* Posts by Niarbeht

17 posts • joined 11 Jun 2018

Tech CEO thrown in the clink for seven years for H-1B gang-master role: Crim farmed out foreign staff as cheap labor


Re: Yes they fall short on immigration law in a lot of ways

I'm sure they're sorry, eh?

Every dog has its day – and this one belongs to Boston Dynamic's four-legged good boy Spot


The facility might run 24/7, but that doesn't mean you need to grab sample for the lab from the ULSD product line sixteen times a day.

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future


Re: No. Please no....

Your complaint about LDAP being started after your application can be fixed.



You'll want to look at Requires= and Before=/After=

You'll also want to... I don't know... read the manual?

Stallman's final interview as FSF president: Last week we quizzed him over Microsoft visit. Now he quits top roles amid rape remarks outcry


Re: To publish or not

Today I learned that my sister, a double-major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, leader of the design team on one of the Nvidia Tegra chips, is a "Radical [feminist] who [has] almost no experience in tech".

Low Barr: Don't give me that crap about security, just put the backdoors in the encryption, roars US Attorney General



Et tu, Brute?


Re: Grumpy

Mamma, should I build the wall?


Re: government is responsible for costs and penalties

Which, by the way, should be a hint to everyone reading as to why the opposition to a wealth tax is so strong.

Rust in peace: Memory bugs in C and C++ code cause security issues so Microsoft is considering alternatives once again


Re: Or, more accurately...

Alternatively, the less time the developers have to spend looking for the bugs that Rust fixes, the more time they'll have to spend fixing the bugs that Rust doesn't fix. Fun sidenote, jmp(and derivatives)/goto are perfectly acceptable to use in place of if/while/for and function calls, correct? Or do you let the compiler build those patterns because it's safer and lets you focus your attention more easily?


Re: Lots of people are saying "it's the coder's fault not the language"

Errors are inevitable, the rate is controllable. You can spend tons of energy fixing the engineer, or you can spend less energy fixing the tools.


Re: Funny circle of life moment

Oh, LabVIEW is still around :/


Re: Explain this to me, please

You can ring-fence the word "unsafe". You can track down wherever its effects are. It's harder to ring-fence your entire program. Computer security is all about reducing your attack surface, and that's a thing that Rust helps with.

Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)


They need that about as much as they need another hole in their head.

Net neutrality freaks furious over lack of fury at FCC hearing


Re: Missed opportunity?

If I remember right, someone wrote an entire book about it, "The Book of Broken Promises". I haven't read it yet, so I have no idea whether or not it's actually a decent discussion of the topic.

Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025


Re: Ummm

Unsurprisingly, photons are easier to push around than electrons.

Being that this is a tech site, I think it's worth noting that a 1U battery system for our server (singular, no redundancy, see "budget issues") at work is able to give 45 minutes of power to a server. I suspect someone could have a VOIP handset powered for days on a not-too-expensive chunk of lithium.


Victory Gin, perhaps?

We were never at war with...

Wait, how does it go again?

Arch Linux PDF reader package poisoned


Re: Thank Goodness it's Not One of the "Major" Distributions

This wasn't a main repository. It's an external repository for user-submitted software. Users have to either:

A) Download the build file for manually and follow some steps to build the software


B) Install an extra package manager to automate performing A.

I still think there are some interesting lessons to be learned here, though. It might be useful for AUR pages and AUR helpers to highlight when there's been a maintainer change, or allow you to easily view the diff for the build file. I know that that information is currently available on the AUR pages themselves, but making it super obvious when changes like that have occurred would be helpful.

Dems push Ryan to vote to help save America's net neutrality measures


Just a reminder.

It's never good to have a discussion about the law without actually bringing up the law.

From the 2015 Open Internet Order: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-15-24A1.pdf

> A person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices, subject to reasonable network management.

> A person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of Internet content, application, or service, or use of a non-harmful device, subject to reasonable network management.

> A person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not engage in paid prioritization.

Note that paid prioritization above has nothing to do with consumers purchasing bandwidth.

Where does the FCC gather the authority to make such regulations?

Let's look to the 1996 Telecommunications Act (A reminder, the Internet was over a decade old at this point): https://transition.fcc.gov/Reports/tcom1996.pdf

> p119 sec 706(C)(1): ADVANCED TELECOMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY- The term `advanced telecommunications capability' is defined, without regard to any transmission media or technology, as high-speed, switched, broadband telecommunications capability that enables users to originate and receive high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video telecommunications using any technology.

We see above that Congress has descriptively defined the Internet. The Internet is, indeed, switched, and does, indeed, allow users to originate and receive "high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video telecommunications". Thus, the Internet is, according to Congress, a form of "Advanced Telecommunications Capability". Let's dig deeper into what the law has to say about telecommunications providers.

> p7 sec 3(43): TELECOMMUNICATIONS.--The term "telecommunications" means the transmission, between or among points specified by the user, of information of the user's choosing, without change in the form or content of the information as sent and received.

> p7 sec 3(44): TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIER.--The term ''telecommunications carrier'' means any provider of telecommunications services, except that such term does not include aggregators of telecommunications services (as defined in section 226). A telecommunications carrier shall be treated as a common carrier under this Act only to the extent that it is engaged in providing telecommunications services, except that the Commission shall determine whether the provision of fixed and mobile satellite service shall be treated as common carriage.

We see here that the Internet fits the definition of Telecommunications even further. As a particular example, when I stream video from YouTube, if a change in video codec bitrate is necessary, YouTube's servers, and not the Internet service provider, are responsible for the change. YouTube changed what was being sent on their end, instead of the ISP changing the contents in-flight. As such, Internet service providers transmit data without change. Indeed, ISPs changing data in-flight is by far the exception, not the rule, and in the cases when it has happened the courts have clearly ruled against the ISPs, as the traffic is not theirs to modify.

Further, we see that Congress has defined that Telecommunications Carriers, which Internet Service Providers count as, are to be treated as "common carriers" when they engage in telecommunications service, with the FCC deciding whether or not satellite service also counts as common carriage. Further, the aggregator exception does not apply, see:

> SEC. 226. [47 U.S.C. 226] TELEPHONE OPERATOR SERVICES. (2) The term ''aggregator'' means any person that, in the ordinary course of its operations, makes telephones available to the public or to transient users of its premises, for interstate telephone calls using a provider of operator services.

Finally, according to Congress, the FCC regulates common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act ( https://transition.fcc.gov/Reports/1934new.pdf ). The below is an excerpt from Title II:

> TITLE II--COMMON CARRIERS PART I--COMMON CARRIER REGULATION SEC. 202. [47 U.S.C. 202] DISCRIMINATION AND PREFERENCES. It shall be unlawful for any common carrier to make any unjust or unreasonable discrimination in charges, practices, classifications, regulations, facilities, or services for or in connection with like communication service, directly or indirectly, by any means or device, or to make or give any undue or unreasonable preference or advantage to any particular person, class of persons, or locality, or to subject any particular person, class of persons, or locality to any undue or unreasonable prejudice or disadvantage.

As we can see, Net Neutrality, writ large, by Congress, with authority given to the FCC.

Of course, none of this matters, because conspiracy-laden nonsense with no bearing on reality and ludicrous claims made with no reading of the relevant law.

I am a product of public education in the United States and I can bother to read the law. What's your excuse?


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