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Comment Re:No return trips? (Score 4, Funny) 385

Instead of the ambition to send people in giant ships to Mars, how about the ambition to fix the God damned space ships he's got now that regularly fail to get into LEO?

Good idea! You should call up Musk and suggest that to him, I bet he never thought of that.

Internet commenters save the day again!

Comment Re:Imagine (Score 1) 120

As long as we're imagining, let's imagine if they'd spent the last two decades following through the original GNU plan to build a desktop on top of GNUStep, so our long-refined desktop environment sits on top of an API and object model source-compatible with macOS.

Comment Re:sheeple (Score 1) 375

Only sheeple will vote no. They do not see the military-indystrial-financial complex as it is. They do not see the 'country' as it is. The country is run b y the complex. Not by /true/ patriots. And I am looking in from the outside so I /can/ know.

First rule of sheeple: If you're convinced that everyone else is blind and you're the only person who really understands what's going on, you're a sheeple yourself. From a different flock, perhaps, but with similar delusions.

Comment Re:But can it handle DOS attacks? (Score 1) 126

Aw, c'mon, you're not being nearly cynical enough. This is actually an NSA/KGB/TLA/Illuminati honeypot -- they fund this, market it, see who buys one, then they know who to watch in the future. If they can sneak some actual backdoors into it, so much the better, but even if they don't, it's served its purpose.

Comment Re: Not a nice way to die (Score 1) 429

It gets a little better, though -- any species with resources to cross interstellar distances probably has better things to do than gratuitously turn a small-but-biologically active planet into (yet another) molten hellworld.

If the aliens are stopping by to refuel, they'll probably head to Jupiter or some other larger planet with more raw materials.

If they're here as scientists, collectors, or tourists, they'll probably want to leave Earth more or less as it is (modulo some sample collecting), since it wouldn't make much sense to destroy the things they came to look at.

If they're here for the delicious human-steaks they heard about on the Intergalactic Home Shopping Channel, they're doing it wrong -- rather than traveling light years to round people up, it's much quicker and cheaper to just download the recipe and assemble the ideal human-steak locally in their in-home matter assemblers.

If they're here for other inscrutable alien reasons, they may not bother with Earth at all, or even notice that there is anything unusual or interesting about it.

Comment Re:That's Swell (Score 1) 429

Do they also have a solution to the problem of all those dead rats decomposing under Chicago that they're going to have in a couple of months?

I didn't do anything crazy like RTFA, but according to the summary they are just going to leave them there and ignore them.

Comment Re:Other People's Playlists (Score 1) 64

I'm surprised so many people want to listen to playlists that somebody else made.

It's the new radio. Even when I used to make mixtapes and mix CDs in school, I'd eventually get tired of listening to the same things and turn to the radio to get some variety.

I love the idea of a radio station -- a curated playlist that fits within a general theme and evolves over time. That's what I'm very often looking for in music, and it's why I still listen to the radio in my car. I get tired of single albums or trying to manually create large and diverse playlists. It's also why I use still Pandora. I have a few stations which seem to work fairly well, although it does seem to get pretty repetitive, and I'm wary of adding new seed artists due to fears of ruining what I've got currently.

That said, I abhor advertising and don't tolerate it in any quantity. I can subscribe to Pandora but when a radio station starts playing ads I change stations. If all of my usual stations are on commercials, I mute the volume and enjoy the silence for a while. At least mixtapes never had that problem (well, unless you forgot to hit the Stop button while recording! :)

Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 64

So, serious question: What do other people hear? Are there lots of ads? Is this a regional thing?

Ad-blockers like Adblock Plus usually block all visual and auditory ads on Pandora's free version. I used to listen to it all the time and see or hear an ad, but after a couple of months I decided to subscribe because I want to support companies which offer a service that isn't subsidized by advertising. I've paid for Pandora for about 3 years now.

My question is what this means for existing customers. I pay $4 per month now, since I was an existing subscriber when they moved to $5. Will we be included in this move to the new system at our current price, or will it increase?

Comment Re:Propose 'A' Technology? (Score 3, Insightful) 199

The path from a neutral Internet to the one Comcast execs dream of at night is a slippery slope. Even embracing partial steps towards that end will lead to yet more, as the specific cases are generalized down to something so vague and weak that any ISP can use it to assign whatever priorities they want to whatever traffic. It will go from "user controlled fast lanes" to "dynamic fast lanes" to "ISP curated fast lanes" to "ISP controlled fast lanes for the sake of general network health".

No one will care that their netflix packets are prioritized lower than their voice packets, since netflix streams and voice needs to be near real-time.

Latency and throughput are very different things. NetFlix does not need to be "real-time" -- it only requires enough throughput to build up a buffer big enough to smoothly play content and handle network variations. Voice calls are very different. They require very low latency and cannot be buffered.

No application bandwidth limiting, just prioritization.

I agree, but we already have that and you even named it. Quality of Service and Class of Service have already largely solved this problem. The only people saying that this kind of prioritization is the same thing as provider or application level throttling (fast and slow lanes), or that QoS will be illegal under Net Neutrality laws are the big telecos and their paid shills.

Once you open the door to "fast lanes" even a little bit, that's it. The level of neutrality will fall over time until it's another fondly distant Internet memory -- kind of like anonymity and the Fourth Amendment.

Comment Oh, lord, this nonsense again (Score 2) 128

This is meaningless outside of symbolism.

Anybody can set up an alternate root server, and the only thing that makes any particular root server's assignments valuable is if ISPs in general use it. At worst, if ICANN (or any successor) abuses control over the root servers, there will be a few weeks until everybody switches to a fork under new management (probably under a consortium of businesses led by Google anyway). And as the so-called US government oversight of the current servers is entirely without any practical effects at all, so would be "surrendering" it.

The fact that US "control" keeps generating news stories is the obvious reason to give it up; it causes antagonism and controversy without adding any value at all.

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