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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

crioca Re:Hiding evidence (192 comments)

If you are a US citizen, I don't think you could get out of producing a document the court ordered you to supply by airmailing it to a confederate in another country.

IANAL but that would seem to be a different situation: If the court requests a document you have and then you mail it to your overseas confederate, then I think you'll be on the hook for something like obstruction of justice.

But if you mail your confederate a document, then later the court requests you to produce it, you can tell them "That's the property of Confederate, who are a different entity. You'll need to request it from them."

about a week ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

crioca If it was 1914... (280 comments)

And In other news: Horse and Buggy Industry Face Millions In Losses From Private Automobiles.

about a week ago
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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

crioca Article doesn't address they "why" (205 comments)

And why is the situation like that? Because our Intellectual Property laws, which shape the markets for software and other information assets, are completely bonkers.

If we want to address this issue, we need a complete overhaul of our IP laws.

about two weeks ago
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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

crioca Re:Waiving data charges is fine with net neutralit (134 comments)

Yeah, but nobody talking about net neutrality wants all packets to be equal. They want all destinations to be equal.

If travelling to one destination does not count against your data cap, then that destination is not on equal footing.

Subsidizing traffic doesn't violate net neutrality, because it doesn't affect the delivery of data, only the cost to the end user.

It does violate net neutrality, because it affects the cost of delivery of data to and from the end user.

What Wikipedia is doing here is a good thing by itself, but if the practice were to become commonplace, it's something that would be very bad.

about three weeks ago
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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

crioca Re:Are they the same? (134 comments)

Yes it is, imagine if you had a single tank of petrol each month, and there were some stores you could drive to but it wouldn't use up any of your petrol. Even if most months you didn't use all your petrol up, you'd still prefer to visit those stores because you might need that petrol later if something comes up.

about three weeks ago
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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

crioca Re:Contradictions (134 comments)

Network congestion is a pretext (a reason given in justification of a course of action that is not the real reason), the real reason for data caps is two-fold:

1. It allows ISPs to use a pricing model that takes advantage of market segmentation

2. It provides ISPs with leverage they can apply to other market entities to gain benefits, such as cash or quid pro quo (preferential treatment).

about three weeks ago
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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

crioca Nothing is 100% positive (134 comments)

Net Neutrality, just like freedom of speech, or any other broad principle, has some downsides. But ultimately the good vastly outweighs the bad.

about three weeks ago
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HYREL 3-D Printers Were Developed by 3-D Printer Users (Video)

crioca Re:I Want (55 comments)

Those exist, they're called Repraps. http://reprap.org/

about a month ago
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HYREL 3-D Printers Were Developed by 3-D Printer Users (Video)

crioca Re:But but but (55 comments)

And when that fishing line eventually wears out and snaps, what happens to whatever axis that fishing line was supporting? It comes crashing down.

Why wouldn't you replace it before that happens?

about a month ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

crioca Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

What are the possible choices for farmers?

You forgot 3. grow good crops with free seeds.

So, what exactly is the issue?

Repressive Intellectual Property laws are prolonging global poverty and hunger by restricting access to technologies that could realistically be provided freely or at cost.

about a month ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

crioca Hang on, something isn't adding up (301 comments)

How is it that police are unable to refuse these requests? I mean if I asked for all the records the police held on Person X, would they just cough it up?

If yes, then the problem has nothing to do with body cams specifically.

If no, then why are these recording being treated so differently?

about a month ago
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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

crioca Re:Abrupt, but like 100 years abrupt? (132 comments)

And for all those who argue we are burning too much fossil fuels, those carbon atoms weren't created into existence in the ground as they were today, unless you believe the earth is 6000 years old!

Okay, I don't think you understand the issues that climate change presents; for the Earth to sustain a healthy biosphere with 7+ billion humans we've had to develop a lot of infrastructure to make effective use of it's resources. Changes in the climate will require us to devote resources to re-configuring our infrastructure, the faster it happens, the more resources we'll need to devote, which will impact living standards. We do not know exactly how high the cost will be, but we do know that it will be cheaper if we act now.

about a month and a half ago
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New Study Shows Three Abrupt Pulses of CO2 During Last Deglaciation

crioca Re:Correlation does not imply causation (132 comments)

How do we know the CO2 spikes caused the warming?

Because of 1. the greenhouse effect and 2. climate forcing.

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Past Climate Change Was Caused by Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere

crioca Re:It remains unfortunate that this issue is so... (185 comments)

The politics is the only reason it gets discussed so much; if we were just talking about the science there wouldn't be all that much to talk about, because most of us lack the necessary knowledge to discuss the finer points of climate change modelling.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Past Climate Change Was Caused by Ocean, Not Just the Atmosphere

crioca Re:really? (185 comments)

The year is 2014, and these "scientists" are just NOW realizing that the ocean plays a key role in global climate change?

No, they've known this for a long time. Next question?

about 2 months ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

crioca Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

Lovejoy's Law: "As a discussion on violating civil rights grows longer, the probability of using the protection of children as a justification approaches 1."

about 3 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

crioca How about protecting the public (302 comments)

How about protecting the public from the lobbyists and legislators pushing oppressive copyright laws?

about 3 months ago
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IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

crioca Re:Cubic litres (268 comments)

I'm pretty sure he's an idiot, or at least doesn't understand the difference between increasing something and concentrating something:

a new parabolic dish that increases the sun's radiation by 2,000 times

Nope.

about 3 months ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

crioca Re:The luxury of money (155 comments)

If I was going to worship any god, it would have to be Prometheus.

Dude decided to defy the gods and give humans the gift of friggin' technology just because he felt it was the right the thing to do. For his kindness he was chained to a rock and is disemboweled every day for eternity.

And what does he ask in return? Nothing. He's just like "Nah dudes, I ask something in return for it's not a gift. And this whole "eternal torment" thing? Don't worry about it, I'm not going to hold y'all responsible for my decisions." Total bro.

about 3 months ago

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