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Former Head of NSA Calls For Obama To Reject NSA Commission Recommendations

PoochieReds ...since there have been no abuses... (316 comments)

Doesn't LOVEINT count?

Even if it doesn't, that's not the point.

I think we can all agree that having these sorts of communications records is a despot's wet dream. The fact that it hasn't been abused yet is immaterial. It's too tempting a tool for those with the wrong motives.

about a year ago
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German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

PoochieReds Credibility gap (280 comments)

Why would anyone believe anything that Obama or NSA lackeys say at this point? It's too late for that. Obama's successor is going to have a huge credibility gap to bridge...

about a year ago
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We're Number 9! US Broadband Speeds Rise, But Slower Than Many Other Countries'

PoochieReds Re:s/Government-run/Government-regulated/ (355 comments)

What government will control it? City? County? State? Federal?

I think in practice, it wouldn't make much difference either way, but splitting them up this way would likely be less disruptive since these companies already have trucks, linemen, etc that maintain this infrastructure now. By just splitting up the company those "assets" would naturally flow to the company maintaining the lines. A government takeover would be more "messy" and would probably involve a lot more court battles.

Also, there is something of a precedent for this sort of arrangement. Electricity is usually provided by a local monopoly provider, and the state/local utility commission generally sets the rules for how it's run. ISPs are generally beholden to the PUC as well in the current situation. This would just reduce the part that the PUC runs while allowing free market competition for the rest of the company.

Unfortunately, I don't forsee our current crop of govt. officials having the stones to do anything like this anytime soon.

about a year ago
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Liberal Saudi Web Forum Founder Sentenced To 600 Lashes and 7 Years In Prison

PoochieReds With friends like this... (506 comments)

...you know the rest.

about a year ago
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We're Number 9! US Broadband Speeds Rise, But Slower Than Many Other Countries'

PoochieReds s/Government-run/Government-regulated/ (355 comments)

I don't think a government run utility would be better than what we have today, and would likely be worse. What would be better? What should have been done in the original 1996 laws:

        Force the telcos and cable companies to break up.

Really, it's as simple as that...

The main problem with the current situation is that there is near-zero competition. At best you have "competition" between two ILECs (cable and telco). In some cases they will "lease" their lines to competitors, but who wants to be in a business where you're the customer of your main competitor? That's guaranteed not to go well.

So in my "dream" solution...

Last-mile providers would be a regulated monopoly (duopoly I guess in the case where there is both twisted-pair and coax) that would just be in charge of the cabling and infrastructure between actual customers and the "central office". They would then lease the lines to "dialtone" (bandwidth?) providers at rates set by the local public utility commission, but would be barred from providing any content on those lines.

That would set up the situation such that multiple companies could compete based on the services that they could provide to customers and price.

I'm not holding my breath for such an outbreak of sanity though... ;)

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Deal With Refurbed Drives With Customer Data?

PoochieReds Re:Data Breach (385 comments)

You're assuming that the customer had the ability to wipe the drive after it failed. If it was defective then it's quite likely not to be the case.

This sounds an awful lot like someone returned the drive either mistakenly thinking it was defective, or after hitting some sort of intermittent failure with it. NewEgg (or the HD vendor) then "tested" it and stuck it back on the shelf without wiping it. Or maybe they replaced some of the solid-state components and called it a day.

Either way, I'd be very suspicious about putting my data on it. It certainly wasn't tested well after being "fixed" at the very least.

more than 2 years ago
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Fed Gave Banks Eye-Popping Emergency Loans, Without Telling Congress

PoochieReds Re:Capitalism (629 comments)

> Oh, and it's an inevitable result of laissez faire policies

Nonsense...

It's more the inevitable result of giving those same banks the power to print money as they see fit. With a commodity-backed currency, the banks couldn't do this as easily.

about 3 years ago
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White House Proposes "Wealthy Tax"

PoochieReds still an income, not a wealth tax (2115 comments)

Note that this is still an income tax -- not a wealth tax. Those who are already wealthy can and will always game this such that they report little income, thereby preserving their wealth. If necessary, they'll just keep their money offshore.

If he had any sense, he'd offer an amnesty to the wealthy. Allow them to repatriate their funds from overseas at a reduced tax rate so that money comes back to the US. The money the treasury makes on that smaller percentage would still be more than the zero they get from it today.

more than 3 years ago
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Patent Reform Bill Passes Senate

PoochieReds Re:It's actually very simple (368 comments)

Sure, but will that fact come out in the patent examination? Or will the person with the unpatented prior art be subject to lawsuits from Mr. First-to-file? I'm not a patent attorney, so I think this is a legitimate question...

For instance, suppose I "invent" an algorithm in some software I write. I use that algorithm but consider it obvious or just don't bother to patent it. Then, a year later someone else independently "invents" the same algorithm and decides to patent it. That person then discovers my use of it and sues. Am I likely to have to pay patent royalties since I neglected to file a patent when I originally invented it?

more than 3 years ago
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Patent Reform Bill Passes Senate

PoochieReds Re:It's actually very simple (368 comments)

On the flip side...

What often happens is that someone "invents" something and doesn't bother to patent it because it's obvious. Then someone comes along later and does file a patent for the invention, turns around and sues the person who originally invented it. First-to-file now means that if you don't recognize something as an "invention" and patent it when you come up with the idea, you can get screwed later.

more than 3 years ago
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EU Ministers Seek To Ban Creation of Hacking Tools

PoochieReds In other words... (248 comments)

"Let's ensure that only those willing to break the law will have access to these tools."

more than 3 years ago
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Writing Linux Kernel Functions In CUDA With KGPU

PoochieReds Re:Question: (101 comments)

There are also other concerns than the context switch overhead...particularly when dealing with filesystems or data storage devices.

For instance, suppose part of your userspace daemon gets swapped out, and you now need to upcall to userspace. That part that got paged out then has to be paged back in. If memory is tight, then the kernel may have to free some memory, and it may decide to flush out dirty data to the filesystem or device that is dependent on the userspace daemon. At that point, you're effectively deadlocked.

Most of those sorts of problems can be overcome with careful coding and making sure the important parts of the daemon are mlocked, but you do have to be careful and it's not always straightforward to do that.

more than 3 years ago
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Red Hat Releases RHEL 6

PoochieReds Re:Fixes? (228 comments)

I assume you're talking about client-side performance? If so, then yes it should be much better in RHEL6.

FWIW, The NFS tools don't really do much once you've got the filesystem mounted. (Ok, that's not 100% true with NFSv4 or Kerberized NFS but it is for the most part). Performance problems like this are generally in the kernel. I've got a patchset queued up to try and improve NFS write performance in RHEL5, but it probably won't go in until 5.7.

See this page if you want to test out what I have queued up so far. It's still pretty rough, but the results so far are quite promising:

        http://people.redhat.com/jlayton/

If you have a support contract, you should open a support case on this. Typically, performance problems are all about numbers so if you can quantify the problems you're seeing then we should be able to help.

more than 4 years ago
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Zork Returning As a Browser MMO

PoochieReds It's a rare game... (108 comments)

...that can survive being turned into a MMORPG. Most developers tend to think that making a game into a MMOG adds value, but I tend to think it's the reverse.

more than 5 years ago
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Lack of Bandwidth Oversight Damages HDTV Quality

PoochieReds HD channels w/ no HD programming (292 comments)

Not exactly the same but my current gripe with my satellite provider (DirecTV) is that I bought one of their HD channel packages, and a number of the channels that are listed as HD channels never actually have any HD programs on them. They're all standard def. The Disney channel, for instance is listed as a high def channel, but I've never seen a single high-def program on it (I even surfed the channel guide through several days to see if anything ever did).

Total fraudulent BS...

I'd drop 'em like a hot potato tomorrow but the wife is addicted to the crap that comes on there...

*sigh*

more than 6 years ago

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