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Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

redelm Self-competition (135 comments)

The easiest way to increase competition in monopolistic settings is to encourage/enforce self-competition. Who is Microsoft's most difficult competition? Previous versions of its own software! Similarly, if net neutrality unhappily fails, then ISP have to offer both plans with audited kickback differences only affecting pricing.

Net neutrality is misunderstood by both sides. There is no "fast lane" -- everything travels as fast as possible. The only way ICS to implement a non-neutral net is to buffer/drop certain selected packets at times of congestion. That shunts them to the "slow lane", perpetrating a systematic fraud (viiolating promised "best efforts" for benefit) upon both ISP customers and upstream providers.

5 days ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

redelm Just a different kind of Test (319 comments)

Mercy, from a bureaucracy? Please don't make me laugh so hard. As others have said, if they had evidence, they'd use it. Here, they are entrapping confessions with [false] inducement.

But really, all educational institutions have moved from education more towards filtering/certification (why else all the accreditation?) In this mode, success however gained _should_be_ rewarded. If some rat can weasel out marks, why won't s/he weasel out IRL?

about two weeks ago
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How To End Online Harassment

redelm Ends justify means ? (827 comments)

Certainly ad-hominem (of which harassment is but an extreme form) is essentially a concession of the logical argument in favor of the opponent. It is nonetheless used (heavily in politics) because the target audience is untrained in recognizing fallacies.

In arguing against harassment, exception (or silence) is often made for topics one feels righteously passionate about (climate change, Holocaust deniers, etc). If one cannot defend one's enemies against unfair attack, then it is unprincipled and merely opportunistic to defend anyone else, especially one's allies.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

redelm C O R R U P T I O N ! (231 comments)

This looks like the OPP wanting to make their jobs easier. Guess what? Policing is not supposed to be an easy job and certainly not by short-cutting individual rights. Such short-cutting is a form of corruption -- doing something for their own benefit (better collar record).

The cops need to get out of Timmy's and do some real police work tracking down perps. Not asking their jobs be made easier at everyone else's expense.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

redelm Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes JimmyB (613 comments)

Most modern lives revolve around clock-time, so DST/summer time makes some sense at middle latitudes -- more natural light when lamps otherwise would be burnt in the early evening (less in the morning when fewer are burnt).

DST make no sense at all at lower latitudes with little change in daylight hours with the seasons. Nor at very high latitudes with extreme changes.

A bigger question is whether the benefit is worth the circadian disruption -- world-wide jetlag. This is similar to countries deciding to be on half-hour time zones -- is the benefit worth the confusion? There will always be differing values, so differing opinions. No answer unless we can set 1h jetlag = XX kWh . You can try with money as the scale, then I suspect the answer is NO DST even at middle latitudes.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

redelm Fight! Fight! Fight! (928 comments)

The nicest thing about systemd is that it is _NOT_ sysV and it is fighting/displacing sysV-style inits. Not that it is any better, mind you.

I like BSD-style inits (run Slackware) and I enjoy the controversy in a cautious "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" way.

about three weeks ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

redelm Non-linear time (669 comments)

What conflict? I never saw any, except for strict literalists (blasphemers) who believe that G-d's "Days" necessarily are the same as ours with 1440 minutes. What if They average 3 billion of our years? Not necessarily linearly constant either. Space is not, why should time be?

about three weeks ago
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Firefox OS Coming To Raspberry Pi

redelm Re:Low power CPU meet bloated pOS (88 comments)

The Atom tablets are below that, but do not have HDMI output. The SBCs have been there for a while (a bit more expensive), but suck more power 20W vs 1.2W. I have and use both, still like my RPis.

about three weeks ago
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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

redelm No Haggle ! (163 comments)

This looks like the electronic equivalent of haggling in a shop [bazaar]. Contrast this with the [anglo] best-price, take-it-or-leave it across multiple competitors. As a consumer, I vastly prefer the latter. As a seller I might prefer haggling (tied customers), but only if I have power when I buy (often I'm as tied).

A consumer negotiating with a seller is a grand delusion. The seller knows far more about their costs and market demand than you ever can. They spend their careers at it. All you can do is walk away, hopefully there are competitors. IMHO, this is the great different between First- and Third-World economies -- competition in the former, and very-restricted (cronyism) in the latter.

So I stay away from anything that looks like haggling (even MiR). That is my only choice.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

redelm Solving Tough Problems ... (224 comments)

This sounds like a tough problem -- you've thought about it, examined many angles, yet cannot find a clear winner. So time to bring out the PHB decision tool, Flip a Coin!

Seriously. You've examined all the alternatives rather thoroughly with more data & values than we can know yet cannot determine a winner. They must be evenly balanced, so a coin toss (PRNG) is as good a decision method as any other. If you insist on persistantly over-thinking this question, then devote your efforts to finding something _new_ that turns the question into a slam-dunk.

ObOnTopic: If you mention the patent, many HR types will assume you assigned it to a previous employer. They might be impressed, or they might worry their software will be contaminated/infringe this other company's IP.

about a month ago
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NSA To Scientists: We Won't Tell You What We've Told You; That's Classified

redelm Who is surprised ? (106 comments)

First, there are the knee-jerk responses of an "Intelligence" organisation never wanting to let anything truthful be known about it, and particularly detesting FIOA requests. Traitors. Then there is the bureaucratic response of never saying anything lest you be accused of inaccuracy.

But there also is a real security concern for the agency involved -- in answering "what did you release", they burn clandestine "leakers" as stooges. I do not think Snowden was a deliberate leak, but unless proven otherwise I assume about half the leaks are plants.

about a month ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

redelm Give me micro HDMI ! (182 comments)

I'll buy (may swtich to Linux) if it has a micro HDMI output so I can dock the thing at a real monitor (1960*1200 min). I've been looking around to tablets as desktop replacements and found relatively few x86 with HDMI out.

about 2 months ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

redelm Bah! Humbug. Slackware ! (826 comments)

I've stayed with Slackware for 20 years. I've looked at others, but cannot abide SysV mess'o'symlinks init. chmod +x is about all I want or need. systemd might be slightly less bad, but it is still over-complex. I reboot my machines once a year (typically Xmas) whether they need it or not.

about 3 months ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

redelm Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! (232 comments)

As Daimler AG is a German company, many employees will take a whole month off (July-August). Lots of big email (dwgs/photos) can arrive in a month. As a result of US auto-liability litigation, they probably have lawyers limiting the size of their email (&other files) to something the lawyers can digest, like 100 MB per user. Already nearly full, many accounts will lock. To save the fixup grief, just bounce everything. Problem solved.

Look folks -- nothing on the internet, least of all email, is intended to be reliable. That it often is, is no guarantee that it always is. If you don't remember to resend mail when the server is open, or your MTA doesn't follow RFCs then you have only your sloth to blame.

about 3 months ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

redelm Re:WTF? Jailtime! Boycott violates Anti-Trust (268 comments)

Probably easy to find for the DoJ. Ask jobchangers. But not necessary. Anti-Trust law is highly unusual -- the govt does not need to prove harm, and it is much closer to "guilty until proven innocent". Just ask the oilcos.

about 3 months ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

redelm Re:WTF? Jailtime! Boycott violates Anti-Trust (268 comments)

Do you mean to say Standard Oil and AT&T did not donate enough? Methinks they would have.

about 3 months ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

redelm Re:WTF? Jailtime! Boycott violates Anti-Trust (268 comments)

Some of those with jobs might have tried to leave! Most likely to escape poor supervisors.

about 3 months ago
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Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

redelm WTF? Jailtime! Boycott violates Anti-Trust (268 comments)

Settlement? What settlement? This is a prima facie Clayton Act Anti-Trust violation. Multiple felonies, with jailtime due. Amazingly, this appearently exists on paper, so everyone who negotiated or signed it should go to jail.

The Clayton Act makes organizing supplier boycotts a prohibited activity. And that's just what they have done -- organized a boycott not to hire an employee, times the collective number.

That this has not gone to a Federal Grand Jury appears more like corruption than anything else.

about 3 months ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

redelm Lazy @$$ investigators (502 comments)

A warrant is not something that requires cooperation. It is legal permission for investigators to break-in to a certain place, search for and take listed things. So if this is justified, let them do it!

The warrant should allow particular investigators to break-into whichever servers listed, grep around and download listed items. Done. If they cannot, find 1337r agents. If you need keys, get warrants for physical access to machines.

These "compell" warrants are quite a stretch -- they compell MS to violate EU law, to certify what they turn over, and to never be sure they've fully complied (how could they know they got it all)?

about 4 months ago
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Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Released

redelm Re:Pi has poor flash file system (47 comments)

Ring ... Ring ... I'm calling as you requested.

My RPi is rock solid -- months of uptime, reboot only to upgrade. Two helpful factors (1) High quality microUSB power supplies (I also feed through a lipstick for UPS) (2) RPi ModelA (no ether, single USB) for lower power consumption.

On the filesys, anything with `noatime` should be good to cut the write-cycles. Personally, I don't like journalling.

about 4 months ago

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Copyright on game sequence video captures?

redelm redelm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "What is the copyright legal status of a short-ish video capture from a PC/console game? For a pre-generated sequence like a fatality, the game.house could assert it was all theirs. OTOH, for a series of creative moves by the player the game pgm merely provides an environment for the creation. Rather like writing a computer program and using a compiler to make it executable. Or do the game houses get to copyright clay? This would influence whether they're youtubeable."
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FCC in favor of Net Neutrality

redelm redelm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

redelm writes "Both the Wall Street Journal (here) and Reuters (here)are reporting the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will make a speech on Monday in favor of Net Neutrality. There's a big difference between a speech and a law, but irrespective of campaign contributions, the US Congress should not find this too hard to pass with the current strong populist scrutiny."
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TW trying cable Caps + overage fees

redelm redelm writes  |  more than 6 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "Yahoo! reports Time-Warner will try out traffic caps on cable internet service in Beaumont, TX. They will charge an overage fee of $1/GB. Base included transfers will be from 5-40 GB/month. Most interesting was the justification — 5% of users using up to 50% of bandwidth. And that others have secret caps."
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redelm redelm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "The Economist, arguably the world leading business newspaper/magazine has picked up on Steve Jobs Appleblog for DRM-free Music. Also as discussed on /. This article agrees with Jobs and gives him much broader exposure beyond the technical community. Perhaps to influence some lego/politico decision makers who have no idea what DRM is!"
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redelm redelm writes  |  more than 7 years ago

redelm (54142) writes "For serveral years "Personal/Portible DVD Players" have been sold with TFT-LCD screens from 6-11" diagonal. However, very few of these units list pixel size/count or screen resolution. Some have only 240 lines! Any stats/advice?"

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