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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

sociocapitalist Out of the box (577 comments)

Not sure I'd want this on my own weapon but I could see it being useful for giving / selling firearms to possibly temporary allies that we arm to deal with today's enemy that might become tomorrow's enemy (or just leave the stuff laying around for today's enemy to use).

yesterday
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

sociocapitalist Re:why? Better for Comcast to not know (404 comments)

Probably Comcast cares because NSA told them they should.

Or maybe they're thinking that content (ie netflix) can be tunneled and bypass whatever controls they have in place.

yesterday
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

sociocapitalist Re:I don't see this as so horrible (253 comments)

That depends where the cache goes. If it's at the endpoint, you're right. But this allows the cache to be much closer. In the cell tower. In the office router.

You could watch youtube video on a moving train with this. As soon as one person tries to watch the viral video of the day the train's router will store it, so it'll keep working for all even through tunnels and dropouts.

Assuming that the train's caching device could get it to start with - and even then only until the cache is full and gets overwritten by other material while at the same time you also cache a bunch of material that no one else on the train is interested in.

about two weeks ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

sociocapitalist Re:I see it differently... (129 comments)

... it is just not realistic to learn another language to be able to support them ...

It is quite common in Europe to speak two or three languages fluently. If there are 2 - 3 engineers who speak 2 - 3 languages fluently then most of the major languages are covered.

By the way, it is often just a stereotype that all people are drunk here or there. Brazil economy grew 2.5% in 2013, it is certainly achieved by hard working people.

I live in Europe and I speak two languages fluently but I still believe it's completely impractical to learn all the languages when supporting a global deployment of systems or network devices. If you had to interface with users, then I would agree - but that isn't the case here.

Anyway, if you read the article the problems they encountered had nothing to do with language:
"Unfortunately, this was during Carnival. The local phone company did not answer, and the local employees did not answer their mobile phones. After two days we got someone from the phone company on the line — and they were too drunk to understand us."

about two weeks ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

sociocapitalist Re:I don't see this as so horrible (253 comments)

Multicast is fine when every reciever wants the same thing at the same time. Good for broadcasting live events. Not very good for things like youtube, where millions of people will want to watch a video but very few of them simutainously, and those that do may want to pause it at any moment and resume playback hours later.

Agreed but improving the caching mechanism isn't going to remove the requirement of distributing the content, be it simultaneous (with mcast) or just in time. Either way the content still needs to be transmitted and either way it will still consume bandwidth and will still have some type of overhead.

So what it really comes down to is:
  - how efficient a caching mechanism
  - what reduction in overhead

We agree it's more likely to run in parallel - I see it more as an overlay to IP rather than a replacement.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

sociocapitalist Re:Mod up 1000+ (448 comments)

I immediately thought of the 1st episode of the reboot of Battlestar Galactica, where 99.9% of their modern military force was rendered inoperable. No. Thank. You.

The best "kill switch" is to kill the idea of leaving a ton of advanced military hardware in the hands of less-than-solid governments in the first place (no matter how much defense contractors want to sell their wares). You'd think we would have learned from Iran and the F-14s we left in Iran in the late 1970s as the Islamic Revolution took place.

Why not have kill switches in anything sold to those less than stable governments, while our own gear remains without kill switches?

about two weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

sociocapitalist Re:thats to spendy (165 comments)

a 35% tax on all offshore buys using a credit card

With that kind of tariff how long till all out of country purchases are made with bitcoin?

In which case such purchases would then be considered tax evasion.

Don't forget that you also need to fund the bitcoin account to start with, which is going to leave traces unless you can fund it out of country to start with, especially with governments going after cash for bitcoin exchangers.

about two weeks ago
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Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

sociocapitalist Re:Oh, Argentina (165 comments)

Argentina was forced by some creditors to sign agreements giving jurisdiction to US courts because the creditors did not trust Argentinian courts. Argentina bartered their sovereignty on the issue for better credit terms, now they are crying because they are being held to those terms by a court that is not corrupt and subject to their own control.

This whole deal shows the world that:
1. If you're selling bonds and plan on ripping everybody off, do not mess with US courts because they are not scared of your shithole government and they will confiscate your "sovereign" asse(t)s
2. If you're buying bonds from risky countries, do so under a stable jurisdiction like the US otherwise you can be completely screwed by some populist who thinks you're a criminal because you bought what they were voluntarily selling

Not corrupt? What do you call a legal system where, for example, banks who trade with terrorist organizations and drug cartels are allowed to pay (huge) penalties instead of people going to jail?

about two weeks ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

sociocapitalist overlay (253 comments)

It looks like this would be more likely to be an overlay to TCP/IP than to replace it, with the idea of 'protected' content distribution being a driver.

Of course, as with any other content distribution mechanism, there will no doubt be ways to copy it once it reaches your living room (or wherever).

about two weeks ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

sociocapitalist Re:I don't see this as so horrible (253 comments)

I could totally see the two networks running simultaneously. It's completely accurate that TCP/IP sucks for mass content delivery; it's gigantic waste of bandwidth. And for point-to-point interaction this protocol would be massively inefficient.

But why can the two protocols not run on top of the same Layer 2 infrastructure?

Or use, you know, like multicast or something...?

about two weeks ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

sociocapitalist Re:I see it differently... (129 comments)

Not being able to communicate with people you are hired to support is most certainly your problem. If she had no viable method to do the job, why did she accept it? That makes her pretty stupid from the start.

If you want to talk about practical, it started long before someone mentioned learning the language.

Do you think its okay for someone to claim they are a Java developer without knowing a single bit of Java?

What in the world are you talking about? Did you even bother to read the article?

Let me help you:
"Unfortunately, this was during Carnival. The local phone company did not answer, and the local employees did not answer their mobile phones. After two days we got someone from the phone company on the line — and they were too drunk to understand us."

Where in that is there a language problem?

about two weeks ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

sociocapitalist Re:I see it differently... (129 comments)

Then at least she could avoid blaming a carnival, and concentrate more on her linguistic skills. Or hiring Portuguese speaking engineers instead of non technical interpreters to run a computer system in Brazil.

Many people around the world speak English at different levels. Sometimes it is just Globish or an Airport English. But Brazil is an enormous country where people do speak Portuguese. No way around it.

Or maybe the people in Brazil were out partying instead of working. Were you there somehow and you have information that lets you assume that the author is actually incorrect in their statement?

Anyway. I support networks in many countries around the world including Brazil and it is just not realistic to learn another language to be able to support them.

Perhaps if it were my primary or only customer base, maybe. But you have no idea that this is the case with the author.

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

sociocapitalist Bah (322 comments)

If you ban [ insert weapon here ] testing then only the countries that don't sign up for or completely disregard the ban will have [ insert weapon here ].

about two weeks ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

sociocapitalist Re:I see it differently... (129 comments)

She works with a whole system in Brazil via an non technical interpreter? Did it ever occur to her to learn Portuguese language?

Sure that's practical, along with learning all the languages of all the offices one has to support globally.

about two weeks ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

sociocapitalist Re:Android IMSI-Catcher Detector (AIMSICD) (237 comments)

If I recall correctly, this doesn't detect stingray, because stingray looks like any other cell tower.

It seems that stingray is an imsi-catcher so unless there's a way for law enforcement to disable the notification (which I said may be the case in my original post) I think it should work.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Do you have any more specific info on it?

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

sociocapitalist Re:http://www.jimstonefreelance.com/ (789 comments)

The whole idea that there is no actual Russian invasion falls a little flat when there are captured and dead Russian soldiers in Ukraine, and the official Russian line is that those soldiers, apparently with all of their military equipment and supplies, voluntarily invaded Ukraine on their vacations. You would think that Russia wouldn't want their soldiers taking tanks and artillery on vacation with them, but maybe they just do things a little differently in Russia.

By the way, it's just "Ukraine", not "the Ukraine". I would expect 8 former intelligence officials to know that, or at least be consistent in their so-called "memo".

It's not actually incorrect to say 'The Ukraine'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

sociocapitalist Re:Put it this way (789 comments)

The only question is - can Putin visualize the worst case scenario at all or has he completely lost his mind?

He's just confident that the west will let him have Ukraine. Unfortunately, I don't think he's wrong. Will be interesting to see if we ever draw a line somewhere and then what we do when he crosses it...

He knows where the line is. It's the border of countries that are already part of Nato and/or the EU. Invading any of those he knows there would be an immediate reaction.

Unfortunately, short of that it seems he'll be able to do what he wants.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

sociocapitalist Re:Put it this way (789 comments)

Forget about MAD or Deterrence. The only MADness here is Putin. If he does what he says what he will do (and he seems to rarely back down from anything due to his massive ego), most of the First World countries are going to immediately join forces to invade and permanently occupy Russia. This is obviously much harder than it sounds, and with lots of radioactive fallout there will be far more civilian causalities than in any other war ever imagined. The only question is - can Putin visualize the worst case scenario at all or has he completely lost his mind?

No this is not going to happen. Russia would no doubt actually use those nukes before allowing themselves to be taken over.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

sociocapitalist Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (789 comments)

Short of Putin coming out and saying, "I'm going to bomb Ukraine with nuclear missiles during the next two weeks"... it was about as threatening as a head of state can get.

This is the problem with a closed circle jerk news system.

The threat isn't to use nukes on Ukraine. The threat is to keep the weak leaders of the west from doing anything substantial in the defense of Ukraine.

Not that there seems to be much chance of that at this point. Even the strongest response from NATO is ridiculously weak. A 'spearhead' force of a few thousand soldiers. Yeah. That's going to stop Russia.

The correct answers from the leaders of the west should be exactly as you said - that America (and others) are also nuclear capable.

The balance of power is out of balance and Putin is taking advantage of it to grab a country. If he wants the cold war back then give it back to him. Total economic sanctions and travel restrictions for a start and then seize all Russian held property and funds outside of Russia and we'll see how long his people continue to back his aggression.

Will it be inconvenient for the west? Yes. Is it necessary to stop Putin? It seems to be.

about two weeks ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

sociocapitalist Re:Around or on top of millitary bases? (237 comments)

"right on top of" is an American English colloquialism meaning "really close by", usually in terms of a pursuit, but sometimes with stationary objects.

Yep but it could also mean, you know, like "actually on top of".

about two weeks ago

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Retroactive Tax Law Changes by UK Govt

sociocapitalist sociocapitalist writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sociocapitalist writes "The BBC reports that "Barclays Bank has been ordered by the Treasury to pay half-a-billion pounds in tax which it had tried to avoid." which in and of itself seems fine but a couple of factors around it bother me.

Evidently there is a law in the UK requiring "Anyone, such as a bank, accountant, lawyer or tax adviser, who devises a seemingly legal tax avoidance plan, is obliged to tell the tax authorities about it within a few days of using it or marketing it to clients." which Barclays did and then the UK government wrote new law and applied it retroactively to close the loopholes.

While the law requiring disclosure of what would be legal tax avoidance strategies is interesting, the real shocker for me is that laws can be retroactively applied making what was legal when done illegal after the fact."

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The scandal of the Alabama poor cut off from water

sociocapitalist sociocapitalist writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sociocapitalist (2471722) writes "The BBC reports the ongoing situation in Jefferson County, Alabama where finance companies bribed politicians and a $300 million project ended up costing $3.1 billion bankrupting the county and leaving the poorest unable to pay their skyrocketing water/sewage bills.

Why the financiers were only fined and didn't go to jail, and why they should be subsequently allowed to profit on the situation is just another example of the imbalance in the US (and elsewhere)."

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