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IRS Spent $60,000 Producing Star Trek Parody

layer3switch $60K on Licensing (280 comments)

Since the production value of that parody equals that of a silly cat video, it would be more convincing if majority of that money was spent on Viacom copyright license. Instead of risking violation of copyright law by invoking "Fair Use", legal cost alone may have made it worth $60K.

about a year and a half ago

Rutgers Student Ravi Convicted of Bias Intimidation and Spying

layer3switch Gay Marriage in New Jersey (714 comments)

Anyone against gay marriage in New Jersey can now be charged under hate crime especially when emotionally unstable gay person can commit suicide due to public biased intimidation from anti-gay marriage bill proponents.

more than 2 years ago

Speech-Jamming Gun Silences From 30 Meters

layer3switch Won't it work the other way around? (370 comments)

Especially for people who just "love" to hear themselves talk, won't this device actually "amplify" their own voice and take pleasure in hearing their own voices... besides, people like that barely listen to anything anyways, to implement this in US style town hall meeting, that thing better have a bullet.

more than 2 years ago

Why Open APIs Fall Far Short of Open Source

layer3switch Re:Google (163 comments)

That is because they have a positive IQ.

Is that what they say now days? "Positive IQ" bus? "Positive IQ" education? "Positive IQ" needs?

more than 2 years ago

Followup: Ultraviolet Vision After Cataract Surgery

layer3switch Re:Cool (311 comments)

let's not forget, with that argument, color "white" is not a color either.

more than 2 years ago

IPv6-Only Is Becoming Viable

layer3switch Re:FreeBSD, Windows, and Android are working on IP (209 comments)

LOL traceroute is just a bunch 'o ICMP pings with varying TTLs.

Umm. no. ICMP unicast L2 ping utilities measure single hop one to one TTL. While traceroute ICMP unicast works the same, default behavior in most multicast l2/l3 traceroute utilities measure one to many hops in-route TTL.

more than 2 years ago

Video Games As Propaganda

layer3switch Re:No Spy Here - Typical Iran (251 comments)

There is no room for some libertarian free will talk here. Regardless of one's choosing, US does not prohibit traveling to Iran. In fact, it's prevailing that Switzerland is interim de-facto protection power over US interests in Iran, so the point is moot.

But to point out how "useful" one can be in situation like this without de-humanizing anyone regardless of nationality, we have to consider some facts here. Is Amir Mizra Hekmati a US spy? As you may well know and as many people do, clandestine operatives are anonymous and are not in business of becoming a collateral damage. Matter of fact, most of us just don't know, can't know, won't know and don't have to know, because nobody needs to know. And those are the facts we are dealing with.

So what if he isn't a spy? Then one must think about why Iranian gov't is boasting and carrying out "court prosecution" of an innocent person. Of all places, state controlled media in Iran, what is the point of all this propaganda?

Even if Amir Mizra Hekmati is a silent partner in NCS clandestine effort, how much credibility in the region will US lose in the wake of so called "Arab Spring"? Or better yet, should US care? What context is this leading US into? Is this even relevant?

Now here comes the point.

Iran wants... no, Iran IS taking this opportunity to boost its regime's influence and credibility over neighboring region during this turbulent time. Amir Mizra Hekmati is just a pawn caught in the middle. If US doesn't do anything as some suggested we take "Don't Do Something, Just Stand There!" approach, we can be assure that Iran will bank on every opportunity to takeover US influence in the region. And in the back of my mind (small mind at that!), I think, Iranian gov't is playing a game of double jeopardy with US; damn if you do, damn if you don't.

Therefore I think, US should be in damage control mode to minimize any further erosion and get back to negotiation. To do that, we may need to rollback some of recent Obama's Iran Econ. Sanction executive orders if need arise. After all, what does Iran have to lose as the recent intel shows that they already have nuke bunkers anyway? By killing US interest during negotiation, Iran has everything to lose, including credibility.

more than 2 years ago

Video Games As Propaganda

layer3switch Re:well, can some explain (251 comments)

i have to disagree.

I would say that "propaganda" (17th century coined term which originated from "to propagate" information) is a marketing itself; a "deceptive marketing" at that.

more than 2 years ago

Video Games As Propaganda

layer3switch No Spy Here - Typical Iran (251 comments)

1. There is no such thing as "former" Marine.
2. No matter how dire consequence there may be, a death penalty doesn't help either party, US or Iran, especially Iran.
3. Forget the sanction talk for now and go back to negotiation. Econ. sanction didn't work and doesn't work without stepping on our own foot anyway. There is no gain here, so use it for our advantage on negotiation table.
4. Iranian gov't taking political hostages isn't new, but this is an enormous precedence in pushing toward future Iranian nuclear disarmament. US might be out of Iraq, but US just delivered F-15s to Saudi.

more than 2 years ago

TSA Got Everything It Wanted For Christmas

layer3switch Re:Well, (338 comments)

Yes. Revolution is an extension of evolution.

That's just plain butchery of Latin word, because they mean complete opposite.

evolution as in to unwind, to unroll, to unfold, to undo what's done.
revolution as in to change, to mutate in progression.

Either word cannot be related in context by an author with an intent to use it as an extension of the other.

more than 2 years ago

IT's Next Hot Job: Hadoop Guru

layer3switch Re:Getting the Experience (112 comments)

> I remember having a good laugh in 1999 ... how to write a date verification function

Y2K, good times. good times...

more than 2 years ago

Delivering Medicine By UAV

layer3switch Re:Drugs over a border anyone? (87 comments)

> you lose a cheap plane and some cargo, but that's all.

Contrarily smugglers are not as valuable as single kilo of coke. To drug cartels, humans are replaceable, but time and effort put in to produce narcotics and committed delivery agreements are not. If UAV crashed while smuggling a kilo across the border, there has to be a backup standing by to retrieve that cargo at all cost. Also distributing small amount of narcotics using massive numbers of undetectable UAV has to account for more inherent failures (strong wind, mechanical failure, signal disruption, greater chance of detection by border patrols, difficulty of retrieval) than single large payload delivery using shortest path from point A to point B; for example, submarine, bribing border guards, etc. I think, this makes small UAV as a drug smuggling device impractical.

more than 3 years ago

Google Developing Master API — Web Intents

layer3switch Wrap around another wrapper (86 comments)

great.... this has potential of bloat written all over.

more than 3 years ago

KDE 4.7.0 Released

layer3switch Re:Wireless system connections (212 comments)

This is in fact the whole point of a wireless connection, that it is NOT always on.

You mean like cellphone, wireless keyboard and mouse and of course GPS. You really nailed it. /sarcasm

more than 3 years ago

Why Netflix Had To Raise Its Prices

layer3switch Re:Frist Pots (574 comments)

Have you gone to a zoo lately? What does the sign say about feeding animals? Yes, "Please do not feed the trolls."

more than 3 years ago


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