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Comment Re:Remote exploit (Score 1) 61

Most attacks these days are a sequence of memory safety violation followed by memory disclosure followed by arbitrary code execution. ASLR is meant to make the memory disclosure part harder, but there are now half a dozen known attack techniques that allow ASLR to be bypassed. Off the shelf attack toolkits will include these mechanisms, so it's a mistake to assume that an attacker won't be able to bypass it. It increases the barrier to entry from script kiddie with 5-year-old toys to script kiddie with new toys.

Comment Re:Holy flamebait batman! (Score 1) 877

If you don't have a job, "relocation" is a bus ticket. But very few people move to improve their circumstances.

Not true. If you don't believe me, look at the statistics for worker mobility - they correlate strongly with wealth. Poor people are a lot more reliant on their support networks (family, friends, and so on). If they're in a poorly paying job, then they probably can't afford to take a month to look for a new one in the new location (especially with the real possibility that they won't find one). If they don't have a job, then there's a strong psychological pressure not to move to places with fewer jobs and there's likely to be a delay in receiving unemployment benefit as these things are typically administered locally.

In contrast, someone like a typical Slashdot poster can afford to stay in a hotel room for a week or two (or have an employer willing to pay the cost) while they look for somewhere to live and will typically be able to find a job before they start moving.

Oh, if we're willing to tax the first dollar of earnings (over the UBI), it's far more credible. But right now the majority pays effectively no income tax, so that would be a massive change.

UBI itself is a massive change, so it's weird to think that you'd introduce it without introducing massive changes. Most proposals for UBI have it replace the tax-free allowance. You might have a very small tax-free allowance on top of it, but generally the way of balancing the books involves paying tax on all earned income.

Comment Re: Probably. As resource-rich as Earth. (Score 1) 123

It's pretty doubtful that any kind of pre-biotic organic matter could even survive where there is a large biosphere with thousands of species that eat such matter are around. As to not observing things, well, no one has observed a quark, or indeed, any elementary particle, and we can only infer their existence from other lines of evidence. Does that mean electrons are impossible, or does it just mean that direct observation is not the only way you confirm a theory?

Beyond that, other aspects of your post amount to straw men. There's no reason to believe DNA was the first means of passing hereditable traits, or that the earliest self-replicating molecules were much like life we observe today.

Comment Re:Best use of your Entertainment $ out there (Score 2) 90

The big advantage of the content Netflix itself produces, or at least buys outright, is that it can show it in all the countries it is available in. So while a specific show, like the Marvel series, may be considered "niche" when one looks at one single market, the viewership in all markets for even a niche show can be substantial.

Comment Re:Luke Cage and Daredevil Season 2 were awesome (Score 1) 90

I don't know, Shades by the third to last episode is the only bad guy that's making any sense at all. Diamondback may be channeling Samuel L Jackson's Bible quoting from Pulp Fiction, but he comes off as reckless to the point of stupidity. Cottonmouth at least tried to be strategic.

Comment Re:basic income (Score 1) 877

Comparing committing a felony to receiving state benefits is a false comparison, and I think you know it. The constitution protects the voting franchise, and does not permit its limitation save through due process (in other words the courts). A felony may be voluntary, but that doesn't mean every voluntary act is a felony.

One way or the other, there are going to be a very large number of people who cannot achieve sufficient employment, as we currently understand it, to pay for their rent and food. I don't give a rat's ass about Libertarian principles (I think the entire group of Anarchist and Libertarian philosophies to be unworkable in practice), what I do know is that people are going to have to have some ability to survive when AI and robots are doing even many low-skill service industry jobs, and even performing many mid-level skill jobs. Whether it's UBI or it's much higher minimum wages, the corporate world is going to have to pay if it wants to heavily automate, and the practice of corporations to hide behind some sort of Libertarian pronouncements about the unworthiness of people receiving state money won't cut it.

Comment Re:Luke Cage and Daredevil Season 2 were awesome (Score 5, Interesting) 90

I think the long term is likely to be a heavy mix of both; licensing material from other studios, along with producing its own. Netflix largely got into this because of House of Cards, which, as I understand it, had already had a first season in the can and Netflix shelled out for it. It was the great experiment, and its success convinced Netflix that it could work at least in some capacity as its own network.

I think the long-term game for Netflix is probably convincing more studios to make content for it to distribute, and that is disruptive. Amazon is moving in the same direction, so I think we are seeing the first waves of what will be a heavy disruption of the traditional model. The more content the online services have, the more people will cut the cord, and the long term outlook for the traditional TV networks looks pretty grim.

Comment Re:Luke Cage and Daredevil Season 2 were awesome (Score 1) 90

The biggest problem I have with Cage is that it just seems to crawl through the middle of the series. Now that I'm near the end things are actually happening again, but yes, it seems to be the least of the Marvel shows on Netflix. Still, it's better than a lot of the network crap, and being that it is Netflix, they can push the boundaries more. I still think jessica Jones was the best of them, if for no other reason than David Tennant makes one of the best super villains I've ever seen in any medium.

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