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Comment Re:Obama.... (Score 1) 282

Sure. But they only have real power insofar as states agree to treat them as the ultimate authority. Which is very unlikely to be the case if they tried to implement such policies.

Consider that we have a UN-managed organization that handles mail and post on international level - Universal Postal Union. In fact, it's over 130 years old, predating UN itself. And yet no censorship resulted out of it, aside from what the countries themselves implement in their respective jurisdictions (which they can always do regardless, as sovereign states). Why? Same reason - if UPU were to get too heavy-handed, the drawbacks would outweigh the benefits of a single standardized mail exchange system, and large players would simply withdraw.

Comment Re:Obama.... (Score 1) 282

IANA doesn't issue individual IP addresses. It allocates blocks of addresses, and assigns them to regional Internet registries, which then in turn allocate them in their respective regions. So it can't deny you personally an IP address. At most, it can deny your entire country an IP address block, but that is basically the cyber equivalent of nuking someone - it's just not going to happen, because the whole thing will go down if anyone tries.

Comment Re:GAO is right (Score 1) 282

How exactly then will this work when one DNS server has a record for one Ip address and another points to another such as an anti Putin site?

In exactly the same way it works with the mail system.

The top-level international agency - Universal Postal Union (which is a UN agency) - defines the overall standard for what an address looks like (and they allow for plenty of leeway), and how mail addressing and routing works between countries.

Then every country defines how mail addressing and routing works inside the country.

So suppose I live in US, and me and my neighbors successfully petition to rename our street to "Putin Sucks St". Does the UPU block such an address? No, because they operate on a level where it's not even visible. On the other hand, if I send a letter from this address to Russia, or if someone in Russia sends a letter to me, then Russia can block it at/within their boundary.

What we're talking about here is the management of top-level domains and IP block allocations. So the international organization that'll take over will be dealing with the questions like "should we assign a domain and allocate some IPs to this country, that doesn't have unanimous international recognition of independence". Not questions like "should we DNS-block this politically subversive subdomain". The only way they could do the latter is by blocking entire countries.

Comment Thin sucks (Score 3, Insightful) 58

I'm sitting here looking at my nice Nexus 5x phone, that has a perfectly good 3.5mm jack on it. If I lose my earbuds, I can walk into most any store and buy absolutely adequate replacements for $10 or less. The Nexus 5 is already so thin that it felt funny in my hand and I had to buy a case for it that makes it thicker.

You think USB-C headphones that "will feature special multi-function processing units (MPUs)" are ever going to be $10?

Comment How secure is Apple itself? (Score 3, Insightful) 29

Given the FBI complaining about its encryption, this bug bounty, etc, the general impression (and yes, it might be wrong) is that the iOS platform is pretty secure.

So how secure is Apple in terms of physical security, employee security, etc?

You would think the next level of attack would be the HQ itself -- getting somebody inside, either secret agent style or compromising an Apple employee somehow.

Are people who work on iOS device security watched 24/7 by security themselves? Do they work in some kind of high security vault? Is the guy pushing the mail cart actually a deep cover FSB agent?

If you work for Apple on iOS security do you think twice when some pretty girl at the bar starts talking to you, especially if she says her name is Natasha?

Comment Re:Most rich people's houses aren't in very... (Score 1) 296

The only real long-term survival platform is an isolated farm where you can grow your own food.

Nomadic is fine, but the cannibals they encountered on their trip would have eaten even the homeless guy with the shopping cart.

And nomadic has certain risks -- uncertain access to food or water, crossing paths with other dangerous nomads, crossing into territory held by hostiles, exposure to weather and so on.

It's amusing to think about survivalism but really, things go south without a community structure pretty fast. Even a very isolated bunker has a limited timeline without access to outside resources -- 5 years, 10 at the outside for a large quantity of food stuffs amenable to long term storage? This also assumes you have no energy needs, dependence on anything that might wear out or need repairs unless you have multiple replacements which don't age in storage.

I suppose someone could treat a bunker like a long-haul space ship and provide it with a nuclear power source, a water recycling system, air filtration and the necessary parts and replacement equipment to keep it running but even that becomes a challenge past a certain timeline and requires extensive skills and a large community, and the community itself can become a liability as people aren't totally dependable.

Comment Re:Fear is a good thing for business (Score 1) 296

How is it that someone working in a sweatshop is exploiting them?

Let's ask the dictionary, shall we?

Exploitation: the action or fact of treating someone unfairly in order to benefit from their work.
"the exploitation of migrant workers"
synonyms: taking advantage, abuse, misuse, ill-treatment, unfair treatment, oppression
"the exploitation of the poor"

Comment Re:Most rich people's houses aren't in very... (Score 1) 296

Well, what you really want is a the starship Enterprise...

Obviously a nuclear powered submarine would be impossible even for Paul Allen money.

But even if Elon Musk designed a submarine, a submarine is simply too complex of a marine system to realistically manage (outside of the short-duration tethered submersibles used for finding wrecks).

A sub-surface habitat is an interesting idea, but I think the systems involved with air production and circulation would be too complex and the entire thing would be too dependent on energy.

A surface vessel has the advantages of access to wind and solar and it's not hard to imagine a system of fold-out solar panels and fold-up wind turbines to keep a large battery array charged for long-endurance anchorages. Diesel power would only be used to move the vessel to avoid serious storms or seek different anchorages.

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