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Comment Re:The U.S. ain't perfect, but... (Score 1) 523

I'm afraid it could end up hurting compatibility and consistency of domain names

Right, and so when most people notice that the internet isn't working anymore, they'll get their tech savvy friends to fix the internet for them, which will involve using US based DNS again.

Comment Re:The U.S. ain't perfect, but... (Score 1) 523

But if other nations don't like our management of it, they'll fork it, and then we'd lose control anyhow, AND have potentially fractured standards.

It's not as simple as us controlling it versus "them" controlling it. Unfortunately, the us-vs-them portrayal resonates better as a compact political sound-bite.

I'm sorry, I can't tell if you're saying that as being a good thing, or a bad thing? Do you really think that if a country runs a different DNS service, that it won't just result in most every citizen trying to work around it to get to the "real" internet?

Comment Re:The only breaking change worth having (Score 1) 148

I think they're saying they want spaced indentation to be illegal, and force you to use tabs. Not sure why that would help anything.

When moving around lines in a file, or moving them in and out of some scope, I find that it's less annoying when dealing with tabs than compared to a file with spaces. It's easier to get the indentation correct in those cases.

Comment Re:The only breaking change worth having (Score 1) 148

So... what you're saying is that you want a language where indentation is illegal? Sort of the anti-Python?

No, I want the character whose soul purpose is indentation, to be used for indentation (ie tabs); and the character which exists for separating non-whitespace characters to not be used for indentation (ie spaces).

Comment The only breaking change worth having (Score 1) 148

The only breaking change worth having in a released language is a compilation error if a space character is surrounded by white space characters. The space character exists in writing to break up words (ie, a series of non-white space characters), and the same should be true for programming. I'd be so happy if that were made a compiler breaking change in all of the major languages. I'd push so hard to upgrade to the latest version for all of them.

Comment Re:Why (Score 2) 128

Well the reason is that if the US doesn't give up control, countries have been threatening with building their own internet infrastructure to run in parallel.

Isn't it great that the internet was designed to handle that case. It's a feature, not a bug.

What are those countries complaints? What's they're motivation for running their own DNS service? Are they legitimate and technical? Is ICANN not living up to their stated mission goals?

Comment Re:Was this possible because of SSNs? (Score 1) 341

Try filling out ANY credit application without giving your SSN. Without a SSN, Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax have no way of distinguishing you from the dozens of other people with the same name!

I know it's impossible to do now, which is why I believe that it would take legislation to fix. Would industry need to change to handle it, yes. Would it be impossible for them to do so? No.

I imagine what would happen is that different industries would come up with their own unique identifiers for individuals, and I think that that's great.

Comment Was this possible because of SSNs? (Score 3, Insightful) 341

This sounds like a reason to make it finable for a company to have your SSN, unless they are the Social Security Office, or are your employer and are contributing to social security on your behalf.

Having a unique ID, that's so easily obtainable, is ripe for abuse.

Comment Re:Mostly (Score 1) 265

So why did we attack Iraq? The plots were not being coordinated from there.

Because the leader of Iraq was regularly committing war crimes against his own people, constantly saying that he was developing weapons which would allow him to take on the US, and was ignoring the UN ratified peace treaties which he signed. If you don't enforce binding agreements with dictators, they become more aggressive.

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