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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

DamnOregonian Re:For everything there is a season (228 comments)

I guess if your proposed mechanism is to line the borders of West Africa with armed military personnel and establish a no-fly-zone, then I take that back- we can quarantine just Ebola Land, but that's the only way. And that's not just a matter of what's politically correct, it's an act of war and a violation of international law without a UNSC resolution authorizing it.

60 million people came in on and left on international flights to/from the US in 2006. I imagine it's higher today. You really think the commerce provided by that traffic is less than billions upon billions? A full closing of US borders would be economy crushing. The cost literally immeasurable. A million bucks? Please.

The WHO people who contracted it in third-world conditions in what are basically filthy field hospitals? Our exposure-to-infection ratio here in the states seems to be about 1 to several hundred. Don't let me reassure you, use some of your grade A logic mixed with some of the facts you have available at your fingertips.

about a week ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

DamnOregonian Re:No Carriers (149 comments)

Yes, it's in the T's and C's.
Has been for every ISP we've acquired and merged with, as well.

We also tell them how to use submission ports to get around it.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

DamnOregonian Re:For everything there is a season (228 comments)

And an F in critical thinking.

You keep trying to beat the argument that anything but draconian restrictions are a result of political correctness, however, the truth is that the current solutions are simply better thought out than yours.

That being said, some people will never stop arguing under the premise that yelling the same thing over and over again with no supporting evidence until the other person shakes their head and walks away means you've won the argument.

Not only is there absolutely no way to close all the borders to anyone coming in from "Ebola Land" (please tell me I don't need to explain why), but the *cost* of doing so is probably beyond what you can even imagine. We lack the ability to know definitively if someone originated their recent travels from Ebola Land, so that leaves only draconian full quarantine, and the collapse of the US economy (probably as well as several others along with us). It'll recover, sure, but was the cost really worth it?

Ebola is a very low-transmission disease (in the first world, at least). For every person that comes over infected, the average number of people they're going to infect is 1. Not exactly a pandemic. Are you a doomsday prepper, perchance? Honest question.

about a week ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

DamnOregonian Re:Lacking Credibility (149 comments)

Precisely. You're a breath of fresh air, sir.

about a week ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

DamnOregonian Re:Lacking Credibility (149 comments)

You have no idea how the Internet works. It's not a LAN.
No AS connects to every other AS. For any ISP, you can find a VPN that is going to have better connectivity to *some* AS (higher speeds).
It's ok that you're ignorant, but you should at least recognize it and not try to speak as if you know what you're talking about.

about a week ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

DamnOregonian Re:Cisco firewall for filtering malware email (149 comments)

Ya- this is absolutely just a PIX/ASA being used by the ISP to protect their overall network from infected windows machines.

They should probably roll their own solution (we did) that doesn't much with peoples' sessions.

about a week ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

DamnOregonian Re:this could be solved by defining "internet acce (149 comments)

We used to use a similar solution when we were similarly sized.
At ~16k residential customers, we had to resort to less work-intensive methods. Transparent proxies are a good one. Though we don't try to mess with the end users' attempt at encrypting their sessions. I suspect that's either a mistake on the part of the ISP, or a limitation in the software/hardware they're using.

The alternative, is to just do what most large ISPs do- block outbound SMTP entirely.

about a week ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

DamnOregonian Re:No Carriers (149 comments)

Disclaimer: I am a senior network engineer at a large regional ISP.

Transparent proxying, particularly on smtp is unfortunately commonly applied to residential connectivity, and there's little that can be done about it (short of blocking it entirely, which is what a lot of ISPs do).

When Joe User's windows machine gets infected and starts launching spam at the universe, if we don't catch it quick enough, it results in blocks. Sometimes if the infection is big, the blocks can happen to entire /24 subnets. In egregious cases, entire netblock allocations.

Usually, the transparent proxy is employed to limit the damage (number of IPs) that may be blocked in the event of a compromise. In this case, the proxy *should* support encryption, that part is inexcusable, however, we have to do something to protect our network from you guys.

about a week ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

DamnOregonian Re: Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

Mocking your strawman with an exaggerated version is strawmanning you? Fascinating. Carry on, soldier. ;)

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

DamnOregonian Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

From a free speech stand point why would you make a distinction between a for profit entity and a not for profit entity?

Simple. Because one of those represents the voting interests of the people who fund it, the other does not.
One funnels my money willingly for purposes I have a choice in, one does not.
The not-for-profit, assuming it's a registered lobby that's faithfully representing its funders, is doing just that- representing its funders.
The for-profit isn't. It's representing a board of directors, greatly amplifying their actual voice. Making their vote bigger than it really should be. They're more than welcome to use their personal funds to lobby though.

In short, the not-for-profit can be seen simply as a pooled resource of a bunch of individual people lobbying their government, while the for-profit is the pooled resources of a possibly massive segment of a market, not representing those people at all. No matter how you try to spin it, there is a difference. It's not crass or political. I have no desire to disenfranchise the wealthy corporate lords, but they can use their own money.

Absent that you've arbitrarily limited the rights of political opponents for your own crass partisan gain.

That is patently false. I'm a little stunned that someone going through such lengths to display intelligence, such as yourself, would even try to peddle something like that.
Allow me to paraphrase,
If you disagree with my assertion that a business is no different than a voter representation body, you're a dirty leninist out to subvert democracy for your own power.

Shame on you.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

DamnOregonian Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

I haven't really seen anyone point this out in spite of you regularly making the conflation between for-profit corporations and not-for-profit corporations.
Am I wrong to see a distinction there?

One utilizes the willingly donated resources of the people for the purpose of lobbying for policy to lobby for policy, the other uses the resources of people, often given up because they have no real choice (we've got to live, right?) to lobby against the interests of those very same people.

Corporate personhood doesn't bother me so much as the abuse it allowed in campaign financing. Fix that, and I don't have any legitimate beef against corporations being more-or-less people.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

DamnOregonian Re:Adoption by large organizations limits extincti (547 comments)

Perl doesn't fade

That's partly due to the witch-craft and dark incantations inherent in the language.

I love Perl :)

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

DamnOregonian Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (547 comments)

The JVM is a pretty badass VM, really.
Even Java itself as a language isn't too vile, it's really some of the things people do with it (JVM abuse allowed by the language) that can really turn the code into a festering pile of ebola-ridden excrement.
Normally, I'm pretty adamant about not blaming the language for the authors (I'm a 9th Circle Perl Acolyte), but finding a piece of Java code greater than the length of a single class that isn't an obvious gateway to the Dark Side is fucking impossible.

Back on topic, I'm super open-minded about languages, and I regularly use many of them in my line of work... But Python.. No. Fuck that garbage. I learned it, I became proficient in it, it still churns my stomach. The sheer level of skill it took to take all the good ideas in Python and ruin them with a few unforgivable paradigms impresses me every time.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

DamnOregonian Re:Ebola is airborne (483 comments)

The CDC determined the simians were infected while en route while stored with other infected animals.
The only thing supporting the theory of aerosol transmission was default option. They couldn't find anything there that could have spread it, so it must have spread via the air. The logic is pretty flawed, really. Of the over-100 humans that handled the animals, only 6 showed antigens from exposure, making airborne transmission highly unlikely.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

DamnOregonian Re:Ebola is airborne (483 comments)

It's pretty damn unlikely for Ebola to ever become "airborne", as a virus- it's too damn big. You just can't fit enough of them in an aerosol-sized droplet to stand much of a chance at infection.
The "mutation" required to make it an effective aerosol pathogen would shave off 90% of its genome.

That isn't to say that it can't be transmitted by a good sneeze or a cough over the air, but even in those cases- it's not so easy, as again, the virus is rather large, and it takes a certain amount of viral load for an active infection to actually occur.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

DamnOregonian Re:The Conservative Option (483 comments)

You're not infectious prior to becoming symptomatic, otherwise- ya. That would be bad

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

DamnOregonian Re:This is the future... (483 comments)

Most Republicans I know would gladly take a shot of Ebola instead of coming to Seattle

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

DamnOregonian Re:Ebola is airborne (483 comments)

6/178 animal handlers who handled the infected animals tested positive for reston-ebola antigens (meaning they were infected). Airborne was never established as the vector. (and is considered unlikely to have been). I'm not sure where linked article gets its information about the only connection being via airborne vectors. The CDC determined the monkeys to have been cross-infected during the delivery flight.

about two weeks ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

DamnOregonian Re:As well they should. (243 comments)

Little more efficient than CFLs?
Sure the stimulated phosphor emission of white light isn't any more efficient, but you're aware how a CFL generates the photons to excite the phosphor, yes?
Now how does an LED do it?
Tell me again about efficiency.

about two weeks ago

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