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Comment Fishing Expedition (Score 5, Insightful) 124

Coinbase should be able to get this quashed.

If the IRS had evidence of a crime, they're allowed to get information to further identify the person who committed it.

If Coinbase had committed a crime, they're allowed to get information as to who else was involved in it.

However, to subpoena a list of all clients in a certain geographical area over a three year period is to presume them guilty and then look for the innocent. That's a classic fishing expedition, and the courts should disallow it.

I am not a lawyer. Consult lawyers for legal advice. This is simple common sense.

P.S. I know the IRS is powerful... but not ALL powerful.

Comment First Amendment what? (Score 1) 820

Both Peter Thiel and Donald Trump are thin-skinned rich white guys who bully anyone that they think insults their thin-skinned specialness.

Both have shown clearly they are FOR free speech when that speech is FOR them, and AGAINST free speech when that speech is against them.
That means they are neither pro free speech, the first amendment, or basic human rights.

It is not surprising that a narcissistic misogynist xenophobic racist bully would enlist others like him to a transition team.

Trump's history is full of contracts where he refuses to pay and unilaterally changes how much he'll pay after he gets the product. If this sounds familiar it's the same as what Darth Vader did with Lando Calrissian when he took Han Solo's carbomite-frozen body to Jabba the Hutt.

Those who voted for Trump for President are in for a few nasty surprises when he does the same things to our allies, to our treaties, to his own campaign promises, and to the people of this land. Unfortunately, so are the rest of us.


Comment Dell XPSM1330/M1530 (Score 1) 187

These are ten year old laptops going from $60-$200 on eBay depending on condition and options.
They will run Mint or Ubuntu with nothing customized, and support a built in RJ45 network port, lots of USB ports, up to 8GB RAM, SSD, etc.

I give them out at Christmas to friends struggling with Windows.

Note: They come with two graphic adapter options... one of which is Nvidia. If you get the one with Nvidia you *must* install the proprietary "blob" driver from Nvidia, as the open source Nouveau driver does not (didn't?) support it.

Pros: for non graphics intensive stuff it's a heck of a workhorse.
Cons: for graphics stuff it really can't keep up with a 4K movie stream.


Comment Re:RIGHTS, and contract law, and prior designation (Score 1) 552

> You don't have a right to a cellphone...

Yeah, you do.

You have a right to have a wallet/purse, right?
You have a right to belt/buckle, shoes, etc., right?

Don't make up things because you want to be argumentative. Cite some law.

What is on your person is your right unless lawfully prohibited (such as firearms when lawfully prohibited).

Cellphones unless lawfully prohibited* are allowed.

* Lawfully prohibited means prohibited by LAW, not because some halfwit said "NO you can't bring that in here!" If posted that's half the part. If prior informed to the ticket purchaser that's enough for me... but still not law.

Comment RIGHTS, and contract law, and prior designation (Score 1) 552

This is already spiraling... so pardon me for going on a tangent.

If it says on the TICKET THAT I PURCHASE that I'll be required to surrender/bag my cellphone then that's fine. I can choose to go or not go.

If it does not say so and I show up, the ITEMS ON MY PERSON are NOT SUBJECT TO SEARCH OR SEIZURE by agents of the government (4th am) or private parties without my agreement.

If they'll play fair (say so ahead of time) ... I'm fine with this. People who are willing to give up their rights are always happy and welcome to be the sheeple they are to go see awesome shows (Dave Chapelle, etc.). I'd rather keep my phone (silent, screen off, thanks).


Comment Jurisdiction? (Score 1) 99

Local mall. Local police. Why is the FBI in on this gig?

Yeah for sure they shouldn't get another bite at the [encryption debate] Apple... but why are they even involved and why won't someone say "Hey they have no standing here. This was a simple case of a stabbing and a shooting and it's all local and the FBI has NO JURISmyDICTION here!!!" ?


Comment AUTHENTICATION (and "no") (Score 1) 117

If they are an open-source hardware project but haven't released the spec, then THEY'RE NOT OPEN SOURCE.

If they release the hardware specs but sign their own hardware and don't release the key that's still fine.

They can then request anyone who wants "support" (the question in this /. posting) to provide authentication of OEM purchase.
No auth - no support. It could even be automated. Just like Motorola's "Can my device be unlocked?" site, they could have a
"do I have a Genuine OpenSourceHardwareProject Board eligible for support?" page.

Everything else is dissembling (that's the politician's word for LYING and EVADING).

Either they REALLY ARE OPEN-SOURCE HARDWARE PROJECT (no, right now they're not), or they are.


Comment CIDR, large memory, and bps(and baud) (Score 1) 125

Going from 32-bit addresses to 128-bit addresses at the outset would have meant the IMPs and then the NSFnet routers (Cisco AGS+s) would have had the routing tables take up 4x the space (well 257/65s but who's counting). That would have meant a more severe and quicker router memory exhaustion with backbone routes, and a quicker move to CIDR (where we specify NETWORK/NUMBER-OF-CONSECUTIVE-1-BITS instead of NETWORK/MASK).

For every choice we ever make (routers, IP design, freeway offramp selection, etc.) if the choice has no downside and an upside... we do it... because it's stupid not to. For most of the choices, however, there's a tradeoff of an upside and a downside. In the IPv4 design 32 bits was (in the late 1970s!!! long before PCs, smartphones, IoT, etc.) was assumed to be more IP addresses than anyone would want... which is why more than 1/4 of them were never made available for assignment (Class "D", Net10, Net26, Net127, etc. and RFC-1918 taken out because sysadmins left their boxes configured with mfg default IP addresses.)

I appreciate the contributions Vint Cerf made but I can tell you that running IPv4 on 9600bps modems (back then "MODEMs") meant that we tried to send LARGE packets to make the payload-to-header ratio high but then SHORT packets to make the "responsiveness" (latency) seem acceptable. If each packet header went from 40-64 bytes to 192 bytes larger... that ratio would have significantly impacted any "real-time" (low-latency) performance. That would have impacted those of us using TELNET (ssh not yet invented), accessing BBSs, BiX, Compuserve, etc.

It's wishful thinking to look at a world where our smartphones have 32GB of memory and our data communication speed are measured in 10s of Mbps and long wistfully to have designed the header structure of RFC-793 where computers had 64KBytes (not MBytes) and communication speeds of 110baud (1970s).

Ehud Gavron
Tucson AZ

Comment Yahoo is ... the story? (Score 1) 96

The big players moved to HTML5 ages ago. Yahoo is the latest example of a no-longer meaningful Internet property being auctioned off to whomever will buy it (Verizon Wireless). Its relevance passed years ago and what it does or does not do -- long after the industry has already moved there -- is not of any relevance.

I'm happy someone listens to their PR and submits slashdot stories about it. It would otherwise be a boring day without humorous articles.


Comment tripit already did it ;-) (Score 1) 38

I look forward to seeing Google's product in play -- they've done such an awesome job with most others (notable exceptions being Google+ and Hangouts).

I use It can accept forwarded email confirmations, sieve out important data, put it all together, and present it online or on the Android app to make everything convenient.

It tells me the arrival gate at the airport, the next gate for the connecting flight, and I get flight delays from it quicker than through the airline (SWA, DL, UA) own text messaging system.

I hope google is successful... they have a high bar to climb to beat

OB DISC: after using it for one week I bought the "pro" version to get even more info. I love it.
OB DISC2: I travel business/pleasure about 4 times a year...

Ehud Gavron
Tucson AZ US

Comment Ellison is a terrorist (Score 4, Interesting) 157

Larry Ellison is a sociopath who has singlehandedly done more damage to the software world than any other man since software became a thing. His self-aggrandizing attention-seeking narcissism proves that when you have money and you're a dick the media still loves you.

Larry Ellison is a liar.

If he says Amazon's lead is over you can rest assured knowing that three things are true:
1. Amazon's lead is not over
2. Larry is hoping to create a self-fulfilling prophecy so that it will be true
3. He's going for the free PR that he's getting by saying outrageous thing. It's a Trump thing.

P.S. The subject line I wrote is "Ellison is a terrorist." Given all the explosives he's set off in Java, APIs, Harmony, etc. the man should be locked up.

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