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Comment Re: Ways around this (Score 4, Interesting) 460

I'm using a 64GB sd card a bit differently. Forget copying things back and forth, that's too much hassle with plenty of room for mistakes.

Instead, get a phone with vendor supplied sdcard backdoor (there's plenty of those, just look for root tutorials of your favorite vendors). For example huawei ones look for dload/, This is made of kernel and squashfs image. You can just rip those from internal ROM, except modify the sdcard version /system squashfs slightly so that fstab mounts sdcard partitions to /cache and /data (running whole system off sd is possible too, but a bit involved to bastardize the rom for it). Put the card in, start the phone and voila - entirely different world boots up, remove the card, and its back to original.

I did this mainly because the sdcard image is rooted and heavily customized, while the internal rom is the original vendors (to not void warranty). But as a side effect, this way you get perfect plausible deniability. Without the sdcard, the phone is pretty much stock, with no indication that entirely different world exist on some card that isn't there.

Comment Re:work less (Score 1) 720

Interesting graph. Yes productivity grows, for 200 years now. Now, can you produce one of median earner - the ones with torches and pitchforks, instead of aggregate economy output?

Indeed as you correctly argue, there was a huge dip and rebound in employment before in history - during the start of industrial revolution - all these people had a hard time for a while when they suddenly didn't have to spend all the time on a farm. Instead, they did the same in factories. I agree, it was a step up. But what's the next "factories" in the current event? Making youtube videos and serving lattes?

The current level of underemployment is unprecedented. There are other solutions than UBI. Shorten hours to 5 a day. Not enough? People born on odd days work only on odd days, people born on even days work only on even days. It could go on...

Also, back of envelope math says that robots need to do at least 90% of (tangible goods) output, as well their output be taxed by that much for UBI to be feasible. That's still quite a long way. As for service sector - that is completely market priced, and will always exist in separate universe (perhaps gravitating towards elite). It will be vastly disconnected from robot produced commodities market - want to watch kenye west live? You better pony up, kid, because there's no robot replacing him.

Comment Re: Easy solution (Score 1) 120

Fair point. With seat numbers you get something akin to bonds or options instrument market, not real commodity.

Maturity times are different for each piece of instrument, but it is lumped together with each being priced by the slight variation in demand for each variant. Because in general, the market does not care about the slight differences between variants. They're fine as long they get *some*.

What I'm trying to say is that auction technically is very limited form of market - where your bid is allocated to only one item. Which is simple to understand, but inefficient in market terms - on financial instrument markets, you put a bid for classes of parameters (seat range, if you buy two seats, ensure those are next to each other etc) - basically a set of seat numbers you're ok with, in given price range, and you get first ticket which will match. The whole point is to not limit your capital to one item, when near-identical seats around are potentially cheaper.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 2) 120

Market is already what this guy was doing, it's just a shadow one (auctions are unrelated in this scenario - those are for single items, not commodities).

And yes, the market of limited supply at a fixed rate is trivial to corner if you can buy it all out before with trivial amounts of capital. The proper trick is for tickcetmaster be the actual elastic supplier during the markets course until closing - by emitting new tickets / buying back to prevent fluctuations - in such a way that 1 hour before the event, last free ticket will be emitted.

Comment Re: Cogent is shit (Score 1) 186

Welp, never mind, the route is specific: BGP routing table entry for, version 611495772 Paths: (1 available, best #1, table Default-IP-Routing-Table) Local (metric 10177050) from ( Origin IGP, metric 0, localpref 150, valid, internal, best Community: 174:990 174:20912 174:21001 Originator:, Cluster list:, This is normally done in case of sustained ddos attacks, but if it's spurious, then it's pretty nasty.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 626

If that is the goal, then it is sheer stupidity.

Desperate people often think they have nothing left to lose. Whether this is stupidity, or a wisdom, time will tell. I'm not so sure about pundits denouncing current trumps policy just yet. Despite how outrageous it is, it has little to no practical impact. The impact of wages >120k for H1B immigrants is much, much higher and the true point of contention.

On the other hand, if you look at the actual countries banned, and the actual number of workers involved in the ban (some of the tech giants publicized this number), you see that the impact is rather low (bulk of H1B tech immigration is asia, definitely not egypt). Basically you're jumping to conclusions based on petty gesture policy.

Comment Trolls patented onion routing and p2p in general (Score 5, Interesting) 90 is the patent supposedly infringed, and is the court litigation.

Basically, both Microsoft and Apple got hit by a patent troll, hard. It sounds like random gibberish of somebody vaguely trying to implement p2p relaying similiar to Tor (and from the looks of it, naively broken and not-anonymous too). With a lot of odd features on top of it which do not make much sense from engineering perspective as well. Possibly put in there just to make the patent as broad as possible. It's basically impossible to explain how this is related to any p2p system, much less facetime, what is clear that the patent is some sort of p2p (among dozens of other things).

It's worth noting it is explicitly linked to TARP -

Now, the fun part is that both patents describe routing header encryption, possibly with onion layers (its hard to tell from the gibberish), for both of which there is ton of prior art (onion was patented by darpa in 1998 in fact).

Comment Re:Sweden (Score 2) 70

Curious, I always wondered why people in this camp parrot "immigrant rapes are cherry picked cases by nationalists" - and while that is definitely true most of the time, you can still find direct police statistics that african immigrants, per capita, are about 5-10x (depending on city) more likely to commit a crime compared to slav immigrants (read white immigrants). And there's a lot of to compare to, including warzones (yugoslavia 20 years ago, ukraine now). They integrate almost perfectly within few months, yet come from comparable economic backgrounds. How is that possible?

Perhaps there is a thing or two about incompatble cultures clashing? What is the exact plan to resolve these clashes? Is whitewashing that issue completely and merely criticizing populist wingnuts really a way to go to sway the popular opinion?

Comment No credible threats (Score 2) 760

The report quality is adequate to run of the mill federal cases of bomb threats and swatting investigations.

It is nice to see a nod given to SA in the report (though it does not go into much detail) - goons, true to their name, were the ones often pitting reddit/chans vs wu/sarkeesian against each other (by false flagging both camps) just for the sake of spectacular flamewars such internet cockfights tend to generate.

Comment Re:Accounting (Score 1) 92

Gigabit to entire towns is a loss-maker not just in terms of decades.

The long haul costs are pretty trivial these days, the problem is still mostly last mile. Not in terms of technology, but legislation, leases, slush fund to get dig/pole permits and more, and that is assuming there are no state ordinances explicitly foiling metro net development like it is common in the US.

It indeed is similiar to real estate development in many ways. Needless to say UK has one of the most fucked up real estate markets, no surprise last mile competition is effectively nil.

Any infrastructure like that is basically loss-making for DECADES

Northern, central and part of eastern europe beg to differ, ROI for city is 3-6 months/cust, distant rural areas about 8-16 mo/cust. A lot of ISPs cover that by contract clauses, so they are guaranteed to get their break even money always.

City metro telcos + high speed wifi routinely cover 30% of population. The secret to it is commieblocks and just-in-time infra deployment - not sure how exactly that is viable in the UK, but in here, FTTX can be done for very cheap in densely populated cities, and those cover good chunk of population.

Remote areas get internet 2x more expensive, but still very cheap - mostly as a consequence of cut-throat urban competition, ISPs are forced to branch out into rural areas.

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