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Comment in other countries (Score 1) 55

So basically all the money the government has collected as fines and penalties is distributed evenly to all taxpayers. That money was collected as compensation for crimes against society, and this way it gets distributed back to society.

That's exactly how it works in other countries (e.g.: Switzerland).
Fines don't go to the department (e.g.: to the police)
Fines go to the public spending budget, so the country has more money to do things (in addition to the tax money), or more practically, gets less indebted to do the same things...

Comment IPv6 tunneling (Score 1) 34

i will admittedly say i have no idea what sixxs is

SixXS was a free IPv6 tunneling service, so that people with only IPv4 provider can still get access to IPv6 addresses through a 3rd party.
(But more reliably than 6in4 which is dependent on the dynamic IPv4 address, and relies on volunteer servers reached though anycast).

The idea was to break the chicken-and-egg problem faced by IPv6 migration :
- content provider don't care about moving to IPv6 because nobody is using it and most people are still on IPv4
- and ISP not spending the effort to provide IPv6 to their clients, because there's no IPv6 content to justify the move.

SixXS provided a 3rd party with a very reliable way to get onto IPv6, so at least the "there are no users" excuse isn't valid anymore.

Now fast forward a decade and a half later and nowadays a lot of content providers *ARE* on IPv6 (e.g.: Google, most universities, etc.), but there are still ISP not providing IPv6 on their network (e.g.: using something like 6rd, which basically works like 6in4 but relies on official servers with fixed address that is owned and operated by the ISP),
Instead of that ISPs let the users go use SixXS, for the users who want IPv6. So rely on a free 3rd party service, instead of putting the efforts themselves to enable IPv6 for their own users as they should be doing.

So SixXS is shutting down to force ISPs to setup and listen to their users and provide IPv6, instead of deferring it to SixXS.

its sad to see them go since it was a free service, providing a service for people without means.

The thing is, SixXS was providing a service that should in theory be provided by the ISPs themselves, but some are too lazy to implement IPv6 even after almost 2 decades.

(and it's not for people without means. Technically, it's for people who have the means to pay an ISP for a connection, but said ISP is damn shit lazy and doesn't care to provide something more modern than last century's IPv4)

Comment Re:Tractor investors, not breakers. (Score 1) 491

300SD were eurotaxis. They were built for a market that puts a million miles on a vehicle, but doesn't get emotional about keeping it going past its economic life.

300SDs were extremely popular in the USA. That's why there are still so many of them running around in spite of the fact that the body is expensive to maintain. It's only relatively recently that most parts became relatively affordable, via eBay. You used to have to just pay exorbitant prices at dealers. But those parts you can't get are a serious problem. The "Febi-Bilstein" ignition lock I had to buy for my 300SD feels like garbage. I have a distinct feeling it is actually neither Febi nor Bilstein, but it's what is available.

Comment Re:What a letdown... (Score 1) 182

The fact is, there were apparently riots during the inauguration. I am no supporter of Trump but that's just shameful;

Yes, supporting trump certainly is shameful.

The social fabric is not breaking down, trump is tearing it in half. If you think that's not going to lead to riots, think more.

Comment Re:So, the gist of it is... (Score 1) 182

Been through customs with you phone and you lost sight of it for a couple of minutes, well, sucker you should have dumped it right away because the chances that phone that someone else now owns has been spying on you since then.

So I will just take a nandroid before I fly and then restore it on the plane, easy peasy. It takes more than a couple of minutes to make a new backup. And if I actually use encryption then I get a password which they would have to know in order to fake my backup.

Comment Re:Expect Russia to take advantage (Score 1) 69

If Russia wanted to take any Ukranian land, it would have been taken.

Even Russia cares about international opinion. Not necessarily about what it looks like today, but what it will look like next week. They need to maintain plausible deniability, so they are not simply rolling over them.

In a world which contained no countries but Russia and Ukraine, there would be only Russia.

Comment Re:Let's put tons of ammo together in a massive pi (Score 1) 69

Where do you propose they store it? In shoeboxes in the various soldiers' homes? That would be as distributed as possible, right?

Ammunition depots are a fact of logistics. Ammunition has to be guarded, so you lump it together in as many places as you can afford to guard, and no more.

Comment Re: Liability (Score 1) 491

If they make it illegal, won't that suddenly make it not the #1 cash crop (at least not one that gets tax money into the state's coffers)? I'm not saying that banning it again (or rather, taking up anti-pot enforcement in a big new way) is a sensible idea, I think we're in violent agreement here, but sensibility hasn't stopped many people from doing many stupid things (such as electing Trump), because many people just aren't sensible. Plus, Sessions' anti-pot cronies stand to make a lot of money through vigorous anti-pot enforcement. Anyway, back to CAF: if they start stealing everything that pot owners and dealers have, that would quickly put a damper on things I think. What'd be interesting, however, is if the state governments turned on them and started arresting the federal agents for theft, and states started really rebelling legally against the federal government. It could get pretty ugly.

Comment Re:Plutocracy (Score 1) 355

It really depends. How far ahead in the future is it, and how much effort is required to delay it, and what's the effort/delay ratio, and also what's the probability that your delay tactic will even work and how much? So, for instance, if the disaster won't happen for a few decades, and delaying it for another few decades will take a large amount of effort, which you could instead spend enjoying your life, then why bother? If you're going to be elderly or dead by then, what's the point? Sure, you can worry about your progeny, but what if you don't have any? And why frustrate yourself into an early grave that way, when most of your countrymen are intent on working against you because of their ignorance and idiocy?

I can certainly see why Elon wants to set up a colony on Mars.

Comment Re:John Deere is a problem (Score 1) 491

Yeah, those are my thoughts about Chrysler too. Of course, Fiat isn't exactly known for being an automotive leader, and neither is "Groupe PSA" (owns Peugot and Citroen), so I guess it makes sense that these 3rd-rate has-been automakers are consolidating. But in the case of Opel at least, it's going from American ownership back to European ownership.

Comment chip on your shoulder (Score 5, Insightful) 147

Given Europe's attitude towards hate speech and how they enforce "right to be forgotten", I'm surprised that they haven't already erected a GFW at this point

...said the main living in the glorious country where the simple apparition of a nipple is considered a major mediatic catastrophe, where breast feeding is a public offense, and where anything remotely sexual is sure to traumatise the next few generations of youth. (and where nude bodies are probably terrorism-level material).

To each country and culture its own taboos.
For Germany, it might be hate speech, for France it might be "right to be forgotten", and for the USA it's anything which isn't missionary position with the sole purpose to procreate.

Beware of the nude-nipple-terrorists, America !

Comment Re:Sunk cost fallacy (Score 1) 199

How does forcing them to use a different communication medium stop them from spreading ideas you disagree with?

If all the newspapers and TV stations in the world refuse to run a news story, then it'll prevent the story from spreading. It doesn't entirely stop it, obviously. Even before the Internet, there would have still been word of mouth. Still, it prevents it from spreading to the extent that it would have otherwise.

It seems to me that giving them the allure of being the 'stuff THEY don't want you to see' only helps promote it, instead.

You're conflating two things. You're talking about something like the Streisand Effect, where trying to hide information paradoxically causes it to spread. That can happen, although if reputable sources of information refuse to acknowledge it, it might still be relegated to the status of rumor. I'm talking about a different thing, which is more about whether credence and credibility are given to speech. Racism, for example, isn't a secret that people are curious about. No one is sitting at home thinking, "I heard something about this white supremacism. No one has ever been willing to advocate lynching, so the idea is so much more alluring now!"

It's more like, there are various people who are racist to varying degrees and in different ways. That's already in their lives. If the people around you who are credible members of the group you perceive as belonging to are all lynching people, talking about lynching, and advocating lynching, then there's a much greater chance that you'll end up lynching someone. If the suggestion of lynching elicits a response of "Hell no. That's fucked up. What's wrong with you?!" then you're less likely to lynch anyone. That's just how people work. If services like Twitter promote and amplify hate-speech, you're going to end up with more people thinking it's a normal and acceptable thing. If Twitter bans it and sends the message that it's unacceptable, then its prevalence lessens.

And yes, I know there will still be some backlash. There are white supremacists who are going to be irate any time you imply that white supremacy is not acceptable. There are some occasional assholes who will say the exact thing that that they think will be most offensive and get them the most attention. However, ultimately most people will generally adopt the social mores of whatever group they perceive themselves to be a part of. A responsible member of society tries to avoid and discourage horrible behavior and speech in order to encourage better social mores.

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