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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

msauve Re:Soda Pop? (237 comments)

And, despite what it's called, the only commonality is carbonation. So, if CO2 in your drinks is causal, then the same issue should apply for beer, Champagne, sparkling wines, sparkling waters, etc., too.

1 hour ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

msauve Re:Editor Troll (265 comments)

YHBT. YHL. HAND.

yesterday
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Internet Companies Want Wireless Net Neutrality Too

msauve Re:Can we talk about two things at the same time? (38 comments)

Calling flow throttling "QoS" doesn't make it QoS, it just displays ignorance. And rate-limiting certain flows is a piss-poor way of ensuring bandwidth for others in comparison to real QoS. It does nothing to improve latency or jitter.

2 days ago
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Internet Companies Want Wireless Net Neutrality Too

msauve Re:Can we talk about two things at the same time? (38 comments)

Nothing you do locally prioritizes incoming traffic across the Internet. For that matter, for most (all?) ISPs, your markings won't be honored on outbound, either. The most you can do locally is control which packets are sent out first when there's contention. You only control the single hop in your toy router. There simply is no QoS through the Internet.

But then, you obviously didn't know that, given your basic misunderstanding of how QoS actually works.

2 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

msauve Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (290 comments)

That's a non-sequitur. They can do those things only because there are no federal laws preventing them.

Some concrete examples - it's federal law/regulation created using the Commerce Clause which (effectively) prevents the sale and ownership of automatic weapons. It's federal law/regulation which prevents the states from regulating radio frequency spectrum.

3 days ago
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Internet Companies Want Wireless Net Neutrality Too

msauve Re:Can we talk about two things at the same time? (38 comments)

They're not necessarily in conflict. If I pay for X bandwidth, I should get that on a neutral basis - I'm in control of which content I ask for. If the ISPs want to charge someone else for bandwidth to me above and beyond what I'm already paying for - so for example, I get still good Netflix while simultaneously maxing out torrents on on the bandwidth I'm paying for - I have no problem with that. Of course, if I limit myself so Netflix has ample bandwidth within my subscribed bandwidth, that should be delivered without interference or cost to Netflix.

Netflix/torrents just as examples, I rarely max out my incoming bandwidth for other than short bursts. But perhaps someone wants to pay for minimal bandwidth (1 Mbps), but still get good Netflix (3 Mbps) and VoIP service. Providers should be able to pay for that additional bandwidth as part of a competitive offering. Similarly with QoS even inside the bandwidth I buy - I'd like my VoIP service to be able to have better QoS treatment, so a phone call doesn't degrade when someone else downloads a file. If all packets are treated equally, that's impossible.

The key, it seems to me, is to find some way to ensure that ISPs don't simply overprice bandwidth to the consumer in order to force providers to pay to deliver their content outside the subscribed bandwidth, and therefore gain a competitive advantage for their own offerings.

3 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

msauve Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (290 comments)

You've never read the Constitution, have you? Fact is, this would be one of the increasingly rare legitimate uses for Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3, which gives Congress the power

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

If SCOTUS can claim that growing a garden for personal use is Interstate Commerce, then so to is an automobile company in one state selling cars in another.

3 days ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

msauve Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (290 comments)

They don't have to bribe all 50 states. They only have to convince Congress to exercise its authority over Interstate Commerce to prohibit these anti-competitive state laws.

3 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

msauve Make a case... (280 comments)

It would help his position if the FBI were to go after Federal agencies (e.g. the NSA) for their illegal violation of citizen's privacy rights, and make it perfectly clear that the only searches of cell phones the FBI is interested in would be supported by probable cause and warrants from legitimate courts.

But I somehow think his reasoning is more on par with "we don't like people protecting their rights, because it makes it harder for us to violate them."

3 days ago
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Eggcyte is Making a Pocket-Sized Personal Web Server (Video)

msauve Re:Web Server? (91 comments)

Yet another example of violating net neutrality.

4 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

msauve Re:So confused (376 comments)

"Aluminum tubes! Why else would they ever need to buy aluminum tubes?"

Really. They come free with Cuban cigars.

4 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Florian Mueller About Software Patents and Copyrights

msauve OK... (177 comments)

Who's idea was it to do this Q&A - Slashdot or you?

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

msauve Re:Cold Fusion isn't like Perpetual Motion (972 comments)

"Perpetual Motion violates the laws of physics - can't be done, so any patent application is bogus, either wrong or fraudulent, not worth wasting time on."

And yet, our entire universe is in perpetual motion. Poof! you just proved you don't exist.

about a week ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

msauve Re:News for nerds. (344 comments)

Is it really too much to expect editors to, well, edit? Despite going back and fixing the first obvious lack of editing, timothy still didn't read the whole thing. There's this

However, devs decided to drop support for ext2/3/4 on external drivers and SD card.

They're apparently dropping support on a single SD card? (it should be "external drives and SD memory cards." Then this:

It seems that ChromiumOS developers can't implement a script or feature to relabel EXT volumes in the left nav that is insertable and has RW privileges using Files.app.

Which is an extremely awkward, if not utterly nonsensical, sentence.

about a week ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

msauve News for nerds. (344 comments)

"Chromebook is one of the selling laptop on Amazon."

Wow. Really? Timothy strikes again.

about a week ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

msauve Re:Looks are irrelevant (155 comments)

"If it is receiving digital information then it is by definition a digital meter."

By that logic, everything is quanta, so there's no such thing as an analog anything.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

msauve Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

" they are associations of people. If you think they can have their rights reduced at will,"

No, they are a subset of "associations of people." A subset which relies upon specific legal privileges to exist.

"As to a corporation being an artificial legal construct... what isn't?"

One example - I my friends and I get together, take up a collection and print and pass out political leaflets, there's no legal construct - we have every right to do so under "free association." There is absolutely nothing which requires forming a corporation in order to exercise free association. I am saying that if we instead want to incorporate and take advantage of the laws which grant special privileges to corporations, the state has every right to be able to say for what purpose that corporation may be formed, and that includes limiting the speech that corporation may make.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

msauve Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

Congress should have the ability to pass legislation restricting the actions of corporations in any way they want.

Corporations are artificial legal constructs which allow special privileges (tax and liability advantages, mainly) to their owners. Since they're constructs of law, they're subject to legal regulation. Corporations are not people, and do not have rights. No right to free speech, no right to vote, etc.

That does not infringe on any individual rights - people still have the right and ability to band together for group speech, etc. They simply can't do it and also gain the special privileges given to corporations.

about two weeks ago

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SQRL proposes to solve password problems.

msauve msauve writes  |  1 year,3 days

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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