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Will Secure Boot Cripple Linux Compatibility?

Atlantis-Rising Re:Test certificates (545 comments)

The user is, primarily, the problem, security-wise. Giving the user the ability to opt out of the security defeats it, because had they not been a problem to start with, the security would not likely be necessary.

more than 2 years ago

Retailers Respond To HDD Squeeze By Limiting Purchases, Raising Prices

Atlantis-Rising Re:Price discovery make distribution efficient (282 comments)

The idea that need can be determined by bid price assumes everyone has equal resources with which to bid.

If someone is auctioning off a steak, and you are starving and have no money and I am wealthy and not hungry, the fact that I can bid $5 for the steak and you can bid $1 does not mean I need it five times more than you.

Quite the opposite, in fact.

more than 2 years ago

Inside the DOJ's Domain Name Graveyard

Atlantis-Rising Re:Ignorance of net neutrality (72 comments)

Replace "France" with "Mexico", and "Drunk driving" with "shooting a DEA agent", and you have, in fact, got something the US has done at least once or twice in the past.

Or, perhaps, replace "France" with "Pakistan", and "Drunk driving" with "Organizing terrorist plots", and you've got something the US did fairly recently and made a big show of...

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 4 Released!

Atlantis-Rising Re:Oh good! (554 comments)

Firefox routinely hits between one and two gigs with a half-dozen to a dozen tabs open for me, as well- give it 9-12 hours, and it's unmanageable.

more than 3 years ago

FBI Executes 40 Search Warrants For 'Anonymous'

Atlantis-Rising Re:When will they learn? (221 comments)

It's not an attempt you'll survive, however. If you start shooting at a SWAT team as they attempt to serve a warrant and arrest you, they'll start shooting back- and you'll be dead.

more than 3 years ago

Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

Atlantis-Rising Re:You're kidding, right? (2058 comments)

The comparison to national health care doesn't quite fit though, because the question there is whether the US federal government has lawful authority under the Constitution to order people to buy things. It definitely does not, if the Constitution is still a meaningful limit on federal power.

Er, according to whom? Why wouldn't the constitution give the federal government the right to demand specific performance?

more than 3 years ago

Patent Office Admits Truth — Things Are a Disaster

Atlantis-Rising Re:Big Software Corps (278 comments)

And what do you do for a living?

about 4 years ago

Why the World Is Running Out of Helium

Atlantis-Rising Re:I have an idea (475 comments)

You'd probably cure the budget deficit (but possibly not; it's a substantial deficit) but you'd collapse the economy. Have fun with that.

more than 4 years ago

Sometimes It's OK To Steal My Games

Atlantis-Rising Re:Sounds like some kind of liberal! (438 comments)

The problem is that you believe the constitution is an agreement between sovereign states; it is not. It is, in fact, something entirely different. The states gave up their sovereignty to form the United States, which is a new sovereign entity, with its role described in, but not created by the constitution.

more than 4 years ago

Sometimes It's OK To Steal My Games

Atlantis-Rising Re:Sounds like some kind of liberal! (438 comments)

That sounds logical at first blush, it's a dramatically oversimplified (and thus, effectively wrong) explanation of what's happening.

The United States (consisting of the federal government and states) is a single sovereign entity. The constitution is a creation of, and subservient to, that sovereign entity- it is a self-imposed restriction on the exercise of that sovereign power and a description of the split of that sovereignty.

The 9th and 10th Amendments are therefore by definition meaningless. Of course all powers that are not granted to the federal government flow to the states; there is nowhere else for them to possibly flow. They are simply restatements of what it means to have a federated government.

Of course, the issue is even more complicated than THAT; because ultimately the federal judiciary (specifically the Supreme Court) is the embodiment of the constitution as a document and the ultimate arbiter as to its meaning; in that respect, the split of sovereignty is not so much defined in the constitution as it is described in broad strokes in the constitution and then assigned to the Supreme Court for specification. In that respect, the issue of the 'federal government usurping those powers' is a meaningless statement in the broad scheme; it cannot by definition usurp what it is legally entitled to, and the Supreme Court defines what it is legally entitled to. The only way the federal government could usurp powers it was not legally entitled to would be to disobey a ruling of the Supreme Court that an exercise of its power was ultra vires

more than 4 years ago

Dept. of Justice Considers Web For ADA

Atlantis-Rising Re:Good news...? (296 comments)

Then don't make a webpage.

more than 4 years ago

Leaving a Comment? That'll Be 99 Cents, and Your Name

Atlantis-Rising Re:Dept of Troll Prevention.... (377 comments)

Slashdot's method isn't working: the site is infested with trolls and spammers and always has been. That's a perfect example of why the system doesn't work.

more than 4 years ago

White House Unveils Plans For "Trusted Identities In Cyberspace"

Atlantis-Rising Re:Yet another OpenID (202 comments)

All for the better. Who wants to be ruled by 4Chan and the other online 'masses'?

more than 4 years ago

Mixed Reception To AT&T's New Data Pricing Scheme

Atlantis-Rising Re:Last byte? (514 comments)

That would only be true if the action of moving between carriers carries no cost to the consumer, and that therefore they are only bound by the cost of the plan which they are obtaining.

The problem is that that isn't true. There are a variety of factors in play that make the equation not as simple- service areas, phone selection, contract periods, early termination fees. The consumer telephony marketplace is relatively 'sticky'. Any one carrier raising rates is not likely to see an immediate and significant outflow of customers; therefore, why wouldn't all carriers do it?

more than 4 years ago

Canadian Judge Orders Disclosure of Anonymous Posters

Atlantis-Rising Re:From TFA (250 comments)

Some principles are universal.

No, they aren't.

more than 4 years ago

US Law Firms Targeted By Cyberscams

Atlantis-Rising Re:Well... (121 comments)

They COULD set up a system where they verify and reserve the funds at the bank the check is drawn on. They choose not to do so. That was understandable in the 19th and first half of the 20th century, but not today.

Such a system already exists, but that has nothing to do with the problem that I laid out. The problem with cheques is that they are drawing funds. That is, the person who is receiving the funds deposits the cheque at his or her own bank (Bank A), which then sends a request to the bank where the funds are on deposit (Bank B).

It's easily possible, and not at all troublesome (and already done) for Bank B to freeze the specified funds in the specified account. This is what happens.

However, imagine a situation where i draw a fraudulent cheque for $1000 upon your account #1234 at Bank B, and go to my account at Bank A, and deposit this cheque. They transfer it to Bank B, which takes the $1,000 out of your account and transfers it to my account. You open your account tomorrow and get a nasty surprise, so you immediately inform your bank to stop payment on the cheque.

Bank B demands that Bank A replace the money. Bank A replaces the money- by taking it from me. Hence why Bank A will never guarantee the value of the cheque, regardless of how much time has passed.

Wire transfers are a totally different situation. In a wire transfer, you go to Bank A, withdraw funds, and send them to me at Bank B. Bank B has the funds in hand. If someone has fraudulently obtained a wire transfer, the responsibility for the obtaining falls upon Bank A, who is responsible for the money. Bank B, therefore, will guarantee the wire transfer funds- they have the funds in hand and have no obligation to hand them back over if there's a problem.

Of course, wiring funds shouldn't be all that expensive these days either. It's not like they have to maintain a telegraph system and brave the wild west with a cash box anymore.
Where do you live that it is? Wire transfer fees in Europe are trivial.
More and more, the banking system is becoming sand in the gears of the economy. If they weren't so deeply dug in with such a complex web of regulations that don't really make much sense anymore, the invisible hand would have squashed them ages ago.[/QUOTE]
That web of regulations makes perfect sense- the real problem is that it's not strong enough. One of the reasons why the Canadian economy is so secure right now is because of the massive regulation of their banking system.

more than 4 years ago

US Law Firms Targeted By Cyberscams

Atlantis-Rising Re:Well... (121 comments)

That's possible. It all depends on how you transfer the funds. The problem with cheques specifically is that the bank will not guarantee them because they were not initiated by the sender, but by the depositor. It's always possible the depositor has fraudulently arranged the transfer. If there is fraud, the depositing bank is responsible for it, and thus they will not guarantee the funds.

If, however, you wire funds, it's the responsibility of the sending bank to arrange the transfer. If the wire transfer is fraudulent, it is the responsibility of the sending bank to replace the funds: the receiving bank already has the funds, and therefore will guarantee them immediately.

I just cashed $35,000 worth of foreign cheques. My bank informed me in no uncertain terms they would not guarantee the cheques- no length of time was sufficient. There was simply no time at which they would guarantee that they would not withdraw the funds.

more than 4 years ago

Former Astronauts Call Obama NASA Plans "Catastrophic"

Atlantis-Rising Re:Priorities. (555 comments)

But this is not what you originally said, which was that services would need to be cut. Obviously that's not the case.

more than 4 years ago


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