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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

MobyDisk Re:Bullshit (198 comments)

Especially since the alternative is for the government to delegate the monopoly to another company. It's a monopoly either way.

2 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

MobyDisk Color vision? (532 comments)

Has anyone ever done a comparison of color vision before and after laser eye surgery?

3 days ago
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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

MobyDisk Staged deployments and Agile (140 comments)

Have none of these places heard of replacing a system piece-by-piece? Or agile development? You don't take a decades old system and replace it in one step. You replace it piece-by-piece. That's not trivial to do, but these stories about "5-year project cancelled with absolutely nothing to show for it" are crazy.

3 days ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

MobyDisk Re:Pft (956 comments)

Have you ever listened to the audio chats of FPS co-op games when women are playing with men?

Have you ever listened to the audio chats of FPS co-op games when men are playing with men? I've heard straight guys who threatened to hunt down their male opponents so they could rape them and murder them just because they got their ass handed to them in a game. The usual response is to laugh, then shoot faster.

4 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

MobyDisk Re:Stop copying hard drives too! (150 comments)

The rules are completely different when warrants are involved.

5 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

MobyDisk Re:Stop copying hard drives too! (150 comments)

I thought the judged dinged them only for using the data, not retaining it. I am under the impression retaining it is standard practice. Is that not the case?

Who holds and filters the data in a civil case?

about a week ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

MobyDisk Stop copying hard drives too! (150 comments)

no more invasive than the long-established practice of granting a warrant to copy and search the entire contents of a hard drive

This "long-established practice" has always been a violation of the 4th amendment. The recent case where the US government used hard drive data from a *different* case is proof that they should not do this. They should never get the entire hard drive contents. A neutral 3rd-party should copy the drive, perform an appropriate search, then erase the copy. There's no reason for the government to indefinitely hold copies of data they should never have had in the first place.

Just imagine if they had a warrant to get your address book, but they kept a copy of every piece of paper in your entire home, just in case it became relevant later. There is no way that would be allowed. But the digital equivalent is somehow acceptable.

about a week ago
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ExoLance: Shooting Darts At Mars To Find Life

MobyDisk Ideas are not launched (50 comments)

so a team of space enthusiasts has launched a more ambitious idea

I don't think that word means what you think it does.

about two weeks ago
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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

MobyDisk Re:Ah, yes--the UN Declaration of Human Rights (261 comments)

Thank you for quoting the text. I've never seen this before.

it says we are free from attacks to our reputation not that we are free from having our reputation harmed by ourselves and then reported by someone else.

If it said that then there might be more agreement. But that isn't what the words you quoted say. It has no such caveat. The only caveat at all is the word "arbitrary" which is a legislative weasel word. If it said "libelous" or "untrue" or something to that effect then it would not be debatable. It simply looks like it is poorly written, even if it is intended to mean what you say it is.

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

MobyDisk Re:What? (382 comments)

Actually, it turns out that the DOJ did do this. After coming back to the Slashdot discussion I see some other posters providing links to the DOJ's actions. Hunt around the discussion and you will find it. Clearly it wasn't enough though.

about two weeks ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

MobyDisk Re:For The Love of Glob! (552 comments)

The executive branch decides what projects to work on, but but when the engineers calculate the height of levies, they are using current science and weather data.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

MobyDisk Re:Too true... (424 comments)

In France, what would the lawyer have cost her? More or less than the fine? It seems quite sad that modern justice systems require lawyers for common sense rulings.

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

MobyDisk Re:What? (382 comments)

It seems like the FTC or the DOJ could address this by going after the car dealership cartels.

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

MobyDisk Jurisdiction: This is actually a great reply (382 comments)

Obama gave the only reply he could. It essentially says "I don't control that, I can't help you. Sorry."

When your local state passes a bad law, don't cry to the federal government. Call your local representatives and fix the law yourself. It's easier to get local laws changed, and that is the appropriate level to do it.

about two weeks ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

MobyDisk Re:Wrong focus. (552 comments)

There aren't that many "coldest on record" events happening.

Actually, there are: Google: "Coldest on record", first hit is "NOAA: Winter 2013-2014 Among Coldest on Record"

about two weeks ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

MobyDisk Re:For The Love of Glob! (552 comments)

I believe that the US army corps of engineers accepts reality when designing levies and bridges to handle greater flood waters than what they have in the past. I did some searching but I couldn't find any definitive statement to that effect though.

about two weeks ago
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Critical Vulnerabilities In Web-Based Password Managers Found

MobyDisk Re:For that reason... (114 comments)

That's actually not a bad idea!

Suppose you used 5 different password managers, and each one stored a password. Then, a password manager manager would glue the 5 passwords together to get the final password. Or maybe hash them to produce the final password. That way, when one password manager is cracked, it would not be enough to get your password.

Of course, then the password manager manager could be cracked. Hmm.... so you would need 5 password manager managers. Which would require a single password manager manager manager.

about two weeks ago
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Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

MobyDisk Actually, the edits look good! (95 comments)

I started browsing it looking for anything juicy. The edits seem to be small, good quality, mostly political edits. They look like interns with an interest in politics, history, and dance movies. I'd love to have an app like this for my employer's corporate network, just to see what people here do (if anything).

Here are the changes I've seen thus far:
lawyer --> attorney
remove "cold war" from some 18th century guy
change someone from democrat to independent
however --> then
$ --> dollars
Jiang Jiemin --> Zhou Jiping
[[ --> ]]

about two weeks ago
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DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

MobyDisk Alternate use for this technology (188 comments)

Imagine a round that *avoids* a target. No more friendly fire!

about two weeks ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

MobyDisk Re:Would be different (185 comments)

I bet you if he wrote about child pornography or terrorism it would be a different story.

Is it? If so, why?

about three weeks ago

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MobyDisk MobyDisk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MobyDisk writes "Network Performance Daily retracted last week's interview with Professor Christopher Yoo from Vanderbilt University Law School on his opposition to Net-Neutrality policies. The new article is clearer, more subdued interview. The editor, Brian Boyko, says he never received Mr. Yoo's corrections to the article. From the apology: "The article had done him a disservice and resolved to repair any inaccuracy or anything that would be unfair to his words or image." Lost corrections, or a revision in response to criticism?

Last week's article now points to an series by Art Brodsky, Communications Director of Public Knowledge that is in support of Network Neutrality."

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