ever-increasing traffic?

If you think that hams are just being lazy by not building this, then get a ham licence and do it yourself. Seriously. If anyone had such a project that looked fairly viable, I'd get whatever licence needed to get involved right away and jump in. If you become a ham, you won't need permission from anyone to launch such a project. Prove that they're being lazy by ceasing to be lazy yourself. There's nothing stopping you.
(Me? I'm so lazy I haven't even become a ham yet. I'm guessing the same is true of you. Maybe I should get around to fixing that.)

Comment Re:Nobody cares about Scam Radio (Score 2) 102

Okay, I'll bite. It's been a while since I've wasted time arguing on Slashdot.

Ham Radio is just a big scam so that a bunch of Republican retirees can sit around with ancient equipment and chat with their buddies without having to pay for phone time or internet access.

'Cause ham radio equipment is so much cheaper than the phones that they already have, and that they still use? Of the few hams I know, they all have phones, most of them including cell phones.

They do nothing that cannot be done better by actual professional crews

Some hams are also radio professionals. One ham I met was also a (cell phone?) network tech, who became a ham operator because he wanted to learn more about the fundamentals of radio technology. Being a ham makes him a better member of his "professional crew".

and they do nothing in the research arena anymore.

You mean like making the first cell phones? CDMA was made and used by hams before anyone else. How exactly would an inventor experiment with a new radio tech idea? Auction for bandwidth just to find out if your idea even works? Ask permission to innovate? Yeah, that's American.

In 20 years nobody will know or care what a ham radio is. The world will be a better place for it.

Yeah, a lack of fault-tolerant, long range, emergency radio links will surely make this world a better place. If you figure letting polluting humans just die instead of coordinating rescue efforts is a net gain.

Ham radio is about freedom, something a few of us still care about, not just cool new cell phones. The freedom to transmit using any protocol, any modulation, to anyone, anywhere. For all the talk about the internet being a tool for free speech, it isn't nearly as free as ham radio. Hams have gotten information across borders in some of the countries cracking down on protesters, when the internet lines were completely cut off, and people were being searched for media at the border. They've got ATV to get video out of there. What do you have?

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