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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

NeutronCowboy Re:Billions? (402 comments)

As far as I can tell, the Slashdot discussion styles always run about a year or two ahead of what happens in the more mainstream political areas. As a result, the political section being added was a symptom, not a cause.

about three weeks ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

NeutronCowboy Re:Billions? (402 comments)

Before 2004 it wasn't political? Seriously, that only means that you started watching politics around that time and are a republican. Slashdot had ALWAYS been political. In 2001, it was full of rah rah go US, US sucks and Bush sucks sentiments. Before that, political flamefests were less regular, but that's because the political scene in the US was less political.

about three weeks ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

NeutronCowboy Re:Obama (582 comments)

I find it hilarious how much of a hard-on conservatives have for Putin. They just wish they could have a leaders as fearless and macho as Putin at the head of their country. Fortunately, for now, we still live in somewhat of a democracy. My suggestion is: if you love what Putin does, move to Russia. I'm sure he'd welcome you.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

NeutronCowboy Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

Verizon is choosing not to upgrade it's peering points with Level-3 because they are no longer evenly sharing traffic up/down as all free peering arrangements have ALWAYS required, yet Level-3 doesn't want to pay for the imbalance, and Netflix doesn't want to shift some of their Verizon traffic to a different transit provider than Level-3.

Considering the huge imbalance in download and upload speeds, how exactly is anybody supposed to peer with Verizon? Verizon knowingly set up a situation in which it is impossible for any peer to be on traffic parity with Verizon. Furthermore, traffic parity is almost impossible from a business perspective. Verizon and the last-mile providers have consumers and creators at one end, everyone else has pretty much only creators. The only way for corps like Level 3 to achieve traffic parity is to offer last-mile services, which is impossible, because Verizon frequently has a local monopoly.

So - the technobabble refers to the fact that the technological discussion is largely irrelevant when it comes to Net Neutrality. Anyone trying to bring technological issues into the discussion is just trying to muddy the waters of what is a market power discussion.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

NeutronCowboy Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

You're right, Netflix will lose any lawsuit. That's exactly the problem, and why everyone is so up in arms about this. There is no legal recourse to force the last mile providers to actually provide what they're selling, there's no commercial recourse, and there's barely a technical workaround (VPN providers cannot sustain everyone using them for streaming Netflix).

You're completely missing the forest for the tree.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

NeutronCowboy Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

If Comcast can't deliver on the service they promised, that's not my problem.I would just switch to someone else. Unfortunately, I have no way of actually switching to an ISP which might cost more, but can deliver the service they promise. Which means that Comcast has exactly zero incentive to come to a compromise with Netflix. They can just play hardball all the way.

The technical aspects of what Comcast is and exactly isn't doing is purely that - technical pissing around. Net neutrality is concerned about what kind of business decisions drive the technical implementations. And that's where Comcast, ATT, and all the other last-mile providers really hope that no one calls them on their bullshit and their misdirection into technical nonsense.

about a month ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

NeutronCowboy Re:That's great, but ... (120 comments)

You mean, like a Tesla? Range of about 250 miles, supercharger stations that will give you 80% of your range in 30 minutes.... If you're looking for a luxury sedan, the Tesla beats every other car out there, except if your make-or-break deal is that you be able to refill now every 2 miles or so.

As for reasonable price.... well, no one but you knows what that reasonable price is. So I guess you'll sleep forever.

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

NeutronCowboy Re:Feminists have gone overboard... (962 comments)

Apparently, your self-worth as a man requires women groveling at your feet. That's pretty sad and pathetic.

about 1 month ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

NeutronCowboy Re:So much for the "Information Age" (454 comments)

Yes, I'm sure you read every source that anyone ever throws at you, for anything. What happens in the real world is that we make assessments on the probability of a source providing actual insight. Thereligionofpeace.com is a site that is identical in insight and accuracy as Stormfront is. I've read both sites a while back, and both are idiotic, wrong, and scary in very similar ways. As a result, I don't read them anymore, and I don't pay attention to people using them as sources.

If you want me to take you seriously, you'll provide references that won't waste my time.

about 1 month ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

NeutronCowboy Re:So much for the "Information Age" (454 comments)

Citing the site thereligionofpeace.com for anything about muslims is like citing Stormfront for anything about blacks, jews, and sundry non-whites. It makes you a bit of a loony.

about a month ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

NeutronCowboy Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Hilarious. You know little about how bills get to the senate floor for a vote, do you? Here, let me help you: http://www.coons.senate.gov/learn/bills/. The Senate majority leader has almost nothing to do with what bills get voted on in the Senate. So your anger is quite misplaced, and probably should be directed at all the people who have elected a democratic majority to the Senate. But that would mean that you would acknowledge that you are a minority in some areas, and can't just ram your ideology down other people's throats.

I find it also exceptionally hilarious that this attack is coming from the Tea Party, considering that they are nominally libertarian. Buffet, Gates, and Adelson ARE their masters of the universe - at least, they would be, if the Tea Party or the libertarians had any sort of consistency in their beliefs. Instead, this diatribe exposes them for what they really are: run of the mill politicians who are just more xenophobic and nativist than the other politicians. Economically, they are just like the unions that they hate: upset when someone with more money than them uses that money in a way that they dislike.

Sessions can go fuck himself with a chainsaw.

about a month ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

NeutronCowboy Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

Close. I attack people because of the stupidity of their arguments, and the stupid source of their stupid arguments. In this case, some white, suburban, barely teenage boy read Atlas Shrugged and got a raging hardon imagining himself as John Galt. It's sad, really.

about a month ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

NeutronCowboy Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

The threat of democracy doesn't lie in the distinction between direct voting and representative voting, but in the idea that whatever is popular should be the law.

Then explain how the Constitution came to be. And explain very carefully how it neither was put into place because the majority of the people in power at the time thought it was a good idea, and how it also wasn't the result of an autocratic group of people forcing their will onto others. Just a little tip: you should read the entire Constitution, how it used to look like, what it looks like now, and why it has been changed. It's kinda fascinating all the stuff that got put into there for no other reason than that it was popular and helped people get elected. Too bad the Constitution for you is some magic pixie dust.

about a month ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

NeutronCowboy Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

Well. One reasonable reply. I guess I should be reasonable as well then.

No that's wrong, libertarians are "like" the current government, just smaller.

But that's the crux of the problem: I haven't seen a workable definition of government that isn't like the current one, just smaller. It either devolves into anarchy, or creates a system that is indistinguishable from the current one, except with fewer laws. And that government has no system to prevent the creation of laws that would be identical to the current one.

Yes, that's the libertarian platform. The difference is in how large the government is and what its responsibilities are, not fundamental changes like eliminating lawmakers... honestly that's a ridiculous notion.

Then do explain: how does a libertarian government not become the current one? I mean, outside of being fully staffed by libertarians, who all adhere to the same notions of government, property, and morality? Which, by the way, is the definition of sectarianism, which is hugely destabilizing to a society. Unless, of course, you further assume that everyone is a libertarian, but then we're right back to my main beef with libertarians: completely unrealistic expectations of how people work.

Somalia and Sudan both have central governments with overreaching power in the areas they control based on Islamic law that any libertarian would find abhorrent. Furthermore, there are a number of competing governments disputing territory within each country, also seeking to impose Islamic law (but, you know, the "true" Islamic law).

I can create a central government in my house that has overreaching power in areas that... well, pick whatever you want. My government doesn't matter though, because the US government has far more power to impose its notions on mine, if it ever finds out that they clash and decides to do something about it. My powers are completely at the mercy of the US government's powers. In other words, it's no power at all. Now, what if I could repel the US government's force? Well, that's completely implausible, but it would mean I could create my own government. And I'd have to, because well, that's what a collection of rules and people enforcing those rules are.

The reason that Somalia and Sudan are important is because they show what happens when a central government is unable to enforce its laws. As you pointed out, another type of government replaces it - automatically. Maybe not in the same territory, but as you said, it always starts somewhere in the territory of the old government, because the old government doesn't care, doesn't have the resources to care, or can't enforce the fact that it cares. In the case of Somalia and Sudan, it's a combination of all three.

There are two reasons that this process matters. One, it shows how a new type of government can come about very quickly. Two, it shows empirically that the new governments always take a very different approach to ruling. More islamist, less authoritarian - whatever you want, but it's going to generally be the antithesis. And that's to be expected, since being prepared to die for the new style of government requires very strong opinions about how much different things should be. There's also the possibility that someone just decided that they'd rather be the ruler, but I'm assuming that's not what libertarians are all about.

This means that there are two reasons why failed states like Sudan and Somalia - or heck, Mexico is skirting really fucking close to that - put the lie to libertarian claims of perfect government. If libertarians would be really so keen to cast off the shackles of the old government, those places are great to start from scratch. I mean, resource wise it stinks, but at least there's so much chaos that you can quickly create your own state according to your own rules, and you'll be much more likely to be able to enforce your own ideals than anywhere else. Yet no libertarian wants to go to those places to start their Galt's Gulch. Furthermore, if libertarian ideals are so obvious, so beneficial to society, there'd be a place where it would have been tried already, and would have succeeded. The fact that all of the revolutions throughout history have never, ever, led to something close to resembling a stable libertarian society tells me that it cannot work long term or on a large scale. You can argue if you want that the pioneers in the American West were the closest thing to a libertarian society, but look what they decided to do: ditch the libertarian ideals and come together in a democracy. There are lots of reasons why that ideal died out, but at the core, it just wasn't as successful at producing the ability to defend the pioneers territory from encroachment as the alternatives.

Now, there is one more argument that I often hear when I get to this stage: yes, but the pioneers only failed because they didn't understand libertarianism, and were misled by others, lied to, and overpowered by evil, power-hungry people. I can only roll my eyes at that, because that is word for word the plaintive cry of every disappointed communist out there, ever. It's why every commune fails at some point. If your best explanation for why I should try your approach is that no one has ever done it right, and you're asking me to ignore thousands of years of history and decades of psychological research that show that it won't work... yeah, good luck with that. I hear there are some sand dunes that haven't been claimed yet. Go try your luck there. Just do it without me.

 

about a month ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

NeutronCowboy Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

Awwww.... how cute. Changing the subject, are we? Let me just clarify your position for you: I want a government big enough so that it protects me from people I don't like, but too small to protect those who don't like me from me.

Of course, you'd be the knight in shining armor saving everyone around you, so no one would need to be protected from you. Everything you do would be for the greater good of everyone around you. I'm sure of it.

about a month ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

NeutronCowboy Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

Congratulations, you can't read, and are using the Federalist papers as a bible.
1) When he's talking about a pure democracy, he's talking about what's commonly known as direct democracy. The Swiss are the closest thing we have to one, and it's still pretty far away from one. When he's talking about a republic, he's talking about what's commonly known as representative democracy.
2) He's acknowledging that it only applies to very small groups of people. Communes have been frequently tried, and most of them don't last all that long. That's why they're not the model for large-scale governments.
3) If you'd read further, you'd realize that the Federalist papers are still worried about factionalism in a representative democracy, and hope that representatives don't band together in a way that mimics the banding together of people in a direct democracy. Guess what happens to people in any situation? They band together.
4) You're quoting someone constructing a theoretical position of government as if it is a reality. In other words, you're no better than priests quoting the bible and pretending that it is literally the truth. The founding fathers were smart and well educated, but they weren't infallible. Merely saying "Constitution!" or "Federalist Papers!" means nothing. All it tells me is that you don't think.

Keep digging that libertarian hole. I haven't found one yet who deserves any respect.

about a month ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

NeutronCowboy Re:Double standards (533 comments)

I know that Atlas Shrugged is powerful stuff for a teenage boy dipping his toes into political theory for the first time. Don't be too harsh on yourself when you grow out of that phase.

about a month ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

NeutronCowboy Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

Wow. You really haven't thought your position through, have you? I mean, at all. And by that, I mean that you really have no idea what a government is, how it comes about, what wars are, what causes them, what law enforcement is, or anything related to how humans operate, collaborate, and build societies. I hope you're somewhere in middle school, and you've just not gotten to that part in your education, because otherwise, that kind of ignorance has to be willful.

And by the way, yes, I am confusing libertarian with communists. They both completely fail in providing workable solutions. The best they have is a partial list of facts.

about a month ago
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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

NeutronCowboy Re:More Like Subsidized (533 comments)

1) A democracy is where 51% of the people decide the needs and force it on the other 49%

1) That's not what a democracy is. Read up on it.
2) As opposed to a system where a minority decides the needs and forces it on the majority? That's why I find libertarians so adorable. They can identify problems, but are utterly blind as to the alternatives. To quote a famous guy who has seen some systems: "Democracy is the worst government system, except for all the others."

2) Most libertarians support the idea of a police force and law enforcement.

And yet, they utterly fail to comprehend that that is what is behind the the power of the government, and behind any abuse that they perceive. That's why they are so contemptible: their preferences are all diametrically opposed, and they are, for some reason, incapable of understanding that.

about a month ago

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FTC looking into charging Google with Antitrust suit

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  about 2 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "From the yahoo story:
"The majority of top decision-makers at the Federal Trade Commission believe that an antitrust case should be brought against Google Inc, meaning the search giant could soon be headed into tough negotiations, three people familiar with the matter said.

Four of the FTC commissioners have become convinced after more than a year of investigation that Google illegally used its dominance of the search market to hurt its rivals, while one commissioner is skeptical, the sources said.""

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Blizzard might have to refund purchases of D3 in Korea

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "From Gamasutra: "The Korean government is investigating allegations that Diablo III developer Blizzard Entertainment is violating the country's commercial laws by refusing to offer refunds on its latest game."
It will be interesting to see how Blizzard will approach this, and whether this will force a chance in the rest of the world as well. If you can get refunds for a D3 license, can you resell it? This might stop the current trend of making games unsellable and unrefundable."

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Verizon blocking Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "Verizon Wireless is blocking Google from including Google Wallet in its flagship smartphone, the Nexus Galaxy S. This is likely tied to Verizon's own efforts in the area, called Isis.

Verizon Wireless, which is controlled by New York-based Verizon Communications along with Britain's Vodafone Group, said in a statement sent to Bloomberg News that it barred Google Wallet "for the best security and user experience."

The open question is whether Google is just prevented from including Google Wallet in the phone sold by Verizon stores, or whether it will simply not work on the Verizon network."
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Couple raises virtual child.. and starves real one

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "According to CNN.com, a South Korean couple was arrested for allowing their baby to starve to death while they were out at an internet cafe. One of their activities there: raising a virtual child in the online game "Prius Online." While a South Korean professor calls it a case of Internet Addiction, it's probably more a case of bad coping mechanisms: they were jobless and had apparently little to look forward to."
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Creationists take advantage of GW skepticism

NeutronCowboy NeutronCowboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NeutronCowboy (896098) writes "According to a NY Times article, Creationists in a few states like Louisiana and Kentucky are taking advantage of an increase in skepticism towards the science of Global Climate Change to promote their own brand of skepticism towards the science of Evolution. It's partly a legal strategy to counter the argument that they're focusing on evolution vs creationism, and therefore breaking down the separation of church and state. But it's also a PR strategy that ties itself to the increasing distrust in the US towards climate science. It looks like "teaching the controversy" is going to become more common in the near future."
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