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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

stoatwblr Re:Fire all the officers? (514 comments)

"The DA is the president of a police organization that was helping fund Wilson's defense."

I'm pretty sure that fact wasn't disclosed to the GJ

In civilised countries that level of conflict of interest would result in a mistrial declaration on appeal AND the DA facing criminal charges himself.

5 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

stoatwblr Re:Fire all the officers? (514 comments)

The partial answer in the USA would be to make this kind of activity a _federal_ crime.

5 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

stoatwblr Re:Fire all the officers? (514 comments)

"At the very least they are in contempt of court"

You can only be in contempt of court if you breach a court order. Holding the law in contempt is another matter

The interesting part would be to obtain a court order prohibiting XYZ police department from arresting people for filming them or deleting evidence.

The reason for it being "interesting" is that someone in contempt is usually held in the courtroom cells and can be held indefnitely without trial (they get pulled out periodically to face the judge, who decides if they are still in contempt at his/her personal discretion).

The main point of all these stories is that the USA doesn't actually have a police service, it has a bunch of area paramilitaries who are not held accountable for their activities at a state/federal level - just ilke any number of shitty 3rd world dictatorships.

5 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

stoatwblr Re:Fire all the officers? (514 comments)

"The answer isn't to go from zero to "jail" in 15 seconds for something that is most likely due to piss-poor training."

They have already had "training" and warnings that what they are doing is illegal.

Beyond that point, if the practice continues it IS time to go from "zero to jail" as you put it. Anything else proves to the rest of the police that they really are immune to the rule of law.

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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

stoatwblr Re:Fire all the officers? (514 comments)

"The police are under assault"

No, they're under increased observation - and they don't like it. It's making them accountable for their actions.

5 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

stoatwblr Re:Fire all the officers? (514 comments)

A crime has been committed - false arrest.

Yes, they should be charged and more miportantly, they've proven they do not have the trustworthiness to _ever_ be employed as police again.

In other countries police who get fired for illegal behaviour end up on national blacklists. It is rather telling that the USA does not have such things.

5 days ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

stoatwblr Re:Waste of money and resources (140 comments)

Falcon XX superheavy (or equivalents) would indeed be up to the job _for exploration trips_ - although getting back from Mars in the same time period would be problematic.

For anything other than "sending 3-6 humans and their supplies", you'd need a fleet of them, which simply isn't practical - and sending that few people to explore means very little will get done that couldn't be done better, faster with much cheaper robots.

5 days ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

stoatwblr Re:I can see it coming . . . (175 comments)

Not at all.

In a market with free choice (and despite the noise, there IS free choice in the search engine market) , people use Google because they trust it. If they stop trusting, they go elsewhere.

The same applies to DNSBLs.

Hollywood and the "entertainment industry" are so far removed from reality that they don't realise they're tiny fish in a big pond and annoying the big fish too much _will_ result in their being removed from the pond.

All it would take is Comcast accountants pointing out that they can make far more money from allowing customers to "pirate" than from allowing Universal to continue particpating in these attacks on those same customers.

It's worth noting that in 1999 in Australia/New Zealand, APRA (The australasian performing rights association) came up with a proposal that ISPs would be allowed to let their customers download anything they wanted for a flat payment of $1 per customer, per year. Many smaller ISPs were fully in favour of this, whilst the large-telco ones opposed it on "cost grounds". The recording industry managed to block the proposal.

This data points to the fact that there _are_ workable models which result in copyright holders being paid - the problem for the MPAA and RIAA and friends is that it results in a loss of "control" of what goes where - essentially a breakup of the world's copyrigth cartels - and that's what scares them more than anything else.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

stoatwblr Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1039 comments)

That "long term risk" is the more severe form of chicken pox - "shingles" - people who catch chickenpox as adults tend to get the shingles form.

HOWEVER. Anyone who's had chicken pox as a kid is likely to develop shingles as an adult anyway. It happens when the virus periodically reactivates.

I caught chicken pox aged 7, before a vaccine existed. I've had a number of shingles breakouts since i was 35.

If you've had chicken pox the chances of having at least one shingles breakout in later life is extremely high (although admittedly it usually happens in the over 60s - but the older you get the worse the effects)

The drugs to control a shingles breakout (aclovir family) cost about $200-400 for a WEEK - and they don't prevent future breakouts. Once you have herpes zoster in your system it can never be eliminated.

Properly done vaccinations (ie, with an adult booster) pretty much eliminate the risk and they're a lot cheaper than aclovir.

5 days ago
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Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

stoatwblr Re: Come on people, (96 comments)

"The problem is that IOS is a sort of cargo cult system held together with bailing wire and marketed as some sort of cohesive system. "

It's a swiss army knife, only less well designed.

Sendmail is just as bad and for much the same reasons.

At some point you have to decide that all that complexity IS the problem (especially for security) and the best thing to do is start over.

about two weeks ago
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Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

stoatwblr Re:Come on people, (96 comments)

"Because the command line structure is an industry-standard software API/human interface to well-understood network device behaviors."

IOS command line structure was quite different to the old Bay and other equipment I cut my teeth on in the early 90s, but it's now ubiquitious - mainly because it's not byzantine.

Nonetheless, cisco HAVE sued competitors over similar command structures, which is one of the reasons that there are a few online translation pages between Huawei/cisco/hp commands which do identical things but are called different names.

about two weeks ago
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Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

stoatwblr Re:Cheaper, too (96 comments)

Cisco's business model isn't centred on overpriced hardware - they'll drop to match everyone else if prodded about it. Noone ever pays list pricing and 90% discounts aren't unheard of.

Their model is in overpriced support contracts(which aren't discounted - ever), overpriced training courses, "noone ever got fired for buying Cisco" and extensive FUD campaigns, including invoking "the yellow peril" to management on one visit to my site when it became clear they were likely to lose out on a large (7 figure) sale.

Bearing in mind that they followed the microsoft model of taking over the market(*) it's no wonder that they're running scared of a whole crop of low priced makers using Broadcom or other commodity silicon - especially when scratching below the surface reveals that Cisco is using the exact same silicon in a bunch of products and charging 3-5 times as much.

(*) Don't be perfect, just be good enough, and cheaper with no addon charges, then when you have dominance by taking market share away from the big players, buy out the small ones and shut them down, then jack the pricing up and introduce differential licensing

about two weeks ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

stoatwblr Re:sorry, all my laptop batteries are dead (143 comments)

"Protection circuitry will lockout recharging of the whole pack, which wouldn't work with the dead cell anyway"

A lot of packs have irreversible lockouts - once a pack has failed it won't charge even if the failed cell is replaced.

"Programmed obselescence", etc etc. There's no good reason for this kind of obnoxious behaviour, except to make the packs "unrepairable"

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

stoatwblr Re:the evils of Political Correctness (201 comments)

I've lived in a number of places around the world. If there's any difference it's smaller than the margin of error for tests.

Cultural and religious differences have far greater effects (people put up with bad shit because they're brainwashed into believing they're inferior/deserve it/will have a better life next time round), as does access to education.

about two weeks ago
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NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

stoatwblr Re:Waste of money and resources (140 comments)

"presumably you send the people on a one-month or less high speed journey"

The Orion you are thinking of is hampered by nuclear disarmament treaties.

about two weeks ago
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SKA Telescope To Offer Neighbors Cheap Broadband

stoatwblr Re:Fail (63 comments)

Bump up the windowing count. A lot of the internet was run through international satellite links just fine in the late 80s through to mid-90s

Non-interactive stuff (http, ftp, audio/video streaming) isn't an issue, but even telnet works over a geosynchronous satellite link (I used to do that a lot up to about 1997 or so).

The problems start if you're trying to do phone/video calling or play fragfest-style online games.

OTOH given the sparseness of the area and the lack of population, you don't really need to trench fibre. Overhead poles work just as well and distribution can be fairly cheap (you don't need dedicated fibre from the central office to each site, just use CWDM or similar principles to tap each user into the line - and this gives the inhabitants of the area an incentive to keep an eye out for nefarious activities too (any interference by anyone means that everyone loses their signal)

about three weeks ago
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SKA Telescope To Offer Neighbors Cheap Broadband

stoatwblr Re:It's not long-term cheaper to trench? (63 comments)

"Actual single-mode fiber cable isn't very expensive when new and really isn't worth much when used, so attempting to scrap it out wouldn't be worthwhile."

Your average cable thief will steal it first and curse you for not having copper in the cable later.

The thieves around here are known to take active railway feeders and to break into substations and throw chains over 100kV feeders to try and get at copper. This backfires spectacularly in most cases because the standard grid level response to a feeder short is to try and burn it out by using rebreakers to reconnect the circuit, not cut off the juice. Burning human smells fairly bad.

about three weeks ago
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

stoatwblr Re:Shyeah, right. (284 comments)

"Ever back up a 3 TB hard drive at 300 kbps? "

Are you in a 3rd world country or just the USA? I have 20Mb/s uplink speed and my ISP has just offered to double that if I renew my contract for 12 months. Gotta love a free market.

about three weeks ago

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Spamhaus subjected to BGP routing attack on 21st March

stoatwblr stoatwblr writes  |  about a year and a half ago

stoatwblr (2650359) writes "At the same time Spamhaus website was being DDoS attacked, AS34109 (C3rob/Cyberbunker) were propagating BGP routes for Spamhaus' namservers, according to the blog at https://greenhost.nl/2013/03/21/spam-not-spam-tracking-hijacked-spamhaus-ip/

It's surprising this hasn't been more widely reported, to say the least.

C3rob have posted a number of ranting followups to the blog."

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