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Commerce Secretary: US Wants Multi-Stakeholder Process To Preserve Internet

Rakarra Re:Amazing that they think it's theirs to give awa (57 comments)

It seems like most of the time news stories talk about "control over The Internet," they're talking about one of three things:
1) Control over DNS, specifically who gets .com and other tlds.
2) The ability to knock a site they don't like offline so no one can use it.
3) Strong surveillance over all traffic that (usually) crosses their borders or is entirely within those borders.

3 days ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

Rakarra It's still bundling. (139 comments)

This sortof misses the point. Sure, it's create for people who only want HBO without cable, but those of us who want "unbundling" are really looking for specific programs. I don't want to subscribe to "The Discovery Channel." I just want Mythbusters. I don't want to subscribe to "Fox", I just want So You Think You Can Dance. I don't want to subscribe to HBO, I just want Game of Thrones.

I think, especially with DVRs, people have moved past a channel/network mentality and are in a per-show mentality, just like when we go to watch a movie, there's a specific movie we're aiming to see. No one goes to the theaters with the intention of watching the next great Paramount Pictures film*

Obviously, the networks don't want me to feel this way, but I'm long past caring about networks, and I don't think most people care about networks either.

*The big exception would be studios like Pixar, Dreamworks, Laika, Disney, where the filmmaking pool is shared among productions)

3 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Rakarra Re:Designed in US, Built in EU, Filled in Iraq (376 comments)

Seems Colon Powell presented evidence (cough) the hard way.

That was the false evidence, the "lie" that everyone has been complaining about. That part really was false, based on wishful thinking. We all knew that Iraq had had chemical weapons at some point, Powell's drumming up support for the war lay in convincing everyone that Saddam was upgrading to nuclear weapons.

4 days ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

Rakarra Re:Understandable. (158 comments)

Basic capitalism: regardless of cost to produce (as long as it's not a loss), you will be charged what you are willing to pay. Capitalism isn't about getting a certain small amount of profit while providing service, the goal is to maximize your profit. You can't charge $100+ for dial-up because no one would buy it, but you also don't charge too little. What drives costs down is not the cost of service, though that will dictate a certain minimum. It's competition.

Two vendors sell widgets which cost $25 to make. Vendor one charges $40/widget, two charges $50/widget. Other things being equal, people will buy vendor one's widget instead. Now, say there's only one vendor and they charge $50. They have no reason to lower their costs to $40.

Gas is a good indicator of this.

Within a few miles of my home, I have a dozen different gas stations from half a dozen different companies. Sure, sure, they all get their oil from a large cartel, but there's a certain amount of regulation there along with attention from politicians. At my house, I have my choice of three different broadband ISPs, and the vast, vast majority of Americans do not have that much choice (and two of the three providers use the same lines). If consumers could actually choose between half a dozen or more different providers all interested in attracting customers hungry for better service, the Verizons and the AT&Ts and the Comcasts would lose many of their customers. But there are regional monopolies and duopolies who don't have to provide good service at a reasonable cost. They just need to provide enough so that their customers just don't cancel and go without high-speed Internet access and so that legislators don't hassle them too much.

5 days ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

Rakarra Re:Hoax (972 comments)

And they all stood on Newton's shoulders.

No, wait; Newton came after Euclides. So Newton must have stood on his shoulders.

The human pyramid is getting rather tall, and a bit top-heavy.

What, so it's scientists, all the way down?

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

Rakarra Re:Einstein's Nobel was for Photo-electric effect (972 comments)

It seems the author of the comment you replied to indicated agreement with your position in a follow-up post nearly two hours before you posted comment #48127499. Additionally, I happened to note the difference between the photoelectric effect and GR nearly an hour before your post. I am becoming increasingly curious why there appears to be a higher than normal rate of errors and repetition in this particular comment thread. However, I freely admit that my stated perception of that error rate is clearly a speculative utterance in the absence of a much greater volume of sample data.

Perhaps you and the parent poster were traveling away from each at close to the speed of light, so that Time Dilation made it seem like the posting times were further apart than they were.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Rakarra Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (445 comments)

Why do you think your irrational belief in ghosts is less annoying than someone else's?

Ultimately, the willingness to believe things because "someone said so" is what leads to the ills of religion in its many forms. Your religion is no less irrational or annoying than someone else's.

As an atheist, I'm obviously a non-believer as well, and I think you need to stop with the belittling. The combative, militant atheist is just as annoying as the Westboro member. Well. Maybe not quite so much. But you will convert no one with such tactics, and you drive away the people in the middle who may just come to the conclusion "man... atheists are a bunch of assholes."

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Rakarra Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (445 comments)

It's more than just shame -- the Catholic Church has a number of hoops its members have to jump through before it will recognize a divorce. In fact, you cannot get divorced as a Catholic. From the state's perspective, of course you can, but the Church will require that you get the marriage declared annulled retroactively, so that from the Church's perspective, the marriage never happened (or was, more accurate, never valid from the start).

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

Rakarra Re:lies, damned lies, and... (445 comments)

It's not "Some Internet dweeb."

Not many people have much regard for the "social sciences" outside of the people who try to specialize in that.
The Poly Sci department got more consistent eye-rolls at my university than any other.

about a week ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

Rakarra Re:Or we learn from others mistakes (747 comments)

Well that much is true, I see the need for a whitelist, but it seems silly those characters wouldn't be on it.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

Rakarra Re:Just fucking leave it alone! (747 comments)

Have you tried reading OpenBSD source lately? It's surprisingly readable and clean. I found myself pretty much able to pick an arbitrary place to jump in and start reading and it's a breath of fresh air compared to Linux kernel code.

It's awfully hard to audit shit code.

I think that was his point -- that not putting all the VT stuff into the kernel code is a good thing.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

Rakarra Re:Just fucking leave it alone! (747 comments)

But we also do not like PulseAudio and avahi.

For some time I was wondering why ZeroConf support on Linux sucks. And then people told me: avahi is a potterware!!!

Pulseaudio is good.
Now that it's fixed.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

Rakarra Re:Or we learn from others mistakes (747 comments)

It's a long time since I've seen any Unicode problems as a user in Windows or OSX. The only time I see them these days is in stuff pasted into slashdot comments. Wonder what's to blame for that? It's open source isn't it? I think SoylentNews has fixed it. Thought they've introduced other bugs in the process.

Unicode mangling is there because the alternative is worse, and led to shenanigans.
It's like the old ircII tricks to pass through "invisible characters" (control codes) to make it look like messages came from someone else, included invisible text, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

Rakarra Re:Or we learn from others mistakes (747 comments)

Did you read the article? He wants to embrace and extinguish the distros too.

I'm not sure I got that exactly from the article........

You're dealing with an "advocate" here. Poettering is definitely the devil, and you can expect to hear a bunch of BS about the new console like how it will only allow csh as a login shell. This will then be repeated by hordes on Slashdot who haven't used systemd or cracked open a manual.

about two weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

Rakarra Re:OMG, OMISSION ALERT! (238 comments)

.... dodge micrometeorites? We must have watched different movies there, geez.

about two weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

Rakarra Re:Yes, because everyone is burning their smartpho (238 comments)

Neither relativity nor QM is all that hard to understand.

Yes, yes they are... for your average elementary school students. Even after explaining it, many, maybe even most adults won't understand. The further you go from the visual world they see, the more difficult these more abstract concepts are to pick up. You mention the double-slit experiment, polarizing light, etcetc as if any of the above people would actually know what they're looking at. They haven't had earlier fundamentals, so the description of that experiment will just lose them completely.

about two weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

Rakarra Re:Bias much? (238 comments)

Terry Pratchett? Really? I've been using that joke for years and years. Didn't know it was from Mr. Discworld himself.

The guy certainly has a sense of humor: His convention t-shirt

about two weeks ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

Rakarra Re:Plot line (238 comments)

The man simply doesn't understand the need for conflict in a plot. If you have a movie about a super computer, there needs to be something to work against. The computer takes over or fails spectacularly. This in no way indicates that this is society's view of computers.

Also, technologists like Thiel really want to see technology portrayed as working all the time, instead of how it breaks and/or is buggy in the real world pretty much all the time.

about two weeks ago
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Study Weighs In On the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony

Rakarra Re:Recommended documentary on eyewitness testamony (102 comments)

That was more a documentary on how police take innocent statements and turn them against you to make you look guilty. People should understand that when the police take his exclamation of disbelief and remove the context and emotion and read that back in court as an admission of guilt by the defendant that this is not only used in real life but used frequently and is precisely why you should never ever talk to the police without a lawyer present.

A recent, decent movie featuring such: Gone Girl.
I knew the main character was in trouble when he mentioned that since he was innocent and there was no evidence of his involvement, he didn't need/want a lawyer.

about two weeks ago

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