Episode-2042- Listener Calls for 7-13-17

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23 Responses to Episode-2042- Listener Calls for 7-13-17

  1. Now this is probably actually bad. W3C wants to put DRM as a standard on web browsers:


    • Modern Survival

      Doesn’t seem to be as bad as it sounds. It appears that this provides a standard for how to do DRM but most people that want to DRM content already do so.

      • From what I understand is that making DRM easier will make more companies do it. And there are special laws around DRM that don’t allow for fair use. So, if you break into content that is DRMed you can’t by law, break into it and use the content as fair use. Maybe if someone else breaks it and then you use it for fair use then it would be OK. So, what would normally be OK and legal would be breaking the law with DRM.

        And since DRM doesn’t actually work there doesn’t seem to be any other reason to do DRM besides having the law that says you aren’t allowed to break into it.

        I guess we’ll see how it shakes out.

  2. Buddy Lindsey

    Thanks for answering my question. It is the answer I suspected I was going to get, but had to ask anyway.

    I am very glad someone else shares my opinion on net neutrality. A lot of my friends want it and want it for noble reasons. I don’t because of what you said. It cracks the door open a bit more for the government to help themselves on regulation.

    It is why I am against federally mandated reciprocity of concealed carry. I like the idea, but I want the fed to have as little to do with guns as possible.

  3. Some funny timing on today’s plant questions: I was listening to that segment on the way to meet a friend for dinner. She is a botanist, PhD with over 40 yrs experience, now has a large (100+) sheep flock. I told her about the questions. How much time will it take to learn what these gentlemen asked? More than a lifetime!
    I’m probably older than your average listener (if there is such a thing), and I’m so often thankful that I learned in the era of BOOKS. That has made my Internet use so much more focused. I agree with all that Jack said, but would add a point or two. One is, get some field guides. Field guides for trees and plants are organized exactly the way Jack described, by families. Also, field guides use line drawings, which are much easier than photos. Libraries have field guides, ditto most book sales. Anyone who feels really overwhelmed can start with “Golden Books” field guides. Don’t be put off because they might be in the kids’ section; they are really clear and good, and are geared just the way Jack described: learn the most common plants/trees in your area and then the less common ones are easier. I still use the Golden Guides I had as a child, they are that good.
    The other shortcut is to look for plant walks in your area. Check out your state & county Cooperative Extension, parks, open farm days, permaculture events, etc. It is much easier to learn from someone with experience.
    Thanks, lots of interesting variety today!

  4. We have a particular cat that has over time honed a begging call which sounds sort of like a baby both in tone and modulation, it works great on my wife, she doesn’t spot the manipulation and can,t resist feeding her when she hears it, and me trying to lean down the cat to go mousing.

  5. Someone once told me that a cat is by nature on the look out for prey most of the time, not necessarily to hunt at that moment but to build up knowledge of the preys patterns for futute knowledge when needed. The cat does not want to distrupt those patterns of its future prey, therefore it tries to keep a low profile, so it keeps its tail low.
    When it greets its owner with its tail in the air it is realy saying, look I scrafficed my hunting stealth to greet you, therefore you owe me a meal bigtime.

  6. To the caller asking about homesteading abroad-

    Jack’s got it right. Particularly with the things you “can do” vs. “can’t do” vs. “can’t officially do but everyone does anyway”. A LOT of countries have official restrictions on what foreigners can do, and even in the absence of those there can be social/cultural barriers or biases that get in the way. Here in Mongolia, the principle of “better to ask forgiveness than permission” seems to be the dominant mindset, and bending/breaking the rules seems to be a national past-time (sometimes nice; sometimes not, like when it comes to driving). But as a foreigner here, I have to be more cautious… there’s no particular bias against (most) foreigners, but we are “much easier to notice” and complaints/grievances against foreigners are likely to get more attention than those against locals.

    Some miscellaneous things to consider: 1) I would generally not recommend relocating abroad unless there’s something special (preferably more than one thing) drawing you TO the location in question; 2) A lot of the little things you take for granted are often much harder, even if you speak the local language but especially if you don’t (it can still be worth it, as long as you’re willing to put in the extra effort required); 3) Making a plan and reserving resources for a reasonable ‘Exit Strategy’ to relocate back to your home country or elsewhere is essential; 4) If you go for it, don’t hold too many expectations as to what it will be like or what we think it ‘should’ be like… the foreign residents here that seem to have the most problems adjusting tend to share the quality of having a lot of expectations (typically of the “this isn’t how it is at home” or the “overly romantic ideal of the local culture” variety) going in. Setting aside notions of “how things should be” and being open and adaptable are extremely helpful when living abroad.

  7. For plant identification the Facebook Group “Plant Identification” is a great resource. Link – https://www.facebook.com/groups/156706504394635/
    Read the rules – The group is for identification only. I will often have a scientific names in minutes.

  8. Your description on how to learn with the example on plants is spot on. When I was in college doing Electrical Engineering I was doing really well. But then I started taking too many classes and got behind. After that it was down hill. I still did OK, but not nearly as well if I had just slowed down on the number of classes and spent more time studying those. And now that I’m doing computer programming the actual application of the knowledge I’m learning really helps cement what I’m learning.

    So, basically, how to learn comes down to this learn what you need to at the moment and apply that knowledge and actually take the proper amount of time to actually learn it. That’s not to say you shouldn’t learn things that you don’t actually need to learn, it just means the things you learn but don’t apply might not stick with you quite as well.

    My daughter was asking why she needed to do narration. Well, it is to cement what she is learning. Because you actually need to do things to learn. Charlotte Mason was definitely right in that respect. https://simplycharlottemason.com/what-is-the-charlotte-mason-method/

  9. Regarding Net Neutrality.
    I agree 100% if not for the fact the the majority of people in the US do NOT have a choice in their high speed provider. Most people live in towns, and at least where I have lived my whole life you had a franchise agreement from the town with a single cable provider. Therefore sure you could get 50gb cable but only from the guy that the city agreed was ok, and that contract is 10-20 years. Sure you could get DSL at MAYBE 6gb or “wireless” at, something awful and high latency but you couldn’t get the other cable company. If Franchise agreements would get thrown out and true open market competition was allowed Net Neutrality would not be necessary.

    • Bub, If it is the case that only one provider is allowed by the city (which is true in many new developments) then if the provider starts charging too much (or doesn “unfair practices) you will get people complaining to the city which will open up to other providers. If the cost is too high people will start looking for alternatives. In Utah a coworker was in that situation and he ended up using a wireless provider that could get around the cities agreement.

      I understand why a provider would want to make an agreement like that since it is expensive to lay the cable. But I would think there would be a stipulation that once you get your investment back you will allow competition. (Although that still doesn’t justify the city making the monopoly).

      • Modern Survival

        Not to mention that

        1. So the argument is government is the problem (granting a monopoly) so we need more government.

        2. Net neutrality doesn’t say what amount a provider can charge only that all traffic must be treated the same, this would raise costs even with more then one provider.

        3. There are other options even in a place were say AT&T is the only provider because they are not the only provider. There are very often wireless options and there are always satellite options. While satellite options are not good for someone like me uploading huge files when we had it in our home in Arkansas it was fine for typical home user use. But more and more WiMax is being rolled out, companies are putting fricken transmitters in air planes, etc. This problem is a short term think if you allow it the market is gonna market.

  10. Jack, Would it be possible for you to clip out your “net neutrality” part of this as a stand alone on youtube? I’d like to share it with some John Oliver fans I know.

  11. Excellent explanation on net neutrality. I was a networking expert at the bit and byte level working for Dell Computers. However, when I wanted to set up a working network, I called an expert like you, Jack.

    Net neutrality is the equivalent of passing a law making pi equal to 3. Yes, it will simplify things, but don’t be surprised when things don’t fit.

    I received an email from my Congressman, a guy I like, telling me how important it is to pass net neutrality. I replied that his law was going to break the Internet, and added…

    “You guys passed a law eliminating spam in my email box, but I still get spam in my email box.”

    I’m simplifying the exchange here. My Congressman (or his aide) and I went back and forth a bit, but when I told him he was going to break the Internet he didn’t reply.

    Alex Shrugged

  12. If you are in the pacific northwest, there is a great book called Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast for identifying lots of plants in the area. There might be books for other areas of the country. Jack is right Genius goes a long way to speeding up the process. Also, check with your local master gardeners association and colleges they might have an online listing. Also USDA has a good plant database.

  13. Jack, I have eaten fermented sweet potatoes as a side dish at a few Sichuan restaurants in the China town area in Houston. Great stuff. Daikon is another great root vegetable to ferment as well.

  14. IT/Network professional here…I saw the banners you described on several sites. The young folks are losing their minds over this and have completely drunk the kool-aid, thanks to the misleading name (net neutrality) this thing has. Thanks for setting the record straight

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