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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

rahvin112 Re:Illegal (174 comments)

If their employees did it they are responsible for it.

I'd be surprised at this point if Lyft doesn't sue them and use this story as an excuse to get discovery on their entire email system and website.

yesterday
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

rahvin112 Clickbait is clickbait (767 comments)

Clickbait is clickbait. Loving that Dice media takeover!

2 days ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

rahvin112 I doubt it even makes it to the atmosphere (272 comments)

That methane dissolves into the water long before it reaches the surface and re-emerges, I would be surprised if even a small percentage of it make it to the atmosphere because bacteria would consume the dissolved methane before it can reach the surface. Even in the atmosphere where there is very little life the methane only lasts a couple decades, but in the ocean where it's teaming with life I doubt very little of it makes it to the surface.

2 days ago
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Facebook Experimenting With Blu-ray As a Storage Medium

rahvin112 Re:Everything old is new again. (193 comments)

I'm willing to bet tape has a MUCH longer life span too. CD-R's start dieing in less than 10 years, I doubt blu-ray lasts any longer. Even the archival grade disks where they claim to last longer than 0 years I'm not sure I believe them. The nice thing about magnetic tape is that they tend to last forever and only go bad from wear or exposure to magnetic fields.

3 days ago
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2 Galileo Satellites Launched To Wrong Orbit

rahvin112 Re:Stupid metric system (137 comments)

Any measurement system that requires you to use decimals for reasonable accuracy in common situations is the wrong increment and if this is common when using the measurement it's just a bad system for that reason.

For example, measuring the height of a human being requires the use of feet and Inches in Imperial measurements but generally uses nice clean numbers in centimeters for the same accuracy. This occurs frequently for certain measurement cases where cm/mm are better, but there are just as many situations where foot makes a cleaner measurement than meters. Outside small measurements and between large ones the foot is a cleaner measurement in my opinion.

For temperature, centigrade is too large of a measurement, at least for temperatures humans encounter on a routine basis. Decimals in centigrade are needed to provide enough accuracy. This isn't true of Fahrenheit, daily measurements, food, etc where F is a cleaner measurement in whole numbers. Centigrade is a scientific temperature scale, it's great for that, it's lousy in daily use.

It's unfortunate that SI was based on the old French meter, it's just too big in general use, something smaller close to a foot would have been better then we wouldn't have ended up with a worthless deci/deca meter. Centigrade is the same, in looking for a cleaner measurement they used boiling water as the high end which made the unit too large for common use but great for scientific measurements.

3 days ago
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World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

rahvin112 Re:Call anything 3D printing (108 comments)

Tilt up wall construction is one of the most common construction methods in the US. The concrete walls are poured on the ground in forms adjacent to their final location, once cured they are tilted up and connected, once the walls are in place the roof is added. Almost every warehouse or industrial building built these days is built with tilt up wall construction.

It's fast, it's cheap and its low labor. Don't speak of what you dont' know.

about a week ago
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Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

rahvin112 Re:Big Data (181 comments)

The lie you have bought into is that destination traffic is the same as transit traffic.

The whole point of peering agreements is to stop one provider from piggybacking on another transit providers network to reduce their costs. The agreements are structured so that to reach various end points they transit the traffic as closely as possible to the destination then hand it off to the hosting network rather than hand it off at the first available point and allow it transit the other networks system.

This whole arrangement falls flat on it's face when one of those transit providers is also the major destination route for millions of customers. ISPs that provide residential service always have unbalanced traffic arrangement because the customer almost always requests more data then they send. As long as L3 and Cogent are handing this destination traffic off to Verizon at the closest possible peering point for their subscribers then Verizon shouldn't be able to request the the traffic be balanced.

The problem is that unregulated market forces have allowed monopoly providers in local markets to combine with the very limited number of Tier 1 network operators resulting in the almost immediate abuse of monopoly by the Tier 1 portion of the network leveraging the monopoly side of the residential ISP business. There is rather simple solution to this problem. Bar any ISP that offers services directly to residential customers from owning or operating long haul national networks. If Verizon was forced to separate their Tier 1 transit business from their Residential ISP business (as in either divesting the assets or separating the company into two distinct companies) the problem would be solved almost immediately.

Businesses with monopolies will abuse them, that's the whole point of regulating free markets, because without that regulation you will end almost immediately with companies abusing market position and breaking the free market. Free markets don't stay free without regulation, particularly businesses with massive capital start up costs such as residential ISPs. Without regulation you end up with Verizon's Tier 1 network business leveraging the monopoly residential ISP traffic to extract rent from competing providers. This is a rent the market would not support without the monopoly or with regulation to prevent it's abuse.

about a week ago
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Groundwork Laid For Superfast Broadband Over Copper

rahvin112 Re:I thought they were evil for avoiding fiber upg (93 comments)

Well that's your problem right there, you're a moron. No one learns anything on slashdot, people just come here to make stupid arguments and pretend this is a source of information instead of a chance to pretend you know more than someone else.

about two weeks ago
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Kevlar Protects Cables From Sharks, Experts Look For Protection From Shark Week

rahvin112 Re:The Discovery channel? (103 comments)

The reality TV executives showed up and everyone went "wow look at how cheap that content is". Although they failed to really grasp that whole cheap thing in the proper context.

TV is 99% junk (repeats, realityTV, etc) now because it was more profitable. All the specialty channels are now just repeating junk rather than trying to be channels serving that actual niche. Hell the weather channel didn't show weather, SciFi shows wrestling, etc. Those channels long ago lost their real audiences.

about two weeks ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

rahvin112 Re:probably BS (226 comments)

Derivative in what way? Did he take a video of a video or did he take a video of the actual game? I fail to see how anyone could claim video you shot yourself of live action belongs to them in the form of copyright because you are the one that took the video, they don't have a copyright on the live action and it's absurd to claim they do.

Now as someone else said, there may have been contract language on the ticket that you agreed to by attending the game that gave them copyright on all your recordings of the game. I would suggest not attending such games in the future. This could in fact not even be tied to copyright law, this could be some special exception in UK law that gives soccer clubs rights to all video shot of their club. It would be absurd but that's never stopped the UK before.

about two weeks ago
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Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

rahvin112 Re:Legal... sort of (178 comments)

Yea but it looks like pot and if you allow any Joe, Dick and Jane to grow it the feds would have to genetically test every plant in the crop and that's just unworkable so it should be banned to save the government effort in proving that you are growing illegal plants.

[/sarcasm]

about two weeks ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

rahvin112 Re:Everything hits poor people harder (207 comments)

Communism is a great idea as long as every actor is altruistic and interested in the welfare of the society above themselves. Because of that base assumption about human behavior it's a terrible system.

Libertarianism is a great idea as long as every actor is altruistic and interested in the welfare of the society above themselves.

Laissez-fair capitalism is a great idea as long as every actor is altruistic and interested in the welfare of the society above themselves.

Etc...

All these "improvements" on the system we have only work if you assume people aren't self-interested greedy pricks that will screw over their own mothers for $5. As soon as you insert the real world into these system it collapses from the sociopaths gaming the system for themselves. As you said you need checks and balances, capitalism with regulation to prevent the abuse of the system that is common appears to be the most functional system, that is as long as you don't get people that are so stupid they think the regulation is the problem.

about two weeks ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

rahvin112 Re:Impact assesment (327 comments)

It doesn't mean it's irrelevant, it means impacts won't be prevented (which isn't the purpose of an impact study anyway) but they can still be mitigated later. You might not understand this difference but it's significant. We have a serious problem with environmental groups abusing the process not to prevent environmental damage, but to prevent development at all. Even when developers or state agencies go out of their way to protect sensitive sites/species groups like Greenpeace will still sue, not to get additional protections or to protect anything but simply to raise the costs in the hope the agency/company will abandon the project because in Greenpeace's view all new development is bad. They aren't alone, there are dozens of groups who are abusing the courts and our environmental laws as some campaign to end all new development.

This is not the purpose these environmental rules were created to satisfy. The laws are being heavily abused and if it's not reigned in it's going to get so bad people will support abolishing the protections all together, which is a far worse outcome.

about two weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

rahvin112 Re:Took the USB organization close to 20 years... (191 comments)

Of course there are other circuit board connectors, but lets be honest, the reference design is the one you will see the most and the previous reference designs have a serious fatigue failure problem.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

rahvin112 Re:Of course (141 comments)

Considering the smallest recommended handout is a /64 which includes as many addresses as there are in IPv4 total there should never be a problem with the number of addressable IPs you receive. If ISPs try to hand out a /127 address to customers they'll lose many of the auto-routing functions of IPv6 that keep the router tables small and raise their own costs. My bet is they won't give you a static IP without a charge, but you will be given that /64 address and you won't be buying packages of IP addresses.

about two weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

rahvin112 Took the USB organization close to 20 years... (191 comments)

So they are finally getting the connector right. After 5 different connectors and almost 20 years they are finally going to fix the USB connector problem (at least most of them). Not only that but they designed with a future awareness that will hopefully prevent the Micro-USB3 nightmare (two connectors in one) in the future.

It's Smaller than every previous USB connection.
It's reversible so you can plug it only one time.
They designed it with the ability to add additional wires in the future as the standard evolves.
The C connector supports USB 3.1 which allows up to 100watts of power transfer (enough to power smaller laptops).
IIRC it's also designed to put less strain on the connection to the circuit board so you won't get the solder flex failure so common with USB.

What they got wrong is it's almost indistinguishable from Micro without close examination. They didn't put in a color or other requirement that would have made the port obvious without close examination, even though it's smaller a LOT of people are going to be trying to plug USB micro connectors into these ports.

All in all I'd say the USB working group finally fixed a few major problems with USB and it's a good standard that will probably eventually replace all A,B,Mini and Micro ports over the next few years. The beauty is finally incorporating 100watt capability, it should be possible to have standard power adapters on laptops that use 1 or 2 USB ports for power eliminating the need to replace your power brick all the time.

about two weeks ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

rahvin112 Re:Are they "small government" republicans ? he he (393 comments)

Who are these "centrists" you keep talking about? Your argument appears to be the same one tea party people use with RINO and Liberal which is you define those categories as slur you use against people who think differently than you.

Your argument is silly. Republicans had filibuster proof control of Congress and the presidents office for 6 years, the policy at the time was tax cut and spend. The democrats had similar control though less sure (2 independents) during the first two years of Obama's term, their policy was mostly tax and spend though the republicans wouldn't let them do the tax part so it became just spend. The last time real negotiating took place and centrist views dominated was during the Clinton administration when Republicans controlled congress (during Gingrich's term) when neither party got what they wanted but they managed to balance the budget, eliminate welfare and reduce military spending to workable levels.

My impression of the tea party is that originally it was a group of people that were mad about out of control spending. Almost immediately it was taken over by fringe Republicans like the Koch organizations and it turned away from balanced budget toward tax cuts and no compromise government shut down. Around the same time the anti-Obama language (birthers, etc) drew in all the stormfront and other racists and rather than turn them away as kooks the tea party embraced them but works aggressively to keep them out of sight on TV (but are very apparent if you go to any actual rallies). I'd be a tea partier if they were actually interested in a balanced budget and doing whatever it took to get there (including raising taxes) but the whole idea of responsible governance isn't what the tea party is about, nor has it been since about 6 months after it's founding.

about two weeks ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

rahvin112 Re:What? (393 comments)

You don't honestly think that contract was totally preplanned for years and that the government always purchases rockets in blocks that large do you?

IMO that contract originated because ULA went to their government handlers and cajoled them into releasing the RFP before SpaceX could qualify. It is my understanding that the government does buy rockets in groups, but a 2 year 20 rocket group is unheard of and that this was the largest rocket purchase the government has ever made. ULA's salespeople will have personal relationships with all the contracting people in government. My bet is that ULA hoped by locking SpaceX out of the market for 2 years they would go bankrupt before they could go after another contract.

There should be a massive investigation going on for how that contract originated, why it's so large and what the relationships are between the ULA people and the government contracting officers.

about two weeks ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

rahvin112 Re:What? (393 comments)

I thought ULA convincing the government to advance purchase 2 years of launches (2billion dollars) a month before SpaceX qualified their rockets was an accurate picture of how Lockheed and Boeing intend to compete which is they intend to use government to prevent SpaceX from competing.

about two weeks ago
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DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

rahvin112 Re:Circomventing controlls (127 comments)

I see this as very similar to the parallel construction method. The DEA likely has controls on the information and logs requests to see it, by paying the Amtrak employee separately they can argue they never looked at the passenger information because it's not logged in the request. The defense can't say they used improper search methods because the log shows they never accessed it.

I'd be willing to be someone is in jail right now because of this information being accessed outside normal channels and had the defense known about it they would have been able to get the evidence thrown out.

about two weeks ago

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