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Comment Have you talked to a high school geography student (Score 1) 42

The internet, as designed, will treat this like damage to be routed around

Australia is an island continent with a very small number of cables transferring data to Asia, across the Pacific and one across the Indian Ocean.
Given that, go talk to a network engineer and ask them how trivial it would be to block things going via half a dozen gateways owned by something like three companies, two of which have substantial ownership by governments. The people on satellite links will be exceptions but there are not a lot of those. Even state to state links go through tight bottlenecks.

The only reason things are not blocked properly is because nobody has put in enough effort (eg. pirate bay is blocked but some proxies are not), mainly because the people that know how to do it (apart from the DSD who want to block all encrypted traffic) do not want to block everything properly (and in the process piss off everyone using a VPN etc). It would be many times easier to implement than "the great firewall of China".

A similar situation will apply to a rural area near you where everyone is at the mercy of the policies of whoever owns the single way in or out.

Comment Commercial grade not consumer grade (Score 3, Informative) 225

Is there perhaps a larger moral to be learned from this? Is there something about farm equipment -- or FARMERS -- that's different?

Not really IMHO.
They are at the same level as people who buy industrial plant and expect it to last for decades as well.
They are buying commercial grade equipment and expect commercial grade parts availability instead of the cheap short lifetime stuff the retail consumer is expected to put up with. I once visited a foundry for an agricultural pump manufacturer. They had the patterns for up to 70 year old equipment and cast those parts every now and again to maintain their policy of "lifetime" support. While that's an extreme example that is what is sometimes expected of equipment that is used in production instead of the throwaway consumer items we are expected to put up with.

Comment Re:definitions? (Score 2) 225

Another relative ended up with it but it was not rare by all accounts so is probably scanned and online already. I actually got to apply some stuff about the epicyclic gears and brake bands at University where the mechanical engineering department had a gearbox from a model-t to use in second year practical classes.

I think the book was this one (published 1920, going now for ten Bristish pounds):

Comment Re:For "Best American-Style Light Lager" (Score 0) 921

Don't be a sore loser

Yes I know - "it was only one goat" - being an utter amoral prick once just because you want to should be forgiven right? While a joke about beer with careful disclaimer at the bottom so as not to offend the incredibly thin skinned - burn him!
WTF is wrong with you?

Comment Re:definitions? (Score 4, Insightful) 225

What's happened for a very long time is third party manuals. My Grandmother's copy of "Book of The Ford" was a guide to repairing the Model T and was not written by the Ford Motor Company. That was in the early 1920s and was nowhere near the first edition. Ford had their own manuals but they were not that only ones, and apart from the DCMA there has been little to stop third party manuals since.
So IMHO there's nothing wrong with them saying "purchase and install Comprehensive Assembly #012934" so long as third parties are allowed to publish alternative manuals and supply alternative parts.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 921

All you did was make a separate argument

No, that was your cheap knife line.

Your fake outrage about me telling you to "take art classes"

So when you make a personal attack the people you attempt to bully are supposed to remain silent? Also it was so incredibly fucking ridiculous - take art classes to learn about the world or something? Of course you are going to get ridiculed by that Mr Kiddies version ten page Moby Dick. Unfortunately it is very easy to know far too much about you and far too much about "what makes you tick" from what you have written. You are a naive blank slate that the NRA and other manipulative pricks have written whatever they wanted on.

Finally, fuck off and die

So you've given up on the smug vegan thing of telling me I should never have killed things? Are all the losers that have been conned by Oliver North's NRA as utterly pathetic and thin skinned as you are?

A gun is a tool for killing. It is not a flag. It is not a penis substitute. Why the fuck do you losers treat it as if it is both?

Comment For "Best American-Style Light Lager" (Score 1, Insightful) 921

Miller Lite won a beer medal anywhere - even in the USA?
For that to be possible it has to be as rigged as the Eurovision Song Contest.

Oh wait a minute, the link says the category of "Best American-Style Light Lager" but you cut that out of the middle of your quote.

WTF is it with the goldpost shifting and the misrepresentation by omission - OVER A JOKE. Your misquote makes it appear that it won the medal for the best beer in the world many times but here is what Wikipedia really has if your link is followed:

Miller Lite won the World Beer Cup's gold medal for Best American-Style Light Lager in 1996, 1998, 2012, 2013, and 2016.

Do you pull this dishonest little stunt often? Why? WTF is wrong with you? This issue is so incredibly trivial but you lowered yourself that far.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 921

The fact that you can't refute my arguments is telling

Sorry kid - I refuted everything apart from your inexpensive knife distraction so you've got that utterly wrong. It may work at your high school debating club but it's a big world out there and your obvious bullshit relies on a tiny bubble full of the naive.

I voted for Hillary

So? Is that supposed to be another distraction?

You write like a politician with an agenda rather than a regular Joe with a real argument

So something demonstrating thought instead of directionless whining after a six-pack or two? What's with the "dumb is good" fetish?

How about acting like a human being instead of an Eliza bot with a random insult file.
How about actually reading the original of the book you've taken your name from? It may help you grow up. Is that enough for you to get an idea of how much your "take some art classes" made me laugh? You may note my post earlier was critical of your disgusting action and not you personally, but if you are going to write shit like "you should take some art classes" the gloves are off.

You disgust me writing such shit as you did in response to a murder. How fucking immature.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 921

presumably this sort of thing is acceptable at the root of the US government as well, meaning it is deeply rooted with the fabric of American sub-culture

If enough of them decided to do their duty as citizens and get off their asses to vote you may have a point, but for some time US government seems to have bounced from one quite unrepresentative group to another. Currently we have a bunch where "is he rich" seems to be the main selection criteria even for military advisors.

So I disagree. Oliver North and the others running the NRA may have that view and the cash from their members to influence politics but is it really deeply rooted with the fabric of American sub-culture? The squeaky wheel is getting attention but does it really reflect the entire situation?

Also, to stave off knee-jerk reactions, there are many choices between the utterly stupid extremes of a total ban and zero restrictions. As it is your neighbor can't legally use a mortar to bombard prairie dogs so there is some gun control already.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 1) 921

The focus on the least important bit of the post above is telling and you should be ashamed of yourself.
I've been told that it is quite difficult in comparison to kill people with knives even after extensive training. A gun is a handheld point-and-click device designed to kill things. I was killing things with a rifle at the age of nine, and that's at range. A pistol at very short range is even easier.

Comment Re:You don't own common sense (Score 1) 921

And what makes you believe that you're not the one people can't have a rational discussion with? If you're so quick to put all pro-gun people in the same bucket as the lunatic who shot that guy, then you're not much better than the people who put you in the same bucket as ISIS terrorists.

Good work! Perfect example! By personally attacking the guy that does little more than mention the issue you've demonstrated very clearly why a rational discussion is difficult.
Keep up the good work! All those workers in gun factories in Belgium (eg. the Bush "America" tweet with his picture of a Belgian made gun) and elsewhere who depend on American purchases of guns salute you.

Comment Re:which company? (Score 1) 921

I don't vote for Trump but I want to be sure I never end up working for your organization by mistake

If they are asking for people's political views in a job interview it's going to be so obvious that there will be no mistake.
I've heard of this sort of screening a lot but only with "think-tanks" and similar parasitical groups. They need somewhere to park all the "political staffers" when the wrong bunch is in power and they can't get a political job by nepotism alone.

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