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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

Wycliffe Re:Wasn't allocation always the problem? (234 comments)

Except you can't if you were a LIR. And RIPE wanted you to be a LIR if you had more than /19. If you charged money for IPs and not for the internet service, RIPE could revoke all your addresses.

Most ISPs and even cloud providers seem to charge me for IPs. The price range anywhere from $1 per month per IP
to as high as $20 per month per static IP sometimes even more as they will sometimes require you to upgrade to
"business class" to have a static IP.

yesterday
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

Wycliffe Re:Wasn't allocation always the problem? (234 comments)

People are greedy, even with something as seemingly simple as reclaiming unneeded addresses.

So why not use the greed to your advantage? Charge $10/ip and see how quickly they give back the ones they aren't using.
ARIN could do the same thing. If ARIN charged just $1/ip per month you would see a huge influx of returning ips.

yesterday
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Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

Wycliffe Re:Missed the obvious... (231 comments)

I think the obvious thing missing is the two giant elephants in the room.

1) If a 15 year old boy can do this so can someone with a bomb. Where are the cameras and the
security guards watching the cameras. It's much easier to find someone to plant a bomb on a plane
if they don't also have to be a passenger. We should stop strip searching the passengers and spend
this money on actually monitoring the runway.

2) This is not the first time that extreme cold + lack of oxygen has caused a human to go into suspended
animation. I would love to see more research on exploiting this for trauma victims and space travel.

The kid is just a single stupid kid that got incredible lucky. Interesting soundbite but that's about it.
I think longterm (for everyone except the kid), these other two points are way more important.

2 days ago
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Wycliffe Re:Makes more sense than you give them credit for (450 comments)

Assuming the maintenance costs are built into the cost of a kilowatt-hour and your budgeting process assumes a minimum usage to recoup each customer's share, customers that dip below the minimum would necessarily need to pay more.

The real question is why they feel the need to change the base rate (the most politically difficult route, as you have to convince the Public Utilities Commission of your state) instead of adding a "co-generation fee" or something similar to make up the difference.

A co-generation fee would only make sense if it was extra work for them. The baserate is the correct place to do it but not the way they are doing it.
They shouldn't charge a different baserate to different customers. There should be a "connection fee" and a "per kilowatt" fee. The "connection fee"
should be the same whether you use 0kw, 1kw, 100kw, or negative kilowatts. Whether and how much you should get credited on the "per kilowatt"
side if you go negative should be the only thing being debated. On a somewhat related note, I kindof like how alot of other countries do utlities and
charge progressively. The first kilowatt is cheap but if you are a high user (i.e. business or rich) then each additional kilowatt gets progressively
more expensive. This encourages conservation and is a decent type of consumption tax (assuming they reduce taxes elsewhere) as it allows the
poor to get basic electricity for free but charges a "luxury tax" on richer high usage consumers. Of course this works better in countries where the
government owns the electricity.

2 days ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

Wycliffe Re:That Reminds Me (204 comments)

PETA: Pork, Eggs, Tenderloin, Alligator.
I can't believe there isn't a beef cut that doesn't start with an A.

Angus Beef is a very popular premium beef or at least sold at a premium.
Whether it actually tastes better is probably a matter of opinion.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Wycliffe Re:Depends on the apocalypse (736 comments)

major reduction in the population so instead of having 50,000 people running on a store to gather a weeks supply of food, you will have 20,000 instead- perhaps even less.

There will be quite a few dead people like me where a good supply of canned goods

It depends on what that major reduction is caused by. If the major reduction is caused by disease and/or rioting then yes there
should be plenty of food. If that major reduction is caused by starvation then the people are going to consume their "good supply"
before they die.

2 days ago
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Wycliffe Re:you missed the point (397 comments)

Actually it's worse than that. It's really something like this:

Without ethanol:
33 mile trip = 1 gallon of pure gas

With ethanol:
33 miles = 1.02 gallons of gas + 0.1 gallons of ethanol

So not only are we burning corn for no reason but we are actually burning more gas too.

2 days ago
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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

Wycliffe Re:There aren't infinite bugs (235 comments)

But what is the "black market rate" for 1 million credit card numbers? $20 a piece? What is the cost to the company if they lose 1 million
credit cards? This is a job for the bean counters but in some cases it might be worth it not to pay for the bug if you think it'll cost you less
than $20 million in mitigation of reputation,etc.. In other cases, it might be worth alot more than $20 million if for instance a lose of 1 million
credit cards causes Bank of America to lose $100 million of business. I think the best strategy is probably to break it up into smaller
domains so that noone can ever get 1 million credit card numbers. If we do that and the maximum they can get is 10k credit card numbers
then you've both reduced the value on the black market and the value you should have to pay for the bug. Basically the best way to prevent
a breach is to make the amount of reward less than the amount of effort. That's the reason that a house with more expensive stuff in it needs
better security than a house with nothing of value and why a jewelery store has better security than a pet store. It's also the reason that you
see signs that say "driver carries less than $20 in cash". Criminals are always going to go for the low hanging fruit which is what gives the
most reward for the least amount of risk and effort so reducing the reward is probably one of the best and cheapest ways to increase your security.

5 days ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

Wycliffe Re:Shareholders know less than nothing (150 comments)

There is literally nothing to be gained by splitting the company up except fictional paper valuations. Gutting the company so shareholders can profit is such a boneheaded, shortsighted idea that I thought for a second we'd been teleported back in time to the corporate raider 80s.

Technically they wouldn't be spiliting the company up but rather just selling their shares of the other companies
as they don't own the other two companies only a percentage of them. It would be similiar to microsoft selling
the shares of apple they owned. This doesn't gut microsoft.

5 days ago
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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

Wycliffe Re:WTF? (188 comments)

It's not about leaking. The reason I'm not alone in the security community to rage against this "responsible disclosure" bullshit is not that we fear leaks, but that we know most of the exploits are already in the wild by the time someone on the whitehat side discovers it.

Every day you delay the public announcements is another day that servers are being broken into.

So are you going to take your server offline until there is a patch? Or are you going to write a patch yourself?
I think giving the software vendor 2 weeks to fix the bug (1 week if it's trivial or you provide the patch)
is reasonable as 99% of people are not going to be able to do anything about it until there is a patch anyways.
As soon as the patch is available then it should be publicly announced.

5 days ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Wycliffe Re:Holy shit (466 comments)

I did this while I was married with 3 kids. I still do it now that I'm single with 3 kids.
50k is solidly middle class where I live. Most of my friends who work at the local
university, etc... with bachelor degrees and sometimes masters degrees make less
than 50k as do most of my relatives. I could upgrade to a higher lifestyle but I have
no desire. My kids and I have everything we need and then some. We also have
more disposable income than most of our peers which would make it easy to keep
up with the Jones but I have no desire to keep up with anyone.
The USA is strange in that our spending on housing and cars goes up almost
linearly with income. This doesn't make sense to me. Why should I buy a
house or car twice as expensive just because I make more money?

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

Wycliffe Re:Holy shit (466 comments)

I make 90k a year. Not an especially large amount for a computer programmer.
I spend about 50k per year which is more than most non programmers make.
That gives me 40k a year worth of savings. 1M/40K = 25 years to be a millionaire.
Some of the 40K is money spent on my house and other assets but I would say
that's pretty common. It's hard to spend 90k a year and not accumulate some
assets.

about a week ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Wycliffe Re:Think of all those poor accountants! (421 comments)

Every time money changes hands it is taxed. That the person who held it before you [p]aid taxes is completely and totally irrelevant.

But the money didn't change hands. If Bill Gates owns Microsoft he pays corporate taxes on the money and then pays
capital gains on that same money.

about a week ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Wycliffe Re:Think of all those poor accountants! (421 comments)

Not only are they already taxed progressively, the reason they are lower is because they are a double tax.
The corporation has already paid corporate taxes on that money. So capitals gains is an additional
tax on money already taxed.

about a week ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

Wycliffe Re:Anonymous on the internet? (171 comments)

makes all traffic go over Tor.

Doesn't this slow things down considerably? Can you do normal activities like ssh or youtube in this type of setup?

about a week ago
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Seattle Bookstores Embrace Amazon.com

Wycliffe I prefer to browse the local library. (83 comments)

I tend to browse the local library rather than the bookstore. My local library even
has a coffee shop inside now. So I can browse at the library and if I decide I later
want to own the book, I buy it at amazon. I tend to only use the local bookstore
anymore for buying gifts.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Wycliffe Re:Depends on the apocalypse (736 comments)

There is quite a bit of those canned goods so maybe quickly means something like a year or so then.

Are you sure about this? Most industries now keep very little inventory.
My guess is that the average house has 2-3 weeks while the average grocery store probably only has
2-3 days. Less than that if there is a run on the store. I've seen shelves almost bare in the store
because of a small incoming storm. I doubt (locally at least) that the average town has enough canned
good to make it a month. There are probably a few more canned goods if you can get to where it is grown
and/or to a distribution center but even then I doubt they have much more than is required to make it to
the next harvest.

about two weeks ago
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Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Wycliffe Re:No thanks (167 comments)

I'm often an early adopter of technology, but I'm not interested in this type of product until it's far more unobtrusive and obvious.

I'm the exact opposite. I would be more likely to buy it if it was more obtrusive. More to the point, I see little function in a side monitor
while on the other hand allowing sunglasses with full overlay I think has alot more potential. For instance being able to enhance the
center line on the highway on dark rainy nights or show outlines of constellations at night. I can think of lots of cool uses for a full
wraparound wearable HUD but that's not what google glasses is.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Wycliffe Re:Not necessarily (736 comments)

We actually had events happen that killed 40 to 50% of the population, its called a plague. These unrealistic scenarios happened every 500 years or so. Even in our modern society if a plague kills so many that medical infrastructure is overwhelmed you can have a vaccine available but lack the means to distribute it or the quantity necessary to vaccinate most of the population.

That's assuming they even have a vaccine. Ebola has no cure and has a 90%+ kill rate.
Oh, and it's already in 3 countries and is continuing to spread: http://umap.openstreetmap.fr/f...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Wycliffe Re:Foundation of the Tech tree (736 comments)

Engineers may seem practical in a post-apocalypse situation but many engineers would also find their skills useless since the tech tree to apply their skill set may be disrupted or none existent.

I think the real problem is that it's highly likely that the tech tree takes more than a single generation to recover so
how do we preserve this "useless" knowledge for multiple generations so that we have it available when the tech
tree recovers to the point where it can be utilized again.

about two weeks ago

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