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Why the IETF Isn't Working

Buck Feta Re:Corporatization (103 comments)

This is what happens when you have no governing body - the corporations govern. Ever since Jon Postel died, there has not been a strong leader with no commercial affiliations, which is what the IETF needs - paid (well-paid) positions for scientists who are committed to the advancement of internetworking as a whole. But what happens when something like Cisco's FabricPath beats TRILL to market? You can't regulate innovation, and that, as I see it, is the main problem with trying to govern Internet standards. However, that being said, if the IETF standard is better than the Cisco technology (or Juniper or Brocade or Hitachi or whoever), then the IETF standard will win out in the long run (see OSPF vs EIGRP), because consumers ultimately want the best, most widely adopted technology, not necessarily the first technology. So then we're back to having a strong, impartial leadership at the IETF, rather than two or three companies jockeying to have their technology enthroned as a standard.

3 days ago

The Graffiti Drone

Buck Feta Re:For the Swarm! (126 comments)

Don't cross the streams it would be bad.

5 days ago

Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Buck Feta Re:WTF? (193 comments)

I think you mean Jon Steward

5 days ago

Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

Buck Feta Putting the cart before the horse (558 comments)

The question is simply answered: diagnoses are more prevalent because the drugs to treat those patients now exists. It is not mere coincidence that the FDA approved the use of Risperdal in late 2006, and its generic, Risperidone, in late 2008. There were more than a few doctors who have made more than a few dollars from prescribing tis medication. Johnson & Johnson has to pay a $2.2 billion dollar fine for illegally marketing this drug through the use of kickbacks to doctors and pharmacists. So don't tell me the pharmaceutical isn't dirtier than a whore's whose-its. Everyone relax. Autism rates will decline when these drugs get a bad enough name. Then, a more expensive drug will be produced to treat a more common malady, and everyone will freak the fuck out again.

about two weeks ago

Ice Age Fossils Found During Los Angeles Subway Exploration

Buck Feta Re:Hipster Fossils.. (64 comments)

They lived in LA before it was cool

These are Ice Age fossils... trust me, when they lived there, LA was very cool.

about a month ago

Yik Yak, After Complaints From Schools, Suspends Its Service In Chicago

Buck Feta Goodbye Anonymous Cowards (167 comments)

The trend towards de-anonymizing the Web (and other mobile communications), frankly, sucks. I don't want to sign into Facebook to comment on a Detroit Red Wings news article. I don't want to sign into Google+ to comment on a youtube video (only to have them tell me my name isn't real). I imagine and fear the day when our global unicast IPv6 address is tied to our DNA or some other biometric. Governments don't want us to be anonymous, to communicate without knowing who it is that's sending and who is receiving.

about a month ago

Why Robots Will Not Be Smarter Than Humans By 2029

Buck Feta Re:They don't need to be smart. (294 comments)

Randall's conception of robots is cute, but there's nothing cute about drones and ballistic missiles. We would be arguing over the definition of robot as we were being wiped out with automated weapons.

about a month ago

Hubble Witnesses Mysterious Breakup of Asteroid

Buck Feta Thanks, Captain "Unnecessary Explanation" (69 comments)

the asteroid belt, a region of rocky debris that occupy the space between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter

Oh, that's what the asteroid belt is.

about a month ago

IEEE Predicts 85% of Daily Tasks Will Be Games By 2020

Buck Feta Re:Gaming the system (146 comments)

In the future, the system games you.

about a month and a half ago

MtGox Sets Up Call Center For Worried Bitcoiners

Buck Feta Re:Regulation of currency (240 comments)

Or database management software from a company that started out making punch clocks and meat slicers? (or, for that matter, database management from an online bookstore?)

about a month and a half ago

Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

Buck Feta Re:So why is this here? (387 comments)

So why is this here?

Two words: Hugh Pickens. Remember the article about the "magical" ctrl-shift-t combo ("It's like ctrl-z for the internet!")? Hugh Pickens. Organic chemistry is hard? Hugh Pickens. The Christian Science Monitor is warns Congress not to cut food stamps? You guessed right, that's a Hugh Pickens. The guy is fucking clickbait/comment-bait. He's a scourge on slashdot, and they keep printing his inane copy-paste submissions. That's how I see it.

about a month and a half ago

Vodafone Foundation Launches Cell Site In a Backpack

Buck Feta Re:It's Vodafone (37 comments)

Please, the article spells the company name correctly. Why doesn't the summary?

The audience demands editing now?

about a month and a half ago

How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

Buck Feta Re:Slashvertisement (206 comments)

I think the guy thought he was posting to lifehacker.

about a month and a half ago

Inside Boeing's New Self-Destructing Smartphone

Buck Feta Well done, Slashdot! (162 comments)

I was going to say, I read about this at Ars a couple days ago, but then I saw this "article" links to an ABC news "article" - what's more, the "summary" is a direct quote of pretty much the entire ABC piece. But then I saw this "article" also links to the much superior Ars article. So, I say, bravo, Slashdot! Bravo.

about a month and a half ago

ICANN Considers Using '' To Tackle DNS Namespace Collisions

Buck Feta Re:Obsolete (164 comments)

Never mind,my reading comprehension is not good right now. Too late.

about 2 months ago

ICANN Considers Using '' To Tackle DNS Namespace Collisions

Buck Feta Re:Obsolete (164 comments)

(IPv4 is up to 15 characters in decimal, IPv6 would be up to 63 characters if we used decimal (only 39 in quad-character hex).

v4 is 32 bits, v6 is 128 bits (not 15 and 63). v6 is 32 chars in hex, if not dropping zeroes. Otherwise, a good post.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

Buck Feta Visit to the World's Fair of 2014 (293 comments)

If there is one piece you must include, it is this. Asimov imagined 2014 in 1964, and he wasn't far off with some of his ideas.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

Buck Feta Re:Bladerunnner (293 comments)

I would instead recommend the novel off which that movie is based - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, but Dick's best work is found in his short stories.

"The Electric Ant" is especially pertinent, as is "The Mold of Yancey", "Autofac", and, of course, "Second Variety".

about 2 months ago


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