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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

kqs Re: Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

Welfare to the poor: bad because it removes the incentive to improve oneself. Welfare to the rich: fantastic!

about three weeks ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

kqs Re:Alternative explanation (398 comments)

Do you really think that studios would let their movies stream peer-to-peer, which would involve being stored on home-user's computers encrypted with a known key (aka "effectively not encrypted")? Plus, ISPs are rolling out CGN which makes peer-to-peer very difficult, and most residential connections have very slow upload speeds. Finally, this would just be a way to work around the fact that Verizon is not giving its customers what the customers have paid for: high-speed internet access. When there is a bully, you don't just sneak around behind the bully's back and hope he won't notice you.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

kqs Re: Alternative explanation (398 comments)

No, Netflix (and Youtube and some others large ones) don't buy CDN hosting; they offer it. They offer free CDN servers which large ISPs can put in their datacenters. Doesn't matter how much Netflix offered to pay, I doubt if any existing CDN could handle Netflix's traffic along with their other customers.

Many ISPs take advantage of this, but Verizon would rather degrade Netflix's products so they can push their own products.

about a month ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

kqs Re:Alternative explanation (398 comments)

...because Netflix's provider (which is Level3) isnt paying for the bandwidth disparity between Level3 and Verizon on purpose.

The bandwidth disparity argument is bunk. I've love if Netflix or Level 3 would set up some data sinks in their network so I could use my FIOS to send them random data 24/7 and help even the disparity.

Thats how the internet is paid for. The sending provider pays the receiving provider for the bandwidth, and this is the only rational way it can be.

So... you're saying that Verizon should be paying me! I mean, they send me ALL THIS DATA (much of it sourced from Netflix), but I hardly send them anything. This makes me both a selfish person and someone who deserves a large monthly Verizon cheque.

Note that if Verizon doesn't want to pay a few grand for a few more 10GE ports and some short cables, they could pay even less and accept the caching servers that Netflix offers to all large ISPs; those cost just a few rack units and watts of power.

But Verizon would rather limit Netflix so that they can push their own video products.

about a month ago
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Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

kqs Re:Sensationalistic title and duh! (116 comments)

Seems rather the opposite. We're very good at noticing when someone is looking at us (a leftover from being prey I suspect), but I always see people standing, holding their phone angled slightly (pointed nicely at any laptops at nearby tables). Add a fake game screen while the camera runs for extra stealth.

about 2 months ago
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Study: People Would Rather Be Shocked Than Be Alone With Their Thoughts

kqs Re: Just 15 minutes? (333 comments)

In related news,scientists have discovered a correlation between "thinks that signing up for experiments is fun" and "extrovert".

about 2 months ago
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Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

kqs Re:Bye-Bye Java (303 comments)

Only ego stands in the way of backing down from that and shifting the core of Android C++.

Depends. Who owns the C API?

about 4 months ago
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Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

kqs Re:Oh PJ, where art thou? (303 comments)

Oh dear. This could be a problem for anyone who uses a C compiler. Who owns the original C APIs anyways? Dennis Ritchie maybe?

I wonder who owns the SQL APIs? Oracle may have a problem here...

about 4 months ago
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Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

kqs Re:Adobe Password List top 100 (288 comments)

Dunno; I used to have some really weak passwords on sites which I don't care about. Never as bad as "123456" but almost. I wish more sites used something like OpenID so I could centralize my authentication (and get 2-factor) and not have forgotten authentication info at dozens of sites on the web.

Now I use a password manager so I can use distinct non-trivial passwords on all sites. It's a reasonable workaround, but a federated authentication system would be better I think.

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

kqs Re:Fun fun fun... (1374 comments)

A few years ago, someone in my neighborhood (~4 miles away from a fairly large city) was arrested because they were shooting from their house at someone in their backyard (maybe someone taking a shortcut through their backyard? I don't remember the details but it was not a home invasion.)

A year later, my cat came home with a pellet in her liver. Despite expensive surgery, she died a painful two weeks later.

When you say "nobody is forcing one on you", I'm not sure how that's supposed to work.

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

kqs Re:Firearms ARE safety devices (1374 comments)

Imagine if the brakes on your car had such a 'feature.'

They do. They're called "antilock brakes". They exist because many people don't know how to pump brakes, and if you slam on your brakes at speed then you lose all steering control, so the antilock brakes help save you from your own incompetence. They sometimes make the problem worse (stopping distance on dry pavement is sometimes longer), but on average they save a lot more lives than they endanger.

And when they started appearing in cars, most of those who thought they were competent drivers complained. Just like this.

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

kqs Re:Stupid gimmick, and I even don't care about gun (1374 comments)

The home invaders were unarmed, but they would have killed him anyways? Look, I know that criminals are not generally competent, but that's quite a pretzel of logic there.

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

kqs Re:They're nuts but right (1374 comments)

Plus we have heavy regulation of automobiles and their safety features, so that road deaths are going down while miles driven continue to rise. Gun deaths are mostly consistent with number of people who own guns (both have been slowly dropping for a few decades).

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

kqs Re:They're nuts but right (1374 comments)

They're gun nuts. Masculine insecurity is 90% of gun ownership. Why else would you want to wear your strap-on in public?

And you cannot stop selling guns to idiots, because the NRA opposes any background checks for any reason.

What is hilarious is that most of these "gun enthusiasts" were probably livid when the addresses of gun owners (from public records) were publicly posted in New England a few years ago.

I'm not anti-gun, but I'm anti-idiot. Limit handguns, mandate background checks and periodic training, and punish people who kill when they fear a deadly bag of skittles. Then you can own your very own phallic security blanket and I can be a bit more confident that you won't kill someone I care about because they wear a hoodie and have the wrong color skin.

about 4 months ago
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Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter

kqs Re:Why only Google? (174 comments)

Those companies don't want to replace drivers. Drivers buy cars, and if you can't "imagine yourself behind the wheel of this car" then it's harder to sell someone an overpriced hunk of metal just because it is styled a bit differently. Those companies just want to assist drivers (help them park or stay in in their lane), so their videos will be much less impressive.

Only google seems to want to replace drivers completely.

about 4 months ago
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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

kqs Re:Illegal in some countries (180 comments)

It's a desert. The government likely owns it because nobody else wants it. If they gave it away, people still wouldn't take it because they don't want to pay taxes on it.

What Bundy did, using someone's property without permission... where I grew up, that's called "tresspass" or "theft" or somesuch. If he wanted to protest, he could have not used the public land and put up signs saying so, or called his congresscritters, or did any of the other things that protesters do. Maybe even used it for one year without paying as a protest. But using it for 10 years without paying means "dishonest cheapskate who wants to abuse the tragedy of the commons", not "protestor".

about 4 months ago
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Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

kqs Re:This will be a litmus test (207 comments)

Such religious ferver, attacking something I did not say and do not believe, while ignoring what I did say. You truly believe the Holy Gospel of the NRA, that all those who do not worship the NRA wish to destroy every last gun.

Again: the NRA is a religion and does not represent the desires of the majority of its adherents. It perpetuates itself by convincing gullible people that if they do not support the NRA then evil forces will throw them into Hell (a gunless society). You believe this in the absence of all evidence and against all evidence (blind faith).

about 4 months ago
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Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

kqs Re:This will be a litmus test (207 comments)

The problem with your theory is that there are more members of the NRA that are private citizens than those that are gun manufacturers.

So your theory is that unlike every other religious organization, the NRA does what its members want rather than the members doing what the NRA wants. Nice theory. Every religious zealot believes that their religion is different; every non-zealot sees that they are largely identical.

Though the gun manufacturers are part of it, a much larger part is that the NRA only exists as long as they can whip people up into a frenzy to donate money. So even though gun control laws have been completely gutted in the USA, the NRA has to keep on whipping up the masses or else the organization will fade away. See also: Greenpeace.

about 4 months ago
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Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

kqs Re:Don't be ridiculous (207 comments)

these are laws which constrain the actions of the law abiding

The first rule of Tautology Club is the first rule of Tautology Club.

You're right. For example, laws against polluting only stop those who are not polluting. But so what? Do you think the laws against polluting should be repealed? Do you think that when the laws were passed that polluting did not decrease?

Are you claiming that gun control laws are useless if one person ignores them? Australia passed laws in 1996 to greatly limit firearms. The number of firearms and the number of violent deaths in Australia both suffered major declines in the years since then.

about 4 months ago

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