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Comment Re:Clinton and Trump fall off a bridge. Who is sav (Score 1) 83

The whole mess reminds me of a joke from the East Bloc (it's kinda telling when old Soviet jokes start to work in the alleged "free" world...) where they actually allowed "free" elections where you got to choose between candidates the communist party offered. Of course it was bullshit because, well, two candidates of the same party, what kind of choice is that? So the following joke surfaced

A man goes into a shop to buy a new vase. He finds the vase section with a lot of lovely red (in the US it would be red and blue) vases. He takes a look at one and notices it has a hole, rendering it worthless. He picks up the next, only to find that it, too, is leaking. He goes from one to the next and all of them are defective. He asks the clerk what kind of mockery this is. Surprised the clerk says "But sir, why do you complain, you have the free choice!"

Comment Re:The answer (Score 1) 81

Where's that "So you think you have a way to block spam?" fill-out-form joke?

A website, or a game server, is EXACTLY the kind of machine that receives a significant portion of its requests from people it's never seen before.

On top of that, a DDoS doesn't care if you "block" it. It's still consumed 1Tb of traffic. Even if every single packet never reaches the server, the DDoS will knock you offline by swamping your connection.

You can "firewall" it right at the first point that your connection comes in. It still consumes your connection.

You have to ask your upstream to block it - who have EXACTLY the same problem. They block it, but it still consumes Terabytes of otherwise-usable bandwidth to do so.

I'm afraid your suggestion would tick almost every one of the the "Will not work because" boxes.

Comment How would they get that exactly? (Score 1) 80

The health data the Watch collects is sent only to the users phone. From there other apps can request access to parts of it, but the user has to explicitly grant permission to allow it - and they would first have to install an app that could even ask...

So tell me again how it's a data collection initiative when there are so few ways to collect the data it collects?

Maybe, just maybe, some of the fitness tracking stuff the Apple watch does is useful enough to people that it encourages healthier living. Maybe, just maybe, being told to stand every hour and stretch has long term benefits.

But no, lets discount all of that and go for the Slashdot Paranoid Delusion #75757, Standard Evil Corporate Overlord wants to know my average run pace.

Comment Lemme get this straight (Score 2) 182

Some internet trolls take a meme and dress it up to be anti-semitic. For some odd reason this (out of the thousand others that work just the same way) gets the attention of the ADL and they declare the meme, not the dress-up, but the meme, to be anti-semitic.

Seriously, if I was the troll, I'd feel on top of the world. This must be the apex of trolldom. Ultimate validation.

Comment Re:What is this... (Score 1) 182

No, Spongebob is saved by a variant of the Cute cat theory of digital activism.

Said theory says that you cannot outlaw a medium that is used by dissenting parties once it has been adopted by the masses to look at cute cats, because then the outcry would be too big and people would notice that you're the bully. In this case, people have already learned that Spongebob is a cute cartoon and labeling him a Nazi symbol would show the public that you're full of shit and have no idea what you're talking about.

But as long as it's just a rather obscure internet meme that only an "in-circle" of people knows about, you're fine.

Comment Re:There's plenty of space (Score 1) 100

I think it was a poor choice to raise a bunch of money by starting the sell spectrum to cell providers in the 90s instead of licensing it to them as had been done before

Bandwidth auctions are only selling off a LEASE of that spectrum in the first place.

so now a lot of power is concentrated into a few companies that own spectrum

Auctioning is a good way to allocate limited resources. The significant expense highly discourages carriers from buying anything they won't extensively use (leaving it open for smaller organizations) and have also encouraged the FCC to open up more spectrum to get in on some more of that big cash.

it's not necessarily in their interest to pursue certain RF research or new RF technology

It's money from the cellular carriers that has been paying for developments of 3G and 4G technologies, and is continuing with a surprisingly fast push to work on 5G.

And again, the huge expense of buying new spectrum in an auction is encouraging cellular carriers to "densify" their networks, instead of just expanding their bandwidth.

Imagine if TV stations owned their spectrum, we might never have been able to force a HD digital transition.

There's been no need for the government to force carriers to start shutting off their 2G networks and rolling out 4G. There's competition in the market, and tighter integration between sender and receiver. TV networks could never have hoped to force their audience to upgrade their all their TVs, but cell carriers can and regularly do.

Comment Re:not limitless (Score 1) 100

the organizer of an event should be given some way to coordinate and organize access to the limited resource.

They can... They get an FCC licenses for restricted RF bands, and use those, instead of heavy-handed attempts at individuals co-opting and monopolizing unlicensed bands.

Comment Re:Blocking is illegal, but this isn't... (Score 1) 100

What you absolutely don't have a right to do is to carry whatever you want onto someone else's property. Take for example weapons bans which prohibit students from bringing knives to school, to Disney World, etc.

Except you increasingly DO have that right.

"a growing number of states are passing laws where the right to ban firearms does not extend to vehicles in employer parking lots."
- http://www.employmentlawdaily....

Schools are increasingly being thrown open to concealed guns:
- http://neatoday.org/2015/03/26...

Comment Re:Why the heck can't they just use a cable? (Score 1) 100

I can totally understand banning Wifi hotspot access points at big crowded events like this.

I can totally understand many things which happen to be illegal. I don't think anyone is dumbfounded by the idea of theft, extortion, etc.

Performance will suck for EVERYONE, including the venue WiFi.

Then the venue should have licensed their own radio spectrum from the FCC. Guaranteed there would be zero contention for their band, then.

You don't get to monopolize unlicensed spectrum, and tell people they can't use their legal devices around you. That's a recipe for the "electromagnetic sensitive" nut-jobs to demand everybody in proximity to them must shut off their cell phones. And the FCC takes a particularly dim view of this behavior when it's combined with FEES. If access to their on-site WiFi was free (and speeds were tolerable), the FCC probably would have just let it slide.

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