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Comment Re:old technology (Score 1) 73

The Internet does not have/supply emergency services unless you have something like that in your agreement. Additionally, this is not about the ISP throttling your line if it doesn't have capacity, this is about your ISP throttling certain aspects of your line regardless of it's capacity. This would be similar to your phone line company only giving a dial tone to companies that have paid them and inserting artificial line drops when you contact companies that haven't.

Comment Re:QOS (Score 1) 73

QoS is not really an aspect of any (common) carrier, only the originator of a packet specifies QoS . You can thus set QoS bits as a customer (or end-point) and your (and other) ISPs may or may not follow it (depends largely on your agreement, business lines are more prone to listening to QoS bits but once outside the 'agreed upon' network, QoS pretty much gets ignored).

Net Neutrality is about your ISP not interfering with your QoS settings or otherwise not forcing QoS on your packets without your agreement. They should, unless you specify otherwise, treat all traffic as it did not have any QoS bits set.

Comment Re:Not much of a BitTorrenter.... (Score 1) 73

BitTorrent is recognizable either through port selection of the client (688x and 6969) or because it opens a LOT of simultaneous connections or because not all trackers/clients are fully encrypted (I think most clients still default to opportunistic encryption, not strict requirement).

VPNs are recognizable as well by the same method (well-known ports, well-known sites or well-known unencrypted control/setup traffic).

They could also just throw "anything encrypted" into that class, the law allows them to do that as long as they give the excuse.

Comment Re:Of course, nothing prevents the owner from (Score 1) 246

I don't know of any filter that blocks out the entire infrared spectrum (which does include a portion of nearly visible light - you can see a dim flicker in some remote controls in the dark). Most filters reduce it greatly but still allow some to pass through. You can test this by pointing an IR emitter at a CCD sensor and then placing the filter in front - reduced but still visible.

Comment Re:What about bans for using 3rd party parts / sho (Score 1) 184

My dealership oil change is $250, is done yearly but includes a full multi-point inspection, a state inspection and minor repairs (filters, gaskets, light bulbs etc), not just an oil change. It's also paid for by the manufacturer for 5y.

Either way, the oil light can be manually turned off/reset in all cars. The other lights by OBD readers and sometimes a sequence of steering wheel or ignition key movements.

Comment Re:Java Script? (Score 2) 66

Sadly, these days, most people graduate with engineering degrees without knowing how to actually program. I work with grad students and student interns all the time, it's a very poor, sad situation in Collegeville. Only a few decades ago, when I graduated, we at least knew how to program a Z80 and a good portion of TurboPascal (and in some situations even C/C++). Engineering students I interact with see exactly 1 week per programming language (Verilog, C, MATLAB, Java...) and that is supposed to teach them how to code by simply making the program slightly more complicated each time they see another language, but they never expand on how to actually program beyond the "make text appear on the screen" and the most difficult thing they end up seeing is a few nested loops or recursive function calls.

Comment Re:Attention Span (Score 1) 294

I think TV actually makes things more dull. Video scenes go at a glacial speed compared to reading and leave out great many details (such as most if not all internal monologue). One can read for example Alice in Wonderland in about half-to-three quarters the time of the movie adaptations and in the process, obtain a lot more details about the motivations. A 'detailed' movie adaption of an average sized book should be split in two or three movies or even a TV show season.

Comment Re: The shifter is always in the same position (Score 1) 361

The Volvo I had had a clutch as well (different drivers licenses for manual and automatic) but it was unnecessary to use to switch gears, the controls were electronic. My more recent Volkswagen also has a fully electronic gear box although it is a full automatic, the parking brake is electronic. I thought even manuals would've switched to at least full electronic controls.

Comment Re:How can this work with European smart cards? (Score 2) 178

You have been mislead by the banks. They want you to believe that chip transactions are safe. The problem is the mag strips still exists and the chip usually contains a full, unencrypted copy of the mag stripe data. You can test this yourself by buying a programmable or USB chip reader.

The chip does have the capacity to have a card without stripe and even fully encrypt its data and even do simple crypto on chip but to date, many merchant banks (even big ones like Walmart) do not work with an encrypted chip.

IF the chip even does anything useful, the only data that is safe is what is on the wires between the chip reader and the bank. Chips could have easily been replaced by requiring strong TLS encryption and a custom key in the mag stripe.

Additionally, by the time the chip was declared ready to be used (a decade ago) the (homegrown) crypto was already outdated and researchers published papers on how an attack could be executed because those little chips don't have the compute power for anything better, it reuses keys generated with a very poor PRNG. By now, it is feasible to clone encrypted chips and force it to do weak, crackable crypto (with a bit of time on a decent computer). Once banks get around to go chip-only (another decade or even 2), I think it will be feasible to put the entire hack into one of those skimmers.

Comment Re: Don't Panic (Score 1) 532

The Dutch natives, like the French, Belgian and British natives are getting fed up with European law though. NL had great freedom of information laws, when companies like the RIAA pushed for anti-piracy taxation on media, the Dutch said "ok, but then copying music on them is legal". The EU recently destroyed that exception in favor of the media industry.

That is just one example, the EU has been overthrowing a lot of legal culture (legalized squatting, immigration requirements and limits, taxation on foreign businesses, copyright, patents, even drug laws) in an effort to make an all-powerful federal-style government instead of a UN-style role it originally was going to be.

Comment Re:Have you ever actually used Python?! (Score 1) 151

First of all, we're not talking about Python 3 (or 4 or 5), we're talking about Python 1.2 & 2.0 when ECMAScript and VBScript fought it out.

When every byte counts (remember, 56k modems), how do you minify the spaces? Python has a lot more issues than just it's spacing though. Unicode support wasn't there (not sure if it's still defaulting to ASCII strings) while JavaScript defaults to UTF-16. Besides that, the learning curve for Python is a bit higher than JS, type coercion is available in Python 2 but it is a bit ... buggy to say the least while JavaScript (like PHP) is a lot more promiscuous which, if you don't know how to program "Integer vs Float ... I just want a number, JS conveniently treats all numbers as Floats".

That is just the language issues, there are/were political issues as well with Guido, I remember being a bit of a pain to work with when it came to controversial features and 'reworking' the languages caused Python 1-2-3 to be practically different languages. JavaScript from the early era still works just as well in current browsers as modern JavaScript and doesn't need individual interpreters.

Comment Re:Don't Panic (Score 1) 532

Exactly, the EU zone has only been beneficial to business and the Soviet Bloc countries (business moving there for cheap labor and eventually even further east was the whole objective for the forming of the EU). Before the EU and even now, similar business-friendly arrangements have been made amongst European and even Asian countries without any EU government involvement. The EU and later on the Euro destroyed the sovereignty of individual nations (now only nations by name only for traditions' sake), the Brits were at least smart enough to maintain some of their distance when the Euro came along. The EU socialized the losses of its members on a continental scale (Greece etc) while the affluent Western Europe had their middle class evaporate to pay for it and many of those countries (Netherlands, Belgium and France) will soon follow the UK.

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