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Comment Re:OpenVPN port tcp/443 (Score 1) 12

My understanding is that some deep packet inspection methods can determine if potentially encrypted data is being passed through a filter. Obviously it's going to be error prone, but what does that matter when the general plan is to sufficiently inconvenience people so they don't even try. I doubt the PRC cares that maybe the odd innocent bystander's data gets hit as a false positive.

As a counter to that, I have read of encryption schemes that will bypass this kind of filtering, but it's going to be a lot slower as a lot more junk data has to be thrown in to fool detection. Good for low-bandwidth needs like passing text-based emails and the like, but not much good for anything high bandwidth like voice communications.

Comment Re:If I were Google, this is where I'd put emphasi (Score 4, Interesting) 48

We're #379 on the Fortune 500 with approximately 3000 employees, and aside from tiny enclaves everyone uses Google Office. I don't know that I'd say that we actually enjoy it, or that it's a pleasure to use, but honestly I don't actually know anyone who'd say that about Microsoft's product either :)

Comment Re:Gay people (Score 1) 347

I believe him. He doesn't need to be amazingly attractive. He just needs to be moderately attractive. Also, if he's from the East Coast and in SF on business, that probably means he is well dressed too. Personally, I've been propositioned a couple of times in the Bay Area, plus I've been groped by another guy once during New Years, and I'm not the most attractive guy around. That being said, I'm surprised he found it that annoying.

To me, the most annoying is the aggressive panhandling. Just yesterday night, I had to yell at a panhandler at a gas station in Berkeley just because he was so determined to wash my cars' windows (despite the fact that it was raining cats and dogs and the fact that I had already said 'no' to him). This kind of thing happens constantly in San Francisco. "Hey, I want to ask you a question!" "Yes?" "Listen to me friend. I'm going to be honest with you. [2 minutes later after a long explanation of his life's story, he finally gets to the point] I need money to get on Bart. Whatever you have? Pennies would do." And whatever you do, don't give him pennies (even if he says that's sufficient). I did that a few years ago and I just got them thrown back at my face.

Comment Income distribution (Score 1) 248

Do you really want a gaming company to sell its games to an oligarch in Russia at roughly 3.7 times less the price of what they would cost in the US? Besides, it's not like a game is a vital piece of software to own. And in poorer countries, it's not like everyone owns a computer fast enough to run the latest game, or owns a computer at all.

And where it comes to non-gaming software, there are other ways a company can make sure its software goes to people who can afford it. It can create student licenses, language localized editions, versions for non-profits, nagware software, software which produces watermarked assets, web hybrid applications, open source software with various levels of support, etc. There are thousands of options, but ultimately the company making that software has to make this kind of decision for itself based on its own capabilities and based on what it thinks the market can bear.

In some countries, making payments can be so difficult as a consumer, that selling a piece of software at a fraction of the cost based on a country's gdp wouldn't necessarily work. And in other cases still, a company could easily cannibalize its own local customer base by providing competing foreign customers with cheaper software.

Comment Re:As a tech worker with kids... (Score 1) 347

Actually, SF has some pretty awesome schools. There's a great number of 9/10 and 10/10 schools from elementary to High School. Unlike, say, Oakland or Berkeley, where there's some good elementary schools, but middle schools are so-so at best, and you basically have to go to private school for High School.

And of course there are a great number of jobs based in SF. Many tech companies have offices there, even if it's not quite Palo Alto. Square and Uber come to mind, just because they're big companies and I have friends working there, but there's also banks and lawyers and a great many other well-paying jobs.

Comment Not good enough! (Score 3, Funny) 230

I want him to roll in the additions from Cilk++, Aspect-Oriented C++ and FeatureC++, the mobility and personalisation capabilities of Occam Pi, the networking extensions provided by rtnet and GridRPC, full encryption and error correction code facilities, everything in Boost, and a pointless subset of features from PL/1.

If you're going to do it all, might as well do it in style.

Seriously, though, Aspects would be nice.

Comment Re: Not so innocent after all (Score 1) 139

Pretty much my experience of having to go to church as a kid. There were a few fanatical true believers, and everyone else did it because of some variant of Pascal's Wager. I finally dropped out of the whole thing when I was sixteen, not for any noble reason but mainly because I wanted to smoke and have sex, but even at that age at least part of the reason for my rejection was that my family's church had absolutely absurd beliefs, in particular their view on evolution. I had secretly accepted evolution since I was nine years old and had read a book in the school library on the evolution of humans from Australopithecus onward, but nine year olds don't have the personal authority to tell their parents and their religious authorities that they're all full of shit, whereas a sixteen year old has the right combination of hormones and hubris to brazenly tell everyone "Your beliefs are beyond absurd, and border on the criminally idiotic."

It might have gone a bit differently if I were raised in a more mainstream church like Catholicism, Lutheranism or Anglicanism, where they do try to keep the idiocy to a minimum, but in the more wingnut Protestant churches, the maniacal stupidity just drove me away. At the end of it I became I guess what one would describe as a "weak atheist" bordering on agnostic. I know the existence of Yahweh can never be disproven, but I see absolutely no reason at all that such a being need be invoked, and whenever I see Yahweh invoked by Christians, Muslims and Jews, it's often to justify something noxious, or to prop up the weak-minded who need constant reminders that prostrating themselves to the deacon now means eternal salvation.

Comment Re:Tables are turning (Score 1) 455

What hysteria? The arctic was 30 degrees above seasonal norms this winter. The fact is that CO2 has the properties it has, and that means you increase PPM of CO2 you trap more energy in the lower atmosphere. The universe doesn't care about your desire to declare anyone who says anything that makes you feel uncomfortable a "hysteric". AGW is an inevitable consequence of physical laws, and not the state of Wyoming or Donald Trump can do even the tiniest thing to alter those physical laws. Don't want to totally fuck up the Earth's climate by 2100, then stop burning fossil fuels.

Comment Re:Tables are turning (Score 4, Insightful) 455

And what would you call this proposed bill in Wyoming? It's an unapologetic subsidy to the coal industyr, because clearly the Wyoming government believes that the Wyoming coal industry will not be able to compete with renewables. Now maybe the justification boils down to "we get more taxes from coal than wind", but whatever that justification is, the intention is clear, Wyoming coal is seen as being at a competitive disadvantage, and therefore it will be subsidized by making renewable energy sources more expensive.

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