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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

Tokolosh Net Neutrality (106 comments)

This will be the real test.

Modify or examine packets?
Block ports?
Throttle based on destination, content, protocol or port?
Gather metadata or otherwise log?
Provide data to 3-letter agencies without warrant?

about two weeks ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Tokolosh School Bully (123 comments)

Mine was kind enough to help me punch myself before giving him my lunch money.

about two weeks ago
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Billionaire Donors Lavish Millions On Code.org Crowdfunding Project

Tokolosh Racist and Sexist Organization (84 comments)

Why support a racist and misandric bunch of SJWs? This ends up perpetuating stereotypes, while creating resentment all around.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Stops Using 'Super Cookies' To Track Cellphone Data

Tokolosh Evenhanded Responses (60 comments)

Six comments so far, and all very nice to AT&T. I would have expected more hating.

I'll try: fuck 'em.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Tokolosh Re:Stop trying to host it yourself. (405 comments)

You can make the same argument for streaming audio, video, cloud services, p2p and internet of things. If you can block one, you can block all. No, the problem of email needs more finesse, no brute force.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Tokolosh Re:Google Apps for Business? (405 comments)

Unkind people might say that Google is holding his mail hostage until he pays up and gets an account with them. Unkind people might regard this as evil.

Network neutrality demands that things work, without having to pay for extra services that should not be needed, or jumping through hoops.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Tokolosh Re:Stop trying to host it yourself. (405 comments)

So I take it you are not in favor of net neutrality?

Ok with things costing more simply because corporations fear no consequences for their actions?

about two weeks ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Tokolosh Re:Yes! (242 comments)

Weiners!

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

Tokolosh License to vote (231 comments)

In the USA the same argument is made regarding showing identification to vote. Why not, you have to have an ID to drive, get on an airplane, etc., etc?

The correct reasoning is that I don't need photo ID to vote, so I don't need ID to fly or to drive. (I can understand when you need to demonstrate competency if public may be put at risk.)

This is why you should not disregard the tinfoil hat slippery-slopers.

about two weeks ago
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After Silk Road 2.0 Bust, Eyes Turn To 'Untouchable' Decentralized Market

Tokolosh Honey, Everything is Illegal (108 comments)

Federal prosecutors in February accused two of the biggest US honey processors - Honey Solutions of Texas and Groeb Farms Inc of Michigan - of buying illegal Chinese imports of the product in order to avoid being assessed tens of millions of dollars under the anti-dumping duties. The companies were fined a total of $3 million but, under deferred-prosecution agreements, won't face further penalties if they don't repeat the conduct alleged.

Also charged were five individuals, including four US honey brokers, who prosecutors say took part in a scheme that led to the evasion of more than $180 million in duties and the sale of honey containing an antibiotic not approved in the US.

China Daily USA 07/01/2013

about three weeks ago
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American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Tokolosh Trustless Transactions (130 comments)

If only there existed a solution for the problem of trustless transactions! If someone could write a white paper setting out an algorithm, what a boon it would be....

about three weeks ago
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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

Tokolosh Punishment to Fit the Crime (179 comments)

My object all sublime
I shall achieve in time —
To let the punishment fit the crime —
The punishment fit the crime;
And make each prisoner pent
Unwillingly represent
A source of innocent merriment!
Of innocent merriment!

The advertising quack who wearies
With tales of countless cures,
His teeth, I've enacted,
Shall all be extracted
By terrified amateurs.

about a month ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

Tokolosh Re:Translation (256 comments)

Listen, if you are not even allowed to pump your own gas, your state deserves to be the pits.

about a month ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Tokolosh Roundabouts! (398 comments)

Oops sorry, I take that back. Americans are too stupid to use them - stop at the entrance, don't indicate, panic when the exit nears.

about a month ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

Tokolosh Re:Modern Democracy: A Prediction (239 comments)

I have taken to quoting Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis.

To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution.

Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent.

Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.

about a month ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

Tokolosh Proposed Rules (175 comments)

1. The service you provide is Internet. Therefore, no screwing with packets, strict network neutrality, no port blocking, no prohibition on uses such as servers. In short, plain bandwidth at a price that does not discriminate between customers.
2. You do not regulate yourselves.
3. There are no barriers to future entrants to the market that do not apply to you.

about a month ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Tokolosh Re:Diversity is best (399 comments)

I was not aware that teledildonics was that far advanced.

about a month ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Tokolosh Re:Compelling, but a mix still better... (399 comments)

What weight can a woman lift? I guess 50 kg (on earth, yes I know the difference between mass and weight).
What weight can a man lift? I guess 100 kg.

What is the range of 90% of weights that could need lifting in an emergency? Anything from 1 to 1000 kg - guessing again.

So men are only useful for a range between 50 and 100 kg, which is (100 - 50) / 1000 = 5% of the time.
Not worth taking a man, I say.

about a month ago

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ISPs Monitoring Your Internet Habits

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  about a year ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "Are ISPs actively monitoring your web browsing? A man in Anderson, SC, was arrested and and has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges, after his internet provider reported him to authorities. What are the Safe Harbor implications for the provider? What other internet activity is being watched? Are all ISPs doing this?

Mandatory statement despising child pornography here."

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Stephen Hawking Needs Help From Slashdotters!

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "It appears that Stephen Hawking's hardware and software is crufty. He is looking for someone to maintain it.

Wouldn't it be better for the great minds and talent of Slashdot to create an entirely new system, one that would be cheaper, more efficient, easier to maintain, and more importantly, easier to use?"

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Telecoms Competition 100 Years Ago

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "With all the discussion of net neutrality, regulation, competition and government involvement, a review of the situation 100 years ago is instructive. Read the "Twentieth Century Magazine" from 1910. This was a "progressive" and "socialist" publication, and its opinions are not always what you might expect.

The most interesting part are the roles of government and the courts — there are none at all. Barriers to entry for competitors are low: no regulations, no taxes, no licenses, no patents, no franchises, no "last mile", no court injunctions, no lobbying. Imagine what we could do in such an environment! What have we gained or lost in 100 years? How should things be different, or the same?

The same publication has a lot to say on the subject of the government involvement in healthcare. Hint: They think it is a bad idea."

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Yet Another Idiot Politician Wants to Filter

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "Again the public will have to play whack-a-mole with nanny-state politicians who want to play porn-whack-a-mole (not as kinky as it sounds).

In this case the analogies get tortured past the Geneva Convention and into Guantanamo."

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Politicians share many of the traits common to ser

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tokolosh writes "I PREFER rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest. â" Alexandre Dumas.

In June the LA Times reported on a study by Jim Kouri, vice- president of the American National Association of Chiefs of Police, that showed politicians share many of the personality traits common to serial killers.

âoeOur elected officials often show many of the exact same character traits as criminal nut- jobs, who run from police but not for office,â Kouri was quoted as saying. According to his study of material obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigationâ(TM)s Behavioural Analysis Unit, âoePsychopathy is a personality disorder manifested in people who use a mixture of charm, manipulation, intimidation, and occasionally violence to control others, in order to satisfy their own selfish needs.

âoeInterpersonal traits include glibness, superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth, pathological lying, and the manipulation of others.

âoeThe affective traits include a lack of remorse and/or guilt, shallow affect, a lack of empathy, and failure to accept responsibility. The lifestyle behaviours include stimulation-seeking behaviour, impulsivity, irresponsibility, parasitic orientation, and a lack of realistic life goals.

âoeConsequently, violent offenders who are psychopathic are able to assault, rape, and murder without concern for legal, moral, or social consequences. Allowing them to do pretty much what they want, whenever they want.

âoeWhile not resorting to violence, many political leaders display similar degrees of anger, feigned outrage and other behaviours,â Says Kouri. âoeThey also lack a âshameâ(TM) mechanismâ.

Which means that they have to mimic what they believe, and present these as appropriate responses to situations that would otherwise trigger sadness, empathy, sympathy, and other human responses to outside stimuli.

While psychopaths are unlikely to respond to altruistic themes, such as sympathy for their victims or remorse/guilt over their crimes, they do possess certain personality traits that can be exploited, in particular their inherent narcissism, selfishness, and vanity.

Still not convinced of the application to politicians?

Then consider this. In his book, The Mask of Sanity, deemed to provide one of the most influential clinical descriptions of psychopathy in the 20th century, Hervey Cleckley introduced 16 behavioural characteristics of a psychopath. They include: superficial charm and good intelligence; absence of nervousness; unreliability; untruthfulness and insincerity; lack of remorse and shame; signs of irrational thinking; poor judgment; pathological egocentricity; general poverty in major affective reactions; unresponsiveness in interpersonal relations; fantastic and uninviting behaviour with drink and sometimes without; and a âoetrivial and poorly integratedâ sex life.

Could any group better match that description?"

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How To Optimimize Progress of Science?

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "Patent and copyright law in the US derives from the Constitution, which says "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries".

Assuming we want to maximize the "promote the Progress" part, there exists an optimal strategy for "securing", and an optimal "limited Times". Zero and infinite time are both non-optimal.

Has any research been done to determine these optima?

Can "promote the Progress" be interpreted to mean maximizing the income of authors and inventors? Or is it a more general benefit to the nation as a whole?"

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