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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

TsuruchiBrian Oh the irony (113 comments)

The big internet companies managed to turn net neutrality from something they didn't want into something they do. All they had to do was use all their lobbyists to lobby congress to change laws in their favor.

SHOCKING!!!

Now we are going to have the worst of both worlds. We have exactly the internet we didn't want and some more laws for our economy to waste GDP on lawyers and litigation.

If we really want internet freedom, we should be lobbying for actual competition in the ISP game. It may not be possible to have 10 ISPs all competing at the same time, with their own fiber cables, but we could have a system where the lines are owned by the public (rather than the telecoms), and the telecoms just compete for contracts to administer the network. If we didn't like how a company was doing business, it would be much easier to ditch them for a new company if we owned the pipes.

Unfortunately politicians are generally shitty and it takes a lot of public engagement to get them to actually do something correctly rather than way that benefits them the most when no one is paying attention (i.e. cheaply in the short term).

1 hour ago
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How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

TsuruchiBrian Re:P2P (160 comments)

I think the convenience of it also depends on how many minutes/hours of content you are actually able to cache on a phone with limited memory. You can cache a lot of music on a phone. You can't cache very much high def video.

If we assumed that you *had* to watch 5 minutes of 4k resolution video on your phone on an airplane, then being able to cache it would probably be very convenient.

I would much rather have 500 minutes of cached music over 5 minutes of cached 4k video on an airplane.

Maybe "convenient" is not the right word. Maybe utility is the right word. There is currently not as much utility in being able to cache high bitrate files on phones with limited memory, but it is certainly convenient to be able to cache large amounts of data if you absolutely need them offline.

1 hour ago
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How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

TsuruchiBrian Re:P2P (160 comments)

I think maybe it makes sense for google play because they also do music. Music files are smaller, and so I can see this feature being more useful. Once they have the software infrastructure for caching written, to enable it for video as well was probably trivial.

3 hours ago
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How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

TsuruchiBrian Re:P2P (160 comments)

I am sure a lot of people think caching files is a security risk. But I don't think this is the reason that some content services don't support caching. I'm assuming a company like Netflix probably has encryption/DRM experts working for them. These people surely know that caching encrypted files pose no additional security risk. I think they just haven't implemented it because they don't think it would be a useful feature.

The memory on my phone is pretty limited. I think I have 16GB of memory and most of that is taken up by apps. One of the reasons I like streaming is because I don't have to consume the flash memory on my phone.

If netflix enabled caching on their mobile app, I suspect they would spend millions of dollars and in the end not many people would use it, and of the people who did, they would get complaints that they could only cache 4 files before they ran out of space.

I think once memory in smartphones increases to the point where this caching feature becomes much more useful to more people, it wil be worth it for Netflix to implement.

3 hours ago
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Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

TsuruchiBrian Re:Real problem was law letting the networks charg (273 comments)

I watch over the air HD. I have a mythtv box and a HDHomerun that I use as an OTA DVR. Anything that's not coming over air or available on netflix or HBO Go, I just get from bittorrent. Cable providers can go to hell.

4 hours ago
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How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

TsuruchiBrian Re:P2P (160 comments)

You can cache songs on google music.

I agree with Dynedain that the problem isn't that DRM wastes bandwidth, it's that *some* companies have DRM schemes which do not allow caching.

It's not like encrypted data coming over a network is more secure than encrypted data in a file on a hard drive. I have wireshark. I can store the incoming network packets to a file.

4 hours ago
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

TsuruchiBrian And most importantly (256 comments)

We need more of these people *so* the salaries for these professions drop. If there were more qualified electricians, then there would be less demand for them and it wouldn't cost so much to have electrical work done, and I would actually hire one rather than trying to figure out how to do my own electrical work on youtube.

4 hours ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

TsuruchiBrian Re:perception (320 comments)

Some people are not capable of being self sufficient and some people are. Obviously the people who are not capable of being self sufficient are going to stay in a position of need by definition. In the other camp, I have seen numerous examples of the government helping people in times of need and empowering them to become self sufficient.

I've had many friends that have lost their jobs during the financial crisis. The unemployment benefits they collected helped them survive through that time.

I know lots of people that are helped by medical and medicare. My wife works in a hospital and sees this everyday.

I have a cousin who works for the state department in a program to build schools in Afghanistan.

Also, I've never really seen anyone's government aid being contingent on worshiping anybody. I can not say the same about religious charities I've seen.

about a week ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

TsuruchiBrian Re:perception (320 comments)

Ok, I'm convinced. We should go back to anarchy.

about a week ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

TsuruchiBrian Re:we don't know what happened AT ALL (582 comments)

It's not just a bug, it's this bug. Clearly a bug this severe is a much more shocking revelation than say an issue with toolbar location persistence in libre office.

There are bits of software where bugs tend to be more likely to have security implications. Things like the kernel, encryption libraries, etc. It is still not shocking that these bits of software contain bugs.

And it has dubious value given that this bug was committed, reviewed and accepted then extremely widely circulated despite many eyes being on it

Having the software be widely circulated is *how* there are many eyes on it. If hardly anyone used this software then far fewer people would be looking at it, and this bug would likely never have been caught.

It's not about having heaps of people look at it, it's about having a few people with the right knowledge and understanding of the system looking at it.

That's like how winning the lottery is not about buying lots of tickets, it's about picking the right numbers on a single ticket.

So what's the argument? That you have many eyes on it so this is less likely to happen than...what? Closed source software? Lower profile Open Source software?

My argument is that the more eyes you have on the software, the more bugs you find and at a fester rate. One way to increase the eyes is to have software be open source, another is to have it be higher profile, another is to pay thousands of programmers to look at at. My point is that open source can only help the situation and often does. It makes your software more accessible to more eyes, and typically increases it's profile, and none of this precludes other people from being paid to hunt down bugs.

This is why it has dubious value, yes you might happen to fluke it but you're just as likely to have many eyes that completely miss it.

Even if you are just as likely to miss the bug as find it, you've increased your odds of finding a bug due to the source code's openness from 0% to 50%.

Touting it as an advantage (even if it is in some circumstances) does it a disservice because you end up with people trusting that "it's open source so many other people are looking at it"

Whats the alternative? Not using software? Using it while being very nervous? You should already be assuming that bugs pose a constant risk to computer security.

The advantage is the ability to find and fix issues yourself, not that many other people may or may not be doing it for you.

So if I find and fix the issue myself, you have just had the issue fixed for you. If you find and fix an issue yourself, then I have had the issue fixed for me. We all benefit from bugs found and fixed by other people.

Do you ever notice how software versions keep incrementing? That's because people are adding new features and fixing bugs. The fact that you aren't helping doesn't mean other people aren't.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

TsuruchiBrian Re:I will be a millionaire. (466 comments)

If you had read what I said, you would have noticed that I did not mention anything about interest rates staying low. The only economic factor I actually cited was inflation.

I never said my house was going to appreciate in value. I said it would be worth at least $1 million US dollars in 27 years.

Furthermore, I wasn't saying that my house is *the reason* I will be a millionaire. This was just a reference point. I would be a millionaire just from putting my paychecks into a bank account with no interest. Buying the house has helped a bit because I bought near the recent bottom (a year early actually) and have a pretty low interest rate locked in, but that's just a bonus.

A lot of my colleagues got raped when the housing bubble burst. They will also still probably become millionaires, it will just take them a little longer due to bad luck.

The only thing that could prevent me from being a millionaire is a catastrophic event (e.g. death, illness) or if somehow the dollar is prevented from depreciating in value.

about a week ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

TsuruchiBrian Re:perception (320 comments)

I think the government is certainly in the best position to help the poor.

about a week ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

TsuruchiBrian Re:Why is Raymond's claim theoretically sound? (582 comments)

The problem isn't even with C. Sometimes it's nice to be able to shoot between your toes. We use C++ at my company but we only use frameworks and data structures that do proper bounds checking (e.g. Qt). We don't really ever do raw memcpy. We use QByteArray methods. This doesn't mean memcpy is bad. QbyteArray is surely using memcpy or something exactly like it under the hood.

I personally like the versatility of C++. You can do memcpy if you really need the speed for some reason, or you can build something safer on top of memcpy and use that.

about a week ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

TsuruchiBrian Re:we don't know what happened AT ALL (582 comments)

I didn't say anyone did, in fact such a thing is demonstrably false so I'm not quite sure what you say that.

I don't understand how else it could be shocking to find a bug in a piece of software unless it didn't contain any bugs.

No but when a bug this severe is discovered in something so widely deployed it certainly does damage the "many eyes" claim, it has about as many eyes on it as any open source program is likely to get so clearly that isn't the answer.

It's not as if "severe" bugs are easier to find. Why does it damage the many eyes claim? It had many eyes on it, and it eventually got found by a few of those many eyes. Nothing is *the* answer. Open source is one of many ways to *improve* the quality of code.

Having "many eyes" doesn't necessarily diminish the quality, but obviously it doesn't necessarily improve it either so saying it's better because it has "many eyes" looking over it is disingenuous at best.

I think it quite clearly does improve the quality. Even if 1 bug was found by someone looking through open source code this is an improvement over not finding this bug. The question is how much is the code improved by it being open source.

Better doesn't mean good. Better means better.

Spell checking your English paper makes it better if you find even one spelling mistake, it doesn't make it good.

about a week ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

TsuruchiBrian Re:we don't know what happened AT ALL (582 comments)

The whole point of wanting to have many eyes on open source code is *because* there are bugs in it, and every software.

I am not aware of any claims made by anyone remotely reputable that open source software doesn't contain bugs.

Even if the claim is that open source software contains fewer bugs, finding one bug does not disprove that sort of claim.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

TsuruchiBrian Re:Definition of Millionaire doesn't include your (466 comments)

I really don't even hear people use the term millionaire anymore. Plus I could just sell my home and I would have $1 million not including my home. Do I really need a million dollar home AND a $1 million in a bank account for this weird new age definition? Why not just require $2 million net worth? Or better yet how about a relative term like "the 1%". I assume that the richest 1% of people will always be considered rich.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

TsuruchiBrian Re:I will be a millionaire. (466 comments)

Well if you say you used "mathematics", it must be true....
/s

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

TsuruchiBrian Re:Militia, then vs now (1613 comments)

If you don't think people should have the right to bear arms, then at least have the balls to advocate repealing the 2nd amendment, rather than just reowrding it to make it useless. The last thing we need is do nothing laws creating more opportunities for our nations wealth to be wasted on lawyers.

I personally think the 2nd amendment should be changed, *because* it's clear to me that the 2nd amendment refers to the individuals right to own weapons. I think we should have laws that control ownership of weapons, but I don't see how this is constitutional.

I feel like democrats and republicans can agree that we shouldn't allow anybody to have a nuclear weapon.

Once changing the 2nd amendment is on the table, all this BS about miltias is irrelevant. We don't need a constitutional amendment protecting the right of states to arm their own national guard, or to protect the right of national guard members to own guns. Obviously the national guard is going to have guns. If all the government needs to do to seize their gun is discharge them from the national guard, military, or fire them from being a police officer, etc, then there is no right to bear arms.

This would be the equivalent of changing the first amendment to protect the freedom of speech that was approved by the government. If you were going to do that, you may as well just remove it.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

TsuruchiBrian Re:Holy shit (466 comments)

Having +$10,000 while in school (i.e. rather than debt) is actually pretty good.

about a week ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

TsuruchiBrian Re:I will be a millionaire. (466 comments)

Yeah that makes a lot of sense. Lend someone hundreds of thousands of dollars for the golden opportunity of making a whopping $100. Good luck convincing anybody, much less banks, to go along with this.

But that's the kind of logic I expect from someone who thinks gay marriage and legal sex between adults and children (i.e. what NAMBLA wants) are comparable.

about a week ago

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