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Comment Re:In other words (Score 1) 52

A blockchain with limited participants is still a blockchain. It's as trustworthy as those participants.

If your system allows you to go back to earlier blocks and "Edit data in-place", and replace a prior block completely with no record of the original version, Then it's not a real Block chain, because the verification signatures on later blocks for validating the entire chain don't exist or aren't being checked --- which makes it not a chain, taking the word "Chain" out of the word "blockchain".

Comment Re:E.g. We can't use it if we can't cheat (Score 1) 52

The reality with financial transactions is some decisions are actually reversed or rolled back. What do you do when your ledger says a transaction occurred that actually didn't occur?

If it's in a blockchain, and it pertains to a cryptocurrency exchange, then it DID occur, because the thing in the Blockchain IS the transaction.

If it's something else, then you establish rules that let you create a New entry which will be recorded As If it was an edit, BUT it is not an "In place" edit; it's a new record in the Blockchain that is interpreted as an edit, so you could then later go back and programmatically see that an edit was made, and the historical information "THat such and such transaction was erased" will always be intact as an element in the chain.

Comment Re:So there is room for a 3.5mm jack? (Score 1) 184

So the user completed step One..... now the tricky bit is Step 2, which is to attach some wires to the solder pads they removed the headphone jack component from, attach the opposite ends of the wire to a headphone receptacle, and mount the headphone receptacle to the whole you drilled.

Comment Re:Judge is Retarded (Score 3, Insightful) 49

That's the kind of info that should be available to all shareholders.

Nope, Not the court's decision. It's management's decision to publish to shareholders or not.

And the information they revealed could have negative repurcussions against them as a business.

This is the kind of thing that should have resulted in a default judgement against Oracle and sanctioning their lawyers against participating in further cases.

Comment Re:these new companies trying to get around old la (Score 1) 249

taking into account all of the dealer incentives

The dealer "incentives" or "bonuses" are a result of dealers negotiating a lower price with the manufacturers.

The manufacturer can refuse to negotiate, and then the dealer can refuse to sell their product, and thus lock out their access to those customers.

So the existence of dealers does affect the price of the product; HOWEVER, in the real world, all the incentives are just more profit for the middleman.
The dealers aren't negotiating with the manufacturers for end customers' benefit.

By prohibiting direct sales, not only do the states protect the dealers' business, they give them a very powerful negotiating tool against manufacturers to increase their own profits even more.

Comment Re:these new companies trying to get around old la (Score 1) 249

And then dknj showed up.

You know.... some commentators could potentially be car salespeople or close relative/friend of a car salesman or other stakeholder at one of those dealerships.

Slashdot has many users. Wait around enough, and you're bound to find somebody commenting in support of less-popular positions. :)

Comment Re:these new companies trying to get around old la (Score 1) 249

allows the manufacturer to set the price.

Not only that Manufacturers DO set the price Minimum, AND dealers charge a mark-up.

You will not find dealers selling cars for less than the manufacturer price (After "incentives"), that's for sure,
the dealer would go bankrupt.

All the laws do is prevent manufacturers from setting a Price Maximum.

Prohibiting a price maximum does not protect consumers ---- it protects the salesman leeches who sit between the manufacturer and the end user who take their 20% to 40% cut of the sales price, as extra $$$ you pay, which you would not have to pay if you could purchase direct.

Comment Re: these new companies trying to get around old l (Score 1) 249

No it's not.... being able to dispose of your property is a right.

The states are allowed to regulate the manner in which you may do this, and what the quality of your goods presented for sale must be.

HOWEVER, the regulation of Interstate commerce is reserved for the Federal Government only;
the states do not have a legal right to prevent you from exercising the "privilege" to sell something across state lines.

Comment Re:these new companies trying to get around old la (Score 2) 249

The real motive is protecting the car dealerships from competition and protecting their legacy business model.

Also, protection of Sales Tax revenues, which are huge..... Car sales are one of the largest sources of Sales Tax.
If prices go down, then that means lower tax revenue for legislators to fund their programs.

Comment Re:Business Class With Static IP Force you to rent (Score 1) 65

That's just a lame excuse. It has no basis in reality.

Yeah it does.... If the ISP doesn't have SNMP/SSH/etc to the NIU device, then a truck has to be rolled to diagnose, even for an internal network issue.

Then the customer will not be happy when they have to pay the extra fee for the truck roll, plus the technician's time.

Also, for business internet: the cost is more than enough for the ISP to supply a basic CPE for free: However,
it's the ISP's property, and important that it is the ISP that has eyes on and manages this point where the ISP's network ends and the customer's begins.

There's absolutely no reason for an SLA-free Internet service to require you to rent a modem.

SLA-free internet service is not business-grade internet; I'm not sure what that is.
There Should be an SLA, if you are purchasing a business connection.

The problem is that Comcast uses a fundamentally broken and insecure technology for routing, wherein your cable modem has custom firmware with a crypto key in it that lets it do encrypted RIP for router advertisements upstream.

The technology used is a separate issue ( I think); that may be true in Comcast's case, but other ISPs have the same requirement.... RIP obviously doesn't scale; if they want to do that, then the protocol used should be IBGP.

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