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Comment 'Shielded' defined (Score 1) 107

SHIELDED now means --- any country that merely contains an Internet framework consisting of just-routers and just-links that is designed to let their population access the Internet in the most basic, streamlined and packet-passing manner possible.

Like the United States used to be before consortium ISPs started intercepting traffic, building certain 'features' into their NAT boxes, installing FBI compliance platforms. Before the NSA started installing its split-to-dark-fiber taps and 'capture and forward' rooms at and between tier 1 providers, Charter be damned.

Russia is not shielding anybody, it just lacks that Big Brother framework.
Internet, the way it used to be.
Because Pepperidge Farm remembers.

Comment FIRST, they came for Pepe the frog (Score 3, Insightful) 391

First, they came for Pepe the frog.
I didn't speak up, because I was not a Trump supporter...

Then, they infiltrated ICANN and began matching expressions to block registration of new 'hateful' domain names.
Then, the international copyright corpus paid lucrative fees to have trademarks added to the 'hate' blocking database.
Then, root and 1LD servers began returning NXDOMAIN responses to 'non-compliant' names, regardless of prior existence or fees paid.
Then, the servers began returning NXDOMAIN responses even if the 'non-compliant' match was in the subdomain portion.
Then, the servers began silently completing 'non-compliant' name responses to build a database of 'non-compliant' ip addresses.
Then, the tier 1 companies and consortium ISPs began black-holing non-compliant ip addresses.
Then, the tier 1s developed the 'ICMP trace-ping' to centrally log attempts to reach non-compliant ip addresses.
Then, the international non-compliance organization (managed by ICANN) began issuing automated 'takedown' requests for the source ip addresses.
Then, consortium ISPs streamlined the takedown process and modified their TOS to support the suspension of non-compliant service.
Then, the FBI and NSA joined TOR to issue a steady stream of 'non-compliant' traffic to ensure that all onion nodes remain suspended.
Then, countries such as China are maintaining their own clone of the non-compliance framework for their own (eg, Falun Gong) reasons.
Then, 'peace treaties' between countries are negotiated with conditions that member countries mutually share and implement their respective 'non-compliance' framework.
Here, my dystopian Internet vision ends.

Pepe the frog survives, though he is reading a book by candle light.
Don't get me started on non-compliant books.

Comment Re:Black swan events (Score 1) 248

In contrast, subsidies for different energy sources are 23.1 cents/kWh for solar, 3.5 cents/kWh for wind, and 0.2 cents/kWh for nuclear. (Tables ES4 and ES4. Solar received $4.393 billion in subsidies while generating 19,000 GWh. Wind received $5.936 billion while generating 5,936 GWh, and nuclear received $1.66 billion while generating 789,000 GWh.) That's right. The subsidy for solar is 1650x more expensive than cleaning up nuclear accidents. The subsidy for wind is 250x more expensive.

[...] Statistically, per unit of energy generated, nuclear power is the safest power source man has invented.

BLESS YOU for bringing forward subsidy per units of energy produced.

I'd like to Krazy-Glue some of these Slashdot posters to the wall and dangle a bottle of nail polish remover in front of them, to be handed over after they answer the question: "Would YOU personally pay ~115 times more for solar, and ~17 times as much for wind?" I should be allowed to glue my poster. I should be allowed to think.

Glad to see you got modded up in general, but sad to see the only commenters you get repeat that "economics don't work out" yarn they heard somewhere and repeat only when emotional appeals will not work. Deep down they just do not like nuclear energy and will grasp at anything. As it stands... to completely green-field Three Mile Island Unit 2, there have been estimates of ~$918 million, of which ~$665 is in the bank. That ~$253 million deficit is hardly worth crowing about... and I strongly suspect that 918 million is the 'Epi-Pen' price, you know, the amount things cost if you lock the most greedy, opportunistic people together in a room and don't let them out until they deliver a nice pork barrel. These things could (and should) be done for less.

Comment Shouda Oughtta Gone For The Duck (Score 1) 167

the final trial in the series was not actually part of the study plan. That kid who was sent to get the signs printed, they did them by the dozen so he cooked it up, it was his idea. With mock earnestness the signs were placed on the post and the horse was led around. They were,

1. A symbol representing quantum "spooky action at a distance".

2. A symbol representing a horse indicating a choice by indicating a symbol indicating a choice indicated by a symbol indicating a choice, by a horse.

3. A duck. No seriously, a duck. Really.

The horse pricked back its ears and leaned away from spooky towards the duck, then swung back slightly, as if to indicate

blurred motion at the edges of vision, for a moment clearly the edges repeated which warp through the center accompanied by a sudden and awful smell of burning plastic (isn't there always?) and a sound half crackling half laughter yet horrifyingly like reality being crumpled up like a newspaper or the sudden horror of blackened paper edges when no flame is visible all to hide something unthinkably


Comment Yet Another Robot/Waldo Nuisance Story (Score 1) 129

Where's Waldo? Everywhere.
Where's the robot? Still trying to climb stairs.

When robots finally do arrive we won't realize that it happened, because the word 'robot' will have been applied to every device out there to which no human is presently attached, but yet is attached through the miracle of radio.

PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN squinting into a video display with a joystick in his hand... THIS... IS... A... ROBOT!

Comment Re:Riunite on ice, That's nice... (Score 1) 67

...but will we be able to fix them when they stop working?

You're so silly, asking all these questions!

Microsoft has been studying Apple products but also filagree jellyfish brought up from the deeps of the world's oceans. When they saw that the beautiful and precious jellyfish had arrived at the surface rendered into sad shapeless ooze, it gave them an idea.

It will be called a Surface Tablet because they intend to manufacture them deep in the ocean, press the pieces together into shells down there with hydraulic rams, then bring them up to the surface and sell them. Apple has been tormented by all those clever people who find ways into their products to replace batteries, and other horrors. Microsoft's Surface Tablet will be internally pressurized at over 1,000 atmospheres. If you crack the shell it will take out the walls of your house and your flattened remains will be intermixed with several cubic yards of electronic ooze.

They'll have real jellyfish inside as a screen saver.

Comment Nothing to see here, move along (Score 2) 94

When a near-miss asteroid of any size is spotted with only three day's notice, it's probably not a good idea for them to say that "The planet was never in any danger."

Unless they want everyone to just shrug it off and go about our normal business while we wait to die in a sudden 'KT' fiery maelstrom.

Do they?

Comment Leave the damned kid alone, go after the father (Score 4, Insightful) 319

Ahmed is a genuine nerd, just as I was at his age. When I assembled and installed alarm systems from salvaged alarm parts I stated clearly and honestly that I had "built" them. To an electronics beginner even taking something apart and re-presenting it in a novel way gives great satisfaction. There is nothing fake-ass about any of it. It saddens me to read all these arbitrarily constructed harsh judgements here, which NONE of you would ever apply to your OWN children. At that age you have to compare the desire to handle and understand electronics to the act of doing nothing at all, watching television, or tunelessly strumming a guitar imagining you're a few songs away from screaming fame.

The totality of the response by the school was a surprise to the boy... who may have been aware that his project might stir some suspicion but the boy also honestly believed he could 'diffuse' such concerns with the power of his own words, and the simple fact that the truth was on his side. It was a small thing, and (maybe) fun to give a little push back to any alarm. The fact that his science teacher had seen and approved of the project underscores this.

Ahmed's father was another story. There was certainly a gleam in his eye as he participated in the project, knowing of the unique social forces and ugly escalating institutional response that was possible. Ahmed needs to come to the firm conclusion that his own father is an asshole. Please do not judge the kid for his father being an asshole.

If his father has not apologized to him at least privately, his father is a flaming asshole.
And some of the responses in this thread indicate the presence of flaming assholes as well.

Comment Conspiratorial grab bag!! (pick one or more!) (Score 1) 231

* Trump is evil businessman with secret tax deductions (little boxes checked with circles 'n arrows indicatin' father stabbin', mother rapin', dog kickin' 'n Putin lovin') and he must hide this at all costs
* He filed with EZ form and is embarrassed to admit it
* He wants all the clueless fascist idiots out there to reveal themselves to his voter base, as they publicly insinuate that this tradition of candidates' voluntarily releasing personal tax filings is mandatory and necessary to avert suspicion. So far we have had a Associate Justice of the Supreme Court revealed as one who does not understand this (implicit) right to privacy. Which is embarrassing to the country as a whole.
* Obama's IRS is actually delaying completion of the routine audit to make it seem as if Trump is trying to hide something. "Oh yeah? I'll give you something to complain about!"
* Obama's IRS is actually expediting completion of the routine audit, and this is what super-whizzy-fast Federal procedures look like in this computer-assisted people-dumb idiocracy. "Audits! It's what tax returns crave!"
* This audit delay is the act of a vengeful God. Everyone is simply trying their best and deserves a pat on the head and a prayer. A candlelight vigil in front of the IRS building may help.
* A man can dig a post hole in 60 seconds, therefore sixty men can dig a post hole in one second. Obama has tasked every one of the IRS's 89,000 employees to this single important audit. But the return is soo big that even so, it will take extra time.
* Unbeknownst to the average taxpayer it now takes the IRS ~28 months to process its annual tax returns, up from 12 months in 1965.
* The IRS is presently rolling back an inadvertently triggered Windows 10 upgrade.
* It's all a smokescreen to hide the other smokescreens.
* And mirrors, lots of mirrors! As the magician saws Trump in half, you must not be permitted to notice there is one hairy leg and one smooth leg.

Music with which to contemplate the release of Trump's tax return

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