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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

sdguero What's the difference... (284 comments)

between banning encryption and banning banks, safes, and safety deposit boxes?

about a week ago
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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

sdguero Re:It's time to start a trade war. (106 comments)

My gradnfather fought in a real war. From what he told me, it was nothing like this.

about a week ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

sdguero Re:What's the big deal with intelligence? (366 comments)

My kid is happy. It makes me happy that sh'es like that. I don't know if she'll work a dead end job or not, nor do I know what that has to do with being a better person. I ust hope we don't lose touch when she becomes an adult because I love her so much.

How many kids do you have?

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

sdguero Flat tax (838 comments)

Everytime I read about some rich guy, or some smart guy, talking about taxes and proposing some new system I wonder the same thing... What is wrong with a flat tax?

If there was a flat tax (10-25%, whatever makes sense) on everything we buy, land, goods, stock, etc. I think it would fix a lot of our problems. It would bring an end to high frequency trading, it would tax the rich more than the poor (because they buy moe expensive stuff), but would make the tax % burdern equal on all of us so hopefully nobody can complain. A flat tax would level the playing field in so many ways...

about a week ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

sdguero Re:Awesome (283 comments)

In San Diego, $100k is middle class. It's pretty much impossible to buy a house (~$450,000 for a cheap house) or have a family if you make less than $100k.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

sdguero Re:73% tax return (283 comments)

It must cost a lot of tax dollars to give Tesla owners so much money back...

about two weeks ago
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James Bamford Releases DOJ Report On NSA Warrantless Wiretapping From 1976

sdguero I heard similar stories about web traffic in 1998 (54 comments)

I was just graduating high school, an intern in the IT department of a sizable company in CA, my first tech job. We had an issue with a Unix print server and the IT manager (awesome boss who loved the Grateful Dead and drove an old beetle) called in a friend to consult for a couple days. Being a bright eyed youth with lots of interest in how this grey haired consultant was able to command a $150/hr consulting fee, I asked a lot of questions. And he told me some awesome stories about the early internet. This guy was a battle hardened networking/internet engineer going back to the early 1970s (graduated from MIT in the early 60s), he helped connect the first copper trans-pacific data cables from San Fransisco to Asia. Probably the most interesting stories he told were about what the NSA was doing circa 1980s.

He said the buildings that house the trans-oceanic data cables were designed from the ground up with small rooms, broom closet sized, that the primary data cables run through. Nobody other than federal agents with code word level clearance were allowed in via a heavy security door that had a guard 24/7. He said that all data traffic entering those rooms left them with a noticable amount of latency (at the time, late 80s he said it was about 10ms), but no hops. He claimed that the federal government had been monitoring internet activity in these data hubs since the dawn of the web.

I still believe him to this day, and have not been surprised by Snowden's revelations or really any news I see about the government snooping on traffic. The internet started as a DARPA project. It would be stupid to assume that data traversing what is essentially a military network can't be monitored by government entities.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Reporting Still Relevant?

sdguero Re:No Worky (179 comments)

Dude this gonna be my suggestion to the article. Just automate a screengrab and email. Duh.

about a month ago
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The Site That Teaches You To Code Well Enough To Get a Job

sdguero Re:How is that supposed to work? (131 comments)

Pro-Am photography hsa turned into some kind of weird piramid scheme in our circles of friends. It seems like we can't go to a party anymore without some woman in her late 20s (90% of the time it IS a younger woman) trying to sell us photo sessions for $50. Extra weird when they show up taking photos, then facebook friend you and try to sell you prints of the watermarked photos they posted to FB.

about a month ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

sdguero Re:I never thought I'd say this... (353 comments)

I don't think you are reading this for what it is... A way for the monopolies (who Wheeler is a tool of) to continue to subsidize their infrastructure costs. Meanwhile on the surface it tlooks like the FCC has teeth. Hint: It doesn't.

about a month ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

sdguero Re:Hmmm .... (112 comments)

Dude my Father in Law is a mechanic for United. Saying the work is "high tempo" and $9/hour is bullshit. They are unionzed. He sleeps for 4-6 hours in the hanger daily and gets paid for it. He does work a lot of hours (60+ most weeks), but its because they pay him to sleep and he loves the overtime pay (he made over six figures last year). He volunteers for every extra shift he can to get.

Father in Law also has zero interest in aircraft, other than saying what pieces of crap they are, and he is holding onto the job until he can get his pension (in 4 more years). It makes me really nervous that guys like him are responsible for our safety in the air, but I would not blame ground crew mistakes on the stress or pay level I'd blame the union.

about a month ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

sdguero Re:This may be the way to escape from Comcast (418 comments)

Even when internet becomes an unrefuted utility you'll have a hard time selling your desire for a refund to the powers that be outside of Comcast if the reason you were disconnected was due to fraudulent activity. Come to think of it...it'd probably be pretty stupid to say anything to any governement official, in regards to this, if Comcast has not already done so.

TOR != fradulent activity.

TOR is about privacy. SInce when is it fradulent or illegal to use a toold that ensures your internet traffic is kept private?

about a month ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

sdguero Nothing changes (635 comments)

If Mexico was buried under 30 feet of snow, people would still be argue about climate change.

If Greenland was 80 degrees in winter, people would still argue about climate change.

Reading the article and comments, it is clear that nobody understands exactly what is happening here. Instead theories are thrown around like gospel on a Sunday morning. There is no consensus. There is hardly any method. Climatology has been so poliicized and glamorized I don't trust anything I read anymore.

Speaking of gospel I'm going to share a prayer...

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

sdguero Re:No comments here yet... (471 comments)

An ER nurse can be male or female. The word "cunting" can be interchanged with the word "fucking" in this context. By assuming that "ER nurse" means "female ER nurse", you are actaully propagating mysomgymy, not the parent. Also, you are offtopic.

about a month and a half ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

sdguero Re:Oh, Argentina (165 comments)

I think you are talking more about residential housing. Land is pretty cheap to maintain and pay taxes on. I can buy 10 acres in remote parts of San Diego County for $40,000 with access to water and power. If we are talking about retirement savings (i.e. $500k+), that is a relatively cheap entry price and parcels can be bought incrementally. Also, owning land means you can do things like take the family camping/riding/shooting/drinking/etc on your own property. It is also pretty straightfoward to will it to your heirs.

I'm not advocating everybody put 100% of their retirement into real estate, just saying that it is a decent diversification strategy and a bet against dramatic fluctuations on the dollar. And there are some perks to owning real estate that can't be added up with a calculator. There is a reason that most millionaires own a lot of real estate, and it isn't to show off how much money they have. It just makes sense.

about a month and a half ago

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