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Comcast Confessions

laie_techie Re:I wonder when... (222 comments)

Hell, they do that already, at least for their business accounts. I wanted static IPs so I bought a business account for my home. Every month or two I get a letter in the mail from Comcast offering "a free account review!" How kind of them to offer to upsell me for no extra charge, lol.

I have residential cable and business internet (yeah, for static IP). Every month or two, Comcast residential calls me up to get me to sign up for internet, and Comcast Business calls me to sell me cable TV. Both want me to sign up for phone service, too.

yesterday
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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

laie_techie Re:The Alliance of Artists should lose this suit (282 comments)

I'm actually surprised people still have CDs. My first gen ipod touch is smaller than a CD box and fits much more, plus I can easily change the contents when I bring it back home for a recharge/sync. For the record, still lasts about 10 days of playback in the car (omg battery not replaceable!).

While it's getting better, MP3s you legally buy have relatively low bitrates. With a CD, I can rip based on my requirements and limitations. For example, I can determine if space or quality is more important, given the storage size and qualities of my speakers. I still buy CDs to have a physical back-up in case of HD failure, and to be able to rip to a newer technology in the future.

yesterday
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

laie_techie Re:Advantages? (144 comments)

And you can to this at the application layer. You do not need a firewall to restrict service to particular clients.

You seriously expect every piece of software to act as its own firewall, instead of a system-wide firewall?

5 days ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

laie_techie Re:Advantages? (144 comments)

If an application doesn't need to listen for connections, it shouldn't open a port. A firewall won't make any difference here. If an application does need to listen for connections the firewall will need to let them through. Again, the firewall doesn't help - at least not at the level of sophistication you'd see in a home router's firewall.

Except I want my legal music collection to be accessible to computers within my home (DLNA server), but if external computers have access (without use of a VPN), I may be guilty of illegal sharing. Ditto for other things which should be available on a LAN, but not be public facing.

about a week ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

laie_techie Re:Advantages? (144 comments)

Frankly there's no excuse for any modern software to be vulnerable even if connected directly to the internet with no firewall. This isn't 2003 any more, and in any case it's commonplace for computers to be connected to all sorts of untrusted networks such as public wifi. So anything that assumes "a firewall will take care of it" is utterly irresponsible.

I think you misspoke. It's irresponsible to think an external firewall will take care of it, so every computer / virtual machine should have its own. However, it's asking for trouble to allow untrusted traffic to arrive to any software. Just being accessible opens it up for a DDoS attack.

about a week ago
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Researchers Successfully Cut HIV DNA Out of Human Cells

laie_techie Re:soddering (64 comments)

How about these? calm half salmon talk balk would should

"We should cut the salmon in half and talk calmy" is pronounced by most English speakers without a single audible L in it.

I grew up in Hawaii and Utah:
calm: pronounce the l
half: haff
salmon: sammon
balk: pronounce the l
would: wood
should: shood

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

laie_techie Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

Until the country is filled with a larger proportion of people with consciences and sanity installed in their hearts and minds than it is filled with self-serving individuals who, for some mysterious reason, *want* and *enjoy* the thought of others suffering, then we will live in a miserable place which punishes people.

I obviously make more than minimum wage (I think that's true of most, if not all /.ers), but am still in the middle class. The proposals raise the minimum wage without addressing those earning more. My buying power goes down for every dollar per hour more that minimum wage increases, unless my salary also increases. I don't want or enjoy other people suffering, but I must first meet my own needs (and I do mean needs and not wants).

Maybe we should get contracts where are salaries are X times minimum wage (or cost of living) instead of a strict Y dollars.

about two weeks ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

laie_techie Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

But the point of the article is that the argument that 'raising the minimum wage will kill jobs' has been disproved.

The article cites data which shows that locally raising taxes doesn't destroy local jobs. The people who argue that higher wages means a loss in employment (or higher cost of living) rely on it happening universally. The locals earning a higher wage can purchase goods produced in an area with a lower wage, thus costs to individuals and companies haven't increased. If all states raised the minimum, there wouldn't be any domestic low-wage alternatives; people and companies would have to pay more or import from other countries.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

laie_techie Re: Rather far north. (151 comments)

Colonies are part of the parent nation now?

Hawaii became a territory of the US in 1889, then a state in 1959. Guiana is an Oversees department of France, and not a colony.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

laie_techie Re:fristy Germany vs. Brazil ps9ts (144 comments)

and it still won't help Brazil HUEHUEHUEHUEHUEHUE JAJAJAJAJAJAAJAJAAJAJAAJ LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

(for you old farts out there, those are all "lol" in different ... languages ...)

You forgot the all important kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk that Brazilians use

about three weeks ago
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On 4th of July:

laie_techie Fireworks for Brasil's Win (340 comments)

I set off fireworks to celebrate Brasil's win over Argentina in the world cup. I kinda doubt that celebration was limited to the USA

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

laie_techie Re:Supreme Court did *not* say corps are people .. (1330 comments)

The way to prevent their resources being used for things they disagree with is to lobby for political change, just like any other individual.

Hobby Lobby's owners find it religiously objectionable to provide health care to its female employees that includes birth control. However, they apparently have no religious objections to investing 401K money in companies that make birth control. Making money off birth control = religiously fine. Providing access to birth control = sinful and must be stopped!

Does Hobby Lobby choose which stocks are included in their 401k, or do they outsource to a financial institution?

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

laie_techie Re:A win for freedom (1330 comments)

Go get all the abortions you want, but private businesses have the option to not pay for it.

Funny, that's been my stance my entire adult life. My sect is fine with contraceptives, but sees most abortions as sinful (obvious exceptions exist, such as terminating a pregnancy caused by rape). I share this view, but recognize that others may disagree. Just don't make me pay for it.

about a month ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

laie_techie Re:So much for that idea... (404 comments)

If you have a parking space for renting there, I'm pretty sure that would be illegal. Same if they decided to rent your bedroom to a tourist as a B&B. Your rental agreement provided you with your place (I'm guessing an apartment) and a parking spot. The landlord is not able to then legally rent out to someone else what you are already renting. ianal, but damn, there are some things that are pretty bloody obvious and well documented to even the public.

We didn't have assigned stalls in the parking lot (indeed, the stalls weren't even numbered). In non-game days it was first-come first-served. Each resident was allowed to register a single vehicle with the office. Temporary passes were available for visitors, and parking stickers were only enforced after hours or on game day.

about a month ago
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San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

laie_techie Re:So much for that idea... (404 comments)

I lived in a town home in a college town. Our landlord rented our parking lot out during football games. The landlords made big bucks, but residents had to prove they lived there in order to avoid the parking fee.

about a month ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

laie_techie Re:Of course it depends... (163 comments)

It depends on the total travel time, time zone difference, and whether going east or west. I have almost no problems traveling between Utah and Hawaii (3 or 4 hour difference), but it took the better part of a week to adjust when flying from Sao Paulo to Honolulu (more than 28 hours traveling, 8 hours time zone difference). It took three days getting used to Sao Paulo when I flew there from Utah the first time (20 hours travel; 5 hour time zone difference), but only one day the second time (3 hour time zone difference).

about a month ago
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China Builds Artificial Islands In South China Sea

laie_techie Re:So all of South America belongs to America, rig (192 comments)

Not to weigh in on the south china sea thing. But we have been the "United States OF America" since we were founded.

I have my own theory about the naming of "United States of America": the US of that time wanted to eventually take over the whole continent of America, so the name "United States of America" made complete sense at that point. For one reason or another, they stopped at the border with the current Mexico, after taking over Texas and California. I know this sounds overly ambitious now, but it was a different world back then.

Please read up on Manifest Destiny before making such a claim. This idea of expansionism didn't really take off until the 19th century.

about a month ago
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Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts

laie_techie Re:Emoji? (108 comments)

Great, Unicode is already a fragmented mess, and now the standards organization justifies its existence by adding characters that do not exist.

An earlier poster asked why anyone thinks Unicode is fragmented. The answer in one word: fonts. Different fonts support different subsets of Unicode, because the whole thing is just too big. If you expect your font to mostly be used in Europe, you are unlikely to bother with Asian characters. if you have an Asian font, it probably has only English characters, not the rest of Europe. huge. If you have a font with complete mathematical symbols, it will include the Greek alphabet, but actual language support is a crapshoot.

You are correct in the reason that most fonts only contain a subset of Unicode code points. There are thousands of code points. Most documents will only use a small subset. Why should I have to have all those Chinese or Arabic characters when I only write in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Hawaiian? People who read and write Hawaiian have fonts which support the Hawaiian letters `okina and kahako. Chinese have fonts which support the Chinese glyphs.

As for language support, that isn't a font's problem. It's up to the writer to know how to intelligently combine glyphs into words, and words into coherent thoughts.

about a month and a half ago
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Unicode 7.0 Released, Supporting 23 New Scripts

laie_techie Re:Latin unification too (108 comments)

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Even in HTML you only get to set one language for the entire document. Good luck writing a page in Chinese about learning Japanese. The ones I have seen tend to use GIFs to represent the characters that Unicode can't differentiate, but that means you can't copy/paste them and the fonts don't match.

Most elements in HTML accept the lang attribute. Please refer to the W3C

about a month and a half ago
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Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

laie_techie Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (309 comments)

First, that the "natural language" requirement was gamed. It deliberately simulated someone for whom English is not their first language, in order to cover its inability to actually hold a good English conversation. Fail.

That just shows the need of Turing tests in other languages. Intelligence isn't bound to a single language. I speak intelligently in English, but am only conversant in Portuguese, and would have the language skills of a 13-year-old in Spanish. I may pick up words in French or Italian, but I couldn't answer any better than a "I don't speak ___" answer. The bot claimed to be from Ukraine, so why not hold the test in Russian or Ukrainian? Make a new requirement that participants must indicate a natural language enough in advance as to find judges competent in that tongue.

about 1 month ago

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