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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

mjtaylor24601 Re: So-to-speak legal (400 comments)

Which would only be other Tor nodes. All traffic on the Tor network routes through several hops before traveling through an exit node. That's the entire basis of the technology. If it was as simple as tracing back one hop, it wouldn't be very effective, would it?

Beside the point. Comcast doesn't need to know where your traffic ultimately exits. All they need to know is whether or not you're using Tor. For that purpose detecting traffic being sent to a known Tor entry node is sufficient.


Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

mjtaylor24601 Re:Discrimination (579 comments)

why must we force equal distribution of gender/race/etc in everything?

Oh we don't have to force an equal distribution into everything. For example the prison population is drastically gender imbalanced and no one seems terribly bothered.

about three weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mjtaylor24601 Re:Her Videos Are Shit (1262 comments)

Okay. Suppose that's true. This justifies graphic torture/death threats?

To be fair the GP never claimed that it justified any such thing.

about three weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mjtaylor24601 Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (1262 comments)

I liked this comment: "Her arguments [are] open to plenty of valid criticism that the female gender is not always misused in video games." So many things wrong with this sentence. Somehow, people have the urge to bend their view so the troll side, and their means of death threats, is also justified.

Wait, what? How does suggesting that her arguments might be open to valid criticism in any way attempt to justify death threats? In fact if you read the entirety of the comment you're quoting they say pretty much exactly the opposite

Yes the subject is uncomfortable and no she isn't completely correct. Her arguments open to plenty of valid criticism that the female gender is not always misused in video games.

The problem is and will always be a reactionary subset of people who cannot be peer pressured into behaving like sane human beings on the Internet. You don't respond to a feminist critique by sending her death threats.

about three weeks ago

CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

mjtaylor24601 Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (110 comments)

If the government developed and manufactured drugs, what criteria would determine which diseases are targeted for cures? It would be those diseases with the largest and most obnoxious lobbying groups.

I'm not sure that's any worse than what we have now where the deciding factor seems to be "will rich people buy it". So we'll spend billions researching the next Viagra but almost no one manufactures malaria medication anymore because there's no money it. We focus on symptom relief rather than cures because "repeat business".

about three weeks ago

ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

mjtaylor24601 Re:CS Core Curriculum? (329 comments)

Your path is pretty much "how to make a semi-competent corporate drone from someone with vague interest in something useful to corporate". People with innate passion for something don't need to be spoonfed and trained up to having interest.

Perhaps but not everyone has an innate passion for CS. And most people won't know they're passionate about something like CS until they're given at least a little cursory exposure to it.

If you don't care, why are you in CS, and not something you do care about? Is it because your real passion is the almighty dollar?

Because we're talking about the core high school curriculum that everybody has to take regardless of what they're actually passionate about.

> We spend our enitre schooling lives learning things, then the next year, learning that actually, that was an abstraction to make it easier, and it *actually* works like this.

I found this endlessly frustrating in primary school.

Good for you. But did it ever occur to you that perhaps not everyone is as smart as you are?

about three weeks ago

Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

mjtaylor24601 Re:Google don't be evil (155 comments)

No one forces you to provide a search engine that accepts illegal content. Just screen everything before it goes into the index or don't host it, as simple as that.

Sure no problem. We'll just lookup each file uploader and check to see if they're authorized to distribute the material in question...what's that you say? It's impossible to verify the identify of most uploaders? Well we can at least check every file against the master database of copyrighted material...wait, you're saying there is no such database? Hmm...maybe your plan needs a little more work.

about a month ago

CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

mjtaylor24601 Re:When will we... (266 comments)

Yeah, only when their lips are moving.

about a month and a half ago

European Commission Spokesman: Google Removing Link Was "not a Good Judgement"

mjtaylor24601 Re: Well, duh... (210 comments)

If the cost of ethically maintaining their services becomes excessive, they can bear the cost ir shut down.

The cost of "ethically" maintaining their service is that sometimes a case will fall through the cracks and information that probably should have remained available will be unduly censored because Google can't afford to do exhaustive analysis of every request that comes in. And that's a cost we all get to bear.

about 2 months ago

Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

mjtaylor24601 Re: I beg to differ. (370 comments)

The rest of the world does not need America or American software developers. They have their own...

...who would also be subject to European laws and thus likewise potentially unable to run a successful search engine business without being sued into oblivion.

about 4 months ago

Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

mjtaylor24601 Re: I beg to differ. (370 comments)

Thats their own problem. If they want to do business in europe, they have to respect european laws. They are free to close services there.

The phrase "be careful what you wish for" comes to mind.

Remember that this ruling will apply to every search engine or other public index. Does anyone in Europe really want them all to just pull out of Europe because the European legal system makes it impractical to do business there?

about 4 months ago

Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

mjtaylor24601 Re:Less choice? (286 comments)

Nobody can afford to run a dozen different wires to your house. Infrastructure is fucking EXPENSIVE.

So you're saying the limited physical space to run wires and the huge upfront capital costs make for a natural monopoly? Good, then you must agree that the argument that regulating the market incumbents as a monopoly will reduce new entrants to the market is complete bullsh#@t because new entrants effectively can't enter the market anyway. Glad we're all on the same page.

about 4 months ago

'weev' Conviction Vacated

mjtaylor24601 Re:To the point... (148 comments)

neither Auernheimer nor his co-conspirator Spitler performed any “essential conduct element” of the underlying CFAA violation

If that's not a 'not guilty' by a court that's not passing actual judgement, I don't know what is.

Not that I have a particular opinion on the specifics of this case but I think you may have truncated that quote a few words to early

Because neither Auernheimer nor his co-conspirator Spitler performed any “essential conduct element” of the underlying CFAA violation in New Jersey, venue was improper

I read that to mean "no crime was committed in New Jersey" not "no crime took place".

about 5 months ago

Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

mjtaylor24601 Re:Bitcoin (263 comments)

In other news, CEO of a multi-million dollar crypto-currency bank/trading house decides to gather information for a few days before halting trading based on a suspicion that something might be wrong.

Oh, wait...

It doesn't bother you at all that it took several days of information gathering for the CEO of a multi-million dollar crypto-currency bank/trading house to discover that there were wide scale, systemic issues with his crypto-currency trading business?

about 6 months ago

Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

mjtaylor24601 Re:Keeping the peasants in line (362 comments)

The Lords of Google have been forced pay attention because the peasants are actively resisting the annexation of the formerly free city of San Francisco by the Sovereign Realm of Google. The Realm needs to annex the city for housing for it's ever expanding noble classes

<sarcasm>Yeah how dare Google pay its employees well! And where do they get off providing a perk that makes their employee's commutes less onerous while simultaneously taking cars off the road, reducing traffic congestion and air pollution for everyone! I mean who do they think they are!! Certainly a Nazi-esque bit of "evil" if I've ever seen one.</sarcasm>

about 6 months ago

Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

mjtaylor24601 Re:Took them long enough... (934 comments)

Sure... many would say "at least if I can see the gun I know it's there and who to avoid"... to which I'd say "So? If you live your life in such terror of not knowing who might be carrying a weapon and who might not be... not only are your priorities off, but you really need to see help with your anxiety issues".

But being so terrified and anxiety filled that I feel the need to carry a deadly weapon with me at all times is still OK right?

about 8 months ago

FSF Responds To Microsoft's Privacy and Encryption Announcement

mjtaylor24601 Re:Trust (174 comments)

Agreed. But then there are the follow up considerations of

a) Is it the case that open source software is in fact being subject to subjected to scrutiny by independent experts? I would say that certainly some of it is, but I would hazard a guess that not all of it is.

b) How does an uninformed laymen differentiate between an "independent expert" and a "random stranger on the internet". In the absence of doing actual research it's much easier for people outside the field to simply trust the blue chip fortune 500 company.

In my (admittedly casual) experience, such arguments by the FSF rarely get into this level of detail, which causes people that don't really grok the whole open source thing, or people that are cynical about open source in general or the FSF in particular, to question whether the FSF is actually concerned with security or whether they are simply using this as an excuse to push their ideological agenda.

about 9 months ago

FSF Responds To Microsoft's Privacy and Encryption Announcement

mjtaylor24601 Re:Trust (174 comments)

As far as I can tell, the counter-arguments against FSF's position boil down to "well I trust {Microsoft, Google, Apple, Oracle} anyway, so there!" and "who cares if you can trust your computing infrastructure anyway, get over it!" If you have something more to add to those illuminating arguments, please do so.

In fairness I think the counter argument is a little more nuanced than you're representing it. It's more along the lines of: non-programmers are in no position to verify that things have been done correctly even if the program is open source. And even experienced programmers can't, as a practical matter, be expected to meticulously review the millions of lines of code that goes into the various programs they use, nor are they likely to build all of their own software from source all the time. So realistically, even if the software is open source you still have to trust some else to verify it. All open source does is change who the person is that your'e trusting from Microsoft to $YOUR_FAVOURITE_FREE_SOFTWARE_GROUP.

Now perhaps you trust the general open source community more than you trust Microsoft (or Google or Apple or whoever). That's perfectly fine. But I can certainly see how a reasonable person could look at that position and go "why should I trust random strangers on the internet if I'm not willing to trust Microsoft?". Now perhaps that's not good argument. But I think it's at least a little bit more substantive than the strawman you've presented.

about 9 months ago

Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

mjtaylor24601 Re:Yes. (1216 comments)

The free market is what people do when no-one is holding a gun to their head to force them to do something else.

By that definition it would be a function of the free market for me to break into your house and steal all your stuff, in the absence of a police force to put a gun to my head and stop me.

about 10 months ago

Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes, Taking £2.5m of Coins With It

mjtaylor24601 Re:Recurring theme? (346 comments)

Kind of depends what you're trying to trace. When people talk about traceable financial transactions they're generally interested in identifying the people involved in the transaction not the individual monetary units.

eg the police could give a @!#% that the $100 bill with serial number 12345 was used to buy drugs. What they want to know is that Bill bought $100 worth of drugs.

In that sense bitcoin is good for untraceable financial transactions since (as far as I understand such things) the best we can determine is that anonymous bitcoin user #2627577 transferred 100 BTC to anonymous bitcoin user #820998.

about 10 months ago


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