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Comment Moratorium (Score 4, Insightful) 382

I propose a moratorium on all "what does the Trump victory mean for..." until the guy is actually in office and starts doing stuff, because right now no one has a clue (least of all him) what he's actually going to try to do.

I don't even know at this point whether the Republicans are going to play along with him.

Heck at this point I don't event think I'd be surprised if someone offed him before January.

Comment Re:and yet... (Score 1) 418

I'd argue that violence is the resort of those who feel powerless, because they believe it to be the one form of power that remains to them.

Perhaps then in a system where the right has the power, violent agitators will by definition tend to be leftist, and vice versa?

I'm struggling to think of examples where the liberal left has been in the ascendancy and this has led to the right using violence... maybe the American civil war? Or the KKK in the civil rights era?

Comment Re:What part of this is hard to understand? (Score 1) 183

I honestly don't understand why traffic shaping by ISPs is necessary.

My mental model is:

* their pipes are such that they can support N units of simultaneous traffic (MB/s or whatever that may be)
* they have m subscribers
* therefore each subscriber is entitled to N/m units (or whatever the calculation is, if some subscribers pay for more bandwidth)
* a subscriber may transmit more than N/m units IFF the total number of units being transmitted is less than N (i.e. they get to use some other subscriber's allocation if that subscriber doesn't need it)
* so, as a subscriber your theoretical maximum rate is N and your actual minimum is N/m
* what application the subscriber is using their allocation for is irrelevant

Why is it not so? I assume I'm completely wrong about how traffic works, given that QoS is a thing.

Comment Upgrades (Score 5, Interesting) 62

I wonder what the emotional response to upgrading to a newer version will be.

If you feel nothing more than when you upgrade your phone, what level of emotional attachment can the robot really have achieved? On the other hand if you're so attached that you don't want to upgrade, there's no long term business model.

Perhaps the answer will be to treat upgrades as body transplants, so the "personality" or your robot is simply moved to a new shell.

Comment Re:Oh yeah? Then what are you gonna do about it? (Score 1) 410

The purchasing of stolen goods was just an example of an activity conducted in good faith (possibly by both parties - recall the containers of goods that washed up on a Scottish beach not long ago - the people who found them didn't always realise they were stealing when they looted them), which is nevertheless not legal, and whose illegality may not be discovered until some time later.

It seems Apple and Ireland entered into an agreement which the EU has ruled was illegal according to the laws of the time. Apple and/or Ireland may contest the interpretation of their deal as state aid, but the EU has identified it as such, and state aid was illegal at the time of the deal.

Comment Re:Oh yeah? Then what are you gonna do about it? (Score 1) 410

If I buy stolen goods from you in good faith (i.e. lawfully on my part), and it is discovered, should I be allowed to keep the goods?

Or, should I be required to surrender them to the rightful owner, in what I would regard to be a blatant retrospective change to the deal?

Comment Re: An easier sollution (Score 1) 1144

I've often (genuinely) wondered where gun advocates draw the line. Fully automatic? Grenades? RPGs? SAMs?

Presumably the basis for any line-drawing is destructive capability? Or perhaps more accurately, first-strike destructive capability, on the assumption that in a world where everyone is similarly armed, anyone who is undeterred will only get off one shot?

Comment Re:The UK, Providing Dystopian Visions Everywhere (Score 2) 70

I wonder if this is one of the costs of imperialism/multiculturalism. You import all manner of grievances, festering in segregated communities with which you have no informal ties through which you might do information gathering. All of a sudden, rather than dealing with the customary crimes you're dealing with invisible, existential threats from within your borders. You don't know how to build intelligence networks in the ghettos -- you don't know their customs, their tongues, their codes, and so whom you can trust -- and so instead you begin to watch everyone.

I could imagine that in monocultures, problems are identified much sooner and dealt with more subtly. Those with a history of repression will of course have their political police, but does Iceland (say) have a paranoid secret service?

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