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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

msauve Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (79 comments)

The other solution is to allow partial buildouts, but ensure each phase is balanced between "rich" and "poor" areas. That lowers the cost of entry while ensuring fair competition.

8 hours ago
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Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage

msauve Re:Epic fail... (112 comments)

"explain how a single point failure will take out service across the country. "

If the routing protocols (e.g. BGP) get screwed up, it doesn't matter how many peer connections are up, the network doesn't know where to send the traffic.

You haven't done any serious networking, have you?

yesterday
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

msauve Re:Same as it ever was (179 comments)

"And you may ask yourself
Where is that large automobile? "

yesterday
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

msauve Re:Not Sharing (179 comments)

Because there are no automobile costs associated with depreciation, storage, maintenance, insurance, registration, etc?

Come to think of it, that sounds like that new carless driver Google's been working on.

yesterday
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

msauve Re:Illegal (179 comments)

Tortious interference.

yesterday
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

msauve Re:Hmmm ... (192 comments)

That's the app which was on his iPod.

2 days ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

msauve Re:Working backwards from a "known" result (207 comments)

Far too many people (at least in the US) think political opinion can only fall into "us" vs. "them."

Americans tend to think that "liberal" means "liberal, as in beer," and not "liberal, as in libre."

2 days ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

msauve Re:Heads should roll (207 comments)

Uh, NSA != CIA.

2 days ago
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The Evolution of Diet

msauve Evolution... (277 comments)

How is the human race ever going to develop the genes needed for a modern diet unless we let fatty burgers, salty fries, and sugary drinks kill off the weak ones before they breed so the gene pool can improve?

If you're eating a "stone age diet," you're part of the problem.

2 days ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

msauve Re:Just like Happy days.. (416 comments)

"You might have missed the part where the story isn't from a newspaper that is claiming to have researched it and presented the facts. It is actually from a blog called the "mommy files," and they don't describe the actual charges, or interview anybody other than the student and his mother."

You definitely missed the part where they linked to their source article, which was on a Chicago TV station news site.

The rest of your post just sounds like the sort of BS a psych major might spew.

4 days ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

msauve Re:Mandatory panic! (416 comments)

"...he escalated things from there. The story even says this."

Are you reading the story linked here? Because, it says no such thing. The closest it comes is "Police told My Fox Chicago that Stone was difficult during questioning..."

That may simply mean he refused to answer their questions, which is well within his rights, and actually the proper thing to do. Don't talk to the police.

4 days ago
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Illinois University Restricts Access To Social Media, Online Political Content

msauve Re:could've sworn this was not the case (129 comments)

"Because an institution of higher learning prefers its workers to be dumb and uninformed"

No...because an employer pays for their employee's Internet access so they can do the employer's business. It's not like there aren't multiple ways to access the Internet.

5 days ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

msauve Re:The real crime here (458 comments)

Whoosh. The employer only "has to pay" because the government's threat of force then falls on them. To the original point, force is the only thing the government has to enforce its will.

5 days ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

msauve Re:My drink... (436 comments)

I use ethanol ice (-114 C), you insensitive clod.

(And before you get pedantic, what else might you be drinking which is liquid at -12C?)

about a week ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

msauve Re:Why such paranoia ? (298 comments)

You think Rosa Parks had a cell phone?

about a week ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

msauve Re:Why such paranoia ? (298 comments)

In what sort of scenario are "authorities" going to be able to (or even want to) brick your phone in a timely manner, where a need to communicate is critical? In any SHTF situation, the whole (or localized) cellular infrastructure could be shut down - it's the height of hubris to think they'd be targeting you individually, and that you're the key to preventing the Illuminati from taking over. And, even if they were targeting you, the next person you run into would let you make a call on their unlimited minute plan if you simply said it was an "emergency."

A tin foil hat is much less hassle. But if you really think they're all out to get you, you should probably start carrying a firearm.

about a week ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

msauve Re:Why such paranoia ? (298 comments)

Government bricks phone to prevent victim from alerting the medial, recording the incident, calling for help, etc.

As if someone can't buy a pre-pay phone from any Wally-mart, move their SIM to another phone, or simply use an unassociated phone to communicate with. I realize the tin foil to make a hat is cheaper, but that's not a good rationalization.

about a week ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

msauve Re: Just don't deal with Americans (249 comments)

"It's too bad no one has launched anything into space that could beam a signal using the magic of the ether."

You're right - if gas, electric, and water could be delivered that way it would really open up competition for utilities. If you're referring to satcom, you seem to be confused, because it's even more regulated than wireline due to it being a naturally constrained, shared medium.

about a week ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

msauve Re:Just don't deal with Americans (249 comments)

Of course it's a joke. Because it's nowhere close to a free market - all utilities use public "rights"-of-way to make a profit. That legitimately exposes them to regulation. If a real free market is desired, then they would all have to negotiate rights-of-way with every property owner along their routes. And that includes the public (government), from which the price is regulation.

Even under a system similar to that in place (access in exchange for regulation), unless those rights-of-way are made available to all providers, there is no free market competition. There is no "free market" unless all competitors can compete in every market (location).

about a week ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

msauve Re:well (199 comments)

Will the US need to get warrants to take satellite photos of Phoenix? What about taking an aerial photo of my neighborhood from a real plane (say, 2500 feet up)? A helicopter from 1000 feet?

What makes a drone unique, other than the presumed better resolution provided by presumed shorter distances?

about a week ago

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SQRL proposes to solve password problems.

msauve msauve writes  |  about 10 months ago

msauve (701917) writes "The Secure QR Login system (SQRL, pronounced “squirrel”) may revolutionize web site login and authentication. It promises to eliminate every problem inherent in traditional login techniques. With SQRL, your phone snaps the QR code displayed on a website's login page . . . . and YOU are securely logged in."
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LightSquared CEO resigns amid appearance of bribery.

msauve msauve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

msauve (701917) writes "LightSquared, the company who's request to use make use of spectrum in a way likely to interfere with GPS was recently denied, has suffered another setback. CEO Sanjiv Ahuja has now resigned, only a week after a report detailing political contributions and the personal financial interests of Obama and officials in his administration in SkyTerra, the precursor company to LightSquared.

Ahuja's one and only contribution to the Democratic Party occurred on the same day he tried to arrange a meeting with Obama administration officials, apparently as part of LightSquared's desire to fast track FCC approval of a change beneficial to the company."

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