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Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

barc0001 Re:Who Needs an Article to Tell Me This? (139 comments)

"he ISP's can't prevent them from doing this and ISP's customers can choose another ISP that doesn't do it"

Until a) they ALL do it to level the playing field and ensure that all ISPs get to bleed the major content providers equally, or b) Comcast finishes buying every last major ISP like they seem to be planning based on their past and pending acquisitions.

5 days ago
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Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

barc0001 Re:Illegal to profit from your crimes. (83 comments)

>The courts have basically said you need to pay someone to show them in movies

I don't recall hearing anything about George W Bush getting a paycheck from Oliver Stone's 2008 movie W:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1175491/

Or for that matter, him being shown in Fahrenheit 9/11.

Nor do I recall the Mercury astronauts getting any compensation for their being portrayed in The Right Stuff, or Apollo 13's astronauts for the movie of the same name. Or Patton for Patton, etc. etc.

5 days ago
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Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

barc0001 Re:Illegal to profit from your crimes. (83 comments)

The problem with that argument is that Noriega is a public historical figure. That's like saying every author ever has to get it cleared to use Reagan, Bush, Obama or Palin in some context in their stories.

5 days ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

barc0001 Re:Your taxes at work (501 comments)

"It works in Israel because there is a fraction of the linear border distance to fence and patrol and maintain. Israel has less than 760 kilometers of fence,"

So what you're saying is a country with a population of 10 million people can look after a 760 KM fence properly, but a country with 35x that population can't find the manpower to guard and maintain a fence 4x longer? Interesting....

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

barc0001 Re:Irony (308 comments)

"The fix is to research and vote with your conscience. Which is why I haven't voted (D) or (R) in years"

The fix you propose would be valid if you could get the majority of the voting populace to do so. Since they won't, all you're doing is throwing your already insignificant vote into a probably-hopeless candidate and devaluing it more. Two party systems make this practically impossible to overcome.

about a month ago
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Supermicro Fails At IPMI, Leaks Admin Passwords

barc0001 Re:Wha? (102 comments)

IPMI is a management interface that allows you to do some neat remote administration tasks on these servers up to and including remote console so you can even install an OS on them over the network. They are a separate network interface with this running. I have several of these boxes deployed in my datacenters and firstly, the IPMI interface is configured with a non-public IP address, and secondly, the box is behind a firewall blocking all traffic that is not explicitly allowed, so while this is some sloppy-ass stuff on Supermicro's part, I am personally not that concerned. I am sure that there are many who are not nearly as cautious as I am though who might need to be concerned. Although if they are also that careless, chances are they might not have bothered to set up the IPMI interface as well or even plugged it in.

about a month ago
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Supermicro Fails At IPMI, Leaks Admin Passwords

barc0001 Re:What moron puts IPMI public facing? (102 comments)

Exactly. Supermicro definitely screwed the pooch on this one, but so is anyone deploying these systems without a firewall in front of them. It's just common sense.

about a month ago
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Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

barc0001 Re:Serously? (398 comments)

Japan was not "tapped out". It's well documented that their backs were against the wall and they were prepared to throw the bodies of every last fighting man, woman and child into the expected land invasion by the allies, and it would have been a horrific bloody mess. So many casualties were anticipated from the planned allied invasion that the US started pumping out Purple Heart medals in advance of the action and so many were manufactured that those same medals are still being awarded today.

Hell, even AFTER the nukes were dropped some of the more rabid Japanese commanders still wanted to continue the fight and nearly mutinied. If the bombs hadn't been dropped to show overwhelming tactical advantage, their collective spirit wouldn't have broken, and the deaths, casualties and mass suicides during the Okinawa invasion would have been repeated on a far larger scale.

about a month ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

barc0001 Re:Ummm (364 comments)

Seriously? They're offering a free service, with certain rules and requirements for certain types of videos to be hosted there. Don't want to agree to those terms, fine. Go put your video somewhere else. There's Vimeo, Vevo (who actually focuses on music content...) Veoh, Metacafe, etc. etc.

How is that evil? That's like having a farm where there's a gun range and letting everyone in town can use it for free, but if you want to use certain rifles, you have to use the ammo they freely provide. "OMG, I have to use your free ammo at your free gun range instead of my own? STOP OPPRESSING ME!"

"Google has confirmed that it will remove the music videos of independent artists unless they sign up to its upcoming subscription music service. Many independent musicians and labels have refused to do so, claiming that the contracts offer significantly worse deals than the likes of Spotify and Pandora."

Here's a thought... why not both? Sign up for Youtube as well as Spotify and Pandora.

about a month ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

barc0001 Re:Wrong concern (409 comments)

I think you need to have another look at VPS. It's been the case for several years now that you sign up for an account, pay for what you want and then an automated deployment system allows you to spin up a brand new VPS with your choice of sizing and OS all in about 60 seconds. Digital Ocean even lets you just throw some cash in your balance and then charges you per day so you can spin up and shut down as many VPSs as you like with whatever capacity you have the credit for on that day.

about 2 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

barc0001 Re:Wrong concern (409 comments)

>You get what you pay for.

If this is supposed to be some dig against going with little cloud services and then being surprised by outages, please share your thoughts on Amazon's EBS outages that have taken many of the highest trafficked services online out 3 times in the last 2 years. Or Microsoft's multple cloud service failures that have dragged things to a halt at many businesses using Office online. Or look to Slashdot's own front page yesterday and today to see coverage of Adobe's Creative Cloud service being offline for 28 hours.

> I don't think VPS fits directly into the cloud conversation

VPS's are considered cloud, you're virtualizing hardware and paying someone else to maintain those VMs on their infrastructure with (supposedly) no need to concern yourself with the maintenance of that underlying hardware or network infrastructure. How is that not cloud? I brought my experience with one provider up because it falls into those parameters.

>This would be no different then a collocation getting DOS'd

Ah, but it is. Firstly, most cloud providers are co-locating within another facility themselves instead of owning the place. Secondly and most importantly, if my co-location provider has a spectacular failure of some sort, I still have the option of going down to the datacenter with my truck and loading all *my* servers into the back then going across the street to another co-lo. With cloud providers, they're hundreds or thousands of kilometers away and you don't own anything in their facilities so you have no recourse unless you have local backups of everything to start elsewhere (which you should). And even if you have backups, I would be willing to bet you don't have bare-metal VM copies so you'll be provisioning new VMs and installing your application(s) and then restoring backups, which is a far more involved process than re-racking and assigning new IPs to a machine.

about 2 months ago
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Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

barc0001 Re:Wrong concern (409 comments)

> However being it is suppose to be the cloud company key job to keep it running.

Yes, supposed to be, and actually do are two different things. And most of the time you don't find out about the cloud host's deficiencies until far too late. One cloud company I had a personal linux server with got hit with a DOS attack and their response was to ignore their customer service email and phone for almost a week while trying to clean it up. Needless to say I bought another VPS elsewhere, restored by backups and cancelled my account at the original place as soon as their systems settled down enough. I couldn't possibly imagine leaving my business systems vulnerable to those kind of shenanigans.

> also with a proper contract you can squarely blame them for any mistake

Are you truly that naive? If you have an SLA with *your* client to uphold it doesn't matter if you have someone to blame or not. Your client will blame *you*. It's your decision to go with a service company that has caused you to miss your SLA so it is your fault. Period. Say that SLA violation costs you $100,000. I can bet you your annual paycheck that the agreement you signed with the cloud provider will only see you getting refunded hosting costs during the outage and not a nickel toward your actual losses. So yeah, you lost $100K on the SLA violation but good news! You're getting $250 off your cloud bill. Sweet! Er. wait...

about 2 months ago
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Drone Camera Tornado Coverage Raises Press Freedom Questions

barc0001 Re:wtf? (143 comments)

Every single thing on your list has one major difference. Fishing? Resource consumed. Wildflowers? Resource consumed. Videotape, resource (potential sales) consumed. FM broadcasting, resource consumed (spectrum. Your little micro FM might block someone else who paid for the spectrum). All of these are a thing because if a lot of people do it, the resources will be gone or severely degraded.

Now, if I fly a drone and photograph me some tornado carnage and then post it on youtube vs selling it to a TV station would you please point out where that resource I consumed was? Hell, even if there were 500 microdrones in the air at the same time taking footage, how is that a problem? As long as they abide by the same regulations of amateur use with regard to altitude and line of sight, who cares?

This is a classic example of the regulations not catching up to reality.

about 3 months ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

barc0001 Re:Public service announcement (357 comments)

I couldn't agree more. Things fail, you cannot rely on electrical/power assist functions in all cases so as a responsible motor vehicle operator you should be required to know what to do in the event that one or more of these systems fails. In fact, it should be mandatory to receive a driver's license. A pilot has to demonstrate the ability to handle an engine failure before receiving their license, and a motorcyclist has to demonstrate the ability to handle the bike with the front tire locked up in a panic stop before getting theirs, so why not car drivers having the same requirements?

In addition, it saddens me to see manual gearboxes being nearly nonexistent in North America, as that also gives you far better control over your vehicle in a situation like this. Something weird going on with your engine? Step 1, put in the clutch. Step 2, put it in neutral (which many automatics won't let you do at highway speeds any more), step 3, sort it out on the shoulder. Works for both an engine that dies unexpectedly, as well as those alleged reports of stuck throttles.

about 4 months ago
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Steam Controller Drops Touchscreen

barc0001 Re:Good for them (84 comments)

"No gaming control pad should have a touchscreen. It was absolutely ridiculous on the Wii U"

I strongly disagree. Used properly, the touchpad and second display can be a great addition. Just look at some of the DS or 3DS games for how it should be done. In fact, if Nintendo would release a WiiU addon that would allow me to use my 3DS cartridges on it, I'd buy it in a heartbeat and airmail them a thank you cake.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

barc0001 "Devices" != PCs (511 comments)

Really? We're equating phones, ipods and tablets to PCs now? Walk into an office with an iPad and tell your boss you don't need a computer any more. See how far that gets you. By the same token, there are more bikes than cars, I guess Detroit better hang it up and call the liquidators, bikes won.

"devices" aren't even in the same area code as PCs and laptops, capability and *usability* wise. Trying to equate one to the other is ludicrous. One observation that stuck with me about tablets vs computers is that someone remarked "Tablets are information and media consumption devices, while computers are information and media creation devices". And it's true. I have a tablet. I love my tablet. It's great for looking shit up or watching a video in bed or or reading email on the train on the way to work. But if I have to type a paragraph on the thing I want to hurl it down the hallway by the time I finish. And if someone told me I HAD to do my job on it, I'd put it on the desk, walk out and become a farmer, garbageman, mechanic, or anything else that wouldn't force me to use a tablet to do tech work.

about 6 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

barc0001 Re:A Message (1431 comments)

Doesn't matter. The NSA already knows who it is. The rest is just paperwork.

about 6 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

barc0001 Re:It's about time! (1431 comments)

I'll tell you what. I'll buy you a ticket to fly down and explain to the fatherless 3 year old how this is a win for moviegoers. Do report back on how that goes.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Valve's Steam Machines Compete Against the Xbox One and PS4?

barc0001 Re:If Valve had a big marketing budget (348 comments)

They don't need it like Microsoft did. Microsoft as a gaming company was an unknown quantity and their debut was back when games were "kids" activities so they had to market heavily. Valve on the other hand is a well known game company with a proven track record, even in the console space. Try and find a console gamer who hasn't at least played Left for Dead, Portal, Team Fortress 2 or Half Life 2 on a console at least once.

Also, the age demographic has shifted since the introduction of the Xbox more than a decade ago and many of the people who are going to be getting the next gen consoles are are adults who have been playing games for years and again are well familiar with Valve and probably Steam as well. The big push isn't going to be to market to the soccer moms, it's going to be to appeal to the discerning gamer.

about 10 months ago

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