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Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve

doshell Re:Quick, calculate me another way to profit. (600 comments)

It's not a question of whether it's possible to start from nothing and be well off. It certainly is, for a few select people. The question you should ask yourself is how many succeed (preemptive addendum: even if you only consider those who try). A lot of people fall prey to confirmation bias when they discuss capitalism: they see ten people that succeeded, but not the ten thousand that didn't — because no one sings the story of those that failed.

about 2 years ago
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Craig Mundie Blames Microsoft's Product Delays On Cybercrime

doshell Re:Well duh (182 comments)

That it could put files wherever it wanted

They could have implemented VirtualStore as early as Windows 95 as a stop-gap measure for write-anywhere programs. Sure, it's an approach with its own problems, but sometimes you have to trade something in for security.

low-level hardware access for sound, graphics, etc

Trap the hardware interrupts in software, then emulate the low-level I/O routines at the OS level. Possibly with a performance penalty, but again: you have to decide where your priorities are.

And yes, I know hindsight is 20/20. Maybe not all these things were obvious back then. I still think that, security-wise, Microsoft spent the whole 90s and a good part of the 00s asleep at the wheel.

more than 2 years ago
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Craig Mundie Blames Microsoft's Product Delays On Cybercrime

doshell Re:Never designed to be network-aware (182 comments)

I actually agree with you in that the first Unix implementations had a number of security holes, and that the so-called iron-clad Unix security only came many years later with the accumulated experience of dealing with those holes. But I take trouble with the following claim:

to this date, *nix does not support well the concept of application ownership of a file which leads to programs requiring their own user account, which is another kludge.

Would you care to explain what is kludgey in using the uid namespace to also provide per-application ownership? Arguably, it is simply a matter of implementation simplicity; you have a single namespace instead of two. That a given uid might not correspond to an actual, physical user seems to be more of a semantic problem than a design one.

more than 2 years ago
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Stallman On Unity Dash: Canonical Will Have To Give Users' Data To Governments

doshell Re:sudo apt-get install shred (187 comments)

I'm sorry, but getting paid for your work, in a world where money is necessary to survive, is NOT morally wrong.

I'm no hardline stallmanite, but what does this have to do with free software? Nothing in the definition of free software precludes you from making money through it. At most, it forbids certain ways of making money with it.

more than 2 years ago
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Seafood Raised on Animal Feces Approved for Consumers

doshell Re:Chinese regulators are like Honey Badger (386 comments)

With "openness" the market will do the job just fine.

The question is whether openness is possible (or rather: assured) in a free market without regulation.

more than 2 years ago
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Seafood Raised on Animal Feces Approved for Consumers

doshell Re:God bless the free market! (386 comments)

Actually, the problem is that "free market", as currently (ab)used, is an overloaded term that stands for two completely different concepts: absence of regulation, and perfect competition with no barriers to entry nor asymmetric information. That the second is a necessary consequence of the first is a highly contentious point, because, contrary to what libertarians believe, the state is not the only entity that is able to distort a market.

more than 2 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Will Answer Your Questions

doshell Re:Your 2007 Comments on C++ (460 comments)

My hypothesis is this: the more high-level information you can give your compiler, the better it can optimize your programs.

It is worthwhile to point out that GCC actually adds some non-standard facilities to the C language that enable the programmer to do so; witness, for instance, the use of the likely() and unlikely() macros (the actual GCC builtins have different names) in the Linux kernel to nudge the compiler into optimizing for the common case of an if statement.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Government Owns 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses

doshell Re:Who cares (399 comments)

Even if your argument held water (which I don't think it does in a properly managed network), it seems rather silly to trade global end-to-end connectivity and other IPv6 niceties such as autoconfiguration for the convenience of being able to memorize network addresses or pass them over the phone.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Government Owns 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses

doshell Re:Propaganda (399 comments)

The grandparent is not talking about static addresses, he/she is talking about public addresses which are not the same thing.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Government Owns 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses

doshell Re:This is exactly what markets are good at (399 comments)

Except that in this case you are creating a market to deal with artificial scarcity, which is just plain evil. Remember, there is no physical reason for there being only 2^32 addresses. Only the completely accidental fact that someone picked the number 32 some decades ago.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Government Owns 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses

doshell Re:Who cares (399 comments)

And how is this any different from IPv4, where the residence gets a public address from the ISP? Unless your ISP is using carrier-grade NAT, that is.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Government Owns 16.9 Million Unused IPv4 Addresses

doshell Re:Slashdot post in 2022 (399 comments)

I believe the reason the host part has so many bits does not have to do with expected subnet size, but rather serves to ensure the probability that two autoconfiguring hosts coincidentally choose the same address is kept low.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Blocks 'Innocence of Muslim' Video In Indonesia and India

doshell Re:What happened to freedom of speech (484 comments)

I never said that the embassy guards do not have the authority to retaliate. I'm just contesting the notion that the actions of independent citizens translate as a formal declaration by their nation state. The United States, of course, are free to interpret such an attack as an act of war and declare war on Libya; but to say that Libya have declared war on the United States when the embassy was attacked flies in the face of international laws and conventions.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Blocks 'Innocence of Muslim' Video In Indonesia and India

doshell Re:What happened to freedom of speech (484 comments)

citizens of Libya technically declared war on the US.

Citizens do not declare war. States do.

Are you suggesting that, if a bunch of Americans vandalized a foreign embassy on US soil, that shold technically count as a declaration of war on that country by the United States of America?

more than 2 years ago
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RIPE Region Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

doshell Re:spammers (241 comments)

A bit late in the discussion, but still. I have it you never implemented a TCP/IP stack on a barely capable embedded device, or you would understand why I call v6 a full bloat protocol rewrite.

Indeed, I haven't. I take it you have. Could you elaborate? Is the bloat due to having to support a dual stack on a tiny device, or are there concrete features/quirks in IPv6 that are difficult to implement in a constrained device? Pointers would be okay; I searched the web but nothing terribly relevant turned up.

more than 2 years ago
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RIPE Region Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

doshell Re:time to do... something (241 comments)

You're right, but no solution is perfect. In this case I would be totally supportive if governments forced ISPs to deploy IPv6, but I would really like their involvement to end right there. It's complicated, I know.

more than 2 years ago
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RIPE Region Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

doshell Re:Make an offer (241 comments)

Geez, why would you set up a market over such a resource as Internet addresses, which are scarce only by accident (i.e., the fact that someone chose the number 32 sometime in the past) and not by sheer necessity? I can understand a market as a way to efficiently allocate resources in the face of scarcity, but artificial scarcity is just evil.

more than 2 years ago
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RIPE Region Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

doshell Re:time to do... something (241 comments)

Here's a hint: maybe not all problems in the world can be solved efficiently by a free market. Maybe in some cases you need some kind of external intervention to make sure the difficult decisions are made...

more than 2 years ago

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