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unixknight last won the day on March 18

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    Wargaming, Dungeons & Dragons, vintage computing/repair, Star Trek
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  1. unixknight

    Internet No Longer Open

    Gotcha. I don't know, though my friend's webhosting company is fairly small. Anybody with the ability to invest the capital to buy some good hardware and a solid, reliable Internet connection can start their own. I don't think she even has much of a staff, just her husband and herself as far as I know.
  2. unixknight

    Internet No Longer Open

    The thing to keep in mind is that Google doesn't index the Dark Web, which is the vast body of the iceberg to the tip which is the Clearnet (The Internet post people know, and is searchable by search engines.) This website is on the Clearnet. If you want to access the Dark Web, you need special browser software.
  3. unixknight

    Internet No Longer Open

    True, though the potential for ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to start blocking sites for other than purely legal reasons does exist, which would extend the censorship problem beyond social media. Mind you, I still oppose the idea of net neutrality because things are a lot more complex than that...
  4. unixknight

    Internet No Longer Open

    I don't know what the proportion is of corporate owned sites to private sites, but I suspect there are a ton more privately owned sites. The thing to keep in mind, and I'll use my own websites as examples, is that we have to understand what, exactly, a website is and what we actually own. First, you need a place for the site to live on. That's a server. You might own the server, or you might pay for hosting. I have two websites and I take a different approach for each. On my gaming club website, I own the server, which is a Dell computer in my basement. I installed all the software and configured it to run my site. The computer is physically located in my house so I own 100% of my site's infrastructure. I pay nobody for hosting it and I can take it down, modify it, update it, etc. whenever I feel like it. That site can't handle very much traffic, but since my gaming club is only a handful of people it's perfectly fine. I also have a separate computer which is a Minecraft server used by my club. Same idea, just does a different job. My sci fi review site is different. I had the idea of a much larger possible volume of traffic and the physical equipment to handle a very large load is expensive. So, I rent space on somebody else's servers. There's a hosting service run by a friend who does Christian websites, so I know my site is hosted by honorable people who host other honorable sites. I pay a yearly fee for not only the space for that site to live, but also to have them maintain the software and hardware infrastructure that the site runs on. I have direct control over the content of my site, but no direct control over the hardware or software installed on the server. The second thing to consider is the URL (Universal Resource Locator). Every website has an address, just like every building has an address. That address is a hard to remember string of numbers and decimals so to make it easier to navigate the web, you can "buy" a URL which is the name you want your site to have (like thirdhour.org) So when you type 'thirdhour.org' into your web browser, the browser automatically consults a URL library where it gets the actual IP address of the site. We never see it, the browser just shows thirdhour.org, but we actually are hitting the IP address. To get a URL of your own for your site, you go to one of the various companies that serve as brokers of URLs, and request what you want. So if you wanted a site called 'thewisdomofmorse.com' you'd go to one of these companies and request it. They verify that it isn't already in use somewhere else, and if it's not, you pay a yearly fee to 'own' the URL. You'd then use that URL to point to the address of your website. I say 'own' in quotes because if you don't pay the yearly fee, you lose ownership of it and it becomes available for someone else. They control the physical hardware and software, but typically there would be contractual issues if they were to tamper with traffic to the site. They can physically shut them down, but they'd need a legally justifiable reason to do so. As they say, it's all in the fine print. In my example above, my sci fi review site could be shut down by the webhosting service if I were to violate the terms of use. My gaming club site is, on the other hand, entirely under my own control. As long as I break no laws, I can put absolutely whatever I want on it. Yes. My gaming club site is connected to the world through my Verizon FiOS service. Verizon has no control over the content of my site, though if I were to host something illegal then they can easily provide my IP address and my physical home address to law enforcement. In theory, they could monitor the content that passes through their infrastructure and possibly throttle my connection speed or shut me down. That's part of the debate over Net Neutrality... to what extent should such services be able to do that? As of now, they aren't generally known to abuse that ability, so it's a think to keep an eye on.
  5. unixknight

    Internet No Longer Open

    I'll see if I can help clarify a bit. I'm a professional web developer so I have some knowledge here. It sounds like what this is talking about is SSO (Single Sign On Authentication). Essentially it's a mechanism where websites outsource their user authentication. In other words, you sign in using your Google or FB account to prove who you are. This is pretty common and I've actually built a SSO mechanism into one of the web applications I built, and Google was one of the options. It doesn't necessarily mean the site is controlled or influenced by Google, FB or whatever. There are other SSO providers though they're usually limited to a specific cluster of sites (called a Federation). For example, for the CVRG project, Johns Hopkins, U Chicago, Emory and others had a federated authenticator where logging in using your credentials form any of these universities would get you into the system. (And what a pain that was to build. I had to implement several different mechanisms before they settled on one they liked.) That said, I don't know of any examples I've seen where the site doesn't have an alternate way to log in, at least not yet. Sort of. The way it works is that Amazon, among others, owns cloud and web hosting services. What that means is that if you wanted to have a website but didn't have the equipment to host it yourself, you can have it hosted by a webhosting service. Your website lives on their servers and you can access and set it up remotely. Amazon is one of the larger webhosting services and also have their own industry standard cloud... which is basically just webhosting with a bunch of features and software products already built in. Amazon also owns some of the physical infrastructure on the Internet, but that's mostly for their own use. They don't have any control beyond that. Most of the Internet infrastructure is controlled by a variety of different entities, including universities, private corporations, governments and the military. No one entity controls it, even within the USA.
  6. This list isn't particularly useful or informative. I'm surprised they didn't include Verizon/Comcast/Cox/etc. for being Internet service providers which can be used to download explicit material. They didn't include Dell/Apple/HP/Lenovo since, you know, they make devices you use to download stuff... Oh, Netflix is on there because of movies with nudity? Guess what? Better get Hulu, YouTube (Yes, Youtube has full movies on it and some of them are 'R' rated for nudity.) and whoever else streams movies on there. Not just streaming, right? What about Redbox? See what I mean? You look at a list like that and if they're putting up Netflix and Amazon on the grounds that they can be used to get at explicit material, then the standard is so loose it can include hundreds of culprits at all stages.
  7. unixknight

    Electoral College

    Now you know why it was held in a stuffy brick building in June/July in a mid-Atlantic state.
  8. unixknight

    Same-Sex Issues

    Correct. Doesn't mean you don't address it.
  9. unixknight

    Nonbeliever's questions about your faith

    ...the lady's got a point... But yeah, it gets confusing. Part of it is that a lot of this stuff was going on when the early Church leaders (including Joseph) were still figuring things out. The Lord didn't reveal everything all at once. It's why guys were coming to him with their daughters wanting him to be sealed to them "just in case" they never found husbands... they'd be taken care of in the hereafter. We know better now, of course, but it is what it is.
  10. unixknight

    Electoral College

    Oh, I know about all that now, but I had to self-teach. Most people don't bother.
  11. unixknight

    Electoral College

    When I was in school being taught about the EC, it was explained to us that it was created to cope with the long distances and slow communication issues of the day. The idea that it also balanced the scales between urban populations and rural populations was never mentioned, and that's a real problem. Most of the people I've debated this issue with are squawking about how it isn't needed anymore in the age of instantaneous communication and super fast travel. It's one of those things that you'd never know if you didn't think about it and look into it on your own. Or maybe I just went to a substandard school. I dunno.
  12. You know, by acknowledging the error publicly and openly, and by making the effort to make amends, I think this has an overall beneficial result, because it sets an example. Not only do we have a concrete precedent for a public school going out of its way to make things right, we also have a teacher who was of a different faith doing the same thing. That's 2 birds with one stone. Most of the time we hear stories about these things coming out the opposite way. I think this is really positive.
  13. unixknight

    Electoral College

    Which is also why it's always Democrats complaining about it.
  14. unixknight

    Same-Sex Issues

    You're really on a roll today, bro.
  15. unixknight

    Name of the Church

    A double duplicate of a duplicated post that doubled.