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US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden

sn00ker Re:Hey US... (650 comments)

Except that you can't unilaterally outlaw the use of USD in transnational commerce without utterly fucking yourself, unless you're massively powerful. China could, maybe, though the fact the Yuan is pegged to the USD would be challenging. The EU as a bloc could, probably, but no single member could. Nobody else has a currency that is accepted in the way that the USD is accepted. If you're not planning on trading with anyone else then, sure, outlaw the USD by all means.

about a year ago
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802.11ad Will Knock Your Socks Off, Says Interop Panel

sn00ker Re:Are we suddenly following the alphabet? (174 comments)

Unfortunately it can't stay set to one channel for more than a few sec... ooh, look, bicycles.

more than 2 years ago
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Julian Assange Served With Extradition Notice By British Police

sn00ker Re:Hopefully... (612 comments)

The Australian Government might be thoroughly in the pockets of the United States, but their courts appear to treat being an independent judiciary with appropriate seriousness. The Australia-US extradition treaty doesn't provide for Assange to be extradited, and extradition is a legal process that is overseen by the Judiciary.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court: Affordable Care Act Is Constitutional

sn00ker Dear America (2416 comments)

Your "healthcare" system is still fucking broken, and will remain so until you tell the medical insurance and pharmaceutical industry lobbies where to stick it.

Regards
The rest of the world and our dirty, socialist, much cheaper, single-payer medical care.

more than 2 years ago
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IPMI: Hack a Server That Is Turned Off

sn00ker Re:Who would say such a thing? (90 comments)

Entomb it in concrete and drop it into the Mariana Trench. I'd like to see you achieve induction-based power-on in that configuration.

more than 2 years ago
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Documentation As a Bug-Finding Tool

sn00ker This article from 1996 never gets old (188 comments)

Titled They Write the Right Stuff it looks at the coding practices at the company that wrote the control software for the space shuttles. If you want to know about documentation as a bug-finding tool, this is pretty much the holy grail.

Consider these stats : the last three versions of the program -- each 420,000 lines long-had just one error each. The last 11 versions of this software had a total of 17 errors. Commercial programs of equivalent complexity would have 5,000 errors.
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Take the upgrade of the software to permit the shuttle to navigate with Global Positioning Satellites, a change that involves just 1.5% of the program, or 6,366 lines of code. The specs for that one change run 2,500 pages, a volume thicker than a phone book.

more than 2 years ago
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British Student Faces Extradition To US Over Copyright

sn00ker Re:September 12 (340 comments)

New Zealand's law on extradition requires that the extradition offence also be a crime under NZ and be punishable by a maximum sentence of at least one year in jail.

Since our copyright law restricts criminal infringement to "in the course of business" (ie: you're in the business of selling infringing copies), or "distribut[ing] otherwise than in the course of a business to such an extent as to affect prejudicially the copyright owner", he'd be safe here.
The penalty qualifies, but the actions would not be criminal under NZ law.

more than 3 years ago
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WSJ and Al-Jazeera Lure Whistleblowers

sn00ker Re:Not quite right... (84 comments)

And News Corp is owned bya guy who's notorious for interfering in editorial decisions. If Murdoch doesn't like the story, it won't see the light of day in a single publication over which he has control.

more than 3 years ago
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Redistricting 2.0: Cloud Lets Voters Take Part

sn00ker Re:For non-US readers (83 comments)

Strict geographical boundaries are stupid, because you'll end up with irregular numbers of voters in each electorate. If a vote is meant to be equal in every seat, you need roughly equal numbers of voters otherwise voters in sparsely-populated electorates have far more power than voters in heavily-populated ones. So the number of voters is important if you care in the slightest about equity in voting influence. That said, the drawing up of the boundaries should not be influenced by those for whom the voter constitution of the electorates matters. Where I come from, that's called corruption and there are criminal penalties.

more than 3 years ago
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Redistricting 2.0: Cloud Lets Voters Take Part

sn00ker Foxes designing the hen-house locks (83 comments)

The process of letting those who are elected determine the boundaries for the electorates is so unbelievably corrupt that were it anywhere other than the US I would be surprised. But your entire system of government is corrupted beyond recognition, so we just shrug and say "Fucking Yanks!" Here in New Zealand, appointed officials with statutory independence from the elected government handle the issue of electorate boundaries. It just makes sense. There's no benefit to them in gaming the boundaries, so they do an objective job instead of making decisions based on keeping their noses in the trough.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Format For OS X and Linux HDD?

sn00ker Re:Rubbish (253 comments)

Oi. You've been around long enough to know the rules. Knowledgeable, informed posts are contrary to the T&C. Go back to your porch. Sheesh. It's geezers like you that give whippersnappers like me a bad name. I'll be getting off your lawn now.

more than 4 years ago
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Water Main Break Floods Dallas Data Center

sn00ker Re:Someone forgot the rules... (230 comments)

Weight. Unless you're building from scratch, with a hefty engineering budget, putting heavy shit higher than the foundation level means lots of load-bearing components. That means losing lots of space in the floors below, due to the greater size and/or density of pillars, and also increases significantly the cost of the floors that must take this weight.

If your DC is in the basement, or whichever floor is closest to the foundations, you've got the in-built load-bearing functionality of the whole planet, and it's free. Justifying the extra construction cost for an above-ground-level DC is hard unless the purpose of the building is to act as a DC. Consider how much a full rack weighs (a rack full of fully-loaded Sun Thumper systems is over a tonne), and then think about what's involved in engineering to carry that load many times over. Even if you only top out at a half-tonne per rack, that's still a significant load in a small footprint. It's not hard to engineer to deal with that, but it is expensive.

more than 4 years ago
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Terry Childs Found Guilty

sn00ker Re:It should read 'stoopid people hath spoken' (982 comments)

Come again on that one? If you have access to the hardware you can set the password to anything you want. You don't need the old password.

That's all fine and dandy if the configuration of the devices is stored in non-volatile memory, and/or you have full documentation that will allow you to rebuild the network configuration in a reasonable (this was the FC network for a major city's government, so "reasonable" is probably a couple of days at most) time.
In this case there was no certainty that the configurations were saved to NV memory (I think I read that they were actually known to have not been saved permanently), and certainly no documentation that could've had the network rebuilt inside a period of weeks. Password recovery on Cisco boxes, where it's even possible (new versions of IOS allow it to be disabled), requires reboots. Reboots lose unsaved configuration. Where you are unsure that the configuration has been written to storage and lack documentation of the network configuration, you cannot safely undertake password recovery.

Physical access has limits where you are dealing with systems that don't automatically write all configuration changes to non-volatile storage.

more than 4 years ago
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NGO Networks In Haiti Cause Problems For ISPs

sn00ker Re:Flawed system. (108 comments)

Their "whining", as you put it, is exactly right. The aid organisations have millions of dollars to spend on rebuilding Haiti, and that money is, according to fundamental principles of humanitarian aid, best spent in the local community. That means spending it with local businesses to procure goods and services for use in the aid effort. That means, in this case, paying local ISPs for service. It's not whining at all, it's an observation that there's local capacity that's not being used, or, in the cases where it is being used it's being used without payment. Donating services to the aid effort at the outset is being a good citizen, but it very quickly becomes unfair for the aid organisations to use those services and continue to not pay. The money is there, it is meant to be used.

more than 4 years ago
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NGO Networks In Haiti Cause Problems For ISPs

sn00ker Re:Flawed system. (108 comments)

I guess the story is about greedy ISPs

What's greedy about it? A fundamental principle of international aid (and given that within the past six weeks I've been in the Solomon Islands, and on stand-by to go to Haiti, the Cook Islands and Tonga, to help with disaster relief I think I've got some clue on the topic) is that you try and spend aid money in the affected community. The people who live there and the businesses that operate there must remain viable once the relief effort is over, and that means keeping businesses alive until the locals are in a position to earn and spend money themselves.

Donating services is nice if the locals cannot immediately furnish your requirements, but as soon as there's local capability available for utilisation it is a failure of the aid system if that capability goes unused. It is not a good use of aid money to use donated services in place of local ones when carrying out relief work.

more than 4 years ago
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TSA Withdraws Subpoenas Against Bloggers

sn00ker Re:Pity (125 comments)

Not necessarily. Diplomatic privilege only occurs when a person's diplomatic status is recognised by the receiving nation. The Wikipedia article on diplomatic immunity is pretty good at explaining things.

A good example is diplomatic couriers, who have diplomatic passports but are still subject to the ordinary treatment. What is not searched is the diplomatic pouch. The document says as much, and says that the pouch must be in the courier's line of sight at all times while the courier is being processed.

Although heads-of-state are automatically entitled to a diplomatic passport, per the Vienna Convention, because they aren't technically an accredited diplomat with the receiving nation they aren't automatically entitled to the protections of diplomatic status. It's a courtesy, not a requirement of the Convention, hence the specific TSA exception.

more than 4 years ago
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TSA Withdraws Subpoenas Against Bloggers

sn00ker Re:Pity (125 comments)

What the heck is the security justification for heads of state, or their families to be exempt?

Two words: Diplomatic Passport. Followed by another two words: Diplomatic Incident.

We know that the US doesn't have much regard for the rights of plebes but, since the generally-accepted retaliation for mistreating foreigners with diplomatic status is other countries mistreating your persons of diplomatic status, they're going to try and avoid messing with heads-of-state if possible. It just gets ugly.
Also, the family members exemption (and yes, I have read the document) is pretty specific. It's not a blanket exception, but applies only when they're accompanied by the head-of-state in question.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Do So Many Terrorists Have Engineering Degrees

sn00ker Re:Parent's Stats Are Not Accurate (736 comments)

umm, what? 19.5%+7.4%=26.4%. 17.1%+9.9%=27%. A bit shy of 30%, but not enormously. Your comprehension skills are pretty shocking.

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia Claims Patent Violations in Most Apple Products

sn00ker Re:Nokia and the hurt bag... (419 comments)

Market cap means diddly, really. What matters is revenue and market share if you're talking about the size of a company. Market cap measures value as perceived by shareholders, not influence and sales. Nokia's 2008 revenue, in Euros, was higher than Apple's revenue in US dollars. And I doubt that even a worshipper of the iJobs would argue that Nokia is the unquestionable master of the cellphone world.

As much as anything AAPL is valuable because it's fashionable. It's visible, it has a brand, people want a piece of that brand. Nokia isn't fashionable, it's functional. There's no hype, there's no cult of Nokia, it's just there. Comparing the market cap of Nokia and Apple is a very desperate attempt to pretend that Apple isn't being taken to the cleaners by a company that does only communications equipment (vs computers, phones, media downloads...) and sells more of it than Apple does.

more than 4 years ago

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ISP surveys customers on copyright

sn00ker sn00ker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sn00ker (172521) writes "New Zealand ISP TelstraClear conducted a survey a survey of its customers, looking at attitudes to copyright and downloading. This was in relation to the changes proposed to the "disconnection on accusation" law, previously discussed on Slashdot, s92A of the Copyright Act.

Amongst other findings, customers were mainly supportive of artists' right to make a living, as "[j]ust 4 per cent believed artists could afford to give away content for free." Also, "only 15 per cent thought being able to access content via the internet meant it should be free."

But, if that's the case, why download? Well, it turns out that "frustration at paying $30-plus for a CD that only had a couple of good songs" is a problem for consumers. Gee, what a shock! People also don't see the point in hanging back "[w]hen a new movie takes several months to screen here, but is available immediately via illegal online sites". Again, such a shock.

Interestingly disconnection isn't a huge disincentive. with only 43% of respondents saying that disconnection would deter them. Even fines from police or customs authorities wouldn't deter a majority of respondents, with only 48% being deterred by that degree of penalty. Since that leaves only prison, will we see the industry suggesting that as a penalty? Or is that going too far even for the media moguls who see their customers as cattle to be milked?"

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sn00ker sn00ker writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sn00ker (172521) writes "As was widely reported by numerous agencies, a petrol tanker crashed into a freeway bridge in San Francisco and the subsequent fire caused a section to collapse within 25 minutes.

One of the core tenets of WTC conspiracy theory is that a simple petroleum-products fire could not cause sufficient structural weakness to have caused the towers to collapse. However, this incident seems to prove otherwise. Another nail in the conspiracy coffin, or more grist for the mill?"

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